Chicken Enchilada Stew

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My boyfriend is training all day today, so I decided to make up one of my favorite paleo crock pot dishes so I could have lunch for work today and he and the guys could have lunch in the middle of doing 6+ hours of Eskrima.

This is one of my favorites because 1) Its incredibly tasty, and 2) It’s the easiest thing in the world to make, and 3) Who doesn’t love the crock pot? You throw everything in, and either go to work or, in my case, go to sleep, and when you look at it again you magically have a meal that’s ready to eat! Two dear friends of mine gave me an extra crock pot they had in their home and I couldn’t be happier with it – it makes keeping Paleo a bit easier when you’re feeling extra lazy.

While quinoa isn’t necessarily approved-paleo for those who are super hardcore about it, we enjoy it. It’s an incredible source of protein, high in fiber, great source of complex carbs, and negligibly low in gluten due to it being a protein/seed found in grain products such a wheat, barley, and oats. Neither of us has Celiacs or a severe gluten allergy – just a general intolerance to too much gluten. Therefore, it’s the perfect product for us as an alternative to rice or other wheat-based sides. Just because it doesn’t follow the rule of ground-tree-face doesn’t mean it can’t still be consumed in the Paleo diet in moderation, and that’s exactly what we do.

Recipe courtesy of the awesome Juli at PaleOMG. I’ve altered it slightly as my crock pot is a bit on the small side and definitely wouldn’t be able to hold everything the original recipe calls for, plus my own addition of sweet potatoes. It’s busting out of the lid as it is, so everything’s scaled back a bit in this version of the recipe.

Ingredients
1.5 lbs chicken breasts
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/4 large, fresh jalapeno, diced fine
1 (4oz) can of chopped green chiles
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (7 oz) can tomato sauce
1 medium-sized sweet potato, chopped into small cubes (approx 1″x1″)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tablespoon cumin
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
bundle of cilantro, to garnish
avocado, to garnish
1 cup quinoa (optional)

Instructions
1) Pull out your crock pot and add chicken breasts to the bottom
2) Then add the rest of the ingredients on top – I
3) Put on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6-8.
4) After it’s done cooking, use tongs to pick at the chicken to shred it in with all the ingredients.
5) Spoon over quinoa, top with cilantro and some sliced avocado

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