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Warm Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Paleo Lemon Dressing

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I’m a Nutritionist. And what that means is: I am supposed to be head over heels for KALE. All hale KALE. But… I’m not. I actually think it tastes a bit like a banana… And if you know me or follow me at all, you know that I loathe bananas. Always have. I’m sorry if I’ve now ruined the kale experience for you. Next time you eat it (hopefully this salad) you’re probably going to think of bananas. But, perhaps that will be a great thing, because maybe you really like bananas. All I know is – while I really don’t care for kale, I’ve learned that if I let it marinade in dressing for a bit or if I roast it and get it crispy, THEN I really enjoy it. Hence the birth of this salad. Well, and the fact that I am trying to incorporate more meatless dinners into our mix for Mo’s sake. The man loves meat. A lot. And left to his own devices, would probably eat it at every meal in spite of believing whole-heartedly that there is no need for it at every meal. I, on the other hand, would eat meat once a week, if left to my own devices. I’m not opposed to it, I would just much rather have vegetables!

So, we compromise………

I ALWAYS use spinach in the “Big Salads” I make. It’s my favorite. It’s dark green, it’s leafy, it’s antgi-inflammatory, it’s full of nutrition and man. It’s SO easy when you buy the pre-washed organic stuff. AND, it isn’t bitter like some other greens… Ehemmm KALE!

But, like we coach our clients, variety is the spice of life! 🙂 So I try to use other greens when I’m feeling the motivation to do so. I’ve never made a “massaged kale salad” before. But I have eaten them and really enjoyed them, in spite of my apparent distaste for kale. Mo loves kale, so I thought I’d up my compromise game and throw some kale and try the whole “massage the leaves technique” and let it sit for a few before adding the other ingredients. You know? It’s super easy… A little messy on your hands, but who cares? And, here’s the kicker – I really liked it. Annnnd, a little bonus – kale is 3g of protein per 1 cup chopped, so when you’re going meatless, this is an important point to consider!

Will kale be the new spinach for me? Heck no! But, now I have an easy way to make it something I think is delicious! Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Warm Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Paleo Lemon Dressing

Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side…

Ingredients:

Roasted Vegetables

  • 12-16oz bag pre-riced cauliflower rice
  • ½ tbsp smoked or regular paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1lb baby new potatoes (any color), cut into ¼” thick rounds
  • 3 small carrots (any color), cut into ¼” thick rounds
  • 1, 15oz can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin

Dressing

  • ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice

Greens

  • 1 bunch dinosaur or lacinto kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional)

Directions:

  • First, make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl – whisk until well combined and smooth. Pour ½ of the dressing over the chopped kale and massage with your hands so that all pieces of kale are coated evenly. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line one large, one medium and one small baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a light coating of coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Place the cauliflower rice onto the medium baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt, paprika and turmeric – toss to combine. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for another 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, in a large bowl, combine cut potatoes and carrots. Add in drizzle of olive oil and spices, mix well until everything is evenly coated. Place in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes, until slightly browned and tender.
  • Spread chickpeas onto the small baking sheet in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the oven, under the potatoes/carrots, to roast for approx. 15 minutes or until slightly browned and crisped.
  • Remove potatoes/carrots and chickpeas from oven and pour potatoes/carrots and cauliflower rice into the bowl with the dressed kale. Add the spinach and remaining dressing and toss well to combine.
  • Top with chickpeas and toss once more to combine.
  • Serve in bowls and top with jalapeno (if using) and toasted sesame seeds.

Egg and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potato

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Did I mention we love sweet potatoes? Ohhh… That’s right. I’m a broken record now! LOL! Gah! We just can’t get enough of them!

This is one of Mo’s favorite Breakfast “inventions…” As part of our meal prep each week, I bake 4-5 sweet potatoes, let them cool, place them in a large tupperware and then into the fridge for easy breakfasts or lunches throughout the week!

