Low-Carb Recipe :: Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s summertime.

It’s grilling time.

No one wants to stand over a hot stove.

Turning on the oven is a no-no on a hot summer day.

Solution:  Grilled Chicken Salad.

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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 (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 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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