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.

 

Asian Roasted Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Asian Roasted Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Whole30 Approved

http://jessposhepny.com/2015/12/roasted-cauliflower-a-staple-for-the-healthy-household/

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 6 carrots, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 zucchini, cut in quarters, then sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced, then cut in half
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped in ½ cm squares
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 head cauliflower, roasted
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Siracha
  • 2 tbsp. Ponzu
  • 3 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Sesame seeds to garnish

Roasted cauliflower:

Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp Garam Masala, wrap in foil and roast in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Full roasted cauliflower method and recipe here on the blog.  

Remove from oven and unfoil. Let stand for a few minutes to cool enough to handle. Cut in half, then slice thinly, then chop into rice-like size pieces.

Sauce for chicken:

Mix up 4 tbsp. Sesame oil, red curry paste, sriracha, ponzu, 3 tsp Chinese mustard, and 1 tsp Garam Masala in a bowl and set aside.

Sauce for veggie:

Mix remaining Chinese mustard, sesame oil, and 1 tsp Garam Masala.

Heat large skillet and drizzle with olive oil, add onions, cook 5 minutes, add in carrots, stir and saute for about 10 minutes, add in red pepper and zucchini, saute another 10 minutes while stirring. Add the veggie sauce, mix up well while adding in broccoli making sure to coat everything. Turn the heat down to low and cover.

Chicken:

Butterfly the breasts, cut in half, then slice into strips. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a saute pan, add olive oil then chicken. Sear on both sides, then finish in the oven, about 5 minutes. Remove and drizzle the chicken sauce over, mix and let set 3-5 minutes.

To serve:

Scoop in the cauliflower “rice”, veggies, top with chicken, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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Moxie’s Chicken Avocado & Salsa Fresca Soup

I LOVE Springtime and I LOVE soup!! I have been working on perfecting this Mexican style salsa, avocado, lime soup and I believe I have finally made it! There’s a whole lotta love that goes into this, from the freshly made celery stock to the garnishes at the end. This is becoming one of my all time favorites. It’s bright and clean tasting, with a nice citrus component to balance out the fat from the avocado, it’s a hearty meal but also very light. It’s sure to satisfy any craving and my kiddos love this too.

Moxie’s Chicken Avocado & Salsa Fresca Soup

 

You’ll Need:

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, cleaned of seeds and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 head celery, cleaned and cut into chunks
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 32 ounce container low sodium chicken stock
  • 2-3 tbsp.
  • 3 cups celery stock
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 3 avocados
  • 3 limes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

 

Method:

Celery Stock:

Boil 3-4 cups of water, add in chunks of celery. Boil 20 minutes. Strain and set liquid aside.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil in a hot stock pot, add in chicken and brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat, set aside.

Turn heat down to medium and add in shallot, saute, stirring frequently. Add in half of the white wine as needed to deglaze the pan. Continue to saute for about 10 minutes. Add jalapeno and continue to cook for 6-8 minutes, add in chopped celery, cook 4 minutes, add the remaining white wine, deglaze. Add in garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Slowly add in broth deglazing the pan one final time, then add in remaining broth and the 3 cups of celery stock. Place chicken back in whole, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add in tomatoes, stir, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Remove chicken, let stand until cool enough to handle. Break down the chicken, remove the bones, skin, and any fat. Chop up the meat and add back into the soup.

To serve:

  • loosely chop cilantro
  • Cut avocados into chunks
  • Slice limes in quarters

Dish up a 6 bowls, add ½ chopped avocado, squeeze half a lime, and sprinkle cilantro sparingly in each dish.

Mix, and enjoy!

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Moxie’s Hearty “Get Well” Soup

Moxie’s Hearty “Get Well” Soup

Whole30 Approved

 

After a very long Summer, we have been experiencing some much needed cooler climate weather and RAIN! With that comes the dreaded cold season.  I have a few feel good, head and nose cleansing soups up my sleeve but after getting hit myself and not eating much for two days, I thought this heart chicken and garden veggie soup was in order.

Normally I like to make all of my own stock but when energy is low, pre-made works just as well.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 4 medium sized boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 3 yellow squash, cut in 4 spears, then into chunks
  • 3 zucchini, sliced then cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 bunch of celery, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 red onion, peeled, and chopped
  • 15-20 cremini mushrooms, sliced then cut in halves
  • 1 32oz carton of organic, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 quart of homemade vegetable stock {celery and onion from scraps above}
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3-4  shakes of red pepper flakes

Method:

Roast the cauliflower:

Take off all of the green parts around the bottom but keep the cauliflower head intact. With a large sheet of aluminum foil, enough to wrap the cauliflower in a little tent like cover {so that heat stays in but it’s not tight around the head}, put the heads on top, drizzle each with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper then wrap them up. Place on a preheated grill, on the the top rack so this is not directly on the heat. I put two burners on and keep it on low. Cover and roast for about 40 minutes. The heads should feel soft but not mushy. Remove from grill, set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, clean off the leaves that were left on, cut off the flowers from the stem. Cut the flowers into bite sized pieces. Set aside.

