12 Fabulous Whole 30 Chicken Dinner Recipes!

Being on Whole 30 can change your life and your health, but it can also get a little dull unless you know how to shake it up with flavorful spices, sauces and sides. These 12 Fabulous Whole 30 Chicken Dinner Recipes are colorful, full of flavor, delicious and visually stunning!. And to keep your taste buds hopping I’ve included Italian, Thai, Portuguese, Indian, Moroccan, Grilled and good old fashioned southern chicken recipes in this collection. Each has a tasty sauce, dressing, gravy, dip or topping to keep things interesting!
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One Skillet Keto Portugese Style Chicken from Beauty and The Foodie

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Grilled Chicken With Strawberry and Arugula Salad from Cook with Me Darling

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Whole 30 Nashville Chicken Salad with Hot Mama Dressing from The Kitcheneer

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Herbed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus and Mustard Vinaigrette from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Chicken Tangine with Lemons, Dates and Apricots from Calm Eats

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One Pan Spicy Lime Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Guacamole from Cook with Me Darling

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Instant Pot Sesame Orange Chicken over Cauliflower Rice from Paleo Scaleo

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Whole 30 Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Italian Chicken Meatballs and Sweet Potato Spaghetti from Strength and Sunshine

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Easy Moroccan Chicken with Cauliflower Rice from The Organic Kitchen

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Thai Green Curry Paleo Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables from What Great Grandma Ate

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Tandoori Style Chicken with Mango Chutney and Cauliflower Rice from me, The Organic Kitchen

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That About Sums It Up!

One of my favorite parts about the Whole 30 program is that it turns you into a better cook! I hope you enjoy these recipes and your Whole 30 learning experience ~ Linda Spiker

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Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp!

Last week I shared our Swiss mountain adventures and a recipe for delicious Traditional Swiss Rosti. Today we are heading into the beautiful city of Lucerne and sharing a recipe for Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp. I know, Paella is a Spanish dish, so why would I include it in a post about Switzerland? It will all make sense in a minute, I promise.
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The City of Lucerne:

The city of Lucerne is the second stop on our 2018 European vacation (see Italy here and here). Lucerne is lovely, and quite the contrast from the more rural mountain regions of Switzerland, but just as beautiful! During the day, we visited the historical sights…

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…spent time in, on, and around beautiful Lake Lucerne…

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…toured the local gardens and castles…

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…and even spent some time at local farmers markets where we had the best strawberries we have ever tasted!

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In the evenings we strolled the beautiful streets, walkied along the river…

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… and attended festivals and firework shows.

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We were surprised to see that the architecture in Lucerne is a mix of old European Brownstones, modern homes and traditional Swiss chalets. Sometimes the city of Lucerne even reminded me of New York City.

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Why Paella???

On our last night in Lucerne our family ate at a Spanish restaurant called Bolero where we enjoyed the most delicious and beautiful Paella. In my mind our trip to Switzerland will forever be linked to this classic Spanish rice dish. I decided I wanted to share a Paella dish on the blog, there’s only one problem, I have never made Paella!

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So I Enlisted a Little Help from My Spanish Daughter in Law

Being that I am from California, and not even remotely Spanish, I was a little intimidated to include a traditional Spanish paella recipe on my blog. Luckily my son is married to a beautiful girl of Spanish decent. Her name is Octavia, maiden name, Escamilla, and she just happens to know how to make a fabulous Paella. She’s also pretty easy on the eyes.

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What is Paella?:

Paella is a classic Spanish rice dish made on the cooktop, in a single pan. The Escamilla family recipe calls for rabbit and mussels, which is wonderful and adventurous but I adjusted the recipe to be a little more USA grocery store friendly by using chorizo, chicken thighs, and shrimp.

