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Recipes tagged with: paleo italian cooking

 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.

 

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! 

 

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops

This recipe has been a favorite for TV cooking segments when I share recipes from my new cookbook Paleo Italian Cooking!  Get your copy and check out the other healthy Italian recipes!

In Tuscan and Spanish cooking you will see the word sofrito in many recipes. Sofrito is the combination of tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, garlic and fresh herbs to create a sauce. I use a sofrito in many of my recipes and is a perfect way to enjoy this dish.

You can use some of the sauce and use over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. I love to grill vegetables and top with this sofrito.

 

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!

 

 

 

Chicken Scallopini in Lemon- Caper Sauce
  • Time: 45 minues
  • Complexity: easy

Chicken Scallopini in Lemon- Caper Sauce

A simple dish can be the perfect romantic dinner for 2 or a quick dish for a family dinner.  Many Italian dishes are very simple yet extremely flavorful. 

Deviled Eggs 7 Layer Dip
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Deviled Eggs 7 Layer Dip

I always see deviled eggs at parties and everyone gets so happy as they are popping them into their mouths! I love to take an original receipe and make it look super pretty in a trifle dish! I promise this will be a hit if you bring this to your next party!

Figs with Goat Cheese wrapped with Prosciutto
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Figs with Goat Cheese wrapped with Prosciutto

These beauties will wow your guests but the big smiles will come after they take a bite! The sweetness of the fig with the melted goat cheese and the almost crispy prosciutto makes a fabulous combination for the perfect appetizer. This also goes great with a glass of red wine!

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 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 White Anchovies with Gremolata
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled White Anchovies with Gremolata

I grew up enjoying anchovies in many of our Italian dishes. While in Tuscany, we loved a grilled white anchovy but I decided to add a fresh gremolata. This will dazzle your Italian friends! You can use sardines but the white anchovies are really good for you!

*CHEFS NOTE* "What is gremolata?"

First, it sounds kind of sexy and sophisticated when you say gremolata! This 3 ingredient beauty is simply a condiment made from finely minced parsley, minced garlic and lemon zest. Traditionally served with veal (Occo Buco) and can go with steak, chicken, or seafood. I love to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil to really make the gremolata shine! You can also substitute mint (for the parsley) and serve with lamb chops.

 

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 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 Pops Wrapped with Prosciutto
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Lamb Pops 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 butcher 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. 

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Bolognese
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Bolognese

Don't we all love our Thanksgiving Leftovers!  We do in our house and we always make a soup which is always a hit.  Being Italian I love making a bolognese.  I love to add in some of the butternut squash to sweeten up the sauce.  To make this a paleo pasta dish use spaghetti squash which is what I do and it's so good!

Enjoy Paleo Italian Leftovers!

 

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. 

Muffins with Pancetta and Herbs
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Muffins with Pancetta and Herbs

Some mornings we just want muffins and a cup of coffee. I am Italian and there is always pancetta in my refrigerator. Using fresh herbs in these muffins makes them extra special but if you don't have them handy go ahead and use dried.

*CHEFS NOTE* A little tip on finely chopping pancetta: place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm then you will find it easier to chop with a sharp chefs knife.

Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars

Before we left to head North for the summer it was time to clean out the kitchen.  We were planning a day on the boat and I decided to make these Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars.  Paleo OMG these were amazing.  There were a few left over and my sister and I enjoyed them with our coffee.  So GOOD! 

Give them a try.  

Note:  I did put them in the refrigerator in bars after they cooled for 30 minutes as it made it easier to cut into square.

Paleo Apple Galette
  • Time: 1 day
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Apple Galette

Galette a French term used in various types of flat or round crusty pastry.  I love making a rustic dessert filled with fruit for Thanksgiving or when entertaining. 

Let the dough refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours.

PS:  You will notice some fresh thyme in my dessert.  I had some handy and wanted to add some to the apples.  Go ahead be creative!

Pan Roasted Garlic and Sage Quail
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Pan Roasted Garlic and Sage Quail

Quail is a very traditional dish in Italy, you do not want to overcook this delicate poultry. I love to grill eggplant, zucchini and red pepper to serve with this dish!

*CHEFS NOTE* Quail can be hard to find at your local grocery stores. I go to D&D Market in Hartford, CT for my Italian meats, sauce, and other ingredients.

 

Pistachio Crusted Cod with Roasted Pepper Sauce

Pistachio Crusted Cod with Roasted Pepper Sauce

You can use any white fish but the cod goes really well. 

Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad

My future daughter-in-law loves quinoa and so do I.  I made this as a side dish with my ham dinner the day after Thanksgiving and everyone was excited to give it a try!  I made sure there was plenty left over for Leia to take some home!

Super easy and Very yummy..

 

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 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!

Roman Braised Eggplant
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Roman Braised Eggplant

Eggplant is one of my favorites and I do prepare several ways on a regular basis in my kitchen. Especially when I am looking for a side dish using eggplant and other ingredients that are always handy in my refrigerator!

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