Pesto Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

pesto

Pesto:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves,
  • 1 1/4 cups whole walnuts
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic (I have tried this with jarred garlic and it doesn’t have the same taste as fresh!)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste (I use approximately 1/2 tsp)
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine basil, nuts, and lemon juice in food processor, start to add the olive oil very slowly as you are processing the mixture.  Add some salt and pepper for taste.  Mix until fully combined and the texture is what you want. Then put into a container and set in the fridge so it can congeal.
Note: I usually double this recipe so I have extra! 🙂

Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 2 breasts of chicken
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Herbes de Provence
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil

Directions:

Put the chicken on some foil and rub in the salt, pepper & herbes de provence and let sit.  In a frying pan heat up the coconut oil, then add the breasts of chicken and put a lid on it. You will want to sear the chicken on both sides to get a nice golden brown and then reduce the heat and let cook for another 5-10 minutes.  Searing the chicken will help keep the juices in. Once the chicken has been cooked, put it on a cutting board and let the meat rest for about 3 minutes, then cut up the chicken into bite size pieces.  Pull the pesto out of the fridge and put some in a mixing bowl and put the chicken in there as well and thoroughly coat the chicken.

Spaghetti Squash:

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash long ways and take out the seeds.  coat the squash with oil of your choice (coconut or oil is my favorite) then add your seasoning. I usually use salt, pepper & herbes de provence. Put the squash in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes.  To test the squash run a fork through it and if the squash starts to come out (like angel hair pasta) then its done.

Pull the squash out of the oven and run a fork through it to pull all the meat out.

Presto you are done! Bon Appetit!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash long ways and take out the seeds.  coat the squash with oil of your choice (coconut or oil is my favorite) then add your seasoning. I usually use salt, pepper & herbes de provence. Put the squash in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes.  To test the squash run a fork through it and if the squash starts to come out (like angel hair pasta) then its done.

Pull the squash out of the oven and run a fork through it to pull all the meat out.

Presto you are done!

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower RIce

 Ingredients

  • 1 head of Cauliflower grated
  • 1 can of chunky tomatoes, Italian seasoned (note: using fresh is always better and healthier)
  • 1 half of a white onion
  • Garlic (however much you like to use)
  • Coconut Oil (you can use any kind of oil..I just like coconut oil)
  • salt
  • pepper

(I  like use Santa Maria Seasoning which is a blend of garlic, parsley, salt, pepper mix)

 Directions

Take the cauliflower and grate it as if you would cheese. (I have come to find this makes the best consistency for rice) Chop up onion in small bits and sauté with salt, pepper and coconut oil.  Once onions are cooked throw in tomatoes and saute mixture. Throw in grated cauliflower and cook for about 5 mins.

Note: If you cook the cauliflower to long it will get mushy.

Note: Its best to always use fresh ingredients but I know with peoples schedules its hard to do that so canned is OK.

Avocado-Lime Deviled Eggs

Avocado-Lime Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 of a lime (juiced)
  • 4 pieces of fried bacon
  • Cayenne Pepper for Spice
  • Salt & Pepper for Taste
  • Paprika for Garnish

Directions

Fry up the bacon and put aside. After the eggs have been hard boiled and cooled, peel them. Slice each egg long ways putting the yolk into a separate bowl. Add avocado and lime juice to yolks and mix together until they have a nice creamy consistency. Add the cayenne pepper, salt and pepper as needed. As a note, its possible you may need more avocado depending on how you want it to taste.

Cut up the bacon into small chunks and put aside. Place the eggs on your tray and take a plastic bag and fill it with the avocado mixture. Then cut a hole in the corner and pump out a little bit into each egg cup. Add the chunked bacon on top of each egg and sprinkle the paprika for garnish.

About Me

 

Tanner and I

My name is Natalie and I am in my 30’s.  I am recently married to my love, Tanner.  A couple years ago I started having a lot of stomach issues.  I tried eating more fiber then tried less fiber then no carbs then no dairy then no grains then gluten free diet…you name it!

Needless to say it was very exhausting trying all these different diets. I was not sure what was going on with myself and to be honest it was really stressing me out as I thought something terrible was going on!  I was soo lost as I have never had any issues with my stomach before this! I loved bread and bread loved me.   I came across the Paleo diet via a Crossfit trainer I used to have (until I moved).  She told me to try that and it will probably help! At this point I was willing to try anything except taking medication.  So I started reading recipes and what Paleo was all about and it sounded pretty awesome! I realized that if I was going to do this I had to make sure I was really ready for this completely different lifestyle.  I did TONS of research on recipes and on the diet itself and figured this was it for me.  So I began my journey through this phenomenon and what do you know…IT TOTALLY HELPED!!! Plus I feel incredibly healthier, not as tired, no headaches. Just all around better! Its amazing how much eating healthy can really affect your entire mood and body!

Thanks for coming by this website and if you have any suggestions please feel free to share!

Lets Talk Paleo

About:

The Paleo Diet (a.k.a Paleo lithic) mimics the types of foods that were eaten during the paleolithic time period.  The foods were high in beneficial nutrients such as soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, omega-3s etc. Nowadays our society is filled with refined sugars and grains, saturated fats & trans fats, processed foods. All of that stuff causes weight gain, diabetes, cancers and other health problems.

The Paleo Diet is all about fruit, veggies, lean meats, fish, nuts & berries. It is not a calorie counting diet…even using the word ‘diet’ is not good. Paleo is a lifestyle choice. The whole point of it is really going back to the basics.  Eating fresh and healthy! Foods today are filled with different ingredients to keep it staying on the shelf longer. Think about that…do you really want something that was scientifically created to stay on a shelf longer in your body? I think not!

In my humble opinion I believe that because of the huge processed food industry that is where our crazy diseases are popping out of the wood works. Also, having a paleo lifestyle is not only healthy but you can lose weight! I know..go figure!

Health Benefits: (to name a few…)

  • It Reduces Bloat – you are not eating all that processed crap that is out there these days! So all that sodium and what not that is in food is not going in your body because you are eating fresh and clean!
  • Healthy Fats – Eating nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, olives, fish oil and grass-fed meat are so healthy for you and rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats.  Did you know that by eating this it can dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.  Pretty Awesome in my book!
  • Lose Weight – this one in my opinion is the obvious. When one is eating all fruits, veggies and lean proteins they are bound to lose weight! Protein is really the key to losing anything as it revs up your metabolism and speeds up weight loss.
  • Balanced Energy Throughout the Day – when you are eating fresh and healthy foods that you body needs you will see a huge difference in your energy level.
  • Low-Glycemic Index – it will cause slow and very few rises in your blood sugar and insulin levels.
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