Paleo Lemon Chicken Dinner

Lemon Chicken and greens

Lemon Chicken and greens

This dinner was inspired by the fresh asparagus from my own little garden (yay!) and the organic chicken breasts I found at the market this week.  Most of other ingredients I had on hand.

  • 2 Organic Smart Chicken breasts ($9 from Strack and Van Til)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 Organic Scallions, diced to 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Organic Coconut Oil for marinade
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil for cooking
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Combine the chicken breast, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to make your marinade.  Let the chicken marinate for about 30 minutes.  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add coconut oil.  Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until completely cooked through.  Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

I served this with an organic salad (arugula and grape tomatoes) and the asparagus and mushrooms, but you could use almost any greens or vegetables you have on hand.   So refreshing on a warm summer evening!

And … if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it makes a great salad for tomorrow’s lunch!

Enjoy 🙂

 

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Paleo Friendly Sweet Potato Bread :)

Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato Bread

Somewhere along my journey into Paleo eating, I gave up all bread.  Even if it was made with ingredients that were not problematic for me … I felt that it might trigger a desire for less healthy bread items, and I wanted to avoid that, of course.  But now – nearly 2 years into my journey – I am happy to share this great bread recipe!

  • grain-free,
  • dairy-free,
  • free of refined sweeteners, &
  • full of natural, wholesome ingredients

A great big serving of gratitude to the “Grass Fed Girl” and her great blog, that gave me this Sweet Potato Bread recipe.  Thanks for all you do – and all you share!

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast!

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast

Sugar Free Bacon for Breakfast

Breakfast without bacon … just isn’t quite as satisfying.  That’s why I was so thrilled to find a great source for Sugar Free Bacon 🙂

I am happy to tell you that US Wellness Meats has three pages of Sugar Free Products – all minimally processed – my favorite so far is the Sugar Free Pork Bacon.  For me, it tastes just like Grandma’s bacon from her farm in Southern Illinois.  Yep – and here’s why:  the only ingredients are pork and sea salt.  No white sugar, brown sugar, honey powder, agave, turbinado sugar, MSG, nitrates or nitrites.

So … fry some up – and serve it with some organic eggs scrambled with a few handfuls of fresh organic spinach and you’ve got yourself a nutritious and delicious start to the day.

🙂

Enjoy!

 

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?

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.