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Looking for an easy healthy chicken recipe that’s quick to make that the whole family will love? This is one of our family’s favorites. This BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Goat Cheese and Tomato is gluten-free and low-carb since it uses lettuce leaves instead of a bun. Plus there’s a recipe for amazingly easy sweet potato fries. The whole thing comes together in about 30 minutes! #AD It’s our family’s NewComfortFood for hectic weeknights!

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Fries

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Thank you Foster Farms for sponsoring this post.

I love me some well-cooked chicken, don’t you? Chicken that is bursting with flavor and perfectly accented by the right combinations of vegetables. Chicken that is raised without antibiotics, hormones or steroids (like the Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breasts that I’m using in this recipe).

And–let’s be real, moms–chicken that is quick to make for those busy weeknight dinners!

Today I’m excited to share one of my favorite chicken recipes that’s not only incredibly tasty but super healthy (and comes together in about 30 minutes): BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Fries.

Looking for an easy healthy chicken recipe that’s quick to make that the whole family will love? This is one of our family’s favorites. This BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Goat Cheese and Tomato is gluten-free and low-carb since it uses lettuce leaves instead of a bun. Plus there’s a recipe for amazingly easy sweet potato fries. The whole thing comes together in about 30 minutes! #AD It’s our family’s NewComfortFood for hectic weeknights!

It’s a gluten-free, low-carb spin on the comforting, savory bliss of a BBQ chicken sandwich that uses lettuce leaves instead of a bun for a lighter taste!

You’ll love the flavors of the chicken–somewhere between Mexican and southern barbecue–and how the creamy herbed goat cheese, tomato and red onion adds a complex richness to the overall dish.

This easy chicken dinner recipe is accented by a side of the most amazingly flavored sweet potato fries. YUM!

It’s one of those healthy chicken recipes that you’ll come back to again and again!

 

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breasts
  • 6 large lettuce leaves (Green, Red or Romaine Lettuce work best)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (herbed or plain)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    For the Rub:
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees (for the fries). Gather all your ingredients.


  • Let’s start by making that amazing chicken.

  • First, combine the rub ingredients in a shallow bowl. Move 2 Tbsp of the rub to a small bowl (you’ll be using this later for the fries).

  • Place the chicken in the bowl and cover every nook and cranny with the amazing flavors of the rub (don’t forget all those flaps and folds).


  • Rubs are a great way to quickly add a ton of flavor to chicken. Speaking of great tasting chicken, we’ve found that chicken raised without antibiotics, hormones or steroids like Foster Farms Simply Raised really does taste better.

  • Because we’re on a high-protein-low-carb diet, our family eats a lot of chicken (maybe you do too?) so it’s important to us that our protein be of the highest quality since it constitutes a lot of what we eat.

  • I love that Foster Farms Simply Raised is locally grown in California (where I live) and is 100 percent vegetarian fed. It’s a great base for the healthier versions of comfort food (like this recipe) that I enjoy feeding my family!

  • Heat a gas or charcoal grill to about 400 degrees (so that it will be ready for that chicken)!


  • Then, let the chicken rest for about 10-15 minutes while you get the sweet potato fries started.

  • Peel and cut the sweet potatoes, placing the fries in a large stainless steel bowl as you cook.


  • When you’re done, pour 2 Tbsp of olive oil (or enough to adequately cover the fries) over the sweet potatoes and add the reserved 2 Tbsp of rub. Toss, and then place the fries on a large baking sheet.


  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, tossing once.

  • Really, homemade sweet potato fries aren’t too hard to make, and they’re so much healthier (and tastier) that any you could buy frozen.

  • Fries are one of those comfort foods that I refused to give up when we moved towards a healthier lifestyle three years ago after my husband was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. Since then we do our best to eat healthy meals that are high in protein and low in carbs (per doctor’s orders).

  • That’s why I’m always looking for ways to transform our family’s old comfort food favorites (like a BBQ chicken sandwich and fries) into something that’s a healthier option. I appreciate that Foster Farms has started an initiative along the same lines that they call “New Comfort Food”—transforming traditional recipes into healthier, fresher versions that include higher quality and locally raised ingredients.

  • Here’s a challenge: How can you update your well-loved (but perhaps unhealthy) comfort foods into lighter, healthier fare that’s mindfully grown? This chicken wrap is a great start!

