One GRITS Journey To Convert Beloved Southern Recipes to Paleo Approved, and Darn GOOD too!

This is my story of how I am striving to change my family's life, nutritionally, for the better. Here in the deep South Paleo is a foreign word. No one has heard of it, and gluten free is really almost as unheard of...
After reading Gary Taubes enlightning GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES I was determine to change! Armed with my own two hands, the internet (thank God for, and all those wonderful blogs and podcasts available now, I am beginning my journey.
Please feel free to join me as I try to adapt all of our Southern Favorites into Paleo Appropriate Scrumptiousness!!! (and all Gluten Free) I will try to post all of the good ones, and may even blog about some failures along the way.

20 September 2012

Chicken Packets, a Five min prep wonder meal!

Barbecued Chicken Packet recipe 

This school year is soooo crazy and full of activity. My kids are getting older. FROWN!!!!
I wish I could freeze them in time. I am just not ready for the grwoing up stage.... Alas, it happens...
So I am met with a delima-
How do I get healthy fast meals on the table each day for them to eat and digest before 5:30 soccer practices?
Yes we have soccer 5 days a week as a norm!
I have been thinking..... WATCH OUT!
No seriously, how to accomplish healthy yummy meals that will fuel crazy busy soccer practice. My daughter comes home wet with sweat. She works so hard.
Here is my latest idea:
1.Crock Pot meals- nothing new, but I have been coming up with some new combinations
2. Chicken or Fish Packets- make in 5 minutes, cook in 30. and Walla- a nutritious healthy gluten free meal on the table by 4:45 in order to fill tummies in time to digest for soccer/basketball practices...
3. Breakfast for dinner nights. Fast, Easy, always exciting to my kiddos!!!!!

Today I am going to share with you my 
 Chicken Packets...
( or fish, in most cases change nothing but protein)

(this recipe is for family of 5, change portions as needed, or perfect to freeze and pull out for later)

Ingredients- 5 pieces boneless skinless chicken
1 cup cheese (divided)
8 oz sour cream
1 Ranch dressing packet
1 large head broccoli
1/2 bag of mini carrots
salt/pepper to taste
(you can add any veggie of choice, including diced potatoes)

  • Wrap up each packet like a present and place all on cookie sheet.

    1. .Place 5 sheets of aluminum foil out on counter ( plenty big to wrap chicken/veggies in
    2. Place one piece of thawed chicken in middle of each foil rectangle
    3. Surround meat with veggies of choice.
    4. Spoon sour cream mixed with ranch dressing evenly between each packet
    5. add salt and pepper to taste
    6. Bake at 350 for approx 30-45minutes, depending on size of chicken breast, check with thermometer as needed.
    7. Or at this point you can label and freeze for 3 months. TO cook thaw overnight in fridge and then cook as directed above 

    Chicken in a Packet Chicken in a Foil Packet                                           fiah in  foil  Packet

    There are hundretd of wasy to make these packets...change veggies, type of protein, changes in spices.... this is a go to easy meal, ad even a great meal to freeze in individual packets to enjoy later!!!!!!

    I hope you all enjoy these! We had the rach chicken with veggies tonight and it was SOOOOO moist and YUMMY! Thumbs up from the fam!!!!!

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