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Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken “Pasta”

Chicken, Tomato Basil Noodles

Good for you Pasta Bowls will all the flavor and more vegetables, less carbs!

That was the goal of this juicy chicken and pasta bowl.

Now I’m a girl who grew up with Pasta Sunday, and I still look forward to a big serving, but with a healthier twist that isn’t going to give my belly a pooch and have me slumping down on the sofa for the rest of the evening in a carbohydrate coma.

Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Toss Grain Free

It is always a great idea to choose boneless chicken thighs if you don’t want to take the chance of getting a dry breast. Thighs just have more flavor, and according to Dr. Oz in his White Chicken Meat vs. Dark Chicken Meat episode by Food Journalist Mark Schatzker, we have been trained our whole life to go for the white meat as a healthier option but is it? That being said, if you use perfectly roasted chicken breasts in this recipe, they would be delicious too, just not as foolproof. There is definitely a time to use them, like in my new chicken salad recipe with lemon pepper and strawberries here! The key is they have to be roasted to perfection and not taken a minute beyond 165°F.

Now, onward!

I like to roast my spaghetti squash the day before in the oven while I am making that night’s dinner, let it cool, then shred it into noodles with a fork and refrigerate it until the next day when I plan to make this dish. You can also completely do it in the same day.

Chicken Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Noodles

You are killing two birds with one stone, and saving a bunch of time by prepping it a day in advance.

This is a super flavorful pasta with beautiful oregano, basil and garlic all over the cubed thighs that are browned on the stove and then finished in the oven in 20 minutes total time. While the thighs are roasting, the rest of the ingredients can be prepped. Then you pour the chicken juices (broth) with all the seasonings right over the pasta. There is not a lot of fat in it because the chicken in skinless, but there is a Lot of Flavor!

Chicken Sundried Tomato Basil Pasta Grain and Dairy Free

Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken Pasta

1 Roasted Spaghetti Squash, cooled and shredded into “noodles”

1 Red Onion, Diced

2 Tablespoons of EVOO

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Packed Organic Sundried Tomatoes, diced

1 Cup of Sliced Scallions (green onions)

1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil

1 Can of Organic Mushrooms, drained


2 Pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano

1 Tablespoon of Dried Basil

1 Tablespoon of EVOO

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Cloves of Minced Garlic

Directions:

Roast you spaghetti squash up to a day in advance. To roast the squash, preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Split your spaghetti squash from stem to end and remove the seeds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place it cut side down onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Roast 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top of the squash is soft when pressed.

Remove from the oven, and flip upright to cool completely. Shred the squash with fork tines. If using later, cover and refrigerate.

On the day you are making the dish:

Preheat the oven to 400° degrees F.

Whisk together the basil, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Brush the seasoning over your boneless chicken thighs. In a large skillet, brown the chicken thighs on each side for five minutes, using a little more olive oil if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the chicken thighs to a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place in the oven to finish cooking through for approximately ten minutes, or until the thermometer reaches 165° F. Remove the thighs from the oven, and when cool enough, cut each thigh into quarters. Reserve the chicken juices from the pan, this is the broth!

In the same uncleaned pan you used to cook the chicken, you will make the sauce. All the brown bits from the chicken are little nuggets of flavor.

Brown the diced red onion in two tablespoons of olive oil until tender. Add the sundried tomatoes, scallions and mushroom, and stir warming and incorporating them into the cooked onions. Now, add the previously prepped spaghetti squash and the chopped fresh basil. Toss with tongues to coat and evenly distribute the vegetables.

Add the chicken pieces and juices from the chicken to the “noodles” heating and incorporating gently.

Serve!

Sundried Tomato, Chicken and Basil Grain Free Pasta has tons of flavor! It uses boneless chicken thighs and is a perfect bowl noodles for Grain Free Pasta Night! Paleo, Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free.

 

 

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Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad on Blue Tray

This chicken salad is my current Summer obsession! It has all the bright flavors of Summertime with it’s bright lemon and strawberry flavors with the bite of black pepper! Perfection!

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad 1

I do hope you give it a go, because I think you will really love it!

One of the keys to a really good chicken salad with white breast meat is roasting the chicken breasts to absolute perfection. It is handy to have a instant read thermometer for this. Another tip when roasting boneless, skinless breasts is to rub them with olive oil. It locks in the juices!

Ming loves Strawberry season! We got freshly picked ones from the Farmer’s Market!

