Super Succulent Seasoned Chicken

January 16th, 2018 | no comments

 

Chicken doesn’t have to be dry my friends! I’ve made this recipe at least a couple of dozen times and it always turns out perfectly moist and tender.

Being a “born-again” meat eater, I was a bit nervous about cooking meat. After all, the year 1994 marks the last time I actually ate meat…and it was prepared by my mother. 🙂

This recipe is so simple and uses nothing but spices, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil.

Looking for quick lunch ideas throughout the week? Prepare double the recipe and store the leftovers in the refrigerator! When you’re ready:

  • Slice into strips and add to a green leafy salad.
  • Cut into chunks and mix with avocado oil mayo, diced grapes and chopped red onion and celery!
  • For a warm and savory lunch, shred and stir into a small bowl of prepared steel cut oats, along with diced avocado, fresh herbs, and leftover veggies from last night’s dinner.
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Super Succulent Seasoned Chicken
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts I like either Organic Smart Chicken or Gerber Amish Farm Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts I like either Organic Smart Chicken or Gerber Amish Farm Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. To tenderize, pound chicken breasts to an even thickness.
  3. Pour oil in a baking dish and coat both sides of chicken with oil.
  4. Add garlic powder through salt to a small bowl and mix together. Evenly coat both sides of chicken with spice mix and rub in with clean hands.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Then remove from oven and cover pan with foil and let rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to settle.
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Avocado Mayo

December 26th, 2017 | no comments


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Avocado Mayo
Traditional mayonnaise tends to be full of preservatives (calcium disodium EDTA) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 oil (soybean oil). No thank you! My version uses only five ingredients: avocado, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.  Use Avocado Mayo in place of regular mayonnaise in dishes like potato, egg or tuna salad!
Course Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
tbsp.
Ingredients
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Or Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
Course Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
tbsp.
Ingredients
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Or Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except oil to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. While it’s running slowly add oil and puree until smooth and creamy.
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Caulimash

December 18th, 2017 | no comments

One of the most important questions I ask myself when choosing a food to eat or recipe to prepare is: how long will this food keep me satisfied?

Unfortunately, when it comes to regular white potatoes, my answer is: not very long! Because of their high glycemic index, white potatoes have a strong impact on your blood sugar. This spike in blood sugar is followed by a subsequent dip, causing hunger to return sooner than it should.

Enter cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, or what I like to call Caulimash. 100% pure cauliflower, seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, fresh chives, and ghee. The taste is pure heaven on earth! And, because cauliflower has a low glycemic index, it will not cause undesirable effects on your blood sugar. Bonus! An extra bonus…cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning it has the power to reduce inflammation in your body.

This past Thanksgiving I made this recipe of Caulimash for my family in place of traditional mashed potatoes and everyone loved it! In fact, my mother (who is VERY hard to please when it comes to food), asked if she could take some of the leftovers. Score! 🙂

Serve it alongside a nice piece of grass fed beef with some roasted carrots and I swear you’ll never miss the spuds. You could also prepare a little extra and add it to your scrambled eggs on Sunday morning. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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Caulimash
100% pure cauliflower- seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, fresh chives and ghee. The taste is pure heaven on earth! And, because cauliflower has a low glycemic index, it will not cause undesirable effects on your blood sugar. Bonus! An extra bonus...cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning it has the power to reduce inflammation in your body. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 10
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower Remove stems and chop florets into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed ghee or butter For a richer flavor, use ghee!
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder Depending on how garlicky you like it. 1/2 teaspoon is pretty powerful!
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 10
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower Remove stems and chop florets into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed ghee or butter For a richer flavor, use ghee!
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder Depending on how garlicky you like it. 1/2 teaspoon is pretty powerful!
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. Steam cauliflower for 10 minutes until just fork-tender.
  2. Transfer to high-speed blender or food processor and add ghee, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  3. Pulse about three times to blend ingredients, then run on low speed for 30 seconds until smooth. Caution: If you over-blend, your caulimash will be runny.
  4. Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with chives.
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Almond Butter Buckeye Bites

December 6th, 2017 | no comments

I don’t know about you, but when I’m craving something sweet or salty, and I reach for junk food to calm the craving…it never works! In fact, it only makes it worse. Many of these foods are designed to do just that—make you want more! Think back to your last chocolate craving. Did eating a handful of M&M’s take care of it or did you venture back into the kitchen for another treat?

There’s nothing better than an upgraded treat that not only tames your craving, but also satisfies hunger! The best of both worlds. Almond Butter Buckeye Bites are made with Pure Bone Broth Collagen (or Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder), magnesium-rich cacao nibs, and omega 3-rich hemp seeds…and each bite is sweetened with less than one teaspoon of raw honey!

