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 Loaded Sweet Potato Lasagna
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Loaded Sweet Potato Lasagna

Every morning I love watching the Today Show while drinking my coffee.  I normally watch the cooking segment (and critique them) and on this morning I was curious who Kevin Curry was from Fit Men Cook so I grab my cup of coffee and sat to watch his segment. 

I am Italian and Love the gym while currently I am doing a weight loss challenge at my gym called HEWFIT and this recipes inspired me to create this dish!

I don't miss the cheese at all!

Enjoy my Paleo version.

PS

I had all of the ingredients handy!  You can use any vegetables you love and enjoy.

 

 Pork Cacciatore
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Pork Cacciatore

Here is another amazing (if I may say so myself) one-pot Paleo Italian recipe!  OMG OMG OMG is all everyone was saying after each bite!  This is why I love to cook and entertain. We normally grill when we have company at the lake but I wanted to just relax in the sun with my girlfriend Pam and let the oven do the cooking.  What a big hit!  I served with sauteé spinach.

Cindy's Note: I used boneless pork shoulder and they came in 3 pound packages.   I picked up 2 because it really is better the next day!

To prepare on you BGE - Heat your grill to a medium temperature and set the covered pan in the center for 2 hours!

 Zucchini noodles with chicken and tomatoes in a lemon garlic sauce
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Zucchini noodles with chicken and tomatoes in a lemon garlic sauce

I am just loving my spiralizer attachment from KitchenAid and it's been super busy in my kitchen!  If you don't the kitchenAid attachment there are other ways to spiralize including using a vegetable peeler.

This recipe was inspired by left overs!  I love roasting 2 chickens at once and serving for dinner one night then cutting the rest up and using for several different meals.  I freeze what I won't use in the next 2 days.  I also keep a little packed away for Jake! Love my doggie...  

 

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Zucchini Pasta with Peas and a Kale Pesto

kale pesto is my new "thing" and I love it in this zucchini pasta dish!  Enjoy

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

"After hours" Steak, Peppers and Onions Frittata

This recipe goes back to the days when I would go dancing at The Black Brimmer in Manchester, NH and after we would go over to The Red Arrow and order a steak and cheese omelet!  It was so good!

I decided to create a Paleo version and call it "After hours" I added a full red pepper, yellow pepper and 2 thin slices of beef.  This was amazing!  I actually drizzles some sriracha over my piece...  YUMMY...

Enjoy!

 

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

"Yaki" Beef Stir Fry

I received a shipment of samples from Bone Suckin' and decided to use the Yaki first for a stir fry.  We were over the top happy with this Yaki "Teriyaki" and I am serious. This is the best we have ever had and it's gluten free.  

I did make 1 chicken breast for me as I am not a big steak fan!  Enjoy xo

 

3 ingredient Kale Chips
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

3 ingredient Kale Chips

Kale chips are super easy to make or can be super easy to mess up!  We know that is true.  They are just so yummy...

Here is what you need to know to make the perfect crispy kale chips!

First take your kale and remove the ribs. You can easily do this by holding the bottom rib from the leaf with one hand and use the other hand to grip onto the rib and move your hand up the leaf separating the two from each other.  Next, either chop or tear the leaves into small pieces and place in your colander.  Rinse throughly then dry.  I like to lay paper towels down on my counter then create an even layer of the leaves.  Top with another layer of paper towels and press down.  You want the leaves dry before baking them into chips.  If they wet... they will burn!  

 

5 ingredient Pulled Pork
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

5 ingredient Pulled Pork

I need to thank Vinny from the meat department at Shop Rite, E. Hartford for the perfect pieces of pork shoulder fort his recipe and for my segment on Better Connecticut.  You are the best Vinny!  

I love making a simple pork shoulder and using it for several recipes!  I created this recipe for my Cook Once Meals or Week cooking segment for Better Connecticut.  

We are cooking this in the oven but you can use this same recipe in your slow cooker for 7-8 hours on medium.  

 

A Big Paleo Protein Cookie with Nuts and Dried Fruit
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

A Big Paleo Protein Cookie with Nuts and Dried Fruit

I wanted to make a snack "cookie" that hubby and I could share after our walk on the beach with Jake.  I could have made more cookies but I thought one big one was kind of romantic to share!  You will make 2 large cookies with this recipe.

Enjoy my paleo cookie!

 

Almond and Double Chocolate Soft and Chewy  Cookies
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Almond and Double Chocolate Soft and Chewy Cookies

If you are looking for cake like, healthy, chocolate, chewy but crunchy and a pale cookie well try my Almond and Double Chocolate Soft and Chewy Cookies!

I just whipped these up and my taste tester Coltin from next door gave me the thumbs up.

You can use a smooth almond butter but I love the crunch of these cookies!

 

Almond Butter and Blueberry Smoothie
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Almond Butter and Blueberry Smoothie

My Almond Butter and Jelly Smoothie is a spin off "peanut butter and jelly" and it is my perfect mid-afternoon snack! Sometimes even my lunch!

I made these in my Ninja blender and they are perfect every time!

You can use almond milk or coconut milk and from the carton or the can!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and you can add other fruits such as strawberries to enjoy.

This recipe make 2 servings!

