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Whole30 Chicken Paillard Platter with Green Goddess Dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS (TM)

Whole30 Chicken Paillard Platter with Green Goddess Dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS™

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Cutlets:

  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (plus additional 1 Tbsp for each batch of cooking)

Platter:

  • Arugula
  • Salt (for greens)
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Marinated Red Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (click here for recipe)
  • Green Goddess Dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (recipe below)

Place chicken cutlets between plastic wrap or wax paper and pound evenly on both sides, 1 ½ to 2 minutes. Be sure not to rush the process or pound the them too hard – as you may break down the meat.

After pounding the chicken, gently remove the plastic or wax paper and salt and pepper one side of the cutlet. Then flip it into your hand and remove the paper from the top. Salt and pepper the other side.

Heat 2 Tbsp Olive Oil in a large, non-stick sauté pan. Sauté first side for 3 minutes flip over and cook for one minute on the other side. If the oil gets too hot, lower the temp to medium.

If cooking in batches, remove cutlets and place on a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200 F oven. Add additional olive oil (about 1 Tbsp) and repeat process. (If oil seems burned, wipe out pan and start fresh with 2 Tbsp olive oil.)

Assemble everything on a platter and let everyone make their plates with as much of everything as they want!

Teri Tip:  If the cutlets (or chicken breasts) are too large, you can cut them into two pieces which should make pounding them and cooking them easier.

Green Goddess Dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS™

  • 3 oil-packed anchovy filets
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 cup Whole30 Mayo (click here for recipe)
  • 2 handfuls basil leaves
  • 4 Tbsp fresh tarragon leaves
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 pinches salt

Make the dressing: Blend all the dressing ingredients to combine well. Taste the dressing and add salt, pepper, and more lemon juice for extra tang, if needed.

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Whole30 Garlic Scallops

Whole30 Garlic Scallops

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  • 1 ½ pounds medium sized scallops
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted clarified butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish)

Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them until very dry. Season with ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp black pepper.

Cook the scallops in 2 batches. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat, until hot, but not smoking. Add scallops in a single layer and cook 3-4 minutes on one side until brown, then flip and cook other side for 1-2 minutes.  Remove and set aside. Repeat for 2nd

In the same pan, add 2 Tbsp of clarified butter, scraping all the crusty bits from the pan as it heats up. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.  Pour in the chicken stock, stirring and let simmer for about 1-2 minutes, until slightly reduced.

Add the coconut cream, stirring and cooking until incorporated.  Add the lemon juice and the remaining ½ tsp salt, stirring to combine.  Return the scallops to the pan just long enough to warm them up.   Garnish with parsley and serve.

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Whole30 Winter Feast with Pork Tenderloin

Gorgeous carrots and onions, juicy pork tenderloin and crispy smashed potatoes.  What could be better for a mid winter feast?

This is pork tenderloin with a twist because we are making an “indoor kabob”, which is perfect for fall cooking! The trick to this dish is the amazing marinade. It starts with Extra Virgin Olive Oil then add garlic, lemon rind and lemon juice, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper and you have a magic elixir to use all over this entire dish!

The simple and delicious marinade is a two fer! First, you use it to marinate the pork tenderloin.  Then, after pre-cooking the potatoes, you smash them and toss them in the leftover marinade.  The only way to get truly crunchy potatoes is to cook them twice. If you have never discovered this way of cooking potatoes, you are in for a treat!

Whole30 Mid Winter feast with Pork Tenderloin

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For the pork:

  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the marinade:

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large rosemary sprig or more to taste, chopped coarsely
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped coarsely

For the crispy smashed potatoes

  • 1 1/4 pounds baby potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the roasted carrots and onions:

  • 8 medium sized carrots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Cut the tenderloin into 1 1/2″ thick medallions. Place the slices of pork tenderloin in a bowl and set aside.

Marinade: Remove the leaves from the sprig of the rosemary. Chop the lemon zest and rosemary leaves. In a medium bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients, stirring until combined. Measure out 1/4 cup of the marinade and set aside. Spoon the remaining marinade over the sliced pork, coating all pieces well. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring water and 2 Tbsp salt to a boil. Place the baby potatoes in the water and bring back to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes. When done, remove the potatoes from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a sheet pan to cool.  When the potatoes are cool, gently smash each one with a fork to flatten slightly.