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Almond Butter Buckeye Bites
These buckeye bites work well as a snack OR if you are looking for a little something to curb your sweet tooth. One bite is surprisingly filling due to the healthy fat from the almond butter and hemp seeds. The cacao nibs give it a nice crunch, complimenting the smoothness of the dark chocolate chips. Enjoy 🙂
Servings
bites
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ground almond butter The only ingredient should be "almonds". Salt is OK too!
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or 1 1/2 scoops Pure Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
Servings
bites
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ground almond butter The only ingredient should be "almonds". Salt is OK too!
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or 1 1/2 scoops Pure Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir almond butter, honey, vanilla, sea salt, and hemp seeds together.
  2. Add the Bone Broth Powder and combine thoroughly.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and cacao nibs. Once the chocolate is evenly distributed, roll into 16 balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
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Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread

November 15th, 2017 | no comments

Bread can be a real issue when you are trying to watch your blood sugar. That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe from Jenny Carr’s cookbook, Peace of Cake. I added a little ground cinnamon to the batter to give it more of a breakfast flare. You could also add chopped walnuts for a little bit of crunch!

This bread is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts because it really keeps me full…especially if I top it with fresh ground almond butter, mashed avocado, or Kerrygold grass fed butter! Seriously yummy.

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Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread
This recipe was slightly adapted from Jenny Carr's cookbook, Peace of Cake. It is free from grains, gluten, and dairy, and rich in healthy fats like coconut oil, fresh ground almond butter, and milled flaxseeds. A perfect bread to keep your blood sugar in check! Enjoy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 6 organic free-range eggs I like Pete & Gerry's
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey (optional)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 6 organic free-range eggs I like Pete & Gerry's
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper with coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until eggs get frothy (about 20-30 seconds).
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove bread from pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Set on wire rack to cool until room temperature.
  5. Slice into 10-12 slices and store in sealed container in your refrigerator. Top with fresh ground almond butter or mashed avocado. You could also use as a sandwich bread!
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Egg & Avocado Breakfast Bowl

November 5th, 2017 | no comments

 

A carbohydrate-heavy breakfast like cereal and milk can cause your blood sugar to spike. The effect is a rush in insulin production to bring your blood sugar back down to a normal level. This often results in what I call “rebound hunger”, and is the reason I traded in my morning bowl of oatmeal years ago for a satisfying protein and fat-rich smoothie or a simple egg bowl. Here is my basic version of an egg and avocado bowl. Feel free to add in leftover veggies from last night’s dinner!

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Egg & Avocado Breakfast Bowl
A simple breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours without spiking your blood sugar!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe avocado A ripe avocado will yield to gentle pressure
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs, hard boiled and peeled I like Pete & Gerry's Organic Free Range Eggs
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt I like Real Salt or Himalasalt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe avocado A ripe avocado will yield to gentle pressure
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs, hard boiled and peeled I like Pete & Gerry's Organic Free Range Eggs
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt I like Real Salt or Himalasalt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice avocado lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the pit and carefully scoop avocado out of shell. Discard pit and shell.
  2. Place avocado and hard boiled eggs in a medium bowl and mash with a fork.
  3. Divide mixture into two small bowls and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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The Ultimate Comfort Food!

September 3rd, 2017 | no comments

I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I get a mean craving for mac-n-cheese! Since I’m all about taste AND nutrition, I prefer to make my own. This recipe is adapted from one that I found while searching for a solution to the traditional boxed variety. Thank you Lindsay from www.pinchofyum.com!

I chose chickpea pasta because of its rich fiber and protein content, making it an ideal solution for those watching their blood sugar. I enjoyed this dish with a nice side of roasted vegetables and leftover organic free range chicken!

 


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Upgraded Mac-n-Cheese
The ultimate comfort food that you can actually feel GOOD about eating!  Made with chickpea pasta, butternut squash, caramelized onions and your favorite cheese.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in skillet on low to medium heat and add onions. Saute for 15-20 minutes until fragrant and brown.
  3. While onions are cooking, remove the skin and seeds from squash and cut flesh into cubes (or purchase already peeled and cubed butternut squash). Bring broth to a boil in a large pot and add squash. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Drain squash, reserving 1/2 cup of broth. Add squash, reserved broth, milk, sea salt and cooked onions to a blender and process until smooth.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta, stirring to coat. This recipe makes a bit more sauce than you will need. No worries...store in an airtight container and refrigerate for later in the week.
  6. Stir in cheese and mix until melted throughout. Season with salt and pepper to taste!
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