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:
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!
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
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!
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?!?!