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Apple Pecan Chicken

Apple Pecan Chicken

I absolutely love ONE PAN dishes! All the spices used in this dish are such a delicious compliment to the apples! This recipe uses coconut milk to keep it dairy-free and at ALL Diet Levels. However, if you are on Diet Level 6, then you may substitute half and half or heavy cream. Serve this dish with cauliflower rice or red potatoes and a salad and you’ll have an economical and quick meal on the table in no time!!

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Apple Pecan Chicken
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Begin by heating a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Prepare your chicken breasts (or thighs) by pounding them to be thinner, and possibly cutting (breasts) in half (if they are HUGE).
  3. In a small bowl stir together the cumin, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Coat or rub the chicken with spices.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to your pan once hot, and begin to cook the chicken or thighs. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken). Chicken does not need to be fully cooked, but almost cooked. Set aside and cover with foil.
  5. Place remaining olive oil in the skillet and add garlic, apples, and pecans. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until apples soften and pecans are fragrant. Continue to scrape the bottom of the pan to collect spices from the chicken.
  6. Pour in coconut milk, and scrape the bottom of the pan to flavor the sauce. Add chicken back to the skillet.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together arrowroot starch and water. Pour into the pan.
  8. Cover with a lid and let the mixture cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened and chicken is cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately over rice, greens, or vegetable noodles.
Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake

This dish is a perfect addition to your fall breakfast routine. Love this recipe and the combination of the pumpkin and apple.  Great dish to give us a break from ALL those eggs for breakfast!!!1

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Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 square pan with coconut oil or spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, banana, eggs, coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice, ½ tsp cinnamon, and salt. Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, beat the ingredients together.
  3. In a separate bowl, sprinkle remaining cinnamon on the diced apple and coat the apples. Mix into the wet ingredients.
  4. Sprinkle the pecans along the top of the dish, and place in the oven.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes (depending on oven). You will want the top to be mostly firm and golden on the top.
  6. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. You can also chill and store in the fridge for up to a week. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Diet Level:4
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Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

Date Sweetened Cookies

Date Sweetened Cookies

This is a great Diet Level 4 cookie recipe, although it also fits nicely into DL’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 (NOT DL 5, due to the inclusion of oats, so not grain-free). They are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies. You can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the blender or food processor machine go. These cookies are made with raisins, but you could also substitute Lily’s chocolate chips (see image below), which are made with stevia and you would still be in the “sugar-free” diet-level realm! You can find them at HEB with all the other baking chocolate chips.

Lilys Baking Chips No Sugar Added

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Date Sweetened Cookies
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Add almonds until smooth, another minute or so.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and oil, and process for another few minutes. You might need to stop periodically to scrape the sides in order to get the mixture to blend evenly. Add in the banana for 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Shape dough with a spoon into 20 cookies on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
Spinach and Kale Sweet Potato Cakes

Spinach and Kale Sweet Potato Cakes

These delicious and easy-to-make sweet potato cakes are great as an appetizer, side dish, or can also be served for breakfast with a side of nitrate-free bacon.

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Spinach and Kale Sweet Potato Cakes
Diet Level:5
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into ½ inch pieces.
  2. Fill a sauce pan with 1 inch of water. Place sweet potatoes in a steamer basket in the pan and steam until tender, about 12 minutes. (You may also steam in microwave.)
  3. Once tender, transfer the potatoes to large bowl. Add coconut milk and mash until smooth.
  4. Stir in the kale, spinach, onion, cumin, garlic, and sea salt.
  5. Once thoroughly combined, form sweet potato mixture into 6-8 individual patties.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry patties in pan until lightly browned on both sides.
  7. Serve warm or freeze for later.
Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This recipe is a great candidate for a Sunday meal prep for the week to come! It reheats exceptionally well and freezes well, too. The plantains help provide a healthy dose of starch while the eggs and sausage offer up fat and protein. Next to some leafy greens or a piece of fruit, you have yourself a complete meal!

A note about choosing plantains: Most plantains at the grocery store are going to be green/yellow. At this stage, these plantains will be starchier and less-sweet than their brown (more ripe) counterparts. Unlike a banana, a completely brown plantain does NOT mean that it’s bad. It just means that it’s going to be more sweet then starchy. This casserole is better with sweeter plantains, so let 3 of the yellow/green plantains sit out on your counter top for about 5 days, or until they’re starting to look nice and brown. At this point, they’re ready for the casserole! Note that you CAN make this casserole with not overly-ripe plantains. You will follow all the same steps, but know that the plantain base will be more savory and less sweet.

