Paleo Sushi

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Camilla and I happen to love sushi. So when we went Paleo we ran into a little bit of a problem. No rice…No sushi. Thankfully we managed to figure out an amazing alternative. This is what we like to call Paleo Sushi. Don’t be scared away, this recipe is simple and easy. It’s also Paleo and easily customizable to your taste buds!

INGREDIENTS

1 large cucumber
stuffings of your choice- I used lox, beets and avocado.
optional- coconut aminos and ginger
equipment- a thin knife (preferably a little flexible)

RECIPE

Wash your cucumber.
Cut the ends off your cucumber and cut your cucumber in half.
This is where the tricky part comes in…do your best to hollow out your cucumber. It doesn’t need to be perfect, you just need to be able to stuff if with all your delicious stuffing choices.
It’ll look something like this…
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Now stuff the cucumber with your stuffings of choice. As a note, when stuffing it with lox, I found it easier to roll the lox up into a tub shape and then insert it.
After you’ve finished stuffing it’s time to cut it into individual pieces. Cut them to resemble your sushi roll of choice.

Then it’s time to enjoy. Ginger or coconut aminos make the perfect addition to your Paleo Sushi. This is one of those dishes that becomes easier the more times you make it. Not to mention that it packs a ton of nutritious food!

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Cucumber Lox Bites

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When preparing snacks for he day I try to keep everything as simple as possible whether it be a piece of fruit or beef jerky. Keeping everything simple is the one sure way I know to stay on track with my health goals. When things are simple you are more likely to stick with them.

That being said, I do get board with my normal selections occasionally and it makes me want to try something outside my norm. Lox bites are a great way to spice things up without making things complicated. They are great as a snack or even an appetizer for a party.

INGREDIENTS

1 – 2 ounces lox
1/2 cucumber
coconut cream cheese (optional)

RECIPE

Wash and cut cucumber into 1/8” to 1/4″ slices, place on plate.
Top with coconut cream cheese (if desired) and/or 1 slice of lox.

The recipe is that simple but it’s a great way to change your normal snack or party appetizer. If you’re interested in adding coconut cream cheese to your lox bites you can find the recipe for it here.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Salmon Pate

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Pate has always been a favorite of mine to serve at dinner parties. It’s an easy to make, but gourmet-looking-and-tasting treat, that pairs well with dipping vegetables.

Inspired by my Mum’s Tuna Pate recipe, I decided to try a salmon version that incorporates Cucumber Dressing for a fresh and light flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Cucumber Dressing
1/4 cup cooked salmon
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lime
Salt and Pepper (optional)

RECIPE

Place the Cucumber Dressing, salmon and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste and then serve chilled.

The recipe makes an individual serving.

Bonus: This pate recipe also makes a great topping for a salad or atop a slice of Paleo Rosemary Bread.

Camilla Carboni

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Cucumber Dressing

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Salad dressings are something we’re asked about a lot. It really is a challenge to find ones free of vegetable oils and soy.

There is one store-bought brand I highly recommend, and which I keep on hand in those times of emergency where home-made dressings aren’t a viable option. That brand is Tessemae’s and their dressings are free of all those naughty ingredients that other brands like to sneak in.

That said, when time is available, there is something lovely about making dressing from scratch. I particularly love my Citrus Salad Dressing for summer salads, and this Cucumber Dressing works wonders to liven up a fish dish in the winter.

Plus, cucumber is actually incredibly healthy.

Despite popular belief that it consists of nothing but water, cucumbers contain numerous nutrients, including a number of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. To learn more about the health benefits of cucumbers, Dr. Mercola has an excellent article titled, 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon honey/raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon olive oil

RECIPE

Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Serve over salad, fish or grilled chicken.

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Cucumber Asian Salad

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This salad is delicious and packed full of fiber. If you like pickled foods you’ll enjoy this a lot. I add this as a side for chicken dishes, but it’s also great for anything flavored with coconut aminos.

INGREDIENTS

2 – 3 large cucumbers, thinly sliced(you can use your food processor, they generally come with attachments to thinly slice)
1/2 bag shredded carrots (roughly 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 limes, juiced
3 – 4 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt

RECIPE

It a Tupperware container add cucumbers and carrots.
In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, water, lime juice, honey and salt.
Add liquid mixture to Tupperware.
Close Tupperware and shake to mix.
Place in fridge over night.

You can play with the portions here, some individuals like it more “vinegary” so they could add more vinegar to achieve this flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it work for you, it just takes a little adjustment to get everything going.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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