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Super Easy Ratatouille

Super Easy Ratatouille

Ratatouille seems exotic, but it’s easy to make, especially with this stackable-ingredient recipe. Don’t overlook this simple skillet version of ratatouille for chilly nights. Organic veggies will be worth the flavor boosts they give, so spring for those – they’ll make this dish much tastier. Kids who like pizza and the flavors of Italian herbs can enjoy this over their favorite pasta. Add a side of authentic hot Italian sausage to make it a hefty meal. Go grain free by serving with Paleo rolls like these made from quick mixes by Chebe. This reheats well and is even more yummy with time.

Super Easy Ratatouille
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Warming and delicious, savory goodness. Use a big skillet and stack ingredients in the order listed below. If you have it, a cast iron skillet is a great choice for even-heat simmer, and it will add iron for kids needing that boost - the acidity of the tomato pulls iron into the food. Peeling the eggplant is optional.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Super Easy Ratatouille
Print Recipe
Warming and delicious, savory goodness. Use a big skillet and stack ingredients in the order listed below. If you have it, a cast iron skillet is a great choice for even-heat simmer, and it will add iron for kids needing that boost - the acidity of the tomato pulls iron into the food. Peeling the eggplant is optional.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you prefer, peel the eggplant before slicing it. This is optional.
  2. Heat 3 Tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and soften over medium heat for one minute.
  3. Layer in the vegetables in the order listed, leaving them to lie flat. Between each layer, sprinkle salt, oregano, and black pepper. Drizzle remaining olive oil (1 Tablespoon) on the top. Don't stir it. Leave it stacked just as you laid it all in
  4. Cover the pan and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover the pan and let 10 minutes longer to reduce liquid.
  6. Gently turn and tumble the veggies, and serve with crusty bread of your choice, over pasta, or on its own for a lighter meal.
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Brussels Slaw

Brussels Slaw

Maybe your kids will eat Brussels sprouts after all. Try this slaw instead of the traditional cabbage version. As long as you have a food processor with a grater or shredder blade, this is easy and fast. If not, you can grate the vegetables by hand but it will take more time. You can also adjust the honey or lemon in it to your preference for sweet or tangy. Even tastier if it gets an overnight in the fridge.
Brussels Slaw
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Crunchy, tasty alternate to the usual cabbage slaw.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Brussels Slaw
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Crunchy, tasty alternate to the usual cabbage slaw.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Wash the vegetables thoroughly. Trim the Brussels sprouts stumps to remove ragged or dirty edges. Peel carrots and trim ends.
  2. Using a grater attachment on a food processor, shred/grate the carrots and Brussels sprouts. Place the grated vegetables in a large bowl, and add raisins and hemp seeds. Stir to evenly mix.
  3. Whisk the mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, and honey to an even consistency in a small bowl, or place in a pint glass jar, seal with lid and shake til smooth.
  4. Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss thoroughly. For best flavor, let the slaw rest covered in refrigerator for an hour at least and overnight if possible.
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Smoked Paprika Chicken

Smoked Paprika Chicken

So simple. How did I overlook this combination my whole life? This is an easy dish that I love simmered on stove top in an iron skillet. I used this smoked paprika from Savory Spice Shop, but there are hotter varieties if you like heat! You can also find an organic smoked paprika here. I use boneless thighs because they are more tender and flavorful to me than breasts, but either can work. And if you are lucky enough to have some of your own chicken fat on hand rendered from broth that you made, that works well as a fat in your skillet instead of olive oil and ghee. To try this on the grill, blend the melted fats, liquid ingredients, cooked onion, and spices and marinate chicken pieces for two hours; grill on medium heat for 6-8 minutes per side.

 

Smoked Paprika Chicken
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Subtle smoke flavor makes this a really pleasing variation on chicken, even for picky little palates.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 20 minutes
Smoked Paprika Chicken
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Subtle smoke flavor makes this a really pleasing variation on chicken, even for picky little palates.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 20 minutes
Instructions
  1. Combine the GF flour blend and spices.
  2. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour and spice mixture.
  3. Melt ghee/butter with olive oil and/or chicken fat in the skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for two minutes.
  4. Turn heat to medium high and add the dredged thighs. Sear/brown them lightly on each side - about two minutes per side. Once browned lightly, remove them to a plate off to the side.
  5. Deglaze the skillet with the chicken broth, GF Tamari, and GF Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Add the thighs back in, reduce heat to low-medium, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy! Delicious with roasted or mashed Jersey sweet potato and parsnip - plus a greens mixture of arugula, scallion, butter lettuce and sprouted pumpkin seeds.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes four large servings or six smaller servings.

