If you have stumbled across this page, welcome to my Paleo Journey Blog . I am a health and fitness enthusiast who in NO way is an expert in nutrition or health science. I do, however, LOVE to eat and am happy to share the good, bad, and ugly of my expirimenting through the jungle of Paleo cooking. Please let me know what you think of the recipes posted by adding a rating in the comments section and feel free to send in new recipes through email.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

With the colder weather I have been spending a little more time in the kitchen.  Recipe number two today is Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs.  Made these for dinner last night and everyone came back for seconds.  Super moist and tasty.  Actually created this one on my own and I will definitely make it again.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs
1-2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
Almond flour (start with 1 cup and add more if you run out of breading)
1-2 Tbpsns Lemon Pepper seasoning
1 onion sliced
Olive Oil
2 lemons 

Heat oil in skillet and add sliced onion.  Saute for a couple of minutes.   mix egg and almond milk and dip chicken in egg dip then drag through almond flour/lemon pepper mix. Lay on top of onions in skillet and salt to taste.  Brown both sides and then transfer Chicken and Onions to a baking dish, squeeze lemon juice generously over chicken and bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove from oven and serve with the butternut squash recipe below.  Tasty!

Skillet Butternut Squash and Greens

And the recipes keep coming! Thanks to some faithful paleo eaters I have been getting more good ideas. Melissa K tried this one the other night and I am a sucker for butternut squash so I can't wait to try it. This one comes from Everyday Paleo, a great site with lots of great recipes.

Skillet Butternut Squash and Greens
1 lb bacon, diced
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 bunch chard, diced
1 zucchini, diced
Drizzle of olive oil
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Using a potato peeler, peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (you can get a bag of precut butternut squash at trader joes). Place in a large pan and cover with water. Boil for 5-7 minutes or until the squash is tender but not mushy (I recommend roasting in the oven for 20 min instead)
. While the squash is boiling, cook the diced bacon in a large skillet until browned. Drain the butternut squash and add to the cooked diced bacon along with the chard and zucchini. Saute for another couple of minutes until the chard is wilted. Drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Paleo Lasagna

Lasagna was on the menu for the family Sunday dinner tonight and I thought I would try a paleo twist for my own portion, knowing full well that I would be the only one choosing the pan without noodles or cheese.  Happily, it was very good and I have plenty of left over to feast on tomorrow night.

Paleo Lasagna

1 cooked spaghetti squash
1 eggplant, sliced in 1/4 inch rounds
2-4 large portabella mushrooms sliced
2 cups of spicy spaghetti sauce (see recipe on previous post)
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1/2 jar Trader Joes Artichoke Antipesto 
(parmesan cheese and mozzerella optional - couldnt help a little sprinkle on top)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray pan with pam and lay out eggplant and mushrooms in a single layer.  Salt & pepper and respray with pam. Roast for 15 minutes.  In lasagna pan cover the bottom with spaghetti squash.  Pour sauce evenly over squash.  Remove vegis from oven and layer over the sauce.  Top with a generous layer of leaf spinach.  Then spread the artichoke spread on top.  The ingredients in this spread are totally paleo so don't feel guilty pouring it on (even though the garlic may talk back to you tomorrow).  Sprinkle cheese on top if you are at peace with dairy. Bake for 20 minutes and serve. 

Spicy Spaghetti Squash

Tonights recipe is a two for one special, Spicy Spaghetti Squash and Paleo Lasagna.  My friend Bhairavi turned me on to this Spicy Spaghetti Sauce recipe a couple of months ago and the whole family loves it.  You can spice it up or down depending on how heavy you go with the red pepper flakes. I actually simmer the sauce all day long in the crockpot and served it up with spaghetti squash for me and noodles for the rest of the family.

Spicy Spaghetti Squash
     1 small spaghetti squash, halved and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 12 ounces ground white meat turkey or lean ground beef
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place each squash half cut side down on a cookie sheet and bake uncovered for about 45 to 60 minutes or until a fork goes easily into the shell. Allow to cool and scoop out the strands of squash with a large spoon and set aside. (I microwave the squash according to the directions on the sticker)
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and scallions and saute for 2 minutes. Add the meat and cook for 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and wine and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the capers, oregano, red pepper flakes and parsley; simmer for 5 minutes. If the squash has cooled too much, reheat it in the microwave, covered for 2 to 3 minutes. Top the squash with the sauce and serve.