  • Speaking of chicken, it’s time to get these chicken breasts on the grill!


  • Just wait until your backyard starts filling with the amazing aroma of this chicken on your BBQ! Yummy!!

  • Close the grill cover and cook about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature is 160-165 degrees.

  • Once the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest about 5-10 minutes (so that you don’t lose any juices).

  • Next, quickly prep the vegetables so that you can easily assemble everything: slice the tomatoes, thinly slice the red onion and chop the cilantro.


  • After the chicken has rested, slice it in thin strips. (Doesn’t it look amazing?! You can see how juicy and flavorful it is!)


  • To assemble the wraps, spread a spoonful or so of the goat cheese on the lettuce leaves (choose the largest ones you can, or place two smaller one close together for each wrap).


  • Then arrange the ingredients on the bottom half of the leaf like this: 3-4 slices of chicken, 2-3 slices of tomato, a few rings of red onion and then a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Fold over the top to make a wrap, and carefully place the wrap on a plate.

  • When the fries are done, add a bit of cilantro over the top. Then place a small serving of fries next to the wrap. And that’s it!


  • Enjoy this yummy adaptation of one of our family’s favorite comfort foods!

  • It’s a perfect chicken dish for those hectic weeknights, or even for a casual dinner party with friends. I know your family will love it!

http://yourvibrantfamily.com/bbq-chicken-lettuce-wrap-goat-cheese-sweet-potato-fries/

FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken. All opinions are mine.

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Are you tired of gluten free or grain-free pizza crusts that don’t taste like real pizza? You’ve got to try this recipe! You want flexible crusts that you can pick up with your hands? You got it. How about a crust that is chewy yet crunchy--one that actually reminds you that yes, you're eating pizza? It's all right here! Discover the top secret techniques to making it (including a video) here!

How to Make the Best Paleo Pizza Crust Ever

If you’re trying to eat Paleo, gluten-free or grain-free, there’s one thing that you’ll miss right away.

Pizza.

The fact is that most recipes for grain-free or gluten-free pizza produce hard, crumbly (or off-tasting) crusts that behave nothing like the real deal.

And that’s why I’m so excited to share THIS recipe. Because it’s nothing like those others!

Are you tired of gluten free or grain-free pizza crusts that don’t taste like real pizza? You’ve got to try this recipe! You want flexible crusts that you can pick up with your hands? You got it. How about a crust that is chewy yet crunchy--one that actually reminds you that yes, you're eating pizza? It's all right here! Discover the top secret techniques to making it (including a video) here!

You want flexible crusts that you can pick up with your hands? You got it.

How about a crust that is chewy yet crunchy-one that actually reminds you that yes, you’re eating pizza? It’s all right here!

This crust is super versatile too. We’ve even used it to make calzones!

Why does this crust turn out differently? There’s some top secret techniques to making it, plus a few unexpected ingredients.

True, it’s far from the traditional Italian way, but it’s the key behind the real-crust-texture of this pizza crust.

Ready to discover these secrets and have REAL pizza crust again? Let’s go!

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This recipe for Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples is so awesome that I had all four kids (and hubby) licking the bowl clean. And did I mention super easy since the slow cooker does all the work? Creamy but still a little chewy, just the right combination of spices and sweetness. Plus it's dairy and gluten-free, and no processed sugars (and whatever else you might find in those odd little oatmeal packets).

Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe with Apples

This recipe for Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe with Apples is so awesome that all four of my kids (and my hubby) lick the bowl clean!

Here’s the recipe for this amazingly flavored (and easy-to-make) oatmeal that will have your family cheering too!

This recipe for Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples is so awesome that I had all four kids (and hubby) licking the bowl clean. And did I mention super easy since the slow cooker does all the work? Creamy but still a little chewy, just the right combination of spices and sweetness. Plus it's dairy and gluten-free, and no processed sugars (and whatever else you might find in those odd little oatmeal packets).

 

This oatmeal is creamy but still a little chewy with just the right combination of spices and sweetness. And of course it’s free of dairy, soy and processed sugars (and whatever else you might find in those odd little oatmeal packets).

Plus, it comes together for a healthy quick breakfast (you can prepare it the night before). Hurray for easy breakfasts for those extra busy mornings!

And when it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than warm oatmeal to start the day!