Yes, you could use a microwave to reheat – BUT – if you have access to an oven, turn it to the broil setting and then place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Get a pre-baked potato out of the fridge, slice it down the middle without cutting all the way through, place it on the parchment paper lined pan cut side up and then under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. It crisps up the skin a little and heats the potato through… It is DE-lish! And then, make this recipe to stuff the potato with! It’s the perfect breakfast or lunch… Or dinner for that matter!

Hope this makes life a little easier and allows you to eat clean when you’re in a hurry!

Egg and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potato

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole cage-free eggs
  • 1-2 large handfuls spinach*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium/large sweet potato, baked*
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • crumbled goat cheese, shredded raw manchego, pecorino or parmesan (optional)

Directions:

  • Take the sweet potato out of the fridge, slice down the middle, but not all t he way through and fluff with a fork – place on a parchment lined baking sheet and under the broiler of your oven for 7-8 minutes or if you do not have access to an oven, place the potato on a glass plate (not plastic please) and into the microwave for 60 seconds.
  • While the sweet potato warms up, place the coconut oil into a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring a few times to keep garlic from burning.
  • Add spinach (or greens of choice) and sauté until greens begins to wilt.
  • As the greens are sautéing mix eggs and spices in a bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk until the eggs are completely yellow and you see no more of the whites. Add eggs to the greens and cook to your liking.
  • Once the eggs are done place into the sweet potato, top with cheese or nutritional yeast (if using) and serve.

Notes:

  • Feel free to use any greens you’d like – kale, swiss chard, arugula, etc.
  • I suggest baking a few sweet potatoes at a time at the beginning or middle of the week to have prepped for this recipe or others. Simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a washed sweet potato or a few on top. Place in the top or middle rack of your oven on 425 degrees F for 60-80 minutes – until softened or easily pierced with a fork.

 

Primal Chicken Verde Enchiladas with Goat Cheese

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I’ve never made enchiladas – ever – well, until these. And I’ve always wanted to. I had some extra time a few weekends ago and literally woke up thinking about it on Saturday morning — THIS is why I cook, because all I think about is food!

I contemplated making a “Vegan Queso” to top these with but sometimes I just want the real thing, dammit. So, I decided to try goat cheese and WHOA – these turned out AWESOME, if I do say so myself.

If you choose to make your own tortillas and salsa verde, they can be a smidge time-consuming, but worth every second! The PERFECT Sunday dinner! That said, NO judgement if you choose to use store-bought items! In a pinch, you could also buy a rotisserie chicken and shred that up. End of the day, MAKE THE SAUCE in this recipe. You won’t be upset that you did! …and then, let us know how it turned out!

And by the way – whatever of these don’t get eaten on night one – they’ll be even better the next day for lunch!

Oh! And last thing – I served mine with a little greens salad – just wanted something fresh and light – but you could make a fresh cucumber and tomato salad with herbs or cilantro lime cauliflower rice or regular ‘ol white rice — oooooo – or black beans would be great too! Whatever sounds good to you and your family! Hope you enjoy!

Primal Chicken Verde Enchiladas with Goat Cheese

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 Paleo tortillas***
  • 5-6 pasture-raised chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cup salsa verde***
  • ½ – ¾ cup LIGHT canned coconut milk
  • 8oz goat cheese, room temp
  • 3 scallions (green and white parts), thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • First, bake the chicken.
    • Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, place salt, cayenne, chili powder, turmeric and paprika. Using tongs or your hands, dip each chicken breast into the spice mixture to evenly coat and then set onto baking sheet – giving each breast enough room so that they do not touch.
    • Bake on the middle rack for 18-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees F.
    • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes or until you can handle them with your hands.
  • While the chicken is baking/cooling – prep the salsa verde and make the tortillas.***
  • Once tortillas are made, wrap in foil and set aside.
  • Now, make the “goat cheese sour cream” by combining the goat cheese and ½ cup coconut milk into a large bowl and whisking well or using a hand mixture to combine – you want a “sour cream-like” consistency – so, add more coconut milk if necessary.
  • Next, pour the 2 cups of the salsa verde into the goat cheese mixture and stir with a spatula to combine. Pour out approx. 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • Then, shred the chicken with your hands (this is the easiest way!) and place into the bowl with the goat cheese/salsa verde mixture and toss well to coat the chicken.
  • Now, assemble the enchiladas:
    • Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
    • Roll approx. 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture into each tortilla and place the tortillas folded side down, side by side/touching into the dish.
  • Top the chicken enchiladas with the remaining goat cheese mixture and spread to coat the top.
  • Cover with foil and heat in the oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, wrap in saran wrap and with foil and then place in the freezer for later use. If warming up out of the freezer, take the saran wrap off, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and top with scallions. Serve.

