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Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Paleo Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Have you ever purchased a food item from the grocery store that was too much to use in one meal?

Well, as you can see, I purchased a whole schlew of tomatoes.

Grape Tomatoes

Since I had chili on my mind, I decided to use these tomatoes in my chili ~ good paleo chili recipe with cabbage and fresh tomatoes.  I couldn’t go wrong.

I decided to use chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin and oregano as my seasonings.

Seasonings

Since everything pretty much got thrown in a large skillet, this recipe is on my list of “simple and easy chili recipes.”

Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Make sure you adjust the seasonings (spices) to your taste.  Some people like spicy chili but I prefer mine mild.

And … here’s the recipe.

Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Chili with Cabbage and Fresh Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground garlic
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the olive oil then add the onion, pepper and cabbage.
  2. Cook the vegetables until they are soft.
  3. Add the beef and cook until it’s browned.
  4. Add the spices, salt, and pepper then stir.
  5. Taste and adjust spices if you'd like.
  6. Allow to cook through for about 20 minutes then add the tomatoes and cook another 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with a baked white sweet potato.
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Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

 

Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

I purchase frozen tilapia filets at Costco to have them ready for a quick dinner.

The tilapias usually take 8 hours to thaw in the refrigerator although I’ve found that I can take them out frozen and thaw them in cold water.  I simply fill a large bowl with cold water and place the tilapias in them, wait 15 minutes, empty out the cold water and replace with new water and start the process over again until they are thawed.  This takes maybe 45 minutes to an hour but in a pinch it works better than having to wait 8 hours (unless you’re super organized and remember to take them out in the morning).

This recipe is fairly quick if just a bit messy but it’s a recipe that’s worth making.

Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

I’ve heard it said that tilapia has less Omega 3 levels than salmon but hey, that’s okay.  It’s not like one eats it every day, right?

So ~ without further ado, here’s the recipe for you try.  Enjoy!

Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Seafood

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Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (at room temperature)
  • 4 (6-oz.) tilapia fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. steam-in-bag fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs to the garlic then cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the garlic/breadcrumb mixture and put it in a wide based shallow bowl.
  6. Place the flour and egg in separate shallow bowls also.
  7. Salt and pepper the tilapia.
  8. Coat the tilapia in flour then dip it in the egg and lastly coat it in the breadcrumb mixture.
  9. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, oil, broccoli, and carrots on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray.
  10. Add the tilapia to pan.
  11. Bake everything together at 400°F for approximately 15 minutes or until the tilapia is cooked through.
  12. Serve with lemon wedges.
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Did you know? Tilapia is the fourth most consumed fish in the United States dating back to 2002.

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Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

Sweet Potato and Red Curry

Yeah so, this recipe is very un-paleo.  We’ve been cheating on the paleo diet quite a bit and my desire to have an Indian recipe led me to this very delicious recipe that I found in a Cooking Light magazine.

I did make a few changes to the original recipe so have re-written it below.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  The original recipe calls for it to be served over rice but we served it with slices of french bread.  Quite delicious!

Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

Category: Dinner

Cuisine: Indian

Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

Sweet Potato and Red Curry

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled, cubed sweet potato
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups dried red lentils, washed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons Indian spicy grilling paste
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a slow cooker that's coated with cooking spray, add all the ingredients except for the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar and slow cook for approximately 8 hours.
  2. Add the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar then stir everything together.
  3. Allow the curry to sit for about 5 minutes then serve over rice, a sweet potato or with warm bread.
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Paleo Beef Shish Kabobs

Paleo Baked Beef Shish Kabobs

I’m still trying to keep my meal planning very simple so I can spend more time in the yard this spring/summer.

So ~ I made these marinated paleo Beef Shish Kabobs that took absolutely no time at all.  You don’t have to marinate the meat, however, if you do the meat will be a lot more tender.

But, first things first ~ I used wooden skewers and they have to be soaked so they don’t burn in the oven.  I soaked them in cool water for about 20 minutes.  That did the trick. (The knife was to hold them down as they kept floating.)

Soak Wooden Skewers

Now, besides onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, I use white vinegar to “soften” the beef. The longer you can marinate the beef the more tender it will be.  Today I only marinated the beef for a couple hours and it didn’t come out as tender as my mouth was watering for ~ I think my problem though was using too little vinegar so the recipe below uses more than what I used.  It will also depend on how much meat you have to tenderize so if  you use a little bit of beef, don’t use as much vinegar ~ more beef, more vinegar.