This crock pot oatmeal recipe is also super easy since the Crock Pot does all the work! (Here’s my favorite Crock Pot… it’s very versatile for all kinds of dishes because you can use it on the stovetop as well!).

And did you know all this great stuff about the science-backed health benefits of apples?

I can’t wait for you to try this Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal recipe with your family! You’ll love this wonderful way to say hello to fall!

 

Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples

Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ c. oats
  • 4 c. coconut or almond milk (you can use soy milk or dairy milk instead, if preferred)
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • ½ lemon, squeezed or 1 tbsp lemon juice from concentrate
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Walnuts, hemp hearts (seeds) and/or flaxseeds as toppings (optional)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (except toppings) to the Crock Pot. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or high for 1.5 to 2 hours. Smell the deliciousness simmering away. (Hint: if you assemble the night before you can program your Crock Pot to turn on early and cook while you’re at your 5:30 a.m. exercise class. Or while you’re buzzing logs. You know, whichever.)
  • Wake up (or come home to) an AMAZING smell of cinnamon, vanilla… you know, the smell of totally rockin’ oatmeal.
  • Spoon the deliciousness into your bowl and try not to make a pig of yourself in front of your kids.
http://yourvibrantfamily.com/crock-pot-oatmeal-with-apples/

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Sausage Skillet Supper with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Have you discovered the beauty of skillet suppers? Chop up a few vegetables and some protein, cook them together in a skillet and presto--you have an easy, fast and fresh weeknight dinner. This Fall Sausage Skillet Supper recipe combines the ease of a skillet supper with the intoxicating flavors of fall that make us all swoon this time of year. One bite of the sizzling sausage, perfectly fried sweet potatoes and onions (all seasoned with the heady aroma of cinnamon, ginger, garlic and chili powder) in this fall skillet supper will convince you that, yes, this amazing dish needs to become a staple in your family's fall dinner menu. Now.

 

And of course, if you love this oatmeal recipe, don’t forget to pin and share it!

This recipe for Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples is so awesome that I had all four kids (and hubby) licking the bowl clean. And did I mention super easy since the slow cooker does all the work? Creamy but still a little chewy, just the right combination of spices and sweetness. Plus it's dairy and gluten-free, and no processed sugars (and whatever else you might find in those odd little oatmeal packets).

Eggs for breakfast, for dinner and beyond! You'll love this tasty paleo italian frittata recipe made with sausage and fresh vegetables. It's an easy weeknight dinner, brunch, or even a breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning. It's part of our Easy Paleo Weeknight Recipes series!

Gluten Free Italian Frittata with Sausage & Vegetables

This frittata recipe is the first in brand new series: Easy Weeknight Meals.

Eggs for breakfast, for dinner and beyond! You'll love this tasty paleo italian frittata recipe made with sausage and fresh vegetables. It's an easy weeknight dinner, brunch, or even a breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning. It's part of our Easy Paleo Weeknight Recipes series!

 

Italian Frittata with Sausage and Vegetables

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 12-inch frittata

Serving Size: 3-5 people

Italian Frittata with Sausage and Vegetables

A frittata? Isn’t that a brunch dish? It can be, but this savory paleo dish is eager to please your taste buds any meal of the day. Bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, black olives, basil and marinara sauce, this flavorful italian frittata will make you feel like you’ve just stepped off a plane in the heart of Naples, Italy (the birthplace of marinara). Ciao!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 links turkey breakfast sausage (I prefer to buy it pre-cooked)
  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (bottled is fine)
  • fresh basil (about 12 leaves)
  • salt/pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, sweet potato and onion to a large frying pan and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until onions are almost fully cooked and starting to caramelize.
  • While veggies are cooking, heat up (if it’s precooked) or cook the sausage and then slice.
  • Whisk together the eggs and coconut or almond milk, along with a dash or pepper and salt.
  • Add garlic and yellow squash to pan and cook for another minute or so. Add sausage and olives to the pan and mix, making sure that the veggies and sausage are evenly distributed in the pan.
  • Pour egg mixture into pan and turn pan down to low or medium low setting. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until a bottom crust is starting to form on the eggs.
  • Arrange spinach, cherry tomatoes and 1/2 of the basil on top of the frittata, and replace the lid, continuing to cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Carefully (very carefully!) slide a spatula under the frittata, lift the frittata up one side and tilt the pan so that any uncooked egg liquid on top of the frittata can run down and collect under the lifted part so as to cook faster.
  • Continue to cook the frittata on low heat (repeating the “lift the frittata and tilt”process) until the top no longer looks wet.
  • Life one half of the frittata up and fold it over on top of itself. (Note: a traditional frittata isn’t folded over, but I chose to fold mine over because I think it’s easier to handle and looks prettier. If you want to be a purist and leave your frittata flat, that’s cool. Just don’t call the frittata police on me, OK?)
  • Spread the marinara over the frittata and sprinkle the second half of the basil over the entire dish.
  • Cut into wedges (or sections if you’ve folded the frittata over) and serve. If you’d like, sprinkle with red pepper flakes to add a little spice. Yum-a-licious!
http://yourvibrantfamily.com/italian-frittata-with-sausage-and-vegetables/