Peel and cut the carrots on the diagonal into medium sized pieces, about 2-3 inches long.  Cut the onion into medium size wedges. Place them all on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with 3 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss until well coated.

After the pork has marinated for 30 minutes, remove from marinade and place two pieces on each skewer, leaving a little bit of room between the pieces.  In a large cast iron pan over medium high heat, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Sear the pork for 2 minutes on each side. When done, remove the pork from the pan (and any residual rosemary pieces) and set aside.

Add another 2 Tbsp of olive oil to the skillet.  Moving quickly, place the smashed potatoes into the hot skillet, then place the pork over the potatoes. Pour reserved 1/4 cup of marinade over the pork and potatoes and place the pan in the pre-heated oven. Cook for about 8 minutes, then leaving the potatoes in the oven, remove the pork skewers from the oven and set aside to rest.  Continue to cook the potatoes until brown and crispy, about 30 minutes  At the same time, place the pan of carrots and onions in the oven to cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

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Whole30 Ragu

As far as I’m concerned, everyone should know how to make a ragu and this is a good one! We worked long and hard to perfect this and let me tell you, it’s all about having different kinds of meat.

In this recipe we have used a mix of Italian sausage, ground beef and chuck.  The combination of tomatoes, the seared, slow cooked chuck, sauted mirepoix, beef and Italian sausage create it’s own magic elixir, which is absolutely delightful.

By the way, I am gal that loves slow cooking and I don’t like to rush the process. So I slow cook in a dutch oven on a stove for several hours and the outcome is nothing short of soul food.

Whole30 Ragu

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  • 1 ¼ pound of chuck, cut into 3 pieces
  • 3 tsp salt, divided
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 slices compliant bacon
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ pound spicy Italian pork sausage, uncooked
  • ½ pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 2 cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ 28 oz cans (42 oz total) whole peeled plum tomatoes, blended
  • 1 bay leaf

Season the chuck with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Over medium high heat, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a Dutch oven.  Sear the beef on both sides, until brown, about 9 minutes total. Remove and set aside.

In the same Dutch oven, add the remaining 1 tsp olive oil. Once warm, add the bacon, onion, carrots and celery, stirring occasionally and cooking for 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring so it doesn’t burn.

Add the sausage and ground beef and sauté until brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and keep to use for something else.

Add the sherry vinegar and 2 Tbsp of the balsamic vinegar, cook for 1 minute, stirring often to de-glaze the pan, scraping up all the brown bits.

Dissolve the tomato paste in the warm chicken stock, stirring until blended together well. Pour this mixture into the Dutch oven.

Add the blended tomatoes, 2 tsp salt, the remaining 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar, bay leaf and the chuck.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 3 hours.

When the chuck is soft, remove and shred with two forks, removing any fatty pieces.  Place it back into the sauce and remove bay leaf.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

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Whole30 Chicken Meatballs in Green Curry

I’m in Chicago and in the middle of winter…let’s just say the weather isn’t giving me a lot of joy, but it’s when cooking delicious food is the ultimate soulful experience. Here’s a twist on my meatballs, just updated with Thai Kitchen green curry. It’s absolutely delicious.

Whole30 Chicken Meatballs in Green Curry

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  • 1 lb ground dark chicken meat
  • 1 lb ground light chicken meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 finely chopped green onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil for sautéing

For the sauce

  • ¾ cup finely diced onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock, warmed
  • 1/4 cup green curry paste
  • 1 – 14 oz can of coconut milk, stirred
  • 6 oz coconut cream
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup basil, cut into thinly sliced ribbons
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 200F. You will cook the meatballs in two batches and will use this to keep them warm.

Int a large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients together by hand, except for the olive oil.

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out meatballs and roll, about 2 ounces each.

In a large Dutch Oven over medium heat, warm the olive oil and brown the first batch of meatballs about 3 minutes a side, making sure to brown all sides. Remove and place on the warm baking sheet in the oven. Repeat for the second batch.

Leaving 1 tablespoon of the oil from cooking the meatballs in the Dutch oven, as well as any other tidbits, remove the remaining oil. Add the onions to the dutch oven and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.