The pieces of beef below were marinated, trimmed of fat and then cut into smaller pieces for the skewers.

Tenderize the Beef

I only used peppers and onion to accompany the beef. Simple, right?

Vegetables for kabobs

Since I had cherry tomatoes on hand, I added them on the side so they could roast. I could have put them on the skewers but that sounded messy to me.

Cherry Tomatoes

The shish kabobs should bake for about 20 minutes IF you like your meat medium well. I took them out at 10 minutes just to see what they looked like ~ a little to red for me:

Medium Baked Beef Shish Kabobs

These came out much better ~ don’t you agree?

Paleo Baked Beef Shish Kabobs

Now for the recipe ~

Paleo Beef Shish Kabobs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Entree

Cuisine: American

5 Skewers

Serving Size: 1 Skewer

Paleo  Beef Shish Kabobs

Paleo Baked Beef Shish Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar (depends how much meat you have)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 - 3 peppers, cut into pieces to fit on the skewers
  • 2 medium onions, cut into pieces to fit on the skewers
  • Cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions

  1. Prepare the beef stew meat by cleaning it, trimming the fat and cutting it into bite sized pieces.
  2. Season the beef with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper then toss this all together.
  3. Add the vinegar to the seasoned beef, toss then cover with plastic and place in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours to marinate.
  4. Once the meat is marinated remove it from the refrigerator and allow to come it to room temperature (about 30 minutes).
  5. In a flat medium container, add cool water and soak the wooden skewers for approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Prepare the vegetables for the skewers.
  8. Add pieces of beef and vegetables to the skewer alternating as you wish.
  9. Place the skewers in a casserole dish or a small oven rack to bake in the oven.
  10. If you're roasting cherry tomatoes, add them to the side of the dish next to the skewers.
  11. Bake for approximately 20 minutes (ovens bake differently so check the meat for doneness at 15 minutes).
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Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

I always seem to have a hard time baking salmon so it doesn’t come out dry.  Does that ever happen to you?

Well, this recipe, adapted from a Martha Stewart one, is the absolute best salmon I’ve ever had. Seriously!  The salmon came out moist and perfect.  Moist and perfect baked salmon ~ what more could I ask for?

This paleo Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes was also a welcome addition to my recipes as I had purchased a large container of cherry tomatoes from Costco (a warehouse store) and needed to use some up.  It was a fantastic way to use up a large amount of extra cherry tomatoes.

Cherry Tomatoes

It always helps when a recipe has garlic too.  Eh?  The original recipe called for one garlic clove.  Can you believe that?  Only one.  But not for me!  I crushed three garlic cloves in with the halved tomatoes that included cherry tomatoes, garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and dried basil.

This mixture will be baked in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Baked Cherry Tomatoes

I use a convection oven at home and it cooks a lot faster than a normal oven.  In this case, it was a total of 10 minutes less from the original recipe.

I served this meal with a salad, steamed carrots and half of an avocado.  It was delicious and filling.

So ~ are you ready to see this scrumptious baked salmon recipe?  Enjoy!

Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

Baked Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 2 skin-on wild-salmon fillets

Instructions

  1. Preheat the convection oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small casserole dish, add the oil, tomatoes, garlic and basil then toss together.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again.
  4. Bake the tomato mixture for 10 minutes then remove it from the oven.
  5. Lower the oven heat to 275 degrees.
  6. Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the salmon, skin-side down, to the casserole dish with the tomatoes.
  8. Take a little bit of the juice and tomatoes and spread it over the salmon.
  9. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes (a thermometer inserted in the salmon fillets should read 120 degrees when it's cooked thoroughly).
  10. Note: If not using a convection oven, add 5 minutes to the times listed above.
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Cauliflower Tomato Casserole

Paleo Cauliflower Tomato Casserole

Well, here I am again with another new recipe. This one is paleo and vegetarian but not vegan.  You could use vegan cheese to solve that problem though.

Cauliflower is not one of my “go to” vegetables although, add a little aged cheese and my mind magically changes its mind.

This paleo Cauliflower Tomato Casserole is very easy to make and most of the recipes can already be found in (most) of your cupboards.

Although I had purchased the cauliflower just a couple of days before, there were some parts that didn’t look “healthy” to me ~ mainly the brown parts ~ so I cut those areas off and used the rest.

