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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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Clean Eating Cornbread Muffins

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I grew up on cornbread! My mom always made it to go with soup, which we had pretty often growing up! Smelling it baking in the kitchen brings me right back to my mom’s house when I was little. It is the best nostalgia!

Corn can be a tricky thing though because of the gmo’s (genetically modified organisms) corn can be so high in. So, I went for quite a while without eating it and frankly, always avoid it when eating out, etc. unless I am sure that it is made with non-gmo cornmeal. If you’ve avoided gmo’s and then accidentally had them at one point or another, you know that they can make you pretty uncomfortable – sleepy, tired, lethargic, GI distress, disrupted digestion, inflammation, joint pain, etc.

My recipe specifically calls for non-gmo cornmeal – I like Bob’s Redmill brand for this. And just so you know, if a product is listed as organic, that also means that it is non-gmo. But, most products that are known to have gmo’s will have a label on them that states specifically: non-gmo.

I LOVE cornbread that has lots of texture and “stuff” in it, so I put green chiles, bell peppers and corn kernals into mine! But if you like it plain, you will still love this recipe!

These are a great pair with my Clean Eating White Chicken Chili or any chili, soup or stew!

AND, a great bonus is – during the holidays, you can make this ahead of time, freeze it and it’s ready to go when you need to make cornbread dressing. And now, you’ll have a cornbread dressing you can feel really good about eating!

Clean Eating Cornbread Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fine ground non-gmo cornmeal
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup canned LIGHT coconut milk
  • 2 cage free eggs
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 can (or frozen) organic corn, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 1 can diced green chilies (optional)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a 12-count muffin tin with avocado or coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix very well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients and mix very well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all clumps of cornmeal are gone.
  • Add in the corn, green chilies and bell pepper, if using. Mix well to combine.
  • Pour into muffin tins that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pour evenly into 12-count muffin tin and bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center muffin comes out clean.
  • Serve immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a 12-count muffin tin with avocado or coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix very well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients and mix very well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all clumps of cornmeal are gone.
  5. Add in the corn, green chilies and bell pepper, if using. Mix well to combine.
  6. Pour into muffin tins that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Pour evenly into 12-count muffin tin and bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center muffin comes out clean.
  8. Serve immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.
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Fudgy Superfood Brownies

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When the cooler months hit, I really get into baking! Honestly? I wake up thinking about it! As in, almost daily! Ha! And I have to refrain from baking all the things I want to bake because then, I would eat all the things I bake! Thankfully I live with a “cookie monster” so Mo usually eats his fair share! But, it’s all SO good!

During the holidays, we get invited to parties, get-togethers, dinners, etc. as I’m sure you do to! Part of the season, right? And what is it about the holiday season that all ANYONE seems to think about is food? Am I right? LOL! It’s cold outside, the holidays are typically (for most people, anyway) a time of year that feels celebratory, more laid-back… It is one of my very favorite times of the year! But every year I try to walk into it with the attitude of walking out of the holidays feeling as good as when I walked in. …emotionally, mentally, physically…

One way I do this: I lean into the food-craze – know it’s coming, embrace it, and enjoy every bit of it! But, I do this by keeping things around our home that we can feel really good about indulging in so that when we do go to parties, dinners, get-togethers, etc. the desire to eat ALL the food is not near as strong and absolutely avoidable.

For example: when I go to someones house and they have decadent desserts set out that I would LOVE to eat lots of, I can much more easily have a couple of bites of a couple of desserts and move on, because I know that we have good, clean-eating things at home that I can have and feel really good about having, whenever I want them!

These brownies are one of the things I try to keep around during the holidays! They are fudgy, chocolately, decadent… Absolute heaven! AND, really good for you!

Hope you make these part of your holidays this year and enjoy as much as we do!

Fudgy Superfood Brownies

Serving Size: Makes 12 brownies…

Ingredients:

  • coconut or avocado oil cooking spray
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup 70% or higher dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup raw/local honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed gelatin

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  • Place dark chocolate and coconut oil in the bowl of a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring almost constantly and never letting the water in the pot come to a boil.
  • While chocolate is melting, puree the avocado in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
  • Once chocolate is melted, pour into the same bowl with the avocado and add in sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  • Add in eggs one at a time.
  • Then add in baking soda, cacao, tapioca flour, coconut flour and gelatin and mix no more than 30 seconds, until just combined. Use a spatula to scrap down the sides of the bowl and mix once more to combine.
  • Let batter sit for 5 minutes.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are just pulling away from the sides and middle is still just a touch moist.
  • Cool and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  2. Place dark chocolate and coconut oil in the bowl of a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring almost constantly and never letting the water in the pot come to a boil.
  3. While chocolate is melting, puree the avocado in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
  4. Once chocolate is melted, pour into the same bowl with the avocado and add in sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  5. Add in eggs one at a time.
  6. Then add in baking soda, cacao, tapioca flour, coconut flour and gelatin and mix no more than 30 seconds, until just combined. Use a spatula to scrap down the sides of the bowl and mix once more to combine.
  7. Let batter sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are just pulling away from the sides and middle is still just a touch moist.
  10. Cool and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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3 Ingredient Paleo Naan with Easy Primal Tzatziki

