Monday, August 7, 2017

Mango Shrimp Over Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice
Shake a can of coconut milk
Pour it into a liquid measuring pitcher, add enough water to make 3 cups
Add 1 1/2 cups rice, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar in a sauce pan or rice cooker
Cook until soft

2 mangos
1/2 a red onion
1 red pepper
1 avocado
1/2 a bunch of cilantro

Squirt the juice of 1/2 a lime over this mixture and toss

Spray a frying pan with oil, add 1-2 lbs of raw shrimp
Pour soy sauce and Thai sweet chili sauce over the shrimp
Stir fry until pink

Pour shrimp AND ALL THE SAUCE IN THE PAN over the veggie mixture, mix.

Serve shrimp salad over hot coconut rice. I die. Simple, easy, fast, fresh, delicious.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Teriyaki Chicken pasta salad

This is a recipe mom got from a sister missionary when they were serving in Trinidad.  It is amazing and one of my very favorites so I thought it was time to add it to the family blog!  I'm sure most of you have tried it because she makes it a lot, but if not, it is a must try.

Recipe credit to Sister Anne Ray

6-8 cups of cooked curly or bow tie pasta (we prefer whole wheat)
3-4 cups of cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped green onions
8 cups of lightly packed torn spinach
2-3 bunches red grapes cut in half
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)

1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil (divided in half)
1/2 cup teriyaki or soy sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
(I make the dressing first to give it a little time to cure)

Cook chicken and cool.  Cook pasta, drain, and cool.  Toss together.

In a small pan sautée all the sesame seeds in 1/4 cup of the oil until golden brown (this happens fast so keep an eye on them).  Remove from heat and add the rest of the oil, teriyaki sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar.  In a large bowl, Pour 1/2 the dressing over the cooled pasta and chicken, toss, cover and chill in fridge over night or for at least a couple of hours.  Add onions, spinach, parsley, grapes, pine nuts and extra dressing.  Toss all together and serve immediately.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thai Peanut Stir Fry

I used shrimp but you can substitute any meat of choice
1 bag shredded coleslaw
Broccoli small head, chopped
1 lime cut in half
Snap peas
Julienned carrots
Chopped green onions 3-5
Fish sauce
Soy sauce
Peanut butter
Thai sweet chili sauce
Minced garlic 2 tsp, separated
Fresh ginger, peeled and minced
Coconut oil
Chopped fresh cilantro
Chopped roasted peanuts

Rice cooked in chicken broth

Put 2 tbsp coconut oil in frying pan over med-high heat
Sautée 1 tsp garlic and 1 tsp ginger until fragrant. Add broccoli, green onions, carrots.
While veggies are softening, squeeze half a lime over your meat to marinate and squeeze the other half into a small bowl. Add to that, 1/4 soy sauce, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1 tsp fish sauce, 2 TB Thai sweet chili sauce and other 1 tsp of garlic. Whisk until combined and set aside.

When broccoli looks bright green and is starting to soften, add meat and sautée until cooked, then add  1-3 cups of coleslaw, as your prefer, and snap peas. When they've just softened, pour sauce all over and stir fry until coated. Serve over rice with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts on top.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paleo Eggplant Lasagne

The bread crumbs and cheese I added make this not strictly paleo, but definitely yummier and still low carb.
3 eggplants, sliced into thin rounds
1 pound ground italian sausage
1 chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 bag fresh washed spinach
1-2 jars marinara or your own homemade
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425
Slice eggplants into round. Microwave for 5 minutes.
Brush eggplant on both sides with EVOO and dip in bread crumbs then lay on a cookie sheet. Bake until golden. About 20 min
Sautee onion and garlic in EVOO. When softened add sausage. Cook until browned then remove from heat.
When eggplant looks done, spray a casserole dish then cover the bottom of it with a layer of your eggplant, cover all holes.
Layer with spinach, sausage, sauce, and shredded mozzarella (optional).
Bake at 350 for 30 min.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Paleo Morrocan "Rice"

I made this low-carb rice alternative and was blown away at how much we loved it. We will be doubling this recipe and making it again soon!

1 large head cauliflower
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
Curry powder
Dried apricots, 5-6, chopped
Pine nuts
Butter (or coconut oil if you want to go hardcore paleo)
Chicken broth

Chop the cauliflower into short-stemmed florets. Process them in a cuisinart in small batches at a time, until it reaches the approximate consistency of rice. Melt oil or butter in a frying pan that has a lid, sautée onion and garlic until softened on medium heat, add raisins, apricots, and pine nuts. Once those are fragrant, barely cover the bottom of the pan with chicken broth, should be boiling. Cover the frying pan with "rice" cauliflower. Sprinkle cinnamon, cumin, and curry powder over the top, as desired. Cover with a lid to steam, 5 minutes.  Uncover and stir fry until softened, about two minutes.

We served this with lime cilantro shrimp and it was amazing. I'm sure you could do lots of fun substitutions, playing with the flavors of this. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Chicken, potatoes, and spinach in Parmesan garlic cream sauce

One of our families very favorite dinners! Slightly modified from

Crisp-tender chicken baked to absolute perfection with potatoes and spinach. A complete meal in one!


  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Chef Shamy Garlic butter from Costco or regular butter if you don't have.
  • 3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 16 ounces baby Dutch potatoes, halved*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • 1/4 cup chef Shamy garlic butter or salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (only 1 if using chef Shamy butter)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup half and half*
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of half of a lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet. Stir in spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes; set aside.
  5. To make the garlic parmesan cream sauce, melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  6. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, thyme and basil. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in half and half and Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Squeeze lemon juice over and whisk in until smooth.
  7. Place chicken in a single layer into the prepared baking dish. Top with potatoes, spinach and cream sauce.
  8. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving recipes

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

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1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 onion, cut into wedges
6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 fresh sage sprigs
6 fresh oregano sprigs
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)

Cover the turkey breast with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.

To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

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6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
8 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
3 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 (7.4-ounce) jars roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely broken
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 pound day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the pancetta. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.

Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

Brussell Sprouts
Rachel Hall

First I trimmed all the brussel sprouts and then laid them in a 9x13 pan and tossed them all with olive oil until they were completely coated and then with salt and peper.  After that I put about 1 1/2 Tbsps of chicken broth in the corner of the pan and then about 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinager over the top.  Toss again.  Then lay 4-6 pieces of bacon over the top of the sprouts.  Place in a preheated oven at 425 degrees.  Roast for about 20 minutes or until the bacon is almost crisp.  Then take them out of the oven and remove the bacon.  Save it though!  Then in a cup or bowl add about 1/4 cup dijon mustard and honey.  Stir until smooth and pour over the sprouts.  This may be a little too much sauce so just pour it on until it looks like enough and then toss the sprouts until they are coated.  Lay the bacon back on top and return to the oven for about 10-15 more minutes or until the very outside skins are browned and crispy looking and they are fork tender.  Remove bacon and let cool.  After it is cooled crumble the bacon over the top of the brussel sprouts and toss and serve.