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

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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A Paleo Picnic

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One of our favorite summer time activities as a family is to spend the day under a giant oak tree at one of our local parks with a giant paleo picnic.  It get’s really darn hot here in Chico but we have tons of trees and shade so often the best reprieve from the Chico heat is to find the coolest spot in the grass with some yummy paleo eats.

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Budget Friendly Balsamic Mustard Chicken and Oven Roasted Veggies

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* Here’s another budget friendly recipe by Erika, our college student contributor to Everyday Paleo!  

Note from Sarah: The cost per person for this meal is based on folks who would have to purchase an entire bottle of olive oil, vinegar, and mustard and also if they purchased the more expensive brands available.  Furthermore, this meal although MADE for 2 people would most likely produce leftovers or feed at least 3. Erika has posted budget friendly recipes in the past and has left OUT the cost of staple ingredients and has been given grief for leaving those items out. Also, these reflect HER costs.  I’m sure that many of you will be able to find better deals.  I also am assuming that she bought an entire package of zucchini from Trader Joe’s and only 3 zucchinis would probably only cost around $1 or $2.  If you have on hand olive oil, vinegar, and mustard and you spend the SAME amount as Erika did on her other items, the actual cost of this meal per person for the Chicken and the Vegetables together would be around $8.50 plus leftovers, or a meal for another person.  Also, think about all the money that Erika is SAVING by walking home on her break and cooking rather then driving to an eating establishment and spending way more than the cost of this meal and not having any leftovers for later and also eating less healthy options. The cost at the bottom of this post reflects the cost of ALL ingredients, including oil, vinegar, and mustard.

Thank you so much Erika for taking time out of your busy college schedule to show us how this can be done!!

Balsamic Mustard Chicken and Oven Roasted Veggies

Here is another quick and easy meal for two on a budget! Talk about simple and yummy I put this meal together in 20 minutes while I was in between my classes. Luckily I live close enough to school that I can walk home during my inconvenient hour long breaks. I used simple ingredients that I always have stocked up in my pantry and put them together with the fresh veggies and meat I had in my refrigerator from my Sunday stock up shopping trip. [Read more…]

Champion Chicken Skewers Recipe and The Paleo Pals Have Arrived!!

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Today is the official release date of Paleo Pals, Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship!  Although Paleo Pals is a storybook for kids, I also threw in a small handful of recipes at the back of the book so that the kiddos can get right into the kitchen after reading the story!  If you haven’t seen the reviews that have been popping up yet for Paleo Pals, there are plenty here on Amazon and several bloggers who received advanced copies have shared their thoughts on the book as well.  Here’s the list of folks who have reviewed the book on their websites; all with interesting things to say regarding their personal reactions to Paleo Pals.

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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…]