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Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing and Marinade

Today I am writing sitting on the corner of a hotel bed in Canada. The family travelled here for a work event, and Otto and I have the day to ourselves. Otto was a champion on his first two flights, and we are hoping for similar luck on our return voyage. We may have caught a cold from recycled airplane air or the sudden change in temperature, so we’re taking it slow this morning.

Before we left the states, we whipped up a Caesar salad dressing that is dairy- and gluten-free. We love using salad dressings to spice up our vegetables and to marinate meats, but buying store-bought dressings is usually either expensive or a compromise in ingredient quality. Its hard to believe it took us over 6 years in our paleo journey to figure this out, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

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Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Bake

Now that we’ve officially entered fall, we’ve been craving heartier meals. It feels off though, considering the weather has been in the mid 80s and humid here in Washington, D.C. That said, we wanted to put together a one-pot meal that would be filling as well as provide leftovers for a few days.

This creamy chicken and asparagus bake does just that. There was minimal clean up, which is always fantastic, and it allowed us to integrate vegetables in an easy way. We hope you enjoy this new recipe!

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Breakfast Taco Bowl

In college, pizza was a perfect breakfast food. I never tried breakfast tacos, but breakfast burritos were amazing when we had them at home. This week is my first attempt at taking care of Otto without the help of Heather (she’s away at a work conference), so we planned a recipe that would take some of the meal planning off my plate for the week.

This is kind of a deconstructed breakfast burrito, and the plantain chips gives it the crunch of a taco. If you include dairy in your diet, feel free to also serve this with high-quality cheese and/or sour cream. Sliced jalapeños are great, too!

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Gluten Free Walnut and Zucchini Bread

Last week, we shared with you a recipe for Zucchini Fritters, which we developed using a large home-grown zucchini given to us by a friend who recently visited us to meet Otto. Today, I’m excited to share with you the second recipe that we created using that same zucchini. (Seriously, it was a really big zucchini.)

This zucchini bread is a twist on a childhood favorite of mine—a twist that’s specifically good for lactating moms, like myself. Now that I’m back to work and Otto is with his nanny, it would be easy to for stress and lack of contact with my baby allow my body to stop producing breastmilk. But I’m determined to give Otto breastmilk as long as I possibly can, so I’m pumping regularly and consuming galactagogues whenever possible. (A galactagogue is a substance that increases milk supply; common ones are oats, walnuts, and fenugreek.)

Whether you’re a lacking mom or not, I hope you’ll enjoy this unique zucchini bread recipe. Oh, and one last thing: Yes, I realize that oats are not “paleo” in the strictest sense; but we aren’t paleo perfectionists. For me, gluten-free oats are close enough!

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Asian-Inspired Chimichurri Roast

Chimichurri is one of my favorite marinades for steak, especially cuts that typically are less tender. The combination of fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, and oil provide a vibrant smell and satisfying taste. Having experimented with variations over the past few weeks, we’re excited to share this Asian-inspired version with you. Adding Thai basil and Thai chilies adds a great depth of flavor and spiciness we know you’ll love.

When cooking this pot roast slowly in a skillet, the bottom gets a hard sear, similar to burnt ends on smoked meats (without the dryness). That said, if you’d like to minimize that hard sear, I recommend adding 1 cup of beef or chicken stock to the skillet. This may accelerate the cooking time; so checking the temperature at 10 minute intervals will be important. However you choose to cook this meal, we hope you’ll enjoy it.

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