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Bacon and Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

The past five months have flown by with a newborn, and it has hit us that next week we will be flying out to Wisconsin to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Turkey Day is the first of many opportunities to over-indulge (in food and drink) with friends and family on a regular basis through the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with making a conscious choice to treat yourself. However, we’ve learned that going off the rails has its consequences and is less and less appealing each holiday season.

As a result, we are always trying to create more options for our holiday tables, and this time we think we’ve really struck gold. This creamed cauliflower, spinach, and bacon medley has the heartiness of mashed potatoes, plenty of spinach, and bacon for days. It’s a great option for anyone looking to stay low-carb during the holiday feast, but it won’t leave anyone else feeling deprived. We hope it makes its way to your table as well, no matter the season.

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Roasted Tomato and Olive Mediterranean Salad

As summer turns to fall, I find myself wanting roasted things—Roasted Adobo Chicken, Roasted Root Vegetables, etc. But, as is usual for the Mid-Atlantic region, we still have warm and humid days occurring regularly. So, cold salads still hold their appeal for me.

This recipe takes deliciously roasted tomatoes and olives and blends them, chilled, with refreshing cucumber and artichoke. It seemed only natural to take a mediterranean turn, and somehow it feels like the perfect late-summer/early-autumn side dish. We hope you enjoy it!

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Zucchini Fritters

We recently hosted a brunch for a group of friends so they could meet Otto and we could spend time catching up with each other. Everyone brought something to share and it was a lot of fun. We served bacon and sausage, someone brought an egg bake, someone brought fruit, and someone even made cinnamon buns!

One of our friends also brought a large zucchini from her garden. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to cook with it. Brent and I agreed we didn’t want to simply make zoodles. A homegrown zucchini deserves to be made into something special. It was so large, I was able to make two recipes in fact! We will post the second one another time. For now, we hope you enjoy this super simple recipe for fritters—a delicious snack or side dish for any meal.

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10 Family-Friendly Paleo Recipes

Our first summer as parents is coming to a close. So, I thought it might be fun to share a round-up of recipes that is focused on bringing parents and their kids together. I’m sure you know by now that getting kids into the kitchen to help prepare meals is a great way to help them establish life-long healthy eating habits. But did you know the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has put together a handy-dandy reference sheet of parenting tips for involving your children in meal prep?

Otto is just over 12 weeks old, so we have quite a long wait ahead of us before he can start helping make meals. But, it’s never too early to plan ahead, right? Assuming the world doesn’t end before he turns 2, I’ll be coming back to this post as well as referencing some of our favorite cookbooks, like Eat Like a Dinosaur, Nom Nom Paleo, Paleo Takeout, and Real Life Paleo, for ideas on how to get him involved.

Without further ado, here is a collection of recipes that are delicious and fun to make as a family! (Plus, at the end, a bonus list of my three favorite lactation cookie recipes for breastfeeding moms like myself.)

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Chicken a la King

Over the past few weeks, Heather and I have been home with our newborn son, Otto, and this past week we spent some time at my parents in an attempt to transport some nursery furniture home from their house. Long story short, the trailer hitch I purchased was damaged in transit and a local auto parts store ordered us a replacement arriving the next day, only to then say the next day it would be a week or two.

While we spent time relaxing with Grandma and Grandpa, we also decided to cook up a recipe. Chicken a la King has a complicated history, with competing ideas as to how it was created. What is known is that this recipe is made with chicken, a cream sauce, and vegetables, and often served over rice, bread, or pasta. We’ve created a dairy-free cream sauce and served this on its own. That said, you can easily put this over rice, cauliflower rice, or some homemade gluten-free bread.

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