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.
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!!
*Note from Sarah: Please welcome Rachel Zanger to the Everyday Paleo Team!! Rachel is a foodie, an amazing cook, and an awesome mom to two little boys. We will have her bio up shortly on our about page so you all can get to know her better but Rachel will be sharing her culinary skills with all of us in order to keep the recipe portion of EP beefed up a bit! (No pun intended….) As I work to finish the Italy Book and then move on to our next location in the series, I need help keeping YOU all fed in the meantime, so Rachel will be helping to keep the creative food juices going on the site. Please welcome Rachel and enjoy her very first blog post and her AMAZING recipe. We just made this last night and it was the BOMB!!! Thank you Rachel and much love to all of you, my dear readers… [Read more...]
Food Glorious Food! My oldest son, Coby, was recently in the orchestra for the musical Oliver and the darn song “Food Glorious Food” will forever be stuck in my brain!!! However, the song is fitting because I love to cook and I love to eat and I have been doing a whole lot of both lately as I plow through finishing up my next book, Paleo Around The World – Italy! I am aware that I have been neglecting the recipe part of this blog which is what originally started Everyday Paleo to begin with, but I’m also aware of how much this little site has grown and how much support is needed to help others who are looking for answers as they begin or continue their paleo journey; and recipes alone do not provide all of the pieces to the puzzle. I’m hopeful that the information provided on this blog is inspiring and helpful to all of you, and all of us here at Everyday Paleo strive to give the highest quality information to you; straight from our hearts, knowledge and experiences.