Archive for Paleo Lunch Recipes

Harissa Salmon with Spinach Papaya Salad

harissa salmon and papaya spinach saladI cannot even begin to tell you how happy my taste buds are right now. I just ate this for lunch and I have to say I was really sorry when it was all gone because I could have kept on eating happily till I burst, it was just that yummy!

The natural sweetness of the papaya and citrus salad dressing mingled with the spiciness of the Harissa is a match made in heaven! This is definitely a meal that will be on my plate several times per week from now on. So very healthy yet so delicious you don’t feel like you are eating smart. It almost feels like you are cheating. lol And even better, it is a super quick meal to throw together. It takes about 5 minutes start to finish…how good is that? There is no reason to eat fast food junk when this quality of meal is only 5 minutes away!

And let’s talk about how good it is for you too. I think everyone knows how good salmon is for you so I won’t go into that. Harissa, spinach, papaya and papaya seeds contain some pretty powerful detoxifying properties and are high in antioxidants as well. So this meal will not only make your mouth happy, your body will thank you too.

Harissa Salmon Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillets, frozen or fresh
  • Harissa paste, 1-2 tbsp per fillet

Directions:

Place frozen salmon fillet on a microwave safe dish and top with a tbsp of Harissa. Nuke for 5-6 minutes on high. That’s it!

Papaya Spinach Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c diced papaya
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp papaya seeds
  • juice from one small orange
  • 1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar with mother
  • 1 tbsp Harissa oil (optional)
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Directions:

Pile the baby spinach, diced papaya and onions on your plate. Combine all other ingredients into a blender, magic bullet or vitamix and blend until seeds are chopped up. Pour a generous amount over your salad and store the rest of the dressing in the fridge for another day.

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Paleo Purple Carrot and Ginger Soup

Paleo Purple Carrot and Ginger Soup RecipeSince discovering purple carrots and all of the benefits of eating the purple variety over the traditional orange carrots I have been coming up with recipes to showcase this very special vegetable. This Paleo Purple Carrot and Ginger Soup Recipe is a perfect way to get loads of anthocyanins ,the antioxidant found in blueberries, when berries are not in season.

This is such a pretty pinkish-purple soup that has a fresh, light taste. The splash of orange and ginger really brightens up the flavor of this unique vegetable.

Paleo Purple Carrot and Ginger Soup Recipe

500ml or 2 cups of vegetable stock
1 tbs of olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 tbs of fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 tsp ground cumin
1 kg or 2 pounds of purple carrots, chopped
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Heat oil in a heavy bottom soup pot and saute onions until soft. Add all other ingredients except coconut milk. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until carrots are tender. Add the coconut milk and simmer till heated through.

Process in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth. A stick blender also does a good job of pureeing the soup right in the pot.

Give this Paleo Purple Carrot and Ginger Soup a try and let me know what you think. I love comments!

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Paleo Sweet Potato Bruschetta Bites

paleo sweet potato bruschettaThese Paleo Sweet Potato Bruschetta Bites make an awesome lunch or a tasty appetizer. They are quick and easy to whip up and they are so delicious! Using sweet potato in place of the typical bread makes these lower carb and highly nutritious. I eat a small amount of dairy in my diet but if you do not you can easily leave the cheese out of this recipe.

Sorry the picture is not the best but…well, I was too hungry and didn’t take a great deal of time on the images because I couldn’t wait to eat them 😀

Paleo Sweet Potato Bruschetta Bites

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ rounds

1-2 tbs olive oil

1 tsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

1 small jar prepared Bruschetta topping (or make your own if you have the time)

Asiago or Mozzerella cheese, shredded

Directions:

Heat oven to 400F

Peel and slice the sweet potato and toss in olive oil and seasonings. I usually just throw it all in a zip lock bag and massage it all together so that the sweet potato slices are all evenly coated with oil and seasonings. Spread the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven until they are cooked through and slightly browned.

Remove the pan from the oven and place a 1-2 teaspoons of bruschetta topping on each slice and a pinch of cheese on each one and return to the oven just until cheese is bubbly.

Pull from the oven and pace back and forth patiently until they are cool enough to eat without burning your mouth! 🙂

If you have tried this Paleo Sweet Potato Bruschetta Bites recipe and loved it as much as I do drop me a comment and let me know.

