This healthy asian paleo beef recipe, made mostly in the slow cooker, is the perfect make ahead lunch or dinner! It’s paired with cauliflower “rice” and veggies and is a great low-carb, whole30 and paleo meal prep. Double the recipe and you can also make it dinner one night and lunch for the next few days!
Paleo Asian Beef Rice Bowl
This Whole30, Keto and Paleo Asian Beef and Rice bowl is a great addition to your meal prep rotation! The savory shredded beef is cooked in a slow cooker and then served with veggies, paleo cauliflower rice and a really delicious asian style sauce. We use onions, red pepper and broccoli but you can really swap out with any veggies you have on hand that you think will go well in this dish like carrots, bok choy, or cauliflower.
What You Need to Make this Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Recipe:
Boneless chuck roast (feel free to double this amount if you want extra meat for future meals)
Coconut aminos (this is a soy-free and gluten-free alternative to soy sauce)
Rice wine vinegar
Toasted sesame oil
Cauliflower (to make the grain-free “rice”)
Red bell pepper
Can You Use Premade or Frozen Cauliflower Rice?
Yes! We take advantage of frozen cauliflower all the time, and love that it’s readily available now. There isn’t much difference between fresh or frozen except that the frozen can hold a little bit more water in it. So if you don’t want to do the extra step of making your own cauliflower rice, feel free to use premade!
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In a bowl mix together marinade and pour over chuck. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Once done, remove from crock-pot and shred, discarding the fat.
Pulse cauliflower in food processor until rice-sized pieces form.
In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 garlic clove for 30 seconds until flagrant. Add cauliflower rice and mix for 3 to 5 minutes until softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to pan along with last garlic clove. Add in veggies and sauté for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Add coconut aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix and let cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until soft. Add in shreddedbeef and let cook together for 5 minutes.
Assemble: In a bowl, add cauli rice and then add veggie/beef mixture. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.
You can mix up any vegetables you have on hand!
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This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry uses cauliflower rice, whatever veggies you have on hand, and is so simple to throw together! It is a great Whole30, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free meal for any night of the week!
Paleo Stir Fry
Stir-fry night should also be called clean-out-your-refrigerator night to make a delicious, quick meal! Let this recipe serve more as a guide to using up what you have on hand to create a quick meal that everybody will love, with a really delicious paleo stir fry sauce. We serve this with a garlic scallion cauliflower rice, but you could alternative serve the stir fry with regular white rice if you would like!
You could also alternative use another meat here, like thin sliced steak or pork, or you could really fill up on the veggies and make this meatless!
What Veggies Can You Use For This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry
In this recipe we used:
But you could really use any veggies you have on hand or what is in season. This is the perfect dish to cook up all year long, but particularly good during the CSA season when your refrigerator is full of veggies!
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1. In a bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce ingredients and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add garlic and onion and let cook until the onion turns translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper, and snap peas and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened.
4. Add chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains.
5. Pour in teriyaki sauce and mix well. Add in spinach, baby bok choy, and bean sprouts. Once the spinach starts to wilt, turn off the heat and set aside.
6. Using a food processor or cheese grater, pulse/grate cauliflower until rice consistency.
3. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Add in cauliflower rice, seasoned vinegar, salt, and scallions.
5. Let cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to soften.
6. Transfer to bowl and serve hot.
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This Quick Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is such a simple and quick weeknight dinner, that is packed with so much flavor! There is option to turn up, or eliminate the heat of the dish, but either way it’s delicious. Serve these chicken breasts in tomato sauce alongside roasted green beans and you have yourself a perfect low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole30 approved meal that takes under 30 minutes to prepare! Talk about a WIN!
Quick Cooked Chicken Breast in Tomato Sauce
Easy weeknight dinners are THE BEST! This quick cooking Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is a super delicious dinner to cook when you have less than 30 minutes to get food on the table and you are relying on pantry staples!
We made this low carb by serving it with roasted green beans, but if you want to go a little heavier with the carbs and have a little bit more time on your hands you can serve it with roasted potatoes, rice or pasta.