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This duo of recipes is one of my very favorite things to make for Mo and I (or, just myself 🙂 ) when I get the craving for something bready and unctuous! You know that craving? No? Just me? Ha! If you don’t know it – I’m not sure how to explain it… It’s just this want for something doughy that has a little chew to it and something to dip that texture in just tops it off! …takes it over the edge!

The naan in this recipe is not mine to claim at all! Ashley from My Heart Beets is due FULL credit for this and deserves every bit of it! She’s a genius for many of her recipes, but this one alone made me a believer!

The tzatziki is not traditional in the sense that it does not have cucumber in it. Could you add it? Absolutely! I would use a Hothouse cucumber. Halve it length-wise and then scoop the seeds out with a spoon. Finely dice or grate using a box-grater – a quarter to half of the cucumber depending upon your preference and mix it into the tzatziki recipe below.

I love to serve this with my Primal Greek Casserole (recipe coming soon!) or as an appetizer when we have company over… Or, like I said, when the craving hits me and I want something clean-eating to fill the craving with!

Hope this becomes one of your new go-to’s when you get that craving too! You’ll feel much better for it!

3 Ingredient Paleo Naan with Easy Primal Tzatziki

Makes 2 large Naan or 6 small Naan and 1 cup Tzatziki

Ingredients for Naan:

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt

Ingredients for Tzatziki:

  • 1, 7oz container 2% or full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped + more for garnish
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Directions for Naan:

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and pour batter to desired thickness.
  • Once the batter fluffs up and looks firm/mostly cooked – approx. 2-3 minutes, flip it over to cook the other side.
  • Continue until all batter is used.
  • Serve or store in an airtight container, once cooled, for up to one week.

Directions for Tzatziki:

  • Pour the extra water off the top of the Greek yogurt as you want it to be as thick as possible.
  • Place all ingredients except into a medium bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Garnish with extra dill, if desired.
  • Serve!
  • This can be made one day ahead!

…naan recipe adapted from My Heart Beets

 

 

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  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and pour batter to desired thickness.
  3. Once the batter fluffs up and looks firm/mostly cooked – approx. 2-3 minutes, flip it over to cook the other side.
  4. Continue until all batter is used.
  5. Serve or store in an airtight container, once cooled, for up to one week.
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  1. Pour the extra water off the top of the Greek yogurt as you want it to be as thick as possible.
  2. Place all ingredients except into a medium bowl and whisk well to combine.
  3. Garnish with extra dill, if desired.
  4. Serve!
  5. This can be made one day ahead!
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Paleo One-Skillet Tomato Basil Chicken

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I come from a long line of crazy Italians and I LOVE Italian food! No surprise there, given my heritage – but, probably some surprise due to my predominantly grain-free lifestyle.

A little story about me as a little girl… Growing up, my very favorite breakfast was cheese tortellini with butter and lots of salt and pepper. Man, I can taste it as I type this! I don’t tend towards this breakfast now, as most of you who follow me know! 🙂 And not that I would be opposed – but it’s interesting, taste buds change. Not only between growing up from a kid to an adult – but as we eat differently, taste buds will change. Did you know that?

You can eat a certain way your whole life and then change your habits and your body will begin to CRAVE the new things you feed it. This works both ways of course – you could go from eating a very clean “diet” to perhaps going off the rails for several days (think: the holidays) OR you could go from eating a highly processed “diet” to eating a very clean “diet” — either way, you will teach your taste buds (and your brain) what to crave.

So, while I LOVE pasta with butter and man – how many times have I had Fettucini Alfredo?! 🙂 I just don’t genuinely CRAVE those things anymore. Not that they are bad AT ALL – but, in moderation.

So, this is my way of satisfying my Italian craving, while still maintaining little to no grains.

Please hear me clearly here: GRAINS are NOT bad – this goes for pasta too! In a perfect world, we would have 100% access to sprouted grains all the time… So, when I do eat grains, I try very hard to be sure they are sprouted. I’ve simply learned that I feel far better when I do this vs not caring. So when I say that we eat a predominantly grain-free “diet” – this is why. Not because I think they are bad for you. Just wanted to clarify this small but significant point. 🙂

I served this with a small herb salad – butter lettuce, spinach, cilantro leaves, chives, a few shavings of raw manchego and tossed with evoo and balsamic vinegar and my “cheesy” roasted cauliflower! It was de-lish!!

Hope you enjoy!