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Natural Anti-Inflammatory Salad Recipe

natural anti-inflammatory salad recipeIf you have any kind of inflammatory disorder, whether it be of the joints, digestive system or circulatory system you can greatly reduce your inflammation by eating natural anti-inflammatory foods. This Natural Anti-Inflammatory Salad Recipe is chocked full of rich sources of nutrients that have been proven to improve joint health, circulation, reduce cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer and improve brain function. The awesome part is that it also tastes really good!

You should make sure you eat this salad a few times per week, if not daily, and you will feel the results quickly. This natural anti-inflammatory salad recipe is so full of vitamins and minerals that you will no longer need to take supplements. It is richer in Omega-3 fatty acids than fish and the cruciferous vegetables are rich in antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory properties. Give it a try… I challenge you to eat this salad 5-7 times a week for your heart, joints, brain and and digestive health!

Natural Anti-Inflammatory Salad Recipe

(4 servings)

Ingredients:

1 c raw kale, chopped

1 c broccoli, chopped

1 c cauliflower, chopped

1 c mushrooms, chopped

2 c romaine lettuce (or your favorite leafy greens)

1/4 c dried pine nuts

1/4 c dried sunflower seeds

Optional: berries, raisins, pomegranate or dried cranberries for a little hint of sweetness

Dressing:

1 avocado, mashed or pureed

4 tbsp cold pressed flaxseed oil

4 tbsp olive oil

1/4 c fresh squeezed lemon juice

 

Nutrition Facts for Natural Anti-Inflammatory Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving: 1 serving (243g)
Calories
472.6
Fat
45.5
g
Saturated Fat
5.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
16.7
g
Monounsaturated Fat
20
g
Cholesterol
0
mg
Sodium
28.4
mg
Potassium
729.9
mg
Carbohydrate
15.7
g
Dietary Fiber
7.5
g
Sugars
4.3
g
Protein
7.3
g
Vitamin A
98
%
Calcium
6
%
Vitamin D
0
%
Thiamin
17
%
Niacin
14
%
Vitamin B6
18
%
Phosphorus
20
%
Selenium
10
%
Vitamin C
123
%
Iron
11
%
Vitamin E
70
%
Riboflavin
14
%
Vitamin B12
0
%
Manganese
63
%
Copper
32
%
Magnesium
22
%
Zinc
11
%

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Paleo Falafel Recipe

paleo falafel recipeWhen you are on a Paleo diet you either have to forego some of your favorite foods or learn to adapt old recipes to meet your new dietary goals. I love falafel but garbanzo beans or chickpeas are not Paleo friendly. I saw other recipes for squash falafel but they didn’t quite get the texture of falafel right so I decided to come up with my own Paleo Falafel recipe. So here it is..

 

Paleo Falafel Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 c ground walnuts

1/2 c ground flaxseeds

1/4 c sesame seeds

1/4 c coconut flour

1 tsp cumin

1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped

1-2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

1 egg

3 tbsp water

3 tbsp coconut oil or nut oil for frying

Directions:

Combine all of the dry ingredients and greens in a bowl. Ad the water to the eggs and mix together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. The mixture should be just wet enough to hold together. Shape into 6-8 balls. Flatten the balls slightly.

Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. I used coconut oil in mine but you can use any oil that will take some heat. (you have to be careful with olive oil as it has a low smoking temperature)

Fry your Paleo falafel for a few minutes on each side until they are browned and crispy on the outside. This doesn’t take too long. About 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel to cool slightly. Serve on a bed or greens with some tahini sauce or your favorite chutney.

If you have enjoyed this Paleo Falafel recipe or have made any variations please let me know in the comments below.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: 1 serving (80g)
Calories
323.9
Fat
25.3
g
Saturated Fat
3.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
14.6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
5.6
g
Cholesterol
62
mg
Sodium
35
mg
Potassium
331.7
mg
Carbohydrate
17.5
g
Dietary Fiber
11.7
g
Sugars
0.8
g
Protein
11.3
g
Vitamin A
11
%
Calcium
20
%
Vitamin D
3
%
Thiamin
28
%
Niacin
6
%
Vitamin B6
11
%
Phosphorus
23
%
Selenium
20
%
Vitamin C
12
%
Iron
25
%
Vitamin E
2
%
Riboflavin
8
%
Vitamin B12
2
%
Manganese
40
%
Copper
37
%
Magnesium
31
%
Zinc
14
%

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