Monday, March 30th, 2015

Don’t Be Afraid of the Brine. Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce Recipe.

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, pastured chicken, recipe
Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green cauliflower

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green(!) cauliflower

My husband really loves chicken and we have it on the menu about once a week for dinner. I generally make it, whole, in a slow cooker (as a soup) or something else easy (roasted in a dutch oven).

On occasion for our chicken meal, I make some killer chicken breasts. These require a bit more work, but day-uummm they are good.

However(!), I have three requirements.

  1. The chicken breasts must have the skin on.
  2. The chicken breasts must have the bone in.
  3. And, most importantly, the chicken breasts must come from a pasture-raised organic bird… or I won’t even bother.

Once those criteria are met, I get to making pan-roasted chicken breasts with an easy pan sauce and my family is extra happy.

Brining Alert! The recipe includes brining the chicken breasts which is actually easy and only takes about 30 minutes. I’ll admit, I’ve always been intimidated by the whole brining thing, but turns out, it’s easy. I learned about it from America’s Test Kitchen, cuz they brine their breasts, and I trust their recommendations.

Know this: The brine keeps the breasts juicy and flavorful. Totally recommend.

Know this, too: Don’t be afraid of the brine.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

My Best Chicken Soup – Inspired By My Daughter’s Distaste for Carrots

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, offal, pastured chicken, soup, Vitamix
My Best Soup Yet

My Best Chicken Soup

I just made my best soup ever. It’s chicken soup, but I added an extra step and an extra ingredient that took it to new levels of comfort and deliciousness.

Here’s the back story…

I love making super easy chicken soup, as illustrated here in a previous post. Everyone likes it, including my young daughter, but she’s not a fan of carrots. Weird, I know. She loves broccoli and brussels sprouts. But carrots? Meh… she’s not a fan.

I decided to try a trick this time. I blended the soup, which had lots of carrots. And, for extra wonderful-ness, I added a bit of heavy cream.

She loved it. Yay, cuz trying to get her to embrace carrots for their night-vision superpower wasn’t working.

We all loved it. It’s become the new chicken soup staple around this house.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A Simple Chicken Soup “Dinner” Made Before I Finish My 1st Cup of Morning Coffee

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

I really love “all” of my slow cookers because they make healthy living much easier. Throw a bunch of healthy stuff in a pot and cook. See? Healthy and easy.

Here I am showing you that I had the day’s dinner essentially “done” (and cooking) before I even finished my morning cup of coffee. It’s that easy. (Ok, so I had drank about 1/3 of the mug and then refilled it for the picture, not realizing it would look like I hadn’t had any. Um that’s crazy, of course I had a few sips as I prepared the food for the slow cooker.)

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Book Review: Nourishing Broth (An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World)

Review Copy: Nourishing Broth (book)

Review Copy: Nourishing Broth (book)

You all know how much I love homemade bone broth because bone broth is crazy yum, bone broth is magically healing, and bone broth (i.e., stock) takes every recipe it’s used in to restaurant-delicious levels, or as my husband likes to say, “It’s chef-y.”

Healing Bone Broth

Healing Bone Broth

It turns out that not nearly enough people make their own bone broth, instead buying it in a box or a can from the store. This is no way ever compares to the taste, nourishment, and wonder of real homemade bone broth. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. Never. Ever. In fact, I don’t even bother with store bought broth, as if you couldn’t tell. If I didn’t have a supply of bone broth in my fridge or freezer (that would never happen, but saying it did, or like maybe I’m traveling), I wouldn’t resort to buying broth at the store. I’d simply use filtered water since it’s probably better for me than store bought crap broth (stock) anyway.

The awesome thing is that making bone broth is so easy it’s practically a joke. When I first ventured into omnivore territory after being a vegan for almost a decade, I started with enjoying pasture-raised eggs in my diet. Shortly after, I was drawn to move into other areas, and bone broth was calling my name. I never would’ve guessed that in a million years, but it did. I followed my intuition, smart woman that I am, and it’s been a fun and delicious journey ever since. I feel like a witch with a cauldron when I make it. In fact, I need a witch’s hat on when I make it. My daughter would love that. Note to self: buy witch’s hat.

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Recipe Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free Paleo

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

The easier and simpler a recipe is, the more attracted I am to it these days. Being a mom to a 3.5 year old is busy, but with easy recipes like this, then it’s a breeze.

Enter Orange Chicken & Yams. And, of course… ENTER: SLOW COOKER. I think my slow cooker will go from being my best friend to my bestest best friend. With a recipe as easy, delicious, and nutritious as this, I have so much time on my hands that I can read a book. ;) Speaking of books, I just finished Chris Kressers’ The Paleo Code, which is a good book detailing a Paleo diet with a Real Food spin which I like.  I’m about to dive into Eat the Yolks (by funny gal Liz Wolfe) between chapters of one of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon. I’m on her 5th book in The Outlander Series, The Fiery Cross. The Outlander Series is soooooo fantastic and very popular (so popular that I believe a TV series is being made of it). I love to read. It’s one of my favorite things.

On to the recipe:

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Recipe Cinnamon Apple Chicken n Buttered Purple Cabbage Gluten Free

 

Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage

Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage

My Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage is soooo good. It’s comfort, health, ease, and deliciousness all wrapped up in one meal and tied with a bow. Cabbage and apples are a great combo that everyone will love.

Most of my chicken dishes are made in a slow cooker, but once in a while, I want some golden (pasture raised organic) chicken skin to sink my teeth into, such as the gluten free recipe below (and also this staple in our house: Garam Masala Orange Chicken). I buy my pasture raised organic chickens here (also available soy-free, meaning they didn’t feed the chickens any soy). Good Earth Farms is also where we bought our pasture raised turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A testament to the quality and deliciousness of their poultry was when my mom, who is always extremely(!) honest, exclaimed three times how much she enjoyed the turkey and she’s never been a “turkey” person.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Recipe Garam Masala Orange Chicken Paleo Gluten Free

Although I often just like having my chicken made in a slow cooker as a stew or soup, this recipe deserves a spot in the chicken recipe rotation because it’s so damn delicious.

Garam Masala Orange Chicken served with carrots and greens.

Garam Masala Orange Chicken (paleo gluten free) with carrots and greens.

I’d say we have chicken probably once a week, and when we do, it’s with the skin on and it’s always pasture-raised AND organic. I was excited to see that I could buy it online – and soy-free to boot! – from Good Earth Farms, since I wasn’t able to find it at any stores. Pastured chickens are small by nature since they’re not loaded with chemicals, hormones or anything nasty.

My chicken recipes are usually made with a pasture raised chicken that is 2 to 4 pounds (whole or pieced – to be honest though… when baking chicken I prefer it pieced because I stink at carving it post-roasting). This is enough to feed my hearty-appetite family (Greg, Kamea, myself) with some left over. With leftovers, I like to add it to my pastured eggs at breakfast or I add broth and make soup for lunch.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

I’ve been drawn to making dishes with a minimalist mentality. I’m buying the highest quality ingredients I can find and letting them speak for themselves in my recipes, while also using as few ingredients as possible. I’m doing this for a few reasons… for starters it’s easy and less demanding of my time. It’s also less expensive because I am not incorporating as many ingredients. And, in many cases, it’s healthier.

Enter: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken.

Minimalist (a.k.a. Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

This paleo recipe took me literally minutes to put together. The slow cooker did all the work cooking all day, while I sat back and enjoyed the smells wafting through my house.

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