Quite the mouthful eh?? Well Sunday I turned into Martha Stuart and made not only this recipe but an awesome spicy Italian sausage soup! That recipe will follow this one! To start off I was commenting how I thought the Paleo eating habits could be a little expensive. Well I went shopping, got a ton off all Paleo friendly food and only spent $39. I will be able to feed myself for at least three meals a day for seven days. Figured I would share my groceries just to show how it is possible to eat well on a budget.From left to right: 11oz organic spring mix, 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes, 1 sweet potato, 3 carrots, 2 heads of garlic, 1 dozen eggs, 1 bunch of celery, 1/2 pound deli turkey, 6 1/2 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 1 package of spicy italian sausage, 1 crown of broccoli, 2 zucchini squash, 1 tub of sliced baby bella mushrooms, 2 avocados, big bag of kale, 2 yellow onions, 2 bell peppers, and 5 bananas. Breakfast daily for me is 2 eggs with greek seasoning and a banana. The avocados don’t normally ripen until Wednesdays and once they do I add them to my breakfast. Lunch is salads, soup, or chicken and dinner is another combo of soup or chicken with a veggie side / whatever I feel like. So as you can see it IS possible to heat Paleo and not break the bank. Lets get started on the chicken:
Chicken thigh quarters, I used 6 and that amounted to 6.44 lbs
1/2 an onion
2 celery stalks
2 tbls butter
2 crushed garlic cloves
Habanero sea salt
Preheat oven to 375F. Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel, salt both sides and place on a foil lined roasted pan. I would recommend a pan with a lip (so not a cookie tray) because the chicken thighs are fatty and will release a good chunk of fat and you don’t want it to spill over the pan. Add the habanero sea salt.Take the celery and onion and put in the nooks and crannies in between the pieces of chicken. I also added in some hot peppers. Next we are going to cut the butter into equal sized pats and place one on each piece of chicken. Add on all the seasonings that you want. I used the list above.Once all the chicken is seasoned put in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. When it comes out it should look a little something like this:If you are starving and need to eat right away by all means have at it. If you have a little time to spare I would recommend placing the chicken on paper towel or on a cookie sheet so the excess fat / oils can drip off. You can save the vegetables if you want also. I initially did but the container I was storing the chicken in was too small so the veggies went to the garbage.I was cooking soup at the same time as the chicken and had just polished off a bowl so I couldn’t eat much but I did try a wing and it was so yummy!!My plan is to eat this throughout the week with cauliflower rice, zucchini pasta, or salads. I may also shred some for salads. Sky is the limit. I also feed my bf on occasion and one of the breasts has already been sacrificed to him. That being said, it’s still a boat load of food. Plus once you see the spicy italian kale soup I made at the same time it is clear that I will not be going hungry this week.