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”!
One awesome thing about eating paleo is avoiding the nasty pre-packaged processed foods; however, convenience is important for our busy family! Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I’m not a huge product endorser but when I love something I want to tell the world. Well, guess what. I LOVE Steve’s Paleo Goods and this blog post is going to tell you why. Yes, Steve’s Paleo Goods does offer packaged food but these foods include grass fed beef jerky, sauces and marinades without vegetable oils or unreadable ingredients, and tasty treats made with nuts, coconut, seeds, and a touch of honey. In my not so humble opinion, these qualities are about as legit as you can get when it comes to food that has a label. Steve’s Paleo Goods is one of the few sources of packaged paleo foods that I trust and that our family uses often and I’m happy to share the 5 big reasons why I love Steve’s Paleo Goods:
1. Convenient and Delicious: I travel A LOT and trust me, finding quality airport food is not all that easy. Therefore, I never leave home without PaleoStix (my favorite) and/or PaleoKits. My kids love them, they pack easily, they are filling, and they taste really darn good. Busting out some beef jerky is also so much better than opening up a stinky can of tuna or peeling hard-boiled eggs in a teeny tiny airplane seat while your seat mates send silent looks of disdain your direction. Here’s the boys scarfing down some Berky (just berries and jerky) and PaleoKrunch Bars for an afternoon snack before running out the door to Karate.
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...]
Eno Ristorante Video and a Sneak Peak Recipe from Everyday Paleo Around the World, Italian Cuisine!!
I’m finally back with more Italy posts! I’ve been working like crazy to get the book finished, which has delayed the writing of these posts about our trip, but now we are back on track and I’m excited to share with you this video and recipe! What you are about to watch is highlights of our first stop on the amazing Island of Sardinia where I was able to cook with Chef Davide at Ristoranti Eno. The food was fabulous during this leg or our journey and one of the best things about our visit to Sardinia, was our amazing guide Marcello who you will meet once you read the book. After you watch the video, scroll down to find a sneak peak recipe from the book; a dish inspired by Chef Davide. Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released July 24th. The food is literally out of this world…. As always, enjoy!!
Family gatherings are always enjoyable for me, especially when they involve mine or my husband’s parents. I love the excitement my kids get when their papa and grandma come over and the special memories that we all make with every meal we sit down to. This past Sunday was no different. We enjoyed a lovely meal making more memories. I made a huge pork roast and served it with a simple green salad and roasted asparagus on Sunday night and lucky for me there was plenty of roast leftovers for the following night. SCORE! On Monday night I sat down thinking about what I could do to re-purpose this meat so that my family wouldn’t be eating the same exact thing we had the night before. I came up with a very simple green salad topped with the pork and roasted sweet potato coins that really made the salad. I highly recommend sweet potato in a green salad – beyond good! [Read more...]