Paleo One-Skillet Tomato Basil Chicken

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs chicken tenders
  • avocado oil cooking spray
  • 1 ½lbs cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 – 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 – 2 tbsp paprika
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions:

  • Spray a large non-stick skillet with avocado oil cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  • Season both sides of the chicken tenders with oregano, paprika, salt and black pepper.
  • Place chicken into pan (you don’t want to crowd the pan, otherwise the chicken will steam and not get that yummy crust, so you may have to do this in two batches) and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is almost entirely cooked through (a meat thermometer reads 155 degrees F).
  • Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  • Add the tomatoes and garlic into the pan with a little salt and cook for approximately 5 minutes until tomatoes are softened completely and the liquid from the tomatoes has reduced a bit.
  • Add chicken back into the pan and coat with the sauce.
  • Add in basil and stir to combine.
  • Turn heat to lowest setting and let simmer for another 5 minutes or until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, squeeze half lemon over the top of the chicken.
  • Serve with cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash or roasted heirloom potatoes!

 

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  1. Spray a large non-stick skillet with avocado oil cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken tenders with oregano, paprika, salt and black pepper.
  3. Place chicken into pan (you don’t want to crowd the pan, otherwise the chicken will steam and not get that yummy crust, so you may have to do this in two batches) and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is almost entirely cooked through (a meat thermometer reads 155 degrees F).
  4. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  5. Add the tomatoes and garlic into the pan with a little salt and cook for approximately 5 minutes until tomatoes are softened completely and the liquid from the tomatoes has reduced a bit.
  6. Add chicken back into the pan and coat with the sauce.
  7. Add in basil and stir to combine.
  8. Turn heat to lowest setting and let simmer for another 5 minutes or until ready to serve.
  9. Just before serving, squeeze half lemon over the top of the chicken.
  10. Serve with cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash or roasted heirloom potatoes!
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Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs with Roasted Cauliflower Rice

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We LOVE curry at the Brossette’s. It’s one of our favorite flavors. Good thing too because it is full of anti-inflammatory benefits!

Sometimes I have no clue where I come up with ideas for recipes. I used to hate my appetite. A battle with anorexia will do that to a person. I used to get so frustrated that I craved things and was hungry for food… That food was (still is, duh!) important to me. I just wanted to be that person who “didn’t care about food” – you know, the people who “forget to eat lunch…” Ha! I will NEVER forget to eat a meal. Never. And I used to really dislike that about myself.

Now? I lean into that. I LOVE that I crave things and I REALLY love that when I allow myself to have said craving, I usually don’t crave it anymore for a while. Hence, moderation. Too much of ANY thing – even spinach – is not good. And our bodies know this. It’s so beautiful to me – if we allow our bodies to work like they are intended to and we lean into the things we crave without over-doing or under-doing – we will naturally be exactly what we’re supposed to be in terms of aesthetics. It’s when we start forcing our bodies to become an idea that WE have in our heads as to what we WANT to look like that things start going haywire.

This is why we, at LINK Endurance, coach nutrition the way we do… It’s a long, slow process but one that will bring you to what I described above.

Ok, so what does all of that have to do with Coconut Curry Meatballs? Well, not a whole lot honestly, except that to say, I woke up one day CRAVING curry but I also wanted meatballs. I wanted something saucy and filling and full of flavor. It’s the Italian in me coming out, I’m sure. So – that is where these meatballs came from.

I adapted a recipe from Randa at The Bewitchin Kitchen, as I’d never made a dish quite like this before. I mean, I’ve made curries and I’ve made meatballs of course, but have never put the two together. So I leaned on her for some inspiration and a jumping off point!

I must say, she and I would make a great team if we could come up with a recipe THIS good every time!

These meatballs are incredibly easy to make, the sauce culdn’t be simpler and the cauliflower rice – well, it’s easy, yes, but roasting it gives it SO. MUCH. FLAVOR! It’s the only way I make cauliflower rice these days! And! The leftover meatballs are JUST as good, if not better the next day!

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs with Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Makes approx. 28 meatballs… Serves 4-5 people…

Ingredients for the Meatballs:

  • avocado oil cooking spray
  • 2 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 large shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1lb ground chicken breast
  • several cilantro leaves or julienned basil, for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for the Sauce:

  • 1 ¾ cans coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 2 heaping tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp almond butter
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt

Ingredients for the Cauliflower Rice:

  • 2-3, 10oz bags pre-riced Cauliflower (fresh or frozen)***
  • salt and black pepper
  • coconut aminos (optional)***

