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Pressure Cooker Chicken

Roasted Chicken is fantastic to have on hand during the week. It’s great for snacking, salads, and for sandwiches. And, when you make it yourself it tastes so much better. It’s more moist and has better flavor than pre-made. I recently started making mine in the pressure cooker and it is so fast, easy, and delicious. Plus, I use the leftover bone broth for soups and other meals. 
  

Here is what you need: 

1 Small Chicken that fits in your pressure cooker. I buy Mary’s Chicken

Water to fill up to bottom of your pressure cooker rack

Lemon, Pierced

Fresh Poultry Herbs – I use marjoram, thyme, and rosemary

Zest of 1/2 Lemon

5-6 Cloves Fresh Garlic, Peeled and Smashed

Butter or Ghee, softened

Fresh Ground Pepper
Here is how you make it:

1. Fill bottom of pressure cooker to top of rack with water. 

2. Place lemon , garlic, fresh ground pepper plus 2/3 of poultry herbs inside the chicken. 

3. Chop remaining herbs and mix with butter or ghee and lemon zest.

4. Rub butter mixture all over outside of chicken. 

5. Place chicken inside presure cooker, close, and set dial to pressure. 

6. Pressure cook for 25 minutes. To check if your chicken is completely cooked, read instructions here.

I leave the chicken on the bone inside my fridge and just cut plus re-heat what I plan to eat. 

Enjoy!

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Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Crispy Shrimp Tacos Paleo and Gluten Free Recipe 

Crispy-Shrimp-Tacos

Dinner really cannot get any easier than this. This recipe is one of my absolute favorite week night meals because it’s easy, healthy, and fast. Like 10 minutes fast. I think i’ve been making these almost once a week lately because it is so easy. Butterleaf lettuce is my favorite tortilla substitute. It stays crispy and fresh and doesn’t wilt even when the shrimp is still hot.


Serves 2
Ingredients:
1 lb. peeled and deveined Shrimp,
1 Tbsp Olive Oil,
Cayenne Pepper,
Butterleaf Lettuce,
Avocado or Guacamole,
Limes.
Hot sauce like Tapatio.

Instructions:

1. Heat olive oil on medium in pan
2. Add shrimp and sprinkle with cayenne pepper
3. Sauté until shrimp is fully cooked
4. Serve over washed butterleaf lettuce
5. Top with fresh squeezed lime juice and avocado or guacamole and hot sauce

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AirFryer Sweet Potato Fries

If I were to tell you that it is possible to combine the words healthy, delicious and french fries in the same sentence you would not believe me. I do not even believe it. But with the Philips AirFryer it is possible. More popular in Europe, Asia, and Australia, the AirFryer is finally making its way to popularity in the US market just in time for New Year’s resolutions. The last thing I thought I needed was another appliance. I’m already out of kitchen space and have to store a bunch of things from my kitchen in my garage. Surprisingly I have used my AirFryer almost every day since I bought it and not just for french fries. I have made steak, bacon, yellow squash, zucchini, and brussel sprouts in it already. Every time I use it I think of something else I could use it for. Everything comes out delicious and it is easy to use, easy to clean, and saves me so much cooking time. It’s perfect for meals for 2-3 people. My favorite thing i’ve made and the reason I decided to buy the AirFryer is for these sweet potato fries. They are so incredibly delicious you forget they are healthy. With the AirFryer they are crispy outside just like deep fried potatoes but do not taste greasy. They are super easy and of course so delicious. Here is how you make them.

Sweet Potato Air Fries 2

Ingredients:
1 Sweet Potato Peeled and Cut Evenly into French Fry Sticks
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt

Sweet Potato Air Fries 3

Directions
1. Soak Sweet Potato Sticks in water for 30 minutes
2. Rinse and dry
3. Spray with olive oil and add salt
4. Pre-heat AirFryer to 330 degrees
5. Air fry sweet potatoes at 330 degrees for 5 minutes.
6. Open AirFryer, stir potatoes, close AirFryer and increase temperature to 390 degrees.
7. Cook for 10-15 minutes longer {depending on how thick you cut the potatoes} stirring every 5 minutes. Between 10-15 minutes check every 1-2 minutes until done. I like mine to be slightly brown.

Sweet Potato Air Fries

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Sausage Kale Soup

Sausage Kale Soup Gluten Free Paleo Recipe

I love fall and I love soups – especially this Sausage and Kale soup. Even though it’s still hot in Southern California, fall is definitely in the air especially at night. I think most people already know how good for you kale is so i’ll skip that lecture. You’re welcome. I wouldn’t say i’m a fan of kale which is another reason I like this recipe so much. It doesn’t taste like you are eating kale or even something that is really good for you. This is a super easy recipe that is so fast to make. And, great for freezing the leftovers for nights when you don’t feel like cooking but still want something homemade, healthy and delicious. It is also an awesome one pot meal made all from items you can find at Trader Joe’s.

