Good Eats, Paleo Style!

Well, this weekend passed by too quickly for me, as I am sure it did for you. Friday was spend taking a meal to friend who had just had a baby – on the menu was roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy, and Salted Caramel Bacon Brownies. Needless to say, my friend is not following the Paleo lifestyle. Her new baby boy was adorable and she looked beautiful. I am so happy for her, her husband, and their new addition. He is the tiniest baby I have ever seen, and I could have held him forever.

I did get to do some Paleo cooking this Friday and Sunday night! I know that is why you are all checking this out. I made a Chicken Pot Pie from Down South Paleo by Jennifer Robbins on Friday.

Down South PaleoThe recipe was easy to follow and simply delicious. I had made the chicken earlier in the week by poaching it until it was easily shredded. On Friday, I added the chicken broth, arrowroot powder and made a nice thick creamy broth for the base. Next time I will add more arrowroot powder in the beginning. Not a lot, but enough that it makes it thicker. I tried making a slurry later, but it did not turn out well. I next added the carrots and peas, onion, and I added celery even though the recipe did not call for it. I set that aside once it had been simmering for about 10 minutes. I worked on the crust and rolled it out until it was able to fit over my glass pie plate. I added the pot pie mixture to the plate and had plenty left over. Finally, I added the crust to the top. This recipe calls for you to create mini pot pies and not one big one. I had difficulty getting the crust over the pie and it came out more like a crumble than a smooth crust. I think it would have looked better had I done individual pot pies. I am going to post a picture, but it is difficult for me. I am used to having everything turning out right the first time, so for it to not turn out perfect on the first try is not easy for me. But, it tasted delicious, so I guess that is all that matters. If you have not read Down South Paleo, I cannot recommend it enough.

Here are the finished results:

Chicken Pot PieNot terrible, but not my best work either. But still so yummy!

I also cooked a delicious recipe that I am happy to share with you because I basically just made it up with the ingredients I had on hand. It is a Sausage, Pepper and Onions Recipe that tastes just as wonderful as it sounds. I cooked it in the crockpot, so it would be nice for a summer day when you do not want to get your kitchen hot from the oven or stove. I liked it because I could throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook for 5 hours and forget about it until it was finished cooking. Easy peasy. Here is what it looked like in the end:

Sausage, Peppers, and OnionsThe recipe is simple and most of the ingredients you will have in your pantry. I topped it off with some green beans and a piece of Jalapeno Bacon Bread from my Paleo bread cookbook.

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

1 pkg. Sweet Italian Sausage

1 ~ 14.5 Can Diced Tomatoes, with Juice

1 Green Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Yellow Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Red Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Onion, Sliced

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano

1 1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley

I placed the Italian sausage, and all the other ingredients in the pot together and gave it a little stir to mix well. Then, I let everything cook for 5 hours on low. After 5 hours, the sausage, peppers and onions were cooked through and ready to serve. Next time, I may sauté the sausage before I place it in the crockpot, not sure, it was so good this way.

This was such an easy recipe and I plan on making it again soon. This will be my go to recipe on those days when I am not sure what to make for dinner and I need something quick on a Saturday or Sunday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

~ A