Simple Arugula Salad!

Let’s start by saying, I loooooooove grocery shopping. Yep, you heard right. I am in love! I always go by myself, it’s like my peace time! During my trip, of course I get my usual kitchen staples, but I like to get some things that I don’t normally use, or have never played with! I know arugula is a very common green, but I just never ever use it! I used to think it was too bitter & pepper-y, but I thought I should give it another go! Expand my pallette I suppose! Another scary ingredient….fennel…heard of it, but scared of it! (what a baby…) So anyway, I bought these items, added some of my other favorite ingredients for a beautiful, simple, but sooooo flavorful salad!

arugula salad

Arugula with Shaved Fennel, Zucchini & Pumpkin Seeds!

1 bag organic arugula

about 1/2 cup shaved fennel (use a mandoline, or slice VERY thin with a knife.)

1 med size green zucchini, shaved with mandoline

1/4-1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4-1/2 cup grassfed cheese (optional, if you wanna get CRAY! :))

1 apple of your choice, cored, chopped into chunks

Dressing:

about 1/3 cup EVOO

about 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

S&P

**Mix your dressing in a bowl. Add the fennel & zucchini to the dressing & marinate it for about 10 or so minutes. Mix up the rest of your salad ingredients to a large bowl..Arugula, pumpkin seeds, apple. After about 10 minutes & you are ready to serve, add your mix of zucchini, fennel & dressing to your arugula & toss! Add your grassfed cheese if desired! This salad is delish, & still delish the next day!!! <3

 

Carrot Ginger Smoothie!!

CARROTS

I’m sure you all know, if you follow me on Instagram & Facebook as well, that I am for suuuuuure a smoothie lover! I have one daily for my breakfast & sometimes for a little snacky snack! Love them! It’s so easy to jam pack them with veggies & other healthy components! YUM! I usually stick to the same recipe, which I have posted earlier, but I have to try & change it up once in a while! I came across this fabulous 100% Organic Carrot Juice at Trader Joe’s, I picked it up just to give it a try! Especially since it’s already juiced & makes my life so much easier =) oh p.s….$3.99…YES! Here is a VERY easy, simple, tasty recipe with few ingredients!

Carrot Ginger Smoothie:

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8oz Trader Joe’s 100% Organic Carrot Juice

1 apple of you choice, cored & roughly chopped (I kept skin on!)

Sprinkle of cinnamon & ginger powder (fresh ginger will work!)

1 scoop of protein powder of your choice (optional, I use Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder)

Handful of ice cubes

**Throw everything in a blender…DONE….YAY!!!!!!! =) I love how the sweetness of the carrots comes out when blended with the apple. Such an easy, yummy treat! ENJOY! <3

CARROT JUICE

 

 

Tuna & Scallion Pancakes!

tuna pancakes

We all have those days when we come home & it’s hot & we’re tired & don’t want to do anything!! Or when we think we got it all in order & then bam, you didn’t take the chicken out of the freezer! UGH!!!! Wah wah, I know, tough..but dinner has to be made & we have to eat right?! Here is a very easy & quick idea that is very yummy! (Doug & Paige approved!!)

Tuna & Scallion Pancakes:

(3) 5oz cans of tuna fish, drained

3 eggs

1/4 cup almond or flax meal

2-3 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon, I like it extra lemon-y!)

1/2 cup chopped scallion, green & white parts

1 tsp parsley

Few shakes of salt, pepper & garlic powder

Ok, here is the hard part…..mix everything in a bowl…boom, done! Ok, you actually should let it sit in the fridge for about 20 mins, then form into about 8 patties. Cook over medium heat until golden on each side & warm in the middle! (I used a griddle so I could do one batch & be done with it!) Now how hard was that?!? Served with a salad, this can be the perfect lunch or dinner! Light, healthy & delicious! Enjoy!

 

Protect Youself, Naturally!

SUMMER

Welcome to Summer! How amazing is it to feel the sun & the breeze?!? UGH! LOVE! && then there are our little friends…..the mosquitos!!!! YUCK! I have been trying to convert my household to a totally natural environment. By this I mean, household cleaners, soaps, lotions….& some other fun things! I am on my way! Now that Summer is here, we have to get the bug spray out right?! Well…..I was not into that. Most bug sprays that are out on the market can be completely toxic! The most popular additive, DEET, seems to be the serious offender! Here is an article on some of the effects of some bug spray chemicals.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002763.htm

It’s kind of scary to think about putting these chemicals on your body or on your children!! I wanted to create a safe, non toxic version. The chemicals in traditional bug sprays ARE used to prevent the wide range of disease that mosquitos can carry. I have NOT confirmed that my bug spray recipe does.  I’ve been using my spray & it seems to be repelling just fine, (it also smells amazing!!). Here is the recipe for the bug spray I have been using, I hope you enjoy!