Using 1/3 cup of the warmed chicken stock, deglaze the Dutch Oven, being sure to scrape the bottom to get all the little bits. Dissolve the curry paste in the remaining 2/3 cup of the warm chicken stock and add to the Dutch Oven, stirring to combine. Add the coconut milk and coconut cream, whisking until everything is dissolved and smooth.

Add the lime juice, coconut aminos, and red pepper flakes, and stir. Bring to a boil,  then transfer the meatballs from the oven into the Dutch Oven with the sauce and cover. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Add basil and fresh cilantro (or any other fresh herbs you like). Stir to combine. Serve over cauliflower rice, and garnish with lime wedges.

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Whole30 Crispy Smashed potatoes with Macadamia Nut Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS (TM)

Whole30 Crispy Smashed potatoes with Macadamia Nut Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™

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  • 2 Tbsp of salt for boiling potatoes
  • 2 pounds of butter cream potatoes (or small Yukon gold)
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • ¼ tsp granulated garlic
  • Macadamia Nut Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Bring water to a boil with 2 Tbsp of salt. Add potatoes and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, uncovered.

When potatoes are tender, take them out and let them cool for about 5 minutes and place on a large baking sheet.

Using measuring cup or the bottom of a glass, press down on the potato, smashing it so it cracks on all sides.

Drizzle each potato with 1 tsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Roast the potatoes for 27-33 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.

Serve potatoes, crispy side up and top with a dollop of Macadamia Nut Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™.

Macadamia Nut Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™

  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

In the food processor, pulse a cup of raw macadamia nuts until coarsely chopped.

Add the pressed garlic, basil and parsley, pulse until mixed well.

When all of that is mixed well, slowly add the olive oil until combined well.

Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and combine until well mixed. Depending on your desired consistency, you can add more olive oil a tablespoon at a time.

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Whole30 On the go Mini Greek Salads with Tzatziki Sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS (TM)

I am so excited to share my Mini Greek Salad lunch to-go, with a new Magic Elixir, Whole30 Tzatziki sauce. I can’t wait for you to try it! Although my kids are grown and living across the country, my happiest times were making them beautiful lunches for @nocrumbslefts_kid and @nocrumbslefts_otherkid. Creating delicious lunches like this reminds me of those happy times!

Whole30 On the go Mini Greek Salads with Tzatziki Sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS™

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  • 2 Greek style Everyday Roasted Chicken Breasts (recipe below)
  • ½ cup Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS™
  • Marinated Red Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled and chopped into chunks (or 1 English)
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • Greens (whatever you like)
  • Tzatziki sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (recipe below)
  • 1 Tbsp of sliced chives

Assemble salads in to go containers with Tzatziki Sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS™.  Or create a plate or platter for lunch at home.

Greek Style Everyday Roasted Chicken Breasts

  • 2 bone in and skin on chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Greek seasoning blend (see recipe below)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Rub 3/4 tsp of the Greek seasoning blend on each chicken breast.  Then, drizzle 1/2 of the olive oil on each and tub the oil and seasonings all over each piece. Finish by sprinkling 1/2 tsp salt on each breast.

Bake for about 35 minutes, then brush the top of the chicken with the juices. Return to oven for 5 minutes to brown the top. Remove from oven. If it isn’t brown enough at this point, baste again, turn up the oven temp, and bake for another 10 minutes.

Greek seasoning blend

  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried mint

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

Whole30 Tzatziki Sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS™

  • 1 cup Whole30 compliant mayo
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumbers (smallest dice possible)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

In a medium bowl, place mayo, minced garlic, olive oil and vinegar and whisk together.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.

Pour into jar and keep refrigerated.

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Whole30 Creamed Spinach Breakfast with Jammy Eggs

Jammy Eggs on a Bed of Creamed Spinach. Talk about a leftover! One of my favorite thing of Whole30 cooking is that extra protein and vegetables at night make a fantastic breakfast and a great lunch to-go the next day. Have you ever had a jammy eggs? They are life changing and the simple technique below will quote possibly change how you make eggs in the morning.

Whole30 Creamed Spinach Breakfast with Jammy Eggs

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Make Jammy eggs:

In a medium sized pot, bring water and 1 tbsp salt to a boil. Once boiling, gently place eggs in the water.  Cook for 7 ½ minutes.

Remove from water with slotted spoon and place immediately into an ice bath for 1 minute.   Remove from ice bath and gently peel.

Heat the leftover creamed spinach.