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What You Need To Know About The Rice and The Pan

Authentic Paella is made with a special rice called “Bomba”.  This short-grain rice variety is grown near the village of Calasparra, Spain and is known for it’s ability to absorb large amounts of water while remaining firm. If you’re lucky, you can find Bomba in some grocery stores, I find it easier to just buy online. Paella is often made in a Paella pan (<—this 15″ pan is non-toxic carbon steel and easy to clean) That said you can use a 15″ cast iron pan if you have one, and see how it goes. If you love Paella and want to make it frequently, you can buy the paella pan then!

Soccorat, The Secret to Fabulous Paella:

Let’s talk soccorat. Soccorat is the crispy, crunchy, caramelized rice created at the bottom of the paella pan! It’s really one of the best parts of eating Paella. To achieve that crispy goodness you stop stirring your paella and leave it untouched for roughly 20 minutes while it simmers. As the moisture is absorbed by the rice, the pan caramelizes the rice at the bottom of the pan. Take a look below. Notice the crispy soccorat? And the tender chicken, spicy chorizo and perfectly cooked shrimp. Swoon!

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The Recipe: Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp!

Tips and what you need: Paella is best if made in Paella pan (<—this 15″ pan is non-toxic, carbon steel and easy to clean). Authenic Paella is made using a short grain rice called “Bomba”.You can usually find saffron at any grocery store but Trader Joe’s has a reasonable price. You can also click here to buy Saffron from Amazon.

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A flavorful classic Spanish rice dish made in one pan! Please see notes about using Bomba rice. Cooking time will vary due to burner heat, altitude and pan used, so be sure to keep an eye on your rice. You want that crispy soccorat, but you don't want to burn it:)

Ingredients

10 threads saffron, toasted

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 small white or yellow onion, peeled and diced

8-9 oz pork chorizo (no casing or casing removed)

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in half

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or grated

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

32oz (four cups) chicken broth

2 cups paella rice or "bomba"

8 raw shrimp, deveined and shelled

5 artichoke hearts packed in water, quartered

1 large tomato, diced

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 lemons quartered, for garnish and squeezing

Instructions

Prepare all ingredients

Take a small piece of foil, fold into a little envelope or pouch. Place saffron inside and seal.

Heat paella pan on medium heat, when pan is hot place foil pouch in pan. Heat both sides for 15 seconds, remove from heat and set aside

Immediately add olive olive to hot pan, add onions, chorizo, and chicken thighs to pan, cook stirring frequently for 12 minutes

Add garlic, saffron threads, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper, stir and cook for 2-3 more minutes

Add chicken broth and rice, turn heat up to high, stir well and to pan bring to a boil

Once boiling, turn heat to medium and let it simmer untouched and unstirred for 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. This is how the soccorat is created. Be sure to watch and use your nose so rice doesn't burn. You want the rice at the bottom of the pan crispy but not burned

Once liquid is absorbed, tuck artichoke hearts and shrimp into rice, sprinkle with diced tomatoes, cover with lid or foil (again keep an eye on the heat)

Uncover, turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes

Sprinkle with parsley, serve, scraping the bottom of pan to get that crispy soccorat! Add lemon wedges for squeezing. Enjoy.

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Cuisine Spanish

 

 

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Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!

After a summer of late sleeping, leisurely mornings, and eating breakfast whenever the mood strikes, it can be tricky getting into that “back to school” morning routine. I remember the days of getting five kids ready for school, fed, and out the door by 7:40 am. No easy feat! That’s why I have come up with Three Super Easy Back to School Breakfast Recipes that parents and kids will love!
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Quick, Easy, Delicious and Holds Everyone Over Until Lunch

Each of the following recipes are quick (as in 3-6 minutes quick), nourishing, filling and delicious. And each includes delicious, smooth, creamy Clover Sonoma Organic yogurt! All three easy to print recipes are included below.

The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:

Warm and filling, not to mention pretty, this bowl can be enjoyed anytime of year by simply changing the fruit topping with the season! For this summer bowl I topped hearty rolled oats with Clover Sonoma Organic Blueberry Yogurt, fresh peaches and berries. But when fall rolls around, I will change it up by using Clover Sonoma’s Maple ‘Cream on Top’ Yogurt, pecans, apples and cinnamon!

