Authentic Oaxacan Mole

This is a traditional Mexican dish that is layered and layered with flavors. It has more ingredients and steps than the typical recipe but it is so worth it. Set aside some time on a Sunday to make this amazing delicacy. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Advanced & Core Plan

Keto

Serves 4-6

Pictured below is free range chicken breasts and thighs cooked on a smoker and chopped before adding to the sauce, accompanied by riced cauliflower.

Ingredients

  • stemmed and seeded chiles (3 chipotle chiles, 2 ancho chiles, 2 guajillo chiles). (I used dried)
  • 2 cup of organic, free range chicken broth
  • 2 sprouted corn tortillas (cut into strips)
  • 2 tomatoes, halved
  • 5 tomatillos, halved
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 head of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of organic peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of organic raisins
  • 1 tbsp of grass fed beef tallow or coconut oil
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 5oz of chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of organic, free range chicken broth
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 2-3 pounds free range chicken breasts and thighs, cooked

Instructions:

Step 1: Toast The Chiles

Heat a pan to a medium heat. Add the ancho, chipotle and guajillo chiles to a dry pan and cook for around 3 minutes. Once toasted, remove from heat and add to a blender. If you don’t have fresh chiles, use dried and slightly char in the pan and allow to rest with the tortillas (see below)

Step 2: Heat The Broth

Add 2 cups of broth to a pan and leave to simmer for around 5 minutes. Once warm, remove from heat and add to the blender.

Step 3: Toast Tortillas

Add the strips of tortilla to a dry pan. Heat for around 3 minutes, turning frequently and then add to the blender.

Step 4: Soften Mixture

Leave the tortillas (and dried chiles if using) in the broth in the blender for approximately 10 minutes then blend.

Step 5: Cook Tomatoes and Tomatillos

Add the tomatoes and tomatillos to a pan and cook until soft, then add to the blender.

Step 6: Toast The Remaining Ingredients

Add the tallow or coconut oil to a pan and cook on a medium heat. Now add the raisins, peanuts, berries, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, onion, and cumin . Cook for around 6-8 minutes. Dig around to remove the whole cloves, allspice berries and cinnamon stick, then add the rest of the mixture to the blender and blend until smooth.

Step 7: Thicken The Sauce

Add the blended puree to a pan over a medium heat. Add the extra cup of chicken broth, along salt and the chopped chocolate! Keep stirring until the chocolate has melted and the sauce begins to thicken. Leave to simmer for around 10-15 minutes.

recipe modified from: https://justmexicanfood.com/authentic-oaxacan-mole-recipe/

Tomatillo Chicken Breasts

This very easy dish is just different enough to tantalize your taste buds. It uses simple ingredients and techniques that do not disappoint.

Core & Advanced Plan

Serves 4

Shown here with Mexican Green Beans

For Marinade:

4 Free range, organic chicken breasts, pounded to equal thickness

juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Sauce:

5 tomatillos

1/2 sweet onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup organic muenster, mozzarella, or provolone cheese, shredded or sliced

sea salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to equal thickness

Combine lime juice, chili powder, coconut aminos, and garlic powder and marinate for 30 minutes to overnight.

Grill chicken breasts on an outdoor grill, indoor grill pan, or air fryer until cooked through. (These can be made ahead of time but bring to room temperature before assembling).

Put tomatillos and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the tomatillos start to split. Add diced onions and garlic and cook until the onions are softened. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish, top with cheese then with tomatillo sauce. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted sauce is bubbly.

Warm Fall “Salad”

I’m calling this a salad because it is dressed with a vinaigrette but it is a delicious, warm dish with roasted squash and Brussels sprouts and delightful toppings.

Core Plan (You can make this advanced plan or keto by replacing quinoa with riced cauliflower and emitting the honey and pomegranate seeds.)

Serves 2-4

1 organic delicata squash seeded and sliced in 1/2 moons

1 bunch of Brussels sprouts cut in 1/2 or 1/4

Salt

Pepper

Nutmeg

Local honey

Red pepper flakes

Quinoa

Olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Dijon mustard

Pumpkin seeds

Pomegranate seeds

Roast the Brussels sprouts at 425 with avocado oil, salt, pepper, honey and red pepper flakes until brown and the edges are crispy.

Roast the squash at 425 until soft and browned (turn halfway through) with avocado oil, salt, pallet and sprinkle kale with nutmeg.

Cook quinoa. (I added in a few cooked lentils as well).

Make vinaigrette with olive oil, red wine vinegar and Dijon (measure to taste)

Mix quinoa, Brussels sprouts and squash. Add vinaigrette and mix.

Top with pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds.

Serve warm.

The Easiest Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is a favorite but it is hard to get the beef (especially grass fed beef) tender enough. I use grass fed ground beef to make the process simple, healthy and tasty.

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1/3 -2/3 cup liquid aminos or Tamara (this is up to your taste)

2-3 cloves minced or pressed garlic

1/2 inch fresh garlic, grated

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 head organic broccoli, florets chopped

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.

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.