Make a simple salad of arugula and marinated onion oil.  Assemble your plate with creamed spinach, jammy eggs, the salad and top with Marinated Red Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™

Whole30 Creamed Spinach

  • 4 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 16 ounces spinach
  • 4 Tbsp chicken stock
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup coconut cream
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp of clarified butter. Add onions, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Start adding ½ the spinach and allow to wilt. Then add the second ½.  The spinach should be wilted in about 3 minutes.

Turn the heat down to low. Add the chicken stock and ½ tsp salt.  Then starting with 1/4 cup of the coconut cream, add it to the dutch oven and stir to combine. If needed, add more up to 1/2 cup.

In small bowl, make a slurry from arrowroot and 1 Tbsp of cold water. Then add 1 Tbsp of coconut milk to it and stir. Add to the pot and stir.

Remove Dutch oven from heat and transfer spinach mixture to blender or food processor. Pulse a couple of times, leaving some texture.

Transfer back to pot on low heat. Add red pepper flakes, lemon juice and stir.

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Whole30 Spicy Chicken Stock

When people ask what the most important Whole30 ingredient is for delicious cooking, I tell them Chicken Stock. For me it’s a flavor infuser and a basic that any good cook should know how to make. If you take a peek in my freezer, you might be shocked to see it’s filled to the brim with stock of every kind.  The last time I did a Whole30 takeover, I shared my no-fuss, 45-minute chicken stock and now I want to teach you how to make this spicy chicken stock, packed with flavor. This is a template for a spicy soup, but you can absolutely change it up by using different chilies, or different seeds.  It’s delicious on it’s own but a fantastic base for anything you’s use chicken stock in!

Whole30 Spicy Chicken Stock

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  • 4 quarts of water
  • 3 Lb chicken, whole
  • 3 celery stalks, cut in half
  • 2 carrots, cut in half
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 bunch of cilantro or parsley (no need to trim)
  • 5 dried chilies de arbol
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno halved, seeds removed
  • 1 head garlic (top cut off)
  • ½ apple
  • 1 tsp of coriander
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorn
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 3 dried bay leaves

In a large stock pot, bring the water to boil.

Add all the ingredients to the pot. Return to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer on low for 45 minutes.

Pull out the chicken and cut off the legs, reserving the remaining chicken for the soup later. Return the legs to the stock. Simmer the stock another 15 minutes.

Pour the stock through a strainer into a bowl. Transfer to jars or a large container. Save the chicken pieces for the Spicy Chicken Soup (recipe on next post.

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Whole30 Superbowl Platter

I wanted to create something that is all about inspiration for the Big Game or entertaining a crowd. During Whole30, you should focus on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. If you want to do it all homemade, great! Otherwise, you can pick a lot of it up at the store and then make my homemade sauces.  Mix it up and use your favorites!

Whole30 Superbowl Platter

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Shrimp

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning

Toss the shrimp in the spices. In a sauté pan over medium to medium high heat, sauté in olive oil, 2 minutes each side, about 4 minutes total.

Jammy Eggs

In a medium sized pot, bring water and 1 tbsp salt to a boil.  Once boiling, gently place eggs in the water.  Cook for 7 ½ minutes.

Remove from water with slotted spoon and place immediately into an ice bath for 1 minute. Remove from ice bath and gently peel.

Sweet Potato crisps

  • 2 large Japanese Sweet Potatoes, peeled
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil for frying
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Cut the sweet potato as thin as possible. Heat the oil to hot, but not smoky. Fry one in the coconut oil to test it out. You want to fry until crispy.

Once you know how long it takes to get them nice and crispy, fry the remaining slices. Remove and set on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.

You may need to adjust the stove temperature to make sure that the oil stays hot (but is not burning the potatoes).

Avocado Crèma

  • 1 Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 5 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, press
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • A dash of coconut aminos

In a blender or food processor, combine the avocado, coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and coconut aminos and blend until smooth.

Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

Spicy Whole SistersRanch Dressing

Whole Sisters Ranch combined with 3 Tbsp of green hot sauce (Cholula).

Smoky Yellow Pepper Mayo

  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup Whole30 mayo
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 500F. Place peppers on roasting pan, oil, salt and pepper. Roast them for about 15-20 minutes (not too black – light brown) flip every 5 minutes.  Make sure they don’t burn.

