Archive for the ‘Lunch’ Category

Blueberry Bacon Sage Salad

I wasn’t sure if the blueberries would fit with this salad, so they’re off to the side in these pictures.  But next time, I’m sprinkling them right on top because all of these flavors together created an amazing tangy, earthy, sweet salad experience.  It was delicious!!!!!!  Here’s the recipe… You can play with the quantities, and I won’t insult your intelligence by giving directions on how to assemble the salad.  😛

Blueberry Bacon Sage Salad Ingredients:
Blueberry Bacon Sage Salad with Pink Herb Dressing
  1. Green or red leaf lettuce (baby spinach or romaine would probably work fine too)
  2. Red onion
  3. Tomato
  4. Bacon (preferably uncured)
  5. Grilled chicken
  6. Goat cheese crumbles
  7. Leaves from two sprigs of fresh sage, finely chopped
  8. Organic blueberries
Pink Herb Salad Dressing:
  1. Plain Greek yogurt
  2. Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme (fresh or dried)
  3. Red wine vinegar

For the Salad dressing, just mix the yogurt and the herbs together, and then start adding the vinegar while stirring until you have a creamy but pourable consistency.

  1. Breakfast Lunch Dinner PaleoBreakfast: steamed frozen broccoli, leftover grilled chicken breast, blue cheese, organic strawberries.
  2. Snack: locally grown pistachios
  3. Lunch: Big-ass salad with turkey, chicken, hard salami, blue cheese, onion, tomato, and (not pictured) homemade ranch dressing.
  4. Dinner: Two locally “grown” eggs over easy, uncured bacon, and sauteed onion and wannabe home fries made from a turnip. Does anybody have any good recipes for making home fries, potato or turnip?  Mine still tasted good with lots of garlic, pepper, rosemary and oregano, but they didn’t have the crispy fried edges I really wanted.

(PS: Yes I know cheese isn’t exactly paleo, but I love it a little too much to totally give it up, so just pretend it isn’t there).

 

 

Bison Steak Grilled Fajita Paleo

Here are my three main meals from today.  Breakfast was a whole bag of frozen turnips and turnip greens tossed with some ground turkey and seasoned with Mrs Dash garlic and herbs.  Probably should’ve added an egg too, because I started getting hungry faster than normal.  Oh well.  Lunch made up for it though: spaghetti squash mixed with mushrooms, marinara sauce, more leftover ground turkey, garlic chives, and goat cheese.  But it was dinner that was really exciting!

Bison Fajita Paleo Dinner

After my pilates class, I stopped by the grocery store still all sweaty and freshly worn out to grab a couple bunches of organic green and red leaf lettuce, and happened to also notice that some of the bison steaks were on an about-to-go-bad-soon sale!  I don’t remember ever having bison before, so of course I decided to try it!  We just grilled it like a steak after marinating it in red wine vinegar, black pepper, cumin, and chili powder.  I served it up finger-food style with grilled fajita veggies and salsa/guacamole dipping sauce.  It was totally delicious!  Tasted basically like steak if you ask me, though maybe a little milder in flavor.  And five minutes of research online (not the most reliable method, but hey) told me that bison is generally considered healthier than beef because it has less fat and more iron.  Cool.  I’ll pick up some more if I ever see it on Manager’s Special again.

Loaded Turnip Not Potato Soup

Compare a turnip root and a potato that are the same size.  The turnip will have less than half of the calories, less than half the carbs, and a whole bunch more calcium than the potato.  But cooked in soups or fried/grilled, their flavors and especially textures are practically identical!  That’s why I decided to make a Paleo Loaded Baked Potato Soup today – but with some modifications and substitutions that really crank up the healthiness.

Paleo Loaded Potato Soup (made with Turnips instead!)

  1. One big or several small turnips
  2. An onion
  3. Chicken stock
  4. Herbs/Seasonings (I used “Poultry Magic” seasoning mix, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper)
  5. Other veggies from your fridge (I used garlic, carrots, celery, kale)
  6. Toppings (Cooked bacon, green onions, Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, other finely chopped onions, and if you really want to – some yellow cheese)

Chop everything up into bite size pieces, then toss numbers 1 through 5 into a big soup pot to simmer for at least 20 minutes.  You want the turnips to be nice and soft!  To make the soup creamier, blend some of it in a blender then pour it back in with the rest of the soup.  Pour it in a bowl, top it with your toppings, and chow down!

zucchini hash browns gluten free

Tonight, I made Brinner – breakfast for dinner.  Some spicy Italian sausage, a sunny side up egg, some skillet vegetables, and (drumroll please) … zucchini hash browns!  Actually, I don’t know what the technical definition of a hash brown is.  Maybe these are more like zucchini pancakes or breakfast patties.  Potatoes are a funny vegetable – you can cut them up and cook them in a hundred different ways, and each result has a totally new name.

