Against All Grain Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken.

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One of the things that I like the most about Danielle Walker of Against All Grain’s recipes is that she lives in the real world. She has a husband and a young child, so when she writes her recipes, they don’t usually involved any crazy techniques and hours of preparation. This recipe, from her book Against All Grain is super simple to make. It doesn’t involve a ton of ingredients and it cooks in the crock pot. I paired it with a side of steamed veggies here, but I bet it would be delicious over some cauliflower rice.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

So, in case you missed the memo like I did, Brittany Angell is a culinary genius. I have no idea how in the world I was so clueless for so long, but I’m glad that I’m the loop now. I first found one of her recipes on pinterest, (you can follow me here, if you’d like), but when I started browsing her website I was amazed! We’re taking cinnamon rolls, bread, pies, fudge rounds, twinkies! All modified for people with food allergies or special diets. Some of the recipes are part of her Club Angell, which is a paid membership, but some are free. I’d like to say that I’ve tried some of the recipes in Club Angell, and while I absolutely think that the $15 membership is a steal for what you get, $15 can buy a lot of diapers at the moment, so I’m not a member yet. I hope to be eventually, though. She does also have a book coming out soon, which looks awesome. I’ve been following her on instagram, and she keeps posting pictures from the book. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC. You can check it out here. So, this recipe is one of the free ones (yippie!).

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I just paired this Sweet and Sour Chicken with a side of steamed mixed veggies. I have to say that it tastes just like take out, and required way less work than a non Paleo version that I used to make.

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

This was a recipe that I found on pinterest, (with no credit to where it actually came from). I made some changes to the recipe, to make it Paleo.

2lb. Chicken breast cut into 1in pieces

1 cup pineapple juice (I used the juice from 1 can of pineapples, and then added the chunks during the last hour)

1/2 cup grade B maple syrup (You can also use grade A, since it’s cheaper, but grade B is more nutritious)

1/3 cup coconut aminos

Cook in crockpot on low 6-8 hrs

If you’re doing a 21 day or 30 day detox, this recipe obviously won’t work. Between the maple syrup and the pineapple, there is still a whole lot of sugar in this dish. You could try to use less maple syrup or even try half the amount of pineapple juice and substitute water for the rest if you want.  It would probably affect the taste, though.

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's ChickenI love General Tso’s Chicken. It was always my go-to dish whenever we would order Chinese Food back in our pre-paleo days. When I heard that there was a recipe for it in Gather, it was just one more reason for me to get the book. The recipe is a bit complicated though, so I hadn’t gotten around to making it yet. However, I thought I would give it a shot. I made it, and the shrimp fried cauliflower rice, but I substituted leftover Chinese Barbeque Pork in place of the Shrimp in the recipe.

To minimize the amount of work at dinner time, I chopped as much as I could ahead of time. I did this during nap time, figuring that it would be easier for me to get dinner made if I had a few things done ahead of time. It did help, but as soon as I turned the sauce on, the baby started crying. I didn’t want to risk burning the sauce, so I just turned it off. It turned into a giant goopy mess. I was able to thin it out by adding some of the oil back into the sauce, but it was still frustrating. I thought for sure I had ruined dinner. I actually ended up really frustrated over all trying to get this recipe made, and take care of the baby. As delicious as this recipe was, it’s just not new mom friendly at all.

Prep Cauliflower Rice