Remove from the oven and place in a paper bag for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove from the bag and remove as much skin as possible. Remove the seeds too.

Transfer to a food processor and add the mayo and red wine vinegar, blending until smooth. Season to taste.

Then Assemble your Super Bowl Spread and be sure to use your favorites!

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Whole30 Canapes

I am a gal that loves old school so I am really in love with this idea of old school canapes and why not Whole30?  I am going to give you some of my ideas but there are so many ways you can make this depending on what you like and what you have leftover.  And they are amazing for lunches to go.  Choose your favorite MAGIC ELIXIRS™, add a protein and your favorite items, Marinated Red Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ are always fantastic. Along with my combinations, I’ve added a list of other possible ingredients to play with.

Whole30 Canapes

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Steak

  1. Leftover steak, cut into cubes
  2. Olives with pimento
  3. Roasted red pepper
  4. Heart of palm, cut into ½ inch thick pieces

Preparing roasted peppers:

  • Set the oven to Broil or 500°F. Rub each pepper with 1 tsp olive oil ¼ tsp salt and 1/8 pepper.
  • Place on baking sheet. Broil for 30 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place in paper bag for 30 minutes. Remove peel and seeds.

BLT

  1. ½ strip of oven bacon (not too crispy so you can skewer it)
  2. Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (or an oven roasted tomato)
  3. Small iceburg wedge
  4. Pepperoncini
  5. Creamy horseradish dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS™

Creamy Horseradish dressing MAGIC ELIXIRS™

  • 1 cup Whole30 compliant mayo
  • ¼ cup grated horseradish
  • 1 tsp Whole30 compliant Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chives

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

Chicken and Ranch

  1. Leftover Everyday roasted chicken breast
  2. Pineapple chunks
  3. Cucumber
  4. Marinated onion
  5. Serve with WholeSisters Ranch (or, Green Goddess MAGIC ELIXIRS™ )

Other Canapes ingredient options: Whole30 ham, Sausage or Kielbasa, Jicama, Avocado, Sweet potatoes, Cornichons, artichoke hearts.

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Whole30 Roasted Grapefruit Chicken (Cookbook Sneak Preview!)

I am so delighted to share this as a preview to my Whole30 endorsed cookbook, nocrumbsleft™, Everyday Food Made Marvelous, coming out May 2019! This fantastic Roasted Grapefruit Chicken is something that I made for my kids for years and I know that your family will love it too!

Whole30 Grapefruit Chicken

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  • 2 Tbsp salt, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ¾ cup juice from fresh grapefruit (save the juiced grapefruit)
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil, divided
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
  • 3 large carrots (halved lengthwise and cut into thirds)
  • 3 cups quartered red potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into wedges (about 1 ½ cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic

In a small bowl, stir together 1 ½ Tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, granulated garlic, marjoram, paprika and cayenne and stir until combined. In another small bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice and 2 Tbsp of olive oil.

Place the chicken, breast side up on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle the spice blend on both sides of the chicken and rub it all in well so that the chicken is coated with spices and oil. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

When ready to cook the chicken, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chicken on it.

In a medium bowl, add the carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, toss to coat. Distribute them evenly around the chicken on the baking sheet. Fold a juiced ½ grapefruit and stuff into the opening of the chicken.

Cook the chicken for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and baste and with the olive oil and grapefruit juice mixture. Then continue cooking, basting every 15 minutes.  Cooking time is about 20 minutes a pound, so a 4 pound chicken should take about an hour and 20 minutes.  If chicken starts to get too brown, cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Cook’s note: Something important to know is that whenever you are roasting a chicken , place the breast side up (spine side down), no need to flip it in in the middle of cooking, unless a recipe you are using says other wise.

If you don’t like or can’t have grapefruit, this recipe works great with different kinds of citrus.  You can try tangerines, blood oranges, clementines or your favorite citrus fruit.  Just use the same amount of juice that the recipe calls for and save half of the juiced fruit to stuff in the chicken. 

