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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Paleo Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops

 

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Paleo Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops…..cool yourself down during these hot summer days with a healthy, fruity ice pop that gets a boost from sparkling La Croix! Continue reading

Paleo Thumbprint Cookies

Paleo Thumbprint Cookies

 

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After making my Paleo Raspberry Jam the other day, I decided to use a little of it to make Paleo Thumbprint Cookies.  This was a great success.  The base of the cookie dough is made with mixed nut butter from Trader Joe’s. I found the consistency of it a little loose but the flavor is great!!  It was perfect for these cookies.

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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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An Otherwise Beautiful View Spoiled by Graffiti

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This stunning landscape has been marred by vandals.  It really bothers me that someone thinks it is cool or funny to deface pristine areas, spoiling it for everyone else.  The following pics show the view before and then with the vandalism.   Continue reading

Weekend Special Random Images

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Just for fun today, a collection of unrelated random images!  There is no rhyme or reason….just felt like venting!

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Summery Deviled Eggs

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Summery Deviled Eggs

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Deviled eggs always remind me of summer.  My family went to an annual reunion in St Louis that kept us kids so excited for days in anticipation!  The feast my mom prepared for it was the stuff dreams are made of:  fried chicken, potato salad, Nehi orange and grape soda, DEVILED EGGS!  Uncle Ed made cupcakes in ice cream cones!  Those were the days!  But, back to the deviled eggs.  To this day, my mom’s deviled eggs were the best anywhere.  She didn’t have a recipe for them, but she used a little of this, some of that and they were perfect, each time!

Over the years, I have tried to get a recipe written down to share with others.  I finally have one!

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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

Simple Tomato And Red Onion Salad

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Simple Tomato And Red Onion Salad

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As far as salads go, I’m all in.  What makes salads so popular is the variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, herbs, dressings, etc that can be added to make them unique.  But, sometimes, we get in a rut and make the same salads for lunch or dinner day after day after day.  The basic lettuce, carrot, celery and tomato is good, don’t get me wrong, but once in a while we like to add more interest.  The Big Salad, for example, has lots going on, flavor-wise and texture-wise!  It is delish, with or without protein.  Cranberry Dijon Vinaigrette Salad also is big on flavor and throw in a few pistacios or smoked almonds for nice crunch, and WOW!  That’s a salad!  Watermelon and Mint Salad is lovely and refreshing!  But at the beginning of summer, when it may still be light out after dinner, and you MAY feel like taking a walk, or relaxing on the patio for a while, saving time is important.  That is where my Simple Tomato And Red Onion Salad comes in. Continue reading

Easy Paleo Grilled Pineapple Rings

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Easy Grilled Pineapple Rings

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This yummy recipe for Easy Paleo Grilled Pineapple Rings has become my Spring and Summer go-to side dish.  It is so perfect for any grilled meat or fish, or even as an accompaniment to a vegetarian dish.  With the convenience of a whole pineapple, already peeled and cored, you can slice what you want for one meal and store back in the fridge for the next. Continue reading