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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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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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  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed (organic, free range recommended)
  • 1/2 small onion or 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small apple, cut into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries (unsweetened recommended)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4-6 Tbsp organic mayonnaise (can also use 100% avocado mayonnaise or Veganaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley or 1/2 Tbsp dried
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

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  1. Cook chicken and cut into cubes
  2. Dice onion and apple
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine chicken, onion, apple, and remaining ingredients. Toss to combine.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve over a bed of mixed greens, in a bibb lettuce wrap, on a slice of gluten free whole grain toast, with crackers (such as Flackers, or Mary’s Gone crackers or enjoy all by itself!

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Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Meat Sauce

This is a super easy and quick evening meal if you are in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 8 oz. natural chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 can tomato sauce (no added sugars, low sodium)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 400°F.
  2. Stab your spaghetti squash a few times with a fork and put on cookie sheet and cook for 30-40 minutes.
  3. With a sharp knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half, long ways, scoop out seeds, and use a fork to scoop out the strands.
  4. Then, in a medium pan, brown ground turkey.
  5. Once meat is browned, add tomato sauce, coconut milk and all of the spices and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes, or until warm.
  6. Pour oven spaghetti squash and enjoy!
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Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
For the Sauce:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup kale (basil or other greens of choice work as well)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and set aside on paper towels so that any excess water is soaked up.
  2. In a food processor, add avocados, kale, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and sea salt and pulse until finely chopped. Then with the motor still running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified and creamy.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat then add zucchini noodles, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes until tender.
  4. Add zucchini noodles to a large bowl and toss with avocado pesto.
  5. Enjoy!

I served mine with some baked salmon (seasoned with olive oil, garlic, salt, & pepper)

Recipe adapted from: http://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/zucchini-noodles-with-creamy-avocado-pesto/#_a5y_p=5026238

 

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Garlic Shrimp Noodle Bowls

Ingredients

  1. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  2. 3 Tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter
  3. 10-20 jumbo shrimps
  4. 1/2 bell pepper
  5. 1/4 onion, sliced
Seasoning:
  1. 1 tsp paprika
  2. Dash cayenne
  3. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. Dash red pepper flakes
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
For the noodles (“zoodles”):
  1. 2 large zucchinis, spiralized
  2. 1 Tbsp ghee, grass-fed butter or olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Spiralize your zucchini using a spiralizer or mandolin and set aside.
  2. Combine seasoning in a bowl and toss with shrimp
  3. Heat butter and garlic in a pan
  4. Add in bell pepper, onion, and shrimp and let cook until opaque
  5. In a separate pan heat remaining tbsp of butter and lightly sauté zucchini noodles for 3 minutes
  6. Place zucchini noodles in a bowl and top with garlic shrimp and veggie mixture
  7. Taste and add salt and seasoning as desired
Recipe adapted from http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2014/09/08/cajun-garlic-shrimp-noodle-bowls/
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Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

‘Tis the season for spaghetti squash! There are many different ways to use spaghetti squash, and the best part is that you don’t need any fancy tools (spirilizers, etc.)- the strands come out just like noodles once the squash is baked.

Try this low carb alternative in place of pasta topped with spaghetti sauce or pesto, eat cold like a pasta salad, or enjoy this Mexican-twist on burrito bowls!

Makes 4 “bowls” (enjoy it right out of the squash shell!)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 spaghetti squash
  • 2 small onions (or 1 large)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can black beans
  • Chopped tomatoes (or 1 jar salsa)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Optional:  Corn, Jalapeños, Fresh Cilantro, Green Onions, Shredded Cheese or Queso Fresco/Blanco, to top!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Fill a 9×13-inch pan with about ~1 inch water or use a baking sheet covered in foil.
  3. Rinse spaghetti squash and slice in half (*Note: the squash can be very tough to cut raw. If it’s too difficult, you can poke a few holes in the squash and place in microwave to help soften)
  4. Scoop out seeds with a spoon (save them for later!) and place face down on the baking sheet.
  5. Place in the preheated oven for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, while the squash is baking, sauté onions in 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
  7. Once squash is done, cool slightly and pull apart “spaghetti-like” strands with a fork and add in other ingredients. Top with shredded cheese if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

*For a dish higher in protein, try adding a lean meat such as ground turkey, beef, or shredded chicken. 

 

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Cauliflower Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large cauliflower (makes 2 large servings, or 4 side dish portions)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rinse cauliflower under cool water and dry well.
  2. Use a food processor to pulse the cauliflower until it is a course texture. If you don’t have a food processor, using a cheese grater or knife to cut the cauliflower to small pieces can work as well.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Sauté garlic for several minutes, or until fragrant.
  5. Add in the cauliflower rice and continue to sauté for 4–5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and serve in place of rice with a stir fry, or as a bed of “cauliflower rice” under your favorite protein (fish, chicken, or other meat or meat alternative of choice).

*Note: Don’t expect cauliflower rice to taste like rice, nor am I against rice in any way. Cauliflower rice gives a lower calorie, grain-free option to your favorite dishes. If you don’t like cauliflower, you probably won’t like cauliflower rice 😉  

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Simple Eggplant Pizzas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese

SAUCE:

  • 2-3 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut off ends of eggplant and cut into 3/4-inch slices. If desired, place on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt to draw out the water.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. While oven preheats, begin the sauce. Heat 2-3 tsp olive oil and sauté garlic. When the garlic becomes fragrant, add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and dried oregano and simmer until thickened.
  4. Wipe salt from eggplant and lay eggplant on a greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and seasonings.
  5. Roast for about 25 minutes.
  6. Top with sauce, cheese, and seasonings and place back into the oven for a few minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.
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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!