sweet potatoes

Paleo Chicken and Kale Stew Recipe – 5 ingredients only!

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Winter = perfect crock pot season (click here to purchase the crockpot we have). Okay, to be honest, every season is perfect crock pot season, but there’s something about winter that makes you thinking of a simmering stew in a crock pot ready and waiting for you when you get home from a long day at work as pure bliss.

I found this recipe while trying to browse easy crock pot recipes that were paleo-friendly. Thank you to 5 Ingredient Paleo for the recipe!!! This recipe caught my eye because it only called for five ingredients! Yes, count that, FIVE ingredients! It’s also incredibly easy on top of that. You simply throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and let it go. That’s what I love about crock pots/slow cookers, one of the best kitchen tools for lazy cooking. Throw in the ingredients in the morning, go to work, and when you get home you have a meal ready for you. No fuss, no muss. So, let’s get started!

Gather the ingredients!
  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste + 1 cup of water
  • 2-4 cups of baby kale or chopped regular kale
  • Additional seasoning (optional)

Simply throw all of the ingredients except for the kale in the slow cooker, add your cup of water and tomato paste, and then stir to incorporate everything. You do not need to chop up the chicken breast because they will shred easily once cooked in the slow cooker. I added a dash of basil and rosemary. I honestly don’t know if it did anything, but the dish turned out well in the end. I think you can definitely play around with the ingredients by adding different seasonings/spices as well as other veggies as well (carrots? white potatoes? possiblities are endless!).

Chop all ingredients (except for chicken) and throw everything in the slow cooker (minus the kale). THAT'S IT!
Chop all ingredients (except for chicken) and throw everything in the slow cooker (minus the kale). THAT’S IT!

The recipe from the original blog post calls to cook everything on low for about 6-8 hours. And the in the last hour of cooking, open your slow cooker (slowly), and once again stir to mix everything up. The stirring should then shred your chicken easily. Add in the kale, and mix until well incorporated. Cook for about 30-60 minutes longer until the kale is tender.

After adding the kale and mixing to incorporate everything.
After adding the kale and mixing to incorporate everything.

I was a little pressed for time, so I blasted the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours. I then switched it back to low for another hour, threw in the kale, and then blasted the slow cooker on high for the last hour. The chicken was not as easy to shred, but it was still shreddable with some prodding and poking on my end.

And voila! The stew turned out fantastic. Perfect dish to warm us up on a cold evening!

Piping hot bowl of chicken and kale stew. YUM.
Piping hot bowl of chicken and kale stew. YUM.

Until the next meal,

Joseph and Jennifer

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Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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It’s been an incredibly crazy week for me and Joseph. It was my school’s Homecoming week, and I’ve been so busy with the Homecoming Coronation and Dance festivities. I can honestly say I literally spent almost 80 hours this week at school: monitoring my kids while they painted, decorated, and set-up for the dance; communicating with vendors for the dance; handling ticket sales and unsuccessfully trying to count/add/divide/multiply monetary amounts (my number skills are horrendous), and worrying about the weather raining out our Homecoming Coronation Ceremony which was outdoors. My poor kiddos got the full dose of crazy me this entire week, and poor Joseph, who is always ever-so-supportive, was stuck with the “assistant babysitter/food delivery/emotional support man” throughout the entire process. So I haven’t been able to even think about properly blogging until now. I’d hate to skip a week of not posting anything, so I’ll provide a recipe for a very easy side dish, baked sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are not only paleo-approved but that are also absolutely delicious and can be cooked in so many ways. Sweet potatoes are GREAT for athletes, and they are a wonderful source for carbs.

Joseph and I like to cook our sweet potatoes in a variety of ways, and we’ll share those recipes in the next few posts! However, there is one very simple, tried-and-true sweet potato recipe that ANYBODY can do. Baked sweet potatoes!

Now, gather your ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes (your preference to how many you would like and which kind of sweet potato you’d like to use)
  • Ghee (or coconut oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Flavor God seasoning (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is warming up, wash the sweet potatoes well. After drying the sweet potatoes, take a fork or small knife and carefully prick small holes all over the sweet potatoes.

Using a cooking brush, coat the sweet potatoes with melted ghee or coconut oil.
Using a cooking brush, coat the sweet potatoes with melted ghee or coconut oil.

Melt the ghee, and with a cooking brush coat each potato with your ghee/coconut oil. Place in the oven for about 40-50 minutes.

Easy baked sweet potatoes! Eat as is or add ghee, salt/pepper, flavor god seasoning! :)
Easy baked sweet potatoes! Eat as is or add ghee, salt/pepper, flavor god seasoning! 🙂

And voila! That is it! When you are ready to eat your sweet potato you have the option of mixing ghee and salt/pepper to the potato. Joseph likes to add Flavor God seasoning to his sweet potato. I just eat it plain-jane because I love the taste of sweet potato alone.

We’ve been using baked sweet potatoes as part of our meal prep. We bake the potatoes, cut them in half, and couple them with some kind of protein and maybe a small veggie side. Absolutely perfect and easy for meal prep!

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post! Remember to hashtag #jenjoandpaleo!

Until the next meal,

Joseph and Jennifer