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Creamy Paleo Chicken Casserole

It's casserole time! Enjoy this creamy, dairy free meal during the chilly weather months!

It’s casserole season! Enjoy this creamy, dairy free meal during the chilly weather months. It even makes great leftovers.

Inspired by PaleOMG

Ingredients:

1.5-2lbs chicken thighs, excess fat removed
1 medium heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
½-1 yellow onion, diced
*optional: 1 garlic clove minced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 (14oz.) can of coconut milk
2 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs. olive oil (or other fat)
2 tbs. ghee or coconut oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a 9×12 glass/pyrex baking dish. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Bake broccoli and cauliflower for 15-20 minutes while prepping other ingredients.

While the florets are cooking, place a large skillet over high heat.

Once skillet is very hot, add the ghee and chicken.

Salt and pepper the chicken while it cooks.

Cook each side for 4-5 minutes, until both sides are lightly browned.

Once chicken is ALMOST cooked through, remove it from the pan and place into the baking dish with the florets that have come out of the oven.

Put the pan over a medium heat and add the garlic and onions. Cook until translucent.

Add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes more.

Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth, as well as the other seasonings, and mix well.

Once it is all thoroughly combined, pour directly onto the chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower dish.

Add a bit more salt and pepper.

Mix it all together until well-combined and bake for 20-ish minutes, until the chicken skin is crispy and the liquid is bubbling.

Allow to cool to help the sauce thicken.

Enjoy!

Roasted Squash Bowls with Maple Spiced Yogurt

Roasted squash halves make the perfect bowl for your favorite sweet or savory treat! This is my favorite breakfast these days.

Roasted squash halves make the perfect bowl for your favorite sweet or savory treat!

Ingredients:

1/2 of a roasted sweet winter squash (I used acorn)
1/2-1 cup full fat organic Greek yogurt
1 tbs. maple syrup (or more to taste)
1 drop doTERRA cinnamon or cardamom essential oil
Handful of chopped pecans
Pinch of cinnamon for garnish

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients but for the squash and pecans together.
Place the spicy yogurt mixture in the squash half.
Sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon.
Enjoy!

 

 

Spicy Apple Smoothie

Don't let the cool weather deter you from green smoothie-ing! Add a pinch of ginger and/or cayenne pepper to your smoothie to keep your digestion strong and taste buds happy!

Don’t let the cool weather deter you from green smoothie-ing! Add a pinch of ginger and/or cayenne pepper to your smoothie to keep your digestion strong and taste buds happy!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple, cored
1 cup filtered water
1/2 cup coconut milk
3-6 tbs. Solay Sacred Strength Protein Powder (or your favorite protein powder, or 3-6 tbs. raw pepitas)
1 cup fresh spinach, blanched
1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger)
*optional: 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Method:

Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks

These are hearty pancakes, folks. Serve them with maple syrup for an extra sweet treat, otherwise they're pretty darn delish with a simple pat of salted butter. Yummo!

These are hearty pancakes, folks. Serve them with maple syrup for an extra sweet treat, otherwise they’re pretty darn delish with a simple pat of salted butter. Yummo!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil)
pinch of ginger root powder
pinch of sea salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (or nut milk of your choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbs. lemon juice
Zest of half a lemon
Grated apple, about 1 cup
*Optional 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pecans
Ghee or coconut oil to cook the pancakes

Method:

Combine the wet ingredients (except for the apple) and whisk until smooth.

Combine dry ingredients (except the pecans) and gently fold into the wet ingredients.

Add the apple and the pecans and gently fold them into the batter.

Warm ghee/coconut oil  in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don’t stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (this can take up to a few minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more grated apple, ghee, grassfed butter, maple syrup, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Peachy Keen (Paleo) Porridge

Start your day with a protein packed and nourishing bowl of goodness!

Start your day with a protein packed and nourishing bowl of goodness!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond meal
2 tbsp. hemp hearts
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup filtered water
pinch sea salt
pinch or two of cardamom, cinnamon, or ginger powder, or 1/2 drop of the doTERRA essential oil counterparts)’
1 ripe peach
*optional: honey, or maple syrup sweetened to taste
*optional: 1 organic/pasture-raised egg

Method:

Warm the water and coconut milk in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Whisk in the chia seeds. Allow them to cook (and gel) for a few minutes.

Add in the almond meal and hemp hearts. Whisk until well-combined.

Whisk in the salt and spices and allow to simmer for a few more minutes.

*If adding an egg, break the egg in the porridge and whisk rapidly to ensure even distribution. Allow to simmer for a few more minutes.

*If adding sweetener, sweeten to taste and pour porridge into a serving bowl (or two).

Top the bowl(s) with fresh peach and a pinch of cardamom or cinnamon. Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Yum. That's all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they're a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Yum. That’s all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they’re a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1-2 tbs. organic molasses
1 tbs. organic vanilla extract
½ cup full fat coconut milk
1 cup blueberries
1 ½ cups almond flour
½ tsp. sea salt
1 pinch powdered cardamom
1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1 pinch cinnamon)
½ tsp. baking soda
Ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Method:

Combine eggs, molasses, vanilla, and coconut milk, and whisk until smooth.

