Savory Chicken & Veggie Bites

Easy . Tasty . Versatile . My favorite kind of recipe!

Chicken & Veggie Bites (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

These savory little bite-sized chicken-n-veggie patties are crazy-delicious and super versatile. It’s true! They make a tasty option for dinner,  lunch, breakfast, snack time, and even dessert (okay, maybe I’m getting a little carried away?).

But seriously, these little protein-n-veggie packed patties can be used to create so many easy, healthy meals! Plus, they’re equally tasty whether they’re served hot or cold, making them a wonderful lunchbox option. And, they freeze and reheat well, which means you can save time by cooking up a double batch and freezing them for creating quick future meals.

Chicken & Veggie Bites (GF, DF)

Here’s just a few of my favorite ideas for enjoying these Savory Chicken & Veggie Bites:

As you can see, there are so many ways to enjoy these tasty little patties! And not only are they extremely versatile in how you can use them, they’re also super versatile in how you can customize them to suit your personal taste preferences. Simply switch out the veggies and the seasonings for a completely new taste sensation! Enjoy!

Chicken & Veggie Bites Close Up

Savory Chicken & Veggie Bites (GF, DF)

Yield: 28-30 mini-patties

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into thick slices
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 green onions, cut into thick slices
  • 1 cup loose-packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground chicken (preferably dark meat, or a combination of dark & white)
  • Olive oil, palm shortening or coconut oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Place the first 3 ingredients (zucchini, red pepper and onions) into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until fine diced, scraping down the bowl as needed to ensure uniform size.
  2. Add the spinach, parsley, garlic, egg and seasonings. Continue to pulse just until spinach is chopped and ingredients are combined. (Do not over process or mixture will become liquified.)
  3. Add the ground chicken and pulse briefly, just until ingredients are combined. (Note: Ground dark meat is much more flavorful and moist, which is why I recommend it.)
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Scoop tablespoon-size balls of the chicken mixture and carefully add to hot oil, making to sure space the meatballs about 2" apart for easier turning. Use a spatula to gentle flatten the meatballs into small thick patties.
  5. Cook chicken & veggie bites about 4-5 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. (If patties are browning too quickly, reduce the heat.) Transfer cooked patties to a paper towel lined plate. Add additional oil as needed and continue cooking as directed above.
  6. Serve immediately, or allow patties to cool and store in fridge for up to 4-5 days. To freeze, place patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in freezer. Once frozen solid, transfer patties to an airtight freezer safe container and store in freezer for up to one month. When ready to use, remove desired number of patties from freezer and thaw in fridge overnight. Reheat in a 200°F oven for about 5 minutes, or add to your favorite dishes as noted in post above.

Notes

Recipe Variations: By changing out the seasonings, you can create Chicken & Veggie Bites to suit your own personal taste preferences. For example:

• Mexi-Style Bites – use Mexican seasoning (or taco seasoning) in place of the all-purpose seasoning mix and substitute cilantro in place of the parsley.

• Curry Bites – use curry powder in place of the all-purpose seasoning mix and substitute cilantro in place of the parsley. You may also wish to add a bit of garam masala seasoning as well.

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P.S. The lovely table linens featured in these photos are courtesy of my friends at Hen House Linens. I just adore their beautiful linens, and even more so, their mission to make mealtimes special by adding a touch of warmth and beauty to the table.

DisclosureSome of the links in this post include affiliate links, providing The Nourishing Home a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. Of course, you are not obligated to use these links to make a purchase, but if you do, it helps to support this site and ministry. Thank you!

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Cinnamon Apple Grain-Free Breakfast Porridge (Dairy-Free too!)

I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Porridge (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

I know I can be a bit overdramatic at times (okay, maybe a lot) … but it’s true …. I’m in love with this scrumptious Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Porridge! I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve longed for a warm, creamy bowl of delicious porridge! Maybe you have too?

Since oats are a big no-no for those of us living grain-free, the question was how to capture the flavor and texture of oats without the use of that classic porridge staple?

