One thing I do miss now and then, especially this time of year (since going Paleo) are noodles. But fortunately, spaghetti squash is in season. What perfect timing! And honestly, this soaks up flavor so much better than any “noodle” out there. And…it’s easy to make. Just slice, clean, roast and go!
While I love cooking this time of year, it is absolutely my most hectic time of year with work and all, so I have to try to make things that aren’t time consuming or at least take short cuts. This one is easy because there isn’t any chopping, and I really didn’t even had to do much cooking since I used an organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods. Yay! Two big time savers for me, although making an actual whole chicken really doesn’t take 5 minutes to prepare.
So this great recipe is a rendition from PaleOMG. If you don’t know her site, you need to check it out. Her meals are amazing!
Anyway, this is what you need for this paleo Chicken Pesto “Noodle” recipe.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use a whole chicken like I did, then you’ll need to double all of the ingredients below. Or, just use about 1 lb of the whole chicken.
1lb chicken (or whole rotisserie, but make sure to double all ingredients below if so)
1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
1 can medium artichoke hearts, cut in half
1 tbsp butter
⅓ cup walnuts or pinenuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth (I used bone broth)
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup fresh basil
juice of 1 lemon
Start by slicing your spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and then put both sides, face down on a cookie sheet. Cook on 400 for 30-35 minutes or until soft. I do add about 2 tbsp of water to the pan. I’m not sure if you need it, but it seems to work well for me.
Now while that is cooking, turn your a pan on high, add butter and your garlic cloves and let it start to get brown for just a minute or two. As soon as it does, add in the canned artichoke hearts. Let cook until it all a nice brown, and then transfer to your blender. Then add your olive oil, walnuts and 1/2 lemon juice and blend until smooth.
Oh, if you could only smell this once it was blended!
Then pull your parsley and basil part (no need to chop!) and add that to the blender, along with the other half of your lemon. Now blend until smooth or you find a consistency you like.
Next, tear apart your chicken, or cut (if you don’t have a rotisserie chicken) it into bite sized pieces and put in a large mixing bowl. If you are cooking your chicken, cut your raw chicken into bite sized pieces, cook it in some coconut oil with some salt and pepper until thoroughly cooked, and put it in your large bowl.
Next, get out your spaghetti squash, spoon or fork out the good stuff, and put that in the bowl. Lastly, add your pesto, salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!!!
My kids loved this but they also love basil and artichokes so I thought they might like it. I loved it. And my husband just liked it. Boo Scott. He actually said it was good, but tasted more like a “dip”. I bet the pesto would actually make for a great dip! Oh well, can’t please them all, all the time…right? 3 out of 4 ain’t bad though!
Oh and lastly, I do apologize if there are any errors. There is just not enough time in the day lately but I did want to share this with y’all. If there are any mistakes, please let me know. I’m not good with details, and especially this time of year!
There is nothing fun or sexy about this post. If you’re young and/or your health is great, then you might want to skip it because I’m going to talk a bit about colonoscopy prep. For those of us who are getting older and need check ups like this, I hope this will help you think about some things before hand…
I plan ahead for almost everything – especially all things food related. When we go on vacation, I cook in advance so we will have food once we get there. For everyday life, I cook every Sunday so we have food for the week. But when I realized I was getting a colonoscopy and would not be able to eat for a day and a half, I thought, huh, I guess I don’t need to plan for a change. WRONG.
Anyway, as some of you may know I have an inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis), so I am suppose to get a colonoscopy every few years. Since it’s been 10 since my last, I figured it was time to suck it up and get it done. The hardest part for me is the inability to eat for a day and a half. I may eat healthy, but I eat a lot. Lately I haven’t been that hungry, so thought it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to just not eat for 36 hours. SO wrong! After waking up really hungry the first morning of my fast, I made a quick trip to Whole Foods. Standing at the smoothie bar, I made a desperate call to my doctor’s office to ask about whether green smoothies were in bounds. They weren’t and I am told I can only have clear things like Jell-o, Gatorade , Sprite, apple juice and hard candies. Yuck! But, I needed to do something to keep my blood sugar up and my head clear throughout the day so had to figure out some options.
