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Crockpot Salsa Chicken

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I totally made this recipe by mistake. And it just might be the easiest damn thing I’ve ever made. AND it tastes SO good! Don’t you love it when that happens? It’s like all of the stars just align in your favor some days, right?

Over Thanksgiving, my family was in town. Yes, I hosted. For the first time ever, I might add. And it really turned out great! I was (still am 🙂 ) super proud of myself. I did have some good help from my family…

But all of that to say – the Friday after Thanksgiving, we had one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants cater for us… We were done with the cooking.

My Uncle was in charge of ordering the catering and we always know when he’s in charge of something, it will be over the top! He always goes above and beyond and that means there is NEVER a lack of ANYTHING!

You can see where this is going, right? Yep – we had ALLLL the leftovers! …not just from Thanksgiving, but now from the Mexican restaurant! And, Mo and I are the only ones who live in Dallas out of this side of my family so we ended up with ALL of it!

I really dislike letting food go to waste, so I decided I’d test myself and come up with something yummy to make with all of it! We ended up with:

  • Guacamole
  • a bunch-o-Salsa
  • a bunch-o-chopped onion and fresh cilantro
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So came the birth of this recipe! …minus the brussels sprouts! I just made a few extra of those and we had them as a little side instead of chips! 🙂

Y’all!! It took me less than 5 minutes to put this together and it was SO stinkin’ good!

So, next time you’re in a pinch and need something super quick and healthy – make this your new go-to!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 3lbs organic chicken breasts
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 20oz jarred salsa
  • avocado, to garnish
  • fresh chives, to garnish
  • roasted cauliflower rice (optional)

Directions:

  • Pull out your crockpot.
  • Add your chicken breasts.
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients on top, in any order. Stir to combine.
  • Put on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • After it’s done cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  • Serve in big bowls on top of roasted cauliflower rice (optional) and top with cilantro and sliced avocado.

 

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  1. Pull out your crockpot.
  2. Add your chicken breasts.
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients on top, in any order. Stir to combine.
  4. Put on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  5. After it’s done cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Serve in big bowls on top of roasted cauliflower rice (optional) and top with cilantro and sliced avocado.
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Crunchy Celery Salad with Raw Parmesan

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I have a confession to make – I watch Ina Garten’s cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, on the Food Network every day while I eat lunch. I know… I know… We’re not supposed to watch TV or be distracted while eating – but it is one of my very favorite things! Sounds silly, right? But, it is so relaxing to me… Not to mention I learn so much. I swear, I learn something new every time I watch her – which I suppose is one reason she has been so successful!

Her recipes are by no means what I would categorize as “clean eating” – but she’s got several that with some light tweaking, they are wonderful for you! And that is the story with her Celery Salad with Parmesan.

I’ve made a few minor adjustments that don’t change the flavor at all, but help the salad become more anti-inflammatory. For example: I suggest a raw parmesan cheese vs a processed parmesan.

***Fun thing to note regarding dairy: Did you know that most people who deal with lactose intolerance can actually tolerate raw dairy vs processed? It’s the heat in the processing of cheese/dairy that denatures the lactose and that most often causes the issue for people who are lactose intolerant. Now, I am not insinuating that you if you are lactose intolerant that you go out and eat a bunch of raw cheese – but I do suggest you give it a try and see how you feel – maybe an ounce at most, to start… See how it goes! Quality really can be everything!

I like to serve this with some simple grilled chicken or salmon… It is cleansing and refreshing during the hotter months!

Hope you enjoy!

Crunchy Celery Salad with Raw Parmesan

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Celery and Parmesan Salad

Serves 4-6…

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 lemon, juice only, divided
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp anchovy paste
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • approx. 12 stalks celery + leaves, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 4-ounce block raw/unpasteurized Parmesan cheese*
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only

Directions

  • At least 1 hour before you plan to serve the salad, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, juice of 1 ½ lemons, shallots, celery seed, celery salt, anchovy paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • Then, place the celery in a large bowl and toss it with the remaining juice of the leftover ½ lemon and ½ teaspoon salt (Ina says this is an important step and I must say – after making this, I 100% agree!). Add enough of the dressing in step one to the celery to moisten well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the celery to crisp and the flavors to develop.
  • When ready to serve, arrange the celery on a platter, shave the Parmesan onto the celery with a vegetable peeler, then sprinkle with walnuts, cilantro leaves, salt, and pepper and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • You will probably only need to use about ¼ cup of the dressing, so you will have about ¾ cup leftover. It is GREAT on other salads or to use as a marinade for fish! So don’t let it go to waste!
  • You can sub a raw manchego (sheep’s milk) cheese if you cannot find raw parm.
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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.
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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. First, bake the chicken.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake on the middle rack for 18-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees F.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes or until you can handle them with your hands.
  7. While the chicken is baking/cooling – prep the salsa verde and make the tortillas.***
  8. Once tortillas are made, wrap in foil and set aside.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Now, assemble the enchiladas:
  13. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  14. 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.
  15. Top the chicken enchiladas with the remaining goat cheese mixture and spread to coat the top.
  16. 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.
  17. Remove from the oven and top with scallions. Serve.
For the Paleo tortillas...
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut milk.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours and salt.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until no lumps remain. The mixture should resemble pancake batter.
  4. Place a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat.
  5. 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.
  6. Cover in foil and place in the fridge for later use or use immediately for enchiladas, tacos, etc.
For the salsa verde...
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cover a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Place tomatillos through onion onto the baking sheet, cut side down.
  4. Roast on the top rack of the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes or until browned/slightly-blackened in spots.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for approx. 5 minutes.
  6. Place the cilantro, lime juice and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times.
  7. 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.
Recipe 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.

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.

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Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

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I can’t lie people — this Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp was amazing! It is a running joke in the Brossette household that we always have “a big salad” for dinner. I mean – I am probably the queen of salad – I like to make all kinds and spruce them up in different ways!

And while Mo would typically roll his eyes when I set this plate in front of him and it is in fact “a big salad” – this time, Mo wouldn’t stop talking about THIS “big salad.” In fact, had we not had other plans, I would’ve made it 2 nights in a row! Maybe 3! IT’S THAT GOOD! And, it makes A BUNCH of salad – so even if you’re cooking for one or two, make the whole recipe, portion it out and have it for lunch for a day or two! It makes great leftovers!

The chopping of the vegetables can get a little monotonous – but TRUST ME! Stick with it! It is worth every second!

Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

Serves 4

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 1 head napa cabbage, cut into quarters and julienned
  • 4 large handfuls baby spinach, chopped
  • 8-12 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, (green and white parts) thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, halved and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup shelled, pre-blanched non-gmo edamame, thawed
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (black and/or white – if white, I suggest toasting them
  • ½ cup organic cashews, toasted and broken into pieces

Ingredients for the Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp creamy, natural peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • optional: 1 tbsp sriracha

Ingredients for the Chili-Lime Shrimp:

  • 1lb wild/gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Secrets garlic sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced OR ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds and rib removed (unless you want it spicy, then leave either/or both!), and minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp ghee butter

Directions for the Salad:

  • First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • When you’re read to put the salad together – place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  • Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  • Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  • Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  • Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.


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  1. First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  2. When you’re read to put the salad together - place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  3. Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  5. Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  6. Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  7. Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  8. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.
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