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Paleo Chicken Cacciatore

I’ve mentioned it before but growing up I was constantly on a diet. From high school on it was rare that I actually ate what everyone else was eating. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family that still sits down to dinner together during the week. I don’t always make it but when I do it is so awesome to actually be included in the meal and be able to eat what everyone else is eating. Now it is not such a concern whether or not my mom put exactly 1 tbs. of olive oil in our meal or if I am eating 3 or 4 oz of chicken in my meal. It seems like such a simple concept but when food is not your friend for so long, you learn to appreciate the little things. My mom is an amazing cook and I think I love to cook myself so much because I grew up around her in the kitchen. This is her recipe I’m sharing. We all sat down to dinner together and I ate it. My family is not gluten free so they had it with pasta and I put mine on spaghetti squash and didn’t notice a difference. The best part of my meal wasn’t the food though, it was the company. I challenge you to sit down to dinner with your family, significant other, roommate, or friends at least 3 times this week. Relax, unwind, and enjoy. You’ll actually enjoy your food more, be more satisfied, and become less stressed….sounds awesome doesn’t it?!

Paleo Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • fresh basil
  • 1 small can peas
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbs. olive oil

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and bake, open sides down for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile chop your fresh veggies and chicken into small pieces.
  4. In a saucepan saute your olive oil and chicken over medium heat.
  5. Once the chicken is no longer pink add in your fresh veggies (zucchini and peppers).
  6. Add in your crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, and fresh baby spinach and continue to saute.
  7. Lastly add in your peas and fresh basil and let simmer over low heat.
  8. Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, scrape out the insides using a fork to make “spaghetti”.
  9. Serve your chicken and vegetable mixture over the spaghetti squash and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings 

Does your family ever sit down to dinner together???