Friday, June 1, 2012

CHILI CHICKEN SALAD WITH JALAPENO VINAIGRETTE


My husband was ravenous at the end of Day 1 of the Paleo Challenge. He wanted a big salad full of protein. This was the perfect meal to satisfy the Day 1 hunger. He actually made this chicken, which is spicy and delicious. The vinaigrette was very simple and also spicy. I added a bunch of veggies to the salad and topped it all off with some guacamole. Enjoy! 
Chili Spiced Chicken
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. water
1 heaping Tbsp Chili Powder
1 heaping Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp salt

Stir together water, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Place chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag. Pour chili mixture over the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 4 hours. After four hours, fire up your grill. Grill over medium high direct heat until cooked through. 

Chili Chicken Salad
4 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 bunch belgium endive, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced and grilled
Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Chili Chicken
Guacamole

Toss all the ingredients together with a couple tablespoons of the dressing. Top with sliced spiced chicken and guacamole.

Jalapeno Vinaigrette
1 Jalapeno
1 stalk green onion
juice of 1/2 lime
juice of 1/2 grapefruit
1/4 c olive oil
salt and pepper

Stem and split your jalapeno lengthwise and roast. If you are grilling chicken anyways, just throw it on the grill for a couple of minutes, rotating halfway through. If not, put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Throw the roasted jalapeno in the food processor with the green onion, lime and grapefruit juice, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Puree until smooth. With the food processor running, drizzle in the oil. 


Day 1 Paleo Challenge Dinner:




4 comments:

  1. This looks SO delicious! I just found your site through chowstalker and I think we could be friends. :) I'm paleo, my family isn't. I'm really interested in how you got off your ADD meds though since my son also takes concerta, I am intrigued.... Anyhow. Thanks for the great recipes!

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    1. Thank you Rhea! I am so excited for your weight-loss and paleo journey. I began this journey as a way to get back the energy I lost when I stopped taking Concerta. I decided to stop taking ADHD medicine for a few reasons: 1) I was worried about the effects it was having on my body. I had been taking it for 9 years and found that my body literally depended on it. 2) I felt like a zombie-- like I was too focused on the world. I couldn't multitask, listen, articulate my thoughts. Maybe this wasn't helping me? Maybe I didn't actually have ADD? 3) That stuff was expensive. 4) I didn't want to take this stuff all my life.
      When I got off of it, I was so exhausted. I felt happier, with better mental clarity and focus, but I was so tired. I started to gain weight, which totally freaked me out, so I started weight watchers. Weight Watchers kept my weight at bay, but I was basically starving myself to keep up. I mean, 12 points/day. That made my exhaustion even worse. Then I was too tired to work out. When I say tired, I mean I slept 12 hours/night then had a 3-4 hour nap. I was sleeping my life away. This lifestyle of sleeping and starving spiraled me into a deep depression. Something had to change. I went to a few doctors with different opinions. One had no idea what to do with me. He put me back on concerta and an antidepressant. Two more pills a day!? That is the opposite of what I wanted. Then, I saw an endocrinologist. She thought I had abnormally low testosterone. After many tests, it turns out my testosterone was sky-high, my sodium was low and my T3 was slightly low. She put me on a low-dose thyroid hormone supplement. She also told me to eat more protein, which was actually great advice. But more protein meant more weight-watchers points... didn't she know how healthy I was eating all that FiberOne every morning? Now I was supposed to eat eggs?? Okay, so I decided to give it a shot. I started listening to different health-related podcasts and I learned a few things: 1) I needed to cut out the crap. No more boxed, processed food. 2) More protein. I stumbled upon Everyday Paleo's PaleoTalk podcast and was hooked. My mom was battling breast cancer at this time, so the idea that a diet might help prevent it was beautiful to me. Also, depression, obesity and diabetes runs in my family, which scared me. I started the diet and immediately felt stronger. I was able to get to the gym! I had more energy, a clearer mind, my digestion was back on track, my skin began to have some healthy color, I was happier, my libido increased (overshare!), I lost a few pounds, etc etc. Everything was looking up. A year later, I feel fantastic. I would much rather rely on a paleo lifestyle than a pill.
      As far as things go with your son, I would try to cut out the gluten first. I have seen great behavioral benefits with my own son doing this. Just get it out of your house. Try it for a week. No bread for the kiddos. Your husband will survive, too. I'd love to see if hear how that works for his ADD. And please listen to the PaleoTalk podcast! Start from episode1. You will learn alot about paleo and family!
      Keep in touch Rhea. Good luck!

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  2. Do you leave the seeds in the jalapeno or remove them before grilling/broiling? Thanks

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    1. Leave them in!! You can always scrape them out before pureeing, but they aren't too spicy after they're grilled. It's up to you :)

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