Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken ~ For Any Day or The Holidays!

Whether you are making Sunday dinner or celebrating the holidays, roast chicken is one of the best ways to go. Savory deliciousness at it’s best, and the house will smell absolutely heavenly while that bird is roasting. This is The Organic Kitchen’s Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken ~ For Any Day or The Holidays!
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The Herbed Butter:

To make this citrus herbed butter I simply mix butter (or ghee) from grass fed cows with orange zest, lemon zest, thyme, rosemary, sea salt and pepper.

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Then I gently separate the skin from the breast meat and place half the herbed butter under the skin. I melt the remaining butter and brush it on the skin for a tender, moist, flavorful roast chicken.

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Those Onions Though…

This beautiful bird is surrounded by sweet red onions that caramelize while cooking, and when spooned over that crispy roasted chicken this meal is over the top!

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Serve with Cranberry Sauce for The Holidays!

To dress this chicken up for the holidays, serve with my Five Minute Cranberry Sauce.

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If You Are Nervous About Roasting a Chicken…

Don’t be, It’s actually easy and I answer many questions you may have in my tutorial “Everything you Want to Know About Roasting a Chicken”.

The Recipe: Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken ~ Any Day or Holidays!

Tips and what you need: a roasting pan, sea salt (I buy the huge tub to save money), and a good knife. Now, after creating a roasted chicken masterpiece you don’t want to rip it to shreds. Watch this video tutorial to learn to carve a chicken the proper way.

5 from 15 votes
Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

A delicious, tender, savory roast chicken that is perfect for any day and the holidays!

Course: dinner
Keyword: dinner, holiday, Paleo, roast chicken, whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 4 1/2-5 pound organic roasting chicken
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (or ghee) room temperature
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, 4 left whole, three stripped of leaves and chopped
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, 3 left whole, 1 stripped of leaves and finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested then quartered
  • zest of half an orange
  • 1 teaspoon coarse or flaked sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, peeled, cut in half, then quarter each half
Instructions
  1. Remove chicken from refrigerator, rinse inside and out with warm water, pat dry with paper towels. For best results allow to come to room temperature on counter (about an hour)

  2. While chicken comes to room temp prepare herbed butter: 

  3. Zest 1/2 an orange and 1 lemon, place zest in small bowl. Quarter the lemon and set aside. Use a fork to mash soft butter with chopped herbs, lemon zest, orange zest, sea salt and pepper. .

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, Place oven rack in lower third of oven

  5. Place 3 thyme sprigs, 3 rosemary sprigs, and lemon slices into cavity of the chicken. Gently use fingers to separate skin from the meat of the chicken breast being careful not to rip skin. Use your fingers to place half the herb butter mixture under the skin. To get the herbed butter all the way to the top of the breast you can rub the outside of the skin in an upward motion pushing the butter toward the neck

  6. If you have a small wire rack for the bottom of your roasting pan, place it in the pan and set the chicken on top of rack, breast side up. If you don't have a rack, that's fine, just set the chicken in the roasting pan, breast side up (I didn't use a rack and mine was delish, so no worries)

  7. Melt the remaining herbed butter and brush onto chicken, front, back, legs and wings. Tuck wings behind the back of the chicken and try legs together with trussing string. Add onions to pan around the chicken 

  8. Place roasting pan into oven and cook for 1 hour turning the pan a half  rotation halfway through cooking time (30 minutes:). After chicken has cooked for one hour start basting chicken every few minutes for another 15 minutes (Please note: ovens are very different, cooking time may vary. Thigh juices should run clear and internal temperature should read 165 degrees. If you want to take the guess work out of it, use a meat thermometer)

  9. Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to "rest" for ten minutes before carving. Spoon onions and juices over chicken, serve.

 

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10 Incredible Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes!

Life on Whole 30 can be a wonderfully flavorful experience. But toward the end of that 30 days you may be feeling in need of a little boost to your standard Whole 30 fare. I have 10 Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes that are going to shake up your menu plan in the best way possible!
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Steak Kabobs with Dijon Green Beans from Cook with Me Darling!

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Whole 30 Easy Steak Fajitas from The Movement Menu!

