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Swordfish Steak with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Mmmmm, swordfish steak. I believe I first tried it about 5 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. It’s one of my seafood favorites that’s quite steak-y because of how thick they are, but cooks super quick and isn’t “fishy” tasting. When cooked just right (as in, not overcooked and dry), it’s so delicious and tender, but mild enough that it goes well with any sauce or spices. I absolutely love it.

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

This is a great weeknight recipe because you’ll have a healthy and flavorful dinner in about 20 minutes. You don’t even need to turn on the oven!

The best part about it is the creamy lemon basil sauce, because it really brightens up the flavors. I’ve marinated swordfish steak before in all different sauces, but I like to keep it simple with the fish itself then give it a boost after cooking with a sauce or dressing. Swordfish itself is pretty neutral in flavor so this works out really well.

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

If you are unfamiliar with swordfish, don’t be intimidated. It’s one of the easiest fish to cook, because it cooks so fast compared to its thickness, and it’s quite nutrient dense! It’s one of the few food sources of vitamin D and has a substantial amount of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids. Love when delicious food is jam packed with nutrients!

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steak with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Swordfish
  • 2 swordfish steaks, 1 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
Creamy lemon basil sauce
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup fresh basil, packed
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
  • 3 tbsp of water + more, if necessary
Instructions
  1. Pat the swordfish dry with a paper towel, and season them liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Pour lemon juice over the swordfish and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. While the swordfish is marinating, place all ingredients of the lemon basil sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add more water until it becomes the right consistency. Set aside.
  3. Heat a coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Place the steaks in the pan and cook for 6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Drizzle lemon basil sauce over the steaks and serve with delicious veggies!

Paleo Whole30 Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce - Ready under 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Alright, guys. Just a small update: we are still living in an Airbnb for the entire month of February so I’m really lacking in food photography props and my favorite plates that I like to use. It’s all good, because the place we are staying at is really nice and has good lighting (which is extremely important to me). We are trying to find a place to live next month so hopefully it’ll work out soon. I’m actually much less stressed out about the whole situation than I thought I would be, and I will provide you with more details soon (fingers crossed!).

In the mean time, I hope you understand if my photos are less than stellar. I’m doing my best with what I have!

As promised, this is my 2nd Instant Pot recipe of the week and it’s a good one. I love a good chicken soup and it’s so healing and comforting when you are feeling sick or down. I first made this Instant Pot chicken soup on a whim and didn’t measure any of the ingredients, and it turned out absolutely fantastic, so I had to make it again to share it with you!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

This recipe uses a whole chicken, and I love that because you end up making bone broth while cooking it, so you have a really nutrient-dense soup at the end of it. And it all comes together a little over one hour!

And yes, we have most of our crap in storage right now, but I had to bring my Instant Pot with me, OF COURSE. I use it at least 3-4x a week so it’s a must!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

It’s currently cold season so if you are feeling under the weather or in need of some comfort, I hope you make this nourishing Instant Pot chicken soup to boost your immunity and fight off the bugs. It also freezes really well so you can make it ahead of time to pull out on a cold day. It’s basically a hug in a bowl!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots (or 3 small), chopped
  • 1½ cup green beans, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 3-4 lb whole chicken, preferably pasture raised
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste (omit for AIP)
  • 5 cups of water
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place onion, carrots, green beans, garlic, and ginger in the Instant Pot.
  2. Lay the chicken over the vegetables.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour water over everything.
  5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, then set it to "Soup" on high pressure of 30 minutes.
  6. Once the soup is finished, the Instant Pot will beep a few times. Wait about 30 minutes for the pressure to go down naturally until you can open the lid.
  7. Take out the chicken and debone. You can save the bones to make bone broth.
  8. Shred the meat and place back in the Instant Pot. Stir.
  9. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  10. Serve with chopped green onions sprinkled on top.

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Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

So… who’s excited for Valentine’s Day? Half of you are probably saying, “Me, me, me!!” and the other half of you are probably rolling your eyes. But hey, no matter whether you are single or have that special someone to celebrate with, I think we can ALL enjoy some sweets and express a bit of love to someone else and/or to ourselves.

And what says L-O-V-E better than a chocolate treat? These sheet pan chocolate chip blondies will definitely fulfill the purpose of giving you all the happy feels without the gluten, soy, and processed sugars. They did for me!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Full disclosure: I made these chocolate chip blondies in a sheet pan for the sole reason that we are in the middle of a move staying at an Airbnb, and a sheet pan was all I had to bake anything in. But hey, I don’t regret a thing because they turned out fan-freakin-tastic! I already tested out popping them in the freezer and defrosting one square at a time and it still tastes amazing. Oh, and they are even better when toasted in the oven for a few minutes after getting defrosted!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

If you want to go full treat mode, you can even make some chocolate frosting to slather on top and make it a sheet pan cake. The blondies are soft and fluffy enough to be pass as cake, and it’ll add another layer (pun intended) of decadence!

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? C and I usually are pretty low-key about it. We don’t exchange presents but we do like to try out a restaurant we haven’t been to before. But, sometimes we just get lazy and I just cook at home. I know… cooking at home is lazy to us, but that’s because we can be our my sweatpants for dinner and there’s something so magical about that. Who’s with me??

No matter what you’ll be doing, I hope these sheet pan chocolate chip blondies will be part of your mini celebration of love, whether you are treating yourself or someone else!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Paleo Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies
 
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 18"x13" sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix almond butter, avocado oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well until a thick batter is formed.
  5. Fold in 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and take the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips and place them on top of the batter evenly. Bake for additional 10 minutes
  8. Cool completely before cutting into squares, then serve.

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Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies