This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! No, this really is nothing like a real deal, but it will probably leave your body a lot happier than what you get from the drive-thru. Some of the fast-food flavors are just so comforting. I grew up on it, so it's no surprise that I sometimes get some serious cravings. For me, chicken tenders + barbecue sauce or ketchup, and any kind of "fry" will get the job done. This recipe is not rocket science or anything fancy, but it's certainly simple and quick. paleochickenandfries I love sweet potato fries and roasted brussels sprouts because they're able to get so crunchy. These take a while - about 45 minutes. Make sure you plan ahead - preheat the oven and start chopping about an hour ahead of time. A lot of people express frustration with getting sweet potatoes crispy enough. My favorite tricks to help them crisp up are: 1. don't use too much oil 2. don't crowd the pan 3. make sure they are on the bottom rack 4. absolutely do not move them around until the very end!!! Some people say to toss the sweet potatoes in a bowl with the oil. This is certainly one way to to do it...if you like making more dirty dishes. I just put the oil on the pan first and move them around in it, sprinkle a little salt, and done! I've also tried soaking them in water first and I thought they were less crispy. It's kind of a trial and error experiment. The brussels sprouts really taste best when you slice them - remove the bottom part and slice lengthwise into thirds. This will give you more surface area to get crispy. Also, don't worry about loose leaves, they end up tasting great when they crisp up! I used olive oil, but I've also successfully used lard and coconut oil. I'm not a huge coconut oil person with savory food, but if you like it, go for it! For the chicken, you'll need some chicken breasts or thighs, almond flour , eggs, and spices for the tenders. I used 3 organic chicken breasts that I cut into thirds, 1 egg, and about 1.5-2 cups of almond flour. I set up a really simple dredging station - like this: paleochicken I usually then coat all the chicken in egg + flour, heat up a skillet with butter, and add them when it's hot! If you're anything like me - you've got 2 hungry babes and a dog begging you to be done with dinner... all while getting in trouble for coming near the hot stuff 1000 times. IMG_3486 Don't turn the chicken until it's completely browned on one side, or you might lose the coating! paleochickentenders That's pretty much it! Super easy weeknight meal. Healthy, but might satisfy some of your bad cravings. Definitely toddler approved! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] Let me know if you try it! What's an easy dinner you've been making lately? Is there any recipe that you've made healthier that reminds you of something unhealthy?

(This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure here) So, I wanted to make stuffed peppers for dinner with a lower carb count than your traditional recipe. Mixing in a bunch of rice with the meat doesn't do anything for me. Not only do I try to eat grains sparingly, but seriously - if I'm going to eat rice... I'm going to eat it plain and covered with butter. I want the full experience - not a bunch of rice hidden in a dish for no reason. With that being said, I wanted to keep the texture similar and add a nutritional boost. Enter in: baby kale, chard, and spinach blend IMG_2131 I LOVE these greens, and so do my twins. They are so mild tasting, yet still full of flavor with zero bitterness. If you think you don't like kale, try this. Anyway, I had the idea to chop some of it up, sautéing it with a sweet onion and some spices, and mixing it into the meat mixture for the peppers. I like to also add the seasonings here because I think sautéing them with the onion adds more flavor. IMG_2133 IMG_2134 IMG_2136 After hollowing out the peppers, I also didn't want to throw away the tops. Instead of being wasteful, I chopped those up to also use in the filling. IMG_2137 IMG_2138 IMG_2139 To bind the filling, instead of rice, I used a little bit of Coconut Flour. Coconut flour is a great binder because it sucks up a lot of moisture and you need very little of it. This makes it one of the more economical "paleo" flours. I've also used it in meatloaves and meatballs with great success.   IMG_2141 I mixed together 1 egg with the coconut flour, ground beef, and tomato sauce (I used jarred tomato sauce since this was a quick weeknight dinner - and the twins were not happy). Add in the cooled greens + onion mixture and the diced up pepper tops. Mix well with your hands and stuff the peppers. Add remaining tomato sauce around the peppers. These take about an hour, maybe more to cook. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. IMG_2142 IMG_2143 There you have it! You don't need rice to make this a super satisfying and filling meal full of vegetables. *Tip for your toddlers - I had some of the meat mixture left over, so I cooked it up in a frying pan on its own. I gave this to my twins because they were getting very impatient for dinner and obviously tomato sauce is kind of a mess for one year olds. They loved it! Here's the shortened (and printable!) recipe instructions: [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1]