Friday, October 18, 2013

Paleo Chicken Nuggets

Though I know how important it is to eat  as healthfully as possible, I'm a kid at heart and chicken nuggets still woo me over from time to time. But with all the news stories about fast food nuggets being inundated with pink slime, I decided that - kid or not - I'd better steer clear. Beside the unknown crap that's pumped into 'em, nuggets aren't paleo friendly anyhow...

Until now! I found a super tasty chicken nugget recipe over on Livin Paleo and was super stoked to whip up the fun favorite. It was great having control of what went into the mix (no slime or potential chicken heads here) and indulging in a previously avoided food. :)

Paleo Chicken Nuggets 
recipe from Livin Paleo

Chicken nuggets

1 pound of ground chicken
1 large egg
2 tablespoons hot sauce [I used Frank's]
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


1/4 cup coconut flour [I might try using almond flour next time, just because]
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/4 teaspoon salt


1/3 cup hot sauce [Frank's again]
3 tablespoons ghee

1. Preheat the oven to 375*. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour through garlic powder. Then in a large bowl, add the flour mixture to the ground chicken, egg, and hot sauce; mix well.
4. Roll mixture into balls (maybe about a golf ball size) and press down onto baking sheet.
5. Combine all the coating ingredients then thoroughly dip each nugget into it. Place back onto baking sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. While baking, melt sauce ingredients together in small sauce pan. Remove nuggets from oven, toss with the sauce, return to baking sheet and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

Note: The recipe on Livin Paleo included a paleo ranch dip to eat with these. I didn't make that so can't comment on it but let me know if you do try it!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WIAW...and a long awaited return

Why, hello! It seems as though I disappeared again, huh? My bad. Life just picks up sometimes and gets in the way. But, the past month since I last wrote has been a total whirlwind but awesome! 

How have you all been? I'm looking forward to checking out your WIAWs and seeing what's been cooking in your kitchens. Lots of pumpkin things, I hope! Count me in as another pumpkin obsessed blogger. ;)

A few of the things I've enjoyed over the previous few weeks...

Believe it or not, these homemade chicken nuggets were 100% paleo! No pink slime here! The kid in me was so psyched. 

Boston lettuce wraps with chicken thighs, roasted acorn squash, and bacon. Simple but SO tasty and full of fall flavor. 

Paleo orange chicken over cauliflower rice! Recipes for all of the above will be coming soon, so not to worry. Or...maybe you should since I've been a total flake over here? ;)

An egg, sausage, bacon, and double cheese panini on gluten-free bread from Twist in Millis, MA. This was amazing; the bread was so excellent that I could barely believe it was GF. In fact, the entire restaurant is gluten-free. 

This cupcake was also from Twist and is completely gluten-free...but you'd never have known it. Yum, it might not be paleo but it was the perfect birthday treat! :)

So were these deep fried Oreos. I could never say no to these lovely gems. Heaven in a deep fryer.

I have a lot of other things to share with you all but they will have to wait til next time.

PROMISE there will be a next time and soooooon!