Monthly Archives: March 2015

Quick and Easy Paleo Dinner Ideas

It’s currently 6:30pm and I’ve been working on dinner since 4pm. I enjoy cooking, especially when I have a podcast or Pandora radio blasting, but sometimes I want a healthy, fresh recipe that doesn’t take up my whole evening!

That’s where these meals come in! Check out these quick and easy paleo dinner recipes:

Salmon Recipes

Salmon always makes for an easy baked fish recipe! We’ve had salmon for dinner three times in the last month and a half. It’s really simple to prepare, and it takes less than 20 minutes to cook!

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It’s best to keep it simple when it comes to salmon. A little butter, fresh herbs, and lemon juice are all you really need. I’ve used a few different recipes, but there are two things I do the same way each time:

  • Make small, shallow slices along the filet. Squeeze lemon juice over the filets.
  • Cook the salmon at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Then, turn the oven to broil and cook for 3 more minutes.

With those two tips, every recipe I’ve tried has been absolutely delicious!

Check out PBFinger’s Coconut Butter Salmon and My Natural Family’s Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon.

Pesto Chicken Salad

You can make this pesto chicken salad recipe with a rotisserie chicken or freshly baked chicken. I usually season 1 lb of chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and then bake them at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Then, I shred the chicken and cover it with Alessi Pesto (my favorite brand made with extra virgin olive oil). Throw the pesto chicken on top of a salad full of mixed greens and chopped veggies!

Southern Cabbage Recipe

This is a fatty meal (don’t be afraid!) that’s packed with veggies! It takes less than 30 minutes, and it can be your meal or a side dish. You can get the recipe here!

You can easily adapt this recipe to your needs/preferences. I think next time I’m going to add broccoli :)

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Frittata Recipes

Frittatas are the answer to just about everything. Throw scrambled eggs on any ingredient you can think of, and the result will probably be awesome!

Check out some of these frittata recipes I’ve shared on my Recipes page:

Bacon and Red Onion Frittata

Chicken Bacon Jalapeno Frittata

Pizza Frittata

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What quick and easy healthy recipes do you enjoy?

Paleo Food Friday #18

Here we are again, writing Paleo Food Friday on a Saturday! I suppose I could be more organized and have most of my PFF posts written before Friday so it’s ready to submit…maybe I’ll be that structured one day :)

But for now, we’re going to talk Paleo eats on a Saturday! Today’s post is structured differently from previous PFF posts. I usually go day by day, featuring a paleo-friendly meal from each day. Today, I’m going to share the meals in separate breakfast, lunch/snack, and dinner categories.

Let’s start with my favorite meal of the day!

BREAKFAST

bacon pancakes

 

I wasn’t quite sure what to make for breakfast this morning so I just grabbed what my eyes saw first: eggs and bacon. I was half way through cooking two slices of bacon when I realized I really didn’t want eggs this morning.

I’ve never attempted a bacon pancake before, but for some reason I decided today was the day to give it a try! So I quickly googled “easy paleo pancake” and found a simple recipe that I could throw together quickly.

Single Serve Easy Paleo Bacon Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk
  • spices (I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice)
  • Grade A maple syrup or raw honey

Instructions:

  • Place bacon in a small frying pan and cook over medium heat. Cook bacon until it’s about 3/4 of the way done.
  • While bacon is cooking, mix together egg, almond flour, milk, and spices in a small bowl.
  • Add batter to frying pan with the bacon. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes on one side, then flip over and let cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Serve with maple syrup or honey!

Next breakfast item: Aidell’s habanero chicken sausage, berries in plain Greek yogurt, and 1/2 avocado. I know the Paleo police won’t find my choice of yogurt to be truly “Paleo,” but who really cares. Full fat, low sugar dairy is perfectly healthy as long as you’re not lactose intolerant.

chicken sausage, berries, yogurt, avocado

 

LUNCH & SNACKS

This week’s lunches were leftovers and leftovers on top of salads. I had leftover Cinnamon Tomato Chicken, Curry Chicken, salad, and veggies with homemade guacamole dip.

