Date And Apricot Glazed Orange Chicken

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This is the perfect dish to keep you warm as we head into the fall and winter months. It’s sweet and delicious but surprisingly filling. It also won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make which means it is the perfect go to dish when you’re in a hurry. Not to mention that dried dates and apricots store well, so you can always keep them handy and keep this as a backup meal option.

One pot, 15 minutes to cook and nutritious…what’s not to love?

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast (6 – 8 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/8 cup dried dates, sliced
1/8 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/2 cup water
1 orange, juiced

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat coconut oil on medium heat.
Season chicken breast with salt, place in frying pan.
Add 1/2 of the orange juice to pan, cover and cook for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. (reduce heat slightly if juice is cooking off too fast)
Reduce heat to low.
Flip chicken and add remaining orange juice, dates, apricots and water. Cover and cook for 4 – 5 minutes.
After ensuring chicken is cooked through, remove and place on serving dish.
Increase heat to medium and continue to cook juice, dates and apricots (uncovered) until mixture reduces down. You’ll know the mixture is done when you still have liquid with the dates and apricots but the liquid is thick like honey. (You do not want to cook all the liquid off, this should just take a minute or two.)
Remove from heat and drizzle mixture over chicken.
You’re ready to eat.

I hope this dish keeps you happy and warm as we head into winter. If you’re watching your carbs or are craving a particular level of sweetness feel free to adjust the amount of dates and apricots added.

Happy Fall!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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Chopped Kale Salad

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You’ve heard all the hype about kale, and the truth is, it’s not just hype.
Kale is a superfood, rich in antioxidants and vitamins and high in fiber.

Truth be told though, I am not a huge fan of kale on it’s own, so I’m always concocting recipes that combine kale with other yummy items, like bacon!

In this super easy salad recipe, kale is balanced with apple, bacon and a citrus dressing for a tasty and healthy side.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup kale, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped
2 strips of bacon, cut into dime size pieces
Juice of 1/4 orange
1 tablespoon olive oil

RECIPE

Place the chopped kale, apple and bacon in a mixing bowl that has a lid.
Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and olive oil.
Close the lid of the bowl and shake until the salad is well tossed.
Plate and serve.

It’s equally tasty and healthy as it is simple.

Enjoy!

Camilla

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Orange Glazed Ham

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There’s just something about a juicy ham during the festive season and we’ve discovered that there really is no need for store bought glaze dripping in refined sugar when fresh oranges, coconut palm sugar and grass-fed butter make for a perfectly delicious glaze concoction!

In this recipe, my good friend Samantha and I used a natural, antibiotic-free and hormone-free spiral-cut ham that was pre-smoked. (Check the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t any Paleo-unfriendly items sneaked in). We then paired the ham with a homemade citrus marinade, which tenderizes the meat and aids the body with the digestion of the ham. It turned out fabulously! Here’s how we did it:

Orange Glazed Ham Cooked

INGREDIENTS

7-10 lb spiral cut, smoked ham
4 oranges
4 cups pure orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cloves
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

RECIPE

Place your ham (fresh or frozen), in a large oven-compatible dish.
Mix 3 cups of orange juice, the nutmeg, cloves and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Slice the oranges and soak the slices in the marinade for about 10 minutes, before removing the slices and placing them aside for later.
Pour the marinade mixture over the ham, completely drenching it.
Using toothpicks, pin the marinated orange slices to the surface of the ham, then cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the refrigerator to marinade for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the foil and place the dish in oven for about 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, mix the last cup of orange juice with the coconut palm sugar and melted butter.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, remove the dish from the oven, and work the orange juice, coconut palm sugar and butter mixture into each spiral fold of the pre-sliced ham, pouring any excess over the exterior of the ham before placing the dish back in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until well cooked.
Remove the glazed ham from the oven and serve warm alongside your choice of vegetables.

May that add to your 2015 festivities!

Camilla Carboni

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Date Orange Loaf

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Orange rinds too often go to waste and, when combined with naturally sweet fruits, like dates, make an irresistible taste sensation not too be missed.

In this easy-to-make loaf, I used the base recipe of my popular Paleo Apricot Muffins and added a sweet, citrus twist.

The loaf is high in fiber and comes out deliciously moist. This recipe is ideal for 1 mini loaf (about 5.75 x 3 inches) and can also be made into muffins.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 shake salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon honey/raw agave nectar
Grated rind of 1 large orange

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Pulse the dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
Place the rest of the ingredients (except the orange rind) in the food processor and pulse for another minute or so, until well combined.
Add the grated orange rind and pulse for about 10 seconds.
Scoop the mix into a oven-safe bread dish and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes (the center of the loaf rises last), or until a skewer through the center comes out clean.

Enjoy the sweet and citrus taste of this decadent loaf,

Camilla Carboni

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Orange-Ginger Tilapia

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Hi Everyone, We wanted to give you all a heads up that we’ve had to cancel our cooking Demo that was slotted for this Wednesday(11/12/2014) at the Natural Grocers in Littleton, CO. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you but we’re expecting a large snow storm that day and want to ensure everyone’s safety. Don’t worry though, we’ll be sharing the Paleo Thanksgiving recipes soon! In the mean time we hope this lovely tilapia dish will keep you warm.

Camilla & Melissa


This is one of my new go-to dishes during the work week. It takes about 15 minutes total between prep and cooking time, it also goes great with anything you make as a side dish. Tilapia is fairly inexpensive, so it’s a great alternative to some pricier fish options.

INGREDIENTS

2 tilapia fillets
1 orange, juiced
t tbsp avocado oil
2 tsp ginger, grated (fresh)
1 tsp salt

RECIPE

Place tilapia fillets in glass dish.
Marinade with orange juice, avocado oil, ginger and salt; cover, place in fridge and let sit. (I do this in the morning and cook it when I get home from work.)
Pre-heat oven to 425°F.
Remove glass dish from fridge, let dish come to room temperature.(You never want to heat glass to quickly as it can shatter.)
Place in oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until fish is flaky and white.
It’s that easy!

This dish is fast and easy, it is also very light. I’ve incorporated it into my weekly meals to help boost my fish intake and stay on track with my exercise/ diet goals.

 

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com

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