Two dinners to dish about…

If you haven’t noticed, I have a crock pot obsession.  I work 4 evenings a week, two of these evenings we have our awesome, amazing, CrossFitter babysitter Joye over to watch the boys while John and I are working/training.  Most of these evenings I have dinner waiting for the boys and Joye, thanks to my beloved crock pot.  Last night I made a whole frickin’ chicken in my crock pot.  Here’s how you do it: rinse the whole chicken under cool water (preferably a free range chicken) and place breast side down in crock pot.  sprinkle the whole thing with a little sea salt and then generously rub the entire bird with curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder, and paprika. Pour in a couple inches of chicken broth and cook on high for 2 -3 hours.  Add 1-2 cans of coconut milk and add around and on top of the chicken 1 head of chopped cauliflower.  I used the already chopped cauliflower from TJ’s. Cook on low until the chicken falls from the bone.  I ate this again for lunch today and it was even better!  Tonight we had no-bean chilli:  In a big pot saute chopped celery, onions, and carrots in a bunch of olive oil.   Add whatever gluten free italian sausage you have, I used mild italian pork sausage.  Then add 3 lbs of grassfed ground beef (or less if you have less to feed but this freezes real well so I recommend to make a bunch to save for later).  Season the meat as it cooks with a little sea salt, a bunch of chilli powder, cumin, a little cayene, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Add one 16 ounce can of diced tomatoes, juice and all, and simmer for about 40-45 minutes.  I also pressure cooked some butternut squash to go along with it.  Two great dinners with leftovers for lunches, can’t beat that!! 

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  1. Sally says

    Looks tasty- will be trying these out for sure.
    I am going to try to do an all Primal/Paleo Thanksgiving this year. I would love to see you post on this topic with some of your ideas for substitutions for the traditional fare…keep up the great blog- loving it!

  2. Amie Riesen says

    I made the chicken dish last night and it was DELICIOUS!!! Cauliflower is one of the only vegetables that Eric doesn’t like, but the first words out of his mouth once he tried this were “Yum, even the cauliflower tastes good!” Thanks Sarah for your fantastic ideas and easy-to-follow recipes!

  3. Sarah says

    Hey Sally,
    I did an all Paleo christmas last year, I’ll dig up the pictures and do a post on that this week sometime. We always go to my inlaws for Thanksgiving in which we are at their mercy so we just have to pick carefully from what is offered. We stay with my sister-in-law who accomodates us for every other meal but for the thanksgiving meal, we kind of have to just be picky…

  4. Sarah says

    Hey Amie! Cauliflower is also really good baked with olive oil, curry powder, and a little tumeric. Same idea but comes out kind of crispy and the curry makes it so good!!

  5. says

    Do you think you could use frozen cauliflower for this? Cauliflower is wicked expensive here right now ~ but I can get plenty of frozen cauliflower. Not sure if it’s cooked before they freeze it or what and how that would work in the crock pot. This recipe looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it.

  6. Meriah says

    Instead of cauliflower I have used sweet potatoes, yams, and/or winter squash. Sometimes all of them together and sometimes separate. All were delicious!

  7. says

    This looked so good after reading it this morning, that I took a stroll down to Trader Joe’s and scooped up everything needed to make it :)

    It’s in the crock pot as we speak, I added some grass-fed beef cubes in there as well – 2 birds with 1 stone!

    Smells good already, can’t wait to eat it tonight!

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