Sweet & Savory Citrus Chicken Whole30 & Paleo

Hello there, to anyone who loves Chinese take out but hates the way it makes you feel! Because, same.

This citrus chicken is somehow both sweet & savory, filled with delicious spices, incredible textures and super fresh ingredients.

While most of what I do is usually very low prep/fuss I will warn that this is a tad more involved but SO WORTH IT.

If you're not super huge on recreating take out chicken texture and don't mind the sauce being a little more runny, you can just ignore the arrow root starch and that will cut some ingredients & steps out (but it really does make this super delicious).

Chicken1.5lbs chicken breast (cubed)1/4 tsp pink salt1/4 tsp pepper1 tsp baking sodaAvocado oil spray2 Tbsp arrowroot starch or powderSauce4 cloves garlic (minced)1/2tsp red pepper flakes (optional)1 tsp lightly dried ginger (or fresh) for pan + 1 pinch for sauce1/2 Tbsp orange zest1/2 Tbsp lemon zest1/8 cup orange juice1/8 cup lemon juice2 tbsp apple cider vinega…

Sardine & Avocado Salad/Dip Whole30 & Paleo

I know I know... sardines... what the heck? I have been trying to figure out how to get more inflammation fighting, nutrient dense foods in my diet lately.

Our body absorbs and utilizes micro nutrients from natural food sources so much more efficiently than from supplements.

Sardines are truly a power house when it comes to omega-3s ... with 1800mg per serving vs my expensive fish oil that only delivers 1280mg per 2 capsules.

These sardines are not like you're imagining (you also might be imagining anchovies which taste pretty different). They actually do not have a fishy taste or smell like a can of tuna, its a pretty mild white fish flavor that seasons up really well. This recipe is for those who cant "see what they are eating". 

1 can Wild planet wild caught sardines3/4 cup frozen avocado chunks (or able 1/2 large fresh avocado)1 tsp everything but the bagel seasoning1 tsp lemon juicelemon zest (optional)a sprinkle of diced red onions (optional)a sprink…

Paleo Chicken & Waffles Tenders W/ Garlic Rosemary Cauli Mash

Fried Chicken + waffles = classic (but not healthy)

Chicken Tenders + mashed potatoes = classic (but not healthy)

Chicken tenders made with paleo pancake/waffle mx + garlic rosemary cauliflower mash = super delicious  & pretty darn healthy!

And the best part... this is almost too easy.

If I had thought this through a little further I probably would have prepared some green beans to add some color and more nutrients, but I think this is a good start, and you are welcome ;)
4 Chicken breast cutlets1/2 cup Birch Benders Paleo Pancake & Waffle mix2 Eggs1 Bag of Cauliflower florets1 tsp minced garlic1 tsp dried rosemaryUnsweetened vanilla almond milkChosen Foods Avocado Oil SprayGrade A Organic Maple Syrup

Preheat oven to 400F, line 2 baking sheets (spray with avocado oil), and prep chicken by cutting into tenders sized to your liking. Prepare the egg wash and pancake mix breading stations using two bowls. In one bowl mix 2 eggs with a splash of almond mil…

Sloppy Joe Potato Boats Whole30 & Paleo

Last week a family member posted a boomerang of Hawaiian Sweet Roll Sloppy Joe's pulling apart with a layer of cheesy goodness and I just about fell out of my chair they looked so good.

While this is clearly no Cheesy Hawaiian Sweet Roll Sloppy Joe, it might be the closest thing you can get while staying whole30 & paleo.

We did it 2 ways here - I had it over sweet potato (simulating the sweet roll) and the boyfriend had it over a baked potato. Both ways were AMAZING (you know for a healthy version).

The Sloppy Joe mix is sweetened with dates and I used ground turkey because I have an intolerance to red meat, but I am sure ground beef would be just fine!

Earlier this week I also posted about how cooking and then cooling starchy veggies can create "resistant starch". Resistant starch resists digestion, which is great for your gut health and makes your potatoes lower on the glycemic index thus lowering you blood sugar response. So we have been cooking, cooling and rehe…

Soft or Crispy Mini Pepper Taco's Paleo & Whole30

Soft or crispy? Which would you choose? These little peppers pack such a punch of flavor, they compliment the "taco meat" mixture soooo nicely.

I honestly can't decide if I like the crisp crunch of the fresh pepper taco or the delicate soft texture and robustness that the baked soft taco has. The good new with these is that you don't have to!

You may end up with extra filling depending on how many you make - which I think is a bonus. I am highly considering making taco stuffed peppers with some big bell peppers too. Topped with red onion, black olives, salsa and chunky guac?! What more could you want!!!
Package of mini peppers (halved)1lb ground turkey1 package of frozen riced cauliflower1/2 red onion (finely diced)2 tbsp Coconut aminosCayenne pepper (or chili powder for a more mild flavor)CuminFresh minced garlic or garlic powderSalt Pepperoptional toppings - red onions, cilantro, black olives, salsa, pico and guac or fresh avocado mash 

Lemon Blueberry Cardamom Paleo Pancakes

Some ingredients were just made for each other, this is clear when you add lemon, blueberry and cardamom to anything. So get your zesters ready because you are going to be hooked on adding lemon zest to everything (if you're not already hooked from my lemon blueberry cardamom paleo granola, or lemon blueberry cardamom chia pudding).

Lemon zest is such a powerful flavor to bring into any recipe but it really brightens up and plays nicely with the blueberries, while the cardamom brings out the warmth in both ingredients like stepping into the sun on a warm spring afternoon! Sweet, bright and warm!

Birch Benders Paleo Pancake mixZest of 1 med lemonJuice of 1/2 med lemonFresh blueberries (for pancakes)1/2 tsp CardamomFresh or frozen blueberries (for compote) Steps: Follow packaged instructions for larger batch of pancakesAdd lemon zest, lemon juice, and cardamom and mix to combine.For each pancake add desired amount to pan and drop 4-5 fresh blueberries in.For compote add …

Paleo Lemon Blueberry Granola

This granola has passed both the brutally honest boyfriend (just one of the reasons I love him), and the super honest friends test... plus I also happen to think its pretty tarn tasty!

The bf eats mostly paleo but loves his yogurt & granola - one night he was ranting and raving about this new lemon blueberry granola. I tried it (begrudgingly after looking at the amount of additives, sugar & grains) but had to admit it was one of the most most delicious and unique flavors of granola I had tasted. I was determined to make something just as yummy (and way healthier!). After some research about wet to dry ingredient rations and a few trial runs, this stuff is seriously addicting... so be careful if you have portion control issues.

Best part. It's the easiest thing to make.

1 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp hemp seeds 2 tbsp flax seeds zest of 1 lemon 2 Tbsp lemon juice2 tea…