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Garlic Balsamic Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Whether you’re having friends over for dinner or you’re short on time on a weeknight, balsamic glazed chicken is a simple no-fuss meal that you can serve with virtually any side dish.

This recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and will become your new go-to balsamic chicken recipe.

Quick tips:

Ideally, you’ll pound the chicken breasts so they’re around ?” thick. This will make sure they cook quickly but will keep them super moist and juicy once cooked.
Depending on the type of broth and coconut aminos you use, you may need to add a little additional salt at the end of cooking.
Lightly crush your garlic before slicing to release its fragrant compounds.

Let’s get started.
Garlic Balsamic Chicken Recipe
Serves: 4

Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes
Ingredients

1.5 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Olive Oil
5 clove sliced garlic
3.5 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Vinegar
2-3 Tbsp. chicken broth
1.5 Tbsp. coconut aminos
2 Tbsp. basil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper
More fresh basil

Directions
Pound the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment using a meat mallet until they are uniform in thickness. Season both sides of the breasts liberally with salt and pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and saute for 2 minutes on each side.

Add the balsamic vinegar and coconut aminos. Bring the mixture to a boil, then flip over the chicken again and reduce the heat to a simmer.

 

Add the broth and the tomatoes and give the pan a gentle shake. Continue cooking over medium heat over the stovetop, turning the chicken every minute or so to coat it in the balsamic mixture. Add a small amount of extra broth as needed.

Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the tomatoes are soft. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!

Nutrition Info (serves 4):
Calories: 446
Total Fat: 13g
Total Carbs: 6g
Net Carbs: 5.3g
Protein: 50g

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Turn Your Grill Into a Smoker, Plus a Smoked Pork Chops Recipe

As the summer heat peaks, you probably don’t want to stand over your grill. Luckily, you can turn your grill into a smoker, creating a largely hands-off cooking process.

The taste of smoked meat screams summer to me, especially after spending the last eight years in North Carolina. If you want to try your hand at smoking at home but don’t have a dedicated smoker, you can actually transform your propane grill into a makeshift smoker. The process is fairly simple, but smoking time can be lengthy if you’re smoking a large cut of meat. So, a full tank of propane and some time at home are necessary to make it happen.

In this post, we’ll walk you through transforming your gas grill into a smoker and use bone-in pork chops as our test recipe.

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Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe

Raw fish, when done right, is one of the most delicious ways to get your protein. You may be more than willing to visit a sushi or poke restaurant, but the idea of making poke bowls at home can be intimidating. Once you try it once, you’ll realize it’s incredibly fast and easy. If you can get your hands on some high-quality tuna, you can make all of your salty, sweet, and tangy poke dreams come true. What Is Poke? Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish that’s made with fresh raw fish, usually tuna, marinated in a salty and sweet soy-based sauce. A typical poke bowl starts with a bed of rice, layered with artfully arranged marinated fish and your choice of toppings like avocado, radish, cucumber, sesame seeds, seaweed, scallions, cilantro … the possibilities are endless. If you’re following a Primal lifestyle, you might hesitate to get behind the ingredients you find in most poke, like sugar-sweetened soy sauce marinades and the high-carb bed of rice. But you probably know by now that living Primally doesn’t mean you have to miss out.  With a few simple swaps, we created a poke bowl that won’t derail your progress. If you can cut a sushi-grade tuna portion into cubes, you can make this tuna poke bowl recipe. Soon, you’ll get creative with toppings and make it your own. Let’s get started. Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe Time in the kitchen: 2o minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients 10 oz. cubed yellowfin tuna 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen® Sesame Ginger Dressing 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar or coconut vinegar ¼ tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. scallions 2 tsp. sesame seeds 1/2 thinly sliced or chopped cucumber 1 bunch thinly sliced radishes (about 1 cup) 1 large carrot sliced into ribbons 3 cups roasted cauliflower rice 2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Mayo (classic or vegan) 1 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Buffalo Sauce (or sriracha to taste) Additional sliced scallions and sesame seeds to garnish Additional garnishes: avocado, seaweed wraps, chopped mango or pineapple Directions In a bowl, combine the Primal Kitchen Sesame Ginger Dressing, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and salt. Fold in the tuna along with the scallions and sesame seeds. Allow the tuna to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish. Roast the cauliflower rice in a 375 F degree oven until browned. Slice the cucumbers and radishes and use a vegetable peeler to peel the carrot into ribbons. Mix together the Primal Kitchen Mayo with either the Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce or a squeeze of Sriracha sauce until it reaches your desired spiciness. Arrange a bowl with the tuna, raw veggies and cauliflower rice. Top with scallions and sesame seeds as well as a drizzle of the spicy mayo. Tips Always use sushi-grade fish if you are consuming fish raw. Sushi-grade tuna is handled appropriately to ensure raw quality. If you aren’t a fan of tuna, you can use salmon. If raw fish isn’t your … Continue reading “Tuna Poke Bowl Recipe”

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Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe

We can generally get our hands on a watermelon any time of year, but these are the months when they actually taste sweet and juicy. As soon as watermelons come into season, my Summer Watermelon Salad comes out of hiding. It’s a late summer treat that reminds us that even though we’re hearing the first whispers of school starting and pumpkin spice, it’s still summertime.