Notes:

  • If you choose to make your own tortillas and salsa verde, I suggest using my recipes below. Alternatively, if you’re crunched for time, you can buy store-bought tortillas – I suggest Siete brand or Ezekiel Tortillas – you’ll just want to wrap either of these in a couple of paper towels (no plastic please!) and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to get them malleable to roll, etc. You can also buy store-bought salsa verde – just be sure to grab one with the least amount of sodium.

Paleo Tortillas

Makes 12, 4 inch tortillas

Ingredients

  • 2 large, cage free eggs
  • 1 cup LIGHT canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup tapioca flour/starch
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut milk.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours and salt.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until no lumps remain. The mixture should resemble pancake batter.
  • Place a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, using a ladle, create a 4-inch tortilla (I usually cook two at a time). Cook for 1 minute per side, until slightly browned. Place the tortillas on top of a piece of foil and repeat until you’ve used up all the batter.
  • Cover in foil and place in the fridge for later use or use immediately for enchiladas, tacos, etc.

Note:

  • If you want the tortillas to be a bit firmer – preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place the tortillas in a singe layer on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet after cooked in the pan. Once all tortillas are cooked, place into the oven for approx. 7 minutes until they crisp up slightly.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde)

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 medium tomatillos (approximately 2lbs), halved
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved and quartered
  • 1 Serrano chile, halved and quartered
  • 1 Poblano pepper, seeds/rib removed and then halved and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, WITH peel
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and chopped into quarters
  • approx. ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place tomatillos through onion onto the baking sheet, cut side down.
  • Roast on the top rack of the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes or until browned/slightly-blackened in spots.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Place the cilantro, lime juice and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times.
  • If you want the salsa spicy, place all of the vegetables into the food process and process until it reaches the consistency you’d like. If you prefer a more mild salsa, remove the seeds from the jalapeño and Serrano before adding to the processor.

Grass Fed Burger Salad with Caramelized Onions and Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing

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It is a running joke in the Brossette house that we always have “A Big Salad” for dinner! …well, not “always” per se – but, it is one of my favorite things to eat, so we do end up with that for dinner quite often. Thankfully though, I make salads really hearty – so one of MY salads for dinner is not what you think of when you think “salad for dinner!” Should we say “salad for dinner” one more time just for fun? LOL!

This particular salad has become a go-to for us! Mo’s favorite thing in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD is a burger! But, he doesn’t like to eat them all the time because he doesn’t like the way he feels afterward. So, I came up with this recipe and it is like eating a big, juicy hamburger but a much cleaner version – one that won’t weigh you down or make you want to take a nap afterward. I’ve combined all of the flavors of a burger and put it into, well… A big salad! It’s AWESOME!

When you get a bite of a blistered tomato with a piece of the grass fed beef and a little sliver of caramelized onion and a sourdough crouton – all coated in the honey mustard dressing and melted goat cheese – WHOA! I mean, who needs a burger anymore?

It is a great weeknight dinner, as it can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less! But sometimes I’ll make it on the weekends, and I’ll serve it with my Sweet Potato Fries (recipe coming soon – stay tuned!) – it’s literally like we’re having a hamburger and french fries. So, it’s super easy to make, but feels like a treat to eat it! We have this at least once a week!!

Hope you enjoy! …and if you missed our Facebook Live “How To” video, check out the link below and you can follow along as we make this salad at home!

Here is the link to our Facebook LIVE “How to” Video!