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two large sheet pans with foil or parchment paper. Spray both with avocado oil cooking spray and set one aside and pour the bags of cauliflower rice onto the other one and spread out evenly – spray the top with additional avocado oil cooking spray and a few dashes of salt (unless using the coconut aminos after roasting – see notes) and a few pinches of black pepper. Toss to combine and set aside.
  • Place all of the ingredients for the meatballs (except the chicken and cilantro/basil garnish leaves) into a food processor and pulse until chopped and combined.
  • Pour mixture into a large bowl along with the ground chicken. Mix well with a spatula or your hands.
  • Roll into 1 ½ – 2″ balls and place them onto lined sheet pan.***
  • Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack of your oven, roll the meatballs over and bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Place the cauliflower rice onto the top rack of your oven when you put the meatballs in and let roast 10 minutes, toss and then place on the bottom rack of your oven and let roast another 5-10 minutes. Once you pull the meatballs out, just leave turn your oven off and leave the cauliflower rice in the oven to stay warm until ready to serve – just be sure it’s on the bottom rack at this point.
  • While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce by heating the coconut milk over medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring until combined and the almond butter is melted.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir them around to coat them with the sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve over roasted cauliflower rice with fresh cilantro and/or basil on top.

Notes:

  • If you buy frozen cauliflower rice, thaw before roasting and drain any excess water before placing on the sheet pan.
  • I like to toss my cauliflower rice with several dashes of coconut aminos as soon as I take it out of the oven. It just gives it more umami/flavor! Not a must, but definitely recommended! If you do this – do not add salt prior to roasting.
  • When making the meatballs, I suggest using a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the meatball mixture so you ensure each meatball is close to the same size and therefore cooks evenly.

Recipe adapted from Randa at thebewitchinkitchen.com…

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line two large sheet pans with foil or parchment paper. Spray both with avocado oil cooking spray and set one aside and pour the bags of cauliflower rice onto the other one and spread out evenly – spray the top with additional avocado oil cooking spray and several dashes of salt and a few pinches of black pepper. Toss to combine and set aside.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the meatballs (except the chicken and cilantro/basil garnish leaves) into a food processor and pulse until chopped and combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a large bowl along with the ground chicken. Mix well with a spatula or your hands.
  4. Roll into 1 ½ – 2″ balls and place them onto lined sheet pan.***
  5. Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack of your oven, roll the meatballs over and bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  6. Place the cauliflower rice onto the top rack of your oven when you put the meatballs in and let roast 10 minutes, toss and then place on the bottom rack of your oven and let roast another 5-10 minutes. Once you pull the meatballs out, just leave turn your oven off and leave the cauliflower rice in the oven to stay warm until ready to serve – just be sure it’s on the bottom rack at this point.
  7. While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce by heating the coconut milk over medium heat in a large skillet.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring until combined and the almond butter is melted.
  9. Add the meatballs to the sauce, stir them around to coat them with the sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve over roasted cauliflower rice with fresh cilantro and/or basil on top.
Recipe Notes

If you buy frozen cauliflower rice, thaw before roasting and drain any excess water before placing on the sheet pan. I like to toss my cauliflower rice with several dashes of coconut aminos as soon as I take it out of the oven. It just gives it more umami/flavor! Not a must, but definitely recommended! When making the meatballs, I suggest using a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the meatball mixture so you ensure each meatball is close to the same size and therefore cooks evenly.

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Foods to Eat/Foods to Avoid

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At LINK Endurance we coach holistic nutrition… This means that we advise a client on what they should eat AFTER we have considered their work-life, home-life, athlete-life, training-level, stress level, relationship with food, etc.

Hence: “LINK” Endurance – we believe strongly that a person is only as strong as their weakest link. We don’t ever want to give a plan to a client that might seem like an “ideal” plan but one that the client cannot realize due to a link in their chain being too weak to see it through. At this point, an “ideal” plan becomes a “bad” plan for this person. This isn’t a bad thing, by the way. We ALL have weak links… Yes, even Mo and I – though we know some of you might beg to differ. Come move in for a day. You’ll see that we’re humans too. 🙂

One of the links we come across most often that people need help with is the food they keep in their home. It is important to realize that if you don’t buy something, you can’t eat it and vice versa of course.

So I’ve put together a list of foods that we encourage clients to eat 80-90% of the time in any way, shape or form! These are the foods that you want to keep in your home… That you eat day in and day out, week after week.

On the flip side – there is a list we’ve put together that we encourage clients to eat only 10% of the time. These would be “Foods to Avoid.” These are the foods that we strongly encourage clients not to buy and bring into their homes. More often than not, if a food is available to you in your home, you will eat it eventually.

From what we’ve heard, most people we come into contact with think that Mo and I have some form of “superhero” cape on at all times and we never have temptations or, if we do, we don’t give in. Let me clear this up: this is FAR from the truth. We DO have certain foods that tempt us and we’ve both learned that when we make those foods part of our daily or weekly lives, we really don’t feel good for doing so. Namely, tortilla chips and salsa for Alix and Snickers bars for Mo. So, we don’t buy these things. We don’t keep these things in our home. But, we go out for Tex-Mex every now and then and enjoy ourselves! Or, one of Mo’s favorite treats is a Snickers the day before or after a race! But 90% of the time, we eat the foods listed in the “Foods to Eat” list below.