Cauliflower

I first cut the cauliflower into smaller florets, rinse them clean and put them in a pot to steam until they were soft.

Steam Cauliflower

While the cauliflower was steaming, I prepared ingredients that will be combined with the cauliflower once it’s steamed ~

Ingredients

I combined the ingredients in a bowl (with the exception of the almond flour and cheese).  Only half of the can of diced tomatoes is used.  These ingredients will be combined with the steamed cauliflower.

Combine Ingredients

The almond flour was tossed with my favorite cheese ~ Kerrygold Aged White Cheddar ~ although any cheese can be used. This was then tossed over the cauliflower mixture.

Aged White Kerrygold Cheddar

Combine cheese and almond flour

Once everything was ready, I popped my uncovered casserole dish into the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the top started browning.

So ~ here’s the recipe for you to try. Let me know what you think.

Cauliflower Tomato Casserole (Paleo)

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Cauliflower Tomato Casserole (Paleo)

Paleo Cauliflower Tomato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 1/2 (14.5) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons oregano
  • large pinch ground cloves
  • large pinch ground cinammon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup aged white cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a casserole dish with olive oil or coconut oil.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and steam them until soft.
  4. Once the cauliflower is steamed, in a large bowl, add the florets and all the other ingredients except the almond flour and cheese then toss together.
  5. Add this cauliflower mixture to the casserole dish.
  6. In a medium sized bowl, combine the almond flour and cheese.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the cauliflower mixture.
  8. Bake (convection oven) for approximately 15 minutes, uncovered, until the cheese is melted and the top is brownish.
  9. Note: For a regular oven bake approximately 25 minutes.
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I adapted this recipe from a book called Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking.

I sure hope you enjoy it!

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Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

Paleo Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

As a Puerto Rican, we ate lots of plantains growing up.

My favorite were the maduros which were yellow and very ripe even to the point of having a black skin. These were the sweet ones as opposed to the green plantains which were not sweet at all and were usually served with a garlic dip.  But the maduros ~ well, we just fried them up and ate the slices. Simple and delicious!

It’s interesting that almost every time I go to the grocery store and see the very ripe plantains they bring the price down because they assume (incorrectly) that the plantain is too ripe.  So it’s a bonus to pick up these delicious maduros.

Ripe Plantains aka Maduros

Now, being one to have a sweet tooth, I searched for a recipe to incorporate these plantains into a meal.  And, right on my bookshelf I found a book called Puerto Rican Cookery that had been given to me as a gift many years ago. It had a recipe for plantain balls but I decided to adapt it to suit my taste.

Besides the plantains, the rest of the ingredients are quite simple:  ground beef, cheese and seasonings.

The plantains are boiled in water until they look like they are going to pop out.  Then they’re taken out to cool.   Once cooled, I peeled them and added them to a bowl with butter and arrowroot starch.  Then I mashed them up.

Boiled Plantains

The ground beef is put in a skillet with the seasonings and cooked through.  This will be used to fill the plantain balls along with the shredded cheese.

Cooked Ground Beef

I added a little arrowroot powder to my hands before I picked up some of the plantain mixture to fill it.  It needs to be flattened so it can be filled with the ingredients.

Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

The plantain balls will come out looking like this …

Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

And once baked they’ll look like this …

Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

These Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls are paleo … deliciously paleo.  And, if you choose, you can also fry them instead of baking them but I prefer them baked.

I served my plantain balls with Crispy Baked Eggplant Dippers and sliced tomatoes.

Ready to try this simple and tasty recipe?

Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

10 Large Balls

Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

Paleo Beef & Cheese Filled Plantain Balls

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe plantains
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional for beef mixture
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 16 ounces ground beef
  • Oregano, 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Aged White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Olive Oil
  • Olive Oil Spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large pot, add the water and 1 teaspoon salt then bring this to a boil.
  3. Slice the plantains in half and add them to the water with the skin on.
  4. After 15-20 minutes, remove the plantains from the water and set aside to allow them to cool.
  5. In a large skillet, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and allow this to warm.
  6. Add the beef, oregano and garlic powder to the skillet and cook until the beef is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Season the beef with salt and pepper and stir until well blended then set the beef aside.
  8. Once the plantains are cooled, remove the peel and add them to a medium sized bowl along with the melted butter and 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder.
  9. Mash the ingredients in the bowl.
  10. Coat your hand with a little bit of arrowroot powder then take a large spoonful of the plantain ingredients and make a flat patty in your hand.
  11. Add beef and cheese to the center of the patty then cover it with the plantain mixture to form a ball.
  12. Continue to make the balls until all the ingredients are gone.
  13. Spray olive oil in a casserole dish then add the plantain balls.
  14. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the balls are golden.
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Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Paleo)

Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Paleo)

This paleo Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe came out absolutely great!

