Mexican-style Chicken Salad

Mexican-style Chicken Salad
Whole30 Approved
Serves 2-4 people

 

I love taco salads and could eat them all day long, everyday! I find myself making something similar all the time so I wanted to try something more fresh, still within the Mexican-style but with other great flavors and textures. I like this because it doesn’t have cheese, but the olive texture replaces that (it doesn’t replace the cheese of course but this does the trick when you are omitting dairy), and this is bold with all kinds of huge flavors that work really well together for a simple, quick, healthy meal the whole family will love. This salad did the trick and even was a huge hit with the hubby.

 

You’ll Need:

 

Salad:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut in half or butterflied
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ can black olives (more if you would like)
  • A handful of jicama, cut into matchstick size pieces
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and then spiralized (or you can cut in half lengthwise and slice if you do not own a spiralizer, though I definitely recommend investing in one, they are awesome)
  • 1 avocado, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 lime, cut in half to squeeze on top
  • 2 heads of hearts of romaine
  • Savory Spice Shop’s Mexican Adobo Chicken spice (enough to generously coat each side of the chicken breasts
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 2 tbsp. Quick chimichurri mixture

Quick Chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • The juice from 3 limes, 2 lemons, and 1 orange
  • 2 pinches of salt and pepper

 

Method:

Pat chicken dry with paper towel then generously season both sides with adobo spice rub.

In a cast iron skillet, coated with olive oil, heat pan then add in chicken. Cook on medium heat until cooked thoroughly, about 3-4 minutes on both sides depending on stove and pan. Remove chicken, set aside until cool then slice in bite sized pieces.

Chop romaine and put into a big salad bowl and add in jicama, spiralized cucumber, chimichurri mixture, olives, and dressing and toss until ingredients are lightly coated with dressing. Place in bowls, add chicken, cilantro, avocado, and squeeze half a lime over each salad.

 

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken

This chicken is so juicy, tasty, with just the right amount of tang and sweetness. My son loves it, so you know it’s got to be delicious! It takes less than 45 minutes to make, making this the perfect dish for a busy mom, or someone who is simply trying to eat healthy. Enjoy!

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken. Whole30 & Paleo approved.

Whole30 & Paleo Approved

Serves 4

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 chicken breast cut in halves
  • 2/4 cup brown, spicy mustard
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (it’s a honey substitute)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp spice mix (paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, celery salt, garlic salt)
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375

In a small bowl mix the mustard, coconut aminos, and spices, and set aside.

In a baking dish, coat the bottom with olive oil. Pat the chicken dry, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in pan, using half of the mustard mixture coat the top of the chicken breasts. Put in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the chicken over, add the remaining mustard mixture, put the chicken back in the oven and bake for another 8 minutes, or until cooked.

 

This dish is wonderful with roasted baby potatoes with chimichurri. It’s a super delicious meal, it’s healthy, my kiddo loves it, and it’s so simple and quick to make. Just writing this down makes me what to eat the leftovers! 🙂

 

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

Citrus Cilantro Dressing

 

Citrus Cilantro Dressing. Whole30 & Paleo compliant.

This is one of my favs!! I love the Brianna’s dressings, all of them, but most of them have some sort of sugar or something that is not whole30 compliant in the ingredients. So I thought I would use the new Cilantro Lime dressing from Briann’s brand as my inspiration and throw my own spin on it while making it a whole30 compliant condiment/dressing. It’s AMAZING. It’s a little tangy, and that’s just the way I like it. It’s perfect on roasted earthy/root vegetables.

Whole30 and Paleo Approved

Yields one quart

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed citrus (I use a mix of lemon, lime, and orange)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp aioli (can use avocado mayonnaise or one egg yolk)   

 

Method:

In a Vitamix or food processor mix coconut  milk, avocado, cilantro, oil, and aioli. Once smooth, add citrus, vinegar, salt and pepper, blend again.

 

This dressing is good on: roasted beet and green salads. Use as a dip with fresh vegetables.

 

 

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

 

A Few Awesome Beer, Wine, and Food Events Happening in Sonoma County

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

Cooperage Beer & Yoga: Every Sunday get fit and drink beer with Cooperage Brewery from noon-1pm. It’s only $12 for a nice workout followed by a cold, delicious brew. They are also releasing a new beer each week, so there will always be a new surprise on for you to choose from! This will happen every Sunday for as long as people keep signing up for it! This is certainly the best drop in yoga deal around.

