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The 4th of July: Feast Ideas

The 4th of July is when America finally got independence from Great Britain, and the famous Declaration of Independence was signed. So now we all celebrate this day by brewing up a barbecue for lunch, and at night you go see relaxing, beautiful fireworks. At the lunch-time barbecue you stuff your face with hamburgers and hot dogs and hang out with your family. In this post I’m just going to list a few paleo barbecue ideas and recipes I found online:

Paleo Hamburgers

 Kale Chips

Salad

Paleo hot dogs

  • I made this one up: you go buy a good quality, grass-fed wiener, cook it, wrap it in lettuce, add condiments and wallah!

Sweet potato salad

Fruit salad

  • That’s easy. Mix a bunch of fruit in a bowl

Coconut milk vanilla ice cream( red, white, and blue: raspberries, ice cream, blueberries)

So that wraps it up, this would be a heck of a picnic, ehh? Have a good 4th of July, spend time with family, and eat (paleo) like it’s the end of the world!

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Hot Vegetable Soup

I know , this isn’t exactly a summer recipe but I made it because I’m about to get braces and for a little while I can not eat solid food. I do need veggies every day though. So here’s where I plan to get it from:

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium carrots chopped

2 small hand-full of broccoli florets

6-7 white mushrooms cut in quarters

Water(I forgot to measure, put a bit more than the veggies in the pot)

About 1/4 stick of butter

1/4 cup chopped ginger

1 shallot chopped

TECHNIQUE:

First, prepare all the veggies, then you put all the cut vegetables in a medium-sized pot with water( 1 or 2 inches above all veggies) Heat the veggies untill they are soft enough for a blender. Now you place all of the veggies+ water in the blender and blend until there’s only liquid(there can be a few big pieces for texture) Put butter in the same pot on low-medium heat and melt it. Finally, place the blended veggies back in the pot, and stir well. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes(or until desired thickness)

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Paleo Lemon Bread

This is a delicious dessert recipe that contains lemon. Lemons have vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, antioxidants, and some anti-cancer  properties. Enjoy!

     INGREDIENTS:

3  1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 medium lemons

The rind of 1 lemon

5 eggs

6 tablespoons raw honey(or any paleo approved sweetener)

3/4 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon ghee or butter(for greasing the pan)

TECHNIQUE:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix the almond flour and baking powder. Then peel the lemons  and keep the rind of 1 and discard the other. Put the lemons and rind in the blender and mix. In a medium bowl whip eggs, in with lemon juice, vinegar, and honey. Combine wet ingredients to dry and mix throughly. Put the batter into a greased  9 x 5 loaf pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let it cool and cut into slices then serve.

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Cheesy Marinara With Cubed Beef

This is a well rounded, healthy main course. It’s basically just chopped beef and veggies in savory sauce. To make this you’ll need 30-40 minutes. Cooking time is about 10 minutes and the rest is preparation. This would be a great topping for meatza(pizza with meat crust) Cheese is not paleo but I think it’s an acceptable indulgence. And cheese has very little lactose(milk sugar) and is high in the healthy saturated fats.

YUM....

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons ghee or 3 tablespoons butter

1 boneless steak(1 lb.)

1  1/2 cup Trader Joe’s (Giotto’s) Organic Marinara Sauce

2 chopped carrots

Handful of broccoli florets

1/2 handful of cauliflower florets

1 medium sized green bell pepper, chopped

5 smallish white mushrooms chopped in quarters

1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder

A pinch of rosemary

A pinch of basil

1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1  1/2 tablespoons vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional; but I recommend  it)

TECHNIQUE:

1. Melt ghee or butter in medium to large sized frying pan. Fry steak for about 5 minutes per side on medium/medium-high heat. Aim for medium-rare doneness. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

2. Put steak aside making sure to leave oil and steak juices in pan. Add  chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper and mushroom to pan and stir well. Add Vinegar. Let stand for a few minutes. In the mean time, cut the steak into smallish-to-medium-sized cubes.

3. Mix in the following spices with the veggies in the pan: garlic powder, pinch of rosemary, pinch of basil, salt and pepper to taste. Fry for 3-10 minutes, until veggies are soft to your liking.

4. While veggies are frying, add salt, pepper and oregano to cubed steak and massage in nicely with your hands.

5. Set Veggies aside in serving dish. Add one tbsp of ghee or butter to pan and fry chopped onions for 1 minute. Add marinara sauce, stir, bring to simmer. Add cubed steak and crumbled feta cheese. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.

6. Mix veggies and cubed steak back into simmering pan and let heat for about 2 more mins.

7. Serve with parsley for garnish if desired and enjoy!

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Strawberry Sauce!

This is a very simple recipe that is great for toppings on desserts, paleo pancakes or on meatballs. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and K, and it also contains manganese, vitamin B1 and iodine. The strawberry, like many other berries, has a high level of antioxidants.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup strawberries

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

some water

TECHNIQUE:

Just place washed strawberries in a blender, as well a water and lemon juice( for the water just put a little at a time and blend so it is not to watery) Blend it and put it in a small pot and stirring it occasionally, bring it to a simmer on med-low heat. when it’s simmering add honey and let it cook, still stirring, untill it’s pretty thick. Finally, put it in a bowl and let it cool, and eat it with what ever you want.

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What You Can and Can’t Eat on the Paleo Diet

I’m posting this because many of you are confused on what’s restricted besides grains. And then there’s basically anything not on the restricted list is what you can eat to have optimal health.

First, here’s what you can eat on the paleo lifestyle:

  • Any natural meat(chicken, beef, pork, bison, buffalo, any thing meat…)
  •  vegetables(except potato; but some eat it on paleo 2.0)
  • Butter(It’s dairy but very nutritious)
  • Fruit
  • Berries
  • Nuts(in moderation)
Here’s what you can’t(or at least shouldn’t) eat:
  • No grains(duh! wheat, rice, barely, oats, millet, rye…)
  • No dairy(allowed on paleo 2.0. I say almost every dairy except milk is ok in moderation. Milk has lactose[milk sugar])
  • No vegetable oil(except coconut oil and olive oil)
  • No processed sugar(if so very little, I recommend other sweet substitutes)
  • No legumes(peas, peanuts, green beans, beans, lentil, soy including tofu)
  • No potatoes(sweet potatoes/yams are ok in my version of the diet)
  • No soft drinks(even diet), processed food, candy, sugery chocolate(super dark is ok in moderation)
  • No fast food
Alright so that’s  pretty much it. When I saw this list I was like “WHAT, I CANT LIVE WITHOUT THIS!!!” But if you have determination, you can accomplish anything! You’ll soon see and feel the benefits of avoiding the anti-paleo list. Good luck!

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Quick Paleo Fried Bread

If you want some almond bread fast and you have no time to wait for it to cook in the oven, then this is a gift for you! The recipe barely takes 10 minutes and wallah! you have a great side dish or snack.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup almond flour

1 egg

Sea salt to taste

1 tablespoon ghee(clarified butter) or coconut oil

TECHNIQUE:

All you do now is mix the almond flour, salt and egg in a bowl, and then heat oil in a pan and shape the mixture into a patty. Fry the mixture on medium – medium high heat until it’s golden brown.  Eat!

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