Organic and Paleo Dinners for the week

This week I began preparing several dishes to share with family and friends.  

Hope you’ll find the photos, notes, recipes and links helpful:

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Cinnamon Pork Chops, Acorn Squash and Green Beans

Organic Cinnamon Pork Chops – with Apples and Onions 

Inspired by PALEOMG.com

  • 2 Organic Boneless Pork Chops (@ $4 from Strack & Van ‘Til – fresh meat department)
  • 1 Organic Apple, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 2 T Organic Coconut Oil (<$1 from Costco)
  • 1 T Pure Raw Honey
  • 1 t Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Dry Mustard Powder

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Using a medium sized skillet on medium heat, saute apples and onions in coconut oil until just soft.  Toss with honey and 1/2 t. cinnamon and continue to cook until the mixture begins to caramelize.  Remove the apples and onions to a small casserole dish or 9″ pie pan.  Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, remaining cinnamon and mustard powder.  Using the same skillet, sear pork chops on both sides (3 minutes per side) and place on top of the onions and apples in your casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes until internal temp reaches 145 degrees.

Serves 2 at under $4 per serving

Baked Acorn Squash and Green Beans with Shallots

Inspired by Practical Paleo

  • 1/2 Organic Acorn Squash (@ $1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 t Coconut Mana (<$1 from Herb Thyme)
  • 1 t Ghee (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 1 T Organic Raisins (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 1 T Slivered Almonds (<$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Pinch Organic Cinnamon
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Slice Squash down the middle lengthwise, remove seeds, clean and place it face down in an oven-safe baking dish.  Bake approx. 30 minutes until it is fork-tender.  Turn it cut-side-up and fill the cavity with coconut mana, ghee, raisins, almonds and seasoning.  Cook an additional 15 minutes

Serves 2 at under $1 per serving

Fresh Green beans and organic leeks (sliced) were sauteed over medium heat with ghee, shallots and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Serves 2 at under $1 per serving
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Caprese Chicken with Bacon and Asparagus

Paleo Caprese Chicken with Bacon – Side of Grilled Asparagus

Inspired by foodonthetable.com

  •  4 slices Coleman Natural – Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon  (@$2 from Costco)
  • 2 Organic boneless chicken breast halves (@$4 from Costco – Coleman brand)
  • 2 Campari Tomatoes, sliced (@$3 from Produce Depot)
  • 6 Organic Basil Leaves  (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste;

Preheat your oven to 400 F.  Place the bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the oven to cook for about 10 minutes so they are still soft.  Remove from the oven and pat the slices dry with paper towels.  Rub the chicken breast halves in the rendered bacon fat, season them with salt and pepper to taste and place them in a baking dish.  Place the basil leaves and tomato slices on top of the breast halves and place the partially cooked bacon slices over.  Place in the oven to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is well cooked.

Serves 2 at approx. $5 per serving

Fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed was grilled with olive oil, salt and pepper – an a touch of organic brown mustard.

Serves 2 at under $2 per serving

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