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The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie:

Just combine Clover Sonoma Organic Vanilla ‘Cream on Top’ Yogurt, frozen pineapple, Clover milk (or your favorite milk), and almonds or almond butter into the blender and in two minutes flat you have a slightly sweet, protein rich smoothie everyone in the family will be happy to drink!

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The Simple Greek Yogurt Granola Bowl With Seasonal Fruit and Chia:

This one is so simple, but so good the kids might just want it for dessert! The perfect way to send your kids off to school and parents off to work with a belly full of antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fats.

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Why I Love Clover Sonoma Yogurt!

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Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!

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Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!

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Three super easy back to school breakfast recipes parents and kids will love. Each can be made in  minutes and only one requires a little cooking!

Ingredients

The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:

Desired amount and variety of oatmeal (I used rolled oats)

Desired amount and flavor of yogurt, I used Clover Sonoma Blueberry Cream on Top (Suggestions---spring/strawberry, summer/blueberry, Fall/maple, winter/Vanilla)

Desired amount of seasonal fruit (spring:strawberries/bananas/coconut. Summer: blueberries, peaches, berries. Fall: cinnamon, apples, pecans. Winter: figs, walnuts, pomegranate)

The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie

1/2 cup your favorite milk (I used Clover Sonoma Whole Milk but you can use almond milk, coconut milk etc)

8 oz vanilla yogurt (I use Clover Sonoma Vanilla Cream on Top!)

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

2 tablespoons almond butter or raw almonds

The Greek Yogurt, Granola, Fruit and Chia Bowl:

1 cup desired flavor of greek yogurt (I used Clover Sonoma Blueberry Greek Yogurt)

1/2 cup granola of choice (I used gluten free)

Seasonal fruits (Suggestions-- spring:strawberries/bananas/coconut. Summer: blueberries, peaches, berries. Fall: cinnamon, apples, pecans. Winter: figs, walnuts, pomegranate)

1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:

Cook oatmeal to package directions. Top with yogurt, seasonal fruit (see suggestions above) and favorite milk if desired

The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

The Greek Yogurt, Granola, Fruit and Chia Bowl:

Fill bowls with greek yogurt, top with seasonal fruit (see suggestions above) sprinkle with chia seeds

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Traditional Swiss Rosti (Potato Fritter) ~ Whole 30

The Spiker 2018 European vacation (and recipe sharing) continues with a “Part 1” visit to Lucerne Switzerland where almost every meal includes Traditional Swiss Rosti!
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The Hills Are Alive!

We left the beautiful beaches of Italy for the incredible mountains and lakes of Switzerland. I have truly never seen a more majestic landscape. We took gondolas up to the top of Mount Pilatus…

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…and were rewarded with an unbelievable view!

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We hiked through gorges with the most beautiful ice blue rivers…

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…where we came upon spectacular bridges, mountainside sculptures and water falls!

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And Then We Ate!

The food in Switzerland was better than I expected! In Lucerne we found plenty of amazing restaurants like Garten Haus 1313 where they serve fresh, organic, family style meals that had a fresh take on traditional Swiss food. It was there that we fell in love with rosti.

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What is Rosti?

Rosti is similar to American hash browns but rosti is cooked giant pancake style, sort of like a giant potato fritter. Look at that crispy potato goodness!

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Crispy Outside, Creamy Inside!

The secret is cooking rosti is cooking the first side covered with a lid or foil until crispy, then carefully turning and cooking the second side without the lid to golden perfection! We can’t get enough of rosti. Thank you Switzerland! Be sure to come back next week for Switzerland Part Two…Paella! Yes, Paella is a Spanish dish…I’ll explain next week.

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The Recipe: Traditional Swiss Rosti!

What you need: you will need a good non stick pan, see my favorite choices in safe, non toxic, non stick pans! You will need a food processor or box grater to grate potatoes.

