Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Garlic Rainbow Chard with Butternut Squash and Salmon

I love creating new recipes, but for this recipe I have to give credit where credit is due. Last summer, we picked up some beautiful rainbow chard from the farmers' market, but I had never eaten it before and had no idea what to do with it. Luckily, Kevin stepped in and made a delicious meal of sauteed chard with garlic and salmon. Needless to say, I was hooked. We've used rainbow chard many times since then, and when I saw a bright bunch of rainbow chard in the produce section the other day, I just had to have it.

What I Gather: Garlic Chard with Butternut Squash and Salmon

Friday, January 24, 2014

Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook Review - Hundreds of Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes and a Giveaway!!

The number one complaint I hear from people who are new to the paleo diet is that they don't have the time to spend in the kitchen cooking. This is a totally understandable barrier when you are used to waking up in the morning to a bowl of cereal, eating a sandwich for lunch, picking up a quick dinner on the way home and eating pre-packaged snacks throughout the day.

Trust me, I get it. I used to eat Lean Pockets for dinner. I didn't understand why anyone would spend more than the two minutes and thirty seconds that it takes to heat up a Lean Pocket to make dinner. Obviously, my thoughts on that subject have changed just a teeny bit, but we are all busy and it can be difficult to find time to cook healthy, delicious meals.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Paleo Pen Pals January 2014 - Paleo Chipotle Lime Coconut Slaw

My Paleo Pen Pal this month was Shannon of A Pinch of Ginger. She has all kinds of yummy looking paleo and primal recipes, fitness tips and other fun stuff so go check her out. :) And I am not just saying that because of the awesome surprises she sent me - two things I have never tried before! Coconut Vinegar and Grainless Granola from Steve's Paleo Goods. I am saving the granola for a special treat, but I used the coconut vinegar the very next day after receiving it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cranberry Cherry Paleo Granola Bars

If you have a paleo lunchbox to pack, these granola bars would make for a perfect after-lunch treat! But they are definitely not just for kids - grownups have lunchboxes, too, right? I packed my lunch almost every day when I was 9-to-5ing it. Speaking of lunchboxes, I had a metal Care Bears lunchbox in elementary school. I moved on to a pink plastic lunchbox that came with a whole sheet of decorative stickers in middle school. It looked kind of like a briefcase, too. I was pretty sophisticated like that.

Back up...this post is not supposed to be about lunchboxes, it is supposed to be about granola bars. These delicious fruit and nut granola bars, to be exact. I used dried cherries and cranberries and mixed them together with a  variety of nuts and seeds to give them a perfect granola bar texture. There is only one teensy tablespoon of added sweetener, but that is all these bars need. They are slightly sweet and chewy, but with a little crunch. The trick to getting these right is to really pack them down tightly in the pan before baking.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cooking with Coconut Oil: Book Review and Recipe for Roasted Broccoli, Bacon and Sunflower Salad

I don't own many cookbooks. I tend to look recipes up online or just make them up as I go along (and share them with you!), but The Guilty Kitchen's Elizabeth Nyland has put together an amazing book entitled Cooking with Coconut Oil and it is one that I am super excited to add to my collection.

First of all, this book is beautifully made. The Chocolate Strawberry Icebox Pie on the cover makes you want to rip the book open and discover the other delicious dishes hiding inside. Each recipe is accompanied by a mouth-watering photo that you can almost taste. I am really big on photos, they help me know that I made a recipe correctly. :)

What I really love about this book is that, even though I cook with coconut oil often, I assumed a book about cooking with coconut oil would contain mostly baked goods and dessert recipes. Boy, was I wrong! This book contains more than 75 main dishes, sides, salads, soups, dressings and, of course, a few sweet treats. Elizabeth also includes tips for following a paleo diet and helpful paleo resources.

The first recipe I chose to make from the book was the Roasted Broccoli, Bacon and Sunflower Salad and it was absolutely delicious. I love broccoli and in this recipe it was roasted with bacon and sunflower seeds and mixed with a balsamic and dijon dressing (made with coconut oil, of course). Lucky for you, I am going to give you a special sneak peak into the book and share this tasty recipe with you!

Cooking with Coconut Oil is available for purchase now on Amazon. Be sure to also check out The Guilty Kitchen for even more paleo deliciousness from Elizabeth!

Roasted Broccoli, Bacon and Sunflower Salad
Serves: 4 to 6

1 pound broccoli (about 1 large broccoli), cut into florets
6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
2 tbsp raw, hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix broccoli with bacon, sunflower seeds, onion and garlic in a baking dish and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the Dijon, coconut oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to form a dressing. Pour over the bacon-broccoli mixture and place in the oven.

3. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and bake another 15 minutes or until bacon is cooked through and broccoli is golden on the edges. Serve.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a complimentary review copy of the book. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. Purchase links are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from your purchase, which helps me to keep this blog running.