 

Chicken:

Season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

In a stock pot, coat the bottom with olive oil, shake in a little red pepper flakes, you only want about 12-15 little flakes, just enough for a touch of heat. Add in the chicken, sear both sides on high heat for about 1 minute, just until lightly browned. Removed the chicken and set aside.

In that same stock pot, add a little more oil to coat the pan if needed, then add in the onions. Saute, stirring regularly for about 15 minutes, add in the celery, stir for about 8-10 minutes, then add in the mushrooms. Add in stock ass needed to keep the ingredients moist as the mushrooms soak up all of the juices. Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring as needed. Pour the chicken stock into the pot along with the vegetable stock {you may not need all of the vegetable stock so keep some aside depending on the size of your stock pot}. Place the chicken in the pot, make sure it’s covered completely, turn up the heat to bring to a boil, then turn down to low and cover. Let cook for about 1 hour, or until the chicken falls apart.

Once chicken is soft and falling apart, break it up with a wooden spoon, add in the squash and zucchini, stir and cook for about 10-12 minutes, then add in the cauliflower pieces, stir and cover. Turn off heat, let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors come together, then serve.

As always, this is a great soup to put into  ½ size quart containers and freeze for lunches throughout the week, or for quick dinners. Kids love this too! For my other soup recipes, check this out.

http://jessposhepny.com/category/recipes/soups/

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Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup with St. Florian’s 48/96

St. Florian’s Brewery has been a longtime favorite of mine since they opened just a few years ago. They are an awesome family and are striving to help firefighters and those in need. They’re constantly donating to local charities and they just care. I like to recommend local businesses but also those who support the community. St. Florian’s makes great craft beer and deserve a try if you have not been there yet!

Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

with St. Florian’s 48/96

 

You’ll Need:

4 medium sized chicken breast, cleaned of fat, and cut into thirds

4-5 carrots, peeled and chopped in rounds

7 stalks of celery, sliced thick

2 turnips, peeled and chopped into 2cm cubes

10-15 cremini mushrooms cut in halves then sliced

½ red onion, chopped

6 zucchini, cut in half then sliced thick

2 quarts vegetable stock {homemade if possible}

Olive oil for cooking

2 cups St. Florian’s sessionable 48/96 ale

 

Method:

In a medium sized stock pot, over high heat, lightly coat with olive oil, and add in the chicken. Sear on each side about 2 minutes, just to to caramelize for flavor and to seal in the juices. Add the St. Florian’s 48/96 to the pot along with the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and turnips. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside while deglazing the pan with broth as needed. Place the chicken back in the pot and add in enough broth to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil, add salt and pepper to taste, and half of the sliced zucchini, then reduce heat to low and cover, let cook on low for an hour {until the chicken falls apart}. Add in the rest of the zucchini {so that some is bright green and slightly al dente when served}, stir and continue to let cook until all of the chicken is shredded.

Serves 8, or makes enough to freeze for lunches and dinner for the week.

Cheers!

StFlorians Beer

Perfect Grilled Tacos

I love tacos because you can use any variety of ingredients and prep in advance or as you cook throughout the week {keep a little of this here and there type deal}, thus the name “perfect”.

Two types of taco recipes I like are here:

http://jessposhepny.com/2015/08/sonoma-wine-country-weekend/

Grilled chicken tacos 

Start with
Corn tortilla
layer with
shredded white cheddar cheese
top with
Grilled chicken {seasoned with garlic, pepper, paprika, a little cayenne, and salt}
 add
red and yellow heirloom tomato chunks {for flavor and color}
add a little
fennel and corn slaw {or canned corn, fresh corn from the cob on it’s own, whatever you have… can do radish too}
finish with
red cabbage {thinly sliced then tossed in a mayo, Dijon mustard, and sriracha mix}

This is my favorite taco! It’s full of flavor, has a nice spice character to it, the flavor builds as you bite through, and the spice is coupled with just the right amount of tang. YUM. I love this in the Spring and Summer when the grill is ready to go, but you can also bake or saute your chicken for similar results.

