Kung Pao Chicken

This is a popular dish that is usually loaded with unhealthy oils and sugar but this healthier version is just as spicy and delicious. You can serve it with any stir fried vegetables you like and over cauliflower rice or mung bean noodles to keep it Advanced Plan.

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup free range chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (check ingredients)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, microplanes
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit or erythritol sweetener 

Chicken Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil for stir frying 
  • 1 1/2 pounds free range, organic chicken thigh meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 dried thai red chiles
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or cashews

Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, and set it aside.

Heat coconut oil in a large non-toxic skillet or griddle to medium/high heat. Add the chicken, and let cook for about 3 minutes on each side until browned.

Add the bell pepper, onion, peanuts and dried Thai chiles in with the chicken and cook for a few more minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the bell peppers and onions are slightly tender. Pour in the sauce and stir together.   Simmer for a few minutes to let the sauce caramelize and thicken.

Stir fry any other veggies you like to serve with the Kung Pao Chicken

Remove from heat and serve on top of mung bean noodles or cauliflower rice if desired.

Advanced Plan ‘white bread’. (keto)

This is an easy, Advanced Plan quick bread that comes out very well.  It holds up to toasting as well.  It uses a dozen egg whites so be sure to use the yolks for another purpose like hollandaise sauce.  

NOTE:  this bread does not rise so it makes very small slices.  Never fear though…it tastes amazing.  Pictured below is the bread used as a grass-fed burger “bun”.  

1 cup Almond Flour

1/4 cup Coconut Flour

2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

1/4 teaspoon Sea salt

5 tablespoons grass-fed butter, measure while solid then gently melt

12 large free-range Egg whites (~1 1/2 cups, at room temperature) ((Use the egg yolks to make some hollandaise sauce))

1 1/2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener or erythritol

1/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum

1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, with extra hanging over the sides for easy removal later.

Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, erythritol, xanthan gum, and sea salt in a large food processor. Pulse until combined. Add the melted butter. Pulse, scraping down the sides a few times.  

In a separate, very large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. This takes a while so be patient. Add 1/2 of the stiff egg whites to the food processor. Pulse a few times until just combined. Do not over-mix!

Carefully transfer the mixture from the food processor into the bowl with the egg whites, and gently fold until combined.  DO NOT STIR- FOLD to keep the egg whites fluffy.

Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Tent the top with aluminum foil and bake for another 30-45 minutes, until the top is firm.  Cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing.

Recipe modified from the original at https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/easy-paleo-keto-bread-recipe/

Chickpea, Avocado & Feta Salad – Cooking Video

This is an easy, healthy, protein and healthy fat packed recipe. It can be used as a main dish or as a side.

Ingredients:

2 cups chickpeas (cooked, drained and rinsed) or canned

1/2 cucumber, diced

4 stalks green onion, chopped or 1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 lime, juiced

1/4 cup organic feta cheese, crumbled

1 avocado, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. If you are making it ahead, don’t add the avocado until ready to serve.

Asian Style Beef & Noodles

This is a restaurant inspired dish that is as beautiful as it is tasty and nutritious. It can be eaten hot or cold so can be great to take to lunch the next day.

For the grass-fed steak:

¼ cup toasted sesame oil

3 tablespoons liquid aminos

1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 inches ginger, peeled and grated

3 large cloves garlic, grated or pasted

1 tablespoon chili paste (sambal olek)

2 pounds grass-fed skirt steak

For the Sauce:

1 package of mung bean (glass) noodles

1 tablespoon chili paste (Sambal Olek)

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons smooth almond or peanut butter

2 tablespoons sesame seeds, preferably toasted 

3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

2 inches ginger root, peeled and grated

For the Veggies:

Steam broccoli, bok choy, celery, onions, or any combination.  

Top with:

½ cup dry-roasted peanuts, finely chopped or more sesame seeds

½ seedless cucumber, cut into matchsticks

Optional:  grilled green onions

Whisk up marinade ingredients, add steak and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.  For a very tender steak, use a Jaccard tenderizing tool before marinating the steaks.  (You can order one here:  https://amzn.to/38bx6WK)

Heat cast-iron griddle or skillet, or outdoor grill to medium-high. Cook the steaks about 4 minutes on each side or until crispy at edges and caramelized. Let stand a few minutes then slice against the grain.

Cook the mung bean noodles.  Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat.  Add the noodles and let sit in the hot water for 5 minutes then drain.  

Whisk the sauce ingredients together.  

Put noodles in a bowl and stir in the desired amount of sauce.  Assemble the rest of the ingredients on top.  

Pecan pie

This recipe is courtesy of my good friend, Dr. Rosie Main. www.DrMain.com

THE CRUST:
2 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
20 drops pure liquid stevia
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

THE FILLING:
3 cups raw pecans, chopped
2/3 cup of paleo or Keto Maple Syrup
1 tsp pure liquid stevia
1/2cup coconut oil
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp arrowroot powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk
A couple pinches of sea salt for pecans

1.)  THE CRUST  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.   In a large bowl, stir together almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt with a fork.  Add in the remaining liquid crust ingredients.  Stir together with fork until well combined and crumbly.

2.)  Press dough into a 9 inch pie shell (or tart pan — that’s what I used).  Bake at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

3.)  THE FILLING:  In a medium sauce pan, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, stevia and vanilla extract.  Bring to a boil over Medium-High heat, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking it frequently. (It will seem like the oil and syrup are separating.  The arrowroot mixture will act as an emulsifier later!)  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

4.)  In a large stainless steel skillet, toast the pecans on Medium-Low heat for about 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with sea salt.

5.)  In a small bowl, mix together the arrowroot powder and almond milk.  Let it sit for 6 minutes.

6.)  Once the sugar-oil mixture is cooled to room temperature, whisk in the arrowroot mixture until combined and smooth.  Stir in the chopped pecans until combined.  Pour onto the cooled pie crust and distribute evenly.

7.)  Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until the filling begins to set and loses its shine. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.  Chill in fridge at least an hour or two before serving (we found it easier to cut and serve when slightly chilled).

recipe courtesy of : DoctorMain.com

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.