Attention Paleo Participants! It’s another opportunity to make yourselves $20 richer. This challenge has to do with proving that you don’t have to take a long time to cook to make good food that is good for you.
These are the rules:
- Cook yourself some food.
- Use whole foods – nothing boxed or packaged. Proteins may be used fully cooked, if you keep a stock of cooked chicken, beef, or pork on hand! Rotisserie chicken from last night’s dinner is legal, a purchased package of pre-cooked roast is not.
- Keep preparation time under fifteen minutes.
The winner will be determined based on ease of cooking, total prep time, meal components and completeness. This Barbecue Chicken is one of my go-to lunch meals that comes together in a flash! Submissions are due by the night of 11/5, and the winner will be announced 11/7!
Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add ½ tbsp avocado oil and ½ red onion, diced. While that cooks, add 1 clove garlic, diced and 2 cups (handfuls) of spinach, chopped. Stir to coat with oil and allow to cook down, salt and pepper to taste.
While this is cooking, take two medium sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork. Place them in your microwave and cook at three-minute intervals, flipping top to bottom, until potato is soft. (What, you didn’t know you could make roasted sweet potatoes in the microwave?!) It’s a great way to make food quickly and easily!
While the potatoes are cooking, cut up two to three cups of chicken and add it to the spinach mixture. Sprinkle in 1 tsp chili powder, and ¼ cup unsweetened dried cranberries (the Everett Co-Op sells them in bulk). Mix together and allow to warm.
When the chicken and spinach are warmed, add in ¼ cup of your favorite Paleo Barbeque sauce.
While this is all cooking together, peel and mash your sweet potato into separate bowls. Give the chicken one last mix and pour over sweet potatoes.
Elapsed time: 13 minutes.
Variations: Add a chopped apple to the spinach while wilting it down, it adds some sweetness and crunch.
Add some walnuts after the barbecue sauce just before serving.
Maybe chop up some smoked sausage and add it to the chicken as an additional protein source.
Serve hot, bon appétit!