Chicken Nuggets (VERY Kid and Picky Adult Friendly)

I personally like chicken coated in an almond flour and spice mix because they come out juicy and delicious. (see recipe here). However, these little nuggets are crowd favorites because they resemble fast food nuggets. Keep in mind, I NEVER recommend eating fast food nuggets at any time but for people trying to transition themselves or their kits to healthier versions of their favorites, these are amazing.

Serve them with some mustard, sugarless barbecue sauce, or sugarless ketchup.

Give them a try and comment on how you and your family liked them. 🙂

Advanced and Core Plan

Serves 4-6

18-20 ounces organic shredded chicken (you can pre-cook organic breasts or buy organic canned chicken to have on hand

4 organic eggs

1/2 cup almond flour

2/4 cups organic shredded parmesan

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika (I liked smoked)

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees

Mix everything together and shape into tablespoon sized balls. Put on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet and press down slightly to make a nugget shape.

Lightly brush the tops with avocado oil.

Bake at 400 Degrees for 10 minutes then flip over and cook another 5 minutes or until crisp.

Hearts of Palm “Lobster”

I morphed this recipe from several I found online as a substitute for lobster. First, I am not vegan or vegetarian and believe animal products pack a ton of quality nutrition so I incorporate meat into my diet frequently.

However, I do not eat pork or shellfish for many reasons including: they are both highly inflammatory, highly acidic and prone to parasites.

I love the taste of lobster, I just choose to stay away from it, so this concept intrigued me.

I do eat a ton of vegetables and enjoy preparing them many different ways. I use hearts of palm in salads and as a pasta substitute but this is a brand new way of enjoying them. I added a splash of fish sauce to help mimic the taste of lobster which is missing in the vegan recipes.

This makes a lovely appetizer, lunch or light dinner. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe to serve a crowd.

Advanced and Core Plan

Serves 1

1 can (14.5 oz) hearts of palm

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

splash of fish sauce (I use Red Boat)

salt and pepper to taste

2 -3 tablespoons grass fed butter

Parsley, for garnish

Cut the hearts of palm int o 1 inch chunks. Add the olive oil, a clove of garlic, paprika, old bay seasoning, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Cook on medium (do not let the oil smoke) until heated through. Meanwhile, gently melt the butter and add more garlic if desired.

Serve warm, sprinkle with fresh parsley and dip in warm, melted butter.

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

I have made wings every way possible and they are all great.  However, this recipe blew my mind because they were so easy and required no sauce at all.  They are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.  The magic is the baking powder, which results in the crispiness and the taste of the wings is allowed to shine.  If you have a smoker, it is a must try.   You can wow people with this one.  Everyone will ask you for the recipe.  🙂

5 pounds organic, free-range chicken wings (flats and drumettes)

2 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Dry wings thoroughly on all sides with a paper towel or dish towel. Place them in a large plastic bag. Add the baking powder and salt to the wings, close the bag, and shake to evenly coat.  (You can also just lay them out on a baking dish and sprinkle on all sides.)
Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F. If using a Big Green Egg, use the heat deflector.
Place the wings directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for 30 minutes.
Increase the heat in your smoker to 425 degrees F and continue cooking for 45 more minutes, or until the internal temperature of the wing reads 175 degrees F.
Rotate the wing ever 20 min to achieve even cooking.
Remove the wing from the grill and serve.
These wings don’t even need sauce but you can toss in hot sauce, bbq sauce, or dry rub.  (My favorite sauces are Primal Kitchen or New Primal as they are sugar-less)
*NOTE:  You can do the same in the oven, it will just lack the smoky flavor of the smoker.

Chicken Satay

This is a great speedy dinner.  Kids love them because they can eat them right off the sticks.

2 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
1/2 cup liquid aminos or coconut aminos
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
2 tablespoons curry powder
6 skinless, boneless, organic chicken breasts, cubed
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (check ingredients)
2 cloves garlic, minced

Combine nut butter, liquid aminos, lime juice, curry powder, garlic and hot pepper sauce.  Place the chicken in the marinade and refrigerate.  Let the chicken marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.  Preheat a grill or non-toxic skillet to high and weave the chicken on to wooden skewers (soak them first to prevent them catching fire on the grill) and cook for approximately 5 minutes per side.

Oven option- heat oven to 425 degrees and cook for about 25 minutes, turning halfway through.

“Not-Tuna” Salad – VEGAN

This is both a great meat alternative and a terrific raw food recipe.

1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked 8-12 hours

1 cup raw almonds, soaked 8-12 hours

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup minced celery

1/4 cup minced red onion

1/4 cup minced parsley

2 teaspoons kelp powder

1 teaspoon sea salt (adjust as desired)

Soak the nuts in filtered water overnight and drain.  Process the almonds, sunflower seeds, salt and lemon juice in a food processor until mixture sticks together.  you may need to stop the machine and scrape down the walls with a spatula.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand.

“Not-salmon” Salad – ad 1/4 cup grated carrots.

Serve in lettuce leaves, endive leaves, or organic bell pepper halves.

Holiday Guacamole

Core Plan

Serves 4-6

This is an awesome take on a classic.  My friend Leanne introduced me to this last year and it is amazing.  Serve it up with some grain-free tortilla chips and take it to your next party for some oohs and ahhs.  NOTE:  You may want to make double or triple because it disappears fast!

1/2 white onion, minced
4 serrano or jalapeno chile peppers, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
4 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 organic pear, peeled, cored and diced
½ cup organic seedless green grapes, halved or quartered
½ cup organic strawberries, diced
1 cup pomegranate seeds

Mix the onion, chile peppers, and salt in a bowl. Fold in the avocados and lime juice. Stir in pear, grapes, strawberries and pomegranate. Chill until serving.