Grain-free Mediterranean Chicken “Pasta”

Mediterranean Chicken Zucchini “Pasta”!

If you have been following along with me the past couple of years, you probably figured out this isn’t the usual “Grain Pasta”.  This is one of my favorite healthy swaps. When I tell people I’m Grain-Free or Gluten-Free, the normal response is “Oh, I could never give up bread or pasta.”  “You poor thing!” I just laugh and say  “It’s really okay. This is what makes me feel my very best.” I understand the stance.  Pasta has always been a feel good meal for a lot of people. I use to love eating angel hair pasta with a dab of butter and parmesen cheese. I grew up eating my Italian Grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs. The texture was always comforting to me. But now, I have to say I don’t miss it one bit! Know why? Because I have these beautiful zucchini noodles to take it’s place if I’m ever really wanting pasta. The other part I don’t miss is the big bloat after eating! 

Like I said before, I understand that people don’t want to be told what they can’t eat. So just so you know, I am just offering up information to you to support you being healthy.  The hard part for me is that most people think that just because they haven’t been diagnosed with Celiac or Gluten Intolerance, that their symptoms couldn’t possible linked to Gluten. Unfortunately, our bodies were not meant to break these harsh proteins down.  Especially the 3 to 4 servings of whole grains daily that the lovely food pyramid used to suggest. The Standard American Diet has left our nation to be not only the fattest, but the unhealthiest. On top of the issues with the hard to digest proteins, our bodies surely aren’t built to be able to handle the glyphoshate that is being sprayed directly onto the Genetically Modified Grains or GMO’s. Wowsers.  The result is more and more people with digestive issues :  Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrone’s Disease, Leaky Gut, Gerd, Heartburn. And I am probably missing a few!

That is just the tip of the ice burg. With all of this gut dis-ease, our brains are suffering, as well. There are more people out there suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental disorders than ever before! Our guts and brains are linked by a bi-directional nerve called the Vagus Nerve. When one is “out of whack”, you can be sure the other will be, too. For more details, you can check out Why Your Food and Mood are Directly Linked.

So is zucchini pasta going to save all of us from suffering from these debilitating diseases? No, probably not. BUT it does give you options if you would like to try and get away from grains and gluten which WILL benefit you in many ways!

On to the recipe:

(If possible use organic vegetables and good quality organic and/or pastured chicken)

***This recipe serves 2 hungry people, with a leftover for lunch. Basically one zucchini per person usually works!

Mediterranean Chicken Zucchini Pasta

20160309_192007One glass of red wine (to drink while cooking😉

3 zucchini’s 

1/2 large sweet onion (chopped)

1 red or yellow pepper (sliced long ways)

10 to 12 Kalamata Olives (sliced in half)

1 large tomato

 1 handful of fresh basil or cilantro (chopped)                 20160309_174321

2 large chicken breasts

1  Avocado (cut in slices)

 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbls. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3 tablespoons Balsalmic Vinegar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1tsp. sea salt

1tsp. black pepper

  1. Slice your chicken breast into either slices or large bite sized pieces
  2. Place in a bowl and combine your Olive Oil, Balsalmic Vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic and marinate for at least and hour. (If you can do this the day before, even better!)
  3. Use your Zucchini “Noodler” or Spiralizer. (If you don’t have one of these, you can purchase on Amazon for          around$25.) Choose the size of noodle you would like.  I like the small size.  It ends up being the size of angel hair pasta! Sprinkle a teaspoon of seasalt over pasta and let sit. This will draw out some of the water.
  4. On low to medium heat, add your coconut oil.  Add your onion and pepper and cook until translucent.
  5. Remove from pot and add your chopped chicken, including marinade.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes and flip pieces. Cook for an additional 4 or so minutes, checking to see the doneness.
  7. Remove chicken and set aside.
  8. Drain pasta and pour into pan. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and add chicken and other vegetable back into the pan.  Stir together and cover for 5 minutes.
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You will be drooling at this point!

Using tongs, place pasta into an additional bowl and add olives, tomato, and your basil or cilantro. Add coarse black pepper and sea salt to taste. Place in bowls and top with avocado. 

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So delicious and full vitamins, nutrients, and much needed fat!  

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Lots of love and happy eating!

~Tif

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