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Spicy Chick Pea Curry

Spicy Chick Pea Curry

Lovingly known as “train wreck” in my house, this one skillet curry can have heat or be more mild, depending on your kids’ palates. I’ve written it here as moderately hot. The ground beef makes it more savory and nutritious, but it is also delicious if the meat is omitted, making for a nice vegetarian option.

Spicy Chick Pea Curry
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A warming and delicious red curry that is delicious over rice, gluten free rotini or penne, or hearty enough on its own. Adjust the heat by adding more spice, hotter curry powder, or hot pepper if that's your thing.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 30 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20 mins 15 mins
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 30 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20 mins 15 mins
Spicy Chick Pea Curry
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A warming and delicious red curry that is delicious over rice, gluten free rotini or penne, or hearty enough on its own. Adjust the heat by adding more spice, hotter curry powder, or hot pepper if that's your thing.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 30 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20 mins 15 mins
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 30 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
20 mins 15 mins
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil to medium in a large skillet. Iron works well for this recipe and will boost iron in the food.
  2. Add minced garlic and chopped onion, heating gently until clear. Do not brown or burn. Then add chopped pepper and continue to saute over medium heat.
  3. Blend the dry spices in a small dish or bowl, except for salt and pepper. Add to skillet. Stir to coat onions, garlic, and peppers thoroughly. Simmer covered for 2 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Next add the ground beef. Stir to blend well with the vegetables and herbs. Cook on medium heat til beef is browned.
  5. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, curry paste, salt, and pepper. Stir to blend well. Cover and let simmer x 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Add drained chick peas and stir to warm and blend. Adjust spices as you like. Cover and simmer another five minutes.
  7. Ladle over (gluten free) penne pasta, rotini, spirals, zucchini zoodles, or with GF focaccia bread (such as Chebe brand focaccia mix). Sprinkle on chopped cilantro for garnish if desired.
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Avocado Cantaloupe Lime Salad

Avocado Cantaloupe Lime Salad

This recipe hails from PaleoPlan.com, one of my favorite spots on the web to find kid-friendly food that also satisfies my criteria for healthful. Sounds like odd bedfellows – grape tomatoes and cantaloupe? But it really sings when you use fresh, ripe, organic ingredients. I’ve added a couple of changes to this version, which is now popularized everywhere from Martha Stewart’s site to Food.com.

Avocado Cantaloupe Lime Salad
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Colorful, cheerful, with flavor to match. Make sure you have ingredients at peak of ripeness. Grape tomatoes of different varieties will make this even more colorful. Avocados are ripe when the "plug" where the stem attached pops away easily from the avocado, with a push of your finger tip or thumb. If it sticks, it's not ready; if it's gone, it may be over ripe and mushy.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Avocado Cantaloupe Lime Salad
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Colorful, cheerful, with flavor to match. Make sure you have ingredients at peak of ripeness. Grape tomatoes of different varieties will make this even more colorful. Avocados are ripe when the "plug" where the stem attached pops away easily from the avocado, with a push of your finger tip or thumb. If it sticks, it's not ready; if it's gone, it may be over ripe and mushy.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large serving bowl, whisk oils, lime juice, honey, and sea salt. If helpful, heat these first, briefly and gently, on stove top in a small pot, so the honey is more liquid. Then transfer to large serving bowl to whisk.
  2. Quarter the cantaloupe by cutting it in half lengthwise, then cutting again lengthwise. Run a knife between the rind and the flesh. Cut away the seeds and discard, then cut the fruit into chunks about half inch size.
  3. Cut avocados lengthwise, remove nut, and remove rinds, by scooping out fruit or running a knife between fruit and rind. Avocado should be soft but not mushy. Cut into small chunks.
  4. If you have a melon scoop, cut the cantaloupe in half, remove seeds, then scoop melon balls until only rind remains. Pour any juice sitting in the rind into the bowl with fruit.
  5. Cut tomatoes in halves.
  6. Toss all fruits together with sunflower seeds, mint, and whisked dressing in large serving bowl. Coat everything well. Keep chilled til serving.
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