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Cold Slow Cooker Chicken With Mango, Avocado, Spinach, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Quinoa

Yes, that’s a mouthful of a title, but it’s a flavor explosion in your mouth too!!

I tend to forget about my slow cooker in the summer, because…hot!  BUT…the biggest reason I use my slow cooker is because of it’s convenience factor.  THAT is needed all year round!

The other day, I knew I’d be running around all day and wouldn’t be getting home until right around dinner time.  Slow cooker to the rescue.

What you need…

  • 4-5 Chicken Breasts (I actually threw mine in frozen!)
  • 1 Medium yellow onion  diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Ginger
  • 1 Cup Organic Mango Nectar
  • 1 Large Mango
  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 1 Cup diced peppers (I used a yellow, orange, and red)
  • 1 Cup Cherry or grape tomatoes.  I used multi colored ones.
  • 4-5 cups baby spinach
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa

What you do…

  • Put Olive Oil, Garlic, Ginger, and Onion down and mix.
  • Lay Chicken Breasts on top.  Mine were frozen.  I’m sure if they were thawed, they might just be more tender!  BUT…if you don’t have time (as I never do)  you can put them in frozen as an FYI…
  • Pour the cup of Mango nectar (honestly, you could use orange juice too!  It all cooks away…
  • Here’s the odd/specific timing part.  You can totally mess around with this timing depending on when you will be home!  I started this in the morning.  Cooked it on high for 4 hours.   I added the quinoa about 30 minutes before it was done.   Then took the chicken out, chopped it (probably could have shredded it had it been on low for longer!).  I added the chicken back in to soak up a little more juice.
  • While it was still in warming mode, and right before I took it out, I added all the spinach and tossed it around.
  • Then I took it all out and placed it in a bowl to cool for a few hours.
  • Either earlier when it’s cooking or later depending on when you have time.  Dice the mango, avocado, peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Add all the diced fruits and vegetables on top, salt and pepper to taste, and serve!

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Poached Chicken

This is a staple recipe in my house and a great way to prepare chicken. I like to make a big batch and freeze in small containers. Hungry toddler? No problem! Heat up the chicken and some veggies or make a chicken and cheese quesadilla.. and you have a quick and healthy dinner.

I also like this as a base recipe for tacos – poach the chicken, shred it, and then add taco seasoning!

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Ingredients

  • Whole chicken or 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, roughly sliced
  • Water

Directions

  • Put everything in a pot and add water till it almost covers the chicken
  • Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45-60 minutes
  • Remove chicken, put on a plate and let cool
  • Once cool enough to handle, de-bone the chicken and remove skin
  • Shred meat with a fork and put back in a new pot
  • Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock back and bring to a simmer – add additional spices as desired
  • As for the rest of the liquid (in original pot), remove onions, but save the liquid as this is excellent chicken stock that you can freeze and use later

dit-elle-Esther

Grilled Chicken, Onion, and Pepper Shish Kabobs

It’s summer, and what screams summer more than grilling?!!  Ok, pools, popsicles, all of Esther’s yummy cocktails (!!)….ok, a lot of things scream summer.  BUT…grilling.  YUM!

I’ve talked many times about my love of grilling.  Ok, the EASE of grilling!!  It used to intimidate me, but now I LOVE it!  I usually do whole chicken breasts, but decided to try and do shish kabobs.  SO GOOD!Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-1 Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-2Ingredients (varies people you want to feed)

  • Chicken Breasts (cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
  • Bell Peppers-I used red, yellow, and orange (cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
  • Large Onion (cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Trader Joe’s Every Day Seasoning

