Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Baby it’s cold outside…. And that calls for crockpot time!

Not the prettiest of pics but what did you expect stew to look like?  It's orange & it's yummy.

Not the prettiest of pics but what did you expect stew to look like? It’s orange & it’s yummy.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew (adapted from the cookbook that came with my crockpot)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled & cut into ½ “ pieces
  • 1 – 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. Dinner is done.

Heroin Chicken & Sweet Potato Stackers

I mentioned the Ambien chicken a couple weeks ago – it’s a staple at our house.  However, I no longer eat it because it requires Stove Top.  Well, I found a recipe called Heroin Chicken on Mark’s Daily Apple and tried it out last week and I think my bf will be happy to replace Ambien with Heroin – ha!  That sounds horrible…but it’s actually quite tasty and much healthier.  Who would’ve thought that Heroin anything would be the healthier choice?!

Heroin Chicken

Ingredients:

  • chicken – breasts, thighs, drumsticks, however you like it, however much you need of it.  (This recipe is for 4 lbs of chicken, I eyeballed it for 1 chicken breast.  Also you can add/subtract any kind of spices you like!)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. melt one stick of butter (I used about 1 Tbsp for my 1 chicken breast and it was more than enough)
  2. take your chicken and dip it in the butter then roll them in the cheese/spice mix.  I shook mine in a ziploc baggie – shake & bake baby, shake & bake!
  3. place onto greased pan.
  4. bake @ 375 for 50 minutes (or less depending on your cut of chicken).

Also on my plate are Sweet Potato Gratin Stackers from the book Sweet Potato Power  They kinda look like salami slices in my picture above…but trust me, they are like gooey stacks of potatoes au gratin!

I started to write out the recipe for that and I always link my recipes to the originals I find online.  Well, I can’t find this one online so I’m not sure I can repost it.  I’m relatively new to this whole blogging thing and I would never want to infringe on an author’s intellectual property (although maybe I already have by posting all of these other recipes??)  I don’t know!  I just know that I don’t see a recipe online from the source I used that matches the recipe I made.  So I will just have to highly recommend and urge you to go out and buy Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor.  The book itself has so much information and a ton of delicious recipes.  Like Sweet Potato Gratin Stackers.   And then make yourself some Sweet Potato bars for dessert why don’t you!  They were another hit over here.  Sweet potatoes for dessert?! Who knew!

Serve it all up with a salad and/or some green beans (and lotsa butter in my case!) or your favorite veg and dig in!

“Fried” Chicken & Warm Spinach Salad

So this was a little more effort than I usually like to put into my lunch….but it really didn’t take that long and OMG it was yummy!

First up: “Fried” chicken!  I make a pretty tasty (if I do say so myself) oven-baked chicken that my boyfriend just loves!  It is the ultimate in comfort food and includes sour cream and a whole box of stove top stuffing.  We sometimes call it Ambien Chicken because inevitably about an hour after eating it, my boyfriend is passed out on the couch.  Since my paleo adventures began, I’ve refrained from this meal and even if I make it for the BF, I’ll bake some plain chicken for myself.  I’ve been trying to find a paleo alternative that we can both enjoy.  I didn’t find this recipe anywhere, just kinda made it up as I went along:

Ingredients:

  • chicken (today I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, but will probably use boneless skinless breasts or bone-in pieces in the future)
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • a dousing of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 bag of pork rinds – crushed
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • melted butter
Directions:
  1. beat the egg and add some heavy whipping cream together – you probably don’t have to use the HWC, but I thought it sounded good.
  2. dip the chicken in the egg/HWC mixture
  3. put the pork rinds in a gallon ziploc bag and crush.
  4. add garlic powder, pepper, and paprika to the crushed pork rinds.  I just eyeballed it, no real measurements.
  5. put the egg dipped chicken in the ziploc with the pork rinds and shake like crazy.
  6. put the chicken on an aluminum foil lined pan (I sprayed it with some olive oil spray).
  7. pour some melted butter over the chicken.
  8. I cooked the chicken on 400* for 30 minutes.  For bigger pieces of chicken you may need to cook for longer.
  9. enjoy the yummy crunchiness of oven “fried” chicken!
In addition to my “fried” chicken, I also had Everyday Paleo’s Warm Spinach & Sweet Potato Salad.  I made 1/2 of the recipe on her website and made/suggest a couple changes.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes (I used one extra large yam and probably only used 1/3 for this recipe.)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 apple diced (I used 1/2 of a fuji…but I could give or take the apple in this recipe)
  • 8 strips of bacon, diced (I used 3 center cut pieces of bacon that were already cooked)
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced (I used 1/2 of one but you could also use onion here, red or white)
  • 6 oz of fresh baby spinach (I used 1/2 a bag, approx. 3 oz)
  • Handful of sliced almonds for garnish (totally forgot the almonds, dangit!)
Dressing Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of dried basil (I did not love the basil and might try thyme or a combo of both next time)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Toss the diced sweet potatoes with the coconut or olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes.  (I baked them for 25 – 30 min)
  4. While the sweet potatoes are baking, cook the diced bacon in a large skillet.
  5. Once the bacon is crispy, add the sliced leeks in with the bacon and saute for another 4-5 minutes.
  6. Put your spinach in a large salad bowl and add the bacon and leek mixture. Toss well, letting the warm bacon wilt the spinach.  (my spinach didn’t wilt that much, but I didn’t have very greasy bacon either since it was already cooked)
  7. Add the apples and sweet potatoes to the salad and toss together.
  8. In a separate bowl whisk together the salad dressing ingredients.  Pour over the salad, mix well and garnish with the sliced almonds.
  9. Enjoy!

I will be attempting carnitas tonight – wish me luck!  Recipe to follow…if it’s good 🙂

Lemon-Lime Broiled Chicken

I thought I would also share the recipe for the broiled chicken that I had the other night because it was SO simple and SO yummy!  I found it here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Lime-Chicken-Broil/Detail.aspx?prop31=9 Gotta love Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lime juice, and oil. Place chicken pieces in the mixture, and marinate for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler. Fit a roasting pan with a lightly greased wire rack. Fill pan with water to just below the level of the rack.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, arrange on the wire rack, and season with Italian seasoning and salt.
  4. Transfer remaining marinade to a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  5. Broil chicken 10 minutes in the preheated oven, basting frequently with the boiled marinade. Turn chicken, season again with Italian seasoning and salt, and continue broiling and basting for another 10 minutes, or until well browned and juices run clear.  I found that 10 minutes on each side was perfect.  Be careful when handling the pan – the water tends to slosh around!

What are some of your favorite 4HB recipes??