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Frittata Filled Acorn Squash
  • Time: 40 minutes

Frittata Filled Acorn Squash

I am the queen of frittata's! While at Shop Rite, E. Hartford I picked up an acorn squash not know what the plan was but it felt right to grab one!

My husband is traveling this week in Germany and I was cleaning out the refrigerator and decided to make breakfast with the acorn squash.  

This was so yummy.  

I used 1 egg and 2 egg whites as my choice but I will list 2 eggs in the recipe. You decided!

 

 

Garlic Steamed Whole Artichokes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Garlic Steamed Whole Artichokes

Our family loves artichokes.  It all started with my Nana. Every Easter and Christmas Eve she would be steaming a big pot of artichokes.  We would all be so excited to be sitting around the table eating them!  Of course, the heart is the best part but getting to it pedal by pedal it very exciting too.  My mother still makes artichokes and so do I.  

I enjoy them often.  I make 2 for myself - One for now and another for tomorrow (or tonight).  

You need to add tons of garlic in the leaves and drizzle with lots of EVOO.  

Enjoy xo

 

Grilled Calamari Salad
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Calamari Salad

This is an Italian favorite! When ever this salad was offered at any restaurant in Tuscany we would order to enjoy before dinner with a glass of red wine! We have noticed that many Italian restaurants here in the states are now offering a grilled calamari salad, with their own personal twist.

*Cindy's Note* This is a recipe you want to prepare and enjoy immediately!

 

Grilled Corn and Creamy Poblano Sauté
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Corn and Creamy Poblano Sauté

We only eat corn late summer when it's tender and sweet.  At the lake house we entertain often and preparing this dish in advance was a great way to feed a crowd while enjoying local summer corn!  We loved the spice from poblano and jalapenô peppers!  

Go ahead and give this a try.  If you can't find local fresh corn then use frozen corn.  (I actually added a frozen bag of white sweet corn as 4 extra friends were coming over and I was afraid there would not be enough).

Enjoy xo

PS

I love my LeCreuset Pan!  Stove, Oven to Table!  Perfect.....

 

Grilled Rib Eye with a Spicy Fried Egg
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Rib Eye with a Spicy Fried Egg

Adding a spicy fried egg to a rib eye just adds another great texture and amazing flavor.  It’s almost a way to show off your creative side of cooking! 

Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad

I love summer vegetables and especially grilled then drizzle balsamic vinegar.  This makes a great salad for your next Paleo Picnic.

Cindy's Important Tip:  Be sure to take the time after you slice the eggplant and zucchini to salt and let sit.  I like to layer with paper towels and top with a pan for 20-25 minutes. This will drain the moisture from the vegetables and allow them to grill perfectly.  

 

Herb Grilled Chicken
  • Time: 4-6 hours (depending on marinade time)
  • Complexity: easy

Herb Grilled Chicken

I have to start off this recipe by saying OMG.  I had a sisters weekend to celebrate Michelle's 50th and our friends Dennis and Lisa offered to take us out on their boat for the day.  I made some amazing Herb Marinade from my garden and let the chicken sit for about 5 hours in the refrigerator.  

Glenn grilled them then I thinly sliced and made a large sandwich.  I cut them up into individual portions and everyone just loved them!  Hubby even ate the remaining sandwiches for lunch the next day!

Now to keep the chicken paleo you can enjoy grilled or over a salad or grill up vegetables (zucchini, eggplant and red onion).  That is what my sisters and I did with the left over chicken then I drizzled EVOO and balsamic.  Super delicious.

Go ahead and grill this today!

Here is the recipe to my Herbs and Garlic Marinade!

Enjoy xo

 

Italian Chicken Loaf stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Chicken Loaf stuffed Acorn Squash

In the fall comfort foods seems to make everyone happy!  I love to serve this in an individual bowl for everyone to sit and enjoy each bite!   The ground chicken goes so well with the acorn squash.  You can use ground turkey, beef or pork and still make this meal amazing!

Italian Eggs baked in a Tomato
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Eggs baked in a Tomato

In the summer, either from my garden or from the farmers market, i just love the large fresh tomatoes. This is a great brunch to share with your family and friends. Not to mention it makes you look fancy!

Here is my little secret; when my husband travels for business I make this for dinner and enjoy every bite. Sometimes I add in leftover salmon or other vegetables from a past meal.

*CHEFS NOTE* If you are pairing this for Sunday brunch, you can whisk the eggs and other ingredients together the night before and store in a sealed container. You can prepare your tomato and keep in the refrigerator on a platter, lightly seasoned with salt and covered lightly with a clear wrap. When you are ready to bake, just assemble, place in the oven until done and serve

Italian Meatloaf Stuffed with Greens and Proscuitto
  • Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Italian Meatloaf Stuffed with Greens and Proscuitto

I came up with this recipe for our neighborhood get-together!  I never served a "meatloaf" for a dinner party but this was certainly a gourmet dinner and the presentation was perfect.

I served with a arugula, red onion and tomato salad and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon.  I even made a quick pan gravy and what a hit!  

