This rich and flavourful Sausage and Pepper dish will fill you up, feed a crowd, and keep your waistline slim at the same time. It’s an easy, hearty dinner (or lunch) that will make you feel like you came straight from an Italian deli.
This low-carb and paleo-friendly meal is finished in just 30 minutes! Best of all, it is made in one skillet/pot which makes the cleanup that much easier. It’s a perfect recipe any night of the week. Mmm…
8 sausages (turkey, chicken or pork)
1 Tbs oil (coconut or avocado)
3 bell peppers
1 sweet onion
2 garlic cloves
1 jar strained tomatoes (or 1 tin crushed tomatoes)
If you follow my Instagram account (shout out to @weightloss_princess82) , you may have heard the term “Dump Ranch” before and that is because I am obsessed with it. I dip vegetables and every kind of protein in it. I will also use it as my base for tuna and chicken salads.
If you stick to a Whole30 or paleo lifestyle, you can quickly grow tired of balsamic and vinegar as your main salad dressing. Let me introduce you to the game changer in the world of sauces and dressing… Dump Ranch. This is a “clean” (read: no sugar, no additives) version of the salad dressing most people love most. It takes 5 minutes to make and absolutely no crazy or expensive ingredients.
Make Ahead: The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. It will thicken in cold temperatures, so use a little water to thin it out as needed.
1 Cup Avocado Oil ( or light olive oil)
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 small hand-full fresh dill
1 small hand-full fresh flat leaf parsley
3 Garlic Clover ( for a stronger garlic flavour add another 1 – 2 cloves)
1/2 Cup water
Blend egg and oil with immersion blender, add oil in slowly. Half way through blending, add in the lemon juice
Add in vinegar, salt, pepper garlic cloves & fresh herbs and blend
Get your day started with Sweet Potato Avocado Toast! This healthy, Paleo, gluten-free breakfast recipe packs a healthy punch of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a great way to get your breakfast fix while staying on plan.
The “toast” is not bread but a thinly sliced cut of sweet potato, topped with mashed avocado and then a perfectly cooked egg (either hard-boiled or poached, depending on your preference).
It’s simple and easy time-saver that tastes as good as it looks! Mmm…
1 Sweet Potato, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
Egg (I like to add a sliced hardboiled egg, feel free to customize to your preference)
Salt & Pepper, season to taste
Place the sweet potato slice into the toaster and allow to toast on the longest setting (3 – 4 rounds, depending on strength of toaster)
While sweet potato is toasting, mash avocado and slice egg
Hello 2018! It’s a new year and I’m back with a brand new recipe to share. Many of us are just getting back into the swing of things, so I thought I’d start off the year with something simple. This shredded chicken recipe is easy to make and can be used in so many different ways. It can be used in soups, on salads, in sandwiches – you name it. The chicken is moist and flavourful, and you can have it cooked and shredded in under 30 minutes.
It doesn’t get any easier than this. From taco night to bulking up salads at lunchtime, the simplicity and versatility of shredded chicken really can’t be beat. And thanks to my Instant Pot, my favourite new cooking tool, making a large quantity of shredded chicken at once is possible. Here’s how you do it. Mmm..
4 – 5 Chicken Breasts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 – 2 garlic cloves, smashed
Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place in instant pot
Add in 2 cloves of smashed garlic
Pour in 1 cup of liquid (I use bone broth, but you can also use water)
Set Instant Pot on manual high pressure for 20 min
With the weather getting colder and colder outside, what better way to warm up than with a spicy bowl of warm soup! My favorite soup of all time is Hot & Sour soup, but since eating Paleo, I cannot eat it with all the soy. So, I decide to create my own delicious version that is full of flavour, quick and easy to make, and is as authentic as the real thing. It’s a sure thing to cure any soup craving! Mmm…
10 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 cup boiling water
8 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces oyster mushrooms
1 cup dried fungus
1/4 cup rice vineger
1/4 cup coconut aminos
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
2 large eggs, whisked
4 green onions, sliced
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
Add one cup boiling water over dried fungus and let sit for 1 hour
Set aside 1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for later
Pour chicken of vegetable stock to a pot and bring to a boil
Add in mushroom and simmer for 5 mins
Pour in vinegar, coconut aminos, chili garlic sauce into the pot and stir to combine
Strain water from the dried fungus and add into soup
Whisk together 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 1/4 stock (that you had set aside).
While soup is simmering, stir in the arrowroot mixture and stir for 1 min until the soup has thickened
Stir soup in a circular motion and drizzle eggs in a thin steams to create egg ribbons
Season with salt and pepper (I personally like to go a little heavier on the salt since this recipe doesn’t have soy sauce for the saltiness)
Stir in sesame oil and green onions
Serve immediately and garnish with some green onions and a small drizzle of sesame oil
There’s nothing like fresh asparagus when it’s in season – take advantage! Asparagus is a nutritional STAR that’s high in fibre, with lots of vitamins and minerals. This recipe is so simple and fast, and a big favourite in my house. It’s great any time of year, as a quick warm snack, or as part of a lunch or dinner.
