Author Archives for Brent Schrader

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Shallot-Basil Vinaigrette

Asparagus is one of the greatest vegetables out there, if you ask us. As our first recipe in our new house (still full of boxes), this was a grand slam. This salad is delicious on its own, and pairs nicely with a seared piece of steak, chicken, or fish. Throw this into your regular salad rotation and mix up your salad game.

Despite eating asparagus constantly while in Munich and Berlin, we still can’t get enough. Spargel, as it’s known, is most popular in its white variety, and is available almost everywhere. This was reverse of our experience here in the US, as they made a point to call out “green asparagus” where we would assume the vegetable was green, unless otherwise described. It was truly remarkable.

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Spicy Bloody Mary Mix

This past week the east coast, and our area in Washington DC, experienced a significant snow storm unlike anything we had seen in recent years. We were hit with over 2 feet of snow, and it caused the federal government to close for 2.5 days. When we realized we were stuck in the house with nowhere to go, we decided to experiment with a few recipes—this bloody mary mix is one of them.

We used the amazing buffalo sauce from Tessemae’s, a local Maryland company, to put this mix together. It has amazing flavor with or without the vodka. Make it for your next Sunday brunch, and savor the goodness.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

A fairly uncommon, but amazing, meal I had growing up was Chicken Tetrazzini. I loved the flavor of the chicken, mushroom, and peas—yes, peas—in this creamy sauce with noodles. The smell filled the house like nothing else. “But, Brent,” you insist, “aren’t peas a legume, and a sacrilege to all things paleo?” Technically yes; but, in practice, it depends on your philosophy. We believe that perfect can be the enemy of good, and the occasional grey area food (for many people) will not cause much upset, but your mileage may vary. That said, you can always leave the peas out and/or substitute diced carrots. If you’re curious as to why we are comfortable with fresh/frozen peas in our diet on occasion, you can read this thorough explanation from Mark Sisson.

We hope you’ll give this recipe a try—and maybe even give peas a chance. Chicken Tetrazzini is delicious, and we think you’ll enjoy our paleo spin on this classic.

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Paleo Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast—every college student’s dream (and nightmare). My college years, and pre-paleo days, often consisted of pizza for breakfast, or whatever takeout was leftover. An adage of mine that survived this period of life is, “if it isn’t good cold, it isn’t good,” and I still use this for food and recipes today. We don’t often splurge for pizza these days, paleo or otherwise; but when Heather asked for breakfast this Sunday morning, I had an urge to be creative. About 30 minutes later, we were full and this recipe was born.

We made this paleo breakfast pizza fairly plain, with a topping of pepperoni and fresh basil, but don’t let that stop you from making it your own. We’ll likely update this post as we move forward with additional ideas, but feel free to add veggies, additional meats (…bacon?!), or cheese, if you tolerate it. Let us know in the comments how you personalize this paleo pizza, and enjoy!

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Split Asparagus Soup

Split Asparagus Soup is a hat-tip to the split pea soup we enjoyed growing up. Our paleo remake substitutes asparagus for peas, and makes use of a pressure cooker to get you amazing soup in no time. This past year we picked up an Instant Pot when it was on sale. We had heard great things from friends and bloggers alike, and decided it was time for us to make the investment as well. The Instant Pot is a “7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker—Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.” If you’re missing just one of these items in  your kitchen, or would like to replace 4 or 5 for one master machine, this is your ticket to efficiency.

We first experimented with this recipe on the stove top, and it was a 3-hour project with fantastic results. Remaking it with our Instant Pot reduced the time by 2 hours! We’ll be using this gadget rather often on busy days. Be sure to give this recipe a try and let us know how you like it.

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