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 Instant Pot Lava Cakes

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Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes

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I am SERIOUS!  Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes was a last minute  dessert for last minute company last night…and was a huge success!  I was the only “clean” eater in the group but EVERYONE raved about this gooey, fudge-y, dark chocolate dessert!  It was so fast, having all the ingredients in stock and literally cooked in 17 minutes (8 for steam to build up and 9 for the actual cooking).  I served the others a small scoop of vanilla ice cream with it, but I enjoyed it just as it was.

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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

Grilling Season Sauces and Condiments

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Grilling Season Sauces and Condiments

As the weather warms up and you spend more time outdoors, lets take inventory of delicious sauces and condiments to use with our grilled meats, veggies and fruits!

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Orange Chimichurri Sauce

Orange Chimichurri Sauce is delicious on grilled meats of all kinds, but it is also so good on sliced tomatoes!

 

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Sweet and Spicy Orange Sauce

We love this sweet and spicy orange sauce on grilled shrimp but is also good on grilled chicken wings!

 

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Easy Peach Sauce

Easy Peach Sauce is fantastic on grilled chicken and grilled pork.  I have also served it over grilled pineapple!  And don’t forget, serve Easy Peach Sauce warm as a dessert topping over sliced strawberries!

 

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Paleo Pesto

Paleo Pesto is good on sooooo many things besides the usual pasta.  Drizzle a little on grilled veggies, sliced tomatoes, radishes or cucumbers…use it on your favorite grilled foods, remembering a little goes along way!  Here is a recipe for my paleo pesto slaw!

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Honey Dijon Dressing

The versatility of Honey Dijon Dressing is endless.  Not only is it wonderful in chicken salad, but it is so good with grilled chicken and pork chops.

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Parsley Basil Dressing

This is another “salad dressing” turned marinade!  Place chicken, pork, beef or shrimp in a baggie and add this parsley basil dressing for up to an hour then grill away!

 

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Vidalia Onion Dressing

This sweet, onion-y Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing is also good as a marinade.  Delish drizzled over roasted veggies of any kind, or brush some on the veggies before you grill them.

Get your grill on with these tips and if you have any other suggestions, let me know!

 

 

 

Guest Post Kathleen Nonnamaker on do Terra Essential Oils

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Guest Post Kathleen Nonnamaker on do Terra Essential Oils

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Kathleen and the do Terra Team Leaders! From left to right: Cheryl, Ashley,Danielle, Kathleen, Sheryl and Tina

Meet my sister, Kathleen Nonnamaker and her team of doTerra essential oils Team Leaders!  They have so much fun working and playing together, too!

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The Shutterbug Chef team has asked her to write a post for us explaining health and wellness.  Kathleen is a wife, mother, grandmother, athlete, entrepreneur, and a health and wellness advocate!  She and her family have always lived active lives and to this day, they are all about the outdoors when weather permits or even when it is just plain cold!

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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

Weekend Special Desert Blooms 2017

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Desert Blooms 2017

Happy Sunday!  The Desert Southwest is in FULL BLOOM!  Please come with me virtually through the Sonoran Desert and enjoy the Desert Blooms 2017.

Everywhere you look something has blossomed yellow…or pink, or orange, or white! We have cacti with 3-4 inch thorns protecting the precious flowers that grace them.

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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