Keep this in mind – I recently read that eating soup before a meal can lead to consuming less calories overall. Another reason to love soup, right? So grab your spoon and get sippin’! Mmm …
1 tsp avocado oil
1 large leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, chopped
2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Lbs asparagus
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp chipotle pepper
10 cups reduced sodium chicken stock ( I like to use homemade stock – check out my last blog post to learn more!)
Prep asparagus: wash and cut and discard woody ends. Cut asparagus tips and reserve.
Heat avocado oil and sautee leeks and garlic.
Add in chopped carrots, potatoes and asparagus.
Cover with chicken stock, approx 10 cups (note you can use half water and half chicken stock).
Simmer for 20 – 25 mins.
Add in seasonings.
Take soup off heat and blend with immersion blender.
Quickly steam asparagus tips in the microwave (place in micowave safe bowl, 1/4 cup water, microwave for 5 mins).
I love soup and could eat it every day for every meal! It is so versatile, and the flavour combinations and ingredients are endless! The amazing thing about soup is that, in general, they are low-calorie and packed with nutritious goodness. They can be a lunch, a dinner, a snack, and can be super filling! The chicken soup that I’m sharing with you here is a classic recipe, and good to use for chicken noodle soup, holidays (including upcoming Passover), matzah ball soup, and serves as a great chicken stock base for other soup recipes. Enjoy! Mmm…
4 chicken quarters – drumstick and thigh
Chicken bones (if you can find at your local store) this will make a richer broth
4-6 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 parsnips, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks
1 leek, trim top and bottom, slice lengthwise 1/2 way (do not cut full way through)
Flat leaf parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place chicken and chicken bones in a large stock pot and cover with water, approx 16 – 18 cups
Remember to skim the foam to make your soup as clean as can be!
Boil on medium heat, for about 15 mins.
Skim the foam and particles that rise to the surface of the water. Repeat until it has all been removed as best as you can.
Reduce heat to a low simmer and add in the remaining ingredients (except salt and pepper).
Cook for 2 hours.
Add in a small bunch of flat leaf parsley 30 min before cooking is done.
And salt and pepper to desired taste.
Allow broth to cool, and put through a mesh strainer into another pot.
Reserve carrots and shred chicken off the bone.
Serve with shredded chicken, carrots, noodles, matzah balls, dumplings, etc.
Also freezes great for on hand chicken stock for cooking needs or as a base for other soups!
One of my secrets to adding more vegetables into my diet is to make a big batch of my awesome Asian Ground Chicken Stir Fry. Asian flavours with crisp veggies, and topped with creamy avocado for the perfect pairing! This delicious meal is quick and easy that takes less than 30 mins to make. Mmm… Quick Tip – Prepare a big batch at dinner time and use the rest for a fast, pre-prepared lunch later in the week.
1 Tbs coconut oil
2 lbs ground chicken
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 cup shredded carrots
1 bag shredded veggies mix sold at local grocery store (I prefer the brussel sprout, nappa cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrot & kale mix)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this frittata is my secret weapon to healthy eating success. Frittatas are so versatile; you can any veggie and meat in your fridge or freezer to give it that extra punch of flavour. Individually wrap portions in advance for an easy breakfast on the go! You won’t be disappointed by making this frittata part of your weekly meal prep routine. Mmm…
1 dozen eggs
1 Tbs coconut oil
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup sweet potato, diced
4 cubes frozen spinach (or 1 cup fresh spinach)
1 turkey sausage, cooked and diced
*TIP: Add different veggies/meats each week to keep this recipe fresh and different.
Preheat oven to 350 F
Spray 8×11″ dish with cooking spray and set aside
Crack all 12 eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and whisk
Heat coconut oil in pan and sauté veggies, season with salt and pepper
Weekends are meant for letting loose and having fun – and these sweet potato nachos will help do the trick. Perfect for a Friday or Saturday night when you’re in the mood to unwind with some fun finger food, with all the fixings.
These nachos look and taste like a cheat meal, but they’re NOT. So go ahead and indulge in a grande-sized platter of nacho heaven – paleo and Whole30 approved! This is healthy twist on a classic recipe made with bold flavours that, when combined with the sweet potato, is the perfect combination to kick-start your weekend the right way.
Load these nachos up and enjoy!Mmm…
2 large sweet potatoes
2 Tbs avocado oil
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 lb ground chicken (or ground turkey or beef)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small sweet onion, diced
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ cup water
Toppings: Avocado, Hot Peppers, Olives, Cilantro, Franks Red Hot Sauce Original; Non paleo options – cheese and sour cream.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Thinly slice sweet potatoes and lightly coat with avocado oil.
Place on baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
Bake sweet potato for approx. 25-30 min( 15 min one side, flip and bake 10 min on other side)
In skillet, add coconut oil, and sauté onions until translucent. Sprinkle with a ½ tsp of salt while cooking.
Add in ground chicken, cook until browned.
Add in minced garlic and all other spices, mix through.
Add in water, let cook on low for 5 min and set aside.
Once sweet potato is cooked and crisp, line on a large serving dish evenly, place ground chicken evenly on sweet potato. (or you can place on dinner plates for single servings)
Top with toppings of choice. I like avocado, olives, hot peppers and Franks Red Hot Sauce
Non-paleo option – add sour cream and/or cheese.
Makes approx. 4 – 6 servings as an appetizer, or 3 servings as a dinner.