Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers

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Paleo-Diet-Mexican-Stuffed-Peppers-image-c-Waterbury-Publications-300x336INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano 
chile pepper, seeded 
and chopped
  • 2 lb ground chicken 
or turkey
  • 1 14.5-oz can unsalted 
fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers
  • Lime wedges

SEASONING:

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground saffron

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare seasoning: In a small dry skillet on medium-low, toast cumin seeds for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant, shaking skillet occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to a spice grinder; grind to a powder. Transfer cumin to a small bowl and stir in remaining seasoning ingredients.
  2. In a large skillet on medium, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, and chile; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook until no longer pink. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp seasoning mixture (reserve remaining mixture for use in Meal Plan); stir well. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; then simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro.
  3. Meanwhile, cut 
bell peppers in half vertically (from stems to bottoms). Remove and discard stems, seeds and membranes. In a large pot, blanch peppers in boiling water, 2 to 
3 minutes or just until tender; drain. Fill peppers with chicken mixture.
  4. For each serving, arrange 2 pepper halves on a plate. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Fennel and Spinach Salad with Shrimp

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fennel-spinach-salad-shrimp-ck-xIngredients

3 slices center-cut bacon

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 medium bulb)

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 (9-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

                                         1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings, and crumble. Add the shrimp to pan, and cook 2 minutes, turning once.
2. Combine bacon, 2 cups fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, and baby spinach in a bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the shrimp and balsamic mixture to spinach mixture; toss well.

Lemon Garlic Baked Halibut

halibut-lemon-18Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. olive oil 4 Tbsp. lemon juice Salt Pepper Halibut 2 cloves of minced garlic
8 cups of baby spinach

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together 1 Tbsp. olive oil and lemon juice in small bowl. Add salt and pepper to season. Drizzle half of this dressing onto the halibut and bake for 12 minutes. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil and garlic to saucepan and sauté on medium heat for 1 minute. Add the spinach. Top baked halibut with spinach mixture and remaining half of dressing.

Nutty Almond-Sesame Red Quinoa

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nutty-almond-sesame-red-quinoa-ck-xIngredients:

1 2/3 cups water
1 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Instructions:

1. Bring 1 2/3 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 12 minutes or until quinoa is tender; drain. Stir in almonds, juice, oils, salt, and onions.

Balsamic and Grape Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Place quinoa in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 20 halved ­seedless red grapes, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 201; FAT 4.8g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 133mg

Lemon-Snap Pea Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Add 1 cup diagonally halved sugar snap peas, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) CALORIES 201; FAT 6g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 131mg

Bean Salad Quinoa: Prepare quinoa as directed in main recipe; drain. Add 1/4 cup minced red onion; 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt; 1 (15-ounce) can ­unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained; and 2 diced plum tomatoes, stirring to combine. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 243; FAT 6.4g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 150mg

Chicken Chili

chicken chiliIngredients:
2 lbs. ground chicken 2 medium onions (chopped)
2 red peppers (chopped) 6 cloves of minced garlic 1 tsp. cumin Salt Oregano 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except for chicken broth and cook until chicken is done. Add chicken broth and cook until heated thoroughly.