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In the summer I LOVE to make Beer-can chicken on the grill, but in the winter I don’t use the grill much. But, I still love having a whole chicken to feed the family. So, instead of grilling I roast it. We eat 90% paleo, but this recipe works whether you are paleo or not. Here is a very simple way to make to make an incredible wholesome dinner for your family. If you have never roasted a whole chicken before, please don’t be intimidated. It’s really not that hard. You can do it!!

First, assemble your ingredients.
-Whole chicken, remove the giblets
-Onion
-Lemon
-Fresh thyme
-Garlic
-Carrots, celery (as base under chicken)
-Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika
-Olive oil

prep pic

Next, pat chicken dry with a paper towel and place on top of carrots, celery, 1/2 onion roughly chopped, and few sprigs thyme in your roasting pan. Season inside of bird cavity with salt and pepper, and then stuff with lemon (quartered), 1/2 onion (chopped), garlic (smashed, approx. 2-3 cloves), and few sprigs thyme.

stuffing

stuffed chicken

Loosen the skin away from the breast meat and season between. Drizzle the top of bird with olive oil and then season very well. Don’t be shy! You don’t want a bland bird.

chicken pre cook

Roast in a 350 degree oven 20 mins. per pound and then another 15 mins. I did mine for an hour and 40 mins. uncovered. Let it rest for at least 15 mins. before you cut into it. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, I highly recommend it. You will do less over-cooking if you have one. Chicken should be cooked to 165.

final chicken

So, stinking, delicious. I am going to serve mine tonight with roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

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Hello everyone! I am in a great mood. The kind of mood you can only get in when you have a delicious dinner that is healthy and that everyone eats together around a table WITHOUT complaints. It was one of those meals that reinforces all the work I have done trying to get my family to eat in a healthy way.

I really don’t have a word to describe the way that we eat. I use ‘Paleo’ a lot because that is the closest fit. But, we do eat some dairy (beginning this year with raw milk and I can’t wait to see if it makes a difference in the way we feel), I occasionally give the kids corn and corn tortillas, I will use potatoes, I put sugar in my coffee, and I allow the occasional sweet treat (weekends, special occasions, etc.). If you are new to the blog or if you are trying to improve your health in 2014 I would recommend: drastically cutting wheat/bread/gluten if not eliminating it, drastically increasing your veggies, cutting out ALL- Yes ALL- processed foods, switching to full fat dairy, and trying to buy grass fed/pastured meat. Eating old school… I’ll work on coming up with a clever name.

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Tonight’s dinner was family style. As you can see from the picture, I made a big ol’ platter of food for all of us to share. The only rule was that they had to have a little chicken (figures, that chicken is the food that I have to encourage them to eat). Everyone dug in. Will loves kale and tomatoes, Ellis loves kale and ‘green beans’ (asparagus), Brent loves kale and chicken, and I love kale, chicken, and asparagus. My proudest moment was that the only thing left was the corn (although everyone but me had some).

I hear a lot of people talk about how this diet would be ‘so hard’ or ‘my kids would never go for it’ or ‘my husband would go crazy’ etc. They are so many options and the food is so good. There are also good short cuts available. The only things on that platter that I made tonight were the kale and asparagus. The chicken I got cooked from the grocery store yesterday (we all like cold chicken), the tomatoes were raw, and the corn was reheated from yesterday. Simple prep, not expensive at all, and stupid yummy.

The more we eat this way, the easier it gets for meal planning and buy-in from the family. If you are just starting out, please don’t get discouraged. It takes time. You will go through a withdrawal from the breads/treats/sodium-packed-nightmares you were eating before. And, remember- those of you that follow a lot of the popular blogs out there, many of them have been doing this for years and love to cook. Not everyone at home is going to have that skill set or dedication. You do NOT need to create a masterpiece every night. You are not always going to have a complicated and delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner. Just work on the basics (protein, fiber, veggie, healthy fat). You can get fancy later.

I am working on a meal planning blog, but since it is not my strong suit either, be patient with me. This is the year! (I said that in my head like “I proclaim this ‘the summer of George!'”)

Post any questions you have in the comments and check out my food related posts in the categories section.

taco 2taco 1Tonight’s post is just a quickie. I have struggled lately to find time for blogging. It is amazing how busy your life can become in the blink of an eye. Our new way of eating is definitely more time consuming and I am still learning the short cuts. So, this post is just the recipe for tonight’s dinner. Sometimes a quickie is just as good, right?

I call them Paleo(ish) Tacos because I use cheese. I love cheese. I have seen conflicting information on what kind of cheese is okay and what is not. It doesn’t seem to bother my stomach at all so I eat it and enjoy the crap out of it.

I take butter lettuce, top it with my homemade guac, rotissierie chicken, goat cheese, and cilantro. I roll it all up like a taco/burrito and then down the hatch. So easy! So delicious! So healthy!

Here is the homemade quac recipe. I am not much of a measurer, so this is all approx. Adjust as you see fit.

Avocado
Halved baby heirloom tomatoes (whatever tomato you like!)
Red onion
Salt, Pepper, garlic powder
Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice

The big lesson here is every ingredient is a REAL food. Nothing processed (except the spices, but I pick good ones without all the crap in them)

The kids are a little pickier and I am trying not to ruin their childhood so they were served: quesadillas made with corn tortillas, shredded mexican cheese, chicken, and spinach. Cooked on the stove with coconut oil.

My husband was busy ‘working late’ so he just ate his. He came down stairs, not realize I am typing this right now and honestly just said, “Wow, those were crazy good!” Nothing makes me happier than that!

Any paleo or wheat-free recipes you want to share?