I started making these coconut chicken nuggets for clients about 3 years ago and have yet to stop...hands down the number one request I get. They're simple to make and don't take long at all. Feel free to swap in a beaten egg for the coconut milk if you aren't doing AIP. I find they don't need a sauce, but never hurts to dunk in your favorite!
Yield: 2 servings
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup shredded coconut
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika (omit for AIP)
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set a cooling rack on top.
2. Combine shredded coconut with salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small dish. Pour coconut milk into separate dish.
3. Dip chicken pieces in coconut milk then seasoning mixture and place on baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12 minutes, then flip nuggets and continue baking for 13 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and cool.
Leaky Gut in a Nutshell
You've probably heard of leaky gut by now, but what exactly is it? Leaky gut stems from an impaired digestive system which can lead to undigested fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Bacteria living in the gut release toxins as they break down these particles. The toxins damage the mucosal lining and loosen the tight junctions between the cells lining our gut. This leads to leaky gut, where these undigested proteins are leaking out into the bloodstream. The body recognizes the undigested food as an invading substance and starts the immune attack.
Should any of this concern you? Well, as more people make poor dietary choices, undergo chronic stress, and toxic overload, leaky gut is becoming more and more common. If you follow a Standard American Diet (SAD), you are probably struggling with gut issues. Below are some common signs and symptoms of a leaky gut:
If you think you have leaky gut, contact me for a Nutritional Therapy consult.
I've noticed over the years, one of the first things people want to know when they find out I'm a healthy chef and nutritional therapist, is what I eat for breakfast. Turns out breakfast is a confusing area for a lot of people, especially those on the paleo, low-sugar/carb train. People want delicious and filling but also fast, easy and little-to-no effort. I wish I could say I developed this recipe to fulfill that need for clients, but truth be told I just decided to throw all of my favorite things in a bowl one day a couple of years ago and have been eating it almost every day since!
Heart & Belly Breakfast Bowl
Yield: One serving
3 to 6 ounces ground 100% grass-fed bison, beef, or lamb
1 cup packed arugula
1 tablespoon diced red onion
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 small avocado, diced
Himalayan sea salt to taste (the more meat, the bigger the avocado, the more salt...the less meat, the smaller the avocado, the less salt, got it?)
Greek Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce
I came across a new brand of AIP compliant coconut yogurt at my local health market that was way too tangy to use for dessert so I decided to do the next best thing with it...tzatziki! One jar of GT's Living Foods is enough for this entire recipe (chicken and sauce) but if you like your tzatziki as much as I do, I recommend picking up two jars and doubling the sauce recipe.
Yield: 10 drumsticks (serves 2-3)
10 chicken drumsticks
1/4 cup unsweetened plain coconut yogurt (I used this brand, but this or this would also work.)
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic (approximately 4 cloves)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
1/2 diced cucumber (approximately half of one medium cucumber, seeded and peeled)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic (approximately 1 large clove)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
I've been a longtime believer in natural skincare. Our skin is our second largest mouth, why on earth would we put chemicals on it?!? Over the last couple of years I've completely transitioned to only all simple oils as face and body moisturizers and have loved the results. I usually use one at a time depending on the season and how my skin is feeling, and my go-to favorite is rosehip seed oil (can we say immediate natural glow?!). However, this winter I've been playing around with grassfed beef tallow as a nighttime face and body treatment and can't get enough of it! I decided to throw all of the oils together into tallow to have one product I can use from head-to-toe while reaping all of the benefits. So what are those benefits?:
Tallow: Start with the basics...tallow is rendered Suet (the hard fat on the kidneys and loins of beef). The fatty acid profile of grassfed tallow is 50-55% saturated fat which is extremely close to the composition of the human skin cell. Deeply nourishing and has been used for ages as a moisturizer.
Jojoba Oil: A very hydrating oil that helps make the tallow easier to apply. It is a near match to our skin's sebum making it easily absorbed. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Evening Primrose Oil: Contains GLA, an essential fatty acid that nourishes the skin and protects healthy skin cells. Has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling, redness, and itching. Said to treat acne, eczema, and lighten dark spots.
Vitamin E Oil: One of my favorites for all my nasty chef cuts and burns! It's a miracle worker when it comes to fading scars. It blocks free radicals which is critical to the anti-aging process.
Rosehip Seed Oil: This oils is high in essential fatty acids that are great for dehydrated skin. It's has been said to work wonders on wrinkles and age spots and is a rich source of vitamin C which is chockfull of antioxidants which fight free radicals (read: cause of wrinkles). It's been said to firm skin, is easily absorbed, and provides an immediate natural glow. One of my all-time faves I've been using for years!
Lavender Essential Oil: An antioxidant booster which fights free radicals. Heals skin conditions, burns, cuts, and diminishes age spots. Also, smells yummy!
Frankincense Essential Oil: Said to reduce the appearance of age spots and sunspots and even out skin tone. Also has astringent properties and is used to help acne, reduce appearance of large pores, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles .
Yield: 1 cup
8 ounces grassfed beef tallow
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 tablepoons evening primrose oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
2 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil (optional for scent)
JENNIFER SWEENIE, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Chef