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Whole30 Sunshine Soup

Sunshine Soup! It’s an absolutely simple dinner. My kids grew up with Sunshine Soup, beautiful homemade stock blended with vegetables and crushed tomatoes…and it’s heaven. As a mother it felt great to see my kids eating chicken stock infused with love and blended with vegetables–eating this way really makes a person feel like sunshine, from the inside out. Prior to settling on the name Sunshine Soup, when I couldn’t get my kids to eat, I would name the soup after my kids’ favorite character. One of my kids wouldn’t eat vegetables but loved Cinderella, so I called it Cinderella Soup and told him it was her favorite soup! He loved it! If this works for you, name it whatever will make your kids eat it. Once you learn this soup, you will find yourself making so many variations using chicken stock, a variety of roasted vegetables, and different spice profiles.

Sunshine Soup

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  • 6 cups chicken broth (click here for recipe or compliant store bought)
  • 2 cups compliant tomato puree from a can
  • Vegetables left over from making the chicken stock
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place everything in a Vitamix and blend until smooth.

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Fish Filet

My new current favorite dish is my own updated spin on a Filet O’ Fish. Sure to please anyone, especially those eating more seafood this month, it’s as simple as a nice piece of cod dusted with almond meal, paprika, and garlic powder, then sautéed and served with my classic Tarragon Tartar MAGIC ELIXIRS™, Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™, and Refrigerator Pickles MAGIC ELIXIRS™.

Fish Filet

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Serves 4

Salt and pepper each fish filet well on each side with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper per filet.

In a bowl, beat the eggs very well with a fork and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the super fine almond meal, smoked paprika and granulated garlic together.

Making sure not to mix any of the egg mixture in the first bowl with the almond meal mixture in the second bowl (for example, I use my right hand for the egg and my left for the almond meal), one by one, handling each filet minimally and gently, dip each filet in the egg, then remove and drop into the almond meal to cover each thoroughly.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the clarified butter. Then add the olive oil to the pan and mix together to combine. Reduce the heat to medium low.

Sauté each cod filet in the pan for 3 minutes a side, until just golden brown.

Serve in between two pieces of lettuce with my Refrigerator Pickles, Marinated Onions, and Tarragon Tartar Sauce MAGIC ELIXIRS™.

Tarragon Tartar Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups homemade mayonnaise, recipe below (or your favorite Whole30 compliant mayonnaise)
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 4 cornichons, minced
  • 18 green olives, pitted and chopped (I use Cerignola; I believe they make a significant difference)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, or to taste
  • Compliant hot sauce to taste

After finely chopping the shallots, cornichons, green olives, and tarragon, stir them into the mayonnaise, vinegar, and hot sauce until combined well.

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Spicy Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

  • 1 Tbsp Aleppo Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Sumac
  • 1 Tbsp Smoky Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock (or compliant vegetable stock)
  • optional toppings: toasted pepitas, Whole30 compliant bacon or croutons, créma (if not doing Whole30).

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Make a spice blend by combining the Aleppo pepper, Sumac, smoky paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside 2 Tbsp for this recipe and store the rest for later use.

Break up the cauliflower into florets. Toss with olive oil, 2 Tbsp of spice blend, and salt.

Roast for 20 minutes. Remove and add the garlic cloves. Return to the oven for 20 more minutes, or until done. (My cauliflower took a total roasting time of 40 minutes.)

Blend the roasted cauliflower in a Vitamix with the chicken or vegetable stock.

Serve with suggested toppings (or your favorite toppings.)

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Coq au Blanc

Coq au Blanc

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  • 8 chicken thighs – bone-in, skin on
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups warmed chicken stock (use compliant if Whole30)
  • ¾ cup green olives
  • ½ chopped basil
  • ½ bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp macerated preserved lemon MAGIC ELIXIR™
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the chicken thighs on both sides until golden brown, but not cooked through, working in batches and setting browned thighs aside on a plate. On your last batch of chicken, throw in sliced garlic and brown for a few seconds. Remove the chicken and garlic and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, wipe out the chicken oil and add 2 tablespoons fresh olive oil. Add the chopped celery, onions and carrots to make the mirepoix. Cook for about 10 minutes or until caramelized.
  4. Return chicken to pan. Stir in 2 teaspoons of macerated preserved lemon with 1 cup of warmed chicken stock. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
  5. Cover and put in the oven for 40 minutes at 350°F.
  6. Remove from the oven and pour in 1 to 2 cups chicken stock. Then toss in olives and sprinkle with the parsley, basil, olives, lemons and place back in oven, uncovered, for 20 min.
  7. Remove and serve.

