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Sweet & Sour Chicken

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I cook a lot of stir fry. It is an easy and quick meal that gets a lot of veggies in front of my family. Not to mention I have voracious rice eaters so this keeps them happy.

Sweet and sour chicken is always a keeper. You can include as many vegetables as you want or cut some out. Whatever you have in the fridge- throw it in the skillet. I highly recommend using fresh pineapple; it makes the dish. However, if you don’t have it around or hate cutting it (I’m not judging) use the canned stuff. On another note; woks are stupid and if you own one you should throw it out. A large skillet does the trick and is better at distributing the heat you need to stir-fry.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 6 T apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 6 T orange juice
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken, diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 c. pineapple chunks
  • 1 c. broccoli
  • 1 c. carrots, sliced (I used carrot chips)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger

Whisk vinegar, orange juice, ketchup, and cornstarch together.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil until shimmering. Cook chicken until no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl.

Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper. Cook 2 minutes. Add the pineapple until heated through. Stir in garlic and ginger. Add vinegar/juice mixture. Toss until all the ingredients are well coated with the sauce.

Avocado Brownies

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I might be on this diet but I am NOT giving up chocolate. On a side note, I’ve seen some significant improvement so I’ll be sticking with this whole health-kick-thingy. Luckily for me, there are plenty of recipes that are big on chocolate flavor that do not use refined sugar (hello, Pinterest). Also, Costco has dark chocolate covered “super fruits” that are just about the greatest thing ever. Seriously, try them.

This recipe for brownies was my first foray into the whole “Paleo” dessert realm. I must say, they are pretty darn good. Having said that, give them a day. The first day you bake these they aren’t all that great. They are even better chilled so I keep mine in the fridge. Even if you aren’t into the whole Paleo-thing these have avocados in them so basically they are a health food. I found this recipe at The Not So Desperate Housewife; without Pinterest I’d be living on baked chicken and broccoli.

avocado brownies

Avocado Brownies

  • 4 oz Baking Chocolate (unsweetened or semi-sweet)
  • 1 T Coconut Oil
  • 2 Large Avocados, pureed
  • 1/2 c Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 1 T Coconut Flour (I have also used almond flour/meal)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t Salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave (stirring at 30 second intervals); allow to cool. Fold in avocados. Add the rest of the ingredients. In a recipe with flour I would say fold everything until just incorporated but this doesn’t have gluten in it so stir to your heart’s content/the batter is smooth. Pour mixture into a prepared 8×8 pan (personally I’m a big fan of just lining with parchment paper). Bake 30 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before removing from pan. Again, I keep mine in the fridge but that’s a personal preference.

Turkey Meatballs (GF/CF) and Spaghetti Sauce

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Full disclosure: I started eating paleo recently (i.e. no gluten, no dairy). After a very long time reading research and various other things I decided to try working with my diet to help with my MS. My family does not eat this way- I’m pretty sure I would be dead if I so much as proposed the idea. Dinner can be a little interesting because of our different diet plans so I try to adapt as best as I can- or I make two different dinners. Spaghetti is always a big hit around here so I’ve started making paleo meatballs and then having two options- traditional spaghetti or zucchini noodles (aka zoodles). The picture with this post is with zucchini for the simple reason that everyone else was already eating before I got a picture. I don’t have a recipe for zoodles for you because all I did was peel a zucchini (yes, it really is that simple). I encourage you to try zoodles because they are super easy and very good as a pasta. Not to mention the health benefits of a zucchini over a pasta noodle. Unless you are in my household; in which case I would never propose a green vegetable over pasta- nope never!

meatballs and zoodles

Turkey Meatballs (GF/CF)

  • 1  lb. ground turkey
  • 1   egg
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  c. almond meal
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients; use your hands to mix and form into balls. Bake 20-25 minutes, until browned and cooked all the way through. I then add them to a spaghetti sauce on the stove. You could use a canned/jar spaghetti sauce but I think it is easy to make your own.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½  onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 T olive oil

Heat olive oil until shimmering in a pot. Add garlic and onions, cook until onions are translucent (3 minutes). Add canned tomatoes and sauce, then add spices. Bring to a simmer, if you are using meatballs add them now, and cook 15 minutes.