So, similar to my scrumptious grain-free Almost Oatmeal Cookies recipe, I decided to use unsweetened coconut to provide a chewy texture similar to oats. I also based this recipe on a method for creating grain-free porridge that I learned from Danielle Walker in her wonderful cookbook Against All Grain – by grinding soaked nuts with sweet ripe banana you can create a consistency remarkably similar to porridges like Scottish Oatmeal and classic Cream of Wheat. (Danielle is so brilliant!)

Another secret to this unbelievably yummy grain-free breakfast porridge is sweet and fragrant bite-sized apples sautéed with a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg and the addition of chewy sweet raisins. The culmination of flavors creates the ultimate porridge experience – rich cinnamony-apple flavor delightfully paired with a creamy, oat-like chewy texture.

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Porridge Close Up

Still, even with all these tempting descriptions … Maybe you’re feeling a little skeptical – wondering if this interesting concoction of healthy grain-free ingredients might actually be capable of filling that void in your heart that longs for a warm bowl of creamy oatmeal?

Well, let me assure you that all of my doubts were tossed aside after one delicious bite … followed by two … then, three … then, oops! the whole bowl is gone!

It’s such a joy to be able to create delicious grain-free foods that capture the tastes and textures of favorite comfort foods, and even better is when they are SO good that even our family and friends eagerly enjoy them too!

That’s why I’m SO excited to share this delightful Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Porridge with you. I’m beyond thrilled to be reunited with one of my ultimate wintertime favorites and I’m certain you and your family will be too!

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Porridge (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the nuts and coconut flakes. Add enough filtered water to the bowl to completely cover the nuts and coconut. Add a pinch of salt and cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plate. Allow the nuts to soak at least 7-8 hours or overnight.
  2. Once soaking time is completed, drain the nuts and coconut flakes in a colander; making sure to rinse them well until water runs clear.
  3. Add the nuts and coconut flakes to the bowl of a food processor. Then, add the egg yolk and banana (break the banana in pieces and add to the top of the nuts).
  4. Pulse the nuts and banana mixture until it forms a fine nut meal, making sure to stop and scrape down the bowl as needed for an even texture. Then, remove bowl from food processor and set aside. (Please note: You can alternate between pulsing and blending, if desired. The goal is to create a fine nut meal, but not a paste. I find pulsing makes it easier to keep an eye on the consistency.)
  5. Add ghee (or coconut oil) to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped apple and nutmeg to the pan and sauté the apples until they begin to soften.
  6. Next, add the coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins. Then add the banana-nut meal mixture. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
  7. Bring the porridge to a gentle simmer and cook for about 5-6 minutes until it's thick and creamy.
  8. Ladle the cinnamon apple porridge into bowls and add a splash of your favorite milk. Truly the perfect breakfast to warm your family's hearts and tummies on cold fall and wintertime mornings.
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P.S. The lovely table linens featured in these photos are courtesy of my friends at Hen House Linens. I just adore their beautiful linens, and even more so, their mission to make mealtimes special by adding a touch of warmth and beauty to the table.

DisclosureSome of the links in this post include affiliate links, providing The Nourishing Home a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. Of course, you are not obligated to use these links to make a purchase, but if you do, it helps to support this site and ministry. Thank you!

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How to Make Simple Seasoned Cauliflower Rice

How to Make Cauliflower Rice TNH

As I’ve made my way along the grain-free path, I’ve often found myself craving rice. Honestly, it’s been the only grain that I miss. So when I discovered lots of grain-free foodies turning cauliflower into “rice,” I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. But thank goodness my curiosity was greater than my doubt, because I truly enjoy this newfound alternative!

In fact, I’ve been having lots of tasty-fun creating my own versions of cauli-rice like this highly versatile, yet simple, seasoned cauliflower rice dish. So if you’ve been on the fence about trying cauli-rice too, let me assure you – it’s absolutely delicious, nutritious, and really easy to make!