Let’s do a little math, shall we?

  • If you eat 3 Meals per Day + 1 Snack per Day, that = 28 times per week that you eat – give or take…
  • So, if we’re shooting for 80-90% of those meals to be made up entirely of “Foods to Eat” then that means that approx. 24-26 of those meals/snacks are within that list.
  • Conversely, 2-4 of those meals/snacks could be made up of “Foods to Avoid” in some capacity.

I hope this shifts your perspective a bit about your nutrition and how it doesn’t have to be a grind day in and day out. We’ve found that when we take the decision-making at every meal out of the equation, people eat much cleaner, much more often. But when you don’t really have a path to stick to and every meal creates a point of decision-making, it’s much easier to give into temptation. I like to call this behavior: “Pre-Made Decision Making.” If you stick to the list of “Foods to Eat” when you grocery shop, cook meals, eat out, etc. it takes a huge amount of the decision-making process out of the equation and allows you to use that brain energy for other good and you’ll also feel a hell of a lot better!

Side note: if you’re trying to lose weight, we encourage sticking to the “Foods to Eat” list 90-95% of the time (or 1-2 meals/snacks per week). If you’re trying to maintain weight, we suggest sticking to the “Foods to Eat” list 80-90% of the time (or 2-4 meals/snacks per week).

We really like to break it up this way (see below) – and this takes the guess work out of it for us and creates pre-made decision making week in and week out + consistency, which is KEY for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Monday – Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are “Foods to Eat”
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch are “Foods to Eat”
  • One Day of the Weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday): Dinner is “Foods to Eat”
  • Two Days of the Weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday): Dinner involves some form of “Foods to Avoid” – i.e. Sweet Potato Fries or Tortilla Chips or we might have dessert, etc.
  • But please note: when we choose to eat “Foods to Avoid” we eat them in moderation – meaning, we do not (or we try our best not to) over-eat – we keep portions under wraps and push back from the table satisfied vs overly full.

The list of Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid is below or you can click the link below to download the list and print for your daily use! Please note that the columns for each list are side by side – so the Foods to Avod

Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

 

FOODS TO EAT

(i.e. you keep your kitchen stocked with these foods – 98% of your intake comes from these foods…):

  • Vegetables: 1-3 “handfuls” at every meal…
    • Any color, any kind – especially dark leafy greens…
    • Organic when possible*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Fats: 1-2 servings approx. the size of your thumb finger (“thumb-sized”) at every meal…
    • Unsweetened Coconut
    • Avocados
    • Nuts* (any kind except peanuts)
    • Seeds*
    • Olives
    • Hummus
    • Ground Chia Seeds
    • Ground Flax Seeds
    • Avocado Oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Coconut Oil
    • Grass Fed Better
    • Ghee (Clarified) Butter
    • Avocado Oil Cooking Spray
    • Coconut Oil Cooking Spray
  • High Quality Proteins: 1-2 “palm-sized’ portions at every meal…
    • Grass Fed/Finished Beef
    • Grass Fed/Finished Bison
    • Wild Caught Fish
    • Cage Free Eggs
    • Free Range Chicken
    • Pastured Pork/Bacon
    • “House Roasted” Deli Meats or Diestal/Applegate Organics brands only…
  • High Quality Carbohydrates: 1 “fistful” at 2 meals per day…
    • Potatoes (any kind, any color)
    • Fruit (no more than 1-2 pieces per day…)
    • Siete Almond/Coconut Flour Tortillas
    • Beans of any kind
    • Lentils
    • Jasmine or Basmati White Rice*
    • Wild Rice*
    • Quinoa*
    • Millet*
    • Teff*
    • Fruit (no more than 1-2 pieces per day…)
    • Ezekiel/Food for Life Sprouted Bread/Tortillas
  • High Quality Dairy: Milk/Yogurt – approx. 1 cup, 2-3x per week; Cheese – 1 “thumb-sized” serving at 1 meal per day…
    • Raw/Unpasteurized Cheese*
    • Low Pasteurized/Low Homogenized Milk
    • Organic and Grass Fed at the least…
    • 2% or Higher in Fat
    • Organic Goat or Feta Cheese
  • Alternative Flours and Sweeteners: use in moderation – no more than 1-2 tsp of the sweeteners per day…
    • Almond Flour
    • Coconut Flour
    • Cassava Flour
    • Tapioca Starch
    • Raw/Local Honey
    • Molasses
    • Coconut Sugar
    • Monk Fruit Sweetener
    • Stevia/Truvia
  • Alternative Milks:
    • Canned Coconut Milk (light or full fat)
    • Any Nut Milk in a carton that does NOT contain carrageenan or Vitamin D2
  • Condiments: use as needed – please note that the Avocado Oil Mayo and Dressings do also count as an “anti-inflammatory fat” – so 1-2 thumb-sized portions at each meal…
    • Red Duck brand BBQ Sauces (any flavor)
    • Annie’s brand Ketchup
    • Annie’s brand Mustards – any kind: Yellow, Dijon, Grain, etc.
    • Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil brand Mayo
    • Primal Kitchen brand Bottled Dressings
    • Homemade Dressing:
    • Mix of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil or Primal Kitchen Mayo + Vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, white wine, red wine, rice vinegar, etc.) + Sea Salt and Pepper + pinch of Cayenne Pepper + pinch of any dried herbs you like…
  • Notes:
    • Whether buying organic or non-organic vegetables, always wash well with a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and filtered water…
    • Try to find “sprouted” nuts and seeds as often as possible…
    • When cooking any type of grain (rice, quinoa, etc.) that has not been “sprouted” or “germinated” always rinse well before cooking – and if possible soak in water for 30 minutes, up to overnight and rinse well, prior to cooking…
    • When buying cheese/dairy, it will denote on the label if it is raw/unpasteurized…

