Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Halibut is a wonderful fish that is mild-tasting and goes so well with all sorts of herbs and sauces. Tonight we made it with a Mexican flair and it was a huge hit!  This Baja Style Roasted Halibut may be your next “wow” dish for company.  It is simple to prepare, and most ingredients are on hand. Continue reading

Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

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Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

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What could be easier…..rotisserie chicken, celery, onion, avocado mayo, almonds, salt and pepper, mixed up and piled onto chopped butter lettuce?!  That is it, fast and satisfying for lunch or dinner! Continue reading

Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

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Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

My sister Kathleen is having a party tonight with some girl friends.  One of the gals has a line of “shape wear” and she will bring her samples for everyone to see and try on, then hopefully order.  Kathleen is hosting with some wine and snacks, snacks right from Shutterbug Chef!  This got me to thinking, why not do this for Book Club, Kitchen and Chef parties, travel planning groups, what ever the reason to get the girls together is a good reason to host a Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

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Seared Honey Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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Seared Honey Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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I admit it:  I got this marinade recipe from another website.  As always, I give credit where credit is due.  This lovely marinade/dressing recipe comes from Cafe Delites.  I first saw it on Facebook a few days after a similar post for Mediterranean Chicken caught my eye!  I was going to make it first, but I did not have enough lemons to make the marinade/dressing.  I rather like the idea of using leftover marinade for the salad dressing!  Thanks Cafe Delites!

This marinade seemed a bit sweet to me, so I altered the amounts a little of the honey and the mustard.  The recipe calls for half of the mixture be used as a marinade and the other half is used for the salad dressing, by whisking in 2 tablespoons of water.  I changed that up a bit, too.

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Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup

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Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup

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I’ve become a junkie….an Instant Pot Junkie.  I cannot live without it.  I really use it almost daily.  I have been taking my go-to recipes and trying them in the Instant Pot.  Obviously the goal with the Instant pot is FAST, FAST, FAST…but hold on a sec…not everything needs to be served this way.  But, it is really fast, tender, flavorful, juicy…you name it.  I am promising in the weeks to come I will be sharing lots of recipes that streamline the point of preparation to the point of sitting down and enjoying a FAMILY meal!  Here is an amazing soup that can be served as an appetizer, a soup shot course or a lovely dinner with a salad.  Let’s start with this:  Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup. Continue reading

The Big Salad

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The Big Salad

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Remember the Seinfeld episode when Elaine asked George to bring her a “Big Salad”?  George asked her what was in the Big Salad, and Jerry replied, “Big lettuce, big carrots, big tomatoes!”.  It was hilarious!  But this recipe for The Big Salad is very serious!  In fact this salad has fewer greens and more big stuff than traditional salads. Continue reading

Super Simple Instant Pot Asparagus Soup

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Super Simple Instant Pot Asparagus Soup

The Instant Pot Asparagus Soup is a great way to use that glorious green Spring veggie, the Asparagus!  The recipe is my old stand by one but this time I made it in my new Instant Pot.  

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In the Instant Pot, I sauteed the onion and the asparagus, added the broth, seasonings and let her rip.  I started this process at 5:00 but did not plan to eat until around 7:00.  Once the initial cooking was complete, I let it stay in the “Keep Warm” cycle for an hour.  Then, I transferred this to my high speed blender and let it blend for about 30-40 seconds.

Wiping out the IP inner pot just to get out any remaining small bits, I poured the pureed soup back into the Instant Pot and set the “Soup” setting for 4 minutes.  When it was finished, it had a nice soft bubble going on and was the perfect “hot soup” temperature! Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

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Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

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Are you on the Instant Pot* band wagon yet?  I got on it by sheer accident.  My daughter, Allyson and her husband were in the middle of moving out of their house but the new house was not yet ready so everything was in storage.  Ally ordered an Instant Pot and had it delivered to my house.  So there it sat in the garage waiting to move to the new house.  As a favor to her, I decided to give it a trial run.  😉  Planning to make a beef stew, it actually became Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup.

You see, I can never leave well enough alone.  I take a perfectly good, tried and true recipe for beef stew and wonder, “This would be good with some mushrooms in it.”  Or, “If I add more broth to it, it will be a thinner gravy, more like a chowder or soup.”  This is how my recipes get started…and cleaned up, too. Continue reading

Paleo Pulled Pork Cesar Salad

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Paleo Pulled Pork Cesar Salad

My Book Club was held on Wednesday last week at my house.  I had planned to serve a light meal of soup and salad to my guests.  Then a few days before, I watched Giada DeLaurentis make pulled pork tacos and serve them with Cesar salad.  It looked delicious, but I didn’t want to make tacos, so I decided to put the pulled pork into the Cesar salad!

The only change I made in the recipe for the pulled pork was that she used beer in it and I used white wine. (Plus I used a larger roast than her recipe called for.)  For the salad dressing, I used my “egg-less” Cesar dressing and omitted the parmesan cheese.  Scroll down to get the recipe for this wonderful Paleo Pulled Pork Cesar Salad. Continue reading

Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp

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Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp

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The Once Upon a Chef email came through for me again!  I was asked to bring an appetizer to a family get together where the main course was going to be Chicken Marbella.  I decided since that is a Mediterranean dish, a shrimp starter from the same region would be a nice addition.  Just that day this email came through with what I renamed to Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp. The only change I made to the original recipe was that I eliminated the feta cheese. This was a really big hit at the party and you will never miss the feta cheese because it was so good without it! Continue reading