Keeping Keto at Disney World

mk_crystalprerover_20170201_7938321358Last week we took Isak and met my parents at Disney World for the week.  We go every January near the end and celebrate Isak’s birthday early.  It is literally my favorite week of the year.  This year, I had lots of people ask me if we were breaking our food rules for the trip.  Nope, not at all!  It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, I’m not going to lie.  Not because there were so many temptations, because at this point, temptations aren’t really a “thing” anymore.  Yay keto–cravings disappear.  It wasn’t the easiest thing to do because literally, 95% of the food found at Disney contains grains or sugar, which we avoid.  There was one night at Epcot where we each had a quarter of a gluten-free roll.  It was really good as far as gluten-free goes…but most of that stuff feels like wet sawdust in my mouth, so the texture wasn’t appealing.

The thing about staying keto at Disney is that you have to implement some preparation and research.  I did not find any acceptable snacks on the menus of any of the restaurants beforehand when I was researching, so I knew that we were going to have to keep easily portable snacks.  Also, there isn’t much in the way of breakfast food (that isn’t ridiculously overpriced), so we knew we were going to keep a bunch of compliant stuff in the fridge at the resort.  Typically I don’t eat breakfast because of the intermittent fasting (though as of this week I’ve flipped my fast over, but that’s for a later post), but when we’re walking 10-15 miles a day in the parks, I eat more often.

For the fridge and pantry in the resort, we kept: pre-cooked bacon, black forest ham, cream cheese, french onion dip, string cheese, pork rinds, and pepperoni.  If you haven’t tried pork rinds with french onion dip, you’re missing out.  Try it now.  For portable park snacks, my only requirement was that they didn’t need to be kept chilled.  I didn’t want to carry a cooler pack in the park.  We carried macadamia nuts.  Lots and lots of macadamia nuts.  I also kept a few Atkins bars in the bag, and for Isak we had single bags of nut/dried fruit mix.

Now for the fun part…the meals!

img_4779

Neither of us could remember where the turkey legs were sold at Magic Kingdom, but after asking 900 cast members, we finally got the right location: the tavern in Adventureland, across from Pirates of the Caribbean.  This was our first stop as soon as we got to the park.  Usually we fly in and wait until the following day to go to the parks; however, we were able to snag an extra day, so JR and I went as soon as we got off the Magic Express and got Isak situated in the resort with Gammy and GrandDan.  We split one turkey leg between the two of us and dipped it in a few packets of mayo.  Everything tastes better at Disney, you know.

img_4817

Breakfast on official day one: steamed heavy cream with sugar-free vanilla syrup from Starbucks at Epcot.  This is Isak’s favorite drink.  He calls it “warm chocolate,” no matter what sugar-free flavor it is.  The vanilla though…it tastes like hot-off-the-stove vanilla custard filling.  It’s delicious.  That and a handful of cashews kept him going until lunch.

img_4823

This one was my favorite table-service meal of the trip (and yes, I left the handful of fried wonton skins on–they weren’t enough to kick me out of ketosis and Epcot is always where we walk the most).  This is the Beijing Roast Duck Salad from Nine Dragons in China, in the World Showcase at Epcot.  One alteration had to be made: the hoisin sauce dressing was out because, well, hoisin sauce.  Instead, they gave me a small pitcher of the potsticker sauce, which was to die for.  Seriously, my favorite meal of the week.

img_4855

In The Seas, at Epcot, there is a restaurant called Coral Reef.  Honestly, we go here for the experience because you’re basically eating inside a giant aquarium.  In my opinion, the food is decent, but it’s not the best food ever.  I got the grilled New York strip steak with double veg instead of veg and mashed potatoes.  We had them bring out extra butter because it wasn’t nearly fatty enough.  This is where the gluten-free rolls were.  Like I said, as far as gluten-free rolls go, those were pretty good, especially when slathered with butter.  If you’re looking for that option, definitely hit up Coral Reef.  JR got the heirloom tomato salad thing here.  I gave him half of my steak and we pretty much ate off of each other’s plates.

