PALEO EXPRESS – Pineapple Chicken with Broccoli

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Paleo Mark is shipping off to Afghanistan at the end of the months, so I wanted to invite him into the garage and fill his belly with some wholesome Paleo food. As always, Mark delivers the goods! He mans the pan like a real man and throws out punch lines like Muhammad Ali. Or, is it Gordie Howe… I can’t remember 😉 (Inside Joke).

About the food… I love pineapple chicken and I think that most people do too. I make it all the time as a throw together meal and it is a popular post on my Instagram Account, so I thought I’d throw together a video and recipe. As always, this is just a guideline. Be creative and use what ingredients you have on hand. Just realize that if you don’t use pineapple, it’s not really pineapple chicken ;).

I’m excited to announce that I am working with my friends at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge to put together a trip for this fall. It is going to be a Paleo Food Fueled Culinary Adventure that will include endless activities. From foil boarding behind jet skis on Judd Lake to slaying silver salmon and mountain biking on glaciers, there will be no shortage of fun. We are hammering out the details now, so stay tuned for more info and start saving your pocket change so you can join me for this epic trip! Click this picture to learn more about the lodge…

The Power Monkey Camp is coming up quickly, so if you haven’t signed up yet, do it today! I’ll be cooking all week and this is a great opportunity for you to network, learn new skills and challenge yourself like never before.

“Success without Integrity is Failure.”

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Picking a line with my friends Dave, Crystal, and Hannah while heliskiing out of Tordrillo Mountain lodge. We are overlooking Triumvirate Glacier, which we’ll be exploring on the trip this fall. Don’t miss out, guys…

Pineapple Chicken with Broccoli

Ingredient List:

  • 12oz. roasted chicken breast, diced (season with salt and pepper and roast at 350°F until it reaches an internal temp of 165°. Approximately 20 minutes.) (12P)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (10F)
  • 1 large onion, julienned (2C)
  • ½ fresh pineapple, Asian Bias Cut (8C)
  • 1 red bell pepper (1/2C)
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets and then half florets (1 ½ C)
  • Drizzle of toasted sesame oil (2F)
  • Dash of Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons Sambal

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until it shimmers and flows like water when pan is tilted side to side.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and broccoli and cook for 3 minutes, stirring/tossing occasionally. 90 seconds in, drizzle with Tamari.
  3. Add chicken, toss/stir well, drizzle with sesame oil and cook for 2 minutes longer.
  4. Add pineapple, toss/stir a few times, season with Sambal, toss/stir once more and cut the heat!
  5. Transfer to a serving platter and serve family style, or portion out and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to six months!
  6. Share with your friends and Tanoshimu! (Japanese for “enjoy!“)

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (12)

Starting with a pound of chicken breast, cooked it will cook down to 12oz. 1 oz of chicken equals 1 block, therefore we have 12 protein blocks from the chicken.

Carbohydrates: (12)

1 large onion equals about 2 cups of onions. 1 cup of raw onions equals 1 block therefore we have 2 blocks of carbohydrates.

½ fresh pineapple yields about 4 cups of pineapple. ½ cup of pineapple equals one block therefore we have 8 blocks from pineapple.

We are going to use 1 red bell pepper. 2 cups of red bell peppers equal 1 block, so 1 pepper fills about 1 cup therefore we have ½ block from the red bell pepper.

Cutting up 1 head broccoli will get us about 6 cups of broccoli. 4 cups equals one block, so we have 1.5 blocks of carbohydrates from Broccoli.

Fats: (12)

We will use 1 tablespoon coconut oil which results in 10 fat blocks.  A 1/3 of a teaspoon equals 1 fat block, so given there are about 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon, we get about 10 fat blocks

We are not using a lot of toasted sesame oil, but it will be about 2 teaspoons worth, so we will count the drizzle as 2 fat blocks.

Balancing Act:

We have a balanced 12 block meal.  You can break this into 2-4 meals depending on how you break your meals up, without having to think of adding anything extra.

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