The first thing I got was something to drink because I didn’t want let myself get dehydrated. Coconut water is great because it has more potassium than a banana. This stuff is also great for long runs or bike rides. It doesn’t taste great, but it is MUCH better, and more efficient for our bodies than a sports drinks!
I think George has been watching the kids hop in front of the camera too much lately…
Unfortunately, the prepping process can strip much of your good bacteria, so it’s good to do all you can to boost your bacteria prior to the procedure. Kevita drinks are a great way to get extra probiotics. There are about 5 different flavors at Whole Foods.
By late afternoon, I was so needing more nourishment so I ended up melting some coconut oil in hot water and drinking that. I think I ended up ingesting about 4 tbsp throughout the day. That helped clear my head almost instantly each time.
And my biggest savior was bone broth. With a zillion nutrients, enough salt to make you want to drink more water, and a little fat to fill you, this was the perfect thing to have around. Just make sure you strain it well, so it really is just a clear drink. Unfortunately I had to wait until I got back from Whole Foods to start cooking the thighs I bought (thought it would cook faster than a whole chicken) so I didn’t get to drink that until 4:00 but later afternoon and evening, I felt REALLY great.
The procedure went well, but I wasn’t able to eat until after 2:00 on Tuesday, which felt like forever. The good news is the doctor said, “I don’t know what you are doing, but keep it up, your colon looks great!”. That was really nice to hear, especially since prior to (and post) the procedure he stated again that I really needed to be on those 6 pills for the rest of my life. Phew! I haven’t taken them in 5 years and don’t plan on ever taking them again!!
In the wake of the procedure though, I have really upping my probiotics. I really believe it’s true about our good bacteria keeping our immune systems strong. Before the procedure, aside from being hungry and light headed in the morning, I felt totally and completely well. About 2 hours after the procedure, I began feeling like I was coming down with something. And now, still a week later, I have crud in my chest for the first time in YEARS. It’s so frustrating!! I am off to the drugstore to get some VSL-3 (a super strong probiotic) right after this write up. I think the whole thing really messed up my bacteria, maybe along with having to ingest more sugar (from the coconut water) than I normally would. Regardless, I suspect that the prep or the procedure lowered my immune system, which just goes to show the importance of having good bacteria in your gut!
One extra thing to add to the list for prepping next time…take extra probiotics!!!
It’s not a fun procedure, it’s not even fun to talk or think about, but as we are getting older, and our nation is getting sicker, I know more and more of us are having to get this done, so hopefully these tips will help. I wish I would have planned ahead but maybe now you can!
Hi all! Thanks for participating in the giveaway for Heather’s fabulous book, Paleo Sweet & Treats. If you did not win, you can purchase your own copy on Amazon. It makes for a great gift too!!
So the winner is…
Cathy, please email me your address and we will get you a book soon!
Today was the coldest day we have had so far this Fall, so I wanted to bake some nice warm treats for the kids for after school. Nope, it had nothing to do with my cravings for baked goods. It’s ALL about the kids. Sometimes it’s hard being so selfless…
Anyway, I knew I had to make something with pumpkin, and melted chocolate, so I decided on these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. I kind of guessed on the recipe, using ingredients that would make this muffin full of protein, good fat and fiber. Honestly, I assumed they wouldn’t turn out that well. But, they turned out GREAT!! My daughter, who tends not to like bake goods, even liked these! That is RARE! Tate ate five…yes five. And I’m not telling you how many I had.
3/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
9 organic eggs (room temperature)
2-3 tbsp maple
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 pumpkin purred
2 tbsp coconut milk
1 cup dark chocolate chips, if desired
Before you begin, make sure you leave your eggs out so they can warm to room temperature or close to it. Otherwise the cold eggs won’t mix well with the melted coconut oil.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients in a small to medium bowl.
Now mix all (but the chocolate) ingredients together until blended well.
Fold in the dark chocolate chips if you’d like. I did half with and half without.
Now fill your silicon muffins cups (best baking investment ever) or paper muffin cups 2/3 of the way full.
Cook for 25 or so minutes (until butter knife comes out clean) and eat while the chocolate is still melting!
Makes about 18 muffins.
Did I mention Tate had five? Good thing they are somewhat healthy!
