Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pineapple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

This meal is a lot less time intensive then it looks. You will cook everything in the oven together so once you've got your prep work knocked out you're pretty much done. The sweet and salty combo from the pineapple and bacon makes for a great meal. You could also try to substitute for figs or mandarine oranges. 

Pineapple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

-8 chicken breasts, sliced in half
-16 chunks of fresh pineapple
-8 slices of bacon (or turkey bacon)
-salt/pepper to taste
-1 T coconut oil (for greasing pan)
-1 bunch asparagus
-1 green pepper sliced

Step 1: Preheat oven and spread coconut oil onto baking dish.
Step 2: Clean all chicken breasts and slice in half.
Step 3: Place 2 slices of pineapple into each. chicken breast and wrap a slice of bacon around.

Step 3: Dice asparagus and green peppers. Place on top of chicken breasts.
Step 4: Place in oven and bake for ~30 minutes or until cooked through.

Sweet Potato Wedges

-3 large sweet potatoes, diced into wedges
-1 T coconut oil 
-2 T seasoned salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie tray with aluminum foil and spray with coconut oil.
Step 2: Dice sweet potatoes and place in bowl with coconut oil and seasoned salt. Lightly toss.
Step 3: Lay wedges onto cookie sheet and place in oven to cook for ~45 minutes (flip half way through) or until cooked through and crisp on outside.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Paleo(ish) Protein Breakfast Bars

Looking for a minimally processed meal replacement bar? Look no further! This would be great for breakfast, if you have early mornings like me, or a meal replacement later in the day.

These bars are super simple to make. They are pretty much a high protein Larabar. They would also be great post workout if you need a meal on-the-go. I made my first batch last week (the chocolate one) and didn't snap a pic or jot down the recipe. Honestly, I wasn't sure how they'd turn out. Thankfully, they were a big hit! I tried a new flavor combo this week and decided I'd post both. The pictures are of the cinnamon raisin flavor. Feel free to get creative and try your own mix (different nuts or fruit).

Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Bars

1 package baking dates (13 oz)
2.5 cup walnuts
1 heaping tsp cinnamon
3 scoops vanilla whey (grass fed)
1/2 c. raisins
1-2 T water

Chocolate Protein Variation

1 package baking dates
2.5 cups almonds
3 scoops chocolate whey (grass fed)
1-2 T water

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well combined and nuts ground. It should look grainy and crumbly. At this point you should be able to pinch the mixture together to form a ball or bar. If you cannot, or the mixture is too dry add small amounts of water, 1 tsp at a time. Place parchment paper or plastic wrap in a 9x9 baking dish and press mixture down.