Paleo Recipe :: Breakfast Tuna Salad

Tuna Breakfast Salad

Breakfast meals need to be quick and easy — especially during the work week.  All of the breakfast food choices that you see on the blog (and on my Instagram account) are a cinch to make.

Here’s a top-of-the-morning option for you to try.  It’s a perfect Paleo meal:  full of protein and super-low in carbs.  Of course, this isn’t just a breakfast choice.  You can put this together any time of the day.  It only has a few ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare.

HINT:  Speed up the process even more by having the eggs boiled and the cucumber and onion prepped the night before.

Mornings can be hectic, so do everything you can to allow time to make yourself a SMART breakfast.

This is a super-easy and delicious Paleo recipe!

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Paleo Recipe: Super Simple Egg + Salad Breakfast

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Another Super-Easy Paleo Recipe for You!

Granted, weekends allow a bit more time for cooking.   But seriously, cooking breakfast shouldn’t take very long no matter what day it is.

Case in point:  this morning’s scrambled eggs with onions and jalapeno pepper.  And a nice salad on the side.

If you have ten minutes, you can do this.  Hands down.

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Paleo Recipe :: Stuffed Green Peppers

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This is my Paleo twist on the traditional recipe.

Who needs the rice?  You’ll never miss the grains in this bold-tasting Paleo recipe.

Get to the farmers’ market and pick up four, fresh green peppers.  Plan to make these in the next day or so.  They are SO. VERY. GOOD.

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Paleo Recipe :: Paleo Goulash

Paleo Goulash Ingredients

 

The What:

It may be hard to tell from the photo, but the squash I used were pretty darned big so I made a LARGE amount of goulash.  Enough for dinner and leftovers the next day (and the next day), for sure!  You can use just one zucchini and one summer squash to cut back on the volume.  Reduce seasonings accordingly.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb bulk pork sausage (or Italian sausage)
  • 2 zucchini squash — thinly sliced and halved (see photo)
  • 2 summer (yellow) squash — thinly sliced and halved (see photo)
  • 1 T. onion flakes OR 1/2 an onion diced
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of Southwestern Diced tomatoes (with cilantro and lime)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of water

 

Cooking Paleo Goulash

Okay, let’s get started!

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Recipe: Microwave Egg Creation

Microwave Egg Creation

I’ve recently become a big fan of Instagram and have met a lot of great people there.

I posted this picture this morning and promised everyone I’d post the recipe on the blog.  So…making good on that promise:  here you go!

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Back on the Paleo Plan

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I’m overweight.

There.  I said it.  No sense trying to skirt around the issue.

I’m fifty-one years old.  My thyroid has been broken for many, many years.  (I take medicine, don’t worry.)

I have a beer belly.   But I don’t drink beer. 

The Paleo Plan works for me.  When I follow it.   Pretty much ANY diet (or lifestyle change) works if you follow the rules.  Life is like that too.  It works…when you follow the rules.

But that’s a subject for a whole new post.  For another day, perhaps. J

I’ve done the Paleo thing before and was very successful.  I lost about 35 pounds and felt really, really good.  I was running several days a week, too.  In fact,  I had to buy new pants.  I went down three waist sizes!

And then.  I let life get in the way and I went back to my old (bad) habits.  I ate too much of the wrong things. I became a couch potato.

I’m not looking for sympathy.  Just telling you like it was.

My wife, bless her heart, has been on my butt about my overweight condition.  She says she doesn’t want to be a b—- about it, but she’s concerned.  I love her for that.

Oh, and my dad had quintuple bypass surgery when he was fifty-five.  Uggh.

Last night (at dinner of all places) my oldest son (Nate – 18) starts asking me about the Paleo diet.  I tell him it’s based on the premise that humans were built to eat the same foods that cavemen ate.

The plan allows you to eat lean meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and fruit (in moderation).  However:  No bread.  No pasta. No rice.  No legumes (beans + peanuts).  No dairy products. No sugar.  No artificial this or artificial that.

Yes, it’s a bit restrictive.  Buy hey!  It works for me.  And that’s a big deal.

Nate remembered that I had great success so he was thinking about jumping on the Paleo bandwagon.

I’m going to share a ride with him. 

Nate and I are officially on the Paleo Plan.  I’ll be documenting our successes and failures here on the blog.

This morning’s BIG breakfast is shown above.  (It’s really enough for two servings.)

Here is what’s in the bowl:

  • About ¼ head of (boring) Iceberg lettuce*torn into pieces
  • ½ a Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1/3 cup of fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • ½ a cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup of shredded pork roast
  • Coarsely-ground black pepper
  • My homemade oil + vinegar dressing (recipe will be shared soon)

*A head of Iceberg lettuce was all we had in the fridge today.  I try to have Romaine or a spring mix of fresh greens, like this.  I eat a LOT of salads on the plan, so I make them as interesting (and tasty) as possible!

I am really excited that Nate and I are going to be doing this together.  It’s going to be a fun ride!

If you have ANY questions on the Paleo diet, please:  leave a comment or send me an email.  I am not a nutrition expert; HOWEVER, I have been-there-and-done-this.  I will be happy to help you in any way I can.

Stay tuned for recipes, food photos and progress reports.

Low Carb Recipe – Chicken Salad

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to use up left-over chicken breasts.  Whether you cooked extra on purpose, or you have a few left over, here’s a great way to make something tasty.

 

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Super Easy Chicken Salad

In a large bowl, combine the following:

  • 4 cooked skinless-boneless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs (diced)
  • 3/4* to 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 2 T. dill relish (OR sweet relish)
  • 1 t. celery seed
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

*Start with just 3/4 cup of mayonnaise and add more if you need to.  You want a nice creamy salad.

Mix well and taste-test.

 

Here’s what you should end up with:

 

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Let me know what you think. We LOVE this stuff.

All by itself with a sprinkle of paprika.

On toast.  Really good with a slice or two of home-grown tomato.

In a salad.

Hey, it’s a multi-purpose recipe.

Enjoy!

 

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