Want to make this easy chicken and tomato recipe without the spice?
We love spice, but not everybody does, especially if you are serving kids at the table. Feel free to omit the red pepper flakes in this dish, or lower the heat by adding in just half.
Ingredients Needed to Make this Italian Chicken in Tomatoes:
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Whole Plum Tomatoes
Red Pepper Flakes
You can also substitute whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand to roast as well. Cauliflower would be great here, as would zucchini or eggplant.
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Gently place chicken in pan. Let sear for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until all sides are nicely browned.
Add crushed garlic and onion to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.
Lower heat to medium-low and add in tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has reduced and the chicken is fully cooked through.
While sauce is simmering, pre-heat the oven to 350 ℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Bake green beans for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked through. When done, set aside until chicken has finished cooking.
If adding spinach, add to the pan for the last 1-2 minutes of simmering until the spinach has started to wilt.
Remove from heat. Serve hot with roasted green beans!
Green Beans: Pre-heat oven to 350 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Once oven is pre-heated, bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.
This post was updated in March, 2017
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These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so creamy, flavorful and delicious and make a great lunch or dinner! They also could be perfect as a make-ahead meal option. This buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is nutritious and filling, gluten-free and optionally made Paleo and Whole30 by omitting the cheese.
Buffalo Chicken Baked Sweet Potato
Who doesn’t love potato skins? Nobody! Who doesn’t love potatoes skins that are made healthier but still with all the flavor? Can’t think of anyone! These healthier baked sweet potato skins are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken dip packed with extra veggies and nutrients. These are the perfect appetizer for a game day party, or a super delicious lunch or dinner. We love the portability of these and think they’d be a great make-ahead meal as well.
What type of sweet potatoes are best for this recipe?
We choose small to medium sweet potatoes to minimize the time roasting in the oven. You can choose larger ones, but they will take longer to roast. Just make sure they are all about the same size, and as round as you can get to fit in more of the buffalo chicken stuffing.
Can you cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead?
You could, but it will likely take you the same amount of time to roast in the oven between the time it takes to come up to pressure and the time it takes to naturally release. Put the sweet potatoes on a basket and add 1 cup of water. You can use the steam function for 10 minutes, with a natural release.
How can you store these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for meal prep?
If you wanted to make these for a few days of lunches, complete the recipe as directed and then cool the broiled sweet potatoes completely before placing in a container in the fridge. We like using glass containers because they can double as a storage container and can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster oven. These would taste better if heated up in a toaster oven, but if the only option when you are at work is a microwave that will work as well!
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Pierce sweet potato with a fork, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
While the sweet potato is baking, saute onions, carrots, garlic, and scallions for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add in spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat, let cool, and place in a medium mixing bowl.
Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and pepper to the sauted vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
Once sweet potatoes are soft, carefully cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out insides to make “boats.” Leave about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of flesh so they don’t become too fragile and difficult to handle.
Set oven to a high broil.
Fill the sweet potatoes with a heaping spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken. Top with cheddar cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!
Recipe updated March 2017
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If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Maple Kettle Corn we’re giving away all the details on how to make it at home, in under 10 minutes using just three ingredients! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever purchased and will be your new favorite go-to treat. It’s whole grain and made without any refined sugars.
How to Make Maple Kettle Corn
How good is that caramel-y kettle corn you buy at fairs, or in a bag at the grocery store? It’s crunchy, sweet and full-on addicting. Well this homemade kettle corn is SO MUCH BETTER, we promise! And it’s super easy to make! Using only three ingredients, 1 pan and 10 minutes of your time, you’re going to want to whip up this maple kettle corn recipe anytime you need a quick treat! If you’re looking for savory or plain popcorn, check out this post!
A word on what popcorn to buy
We don’t always recommend buying organic everything, but corn crops in this country are often sprayed with harmful chemicals. We recommend buying an organic brand (and non-GMO) of popcorn, and there are many, and if possible choosing an heirloom variety. These are available in a lot of stores, and also on Amazon. We like the brand Tiny but Mighty and Arrowhead Mills.
