Packing a paleo lunch is often a hot topic on my Facebook page and I also receive several questions about what to pack right here on the blog. I have posted several articles before about school lunches which you can read about here but it’s always great to have as many ideas as possible!
If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE to cook – but sometimes I get stuck in the same old chicken salad rut because it’s easy, and I know we all like it. But today I needed an excuse to be in the kitchen, rather then venturing out into the 105 degree weather so the boys and I got a bit creative in the kitchen and the results were blog worthy!! [Read more…]
I love tuna salad but we do not eat a whole lot of canned tuna, hoping to avoid exposing my family to loads of unnecessary mercury. A great substitute for canned tuna is of course wild caught canned salmon – but I still love tuna salad…. So I did a little research and guess what – good ol’ Trader Joe’s carries canned tuna that happens to be at the very BOTTOM of the list of mercury found in tuna. So today I stuffed some avocados with a yummy paleo tuna salad for a change from our usual canned salmon.
3 -4 ripe avocados
4 cans of Trader Joe’s tuna packed in water
3 green onions
3 celery stalks
1 palm full of dried dill
1 tbsp garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper to taste
grape tomatoes halved
about 1 cup of Olive Oil Mayo– 1egg, 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, pinch of sea salt, few shakes of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp yellow mustard, 1 cup olive oil
Cut avocados in half lengthwise and remove the stone – leave the peel on. In a large mixing bowl mix together the tuna, celery, onions, and spices. In a food processor process for 5 seconds the egg, vinegar, mustard, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. For another 5 seconds of blending slowly add the olive oil until it makes mayo.
Add the mayo mixture to the tuna, mix well, and scoop onto halved avocados and top with tomatoes.
There are so MANY wonderful reasons to eat your greens (kale, chard, collard greens, etc….) Eating greens provide the body with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E, dietary fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, folate, biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Need I say more?? YES, I should say more. Eating greens has also been associated with cancer prevention, better eye sight, lowering inflammation, and slowing the aging process (I think I might just start wrapping my body in the stuff too…) Here’s a link for more in-depth information as to why you should eat your greens…
One problem I have with managing my greens consumption is how much room the uncooked greens take up in my fridge. One of my rock-star clients Jillian H. gave me a great idea that has helped ensure that I eat my greens before my greens eat up all the space in my fridge. She suggested to cook ALL of my greens at once and make a giant greens mixture to keep in a big tupperware and serve up as needed. I like to chop my greens up, smash them all down into a giant pot, poor in about 2 cups of water, cover and steam until tender. This way you can season your greens how you want to depending on what you decide to serve them with later. That’s just what I did this week and I discovered how great greens and scrambled eggs are with a little salsa verde on top, how easy it is to serve some greens up with the Already Cooked Wild Caught Salmon I found from Trader Joe’s, and that greens are great with just about everything else I ate this week. Thanks for the great tip Jillian and for helping me save some space in my fridge!
Also, here’s an awesome salad recipe to use with the salmon I mentioned:
Wild Salmon Salad
Salad greens of your choice
Already Cooked Wild Caught Salmon from Trader Joe’s
Roasted yellow and red peppers diced
1 organic apple diced
handful of slivered almonds
1 avocado diced
Olive oil, black pepper, dried dill and lemon juice to taste
A splash of white balsamic vinegar.
Toss all together and EAT!!
Ever notice how GIANT conventionally farmed apples are? Check out the picture of an organic apple purchased from our local farmer next to a hard boiled egg. This is what a real apple should look like, not the bowling ball apples you’ll find at the local supermarket…
Here are a couple of super easy recipes and a picture of a quick snack that I go to often when in a hurry… [Read more…]
Simple food can be delicious food and when I hear people making the excuse of not having enough time to eat healthy, I have a hard time being sympathetic. If we have time to text message, instant message, check email, chat, and go to Starbucks twice a day, we have time to make simple, good, Paleo food. Here’s a 10 minute prep, 15 minute cook time – easy, simple, delicious meal:
Saute 2 cups of sliced mushrooms and one red onion in a bunch of olive oil. Throw in a pound or two of grassfed ground beef. Cook together until meat is browned. Pour in your favorite marinara sauce (one with no additives or sugar, like the Puttanesca sauce from Trader Joe’s). Add two heads of chopped broccolli and simmer together for 10 minutes.
Also pictured is another quick chicken salad: Diced chicken breast, diced purple cabbage, two diced hardboiled eggs, a big handful of sunflower seeds, olive oil, a little mayo, lemon juice, and cracked black pepper.