Add almond flour, salt, spices, and baking soda, and whisk again to incorporate dry ingredients into batter.

Add your the blueberries and fold into the batter.

Warm ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don’t stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (about 1.5 minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more blueberries, ghee, grassfed butter, shredded coconut, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Jazzed Up Rice Pudding

This rice pudding recipe uses other types of dried fruit and nuts for an even tastier take on the comfort food classic.

This rice pudding recipe uses other types of dried fruit and nuts for an even tastier take on the comfort food classic.

Ingredients:

1/4 chopped dried fruit: figs, dates, prunes, apricots, raisins, etc.
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 1/2 cups whole raw milk (you can use coconut milk if you’re not into dairy)
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup (or less if you’re like me and think that every dessert is over sweetened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch sea salt
Ghee for greasing the pan

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Grease an 8X8 pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and pour into the pan.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. (If you can wait that long!)

Pour milk over each serving if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Jazzed Up Rice Pudding

Benefits:

It’s delicious soul food…Need I say more? If so, see below:

Brown Rice: When properly prepared, brown rice is an excellent source of manganese, and provides a good amount of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet. It’s also super high in fiber (which in combo with selenium packs a one-two punch for colon health). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Local Raw Milk: This is a VERY touchy subject. So I will leave it to the professionals. See here if you’re interested in learning more about raw milk. Otherwise, good organic milk is a fine alternative.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or “good” fat and protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

 

Celery Melon Cooler

 

As summer winds down, enjoy this cooling, sweet drink!

As summer winds down, enjoy this cooling, anti-inflammatory, sweet drink!

Ingredients:

10 celery stalks, de-stringed
1-2 cups honeydew or Santa Claus melon
1/2 (or 1 if you like it more tart) lime, de-rinded
2-4 sprigs basil
1 drop doTERRA lemon or lime essential oil
*optional: 1/2 cup filtered water

Method:

Place all ingredients but essential oil in your juicer. Juice. Place in a glass jar (with a lid) add your essential oil and optional water. Shake it up to mix it all together. Sip to your heart’s content!

Or, place all ingredients in your high-powered juicer. Add 1 cup filtered water. Blend to smithereens. Strain over a glass. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Honeydew: This melon is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruit, which means it can help us to fight off unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

 

 

Summer Melon and Avocado Pudding

This pudding is cool, creamy, and utterly refreshing.

This pudding is cool, creamy, and utterly refreshing.

Ingredients:

1 avocado, just the flesh
2 cups ripe de-rinded melon (honeydew or Santa Claus melons are nice because their pale green flesh lends to the delicate hue of the pudding)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
Teeny pinch salt
*Optional: honey to taste if you like it even sweeter

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

You might need to stop the blender and stir the ingredients with a spatula a couple times just to ensure even blending.

Place in a container and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!)

Serve and enjoy!

*Optional: Serve with a little wedge of lemon…squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over your bowl and enjoy!

Benefits:

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cantaloupe/Honeydew: This melon is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruit, which means it can help us to fight off unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

 

Heirloom Tomato and Golden Plum Salad

Enjoy the best of summer with this spicy, sweet, savory salad!

Enjoy the best of summer with this spicy, sweet, savory salad!

Ingredients:

Salad:
2-3 cups fresh baby arugula, lightly tossed in olive oil
2-3 heirloom tomatoes of different colors, cut into 1/4-inch slabs and lightly salted
3-4 small golden (or purple) plums, cut into wedges
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
Pansies, marigolds, and/or fresh berries for garnish

Dressing:
1/4 cup grapeseed or mild olive oil
Juice of 1/4 lemon
3 Tbs. balsmic vinegar
5 ripe blackberries
1 drop lemon doTERRA essential oil
Salt to taste
*Optional: 1/2 tsp. honey if you like sweeter dressing

Method:

Salad:
Plate a small handful of arugula on a plate
Stack a few slabs of heirloom tomato on the side of the arugula
Top tomatoes with a few wedges of plum
Scatter a few pistachios over the whole salad
Salt to taste

Dressing:
Place all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
Add a few berries or a little more oil to reach desired consistency.

Finish:
Drizzle dressing over the salad.
Adorn the plate with fresh flowers and berries for extra beauty and deliciousness. Bon apetít!

Benefits:

Arugula: Arugula is a rich source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and B-complexes (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, which are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions). This is a low-cal lettuce leaf that packs a nutritional wallop, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second helping! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Blackberries: Blackberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They contain powerful anti-oxidants which help soothe internal inflammation, boost heart and digestive health. They also abound with vitamin K, which helps with maintain healthy blood and bones. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Pistachios: These nuts are rich with antioxidants, phytosterols, unsaturated fats, vitamin B-6, and thiamin. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Tomato: Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain high amounts of manganese and vitamin E. Multiple studies have shown that tomatoes are wonderful for heart health. See here for more health benefits of tomatoes. Heirloom varieties of any flora and fauna are dear to my heart. I’ll write more about this later. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.