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!

Camilla Carboni

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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!

Camilla

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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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Devils on Horseback

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“Devils on Horseback” is a very fancy (and somewhat odd) name for the decadent little appetizer otherwise referred to as “bacon wrapped dates.”

In writing this post I did some research on where this now popular appetizer got its name, but it seems there is no clear answer – just a number of fables with not much evidence to back them up.

Regardless of their name, these little devils are so delicious you might just catch yourself making them two days in a row…or at least that’s what tends to happen when I make them!

INGREDIENTS

3 strips bacon, cut in half
6 dates, sliced in half
6 thin slices of a filling of your choice – fillings we love include apple, pear, cooked yam slices, or for those who indulge in grass-fed cheese, that’s a great option as well!

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
On a cutting board or prepping plate, make “sandwiches” with the dates, placing the filling of your choice between two date halves.
Then place one date “sandwich” on each slice of bacon.
Roll each strip of bacon around the date “sandwich” to form the bacon wrapped dates, and ideally hold each one in place with an oven-friendly skewer or toothpick.
Once the oven has reached 425 degrees F, place the baking sheet with the bacon wrapped dates in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is well cooked.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and place each bacon wrapped date on a serving plate.
Enjoy while warm.

As Nick Offerman said,

“You know, it’s hard to beat bacon at any time of the day.”

 

Camilla

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Paleo Smoked Salmon & Bacon Salad

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I feel like I have a lot of favorites when I share recipes with all of you, I think it’s because I only like to share the recipes that I know are great and that I thoroughly enjoy. So here we are again with another favorite, however this is a little different because this is hands down my favorite salad recipe.

I came up with it on accident, essentially I had limited ingredients in my fridge and I was having a craving for bacon (who doesn’t right?). Now, I eat this salad regularly because it’s simple to make and it’s filling, which is particularly good for getting me through my afternoon workouts.

You may even notice that I’ve created a wrap based on it in the post Paleo Smoked Salmon wrap, clearly I can’t get enough.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of kale and shredded brussel sprouts
3 strips of bacon, diced
3 – 4 ounces of smoked salmon
1/2 avocado, sliced
balsamic vinegar (I like to use a dressing that’s slightly thicker)

RECIPE

Place kale and brussel sprouts mixture on plate.
Cover mixture with bacon, smoked salmon, avocado slices.
Dress with desired amount of balsamic vinegar (or dressing of your choice).
That’s it! It’s simple but that’s part of why it’s so perfect. This salad will speak for itself.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Guest Post by Louise Hendon: Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew “Cheese”

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A Note from Camilla & Melissa:

We love to have guest posts and we’re so grateful that others want to share their stories and experiences with all of us. This is a guest post from Louise Hendon at PaleoMagazine.com, and we think you’ll love this recipe…who can resist bacon-anything anyway?! Louise Hendon just released her new cookbook, which comes with some amazing recipes and a bunch of awesome bonuses – click here to check it out!


Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew “Cheese”

By Louise Hendon

One of the last foods I gave up when I went Paleo was cheese. My husband and I both loved cheese, and I’d guess that almost half of our dishes contained cheese of some sort.

We used to make these bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese, but now that we don’t eat cheese any longer, we had to find a new way to make this recipe. (We didn’t really NEED to find a Paleo way to make it, but we just couldn’t resist).

You wouldn’t imagine it, but the cashews actually turn out quite well as a substitute for cheese. I certainly never imagined it would turn out this well.

The only problem with this recipe is that 16 dates probably won’t last very long for you…

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes (however, cashews should ideally be soaked overnight before using)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 4 dates

INGREDIENTS

16 pitted dates (small) (scale up the cashew and coconut oil amounts for larger dates)
8 slices of thinly sliced bacon (cut each slice in half to create 16 shorter slices)
1/2 cup (60 g) raw cashews, soaked overnight (omit for AIP)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coconut oil
1/2 cup (118 ml) water

RECIPE

Place the raw cashews into a bowl of room temperature water so that it covers the cashews, drape a paper towel or tea towel over the bowl to prevent dust settling, and soak overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C).
Place the soaked cashews, 1/2 cup fresh water, and coconut oil into a blender and blend until smooth.
Slice each date along one side so that it opens up and fill each date with the cashew ‘cheese’ and close it up. Wrap one of the half-slices of bacon around the date and place on baking tray with sides (as the fat from the bacon tends to run).
Bake for 20 minutes before flipping the bacon-wrapped dates over (with tongs).
Bake for another 10 minutes (i.e. for a total of 30 minutes).

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Louise Hendon

Louise Hendon is the co-founder of PaleoMagazine.com and author of the Essential Paleo Cookbook. Apart from cooking a little too often, she really loves hiking and playing with her Shih Tzu named Karma.

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Squash, Bacon & Almonds…Oh My!

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It can be difficult to find breakfast options when you’re following a Paleo lifestyle. Not to mention if you have food allergies, in my case an egg allergy. While this can be a pain, it often forces you to get creative and think outside the “Breakfast Plate”.

So in a fit of inspiration I came up with this dish. The benefit is that you can easily make enough to last you a whole week, when you’re busy this is a life saver! Not to mention that it’s packed with delicious and healthy flavors. Now on to the recipe….

INGREDIENTS

1 large acorn squash
3-4 tablespoons avocado oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1- 2 tablespoons cumin
1/2 pack of bacon
1/2 cup sliced almonds

RECIPE

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut squash in half and remove seeds, place on baking sheet cut side up.
Coat squash with avocado oil, salt, black pepper and cumin.
Place squash in oven and cook for 40 – 45 minutes or until you can poke through the squash with a fork.

In the mean time…

Cook your bacon, there’s obviously multiple ways to do this but I prefer to line a baking sheet with foil and cook it in the oven at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
Remove your bacon from heat, after it’s cooled chop it up and set aside.
Now, place your almonds in a frying pan and roast over low heat.
Remove your almonds when you can start to smell them in the air and they’re starting to turn a light brown color. Set aside.
Remove your squash from the oven and either peel off the skin or cut the skin off, cube the flesh of the squash.
Mix your bacon, almonds and cooked squash together and you’re ready to eat.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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