EASY 4-Ingredient Baked Mustard Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Almond meal/flour

Directions:

Melt a little coconut oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish.  Lay chicken breasts in the dish.  Brush top of chicken breasts with a little spicy brown mustard.  Sprinkle with a light dusting of almond meal/flour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until chicken is done. Continue reading

Summer Berry Pie – No Sweeteners, Just Flavor!

ImagePeople who have been eating paleo and/or cutting sugar (and other sweeteners) for a while generally come to the same observation – food starts to take on a new, heightened flavor.  REAL food takes on a personality of its own.  It’s an amazing transformation!   Continue reading

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

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It’s the end of the semester and a beautiful time for… procrastination.  I spent Friday cleaning house, Saturday gardening, and Sunday afternoon whipping up these little guys.  It was a treat for the boys that I could feed to them without feeling guilty.  And they loved it!  (It was also a great excuse to continue putting off grading papers, projects, and tests… oops.  Eventually, it all got graded.)  My version is not dairy-free, but I think it could easily be adjusted to make it so… hmmm… and now I’m reading that last sentence in the voice of Patrick Stewart.

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Luigi Stuffed Mushrooms

ImageMy 4 year old has an addiction – Mario Cart.  We have to closely monitor/ration the minutes of the day that he is allowed to play, and it works as a wonderful motivational tool.  For example: “If you make your bed, put your dirty clothes in the hamper, set the table, etc., you may play Mario Cart for 20 minutes.”  What I didn’t expect was the way Mario Cart would encourage my kid to eat his mushrooms.  He loves mushrooms.  When I cut them up for a recipe, he is always begging to snack on a few mushroom slices from the cutting board.  I credit him for naming this recipe – the first time I placed them on the table in front of him, he joyfully exclaimed, “You should call them LUIGI mushrooms!” Continue reading

Iced Rooibos Tea with Chia Seeds

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This is a very simple recipe, but it takes a little time to prepare, so plan ahead.  If you’re not already familiar with chia seeds, get to know them a little.  They are fabulous!  Very high in fiber and antioxidants, and they help to leave you “feeling full” if you have trouble with hunger cravings.  When you let them soak in liquid, they get a little jelly-like “bubble” around them, which is why I like using them in tea.  It’s reminiscent of the bubble tea I used to drink, but without all the starchiness. Continue reading

No-Bake Chocolate Nut Clusters

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This recipe could not be easier.  All you need is coconut oil, chocolate chips, and the nuts of your choice.  Heat 1-2 cups dark chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted.  Mix in 3-4 cups of nuts of your choice.  (I used blanched, sliced almonds and chopped walnuts.)  Spoon small mounds of the mixture onto parchment paper or wax paper, allow to cool/set, and enjoy!

Variations: add shredded coconut, a sprinkle of sea salt, a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon… get creative!

ETA: One of my students mentioned adding raisins or coffee beans.  I’ll have to try this next time!

Apple Maple Stuffed Chicken

ImageThis is a variation of a recipe I used to make years ago… long before going organic, gluten-free, paleo… before I had kids or was even married!  I think this may have been the first time I’ve ever made anything like it for the kids.  The good news is, everybody loved it! Continue reading

Italian Meat and Veggie Loaf

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I finally did it.  I found a local grass-fed beef supplier.  It felt a little like I was joining “the mob” as I asked my friend about it: (Hushed tones) “Hey!”  “Yeah?”  “I hear you’ve got… you know… connections.”  “Uh… whatever could you be talking about?  What kind of person do you think I…” “You know… BEEF connections.”  “Well, who wants to know?”  “I dunno… I heard you know a guy.”  “Okay, yeah.  I know a guy.  What’s it worth to ya?” Continue reading

Chicken Avocado Salad with Cilantro and Lime

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I tried to find a creative title for this recipe.  I even asked my husband (the “king of puns”) for help. The best thing he could come up with was “A C4 Salad – Exploding with Flavor!”  The title refers to (A)vocado, (C)hicken, (C)abbage, (C)ilantro, and (C)ucumber.  Yeah, I wasn’t loving it.   Continue reading

Cranapple Crockpot Turkey Breast

Turkey.  Cranberries.  Apples.  Does anything shout, “Welcome to November!” louder than these ingredients?  And this is a crockpot recipe that is oh-so-easy to assemble for those busy days when you need to throw something together that will be ready when you come home from work (or the not-so-busy days when you’d just rather be curled up on the couch with a good book and not running around in the kitchen!)  Continue reading