Wondering how to magically transform cauliflower into a highly nutritious grain-free rice dish? Let me show you just how simple it is …

How to Make Cauliflower Rice …

Step 1: Rinse and Dry a Head of Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Purchase a large head of cauliflower; rinse well and dry thoroughly before cutting. I usually get my cauliflower from Trader Joe’s because they sell it by the head, not by the pound. (So you guessed it, I dig around in search of the largest cauliflower in the bin. And you should too! After all, the bigger the cauliflower, the more rice you’ll have to enjoy!)

Step 2: Cut Out the Core of the Cauliflower and Cut into Florets

Cauliflower Cut Out

Place the core face up and then carefully use a sharp knife to cut in a circular pattern around the core. Removing the core makes it much easier to cut the cauliflower into even-sized florets.

Step 3: Using a Food Processor, Pulse Cauliflower Florets into Rice

Cauli in Processor

Place half of the cauliflower florets into a food processor. Cover and pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice grains.

Cauli-Rice in Processor

By slowly pulsing the cauliflower, you will be able to carefully monitor your progress in reaching grain-sized pieces.

Step 4: Sauté and Steam the Cauliflower in a Large Skillet

Cauli-Rice in Pan

Add the cauliflower rice to a large skillet and cook as directed in the recipe below. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook cauli-rice, so it really is a pretty quick dish to put together even on a busy night. (Especially if you process the cauliflower on your prep day and place it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it. See recipe instructions below for details.)

Step 5: Enjoy!

Cauli-Rice in Bowl

For those of us who’ve been missing rice, cauli-rice is a dream come true! You simply won’t believe how delicious cauli-rice is until you try it for yourself. It’s mild flavor and rice-like texture makes it the perfect addition to any meal that calls for rice.

Ready to give cauli-rice a try?

Below you’ll find my simple seasoned cauli-rice recipe. It really is a delicious grain-free alternative to rice! Use it as a base for your favorite stir fry. Or serve it alongside your favorite grilled meats, poultry, fish and veggies.

And by changing the herbs used, you can create a customized flavorful “rice” dish to complement just about any main dish you desire. (See recipe notes for details.)

Cauli-Rice Bowl TNH

P.S. The lovely napkins featured in these photos are courtesy of my friends at Hen House Linens. I just adore their beautiful table linens, and even more so, their mission to make mealtimes special by adding a touch of warmth and beauty to the table.

Simple Seasoned Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 8-10 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fine diced yellow onion
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup homemade chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (see note below for more options)

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets, and then use a food processor to pulse the florets into rice-like grains as described in the above photo tutorial. Set riced cauliflower aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add the ghee and onion. Sauté onion until it begins to soften. Then, add the salt, dried parsley, garlic powder and pepper. Stir well to combine the seasonings with the onion. Continue to cook onion another 1-2 minutes until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the riced cauliflower to the seasoned onion and stir well to combine. Continue stirring and sautéing the cauli-rice until it begins to soften (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add the chicken stock and cover the skillet. Allow the cauli-rice to steam for about 5 minutes until the stock is absorbed and the cauli-rice reaches desired texture.
  5. Remove cover, add the minced fresh parsley and fluff cauli-rice to combine.
  6. Makes a tasty and nutritious grain-free “rice” dish to serve alongside your favorite healthy meals.

Notes

Recipe Variation: By changing the herbs in this recipe, you can create customized cauli-rice to complement you main dish. For example, substitute minced fresh cilantro for the fresh parsley and add about 1/4 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp chili powder to create a delicious Mexi-Style Cauli-Rice.

Time Saving Tip: You can process a head of cauliflower into rice up to 3-4 days in advance. Store the uncooked cauli-rice in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to cook. Cooked rice should also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and generally tastes great for up to 2-3 days. However, I do not recommend freezing uncooked or cooked cauli-rice, as it becomes mushy.

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For even more delicious cauliflower rice recipes, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker. It’s truly one of my favorite grain-free cookbooks, and it’s what finally convinced me to give cauli-rice a try. Yum!

DisclosureSome of the links in this post include affiliate links, providing The Nourishing Home a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. Of course, you are not obligated to use these links to make a purchase, but if you do, it helps to support this site and ministry. Thank you!

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