Paleo Barbecue Sauce

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Barbecue sauce was one of those things that scared me when I first started my paleo journey. I had no idea where to start when it came to trying to make paleo barbecue sauce. Mainly because I hadn’t needed to make barbecue sauce from scratch before. Thankfully, it wasn’t as scary as it seemed and the recipe to make paleo barbecue sauce was simple.

Here’s to eating some delicious barbecue in your near future!

INGREDIENTS

12 ounce can tomato paste (the only ingredient should be tomatoes)
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup agave (can substitute honey if desired)
1.5 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Combine everything throughly in a bowl.

Yes. That’s really all there is to it. You can use this as a side sauce or use it to marinate your meat before cooking. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is a good base recipe, try adding grated orange rind or red pepper flakes to change things up.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Seasonal Menu

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Dinner party season is headed our way and we know how hard it can be to come up with a Paleo-friendly dinner selection that caters to even the most discerning guest.

So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together a 5 course Seasonal Menu, that you can follow entirely, or pick and choose from to make your own perfect Paleo dinner.

Let’s get started with the first course…simply click the links for each item below to be directed to the easy to follow recipe.

1st COURSE

Pear and Prosciutto Salad – This simple yet decadent salad option is a great light and tasty start to any dinner.

2nd COURSE

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cashew “Cheese” – A guest post recipe that we adore, this appetizer is a great way to show off how traditional recipes can be adapted to become Paleo-friendly.

3rd COURSE

French Onion Soup – This soup is always a favorite and makes for a great introduction into the main course of a dinner serving.

4th COURSE

Apple Thyme Roast Chicken – A delicious main dish that’s complete with an apple stuffing and can be roasted alongside vegetables of your choice.

Cauliflower Mash – Roast this dish in the oven alongside the chicken and have a heathy substitute to traditional mashed potatoes.

5th COURSE

Sweet Potato Pie – A twist on the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie, this recipe is the perfect end to a seasonal dinner party.

 

Now that should impress your guests this holiday season!

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Date And Apricot Glazed Orange Chicken

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This is the perfect dish to keep you warm as we head into the fall and winter months. It’s sweet and delicious but surprisingly filling. It also won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make which means it is the perfect go to dish when you’re in a hurry. Not to mention that dried dates and apricots store well, so you can always keep them handy and keep this as a backup meal option.

One pot, 15 minutes to cook and nutritious…what’s not to love?

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast (6 – 8 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/8 cup dried dates, sliced
1/8 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/2 cup water
1 orange, juiced

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat coconut oil on medium heat.
Season chicken breast with salt, place in frying pan.
Add 1/2 of the orange juice to pan, cover and cook for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. (reduce heat slightly if juice is cooking off too fast)
Reduce heat to low.
Flip chicken and add remaining orange juice, dates, apricots and water. Cover and cook for 4 – 5 minutes.
After ensuring chicken is cooked through, remove and place on serving dish.
Increase heat to medium and continue to cook juice, dates and apricots (uncovered) until mixture reduces down. You’ll know the mixture is done when you still have liquid with the dates and apricots but the liquid is thick like honey. (You do not want to cook all the liquid off, this should just take a minute or two.)
Remove from heat and drizzle mixture over chicken.
You’re ready to eat.

I hope this dish keeps you happy and warm as we head into winter. If you’re watching your carbs or are craving a particular level of sweetness feel free to adjust the amount of dates and apricots added.

Happy Fall!

Melissa Van Dover

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French Omelet

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As the season changes and the morning air gets crisp, there’s something magical about decadent breakfasts…and better yet, breakfast in bed!

This omelet recipe combines fresh tomatos and herbs, with eggs and coconut milk, in a French style, creating a healthy, decadent home-style breakfast option that anyone can whip together.

The below recipe makes one omelet:

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Sprinkle of mixed herbs
A pinch of salt and ground black pepper
4 cherry tomatoes, cut into 4 pieces each
1 teaspoon grated grass-fed cheese (optional)

RECIPE

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until well mixed.
Add the coconut milk, mixed herbs, salt and pepper, and whisk.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan, over medium heat.
Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat until the edges start to get firm.
Using an egg lifter, pull the egg mixture towards the center of the pan from the outside edge inwards, starting at one point on the circumference and moving all the way around.
Continue this process until the egg is thoroughly cooked, yet soft.
Flip once for a few seconds.
Plate, sprinkle with the chives, parsley and fresh tomato, and decorate with grated grass-fed cheese, if desired.
Enjoy while hot.
“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?”
– Anthony Bourdain

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Mediterranean Dinner Menu

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I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately when it comes to my meal choices. Thankfully we have several paleo-Mediterranean recipes on the blog. To show case these fantastic meal options we’ve put together a menu of delicious recipes.

This menu is perfect for a dinner party or even a themed dinner for the family.

Mediterranean Dinner Menu

  1. 5 Minute Olive Tapenade– A great start to a fantastic meal.
  2. Mediterranean Gnocchi– A great starter or main course.
  3. Paleo Tzatziki Sauce– The perfect sauce to dress your gyros.
  4. Paleo Garlic Naan– This may have been created from Indian inspiration but it’s the perfect wrap for your gyros.
  5. Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros & Chicken Gyros– It’s your choice but let us warn you…all options are delicious!
  6. Date Orange Loaf– Of course we can’t end without something sweet.

We hope you enjoy this menu as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Happy Dining!

Melissa Van Dover

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Chopped Kale Salad

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You’ve heard all the hype about kale, and the truth is, it’s not just hype.
Kale is a superfood, rich in antioxidants and vitamins and high in fiber.

Truth be told though, I am not a huge fan of kale on it’s own, so I’m always concocting recipes that combine kale with other yummy items, like bacon!

In this super easy salad recipe, kale is balanced with apple, bacon and a citrus dressing for a tasty and healthy side.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup kale, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped
2 strips of bacon, cut into dime size pieces
Juice of 1/4 orange
1 tablespoon olive oil

RECIPE

Place the chopped kale, apple and bacon in a mixing bowl that has a lid.
Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and olive oil.
Close the lid of the bowl and shake until the salad is well tossed.
Plate and serve.

It’s equally tasty and healthy as it is simple.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Gyros

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We hinted a couple weeks ago that we’d be delivering a lighter take on our paleo beef gyros. Today we’re delivering it. Here’s our paleo take on traditional chicken gyros. Just like our beef gyros, our chicken gyros are healthy, nutritious and filling. They are a guilt free meal that will keep you fueled throughout the day. Did we mention that they are easy and quick to make?

INGREDIENTS

2 chicken breasts, sliced, preferably less that 1/4″ thick
1/2 onion, diced
1 – 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 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 chicken, garlic, oregano, cumin, allspice, lemon juice, salt and pepper to frying pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through.
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 end up with a delicious and filling meal. As we promised a lighter fare gyro! We hope you enjoy this delicious, quick and easy meal.

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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