Paleo Jerk Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

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This meal was one of the first things I learned to cook on my own way back in college.  Over the years I’ve perfected it and Paleo-ized it (see: coconut aminos), and am really happy with how it has turned out.

If you’re a fan of spicy food, you’re going to want to give this a try.

(Side note and fun fact: I really, really love spicy food, but it makes me sweat something fierce.  It’s so bad that for the first few months of dating my wife, I refused to eat any spicy foods because I didn’t want to look like I was in the middle of an intense workout while simultaneously eating a meal.)

Paleo Jerk Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

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Want to add some spice to dinner? This will do the trick!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 6 TBS Orange Juice
  • 4 TBS Lemon Juice
  • 4 TBS Olive Oil
  • 4 TBS Coconut Aminos
  • 3 tsp All-Spice
  • 3 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Dried Sage
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Head of Cauliflower

Instructions (Jerk Chicken)

  1. The night before cooking, cut up chicken breasts into medium-sized cubes, chop up onion and jalapenos, and mix all ingredients (minus the cauliflower) together in a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Pour bowl into large skillet and cook on medium-high heat for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Serve over cauliflower rice (see below).

Instructions (Cauliflower Rice)

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Chop off the stem of the cauliflower and then cut the rest of the head into smaller pieces.
  3. Using the fine side of a grater, grate the cauliflower pieces into the “rice,” collecting in a large bowl.
  4. Spread cauliflower rice over a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  Flip once about mid-way through.

Do you like spicy food?  What’s your favorite spicy Paleo recipe?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs and Veggies

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Over the last month or so, my wife and I have been doing most of our cooking on the grill or in the Crock Pot, and have forgotten how easy it is to just throw together some ingredients, put them in the oven, and come back less than an hour later to a hot and delicious meal.

We’re also trying to get away from eating just chicken breasts every time we’re in the mood for chicken (and aren’t cooking a whole chicken in the Crock Pot) so we decided to give chicken thighs a try.  We were pretty happy with how this turned out!

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs and Veggies

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Here’s an easy set it and forget it recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Chicken Thighs (either bone-in or boneless.  I think bone-in has more flavor.)
  • 2 heads of Broccoli
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • Garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Onion Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop up veggies into bit-sized cubes and pieces and place into baking dish.  Sprinkle olive oil, onion salt, and some minced garlic over the veggies.
  3. Place the chicken thighs on top of the veggies and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

Simple enough, right?  What is your favorite easy Paleo recipe?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Paleo Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party

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Need some Paleo recipes for your Super Bowl party? We’ve got you covered!

Given that the Super Bowl is less than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about what you might be serving at your Super Bowl party! (Or bringing to someone else’s party, as the case may be.)

Since more often than not, these parties are an excuse to go overboard on drinks and less-than-healthy foods, it might be worth serving the below foods and not telling all of your guests that they’re experiencing a Paleo feast until after the game.

(Though, it might be worth telling guests about the Paleo mayo, since it does have a raw egg in it. Giving them a heads up is probably the wise and right thing to do.)

In any event, here’s what I’m recommending that you serve or bring this Sunday.

Pre-Game Snacks

Main Dishes

Desserts

I think you’ve got a pretty awesome feast here that’ll keep everyone full and, even better, expose your non-Paleo friends to the endless possibilities of delicious Paleo foods!

Who do you think is going to win on Sunday? Would you add anything this list? Delete? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Paleo Steak Fajitas

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When people ask me what my favorite type of food is, without hesitation I tell them it’s Mexican.  Give me an infinite bowl of chips and salsa and a plate of tacos and I’m a happy camper.

But since most of the above is a no-no on Whole30, my wife came up with the next best thing — homemade fajitas!

After eating these, I may never go out to a Mexican restaurant again!  (Okay, that’s a big of an exaggeration.  But this recipe is really, really good!)

Paleo Steak Fajitas

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Restaurant quality fajitas for a fraction of the price at home!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 LB Sirloin Steak
  • 2 Large Green Peppers
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 TBS Minced Garlic
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 TBS Coconut Oil
  • 1 Head of Lettuce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, and then sprinkle evenly over steak.  (Try to really knead the seasoning into the steak.)  Then slice the steak into 1/2-inch strips.
  2. Thinly slice the green pepper, onion, and tomato, and set aside.
  3. Melt coconut oil over medium-high heat in large frying pan.  Add steak, sliced vegetables, garlic, and juice from one lemon and cook until steak reaches desired temperature.  (Should be about 10 minutes or so.)
  4. (Optional) Serve fajitas using leaves of lettuce as your wrap.

What is your favorite type of food?  How have you tried to Paleo-ize it?  Leave a comment here and share your thoughts with the community!

20 Days into Our Whole30 Challenge

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Paleo Slow Cooking, Chrissy Gower, It Starts With Food, Whole 30, Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Practical Paleo, Mark Sisson, Diane Sanfilippo, Dallas Hartwig, Melissa HartwigWhile my wife and I still have 10 days to go, I thought that making it 2/3rds of the way through our first Whole30 Challenge in nearly three years was something worth acknowledging.  There’s a reason it’s called a Whole30 Challenge, so making it 20 days is a pretty big accomplishment.

Firstly, the biggest acknowledgement goes to my wife.  From the beginning, she planned all of our meals for the week, made the grocery lists, and kept me on track when I went to a buddy’s bachelor party and really, really wanted to have a few beers and drown myself in tater tots.

(Note: Tater tots is not a euphemism for something else that often happens at bachelor parties.  I legitimately wanted to eat the tater tots that were being served where we were playing golf.)

Secondly, I’d like to acknowledge all of the benefits I’ve seen and felt thus far.  For me, here are the three best things that have come out of the challenge:

1) Sleeping better.  As my diet deteriorated, so too did my sleep quality.  And since I love to sleep — I try to get at least 9 hours a night — getting back on track was a major motivator for me.  At this point, I’m sleeping all the way through the night and wake up feeling completely rested.  And I know this has resulted in increased performance at work and far less irritability at home.

2) Rediscovered having fun in the kitchen.  As you can probably tell by the fact I’ve posted more recipes in the past 20 days than I had in the prior six-months, it’s pretty clear that doing the challenge has reignited our abilities in the kitchen.  Not only have we found a few recipes on the internet and tailored them to our specific tastes, but we’ve been so bold as to throw caution to the wind and make up stuff as we go along.  Often, the impromptu recipes have been even better than the planned ones.

3) Rediscovering your support.  When you’re married, have careers, and a family, sometimes your relationship gets put on the back burner.  But doing something like this requires the two of you to support each other.  You get back to being a team.  And I can definitely sense that with my wife and me.  I guess there’s something about having a common goal where you both really want the other to succeed that can help move the relationship off the back burner and place it squarely in the forefront.

While I’m not going to list this as a benefit since I know we’re not supposed to weigh or measure ourselves during the challenge– it has been my ONLY cheat! — but I am happy to report that I’ve lost 9 pounds and 1.25 inches off of my waist over these past 20 days.  Couple this with the three things above… what’s not to love!

Here’s to the next 10 days.

For those of you who started a Whole30 Challenge — or a food-related New Year’s resolution — how are things going?  What have been your challenges?  Your successes?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!