Normally my chicken breasts come out a tad too dry but not this time.  I surprised even myself!

I decided on chicken breasts for tonight’s meal because I haven’t had them in quite awhile and I felt inspiration well inside of me.  If that inspiration ever wells up inside of you, go for it!

As usual, the recipe is simple and uses ingredients that most people already have in their cupboard.

Ingredients

I only used two “slices” of the aged cheddar white cheese and then I chopped it up.  You could use more cheese, but I liked the “hint” of cheese and this white cheddar does not have an overpowering flavor.

Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Kerrygold White Cheddar Cheese

The spinach, olives and cheese will be combined in a bowl after they are all chopped.

Combine Filling Ingredients

After I cleaned and dried the chicken breasts, I sliced it down the middle but not all the way through ~

Slicing A Chicken Breast for Filling

Slice the Chicken Breasts

Next I stuffed them with the spinach mixture ~ (you’ll be tempted to overfill them, but remember that the pocket will be closed up).

Add mixture to chicken breasts

I added a tablespoon of olive oil to the bottom of a casserole dish then the chicken breasts.  Next I seasoned the chicken with salt, white pepper and oregano then closed the chicken pockets with toothpicks.

Season the chicken breasts

I baked the chicken (covered) for approximately 35 minutes before removing it from the oven.  I then added the juice of half of a lemon and a half tablespoon of butter on the top of each of the breasts then back in the oven it went, uncovered, for approximately 5 more minutes.

Add Lemon Juice and Butter

Then ~ perfection.  Moist and tasty.   I’m sure you’re ready to see the recipe, eh?

Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Paleo)

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Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Paleo)

Spinach, Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Paleo)

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olives, a handful, chopped
  • Spinach, 1 cup chopped
  • Aged White Cheddar Cheese, handful, chopped
  • Oregano, a sprinkle
  • White Pepper, a sprinkle
  • Salt, to your taste
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the convection oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
  2. Clean and dry the chicken breasts then set them aside.
  3. Chop the spinach, olives and cheese and toss them in a small bowl.
  4. Slice the chicken breasts in the middle but not all the way through (you want to make a small pocket).
  5. Fill the pocket with the spinach mixture then use toothpicks to hold the two sides of the chicken breast together.
  6. In a casserole dish, add approximately 1 tablespoon olive oil to the bottom.
  7. Add the chicken breasts to the casserole dish, sprinkle with oregano, white pepper and salt then cover with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake for approximately 35 minutes then remove from the oven.
  9. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon over the chicken breasts, throw the peel in the casserole dish, add 1/2 tablespoon butter to the top of the chicken breasts then return to the oven, uncovered, for another 5 minutes.
  10. Next ~ enjoy!
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Paleo Pistachio Chili

Paleo Pistachio Chili

Motivation for a new and simple paleo chili recipe gave me the inspiration for this recipe.

The main spice in this recipe is chili powder. Sounds simple enough, no?

Chili Powder, Pistachio Nuts and Canned Diced Tomatoes

The handful of pistachio nuts were a last minute idea and I was glad I added them.  They gave a nice crunch to every bite.

The veggies I choose to use were cabbage, green onions, onion and green pepper.  I sauteed them in a tablespoon of olive oil to cook them through a little

Saute Vegetables

The chili is served on a bed of shredded lettuce which gives it a crispness when you bite into it.  I sliced the lettuce up, cleaned it with water then put it in a mesh holder to allow the water to drain.  After a few minutes, I take a paper towel and dry it to remove most of the water.

Prepare Lettuce

I like to use the Organic Ground Beef that I purchase at Costco.  It doesn’t taste grainy when cooked like other ground beef I’ve tasted.

Costco Ground Beef

Once the vegetables are sauteed, I added the ground beef to them until the beef browned.

Add Ground Beef to Sauteed Vegetables

Next I seasoned the beef with the chili powder and salt.  Then I added the canned diced tomatoes.