Beer & BBQ at the Coop: Cooperage is having Camacho’s Southern Style BBQ on May 12th for your grubbin’ pleasure. Belly up to the bar with some fantastic beers, play some cards against humanity or connect four, and enjoy the day. 

Live Music at Local Barrel: Every weekend starting at 5pm.

For more beer events, read my full article on SonomaMag.com here. 

 

Local Food, Wine, and Craft Beer Events in Sonoma County

Just because the rain won’t let up doesn’t mean that should keep you inside! There are so many great events coming up in April and May in Sonoma, here are a few you should put on your radar.

http://moxielady.org/

Dennis Housman sips on cold suds at a local beer event in Petaluma. (Tim Vallery)

APRIL EVENTS

St. Florian’s Brewery hosts Trivia Nights: The third Thursday of each month at the brewery in Windsor.

Cooperage is combining Yoga and Beer: get your workout in and then enjoy a nice cold one! Every Sunday in Santa Rosa.

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. April 18th, 25th, and May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Damnation Returns to RRBC: The popular Belgian Strong Golden Ale from Russian River Brewery will once again make an appearance at the pub in Santa Rosa in April.

For more beer events in April visit Sonoma Magazine here. 

Passport to Dry Creek: Visit 45+ wineries around the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Wineries will host vineyard tours, prelude lunches and dinners, and then the grand event is a two day wine event featuring the valley’s best wines paired with excellent food dishes created by local chefs. Visit Fritz Winery, Mill Creek, and Dry Creek Vineyards to try my favorite chefs food: Peloton Culinary & Catering. Tickets are still available, for more information or to purchase yours, click here. April 29th and 30th.

MAY EVENTS 

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 3rd, 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

YUM Bars

YUM Bars

Paleo and Whole30 compliant

4 c dates, pitted and blended up
2 c unsalted cashews, blended

1.5 cups shredded coconut, toasted, then blended.

1 c water
2 tsp gold Hawaiian salt
Juice from 1 lemon

After each item is blended individually, put dates, cashews and coconut in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until mixed. Add salt and lemon juice, mix again.

Spread out evenly on a quarter sheet tray, press down, spread the top with a spoon to get rid of any finger imprints. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, cut and serve.

Sip on a Cold One While Soaking up the Sunshine this Season

8 Sonoma County Breweries to Hangout at this Season

This time of year marks the start of the seasons we in Sonoma County all know and love – the days are cool, the sun shines to keep us warm, the grass and mountainsides are green, and the sky is blue… what could be better? A nice cold brew on a beautiful patio, that’s what!

 

Here are eight Sonoma breweries to while away the hours of the day: read the full article here on Sonoma Magazine.

 

cheers to sunny days!

~Moxie

Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper

Method: 

Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.

 

Fogbelt Brewery is hosting a comedy show TOMORROW NIGHT!!

Fogbelt Brewery is hosting a comedy show TOMORROW NIGHT!!

 

Fogbelt Brewing, a small Santa Rosa spot that is becoming an institution among the thirty-somethings is holding a comedy show on Dec 4th starting at 8pm.

The evening will be hosted by Cody Smith. There is a $5 cover to get you in the door (All goes to the comedians), so why not?!

There will be six comedians in the house for your listening pleasure.

“Merry Smitmas Comedy Series”:

  • Chad Opitz
  • DNA
  • FC Sierra
  • Ari Hart
  • Brian Thomas
  • Saint Smit (Host)

Fogbelt Brewing

Come on out, the doors open at 8pm. The place is cozy so come early, have a bite to eat, and get yourself a great seat. This is a fun way to kick off the holiday season!

Fogbelt Brewery | 1305 Cleveland Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | 707.978.3400 | fogbeltbrewing.com | @FogbeltBrewing

NORCAL BEER GEEKS FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

NORCAL BEER GEEKS FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

 

St. Florian's hops from "Fresh Hop on the Engine" beer. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

St. Florian’s hops from “Fresh Hop on the Engine” beer. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

Don’t miss the 3rd annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival TOMORROW at the Petaluma veterans building. A fun beer event with a great cause. Here are the details on Sonoma Magazine. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Jess