Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

I love chicken salads for a simple lunch, appetizer, or a light dinner. You can serve this dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and Whole 30 compliant dish anytime of the year. The touch of sweet from the cinnamon and raisins mixed with the savory of the chicken, mayo, and mustard makes this a winner in my home.

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I love any recipe that can be meal prepped and kept good in the fridge for weekday lunches or snacks. What is even better is the convenience of grabbing a rotisserie chicken to take the element of cooking actual chicken breasts out of the mix. Whoever invented rotisserie chickens is a genius, and I am forever thankful. Can you agree?

Simply, prep and measure all of your ingredients and combine them into a large mixing bowl and you are good to go. The most labor intensive parts are shredding the chicken and chopping the celery and grapes. If that sounds easy enough then this is going to be a breeze for you!

For myself, I will serve these stuffed inside of romaine or bib lettuce or with some SimpleMills crackers. For my husband, I will put this between some sprouted Ezekiel bread and have some more celery or carrot sticks on the side. Don’t be fooled, he will later go grab some chips or additional crackers as well. Tim seems to have been blessed with a bottomless pit for a stomach. You can imagine how busy our kitchen gets.

Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup halved grapes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp avocado mayo
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and fold in until evenly coated
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days for optimal freshness.
Cinnamon & Vanilla Coconut Milk

Cinnamon & Vanilla Coconut Milk

If you are a lover of dairy free milks like I am then you will definitely want to try this beautiful blend of vanilla, cinnamon and coconut. Pour this into your morning cup of coffee, tea, baked goods, oatmeal, cereal or smoothies for clean swap for traditional dairy milk. The best part, it takes no more than 5 minutes to make!

I have to be honest I am not a dairy milk person. In fact, the only time I consumed whole milk in my adult years was when I was pregnant with my second son Samuel. I drank an embarrassing amount of milk. I am talking a gallon a week. I am not even joking. I had a tough pregnancy medically with him, and the only thing that was comforting was milk by the cupful. Oh yes, let’s not forget the donuts from a local bakery I would eat with them on the weekend. Hey, a woman’s body does mysterious things when pregnant, am I right?

In my not so pregnant and glutenous state, I am a fan of nut milks and coconut milk. My body does not tolerate dairy milk, so I personally make this recipe weekly for my coffee and smoothies. My husband and sons will also drink this on the side of my Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It is important to be mindful when shopping for milk alternatives as they commonly have unnecessary additives and sugar. Specifically, when you choose a vanilla flavored milk you will often see “natural flavor”. Natural flavor is typically extracted by something found in nature (plants or animals), and then it is modified in a lab with unnecessary chemical compounds. Other ingredients you want to avoid are cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, carrageenan, guar gum, and concentrates. These unnecessary additives are used as thickening agents or sweeteners, but they are linked to digestion problems, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease. You will also want to be mindful to choose a certified organic brand to ensure the milk is free from synthetic pesticides.

To make my Cinnamon & Vanilla Coconut milk you will need a large mason jar (I use a 64 oz wide mouth jar). I use one 13.5 fl oz can of Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk (No Guar, BPA-free).

I simply fill the mason jar with 5 cups of filtered water, and then add the full can of coconut milk, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract. Lastly, shake the jar vigorously until blended. Pop this into your fridge, and it will keep nicely all week. I use 1.5 to 2 cups in my smoothies everyday, so this makes me about 4 servings.

Image and Recipe are original to Mindful Living with Amanda

Cinnamon & Vanilla Coconut Milk
Servings 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 13.5 fl oz can of organic coconut milk
  • 5 cups of filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Fill a 64 oz wide mouth mason jar with all the ingredients
  • Shake vigorously until nicely blended
  • Place the milk into the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days.

Enjoy!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a great alternative to traditional starchy potatoes, as they are an anti-inflammatory food in the cruciferous family of vegetables. Cauliflower is an excellent source of antioxidants, and studies have shown that it aids in preventing cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. This recipe is Paleo, gluten free, Whole 30 and Keto friendly!

My Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower recipe is a tasty low carb side dish, and it takes very minimal time to prepare! All you need is the ingredients below and 10 minutes of your time. I will serve this alongside grilled or roasted chicken over a bed of lightly sautéed spinach.

This year I used this dish as a side to our Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and it was delicious. I was able to make it the day before, and then I pulled it out and put it back into the oven to reheat for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. When I make this on weeknights I stick to the recipe for the serving size, but if I make it for a holiday or celebration then I will double or triple as needed.

First, I turn on the oven to 425 degrees and place 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a ramekin dish with 2 whole unpeeled garlic cloves covered with tin foil. I’ll let the garlic roast for 10 minutes while I prepare the cauliflower.

