Buffalo Wings

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I’m a huge fan of buffalo wings- buffalo chicken has always been one of my favorite foods. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to make my own. Since going paleo, buffalo wings became a rare treat- but I will be making these a lot more often now! This recipe is SO easy- and for those of you who know me, you know I loveeee easy recipes! Easy + Delicious = you can’t go wrong! This would be perfect to serve to guests and doesn’t take much effort on your part.

The dairy-free ranch dipping sauce recipe I used came from the Fat Burning Chef Cookbook by Abel James. It’s hands-down the best dairy-free ranch I’ve ever tasted!

On a totally unrelated note- I’ve been painting my own nails for about a month (maybe a month and a half?) now to save money, and I must say I am getting pretty good at it. I really don’t think anyone can tell that I do them myself (unless you look close). I’m a huge fan of gel manicures- I was spending $28 plus tip biweekly to get them done, which I really couldn’t justify any longer. My ex was constantly telling me to stop wasting money on my nails and do them myself- I think he’d fall over and die of shock if he knew I’m actually doing that now LOL. But in all honesty, it was really Diane Sanfilippo (author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox) who made me realize it was time to start painting my own nails. I was listening to her Build a Badass Business podcast, and she talked about when she was building her business, she had to make sacrifices in order to get to the level of success she has now. She is a lover of gel manicures, like myself, and said that one of her sacrifices was her gel manicures- she would instead do her own nails. Isn’t it strange how we don’t listen to the people close to us, but will easily take the advice of strangers? I get annoyed when my friends and family don’t listen to me, and then come back and tell me they heard what I told them from someone else and now they believe it- but I am guilty of it too! Why do we do that?!

 

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Paleo Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

 

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I haven’t ate fettuccine alfredo in years (since before going paleo in February 2012). Now that I’ve let myself indulge in the wonderfulness that is Cappello’s (cappellosglutenfree.com), I’ve started eating some of my childhood favorites again. Cappello’s products are unbelievable. They’re gluten-free, grain-free and out-of-this-world delicious. I got their multipack that comes with fettuccine, lasagna sheets, & gnocchi. I also got their cookie dough (which is paleo & vegan-friendly). All of their products are truly outstanding. I do have to mention though, even though they are paleo-friendly, these should still be considered treats and not everyday staples in your diet. But hey, sometimes a person just needs some pasta in their life and this is a perfect way to do it without wrecking your gut with gluten! Don’t expect this paleo fettuccine alfredo sauce to taste exactly like the real thing (you will be disappointed) but it’s a great substitute for when those cravings come calling. You can cut the chicken into chunks and mix right in with the fettuccine (like I have in the recipe) or serve the fettuccine as a side dish for the chicken. I use Flavorgod Garlic Lover’s Seasoning on my chicken. If you would like yours to be the same -> Click Here to order Flavorgod Garlic Lover’s Seasoning or you could just simply make your own seasoning 🙂

And check out my Fettuccine with Cheesy Meat Sauce recipe by clicking here.

 

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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.

 

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Paleo Chicken Fingers

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Happy New Year! My New Years resolution this year is to watch less TV and get more work done. Starting next month I will be starting my education to become a Nutritional Therapy Consultant! I could not be more excited! Ever since paleo changed my life, I have become so passionate about it. I really wanted to make a career out of it and educate people on the importance of eating real food, so I looked into programs that would teach me more about nutrition. I originally had found a program to become a Certified Dietary Manager. When I had completed the program, I realized it wasn’t for me because it goes against everything that paleo is. I did an internship in a hospital, and the food that was being given to sick people really horrified me. While I was still enrolled in the CDM program, I read Eat The Yolks by Liz Wolfe and noticed her credentials were NTP. I looked up NTP and read all the information about the program and immediately knew this was the right program for me. This is the nutrition education that I had been looking for. I can’t wait to do this and start educating other people on the benefits of real food.

So now that the holidays are over I’ve been cleaning up my diet, and I know many of you are as well. This paleo chicken fingers recipe is low carb and perfect for anyone doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox and similar low carb protocols. I served mine with store bought organic honey mustard, but these will go great with any dip you would like!

 

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Paleo Chicken Fingers Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb organic boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
2.5 cups almond flour
1 cup golden ground flaxseeds
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, whisked
1 tbsp water

Procedure:

1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix together almond flour, flaxseeds, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, turmeric, salt and pepper in a bowl
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg and water
4. Brush a grilling rack with olive oil
5. Take each chicken strip and dip it into the egg wash and then coat it with a thick layer of the crust mixture
6. Place on grilling rack
7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway throughCopyright 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.

 

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




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.

 

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.

 

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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).

 

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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