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Chicken Paleoindaloo

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Ok, so the name needs a little work. Open to suggestions!

Fairly often, one of my flavor cravings is indian food. So I decided to make something with a bit of spice and indian flair, my way. It’s not a particular dish, but the heat build up reminds me of a clove heavy vindaloo, which is one of my favorite dishes. I like cloves, which is why I added more than normal, but not everyone does, so you may want to cut back a little if you’re not sure. The heat definitely builds on this one – so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to spicy food.

I didn’t measure anything – so any spices in bold, I used GENEROUS amounts of. I apologize in advance if some of the pictures aren’t as nice as usual…I usually don’t photograph the cooking process (because I’m busy focusing on cooking), and didn’t have special lights to set up over the kitchen while dodging tomato splatter ha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 3 large shallots
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 yams or sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • 1 28 oz can Cento Brand crushed tomato
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s light coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups sliced okra
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 whole allspice and cloves – smashed
  • Cardamom
  • Red cayenne pepper
  • Ginger
  • Hungarian paprika
  • Coriander
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Put all spices in a ziplock with chicken and rub around as a dry rub – let marinate for 1-2 hours

Cut up and cube 2 yams or sweet potatoes and chop 3 large cloves of garlic and 3 large shallots

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garlic and shallots

Heat 2 tablespoons duck fat.

DuckFat In Pan

Using a kitchen scissors cut the chicken I to cubes or chunks and cook for a minute or two before adding the garlic and onion. Then throw them in and stir.

Chicken

After a minute add the sweet potato and stir.

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After a few minutes add the canned crushed tomato (28oz Cento brand) and coconut milk (Trader Joe’s) and stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice

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Add more of the spices you used earlier and 2 bay leaves, cover and let simmer. After it starts simmering hard, turn the heat down to medium – add a little lime juice.

Chop and add 2 stalks of celery and 2 cups (or 5 handfuls) frozen sliced okra.

Cover and continue to simmer and occasionally stir for 20 or so minutes until it starts to thicken as the sweet potatoes soften.

Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, stir, and turn off heat.


Crock Pot Chocolate Chili Brisket

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Here is a nice crock pot recipe I made the other day. I always like trying to add cocoa powder into savory dishes, and I love the combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. I was going to use a brisket, but I was sent a shoulder london broil with my meat order – so I used that instead. Crock pot beef is wonderful, because you don’t even need a knife, it just falls onto your fork, ready to be eaten.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lb brisket or shoulder London broil
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic – largely chopped
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened un-sulfered cherries
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons cayenne [depending on how spicy you like it]
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons ginger powder
  • Fresh Basil ripped to pieces

Place the onions and some carrots on the bottom of the crock pot, then place the meat in. On top of the meat, add the cocoa powder and cayenne pepper. Add the rest of the vegetables, seasoning, and liquids. Cook in the crock pot on low  for 8 -10 hours.

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Instead of putting potatoes in the slow cooker with the rest of the dish, I decided to get some blue potatoes [ If regular potatoes are an issue for you, you can use another root veggie, or sweet potato] from the farm stand, and roast them for a side. Wash the potatoes, and remove any eyes. Cut slits in the potatoes, all along the length, but not all the way through. put some duck fat over each potato, so it seeps into the slits. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary, and bake for 40-60 minutes until tender.

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I’ve Been Absent – Have a Cocktail!

So I’ve been crazy busy, and trying to balance and juggle more things into my life (like getting back to practicing guitar and writing music consistently). I’ve been cooking really simple during the past week or so, or going back to old recipes, so unfortunately I’ve neglected you hungry healthy foodies out there. For this I apologize. I also just didn’t have the time to go through and upload the photos, as I was dealing with house maintenance and a lot of cleaning. Tomorrow, I should be putting up TWO recipes to try to make up for lost time and ask for the internet’s forgiveness.

To take the edge off your frustrations, here is a nice, simple, cocktail I made the other night. It has a nice savory note, and free of gluten and added sugars, so if you are allowing yourself an occasional drink this summer – give this one a try.

Lemon Berry Sage Fizzy

Lemon Berry Sage Fizzy

  • 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries
  • 3  Sage leaves (ripped or chopped)
  • 1/8 cup Lemon juice
  • 2 oz Bacardi
  • Fill rest with Seltzer

And if your hungry in the meantime, I’m going to link you back in time to a recipe I made the other night, to feed some hungry boy’s who were over during the week. My boyfriend’s brothers were vistiting (13 and 16 years old), and if there’s anything I’ve learned over the years being around boys, it’s that they can EAT. I picked up some chicken breasts from Raleigh’s Poultry Farm in Kings Park. The chicken is super fresh, free range, organic, and delicious. I’m really loving supporting local as much as I can, and the difference in quality, to me, is just instantly noticeable. The only difference this time, was omitting the olive oil in the marinade.

Click The Image to Go To The Chili Lime Chicken Recipe

Click The Image to Go To The Chili Lime Chicken Recipe

I served it with one of my favorite easy sides for the summer – Grilled Zucchini. Just slice zucchini lengthwise, and in a ziplock with a little duck fat, salt, pepper, and oregano. Then throw them on the George Foreman or grill until cooked through. After I took them off the grill, I drizzled them with some sesame oil and roasted sesame seeds. You could use olive oil as well, but the important thing is to drizzle it on AFTER you cook them.


Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chicken!

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon :)

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon 🙂

Dishes like this make me wish I measured things more exactly because it was absolutely fabulous. I got the idea for “Sweet and Sour Chicken” from a recipe that popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the day. In actuality – this is a totally different recipe – but that’s where I got the initial inspiration. It’s relatively quick and easy, so it’s perfect for busy nights. Afterwards, my boyfriend asked me to make another batch of it, I declined, but promised to make it again next week. It’s a nice mix of flavors that I’m pretty sure will go over well with even the most un-paleo family members. Next time the kids bug you for take out, or next time you’re thinking about it….make this instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken [cut into large chunks]
  • 1 Pineapple [sliced and cubed]
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper* [Depending on how hot you want it – I thought this was a nice level of spice and not too overbearing]
  • 2-3 tbsp ginger powder*
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos*
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 1 sweet Onion [sliced]
  • 2 red spring onions [chopped]
  • 6 Mushrooms [sliced]
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth [optional] *
  • 2 tbsp duck fat

*rough estimate of measurements – I don’t measure.

As far as the cooking goes, it’s really easy and under 5 steps!

  1. With the stove on medium-high, heat, the duck fat., onion, and mushrooms.
  2. When they soften add the spring onion, pineapple, coconut aminos, vinegar, cayenne and ginger powder. let simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli slaw. After  it softens a little, add the chicken and vegetable broth.
  4. When the chicken is halfway done, add the cabbage and stir.  Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.

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I think the whole thing took under 40 minutes, and was relatively straight forward and easy in terms of prep work and steps. Meals like this are seriously welcomed, especially on nights that I have crossfit. Coming home and having to do tons of chopping and cooking when I’m tired….not ideal. It was definitely a nice mixture of tangy, spicy, and sweet. The flavor was really close to something you would find on a “chinese food” menu, but way better. All the fun without the stomach upset and unknown crap….score! The broccoli slaw was almost noodle like which was also nice in a dish like this.


Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

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I decided to make some hearty stuffed peppers the other night, and while I was figuring out the ingredients I wanted to include, I realized I was getting very close to something like a Cuban Picadillo. I was first introduced to the wonderfully delicious flavors of that dish, during the Whole Life Challenge. One of my CrossFit friends made it for a BBQ and I was totally hooked. This isn’t exactly the same, but includes a lot of the same flavors, so it’s basically a variation. The recipe here will fill 6 peppers, so if you are making more or less, you can kinda gauge the amounts – but leftover filling is never a problem.

For the filling you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s pitted Green olives (They come whole, so you will have to slice them)
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground Beef
  • 1 container baby bella Mushrooms [chopped]
  • 1 Red Onion [chopped]
  • 4 cloves Garlic [chopped]
  • 1 12 oz can Tomato paste
  • 2 sprigs mint [ripped into small/medium pieces]
  • Cumin, cayenne, pepper, oregano

To prep, wash the peppers, cut off the tops and remove the seeds,. Then, you can arrange them in a glass pan. I used aluminum foil to stabilize them since there was extra room and I didn’t want them rolling around. Set aside.

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In a skillet, over med-high heat, add two tablespoons duck fat (or tallow) and begin to brown the beef. Once it is about halfway there, add the vegetables and stir. Cover while you open the can of tomato paste. Stir the vegetables a little more, and let cook a minute. Add the tomato paste and continue to stir until its mostly combined. Cover and let cook a little longer. Add two sprigs mint (leaves ripped up) and a moderately medium/light amount of the other spices. Stir to mix in. It should be a sort of thick, yummy, paste like consistency.PicadilloPeppers 111

Spoon into the peppers and place into an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake 50-60 minutes until the peppers are tender and the filling has browned a little.

PicadilloPeppers 107I seriously think the best part of meals like this, and deliberately making a few extra, is the amount of leftovers I had. Lunch! Dinner!

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