When I started eating paleo two years ago Lunch was definitely the hardest of the three meals to convert over. Dinner was easy, we had already cut out grains from dinner and were eating protein and vegetables for most meals. Breakfast – piece of cake! We love eggs and pretty much eat them everyday. It was that darn sandwich driven meal that was really giving me challenges. I was a sandwich queen! I loved making them; panini, grilled, cold, hot, small, large, you name it! It was hard for me to switch my train of thought and I wasn’t a huge fan of dinner leftovers for lunch. So over the past two years I have learned to embrace leftovers and have found many lunch items I love. Here are two of my favorites; Salmon salad and chicken salad! You can serve these over an avocado or a bed of lettuce; I have even taken some sweet potato chips and eaten them like a dip from time to time. Heck just take a fork to them by themselves, they are that good! To top it off these two recipes are really easy to make and take little time to prepare! [Read more...]
Arugula is probably one of my favorite greens. There is something about that peppery taste that I LOVE and I was excited to try out a pesto with arugula as the base. All of the flavors of this spinach and salmon salad blend together so well and it’s a wonderful light and fresh summer meal for lunch or dinner.
Note: You will notice the inclusion of green beans in this salad. I realize that this vegetable/legume is debatable in the Paleo diet. I eat them; but if you don’t than please just simply exclude from the recipe or replace with another vegetable of your choice.
2 cups packed fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
¼ cup walnuts [Read more...]
Note from Sarah: Thank you Rachel – this is a quick and easy idea to get you all prepped for the week and a fun idea for a 4th of July BBQ. Picture coming soon!
I realize that I cook with basil quite frequently. I’m guessing it is because I have a huge bushel outside of my kitchen window, It just seems to call my name! I really hope most of you are basil lovers as well because this marinade/sauce is beyond amazing! This recipe is so versatile! In the last week I have used it as a salad dressing and as a sauce and marinade for pork loin and chicken breasts, all resulting in excellent meals; and by my definition of excellent I mean husband complimented it and kids gobbled it up without complaint. yay! Next up…fish and beef!
Basil Lime Marinade and Sauce
Zest and juice of 4 limes
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup walnut oil (can sub for Extra Virgin Olive Oil but I like the mildness of walnut oil in this recipe)
1/4 cup coconut aminos (or wheat free tamari)
2 Tbsp minced/finely chopped fresh basil or to taste (use 2 tsp if using the frozen basil mentioned below)
Tip: If you have a Trader Joes in your area they have frozen fresh basil and frozen crushed garlic in the freezer section. I have used both in this recipe. Easy!
Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl. Reserve 1/3 of marinade for the sauce. Poor the other remaining 2/3 of marinade over your desired meat and marinade for approximately 24 hours. The more time the meat has to marinade the better the flavors will develop and soak in. However, don’t like time step in the way. If you only have an hour, just go for it!
Grill meat (discard marinade the meat was in), slice, and pour desired amount of reserved sauce over sliced meat and top with freshly chopped basil and lime wedges.
Leftovers Lunch Idea:
The following day I chopped up the leftover chicken from the night before and placed it on top of a bed of romaine lettuce. As for dressing…you guessed it, some of the leftover Basil Lime Sauce!
With two active little boys its sometimes 3 o’clock in the afternoon before I really start thinking about what I’m going to cook my family for dinner. I really wish I would plan ahead more often but I have learned to enjoy the challenge that comes from whipping something up on a whim. I think the only thing that saves me is that I keep a lot of fresh ingredients on hand in addition to a full pantry. Maybe I do this to myself on purpose to see what kind of amazing meal I can pull off in minutes. Sometimes it works and sometimes…well…it doesn’t. Lucky for all of us this particular night was a huge success! If you enjoy fish and the flavors of the Mediterranean this is a must try dish.
This week I took the kids down to the local farmers market. We had to get our weekly strawberries and see what other goodies we might be able to pick up. One of the vendors had some nice looking heirloom tomatoes, and while this isn’t the peak season for tomatoes I thought I would buy a few and make something for dinner with them. Upon arriving home I picked some basil from our garden and ended up putting together a delicious and easy Bruschetta – and voila, Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini “Pasta”!
We have been fortunate enough to have some amazingly warm and sunny days this month. Spring has hit and our outdoor grill is being used in full force. Tonight we cooked up a skirt steak topped with chimichurri sauce. For those of you who have not tried chimichurri; it is an amazingly versatile sauce made with combinations of parsley, oregano and/or cilantro and is served with steak, fish or chicken. Sarah shared with you her delicious version here and today I’m taking the more traditional Argentinean route; I hope you enjoy! [Read more...]
By the time you read this blog post the current events of today will have passed, It’s the San Francisco Giants home game opener this afternoon and as a California native I’m cheering my team on! I thought it only fitting to cook up a meal that just screams sports, so what else than…CHILI! This chili recipe has been a long time staple of mine. I love making chili because it’s such a forgiving dish. You can play around with the ingredients and the end result comes out great every time. I have mentioned before that I have a diverse meat selection at my disposal so for tonight’s chili I used a combination of Venison, Buffalo, Beef and Pork. I don’t usually have a lot of buffalo lying around but my husband picked it up at a local butcher shop and I figured tonight’s chili was a great use for it. I was a little skeptical that the buffalo would have some strange flavor that I wasn’t going to like but as always this chili turned out great. Absolutely any combination of meat works for this recipe. [Read more...]