Eggs for breakfast, for dinner and beyond! You'll love this tasty paleo italian frittata recipe made with sausage and fresh vegetables. It's an easy weeknight dinner, brunch, or even a breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning. It's part of our Easy Paleo Weeknight Recipes series!

 

Just wait until you smell these cooking in your kitchen! Your family will LOVE these amazingly healthy and easy Pumpkin Muffins! Made with ginger, orange, cinnamon and coconut, eating these muffins is pure heaven for your tastebuds. And because they're dairy free, gluten free and grain free, they're healthy for your body as well.

Healthy Easy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Oh… is there anything better than the smell of fresh muffins wafting through the house?

Especially if they are pumpkin muffins? Come on… nothing can compete with that lovely smell of ginger, orange and cinnamon on a cold morning!

And there’s no guilt with these lovely breakfast treats: this healthy and easy pumpkin muffins recipe is dairy free, gluten free and grain free (for those that have sensitivities).

But I promise they’re not taste free! Seriously… they are amazing!

Oh… is there anything better than the smell of fresh muffins wafting through the house? Especially if it’s fall and they are Paleo pumpkin muffins with ginger and orange? Come on… nothing can compete with that! Enjoy these healthy dairy free , gluten free and grain free muffins with your family!

Just stick these bad boys in your oven one Saturday morning and see if your kids don’t come flocking to the kitchen with giddy faces.

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Or make up several batches of batter, divide them up into freezer bags and you can experience pumpkin muffin bliss anytime!

I also love the crispy pecan and shredded coconut topping on these easy pumpkin muffins. If shredded coconut or pecans aren’t your thing, then you can leave off the topping. But if they are… oh man, are you in for a treat!

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Is your mouth watering yet? Ready to drop everything and get your pumpkin muffins on? Let’s do this!

Fall-Inspired Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (with Ginger and Orange)

Fall-Inspired Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (with Ginger and Orange)

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large oranges (or 1/2 cup orange juice, plus 2 tsp orange zest)
  • 1/2 cup canned cooked pumpkin
  • 1 cup real maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 inch peeled, minced fresh ginger (or 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger powder)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans (for optional topping)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (for optional topping)

Instructions

    Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Squeeze the oranges and zest them. Note: This is the part where your taste buds will begin to wake up. “Hmmm… what is that lovely, refreshing smell?” they’ll say. “Just what are you making for me??”
  • Add all the ingredients (except for the topping ingredients) into a mixing bowl or Vita-Mix blender.
  • Mix or blend on high until everything is smooth. Allow mixture to sit for about 3-4 minutes to allow the coconut flour to fully absorb the liquid and thicken the mixture.
  • Spoon the muffin mixture into muffin cups or a muffin tin.
  • Add the muffin topping. True the chopped pecans and shredded coconut are optional but they add beautiful crunch and texture. Who needs sugary muffin toppings when you’ve got this one!
  • Place the muffins in the pre-heated oven. Add a heatproof dish to the oven filled with about 2 cups of water (this creates steam and will help the muffins cook better).
  • Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
http://yourvibrantfamily.com/fall-inspired-paleo-pumpkin-muffins-with-ginger-and-orange/

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 muffins

This recipe was inspired by one found in Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook. You’ve got to check this book out! It truly is my go-to Paleo kitchen cookbook.

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Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples

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 Enjoy these awesomely easy pumpkin muffins!