This watermelon salad is a sweet, crunchy, tangy accompaniment to any summer meal.

Tip: feel free to leave the feta cheese out if you are dairy-free, or replace it with goat cheese or fresh mozzarella.
Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe
Time in the kitchen: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 cups cubed watermelon
2 oz. crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup basil
1 large tomato sliced into wedges
1 chopped cucumber
5 chopped radishes
1/3 cup sliced red onion
3 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Lemon Turmeric Dressing
salt and pepper

Directions
Chop the watermelon into ¾”-1” cubes. Slice the tomato into wedges and chop the cucumber and radishes.

Thinly slice the red onion and the basil.

Combine the watermelon, chopped basil, tomato, cucumber, radishes and red onion in a bowl. Pour in the Primal Kitchen Lemon Turmeric Dressing and fold it into the salad along with the feta.

Season with salt and pepper and garnish with more basil leaves.

Nutrition Information (¼ of recipe):
Calories: 146
Fat: 6g
Total Carbohydrates: 19g
Net Carbohydrates: 17g
Protein: 5g

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Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives

There’s something about a cocktail that can turn any mundane activity into a celebration. The colorful garnish, the refreshing fizz, the pretty glass… it’s the whole package. For various reasons you just might not want alcohol. That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the cocktail experience. These mocktails feature Ritual alcohol alternatives, which add the same bite and flavor enhancement that a shot of tequila or gin adds to a cocktail, without the boozy effects. Here are three refreshing summer mocktails using Ritual’s keto-friendly alcohol alternatives. We’ve partnered with Ritual Zero Proof to give 5 lucky winners one of each of their keto-friendly alcohol alternatives: a gin alternative, tequila alternative, and a whiskey alternative, and we’ll throw in $100 in Primal Kitchen keto friendly products too. Head on over to the Mark’s Daily Apple Instagram page for details on how to enter. Closes 7/29/2020, so enter ASAP! Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives Tip: For a calorie-free and sugar-free option, we use liquid monk fruit sweetener in place of simple syrups that are typically used in cocktails. Some may prefer no sweetener while others will prefer a few drops, so add sweetener to taste. Dragonfruit Margarita Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1 oz. Ritual Tequila Alternative 2 scoops Primal Kitchen Dragonfruit Collagen 1/2-1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. water 6 oz. club soda or seltzer 1-2 drops liquid monkfruit sweetener Slices of lime Ice Directions Pour some salt onto a small plate. Press a slice of lime around the rim of a glass and then press the rim of the glass into the salt to make the salt rim. Combine the Primal Kitchen Dragonfruit Collagen, tequila and water in a shaker or blender and mix until well combined. Pour over ice. Stir in the lime juice and pour in the club soda. Add liquid monkfruit sweetener to taste and garnish with slices of lime. Nutrition Information Calories: 70 Fat: 0g Total Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 10g Blackberry Gin Fizz Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1.5 oz. Ritual Gin Alternative 10 blackberries 4-6 oz. cucumber melon seltzer 1-2 drops liquid monkfruit sweetener 1 oz. lime juice Sliced cucumber Ice Optional: mint or basil leaves Directions Add the gin and half of the blackberries to a glass (you can add basil or mint at this time too). Muddle the gin and blackberries together. Add ice, lime juice, seltzer and cucumber slices and stir. Add in additional cucumber slices and the remaining blackberries as garnish. Nutrition Information Calories: 38 Fat: 0g Total Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 1g Bubbly Whiskey Cherry Lemonade Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1.5 oz. Ritual Whiskey Alternative 6 pitted cherries Juice from 1/2 lemon Optional: juice from ½ orange 6 oz. sparkling lemon seltzer Liquid monkfruit sweetener to taste Slices of lemon and cherries to garnish Ice Directions Muddle the cherries and whiskey together. Add the lemon juice and orange … Continue reading “Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives”

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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken “Big Ass Salad” Bowls with Quick Pickles Recipe

All raw. All cooked. A little of both. With meat, or without. Artfully arranged in a pretty plate or thrown together in a to-go container as your run out the door. There are infinite ways to assemble your “Big Ass Salad.”