Ming Smelling the Strawberries.jpg

I use a loose mayonnaise based dressing in this chicken salad that has plenty of fresh lemon juice for a lovely zing!

Also incorporated into this salad is crunchy toasted pecans, two kinds of onions (scallions and yellow) and fresh diced strawberries!

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad

Ingredients for the Chicken:

3 pounds of good quality boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 to 5)

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Zest of one Large Lemon

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Lay out the chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Brush all over both sides of the breasts evenly. Roast in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on them and do not take the breasts over 165° to ensure your chicken is juicy and tender. Check it at 20 minutes, remove any smaller breasts that may cook faster, then keep roasting if necessary in three minute increments until the chicken is done at 165° F. I can’t stand a dry breast!

When the chicken is done, remove it from the baking sheet onto a plate, then cover it with another plate to cool.

Assembling the Salad:

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Fresh Ripe Strawberries, diced

1/2 Cup of Finely Diced Yellow Onion

1/2 Cup of Green Scallions, sliced

1/2 Cup of Toasted Pecans (Toast at 350° degrees F. for 8 minutes) cooled and chopped

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (from the lemon you zested for the chicken)

1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Good Mayo (I use this kind)

1 Tablespoon of Really Good Honey (Local is Lovely)

Directions to finish the Chicken Salad:

Cube your cooled chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add the diced yellow onion, scallions, and toasted chopped pecans. In a blender, blend together the chicken salad dressing ingredients until creamy and smooth: (the mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, sea salt, black pepper). Pour the dressing over the chicken salad (saving the strawberries for last as they are tender) Toss the chicken salad until the ingredients are evenly disbursed and coated with the dressing. Now, fold in the diced strawberries. Chill and serve.

I hope you enjoy this delicious warm weather chicken salad full of the bright flavors of Summertime!

Strawberry Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad for Summer..jpg

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Farm Market Local Strawberries

 

 

 

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad for your next Backyard BBQ

Cannellini Bean Salad for a Creamy Side or Burger and Sandwich Topper

Cannellini Beans, which are white kidney beans, have to be one of the creamiest beans I have ever had.

The fact that they are white makes them very eye appealing when cooking them with other bright colors like red onion and herbs.

Cannellini Bean Salad Keeping It Real

This Cannellini Bean Salad is reminiscent of a good potato salad. The texture and flavor reminds me of it.

I started making this recipe several months ago, and my kids have been requesting it, so I finally decided it was time to blog it.

Cannellini Bean Salad for your Backyard BBQ's

I always buy my canned beans from Eden Organics, because when beans are not properly prepared, they can be difficult to digest, and I like the way Eden prepares them. I personally don’t react to them. Eden Organics prepares all their beans by first washing and soaking them overnight before pressure cooking them, which thoroughly inactivates the lectins that can cause gas, bloating and difficulties with digestion. They also use BPA Free cans, and their beans contain no additives.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad

You can go crazy with this salad by adding it on top of burgers and in sandwiches or just eat it as it was originally intended, as a side. But if you’re like me, you push the boundaries.

I have a new dip I will share soon using Cannellini Beans that is super good too! You gotta love these creamy beans and their versatility!

Beans are healthy when prepared properly and contain plant based protein and fiber along with vitamins, minerals, folic acid, potassium, and zinc. Their complex carbs also provide crash free energy.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad

1 Can of Eden Organics Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

1/3 Cup of Diced Red Onion

1/3 Cup of Diced Celery

1/4 Cup of Good Mayo (I use this brand)

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Yellow Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Dill

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions:

Place Cannellini Beans into a medium bowl and very roughly mash them with a fork. You only want them to be partially mashed. But you can play with this to make them to your liking. Add the diced onion and celery and toss.

In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients for the dressing. Fold the dressing into the beans, onion and celery. Refrigerate for one hour. This salad will last three days in the refrigerator.

Creamy Cannellini Bean Salad for your next Backyard BBQ - Keeping It Real. This recipe is Dairy Free and is Naturally Gluten Free and Vegetarian

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Honey Lavender Macaroons

Spring always gets me thinking of the lavender fields!

Honey Lavender Macaroons Gluten Free

I have to say that lavender is one of my favorite perennials and scents. Have you ever walked through a lavender field? I visit a lavender farm at least once a year, and the smell of the lavender is heady! It is also lovely in baking when used subtly to enhance other flavors like honey or lemon.

