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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 Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

I don’t eat a lot of sweets, and I don’t even crave it much. I’m still sensitive to candida overgrowth and tend to stay away from dessert as a RESTART sugar detox instructor. I just don’t do well on them, unfortunately. Most of the desserts I make on the blog usually get thrown in the freezer and I’ll take out a piece to enjoy every few weeks or so.

However, I do looooove me some creamy and slightly bitter hot chocolate, especially during the holiday season. What’s different about hot chocolate is that they don’t need much sweetness but still feel indulgent for me, so I don’t feel the after-effects of a sugar binge. It’s a win/win!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

My favorite type of hot chocolate is Mexican hot chocolate. Have you ever had it? It’s amazing and you are missing out if you haven’t (yes, it’s worth being this dramatic about it…)! It uses a combination of spices to brighten up the flavors and also has a nice spicy kick to it that complements with the chocolate SO well. It’s just wonderful and tastes so fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Like I said, I don’t add any sweeteners to this Mexican hot chocolate, because the melted chocolate bar is plenty sweet on its own, but I do give an option to add them below. Don’t you think this would be the perfect thing to drink while unwrapping presents or spending time with family over the holidays? That’s a heck yes.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot ChocolatePaleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk with no stabilizers like guar gum, chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used ½ almond milk and ½ full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Options: cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, or cinnamon, for garnish
Instructions
Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Carefully take out the can of coconut milk from the fridge, and turn it upside down.
  2. Open the can. You'll see the coconut water floating at the top. Pour out the coconut water, until you see the thick coconut cream resting on the bottom.
  3. Scoop out the cream into a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whip the cream until it becomes fluffy.
  5. Place back into the fridge until ready to use.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  1. Pour milk and cinnamon into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes until fragrant. Whisk occasionally to prevent the milk from burning.
  2. Add cocoa powder, chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk frequently, until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into 2 mugs
  4. Top with coconut whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and/or cinnamon.
Notes
I don't add like to add sweeteners to my hot chocolate and I really love it that way, but if you need a bit of sweetness, feel free to add some!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

I need a lot of comfort this week. I think this election drained me. I’m not going to get political because that’s not what my blog is about, but I think it’s worth mentioning that it’s been an emotional roller coaster for many of us. The fact that I didn’t go to sleep until very late on Tuesday night is enough to throw me off the rest of the week.

So enter: soup. There’s something so soothing and healing about a big bowl of creamy soup, especially when it’s made with bone broth. The bacon definitely helps too. 

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

This soup made with green beans is so appropriate for this chilly season, and I think it’ll be a great side to serve during your Thanksgiving dinner. There’s so much flavor and depth, and the pop of green is so pretty on the table.

Not only is it delicious, it’s a great way to pack in a huge amount of greens during your meal (and your kids’), and I’m always striving to do that. If you had a hard time dealing with this week like me, I suggest you make this soup and curl up with a good book or a Netflix show. It’ll make you feel so much better. I promise!

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ lb bacon
  • 2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 lb green beans. trimmed
  • 4 cups bone broth or water
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Chop the bacon into small pieces, about ¼ inches wide.
  2. Heat a large saucepan or a dutch oven over medium high heat. Fry the bacon bits until they are crispy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a plate and set aside. Leave the bacon grease in the pot.
  4. Lower the heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potato, with salt and pepper, and stir and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the green beans with more salt and pepper, and cook for additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Pour in bone broth or stock. Cover and bring to boil, then lower to simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the vegetables are soft, remove from heat. Add coconut milk and let cool slightly.
  8. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth and creamy. If you don't have an immersion blender, work in batches in a blender.
  9. Taste to determine if it needs more salt and pepper.
  10. Serve topped with bacon bits.

Bacon Green Bean Soup