Grass Fed Burger Salad with Caramelized Onions and Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing…

Serves 2

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • ¾lb ground bison or grass fed beef
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika + more for croutons
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 4-5 handfuls fresh baby spinach or ½ large container
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only (optional)
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles or Kerrygold Grass Fed Cheddar, grated
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2-3 pieces good sourdough bread, cut into cubes or for gluten/grain free: 2-3 Ezekiel sprouted corn tortillas, halved and cut into strips

Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp cup Primal Kitchen brand avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp raw/local honey
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp grain mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp honey mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  • First, make the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Then, turn your oven to broil setting – 450-500 degrees F.
  • Next, caramelize the onions by spraying a medium nonstick skillet with coconut oil cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the onions in with a pinch of sea salt and the coconut sugar. Toss well to combine/coat the onions. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Once softened, turn heat to lowest setting and leave while you prep the remaining ingredients. Stir every once in a while to be sure they don’t over-caramelize.
  • Now, start the tomatoes – cover a small/medium sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on top and into the oven on the top rack. Set a timer for 2 minutes. You want them slightly browned on top and beginning to crack. Toss them once and place back in the oven for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Keep oven on broil setting.
  • Then, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the bison/beef into the skillet and begin to break up. Let it brown on one side for 2-3 minutes, turn and allow to brown another 2-3 minutes. Place all seasonings into the skillet, with a couple of pinches of sea salt and one pinch black pepper. Stir well to combine. Turn heat to low.
  • Now line a small sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place sourdough or tortilla strips in an even later. Spritz with a little cooking spray and season with a little sea salt and smoked paprika. Place on top shelf of the oven for 1-2 minutes – watch closely so they do not burn.
  • While the croutons are crisping up, prep the salad. Place the spinach, cilantro, goat cheese, jalapeño (if using) and avocado into a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top.
  • Place tomatoes, onions and bison/beef on top of the salad. Toss well to combine. Place croutons on top, toss again and serve!

Paleo Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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As a Nutritionist, I get requests from clients all the time about how to make the typical “unhealthy” recipe, clean; or “What are good substitutes for _______?”

I have one client, in particular, who is coming off of a long-time habit of daily runs to Chick-Fil-A for Sweet Tea and Chicken Nuggets. She has 3 kiddos under the age of 6 and sometimes, life gets so busy, you just start doing what’s easiest and then before you know it, what’s easiest has caused you to gain 20 pounds and you feel absolutely exhausted. In an effort to give her something that could be her new go-to for Chicken Nuggets, I came up with this recipe. In full disclosure – I was not sure these were going to turn out that well. I literally took the first bite and kind of cringed – you know, just waiting for them to taste, well, “meh…” I mean, how do you beat Chick-Fil-A? Oh, but I did! Seriously. I win, Chick-Fil-A! On ALL counts! Mine taste better – that’s right… You heard me. I said it! Mine are obviously healthier and totally gluten, grain and dairy-free.

So, while these chicken tenders are not quite as easy as pulling through the drive-thru, you will feel fabulous after eating them and they won’t steal your energy.

This recipe can be made in double or triple batches and then frozen so that you can easily grab a few out of the freezer, wrap them in foil, pop them into the oven under the broiler for 3-4 minutes and they’ll be ready for the kiddos for lunch or dinner in no time! Alternatively, dip them into the batter and place on a baking sheet, pop into the freezer overnight and allow them to freeze raw. Once frozen, place in a large ziploc baggie and back into the freezer. When you’re ready to make them, pull out as many as you need, place on a baking sheet and into the oven per the directions below, but for an additional 4-5 minutes, as they will need to thaw in the oven. By freezing the latter way, they will take a little longer, but be more juicy/tender.

Hope you enjoy!!

