Well, it’s finally out there in the world! I’m so proud and excited to share Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook with you all!
Over the last week, I’ve been thrilled to watch the recipes from Nourish come to life in your kitchens. My goal writing this cookbook was to give those of us on the AIP food freedom: to show that the elimination phase can be full of flavor and that we don’t have to feel “restricted” — which is why it feels absolutely amazing to hear that these recipes I created are doing just that. Thank you so much to those of you who have been sharing images of Nourish recipes on social media – remember to use the hashtags #nourishpaleo or #paleohealing, so that I can see what you are up to!
Today I’m sharing another preview recipe from Nourish – this Warm Chicken Grain Salad is one of my absolute favorites!
While I do love cauliflower rice, it just doesn’t have the right texture to mimic larger grains like those found in warm wintry grain salads. That’s what prompted me to come up with the basic recipe for what we nickname “protein rice” here at home! All the flavors of fall – herby “grains”, roasted butternut squash and lots of greens – combine here to make a delicious warm salad that will have even non-AIP-ers asking for seconds. Packed with protein and with plenty of calcium coming from the leafy greens, this salad is a winner nutritionally, too.
- 4 cups (560 g) butternut squash
- 2 tsp + 1 tbsp (10 ml + 15 ml) coconut or avocado oil, divided
- 1 tsp (5 g) salt, divided
- 1 lb (454 g) ground chicken
- 1 tsp (4 g) garlic powder
- 1 tsp (2 g) ground sage
- 1 tsp (1 g) dried rosemary leaves
- ½ cup (70 g) diced onion
- 8 oz (225 g) Swiss chard
- 4 oz (115 g) spinach
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- ROAST: Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Cut the butternut squash into ½ inch (13 mm) cubes and toss with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of the oil and ½ teaspoon of salt. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the squash out in a single layer. Roast the squash until it is tender and beginning to brown and caramelize at the edges, about 15 – 20 minutes. Reserve the cooked squash for later.
- COOK: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of oil to a skillet over low-medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the ground chicken, breaking it into a few large pieces with your hands before dropping it into the pan. Don’t break up the chicken in the pan any further or it will overcook and become very dry. Sprinkle the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, garlic powder, sage and rosemary over the chicken and cover the pan with a lid. Cook the chicken, covered, until it is cooked through and there is no pink inside, about 5 – 6 minutes, turning the chicken over halfway through. Do not overcook the chicken – it should release juices into the pan and still be tender when cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked chicken to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the diced onion to the pan and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
- ASSEMBLE: Crumble the cooked chicken into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 3 – 5 times, until the chicken is broken up into little “grains”. Do not overprocess, or you will end up with a sticky paste! Finely slice the chard and spinach. Toss together the “grains”, roasted squash, chard and spinach back in the pan with the onion and all the pan juices. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the salad, to taste, and toss together to combine. The salad can be eaten straightaway, but also refrigerates nicely so you could make it ahead of time and serve it as a cold “grain” salad, too. When it’s warmer, I like to swap the butternut squash for roasted asparagus, beets or summer squash and lighter greens, but the possibilities are almost endless!
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