Almost-Paleo Buffalo Chicken – Hot and Yummy!

Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo Chicken

Looking for a way to spice up your lunch hour?  This is a super-easy recipe – and it travels well!

I used the FRANK’s brand RedHot sauce for wings …. which means this recipe is not precisely paleo … but it is easy.  And it’s delicious.  And it spices up an ordinary day!

I used:

  • 1 lb package of Organic “Smart Chicken” Tenders ($10 from Meijer)
  • 2 Tablespoons Grass Fed GHEE
  • 3 Tablespoons FRANK’s RedHot Sauce

Saute the chicken in ghee over medium heat until the chicken shreds easily.  Season with Hot Sauce.  Serve on your favorite fresh, organic greens, with a side of organic celery sticks.

There you have it!  Simple!

Serves 3 or 4 hungry people for about $3 or $4 each – Not too bad?  eh?

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Bye-Bye Non-Organic Bananas!

Organic Bananas

Organic Bananas

Going to the beach?  a Picnic or Camping?  or just looking for an easy delicious snack?  My latest find is ORGANIC BANANAS!

You might wonder …. why bother to buy organic bananas?  Especially if you’ve never heard anything about them being part of “the dirty dozen” – you know, the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues as determined by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) each year.

However, according to the Made in Nature company,

  1. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. … The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure.

  2. The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them.

  3. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher.

… and they make my new favorite snacking food!  Hooray for Organic Bananas in a Bag!!!!

Wild Caught Sea Scallops: Paleo, Pan Seared and Delicious!

Wild Caught Sea Scallops

Wild Caught Sea Scallops

For some reason, I have always avoided cooking seafood at home.  Maybe I was afraid of not cooking it properly – or just not knowing how.  But, honestly … the mystery is over.  This is so easy, I cannot believe it has taken me so long!  I found a very simple – and tasty preparation.

I used:

  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 lb. Wild Caught Scallops ($15 frozen from Meijer)
  • 3 Organic Green Onions ($1 from Meijer)
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Defrost and rinse scallops with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Heat coconut oil in a frying pan.  Add diced green onions to coconut oil and sauté until they begin to wilt.  Add scallops and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Sear scallops for approximately 2 minutes per side.  Be careful not to overcook, as they will become chewy and tough and you don’t want that!  Serve hot, on top of seared veggies or a fresh green salad – organic, of course!

Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

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Paleo Asian Meatballs with Pea Pods

I was craving some asian flavor this week … and found a great new favorite!  The original recipe by Stupid Easy Paleo called for pork … but I had chicken (it worked just fine!).  I also omitted the fish sauce, because I did not have any.   I’m telling you.  This is a great go-to recipe that will make a great lunch, dinner or a fun little appetizer, too!

  • 1 lb. Free Range Ground Chicken ($8 from US Wellness Meats)
  • 2 Organic Green Onions, sliced thin ($1 from Meijer)
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Aminos (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil (<$1 from Meijer)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Amazon)

Combine chicken, onions, coconut aminos and sesame oil.  Mix until just combined.  Roll about 1 heaping Tablespoon into meatballs.  Brown meatballs in coconut oil over medium heat.  Transfer to covered baking dish and finish cooking in 350 F. oven for 10 minutes.

I sautéed fresh pea pods using the delicious pan drippings.  It made the perfect combination.

Serve with sesame seeds and hot chili oil or sweet chili dipping sauce if you like.  Mine were delicious just as is!

Serves 4 people at approx $3 per serving.

Let’s talk about a hearty-tasty-paleo SOUP!

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Hearty-Tasty-Paleo Chicken SOUP!

Would you believe me if I told you this soup was gluten free, dairy free, paleo AND Whole30 compliant?  I could add satisfying, delicious AND family-friendly.  Then, I would also tell you that it is pretty easy to make in the crock pot.  Okay, now I have your attention, right?

Here’s how easy it is.  Gather up the following ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (<$1 at Herb Thyme)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced ($1 at Herb Thyme)
  • 4 cloves of Organic Garlic – minced (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 2 Organic Carrots – shredded (<$1 at Costco)
  • 3 stalks Organic Celery – chopped ($1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Organic Crushed Red Pepper flakes to taste
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb.  Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – cut into 1/2 inch strips ($8 at Strack and Van Til)
  • 28 oz  jar Organic Tomatoes ($3 at Herb Thyme)
  • 10 oz can Ro*Tel Original Tomatoes ($1 at Strack and Van Til)
  • 32 ounces Organic Chicken Broth ($3 at Herb Thyme)

Heat your crockpot/slow cooker to high with olive oil and onions  place a dash of olive oil and cook until  translucent.  Add garlic, sea salt and pepper and pepper flakes.  Cook until soft, then add all of your remaining ingredients. Cover and let cook on low for 2-3 hrs.

Once the chicken is fully cooked remove the chicken to a cutting board and use 2 forks to pull chicken into shreds.  Place chicken back in pot and you are ready to serve.

Garnish

  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 Organic Avocado – peeled, pitted and chopped ($2 at Strack and Van Til)

Top with avocado slices and fresh cilantro.  For extra flavor, squeeze some lime juice or melt ghee on top if you like 🙂  Serve hot and steamy and ENJOY!

Serve 8 people at under $3 per serving.

 

Oh – here is what the ingredients look like:

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