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Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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  1. In a large skillet, brown the breakfast sausage over medium/high heat, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Cook until it looks crispy and has released a good amount of fat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the browned sausage to a separate bowl, leaving the grease behind in the pan.
  2. Turn the heat to medium and add one layer of the sliced plantains. Cook on one side for about 3 to 6 minutes, or until they start to look golden brown. Flip them over and cook for an additional 3 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. As the plantains are finished, add them to the bottom of a 9 inch by 13 inch casserole dish. Repeat until all the plantain pieces are cooked and spread out into one even layer in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Spread the sausage over the plantains and then pour the whisked eggs over the sausage. Sprinkle the top with the salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Bake the casserole at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is firm (give it a shake and if it jiggles, it needs more time).
  5. Let the casserole cool for about 5 minutes then slice and serve.
Pizza Spaghetti Pie

Pizza Spaghetti Pie

Pizza and spaghetti…and pie! Three favorite foods!!! Life is good!!! Try this recipe—IT is good!!! This should be one of those recipes that you look forward to each week. You know…a tradition. Every Friday, I eat Pizza Spaghetti Pie. YEP!

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Pizza Spaghetti Pie
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the skin of the squash gives when you press on it. Then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  3. Once squash is done cooking, remove threads and place in an 8x8 greased baking dish.
  4. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and onion. Cook until pink no longer remains in the sausage and it is broken up into pieces.
  5. Add pizza sauce, dried basil and salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.
  6. Add sausage mixture to the 8x8 dish and mix well with spaghetti squash threads.
  7. Lastly, add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix everything together until you can no longer see the eggs.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour or until the top of the mixture forms a slight crust that doesn't give when you press on it in the middle of the dish.
  9. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

You can add some vegan cheese as a topping to keep this at a dairy-free Diet Level.

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

I mean, come on…who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter cups, right??? Okay, maybe there’s one or two people on this here planet that might not like them…maybe. I’m DEFINITELY NOT one of those two people!!! I haven’t made these yet, because I am currently on Diet Level 4, but I’m sure going to!!! They are NOT sugar-free, due to the honey in them. So, they are a Diet Level 6 Recipe. They are really very “clean” eating…just use your portion control sense!!

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Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Diet Level:6
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins, then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (You don't need to grease the tins.)
  3. Place in freezer for 30 or more minutes until set. After set, use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup.
  4. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.
Recipe Notes

HEB in Boerne carries the following products. (While you may feel that these products can be a little pricey at the outset, you will use them time and time again AND they go really far, so you won't be repurchasing for some time):

MaraNatha Natural Creamy & Raw Almond Butter
Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Medium Shredded Coconut
Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Good Flow Honey Company Raw Wildflower Honey
Lily's Baking Chips No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Stevia)

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? And, for sure, they are a kid’s favorite, right? Try the recipe below which uses a technique referred to in the cooking world as “reverse battering.” We are usually taught to bread meats using a liquid-then-flour (or flour-liquid-flour/breading) method.  However, Chinese recipes, sometimes bread their food with starch and then egg before placing it in the oil. Turns out it’s a genius idea for getting a light, crunchy, and satisfying texture for nuggets, without having to add wheat flour or breadcrumbs into your diet. (The trick is in not heating the oil too hot, so as to keep the egg from burning; medium heat works perfectly.) So, give it a try with this chicken nugget recipe!

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Chicken Nuggets
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 60 Minutes (marinating time)
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Prep Time 60 Minutes (marinating time)
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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  1. Combine the chicken pieces and pickle juice in a resealable plastic bag; marinate for at least 1 hour, but can leave for up to six hours. When the chicken has finished marinating, strain it through a colander to drain out the extra pickle juice. Move the chicken around to make sure it drains properly.
  2. As the chicken drains, prepare your breading by combining the starch, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Beat the eggs in a wide bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250F. On your stove, warm the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the starch mixture until evenly coated. With your fingers, dip a starchy chicken piece in the egg, shake off the excess egg, then carefully add it to the oil. Repeat until you have filled your skillet; being careful not to overcrowd the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken until cooked through, flipping every 2 minutes, about 6-8 minutes per batch.
  5. As you finish each batch, place the cooked pieces on a plate lined with paper towels; put them in the oven to stay warm. You should be able to cook the chicken pieces in about 3 or 4 batches, depending upon the size of your skillet. The oil should reach halfway up the chicken pieces while cooking, add more oil if needed. Be sure to watch the heat, as the skillet will get warmer over time; adjust heat as needed. You’re looking for an oil temperature around 350F. Use a splatter screen to prevent splattering.
  6. Serve warm with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard. ALL SUGAR-FREE, OF COURSE!
Recipe Notes

*For the pickle juice, the juice that comes from Bubbies Kosher Dills is salt-brined, probiotic, delicious, and without any added vinegar, sugar or other additives.

FYI, this recipe does not fare well in the oven.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

One of the foods that I really crave a lot is Chinese take out. However, I have not been able to find much in the way of healthy dishes! This “egg roll in a bowl” is DELISH!!! It really does taste like an egg roll! Try it and see for yourself!!

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Egg Roll in a Bowl
Diet Level:6
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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring often to crumble, until cooked through. Do not drain.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce (or coco aminos) to the skillet with the sausage. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until cabbage has softened a bit.
  3. Remove from the heat and top with the green onions and drizzle with sesame oil.
  4. Serve immediately.
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