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 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...  

 

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!

 

Baked Sweet Potato Chips
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Hubby and I love sweet potato fries with our burgers!  However tonight as was I holding 2 thin sweet potatoes I quickly decided to change it up a little.  I took out my mandoline to make chips!  As a little surprise I even made a Paleo sriracha dipping sauce!  

Check it out!

 

Banana Protein Crepes
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Banana Protein Crepes

Getting ready for my HEWfit Challenge and wanted to test out a new recipes.  I am thrilled because my husband even loved them.  At first I was planning on making pancakes but due to the consistency of my batter they were perfect crepes.

I used protein from my friends at Inner Amour.

The next time make them I am adding blueberries in the batter.

I batch made 4 crepes.

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Cakes with a Fresh Herb Pesto
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cauliflower Cakes with a Fresh Herb Pesto

OK big news today!  When I was visiting my friend Teal at Sons and Daughter farm and winery I learned a few things.  First I had an amazing wine sampling then of course I went for my 2 jugs of kombucha.  While I was there her and David took me on a little tour and my takeaway was Yucca Root.  OMG...

Teal brought my a tasting of tapioca pudding their chef made from yucca root and it was the best I ever had.  I just love the texture of tapioca pudding and it was to die for!  Really.....

She also told me that the yucca root made a great thickening agent and also how you make cassava flour.

While I am doing our HewFit Challenge at our gym and the "game" excludes any flours even (almond, coconut, tapioca, etc) so I grabbed a yucca root to make Cauliflower cakes.  

Enjoy!

 

Chicken Saltimbocca Meatloaf
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Chicken Saltimbocca Meatloaf

OMG is my first reaction!  I love chicken saltimbocca but you need to make it and eat immediately and I decided to make it an entire day in advance and this was simply amazing.

My husband does not like the word meatloaf!  However every time I make him one he loves it including this recipe.  I used all of the ingredients as my Chicken Saltimbocca but used ground chicken.  Enjoy this delicious Paleo dish today (or tomorrow).  

As you can see from the photo I made 2 individual loafs and it was perfect.  You can make just one or even 4 mini loafs!  You pick..

Here are all of the ingredients you will need to prepare this dish!

 

 

 

Chocolate Protein and Espresso Chia Pudding
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Protein and Espresso Chia Pudding

I just LOVE chia seeds and making pudding.  Together this is a perfect Paleo snack anytime! Just shake it all in your jar, cover, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!  I love to add a spoonful of almond butter on top.  Go ahead and try it!

Cubanelle and Veal Bolognese
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cubanelle and Veal Bolognese

I have found myself to have daily visits to Joseph's Classic Market theses days and creating new recipes.

Not only do we have amazing markets here in Palm Beach Gardens but our farmers markets are spectacular spectacular and only 2 miles from my house each Sunday.  How perfect is that for me!  At the market I always go to Benders tent as they have everything I need and it's fresh.  The prices are great and it's per items so there is no waiting to weigh.  They had cubanella peppers 4 for $1.00.  Of course I got 4 and grilled 2 with our steak dinner.  Looking at the remaining 2 this dish came to me and I served it with sweet potato pasta!  YUMMY Paleo dinner....

 

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters

I just realized that there are a lot of sweet potato recipes on my blog.  I do love sweet potatoes.

This recipes was inspired by a recent trip to Bolder.  My friend Monica and I went out to lunch and they had these hugs sweet potato fritters on the counter with a marshmallow topping.   We each ate one but OMG they were filling and the topping was really sweet.

I decide to make my healthy (Paleo) version.  My husband just loved these and asked me to save 2 for breakfast with his eggs in the morning.  I even gave one to Jake - of course he just loved it too!  

Enjoy!  These are super yummy

PS
I just used one large sweet potato and made about 8 fitters.  Just a FYI

 

Herb Stuffed Artichokes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Herb Stuffed Artichokes

Eating simple steamed artichokes are a perfect way to enjoy them but if you want a more hearty recipe then give this one a try!  This can be a mean upon itself.

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

Italian Roasted Salmon
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Roasted Salmon

I love salmon so when we have it during the week I get a pound for the 2 of us.  Then there is enough for me to add into my eggs in the morning or over a salad for lunch.  

Super easy, super healthy and super yummy!  Enjoy

Old-Fashioned Chicken Soup with Paleo Herb Dumplings
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Old-Fashioned Chicken Soup with Paleo Herb Dumplings

I am calling this old-fashioned because my Nana made it this way and she had it on the stove simmering all day!  I made this soup in one-pot using my favorite Dutch Oven and my favorite spices!

My granddaughter Brooke and I have developed a special bond which makes me so happy because it resembles the relationship I had with my Nana.  I just wish she didn't live so far away from me.  I cherish all of our time together and we love to cook and we made this yummy soup together!  OMG I never saw a 10 year old devour so much soup in one sitting!  She said, "I can't stop eating".. Love her so much.

Go ahead and make this recipe and making memories is amazing!

xo Cindy

 

Paleo Sriracha Sauce
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Paleo Sriracha Sauce

I can say this for my entire family - We are all dippers.  When my daughter was little (and she still does it now at 29) I had to give her at least 3 ramekins of dipping sauces with her dinner.  She needed a variety to dip!  Now my grand daughter Brooke does the same thing. I guess the saying, "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree" really means something in our family.

I guess you can call me the big dipper!  

