Recipes

Chicken Pot “Pie”

Makes 4 pies
Please forgive the crappy photos. My phone doesn’t focus. ūüė¶

The prep for this is a bit involved, but it is SO worth it! Please keep in mind that I do not weigh and measure so all of these measurements¬†are approximate.¬† Feel free to add, substitute, or change it any way you like. ūüôā

Filling:

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
1 can peas
1 cup baby carrots sliced
(feel free to use a bag of frozen peas/carrots if you like!)
1 tbsp dried minced onion (fresh would be better, but I used what I had)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in a crock pot then pour on enough chicken stock just to cover the filling.  Cook for 8 hours.

That was actually the easy part since I was at work.¬† I came home at lunch to check on it and the delicious aroma was maddening, MADDENING I TELL YOU! ūüėÄ

When I¬†arrived home that evening¬†I prepared the “crust”.

“Crust”:

4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
3 tbsp Kerrygold Butter, melted (or your favorite butter/oil)
2 cloves garlic
dash of sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you’ve made a sort of puree or paste.

Take your four small pot pie tins and grease the inside with melted Kerrygold (or your favorite butter/oil) then take enough of the paste to make a thin “crust” and press it into the tin until you’ve lined it completely all the way to the rim.¬† Once you have these ready set them to the side while you finish your filling.

Put your filling into a large pot on the stove and turn it to a medium heat.¬† Take a cup of cold water and mix in 2-3 tbsp of Arrowroot powder to make a slurry.¬† Pour the slurry into your filling and stir until desired thickness.¬† Remove from heat.¬† Once your filling is as thick as you want it you’re ready to assemble your “pie”!

Spoon the filling into your “crust”-lined tins, but don’t over-fill!

Once this is complete you take a regular hamburger press and put in enough of your chicken puree/paste to make a thin top for your “pie”.¬† Make sure you coat both surfaces of the press with butter/oil beforehand for easier removal!¬† You may need to re-coat between pressings.

Once you have all your tops in place, make a small hole in the middle for venting, drizzle on more butter, and top with cracked pepper.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

These are PHENOMENAL.¬† And since I’m not a cook or chef or even very knowledgable about food at all I am VERY proud of this effort. ūüėĬ† My oldest daughter loved the fact that the “crust” had a real pie “feel” to it.¬† What I liked was the interesting juxtaposition of the pureed breasts with the juicy thigh chunks.¬† SO good. ūüôā

And tender enough to eat with a plastic fork!

Hopefully, when you’re finished your plate looks like mine. ūüôā

This is before I licked it clean. ūüėÄ

A few notes:¬† I haven’t tried to freeze these, but I did take one to work today and warmed it in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds and it was wonderful!¬† I feel certain they would freeze fine.¬† Also, once you’re finished you actually have plenty of filling left to either eat as a stew or you can opt to make a second round of crust and make more pies!¬† I’m sure you could also use a regular pie pan and make one large pie, but I don’t know how that would affect the cooking¬†time.

It even has crinklies like a real pot pie!

Play with it, have fun with it, and above all, let me know how it turns out!

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Trail mix

This is probably the simplest healthy snack you could put together. 

Take 2 oz of each of your favorite nuts, dried berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips (optional!), etc.  Put them all in a gallon size storage baggie and shake.  Voila.

For me this mix lasts a week or more.¬† Because my particular goal is disease recovery and weight loss I limit my consumption of this to 2 oz daily.¬† (It’s not a bad idea to limit intake of nuts anyway, even if you are¬†healthy due to the skewed¬†omega 3/omega 6 ratio found in nuts.)¬† I don’t generally¬†eat this every day,¬†but¬†it is a great snack¬†to keep with you for those days when you get the munchies, are working late, stuck in traffic,¬†or end up¬†at¬†one of those precarious work parties where everybody is pushing food at you.¬† It’s a whole lot easier to fight temptation when you’re armed.¬† So be prepared and enjoy!


Tip #1

In the six weeks I’ve been on Paleo I have run across a number of instances where it would have been easy to fall off the Paleo wagon.¬† This is the one advantage to experiencing what it feels like to be deathly sick – it’s a whole lot easier to set your priorities.¬† But most people don’t have that very vivid memory to fall back on so it might be easier for those folks¬†to give in¬†to temptation.¬† Let’s face it – we’re ALL¬†very adept at rationalization.¬†¬† I will be posting a lot of (what I hope are) helpful suggestions since these precarious food-oriented social situations¬†come up routinely in this thing called life and I have to deal with them as well.¬† Today’s topic:

MOVIE SNACKS

Now movies were one of the frivolous expenses that I gave up in order to afford my good Paleo food and the increased health and vitality that they provide me.¬† But even when you know it’s frivolous and in six months it’ll be on video there are just certain movies that it is imperative that you experience on the big screen.¬† For me, one of these movies¬†is the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part I.¬† MUST SEE.¬†

I know that my girls will want to see this with me and they’re going to want sodas, popcorn, and candy.¬† It’s tradition.¬† And honestly, were I a healthy Paleo individual who had been on Paleo for a year or more and seldom strayed,¬†I would probably give in and partake of the crap and consider it a rare “treat”.¬† (Although I doubt I would consider it a treat the next day¬†when I felt like crap, but that’s a post for another day.) ¬†But I am not in that category and so I cannot afford even to consider it as a possibility.¬† So what’s to do?

1.¬† Take a Paleo-friendly snack.¬† Here’s my own concoction (you can find the directions for it here):

2.¬† Eat before the movie.¬† This is crucial.¬† Even taking a Paleo-friendly snack will only curb your appetite for a short time, especially when you’re surrounded by people passing the popcorn and offering you Milk Duds.

3.¬†¬†Don’t forget your bottled water.¬† It would be sad indeed if you had done steps¬†1 and 2 and had forgotten a beverage.¬† Thankfully, even movie theaters have bottled water for purchase so if this was your only oversight you’ll still be fine¬†even though the theater will be five bucks richer.

Sounds pretty easy, huh?  And it really is.  If you keep yourself prepared it will be easier and easier not to even consider non-paleo foods as any kind of substitute.