Paleo Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Ingredients for the Chicken:

  • 1lb free range, boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp paprika (plain or smoked, depending upon your preference)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cage free eggs or 4 egg whites
  • coconut oil cooking spray

Ingredients for the Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen brand avocado oil mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 2 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • First, make the dipping sauce, if using. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge for a chilled sauce or leave on the countertop if you prefer.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and cover a large baking sheet with foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • While the milk is resting, in another medium bowl, mix together almond meal, paprika, garlic, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, and sea salt.
  • Once the “buttermilk” has rested for 5 minutes – up to 10 minutes, whisk the eggs in and then season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge each piece of chicken in milk/egg mixture and then coat with flour/spice mixture.
  • Place chicken onto the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden or a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Primal Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice Casserole

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I am, by heritage, Italian, Irish and German; and while potatoes (Irish and German) are both a staple in the Brossette household – pasta notsomuch. Chips and Salsa are this Texas-Raised-Italian-Girl’s carbohydrate of choice.

I cannot get enough Mexican food. I obviously love Tex-Mex, but appreciate the more traditional Mexico City style as well. That said, if there aren’t chips and salsa, it’s not Mexican in my mind.

When Mo and I first met, we used to have Mexican at least 2-3 times a week! Especially on Sundays. We were both training for long-course Triathlon (him, an Ironman, me a Half Ironman) and it was the BEST feeling after a super long workout to indulge in some good Tex-Mex. After doing this routinely for a couple of years, we both started to notice that we just didn’t feel good after eating it that often. We were sort of of the thinking that because we had worked out so hard and so long, it didn’t really matter what we ate – it was going to be used up immediately. Man, have we learned different since then. It really works the opposite of that. The longer and harder you workout – the more clean you need to eat after – the cleaner you eat, the faster you recover – the more poor you eat, the slower you will recover because your body not only has to heal from the stress of the workout but NOW you’ve given it poor food to trudge through as well. See what I’m saying? So that first and second meal after a long workout is KEY! And then, you want to indulge a little? Do it! I suggest it!!

All of that being said, when we stopped going out for Mexican a few times a week, that didn’t mean that I stopped craving it. This recipe is one of many in my Mexican repertoire – if you will. We feel amazing after eating this!

I love to have Beanitos or Way Better chips and some pico and guacamole with this! It’s a great meal to make on a Sunday so you have leftovers for lunches for the following week. And, it freezes beautifully! You could easily double the recipe below and freeze one for later or make several mini-casseroles!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Primal Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 3 fresh Hatch chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped or 2, 4oz cans chopped green chiles
  • 3, 14oz bags cauliflower rice or two medium heads cauliflower
  • coconut oil cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½lbs ground turkey
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp Mexican oregano (if you cannot find Mexican, plain is fine)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 red onion, julienned
  • 1, 15oz low sodium black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1, 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 4oz goat cheese log
  • 4oz raw Manchego, grated
  • 1 bunch green onion, green and white parts or 1 bunch chives, thinly slices
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • 1 avocado

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • If roasting your own chiles, line a small baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place hatch chiles in an even layer/not touching. Place on top rack of oven and roast for 6 minutes. Turn and roast another 4-6 minutes, until slightly browned. Place in a glass bowl and cover with foil and let steam for 10-15 minutes. Peel, dice and set aside.
  • Rice cauliflower, if necessary. Line a large baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray and pour cauliflower rice on top and spread into an even layer across the pan. Spray top with a little more cooking spray and add a few pinches of sea salt – toss to combine and place in the oven once chiles are done. Roast for approx. 12 minutes. Toss and roast for another 4 minutes, until softened and golden brown.
  • Once cauliflower is out of the oven, turn oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place olive oil into a large oven-safe skillet and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the turkey into the pan and break up and brown until cooked through. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper; set aside in a bowl.
  • In the same skillet, sauté the onion and bell pepper over medium heat, until tender, stirring occasionally – about 10 minutes.
  • Add turkey back into the skillet and add in spices, oregano and a couple of pinches of sea salt and sauté for another minute or two, stirring to combine all ingredients and coat with seasonings.
  • Add in the tomatoes, black beans, chiles, cauliflower rice and jalapenos and stir well to combine.
  • With the heat still on medium, make a well in the center of the skillet and place the goat cheese log into the well. Stir and once it begins to melt, start incorporating the rest of the ingredients in the pan. Stir completely until the goat cheese is completely incorporated.
  • Top with grated Manchego and then place the pan in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes.

