Category Archives: Whole30

Coconut Chicken Curry (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Ughhh, is everyone feeling off today because of Daylight Savings? Why does that exist? I had such a hard time waking up this morning and now I feel a bit disoriented. At least the sun won’t set until after dinner, which is always a good thing for a food blogger like me. Natural light > artificial light when it comes to food photography.

Enough complaining, Jean. It’s time to share a fan-freakin-tastic recipe: coconut chicken curry! There was a time when I wouldn’t even want to attempt Indian cooking because it just seemed complicated and difficult in my head. Maybe it was all the spices they use, but I was just a tad intimidated. It wasn’t until recently that I started regularly cooking curry at home, and I have become obsessed.

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I’m able to recreate my favorite dish from a restaurant at home. And with a slow cooker or Instant Pot, it’s EXTRA easy, and this coconut chicken curry came together with minimal effort.

I made a giant batch and I’ve been eating the leftover for lunch for the past 3 days and I’m still not sick of it. C isn’t a huge fan of Indian food, but even he said that the flavors were spot on. So ya gotta try it out!

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

If you are on a sugar detox, feel free to just eat the curry alone or eat it with cauliflower rice. I love regular ol’ white rice and I feel really great on it so I will always choose that. Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy this coconut chicken curry as much as I did! I know I’ll be making curry at home way more often now that I know how easy it is.

Paleo Coconut Chicken Curry Instant Pot Slow Cooker

Coconut Chicken Curry (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup bone broth or chicken broth
  • 5 tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1½ cup chopped green beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 1½ lb chicken breast of thighs
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Optional: Chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Place coconut milk, bone broth, curry paste, fish sauce, and black pepper in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, and whisk together.
  2. Add onion, bell peppers, carrots, green beans, garlic, ginger, and chicken. Stir everything together.
  1. Close the lid and set it to "Poultry" for 10 minutes.
  2. Once the Instant Pot beeps to finish, wait about 15 minutes until it releases pressure naturally.
  3. Take out the chicken and shred it. Add it back in the pot and mix it in.
  4. Top with lime juice and basil, and serve with white rice or cauliflower rice.
Slow Cooker
  1. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Take out the chicken and shred it. Add it back in the pot and mix it in.
  3. Top with lime juice and basil, and serve with white rice or cauliflower rice.

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Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

It’s that time of the year again! The Shamrock Shake is out in time for St. Patrick’s Day. There was a time when I used to make a trip to McDonald’s every Spring, and revel in the sugar high I would get from it. This was back when my health was in a less than ideal state with ongoing digestive and skin issues from all the crap I was eating.

I mean, have you see what’s in Shamrock Shake? Beside the obvious ingredients like milk, sugar, and cream, here are some of the worst offenders: high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, dextrose, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, carrageenan, and so many other more obscure additives. There are actually a total of 54 ingredients which is mind-blowing to me. You don’t need that in your life, trust me.

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Making your own version with clean ingredients is much healthier and soooo delicious. And it takes minutes to whip up! This paleo and vegan shamrock shake tastes really similar to the real thing and I’m a bit obsessed now.

One of the best features of the Shamrock Shake is how crazy thick and decadent it is. Using cashews and a frozen banana, I’m so happy that I was able to recreate that creamy texture. I actually ate half of this with a spoon!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

This year, instead of heading to McDonald’s and drinking up bunch of harmful chemicals and inflammatory additives, make this paleo and vegan Shamrock Shake at home. It’s easy, fast, and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing. If you have kids, they’ll love the fun green color and they’ll have no idea it’s filled with nutritious greens!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • 1 banana, frozen and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (Omit for sugar detox)
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into 1 large glass or 2 small glasses, and serve.

Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 Shamrock Shake is a healthy and delicious alternative to your favorite St. Patrick's Day drink!

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!