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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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Rainbow Stir-Fry

I love to make stir fry because it is so simple and you can adapt it to whatever leftovers you have in the refrigerator! 

Ingredients:

  • Grass-fed beef , sliced thin (can use any meat of choice or omit altogether for a vegetarian/vegan option)
  • Healthy fat of choice (I used buffalo milk butter from Trader Joes, but coconut or olive oil are good choices as well)
  • 1 head broccoli florets
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper , sliced
  • 1/2 head shredded purple cabbage
  • Curry Simmer Sauce (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste img_2889

Instructions:

  1. Add a dab of butter or oil to a skillet (or wok if you have one).
  2. Cook meat thoroughly and then set aside on a plate covered with a paper towel..
  3. Drain excess drippings from the skillet and add a little more butter or oil to the skillet or wok. Add broccoli, squash, zucchini, bell pepper, and simmer sauce and cook until tender.
  4. Reserve cabbage until other vegetables are tender (I don’t like when it gets too soft and the color changes), then add to skillet with your cooked meat.
  5. Sauté everything together and add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy over cauliflower rice, ramen, brown rice or just by itself!

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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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Cabbage Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic or Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ~1 jar (8-10oz.) Enchilada Sauce (or make your own)
  • 1 Medium Head Cabbage

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil..
  2. Remove leaves from core of the cabbage and place leaves in boiling water.
  3. Reduce heat and cook until leaves are soft and tender.
  4. While cabbage leaves are softening, place ground beef, onion, sea salt and pepper in a medium-sized skillet and cook until beef is cooked through.
  5. Remove from heat and add crushed garlic clove or garlic powder.
  6. Pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a glass baking dish.
  7. When cabbage leaves are ready, carefully remove one cabbage leaf at a time, fill with beef mixture, roll tightly and place in baking dish.
  8. Cover cabbage rolls with remaining enchilada sauce and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Breaded Chicken & Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

GLUTEN FREE BREADED CHICKEN BREAST

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs or Panko (I used Aleia’s Gluten Free Panko)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Prepare a foil-lined baking sheet for the chicken breasts.
  3. Place chicken breasts on baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small bowl, prepare 2 eggs for dipping the chicken.
  5. In a Ziploc bag, or separate bowl, mix Panko, paprika, and salt and pepper.
  6. One at a time, dip chicken breasts into egg mixture and then into the Panko mixture to coat well and place on baking sheet.
  7. Once all chicken breasts are coated and on the baking sheet, bake for about 15 minutes.
  8. Flip over and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until juices run clear and center is no longer pink.
  9. Enjoy with Balsamic Brussels (recipe below).

BALSAMIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Ingredients:

  • ~3 cups fresh or frozen brussels sprouts (I used frozen)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic glaze

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Drizzle brussels sprouts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss to coat.
  4. Place on foil-lined baking sheet in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Once plated, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy!