Curried Chicken and Mango Salad

I recently made a large batch of mayonnaise and had some left over chicken from the Instant Pot (recipe here).  Next thing I knew, I was throwing together our favorite curried chicken and mango salad (after a trip to the store to get a mango).  This recipe is great for making a head.  I normally get 4 nice size portions and use it for lunches.  This recipe is easy to create with left over chicken.  If you do not have any left over chicken, you can quickly bake some in the oven or go to the store and get a rotisserie chicken.  If you pick up a rotisserie chicken, read the label and see what they are sprinkling on your bird.  I have found one super market around here has MSG listed as an ingredient.  I have a feeling it is part of the seasonings they are using, either way I don’t want my body to react with a migraine from it.

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Strawberry Ginger Shortcake

It’s strawberry season in Michigan.  I visited the farmers market and it seems almost every vendor had strawberries on their table.  I also noticed all vendors had them priced the same (I walk around and view everything before making a purchase, even though I have my favorite vendors I visit frequently) at $4 a quart.

I love strawberries and I use to think my mom was crazy wanting to go out and pick them versus buying them at the store.  However, with age comes a reality check and she is right.  Farm fresh strawberries release a lot more juice when left out at room temperature.  I also love how a natural sugar (honey) can help release the juices and create an amazing sauce for the ginger shortcake.  You can start this recipe in the morning with the strawberry sauce directions and finish later with the ginger shortcake directions.  The longer you let the berries sit out, the more juice you will have for your treat!

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Breakfast Pizza Quiche from One-Pot Paleo

Recently I got the One-Pot Paleo cookbook in the mail from Jenny Castaneda.  Jenny blogs over at Paleo Foodie Kitchen.  Her cookbook is AMAZING because it involves only one pot, which means clean up is EASY!!  Her recipes are never short of variety, incorporating her Filipino background into her dishes.  We have made a few recipes and all have been divine from this book.  Our top favorite is the Anitpasto, or maybe it was the Honey Dijon Salmon Steaks.  I have a feeling the more my husband experiments with this cookbook, the more favorites we will have!  This book would be great for a busy family who wants a healthy meal, but not to spend a ton of time in the kitchen!  Her directions are easy to follow and the novice chef can get picture perfect results when following her step by step directions.

I like to think of Jenny’s breakfast pizza quiche as a simple way to make an all natural healthy pizza.  I followed her directions, but omitted the red pepper and added extra toppings per our taste buds.  We are a family which loves toppings on our pizza!  This recipe is very universal allowing the creator to specialize it to their needs.

One Pot Paleo Cookbook

Breakfast Pizza Quiche

Ingredients

1 tsp ghee melted

8 large eggs

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced

3 oz sliced pepperoni, quartered

1/4 cup green onions

2 tbsp pizza sauce

Directions

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

2.  Grease a round 10 inch spring-form pan or 8×8 baking dish with ghee

3.  Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the coconut milk.  Whisk until light and frothy.  Season with garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper and oregano.  Whisk to combine.  Add the mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pepperoni and green onions.  Mix until well combined.

4.  Pour into the greased spring-form pan.  Swirl the pizza sauce on top.  Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.  Let it cook for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

 

Easy Breezy Pancakes

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals!  It may even happen for lunch or dinner at our house!  However, there is just something about having pancakes that make me super happy!  This recipe for easy breezy pancakes makes a small batch and creates about four pancakes, just enough for me…haha!  If you are looking to share with others, I recommend doubling the recipe.  This recipe is great for creating simple pancakes to be used as bread, yes you see that correctly.  I will make a batch of pancakes on Sunday and use them for ‘bread’ to make almond butter and jelly sandwiches on Monday and Tuesday.

This morning I was feeling the need to cook and share it with you NOW.  So I opened up my kitchen to Periscope and cooked along with a few watchers.  I did not expect many with it being 7am EST…most normal people are still sleeping, but not me and my tummy!  For those not familiar with Periscope it’s an online video sharing world.  If you ‘like’ a subscriber it will let know you when  they go live and if it works for your schedule, go watch and interact (through an instant messenger within the program) with them.  I’m still learning the program, but enjoying my journey along the way!  Come find me at PaleoGoneSassy!!

Easy Breezy Pancakes

Easy Breezy Pancakes

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 tbsp coconut flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp butter/coconut oil

syrup to taste

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Baked Maple Mustard Squash

I feel it’s time for a little update.  Life is crazy with summer approaching…warm weather is here with longer days!  It’s hard to believe I have been 80/20 Paleo for more than three years and Paleo Gone Sassy blog is coming up on her 2nd birthday!  I’m not sure if I should say WOW or DANG!!  Where to start…

First, I love social media because it helps me connect with other people whom are interested in a healthy lifestyle.  You can find Paleo Gone Sassy on Facebook, Instagram and now Periscope.  I use facebook to share recipes, articles and pictures.  Instagram is my favorite out of all the social media outlets because I truly believe a picture says a thousand words.  Periscope and I are just becoming friends…like we are on day three of our relationship.  Periscope allows you to video stream live and then saves it for others to view past the recording.  I did enjoy whipping up some Honey Mustard Squash on Periscope and showing how to do it and proving how simple the recipe is.

Next, I feel accomplished.  Losing weight was never my goal when starting Paleo, rather feeling better was.  On this journey I have lost close to 70lbs and now pretty much maintain my weight for the last year…a pound up or down.  With losing 70lbs, I had fat to lose but in my mind it was the energy I was craving…and yes…I found LOTS of it now!  However, it’s been a journey feeling comfortable because with time I see myself as the ‘old me’ and have a hard time processing why people will walk past and not recognize me.  Again, pictures say a million words and they help me realize the accomplishments I have made.

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Top picture was taken in April 2015. Bottom picture was taken in November 2011.

If I had to wrap up my life now I’d use a few words: dedication, motivation and determination.  Dedication is a word I feel resembles me well.  I’m very dedicated when it comes to creating success both in my personal life and professionally.  Paleo keeps me motivated to see what my body can do both physical and mentally. I also find I have motivation and others around me keep me motivated to do the best…yes I might be a little competitive!  Oh determination…I would not be where I am today without determination.  I was determined to become healthy and now I’m determined to stay healthy and spread the word eating healthy is not about counting or calculating.  I challenge you to think what words best describe you…and how do those words make you feel?  My hope is you are proud of the words you created for yourself!!

Life is crazy and sometimes I forget to stop and smell the flowers.  I’m fortunate to surround myself with people who remind me to breathe, life will be ok if I stop for a minute!  Some people dread the kitchen for cooking, instead I have found it grounds me and is my stress reliever!  There is just something about putting on an apron which energizes me and creates an inner peace after a busy day.

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Chocolate Chip Doughnut Cookies

Life has been crazy busy and I’ve been sticking to simple these past few weeks.  Simple cooking, simple cleaning, simple outfits, well I think you get the picture…simple!  About three of four weeks ago I got an e-mail from Flavor God announcing a limited edition Chocolate Doughnut sprinkle.  Around Christmas time he had a limited edition pizza sprinkle and that quickly became one of our favorites, too bad when they are gone…they are GONE!  Needless to say, his products are AMAZING and I was not about to miss out on this opportunity…off to the computer I went to order some of his new limited edition sprinkle!!  Yes, this recipe does need the sprinkle to have the full chocolate doughnut taste…without it…you get chocolate chip cookies (well kind of).  This recipe is super simple and we may have made it a few times…(like six or seven) in the last two weeks!  It’s an easy dish to create and take as a dish to pass for a BBQ!!

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