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A traditional Swiss Rosti that is Whole 30 compliant! Serve for breakfast lunch or dinner with a side of Brats! NOTE: while I love cast iron because it browns so well, you may want to use a lighter non stick pan for this recipe. At one point you have to flip the potatoes and that can be tricky in a heavy pan.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil, butter or ghee, divided

6 green onions, roots trimmed, sliced (sometimes called spring onions or scallions)

1 1/2 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Trim and slice green onions, separating 1 tablespoon of greens for garnish

Heat a non stick pan on med-high heat

Add 1tablespoon olive oil, butter or ghee

When pan is hot add all the onions except reserved garnish

Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently

Place onions into large bowl, don't clean pan

Peel, then coaresly grate potatoes using a food processor or box grater

Squeeze potatoes between paper towels to remove excess moisture (you may have to do this 2-3 times)

Add potatoes to bowl with onions, stir, add sea salt and pepper, stir again

Reheat pan on medium heat, adding more olive oil, butter or to coat entire bottom of pan. When pan and oil are very hot (but not smoking) add potato mixture, use spatula to form into a nice disc, pressing on the top to flatten

Cook for ten minutes, covered with lid or foil, and rotating every few minutes to avoid hot spots

Remove lid/foil and cook for 4-5 more minutes or until rosti is nice and golden on bottom

Carefully work a spatula under the edges to loosen rosti, then place a plate over pan and using oven mitts carefully turn pan over so rosti ends up on the plate. If needed add a little more olive oil, butter or ghee to pan and slide rosti cooked side up back into pan

Cook, covered for five more minutes, then uncover and cook for five more minutes or until second side is golden brown. Add more sea salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with remaining inions and serve!

Courses side dish

Cuisine Swiss

 

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Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta

Hello again. Today you’ll see just how easy it is to make this simple and delicious “Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes” inspired by our trip to the beautiful white washed island of Capri, Italy!
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Our 38th Wedding Anniversary

This was our first trip to Capri. We took a boat from The Amalfi Coast to Capri for a single day excursion to celebrate our 38th anniversary…. we even had a chance to get a photo in front of the kissing arch.

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The scenery along the way was amazing, incredibly blue sea, sheer cliffs and some pretty spectacular boats! As you can see, our son made the most of it!

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The Leisurely Little Community of Anacapri:

Once we made it to dry land, we left the crowded oceanfront for Anacapri, a quiet little portion of Capri where life is a little slower paced. We strolled the streets….

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…did a little wedding shopping (our daughter got married the next week in Paris) and of course we ate!

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We enjoyed classic Caprese salad at a stunning little restaurant called La Zagarai in the middle of a lemon grove and a garden of the most amazing hydrangea!!

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Go if You Can!

Capri is so lovely. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! I wish we could have stayed longer.

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Let’s Dish About This Dish:

Capri is known for Caprese Salad of course, but I have several Caprese recipes already on this blog here, here, and here. So today I am opting for a Caprese inspired meal of Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta!

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Gorgeous, full of flavor and so easy to make, this pasta will certainly become an ideal favorite for hot summer nights, and makes great leftovers for lunch.

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TIPS FOR COOKING PASTA:

When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember. 1. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on. 2. Salt the water for flavor. 3. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta to allow room for expansion, and 4. stir frequently.

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Making This Meal Gluten Free and Just as Good!

If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foods makes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

The Recipe: Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta

What you need: parchment paper and rimmed cookie sheet for roasting tomatoes, a stock pot, a colander and microplane for grating garlic.

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Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes

Yield 4-6 servings

A quick and easy pasta made in minutes!

Ingredients

2 pints cherry tomatoes'

2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt, pepper

16 oz pasta (any kind you wish)

1 cup reserved pasta water

1 cup ricotta cheese

Garnish optional: roasted pine nuts, a sprinkle of chopped basil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place rack in upper third of oven

Place a large pot of salted water on high heat. While oven and water heat place parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet, add tomatoes and minced garlic, drizzle with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of sea salt and a few turns black pepper and toss again

Place tomatoes in oven for 8-12 minutes until blistered and starting to burst

While tomatoes cook, add pasta to boiling water and cook to package instructions

When pasta is 'al dente' RESERVE ONE CUP PASTA WATER and then strain pasta in a colander (do not rinse)

Pour pasta into a large bowl, sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt, add ricotta and pasta water, toss well

Add tomatoes and garnish with pine nuts and basil if you wish, serve!

