Category Archives: Lunch

Thanksgiving

Holidays can be tough when you are participating in the paleo challenge. For many of us, food can sometimes be the enemy. Food should be delighted and enjoyed, it should be a time for family and to celebrate. You do not have to explain to your family what paleo is, or even tell them that you are participating in the challenge. Prepare these recipes ahead of time and ‘wow’ your family with how tasty eating healthy can really be!

Roasted Turkey in Light Orange and Apple Brine

Turkey


Thanksgiving Caramelized Onion & Sausage Stuffing

Stuffing

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Naturally Sweetened Orange Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Umami Gravy

Gravy

Paleo Gravy

Paleo Gravy

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Paleo Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Paleo Dinner Rolls

Paleo Dinner Rolls

Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Paleo Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Paleo Apple Tart

Paleo Apple Tart

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust

Pumpkin Pie

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Back to School

School is right around the corner and that means packing lunch for the kiddos, or maybe even yourself! I found these great Packed Lunch ideas that are easy to make and look delicious! So invest in some Tupperware, and start your lunch planning!

After a lifetime of casually tossing PB&Js, Fritos, and Diet Cokes in your lunchbox, though, it can be challenging to figure out what to pack now that you’re paying closer attention to your midday eats.

Need some inspiration? Not too long ago, I put together a series of posts to spark ideas for kids’ school lunches — but who says you can’t pack similar lunchboxes for yourself?

If you have prosciutto-wrapped frittata muffins handy, pack ‘em!

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Made some Paleo Mayonnaise lately? Whip up a quick chicken salad for lunch!

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If you’ve got some Whole30-friendly high-quality, sugar-free sausage (available from U.S. Wellness Meats, or just make your own), grab some zucchini and a julienne peeler — you can have zoodles and meatballs for lunch!

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Looking for a simple, no-cook solution? Just wrap some crudités in slices of roast beef, and pack it with some fruit!

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Who said healthy lunches are hard to make? The possibilities are endless.


Sweet Potato Orange Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, mine were 1 lb a piece
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 Celery stalk, sliced thin
  • 1 Orange, zested and juiced, should get you 1/2 Cup Fresh Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Bacon Fat, melted
  • 2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Stock
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Coconut Milk (Optional in soup, and used to garnish)
Process:
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit, poke holes in your sweet potatoes with a fork and place on aluminum foil in your oven for ~45-60 minutes or until your sweet potatoes are cooked through and able to pierce with a fork
  2. Preheat your 3 quart sauce pan over medium heat and add your bacon fat
  3. Add your carrots, celery, thyme, and sea salt to your bacon fat and cover, reduce heat to low and let your veggies steam in the bacon fat until your veggies are soft
  4. Your sweet potatoes should be done now, scrape out all the flesh of the potato and add to your pan as well as your chicken stock and orange zest
  5. Cover and keeping heat on low let simmer for 15-20 minutes
  6. Stir in your orange juice and then using a blender or your immersion blender make the soup happen
  7. If you would like your soup creamy, add between 1/2 – 1 Cup full fat coconut milk and mix well
  8. Transfer your soup to a serving bowl, sprinkle with some fresh thyme leaves and top with some coconut milk
  9. Enjoy

Apples!

In light of our field trip this Sunday to Apple Works, Let’s talk about apples!  Not only do apples taste awesome, they provide nutrients you can’t deny!  All in all, remember that your fruits and vegetables all contain vitamins and minerals that fight for your body; when you are paleo and eat them at every meal, just think of how your body is working hard to help you thrive!!

Vitamins and Minerals

The vitamins and minerals found in a medium apple help maintain a healthy immune system, tissues and bones. An apple is a good source of vitamin C, providing 14 percent of your daily recommended intake. Vitamin C helps in wound healing and fighting the damage free-radicals can cause in the body. Free-radicals are thought to play a role in the development of heart disease and cancer. Apples also contain vitamin A, calcium and iron.

Fiber

A medium unpeeled apple provides you with 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is 18 percent of the recommended daily allowance in a 2,000-calorie diet. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, which might help lower your blood cholesterol levels and in turn might reduce your risk of developing heart disease. In addition, the website Science News reported in 2010 that researchers at the University of Illinois found that soluble fiber significantly boosted the ability of mice to fight infections.

Phytochemicals

Researchers from Cornell University reported in the “Nutrition Journal” that regularly consuming apples can help maintain overall health and might prevent disease. The flavonoids and other phytochemicals in apples have a high level of antioxidant activity that has been found to aid in lowering cholesterol levels. The researchers further noted that studies show good evidence for the ability of the phytochemicals in apples to reduce the risk for heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

 

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/535566-nutritional-components-of-apple/#ixzz26NYzK4m7

Storing your Apples

When you purchase apples, put them in your fridge to stay cool.  They will turn mushy/spongy in texture when you leave them out.  Wash them when you’re ready to eat them, versus when you first get them.

Awesome ways to eat your Apples

BreakfastOver-night Breakfast Cobbler (in light of my and Jen R.’s conversation today about awesome ways to use the crock pot)

Lunch: Spinach and Apple salad with Warm bacon dressing (OMG)

Dinner: Basalmic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing. (Try something new to prepare for this holiday season!)


Ginger Lime Chicken Bites

I found this recipe from Paleo Magazine and haven’t tried it yet, but it looks amazing.  I’m eager to make it this week.  Is there a recipe you’ve been wanting to make? Bring your list when we go shopping after our meeting today!

Ingredients

Chicken:
1 TBSP coconut oil
3 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

Sauce:
Juice of 1 organic lime
2 TBSP coconut aminos
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 TBSP raw, organic honey
1 tsp granulated onion

Topping:
Chopped green onions
Sesame seeds

Process

  1. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken.  Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until browned and almost done.  About 5 minutes.
  3. Add sauce to skillet, turn heat to low and simmer, uncovered for another 5 minutes, or until chicken pieces are cooked through.
  4. Top chicken bites with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

Olive Oil Baked Shrimp!

 

 

 

This recipe looks so yummy! Stop making the same old boring thing for lunch and try this Great Idea!!!


Summertime Side Dish

This was a recipe found in a free take-away magazine from Bloomingfoods!  This is an awesome idea for a summer-time side dish. You’ll look through the ingredients and notice it’s not all paleo friendly.  Your next step shouldn’t be throwing the recipe away, but replace them with paleo-friendly ingredients.   This recipe includes sugar and canola oil.  You can replace sugar with honey (use less, and add to your taste) and olive oil.
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