What to do

  • It’s not absolutely necessary, but if you can marinate the chicken a few hours before you’d like to grill, that’s the best.  Just put the cubed chicken in a bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic, and grind the Trader Joe’s Every Day Seasoning over it.  I honestly had all these ideas of various spices I was going to add, and then (OF COURSE!) was running late and reached for what’s easy, and good!
  • Do the same for the veggies (not as necessary to have those marinate!)Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-3 Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-4
  • You can use wooden sticks to spear all the meat and veggies.  If you do, make sure you soak the them for a good 10 minutes prior.
  • Preheat  your grill to medium heat.
  • Evenly spear chicken and veggies until everything is used up.Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-5Grill for 7-8 minutes on each side. Blog Whole30 Paleo Grilled Chicken Peppers Onions Shish Kabobs-6Oh, and Maya is in this stage where she doesn’t want her picture taken, UNLESS I’m trying to take pictures of something other than her… haha.Blog Outtake

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Thai Chicken, Broccoli, and Peppers with Healthy Noodles

This is one of those recipes that I repeat A LOT!!  In it’s most basic form, I posted it here, but I mix it up all the time with what I add to it.  The sauce is just so good!!  And SO EASY!Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-1
Ingredients

For Sauce

    • 1/2 cup Almond Butter (use Sun Butter for Nut free or any nut butter if you don’t have any dietary restrictions!)
    • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (I used Light, but full fat would be amazing too!)
    • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I cheat and use this)
    • 1 Cup Water

For the rest of the dish…

    • 2-3 bags of Healthy Noodles (or can use any noodle, quinoa, or skip it!)
    • 4-6 Chicken Breasts.  Depends on how many people you have and how soupy you want it.  I use 6 and grill them on our grill.  Less clean up and the flavor is so good!
    • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • 1 head of Broccoli
    • 1/2 of each of a yellow, red, and orange pepper
    • 1 small onion diced

Directions

  • Marinate chicken breasts in olive oil, salt, and pepper and cook on BBQ 8-10 minutes each side (depending on size) or cube the chicken breasts and cook in a large pan with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • While Chicken is cooking outside, chop all your veggies.Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-3
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of olive oil (I add garlic too!) and cook onions til soft (5-8 minutes)
  • Add in broccoli and peppers and cover to steam cook for 2 minutes.  Just THIS is delicious, so you could stop right here 🙂Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-4
  • In a blender, combine 1 cup water with the whatever nut butter you choose, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
  • Rinse out the noodles with water (that’s IT!!  NO COOKING THEM!!)Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-5
  • Add the sauce and noodles to the pan, stir, and let sit for 2 minutes to soak in all the flavor of the sauce.  Again…you could stop here if you wanted to keep it vegetarian.  SO yummy!Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-6
  • Once Chicken is cooked, dice and add on top.  I added Sriracha to mine for a little kick, and it was SO good!!  Blog Healthy Thai Broccoli Pepper Chicken with Noodles-2Enjoy!
    dit-elle-Lauren

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cream Sauce

Sound amazing? Look amazing? It is. Chicken is baked in a sun-dried and basil cream sauce.. wow!

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Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in the skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant but not brown, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan, thyme, oregano and basil.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Place chicken into baking dish. Cover with sauce and place in hot oven.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees F.
  • Serve chicken immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

Thanks DamnDelicious.net for the inspiration. I modified the recipe quite a bit to make it quicker to make. But wow, that was still amazing!

dit-elle-Esther

Kale Salad with Chicken and Avocado

This is a wonderful paleo salad with Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing – add chicken and avocado – and call it dinner!

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Ingredients

  • large bunch of kale deveined and chopped finely
  • 1/2c dried black current, raisins or cranberries
  • 1/2c. toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 cups of chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • One batch Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

Thanks for the inspiration: http://cavemanstrong.com/2014/08/paleo-kale-salad/

dit-elle-Esther

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

This is a wonderful paleo dressing – great for salads, on roast chicken or as a dip! On Thursday I’ll post a recipe for Kale Chicken Avocado salad with this dressing! 🙂

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Creamy Lemon Garlic Paleo Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • juice from one entire lemon
  • 1 garlic clove (large)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c walnut pieces
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of pepper

Directions

  • Add all items to a food processor (or use an inversion blender) and blend until smooth
  • Refrigerate till ready to use

Thanks for the inspiration: http://cavemanstrong.com/2014/08/paleo-creamy-lemon-garlic-dressing/

dit-elle-Esther