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Quicky and Easy Shrimp Ceviche

The final product... quick and easy, gluten-free shrimp ceviche.

I had a great dinner this weekend with my hubby and some lovely friends at Fonda San Miguel here in Austin.  Just wanting something light for dinner, I ordered the lobster ceviche and absolutely loved it.  While I’d love to make it at home, on a busy Tuesday night, shrimp ceviche seemed like the next best thing.  The prep time for this is crazy quick, and because you do quickly boil the shrimp, you only need about an hour to marinate before enjoying a yummy dinner.

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Savory Sweet Potato Mash

Cute little serving of the sweet potato mash.

About two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have gum surgery (insert sarcasm here).  Seriously, I had been dreading this procedure (gum grafts due to genetic recession, for all you dental folks out there) for about three years. I’d had it done as a teenager and remembered it as quite literally the most painful thing I’d experienced. Ever. Lucky for me, I was introduced to Dr. David Yu here in town, and the experience was actually surprisingly pleasant all around (well, as pleasant as gum surgery can really ever be).  If you ever need Perio work and you live in Austin, go see Dr. Yu. Seriously.

How does this have anything to do with Paleo eating?  Well, since converting to Paleo in April of this year, I’ve been really strict about following the guidelines, and I’ve been feeling fantastic. However, as all of you who’ve had mouth surgery in the past know, the recommended post-surgery fare is pretty much limited to milkshakes, pudding, applesauce, and mashed potatoes.  Couple that with the fact that I wouldn’t be able to work out for a week, and I was TERRIFIED of how my body was going to react.

So, I looked for some health(ier) options to get me through the requisite “mushy” food stage.  Enter mashed sweet potatoes.

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Tahitian Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru

Poisson Cru in Tahiti (nope - I didn't make this one - it was the inspiration!)

This dish was a discovery from the incredible honeymoon trip my husband planned for us last November… we spent about 10 days in French Polynesia, visiting the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora.  I can’t begin to describe how gorgeous French Polynesia is, and the food was even better.  There’s an incredible fusion of traditional, fresh island fare and classic French cuisine.  This was in my pre-Paleo days… not going to lie, I scarfed down the fresh French bread and butter offered with every meal.  A lot of it.

One of my favorite foods was the classic Tahitian dish, Possion Cru.  You can find poisson cru just about anywhere – from street vendors to fine restaurants, and it’s a delight for a sushi lover looking for a fresh meal.  When we returned, I immediately had to experiment and make it at home – it didn’t disappoint!

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