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Quick and Healthy: Chicken Soup

Homemade soup perfect for winter months and super easy to make! You can add whatever vegetables you like, making it another great way to up your daily veggie intake in one fell swoop.  Below is one of our favorite healthy combinations.

What You Need:

  • Chicken Broth (1 can)
  • Chicken Breast (1 lbs +)
  • Carrots (2 full)
  • Onions (1 large)
  • Celery (1 stalk)
  • Sweet Potato (1 large)
  • Spinach (we just dump in a bag of the frozen, chopped variety and it works wonderfully)
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Dash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What to Do:

It really couldn’t be any easier. Just chop all ingredients into bite-sized pieces, and throw them in a pot with a can of chicken broth and about another can’s worth of water.  Add seasonings such as basil and garlic, and maybe a dash of olive oil for some healthy fat.  Then put a lid on it and let it cook on low heat for about 45min – 2 hours.  Serve, and enjoy!

(Note:  serves 2 VERY big bowls.)

    A simpler version of the above recipe that we did when we had almost no food left in the house. Soups are a great way of finishing off whatever you have left in the fridge!

     

     

    Quick and Healthy: Spicy Ground Beef Stir-Fry

    The 4-Spice Rule

    Part of what makes Paleo a sustainable venture is not having to pre-plan every single meal.  With a full-spice rack and a little practice, you can quickly and easily come up with something tasty. How?  By following the 4-spice rule.

    Simply put, I try to use 4 spices in every meal. I learned this the hard way after suffering through months of bland food.  Almost any meal you cook will taste better with some combination of 4 different spices.  Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen.  When I started, neither did I.  You will learn quickly to recognize spices that taste good together. A good rule of thumb is to start cooking, and then pop open a couple of spices and smell them along with what you’re cooking to get an idea of how they will mingle with the food.

    If that confuses you more than helps, just make sure you pick spices from the same family (coriander/cumin or oregano/thyme/basil or nutmeg/cinnamon, etc.), and you can’t go wrong!  When you’re feel more confident in your culinary abilities, start trying out some interesting combinations and see what you get.  With the different meat, vegetable, and spice combinations, you could literally never eat the same meal twice for the rest of your life!

    A Recipe

    When I’m in a rush and want to make sure to get some good meat and veggies in, there is nothing easier than a stir-fry.  Just throw some coconut oil down, brown the meat, and toss in the veggies with 4 spices to top it off. Today, I was futzing around in the kitchen and came up with this quick, delicious meal. Continue reading