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Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!

We just got back from Europe. Our daughter got married in Paris so we decided to visit the Amalfi Coast of Italy as well. While there we enjoyed plenty of sun, sea and fabulous meals like this Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!
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The Amalfi Coast…Land of Beautiful Beaches, Amazing Food and Fun!

I think I was meant to be Italian. The whole Italy vibe is my jam. The weather, the beaches, the language, the pasta and salads, I love it all!

We took two boat excursions along the coast to see the sights… (Sorrento above and Positano below)

…view castles and caves…

…and play in the water to our heart’s content. (That’s me taking the plunge with the bride to be). See the second installment of our trip from the Island of Capri here <—!

After a Hard Day of Play…

…we came back to our Air BNB hungry and ready to eat but didn’t want to make anything time consuming or extravagant, so several nights we opted for a version of a salad like this: greens, creamy burrata, seasonal fruits, nuts and salty prosciutto tossed in lemon vinaigrette and drizzled with a quality balsamic glaze..

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An ‘Assembly Only’ Complete Meal Salad in Minutes!

This salad comes together super quick, making it a summer go to. It also tastes great with rotisserie chicken tossed in addition to or instead of prosciutto.

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The Recipe: Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!

Tips and what you need: a good knife, a hand held juicer and a quality balsamic glaze.

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Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!

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Assembly only, no cooking required. And made in minutes! If desired add rotisserie chicken instead or in addition to the prosciutto.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

5 ounces baby spring mix

1-2 ripe peaches, sliced

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

6oz burrata cheese (separated into 1-2 tablespoon chunks)

Salted or caramelized nuts of any kind, to taste

10 slices prosciutto (and or rotisserie chicken)

balsamic glaze

Instructions

Whisk olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, set aside

Place greens on a platter and toss with lemon and oil, add peaches, berries, burrata, prosciutto and nuts, drizzle with desired amount of balsamic glaze leaving it on the table for people to add as they wish. Enjoy!

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Cuisine Italian

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12 of The Most Beautiful and Unique Waffle Recipes You’ve Ever Seen!

Whether you prefer your waffles sweet, savory, spicy or all of the above combined, there is something for you here! I have compiled 12 of The Most Beautiful and Unique Waffle Recipes You’ve Ever Seen right here in one post…prepare for some serious breakfast eye candy!
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Waffles For the Chocolate Lover:

These delicious Chocolate Waffles from Cook With Me Darling are super simple to make and are offered traditional, gluten free and Paleo! To get this rustic look simply use this waffle maker using only 1/2 cup batter.

Sweet, Savory and Spicy All Rolled Into One!

When it comes to flavor you can’t beat these Parmesan Chive Jalapeño Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter from me, The Organic Kitchen! Truly a flavor explosion. For the Paleo version of these waffles I use Birch Benders Paleo Waffle Mix, they are amazing and cook up crispy. Birch Benders also make an Organic Gluten Free Waffle Mix. For those of you that want a traditional waffle mix, I recommend Kodiak Cakes.

The Heart Wants What It Wants, and It Wants is Heart Shaped Waffles!

How gorgeous are these Overnight Sourdough Spelt Waffles from Occasionally Eggs? Made with spelt flour they are slightly nutty and the beautiful shape is made using a German Waffle Maker!

Spice Up Your Breakfast!

If Mexican food is your jam (it’s totally mine!) these Savoury Mexican Waffles from My Kitchen Love are for you! Made in a  Belgian Waffle Maker and filled with corn, cilantro and feta, topped with an egg and salsa verde they will satisfy all your your south of the border cravings!

Gimme All The Sweet Potato Goodness!

