Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

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Nothing says summer like a picnic. So to celebrate the start to this summer we’ve compiled a simple but delicious summer picnic menu. These dishes will delight your taste buds. They also travel great so they’ll be intact when you make it to your perfect picnic spot. We hope your summer is a wonderful one.

Paleo Summer Picnic Menu

  1. Paleo Fruit Basket– Design your own fruit basket and load it up with the bounty of summer!
  2. Paleo Smoked Salmon Wraps– Bring your wraps and a container of ingredients, and make your wraps on location.
  3. Simple Tuna Wraps– You can keep these as wraps or serve it as a tuna salad. Both options are delicious.
  4. Paleo Energy Bars– These bars will give you a nutritious boost but they’re also fantastic as a dessert.
  5. Baked Apple Chips– These chips are delicious, will fill you up and pair well with most dishes.

For other great picnic recipe ideas take a look through our blog. We hope you enjoy your picnic and time outdoors.

Happy Summer!

Melissa Van Dover

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Tuna Apple Salad

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Looking for the perfect Paleo work lunch? Look no further! At least it’s my go-to every time I want a staple that is easy to make and sustains me all afternoon long.

This chopped salad uses just 4 main ingredients and takes less than 2 minutes to make.
Here goes…

INGREDIENTS

1 can of tuna or tuna pack
1 tablespoon Paleo mayonnaise
1 apple, chopped into small pieces
1 spring onion stem, chopped into small pieces
Salt and pepper, to taste

RECIPE

Place the tuna and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well.
Add the apple and spring onion and toss into the tuna-mayo base until well combined.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy chilled.

That’s all folks! Simple and easy always makes for a great work lunch.
Enjoy,

Camilla Carboni

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Beef Gyros

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Making beef gyros can seem a little intimidating at first, thankfully they’re relatively simple to make. They are healthy, nutritious and filling. They also store great and are a fantastic dish for cooking in bulk. Try your hand at our paleo beef gyros below, as with the majority of our recipes they’re easy and quick to make.

INGREDIENTS

6 – 8 ounces beef tenderloin, sliced, preferably less that 1/4″ thick (substitute for the “cut of meat” you prefer)
1/2 onion, diced
1 tablespoon avocado oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 serving Paleo Tzatziki Sauce
1 serving Paleo Garlic Naan Bread
Desired garnish (i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers)

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat oil to medium heat.
Add onions and sauté until they are slightly brown, roughly 5 mins.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Add beef, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper to frying pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked to your desired level.
To plate: Stuff our “paleo garlic naan bread” with meat mixture, tzatziki sauce and desired garnish.
You’re ready to eat!

That’s all and you’ll end up with a delicious and filling meal. Want a lighter fare gyro? Not a problem. We have a recipe for paleo chicken gyros coming up soon! We hope you enjoy this delicious, quick and easy meal.

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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South African Style Coleslaw

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In South Africa, coleslaw is a favorite summer side-dish, and I haven’t forgotten my heritage!

Thankfully, my Mom has a delicious coleslaw recipe that has become a staple at summer BBQs.

Her recipe makes a side salad for 4 to 6 people and it’s as easy as…

INGREDIENTS

Salad:
1/3 of a small red cabbage, shredded
1 sweet red apple, diced into small pieces
1 medium carrot, grated
1 small white onion, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup of raisins

Dressing:
1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
4 heaped tablespoons of Paleo mayonnaise (more if you like a very creamy dressing)

RECIPE

In a medium bowl, layer the cabbage, apple, carrot and onion, then add the raisins.
Toss gently to mix the salad.
In a separate small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together well.
Add the dressing mixture to the salad bowl and toss until thoroughly mixed.
Refrigerate and enjoy chilled when serving.
I hope you enjoy my Mom’s recipe as much as I do!

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

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Dips and sauces can seem like the most difficult recipes to make paleo; this is because they are often dairy based. However, if we spend a little time thinking outside the box we can find a way to make them fit our paleo lifestyle.

Here’s a great example of utilizing ingredients we already had around our house to make one of our favorite sauces paleo. As is the norm with our recipes, it’s simple and it’s quick!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup diced cucumber
1 can coconut milk (let stand overnight)
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Prepare 1 cup of diced cucumber. Place in bowl and set aside.
Open 1 can of coconut milk that has been left standing overnight. Remove cream that has formed at the top of the can and add it to the bowl of cucumber. (1 can of coconut milk = roughly 1/4 cup of cream)
Add dill, garlic flakes, salt and pepper to bowl.
Combine throughly.
*Note: If tzatziki mixture is too thick add a spoonful of coconut milk liquid to the mixture at a time. Combine throughly and continue to add liquid until desired consistency has been reached.

The best part of this recipe is that you don’t notice the taste of coconut! Stay tuned for some upcoming gyro recipes.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Pasta Bolognese

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It’s hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t love Italian, but when you’re Paleo, it often means making your favorite Italian recipes Paleo-friendly at home. This recipe was created for that exact purpose – to satisfy cravings for traditional Italian, in a Paleo-friendly way.

Growing up, we’d always enjoy Spaghetti Bolognese: pasta with a simply meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. Today, I can’t resist having this childhood favorite at least once a month, and thankfully Cappello’s almond-flour pasta makes this possible.

Let’s dive straight into the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 lb ground beef
2 servings of home-made Marinara Sauce
1 pack Cappello’s Fettucine (available in most health food stores)

RECIPE

In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Place the ground beef in the pan to cook, stirring often.
Once the meat is light brown, add the pre-made Marinara Sauce, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. This forms the home-made Bolognese Sauce.
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In a medium pot, bring water to the boil and then add a pack of Cappello’s Fettucine.
Allow to cook in the boiling water for 45 seconds to a minute, stirring a few times.
Strain the pasta, plate it and dish a generous scoop of Bolognese sauce over the pasta before serving hot.
Top with ground black pepper, as desired.

Who says you can’t enjoy Italian and still be 100% Paleo?!

Camilla Carboni

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Breakfast Bake

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The morning can be so busy that sometimes it’s good just to be able to get your breakfast going and let it cook itself. This breakfast bake is the perfect dish and it will give you, your time back in the morning. Prep takes about 10 minutes and then you can let it bake while you’re preparing for your day.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon coconut oil for greasing
1 cup shredded sweet potato
3 eggs
6 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 slices pre-cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 pound sausage

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Grease oven safe dish. (Dish should be about the size of a small plate and have a cover)
In the oven safe dish whisk together 2 eggs and 4 tablespoons of coconut milk.
Add garlic, onion, salt and pepper to eggs, combine throughly.
Add shredded sweet potato and bacon to eggs.
Add sausage in small chunks, combine throughly.
In a separate bowl whisk together 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk. Pour over mixture in oven safe dish.
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Cover oven safe dish and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove cover and bake for 5 minutes, or until top starts to brown slightly.
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This breakfast will fill you up and fuel you through your day. It will also save you time when you’re trying to get ready.

Have A Good Day!

Melissa Van Dover

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