Chicken, Food, Lunch, News, Recipes

Three “No Excuses” Lunch Ideas and Magazine Update

The Woman’s World magazine hit the stands yesterday with the Paleo story making the cover promoted by a picture of the beautfil CSI Miami star Eva La Rue!  Prior to finding out yesterday, totally unbeknown to me, there is a celebrity promoting the paleo diet – look how mainstream paleo is quickly becoming!!  Very cool!  The article within the mag highlights Dr. Cordain and promotes his book – which is also great.  I am also in the article, a little pic of what I look like now and a before pic as well and a few quotes from my interview.  Overall I am happy that the magazine shed paleo in a positive light, and I WAS correctly quoted in saying that paleo for me is now my lifestyle and not just a diet.  Out of respect for the magazine sales, once this issue is off the stands I will try to scan and post the article on my blog – or ya’ll can  just go buy one!! : )

Ok, on to food!!  Here are three easy chicken based recipes that can be made in abundance and packed to go so there are no excuses at lunch time…  I have also made the last salad recipe with canned salmon and it’s awesome this way as well!

Chicken Stir Fry over greens…

1 package already cooked chicken from Trader Joe’s or 3 -4 cooked and diced chicken breasts

1/2 package of sliced mushrooms

1 head of organic broccoli chopped

2 organic carrots sliced

2-3 green onions (i used 1 giant one from the farmers market…)

1/2 a bag of frozen onions and bell peppers from Trader Joe’s

1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts

1/4 -1/2 cup organic free range chicken broth

grape seed oil

crushed garlic, black pepper, sea salt, and dried basil to taste

2 bunches of greens to your liking (chard or kale is good…)

Chop up your greens and either steam or saute until tender, set aside.  In a large skillet, pour enough grapeseed oil in to cover the bottom and heat over medium.  Add frozen onions and bells until thawed and add broccoli and carrots.  Cook broccoli and carrots until crisply tender and then add remaining veggies, artichoke hearts and chicken.  Stir together until warm, add seasoning and chicken broth, stir and simmer for just a couple of minutes.  Serve over a bed of greens.  Make a double batch and pack in Tupperware for next day’s lunch!

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Salad

4 diced chicken breasts or whatever leftover chicken pieces you might have

1 jar sun dried tomatoes

1 diced apple

1/2 a bag of sliced almonds

1/2 a head of shredded green or purple cabbage

olive oil, black pepper, and white balsamic vinegar to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  When I make this I fill up a huge Tupperware and it’s ready in the fridge for school lunches and of course for me.  My two year old loves this salad…

Warm Chicken and Bacon Green Salad

1 chicken breast diced (or 1 can of wild salmon)

4 strips of cooked diced bacon

1/2 an apple diced

2 big handfuls of salad greens

olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper to taste.

Pretty easy and straight forward but if you take the time to warm up the chicken and then adding the warm bacon on top of the crisp greens and then all that lovely olive oil, it just tastes too good to be so easy..

Enjoy and No Excuses!!

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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Although slightly biased, I think you should have been on the cover! Congrats on getting into the magazine and continuing to be an amazing source for a paleo lifestyle.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks John, you rock… : )

  2. (1) As for celebrities promoting the diet, there is a football player. But I’m not sure I’d call football players celebrities.

    (2) To make the recipes even more paleo I’d substitute the vinegar with lemon or lime juice.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Don,
      Of course, John Welbourn! – and yes, using lemon juice would be make these salads legit paleo dishes, but now and then a girl likes her balsamic I suppose… : )

  3. Tracey says:

    Do you buy sun dried tomatoes in olive oil,or just plain?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Tracey,
      I but the ones packed in olive oil. They are much tastier in my opinion!

  4. Renee says:

    Great article!! Love your picture, but I agree with John, you should have been on the cover.

  5. How big is your bag of sliced almonds? A halfa bag that I buy would mean 1.5LB of sliced almonds, that may over power the chicken 🙂


    1. Sarah says:

      Yeah, that’s a lot of almonds! LOL!! I would just use a handful, my bag is pretty small from Trader Joes… Hope that helps! : )

  6. Carleigh says:

    I went to the store looking just for this magazine and didn’t find it! There were two Women’s Worlds out from 4/12/10 and 4/19/10.. Which one has the Paleo article in it? I hope I didn’t miss it. Thanks and congratulations!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Carleigh,
      It’s the April 26th issue. It has Eva Larue in a yellow dress on the cover. I hope you can find it!

  7. Katie says:

    I just tried two of these and loved them. I was just thinking that my lunches were getting a little boring. Thanks for posting! Keep the ideas coming!!

  8. Jen says:

    Any idea where the article can be read now that he magazine is out of print? I just started the Paleo way of life a week ago and love to read stories of success and recipe ideas. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to post amazing recipes!

    Happy Mother’s Day,

  9. Patrick Walsh says:

    when you make this be sure to use the olive oil that the sundried tomatoes are packed in. makes the salad even better.

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