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Filipino Skirt Steak by I Heart Unami

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Argentinian Steak Kabobs with Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Grilled Chermoula Marinated Strip Steaks from Garlic and Zest!

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Seared Steak with Citrus and Avocado Salad from Cook with Me Darling

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Garlic Butter Steak Bites with lemon Zucchini Noodles from Eat Well 101

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Grilled Steak Fajitas Veggie Bowl from Nutrition to Fit

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Steak with Chimichurri and Roasted Harissa Sweet Potatoes from me, The Organic Kitchen

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 Asian Sesame Steak Kabobs from Whole Kitchen Sink

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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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Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Bowl (Paleo)

 

I recently published a collection of rice bowl recipes, because… well, I love rice bowls! They are such a fun, easy, tasty and laid back meal to make, serve, and eat. But a lot of people, including myself, limit grains. So what’s a rice bowl lovin’ girl to do? Cauliflower rice to the rescue! Cauliflower rice is a revelation and it’s what I use in this 20 Minute Paleo Spicy Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Bowl. 
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Let’s Talk Cauliflower Rice:

Many stores carry cauliflower already ‘riced’. If you don’t live near a store that does, no problem. You can ‘rice’ cauliflower yourself by removing core, breaking the head into small florets and then pulsing in your food processor until the cauliflower resembles rice. Super quick, super easy! If you don’t have a food processor you can pulse in a blender or grate with a box grater. Saute for a few minutes and top with spicy shrimp, avocado and a perfectly fried egg and you’ve got one amazingly healthy meal!

Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Bowl: Paleo, gluten free, grain free

That Sauce!

This tasty Paleo sauce is a simple combination of Sambal Oelek, honey and Dijon mustard. You can adjust the amount of Sambal Oelek to create just the right amount of heat/sweet for you! If you are not familiar, Sambal Oelek is an Asian Chili Sauce. You can find it on the Asian aisle of most grocery stores. If your grocer doesn’t carry it, you can find it here and have it delivered to your door. For my friends that aren’t fans of heat, you can mellow out the sauce with a little coconut milk or cream. 

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The Recipe: Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Bowl- Paleo

What you will need: sambal oelek, and good quality pans. You can buy riced cauliflower at the market or you can ‘rice’ cauliflower yourself using a food processor, blender or  box grater. See instructions above. 

5 from 18 votes
Spicy Shrimp and Cauliflower Rice Bowl: Paleo
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A quick, easy, healthy meal made in about 15-20 minutes! If making your own cauliflower rice, see instructions in blog post. 

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, Paleo recipes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For Shrimp, Sauce and Toppings:
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Sambal Oelek It's hot! Start with 1T and if it's not hot enough for you add more
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 Tablespoons coconut milk or coconut cream (optional- use if you want to make the sauce creamier and mellow out the heat)
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 3-4 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 5 cups riced cauliflower, see instructions in post if making your own
  • Sea salt, pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces raw shrimp, deveined, shells and tail removed
  • 2 large eggs fried
  • 1 Tablespoon chives for garnish
Instructions
Make Sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together Sambal Oelek, mustard and honey and coconut milk or cream if using
  2. Set sauce aside
  3. Peel and slice avocado, set aside
Time to start cooking!
  1. You are going to have two pans going at once. The cauliflower and the eggs will be cooked in one large pan, and the shrimp in a small pan.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium for two minutes, add olive oil (enough to cover bottom of pan)
  3. When olive oil is hot but not smoking add cauliflower rice, stirring here and there, cook for 6 minutes (adding eggs the last 3 minutes)
While cauliflower cooks, make eggs and shrimp:
  1. Heat a small pan on medium/high heat for two minutes
  2. Add a olive oil to each coat bottom of pan
  3. When oil is hot, add shrimp to small pan, cooking and tossing for 2-3 minutes add sambal oelek mixture to pan, toss for one more minute and turn off heat.
  4. Season cauliflower with sea salt and pepper, then use a spatula to push cauliflower to one side of pan.
  5. Add a little more olive oil to pan. Gently crack two eggs into the pan, turn heat down to medium and cook until whites are set and yolks are runny, season eggs to taste
  6. Place cauliflower rice into bowls, pour shrimp and sauce over cauliflower rice, add avocado slices and fried egg, garnish with chives. Enjoy!