What’s the best way to make yours?

The best “Big Ass Salad” is the one you’ll make, and the one you’ll enjoy eating.

With flavorful veggies, sweet BBQ chicken, and salty pickles, this version of the BAS keeps your taste buds interested. It’s easy to put together, and you can easily adapt it with the veggies you have on hand.

Here’s how to make it.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken “Big Ass Salad” Bowls with Quick Pickles Recipe

Serves: 2-3, depending on bowl size

Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup Primal Kitchen® Hawaiian BBQ Sauce, divided
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

For the Quick Pickles

1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves smashed
5-8 peppercorns (optional)
1 tbsp fresh dill
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt

For the Bowl

1 head romaine lettuce, torn
1 cup cooked riced cauliflower (frozen and rinsed to thaw, for ease!)
1 beefsteak tomato roughly chopped
1/4 red onion diced
1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded (optional)
1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing and Marinade

Directions
For the Chicken

Season chicken with a salt and pepper to taste and marinate in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce, and lime juice. Pour the sauce over the chicken and marinate for an hour or two.

Sear chicken on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Once cooled, slice against the grain into strips.

For the Pickles

Fill a jar or large bowl with dill, cucumber, garlic, and peppercorns. Heat the water, vinegar, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the liquid starts to bubble, remove from heat and pour into the jar with the cucumbers. Allow to cool  then refrigerate.

For the Bowls

Arrange the salad ingredients in each bowl. Layer on the cooled and sliced grilled chicken, then top the bowls with the remaining BBQ sauce.
Garnish with cilantro and pour on a generous amount of Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of guest contributor Abby Rice, wellness blogger at Everyday From A. Adapted for the Primal lifestyle from the original version, featured here. Many thanks, Abby!

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Sugar-free Strawberry Pink Drink (with Violet Drink Variation)

We’re pushing the peak of summer heat, which means refreshing beverages are an all day, every day requirement. This strawberry pink drink is for those times you want something chilled, creamy, and softly sweet.

We make ours with collagen, which is something your body needs anyway. No shame in getting hooked on this pink drink, because once the effects of collagen kick in, you may see changes in your skin, hair, and nails that keep you going back for more.

It’s just as easy to make as it is refreshing! If you want to make a berry violet drink instead, use blackberries instead of strawberries and hibiscus tea instead of water.

Enjoy!
Refreshing Strawberry Pink Drink Recipe
Serves: 1

Time in the kitchen: 8 minutes

Ingredients

¾ c coconut or almond milk
¾ c + 2 Tbsp. water
½ c chopped strawberries + ¼ c sliced strawberries
2 scoops Primal Kitchen® Collagen Quench Triple Berry Drink Mix
1 tsp. granulated sweetener, optional
ice

Directions
First, create the stewed strawberries for the drink. In a small saucepan, heat the chopped strawberries, 2 tbsp. water and granulated sweetener over medium heat.

Once they begin bubbling, reduce the heat to medium low and stir for 3-5 minutes, or until the strawberries begin to soften and break down. Set the strawberries aside.

In a jar, mix together the remaining water and Collagen Quench Triple Berry Drink Mix. Shake up until foamy.

Mix together the berry drink mix with the stewed strawberries and blend in a blender or with an immersion blender. Pour in the milk and blend again for a few seconds.

Pour the mixture over ice and garnish with sliced strawberries.

Nutrition Info (serves 1):
Made with almond milk:

Calories: 126
Fat: 3g
Total Carbs: 15g
Net Carbs: 11g
Protein: 11g

Made with full-fat coconut milk:

Calories: 351
Fat: 26g
Total Carbs: 16g
Net Carbs: 13g
Protein: 12g

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Grilled Greek Summer Veggies Recipe

When planning a BBQ menu, the meat is usually the star, and the sides are an afterthought. With this Grilled Greek Summer Veggies recipe, a platter overflowing with colorful marinated and grilled vegetables steals the show.

This is the perfect vegetable side dish for summer. It’s very no-fuss, keeps well in the refrigerator to eat throughout the week, and can feed a crowd.