Season the Beef then add the Diced Tomatoes

Once everything is combined and cooked through, I added the pistachios, stirred and it was ready to serve.

Paleo Pistachio Chili

Pretty simple, no?  Check out the recipe and let me know what you think.

Paleo Pistachio Chili

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Paleo Pistachio Chili

Paleo Pistachio Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Handful of pistachio nuts whole or chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups loosely chopped lettuce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef

Instructions

  1. In a large warmed skillet, add the olive oil and allow it to heat through.
  2. Add the green pepper, onion, green onions and cabbage to the skillet and saute.
  3. Once the vegetables are soft, add the ground beef and cook it through until browned then stir it together with the vegetables.
  4. Season the beef mixture with the chili powder one teaspoon at a time until you get the taste you want.
  5. Season with salt.
  6. Add the can of diced tomatoes to the beef mixture and stir to blend it all together. Allow this to cook through.
  7. Lastly, add the pistachio nuts and stir.
  8. Serve in a bowl with chopped lettuce layered on the bottom.
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Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Olives

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Olives

The end of 2016 crept up rather quickly on me.  The beginning of 2017 did also.

For the past three months I have been troubled by pain in my right shoulder.  One night the pain was excruciating and I finally made it to the doctor’s office. Suffice it to say that I am in physical therapy now and recuperating.  It feels like forever since I’ve posted on this blog although it’s only been a month.

I am currently in downsizing mode ~ getting rid of things I haven’t used in awhile.  And so I went to the cabinet that holds all of my cookbooks and started going through them one by one.

One of my favorite books is Cooking Light and that’s where I found the inspiration for this recipe.  I have tweaked it a bit to make it more simple and have removed grapes from the recipe also.

The main ingredients are carrots, kalamata olives (or regular olives if you don’t like the kalamata ones), onion, chicken and spices.

Carrots & Onion

Carrots & Onion

Kalamata Olives

Kalamata Olives

Throughout my short cooking life, I have learned to substitute spices for what I already have ~ well, assuming I like them.  (laughing)

Spices

Spices

I chose to use the smaller carrots and sliced them in half.  Then I sliced the onion, added them to the carrots along with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt then mixed it all together.

Sliced Carrots & Onion

Sliced Carrots & Onion

I used a handful of kalamata olives that I added to the carrot mixture after it had been roasted for a little while.  I really like the taste of these olives ~ they make my mouth happy.

Kalamata Olives

Kalamata Olives

The spice mixture of cinnamon, red pepper flakes, coriander and cumin can really be adapted to whatever spices you like. Go ahead ~ be bold!  I also added a splash of salt and pepper in the spices.  It doesn’t look like a lot but it was enough to coat both sides of four chicken thighs.

Spice Mixture

Spice Mixture

Once I cleaned and trimmed the bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, I patted them dry with a paper towel then sprinkled half of the spices on them.

Spiced Up Chicken Thighs

Spiced Up Chicken Thighs

The chicken thighs will be put in an oiled skillet skin side down so they can become crusty-ish. While in the skillet, I seasoned the other side of the chicken thighs.

Seasoned Chicken Thighs

Once the veggies roasted a bit in the oven, I removed them and added the olives to them along with the chicken thighs to bake them together.

Add Chicken Thighs to Roasted Vegetables

Sound easy enough?  Okay then, here’s the recipe for you.

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Olives

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Olives

Paleo Baked Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Olives

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced yellow onion
  • Handful of small carrots, cut lengthwise
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Combine the onion, carrots, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl and toss well.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the vegetables and toss again.
  4. Add the carrot mixture to a preheated casserole dish then bake at 450° for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, the cumin, coriander, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the chicken thighs evenly with the spice mixture.
  7. Heat a skillet (large enough to hold 4 chicken thighs) over medium-high heat.
  8. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet and make sure it is evenly distributed along the bottom of the skillet.
  9. Add the chicken to the skillet to brown it and while that is happening, season the bottom of the chicken thighs.
  10. Cook until browned on the top (lift one of the chicken thighs to check for doneness ~ you want it to be brown and crusty-sh).
  11. Remove the chicken thighs from the skillet.
  12. Add the kalamata olives to the vegetable mixture which should now be out of the oven.
  13. Add the chicken to the vegetable mixture, skin side up.
  14. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
  15. Note: The chicken thigh "juice" should come out clear ~ no pink, in order for it to be done.
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