Zucchini should be the same way.  Maybe I’ll just start adding the letter Z to foods that I make with zucchini.  Zash Brownz.  Nah, that’s lame.  Nevermind.  😛

paleo zucchini hash browns

Anyways, making paleo zucchini hash browns is easy.  The bare basics of what you’ll need are…

  1. At least one zucchini.  My three patties are made from two very small zucchinis.
  2. A cheese grater.
  3. One egg (or you could use one or two eggs whites, I suppose)
  4. Cheesecloth, paper towels, or a thin clean rag (or a tshirt if you plan to throw it in the wash right away)
  5. A frying pan and some oil/fat
  6. Optional: Salt, pepper, herbs, spices, shredded cheese, minced onion, minced garlic, etc.

Grate your zucchini like it’s a block of cheese and then wrap it up in your piece of cloth and squeeeeeeeeeze as much of the water out of it as possible.  Then mix the shredded zucchini with the egg and any optional ingredients.  Heat your frying pan up to medium, melt your preferred fat on it (just enough to coat the pan is fine but you can use more if you want to), and then start plopping spoonfuls of zucchini mix onto the pan.  Squash them down into thin patties and tuck the edges in with a spatula to get a rounder look.  Start with four minutes on each side, and then add some more time if you need to.  You want both sides to be nicely browned and all the egg throughout the patty to be cooked and firm.

I ate mine with a generous helping of organic marinara sauce on top!

 

Five Protein Salad Paleo

I went to a Pilates class for the first time yesterday (which is why I’m too sore to even sneeze properly today), and I needed every bit of protein power from this monster dinosaur salad with homemade ranch I ate for lunch beforehand.  It was so good, I think I’m going to eat another one for lunch today, along with a couple of ibuprofen. 😛

The five proteins were/are:

  1. Peppered turkey breast (Prima Della brand lunch meat)
  2. Hard Salami (Prima Della brand lunch meat – has some unpaleo stuff in it, but could be worse)
  3. Leftover chicken breast
  4. A hard boiled egg
  5. 1.5 slices of uncured bacon (which Smith’s now carries!  Yay!)

Just add tomatoes, onions, and some paleo friendly salad dressing.  Lots of flavor variety in every bite, and totally humongously satisfying.

 

Frittata in a 9 inch Cast Iron Skillet

Frittatas are such an awesome Paleo food.  You can actually make a nearly zero-carb frittata if you really want to, but that would be just silly.  Frittatas are a perfect way to cram some extra veggies – including leafy green ones – into your breakfast, alongside protein rich eggs and other meats.  They’re a great way to clean out some leftover veggies hanging out in your fridge, and you always have leftovers that make very satisfying lunches or snacks too.  They’re quiches without the crust – and the crust was always my least favorite part of quiches anyways!

These are the fillings I used this time, but every frittata I make is different.  I ate a slice for breakfast today topped with a little Greek yogurt.

Recipe for a Basic Paleo Frittata in a 9 inch Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Make sure all your meats are already cooked.  If you’re using bacon, it should be crunchy, not chewy.
  3. Grab other veggies and seasonings and flavors, and chop everything up into pieces no bigger than about the size of your thumbnail.
  4. Put everything into the skillet on Medium-Low to Medium.  Stir it around for about 60 seconds.
  5. Add enough eggs and/or egg whites to fill up to about where the top of the frittata is in the top photo on this post.  Stir to break up yolks and mix everything evenly.
  6. Cover and let it cook on Medium Low for about 8 minutes.  6 or 10 is probably OK too.  You really just want to bottom to set well.
  7. Uncover the frittata and put it in your oven on the top rack until you can poke a butter knife into the center and it doesn’t come out slimy with raw egg.  This will probably take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Wait for at least five minutes before you slice it up and serve it!