“TATE!!! Where did ALL of the muffins go?” This was his response…
When the weather starts to cool, I really love to bake. Don’t warm baked goods just taste better this time of year? Anyway, y’all may have heard me talk about one of my favorite web sites, MultiplyDelicious.com, by Heather Connell. Through nutrition, she too has healed herself. And through her blog, she shares many fabulous recipes; some of them are my very favorites that we still make regularly like the Curried Apple Chicken Salad.
Look how cute she is! I bet you are wondering about her bad a** arms, aren’t you? Yeah, she does Cross Fit…
Well, she has recently come out with a BEAUTIFUL paleo desserts book called Paleo Sweets & Treatsthat I am in love with, and it’s just in time for the Fall and holiday season!
Anyway, all of these recipes are just amazing, and the pictures that go with them will make you drool!! My daughter, who doesn’t really love baked good (paleo or not), has just dog-eared about 9 pages of this book with recipes for us to bake.
There are so many more recipes that I am drying to try, as well, but so far, the Spiced Apple Cakie Cookies are our favorite…
So I know they are called “cakies” and my look more like flat cookies. I’ve never been great with attention to detail or following directions; regardless, they were amazing. I know this will be yet another staple treat around our house. Anyway, you must check out her book!!! You can either get it on Amazon (makes a great gift!) by clicking here, OR you can enter the giveaway!
To celebrate the release of this fabulous book, I thought it would be fun to give away a copy of the book!! Heather was kind enough to donate a copy. All you need to do to enter is:
After a cold and wet day at my daughter’s school Fall fair, it’s hard to believe we were playing in the ocean just last weekend with 80 degree temperatures. Anyway, I thought while we were on vacation it would be a great time to work on our own holiday card pictures but man, is it hard!! Now I see why people pay me to do their family photos.
The good thing about my kids is that they are pretty easy to make laugh. You say “toot” and they are in tears from laughing so hard, which you would think makes it easy, but it can actually make it a little tough too.
I mean seriously, where are their eyes?
Okay, so here’s our attempt at a holiday card….
Well, I guess it could be worse. Good thing for me it’s only October!!
So I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA but this is my crazy busy season, so finding time to post is not easy. But, this was a recipe I had to share ,and it’s perfect for a cold and rainy day like today.
So when I was growing up, my family and I would go to Piccadilly (yep, showing my red side), but I remember going there and getting their Salisbury steak, green beans, mashed potatoes and a piece of chocolate cake. Mmmm, it was so dang good. Dang!! I know…it just felt appropriate.
Anyway, I can’t say I’ve had Salisbury steak in quite some time. Honestly, probably not since my Piccadilly days 30 years ago (wow, 30 years ago??) but this recipe brought back memories for sure! The picture of the meal at the bottom does not do it justice at all, but it is REALLY good and I can’t wait to make it again!! And it goes really well with the cauliflower mash. Just like Piccadilly, but not.
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 organic egg
1/2 cup almond meal or flour
1 tsp pepper (1/2 tsp sauce, 1/2 tsp patties)
1 tsp celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard
½ tsp onion powder
1 package mushrooms, chopped (I doubled this)
1 small chopped onion (I used the TJ’s garlic, onion, shallot pack)
2 cups beef broth
1 tbsp coconut milk
2 tsp arrowroot starch
1 tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 350. Then, start by chopping the onion and mushrooms. Next add butter to a hot pan and saute the veggies until soft.
Next, in a medium bowl, put meat, egg, 1/2 tsp pepper, almond flour, salt, mustard and onion powder and mash together and make flat patties about the size of your fist. Then, on a cookie sheet lined with foil, place the patties there and cook for 25 minutes.
While the meat is cooking, make your”gravy” by getting out a medium pot, and add your beef broth, arrowroot powder and the other 1/2 tsp pepper, your sauteed veggies, coconut milk and some salt to taste and cook on low for 10 minutes.
Once the meat is done cooking, it will NOT look pretty but don’t worry, it will taste amazing!!
Now, lay the patties out flat on a large deep pan or bowl, add the “gravy” and enjoy. Next time I will double this recipe for sure!! It makes for great leftovers!
This recipe is a rendition that I originally got from Domestic Man’s web site. His site is great if you love your meat and his recipes are super tasty! Thanks Domestic Man for the travel back in time!