Non-toxic Bug Spray

This recipe makes about 16oz.

BUG SPRAY

8oz distilled water

8oz witch hazel

20 drops citronella essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

**You can play with other essential oils as well, my next batch I’ll use Tea Tree oil! The more oil you use the stronger your spray!

In a large glass mason jar, add all of your ingredients & shake vigorously! I then split up my spray into (2) 4oz bottles & (1) 8oz bottles. I store mine in glass bottles, that I got at an awesome price from: http://www.abundanthealth4u.com/ **I’ve heard that the oils can eat away at plastic, so I didn’t even take the risk! Shake up before using & use caution around your eyes! I hope you enjoy! <3

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Fresh Fruit Salsa

It feels like foreverrrrrr since I’ve posted!!!!!!! Life has just been so busy!!! We got a new pup, Rocco, who is pretty much taking up all of my extra time, among other things of course!! I have had so many post ideas, but it’s just actually sitting down & collecting my thoughts that has been the tricky part! With all that said, here I am. Ready to go!! This past weekend was the Branford fireworks. We went to our neighbors house for a party & OF COURSE I have to bring something…DUH! I was tossing ideas back & forth, simply because I’m used to serving Paleo People! Not that these guys don’t enjoy a good bunch of kale, I just wanted to make something that everyone could & would enjoy! I went to the grocery store, and strawberries were buy 1 get 2 free! I couldn’t pass that up, so Fruit Salsa was born! I have seen some other recipes for this tasty treat, except they were loaded up with white sugar, on top of brown sugar, on top of other sugary additives! I wanted to Paleo-ize this treat & still keep it sweet & yummy! After I made it, I was literally eating it for breakfast, snack & any chance I could sneak a taste before I went over to the party! It was definitely a hit & a crowd pleaser. The recipe was requested so here it is !

FRUIT SALSA

Fresh Fruit Salsa:

This recipe makes quite a large bowl, feel free to cut in half.

2 containers of strawberries, trimmed & rinsed

4 golden delicious apples, sliced thick

2 containers of raspberries

1 pint of blueberries (optional, I did it for the red, white & blue effect!)

1 lemon, juiced

3 TBSP coconut palm sugar

1 small jar of raspberry preserve/jam (I forgot the brand I got, but it was no sugar added & only sweetened with fruit juice!)

You can chop the strawberries & apples yourself into small pieces, but I did not feel like doing all of that. I got out my favorite tool, the food processor, & in small batches, pulsed the strawberries. You want them to be chunky, so don’t overdo it or you’re going to have puree! Dump them into a large bowl, Rinse out processor & do the same with your apples. Just a manual pulse a couple of times for a chunky result. Add the apples to the bowl. Squeeze the whole lemon over the fruit in the bowl. Add your 3 tbsp of coconut palm sugar & the whole jar of preserves. Mix everything up very well, then add your raspberries & blueberries & give a gentle stir. (If the raspberries mash up a little that’s ok!) Let this mixture sit, covered, in the refrigerator until you are ready to go. The salsa will get nice & juicy over time! I served this with cinnamon sugar pita chips (EEK! I KNOW, GLUTEN, OH EM GEE!) You are free to find a paleo alternative or just eat it with a spoon, that’s what I did! =) ENJOY! <3

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Here is my new baby, Rocco (on the top ;))

 

 

Paleo BBQ Time!!

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Memorial Day is  days away, 4th of July approaching & lots of picnic opportunities in between!! I have a few favorite things that I love to make  for every picnic or summer-y event! It’s easy to figure out that obviously you are cooking meat of some kind, burgers, chicken, etc…but then it comes to the side dishes! I sometimes get stuck! Can’t look to potato or pasta salad for refuge!!!! WAH! Here are some of my most popular side dishes that a very much BBQ worthy!

Paleo “Potato” Salad:

PALEO POTATO SALAD

2 bags of frozen organic cauliflower (whole foods, $1.99)

2 celery stalks, diced

4 ish TBSP finely chopped red onion

3 hard-boiled eggs, cooled & chopped

1 tbsp parsley, optional (i don’t like a lot =()

sprinkle of sea salt & pepp

2 heaping TBSP (or to taste) paleo or homemade mayo, or store-bought organic mayo will do (trader joes makes a good one!)

