Chicken Veggie Egg Drop Soup

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Sorry for the delay on this post!  This is a SUPER easy soup that is oh so yummy.  I like it for a warm lunch, heated up for breakfast or even for dinner.  The best is to use chicken stock that is homemade or I buy it from our local farmers market.  If you can’t do that try to get free range chicken stock/broth from trader joes or the grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 stalks of celery sliced thinly
  • 2 quarts of chicken broth/stock
  • 2 chicken breasts grilled or cooked ahead of time and sliced into chunks
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 5 large mushrooms sliced thinly
  • green onions sliced thinly for top
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Add broth to a large pot and begin cooking on medium
  2. Slice up the veggies and add carrots and celery to pot
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes
  4. Add mushrooms, cook for a few minutes
  5. Add chicken and cook until boiling
  6. Once boiling whisk eggs together in a separate bowl and then slowly pour into soup mixing continuously.
  7. Turn off soup and serve with sprinkling the green onions on top.

ENJOY!

Paleo Lasagna

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Okay so Lasagna time!  I know that when I first went gluten free I was always buying the gluten free noodles to make pasta!  But now I don’t really miss pasta much.  PaleOMG’s 5 ingredient Pizza Bake usually satisfies my craving but sometimes I want to try new things.  So I created this Paleo-ish Lasagna Recipe to share with you all.  It is still a work in progress but I think it turned out pretty yummy!

Ingredients

  • 3 Zucchini or Yellow Squash
  • 1 lb of Bison Meat (or you could use grass-fed beef, ground chicken or group Italian sausage, I am just on a bison kick)
  • 1 package of Mozzarella cheese (this is what makes it not really paleo)
  • 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TBSP Dried Basil
  • Olive Oil to coat the dish
  • 1 jar of Tomato sauce (I used Tomato Basil)

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That is the sauce and cheese I used for this dish.

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350
  2. Add the bison (or whatever meat) to a skillet and cook until browned
  3. Drain the water and grease out of the meat
  4. Add back to the skillet and add in tomato sauce and mix, adding in the herbs, cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Coat a clear rectangular dish with olive oil
  6. Cut in a Food processor or by hand into slivers the zucchini and squash.
  7. Layer the bottom of the dish with a thin layer of zucchini.
  8. Add a layer of the meat mixture and a lite sprinkle of cheese, continue this until you are out of ingredients with the layering.
  9. Add the remainder of the cheese to the top.
  10. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove let it sit for a few minutes and then cut and serve.

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And that is the finished product! We ate if for dinner and then ate again for leftovers the next day!  I hope you enjoy!

Fritatta Crazy!

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I have been trying out different dishes in our cast iron skillet, and if you don’t have one you better go buy one! You can get one for $20 at walmart or target.  I have perfected salmon in it, and this week I have been making fritattas.  If you are paleo you know that you eat a ton of eggs and sometimes the same scrambled or other version just get old.  So I ventured into fritatta land.  Dang they are good! And just so easy!  I made these two the last few days and they are great for leftovers for the next day! The first one I made was the Sausage Fritatta.  It was inspired by Nom Nom Paleo’s fritatta, the only things I changed were I used 9 eggs, and 4 tbsp of coconut milk as I have a bigger cast iron and wanted leftovers. So you should check out her recipe for this, she gets the credit on this one, I just used HOT local sausage from Grateful Growers farm here in NC, they have the best sausage (you can pick up their sausage at the Matthews Farmers Market, they also have sugar free no nitrate bacon!).  Then I used eggs from, our favorite farmer family at Windy Hill Farms, also local to us (you can pick up at Atherton Mill Market for you Charlotte locals).

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The next fritatta I made was with Applegate Chicken Sausage – the Spinach and Feta one. This was a very easy one and super yummy!

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Chicken Sausage and Spinach Fritatta

Ingredients

3 Spinach and Feta Chicken Sausages

3 handfuls of Spinach

3 Tbsp of Feta

8 eggs

1-2 Tbsp of Avocado or Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Wisk eggs with feta in a seperate bowl
  3. Add diced up chicken sausage to cast iron on stove and add in oil
  4. Add in spinach and cook until wilted
  5. Add in the eggs to cover all the meat
  6. Take off stove and put into oven for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven
  7. For last 2 minute turn to broil.
  8. Take out and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

Enjoy it with a side of fruit and you have a delicious breakfast full of protein and some veggies!

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What the heck is Paleo?

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A lot of people have been asking me lately about Paleo.  I know a lot of my family and friends have heard me talk about it and probably think I am a little crazy.  That is fine with me because I truly feel the lifestyle of Paleo is for me and that it can work for people if you let it.  I do believe that everyone had a “personal paleo code” because everyone’s body is different and has different tolerances but there is one thing I FIRMLY believe is that everyone should DITCH THE WHEAT! Paleo has so many health benefits, as you can see below (provided by www.primalpalate.com, and it personally has helped me lose weight, feel better, stop having stomach issues, and really regulate my body.  One day I will share my paleo testimonal!

