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Paleo Greek Green Beans

There’s a Greek restaurant that Scott and I regularly go to. I would go all the time if he agreed to it. It’s so good. They have authentic Greek food and olive oil on the table that’s damn near green. There hasn’t been one thing on the menu I disliked and they serve Greek green beans with almost every entree. They aren’t like any green beans I’ve ever had before and they’re so, so good. Stewed, soft, dill-y and delicious. Ingredients 1 lb green beans 1 can diced tomatoes (like these) 1 tbsp butter 1 onion, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp dill 1 tsp oregano Instructions Melt the butter over medium heat in a big pot. Toss in the onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic and stir. Add the beans and can of tomatoes. Add the herbs and toss together. Turn heat to low and cover.…

Ten Minute Greek Salad

Originally, Scott and I wanted to go to Greece for our honeymoon. But after weighing the pros and cons (read: the million hour flight to get there and both of us needing to get back to work) we decided to stay a bit more local to the US. Don’t get me wrong, our honeymoon was ridiculously amazing, but I’m hoping we can still get to Greece someday. The food, the people, the architecture, the beautiful beaches and especially all that delicious food, really draws me to Greece. I especially love that they have such amazing food that is still healthy. Fresh seafood and veggies, delicious local cheeses, amazing wines and everything is cooked in Greek olive oil. I can’t wait to get there someday. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for making Greek recipes. I came across some real Greek feta, from Greece, with Greek writing on it and…

Paleo Bacon, Arugula and Tomato Risotto

BLT risotto! Sometimes I’m pretty sure I’m a culinary genius. Now is one of those times. This was so, so good and I made a ton of it to eat throughout the week. It works really well as a side dish or you can grill up some chicken or steak, slice it and serve overtop of this. I love me some risotto and the cauliflower works really well in place of rice. Ingredients 1 medium head of cauliflower 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tbsp butter 1/2 cup bone broth (recipe here or you can purchase it here) large handful of arugula 1 garlic clove, minced salt and pepper to taste Instructions Rice the cauliflower using a hand grater or using a food processor. Food processor is much easier for this, here’s the one I use. Melt the butter over medium to medium high heat. Add the cauliflower and the…

Organic Ranch Mushrooms

When I was a kid, my parents would order pizza with mushrooms. Always. They didn’t care that I hated mushrooms, I had to pick them off. I guess I don’t blame them. Mushrooms are delicious. It’s one of those foods that I absolutely loathed as a kid. I thought they tasted awful and were slimy. Now I can’t get enough and I get mad if they skimp on the ‘shrooms when I order a (gluten-free) pizza. I also love ranch dressing (seriously, who doesn’t). Except, most ranch dressing ingredients look like this: Yeah, not something I’m willing to eat. So I had to come up with an alternative to ranch mushrooms, because most recipes call for adding ranch dressing to mushrooms and that wasn’t happening. So here is my recipe for organic ranch mushrooms. Ingredients 10 oz mushrooms (the usual size container they’re sold in) 1 tbsp butter or coconut oil (I use this unflavored…

Detox Salad

To be truthful, before I made this salad I thought there was a good chance it would taste like sh*t. Detox salad? It even sounds like it tastes bad. Detoxes aren’t fun, they don’t taste good, and more often than not they’re boring as f*ck. And let’s review the major ingredients: broccoli cabbage cauliflower It’s basically a small child’s nightmare. But, I was determined to make it taste good. Don’t get me wrong, I love cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. But I usually cook the individually, with a lot of butter. If you’re wondering why I would even attempt to make a raw broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower salad taste good, or make a detox salad in the first place, it’s because I’m trying to eat more cruciferous veggies. They’re packed with nutrients and you guessed it – they help you detox. And promotes, you know, regularity. As a health coach I…

Paleo Turkey Hash

My breakfast routine is usually pretty boring. It’s always either fried or scrambled eggs, a side salad and maybe some bacon or sausage. But usually it’s just plain ol’ eggs and salad. And let’s face it, that’s pretty lame when you eat it every single day. I’m always looking for ways to eat a fancier, more interesting breakfast. And since I’ve been on a ground turkey kick lately, this was awesome. I added jalapeños because I’m oddly obsessed with them (and add them to almost everything I eat) but you can omit if you aren’t crazy about setting your mouth on fire like I am. Paleo Turkey Hash – Two Servings Ingredients: 1 large potato, peeled and cut into cubes 2 tbsp butter, coconut oil, lard, etc 1 roma tomato, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 1 cup or about 1/4 lb of turkey 1 jalapeno, diced 1 large handful of arugula…

Paleo Cauliflower Chowder

We’ve been eating a lot of soup lately for two reasons: 1) DC is FREEZING and 2) Scott’s had an upset stomach lately that stemmed from what we think was food poisoning. Soups are not only easy to digest but are also healing to the gut, so I’ve basically been making soup every night for dinner. I’m currently working from Whole Foods and it’s even freezing in here. It’s 16 degrees out. My fingers are so cold that I can barely type. I really wish I had some soup right about now.  Paleo Cauliflower Chowder Ingredients: 4 cups homemade bone broth (recipe HERE) 1 head of cauliflower, broken up into small pieces 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp butter Directions: Melt butter over medium high heat and sauté the carrots and onions until soft. Add the celery and sauté. Add…

Paleo Egg Roll In a Bowl

When I was younger, my friend Jennifer’s parents would regularly order us Chinese food. I was obsessed with egg rolls. Sometimes I would just eat egg rolls for dinner. Jennifer and I had this really weird way of eating them in which we completely disassembled them. You ate the outside, then the inside. Always dipped in that weird orange duck sauce. At this point in my life, it’s been a solid four years since I’ve had Chinese food. So I have to settle for making my own, which I find tastes better anyway. I got this idea from a restaurant recently. They had an unstuffed egg roll option with rice and shrimp – I thought it was a great idea. You can add any protein you like, I used chicken. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:33]

Paleo Fried Oysters

I love oysters. They’re extremely nutrient rich, high in zinc, they taste amazing and they remind me of summer. I impulse bought a tin of shucked local oysters from Whole Foods the other day, and since I haven’t had fried oysters in a solid five years, decided to make some. Paleo Fried Oysters Ingredients: 12-14 oysters, about 8 oz 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1/3 cup almond flour 1 tsp Old Bay 1 egg salt 2-3 tbsp coconut oil or lard Directions: Drain the oysters. Beat the egg in a bowl and set aside. Mix the tapioca, almond, Old Bay and set aside. Heat the coconut oil in a pan on medium high heat. Dip the oysters in the egg, then the flour mixture. Fry on each side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce – I mixed homemade mayo, ketchup and Old Bay together.

Paleo Refried Beans

I’ve never loved beans, but I do like refried beans with tacos. I don’t, however, love what they do to my stomach. There’s a reason a lot of people have issues with beans – they’re loaded with enzyme inhibitors and difficult to digest. They’re also full of phytic acid, which binds to minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. I know people love to talk about how healthy beans are and how they’re such a good source of protein, but 100 grams of pinto beans have seven grams of protein and roughly 22 grams of carbohydrate. Now compare that to wild salmon which has 25 grams of protein and 0 carbohydrate. Luckily for you, I recreated refried beans using eggplant. Most recipes call for zucchini, but zucchini and I don’t get along. Plus I had an eggplant in my fridge. Paleo Pinto Bean Ingredients: 1 small eggplant, diced into cubes…