Poached Egg Salad – Another Paleo Way to Start Your Day!

Paleo Poached Egg Salad

Since this poached-egg salad only takes a few minutes to prepare, it makes a fantastic Paleo food choice for breakfast.

The What:

  • Microwave egg poacher like this one {affiliate link}
  • A very small amount of butter (less than ¼ teaspoon)
  • Two large eggs
  • Two tablespoons water
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper

 

The How:

  1. Using your index finger or the back of a teaspoon, add just a ‘smear’ of real butter to the bottom of each poaching cavity.
  2. Break a large egg into each dish.
  3. Add a pinch of salt (optional) and pepper to each egg.
  4. Add a tablespoon of water to each egg (very important!)
  5. Carefully close the poacher and place it in the microwave.
  6. Microwave eggs on high for 50 seconds.
  7. Carefully open the poacher (WARNING:  hot steam may burst out) to check for done-ness.
  8. If they are not done, then microwave them on high in short (10 seconds) intervals until eggs are cooked to your likeness.*
  9. Remove poacher from microwave.
  10. Carefully open the lid.
  11. Use a teaspoon to gently scoop out each poached egg.

 

Enjoy the eggs by themselves or, add them to a salad of mixed greens and your choice of toppings.

 

Suggested salad toppings:  tomatoes (sliced or whole grape tomatoes), ½ a ripe avocado, homemade oil + vinegar dressing, and another generous pinch of coarsely-ground  black pepper. Yum!

Try this!  And let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

*(FYI:  I’ve never had to cook my eggs for more than 80 seconds for them to be done.  I like my yolks to be completely cooked (firm) but not hard.)

Ultimate Party Meatballs are a Big Hit at Crafty Dad’s House

Disclosure:  I received Heinz®, Johnsonville®, and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

Ultimate Part Meatballs1

Party Time!

Okay, so it wasn’t really a party.  But, sometimes when you find a new recipe and you really enjoy it, that is something to celebrate!

That was the case today.

My good friends at Child’s Play Communications offered me the opportunity to try out the some Ultimate Party Meatballs.  The recipe calls for the Johnsonville Classic Italian Style meatballs .  (They also come in Homestyle and Three Cheese flavors.)  They contain no MSG, artificial flavors or colors.

Print Click here for a full-size infographic.

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Produce For Kids and Meijer have Teamed Up Again for Great Meal Ideas

DISCLAIMER:  I was compensated for this post.  However, all opinions are my own.

My good friends at Produce for Kids and Meijer have teamed up once again for some super-great recipes.

If you’re tired of the same old food, week after week, then  you owe it to yourself to check these out!

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Pasta Salad Recipe — with Chicken

pasta salad with chicken

Here’s an Easy Pasta Salad Recipe.  This one with grilled chicken!

This  is one of the College Boy’s favorite foods.  He made a surprise trip home this weekend so we made a batch of Pasta Salad today and sent him back with a big container of it.

This recipe makes several servings of pasta salad.  Since it keeps for a few days in the refrigerator, we make it with an entire box of pasta.  It ALWAYS gets eaten up.  And, the dressing acts as a marinade, so this recipe tastes better the day after you make it.

Let’s get to it!

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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 :: 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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Paleo Recipe :: Oil + Vinegar Salad Dressing

OIl and vinegar salad dressing

 

Here’s my (not so secret) recipe for a great-tasting oil + vinegar salad dressing.

This is the same stuff you see on pretty much ALL my salads here on the blog and on Instagram.

Most store-bought Italian dressing has High Fructose Corn Syrup in it.  Bad.  Very, very bad.

Make your own and feel good about it.  And…make it the way YOU like it.

Here’s the basic recipe.  Tweak it as you wish.

  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T. celery flakes (a bit pricey, but worth it)
  • 1/4 t. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard (generic is fine, no need toget all fancy, okay?)
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional — a lot of Paleo peeps say salt is not on the approved food list)

You can also add some minced garlic (or garlic powder).  But…given the fact that garlic seems to stay with you ALL DAY LONG, I omit it.  :-)

Add the ingredients to a salad dressing shaker bottle* in the order listed above.

Make sure the top is secure, then shake the heck out of it to make sure everything is mixed up.  The celery flakes may be a bit crunchy (I used the dried variety), so you may want to make the dressing ahead of time so it has time to soak up the wonderful oil + vinegar solution.

Trust me — it’s worth the wait!

