I used to make Shake and Bake pancakes.
Just the act of writing of it, the thought of it, I despise myself. Shake and Bake. Break and Bake. Eat and Die. Ok, a bit dramatic but when I dwell on the things I used to eat and worse, FEED MY FAMILY, I cringe.
My sister Sarah and I were sitting around her breakfast table, drinking tea and coffee and talking life and food, and she says to me…SHE SAYS… “Bek, just start reading the ingredient list. It’ll change everything.”. Pfft. Who has time for this. So naturally the very next time I was at Publix I read the ingredient list of everything I would normally pick up because LESBEREAL I’ve got all the time in the world.
I either left with nothing or I left with a grocery bill the cost of a small country….I can’t even remember.
This did in fact, change everything for me. We started eating strict Paleo. This has evolved to mostly grain free (except for the life size bags of rice chips we devour from Costco) and dairy free (save for when I want a “real” coffee from Subculture with “real” cream. Oh. and the occasional piece of Coconut Cake Subculture also forces me to consume…every time I am there. Really, I have no choice in the matter.) Our dinners are mostly Paleo and all my baking is Paleo. We still eat lots of Hummus and lots of Peanut Butter, but those are staples in this house and relatively healthy. Most everything we buy is organic and natural. I’ve recently come across the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, so I buy my organic produce according to what this says and buy the rest at Publix. My shopping list takes me to Publix, Whole Foods, and Costco. Its a lot of driving and yes, we spend more money on good healthy foods, but this is just a non negotiable in our lives now that we care to know what is in the foods that we eat.
So, our schedule every day includes a 4pm class at Hard Exercise Works. (A Crossfit gym) This takes me away from home during prime dinner cooking hours, so I do a lot of prep before the gym and I also have fallen deeply in love with my crockpot.
CROCKPOT. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN CHOCOLATE. You’re my everything, its true. Prep, throw it in, come home, finish it up, eat it. Boom. I can put a sick dinner on the table, bathe my children, read to them, EVEN BRUSH THEIR TEETH…and still get them to bed on time by 7:30p. (i’ll be posting on this soon, people. put your kids to bed so you have a life.)
My favorite crockpot recipe as of late is Honey Sesame Chicken. I substitute a few things to make it strict Paleo.
image and recipe from the comfort of cooking
4 chicken breasts, organic boneless skinless
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup ketchup (brand with no added sugar)
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (for families with kiddos, I use 1/8 teaspoon or less)
4 teaspoons almond flour (calls for cornstarch but I wanted the recipe Paleo)
1/3 cup water
1/2 tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
3 scallions, chopped
Place chicken in Crock Pot and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside and cover to keep moisture in.
In a small bowl, dissolve 4 teaspoons of almond flour in 1/3 cup water; add to crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Add cauliflower rice to 4 plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
I make cauliflower rice as opposed to using traditional rice. I actually prefer the consistency and I think it tastes much better with the chicken (I’ve tried white rice, brown rice, and then cauliflower)
recipe from the paleo cupboard
(prep time 10 mins, cook time 10 minutes, 4 servings)
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 white onion, diced
1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
4 Tbsp. chicken broth
Dash sea salt
Dash ground pepper
Cut Cauliflower into florets and place in food processor until its rice shaped. (dont over do it, or it’ll turn to mush)
Heat coconut oil in large sauté pan over medium high heat. Sauté onion and garlic for about 3 minutes
Add cauliflower, stir well.
Add chicken broth, sea salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes until cauliflower is slightly tender.
I wanna know how you ladies like this! I’ll be posting lots more recipes as I stumble across more that I love.