 

 

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Whole 30/Paleo Eggs Benedict!

Eggs Benedict! The stuff dreams are made of…unless of course gluten and dairy are more like a nightmare for you. Luckily, I have found a way to wiggle around those pesky food intolerances with this Whole 30/Paleo Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!
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Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Valentine’s Day Means Breakfast in Bed!

You may remember our master bedroom makeover. The comfy mattress, romantic atmosphere and chill vibe were the inspiration for a breakfast in bed recipe series. And being that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner it seems like a great time to post another delicious morning meal, and what better way to celebrate love and romance than with Eggs Benedict in your cozy bed?! ( You can check out the first installment of the series “Cheesy Popovers with Chive Butter” and more photos of the remodel  here.)

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict: a Classic with a New Twist!

I love Egg’s Benedict. So creamy, delicious and satisfying. For this Whole 30 version I top sweet potato fritters with perfectly poached eggs and an easy Hollandaise sauce made in the blender. Canadian bacon is optional, in fact I opted to ‘California-ize’ my version with a beautiful, ripe avocado instead. Of course, you could always do both!

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

The Fritters:

Crispy, delicious, simple, and made with only four ingredients, these sweet potato fritters make a great alternative to the customary English muffin most frequently used for Eggs Benedict. Not only do I love the taste of these fritters but I also think the color makes the recipe even more appetizing, and when you aren’t eating bread you need to find the crunch where you can!

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

The Whole 30 Blender Hollandaise Sauce:

Hollandaise sauce is usually made with butter, and you are certainly welcome to use a lovely grass fed butter in this recipe if you aren’t on Whole 30, but my W30 peeps will be happy to know my sauce is made with ghee, so it’s completely compliant, and honestly I think it’s just as delicious as when butter us used!

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Let’s Talk About Poached Eggs…

Poached eggs are very easy to make, but a few tips can really help. First, use really fresh pastured eggs (NOT pasteurized eggs…very different!) Second, use a small pot and add a little white vinegar to the water, this prevents your egg from getting slimy. Third, use the vortex method! Wait what??? The vortex? Don’t sweat it, I have a video tutorial that shows you step by step how to do it.

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Put it All Together and Voila!

A Valentine’s breakfast your health minded love will not soon forget. Lovely, simple, delicious and full of protein, healthy fats and unrefined carbohydrates…pretty much the perfect meal!

Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Tips on Poaching Eggs and What You Need: Don’t know how to poach and egg? I have a video tutorial that shows you step by step how to do it! You will need a small pot a good pan and a blender.

5 from 19 votes
Whole 30 Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

An alternative to traditional Eggs Benedict, this version is Paleo and Whole 30 compliant!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, Paleo recipes, Whole30 recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Fritters:
  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 2 cups gated) peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • generous turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 2 Tablespoons chives chopped and divided
  • Olive oil or ghee for pan
Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A little pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup melted ghee (if not living W30 you can use grass fed butter)
Toppings:
  • 2-4 large eggs (poached, see instructions)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Avocado (optional) optional
  • Canadian Bacon or traditional bacon (optional) optional
Instructions
Make Fritters and Poach Eggs:
  1. Line a colander with two paper towles. Peel and grate potato, sprinkle with salt and toss pour into colander and allow to sit for 10 minutes

  2. While potatoes rest, in a medium bowl whisk together egg, pepper and half the chives. After potatoes have rested for 10 minutes use paper towels to ring out any excess water and them pour potatoes into bowl with egg mixture, stir until very well conbined

  3. Set a pan on the cooktop on med-high heat for two minutes

  4. While pan heats, place a small pot filled with three inches of water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar on high heat and bring to a boil
  5. Add olive oil or ghee to heated pan, use enough to coat pan well

  6. When pan and oil are hot but not smoking, use a large spoon to gently place potatoes in pan (about 1/4 cup per fritter) Use the back of the spoon to spread potatoes into a circle

