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Paleo Spicy Chicken Bake

After making this recipe again last night, I decided I just had to share it with you because it was too good to keep to myself. It’s spicy so if you’re not a huge fan of spice cut out the red pepper flake! Make it for dinner tonight and let me know what you think!

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Ingredients:

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 2-3 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flake

Directions:

  1. In a skillet sauté your chicken breast, diced into small pieces in the tbs. of olive oil.
  2. Once the chicken is no longer pink add in the red bell pepper and sauté 2-3 minutes longer.
  3. Add in the coconut aminos, juice, from the lemon and honey and let sauté 1-2 minutes over low heat.
  4. Lastly add in the cayenne pepper and red pepper flake and let simmer 3-5 minutes over low heat.

Makes 4 servings

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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???

Perfect Paleo Meatballs

I know I share a lot of recipes on my blog but when it comes to my own meals, I’ll be honest with you…I’m actually pretty boring. I have my go to meals that I make for the week and know I won’t get sick of and these meatballs are one of those “go-tos”. I usually make these alongside spaghetti squash and tomatoes so I’ll give you my recipe for that too along with a couple variations I switch between. I’ve been making these for over a year now and still am not sick of them. Give them a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed. They also take a total of 10 minutes to prep and stay good for the week. You can even freeze them to have on hand for longer.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef (grass fed and antibiotic and hormone free when possible!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1-2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl combine your egg, almond flour, basil, pepper flakes, and meat together mixing well.
  3. Roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until done.
  5. Enjoy for the night or store for the week!

For the Sauce:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • fresh basil

Directions: 

  1. Dice your zucchini into small pieces.
  2. In a large skillet sprayed with olive oil spray cook your zucchini until tender.
  3. Over low heat add in half of your can of crushed tomatoes and the whole can of tomato paste.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
  5. Let simmer over low 1o minutes or so.
  6. Serve with your Paleo meatballs over spaghetti squash.

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What’s your go to meal when you need something quick and easy to make???

Paleo Turkey Meatloaf

I really like meatloaf. Call me strange but I love it. I still remember being in elementary school and requesting meatloaf for my special birthday dinner. I went vegetarian for a couple years in college and became anemic. Nothing against vegetarians but it just didn’t work for my body. I love my meat I guess. Ever since I’ve been  back to eating meat I’ve enjoyed going back to some of my favorite old foods and meatloaf is certainly one of them. This version is a twist on your regular meatloaf. It’s Paleo and made with turkey instead of ground beef but it’s just as good as your regular version. Trust me I have nothing against red meat either, but I do try to vary my meat sources so this is perfect. Any other meatloaf lovers out there??? Tell me I’m not crazy!

Paleo Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 medium zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl finely grate your zucchini.
  3. Next add in your turkey, almond meal, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in your olive oil, sauce, and spices and mix again.
  5. Place in a loaf pan sprayed with olive oil. *
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

*Little Tip: If you’re gluten free in a household with gluten eaters wrap a piece of foil around your loaf pan and then spray the foil and bake inside. It will prevent any cross contamination. It also just makes for a much easier clean up!

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My apologies on the pictures. Meatloaf does not photograph nicely!

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Anyone a Vegetarian? Vegan? Flexitarian? Meat lover?