img_5008

You can’t really tell what this is from the picture, as is frequently the case when making keto alterations, but this is a bacon cheeseburger from Cosmic Ray’s in Magic Kingdom.  They have a topping bar there where we added the mushrooms, onions, and (not pictured) some garlic ranch dressing.  It was a pretty good burger.  JR and I split the burger and…

img_5009

…the Greek salad, from the same place.  It was a pretty rockin’ Greek salad, in case you were wondering.  The chicken looks huge, but really it’s just pounded out thin.  The feta wasn’t as good as the stuff we get from Ali Baba; however, it was a decent substitute (and let’s be honest, if you don’t have a refined palate for Middle Eastern food, you won’t notice the difference).  We also put the garlic ranch on this salad.  Yeah, I really liked it.

img_4889

This was an Italian sausage without the bun from whatever that sausage company is at Disney Springs (what used to be called Downtown Disney).  The sausage was our least favorite thing of the trip.  It was just “meh.”  Those pickles were awesome though.  Seriously awesome.

img_5112

This is actually one of the meals we had at the airport in Atlanta on the way back to San Antonio.  I forget what the place was called, but it’s similar to a Chipotle-type deal.  It was a steak burrito bowl.  Why do deconstructed foods always look like a pile of stomach contents?  Regardless, it was tasty.

I didn’t remember to take pictures of all the food we ate in the parks, so here are the other items we had that I can remember:

Chili Cheese Coney without the bun from that Casey’s hot dog place on Main Street in Magic Kingdom (a delicious addition to our curbside seating for the Festival of Fantasy parade!)

Caesar salad with salmon at the Prime Time Diner in Hollywood Studios.  This restaurant was so fun!  The staff is a hoot and the decor is hilarious.  The salad was great.

If you have any questions about going keto-friendly at Disney, feel free to ask me!  Before going, I spent an hour on the phone with one of their dietary people, who helped me navigate all of the menus in order to find compliant food that wasn’t all burger-without-a-bun situations.  But really, if you’re only going to try one thing from this list, get the salad from Nine Dragons.  You won’t be disappointed.

Avocado Chicken Bombs (Keto)

img_4059

A friend and I went out to dinner recently at Chuy’s and discovered something delicious: the stuffed avocado.  Or, at least the version of it that I had them make for me.  It’s typically breaded in panko and fried that way; however, I can’t have panko and they can’t fry it without.  The chef came out to talk to me and we worked out a similar dish, and I thought I would mess around with it once I got home.  The other thing that is like crack at Chuy’s is their jalapeno ranch dressing.  Duh.  Anyone who has been there knows that.

With the same friend coming over to our house for dinner a couple weeks later, that was the perfect time to come up with a similar recipe, try to replicate the dressing, and then unveil the final product at dinner.  This was waaaaaaay better than what they came up with at Chuy’s, so I’m pretty happy about it.  You could make this with a plethora of different layers, but I’ll list it the way I made it last weekend.  Try it–you won’t be sorry!

Avocado Chicken Bombs (Keto)

Serves 4

Nutrition for Avocado Chicken Bombs: Calories (597), Fat (54.2 g), Saturated Fat (10.6 g), Carbs (17.3 g), Fiber (13.5 g), Sugar (1.3 g), Net Carbs (3.8 g), Protein (17.8 g)

Nutrition for Jalapeno Ranch: Calories (101), Fat (10.7 g), Saturated Fat (2.7 g), Carbs (0.7 g), Fiber (0.3 g), Sugar (0.6 g), Net Carbs (0.4 g), Protein (0.2 g)

Chicken

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 C olive oil

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup

2 Tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1.- Mix everything but chicken together.

2.- Cut chicken into small strips or chunks.  Put in resealable plastic bag and cover with marinade.  Mix around and allow to marinate for at least four hours.

3.- Heat skillet to medium high.  When pan is hot, add chicken in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Fry until cooked through and transfer to baking dish.  When all chicken is cooked, cover baking dish and put in 300′ oven for 20-30 minutes.

4.- Assemble into avocado chicken bomb.

Jalapeno Ranch

1 C mayonnaise

1/3 C buttermilk made from heavy cream

1/3 C sour cream

4 oz can chopped jalapenos

4 oz can chopped green chiles

1/3 C cilantro

1 oz ranch seasoning

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1.- Whiz everything in a blender and enjoy.