  7. Cook for 4-5 minutes until first side is golden, gently turn, lowering heat if necessary
While second side cooks, poach eggs and make hollandaise sauce:
  1. I recommend watching the video linked above for a quick egg poaching tutorial. Work in batches poaching two eggs at a time.
  2. Crack two eggs into a small dish
  3. When water in pot is boiling, use one hand to hold the egg dish and use a spoon in the other hand to stir water quickly, forming a 'vortex'. While water is vigorously spinning drop eggs gently right into the center of the vortex
  4. Cook eggs 2 1/2 -5 minutes: 2 1/2  minutes makes for a runny yolk, five minutes cooks them all the way through. I recommend runny of course

While eggs cook, make sauce:
Make Sauce:
  1. Melt ghee (or butter) until very warm but not simmering and set aside
  2. To blender add yolks, lemon juice, dijon and spices
  3. Whirl for 30 seconds, then slowly drizzle in melted ghee (or butter) and blend for 30-60 more seconds. It should thicken immediately
  4. When eggs are done to your liking use a slotted spoon or fish spatula to remove them from water and set on a paper towel.
  5. Top fritters with avocado slices, Canadian bacon or both, add eggs
  6. Pour Hollandaise sauce over eggs

  7. Sprinkle with remaining chives, sea salt and pepper.
  8. Serve!
 If you prefer Traditional Eggs Benedict, I’ve got that too!
Traditional Eggs Benedict!

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Easy Sweet Potato Fritters-Paleo/Whole 30

My love affair with sweet potatoes has not lost it’s spark. In fact, I am swooning over these  Easy Sweet Potato Fritters! They are crispy, simple to prep, quick to cook and are Paleo and Whole 30 compliant. Be still my heart!
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Oh That Crispy Goodness…

And so simple. Sweet potatoes shredded with a food processor or box grater, mixed with eggs, chives, sea salt and pepper and then spooned into a hot pan and cooked until crispy and browned.

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters-Paleo/Whole 30

Kids Love Them Too!

I made these for my 2 year old grand daughter a few nights ago and she gobbled them up. Nothing is more rewarding than when kids love to eat healthy food. She dipped them in ketchup (because she’s obsessed). I dip mine in a dairy free ranch dressing!

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters-Paleo/Whole 30

Serving Suggestions:

These fritters are fantastic alone, or served alongside eggs for breakfast, but I also love them as a side dish to my Chopped Chicken Salad and Homemade Dairy Free Ranch!

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters-Paleo/Whole 30

And if you want to get really fancy, top them with poached eggs and blender hollandaise sauce for an Easy Paleo/Whole 30 Eggs Benedict!

 

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The recipe:Easy Sweet Potato Fritters-Paleo/Whole 30

What you need:  food processor or box grater, and a good knife! I love these fritters served with my Dairy Free Ranch!

5 from 2 votes
Easy Sweet Potato Fritters! Paleo- Whole 30
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Only five ingredients and two are salt and pepper!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish recipe, Paleo recipes, Whole30 recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and grated (approx 4-5 cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons chives chopped
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • A few turns freshly ground pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or ghee
Instructions
  1. You can cook these in batches or use two pans. If cooking in batches you will need to carefully wipe pan clean with paper towel and add more olive oil in between batches
  2. Line a colander with two layers of paper towels and set in sink
  3. Peel potatoes, use a food processor or box grater to grate
  4. Sprinkle sweet potatoes with sea salt and toss, pour into colander and allow to sit for 10 minutes
  5. while potatoes sit, whisk eggs and chop chives
  6. Use paper towels to squeeze out and excess moisture from potatoes and place in a large bowl
  7. Add whisked eggs, chives and pepper mixing until well combined
  8. Place a pan on medium/high heat for two minutes
  9. When pan is very hot add oil or ghee, allow oil to get hot but not smoking
  10. Add sweet potatoes to pan by the large spoonful (2-3 tablespoons)  and use the back of the spoon to spread grated potatoes into a circle (try to keep fritters about a 1/4 inch thick, if they are too thin they will fall apart)
  11. Cook 4 minutes or so until the first side is browned, pressing with a spatula here and there, then gently turn fritters over to cook second side, turning down heat if necessary
  12. If cooking in batches, try to remove any bits of potatoes that broke off and add more oil to pan before adding second batch
  13. When potatoes are done, serve alone, with ketchup or with my homemade ranch dressing!

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