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Paleo Orange Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower rice

This was easy, spicy, and really good!

If you like a sweet and spicy combination this this is right up your alley. If your not so much into spice, just cut the teaspoon of the red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon and you’ll still get a little kick. I made the cauliflower rice extra creamy and when you mix the sauce in with it, it’s dreamy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • 3 oranges
  • Zest of one of the oranges
  • 2 tbls raw honey
  • 1 tbls coconut oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to season the chicken
  • fresh chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Cauliflower
  • Coconut milk

Squeeze the juice from all the oranges into a saucepan along with the honey, coconut oil, and red pepper flakes. Grate the orange zest into the sauce and bring to boil. Turn heat down and simmer while you cook your chicken. (There is enough sauce for 3 breasts if you want to add more chicken)

I just cooked my chicken pieces in a tablespoon of coconut oil, salt & pepper. If you have a grill I would suggest grilling your chicken to get a nice browned. After they are cooked through then put the chicken into the sauce and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. The longer the better I think to absorb the sauce as much as possible.

While the chicken is simmering away, put your cauliflower in the food processor and chop until very fine. Put the cauliflower in a small saucepan with about 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup of coconut milk (the thicker part in top of a refrigerated coconut milk can). Cook that just until hot and some of the coconut milk has been absorbed. I added a few spoonfuls of shredded coconut but that’s optional.

Serve yourself aserving of cauli rice with the chicken on top, garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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No Pasta Lasagna. Yes, its true.

This was really delicious. Except I will add more vegetables next time so this recipe below calls for more veggies than the picture shows. I found the original recipe on paleoOMG, one of my favorite sites. I tend to just add or take away a few things here and there.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 lb mild italian sausage
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (or turkey meat)
  • 2 tbls oregano
  • 2/3 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 4-5 large zucchini’s
  • optional can of sliced olives

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add chopped bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes. In a separate pan, cook the italian sausage and beef until no longer pink, drain excess fat. Add meat to veggie mixture and then season with all dry ingredients including chopped basil. Add diced tomatoes and tomato paste and cook. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Take the large zucchini’s and slice them with a mandolin. Or by hand, about 1/4 inch thick. Lay a layer of the zucchini on the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of the meat sauce. Add another layer of zucchini, then meat sauce. You can do this for one more layer and the last layer of meat, take the remainder of the zucchini and grate over the top of the meat like you would cheese. Add some sliced olives if you like olives. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 mins at 350. Slightly messy if you cut right out of the oven, so let cool for a few minutes.

Bon appetit!

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Well first off, I can’t believe I am sharing this recipe. This has been the go to recipe for impressing guests. As long as they like their food a bit spicy. I always play with the spices and add more of this, a pinch of that, but if you follow this recipe you will get amazing results.

There are two ways to make this. Paleo and Sooo close to paleo. The difference is really only when marinating the chicken. If you chose to marinate the chicken then you will use some yogurt. If you just saute the chicken, then you will avoid the dairy. But its so little, so it’s definitely up to you!

Spices, spices, oh how we love spices!

Marinated Chicken:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbls lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbls fresh minced ginger
  • 3 or so chicken breasts, cut into small pieces to slide on a skewer

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate 1-2 hours. Longer the better. Put on skewers and bbq or just bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until chicken is done. Set aside.

Sauce:

  • 1 tbls organic butter or ghee, or olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 glove minced garlic
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 1-2 minced jalapeno (depending on how hot you like it. I usually do 2, but I like it hot!)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2-3 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 8 oz can of organic tomato sauce
  • 3/4 -1 cup of coconut milk (do not get light)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro to garnish

Melt butter and saute garlic, onion, and jalapeno in butter until onion is translucent. Season with cumin, paprika, garam masala. Stir in tomato sauce until all spices are combined. Slowly add the coconut milk until sauce thickens. You may or may not use all the milk, depending on how thick the milk is you use. Taste and see how you like at this point, you may want to add more spice or a dash of salt. Add cooked chicken and simmer all together for about 10 minutes. Serve over Cauliflower rice and top with cilantro.

Coconut Cauliflower rice (Thanks to Crossfit Sausalito’s Sean and Collin for this recipe)

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • sea salt/ pepper to taste

Put cauliflower in food processor until consistency of rice. Combine cauliflower and coconut milk in a pot. Turn on medium and stir occasionally. It is done when the coconut milk has almost completely boiled off. Serve under chicken!

This picture is with the NON marinated Chicken. Also when you marinate the chicken first, it does add another layer of spice!

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Paleo peppers… In the crock!

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Time to use the crockpot! We bought this thing and it just sits there in the cabinet so I figured I need to find some recipes for this thing! These are beautiful, easy, and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of grass fed beef (or 1/2 with 1/2 lb of turkey)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cauliflower
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • Can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Italian herbs
  • 1/4 cup broth
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 large bell peppers. Red, yellow, orange are best

Start out with your beef. Grind up 1/2 of a cauliflower in a food processor along with the carrot, garlic, and onion. Add to the meat mixture. Mix all your spices together and add. Combine the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes to the beef mixture.

Cut the tops off the peppers and clean out any seeds. Stuff the peppers with the mixture and put the top of the pepper back on. Repeat for all peppers and add them all to the crockpot. Pour in the chicken broth just so it covers the bottom. Cook on medium heat for about 6 hours. Serve with a salad and your ready to go!

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Beef

 

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