 

FOODS TO AVOID

(i.e. you do not keep them in your house or have them more than 1x every 1-2 weeks…):

  • Refined Carbohydrates/Sugar:
    • Granulated Sugar
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • Corn Syrup
    • White/Wheat Flour
    • Bread, Cookies, Cakes, Crackers, Snack Bars, etc. made with White/Wheat Flour
    • Boxed Cereals
    • Corn Chips*
    • Pasta*
  • Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils:
    • Canola Oil
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Soybean Oil
    • Safflower Oil
    • Margarine
    • Low Calorie Butter Sprays
  • Artificial Sweeteners:
    • Aspartame
    • Phenylalanine
    • Splenda (otherwise called Sucralose)
    • Equal
    • Sweet-n-Low
    • Nutrisweet
    • Diet Drinks
  • Poor Quality Animal Protein:
    • Grain/Corn Fed Beef
    • Farm Raised Fish
    • Caged Chicken
  • MSG: (monosodiumglutamate)
    • Seasonings
    • Marinades
    • Bottled Dressings
    • Chips
  • GMO’s: (genetically modified)
    • All foods containing corn, unless noted on the package: “Non-GMO Verified”
  • Alcohol and Mixers: (women, no more than 2 drinks per week… men, no more than 4 drinks per week, if trying to lose weight…)
    • Beer of any kind
    • Rum
    • Tonic
    • Juice of any kind, except fresh squeezed lemon or lime…
  • Notes:
    • Great/Foods to Eat Substitutes for Chips are the following brands:
      • The Raw Coconut
      • Siete
      • Jackson’s Honest
      • Beanitos
      • Way Better
      • Any chip that is made with coconut oil or avocado oil, non-gmo corn, sprouted grains or potatoes and salt are good in our book!
    • Our favorite substitute for pasta is Vegetable Noodles of any kind. Or, try to find a quinoa pasta or spinach-based pasta…

 

 

 

Easy Homemade Bone Broth

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My grandmother has been making bone broth for years as the base for her chicken soup, lentils, etc. I’d be willing to bet you could say the same about YOUR grandmother or perhaps yourself.

It is no surprise that bone broth has made a huge move to the top of the food chain – if you will – in the last couple of years. It is rich with health benefits! To name a few:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • gut healing
  • promotes healthy skin, hair and nails
  • anti-aging
  • joint and cartilage healing
  • immune system strengthening

It is full of minerals that help build a strong gut lining and therefore help build a strong immune system (did you know that approx. 80% of our immune system resides in our gut?) …not to mention our gut sends signals to our brain constantly… You know the saying, “Listen to your gut!” or “Trust your gut!” Well… There is a lot to be said for that! So it is really important that we keep our guts as healthy as possible and drinking bone broth is an incredible way to do it!

There are many companies now that are making bone broth, packaging and selling it… And while that can be easier, there is just something about making your own at home from scratch. While that might sound daunting – it’s really incredibly easy.

We get asked all the time where to get good bones – and by “good” I mean: grass fed beef, bison, lamb, venison and/or elk or free range chicken. This is so very important when it comes to making bone broth if you really want to soak up all of the potential benefits. Our go-to is ordering a Bone Broth Box from Roo Nutrition. They make it so simple. Click here to be taken to their site, order the type of bones you’d like (if you’re just starting out, I suggest the beef or bison – if you’re a veteran and you want to try something a little different, go with the elk or venison) and when you receive them, make my recipe below! And an added bonus – Roo ships for free! No excuses folks! 🙂

The prep might take you 5 minutes and then you simply let it simmer away for 18-20 hours!

