Today I’m bringing you a recipe for crispy savory chicken thighs that is a staple in our home.
They are just so EASY to prepare, and everyone in the family loves them.
The best part, though?
That delectable crispy skin!
Ever have those nights where you are slammed with so much going on, it would be easier to pick up take out than spend time in the kitchen preparing a healthy meal? (Oh, is that EVERY night? …Actually, I can relate.) Well, this recipe for lemon thyme chicken thighs is intentionally SUPER easy, perfect for even the craziest of “those nights”.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and every year for as long as I can remember, my family has had corned beef and cabbage. And sure enough, every year *someone* points out that it’s more of an American tradition than an Irish one. (Not that there is anything wrong with that; it’s one of my favorite dishes!) So this year, I decided to present you with a recipe that actually is much more Irish: Shepherd’s Pie.
Is there anything sexier for Valentine’s Day than a dessert that is also actually GOOD for you?
This chocolate mousse is a Paleo-compliant version of the rich French dessert. Instead of using heavy cream, we use the cream from a can of coconut milk, which is a super healthy fat. Instead of sugar, I used real maple syrup to sweeten it. Even with these substitutions, I assure you, there is nothing lacking in this dessert! It is still so rich, creamy, and airy, just as the French intended.
Plus, chocolate. Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) is heart-healthy and full of antioxidants!
So this Valentine’s Day, treat your heart (and belly) to this irresistible, decadent dessert, sans guilt!
If you’ve been around on Pinterest for awhile, I’m sure you’ve seen some variation before for what I call Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs. It has been called many various things over the years such as “Man-Pleasing Chicken” or “Holy Yum Chicken“. The majority of the people who blog about this recipe all source back to The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook by Cherie Mercer Twohy, a culinary mastermind, apparently.
Listen, there’s a reason there are so many people blogging about this recipe. It is DELICIOUS and EASY. And it actually does please the men, as well as all women and children folk alike. In fact, it’ll put hair on your chest, so beware of that bizarre side effect. It’s just that good.
Sorry, Cam Newton, but according to my nine-year-old son, I win Super Bowl MVP this year for these baked buffalo wings!
They are so crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the flavor is to die for. I’m especially fond of them because they’re Paleo and Whole30 compliant! To make them so, I use Frank’s Red Hot sauce and ghee (aka clarified butter, but grass-fed butter also works well) for the buffalo sauce. I don’t know if it’s because I’m pregnant, but I have been dousing everything in Frank’s Red Hot sauce. It just tickles the taste buds something fierce! It’s such a great brand, and it has so few ingredients: aged cayenne red peppers, vinegar, water, salt, and garlic powder. That’s it!
As far as hot sauces go, it’s perfection.
While getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, I was experimenting with some kalua pulled pork sliders. After having slow cooked a kalua pork roast (recipe), I then shredded it, placed it on some slices of baked sweet potato, topped it with my Whole30 Barbecue Sauce and a pickle, and handed it to my reluctant taste tester, my husband. He was like, “Sweet potato bun, eh? Alright, this is… another… interesting… concoction. Here we go…” and guess what?
I did too. It was delicious!! Forget all the other stuff that’s going to be available at any Super Bowl party, I just want a whole plateful of my Kalua Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns for dinner and nothing more!…
Oh, Slow Cooker Kalua Pork, how do I love thee… let me count the ways! I could just feast on this for days on end, making pulled pork sliders, lettuce-wrapped tacos, slathered in barbecue sauce, or mixed in with eggs for a great breakfast scramble.
It’s so tender and smoky, I can never get enough.
The trick to cooking a Kalua Pig is to allow it to cook very low and slow. I’m talking about the lowest setting on your slow cooker for 16 hours, baby.
And it’s worth it.
What makes this Paleo AND Whole30? Well, I’m glad you asked! It turns out that many brands of liquid smoke add a bunch of unnecessary garbage in it like sugar and caramel coloring. (Ugh, why?!) But the one brand I buy and love, Wright’s Liquid Smoke, has none of that! It’s just what it says it is: smoke from wood collected, condensed, and cooled down into a liquid. And it’s freaking delicious!
I created this Whole30 Barbecue Sauce for the time I was strictly adhering to the Whole30 eating plan. I had a really hard time finding Whole30 compliant barbecue sauces because everything has added sugar, it seems. This is more of a smoky barbecue sauce, and you know it tastes clean. I ended up liking it enough to keep making it even when not doing the 30-day cleanse/challenge/gut healing/whateveryoucallit. What can I say, once you go clean, you… well, feel amazing and never want to eat that old crap again!
If you would like to make it more Paleo instead of super-strict Whole30, you can add a bit of honey to it to sweeten it. This is what my husband recommends. Pretty delicious!