Chicken and Bacon Salad in Sweet Potato Boats

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Hi all! My name is Heather I am the blogger behind Cook It Up Paleo.  I am so incredibly honored and excited that Sarah has asked me to be a contributor on Everyday Paleo, i.e. my favorite paleo blog ever! Sarah’s book and blog were my first introduction to paleo four years ago, and as a result I went paleo, started my blog, and never looked back!

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Ok now on to this delicious recipe.  When I was a kid (or younger than I am…), my favorite food was “lid potatoes”, i.e. potatoes stuffed with cheese and lots of butter.  I still love the idea of potatoes stuffed with yumminess, and that was the inspiration for this recipe.

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This recipe has all the fixings: bacon, mushrooms, greens, onions, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic! It’s all piled on a baked sweet potato, and the result is a protein-packed and nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, or dinner that is sure to please the whole family!

Chicken and Bacon Salad in Sweet Potato Boats

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes/yams, baked
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups salad greens (spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • Fruity olive oil (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Directions

  1. Slice the baked sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin skin to stuff with the salad later.  Set the skins aside and dice up the cooked sweet potato flesh.
  2. Heat up a large skillet and add the diced bacon.  When it releases its fat, add the diced sweet potato, onion, mushrooms, garlic, chicken, and thyme.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the veggies are cooked and the bacon is crispy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the greens.  Let a sit a minute so the greens can wilt.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the sweet potato “boats”.
  6. If desired, drizzle with fruity olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  7. Serve.

Time to table: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini “Pasta”

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This week I took the kids down to the local farmers market. We had to get our weekly strawberries and see what other goodies we might be able to pick up. One of the vendors had some nice looking heirloom tomatoes, and while this isn’t the peak season for tomatoes I thought I would buy a few and make something for dinner with them.  Upon arriving home I picked some basil from our garden and ended up putting together a delicious and easy Bruschetta – and voila,  Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini “Pasta”!

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One Pot Chicken Drumsticks and a Release Week Recap!

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It’s pretty darn cool to cook right out of my own cookbooks and that’s just what we have been doing this week! I haven’t revisited the recipes in my new book for a few weeks, simply because after you write, photograph, test, and re-test recipes; it’s sometimes necessary – in order to keep ones sanity – to put it all to bed for a while . However, now that the book has been released, it all seems fresh and new again and our family is having a blast making and eating the food from our very own Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!

Today I’m going to share a recipe from the new book that we made for dinner last night; but first I want to do a quick Release Week Recap, go over some highlights, and thank the awesome bloggers out there who took the time to review my new book!

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Too Easy Chicken Adobo and Roasted Greens with Beets and Garlic

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I have mentioned before that John’s grandpa was from the Philippines and for his family; Filipino food was a staple. I have created a paleo version of one of John’s favorite dishes before, and you can find my Paleo Pancit recipe here.  

Today’s post is about Chicken Adobo. Adobo is an extremely popular Filipino dish and the other night I made a super fast version of this yummy meal using coconut aminos instead of the standard soy sauce and the end result was delicious!

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Chicken Nuggets and Clean Clothes!

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*Note from Sarah: This post comes from Dana, our EP Team’s Director of Operations (aka Sarah’s Lifesaver).  It’s been one year since Dana successfully transitioned her family to paleo and with her experience she offers up some wonderful information and advice. I hope you enjoy!

If you are anything like me, when I first committed to eating and living Paleo, there were still pangs for certain foods to, well, taste like they did before.  Pizza Hut pizza is a thing of the past, and now my homemade “paleo” pizza tastes great to me; but it took a while. Same goes for McDonald’s chicken nuggets.  Ahhhh… those late nights at the drive-thru, while momentarily comforting, are definitely now a thing of the past!  Well I have good news for you; I finally found healthy ground chicken that is worthy of delicious chicken nuggets and are actually made from real food, and the outcome is WAY better than the processed chicken nuggets that we thought used to taste good! [Read more…]

Herbed Halved Chicken

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Before you read any further, you must say Herbed Halved Chicken five times as fast as you can. It’s not a just a meal but a tongue twister too!

Last weekend we picked up a halved chicken from the farmers market and John and Jaden made a delicious herb butter rub for the bird.  They rubbed both halves with the delicious mixture and cooked the chicken low and slow on the grill until it became tender, savory perfection.   [Read more…]