A delicious, French-style meal loaded with nutrition from organic veggies and chicken. It can be dairy and grain free if you so choose, or add those back in if you like! It’s loaded with nutrition from superfoods like coconut milk and oil, with a touch of turmeric, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. It’s creamy, smooth and packed with flavor!
I’ve had my household on the GAPS diet (very similar to Paleo) for about six months now and have really got the dairy, grain and sugar free thang down, baby. We are crusin’ – I’ve got a bunch of yummy dinner recipes that I cycle through and I plan to share all of them with you, along with a meal plan so you can do it, too! I’m on the diet to solve the problem of eczema I’ve had since my teens – sick and tired of dealing with it and believe strongly it is diet related. So far, it’s working! When I eat and eat something with dairy, grains or sugar in it, I get an outbreak indicating to me that my gut is still not completely healed, so I’ll stick with it longer.
Grains Can Cause Inflammation
Let’s spend a sec talking about grains. The reason the GAPS diet removes grains is because they are very irritating to the gut lining, at least the modern-day versions of them are. Traditional societies soaked their grains, breaking down the phytic acid and anti-nutrients that causes the inflammation. The phytic acid also binds to vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, and vitamin D preventing them from being absorbed into your body. They are pesky.
Wow, now isn’t that food porn? It’s just a beautiful dish. You can add so many veggies to this dish – it’s a great way to use up produce in the fridge that’s about to go bad. Broccoli, mushrooms, leeks, green onions, onions, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, cauliflower, and shredded carrots – all would be great additions!
- 1 tablespoon healthy fat – either olive oil, coconut oil, butter, or ghee
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 leeks, chopped
- 1 package mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 organic free range chicken meat (white or dark, doesn't matter), diced (I get mine at Costco (though I'm not sure it's free range) and Kroger (Simple Truth brand is Free Range!)
- ½ cup white wine or homemade chicken stock (I used chicken stock as I'm staying off wine on the GAPS diet)
- 1 cup all natural coconut milk (I buy this one or make my own)
- Optional: 1 TBS arrowroot powder (to thicken it up)
- Optional: nitrate-free, uncured bacon or turkey bacon (I buy this one)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1-2 teaspoons cumin
- 1-2 teaspoons coriander
- 1-2 teaspoons paprika
- 1-2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1-2 teaspoons dried cilantro or other favorite herb (I love Herbs de Provence)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (I love Himalayan Pink Salt)
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic (or more to taste, add at the very end for maximum nutrition)
- Throw your fat into the skillet (I use a cast iron skillet like this one) as it's the healthiest with no toxins or chemicals) and warm the skillet to medium heat.
- Add the onions and saute until golden brown.
- Add the chicken, chicken stock and all the spices – this is my husband's secret trick to making very flavorful dishes. When the spices are sauteed with the meat, the flavor is much richer. (I like to cook my meat in broth and slowly on medium heat – makes it much more tender and it's much healthier, preserving the nutrients of the meat).
- Add the rest of the veggies and coconut milk and arrowroot powder.
- Cover with a lid and let the steam cook all the ingredients, lifting the lid several times to stir the food so it is cooked evenly. If you find it's too juicy, take the lid off so the juice can evaporate, and/or add more arrowroot powder. During that time, add in your garlic. Done!
Now, if you’re not trying to heal your gut like me, it would be delish over a bed of soaked rice (read the tutorial for that here).