Leftover organic garlic broccoli plus leftover grilled salmon plus a dusting of goat cheese.
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Tags: Avocado, Broccoli, Carrots, Chicken, chicken legs, Lettuce, Onion, Paleo Mayo, Salsa, Tomatoes
I’m still working on the best way to organize this blog… it’s a tougher thing to figure out than you’d think. I might create a page of links to photos of my full dinner plates because one of the challenges I’ve run into with eating paleo is deciding on side dishes. One meat and one vegetable on a plate is a totally decent simple paleo dinner, and that’s what we end up with pretty often here when I’m low on time, but what I’m really talking about is finding ways to provide a wider variety of textures, flavors, and colors to accompany that piece of delicious meat. Like this Grilled Paleo Cumin Salsa Chicken Leg Dinner Plate. 🙂 Not bad, right?
The grilled chicken is seasoned with generous amounts of cumin, chili powder, and oregano – no salt. I’m trying to take it easy on the salt here lately. The broccoli is frozen and microwave steamed with a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese (not exactly Paleo, but not the end of the world either). The salad dressing is one part homemade ranch dressing mixed with two parts hot fire roasted salsa. Add 1/4 avocado and a couple carrots from the farmers’ market, and it’s a full plate!
Speaking of the farmers’ market, last Saturday was our little town’s seasonal grand opening of the summer farmers’ market! I’m going to bed soon so I can get up nice and early… I don’t want the vendors to run out of the good stuff before I show up! Last week, I brought home lots of lettuce, beet leaves (beets are gross but the leaves are good in a mixed salad), strawberries, tomatoes, pistachios, a dozen eggs, and a fistful of chives. I’m excited to see what will be there tomorrow!
If it’s warm outside when you first go Paleo, you should be super excited about how much you’re going to grill. Or even if it’s not warm, hopefully you’re either planning to brave the weather to use your grill or dig out the George Foreman and to see if it still works. To me, grilling out makes both meat and vegetables (and even some fruits!) so much more delicious.
But what about barbeque sauce? Well of course you can stick to dry rubs. But really, I kind of missed that grocery store Jack Daniels Original No. 7 BBQ sauce that was full of high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, sodium benzoate, and all that nasty stuff I had decided to swear off. There are some Paleo recipes online that attempt to approximate tomato-based BBQ sauces, but I thought a lot of them fell short – or they included some form of sugar, which isn’t part of my chosen Paleo diet.
So what’s the magical pure Paleo answer? Smoked Paprika!!! Not to be confused with regular paprika, smoked paprika both smells and tastes overwhelmingly similar to those BBQ flavored potato chips you’ve at least tried before, except of course less chemically processed. The second you sniff a freshly opened bottle of smoked paprika, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Just add a generous amount of smoked paprika to any sort of dry rub or marinade you use on chicken, burgers, etc., or simply use it by itself along with a little salt and pepper. When the meat is finished grilling, sprinkle some more on top before serving if you want to. Paleo people quickly learn to never skimp on herbs and spices!
Just remember when you’re scouring the grocery store spice isle for a bottle, it has to say “smoked.” Regular paprika is not the same thing. Happy Paleo grilling, cavepeople!!!
Tags: Curry, Curry Powder, Easter, Eggs, Onion, Vegetarian
I discovered this way to dye eggs last year around Easter time, way before I went Paleo. And now that Easter is only a few short days away this year, it occurred to me that onion-peel-dyed hard boiled eggs are totally Paleo without even having to try! Besides, I read somewhere that this is how Jesus dyed the dinosaur eggs that were served at his last supper. Super awesome, right?
All the directions are in the photo above, and all you really need are whole raw eggs, string or rubber bands, onion peels, and an old tshirt. And no, the eggs don’t really end up tasting like onion or curry. They just taste like normal hard boiled eggs.
Tags: Alcohol, Ginger, Lime, Mint, Vodka