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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

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Sage and Rosemary Turkey Breakfast Sausage

The sage give these a delicious “breakfast sausage” flavor. Excellent served with Parsley, Cilantro and Tarragon Pesto.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh sage
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

Directions

  • Combine turkey, sage, rosemary, honey, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly
  • Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, form the mixture into 8 patties
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium low heat
  • Cook patties, turning them once and pressing down to flatten, approx. 5-8 mins per side or until golden and crispy (mine turned out more steamed then crispy, but were still good!)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Thanks for the inspiration Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry.

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Bacon Avocado Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger

Bacon avocado chipotle sauce sweet potato burger with asparagus!? What? Yes! Because all of these flavors are awesome together and this is a fabulous paleo dinner!

When I first went strict gluten free years ago because of a severe allergy (and I avoid most grains and legumes for health reasons) I had no idea how I would “survive without bread”. I loved it and flour and gluten is in “everything”! Well, I’ve learned a lot about gluten free and paleo cooking over the years, was in part inspiration for this blog with Lauren, and this is just one example of how a burger can be totally delicious.. without the bun and with more veggies! Enjoy. 🙂

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Ingredients

  • Hamburgers (fried or grilled)
  • Bacon strips (cooked)
  • Sweet potato rounds (peel potatoes, slice in 1/2 rounds, bake on oiled baking pan for ~20 minutes
  • Avocado slices
  • Chipotle sauce (1/4 cup mayo + 1/2 tsp taco or chipotle spice whisked together and refrigerated until ready to use)
  • Fresh steamed or grilled asparagus

Directions

  • Stack items as desired, smother in the chipotle sauce and serve!
  • Enjoy with a chilled beverage, my favorite is pear or apple cider! 🙂

 

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Baked Bacon

Ever felt stumped when trying to make more than a few strips of bacon, perhaps for a big breakfast, brunch or party? I usually microwave bacon, occasionally will fry it, but that works best in small batches and ends up taking a while and sometimes making a mess! Baked bacon to the rescue!

This is a super simple way to cook bacon! You’ll need a large glass dish (9″ x 13″) and you’ll simply lay the strips of bacon side by side – bake it in a hot oven until desired crispiness and then remove, let drain on paper towels and voila!

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Ingredients

  • Bacon

Directions

  • Heat oven to 400*
  • I recommend using a large dish with sides, e.g. a 9″ x 13″ glass dish
  • Lay strips of bacon side by side and bake for 20 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached

Serve with.. pretty much anything! 🙂

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Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s mushroom season! White or Crimini Mushrooms work great for this recipe. This is a great paleo snack. Make them with or without cheese!

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Ingredients

  • 6 oz white or crimini mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsps. fresh Italian parsley, minced (or 2 tsp dried parsley)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions

  • Oven to 350*
  • Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth and remove stems
  • Finely chop just the stems
  • Place cleaned mushrooms, caps down on baking sheet and set aside
  • Heat butter and saute onion for 4-5 minutes or until golden
  • Add sausage to skillet and cook until browned
  • Add celery, red bell pepper, and finely chopped mushroom stems and cook for another 5-7 minutes
  • Add oregano and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Place meat mixture in food processor with egg and parsley and pulse until mixture is finely chopped
  • Spoon meat mixture into each mushroom cap, top with cheese (optional and bake for ~20-30 minutes until mushrooms are tender and filling is starting to brown
  • Enjoy! 🙂

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Taco Scramble

Leftover tacos? Scramble them up with some eggs for breakfast!

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Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Leftover taco fixings (cooked beef or chicken, chopped tomatoes, onions, salsa, cilantro, cheese)
  • Butter or oil for frying eggs

Directions

  • Whisk eggs
  • Pour into greased frying pan and scramble
  • When almost done (no longer runny) add your taco leftovers (meat, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese)
  • Toss with a fork until heated through
  • Serve hot!

 

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Deer Tacos

Adam brought back some deer last hunting season – and had some of it ground up with hamburger fat (deer is VERY lean) to make burgers or tacos. It’s a little gamey so the seasoning in this recipe helps.. but talk about grass fed, all natural and paleo!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat (deer, beef, buffalo)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tsps ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, adds heat)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 cup lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded (Mexican blend works well)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges

Directions

  • Heat oil and add onion and buffalo
  • Cook for a few minutes, then add garlic, and continue to cook – stirring to crumble
  • Add seasoning and stir well to combine
  • Warm tortillas and assemble by spooning meat mixture and layering the veggies, cheese and sour cream
  • Serve with lime wedges and cilantro as garnish

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