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Red Cabbage Chicken Salad Recipe

Since Jeff started this crazy idea you have been telling us you love it when I post recipes. So here is a great paleo red cabbage chicken salad recipe that is really filling, and when paired with some fresh fruit makes a great lunch or dinner.

Grandma is a big cabbage fan and she loved this. It is healthy, easy and yummy goodness. The food processor is your friend for this dish! When I prepared this I made a little extra because the leftovers are an easy lunch for the next day.

Here’s what goes in it:

  • 1 head of red cabbage cut for salad
  • 1 diced pink lady apple
  • 1 handful of organic raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 cup of chopped grilled chicken (for convenience I used Kirkland’s Grilled Chicken Breast Strips from Costco)
  • 4 table spoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 table spoons of balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

You can serve this right after you make it or refrigerate it until chilled.

 

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Beef, It’s What’s is for Dinner on this Whole 30!

This week I fixed this fantastic recipe for a steak cilantro lime marinade for the family. Jeff found it on Chow Stalker. We fell in love with it.

I did make a few modifications you should note.

I used a tri-tip rather than a flank steak, and I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 degrees for 90 minutes. Yum yum.

I served it with grilled zucchinis (just brush with olive oil and Italian seasoning and put on the grill) and…

sweet potato fries that I made by shaking them in this mix in a ziplock bag:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of cumin (OK maybe I sometimes use more)
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt

I have tried many different versions of sweet potatoes fries from various paleo web sites and cook books. This one I came up with myself through trial and error. It is by far my favorite.

Here is a picture before they went in the oven.

I cooked the sweet potato fries at 450 degrees for 1 hour (turning them over once 1/2 through). If they weren’t cooking in the stove, with the steak I am sure they would not have taken this long.

So that is just some of the food we have been eating on this Whole 30.

Aren’t you jealous?

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No Leftover Paleo Chicken Soup

Well, we are almost two weeks post Whole 30 and our family is still sticking to our new paleo life-style pretty well. We have opted for some organic low sugar salad dressing options—mainly so Jeff will still continue to eat salad (he swore off balsamic vinegar and oil completely after having it so much on the Whole 30). So you could say we are all about making healthy compromises right now. For me it is having white potatoes every couple of weeks.

Here is a recipe based on a Paleo chicken soup I found in the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. I tweaked it just a bit to make it a little more family friendly. This soup has become a huge hit! The kids love it and it is a great option for cold, Colorado evenings.  And I love it because I get to use bacon grease! I thought it would be really hard to eat chicken soup without noodles, but you know what, this is so tasty you don’t even miss them. I increased the amount of chicken called for in the original recipe to give it some bulk, so that we feel full after eating it. [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Dinner In A Crock Pot & Julie’s Introduction To The Acorn Squash

We made it through day three of the Whole 30 plan and day two of working out at Ed’s Gym. The gym is kicking my butt. And the kids are starting to feel some of the side effects of cutting all the sugar and carbs out, but are being troopers about trying new foods. We have found that their lunch for school is the most challenging meal because they can’t have anything they were taking before. Julie is being very creative and they are adjusting to no more sandwiches. Both turned down cookies from friends at lunch today – a pretty big deal for a 12 and 14 year old.

Julie is also experimenting with new foods and trying to balance the rest of everyday life with learning new ways of cooking.  Yesterday she had a board meeting in the evening and I had my work-out scheduled for 6:00, which meant neither of us would be here for dinner with the kids and grandma. She decided to try a new recipe from Sarah Fragoso that she found in her Everyday Paleo cookbook. It was a huge hit! The kids were raving about it  and our daughter actually had seconds with me when I got home. Who knew they would love acorn sqaush? They even asked if we could make it again. And who knew that you could make a Whole 30 dinner in a crock pot?

Here’s a short video of Julie as she prepped dinner for last night.

What new food have you tried recently that you didn’t even know existed before?