1 heaping TBSP (or to taste) Dijon or regular mustard (i like regular!)

I have made this recipe a dozen times, and using raw cauliflower, which you can do, it’s just more work! I’m all about working smarter not harder! =) If using raw, cut up into pieces & de-stem. Steam until tender. With the frozen it’s much easier. I open up the two bags, but into microwave safe dish with a splash of water & microwave (I know, cavemen didn’t have microwaves, give me a break….) for about 10 ish minutes. You just need them to defrost. Set the cauliflower aside to cool slightly. This is the most time-consuming step other than hard boiling eggs! Easy right?! Anyway…drain your cauliflower, then add your celery, onions, chopped eggs, mayo, mustard, s&p! (If you want to add parsley, do so now) BAM…DONE! Refrigerate until cool & ready to serve! There you have it…the most delicious “Potato” salad EVER! ENJOY!

Broccoli Salad:

BROCCOLI

About 2-3 large heads of broccoli, chopped into bit size pieces

5 pieces of bacon, cooked, chopped, SAVE GREASE!

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (sub pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup dried cranberries (sub raisins)

1/2 cup raw sliced or slivered almonds

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

S&P

You can cook your bacon, however you normally do. I always do it on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven until crispy. Less mess!!!! Cook your bacon until crispy & set bacon aside, but reserve the bacon grease! In a large bowl, add your raw broccoli, onion, seeds, cranberries, almonds, red vinegar, chopped bacon & add the bacon grease….YES ADD THE GREASE IT IS DELICIOUS!!!! =) Add some S & P to taste! Mix up carefully, i tend to overfill my bowls! It should all be coated nicely with bacon grease & vinegar. If it still looks a little dry, you can add some EVOO or a splash more of the red vinegar! Keep refrigerated until ready to serve & give a good mix up before serving!

Cole Slaw:

I don’t actually have a recipe to share for this, but I do have some links for Paleo Coleslaw that look delicious & which I will be making for this Memorial Day! YUM!

http://www.paleocupboard.com/coleslaw.html (DOESN’T USE MAYO)

http://paleogrubs.com/homemade-coleslaw (DOES USE MAYO, can sub 1-2 bags of pre-made coleslaw veggies, instead of doing all this work!)

Now that you have your side dish recipes & ideas, get your burgers, hot dogs, chicken, whatever you wish!!!! I will probably do a fruit salad or some watermelon as well. Maybe some of my homemade popsicles?!?!

paleo popsicles

HAPPY PICNICING!!

 

Paleo Flax Sandwich Bread

Hmm….you may be thinking that this is quite a contradiction…well my friend you have read correctly, PALEO…SANDWICH…BREAD! =) I have been making this bread for a loooooong time, with multiple variations, additions, etc. I don’t know why I have waiting this long to post the recipe!! (Maybe I just wanted to keep posting pictures of it & you be jealous?!?!! GASP!) Well, the time has come & I’m ready to play nice…WAH! Flax is the main component of this recipe & has many awesome benefits! Flax is loaded with fiber, about 8 grams per TBSP! (Beware newbies…this makes you quite regular! ;)) Flax also is a plant source of Omega-3! SUPER AWESOME! It has also been linked to reducing the risk of breast cancer in women & prostate cancer in men! Um…need I say more?!? START EATING!!!! I’m ready to share now ;))

BREAD

Paleo Flax Sandwich Bread:

2 cups reg or golden flax meal (or 1 cup flax, 1 cup almond flour, this gives your bread a more milder taste which may be more enjoyable=))

5 beaten organic eggs

1 TBSP baking powder

1 TSP sea salt

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup EVOO (or oil of choice!)

Herbs of choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl beat your eggs, add your other wet ingredients. In a larger bowl add your dry ingredients. Add wet to dry & combine with whisk! Let sit for one minute to thicken. Grease a 9×13 baking sheet & pour mixture onto sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until golden! Let cool & cut into bread slices! (Whatever size & however you want!)

I typically use this bread for sandwiches, chicken, turkey, tomato, mustard…..or even egg sandwiches! I also sometimes toast a piece, put some sunbutter & bananas on it! YUM!

&& there you have it folks…bread in a paleo world…magical isn’t it?! <3