How to make homemade kettle corn
There are a few key factors to making sure you are successful at making homemade popcorn:
Use a heavy bottom pan. A heavy pan conducts heat evenly and will ensure all the kernels will pop and that you won’t burn any popcorn.
Don’t skimp on the oil! This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons coconut oil. It make seem like a lot but it is needed in order to create enough steam and heat in the pot to pop all the popcorn.
Give the pan a good shake once the kernels have started rapidly popping. This ensures all the kernel pops and the maple syrup doesn’t burn. When you are shaking the pan be careful of any hot caramel escaping from the pan, it could burn you.
If at any point you see smoke–not steam, immediately turn down the heat. While this never happened during testing for us, if you accidentally cook it too high and the oil burns you’ll want to start over. This will flavor the the whole batch of popcorn like burnt.
Keep the pan covered until the popping starts to slow down. Then you want to leave a small space to let the steam escape so you don’t get soggy popcorn.
Pour the kettle corn on a parchment lined sheet pan to cool. Once it’s cool it will be nice and crunchy.
Store in an air tight container for 2-3 days (it likely won’t last that long!)
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Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil and two popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
Once the popcorn has popped the oil is ready. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and return the cover. Remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This ensures the oil doesn't overheat.
Return the pan to heat. Give the pan a shake every few seconds as you wait for the popcorn to start popping. Once it starts popping, quickly add the maple syrup and salt and stir rapidly. Cover and give it a good shake every few seconds.
Once the popping has slowed down, and let the steam vent by moving the cover on the pan slightly.
Once all the popping has stopped, pour onto a large bowl parchment lined sheet pan and let cool.
Serve once cool or store in an airtight container.
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This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is low-carb healthier version of the classic take-out dish! It’s so flavorful, full of veggies and a nice mix of textures! It’s a dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, keto and whole30 friendly option that is going to be a sure hit.
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai recipe is one everyone is going to love! It has such an amazing combination of flavors and textures. This healthier version of the classic take-out dish is lower carb thanks to the spaghetti squash swap. We included extra veggies here for some added nutrients, but you can feel free to omit or swap with what you have on hand.
This recipe is a breeze to make once you have the spaghetti squash, so if you’re planning to make this for a quick weeknight dinner you can roast the spaghetti squash ahead of time (or try it in the instant pot, instructions below) to have this healthy dinner on the table quick.
Want to make this vegetarian? We used chicken and shrimp in this recipe, but feel free to add in some extra veggies and omit the meat / seafood to make it vegetarian. If you tolerate soy, you can also add in tofu here.
How to Roast Spaghetti Squash
Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise.
Scoop out seeds.
Brush inside with oil.
Place facedown on baking sheet and adding water to the baking sheet.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork.
Simply scrape out “spaghetti” with a fork and Enjoy!
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot
Cut 3lb. spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
Stack the spaghetti squash on top of each other (cut-side up).
Close the lid and make sure the knob is turned to sealing.
Set to manual high-pressure for 10 minutes (increase if your squash is larger than 3lb.)
When the timer goes off, turn the vent on the top of the lid to venting to release the steam.
Once the venting knob has dropped, open the lid and shred the spaghetti squash with two forks to turn squash into spaghetti-like noodles!
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Roast spaghetti squash: Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Brush inside with oil. Place facedown on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork. Simply scrape out “spaghetti” with a fork. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients and set aside.
In a large pan, heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, red onion, mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, and scallions. Saute until the onion starts to turn translucent and the mushrooms begin to soften. Add in chicken if using raw and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add in shrimp and cook until the shrimp and chicken are fully cooked through, should take about 5 minutes. If using cooked and shredded chicken, add the chicken in with the shrimp.
Add three cups of the spaghetti squash to the skillet and pour in the sauce. Mix well to combine.
Make a space in the center of your pan and add in 3 eggs. Let cook and mix well, so that the eggs are well incorporated.
Taste and adjust spices as needed.
Serve warm! Add the optional garnishes of lime, extra scallions, and/or peanuts if desired.
If you like more of a saucy Pad Thai, taste and add more sauce as desired
Updated March, 2017
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