Tag Archives: dairy-free

Steamed Broccolini with Lemon

Steamed Broccolini with Lemon

This is one of my husband P.J.’s go-to dishes… He’s a vegetarian, so he’s been a great influence on me in terms of incorporating more vegetables into my daily diet.  He’s also one of those guys who can grab four seemingly unrelated things from the fridge and create something awesome.  It’s an incredible skill, and I love it about him.  He created this dish to round out our main course options at the inaugural Paleo Dinner Party.  I take no credit for this dish – it’s all him!

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Thyme

Savory Roasted Butternut Squash with Thyme

These were a HUGE hit at our Paleo dinner party last Saturday. The combo of sweet and savory paired beautifully with our pan-seared roasted pork chops, and they’d also be great as a fall/holiday dish. I highly recommend peeling/prepping your squash ahead of time… it’s not the most fun thing to do, and it seems to take a little longer than you’d think.  Not much fun when you’re trying to pull together your dinner at the last minute.

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Throwing a Fab Paleo Dinner Party for Non-Paleo Friends

The Table Setting: Fun Linens, Tealights, and White Hydrangea Blooms in Short Water Glasses

I LOVE a good dinner party.  Seriously.  I honestly can’t imagine what I enjoy more on a weekend night than having friends in our home, eating food we’ve prepared, drinking good wine, and having a great time. Pre-Paleo, this was a pretty regular occurrence: whether it was hors d’oeuvres for 30 for my husband’s birthday or an intimate multi-course meal, I reveled in cooking for others. (We’ll just ignore the fact that my typical menus included bread-and-cheese trays, fried risotto balls, Italian pasta with cream sauce, and loads of gluten-rich baked goods. No one needs to know… it’s our little secret.)

In fact, one of my original reasons for resisting the change to a Paleo lifestyle was that I wasn’t sure I could still create delicious, gourmet food that was both Paleo and appetizing to our guests.  I couldn’t have been more off-base!  The Paleo lifestyle has such an incredible range of possibilities for creating incredible food, and I’m beyond excited to keep experimenting.

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Bacon-Wrapped Mini Paleo Meatloaf

Bacon-Wrapped Mini Paleo Meatloaf

I grew up loving my mom’s meatloaf. Really!  I have no problem with the idea of multiple ground meats mixed together with some veggies and tomato sauce and baked to perfection. The only way I can see making it better is to cut the gluten and add bacon (words for life, eh?). Most recently I tried the Seriously Tasty Paleo Meatloaf over at Health-Bent.com – loved it and wanted to make it my own.

So, here is my take on some fun mini-meatloafs that would be great for a casual get-together or family meal… and everyone gets their own!  I’ve opted to include veggies directly in the loaf in this recipe, but if you’ve got persnickety young ones, it tastes great without ’em, too.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Dessert Bars

A Note from PaleoBetty on 10/6/11: Hello, all my lovely readers!  I’ve actually gotten a bunch of interest in this recipe lately, and I wanted to give you all a heads-up that I’m reworking it… It was one of my first adaptations, and while it’s delish, it can be even better. 🙂 If you’re looking for a decadent dessert immediately, I’d hop over to the flourless choco cake – it’s super simple to make, and it’s ridiculously rich. At a party this weekend, I just cut it up into little 1″ squares to share. Yum!

Indulgent, gluten-free, and dairy free. Oh, yum.

CrossFit Central is hosting a bake sale today to support the Habitat for Humanity build, and given that I’m a huge fan of baked goods (professional cake baker in a past life), it seemed like a good idea to try a recipe.  For inspiration, I looked to Elana’s Pantry (amazing gluten-free, low-dairy, low-sugar treats) – I’d tried her Almond Joy Bars in the past, and I’d been looking for an excuse to do an adaptation of my own.

I think I’ll keep tweaking the recipe – the very bottom bit does still tend to come out a little underdone, but honestly, these things taste ridiculously good. They passed with flying colors with my 12-year-old, and he was VERY nervous about the almond extract going in…  I think the key is getting really high quality dark chocolate chips.  Next time, I’ll further reduce the quantity of palm sugar – I like my treats a little less sweet.  I’ll keep you posted as the recipe evolves!

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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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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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Super Easy, Go-To Salad

Since switching to a Paleo diet in April of 2011 (about 3 months ago), I have quite literally eaten more salad than the entirety of my life leading up to this point. Seriously.  I was not a salad eater, and I would pretty much only eat them when it would be socially awkward/unacceptable to avoid it (i.e. weddings and business dinners).

That said, when my coach told me I needed to eat a full serving of veg with every meal (of five) of the day, I figured salad would be a good place to start (no cooking, quick to prepare in the morning, etc.).  I tried a bunch of different greens, and I’ll admit, I’m still working my way into some of the more serious greens (kale, spinach, etc.). That said, I’ve learned that I LOVE Romaine lettuce.  Never thought I’d say that.

I keep my salad pretty simple for every day, but I’ll periodically dress it up with whatever fun veggies we pick up at the fantastic Austin Farmer’s Market (downtown, Saturday mornings).  Here’s what I do every day…

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Deconstructed Hamburger

This is my go-to breakfast during the week… Takes about 10 minutes to make, during which time I put together my big bucket of salad and servings of turkey for my at-work meals. It’s the happy result of an experiment from when I was in my super-strict Zoned Paleo phase, and it tastes just like a juicy, delicious hamburger.

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Banana Cinnamon Paletas

This is a staple treat in our household… plus it’s a great way to use up your (over)ripe bananas without making a really indulgent treat like banana bread.  🙂  These were inspired by the amazingly delicious Banana Paletas made by Mom and Pops in Austin, TX.  They make some amazing, all natural popsicles here in Austin, and you can find them at just about any of the Austin farmers’ markets. (When you run across them, please try the coconut or mange chile paletas… they’re ridiculously tasty!)  We tried their Banana Cinnamon flavor a few months ago and loved it…  However, it does have dairy, so we wanted to make a totally Paleo-friendly version at home.

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