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Paleo Chicken Tenders

19 Mar

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No matter how healthy I eat, some days I just miss the satisfying crunch of fried fast food. I don’t even want to actually eat it, I just miss the idea of nomming on some chicken nuggets and french fries slathered in ketchup. Then I remembered some paleo chicken recipes I had seen floating around the internet and decided to try out the healthier version of this fried-staple myself. If you’re a novice at cooking meat at home like I am (raw chicken just grosses me out so I always avoid it), this recipe might be a little complicated. But it’s definitely worth it when it comes time to eat!

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast, cut into small strips
Coconut flour (you can make this by putting unsweetened coconut flakes into a food processor and blending until it becomes a fine powder) you can even just use coconut flakes if you don’t have any coconut flour
Egg whites (I buy a carton of liquid All-Whites)
Coconut milk
Coconut oil or oil of your choice for cooking

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Pour some egg whites into a shallow bowl and add a bit of coconut milk and stir. Once you have the chicken cut into strips, drop them into the egg white mixture to soak while you heat some oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Take the chicken from the liquid mixture and roll it in the coconut flour/coconut, then drop in the pan and fry on each side until brown and cooked through. These are sooo good you won’t even miss the old fast food version! If you use coconut flour, the coconut taste won’t even be as pronounced and they will taste more like traditional breaded chicken. Serve them with sweet potato fries or roasted cauliflower for a healthy twist on a drive-thru classic!

 

Paleo Turkey Meatloaf

7 Mar

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Is midterm stress making you crave comfort food? Do you wish you could just throw your lab reports out the window and curl up with a bowl of mac’n’cheese, some fried chicken, and chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate? Well, don’t do that; then you really won’t feel motivated to do any work at all. Instead, take those cravings and channel them into making this healthy meatloaf that will taste just like your Mom makes. Seriously, make this for a friend and I swear they won’t even know it’s turkey unless you tell them.

RECIPE:

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 c. almond meal
Desired vegetables, diced and shredded: I use onions, celery, and zucchini, but carrots and tomatoes are all good too! (Use as little or as much as you want, I usually add about a half-cup each)
Desired spices: I used a bit of garlic and Bragg Organic salt-free seasoning

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See, this is the pan I cooked it in, and it is very un-mixed at this point

Mix it all together (you can even do this in the same pan you are cooking it in, like I did! How lazy and easy is that!) and pat into a loaf pan or some form of baking dish with sides. Then pop it in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the center is no longer pink.

I cooked this in my trusty toaster oven and it turned out amazingly! You can serve this with some zucchini slices baked in olive oil and garlic, on top of mashed cauliflower, whatever. Either way don’t forget the organic ketchup!