Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Basil Chicken, Coconut Chai

Our nutrition helps us not only stay healthy, but thrive. We eat to sustain and maintain energy for our activities throughout the day, as well as avoiding disease. We like to eat meat, fish, eggs and veggies, seeds and nuts, fruit, healthy oils, and little starch. We like foods that are fresh, nutrient-dense and natural. We also love cooking as much as possible, so we share recipes as often as possible.


Winter weather getting you down? Eating less nutritious things than you should? Try these simple paleo recipes out!

Basil Chicken

I'm a big fan of Thai Tom's in the University District. This is our attempt at one of their many amazing dishes.

  • 1 lbs chicken breast tenders*, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 bell peppers (vary up colors)
  • 2 stalks green onions, chopped
  • a bunch of fresh basil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of chili powder
  • 2-3 pinches of chili flakes
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs (optional)
*always try to go for organic, pastured/free range chicken when shopping.

Heat up coconut oil on high to cover pan. Throw in garlic and brown chicken in dry spices. Once browned, throw in peppers and sesame oil and cook until you can smell the sweetness of the peppers. While this is happening NOW you can chop your basil- do it too early and you lose the oils and flavor. Throw that into the pan along with the green onion and cook for another minute.

I like cracking two fresh eggs right over everything a minute before taking it off of the stove. Mix it, serve it, and then eat-so-fast-you-forget-to-chew!


Coconut Chai

Blair came up with this one because a group of athletes are currently doing the Whole30 Program and it's very strict paleo. Great way to warmup the soul and cool down for the day.



Heat the water to your preferred temperature, and steep 3-5 bags of tea for at least 4 minutes to create a strong concentrate. Agitate the tea bags for a quicker steep. Heat up the coconut milk and stir the contents to make sure all the fat solids are liquefied. Add in the tea concentrate and stir. At this point you can add other spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla extract for extra flavor. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!


  1. The Basil Chicken was DEE-lectable!! I didn't have any sesame oil so I don't know if that changes the flavor much. I used olive and coconut oils for the dish and it turned out UH-mazing! I was a little worried that I would be sacrificing flavor in my foods by going Whole30. But it turns out, not so much! And just got word from AB that there IS Whole30-friendly fish sauce!! Can't wait to try that with some of my other recipes. Now, if only I could have rice... that would make this dish complete! Hahaha!

  2. Mmm, coconut chai sounds like a nice treat. My favorite is Morning Glory Chai. They are a local company too. :-)


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