Make your waffles healthier by adding sweet potato! These delicious Sweet Potato Waffles from Domestic Gothess are light and crispy with a lightly spiced, sweet flavor! Top with berries and organic100% real maple syrup.

Pass The Cream Cheese Please!

Cause I’m gonna drizzle it all over these Blueberry Waffles with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting from That Square Plate!

Breakfast for Dinner Ya’ll! 

Southern Style Chicken and Waffles from Garlic and Zest… need I say more? Well maybe a little, this incredible was made using a 3 in1 Waffle maker!

Cobbler Waffles…Dessert for Breakfast!

These Peach Cobbler Waffles with Honeyed Yogurt from The Crumby Kitchen have me all swoony! What a gorgeous stack!

Brown Butter is Better!

Thanks to Cooking on The Weekends brown butter isn’t just for pasta, potatoes and brownies anymore!  Brown Butter Blueberry Bacon Waffles …drooling.

You’ll go B-a-n-a-n-a-s….

….over these Waffles with Caramelized Bananas from Major Hoff Takes a Wife! A good cast iron skillet is the best way to caramelize those bananas.

The Glaze Craze!

I am all about a beautiful glaze, especially when it involves citrus! The Forked Spoon hit the nail on the head with these Crispy Waffles with Blood Orange Glaze.Share or don’t…I won’t judge.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

Behold these Cheesy Green Chili Cornbread Waffles with Raspberry Preserves from The Rhubarians!

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Mango Chutney and Cauliflower Rice (Paleo-Whole30)

 

Get ready to open the spice cabinet because Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Mango Chutney and Cauliflower Rice are on the menu this week! Easy, flavorful and Paleo-Whole30 friendly. You’re going to want to make them over and over.
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The Chicken:

Are you intimidated by the thought of making Indian food? Yeah, me too, until I tried it and realized it’s actually very easy! Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it. Traditional Tandoori Chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices, which make it very tender. For this Paleo/Whole 30 version I use dairy free coconut yogurt. You can marinate for as little as 30 minutes or overnight. The longer you marinate the more tender your chicken will be!

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 The Cauliflower “Rice”: Buy it Prepped or Make It Yourself!

Cauliflower rice is a great replacement for traditional white rice. You can make it yourself by placing cauliflower florets into a food processor and pulsing, or simply chop cauliflower finely with a knife. That said many stores sell cauliflower rice already prepared now. If you aren’t sure, ask! I am all about making life easier as long as quality isn’t compromised. I find the store bought cauliflower rice is just as good as doing it yourself.

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 The Mango Chutney:

Again, don’t be intimidated, mango chutney requires nothing more than dicing mango and red onion, and chopping cilantro. So easy, and adds loads of flavor and gorgeous color!

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 The “Naan” Bread for My Paleo Peeps!

Traditionally, Indian food is often served with naan bread. I love it, but I don’t love the gluten or carbs. Luckily I found a great alternative!  Cali’flour Pizza Crust works amazingly well in place of naan and just take a look at the label below to see why I am so happy. Yup, only 60 calories and 1 net carb per serving! (If you want to buy Cali’flour Foods Pizza Crusts use the discount code theorganickitchen at check out to receive 10% off orders over $50)

Just wrap your tandoori chicken, chutney and rice in a cooked  Cali’flour Pizza Crust and voila! No need for naan…and you’ll never miss the bread because this Cali’flour Pizza Crust is just as lovely, satisfying and delicious. Use the discount code theorganickitchen at check out to receive 10% off orders over $50)

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The Recipe: Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Mango Chutney and Cauliflower Rice (Paleo-Whole30)

Tips and what you’ll need: a always you’ll need a good knife. If making the Cali’flour Pizza Crust “Naan” use the discount code theorganickitchen at check out to receive 10% off orders over $50) 

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A paleo/whole 30 version of Chicken Tandoori Skewers! Served with a mango chutney atop cauliflower rice with the option of grain free naan, this recipe is a family favorite!