I made this dipping sauce to go with my Baked Sweet Potato Chips and it was so yummy I am saving some to add on my poached eggs for breakfast - just sayn'

Enjoy

Panna Cotta with Berries
  • Time: 3-5 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Panna Cotta with Berries

This is a great dessert for entertaining.  You can make these a day in advance and let sit in wine or martini glasses until ready to serve.  If making in advance, just add the berries before serving.

This recipe can also be found in my cookbook: Paleo Italian Cooking

Portobello Ragu
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Portobello Ragu

This Portobello ragu is hearty and flavorful. I love to serve over zucchini noodles or with sautéed chicken. You can use fresh or dried herbs for this ragu. My recommendation would be to add the fresh herbs in towards the end of the cooking process but the dried herbs can go in right away!

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

 

 

 

Really Big Loaded Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Really Big Loaded Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

My disclaimer for this recipe! I am Italian and during the holidays especially I make everything BIG!  What if unexpected guests stop by!  What if family brings a friend!  What if I ran into someone at the grocery store and they are home alone for a holiday (that has really happened).  

These are some of the reasons there is always an extra dish waiting in the refrigerator on stand-by or when I make a dish - It's really BIG and LOADED with lots of good stuff.

Note!

  • You can make this really big lasagna and left overs are amazing!
  • You can cut ingredients in half to make an 8x10 size pan.
  • You can omit the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan to make it dairy free
  • You can make the meat sauce, cut the recipe in half and freeze the remaining sauce for another time.

 

Risotto Primavera
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Risotto Primavera

Primavera is normally a pasta dish with spring vegetables.  I was at the farmers market this morning and picked up red peppers and had frozen peas and porcini mushrooms at home.  

This side dish was perfect with my leg of lamb roast I made for our Sunday dinner!

Enjoy

Roasted Beet Salad with Dijon Shallot
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Beet Salad with Dijon Shallot

Beets have become wildly popular lately! I get so excited when I see a beet salad on a menu or when at a friend's house and they ask, "do you like beets?" I remember being a little girl and being served the canned beets which have no flavor and the texture is not very pleasant. When you roast beets they really come to life and adding my simple Dijon dressing makes this the perfect starter for any dinner party or just because!

 

*CHEFS NOTE* We all think about the dreaded red beet fingers and hands when it comes to beets. I like to take fresh beets and cut the green off as close as I can get to the beet. Then scrub with water and a brush to really get it clean. Then roast and let cool. Once is it cool, the skin should come off very easily with your fingers. I try to go fast so red isn't everywhere but you can also wear gloves. Another way is to peel the beet while under cold water- again going fast!

Roasted Carrots and Butternut Squash
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Carrots and Butternut Squash

This recipe was inspired by a beautiful bunch of carrots from the farmers market and a lovely butternut squash on my counter.  I decided to slice them into sticks and they were the perfect side to our grilled steak dinner.

 

 

**How to cut and peel a butternut squash:  Start by grabbing a sharp knife and sharp vegetable peeler.  First remove the ends by using a shark knife and placing the squash on a work board on the side.

Place the squash on its side and use the vegetable peeler by making long strokes along the squash.

 

To easily work with the squash, cut it in half.  I like to cut where the neck of the squash ends.

 

Cut the body (bigger end) in half and use a spoon the scrape out the seeds.

 

Now you can easily cut into strips, chop or use other ways to follow this recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower Bacon Au gratin with sliced Asparagus and a Sherry Soy Reduction
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Cauliflower Bacon Au gratin with sliced Asparagus and a Sherry Soy Reduction

Hubby and I were at the Farmers Market and picked up tons of fresh vegetables, fish dip and a leg of lamb for Easter and a few tenderloins.  Last night I really wanted salmon and I created this amazing side dish and it's Paleo for you to enjoy!

I used only 3 tablespoons of organic cheddar for the au gratin and wow was this a perfect side.  I hope we have left overs as it will be all stored together and enjoyed for lunch today!

Roasted Vegetables with a Reduced Balsamic
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Vegetables with a Reduced Balsamic

The combination of many vegetables roasting in the oven brings a great aroma to the kitchen!  It is also a great way to cook several ingredients in one baking pan!  Topping with a thick balsamic glaze brings the flavors to a new level of enjoyment.

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

** Cindy's Tip! You can also grill vegetables--just brush them with oil and season with some salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and garlic powder. **

 

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and rocket
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and rocket

This recipe is so easy and I love making this for a crowd.  We entertain often and our guests don’t want me slaving over the stove to feed them but this easy breakfast is so full of color and flavor that everyone is thrilled to enjoy this dish.  The peppery addition of the rocket really brings this dish to life.

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

 

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb Roast
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb Roast

While at the farmers market we picked up a 4 pound leg of lamb roast.  I decided to add amazing flavors and cook low and slow for a perfect Sunday dinner.

Here is a conversion if you decided to prepare this recipe in your dutch oven.  

Go here ---> Conversion low cooker vs dutch oven

I served this dish with roasted red pepper risotto and roasted cauliflower.  

 

Spicy
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Spicy "Riced" Sweetheart Egg Bites

I have been over indulging in vegetables and just love it.  I had 1 head of both cauliflower and broccoli and wanted to use them up.  I decided to rice both of them in my food processor and create 2 recipes.  One is for these little spicy sweetheart bites for Valentine's Day and the other I am going to use in my stuffed cabbage. The recipe will be similar to this recipe except I am using ground ground turkey and the riced cauliflower/broccoli and not the zucchini.

I made these in mini-muffin tins.  I sprayed with coconut oil spray I found at Trader Joes

Enjoy xo

 

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