 

 

Italian Pickled Vegetables
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Pickled Vegetables

My grandfather had a very large garden and my Nana would wait for him to bring in the fresh vegetables. My Nana and I would take the fresh vegetables and make a bunch of jars and we would serve them on our Sunday dinners along with her antipasti. You can really cut the vegetables anyway you want. I like some slices and others in a stick form (sliced).

My Nana insisted that all of the vegetables except for the cauliflower and artichokes to be the same shape.

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

 

Italian Stuffed Cabbage
  • Time: 2 1/2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Italian Stuffed Cabbage

I love stuffed cabbage.  I have a paleo version but this is my Italian version made my way.  My Nana loved making stuffed cabbage and I do too!  It's comfort food that warms the soul.  

I always have Italian sauce in my freezer as I make it in large batches.  I will include a simple sauce at the end of the recipe.

 

 

Italian Style Tomato Salad
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Style Tomato Salad

A tomato salad was always my Nana's favorite. We would mostly have this for lunch. I remember her asking me "Do you want a tomato salad for lunch?" I miss her so much and treasure all of her memories.

 

Lamb Chops wrapped with Prosciutto
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Lamb Chops wrapped with Prosciutto

These make a perfect appetizer for any occasion. This is a quick yet gourmet appetizer to really dazzle your guests! If you can't find lamb chops ask your butch to cut up a rack of lamb into individual chops. They will gladly do it for you! You can assemble the chops in advance and keep refrigerated until ready to grill.

*Cind's Note* To finely mince garlic, after you peel and chop your garlic continue to finely chop. Take a pinch of sea salt and sprinkle on the garlic. Take the flat edge of your chefs knife and press firmly down to the garlic and rub on the board.

 

Latin-American Beef Tenderloin with Avocado
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Latin-American Beef Tenderloin with Avocado

This is perfect for a dinner party!

I served my Roasted Mushrooms with Spinach and Herbs as a side!  Yummy...

Maple Glazed Salmon
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Maple Glazed Salmon

I just love salmon and you can't get it any better than at City Fish!  I received my new bistro grill pan and I just LOVE it...   After grilling on my stove top I put under the broiler for just a few minutes and the maple syrup caramelized perfectly.  

 

Give this Paleo recipe a try NOW!

 

 

Meatballs, Cabbage and Peas
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Meatballs, Cabbage and Peas

This is a delicate dish perfect for everyday to gourmet!  I just love one pot recipes especially ones that are Paleo!  Enjoy

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce

Many restaurants offer a mixed grill in Tuscany.  My husband and I would order 2 meals and share to try more food.  We always loved to experiment with the mix grill and the anchovy sauce adds so much flavor. 

Paleo Short Ribs with Spaghetti Squash
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Short Ribs with Spaghetti Squash

This recipe for Paleo short ribs with spaghetti squash is a great comfort dinner and the next day it is even more amazing! You can even prepare this on the stovetop then place in your slow cooker on low for 4 hours.

Thank you to Shop Rite for the amazing quality of short ribs and the other ingredients to make this perfect dish.

I like to remove the meat form the bone and make the sauce a little thicker before serving.  You can omit that part and just skim the fat off the top and serve as is.  Sometimes I serve them in tact and other times I remove the meat!  It's up to you!  Either was this is an amazing dish and totally worth the wait.

I used some of my favorite ingredients and cookware - I just love my Le Creuset Dutch Oven, Tomatoes and Olive oil from D&D Market, dried herbs from Simply Organic and I adore my Salt Pig!

This recipe was shared on Better Connecticut!

 

Paleo Sole Meuniére
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Sole Meuniére

Meuniére is fish lightly coated in flour then sautéed in butter then add lemon juice and parsley before serving.  The butter becomes more of a browned butter and this dish is beautiful and delicious.  I love using sole or flounder.

Head over to City Fish and make this recipe tonight! 

An Everyday to Gourmet dish and a Paleo recipe.

 

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Primavera
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Primavera

This was certainly the hit of the party!  I served this Paleo Pasta Primavera with my Paleo Pork Roast Loin and it disappeared right in front of me!  

 

Porcini Mushroom and Peas “Cauliflower” Risotto
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Porcini Mushroom and Peas “Cauliflower” Risotto

Risotto is a Northern Italian rice dish that is cooked for a long time stirring often.   A traditional risotto is cooked with a warm broth added slowly to create a creamy consistency. As a Paleo dish it takes less time to prepare and the cauliflower gives it a perfect risotto feel.

I remember my Nana would make a cup of coffee and grab her stool and site at the stove for an hour while preparing risotto!

This dish also looks amazing in my dish from Emile Henry!

 

 

Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Ragù
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Ragù

Italian Paleo OMG Ragù!  This was simply amazing.  We are at our lake house for the summer and our friends came over. I had a super busy day and while at the butcher deciding what to make the pork butt looked amazing.

I did serve this dish with a creamy polenta.  I am Italian!!  What can I say...  If you want to keep it Paleo then serve with sauté vegetables or sauté garlic spinach (I do that a lot).

Anyway..  Enjoy..

xo Cindy

PS:  This freezes well and taste even better the next day!  You can also prepare this meal in your slow cooker.

 

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