Mason Jar Lunch Salads

I had been eating lunch out pretty consistently during the work week and while there are many paleo friendly options around the Chicago loop, the usual rotation can get a bit monotonous.  There are even some options for organic and grass fed/humanely raised meat, but that too gets old after a while and also gets […]

Butternut Squash Lasagna

In my early cooking years, I was “lasagna challenged”.  I don’t even remember why (maybe drinking wine and cooking not a good mix??) but it became the example of the failed dinner, only good enough for the waste bin before reaching for the takeout menu.  We all have these failures, especially when we are still […]

Paleo Zuppa Toscana Soup

Back in our pre-Paleo days we used to eat out on occasion at the Olive Garden and were big fans of the Zuppa Toscana soup.  I was reminded of it a couple of months ago when a friend posted a recipe for a home-made version on Facebook and I added it to my list of […]

Festive Squash Soup

The long Thanksgiving weekend at my parent’s house involved lots of quality family time as well as cooking and eating, cooking and eating, cooking and eating….  When we got home this afternoon we were ready for something light that required minimal effort. This festive butternut squash soup from Everyday Paleo matched our requirements perfectly.  With […]

Cranberry Waldorf Salad and Cranberry Sauce

Every family has their traditional Thanksgiving dishes.  If you have changed your diet lifestyle, you will find that some of those “old” foods are still worth it that one time a year, others not so much.  A change to eating organic, whole foods provides a great opportunity to find new favorites that taste fantastic and […]

In Search of the Perfect Coconut Macaroon

A couple of months ago, we were in Des Plaines, IL with some time on our hands and found a great little bakery/coffee/tea shop called B’s Sweet Bites.  A bakery is not usually a hot spot for us paleoites, but they had some incredible coconut macaroons made with honey instead of sugar.  We enjoyed them […]

Well Fed Thai Basil Beef

I am not sure why I waited so long to try this fantastic stir fry from Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2 cookbook, but I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer.  If you are looking for a fast and tasty weeknight dinner, this is one you should definitely try.  It calls for flank steak, but I […]

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Despite my recent declaration that I don’t make paleo treats very often, here I am again this weekend making something slightly decadent for my family.  My excuse this time?  The kids are home from college on Fall Break. Nothing says fall like pumpkin and these muffins don’t disappoint. I did a little internet surfing for […]

Paleo Coconut Bars

We don’t have treats very often, and less often now that the kids are back at college.  But every once in a while we have a hankering for something a bit sweet, but don’t want to wander too far off the Paleo reservation.  When that happens I usually check out Elana’s Pantry for ideas.  She […]

Salmon Quiche

This is a recipe I have been making for many years from a cookbook called “Eating Well When You Just Can’t Eat the Way You Used To”.  When our kids were little they loved having “salmon pie”.  I loved getting healthy salmon into them! You could make this quiche with an almond flour crust, but […]