How I Layered the Avocado Chicken Bomb, from Bottom Up

1.- Avocado

2.- Chicken

3.-Shredded Cheese

4.- Table Cream

5.- Pico de gallo

6.- Jalapeno Ranch

7.- Crumbled Bacon

8.- Queso Fresco

 

How to Build a Mezze Platter (Primal and Mostly Keto)

Mezze 1

I had some friends over this past weekend for one of the 2-3 days per year that I deem to be “spa day.”  Basically, I gather up a bunch of body/home product recipes that I want to try out, and a few times a year I make a bunch of them all day.  Many of them become standard holiday gifts that we give out.  Usually I do it alone, but I decided that it would be fun with other people, along with wine and (of course) food.  I’m Italian and Lebanese, so both of my nationalities are known for feeding people.  That’s just what we do.  I’ve all but given up most Italian foods, as pretty much none of them work within the confines of a keto diet; however, many Middle Eastern dishes can become compliant (you just omit the bread).  In the Italian culture, one would make an antipasti plate.  In the Lebanese culture, the equivalent dish is called a mezze platter.  Typically the dishes are HUGE–like, between one and three feet in diameter–and are packed full of food.  You can put basically anything you want on the plate, but the purpose is for everyone to eat off of the communal plate.  Part of the enjoyment of the food is in sharing the food, so this is very important.

 

Tzatziki

Tzatziki (2)

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Zucchini Hummus

Hummus

Dip/Salad Trio

Mezze 2

Some of the things I put on my platter weren’t entirely low-carb (hello, figs); however, I just avoided those.  If you look up “mezze platter,” you will find thousands of things you can include…but here is what I chose for this:

Seriously, making mezze for your gatherings will free up way more of your time so you can actually enjoy yourself.  Take it from someone who plans 78-course elaborate dinners on the regular…for this one, I got to breathe and eat…the whole time.

Zucchini Hummus

Approximately 15 servings

Nutrition per serving: Calories (115), Fat (10.5 total, 1.6 sat), Carbs (3.4 total, 1.6 fiber, 1.8 net), Protein (2.9)

3-4 zucchini, peeled and chopped (about 3 C)

1/2 C fresh lemon juice

3/4 C tahini

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

4 cloves garlic, peeled

Paprika to garnish

1.- Put everything in a blender.  Blend on high until creamy (about 60-90 seconds).

2.- Pour into container and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.  This will thicken up a little while chilling, but it is a thinner consistency than hummus made with chickpeas.

Artichoke Dip Chicken (Keto and Primal)

Keto Artichoke Chicken

One of my favorite things in the world is artichoke dip…but a specific artichoke dip from a local place here called Cerroni’s Purple Garlic.  I don’t know what it is about it (though I think they may have recently changed their recipe), but it has this great flavor, texture, and the way they serve it is great!  First, it is generally still bubbling when they bring it out.  Like…for 10 minutes after it gets to your table.  They serve it with a basket of toasted bread.  It’s all I want to eat when we go there.  If I could, I would make it my entire meal.  Alas, I found out they use flour in it, so I can’t even get it and eat it without the bread (yes, it’s good enough to just eat with a spoon).  At one point a few weeks ago, I started trying to replicate it, and though I’ve gotten close, I’m not a dead ringer yet.  That being said, artichoke dip with fried chicken is DELIGHTFUL.

There are two ways that I cook this, and I’ll let you decide which way you make it: chicken on top, or chicken on bottom.  If you cook the chicken on top, the skin retains that great crisp that you work hard to get in the pan, prior to baking.  BUT…if you pile the artichoke dip on top of the chicken, it really keeps the chicken moist and the flavor soaks in.  It’s good both ways, so try it both ways and see how you like it.  This is also one of those meals that usually holds me over for 15-20 hours before I eat again, depending on what I ate prior to this.

Artichoke Dip Chicken

Serves 4

4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)

1/2 C sour cream

1/2 C mayonnaise (homemade is the best)

8 oz soft cream cheese

1 C grated Parmesan

2 cloves garlic, minced

8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1.- Heat iron skillet to medium.  Salt and pepper the skin of the chicken.  Put chicken in the pan and fry it for 10-15 minutes per side (until they are almost cooked through and the skin is crisp).

2.- In medium bowl, use mixer to mix sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, garlic, and Parmesan until smooth.  Add in salt and pepper to taste.  Fold in the artichoke hearts.

