Kale Pesto Chicken Soup (Paleo/AIP/21dsd/Whole30)

kale pesto chicken soup

 

Anyone else a pesto fanatic like myself? I can’t get enough of AIP pesto… I really don’t miss the nuts or cheese. I know that sounds crazy and like I’ve been doing this too long, and maybe I have. 

 

Pesto Chicken is my favorite combo which is why I created the infamous (as in infamous for turning you into a pizza-craving demon) Pesto Chicken Pizza for The Healing Kitchen. That recipe is legit. Definitely try it if you haven’t yet. Gimme.

 

You all make some crazy delicious pizzas out of my pizza crust recipe from the cookbook – holy moly! I stalk all of them.Today, however, I’m eating it as soup. I’ve never thought to combine the two until I had a craving for bone broth + garlic herb goodness. And goodness. A perfect pair. Still not into making your own bone broth? I found this frozen bone broth by a company called Bonafide Provisions at my local health food store the other day + used it in a pinch for a different soup I made. It was SUPER delicious! It’s also AIP – no nightshades or seed spices – making it the perfect in-a-pinch broth for your gut-healing soups, stews + mugs!

 

Find my recipe for Kale Pesto Chicken Soup

over on the 21 Day Sugar Detox blog!

Instant Pot Turkey & Gravy (Paleo/AIP/Whole30)

instant pot turkey and gravy

 

Well, well, well. The Instant Pot to the rescue again. Is there anything this thing can’t do? The day I can make ice cream in my Instant Pot is the day I give away every other appliance I own. 

 

To celebrate the release of The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, which is a collection of over 140 recipes from 37 of the best AIP bloggers (including 5 recipes from myself), I am releasing an early holiday-inspired IP recipe! Does anyone else start craving Thanksgiving food early in the season? I don’t see why we only eat such a nourishing meal one time a year. Pastured turkey, bone broth and vegetable-based gravy, roasted root vegetables, and beautiful fall salads.. hello!?

 

I think EVERY week should be Thanksgiving. Some say it wouldn’t be as special, but I’d rather have my turkey & gravy multiple times a year and wean the special out of the main event. It’s not like I’d be eating pumpkin pie every week, but wouldn’t that be fun?I don’t know about you guys but I’m already planning my Thanksgiving menu. We are celebrating a couple weeks early in Omaha, so on true Thanksgiving it’ll just be our little 4-person household. Rafael counts as a person, and he gets his own plate too. I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen for just us 4, so I’ll be making a lot of food in the Instant Pot.

 

This turkey and gravy has all the classic flavors of our favorite holiday staple, except instead of 3 or 4 hours, it only cooks for 20 minutes! The gravy is based off my AIP Chicken n’ Gravy but thinner and has a bit of a different flavor profile (bay leaf, onion) and made from sweet potato. It thickens as it cools, so even if it looks a little thin right in the blender, let it cool just a bit for the perfect consistency.

 

I used skinless, boneless turkey breast, which is the driest part of the turkey. When covered in gravy, it’s nice and moist and tender. By itself, it is drier than turkey thighs. You COULD brine the turkey for 24 hours in a salt-water brine before cooking in your Instant Pot. I’ll be doing that for Thanksgiving, but even without the brine, it’s still moist enough.

 

No time for a full-on turkey dinner?!

This 20-minute Turkey & Gravy is a perfect fix!

 

 

InstantPot Turkey & Gravy

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Gravy:
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 1/4 cup diced peeled white sweet potato
  • 1 cup homemade bone broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 sprig rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Turkey:
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey breast (or breast and thigh combo)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 cup homemade bone broth
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. Make the gravy: Add all ingredients for gravy to Instant Pot insert and seal the lid. Set the manual cook time for 5 minutes. When the timer is up, manually release the pressure. Using oven mitts or a thick towel, pour all of the contents of the pot into your blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Set aside. It will thicken slightly as it cools a bit while you make the turkey.
  2. Make the turkey: Season the turkey on all sides with thyme, parsley, sea salt, and sage. Place in Instant Pot insert in a single layer, if possible. Pour broth around turkey and lay bay leaf on top. Set to cook using Poultry setting (15 minutes).
  3. Serve: When timer is up, manually release the pressure. Slice into 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick slices and serve with gravy.

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AIP Jellied Cranberry Sauce


I remember the first year I saw cranberry jelly on our Thanksgiving table. I think we had guests in town and my mom was trying to be welcoming and inclusive. She bought that Ocean Spray brand stuff, opened it using the can opener, and let me run a spoon around the edges of it. It plopped out on the serving plate in a perfect cylinder with those tell-tale ridges. I remember thinking it looked pretty cool, like roller skating rink candy or my Jelly shoes (90’s kid for ya). I was so excited to try it with Lebanese Roast Chicken (my AIP version of that recipe will be up soon!) and stuffing but was SO disappointed in this taste. The bright red color and Jello-y texture was enough to keep me happy though, so I asked my mom to buy it again the next year. No one touched the stuff. Years passed before we had Cranberry Relish on our table, and this time it was the real deal: fresh cranberries, simmered with fresh orange juice, orange zest, and honey. It had a granular texture though, and I really did prefer the gelatin texture of the canned variety but liked the taste of fresh fruit MUCH more. 

This year, my first Thanksgiving on AIP, calls for a combination of the two. Fresh cranberries cooked with BONE BROTH instead of water, plus honey to sweeten it lightly. Grass-fed Great Lakes gelatin helped it gel perfectly. I served it with my AIP Lebanese Roast Chicken & Stuffing this week and it brought me right back to my Mom’s Thanksgiving table. Enjoy just in time for the holidays!

AIP Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Serves 6 | Prep Time 5 min| Cook Time 30 min | Fridge Time 2 hours

12 oz fresh organic cranberries

1 ½ cups bone broth, divided

3 T honey, divided

2 T grass-fed gelatin

Pinch sea salt

2 mandarin oranges, peeled

  1. Place cranberries, 1 cup bone broth, and 2 T honey in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a high-powered blender.
  2. Warm the remaining ½ cup bone broth in either the saucepan or the microwave until hot but not boiling. Stir in gelatin, remaining 1 T honey, and sea salt. Pour this mixture into the blender with the cranberries and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into a serving dish. Lay mandarin slices on top of the cranberry mixture and place in fridge to solidify, 1-2 hours. Can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the fridge for a more developed flavor (my favorite way!)