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Cedar Plank Salmon with Thyme-Balsamic Glaze

We love balsamic vinegar. It goes well with just about any vegetable or protein, and it’s one of our top two go-to seasonings for salmon. With the beautiful weather this weekend, I wanted do something a little different. I wanted to make a balsamic glaze, and I wanted to take advantage of the glorious summer whether and use our grill and cedar planks.

Cedar imparts a beautiful smokey, slightly sweet and earthy flavor to fish and vegetables. By bringing in the balsamic glaze, I hoped to harmoniously blend that flavor with the sweet and tangy richness of the balsamic glaze.  The thyme, I thought, would tame some of the sweetness and help blend the cedar and balsamic flavors well.

I’m pleased to say it worked rather well. We hope you enjoy this new twist on some classic flavors for salmon!
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Easy Calamari (Squid) Salad

Squid is an ingredient that I vilified for a large portion of my life—probably until I was in my early teens. My mom’s insistence that I try all foods at least once, as well as a friend whose parents owned a restaurant, turned me on to calamari. There’s also been some recent news chatter about a certain substitute that some restaurants have allegedly been using as a cost savings measure (tldr; some claim pig rectum is being used, but current evidence points to hearsay and urban legend).

When our local supermarket had organically sourced squid, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a dish that didn’t include frying this delicious cephalopod. This salad is light and refreshing, and would easily work as an appetizer or first course, but can also work as a full meal itself. If you’re looking to put together a more exotic meal without a lot of effort, this is certainly a great way to go. Just note that cleaning and preparing squid can be a little time intensive, so if there is an option to buy them pre-cleaned (and you’re in a hurry), take advantage of it.

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Heat things up with Paleo Grilling: Review & Recipe

TIP: Make sure you read all the way to the bottom because we’re giving away a copy of this hot commodity!

A grill in the backyard, filling the air with sweet and savory smoke foretelling of delicious meats, veggies, and more to eat has been a staple of summer in our families. That being said, at our house, grilling is a year-round cooking option. We love to grill our food, whether it’s hot and sticky or cold and dry outside or anywhere in between. Just thinking about a grill makes me drool.

We couldn’t wait to get a copy of Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan (with a forward by Amy Kubal). Published earlier this summer, this book is the perfect compliment to any bookshelf of healthy cookbooks. Did you get yours? If not, keep reading—we’re going to give you a shot to win a copy!
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Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad

One of the main rebuttals for going on a gluten free or a paleo diet is how difficult it is to get by without noodles and pasta. We appreciate that those foods have been a staple and mainstay in a lot of households, and losing them is a bit jarring. Although we’re slightly behind the curve here with the “spiralizer” kitchen gadget, now that we have one, we can’t get enough of it! This cucumber salad was our first adventure, and there are plenty more to come.
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Quick and Easy Paleo Trail Mix

We often make a lot of large meals in bulk in order to get through the week with minimal cooking during the week—especially pulled pork, chili, and salmon. When it comes to snacks, we haven’t done much in terms of specific meals; instead, if we’re feeling peckish, we generally just have small portions of the other larger meals. Continue reading

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