Paleo Food Friday Lunch Ideas

Snack: I found Paleonola at Whole Foods (grain-free granola, so granola made with nuts and seeds) and decided to give it a try. It’s quite good, and there are only 4g of sugar per serving. That’s great compared to regular granola :)

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DINNER

Notable Paleo dinners from this week:

Savory Cinnamon & Tomato Chicken
Sauteed mushrooms & onions with avocado (I’ve been on a sauteed balsamic mushroom kick this week!)
Curry Chicken with Broccoli Slaw
Dinner Salad topped with Pesto Chicken (not pictured)

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This, of course, is not an extensive list. Writing a post about literally everything I ate would be incredibly boring. So these are my highlights from the week :)

If you’d like to know more about Paleo/Primal eating, you can visit my Paleo & Primal page or visit previous Paleo Food Friday posts!

What awesome eats did you have this week?

Chia Seeds and BlogHer

Good morning! It’s Friday, and that means we’re almost free :) This week seemed to fly by, which is abnormal for a week back after Spring break. Students forget how to “do school” and the week drags on. I think the nice weather had a lot to do with it. Our students wanted to be outside and active, and the day is over before you know it!

Chia Seed Breakfast

I’ve had a bag of chia seeds in my pantry for several months. I always intend to make a “pudding” or at least some form of a breakfast meal with them. I finally got around to making a quick recipe last night, hoping I could enjoy it this morning. Well…it didn’t quite workout. Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 cups almond milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and honey

I mixed all of the ingredients together, placed the bowl in the refrigerator, and went to sleep. Usually chia seeds need about two hours to absorb liquid, so they should have had plenty of time to fluff up for a delicious breakfast. I had no such luck.

failed chia pudding

Chia seeds are supposed to expand and absorb the liquid. When I pulled the bowl out of the refrigerator this morning, all of the seeds were crowded on top, as itty bitty as they were last night. A few seeds underneath expanded, and they created a barrier between the milk and remaining chia seeds.

So as you can see in my picture above, it wasn’t quite the delicious “chia pudding” breakfast I was hoping for. It had a good flavor (especially after I added shredded coconut), so I will try again soon and see if stirring it will make a difference!

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits on BlogHer

I received an email today saying my Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits recipe will be featured on the front page of Blogher! I’m super excited about this share! If you’d like to check out the post and the recipe, the picture below is linked :)

shrimp and cauliflower grits

Have you had any luck with chia seed recipes? If so, please share in the comments so I can learn :)

Homemade Guacamole Attempt No.1

How is everyone doing on this fabulous Wednesday? Today ended on a positive note – I played dragon tag with my students, and that’s always a lot of fun! In dragon tag, everyone wears velcro flags (like in flag football) and is split up into two teams. The goal is to tag (by pulling their flags) everyone on the opposing team. This game always involves running around and climbing playground equipment, and we work up a good sweat!

New Workout Move

This morning at boot camp, we did a leg exercise I hadn’t done before: single leg squat followed by a side jump. I couldn’t find a video on how to do it, so I made one :) Am I supposed to smile at the camera or something? Making videos is an awkward task!

Give it a try!

Things to keep in mind when doing this exercise:

  • Make sure you’re not just leaning over to touch the floor. Squat with your leg!
  • Be sure you’re balanced before squatting. I was a little wobbly on my third jump, but I made sure I was stable before squatting.
  • This exercise was incorporated into a larger circuit: 10 reps on each leg, 2 sets total, and both of those sets were mixed into a circuit that included burpees and plank variations.

Simple & Fresh Guacamole Recipe

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Everyone loves guacamole, right? Ryan and I are big fans, but finding the right brand with the right flavor isn’t easy. I often considered making my own, and I finally gave it a try! If you like very basic, fresh flavors, this recipe is for you! Ryan and I are going to try again and make something a little spicier, but this recipe stand on its own two feet!

simple and fresh guacamole

Simple & Fresh Guacamole

  • 2.5 avocados
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Chop red onion and cilantro.

Combine cilantro, red onion, and avocado in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher, and thenmix well with a spoon.

Add in juice of 1/2 a lime, salt, and pepper. (The amount of salt and pepper is entirely dependent upon preference!)

Serve with carrots sticks, bell pepper slices, or cucumber slices!

 

Have you done any new or fun exercises recently?