Pan seared chicken, brussels, bacon

I love chicken and brussels and bacon. This recipe is so easy and delicious and very good for you. Be sure to buy uncured bacon/bacon cured only with salt. This recipe takes very little time and I, of course, ate mine next to a large serving of sweet potato fries! If you are tired of sweet potato fries or sweet potatoes in general I do apologize, but, I love them and don’t mind eating them every single day! 🙂 Again, find what works for you and your body. This is my favorite carb choice so I eat tons of them.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 bag of brussels, ends cut off and sliced in half
  • FOR THE CHICKEN: sea salt, balsamic vinegar, pepper, olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder – (I don’t measure – you can’t get it wrong. Just add dashes of everything and enough balsamic vinegar to coat the chicken).

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 400 – if you are cooking potato fries with this then your oven may already be turned on. Add some coconut oil to a cast iron pan and cook your chicken with all the seasonings. Set aside. Now add your bacon and cook for a few minutes until almost done. Then add all the remaining ingredients, including the brussels, and let cook for a few minutes. Add some more sea salt and coconut oil if needed, as well as balsamic vinegar at the end!

Stick the pan in the oven at around 400 degrees or so (hotter is ok too) and let finish cooking for just under 5 minutes. Serves 2. Feel free to tweak this recipe as desired.

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies – gluten free

Oh my gosh I love bacon. And I love a good “paleo” dessert aka CLEAN. This dessert will surely satisfy a sweet tooth with zero guilt. Here’s how you do it:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c melted coconut oil (not hot!)
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup OR organic coconut palm sugar
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Mix wet ingredients together in a bowl, whisking the coconut oil well with the eggs. Put all your dry ingredients, except the bacon and chocolate chips, in a bowl and stir. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Lastly, add your chopped bacon pieces and dark chocolate chips. Form into 12 little balls with your hands and place on a greased baking sheet, or line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and bake for about 22 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

Enjoy!!

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Cocoa-Bacon-Oat Muffins : gluten free

The recipe for these popped up on my timehop today so I knew I had to make them and tell you all about it! These are so clean and healthful and have a salty sweet twist because of the bacon! Muffins don’t have to have flour, as you will find! These are awesome – you can also feel free to add some dark chocolate chips if you’d like!

ingredients:

  • 5-6 pieces nitrite free cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw nuts (I used cashews)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates (remove pit)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon & sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 350. Cook your bacon on the stove and chop it into pieces first! Then:

Mix dry ingredients together and wet ingredients separately. Be sure your egg and maple syrup are close to room temperature before mixing in your melted coconut oil (or the coconut oil will solidify). Then add your wet ingredients to your dry and blend well, spooning into 12 lined muffin tins. Bake for ~30 minutes and enjoy! Good as a snack or on the go breakfast!

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Roasted Brussels (and Bacon)

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I love roasted Brussels sprouts! You may think Brussels are gross, but, I guarantee if you make them how I make them you will love them! It’s so easy and these veggies are SO good for you I recommend you eat them multiple times per week in large quantities.

ingredients:

  • Brussels sprouts, ends cut off and sliced in half
  • 100% pure olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2-3 slices bacon, cut into small pieces (nitrate free/no added nitrates – purchase from local farm or Whole Foods)

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 415. Place your brussels on a baking sheet and toss in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add your sliced bacon throughout the pan. Roast for 15-20 minutes.

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Enjoy!!

*Note: These are equally delicious without the bacon. The bacon is added as a treat on occasion. I love to roast a whole pan of just Brussels and it’s divine as a side dish to any meal.

 

 

Clean Mac n Cheese

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Everyone loves macaroni and cheese. However, it’s not exactly nutritious or healthy by any means! This mac n cheese, however, is NOTHING to feel guilty about! It’s actually quite nutritious – albeit, still an indulgence! This is an excellent recipe to incorporate for holiday season to make sure you are consistently eating clean and not changing the lifestyle. Yes, it’s possible to enjoy a delicious and NUTRITIOUS mac n cheese and this is how!

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz box quinoa/rice noodles of choice
  • 1/2-1 head cauliflower, rinsed and riced (use cheese grater)
  • 1 12 oz block of grassfed cheddar
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • Grassfed butter, for the baking dish

Instructions:

Cook the noodles according to the boxed directions. Rice the cauliflower and set aside. Shred the cheddar cheese into a large bowl. Now, mix all ingredients together in the bowl – the warm noodles should help melt the cheese! Add your seasonings and pour the contents into a buttered glass baking dish (approximately 11×9 inches). 

Place the mac n cheese into your preheated oven (at 350) and bake for 25 minutes until slightly browned on top.

Enjoy!! **Note that you can also add chopped pieces of cooked bacon to this dish as well! Super delicious! Now go make it and tell me what y’all think! #cleaneatsforlife

 

Bacon Dates with cream cheese

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This is by far one of my favorite things to make. Everyone (well, except vegans and vegetarians) LOVES bacon. Bacon is totally a part of my paleo primal lifestyle as long as it’s “uncured” (no nitrates or other crazy chemicals). I definitely enjoy these babies on a semi-monthly basis. You can stuff the dates with goat cheese or cream cheese (I use organic cream cheese/no chemicals/the good stuff from Whole Foods) OR you can just wrap the bacon around the date by itself. All tasty options. You can also make these with medjool dates (SO large and juicy) or regular dates (still tasty but medjool are the most delicious). Here is what you’ll need & how to make them:

10 Dates

Cream Cheese (organic)

10 pieces of bacon, cut in half (nitrate free/uncured)

10 toothpicks

Preheat the oven to 415. Slightly tear open each date (if using medjool dates remove the pit) and stuff with small bits of cream cheese. Set aside. Take the bacon (already cut in half) and lay the pieces on a plate. Cover with paper towel. Microwave for about 2 mins so that it’s slightly cooked and easier to work with. Let cool (very important part!)

Take each piece of bacon and wrap around the cream cheese date and secure with toothpick. Place on baking sheet.

Bake for about 13-15 minutes and let cool.

Done! How easy was that? #dirtclean #treats #nomnom