Enchilada pie

I started by cooking strips of chicken breast on the stove with EVOO. In a separate pan, I put minced garlic, EVOO, diced zucchini squash, tomatoes, fresh tomatillo salsa, and fresh salsa. Then I cooled and shredded chicken and added both this and stove ingredients to the glass pie dish with shredded cheese! Baked at 375 for about 20-30 and enjoyed. Healthy, fresh, and delicious!

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Sweet potato and chicken salad

Begin by baking sweet potatoes, I made a big batch of 8 potatoes and baked at 400 until they were very soft. Remove the skins (not necessary but a safe bet in a larger crowd) and combine with butter salt and milk in a mixing bowl. Taste as you go to find the perfect flavor! Can be served hot or prepared the night before and cold. The chicken salad is a combination of chicken (boiled or rotisserie), cilantro, mashed avocado, walnuts, halved grapes, S&P, olive oil

Kale chips and soup

Making kale chips is easier than one may think:

Preset oven to 250

Spread EVOO evenly on baking skeet, cover one layer of kale (I removed stems and tore into bite size pieces). Drizzle a bit more EVOO just be careful not to saturate. Sprinkle salt and bake! It only took about 15 minutes and I shuffled the pieces around every 5 minutes.

Soup:

In a large pot simmer carrots, water, chicken broth, chick peas, S&P.

In a skillet with EVOO, saute out-of-casing chopped spicy Italian sausage and onion, then add to soup

When soup has simmered about 20 minutes, add a few handfuls of chopped or torn kale. Cook a bit longer and enjoy!

This recipe is hard to mess up, I didn’t include amounts because it is personal preference. I even added a jalapeño to the mix!

Going basic again

I’ve decided to eat strictly Paleo this month. I’ve noticed a few small differences in my skin and in general don’t think I drink enough water especially with the amount of coffee I’ve had lately- yesterday was day one and I feel awesome. Since I’ve done it before am ready for the process and can plan food in advance. Yesterday I browned some brussel sprouts in EVOO and added chopped garlic just before serving, then I mashed sweet potatoes with butter and unsweetened almond milk and prepared chicken by browning each side in coconut oil then removing chicken and making a broth from the oil, garlic, salt, pepper and water. I then put the chicken right back in the pan to simmer for a bit and transferred to the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

And I enjoyed it for lunch today! 

Pumpkin desert


¾ cup creamy nut butter (I used cashew)

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 overripe medium banana

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

⅓ cup chocolate chips and/or walnuts, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8in square baking dish with cooking spray.

Place almond butter, pumpkin, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir until well-combined.

Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Pour into prepared baking dish, smoothing with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Simple eggs

This is one of the easiest ways to add flavor. I put a small scoop of coconut oil into a pan with a sliced yellow onion. Simmering until just brown will give it a caramelized flavor- turn the burner down and add some cage free whisked eggs. Be patient! Protein needs to cook slow, eggs should never be rushed.

I made my Cuban coffee by mixing unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup and instant coffee, then adding hot water 

Basic colorful dinner

Chop peppers and onions and add EVOO salt and pepper and make a tinfoil basket for them, then grill for a few minutes on each side. Bake asparagus with olive oil in  oven at 400 for 12 min (if you have meat to cook, this conserves grill space). Peel sweet corn and brush with melted butter salt and pepper, then grill on low for a few min- rotating often. I just learned this way of cooking corn, it caramelize sand is delicious.
Who can complain about fresh picked tomatoes, motz, basil salt and pepper? Also, put some cuke slices out with salt!