Sausage Kale Soup Gluten Free Paleo Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 White Onion Diced
1 Package Un-cooked Chicken Sausage, Casing Removed
6 Cups Chicken Stock
4-5 Cups Kale, Cut & Washed
Kosher Salt to taste – about 1 tsp.

Instructions:
1. Saute garlic, onions, and olive oil until onions are transparent
2. Add sausage and cook through breaking into small pieces. I use a potato masher to break apart the sausage as it cooks.
3. Add chicken stock
4. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes
5. Add kale and salt. I serve quickly after adding the kale so it is still crispy.

Sausage Kale Soup Gluten Free Paleo Recipe

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Easy Ceviche

Easy Ceviche Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Appetizer

Ceviche to me equals party food. It doesn’t matter if it is a party or not. I am always super happy when I eat it so I like to make it for dinner too. It’s extremely easy to make this recipe and a great appetizer to bring for potlucks. It’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser as long as your party peeps like things spicy. If not, just reduce the chiles or de-seed the chiles to reduce the spice level. This can be served paleo with plantain chips, vegetables, endive, or lettuce cups. Or, serve with tortilla chips or tostadas for gluten free.

Ingredients:
1 lb. Frozen Peeled and De-Veigned Shrimp
Bowl of Ice Water
1/3 Red Onion, Diced
Juice of 6 Limes
1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt for Ceviche and 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt for Cooking Shrimp
1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
1 Cucumber, Peeled and Diced
2 Serrano Chiles, Diced
4 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
2-3 Avocados, Diced
Plantain chips, vegetables, endive, lettuce cups, tortilla chips or tostadas

Instructions:
1. De-frost shrimp in a bowl of luke warm water
2. Bring a pot of water to boil
3. Add 1 Tbsp Kosher salt to boiling water
4. Prepare bowl of ice water
5. Add shrimp to boiling water and remove from heat as soon as shrimp turns pink and is cooked all the way through
5. Place cooked shrimp immediately in ice water to stop the cooking
6. Dice cooked shrimp and combine in a bowl with 1/3 Diced Red Onion, Juice of 6 Limes, 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt, 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro, 1 Peeled and Diced Cucumber, 2 Diced Serrano Chiles, 4 Diced Roma Tomatoes, 2-3 Diced Avocados

Serves 6

Enjoy!

Easy Ceviche Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Appetizer

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Homemade Sour Gummies

Healthy Homemade Sour Gummies

I have been seeing a lot of homemade gummies on pinterest and on instagram from some of my favorite food bloggers so I thought I would give it a try but I wanted to make homemade sour gummies. You have to understand any sour gummy candy has always been my favorite. Sour straws, sour worms, sour patch kids. I could seriously eat large amounts in one sitting if I let myself. I avoid them as much as possible because they are full of sugar and corn syrup. When I found out via the pinterest and instagram posts that grassfed gelatin gummies are actually good for you I became obsessed. They are a protein packed snack that helps tighten loose skin, improves digestion, helps joint recovery, and can decrease food allergies among many other health benefits.

I tried several recipes and ended up making up my own to get the flavor and texture I wanted.

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
5 Tbsp Grassfed Gelatin
3 Tbsp Honey (Add more if you want it sweeter)

You can make these in any pan or container. I used these candy molds to make the gem and heart shapes.

Healthy Homemade Gummies

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan adding the gelatin last.
2. Heat on low while stirring with a whisk until the gelatin and honey are completely dissolved to combine all ingredients. Do not let boil.
3. Use a measuring cup to carefully pour mixture into candy molds.
4. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

You can store them in the refrigerator for several days, however they taste the best as soon as they come out of the freezer.

