Balsamic Chicken Veggie Bowl (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

 

balsamic chicken veggie

 

Now that Grace is eating 3 meals a day and sometimes a snack too – I’m in the kitchen more than ever! I’m still working on a post about how I introduced solids to her, but it’s taking me awhile – mostly because I’m always cooking for and cleaning up after her! This leaves little time to prepare meals for me and my husband either.

 

Not to worry because for some reason combining protein & veggies in a bowl with the perfect amount of seasonings and finishes constitutes for a very delicious meal indeed – without any forethought or planning. I don’t have brain cells reserved for future events these days.

 

If you haven’t noticed, I rarely post any complicated recipes on this site. Mostly because I don’t make complicated recipes and second because you don’t need one to make a balanced, tasty dish like this one.

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Since grabbing this balsamic vinegar from Thrive when I started a membership with them in January, I’ve been pouring it all over my salads, skillets and even drizzled over homemade strawberry coconut milk ice cream. In the last 3 months, I’ve placed 4 orders with Thrive for pantry staples and organic household cleaning products. I even get Grace’s diapers for Thrive! Here are some of my favorite products I keep re-ordering:

 

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Balsamic & Herb Chicken Veggie Bowl

Preparation 00:15 2017-10-17T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:20 2017-10-17T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fat of choice, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 2 tart apples, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (omit for Whole30)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp granulated onion or onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (omit for AIP)

Instructions

1. Heat 1 tablespoon fat in a large 12-inch stainless steel skillet over medium heat.
2. Sautee onion until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cabbage and garlic and sautee for 3 to 4 minutes until cabbage is browned and crisp tender. Add apples, Brussels and ½ tsp salt and sautee for 4 to 5 minutes until the apples are soft.
3. Meanwhile, whisk balsamic, broth, mustard and maple together. Pour into pan and toss to coat, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pan with a lid for 2 minutes until vegetables are tender to your preference. Transfer to a large glass dish.
4. Heat remaining tablespoon fat in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breast with oregano, onion powder and remaining ½ tsp salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve on top of the veggies with a drizzle of balsamic on top!

 

 

balsamic chicken veggie

 

The Ultimate 100+ AIP Breakfast Recipe Round-Up

aip breakfasts

 

Out of all three meals we eat, breakfast while following the autoimmune protocol seems to stump many! I rarely make something special for breakfast unless my husband requests waffles or pancakes, but I’ve been doing this Paleo thing for almost 4 years now.

 

Dinner leftovers are frequently breakfast or a big smoothie full of veggies, fruits, fats, and my favorite breakfast companion Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I add 1 to 2 scoops to any smoothie recipe or even in bowls of broth-based soup for extra nutrients on mornings I don’t have time to do anything but a simple soup puree. In this round-up, I’ve included 30 of the most delicious AIP-compliant smoothie recipes so you don’t reach smoothie boredom. Adding “supplements” like collagen, turmeric, coconut oil/MCT oil, or matcha powder turn your smoothie into a beautifying morning treatment.

 

Now if you’re the type that likes to make one big skillet each week so you can grab and reheat a small portion every morning, you will love the hash & skillet section! My new Five Spice Beef Skillet is included below and has some really flavorful and lovely North African flavors. And my Crispy Salmon Hash from The Healing Kitchen is one of the tastiest, nutritious, omega-3 packed breakfasts you can have on the AIP!

 

We all have those special Sunday mornings that call for a traditional breakfast/brunch treat – especially if we’re feeding our family AIP foods as well! That’s why I’ve included a lengthy section of waffles, pancakes, and baked goods from the greater AIP blogger community (which is where most of these recipes will direct you to!) My Flourless Waffles are pretty magical and I’ve been told they make great pancakes too!I don’t often share my breakfasts on social media because they’re usually a mish-mash of leftover soup and salad from the day before. I love starting my day with a broth and veggie-heavy soup because it sets a perfect foundation for a day of nutritionally-minded food choices. The breakfast soup collection below contains easy to digest soups, mostly purees, that you can make Sunday night to feed you every morning before work.

 

 

 

ON THE RUN BREAKFAST IDEA: MISSION HEIRLOOM YUCAN CRUNCH SPREAD WITH AVOCADO, LIME AND SEA SALT!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE “85 AMAZING AIP BREAKFASTS” EBOOK

If this list isn’t enough and you want a whole e-book of 100% AIP Breakfasts including “coffees and lattes”, biscuits & gravy, over a dozen other hashes, and my ebook-exclusive recipe for Silver Dollar Carob Pancakes!

