Ally’s Paleo Chopped Salad With Avocado and Dill Dressing

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Summertime means fresh veggies and salads galore!  Once in a while, I get a little bored with tossed greens, although I LOVE them.  But this is a nice change….Ally’s Paleo Chopped Salad With Avocado Cucumber and Dill Dressing bursts with the flavors and textures of summer’s bounty!

My daughter Allyson put this salad together and invited us to have dinner with them.  We were crazy about it and decided to make it for our guests the next week.  The paleo mayo is for clean eaters. Costco sells a very nice avocado mayo that would be good in this too. If you don’t follow that kind of eating plan regular mayonnaise can be used instead.

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Seared Honey Dijon Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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Seared Honey Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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This recipe was posted a while back but I decided to run it again because it is so good and didn’t get the views it deserved!  Give this a try and get me some feed back.

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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Super Clean Paleo Cilantro Pesto For Everything!

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Super Clean Paleo Cilantro Pesto For Everything!

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A long time ago I cut out this recipe from a food magazine and used it on grilled skirt steak.  It became an instant hit and a go-to recipe for many different grilled meats and fish.  It also is EXCELLENT drizzled into a green salad! This Super Clean Paleo Cilantro Pesto For Everything really is for everything!  Try it on sliced tomatoes and onions, as in my Simple  Tomato and Onion Salad. 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

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

Blistered Tomato Salad With Parsley Basil Dressing

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Its TBT!  Originally this recipe was posted on February 18 last year.  It is so good and I have lots of requests for it, so here it is again!

Blistered Tomato Salad With Parsley Basil Dressing

Sometimes a new recipe comes to you and it becomes an instant favorite.  In this case, Parsley Basil Dressing became a “go-to” recipe for all salads.  My friend Marianne served a wonderful salad during the holidays to a large group and I told her I must have the recipe.  Well, I just got it last week and have used it 4 times on various salads and raw veggie dishes.  It really is fantastic. Continue reading

Paleo Soft Tacos

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Paleo Quesadillas

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Whenever we have leftover chicken, beef or pork, my family likes to make soft tacos or quesadillas with it.  But, alas, as a clean eater, I usually just eat the filling on a plate…like a salad.  But I just found amazing, grain-free cassava and coconut tortillas that are wonderful!  They come from Whole Foods and were only $3.89 for 8!!

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After a weekend of company, we had left over grilled lamb, so I decided that we should give the Siete Cassava and Coconut Tortillas a try.  Am I ever glad we did.  I went to Whole Foods hoping to get their almond flour tortillas but they were out of them.  The same family brand, Siete Family, makes both of these as well as some other grain free tortillas. Continue reading

Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

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Why shouldn’t we have great food and flavors and still stay clean?  We can and it is super easy to do!  Let’s make it a Paleo Super Bowl Party!

Whether your team is in the big game this weekend or not, Super Bowl parties are usually fun!  This year, the game is The Atlanta Falcons vs The New England Patriots. Who do you like?  I’d like to see Atlanta win for no big reason other than NE has been in so often and won a lot.  Most people I know don’t care one way or the other.

I saw a funny chart on Facebook the other day:  It was a pie chart almost completely red (90%) with a small sliver of blue (10%).  The legend said:

Blue =  the people rooting for the Falcons.

Red = the people who want to see the Patriots lose!

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St Louis Italian Style Salad

St Louis Italian Style Salad

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As a teenager, my favorite restaurant in St Louis was Rich and Charlie’s.  I craved their Toasted Ravioli and House Salad.  This was a family owned chain and was a neighborhood hot spot in each of the neighborhoods they were in.  The chain eventually was sold and is now called The Pasta House Company.  (I moved away from St Louis many years ago, so I have not been to the Pasta House Company.)  Fast forward to current times, one of the original Rich and Charlie’s is still open, and I go there when I have a chance to visit St Louis.

In the mean time, I still crave this wonderful St Louis Italian Style Salad.  It is delicious as a side salad or a whole meal!  The parmesan cheese is omitted to keep it “clean” but it is basically the same. Continue reading

Shutterbug Chef Salad

Shutterbug Chef Salad

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Where did 2016 go?  Really, it just flew by, didn’t it?  So, now what?  How about we make a resolution to get back on track (if you’re off track!), eat healthy and delicious foods and start taking better care of ourselves?  Let’s start with my new favorite salad I call Shutterbug Chef Salad. Continue reading