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Gluten Free Nashville Style Hot Chicken Recipe

Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza. In Southern California, you have tacos on every corner. Philadelphia loves their cheesesteaks. And you know you’re in Nashville when every third restaurant claims they have the best Hot Chicken in town. If you’re looking for the crispy kick of hot chicken but you’re nowhere near Music City, we’ve got you covered. Our Nashville Hot Chicken recipe tastes just like the real thing, without the fried food hangover from oxidized frying oil and grain-based breading. Yes, it can be done. This recipe is fairly involved, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Not sure about the heat factor? You can adapt this recipe from slightly zingy to three-alarm fire. If you want to break a sweat, taste the coating mixture and the hot chicken sauce before you apply, and add more cayenne. If you want to scale back the spice level, simply reduce the cayenne pepper accordingly. If you want your chicken to have just a subtle zip, you can completely omit the cayenne. The chicken will still have a nice kick thanks to the Primal Kitchen® Buffalo Sauce. The best way to make the prep for this dish run smoothly is to set up a station with three coatings. Move the chicken like an assembly line down each coating mix. Some of the almond flour coating will clump up as you start dredging the chicken in it. That’s okay! Press these clumps into the chicken as you bread. It will create great texture for the final product. If you don’t have chicken thighs, you can use chicken breast. Follow the same directions, and bake at 400 degrees instead. You can also lightly spray the chicken with a spritz of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Spray prior to baking to prevent the chicken from drying out. We used coconut sugar in the sauce since it melts with heat and helps the sauce come together. If you’d prefer to use a sugar substitute, your best bet may be a liquid sweetener, like a monk fruit extract based sweetener, but we have not tested this substitution. Here’s how to make it. Gluten Free Nashville Style Hot Chicken Recipe Ingredients 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs 1 cup almond flour 7 Tbsp tapioca starch ? cup coconut milk (or other full-fat milk) ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce 1 Tbsp coconut flour 1 tsp lemon juice ½ tsp paprika ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper ?-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce Pickles Sauce 1.5 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil 3 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce 3 Tbsp water 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp sweetener ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp chili powder ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp salt Directions Pound the chicken between two pieces of parchment paper until they are of even thickness. Set up three containers or shallow dishes. In the first, mix together two tablespoons of tapioca starch and one … Continue reading “Gluten Free Nashville Style Hot Chicken Recipe”

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How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

Artichokes are a mysterious vegetable, and a lot of people are intimidated by them. How do you cook an artichoke? How do you cut into it? What parts do you eat? And how does it taste? You may have had marinated artichoke hearts that come in a jar, or you’ve noticed little strips of artichoke in your spinach dip. But eating a whole artichoke is a lot different than having prepared hearts. In this article, I’m going to show you how to prepare and eat an artichoke, along with my favorite dipping sauces. Are Artichokes Good For You? Coming in at 6g of net carbs per whole artichoke, it’s something you’ll want to add to the rotation if you’re keto. Artichokes are also an antioxidant powerhouse, and they have lots of gut-happy resistant starch. How to Buy Artichokes If you’ve never bought whole artichokes before, you might wonder how to choose good ones. Here’s what to look for: Tight leaves. Your artichoke should look like a giant flower bud. Leaves should not be curling out like a blooming flower. Heft. Pick up a few, and feel their weight. Heavier artichokes are fresher, and lighter ones are older and perhaps dried out. Brown streaks on the outside, or not. A little browning on the outside is nothing to be concerned about. Some people say that the ones with brown streaks are sweeter because the frost that caused them brings out the natural sugars. Once your artichokes are cleaned and steamed properly, the leaves and heart are excellent vehicles for dips. How to Cook an Artichoke (Steam Method) Serves: 2-4 Time in the kitchen: 45 minutes, including 35 minutes steaming time Ingredients 2 artichokes Primal Kitchen® Mayo with Avocado Oil, or Rosemary and Garlic Vegan Mayo if you cannot tolerate eggs 1 lemon Fresh cracked black pepper Directions To prepare an artichoke, first cut off most of the stem on top, leaving about ¼” of the stem left intact. Cut off the tough bottom of the artichoke, about 1” worth. Use kitchen scissors to trim the tough prickly ends of the artichoke leaves. Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side all of the cut end of the artichoke. Set up a steamer by filling a pot with some water and a squeeze of lemon. Once the water is boiling, set the heat so the water is at a steady simmer. Set up the steamer basket inside and place the artichokes in the basket cut side down. Place the lid on and allow the artichokes to steam for around 30 minutes, 35 minutes if they’re quite large. You know they’re finished when you can put a knife through the center of the stem with little resistance. Allow the artichokes to cool. Combine your favorite Primal Kitchen Mayo with a squeeze of lemon and fresh cracked pepper. How to Eat an Artichoke This part is easy. Once your artichoke is cooled, peel the leaves off of one by one, dip in … Continue reading “How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke”

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