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
Thanksgiving Caramelized Onion & Sausage Stuffing
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Naturally Sweetened Orange Apple Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Paleo Green Bean Casserole
Paleo Dinner Rolls
Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
Paleo Sweet Potato Pie
Paleo Apple Tart
Paleo Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust
One of the things I love about summer is grilling (even though I grill all winter long, too)! I love it the most because I keep the kitchen just little bit cleaner. I’m the messiest cook in the world – It would help if Cookie enjoyed fallen food the way other dogs do.
So the other day I was marinating pork with coconut aminos, olive oil, and 2 cloves of garlic in a baggy, getting ready to grill. The only vegetables I had handy were asparagus, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts. Asparagus is fine on the grill, but what about these others? It got me thinking: can I grill broccoli! You sure can. I bet you can grill the others, too! When in doubt, google! I found many recipes, but I trust Oprah, so I went to the link. Surely Oprah doesn’t update her own site, but I bet it’s Oprah approved.
2nd tip. Watch the grill. So when it catches on fire, you’ll be ready for it.
Seven Layer Mexican Dip
It’s football season and chips and dip were always a part of my Super Bowl festivities. Over the years, I’ve had to adapt to fresher ways of eating and this dip is a way to bring in the new and celebrate the past…yummy flavors! Because there is the lack of the crunchy tortillas, I make the bacon layer extra crispy to compensate for that missed texture.
Layer 1: 1lb ground beef plus a taco seasoning packet (I used the Trader Joe’s seasoning packet), cooked **you could even experiment with your own seasonings
Layer 2: 1.5 cups green onions, chopped (maybe try a variety of onions to add flavor!)
Layer 3: 3 tomatoes, diced…then seasoned with sea salt and pepper
Layer 4: 1 cup nopolitos (tender cactus), drained and diced (don’t like nopolitos? add a layer of chopped bell peppers!)
Layer 5: 1.5 cups guacamole
Layer 6: 1, 5.75 oz can of jumbo black olives, sliced
Layer 7: 1 lb bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
Garnish (optional) with 1 bunch of chopped cilantro and juice of l lime
Layer the levels. Place a large serving spoon with appetizer.
On a separate plate, serve with Lettuce. Spoon mixture in the separate lettuce leaves like soft tacos.
This recipe is found at http://cavegirlcuisine.net/2012/09/12/seven-layer-mexican-dip/
Zucchini’s are one of my favorite vegetables! Here is a new way of incorporating them into meals! Wouldn’t this be great on a burger??
- 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
- 1 handful cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pepitas, toasted
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 lime, juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brush the zucchini in oil, place it on a baking sheet with the cut side up and roast on the top shelf in a preheated 450F oven until tender, about 45 minutes.
- Puree everything in a food processor.
Now in Stock: Warrior Cereal!
We’ve all tried making our own “granola,” but at the end of the day it’s time consuming, our dishes pile up, and it’s expensive to buy all those nuts and additional ingredients. This warrior cereal is an affordable $10 (compared to other gluten free options), and a perfect snack during the paleo challenge. It’s a snack, however, and should last you at least a week. If you find that the bag has been eaten over a period of 24 hours, then you’re eating it too fast! Good for us, but bad for you 🙂