Chicken Asparagus Marsala

Asparagus always give a dish an elegant flair. Here, it also adds beautiful color.

4 Free Range Chicken Breast Halves, Boned and Skinned
10 Ounces Asparagus Spears, Cut
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Coconut or Grapeseed Oil
1⁄2 Pound Mushrooms
1⁄4 Cup Marsala Wine
1⁄2 Teaspoon Salt
1⁄4 Cup Water
1⁄8 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon Parsley, Chopped Diagonally into Pieces

Pound the chicken pieces to 1⁄4-inch thickness. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high temperature. Add chicken and cook, turning, for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is brown. Remove chicken and set aside. To the drippings remaining in the frying pan, add the asparagus and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan, add the marsala wine, water, salt, and pepper.
Bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes to reduce the liquid. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 3 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are tender. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter. Spoon the vegetable sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Chicken Cacciatore

This is a classic dish that is sure to be part of your regular menu rotations.

2 Pounds Chicken Pieces
1 Medium Onion, Sliced
1⁄2 Medium Green Pepper, Chopped
1⁄4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Garlic
1 Can Plum Tomatoes (16 Ounces)
1 Tbl Parsley, Chopped
1⁄2 Teaspoon Oregano, Crushed
1⁄4 Teaspoon Thyme
3⁄4 Teaspoon Salt
1⁄4 Teaspoon Pepper
1⁄4 Pound Mushroom, Sliced

TIP: You can modify this recipe by using skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken pieces, brown and set aside. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until onion is tender. Force Italian plum tomatoes through a strainer to remove seeds. Add tomato liquid, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to skillet. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes;
stir occasionally. Add chicken; cover and cook over low heat 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add mushrooms. Cook uncovered 15 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency.

Chicken Savoy

This chicken is juicy and delectable plus simple to prepare.
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1⁄8 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2⁄3 Cup Water with 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced or Grated
1⁄2 to 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano or Basil
Sea and Pepper to Taste
1⁄4 Cup Grated Italian Romano Cheese 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat oven to 450oF. Place the chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 or other shallow baking dish. Cover the chicken with a mixture made of the water, salt, and olive oil. Grate or mince the garlic and sprinkle it on the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and other seasoning over the chicken. Sprinkle the Romano cheese over the chicken. Bake at 450oF for 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove the dish from the oven, and pour off the excess fluid, leaving the chicken in the baking dish. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and serve.

Endless Chicken Salad

This recipe is so versatile and will get you compliments every time you make it.

4 Chicken Breasts, Cooked and Shredded or Chopped
1⁄2 – 2⁄3 Cup Avocado Mayonnaise (Store Bought – Check Ingredients)
2 Teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice

Choose Your Favorites:

Core Plan Add-Ins:
Shredded Carrots
Chopped Apples
Chopped Grapes
Dried Cranberries
Raisins
Mustard

Core and Advanced Add-Ins:
Curry Powder
Gomasio
Chopped Celery
Chopped Pickles
Raw Pecans, Chopped
Raw Walnuts, Chopped
Raw Almonds, Sliced or Slivered

Mix any of the above ingredients with the chicken, mayonnaise and lemon juice.

Grass-fed Beef Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a low-effort/high reward meal.  It is affordable, tasty, easy, and a crowd favorite.   I have replaced the typical breadcrumbs with almond flour and the result is just as amazing as it’s less-healthy counterpart.

It is amazing served with mashed cauliflower, roasted tomatoes.  Also pictured here is a slice of grilled halloumi cheese (Greek sheep’s milk cheese).

Grass Fed Beef Meatloaf – shown here with mashed cauliflower, roasted tomatoes, and grilled Halloumi cheese.

2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 organic eggs
1/3 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons sugarless ketchup (I use Primal Kitchen) or make your own (see below)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  In a non-toxic skillet, sauté the onions in the coconut oil until soft then add the garlic and heat for a minute more.  In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, almond flour, 3 tablespoons ketchup, cooked onion/garlic, salt, mustard, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Mix with your hands until combined (be sure not to overmix as it will make the meat tough). Transfer the meat mixture to a 9 x 5 loaf pan and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove and spread another 1/3 cup ketchup over the top of the loaf and continue baking for 40-45 more minutes until center is cooked. Allow the loaf to rest for 10 minutes or so before slicing and serving.
To make your own ketchup:

6 ounces organic tomato paste
2-3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For some extra sweetness, add 2-3 soaked dates (core plan only)

Add everything to a high powered blender or food processor and mix thoroughly.

InstantPot Chicken Pho Soup

This is a fantastic recipe that is simple but full of flavor.  The rich stock with the contrast of fresh veggies and egg is amazing.

Advanced & Core Plan

Servings 8-10

1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 small head bok choy, chopped
1 whole 3-4 pound organic, free range chicken, giblets removed
2 tablespoons of coconut aminos (or liquid aminos)
2  cups of grass-fed beef broth
6 cups filtered water
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 package mung bean noodles (bean threads)
1 large organic carrot peeled and grated
1 cup of thinly sliced organic baby spinach
Add ins:
Soft Boiled Egg
Sesame Seeds for garnish

For soft boiled eggs:
Place trivet in Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of water.
Place four eggs in Instant Pot, lock lid and set on sealing.
Using Manual setting, set to High Pressure for 3 minutes.
When done, Quick Release pressure and remove eggs and place in ice water until cooled.
For the soup:
Set Instant Pot to Saute. Heat sesame oil, garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add sliced mushrooms and bok choy and sautee for another 2 minutes.  Add grass-fed beef broth, water, aminos, 2 teaspoons sea salt, freshly ground pepper and chicken to the pot.
Turn off Saute function, lock Instant Pot lid in place, Set to soup/broth and make sure pressure valve is set to sealing Cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes.
Instant Pot will take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, then will start the 20 minutes of cooking.
Do a Quick Release and carefully open Instant Pot.
Remove whole chicken and set aside to shred and add back i to the soup.
Turn Instant Pot back to Saute function and let chicken broth come to a boil.
Stir in the mung bean noodles and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Shred chicken into pieces and add back into the soup.  Discarding bones and skin or save to make more stock.
Ladle into bowls and add carrots, spinach sesame seeds and halved eggs.

recipe modified from https://www.number-2-pencil.com