Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chicken Fried "Rice"

We like to serve this along with our Chicken Egg Drop Soup - delicious!  This is another quick and easy recipe from Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals.  With the amazing flavors of this dish, I forget I am eating cauliflower and not rice!  

Chicken Fried "Rice"
3 T. sesame oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
3/4 lb. chicken, raw or already cooked, cut into small pieces
4 T. tamari sauce
1 garlic clove
1 small head of cauliflower, grated in a food processor
2 eggs, beaten
4 scallions, roughly chopped
Heat a wok or skilled over  high heat and add 1 T. of oil.  Add onion and saute until it starts to brown, about 2 minutes.  Add chicken and 1 T. tamari.  Saute 2-3 minutes (or longer if raw meat needs more cooking time) then add remaining oil, garlic, and cauliflower.  Saute 2-3 more minutes.  Add eggs and remaining tamari.  Stir constantly as the egg cooks, then add chopped scallions.  Cook just a minute or 2 more.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chicken Egg Drop Soup

So, if I haven't said it already, everyone NEEDS to get the Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals cookbook!!  Everything I have tried is amazing, requires minimal ingredients and only takes 30 minutes!  This recipe in one of our faves!!  So easy and delicious.  We like to add some sriracha hot chili sauce to spice it up (I forgot to take the picture before I added hot sauce, oops).

Chicken Egg Drop Soup
4 c. chicken stock
1/2 lb. chicken tenders, cut into thin strips
1-2 c. chopped fresh or frozen veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc.)
2 eggs, beaten
2-3 green onions, sliced
Bring chicken stock to gentle boil.  Add raw chicken and raw/frozen veggies.  Simmer rapidly for 5 minutes.  Pour eggs into broth in a steady stream, then gently stir the broth while the egg cooks.  Remove from heat after a minute or two and garnish with green onions (and hot sauce if you like it spicy!).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Crazy Good Coconut Bars!!

So, I stole this idea from Elana's Pantry and changed it up just a bit.  Well, all I did was take out some of the sugar from the recipe. :) These bars are so moist and very coconutty!  We loved them and will definitely be making them again.  

Coconut Bars
3 eggs
1 c. coconut milk
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/3 c. honey
1T. vanilla extract
1/2 c. almond flour
1 T. coconut flour
1 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut 
1/4 t. sea salt
Mix eggs, coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract in food processor.  Pulse in almond flour, coconut flour, shredded coconut, and salt.  Transfer ingredients to an 8x8 baking dish.  Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.  Cool for 1/2 an hour and transfer to fridge.  Serve cold.

Why I chose to take a picture of this on a yellow plate is beyond me.  I've got a lot to learn when it comes to taking pictures...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Juicy Pork Tenderloin

We love us some pork in this house (ok, really it's me that loves pork).  I know it isn't the best choice of meat, but I like it so I am gonna keep making it!  :)  This tenderloin was so juicy, even when warmed up in the microwave the next day for leftovers!  Delicious!

Juicy Pork Tenderloin
2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 T. dried oregano
1 t. sea salt
1/4 c. olive oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 t. pepper
In small bowl, mix minced garlic with oregano and salt to create a paste.  Mix in oil, vinegar, and pepper.  Brush oil/garlic mix over both pork tenderloins.  Cover and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.  Allow meat to stand at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling.  Grill pork over direct medium heat, until outsides are evenly seared and the centers are barely pink.  Takes about 15-20 minutes, turn every 5 minutes.  Remove pork from grill and let rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I am usually so good about planning our breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the week, then the weekend comes...  I never plan what we are making for dinner on the weekends (not sure why I do that, but I need to stop).  The funny thing is, those unplanned dinners are usually our best ones!  Like these roasted potatoes.  I just chopped up some yams, tossed them with some olive oil and spices and made this wonderful little side dish.  

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2 medium to large yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
2 T. olive oil
2 t. rosemary
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. pepper
Put potatoes in a gallon-size resealable bag, add olive oil and spices.  Close bag and shake until all ingredients are mixed together.  Bake at 375º for 40 minutes.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I just love stuffed peppers!  The spicier, the better.  I got the original recipe from "Make It Paleo" and altered it just a bit.  I really liked this as a dinner, but I LOVED it even more chopped up with some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers
6 poblano peppers, tops and seeds removed. Reserve seeds for seasoning.
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Brown beef in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic, onion, salt, pepper and poblano pepper seeds (as many as you would like - the more seeds the spicier your beef mix).  Cook until meat is cooked through and onion has softened.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Stuff peppers with meat mixture.  Grill peppers 8-10 minutes, turning every 2-3 minutes.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Olive Oil-Tamari Sauce Chicken Wings

I know chicken wings aren't the best source of protein, but they are so good!!!  Hey - at least I don't fry them.  ;)  I was trying to figure out a new way to season them (besides the buffalo sauce) and I came up with this combination of ingredients.  These little chicken wings have never tasted better!  

Chicken Wings
10-12 chicken wings
1/3 c. olive oil
1/4 c. wheat -free tamari sauce
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. salt
Mix olive oil, tamari sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl.  Put chicken wings in a large bowl.  Pour olive oil mixture over wings.  Toss wings with hands to cover in sauce.  Place wings in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350º for 50 minutes.  Broil on high for a few minutes to make them a little crispy.  Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coconut Crepes

I had a crepe recipe on my blog that is really good, but I have been wanting to try them without adding any sugar.  Well, the wait is over...  I have a tasty new recipe for crepes, now!  We put fresh fruit in the middle, wrapped it up and added a little more fresh fruit on top.  De.Li.Cious!  

Coconut Crepes
4 eggs
4 T. coconut flour, sifted
6 T. coconut milk
4 T. grapeseed or melted coconut oil
4 T. water
2 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. sea salt
pinch cinnamon
Beat the eggs in a medium bowl.  Add rest of the ingredients, mix well.  Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into a medium sized skillet over medium low heat.  Tilt the pan around so the batter fills the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.  Allow crepe to cook all the way through, flip and cook for another few seconds.  (Cooking these takes a little bit of practice - we smooshed up 2 or 3 of them before we got the hang of it.)  Serve warm with fruit!  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chicken Sandwich

I'm back!!!  :)  Been a long time since I have posted a recipe, but I am ready to get back to it.  This chicken sandwich has been my latest obsession.  I have had this meal almost every day for the past couple weeks.  If you cook a package of bacon ahead of time and buy thick sliced chicken breast from the deli, it only takes a few minutes to prepare this delicious meal.  Enjoy!

Chicken Sandwich
2 slices of thick sliced deli chicken breast*
1 handful lettuce or spinach
4 slices sandwich size pepperoni (Boar's Head is great!)
1 avocado, thinly sliced
2 slices bacon, cooked
Spread mayo and mustard on each slice of chicken.  Top one piece of chicken with as much lettuce or spinach as desired (use lots - it's good for you!).  Then add pepperoni, bacon, avocado.  Top with more lettuce/spinach.  Put the other piece of chicken on top to complete your sandwich!
*You can also use leftover chicken breast - just cut it down into 2 pieces to use as the "bread"

P.S.  Don't you just love my designer dinner plate?  ;)  hee hee

(This is my modified version of the original recipe from Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals)