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Primal Vegetable Curry

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Mmmmm curry! It’s so warming and comforting and it is SO good for you! Talk about anti-inflammatory! But to get a really good curry, it takes a loooong time to make. It just needs lots of love for all of the flavors to really develop.

This is my version of a quick and easy curry – I’ve added a can of diced tomatoes to help give more depth of flavor in a shorter amount of time. And always feel free to add a bit more curry powder as that will enhance the flavor as well! I always double whatever a recipe calls for! I went light on this one for my readers – as some like curry, but don’t LOVE curry like Mo and I do! So if you like curry – keep the measurements per my recipe below. If you love curry, up the ante a bit and double it!

If you don’t already know – what gives curry powder it’s yellow color is the turmeric that is in it. Turmeric is “all the rage” and super trendy right now. I’m halfway rolling my eyes. Ha! It’s been around for FOREVER but is really making it’s big debut in the last 2 or 3 years due to it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It is truly a wonderful spice to use – I sprinkle it on my avocado toast, I use it in chili’s, soups, stews, stir-fry’s – anywhere I can sneak it in, I do! It is really wonderful for you in terms of keeping inflammation down and helping with aches and pains.

I made this recipe so that we would have lots of leftovers for lunches for the next couple of days… But, it was so good, I “accidentally” didn’t leave any leftovers! Ha! Oops! 🙂

I served ours with Coconut Cauliflower Rice, but it would be terrific with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Paleo Naan or my Coconut White Rice!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!

Primal Vegetable Curry

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tsp ghee butter
  • 1 ¼lbs ground chicken
  • 1 cup sweet potato, butternut squash or kabocha pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • ½ small yellow onion, julienned
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1, 15oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium and undrained
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only

Directions:

  • Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Place the chicken into the pan with a couple of pinches of sea salt and brown until chicken is almost cooked through. Pour the chicken into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the same pan with a little more salt and sauté 7-10 minutes, until potatoes just begin to soften/can be pierced with a fork. Decrease heat to medium.
  • Add broccoli, onion, and curry powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add broth, coconut milk, tomatoes and sea salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken back in and stir to combine.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 10 minutes, but up to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer this simmers, the more time the flavors will have to develop.
  • Top with cilantro and serve on it’s own or with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Naan or my Coconut Rice.

Notes:

  • Feel free to omit the chicken and simply omit cooking the chicken (first step) and start by adding the sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the pan with the ghee butter. Follow remainder of the recipe as written.
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  1. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the chicken into the pan with a couple of pinches of sea salt and brown until chicken is almost cooked through. Pour the chicken into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the same pan with a little more salt and sauté 7-10 minutes, until potatoes just begin to soften/can be pierced with a fork. Decrease heat to medium.
  4. Add broccoli, onion, and curry powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add broth, coconut milk, tomatoes and sea salt and bring to a boil.
  6. Add chicken back in and stir to combine.
  7. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 10 minutes, but up to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer this simmers, the more time the flavors will have to develop.
  8. Top with cilantro and serve on it’s own or with My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Naan or my Coconut Rice.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to omit the chicken and simply omit cooking the chicken (first step) and start by adding the sweet potato/butternut/kabocha to the pan with the ghee butter. Follow remainder of the recipe as written.

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Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” with Paleo Curry Aioli

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Do these really need an intro? I mean – REALLY?

Here’s what I will say – you’re going to scroll down and read the directions and think, “Yeah. Ain’t got time.” But you DO! Trust me! It SEEMS like a long process and it kind of is, but it’s SUPER easy and let me tell you – worth EVERY second! And it’s not really a long process in that it’s time-consuming, it just needs a little prep and planning.

That said – per the directions below, if you don’t have time for the soaking bit, just skip it. And that makes these even easier. BUT, if you DO have time to soak – that’s ideal – you’ll get a crispier fry that way!

I’ve included some pictures to help with the directions for cutting these. Sweet potatoes can be tough little suckers to cut through evenly AND safely. I’ve tried a BUNCH of different ways and this is the best and safest way I’ve found.

As far as the size of cut goes – mine are in wedges because that’s what Mo really likes. Personally, I prefer the thinner ones. So, if you look at mine, you can see you could just as easily, albeit with a little more knife-work, cut per my directions and then slice the wedges into thinner pieces. Completely up to you. BUT, if you do this – reduce the cook time per the directions to 8-10 minutes per side.

And a word to all of my fellow Type-A, OCD, Perfectionist’s out there – these will not be perfect. They will be quite imperfect and rustic and some will be thinner or thicker than others. Let it go. It’s good for us.

I LOVE to make these to serve with my Grass Fed Burger Salad, Naked Hatch Chile Turkey Burgers or Paleo Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce! But if I’m being completely transparent – when Mo is traveling, I’ll make a big bowl of these and that’s all I’ll have for dinner. I’m smiling just thinking about it!

And a little suggestion: IF you have leftovers, store them in the fridge in an airtight container and then dice them up in the morning and throw in with scrambled eggs and spinach! It’s a GREAT way to start your day!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” with Paleo Curry Aioli

Serves 4-6

Ingredients for the Fries:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes***
  • coconut oil cooking spray
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • optional: 2 tsp ground cumin

Ingredients for the Aioli:

  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen brand avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • First, make the aioli, if using. Combine all ingredients for the aioli in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.

  • Peel sweet potatoes, cut in half width-wise and then again vertically – so you’ve quartered the potato and have a flat bottom (see pictures below). Cut quartered sweet potatoes into wedges or like thick-cut french fries or thin, if you prefer.

  • Once cut, place potatoes into a large bowl and rinse 4-5 times with cold water, until the water is no longer orange-ish in color but almost clear. Fill the bowl with cold water, covering the potatoes, and set aside. Let them soak for at least 1 hour, up to 4-5 hours. ***If you don’t have time for this – no worries, you can skip the soaking, but at least rinse them. Without soaking them, they won’t crisp up quite as much.***

  • Drain the potatoes and lay out a large dishcloth or several paper towels on your countertop. Set the potatoes in an even layer and pat dry with another dishcloth or paper towel. Let the potatoes dry for a few while you prep your pans.

See? None of them are perfect or exact… Have fun with this!

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  • Pat the wedges dry one more time and place in a single layer, without touching, onto the pans.

The drier they are., the better…

 

  • Spray tops of potatoes with cooking spray and sprinkle 1 tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp cumin (if using) over the top.

  • Place pan in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly browned. Then remove from oven and turn wedges over – keeping in a single layer and not touching. Sprinkle the other half of the spices on top.
  • Place back in oven and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

  • Sprinkle with extra sea salt to taste/if needed. Serve!

Notes:

  • Try to find sweet potatoes that are a little thick and long, per the picture below. They will be easier to cut into wedges.

Like these^^^

  • You can also duplicate this exact recipe for regular french fries by replacing the sweet potatoes with equal amounts russet potatoes.
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  1. First, make the aioli, if using. Combine all ingredients for the aioli in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes, cut in half width-wise and then again vertically – so you’ve quartered the potato and have a flat bottom (see pictures below). Cut quartered sweet potatoes into wedges or like thick-cut french fries or thin, if you prefer.
  3. Once cut, place potatoes into a large bowl and rinse 4-5 times with cold water, until the water is no longer orange-ish in color but almost clear. Fill the bowl with cold water, covering the potatoes, and set aside. Let them soak for at least 1 hour, up to 4-5 hours. ***If you don’t have time for this – no worries, you can skip the soaking, but at least rinse them. Without soaking them, they won’t crisp up quite as much.***
  4. Drain the potatoes and lay out a large dishcloth or several paper towels on your countertop. Set the potatoes in an even layer and pat dry with another dishcloth or paper towel. Let the potatoes dry for a few while you prep your pans.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with foil and spray generously with cooking spray.
  6. Pat the wedges dry one more time and place in a single layer, without touching, onto the pans -- the drier they are., the better...
  7. Spray tops of potatoes with cooking spray and sprinkle 1 tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp smoked paprika and 1 tsp cumin (if using) over the top.
  8. Place pan in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly browned. Then remove from oven and turn wedges over – keeping in a single layer and not touching. Sprinkle the other half of the spices on top.
  9. Place back in oven and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  10. Sprinkle with extra sea salt to taste/if needed. Serve!
Recipe Notes

Try to find sweet potatoes that are a little thick and long. They will be easier to cut into wedges.

You can also duplicate this exact recipe for regular french fries by replacing the sweet potatoes with equal amounts russet potatoes.

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Primal Broccoli Chicken Casserole

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Do you have those foods or meals that your family used to make – maybe your mom or dad or your grandmother – that when you smell that food or meal today it literally transports you back to when you were little?

This casserole is that for me. To this day, it is what my mom makes for me when we get to celebrate my birthday together. It is my request EVERY time I go home! It is creamy and luscious and warm and bubbly and honestly? Really clean, as far as casseroles go.

When most people think of casseroles I would bet that they think of those heavy, canned soup-based, super cheesy (but like, Velveeta cheese – you know what I’m sayin?), carb-loaded, slop it on a plate, mom didn’t have time for anything else tonight kind of meal. Not this one. It has been re-invented my friends and you will feel ALL the love when you eat it!

I hope you make this just so you can taste a little of my childhood. I’ve re-done it, in that it is made completely from scratch – no canned soup; and instead of packaged, processed cheese, I used a raw goat cheddar.  If you omit the cheese and use almond flour instead of sourdough, it is completely Paleo and Whole30.

It’s hard to re-do something your mom made. But man, this came out of the oven and I took that first bite and literally would’ve believed you if you told me my mom had made it and she was sitting right there with me – I could SMELL the house I grew up in. It will be so much fun to make this for her next time we ARE together.

I hope you enjoy this little piece of my childhood!

Primal Broccoli Chicken Casserole

Makes a 9×13 casserole…

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ – 3lbs free range, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • approx. 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 medium heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 cup finely chopped baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Kerrygold grass fed butter or coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • ½ – ¾ cup low sodium vegetable or free-range chicken broth or chicken bone broth
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayonnaise
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup grated raw goat cheddar cheese, Kerrygold grass fed cheddar or Grafton raw cheddar
  • ¾ cup almond flour or sourdough breadcrumbs
  • Optional: fresh chives, cilantro or parsley for garnish

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cover a medium sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts on the pan and season with sea salt, black pepper and a dash of paprika over each chicken breast. Place on the middle rack of your oven to roast – approx. 20-30 minutes – until a meat thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 155-160 degrees (the chicken will continue cooking as it rests and again when you finish the casserole in the oven…). Pull out of the oven and set aside.
  • While the chicken is roasting, cover a large sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place broccoli onto pan, toss with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and place on the top rack of your oven to roast until slightly browned – approx. 15-18 minutes, until slightly roasted and softened. Pull out of the oven and set aside. *Okay to add this to the oven while the chicken is roasting.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1 tbsp butter or coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until softened, about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to the pan with the broccoli.
  • In the same saucepan, melt the other tbsp of butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Whisk in the coconut milk and broth – start by adding ½ cup broth, if you need to add more to thin out the sauce per your liking, feel free. Once combined, whisk in the arrowroot flour, whisking constantly for 30 seconds until smooth. Bring to a low simmer and continue to whisk constantly until thickened – 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, curry, mayo, lemon zest and juice. Set aside.
  • Now, shred the chicken and place into a large bowl. Add the broccoli, mushrooms and onions.
  • Pour the sauce into the bowl with the broccoli mixture and add ½ cup almond flour or sourdough breadcrumbs and ½ of the cheese. Toss well to combine. I suggest using your hands for this! Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with remaining almond flour/sourdough and cheese.
  • Bake for approx. 30 minutes, until filling is hot and bubbly. Check after 20 minutes and cover with foil if topping is browning too quickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh chives, cilantro or parsley, if using and serve on it’s own or with roasted cauliflower rice (pictured above).

 

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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cover a medium sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts on the pan and season with sea salt, black pepper and a dash of paprika over each chicken breast. Place on the middle rack of your oven to roast – approx. 20-30 minutes – until a meat thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 155-160 degrees (the chicken will continue cooking as it rests and again when you finish the casserole in the oven...). Pull out of the oven and set aside.
  3. While the chicken is roasting, cover a large sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place broccoli onto pan, toss with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and place on the top rack of your oven to roast until slightly browned – approx. 15-18 minutes, until slightly roasted and softened. Pull out of the oven and set aside. *Okay to add this to the oven while the chicken is roasting.
  4. Meanwhile, melt 1 tbsp butter or coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until softened, about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to the pan with the broccoli.
  5. In the same saucepan, melt the other tbsp of butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Whisk in the coconut milk and broth – start by adding ½ cup broth, if you need to add more to thin out the sauce per your liking, feel free. Once combined, whisk in the arrowroot flour, whisking constantly for 30 seconds until smooth. Bring to a low simmer and continue to whisk constantly until thickened – 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, curry, mayo, lemon zest and juice. Set aside.
  6. Now, shred the chicken and place into a large bowl. Add the broccoli, mushrooms and onions.
  7. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the broccoli mixture and add ½ cup almond flour or sourdough breadcrumbs and ½ of the cheese. Toss well to combine. I suggest using your hands for this! Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  8. Top with remaining almond flour/sourdough and cheese.
  9. Bake for approx. 30 minutes, until filling is hot and bubbly. Check after 20 minutes and cover with foil if topping is browning too quickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Garnish with fresh chives, cilantro or parsley, if using and serve on it's own or with roasted cauliflower rice (pictured above).
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