Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

 

chicken thighs with mushroom gravy newI’ve been more busy than usual since I started the Nutritional Therapy Consultant program through NTA, so the crockpot is a lifesaver! It’s only been a week since the program started, but I am loving it so much already! A lot of the introductory material was information that I already knew from my own research, but I learned even more and I’m so excited to share that information with all of you. I’m really excited to see how I can help people heal themselves using proper nutrition and a whole food based diet. I’ve always been interested in biology and history, so nutrition and diet is really fascinating to me. It’s interesting to learn how we got to where we are today, in terms of our modern “Western” diet, although sad at the same time. In recent years we have been making great progress in returning to the traditional foods of our ancestors, and I know we will be able to beat the “Food Giants” by spreading the message of how important food quality is, starting from the soil and all the way up the food chain.

Anyway, this recipe is so easy and it’s slow cooked, preserving the nutritional content. Chicken cooks relatively quick, so cooking on low for 6 hours is plenty. Don’t worry if it sits in the crockpot for longer than that, the gravy will keep it from drying out. This recipe features Flavorgod Garlic Lover’s seasoning (click the link to order online). I served mine with mashed cauliflower and asparagus and it was great.

 

Easy- *****
Fast- * (*****)
Spicy- noCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Beef & Vegetable Stew

beef and vegetable stew

Beef stew is a traditional winter meal. It’s warm and comforting and simple. I added more vegetables and used sweet potato to make it hearty and healthy. This is perfect to make in the morning and come home without having to make a side dish since it’s already full of vegetables. It’s a convenient, one-pot meal. I like to make this when I need time in the evening to get other stuff done.

 

Easy- ***
Fast- * (****)
Spicy- noCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Shredded Chicken with Red Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

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If I’m being totally honest here, I got the idea to add butter to my sauce from watching the Showtime show Episodes with Matt LeBlanc. His character makes his red sauce with butter, and I thought that probably tastes amazing and since grass-fed butter is great for your health, I gave it a try. This recipe is extremely easy to make and requires virtually no skill. Most of my recipes are easy like that because I am not a natural-born cook myself and I want to cater my recipes to other people who aren’t natural-born cooks either but want to maintain optimal health. This would be even better with some grated cheese on top.

 

Easy- *****
Fast- * (****)
Spicy- no

 

Ingredients:

2 lb organic chicken breast or thighs (I used breasts)
1 spaghetti squash
3 15oz cans of organic tomato sauce (sugar-free)
1/4 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
salt & pepper, to taste

Procedure:

1. Pour tomato sauce into crockpot
2. Add melted butter and stir
3. Add in all the spices and mix together well
4. Place the chicken in the crockpot and cover with sauce
5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
6. Pre-heat oven to 425
7. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise
8. Remove seeds
9. Place spaghetti squash face down on a baking sheet
10. Bake for 45 minutes
11. Remove from oven and use a fork to remove spaghetti squash threads into a big bowl
12. Shred chicken using two big forks and mix around with sauce
13. Pour sauce and chicken on top of spaghetti squash and mix everything togetherCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Mustard Herb Beef

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So, it’s getting really cold outside now, which I hate. I can’t deal with the winter. I would really love to move to the west coast, like San Diego, California. That would be awesome. Anyway, when the weather gets colder I tend to make a lot more crockpot meals. Before I was paleo, I used to go out to Japanese hibatchi restaurants and get beef with the mustard dipping sauce. Since then, I like to eat mustard with beef. I dip my steak in mustard. So I was thinking of what to make in the crockpot and decided to try a mustard beef. This recipe isn’t like Japanese hibatchi steak but it’s still delicious!

 

Easy- *****
Fast- * (*****)
Spicy- no

 

Ingredients:

2 lb grass-fed beef roast
4 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp rosemary
2 tsp parsley
2 tsp minced onion
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste

Procedure:

1. Mix all ingredients, except beef, together in a bowl
2. Rub marinade on beef
3. Put beef in crockpot
4. Pour remaining marinade over beef
5. Cook on low 8-10 hoursCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Maple Dijon Pork Roast

maple dijon pork roast

This recipe is super easy and great for chilly fall and winter nights. It’s very convenient for making before you head off for work since there is no chopping involved, just mix the marinade together, pour it on the pork and you’re good to go! It has great flavor and is perfect for those who are just starting to cook. There really is no skill involved. I’m a big fan of lazy meals like this. It doesn’t take up too much of your time in the morning and it’s ready for you when you get home from work. It has a great flavor that goes well with the pork. It’s strict paleo and would go over well with your non-paleo guests.

 

Easy- *****
Fast- * (*****) cooks in crockpot 8-10 hours, actually putting it together to make takes about 5 minutes
Spicy- no

 

Ingredients:

1.5-2.5 lb pork roast
1/4 cup dijon mustard
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp Kasandrinos EVOO
1 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste

Procedure:

1. Mix everything (except pork) together in a bowl
2. Put pork in crockpot
3. Pour mixture on top of pork
4. Cook on low 8-10 hoursCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Chipotle Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken

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This recipe is very easy to make, the only work you have to do is chopping the onions. This dish can be eaten on its own or put inside of a coconut or lettuce wrap! I put hot sauce on mine as well since I love hot sauce, so if you’re a fan I definitely suggest doing that. This is a very convenient meal too since you throw it all in the crockpot in the morning and it will be ready for you when you return home after work. I’m a big fan of Mexican food and found this dish to be pretty tasty. It’s strict paleo and I believe it would go over well with non-paleo guests as well, although they might want a flour tortilla with it. It’s mildly spicy, but not overbearing.

 

Easy- *****
Fast- * (*****) 8 hours in crockpot, just make side dishes later on)
Spicy- **

 

Ingredients:

1-2 lb chicken breast or thighs
½ large yellow onion, sliced
½ cup beef broth
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp dried cilantro
1 tsp chipotle chile pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
avocado (optional)

Procedure:

Put everything in crockpot
Cook on low for 8 hours then shred with two forks
Top with avocadoCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Lemon Honey Slow Cooked Chicken Thighs

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I like to make crockpot meals because it makes life so much easier. After working all day a lot of times I just want to relax and not spend all night cooking. It’s such a pleasure to come home and know that all I have to do is make some quick side dishes. This recipe is very simple and uses bone broth for added health benefits. This meal goes great with potatoes and vegetables.

 

Easy- ****
Fast- * (*****) 8 hours in crockpot, quick for actual dinner time
Spicy- no

 

Ingredients:

1.5-2.5 lb chicken thighs
1 tbsp raw honey
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 ½ cups bone broth
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp marjoram
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure:

1. Put chicken in crockpot
2. Put onions around chicken
3. Rub honey onto chicken
4. Pour lemon juice over honey
5. Pour in broth
6. Sprinkle spices over chicken
7. Cook on low 8 hoursCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

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I love honey mustard. Especially on chicken. Since going paleo, honey mustard is something I have given up, so I decided to try and make a dish that includes a healthy version of honey mustard. Honey mustard chicken in a crockpot? Even better. The simpler, the better. This recipe is so easy, it takes relatively no time in the morning and is ready for you when you get home. I paired my chicken with zucchini noodles in sundried tomato pesto sauce (I’m also a big fan of pesto).

 

Easy- *****
Fast- *
Spicy- no

 

Ingredients:

1.5 lb boneless chicken thighs
1 tbsp raw honey
3 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp bone broth
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp rosemary
salt & pepper to taste

Procedure:

1. Put all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl & mix together.
2. Dip each piece of chicken into the marinade & place chicken in crockpot.
3. Pour remaining marinade over chicken.
4. Cook on low 8 hours.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com