 

 

Hashes & Skillets
Sage Plantain & Butternut Hash by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Moroccan-Inspired Breakfast Skillet by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Kedgeree by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Breakfast Risotto with Greens by Angie Alt for Autoimmune Paleo

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy Filled Nourishment

Sweet Potato, Apple & Pancetta Hash by Gutsy by Nature

Turmeric Pork Skillet by Sweet Treats

Oh Mama, Umami Kale by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free Buffalo Chicken Skillet by Grazed & Enthused

Five Spice Beef Skillet with Fennel & Currants by Grazed & Enthused

Greens n’ Dines Hidden Hash by Grazed & Enthused

Potato-Free Breakfast Potatoes by Meatified

Crispy Salmon Hash by Alaena Haber (me!) from The Healing Kitchen

Epic Bar AIP Paleo Breakfast Hash by Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Sweet n’ Savory Hash by Beyond the Bite

Chicken Hash Brown Patties by Alaena Haber from The Healing Kitchen

Celeriac-Parsnip Hash Browns by Eat Heal Thrive

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy-Filled Nourishment

Bison, Kabocha & Cabbage Skillet by Don’t Eat the Spatula

 

 

Pancakes, Waffles & Muffins
Allergy Friendly Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

No-Egg Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Banana Muffins by Eat Heal Thrive

Banana Bread by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Maple Sugar Waffles by Marissa Franklin for He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Oven-Baked Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by Gutsy by Nature featured in 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts

Plantain Bacon Pancake by Castaway Kitchen

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Banana Bread Cookies by Beyond the Bite

Carob Bread with Date Caramel by Heart Beet Kitchen

Sweet Plantain Waffles by Hold the Grain

Baked Breakfast Casserole with Apples & Raisins by Provincial Paleo

Grain-free Banana Mug Bread by Provincial Paleo

Bacon Herb Biscuits by Grazed & Enthused

Cinnamon Plantain Fritters by Grazed & Enthused

Rustic Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Grazed & Enthused

Flourless Lemon Poppy Waffles (omit poppy seeds) by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon Maple Cinnamon Pancakes by Comfort Bites

AIP Pancakes by Comfort Bites

 

 

Breakfast Soups
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Bacon & Fried Sage by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Soup by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Spring Breakfast Chicken Soup by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Fennel & Spinach Soup by Healing Family Eats

Lamb Stew with Butternut, Apples & Ginger by Healing Family Eats

Beef and Plantain Curry by Provincial Paleo

Triple Seafood Chowder by Grazed & Enthused

Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Bisque by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free “Potato” & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

3-Step Root Vegetable & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

Mushroom & Fennel Soup by Comfort Bites

Sweet Potato & Broccoli Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Comforting Creamy Broccoli Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Cream of Mushroom Soup by Primal Palate

 

 

Porridge & N’Oatmeal

Warm Porridge with Berries & Lemon by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Chai Spice & Pear N’Oatmeal by Eat Heal Thrive

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal by Eat Heal Thrive

Apple Cinnamon N’Orridge by Eat Heal Thrive

Cinnamon Coconut Crisp Cereal by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Cauli-Porridge with Rosemary Plum Compote by Healing Family Eats

Sweet Cinnamon Tigernut Granola by Beyond the Bite

Instant Oatmeal by Grazed & Enthused

 

Sausages & Bites
Fennel-Herbes de Provence Sausage by Eat Heal Thrive

Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Burgers by Adventures in Partaking

No-Fuss Sweet Potato & Apple Sausages by The Unskilled Cavewoman

Homemade “Bangers” (omit nutmeg) by The Paleo Mom

Lox & “Everything” Sweet Potatoes by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Apples by Grazed & Enthused

Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars by Grazed & Enthused

Breakfast Tostones with Fried Garlic Guacamole by Grazed & Enthused

Prosciutto Meatloaf Muffins with Fig Jam by Grazed & Enthused

AIP Breakfast Stack by Comfort Bites

Chicken & Bacon Bites with Green Onion and Sage by Meatified

Breakfast Sausage by Gutsy by Nature

Beef Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom

American Style Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom

 

 

Smoothies & Beverages
Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl by Grazed & Enthused for Autoimmune Paleo

Green Detox Smoothie by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Collagen Berry Green Smoothie by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Creamy Coconut Milk by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Carrot Cake Shake by Eat Heal Thrive

