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HEALTHY (PALEO) WARM SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD

HEALTHY (PALEO) WARM SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD

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Lots of nutrition in this Healthy (Paleo) Warm Spinach and Chicken Salad!  As I wrote on another blog, every morning my father puts cinnamon on a quarter slice of toast with peanut butter and eats it. Since undertaking this morning ritual, he says he no longer experiences angina when he walks.

Cinnamon has many health benefits for the body and the brain, including anti-viral and antibacterial properties to help to heal irritable bowel syndrome, gastric cancers and stomach flu, as well as colds, a sore throat and cough. It possesses two compounds called cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin that help prevent clumps of the tau protein from occurring in the brain and therefore is believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s.  

Cinnamon also helps to regulate insulin levels for diabetics. And for this reason, studiessuggest that it may also contain anti-Alzheimer’s properties.  Spinach, like collard and mustard greens, has concentrated levels of minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins B, E, K and C, as well as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.

They are also rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. The top leafy greens include spinach, mustard greens, collards, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce. We eat leafy greens on a regular basis. I make an Asian-inspired vinaigrette combining a dash of sesame oil with equal parts white wine vinegar and Cococnut Aminos, sesame seeds and freshly grated ginger.

These foods are rich in folate and B9, improving cognition and reducing depression. Pecans contain monounsaturated fats (oleic acid) along with phenolic antioxidants. 

Eating pecans can:

-help reduce the risk of heart disease

-improves digestion

– helps with weight loss

– help reduce the risk of certain cancers

– provide anti-Inflammatory benefits

– boost your immunity

– support the slowing of aging

– prevent skin issues

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF HEALTHY (PALEO) SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD?

PALEO CHICKEN SALAD ON INDIAN FRY BREAD

Big flavor explodes in this Healthy (Paleo) Warm Spinach and Chicken Salad with every bite.  Overall, you will enjoy the tanginess of the mustard dressing (due to the wine vinegar).  While vinegar is not technically considered “primal” most include it in their diet as fermented foods are optimal for our health.  Every once in a while you experience the spice and sweetness from the pecans, as well as the creaminess from the avocado.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH HEALTHY (PALEO) SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD?

Let’s look at wine that complements Healthy (Paleo) Warm Spinach and Chicken Salad …While it is true that tanginess is the predominant taste sensation of this salad due to the dressing, you cannot overlook or avoid the spiciness and sweetness of the candied pecans.  If you choose a crisp, dry white wine it will taste absolutely delicious…until you bit into a pecan!  The pecan’s spiciness and sweetness will transform the wine’s acidity into something that tastes like paint thinner.  Therefore, choose a white wine with great acidity to match the dressing and a hint of sweetness to ensure every bite is enjoyable.  I highly recommend a non-alcoholic off-dry Riesling.  Just make sure the wine is low in sugar.  

WINE TIPS:
ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Paleo or Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT HEALTHY (PALEO) DESSERT RECIPES CAN YOU ENJOY?

HEALTHY (PALEO) PEACH CRUMBLE

HEALTHY (PALEO) PEACH CRUMBLE

Date Paste

Moms Carrot Cake

Banana Bread

Apple Bundt Cakes

Peach Crumble

Bread Pudding

Wet-Bottom Apple Cake

HOW IS HEALTHY (PALEO) SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD?

To make cinnamon spice, mix all ingredients together. Set aside.

 

Paleo Spinach and Chicken Salad

To candy the pecans, in a bowl combine nuts, marmalade, and spice. Make a paste. Toss together. Line a baking tray or pan with parchment paper. Lay pecans on parchment. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Let candied pecans cool. Set aside.

 

Paleo Spinach and Chicken Salad

Place spinach and all salad ingredients in a bowl. Set aside until ready to eat.

 

To make the dressing, heat a tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in shallots and garlic, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Let cool.

 

Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning. When ready to eat, heat dressing in the microwave.

 

Paleo Warm Spinach and Chicken Salad

Pour dressing over salad and toss together.

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HEALTHY (PALEO) WARM SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD

HEALTHY (PALEO) SPINACH AND CHICKEN SALAD


Description

Heathy (Paleo) Spinach & Chicken Salad is delicious with its sweet, salty, umami, tangy, and fatty flavors.  The recipe uses candied pecans, spinach, chicken, mushrooms, bacon, pecans, apple and avocado If you are hunting for a filling and satisfying salad recipe paired with wine, check out this recipe!


Ingredients

Scale

Cinnamon Spice

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (more if you like hot and spicy)

Candied pecans:

2 cups plain or toasted pecans

1/4 cup no-sugar added marmalade

2 tablespoons cinnamon spice mix (see above)

Salad Ingredients:

1 (10 ounces) bag baby spinach leaves

1 cup cooked chicken

1/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup crumbled Paleo compliant bacon

1/2 cup candied pecans*

1 apple, cubed (toss in lemon juice if not eating salad immediately to keep from browning)

1 avocado, sliced

Dressing:

1 large shallot, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup Dijon mustard

1/3 cup olive oil


Instructions

To make cinnamon spice, mix all ingredients together.  Set aside.

To candy the pecans, in a bowl combine nuts, marmalade, and spice.  Make a paste. Toss together.  Line a baking tray or pan with parchment paper.  Lay pecans on parchment.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove pan from heat.  Let candied pecans cool.  Set aside.  Let cool.Place spinach and all salad ingredients in a bowl.  Set aside until ready to eat.

To make the dressing, heat a tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in shallots and garlic, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Let cool.  Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Adjust seasoning.  When ready to eat, heat dressing in the microwave.  Pour dressing over salad and toss together.

Notes

Salad makes 4 side salads or 2 dinner salads.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Category: PALEO & WHOLE30
  • Method: ARRANGING
  • Cuisine: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER

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