veggies

Paleo Peri-Peri Chicken

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My apologies for not posting in a few days. Had some kitchen disasters/Superbowl recipes crisis. I planned on making spinach and artichoke dip, wings, cheesecake mousse stuffed strawberries, and brownies. Brownies were an epic fail (one didn’t cook all the way through in time, and the other wasn’t sweet enough), didn’t have time to make the dip, and the wings weren’t spicy enough. However, the cheesecake mousse stuffed strawberries worked out well 🙂 They were a hit with the family and I will definitely be posting that recipe soon.

Note to self – do not experiment with new recipes 3 hours before the super bowl.

This recipe however, I’m well acquainted with. It’s from the blog The Iron You. Check it out. Good, healthy, Paleo recipes. Their recipes are more strict with the Paleo diet than the recipes I post.

Also, this chicken was awesome on salad with balsamic dressing, crumbled feta cheese, banana pepper rings, and cherry tomatoes.

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I should also add, if you haven’t been to a Nandos yet, go. Good prices, the peri peri chicken cesar salad is delicious and their tasty sangria is half off before 6. Oh, and get the french fries because their dip is really good too.

Okay…I think that’s all…Enjoy this recipe!
 
 

Ingredients:

Bamboo Skewers, soaked in water for 5 minutes

2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1-1½-inch chunks. I cut them 1 inch so they cook faster. Impatience strikes again.

½ cup white vinegar

Juice of 2 lemons

¼ cup olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced. Whatever you got on hand. Crushed is better though.

1 small onion, thinly sliced

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon oregano or italian seasoning

2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder

1 ½ teaspoons salt

Ground black pepper to taste

Optional: 1/4-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes for heat
 
 

Directions:

1. In a small bowl combine white vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper, sea salt, garlic, shallot, paprika, oregano, chili powder, black pepper, and the red pepper flakes (optional)

2. In a shallow sealable container or in a large Ziplock bag, combine chicken chunks and marinade.
Cover or seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The time you allow for marination makes a significant difference in this recipe. I marinate mine for 3-8 hours. Overnight would be best if you’re able to do that.

3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks that have been soaked in water for 5 minutes. I try to stick some of the onion slices on there too.

4. Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium heat. If you’re using an outdoor grill lightly oil the grill grates. I personally used a baking sheet, foiled it, then put a greased wire rack on top. Broiled on high 10-12 minutes, on the middle oven rack ( time depending on how small you cubed the chicken) turning them half way through.

5. Cook the chicken kebabs, until golden brown and cooked through, about  10 minutes turning regularly, until juices run clear.

6. Serve on salad or with your favorite grilled/broiled veggies.

Breakfast Frittata

Have you been to a Cafe Deluxe? If you haven’t been there for breakfast yet, you should go. If not only for the Bottomless Mimosas. I tried another new place for breakfast recently called Family Meal. It’s one of the restaurants owned by Bryan Voltaggio from that Top Chef show…yeah…I never watched it, but his recipes are delicious. I had the Cinnamon Toast Waffles and they were to die for. Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with a creamy, light, cinnabon type icing and spiced maple syrup…well….just take a look for yourself…

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Is that not a great logo too? And I love the robins egg design on those plates.

Eventually, I will have to recreate a paleo-ish recipe of those waffles. Stay tuned.

Switching gears here, I made a breakfast frittata the other day that got a few likes on Instagram (follow me on Instagram! Username: fryahya) so I decided to post the recipe here. This took me 20-25 minutes to make and I could throw any leftover veggies I have from other recipes in it. Very low-carb and the leftovers were great too! For this recipe you need a skillet that’s also oven proof. Make sure it’s cast iron or entirely metal. This recipe has been adapted from Linda Wagner.

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Isn’t that pretty? You can make any design you want on the top. Bring out your artsy side.

Ingredients:

10 eggs, whisked together

1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved

1 bunch of asparagus, 1/2 of it chopped in 1 inch pieces, the other half with the bottoms cut off (snap the bottom off of one stalk and that’s how you know where to trim the rest)

4 garlic cloves, minced

A few handfuls of fresh baby spinach

salt & pepper to taste

2-3 tablespoons of butter, oil, or your fat of choice. Bacon fat would work really well.

Optional: 1/2 cup of feta cheese, crumbled

If you don’t have asparagus lying around, add whatever veggies you got! You could leave this at tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese. You could do diced bell peppers, onions, and mexican cheese instead of feta…get creative.

Directions:

1.Preheat oven/broiler to 400F

2. In a large skillet over med-high heat add butter, oil, or your fat of choice, minced garlic, 1/2 of your halved grape tomatoes, the 1 inch slices of asparagus (or whatever veggies you decided on!), and salt & pepper to taste. Saute for about 5-8 mins until veggies are starting to get slightly soft. I think asparagus takes a little longer than 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Toss that spinach in the skillet with the rest of your sauteing veggies. Keep stirring until spinach has wilted.

4. Reduce the heat of the skillet and add the whisked eggs. Mix everything in the skillet together then let sit until the eggs are set. Keep an eye on it, this doesn’t take long. You want the edges kinda stiff and the middle still runny.

5. Decorate the top with whatever veggies you want! Then sprinkle some more salt and pepper to taste.

6. Put the pan under the broiler/in the oven for 3 minutes or until golden on top. Add cheese crumbles on top and put back in for another 2-3 minutes until the feta gets a little browned.

Enjoy! Let me know what veggie/cheese combinations you come up with!