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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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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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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Shrimp and Pear Skewers

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You may have noticed by now that I’m a big fan of appetizers! Anything small that can be munched on in-between meals or before a delicious dinner is right up my alley, and this shrimp and pear skewer appetizer is no exception.

The below recipe makes 1 skewer. Double, triple or quadruple as desired!

INGREDIENTS

2 x 1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 shrimp
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
¼ pear, sliced into 4 thin strips
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

RECIPE

In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the shrimp and garlic and cook until the shrimp are firm (about 4 minutes on each side), then remove from the heat.
In a small saucepan, heat the other tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the pear strips and agave.
Stir gently to caramelize the pear in the agave nectar and cook until the pear is soft (approximately 1 minute.)
Using a wooden skewer stick, skewer one shrimp, followed by two pear slices, another shrimp, the last two pear slices and then the final shrimp.
Serve hot.

Easy and impressive 😉

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Simple Taco Seasoning

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Tacos are one of the simplest dishes to make when you’re in a hurry. However, often times pre-made taco seasoning can be filled with unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. Thankfully, homemade taco seasoning is simple to make and can be stored for future meal prep.

Here’s a simple and quick taco seasoning recipe. Make your life easy by making multiple batches and storing for future meals.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (substitute paprika if no spice is desired)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Mix it all together.

We told you it was simple! Use this seasoning for tacos, fajitas and even barbecue rub. It’s also a great back-up for when you run out of your pre-made seasoning because you most likely have these spices already stocked in your spice cabinet.

Happy Cooking!

Melissa Van Dover

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A Gourmet Fish Topping

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Fish is one of the most nutritious meals you can give your body. However, sometimes with fish we can get a little bored because we tend to repeat recipes that we know. We do this because fish can be one of those intimidating dishes to make. Don’t worry though; we have you covered with this great fish “marinade” which is really more of a topping. I prefer it on salmon but it goes great with most fish.

INGREDIENTS

1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (Plaeo Leaps has a great recipe to make your own, take a look here)
1 tomato
2 basil leaves

*note: this is good for roughly two small fillets, you may need to double or triple this recipe depending upon how much you’re cooking.

RECIPE

In a small bowl mash together garlic and salt. You may need to use a spoon to grind the two together, you will end up with a mash consistency mixture.
Add mustard to mixture, combine thoroughly and place aside.
Wash and slice tomato, you’ll want the tomato to be thin, no more than 1/8” thick.
Wash and slice basil into strips.
Taking fillets, spread mustard mixture over top evenly.
Place tomato slices on top of fish, covering whole fillet. The tomato layer should only be one slice thick (do not place tomato slices on top of each other as this will cause fish to cook unevenly).
Cook or grill fish until fillet is cook through. (Temperature and length will depend on your fish and cooking method, because you are layering the mustard mixture and tomatoes on top of the fillet it may take a few extra minutes to cook all the way through).
Place fresh basil on top of fillets and cook two additional minutes.
Remove and serve.

This is one of the best ways to prepare fish for individuals who are not big fish eaters. It cuts down drastically on the “fishiness” of fish. For those of you who like fish, you’re in for a great treat.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pesto Simmered Portobellos and Tomatoes

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This recipe is a simple yet delicious side dish. For those of you that have completed the Paleo Cleanse, you’ll also notice that it is similar to our Grilled Portobello Pesto dish. While I often serve this as a side dish it’s also a great option if you don’t feel like meat or have to serve someone who does not eat meat.

INGREDIENTS

Salt (optional)
1 cup of basil leaves
1 clove of garlic
1/8 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Portobello mushrooms
2 tomatoes

RECIPE

In a food processor place salt, basil, garlic & pine nuts.
Process mixture while streaming in 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Clean gills out of Portobello mushrooms, wash and slice mushrooms into strips.
Wash and cut tomatoes into slices.
In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
Place mushrooms and tomatoes in frying pan and cook, flipping occasionally.
After 5 minutes add pesto mixture to mushrooms and tomatoes.
Continue to cook for about 5 more minutes or until mushrooms and tomatoes have reached your desired tenderness.
Remove from heat and serve.

This recipe is simple to make but it tastes gourmet. As a fun side note, you can make extra of the pesto and store if for other recipes that you’re planning to make in the coming week.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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