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It took me 3 years of sifting through recipes and blogs to learn about paleo so I am going to answer some of the questions my Instagram and Facebook followers asked.  These are MY answers from MY 3 years on paleo and people might give you different answers but this is personally what has worked for me. Paleo has so much to know and so I am going to include the most valuable information that I have used throughout my journey from bloggers and nutritionists. They are MUCH more knowledgeable than I am so I trust these are good ones to follow.

Question 1:  Can you have Rice?

This is a question that is debated in Paleo circles.  I personally eat very little rice and when I do I make sure it is not a large portion.  But I do like sushi occasionally and some rice is good for carbs when you are working out a lot.  Everyone can tolerate different things, if I eat too much rice I bloat up.  For about 2 years I barely ever ate rice.  I always suggest eliminating it for 30 days and see how you feel, then slowly start adding a little back to see if it works for you.  I think this is a good way to look at most things with Paleo.

Question 2:  Can you eat fruits with a higher glycemic index?

I mainly eat berries when it comes to fruit, and the occasional green apple. In the summer I love me some watermelon and cantaloupe.  But I do not eat bowls of it, just a little with my breakfast, and frozen berries or peaches in my shakes. Sometimes I put a half of banana in my shake as well.  Most paleo people limit fruits because of the sugars, but it is still an acceptable item! Below is a good way to look at Paleo. It has Meat, Seafood and Eggs at the top, right above vegetables.  I think it is very important to also remember to eat a ton of veggies while Paleo, I have made the mistake in the past of not eating enough and missed out on vital nutrition.

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Question 3: Can you have Dairy?

Personally I have a dairy intolerance so I can’t handle dairy.  Most ice cream makes me sick immediately and milk does the same.  I use almond milk or coconut milk as substitutes and do not see a need to go back to regular milk.  Occasionally I have cream in my coffee but that is all and only if I am not at home.  I can handle small amount of grass-fed butter (Kerrygolds non salted is a great option and cheap) and I put that on sweet potatoes or paleo bread sometimes.  As for cheese, I can handle it in SMALL Doses, but did not add this back in until a long time into paleo and still eat it sparingly.  Most people on Paleo do not eat dairy or they only eat grassfed dairy in limited amounts.

Question 4: Did I used the Whole 30 to transition to Paleo?

No I did not, I first went gluten free and then my hubby (boyfriend at the time) told me about Mark from Mark’s Daily Apple and we started to eat a modified Primal diet for awhile and then just kind of transitioned naturally into Paleo.  It was a blessing for a person diagnosed with having a gluten and dairy intolerance to find the Paleo/Primal world of bloggers and books.  I felt like it was MADE for me and helped me a ton in my journey reading about others lives and how they went Paleo.  Yet, I know tons of people who have done Whole 30’s and how it changed their lives! I highly suggest them! I highly suggest looking into it and trying a whole 30.  For some people it is too strict of an entrance into paleo, so I suggest buying the book, 3 Phase Paleo by Stacy and Matt over at the Paleo Parents as this is an amazing resource to slowly transition you and your family.

Question 5: How to Bake on Paleo?

First off I do suggest that you start with very limited or NO paleo “treats” as it will just turn into LOTS of paleo treats (I speak from experience). But once you have this paleo thing down and you have a kids birthday party or a holiday coming up, or you are just craving a chocolate chip cookie like no tomorrow.  Venture into the world of Paleo baking.  I HAVE TO FOLLOW A RECIPE when it comes to baking.  I just don’t do very good if not.  Josh over at Slim Palate has some amazing recipes for baked goods, and if you want a waffle or donut check out the AMAZING Juli from PaleOMG, or check out Danielle from Against All Grain she has some awesome desserts, and so does Kelly from The Spunky Coconut!  If you need a birthday cake or amazing ideas for family gatherings, check out the cute foodie couple Haley and Bill at Primal Palate.  There are so many recipes out there, but these bloggers have my heart!

Okay so there you go! Lots of information and I am sure you are SUPER confused!  And I am SURE I will need to do a follow up to this post.  So please GO OUT AND READ, check out these blogs, try out some recipes and then come back and comment and tell me what your questions are so I can help you with this journey.  It will take time, don’t stress over it, remember the 80/20 rule and just try your BEST!  And as Tony Horton says, “Forget the rest”!

Here are a few more blogs to check out from amazing Paleo People!

Real Food Liz 

Nom Nom Paleo

Rob Wolf, also his blog

Balanced Bites

Nerd Fitness

And to close us out I love this from Liz Wolfe.  She is amazing. Her description of “paleo” or good nutrition is the best I have found!

