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Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

I found this recipe in the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book. I finally broke down and bought the actual book instead of googling recipes or looking for them on Instagram. Great book too! There are two books I guess, one that has all the info about the sugar detox, what food is okay- what food isn’t- and how you will be feeling each day, what sugar is in, what it does to you, etc.. Then a ton of recipes. There is another one that is coming out this month that is JUST recipes. I will probably break down and buy that one too.

So I have to say, if you haven’t tried doing a sugar detox its a great way to jump start your tastebuds. All of a sudden foods that don’t normally taste sweet start tasting really sweet and you begin to wonder if they are allowed! Like avocado’s. Or butternut squash, now that just tastes like candy after a few days on this!

Anyhow, this recipe is really yummy and has some of my favorite items- artichokes and olives! Easy prep, easy bake, and just make sure you don’t spill the turmeric or sauce on the counter or you will be scrubbing bright yellow stains away for days.

Ingredients:
* 4 Tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter, divided (Kerrygold butter is great!)
* 4 cups of canned artichoke hearts (I used one can and one jar of marinated artichoke hearts)
* 1 cup pitted olives (Mix of green and kalamata. I liked the kalamata better to be honest)
* 1/2 cup olive juice from your olive jar
* 6-8 organic chicken thighs (Trader joes has a great pack of organic thighs that don’t break the bank!)
* 2 tsp ground turmeric
* 1 tsp cumin (I put more in, but I LOVE cumin in anything)
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 tsp ground coriander
* 1/4 tsp sea salt
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 1 lemon
* 1 tsp red chili flakes (If you like a little spice)

Directions: (Preheat oven to 425)
1. Grease a casserole dish with 2 tbls of ghee or butter. Then place the artichoke hearts, olives, and olive juice inside the dish. Place the chicken thighs on top. I cleaned them and sliced off any fat there was on them. You can also use chicken breasts too if you like.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the spices together. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken. I sprinkled on one side and then turned it over and sprinkled the other side so it was completely coated. If there is any left, distribute the rest over the artichokes.
3. Cut the lemon in half and then into small slices and place a slice on top of each chicken. Squeeze the other half of the lemon into the dish. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you add those.
4. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked throughout.
5. Serve with some steamed asparagus or any other green veggie!

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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Lemon Artichoke Pesto Chicken “Pasta” with Spinach too!

artichokesWow, was this good! It tastes almost creamy but there is really nothing bad at all in this dish. No dairy or cheese, but almost feels like it should have some in it. Super healthy and has to be one of the top dishes I have made. This is a repeater for sure. I used ribbons of zucchini as my spaghetti but you can also use spaghetti squash or any type of stringy squash.

Indredients:
* 1 lb chicken cut up into little pieces
* 2 large zucchini’s. I used a curly peeler that makes them look like spaghetti
* 1 jar of artichoke hearts.
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1/2 cup Italian parsley
* 1/2 cup fresh basil
* 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
* 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil
* 4-5 tablespoons of vegetable broth
* 1/2 lemon juice
* 4 large handfuls of baby spinach
* salt/pepper

1. First thing I did was sprial cut the zucchini. Get a pot of water going and have that start to boil. Set aside for a while. You DO NOT want to overcook your spaghetti “noodles”. If you do, they will become mush. So this is the last thing you do.

2. In a saucepan add some olive oil, or butter. Melt down and then add one of your diced garlic pieces. When that just starts to become fragrant, add your artichoke hearts and cook these until they turn a tad brown or cooked well.

3. Add your walnuts, olive oil, clove of garlic, and vegetable broth in a food processor and puree until smooth. When the artichokes are done cooking, add them to the mixture and puree well.

4. Add your parsley, basil, and 1/2 juice of a lemon and mix until creamy smooth. If you like chunky artichokes in your sauce, then leave a few of those out and add at the very end, just chopping a little bit. Taste and if you like more of a lemon flavor, then add more lemon. Make sure to add a dash of salt and pepper to the mix as well!

5. Take your chicken and cut into small pieces. Add a little more olive oil or butter to your saucepan you cooked the artichokes in and cook your chicken until just brown on the sides. When your chicken is almost cooked, now is the time to drop your zucchini spaghetti into the water. Only leave in for a few minutes until soft. Think al dente, even though it isnt real pasta.

6. Add about 1/2 cup of the artichoke mixture to your chicken along with about 4 large handfuls of spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted and become soft.

7. Add in your cooked ‘spaghetti’ and the remainder of the sauce to the saucepan. Mix well together until everything is combined.

8. Serve with a little fresh basil on top and one of the remaining artichoke hearts.

ENJOY!!

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Dreamy creamy spinach artichoke dip

Honestly this dip should be called Amazeballs Artichoke dip! This is so good. You can make this strict paleo or add a bit of goat cheese at the end to make extra creamy. Which then makes this turn into ‘dreamy creamy’. I got an A+ review from the man, so we know it’s good. I found this recipe on paleoOMG again and I swear if this woman comes up with these off the top of her head she is a friggen food paleo genius.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of artichoke hearts 8oz (not in oil, just marinated in water)
  • frozen package of spinach 14oz
  • 1 cup cashews roasted unsalted
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Optional 2 oz creamy goat cheese

In a saucepan combine the spinach and artichoke hearts. Cut the artichoke hearts into bits. Sprinkle with spices and salt/pepper. When nice and warm and all mixed up, transfer to a medium serving bowl. Male sure to drain the excess water first.

In a food processor add the cup of cashews and grind until very fine and floury. Add the olive oil and blend in processor until nice and creamy. Here is where you want to add the goat cheese if you want. Blend again and then Add to spinach mixture. You’ll really want to mix and mash this in well until the dip is creamy and delicious looking.

Serve with your favorite veggies!

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Appetizers, Sauces

 

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