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Easy Peasy (super simple oven chicken fajitas)

I LOVE simple recipes! Seriously, if a recipe has more than, like 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper) I’m out. I just don’t enjoy complicated recipes. I cook dinner almost every night, so you’d think I’d be into it, but simple is best, especially when paleojr is back in school.

Being a full time mom and retail manager there’s no time for complicated dinners during the week.

Occasionally on a weekend I’ll get a wild hair and make a crazy recipe with more ingredients and more steps, but never, ever during the week!

So, last Wednesday was the official first day of school, and the official last day of summer vacation…..boo hoo!

Back to school is always so bitter sweet because I do appreciate routine, but random summer trips and lounging in shorts, tanks and flip flops really is THE BEST. Plus, my baby is growing so fast, it’s breakin my heart! I want to spend every extra minute with him, so that’s when a simple recipe really comes in handy.

Easy dinner = more time with my boys!  So tonight I am making Super Simple Oven Chicken Fajitas from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. They are in the oven right now, which is why I’m taking a few minutes to share this easy and delicious recipe with you, then it’s family time!! Have a great night!!

Super simple oven chicken fajitas (from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook)

Super simple oven chicken fajitas (from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 med red onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • sliced limes, avocado, and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. mix spices together in a small bowl
  3. place chicken, peppers, and onion in a 9x13 glass pyrex dish
  4. pour the melted butter over them, then sprinkle the spices on top and toss to coat
  5. bake for 30-35 minutes
  6. garnish and serve!
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Carb Queen (paleo pizza crust)

IMG_8419I used to be the bread and pasta queen. Ask my family. Pasta was my go-to meal at home and out at restaurants. Bread was my best friend. Pizza was too.

90% of the time my breakfast consisted of a toasted English muffin. No egg or protein, just a buttered, toasted muffin and a chai tea latte. (Carbs and sugar) Lunch was usually pizza or some pasta or a sandwich with thick, fluffy, white bread, often times it was fast food with a soda. (Again, carbs and sugar) If I was cooking dinner it was probably one of my 5 rotating meals: tacos, tuna casserole, spaghetti,goulash or some other pasta casserole type dish. Pretty much pasta with garlic bread for a side every night. (Except when my husband cooked) and we almost always had dessert so we would end the day with carbs, and sugar.When I really stop and think about that, it’s a miracle that I wasn’t overweight. Carbs and sugar. That’s what I ate. Always.

When I started eating paleo I learned some really easy ways to skip the carbs. I started by replacing hamburger buns with lettuce. I order sandwiches as lettuce wraps too. Pasta is replaced with spiralized veggies, like zucchini. Spaghetti squash is an awesome pasta replacement too. Replacing sodas with water and having a little bit of dark chocolate for dessert help too. Honestly, I don’t miss the bread and pasta that much. There are lots of ways to satisfy the pasta cravings with healthy replacements.

I do have to be honest and tell you that I do miss pizza though. We used to order pizza about once a week. If I had to chose I’d say pizza is/was my favorite food.

We have tried a bunch of paleo pizza crust recipes over the past 20 months. Cauliflower pizza crust is good but it just isn’t close enough to the original. I’ve made a couple almond flour pizza crusts. Also good, just not quite right. I’ve ordered packaged paleo pizza mix that you just add egg and oil to. Still not my favorite. I recently tried the pizza crust recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo cookbook. It is so stinkin good! I swear that girl’s recipes are ALL amazing! My little paleojr says it’s his favorite and that we don’t need to try anymore recipes. 🙂 I would have to agree with him. The main ingredient is tapioca flour. The texture and flavor are great. I love it. And it’s really easy.

Obviously you shouldn’t eat paleo baked goods all the time. The point of paleo is to eat meats, veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit, whole foods. Baked goods should be a treat. I make pizza about every two weeks. I’d say we have paleo tortillas or flatbread once a week, maybe. I often make cauliflower flatbread though. It’s literally eggs, cauliflower and spices. That’s it. Simple and healthy.

I wasn’t planning to share that recipe but I’ll give you a bonus recipe tonight because the cauliflower flatbread could be a game changer for some of you out there 🙂

It’s one head of cauliflower, riced, then microwaved for 10 mins.

Then stir in 3 eggs and add whatever spices you like. I used salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and basil.

Spread onto a parchment lined sheet and bake at 400 for 25 mins. Check and bake for 5 more if necessary. If you chose to eat dairy you could sprinkle a little grass fed cheese on top before baking too! Yum!

Paleo Pizza Crust by Paleomg

Paleo Pizza Crust by Paleomg

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a med mixing bowl whisk together eggs, coconut milk, and olive oil
  4. In a large mixing bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into dry and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the dough onto lined baking sheet and spread with a silicone spatula. Dough will fluff during baking, so make the dough as flat and even as possible.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is cooked through in the middle. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding toppings as desired. Add toppings then bake an additional 10-12 mins.
  7. Enjoy!
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Obsessed (roasted cauliflower) 

Obsessed (roasted cauliflower) 

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower washed and cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Cumin (sorry I don’t measure it anymore I just give it a good even sprinkle)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F toss cauliflower in olive oil. Lay on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt,pepper, and cumin. Roast for 30-35minutes stirring occasionally. Remove when edges are browned but not burned. Enjoy!
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Roasted cauliflower:

1 head of cauliflower washed and cut into florets

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Cumin (sorry I don’t measure it anymore I just give it a good even sprinkle)

Preheat oven to 400F toss cauliflower in olive oil. Lay on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt,pepper, and cumin. Roast for 30-35minutes stirring occasionally. Remove when edges are browned but not burned. Enjoy!

 For football Sunday I sprinkled a little grass fed mozzerella on top and warmed some no-sugar-added marinara and it was a pretty tasty snack 🙂
Hope you get to enjoy some soon too! I think i might need to make some tomorrow 😉 obsessed!