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Easy and Healthy Lunches

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10 Healthy Lunch Ideas

Everyone wanted to know about some healthy lunch ideas!  So I am going to give you my top 10 ideas and also links to a bunch more!  I hope this will help you in planning lunches to take to work, pack for your whole family or to eat at home.

1. Grilled Chicken Salad 

This is my go to lunch!  I usually grill up a bunch of chicken at the beginning of the week and use this on mine and my hubby’s salads.  I usually add in some slivered almonds that I buy at trader joe’s, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cut up peppers.  Then I top with Tessemae’s Salad dressing.  My favorite is Southwest Ranch.

2. Tuna Salad Boats or Cucumber Boats

This is an easy one!  Click on the link to see a recipe for it, I usually just throw this one together, but you can also carve out cucumbers and put the tuna inside and top with some cut mini-tomatoes.

3. Leftovers

I eat leftovers a lot for lunch!  It is easy and fast!  Just make an extra portion when you cook dinner and take it with you!

4. Chicken and Avacado Salad

Really just throw avocado, pulled chicken (off a rotisserie chicken would be best!), lime, green onions, cilantro and mayo if you want and mix it up and yum yum! Healthy fat and protein!

5. Southwestern Quinoa Salad

You really can throw anything in with Quinoa!  cook up some Quinoa in your rice cooker (same as white rice) and have it for the week.  You do not need a ton, just a little bit.  Add to salad or as a side.  This recipe is like a burrito bowl!

6. Slow cooker lettuce wrap tacos

You can do this with chicken, pork or beef.  There are so many healthy crockpot recipes for meat!  Make up some meat this way over night and then use it for lunches the next day!  Buy romaine lettuce leafs and use them as the “wrap”, also you could use corn tortillas as well.

7. Greek Salad and Chicken Sausage

I love everything greek!  So here is a recipe for an easy greek salad!  Cook up a chicken sausage in the morning and have it on the side to get some protein or even cut into pieces and mix in.  Aidelle’s, Trader Joe’s and Applegate have good chicken sausages of various flavors.

8. Veggies wrapped with Lunch Meat

You can see this in Nom Nom Paleo’s post on whole 30 lunches, but it is a super easy lunch.  Grab some lunch meat (preferably nitrate free) and wrap it around some cut up peppers and cucumbers.

9. Egg Muffins

These are super easy to make!  They are good for breakfast and lunch!  Make up a batch on sunday and it will get you through a few days!

10. Chicken Egg Drop Veggie Soup

I have made this a few times now and my hubby loves it!  So this is one you are going to have to wait for a recipe on!  Don’t worry check back tomorrow and it will be here!

Yummy Paleo Cookies thanks to Slim Palate

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I wanted to share a recipe after lots of requests!  This is one that I am very glad I tried and so thankful for Joshua over at Slim Palate for taking the time to test this cookie out and make it delicious!  You can see this recipe here, cookies!  He has some amazing recipes on his blog and has a book you should check out!  He is only 18 years old and he has been crushing his goals and nailing his 24 hours for awhile now!  His story is great!  He lost over 100lbs and has turned his love for healthy food into a beautiful display of his passion for helping others.  You can see his transformation here.  I am truly inspired by him and the journey he is on, he wrote and photographed a whole cook book and he is only 18!  He reminds me that there are NO EXCUSES and anyone CAN reach their goals and pursue their dreams.  Thanks again Joshua for the recipe and good luck with all your future!

So here is the recipe, for these lovely Chewy Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt.   You can just visit the link and his pictures are much better than the ones I did!  But I am attaching pictures below for you to see the ingredients I used in case you are knew to Paleo baking and did not know what these look like!

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This is the chocolate I used as I did not have any other in the house at the time, but it turned out fine.

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These are the rest of the ingredients I used.  These turned out GREAT and I loved the chewy texture because it reminds me of REAL cookies.  I  will keep sharing some of my favorites from other Paleo bloggers as I know many of you are knew on this clean eating or Paleo journey!

Turkey Veggie Chili

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I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out super yummy and was a nice meal to make me feel warm and full! I will try to start posting more recipes here that either I have created or that I try from others.  I know there have been tons of requests!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2lbs ground turkey
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • paprika, salt, pepper, and oregano to taste

Directions:

  1. Add butter, onions and garlic to a large pot and cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Add cut up carrots and celery, cook until soft
  3. Add in turkey and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and fire roasted tomatoes and mix.
  5. Add in spices to taste
  6. Slowly add in chicken broth and mix.
  7. Cook for 1 hour on low heat and covered, stirring periodically.
  8. Cook Quinoa (Or rice) in your rice cooker or on the stove and keep to put on bottom of chili when done.