Alternatively, pour into a dish to freeze, let cool completely, cover with saran wrap and foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove the saran wrap, cover with foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, uncover and place back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes, until the center is completely cooked through.

  • The casserole is done when the cheese is bubbly and staring to turn golden.
  • To serve, top with fresh green onion or chives, a few cilantro leaves and fresh avocado.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Smoky Paleo Bowl

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Believe it or not, we don’t always eat beautifully plated meals that take an hour to prep and an hour to cook. We are so stinkin busy. Good busy. But busy. In my perfect world, I would menu plan daily. But, while some may think it is – that is not my life. I really don’t know how many do it with little ones. It seems that most of my days are swamped minute-to-minute. Not complaining – I’m honestly not sure I would have it any other way.

That said, if I called Mo and told him I couldn’t cook one night or for a whole week – he is the type of man who, while he would much prefer I cook, would kindly understand and offer to pick something up. Ultimately though – we really don’t like to eat out. I mean, we certainly enjoy it from time to time on special occasions, or to try a new restaurant. But on the whole, we just feel better when we eat at home. So, I really try hard to make it a priority.

Not every day is minute-to-minute but man, I definitely had one of those days earlier this week – I had my own workout at 6am, showered and out the door by 8am to start with my one-on-one Personal Training clients – a break at noon for a quick Almond Milk Latte (my favorite!) and some Tuna Salad for lunch, a talk for my dear friends Nutrition class at El Centro, on to a 2:45pm meeting, followed by a 3:45pm appointment and then I still had to figure out what we were going to have for dinner that night. I was tired, it was getting chilly outside (FINALLY!!! I swear, Texas has the most confused weather!) and I wanted something that tasted like I’d been making it all day – you know, comforting and warm but I also didn’t want anything heavy. Welcome to the mind of a woman! So complicated! 😉 But hey! At least we know what we want! So, after all of this discussion in my head, I landed on a bowl and just decided to fill it will all the things that sounded good. And I give you the birth of my Smoky Paleo Bowl.

I put ground bison in ours – if Mo were not going to be home, I probably would have left that out and gone meatless. But, I live with a half-caveman, so bison it was! Feel free to use any protein you’d like or leave it out altogether – it will be just as de-lish!

This bowl comes together in 30 minutes or less and tastes like you’ve been working on it for a few hours. It is light but comforting and definitely filling!

I hope you enjoy!

Smoky Paleo Bowl

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 3 bags pre-riced cauliflower
  • olive or avocado oil
  • sea salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric, divided
  • 1 orange bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 3 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 7 baby portabella mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ¾ – 1lb ground protein of choice
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • black pepper
  • 2-3 large handfuls fresh, baby spinach, arugula or baby kale
  • optional garnishes: crumbled goat cheese, cilantro, thinly sliced jalapeno or fresno pepper, scallion or chives…

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, spray with a little cooking spray and pour cauliflower rice onto the pan and spread out as evenly as possible. Drizzle with a little olive or avocado oil, a few pinches of sea salt, smoked paprika, coriander and ½ tsp turmeric. Toss well to combine. Place in the oven to roast for 10 minutes; toss and then turn your oven off and leave the “rice” in the oven until ready to serve.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in bell peppers with a pinch of sea salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened – approx. 5 minutes. Add in zucchini, squash and mushrooms, stir to combine, cover and steam for 5 minutes.
  • Uncover and push the vegetables to the sides of the skillet and add in the ground protein to the center of the pan. Break the protein up and cook, stirring occasionally, until protein is cooked through – approx. 5 minutes. Season mixture with chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, black pepper and sea salt to taste. Toss well to combine.
  • Add greens to the skillet and mix to combine. Cook until the spinach has just wilted, approx. 2-3 minutes.
  • To serve, start with some of the cauliflower rice in a bowl and top with protein/vegetable mixture. Garnish with options above, if you’d like. Enjoy!