3.- Heat oven to 350.  If cooking chicken on bottom, place chicken in the bottom of am 8×8 glass baking dish.  Cover with artichoke dip.  If cooking chicken on top, spread the artichoke dip on bottom of 8×8 glass baking dish and place the chicken on top.  I grated a little Parmesan over the chicken skin at this point.

4.- Put dish in oven, uncovered, and bake for 30-40 minutes (until dip is starting to bubble).  Take out and enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving):  Calories: 596; Carbs: 12 g; Fiber: 3 g; Net Carbs: 9 g; Fat: 48 g; Protein: 32 g; Sugar: 4 g

 

Squashy Enchiladas (Primal)

Enchilada Bowl

I love enchiladas.  Technically, my favorite enchiladas to get are just plain cheese enchiladas.  I kinda hate the ones with meat in them.  One of my best friends and I used to go down to Little Mexico in Kansas City and eat at this place called EL PUEBLITO.  I have ONLY ever ordered one thing there.  I tend to do that with Mexican restaurants.  I find one thing and never order anything else.  At El Pueblito, I would order Enchiladas Mexicanas con Queso.  Never anything else.  My friend would occasionally mix it up and get flautas, but I never strayed.  The thing that made it AMAZING was their sauce, the chihuahua cheese, and the heaps of queso fresco on top.  It was like crack.  Oh, and did I tell you that seemed to have never-ending hours?  I can’t tell you how many times we went there in the middle of the night.

Anyway, I haven’t had many enchiladas lately because since I’ve gone away from corn, if I try to add it in occasionally, it usually makes my stomach hurt for a few hours after I eat.  This seems to happen more with corn starch than with whole corn, but it’s still not comfortable.  Anyway, I saw one of those videos that was showing you how to make fake “enchiladas,” but in a bowl of spaghetti squash (full disclaimer: this was the first time I tried spaghetti squash–it is delicious, but unlike some people tell you, it is NOT a substitute for spaghetti noodles unless you have never tried spaghetti).  I tweaked the recipe a bit and made it primal…but this is what I came up with.  It’s not a complete replacement for El Pueblito (but that does not matter, because I am living in San Antonio now…so when we go back to KC, I just suck it up and eat the corn tortillas), but the flavor profile is ALL THERE!

Squashy Enchiladas

Serves 2-4

1 spaghetti squash

2 tsp olive oil

Salt, to taste

1+ C enchilada sauce (In small saucepan, add a little olive oil and saute 2 minced garlic cloves for a few seconds.  Add 2 Tbsp chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, 1 1/3 C tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 3/4 C chicken broth, and salt and pepper.  Simmer 10-ish minutes and set aside until needed)

1 C whatever Mexican cheese blend you want to use (I used a mixture of chihuahua, jack, and cheddar)

Queso Fresco, chopped scallions, olives, avocado, chopped peppers, chopped cilantro, and whatever other toppings you want to put on top

1.- Oven to 400.  Put spaghetti squash on paper towel in microwave and heat for two minutes to soften.  Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and soft part in the middle.  Brush all of the exposed fleshy area (not the outer rind–just the inner part you’ll eat) with olive oil.  Liberally salt.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the squash halves upside down on the pan.  That is, so the fleshy part you’ll eat is facing DOWN.  Bake about 45 minutes.

2.- Let it cool a bit (maybe 5-10 minutes) and then use a fork to flake the squash.  It’ll come away from the sides, easily flaking into strands that look like pasta.  Put about 1/2-3/4 of a cup of enchilada sauce into each bowl, on top of the flaked squash.  Cover with your cheese blend and put them back in the oven for another 15 or so minutes.  When it comes out, top with scallions, cilantro, LOTS of queso fresco, and any other toppings that sound good.  Serve immediately and take pictures of your sauce-covered drunken-on-enchilada-goodness face.  Yep, they’re that good.

 

Fried Chicken and Cauliflower Tots (Primal)

Fried Chicken and Cauliflower Tots

Man, I was planning on writing regularly starting in July, but we got CRAZY busy this summer!  Isak had ballet and soccer, everyone in the family had something to do for vacation bible school, I got sick, JR got sick, my bestie from KC came to visit, Isak and I went to Ohio to see the family, and I had jobs pretty much throughout the whole summer.  Now that school has started (for everyone else–Isak doesn’t go to school yet), we have “slowed down” to the fall schedule.  Isak has ballet, tap, hip hop, and tumbling/acro, he and I have started delivering for Meals-on-Wheels once a week, we go to SAMA on Wednesdays, throw a choir rehearsal in there somewhere, my jobs, and Isak loves to go to the park as much as possible.  Okay, so now that I just read that, apparently we haven’t slowed down, but have added MORE to the schedule.