Mo and I absolutely love to drink this as a tea of sorts during the colder months or I will use it in soups, stews, etc. – any recipe that calls for broth – this is my go-to! I like to cook rice, quinoa, etc. – you name it – in bone broth! It adds a richer flavor and packs in nutrients!

Hope you enjoy!

Easy Homemade Bone Broth

Makes approx. 1 quart of broth

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 organic carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3-5 organic celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium organic onion, quartered
  • 5 organic garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • Roo Nutrition Bones (beef, bison or chicken – approx. 4-5lbs)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp Bragg’s brand apple cider vinegar
  • filtered water

Directions:

  • Dump the vegetables in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker or large soup pot. Place the bones in next. Tuck in the bay leaves and sprinkle salt and drizzle the vinegar over the bones. Add enough filtered water to cover everything completely.
  • Program the slow cooker to cook on low for 18-20 hours (you may have to set it for 10 hours and then come back and turn it back on…) or if cooking over the stove top, set the burner to low/simmer for same amount of time and cover the pot.
  • At 18-20 hours, off the top layer of “foam” (if necessary) and using tongs to hold one bone at a time and a spoon or spatula (something with a long, thin end) try to clean out the bones as much as possible and get all of the bone marrow out of each one. Then, pour the broth through a strainer and discard the solids (including the vegetables).
  • I suggest letting the broth cool and then pouring into glass mason jars/containers and placing in the fridge overnight prior to use. The fat will separate as it cools and end up at the top of the container – so when ready to use, scoop out that top layer and discard. Use immediately or place back in the fridge or into the freezer at this point.
  • The broth will keep in the fridge for a few days and in the freezer for several months. Be sure to let the broth cool completely before placing in the fridge or freezer.

Notes:

  • When you’re ready to drink it after it’s been in the fridge, simply scoop it out of its storage container (it will be the consistency of jello – that’s a wonderful thing!) and place into a pot over medium low heat and bring to a simmer.
  • In theory, broth SHOULD be cooked for 50-60 hours. And when you do this, quite a bit of the liquid will evaporate. So, you’ll end up with super concentrated broth but only about 32oz worth, after the fat has been removed. This is what you’re seeing pictured. If you abide by the “typical” 18-20 hour cook time – you will end up with approx. 64oz of broth, after the fat has been removed, but – it will not be as concentrated. You can do either one – if you have the time, go with the 50-60 hour cook time. If you don’t, no harm done – go at least 18-20 hours.
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  2. Program the slow cooker to cook on low for 18-20 hours (you may have to set it for 10 hours and then come back and turn it back on…) or if cooking over the stove top, set the burner to low/simmer for same amount of time and cover the pot.
  3. At 18-20 hours, skim off the top layer of “foam” and pour the broth through a strainer and discard the solids (including the vegetables).
  4. I suggest letting the broth cool and then pouring into glass mason jars/containers and placing in the fridge overnight prior to use. The fat will separate as it cools and end up at the top of the container – so when ready to use, scoop out that top layer and discard. Use immediately or place back in the fridge or into the freezer at this point.
  5. The broth will keep in the fridge for a few days and in the freezer for several months. Be sure to let the broth cool completely before placing in the fridge or freezer.
Recipe Notes

When you’re ready to drink it after it’s been in the fridge, simply scoop it out of its storage container (it will be the consistency of jello – that’s a wonderful thing!) and place into a pot over medium low heat and bring to a simmer.

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Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

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Holy-freakin-moly! I can’t even with this cake… Just. Can’t. Even. It is to die for. Literally. No exaggeration. Absolutely life altering.

But here’s the kicker – it’s good for you. I mean, I might insinuating that you should start eating this as part of your daily routine or anything. But I am saying that if you did for a week or so, you’d be no worse for the wear.

And not only is it good for you but it tastes UHmazing. That’s what I do right? Isn’t that why you follow me? …I make things that you think you’ll never be able to eat or indulge in again after switching to a clean eating lifestyle without feeling guilty and/or bloated, etc. after doing so and I make them clean – meaning: unprocessed and anti-inflammatory and taste incredible!

Now, this recipe I cannot take full credit for unfortunately. The frosting is all me! And I’m pretty proud of it, if I may say so myself! But the cake, as mentioned below is from Lisa over at Downshiftology. Check out her other recipes – she’s a mastermind!

But my frosting… I mean, can I just say that it is some of my best work. And, totally plant-based (simply sub honey with maple syrup if you’re strict plant-based) and perfectly stable on the counter for a few days without additives to make it that way. I made this frosting as a test and when it worked (like any recipe I come up with) I literally jumped up and down like a giddy 4 year old. It is crazy how excited I get about really wonderful, flavorful food that I can feel really good about putting in my body.

I can honestly say that I would rather have THIS chocolate cake than ANY regular, white flour, white sugar, etc. chocolate cake. Seriously.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

….recipe adapted from downshiftology.com

Serves 10

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 ¼ cups coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional and sprouted, if possible)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 large cage-free eggs, room temp
  • 1 ½ cups canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions for cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve!