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BBQ Prosciutto Wrapped Pineapple

BBQ Prosciutto Wrapped Pineapple

We have been BBQing pineapple for some time now and the other day Antonio came up with the idea of BBQ prosciutto wrapped pineapple. It sounded delicious so we tried it and it definitely was. What a great appetizer. We served it with the ginger ponzu chicken, rice, and BBQ sweet bell peppers. This time I BBQ’d the chicken in whole pieces instead of skewers to make it even faster. Talk about a fun, simple, and quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:
Pineapple cut into spears
Prosciutto slices
Jalapeño (Optional)
Skewers

Directions:
1. Wrap each spear of pineapple with prosciutto.
2. Pre-heat BBQ to 350 degrees
3. BBQ for 8-10 minutes over direct heat rotating to cook all sides.
4. Add skewers after removing from BBQ

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Peach Pistachio Summer Guacamole Appetizer

I don’t think these photos do this peach pistachio summer guacamole appetizer justice. It is SO good with the sweet, ripe peaches and the crunchiness of the pistachios. Antonio’s rating of this recipe is bomb dot com and he can be a very harsh critic when it comes to food. I first had guacamole with fruit at Taco Maria at the OC Mix, my favorite shopping and dining center in Costa Mesa. This is not Taco Maria’s guacamole recipe and it doesn’t even begin to give you the full Taco Maria experience so you should definitely check them out. Their food is amazing.

I made a similar recipe for guacamole last fall using pomegranates and it was a huge hit. Now that pomegranates are not in season anymore I decided to try other fruits. This recipe can also be made with pineapple, mangoes, nectarines, or plums.

Summer Peach Guacamole Paleo Gluten Free

Ingredients:
2 Large Avocados
1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Cilantro
2 Jalapeño Peppers De- Seeded and Chopped (Reduce or eliminate to reduce spice)
Juice of 1 Lime
Pistachios, shells removed
1 White or Yellow *Peach, Peeled and Diced – make sure it’s a ripe peach
Taro Chips, Plantain Chips, Sliced Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Carrots, or Celery

*Note: This recipe can also be made with pineapple, mangoes, nectarines, or plums.

Summer Peach Guacamole Paleo Gluten Free

Instructions:
1. Cut avocados in half and remove seeds.
2. Mash avocado in a bowl.
3. Add juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp chopped garlic, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp Cilantro, 1-2 chopped Jalapeños, and stir.
4. Top with pistachios and peach.
5. For paleo serve with Taro Chips, Plantain Chips, Sliced Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Carrots, or Celery

Peach Pistachio Summer Guacamole

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Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

These foil wrapped BBQ Baby Back Ribs are starting to become a Sunday night tradition. They are so moist, delicious, and super easy. You really can’t mess them up.

Most BBQ sauces are gluten free, however, some are not. Thankfully many brands are now labeling their sauces when they are gluten free. If the sauce is not labeled gluten free or is homemade there are several ingredients which may contain gluten. Look for ingredients like hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) also called hydrolyzed wheat protein which is a flavoring agent. Also look for worcestershire sauce, natural flavors, and natural sweeteners which may contain gluten.

Easy BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe

This is how I modified the recipe and instructions to make them even easier.

Ingredients:
1 Rack of Baby Back Ribs (about 13 ribs) cut in half, membrane removed
1 Cup Gluten Free BBQ Sauce

For the rub:
1/2 TBSP Kosher Salt
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Crushed Fresh Garlic
2 tsp Dried Thyme
½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees
2. Mix the rub ingredients and spread evenly across ribs.
3. Double wrap each half rack of ribs in foil.
4. Place ribs on grill for 1 hour flipping once after 30 minutes.
5. Remove ribs and let sit for 10 minutes wrapped in foil.
6. Remove foil and place ribs directly on grill.
7. Grill for 10-12 minutes turning and basting with the BBQ sauce.

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Pina Colada Popsicle Recipe for Zoku

Pina Colada Popsicles Paleo Gluten Free Refined Sugar Free Dairy Free

This is another easy, gluten free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free popsicle recipe. I love pineapple especially combined with coconut because the flavor combination makes me feel like I am on vacation on a tropical island somewhere. These Pina Colada popsicles are definitely a party in your mouth even though this recipe doesn’t have alcohol in it.

Pineapples are highly perishable and can be stored at room temperature for one or two days. Once cut, store in an airtight container in the fridge. They can be intimidating if you’ve never cut one before. Here is a great how to video that shows how easy it is to cut a fresh pineapple. Basically you cut off the top, cut the skin off, and then cut the fruit from the inner core. It is much easier and faster plus cheaper than buying the pre- cut. If you still don’t want to try it there’s always the option to use frozen or fresh pre-cut pineapple.

I recommend the Zoku Quick Pop Maker because you can make instant popsicles, but this recipe will also work with traditional overnight popsicle molds.

Combine the following completely in a blender:

1.5 Cups Chopped Fresh Pineapple
1/2 Can Coconut Milk
1/8 Cup Honey

Zoku Time: 8 minutes in freezer
Makes 6 Zoku Pops

Pina Colada Popsicles Gluten Free Paleo Refined Sugar Free for Zoku

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