 

Almond Meal Waffles
  • Time: 25 Minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Almond Meal Waffles

You can be very creative with these waffles. I like toasting some chopped pecans and adding to the mixture. Adding fresh blueberries give the waffles an extra burst of flavor! A great way to start any day.

 

Amatriciana
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Amatriciana

I love starting my Italian cooking with pancetta and onions! This is a great way to make a traditional Italian Sauce.

Amatriciana goes great with seafood, chicken cutlets or even pasta! It does have a different taste than your Italian marinara but once you give it a try…

You will love it.. Sometimes I add capers right before serving! Cooking Italian is certainly my favorite! Enjoy…

 

Anchovy Pizza
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Anchovy Pizza

If you are Italian or have traveled then you know why this recipe is in my cookbook. An anchovy pizza is the most common pizza in the entire Tuscan region. The pizza is thin with a perfect amount of anchovies, a sweet sauce, and no cheese. I decided to develop a Paleo version for you to enjoy and feel like you are in Italy!

Thank you Danny at D&D Market, Hartford for all of your support.

 

 

Andouille and Eggs Stir Fry
  • Time: 20 Minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Andouille and Eggs Stir Fry

I love a country breakfast on the weekend or a lazy weekday and this andouille sausage and eggs stir fry brings back memories of my French grandfather. On Sunday mornings he would fry together what ever was left in the refrigerator and a pan of potatoes! The house smelled so good we all went running to the kitchen. Miss those amazing mornings but I hold on tight to the memories! I had the best grandparents and they brought so much love to our family and it started every morning in the kitchen!

 

Antipasto
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Antipasto

The foods offered before the meal is called the Antipasti. The plates are colorful with a variety of meats, olives, artichokes, eggs, anchovies and other ingredients to create a mini-feast.

An Italian tradition is to create an antipasti with a selection of color, flavor, texture and how well each complements each other. An antipasti is also considered a great way to get everyone socializing together.

*Cindy's Note* Antipasti or Antipasto? I get this question all the time. Here is the literal definition, Antipasto (plural) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichokes, cheese, picked vegetables or meats and drizzled with oil and vinegar! 

 

Apple Cider
  • Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Apple Cider

I made this apple cider in the slow cooker and it was perfect! I love how the house smelled so good. My friends thought I had a cinnamon candle burning in the house! I guess you could "spike" this cider!! Enjoy

My apple cider also follows the Paleo diet!

 

Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin
  • Complexity: medium

Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin

My apple spiced pork tenderloin gained many smiles at home. The house smelled like cinnamon and apples. This meal pulled together so well and it is a great Paleo Recipe and Gluten Free. You can enjoy this with any fall sides. I made a apple and chestnut stuffing that was the perfect paring! Enjoy

 

Artichoke  and Bacon Frittata
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Artichoke and Bacon Frittata

If you know me well then we are all aware of my love for artichokes! I either have canned, marinated or fresh handy! My granddaughter Brooke and I made this delicious breakfast together and she even decorated the plate with flowers from my garden! I just love that I am creating memories with her as I did with my nana! My Artichoke and Bacon Frittata is a great paleo recipe and also gluten free!

 

Artichoke and Chicken Sausage
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Artichoke and Chicken Sausage "Cauliflower" Paella

I just love a great one-pot dish that makes everyone go "WOW".  I prepare, cook and serve right out of my beautiful braising pan.  You can also use your paella pan which I have two but decided to use this one!  

Thank you to D&D Market (the new Wethersfield, CT store) for the fresh ingredients to make this great recipe.  You will find this recipe on my cooking segment on Mass Appeal - March 11, 2015!

Note:  Using Cauliflower as your rice makes this dish a perfect Paleo side dish or main course!  This is also a stove to table dish without any mess in 30 minutes!

 

Artichoke and Spinach Balls
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Artichoke and Spinach Balls

I love keeping frozen vegetables handy in the refrigerator.  We were invited to a friends house and came up with these to bring.  I had all of the ingredients.  Enjoy!

PS - I made these, packed them up and they vanished.  I totally forgot to take a photo of the finished balls.  New time...  

 

Artichokes in a lemon and herb sauce
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Artichokes in a lemon and herb sauce

I grew up with my Nana steaming the large pot of artichokes on Sunday's and we would sit around the table before dinner with our bowl and just eat them with lots of laughter and smiles.  My Nana was very smart and she knew if she was making artichokes we would all sit around the table with her and that is all she wanted.  I came up with this recipe to add a different twist to artichokes but I still enjoy them steamed with olive oil and tons of chunky pieces of garlic!

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook: Paleo Italian Cooking.

**Cindy's Tip!  We all want to get to the heart of the artichoke.  Enjoy each leaf peddle by putting in your mouth then using your teeth to get the delicious flesh in your mouth.  Enjoy each leaf and don't hurry for the heart!  When you arrive to the bottom of your artichoke, there is a little "fuzzy hair"--just remove them and cut around the heart.  Put on your plate, cut it into pieces and just lightly dip and take a bite and enjoy that flavor in your mouth.  Enjoy with your family and friends! **

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

I made this Asian Chicken Salad using leftover chicken breast and we enjoyed it so much I used this salad for a recipe when teaching my Cook Once – Meals all Week class at Glastonbury High School.

This is also a great Paleo recipe and Gluten Free! Enjoy

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