better than takeout.

I love Sesame Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. In fact, I detest all other Chinese food and sesame chicken is the one and only thing I will order. Every single time. Given that the dish is definitely not paleo; it’s deep-fried, and laden with sugar and starch, it’s just so friggin’ good that I just have to have it some times. And I always eat way too much, because I never know when I’m going to have it again. Aka: Bad news bears!

Getting on with things. I did a major grocery shop today. Like, make up for my complete laziness over the last 2-3 weeks and make up for it in one major shop, type of shops. I think they are my favorite. My budget is bigger, and thus I get to buy lots and lots of items. And usually can skip the next week of shopping. Why don’t I do this more often!

Any who, I was in the mood for some takeout today, but resisted the urge and decided to concoct a version of our favourite Chinese dish at home. And let me tell you, it was tres delicious! I checked out a bunch of recipes (so many that I cannot even think to list all of them) and combined out of each recipe what I thought sounded good, and used paleo friendly ingredients of course!

So here goes!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 2 T almond flour
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 T soy sauce (I used sodium reduced, gluten free)
  • 1 T white wine (I used whatever I had in my fridge)
  • 1/2 T EVOO
  • 1 t. sugar ( I used plain ol’ sugar, but you could use something more Paleo friendly)
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 T oyster sauce (Make sure you check the ingredients, it can be tricky to find a gluten free version!)

For the sauce:

  • 3 T sweet chilli sauce (I found a sweet chilli and tomato sauce, gluten free at my local grocery store)
  • 2 T homemade ketchup
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/4 C water

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a large container, or ziploc bag combine chicken with all marinade ingredients and let marinade for a least one hour.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients; let sit.
  4. Once your chicken has marinated for at least an hour, mix up the almond flour and coconut flour and toss in with the chicken. Shake the chicken around, until it is evenly coated with the flour mixture.
  5. Meanwhile heat a splash of EVOO in a large pan over medium heat.
  6. Add chicken to the pan, and cooked until no longer pink inside.
  7. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pan.
  8. Add the sauce to the pan. Stir while allowing it to thicken and boil over medium heat.
  9. Once thickened add your chicken to the pan and toss until it is evenly coated in sauce.
  10. Serve and enjoy! I served our alongside some steamed broccoli!

And E’s version. He just loves sesame seeds!

freakin’ fantastic frittata.

It’s no secret that I love eggs. No secret at all. In fact, I’d probably describe myself as boarder line obsessed. Good thing I’m paleo right? Anyways, enough about eggs right. Clearly obsessed.

So, in keeping with my love of eggs and my love of easy one pot, dual purpose meals I came up with this bad boy in the kitchen last night. Gawd, I can’t wait to share this with you! Amazing. I have to say, this is one of the best things that has ever graced my mouth. And E’s. Yes, we must include E in this, as he was a big helper in making this dish disappear in 0.4 seconds. No word of a lie.

So, in conclusion… last night was great. A) dinner tasted divine, B) I got to cook in my good ol’ cast iron pan; and C) there are plenty of left overs.

… now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

Hello Italian Sausage & Roasted Red Pepper Frittata!

Ingredients

  • 1 T EVOO
  • 4 sausages, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 red pepper, roasted
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 C marinara sauce
  • 2 T parsley, dried

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Meanwhile, in an oven proof pan, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Add sausage and cook until it has just browned all over, breaking it apart as it cooks.
  4. Next, add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the onion and sausage from the pan, mixing it with the eggs, red pepper and salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan, and cook until the eggs are almost set,  about 12 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pan into the oven and let the eggs finish cooking, about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from the oven, and turn on the oven’s broil setting.
  9. Pour the marinara sauce over the frittata, sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese has melted. This will only take a couple of minutes.
  10. Serve immediately, and garnish with Italian spices (or what ever else you’d like)

Hello Marinara and Mozza! Beautiful combination!