Here is a picture I snapped last Summer when I was visiting a lavender farm in Northern Michigan! Heady! This is where I get my culinary lavender, but you can also find it on Amazon.

lavendar-fields

Honey Lavender Macaroons Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free

Today I am making a cookie that is just lovely for Springtime, and it has local honey and culinary lavender in the recipe!

Honey Lavender Spring Macaroons

When using lavender for baking, choose culinary lavender. While almost all lavender can be used in cooking, culinary lavender is the sweetest.

Honey Lavender Macaroons Egg Free

Honey Lavender Macaroons

Preheat your oven to 325° Degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Finely Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened like this)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Butter (softened a few seconds in the microwave)

1/3 Cup of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons of Gelatin

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk

1 Teaspoon of Culinary Lavender, Crushed (I used a mortar and pestle)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

A pinch of Vanilla Bean Powder (or 1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract if not making AIP)

Directions:

With an electric hand held mixer, beat together the coconut butter and honey until creamy. Add the coconut milk and beat. Beat in the shredded coconut. Sift together the crushed lavender, coconut flour, gelatin, baking soda and salt. Beat into the macaroon dough until completely incorporated. The dough will be stiff.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the macaroons and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in your preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the tips of the coconut are turning a golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool completely. Enjoy!

Makes 16

Honey Lavender Macaroons are so light and delicious for Spring! These are Gluten, Grain, Dairy and Egg Free and AIP Paleo!

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Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways! Chocolate Raspberry, Toasted Coconut and Pecan!

Banana Pops on a tray and napkinsBanana Pops are a delicious healthy treat that you can make at home! They are beautiful and perfect for cravings! Seriously good!

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops on a stick

Kids love these too. Roll them in their favorite toppings, and if they are picky, make them plain dipped chocolate.

Yummy Yummy Banana Pops

There is a vast amount of toppings that you can roll these in, so go with your favorites. But I have to say, these three varieties are Very, Very delicious.

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops on a cookie sheet

The raspberry has that tart flavor that contrasts beautifully with the dark chocolate cashew butter coating.

Raspberry Banana Pop

The toasted coconut is crunchy and delightful on the outside. Yum!

Chocolate Banana Pop with Toasted Coconut

If you love nuts on your hot fudge sundaes or in your ice cream, then the pecan version is yours!

I also combined the pecans and raspberries and pecans and coconut in some of the banana pops!

Yummy Yummy Banana Pops

Why not make a variety batch to please everyone?

Banana Pops 5

Super simple, fun and easy to make, you can definitely include the kids in making these!

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways

Ingredients:

5 yellow bananas (not too ripe, yellow with no brown spots)

9 oz. of Dark Chocolate Chips (I used this allergy free kind)

1/3 Cup of Cashew Butter (I used this Maple Sweetened brand)

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

2/3 Cup of Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (like these)

2/3 Cup of Crushed Freeze Dried Raspberries (I used this organic brand)

2/3 Cup of Chopped Pecans

Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

Slice your bananas into equal thirds, and insert a Popsicle stick halfway into one end. Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet or two.

If you bought pre-toasted coconut flakes, crush them slightly with your hands, and place them onto a salad sized plate. If you would like to toast your own. Place unsweetened coconut flakes onto a cookie sheet, and toast them in a 350° oven for ten minutes, stirring once. Cool then crush.

Blitz your freeze dried raspberries in a mini food processor, or put them in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Chop your pecans. Put all your toppings on individual salad plates in a row.

Melt the Chocolate Chips, Cashew Butter and Vanilla Extract together in a double broiler, stirring to combine.

After the chocolate mixture has melted and is stirred until creamy, set the pan in a row like this: bananas, melted chocolate, toppings, parchment lined cookie sheet.

Dip your bananas 3/4 of the way into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip off. Then, roll in the topping of your choice. Set the dipped and rolled bananas on the parchment lined cookie sheet.

When all your bananas are dipped, place them into the freezer for one hour. They are ready to eat. Store the bananas in an airtight container in the freezer.

Makes 15 Banana Pops

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways! A healthy frozen treat with melted dark chocolate and cashew butter. These are dipped and rolled in toppings. Dairy and Gluten Free!

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Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways!

Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways

You can make a Large Batch of Sweet Potato Toast for dinner, tapas or appetizers with three different themes! What a way to pack in nutrients in a super delicious and gorgeous, eye appealing way! It’s like appetizers for dinner!!! Who wouldn’t love that?

Theses are quite simple to make. You don’t have to get your toaster out and stand there watching it batch after batch! I don’t really have time for that, and I’m sure you don’t either. You toast these in the oven! It works like a dream!

This recipe uses two medium sweet potatoes and toppings that add crunch, sweet and savory! Deliciousness!!!!

Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways, Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free for Tapas, Appetizers and a Fun Dinner

Sweet Potato Toast 3 Ways

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes (skin on)

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Ripe Mango

1 Avocado

Mayo (I used Avocado Oil Mayo)

Ranch Dressing (I used my Won’t Miss a Thing Dairy Free Ranch)

Apple Butter

1 Roasted Salmon Filet

Pumpkin Seeds (I used sprouted)

Fresh Basil

Green Olives, Sliced

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Scrub the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise 1/2 inch thick leaving the skin on (the skin is very nutritious and holds the sweet potato toast together).

Lay the sweet potato toasts onto a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet and brush with olive oil front and back. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper to taste. Roast the sweet potatoes for 40 minutes total, flipping them half way through.

In the same oven, roast a salmon filet brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper for 15 minutes, or until done.

Remove the sweet potatoes and salmon from the oven, and place on a cooling rack to cool. Now prepare your toppings.

Avocado Sweet Potato Toast – Spread mayo on first, then top with sliced avocado, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and fresh torn basil.

Avocado Sweet Potato Toast

Mango Sweet Potato Toast – Spread apple butter on the sweet potato toast, then top with sliced mango and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Mango Sweet Potato Toast

Salmon Sweet Potato Toast – Spread ranch dressing on the sweet potato toast, top with flaked salmon, sliced olive and scallions and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Salmon Sweet Potato Toast

I like to put these on a big cutting board in the middle of the table and let people choose!

Makes about 12 toasts – 4 of each kind

Have fun!

Make Sweet Potato Toast easily in your oven with three different toppings! Delicious for Tapas, Appetizers and a Fun Dinner!

 

Valentine’s Day Iced Heart Cookies (AIP Paleo friendly)

Valentines Day AIP Cutout Heart Cookies
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with it hopefully some wonderful Spring weather!

We all want to feel a little extra special on Valentine’s Day! I happen to like cookies!

Iced Valentines Day Cookies

I also like icing on cookies, especially when they are big heart shaped ones that I can add a splash of natural pink icing to for Valentine’s Day!

AIP Valentines Day Cookies

This is a small batch of six cookies that are a little bigger than average. I made them with all natural ingredients free of many allergens, including no eggs, nuts, dairy, gluten or grains. They are AIP Paleo friendly!Trio of Iced Valentines Day Cookies

They have a crunchy texture and a toasted nut like flavor without nuts!

Valentine’s Day Iced Heart Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Avocado Oil

1/4 Cup of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

3 Tablespoons of Coconut Butter

3 Tablespoons of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Grass Fed Gelatin

1 Tablespoon of Arrowroot

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

1/8 Teaspoon of Vanilla Powder

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl with a hand held mixer, beat your gelatin into the avocado oil. Add the coconut sugar, coconut butter (softened in the microwave for about ten seconds) and honey. Beat until creamy and smooth.

Next add in the coconut flour, arrowroot, vanilla powder, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat well. Finally, add in the shredded coconut, and beat until incorporated. The dough will resemble crumbs. Dump the dough out onto a parchment sheet, and form a ball. Press the ball flat, and add a second sheet of parchment on top so you can roll out the dough without it sticking to your rolling pin. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. I used a 3 3/4″ Wilton cookie cutter which made 6 cookies.

Cutting Out Heart Valentines Day Cookies

Carefully move the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.

heart cookie on spatula

Bake for approximately ten minutes until the cookies are brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the cookie sheet. Don’t attempt to move the cookies until they are cool, or they will break. Once cooled they are sturdy.

Make the icing

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening

2 Teaspoons of Honey

1/2 Teaspoon of Beet Powder (I used this)

Beat the ingredients together and spread a heart shape onto your cooled cookies leaving a 1/2 boarder all around.

Makes 6

Happy Valentine’s Day!

These Heart Felt Valentines Day Iced Cookies say I love you! They are AIP Paleo, egg, dairy, nut, and grain free!

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