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Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad [Video]

Refreshing and filling Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad is delicious and low carb, made with carrot and parsnip noodles!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

I eat some kind of salad every single day as a meal, usually lunch. I love getting in some quality nutrients with a big ol’ bowl of veggies, in addition to healthy fats and proteins. Since my meals have to fill me up for several hours since I try to avoid snacking between them, my salads are usually chock full of filling and satiating ingredients that are low in sugar.

I made this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad with exactly that in mind. Plus, I just love Asian flavors that are packed with umami and textures. The tender, juicy chicken in this recipe melds together with the freshness of the parsnip and carrot noodles and the crunchiness of the toasted cashews beautifully.

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle SaladPaleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

This salad reminds me of the papaya salads I had in Thailand. I had it everyday for the week that I was there because it was so delicious and spicy. While this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad isn’t spicy, you can add a bit of spice to it if you’d like with sriracha sauce or spicy pepper flakes. Although I’m a huge fan of spicy, I actually enjoyed this salad as it was and didn’t feel like I needed to add anything to it.

The best thing about this dish is that it gets better and better as it sits and the flavors meld together. I would make a big batch in the beginning of the week and enjoy the leftovers. It’s the perfect recipe for batch-cooking!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle SaladPaleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

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Paleo Asian Chicken "Noodle" Salad
 
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Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
Dressing
Salad
  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 parsnip
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Cilantro or basil, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing and stir together to mix.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of the dressing to the chicken and massage with your hands to coat evenly. Set the chicken aside to marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a spiralizer or vegetable slicer to slice the parsnip and carrots into thin noodle-like strips.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cashews and cook stirring for 3-4 minutes, until the cashews are browned and toasted. Add to the parsnip and carrot mixture.
  5. Heat coconut oil in the skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  7. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice in bite-sized pieces. Add to the salad.
  8. Add green onions and the rest of the dressing. Stir to mix well.
  9. Add salt and pepper, if needed, and sprinkle sesame seeds and cilantro or basil leaves. Serve immediately or chill before ready to serve.

Asian Chicken (Noodle- Salad (Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30)

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!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Oh man, I’ve had a looooong weekend. We moved out of our apartment yesterday, without a permanent new place. We are still staying in the same area but at an Airbnb until we figure things out. So this past week was a whole lot of putting crap in boxes, driving around in a U-Haul, lifting heavy things, and lugging things into storage. I’m so so tired today so I’m taking it easy. Luckily, our Airbnb is so nice and gorgeous, and I’ll probably share a few photos on Instagram.

Right before the move out day, I prepared by putting together snacks that I could munch on during and after the move. Of course, this consisted of thinking of ways to use up whatever food I had left in the kitchen. This was basically the process of how I came up with this easy but SUPER ADDICTING recipe: spiced bacon cashews.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

I don’t know why I never thought to put cashews and bacon together before. I mean, even the thought about it sounds amazing! Crispy, salty bacon and creamy cashews. What’s not to love? I had to portion this out a handful at a time, because I know I can just finish the entire thing in one sitting. However, it’s actually quite filling so it held me over between meals when I was exerting a lot of energy during the move.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Also, since it’s coming up, this could also be an amazing Super Bowl snack! If you don’t know, it’s this weekend, and I’m excited to munch on all the game day foods. Plus, if you are in a hurry, these spiced bacon cashews literally comes together in less than 10 minutes. What’s not to love about that? Hope you try out this amazing combo, because it’s just the best!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped thick-cut bacon, sugar-free
  • ½ lb raw cashews, about 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne, if using. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon in the skillet for 4-5 minutes, until they are crispy.
  4. Add the cashew and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes, until toasted evenly.
  5. Add the mixed spices and stir together for 1 minute until evenly coated.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spiced Bacon Cashews