Oh, and on top of that, I’ve BECOME A BEACHBODY COACH, which has been super fun!  I’m currently running my first challenge group and it’s full of some awesome people.  I’m looking forward to doing a lot more of this–I mean, who doesn’t want to get healthier, right?

Anyway, I’ve posted 700 recipes for fried chicken on here, so just pick whichever type of friend chicken you want to make with this.  Today, I’ll just be posting the recipe for the cauliflower tots.  Totally a delicious addition to any comfort-type meal!

Cauliflower Tots (Primal)

2 C cauliflower, finely chopped

1 egg

1/2 C finely minced onion

1 Tbsp finely minced parsley

1/2 C grated Parmesan

1/3 C cashew or almond flour

salt and pepper

1.- Put cauliflower into microwave-safe container with a couple Tbsp of water.  Cover with plastic wrap or loosely with a lid.  Microwave until tender (about 4-5 minutes).  Press with towels to pull out any extra moisture.

2.- Heat oven to 400.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

3.- Spoon one Tbsp at a time into hands and roll into small ovals.  Place on sheet and bake 16-18 minutes.

Cashew Chicken with Broccoli (Paleo)

Cashew Chicken with Broccoli

As I’ve just come off of hiatus, I’ve been looking over my blog.  It seems from my archives that the only other time I’ve taken a break was was June.  Apparently June is my blog-vacation month!  The night that I made this, I felt like cashew chicken…but I also felt like beef with broccoli.  Basically, I felt like having some sort of Asian-style food.  I decided to combine the two and make cashew chicken served with broccoli.  It turned out really well!  Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), the broccoli paired wonderfully with the chicken.  We don’t eat rice very often, and that is what’s usually served with pretty much every Asian meal.  We’ve tried “cauli-rice” a few times, and it just doesn’t do it for me.  I use cauliflower for just about everything…but rice is not one of those things.

So load it up with veggies and voila!  Problem solved!

Cashew Chicken with Broccoli (Paleo)

Serves 4-5

1/4 C arrowroot starch

1/2 tsp pepper

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed

1 Tbsp coconut oil

3 Tbsp coconut aminos

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp palm sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

1/2 C cashews

4 C broccoli florets

sliced scallions to garnish

 

1.-  Mix starch and pepper in a plastic resealable bag with chicken.  Seal and toss to coat.

2.-  Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken in 2-3 batches and cook each for 5 minutes.  Remove chicken from pan to slow cooker.

3.- In small bowl, mix aminos, vinegar, paste, sugar, garlic, and ginger.  Pour over chicken and stir to coat.  Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.

4.-  20 minutes before done, put broccoli florets in a microwave-safe container with 2-3 Tbsp water.  Loosely cover and microwave for 5-8 minutes (until mostly steamed but not too soft).  Drain and add to slow cooker with chicken.  Allow to cook for 10-20 minutes so flavors can mix.

5.-  Stir in cashews and top with sliced scallions to serve.

Steelhead Trout with Citrus Coconut Cream (Whole30 Compliant)

Steelhead Trout with Citrus Coconut Cream

We have been crazy busy around here lately!  My husband and I both read the book THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP and we fell in love with the entire concept.  She tells you to go through the whole process in one or two days; however, with a 3 year old, that is nearly impossible.  We went through the entire purging process in one weekend, then spent the next couple weeks putting things back together.  We got rid of at least 40% of our stuff.  Soak that in: at least 40% of our stuff.  What would you do if you got rid of almost half of your things?  Most people I’ve spoken to have said, “oh that’s awesome!  But I could never do that.”  I promise, you can.  And it’s liberating.  You breathe easier, you move easier, and everything becomes more fun.  If you are considering doing something similar to this, just do it.  Take the plunge and don’t look back.

Now, on to the food!  I had never tried (or cooked, obviously) steelhead trout.  I wanted to get some salmon, but when I made this, the decent salmon (not even the good stuff) was around $30 per pound.  I pretty much don’t buy anything that’s $30 per pound…so that was out.  I was talking to the seafood guy and he suggested the steelhead trout.  In case you didn’t know this, it’s a fantastic substitution for salmon (and usually less than half the price–I got it for $10 per pound)!  It has a similar cook, texture, and flavor.  I’m planning on working with it a lot more in the near future!

Steelhead Trout with Citrus Coconut Cream (Whole30 Compliant)

Serves 2-3

1 pound steelhead trout fillet

salt and pepper

1/3 C onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

zest and juice of 2 limes

2/3 C coconut milk

2 tsp basil

1 Tbsp Kerrygold

 

1.-  Preheat oven to 350.  Put fish in shallow baking dish and season both sides with salt and pepper.

2.-  Heat medium skillet over medium heat.  Add Kerrygold, garlic, and onion.  Saute 3-5 minutes.

3.-  Add lime zest, juice, and coconut milk.  Bring to boil.  Turn off heat and stir in basil.  Pour over fish fillets and bake 10-20 minutes.

Balsamic Honey Roasted Pork (Paleo)

Balsamic Honey Pork Roast

According to my husband, this recipe is money.  I have to agree–this is probably my favorite sauce I’ve ever made for a meat.  It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s savory…it makes you want to eat it off of a spoon.  No joke.  The pork roast was partially frozen when I put it in the slow cooker.  I cooked it for about seven hours until the internal temperature hit 145, and at that point the meat was practically falling off the bone.  Delicious.

If you want to sear this before putting it in the slow cooker, you can; however, it turns out perfectly without that step, so unless you really want to add an extra step, there’s no need to sear it before adding to the slow cooker.  You could cook this on high if you really wanted to make it in a shorter time frame, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Just pick a day when you have the time to do this low and slow.  You’ll thank me later on, I promise.

Balsamic Honey Roasted Pork (Paleo)

Serves 4 (if you’re lucky)

2-4 pound bone-in Boston butt pork roast

salt and pepper

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

1/4 C honey

1/4 C ground mustard (not dry mustard, ground prepared mustard)

2 Tbsp coconut aminos

2 Tbsp Kerrygold, divided

2 Tbsp maple syrup

2 tsp arrowroot starch

 

1.- Salt and pepper the pork roast.  Place in slow cooker and turn on low.

2.- In a small bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar, honey, ground mustard, and coconut aminos until well blended.  Pour over top of roast.  Put Kerrygold pieces on top of roast.  Cook on low for 5-8 hours (depending on the size of the roast).  Remove roast and allow to rest.

3.- Mix arrowroot with a little water until smooth.  Pour into the slow cooker bowl with the leftover sauce and juices.  Add in maple syrup.  Whisk until slightly thickened and combined.  Add salt and pepper if desired.  If the arrowroot makes it too thick, add in a little coconut aminos and stir.  Slice pork thin and serve with sauce.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken (Primal)

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken

Even though I make a lot of crazy looking stuff (I’ve been told it’s “fancy looking,” whatever that means, HAHA!), sometimes I make something that’s just a few ingredients.  I know, I know, my recipes usually involve at least six ingredients along with 20 herbs and spices.  This doesn’t.  This has four ingredients plus salt and pepper (Okay, who really counts those as ingredients?  I don’t!).  If you want to make this Whole30 compliant, just take out the cheese.  It will be just as flavorful (just not as ooey-gooey mozzalicious).

You can use any kind of roasted red peppers–I got some kind that were fire roasted and packed in olive oil.  Whatever kind you get will be fine.  As for mozzarella: only use fresh mozzarella for this recipe…as in, the kind that’s in a big ball or braid.  If you are thinking about making this with shredded mozzarella from a plastic bag, just don’t even bother.  YUCK.  Seriously, you might as well use wood chips.  I’m not sure what they put in bags of shredded mozzarella, but I’m 700% certain that it isn’t actually mozzarella…or even cheese, for that matter.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken (Primal)

Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

handful of baby spinach leaves

roasted red peppers

fresh mozzarella (cut in 1/4″ slices)

salt and pepper

olive oil

 

1.- Pound chicken breasts thin (to 1/2″ thickness).  Preheat oven to 400.

2.- Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side (until no longer pink).

3.- Line baking sheet with foil.  Layer cooked chicken, then a few spinach leaves, then mozzarella, and then roasted red pepper on top.  Bake until cheese is fully melted (about 10 minutes).