Ingredients

For Chicken:

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2" cubes

1 1/2 cups yogurt (I use coconut yogurt to keep this recipe dairy free)

2 Tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon garlic powder

juice and zest of one small lemon

Mango Chutney:

1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced

1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

juice of half a lime (use the other half for garnish)

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish if desired

Cauliflower Rice:

6 cups 'riced' cauliflower (store bought or see instructions in blog post for making your own)

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

If serving with Cauliflower Naan preheat oven and cook crust to package instructions

For Chicken:

Dice chicken and set aside

In a bowl mix yogurt, spices, and lemon juice/zest, add diced chicken, cover and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight. The longer you marinate the more tender the chicken will be.

When ready to cook, place chicken on skewers (discard extra marinade)

Clean and spray grill, preheat grill to 375 degrees

When grill is hot, add chicken skewers and cook for 18 minutes, turning every 4-5 minutes

While skewers cook, prep chutney make cauliflower rice:

Peel and dice mango and onion, toss with chopped cilantro, drizzle with juice from half a lime (cut the other half into wedges) and set aside

Place olive oil in a pan and place on medium heat

When olive oil is hot but not smoking add cauliflower rice

Cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently

Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper

Plate cauliflower rice, top with chicken, then mango chutney. If using naan: cut into triangles and serve hot. Garnish with lime wedges

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Indian

 

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Parmesan Chive Jalapeño Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter (Paleo Option)

 

Prepare for flavor like you have never experienced in a waffle before, because these Parmesan Chive Jalapeño Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter are going to blow your mind!
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 The Waffles:

To make these waffles I add savory Parmesan cheese, flavorful chives, a touch of spicy jalapeno, and salty bacon to my favorite waffle batter and then top with naturally sweet maple cinnamon butter! Honestly the combination is downright heavenly!

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Traditional, Gluten Free and Paleo Options!

My theory on mixes…if they taste just as good as waffles made from scratch and have no questionable ingredients, I say why not make life easier? For the Paleo version of these waffles I use Birch Benders Paleo Waffle Mix, they are amazing and cook up crispy! Birch Benders also make an Organic Gluten Free Waffle Mix. For those of you that want a traditional waffle mix, I recommend Kodiak Cakes, Of course you can always use your favorite waffle recipe and just follow the directions below to flavor it up. Whichever you choose, it’s going to be unbelievably good!

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The Magic of Maple Cinnamon Butter!

As if the waffle itself weren’t delicious enough I top it with a maple cinnamon butter using butter from grass fed cows. If you are getting nervous about all this flavor, I get it. But trust me…all I ask for is a little trust! You are going to love it!

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Put It All Together and….

…holy moly! It’s a flavor sensation and the best savory waffles I’ve ever tasted.

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How To Handle Hot Chili Peppers:

If you aren’t sure how to handle that jalapeño, click for a tutorial!

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The Recipe: Parmesan Chive Jalapeño Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter (Paleo Option)

What you need: a good waffle maker, and a good waffle mix: For the Paleo version of these waffles I use Birch Benders Paleo Waffle Mix (they also make an Organic Gluten Free Waffle Mix) For those of you that want a traditional waffle mix, we like Kodiak Cakes,

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Parmesan Chive Jalapeño Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter (Paleo Option)

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A savory, sweet and spicy waffle that will blow your mind. Can be made the traditional way or gluten free/Paleo!

Ingredients

Maple Cinnamon Butter:

3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (and more for pouring over waffles if desired)

1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Pancakes:

4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped Jalapeño pepper (or less, or more, it depends on how spicy you like it!)

1/4 cup chives, chopped

1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

2 cups prepared waffle mix made to package instructions (I used a Paleo mix linked above)

Instructions

Maple Cinnamon Butter:

Use a fork to mix soft butter, maple and cinnamon, set aside

Waffle prep:

Cook bacon and prep Jalapeño, chives, and cheese (see link above if you need a tutorial on handling a chili pepper)

Preheat waffle iron and brush with butter or spray with organic cooking spray

Prepare 2 cups waffle mix according to package instructions then add the peppers, bacon (reserving 2 Tablespoons for garnish), cheese, and chives, mixing well.