Directions for Frosting:

  • Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  • With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!

 

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  5. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve.
Directions for Frosting
  1. Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  2. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!
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Hatch Green Chile Chicken Lettuce Tacos

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It’s HATCH season!! …one of my favs! I really love spicy foods – which is interesting because I’ve grown into that somehow. I have a client who LOVES jalapenos! Every time I ask him about what he’s eaten there are always jalapenos involved. So I put them on a salad one day and fell in love! Ever since, I’ve been a spice queen.

Unfortunately the same is not true for Mo! Ha! Poor guy – I’ve definitely, on accident – truly – smoked him out before. It’s kind of funny though because we’ll be eating and I’ll look over and he’s literally sweating bullets. I am laughing just thinking about it! He’s such a trooper though! So without fail, he always ends up picking out the jalapenos or hatch peppers and putting them on my plate! Spice and funky cheeses are about the only two things he’ll turn his nose up at – otherwise, he’s truly the easiest person in the world to cook for!

You can buy Hatch Chilies hot or mild. For this recipe, I used one hot and one mild. I honestly didn’t find it to be that spicy. But if you’re sensitive to spice at all, I would stick with only mild. And if you’re not senstive to spice, I would do two of the hot ones!

Hatch season only lasts about 2 months, so I try to take as much advantage as I can. Many people will roast huge batches and then freeze them to use throughout the year! I’ve never tried that but if I get the time this year I might! They are absolutely delicious and add so much flavor to foods! And I’m always down for anything hanging on the verge of tasting like tex-mex!

I also like to add these to burgers and salads for some added punch!

Hope you enjoy!

Hatch Green Chile Chicken Lettuce Tacos

Makes 10-12 tacos…

Ingredients:

  • 2 roasted hatch green chilies, halved and julienned***
  • 2 tsp avocado oil or avocado oil cooking spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Real Salt, to taste
  • 10-12 pieces butter lettuce***
  • 3-4 tbsp grated raw manchego or crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

  • First, roast the hatch chilies. While they cool, make the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour the avocado oil into a large sauté pan and swirl the pan to coat (or spray with avocado oil cooking spray). Turn heat to medium; once warm place the bell peppers into the pan with a pinch of salt. Let cook until softened and slightly caramelized – approx. 8-10 minutes.
  • Then, move the bell pepper to the sides of the pan and place the ground chicken in the middle and break up with a wooden spoon. Let cook 2 minutes and then continue to break apart and stir. Add cumin through salt and stir to combine the chicken, bell peppers and seasonings. Be sure chicken is cooked through but breaking apart a larger piece and making sure it is white/not pink in the middle. Remove from heat and add in hatch chilies. Toss to combine.
  • Spoon chicken and pepper mixture into lettuce pieces in desired amounts.
  • Top with grated manchego or goat cheese crumbles and serve.

Notes:

  • If Hatch Chiles are not in season, feel free to substitute with 1 fresh Jalapeño – remove the seeds and ribs if you don’t want it to be too spicy…
  • During Hatch season (August – October) you can find Hatch Chiles already roasted. Central Market is great about this. But, if you want to roast your own, click the link in the Ingredients section and you will be taken to the directions I use for roasting my own.
  • Feel free to use romaine, green leaf, red leaf, kale, etc. in lieu of butter lettuce, if you prefer.
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  1. First, roast the hatch chilies. While they cool, make the remaining ingredients.
  2. Pour the avocado oil into a large sauté pan and swirl the pan to coat (or spray with avocado oil cooking spray). Turn heat to medium; once warm place the bell peppers into the pan with a pinch of salt. Let cook until softened and slightly caramelized – approx. 8-10 minutes.
  3. Then, move the bell pepper to the sides of the pan and place the ground chicken in the middle and break up with a wooden spoon. Let cook 2 minutes and then continue to break apart and stir. Add cumin through salt and stir to combine the chicken, bell peppers and seasonings. Be sure chicken is cooked through but breaking apart a larger piece and making sure it is white/not pink in the middle. Remove from heat and add in hatch chilies. Toss to combine.
  4. Spoon chicken and pepper mixture into lettuce pieces in desired amounts.
  5. Top with grated manchego or goat cheese crumbles and serve.
Recipe Notes

If Hatch Chiles are not in season, feel free to substitute with 1 fresh Jalapeño – remove the seeds and ribs if you don’t want it to be too spicy... During Hatch season (August - October) you can find Hatch Chiles already roasted. Central Market is great about this. But, if you want to roast your own, click the link in the Ingredients section and you will be taken to the directions I use for roasting my own. Feel free to use romaine, green leaf, red leaf, kale, etc. in lieu of butter lettuce, if you prefer.

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