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Simple Cajun-Style Chicken, Sausage and Rice

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This healthier version of a traditional New Orleans favorite does not lack in flavor and is a great comfort meal for a chilly evening. I used an Instant Pot to make it even quicker, but it can be made on the stovetop, if desired. You can also add shrimp for a more traditional Jambalaya dish. 

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Ingredients

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  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil (or other high smoke point oil)
  • 1 pound chicken breast 
  • 4-5 chicken sausage links (I used Trader Joe’s Spicy Jalepeño) 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 cups rice, cauliflower rice, or Right Rice (I used 2 cups Spanish Right Rice)
  • 2 Tbsp spicy seasoning blend* 
  • 2 cups organic bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 

Spicy Seasoning Blend (this will make enough for extra to store for next time)*

  • 2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground fennel
  • 1 Tbsp ground oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Himalayan sea salt

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Instructions

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Step 1

Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Place chicken breasts in the pot and lightly brown each side for about 5 minutes each. 

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Step 2

Place chicken sausages, onion, garlic, celery and bell peppers in pot and sauté for about 2-3 more minutes. 

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Step 3

Add all other ingredients (rice, spices and broth and Worcestershire sauce). Ensure broth completely covers the rice. 

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Step 4

Secure the lid and set the pressure release to “sealing”. Set the cooking time for 10 minutes at high pressure.

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Step 5

Once done, let the pressure release by switching the valve to “venting” and serve! 

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Variations

You can add shrimp or serve with pasta instead of rice. This recipe can be made without an instant pot/pressure cooker by using a crock pot for extended time or on the stove top! 

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Creamy Cauliflower Mac

As the weather gets cooler, I have been craving some “comfort food”. Surprisingly, this creamy cauliflower hit the spot and is a much healthier option than traditional mac n’ cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • dash paprika

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces away from the stems.
  2. Steam the cauliflower by placing the cauliflower in a large microwavable bowl with 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender.
  3. While cauliflower is steaming, place onion in a large saucepan with 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook until translucent.
  4. Transfer the steamed cauliflower into the saucepan with the onion. Add coconut milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with paprika and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from : http://fakeginger.com/loaded-cauliflower-mac-cheese/
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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small butternut squashes
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Carefully slice butternut squash in half and scoop out seeds.img_2625
  3. Rub olive or coconut oil on the flesh of the squash and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until tender.
  4. While squash is cooling, heat a large pot on medium and heat your butter. Add onions and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.
  5. Scrape out the flesh of the squash into the pot with the onions and garlic.
  6. Add in the canned coconut milk, broth and spices. Cook on medium until the soup comes to a low boil. Then, lower the heat and let the soup is simmer for another 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove the soup from the heat. Discard the rosemary sprigs and cinnamon sticks. Blend the soup in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Adjust the salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from http://themovementmenu.com/recipes/paleo-butternut-squash-soup/

 

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One Pot Ground Pork Stir Fry

img_2480 Great comfort food for a chilly night! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground pork (or other ground meat)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated (or ground ginger)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 3 cups leafy greens (I used kale)
  • 3-6 Tablespoons Tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a large pan over med-high heat. Place ground meat in the pan and cook thoroughly. Drain off extra liquid if desired.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent. Add the cauliflower and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, Tamari sauce, and the leafy greens, until wilted.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Enjoy in lettuce cups, over rice, or by itself!
Notes: You can substitute other vegetables in place or in addition to the cauliflower, such as bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, etc.

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Sweet Potato, Parsnip, & Cauliflower Mash

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 lb. sweet potatoes
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 parsnips
  • ⅓ cup olive oil, or oil of choice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • Paprika, for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, combine sweet potatoes, parsnips and several dashes of salt. Add enough cold water to cover vegetables and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat, and add cauliflower. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes, parsnips, and cauliflower are very tender.
  3. Once vegetables are tender, drain vegetables well and return to empty pot.
  4. In batches, in a food processor or with a potato masher, purée vegetables until smooth and transfer to large bowl.
  5. Add salt, pepper, garlic, oil, and milk and stir well.
  6. Top with paprika and enjoy!