Pour 1/2 cup waffle mix onto iron and cook until crispy

Top with maple cinnamon butter, sprinkle with reserved bacon, and drizzle with maple syrup!

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Finding Safe Cookware

Recently on my Facebook Page I posted an article about the dangers of non stick cookware coated in toxic chemicals and received several requests for alternatives that are safe, don’t cost an arm and a leg and cook evenly. I did some research and came up with my top picks. I will give you the pros, the cons and my opinion on what you need in each category.
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Finding Safe Cookware: A guide to finding safe, quality, non toxic pots and pans!

I Mix It Up!

Confession time! I don’t have a complete set of cookware. I know, crazy right?! I have a variety of cookware that I use for certain jobs from frying eggs to finishing pasta. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Now let’s get to it….

Good Old Cast Iron Cookware!

When it comes to browning and roasting, nothing beats cast iron. In my humble opinion everyone needs one or two pieces of cast iron cookware.
The Pros: decently priced, oven safe, non toxic, lasts FOREVER, adds iron to the diet and when used with safe cooking oils becomes “seasoned” and virtually non-stick over time.  THAT SAID you can now buy ‘pre-seasoned’ pans that are already non stick!
The Cons: cast iron can be heavy so it’s not practical for everyone or everything, and you shouldn’t cook tomatoes in it because the flavor can be a bit odd. Other than that, it’s pretty darned perfect.
What you really need: This can be tricky as everyone’s cooking needs can be different but I find I use my 12″ cast iron skillet for browning, roasting a small chickens, making this skillet chocolate chip cookie, breakfast hash (below), and even baking that gorgeous macaroni and cheese you see above. I also use a small cast iron pan for smaller jobs.

How to Find Safe Cookware: A guide to finding safe, quality, non toxic pots and pans!

Carbon Steel:

Preferred by many chefs and a perfectly safe option, carbon steel heats incredibly evenly making searing, caramelizing and glazing a dream.
The Pros: mid range price, lasts forever, lightweight, develops a patina over time, oven safe, can cook anything including acidic sauces etc…
The Cons: None really
What you need: I love all All-Clad and use these two pans all the time! I also love their smaller pots with double handles.

How to Find Safe Cookware: A guide to finding safe, quality, non toxic pots and pans!

Ceramic Cookware!

Ceramic is a great choice but not all ceramic cookware is created equal. Many cheaper brands on the market are aluminum covered with a very thin coating of ceramic that scratches and chips very quickly losing it’s non stick properties. I learned the hard way that in the case of ceramic cookware, you get what you pay for.
The Pros: safe, naturally non toxic, naturally non stick and super easy to clean! Not as heavy as cast iron. Can be used on the cooktop and in the oven.
The Cons: real ceramic cookware can break if you drop it. (I broke a lid once waaahhhh!) A little higher priced than cast iron and carbon steel.
Things to Know: because good quality ceramic pans are one piece, handles get hot. You will need the silicon sleeve shown below.
What You Need: I find the 10″ pan ( a dream for cooking eggs!) and small pot the most useful. Back to the Kitchen Sale! Get an EXTRA 10% Off at Checkout! Shop Today!

Le Creuset:

Okay I have to include Le Creuset because I’d be a jerk not to. It is truly dream cookware, but the price does reflect that fact. Totally worth every penny. So if you are ready to invest, here we go.
The Pros: everything! And they come in lots of amazing colors!
The Cons: nothing but price.
What you need: In a perfect world I’d have every single piece, the cast iron pan, the stock pot, the pots and pan set, and the Dutch oven, this casserole dish! (<—this piece is totally affordable by the way!)

How to Find Safe Cookware: A guide to finding safe, quality, non toxic pots and pans!

Welp, that’s it! I know choosing cookware can be confusing enough without worrying about chemicals leaching into your food. I hope I was able to help and ease your mind. There are many easily accessible safe options out there!

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