Paprika and Thyme Chicken and Spinach in Lemon Sauce (Paleo)

This weekend I had the house to myself. Which is good in a way because nobody could see how crazy I get with finals.

That and I get to try recipes without worrying about my picky-eaters (AKA- my dad and brother).

So, I got to make the following meal all for myself. Of course, I’m a big believer in sharing the love. But hey, if you’re not there to share, that’s their loss and my gain😉

Paprika and Thyme Chicken and Spinach in Lemon Sauce (Paleo)

Paprika and Thyme Chicken and Spinach in Lemon Sauce

Ingredients:

2 tsp paprika

salt and pepper

2 organic chicken breast, thawed

2 tbsp avocado oil, divided

2 tbsp ghee (or butter), divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp dried thyme 

3/4 cup chicken broth

Juice from 1/2 a large lemon

3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped

Directions:

Rub paprika, salt, and pepper on both sides of the chicken. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp of ghee and 1 tbsp of avocado oil over medium heat.

Add in chicken and cook for 4 minutes on one side before flipping. Add in the remaining ghee and avocado oil, as well as the garlic cloves and thyme. Let cook for another 2 minutes.

Add in chicken broth and lemon juice, cover the skillet with a lid, and reduce to low heat. Let cook for 10-15 minutes.

Afterwards, add in the fresh spinach, cover with the lid again, and let cook until spinach is slightly wilted. Add salt and pepper, if needed, and serve.

Banana Bars (Grain-Free)

I’ve been revisiting some of my old posts recently to see if I can make any minor improvements. This is a rather fun job for me as it involves a lot of taste testing! Plus, it’s a bit of a trip down memory lane (Hello, May 2012!). Good lord, how embarrassing some of my posts are…

While scrolling along, I came across my Carrot Bar recipe, which immediately made me start thinking of possible variations. The result? Banana bars!

Banana Bars (Grain-Free)

Banana Bars

Ingredients: 

1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)

3/4 cup plain yogurt

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tbsp flaxseed

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup coconut flour

Optional: 1/4 cup coconut flakes

Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Optional: 1/4 cup chopped almonds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13×9 baking dish.

Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips and almonds) in a food processor and blend until a thick batter is formed. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds, if using. Spread batter in the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting and eating.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I remember the first time I went to Panera Bread. I got their Broccoli Cheddar soup and, like so many before me, became OBSESSED with it. It was total comfort to just sit at their booths and suck down a bowl between classes.

As I started to change up my eating habits and make my own recipes, broccoli cheddar soup was at the top of my list. So this is my own take of a more “cleaner” broccoli cheddar soup. Less ingredients, yet still full of cheesy goodness!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ingredients:

3 cups plain whole milk yogurt

3.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

3 large heads of broccoli, chopped into florets

1 large onion, chopped

2 tbsp ghee (or butter)

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp mustard

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp salt

pepper

2 and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

In a crock pot, whisk the 3 cups of yogurt and 1 cup broth together until smooth. Slowly add and stir in the rest of broth. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except cheddar cheese. Cook on HIGH with the lid on for 1.5 hours. Afterwards, use an immersion blender and blend ingredients until all broccoli chucks are gone. Stir in cheddar cheese. Place lid on top and cook on LOW for an additional 30 minutes. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, if needed, before serving.

Sweet Potato Curry Puffs (Paleo)

This recipe was totally made on a whim with random ingredients. Braced for a total fail, I was pleasantly surprised how awesome these turned out! In addition to the sweet potato and curry taste, these puffs hardened in the outside while staying soft on the inside.

It kinda reminds me of a pierogi. 

And, I “forgot” that my dad doesn’t like the taste of curry. Guess I get them all to myself now😉

Sweet Potato Curry Puffs (Paleo)

Sweet Potato Curry Puffs (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato

1 cup fresh spinach

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1 egg

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking pan. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Bake on for 25 minutes. Let cool and harden for 15 minutes before eating.

Carrot Soufflé (Paleo)

Easter recipe! I’m not sure if this constitutes as a dinner dish or dessert… I serve it as both! So it’s either an indulging dinner item or healthy dessert. Your pick!

Carrot Soufflé (Paleo)

Carrot Soufflé (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 lbs carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp ghee or butter, melted

2 eggs

1 and 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp dried ginger

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place carrots in a pot, cover entirely with about 2 inches of water, and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.

Drain carrots and transfer to a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to an oiled baking dish (about 9-10 inches in diameter) and spread evenly. Bake for 45 minutes.

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