Try this on salads of all types (like the taco salad below) and veggies.  It’s also great on roast pork.

Taco Salad

 

 

*Don’t have a salad dressing bottle?  No worries!  Use a small glass jar with a tight-fighting lid.

 

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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Busy Days and Nights Call for Make-Ahead Meals

Hotdog stew collage

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve made hotdog stew.  And while it may not sound very appetizing, it’s really quite tasty.  Matt, my soon-to-be 13 year old loves the stuff.  So tonight, after dinner, I made a big pot of Hotdog Stew.  For tomorrow night’s dinner.

We’ve had a lot going on the past few weeks.  Seems that end of the school year time is ultra-hectic.

Make-ahead dinners are a very good thing.

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Mother’s Day — Some Food for Thought and Thoughts on Food!

 

Sunday is Mother’s Day.

 

Today is Saturday.  Doing the math, that only gives you a few hours to get something nice for your mom.

 

And for the dads out there:  You need to move quickly if you’re going to find a gift (and a greeting card) so your kids can give your wife something sweet for her special day.

 

As a side note:  Moms are special people.  It’s a shame that only one day is set aside as “her” day.

 

Being the professional procrastinator that I am, I have been in this tight spot many times.  And every year I swear I’m not going to wait until the last minute to find a gift for my wife.  And some super-nice cards.  You see, it’s not just that I want to get her something, but my boys depend on me for ideas.  And for picking out the cards. And the gift(s).

 

Oh, the pressure mounts.

 

Last weekend, my wife and I went flower shopping.  It’s an annual tradition where she and I (mostly she) pick out all the flowers and spikes and vines that will make up her beautiful array of flower pots.  Those flower pots are HER’S.

Stay away from them.  She waters them.  She pinches off the dead blooms.  She fertilizes them.  They are her babies.  Please — stay away.

 

So, what are you going to give Mom on Sunday?

 

According to a survey* of over 2,000 U.S. mothers with kids under the age of 18, 14.6% of moms prefer handmade gives, followed very-closely by 13.6% who prefer a day off.

 

Mom needs a break.  And what better way to give her what she needs than by treating her to a delicious (and nutritious) homemade breakfast in bed?

 

Produce for Kids is an organization that encourages healthy eating among families.  They provide simple, healthy meal solutions and resources for parents while raising funds for local children’s non-profit organizations.

 

So come on Dads, you and the kids will not only enjoy making these recipes, but they are meals that mom can feel good about eating.  That’s a win-win in my book!

Check out these options:

Scrambled Waffle-wich

Scrambled Waffle-wich

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower and broccoli, chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 4 premade whole wheat waffles
Directions:

1. Crack eggs in mixing bowl, scramble with fork.
2. Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat, add broccoli, cauliflower and cherry tomatoes, cook 2 minutes.
3. Add eggs, stir and cook 2-3 minutes or until firm and not clear.  Mix in cheese.
4. Toast waffles, top with egg/vegetable mixture. Fold waffle in half to make sandwich

 

Rise ‘n Shine Oatmeal

Rise 'n Shine Oatmeal

 

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup strawberries, sliced
  • ⅔ cup mango, peeled, pitted, sliced
  • ⅔ cup apple, cored, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. pistachios
  • Honey, to taste
  • 4 eggs
Directions:

1. In small saucepan, bring 2 cups water and oats to boil, add cinnamon.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until thickened and tender.
2. Top oatmeal with strawberries, mango, apple, pistachios and honey, if desired.

Hard Cooked Eggs

1. Place eggs in saucepan, cover with cold water. Heat to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Once eggs are cooked, chill in cold water.

 

Florentine Egg Muffins

 

Florentine Egg Muffins

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, seeded, diced
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1½ cups grated potatoes, cooked
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, or until tender and water evaporates. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
3. Lightly beat eggs in large mixing bowl. Mix in cooked vegetables, potatoes and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Line large muffin tin with 8 greased foil cups. Portion ½ cup mixture into each cup.
5. Bake in oven for 10-20 minutes, or until eggs puff and are firm.

So rather than a quick trip to the store for a box of chocolate, or some foo-foo hand cream, perhaps it’s time to whip up a good breakfast.  One that Mom will remember for a long time.

Now THAT is the perfect gift!

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Survey was conducted by the research firm NPD Group for Child’s Play Communications.

Photos courtesy of Produce for Kids ©2012

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