 

Next on my list of “Perfect” tacos

Grilled shrimp

Toss your shrimp in a spice mix: Uncle Timmy’s Spice Rub {if you have it- coming soon to my site :), otherwise you can use salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and celery salt}. Grill shrimp and slice into pieces.

Start with
Corn tortilla
sprinkle with
white cheddar cheese
top with
shrimp
add
corn and fennel slaw {or a sweet slaw of your choice…onion and corn}
finish with
romaine lettuce
and
red cabbage {thinly sliced then tossed in a mayo, Dijon mustard, and relish…yes similar to thousand island dressing}

http://jessposhepny.com/category/recipes/

These tacos are kid tested! My boys love them and my husband does too! They’re healthy, flavorful, and you can always prep ahead. So remember, a good, delicious dinner does not have to take forever or take a lot of effort!

**Make this Whole30 by using romaine as the taco, eliminating the mayo and relish, corn, and cheese. Instead use extra cabbage, chicken or shrimp, siracha, and add balsamic to the tomatoes for a little flare.

Cheers!

Moxie Lady 

 

Asian Noodle box

My husband is the best chef and I love his food. I asked him to create a recipe based on my very favorite dish from a local hole-in-the-wall: Pho Vietnam. He came up with a tasty, fresh, savory noodle box- it’s perfect for a meal for the family or when entertaining. AND I am using this at work for one of our events! It’s a fun dish to serve in a small box for parties of any size!

Asian Noodle Box

For the chicken:

1 ounce Ginger, peeled, thinly sliced

3 each Garlic cloves

1 Tbsp Black Peppercorns

1 Tbsp Soy Sauce

8ea Chicken Breast

1 Tbsp Salt Water

For the dressing:

2 cups Ponzu

1⁄4 cup Brown sugar

3 Tablespoons Ginger, freshly micro planed

2 Limes, zest & juiced

1 cup Canola / Olive Oil Blend

3 each Garlic Cloves, freshly microplaned

1⁄4 cup Cilantro, chopped

1 Tablespoon Sriracha Pepper Sauce

2 Scallions, white and green thinly sliced

For the noodles:

1 pound Rice noodles

2 each Carrots, julienned

1 each Cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and thinly sliced into half rounds

1⁄4 Cup Mint, sliced

1⁄2 Cup Napa Cabbage, shredded

1⁄4 Cup Dry-roasted nuts, chopped

Chicken:

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Add enough water to completely cover the chicken and season with salt. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the temperature to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the chicken to cool slightly in the water.Once the chicken has cooled enough to touch, shred the chicken by hand or with a fork and reserve in a little bit of the poaching liquid.

Dressing: Whisk all ingredients together, reserve. Can be made up to 48 hours in advance

Noodles: While the chicken is cooling, bring another large pot of water to a boil.

Cook the noodles according to instructions on package.

Drain well and rinse under cool water and reserve.

Assembly:

Combine the cooked noodles, vegetables, chicken and season with dressing to taste.

Allow the salad to rest, as it will continue to absorb dressing.

Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper

Add Sriracha if desired.

Asian Noodle

Recipe courtesy of Peloton Culinary & Catering

Chef Tim Vallery and Patrick Tafoya

 

Happy Cooking!!!

Moxie’s Whole30 Chicken and Veggie Sauté

It’s definitely an advantage being married to a chef who can order me produce and help me with how long certain things will last after they’re chopped. He does NOT cook healthy though- or at home… But the family certainly eats whatever I cook with no substitutions so that’s helpful.

This chicken sesame sauté with fresh veggies was full of flavor and all Whole 30.
This recipe can be adjusted with more of each of the veggies depending on how you feel, that’s why I love this! Plus I just like to cook with a little bit of this and a little bit of that…
Here’s what’s in it:

You’ll Need: 

  • 2 Rocky Farms Chicken breasts butterflied and then sliced in long slices
  • 3 zucchini cut in half and sliced
  • 5 leaves of Bok Choy chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thick
  • 1 cup of chopped rainbow chard stems
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • Sesame oil for cooking
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

Use sesame oil in a hot cast iron skillet- lightly cook chicken until slightly colored and remove.
Throw in onions, sauté until soft. Add in the bok choy and chard stems, stirring so it doesn’t burn for about 4-5 minutes then add the zucchini and red pepper and cook until zucchini is soft. Add chicken back in stir and cover for a couple of minutes to ensure the chickens cooked.

Squeeze the lemon over and half of the chopped cilantro, season with salt and pepper and mix.

Serve up in a pretty bowl and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

It certainly satisfied my want for an Asian flare cuisine but it’s all healthy.

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