The mom’s group in our area is very active, and so large that it’s subdivided into groups based on the children’s ages. I’m a “Llama Mama” and this year, it was the Llama Mama’s turn to host the annual pot-luck family picnic. I volunteered and also took a side salad. Now, a typical picnic side salad dish might involve leafy greens or cold pasta and chopped veggies plus some form of cheese and dressing. Given that we’re gluten- and dairy-free and I know at least a couple of the moms in the group are vegan, I wanted to avoid those “normal” options.
As I planned for the day, I was chatting with a college friend. Feeling somewhat nostalgic, I reflected on the things she often made when we were roommates–Matza Ball Soup, latkes, bagels with cream cheese and lox (OK, no, she didn’t make that one from scratch). Now, couscous isn’t a “traditional” Jewish food (it originates from Northern Africa) but it’s commonly enjoyed in Jewish communities and I can remember having cold, crisp couscous salad in the spring and summer or hot couscous with toppings in the fall and winter. This rendition of a cold couscous salad pays homage to those while being vegan- and paleo-friendly. We hope you like it and choose to serve it at your next picnic or barbecue!
This dish came about one weekday evening as we scrambled to get something put together for dinner without any planning. We had a bunch of mushrooms and a few chicken thighs that we needed to use. We also had a handful of Italian pork sausages. As it turned out, the combination of those things with a simple drizzle of olive oil and some spices was rather tasty. It was so good, in fact, we have made it a few times and decided we needed to share it with you. We hope you enjoy it!
I recently had a craving for Mexican food, and one of my favorite things is a good guacamole. It’s delicious, satiating, and guilt-free. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken us this long to share our recipe with you. We were first going to share it as part of a larger taco bowl recipe, but we realized this is too good to not stand alone.
It’s simple and perfect for snacking with veggies (celery, bell pepper sliced, etc.), pork rinds or gluten-free chips, and it makes a great topping for scrambled eggs and homemade tacos or burrito bowls. Note: The habanero has me nervous the first day because it’s flavor was punchy. But it mellowed by the second day and added just the right sweet heat to the guac. We hope you enjoy it!
So far this year, a high-fat, low-carb diet has been my modus operandi; it’s great for mental clarity, has eliminated hunger, and helped me a lot with losing weight. All of this has been awesome, but it has also meant going without many salads. It is much easier to focus on low carbs by avoiding them altogether, but that isn’t always the best solution for health and performance. As I’ve started running more, and dipped my toe in the water of racing, it has become apparent that my diet warrants some modifications.
This vinagrete was such a great surprise, and reminiscent of a pico de gallo. Even though spring is avoiding us here in the Washington, D.C., area, the mix of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, oil, vinegar, and herbs is refreshing and simple. It is great on top of your favorite protein (meat, fish, chicken) or on its own as a side salad. We bet it’s great over scrambled eggs, too.
However you choose to enjoy this vegetarian/vegan dish, we know you’ll love it.
Chicken salads have become a staple in our house ever since we started purchasing shredded chicken breast from Costco from their rotisserie chickens. It’s not perfectly “paleo,” but it’s pretty close and saves us a lot of time in an otherwise busy environment. We quickly chop up the chicken and accessories, make some homemade mayonnaise, season, and we have food for several meals. After a few chicken salads in a row, we wanted to mix things up beyond our standard. We found a curry chicken salad recipe in a keto cookbook and we wanted to try another variation.
This recipe has a mild heat to it, but is by no means a scorcher. If you’d like some more heat, consider adding chopped up jalapeño as a garnish or adding additional hot sauce to your individual serving. Put this on your menu for next week’s taco Tuesday and you won’t be disappointed.