“Chocolate” Protein Smoothie by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Creamy Carob Banana Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Raspberry Sunrise Breakfast Shake (replace almond milk with coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte by Sweet Treats

Spiced Apple Kombucha by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Blueberry Kale Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Maple Pumpkin Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Turmeric Papaya and Orange Smoothie by Biohackers Recipes

Strawberry Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Orange Cream Healing Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Matcha Smoothie Bowl by Comfort Bites

Apple Pie Smoothie (use coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Papaya Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Blood Orange Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Clementine Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Cherry Limeade Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Super Thick Coconut Yogurt by Oh She Glows

Island Blast Green Smoothie by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cool Paleo Melon Mint Smoothie by Stupid Easy Paleo

 

Offal in the Morning

Pork and Chicken Liver Terrine with Spiced Apple Compote by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Bacon Beef Liver Pate by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Beef & Offal Burgers by Castaway Kitchen

Loaded Toast with Pate by Castaway Kitchen

Easy Pan-Fried Chicken Hearts by Comfort BitesSuperfood Sausages by Primal Palate

Nightshade-Free Buffalo Chicken Skillet (Paleo, AIP)

 

 

As an autoimmune protocol recipe developer, you have to have a really innate understanding of flavor. How do you get spicy without peppers? How do you get umami without soy sauce? How do you get sweet without the overuse of honey and syrups? A lot of the time I hear of people getting bored on the autoimmune protocol or on an elimination diet because they don’t combine pantry staples and acceptable foods in a way that tranSforms the flavors into something else. I try to do that for you guys  because honestly it really is a pain in the tookus.

 

I was inspired to make an AIP buffalo sauce because it sounded impossible. Again – where would the spice come from? It needs to be really tangy too and almost burn your throat going down (how nice). And it should be fairly orange in color to make it recognizable. The best (and really only) way to get spiciness on AIP is with ginger and onion. Ginger is surprisingly spicy, but the fresh stuff is almost too overpowering and aromatic. Ground ginger holds on to its spice intensity well without giving a dish too much of that gingery flavor and apple cider vinegar provides a nice neutral tanginess. Coconut milk, olive oil, and honey help mellow the vinegar a bit, turmeric gives this sauce it’s orange huge, and the fish sauce, garlic and onion provide the savory flavor. A finish with coconut aminos and smoked sea salt is the perfect hit of sweet & smokey at the end of the cooking process. See how freakin’ complicated it is to make these things!?

 

I’m not a huge buffalo sauce fan actually. It reminds of Pinesol-scented college bars, $1 Miller High Life drafts, and drunk frat boys hitting on me with orange-stained lips. Quite the picture. Something tells me you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. But this fragrant and healing version full of anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric changed my tune. It doesn’t taste exactly like store-bought buffalo sauce, but honestly I don’t want my food to taste STORE-BOUGHT. I want it to taste REAL. This skillet will still give you the tangy and spicy hit that you’re used to though!

 

 

I made my husband, the opposite of a drunk frat boy, stop work and try this skillet for lunch and he was thrilled with it! Since it got his seal of approval despite my buffalo sauce indifference (although I really, really enjoyed a bowl of this with him!) I knew I had to share it with you fabulous people too! Happy noms!

 

Nightshade-Free Buffalo Chicken Skillet

Serves 3 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 15 minutes | Total Time 25 minutes

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lb sweet potato, peeled and diced

¾ cup diced red onion

1 lb ground chicken, crumbled

1/3 cup chopped green onions

1 recipe Ginger Buffalo Sauce (below)

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes and onions to the pan and cook, stirring every few minutes, just until tender about 8 to 10 minutes. You want to ensure the sweet potatoes aren’t cooked to the doneness you would at the finish of the dish since they will be cooking a few minutes longer in the pan with the chicken. If they have reached doneness at this point, transfer them to a bowl while you cook the chicken then stir back into the skillet.

  2. Add ground chicken to the pan and continue to cook until no longer pink.

  3. Stir in Nightshade-Free Buffalo Sauce and simmer for an additional minute to incorporate the flavors.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the green onions. Serve warm.

 

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Nightshade-Free Buffalo Sauce

Preparation 00:05 2017-10-17T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:10 2017-10-17T00:10:00+00:00

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small saucepan except the coconut aminos and smoked sea salt.

  2. Bring mixture to a low boil over medium heat. Simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes until the liquid has reduced to ½ cup. I pour the mixture into a measuring cup to ensure it has reduced enough.

  3. Stir in coconut aminos and smoked sea salt.