Next, I will grab a 16 oz bag of frozen organic cauliflower and place it in a medium sized frying pan with a 1/4 cup of water over medium to high heat. I will lightly blanch the cauliflower for about 7 minutes. Once it is fork tender I will drain the water and place the cauliflower into my food processor. Then, I will peel the garlic and add it to the processor along with the remaining avocado oil left in the ramekin. Next, measure and toss in the sea salt and ghee. Lastly, turn the processor on and let it go until the mixture is smooth and creamy. For some extra garnish sprinkle some fresh thyme on top and you are good to go!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen organic cauliflower
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of ghee (you can use Kerrygold Butter if Keto)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  • Add the garlic and avocado oil to a small ramekin or baking dish and cover it. Once the oven is preheated roast the garlic in the over for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put the cauliflower in a frying pan over medium to high heat with a 1/4 c of filtered water and blanch until fork tender for about 7 minutes
  • Drain extra water from the pan and toss the cauliflower into a food processor
  • Peel the garlic when it is finished roasting and add it to the processor along with the remaining avocado oil, ghee, and salt
  • Turn the processor on and let it go until the mixture is smooth and creamy
  • Transfer the mixture into a serving dish and garnish with some fresh thyme. You can serve this immediately or make it ahead and store it in an oven proof baking dish. This can keep good in the fridge for up to 3 days. On the day you are wanting to eat it place it into a preheated oven at 350 degrees and let it roast for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw Salad

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw Salad

I am a lover of all things Mexican inspired! Taco Tuesday does not exist in my house, because we have Tacos any day of the week and sometimes twice in a week (don’t judge me). I created this dish for a little something different to add into the Taco night mix. You can simply layer this into your tortilla or use it as a base for a light taco salad.

Okay, so seriously I love tacos. Tacos are a very tight running in first along with pizza. It actually kind of breaks my heart that my sons are not fully on board yet. Samuel will eat a deconstructed taco with tortilla chips, and Shane will tolerate a cheese quesadilla. Hey, we can’t have it all right?

This is another easy, simple and clean recipe that you toss into one bowl and you are all set. All you need is less than 10 minutes and the ingredients listed below.

I start by adding a 12 oz bag of organic broccoli slaw to a mixing bowl. I will then chop the green onion, cilantro, and peppers. Then, toss in the mayo, chopped veggies, cilantro and salt. Lastly, juice 2 limes and toss it all together until nicely combined. I will let it sit in the fridge while I prep the taco meat, etc. to let the flavors sit together. You can also make this on your meal prep day, and it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an air tight container.

Cilantro Lime Broccoli Salad
Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag of organic broccoli slaw
  • 1/3 cup of mayo (I recommend using Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo for a Keto, Whole 30 and Paleo approved option)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of chopped peppers
  • 2 small limes (juiced)
  • 1 tsp of salt

Directions:

  • Empty the bag of broccoli slaw into a medium sized mixing bowl
  • Add in mayo, green onions, cilantro, peppers, lime juice, and salt
  • Mix until fully combined

Enjoy!

Lemon Bar Bites

Lemon Bar Bites

Are you a fan of anything lemon like me? My Lemon Bar Bites will be sure to satisfy your pallet while providing you with a clean source of energy that is Paleo, Whole 30, and gluten free. Dig into these Lemon Bar Bites for a worry free and vibrant pick me up.

Image and Recipe are original to Mindful Living with Amanda

Nuts are a great addition to any diet (depending on if you have allergies). They are a good source of protein, fat, and fiber. Certain nuts support bone and thyroid health while also providing your body with essential amino acids. You have to be mindful when shopping for nuts, so you want to check the ingredient list on the back. You may be surprised to find added highly processed oils, sweeteners (such as high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and high amounts of salt. My suggestion for when you shop for the ingredients is to find raw and if possible organic nuts. Dry roasted is okay, but be mindful of nuts that are labeled “roasted” as those can also contain industrial seed oils that are unhealthy for many reasons.

I am a huge fan of lemon and lime (check out my Key Lime Pie Bites). I squeeze lemon and lime into my water in the morning before work, and I will also squeeze the juice onto my salads as well. I use to purchase a popular brand of lemon snack bars and they were awesome. However, one day I really looked at the label for the ingredients, and I was shocked to see what was inside. Then I started to think about how I could create my own version with clean ingredients that I keep in my pantry regularly.

To make these bites you simply put everything into a food processor, then press the “on” button and let it go until a ball of dough forms. Next, pop the top off and scoop out generous spoon fulls of the dough and roll them into snack sized balls. If you want to, roll them into some more unsweetened shredded coconut for a little something extra! You can store these in your fridge for up to 1 week, or you can freeze them up to 3 months in an air tight container. When you layer them in your container separate them with parchment paper.

When I make these Lemon Bar Bites I almost immediately feel little hands creep up from the counters to grab them and my husband immediately requests for me to save him some. They are definitely a crowd pleaser over here, and I hope you enjoy them just as much!

Lemon Bar Bites
Makes 8

Ingredients:

  • 7 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of sea salt

Directions:

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and press “on”
  • Let the mix process until a ball of dough forms
  • Pop the top off and scoop out generous snack sized spoonfuls of the dough and then roll them into balls
  • Optional: roll the bites into any left over shredded coconut to make a light coating
  • Store them in the fridge up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 3 months in an airtight container. Place a piece of parchment paper in-between layers when storing them.

Enjoy!