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Paleo Sloppy Joes

 

I realize this is the world of Insta-pots, but by nature I am just the opposite. I love the soul-satisfying experience of slow cooking, and the joy of putting something into the oven at a low temperature for an entire day. A long, slow cooking process is just absolutely life enhancing to me. I received a message from a follower who said she had recently rediscovered her soul in the kitchen and reminded herself that cooking is like art: there are no rules. That is it in a nutshell. In honor of that, I share with you my Paleo Sloppy Joe recipe.

Some people live by a recipe and follow it to a T, but not I. With my Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIR™ and Heroine Chicken, I stick to the program, but for almost everything else, I like the idea of really playing in the kitchen. This Sloppy Joe is a work in progress, so the next time you look at the recipe you will probably see that I’ve changed it…and frankly, it’s the reason I have never written a cookbook.

Some Paleo recipes are easier than others, but with a Sloppy Joe, cooking the sugar down for hours creates a certain magic. So, when you take sugar out of a recipe, it’s an advanced kung fu move to try to figure out what alternative magic will perfect the recipe. I’m not going to lie to you, the Paleo Sloppy Joe is not quite the same as my original, but it’s pretty darn good. There are a whole lot of ingredients, but they are sort of the palette I work with, so find them, and I think you will find that you will use them again and again–but feel free to tweak it with your own magic ingredients. If you don’t have sumac or Aleppo pepper, use extra chili powder. When you make yours, please be sure to tag me on Instagram @nocrumbsleft and use #nocrumbsleft so I can find you.

Flavors like coconut aminos, hot sauce, Aleppo pepper, sumac, dried chilis, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste are the stuff of solidly delicious Paleo cooking. If you want to cook this way, these are the elements you need in your kitchen, and they are probably more important than having a fancy pan.

Paleo Sloppy Joes Ever

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two 6oz cans tomato paste (make sure it is compliant if doing Whole30)
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 – 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, pureed (make sure they are compliant if doing Whole30)
  • 3 dry chipotle peppers, ground
  • 2 teaspoons salt (but likely more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • A sprinkle of cayenne pepper, to taste
  • A few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Aleppo pepper

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the beef with the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, stirring to break up the meat, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep stirring. When the meat is cooked through, leave on medium, and add the remaining ingredients, a couple at a time, stirring to combine well, as you go. I like to watch the ingredients go in and see the dish change as they combine. Keep combining and stirring till you’ve added them all. At this point you can transfer your mixture to the slow cooker, use a Bain Marie, or just leave it in the Dutch oven and place it into a larger pan with water in the preheated oven.

Cover and cook at 200 degrees for about six hours–but if you think it’s done sooner, by all means enjoy. I take it out and stir about every 90 minutes, and it’s fun to watch it transform. Make sure to replenish water in the pan when needed, if it evaporates. I like to try a bit along the way and decide when it tastes perfect. (We generally can’t wait much longer than 5 or 6 hours because anyone who comes within a mile of my kitchen or happens to call me on the phone that day is eager to eat it.) You may end up cooking between 4-6 hours, depending on your idea of the perfect Sloppy Joe. Add more spice or vinegar as desired.

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Whole30 Sizzling Shrimp

 

You may already know about my Sizzling Shrimp. When you start with gorgeous wild caught Gulf shrimp like this, it’s hard to go wrong! These are an absolute no fail, as easy as marinating the shrimp in a bit of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon rind, and red pepper flakes, then sautéing on a grill or a pan, and finishing it off in one of my MAGIC ELIXIRS™: clarified butter and hot sauce. Be sure to check out the stories for all the details. When you make it, please tag me…I’d love to see your version! Let’s double the recipe, and in my next post, I’ll show you what to do with the leftovers!

Whole30 Sizzling Shrimp

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs shrimp, shells on, and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp clarified butter, warmed
  • 3 Tbsp Whole30 compliant hot sauce
  1. Marinate shrimp for 20 minutes in a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic.
  2. Mix clarified butter and hot sauce together right before cooking shrimp. Set aside.
  3. Over high heat on the stove, heat a large pan. Place shrimp in a single layer in the very hot pan and cook for 3 minutes a side. When almost finished cooking on the second side, pour clarified butter mixture over the shrimp. If your pan is not big enough and you have to do them in batches, split the clarified butter mixture into batches as well.