Cedar Planked Salmon with Thyme-Balsamic Glaze (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Cedar Plank Salmon with Thyme-Balsamic Glaze

We love balsamic vinegar. It goes well with just about any vegetable or protein, and it’s one of our top two go-to seasonings for salmon. With the beautiful weather this weekend, I wanted do something a little different. I wanted to make a balsamic glaze, and I wanted to take advantage of the glorious summer whether and use our grill and cedar planks.

Cedar imparts a beautiful smokey, slightly sweet and earthy flavor to fish and vegetables. By bringing in the balsamic glaze, I hoped to harmoniously blend that flavor with the sweet and tangy richness of the balsamic glaze.  The thyme, I thought, would tame some of the sweetness and help blend the cedar and balsamic flavors well.

I’m pleased to say it worked rather well. We hope you enjoy this new twist on some classic flavors for salmon!
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Easy Squid Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Easy Calamari (Squid) Salad

Squid is an ingredient that I vilified for a large portion of my life—probably until I was in my early teens. My mom’s insistence that I try all foods at least once, as well as a friend whose parents owned a restaurant, turned me on to calamari. There’s also been some recent news chatter about a certain substitute that some restaurants have allegedly been using as a cost savings measure (tldr; some claim pig rectum is being used, but current evidence points to hearsay and urban legend).

When our local supermarket had organically sourced squid, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a dish that didn’t include frying this delicious cephalopod. This salad is light and refreshing, and would easily work as an appetizer or first course, but can also work as a full meal itself. If you’re looking to put together a more exotic meal without a lot of effort, this is certainly a great way to go. Just note that cleaning and preparing squid can be a little time intensive, so if there is an option to buy them pre-cleaned (and you’re in a hurry), take advantage of it.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Pudding (Paleo, Vegan, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free)

Salted “Caramel” Chocolate Pudding

Who originally decided to combine salt, caramel, and chocolate? Surprisingly, the internet doesn’t have definitive information (at least that I could find)! Maybe one day I’ll meet a food historian who can tell me. For now, I’m satisfied to extend a gracious “thank you” to Pierre Hermé and Michael Recchiuti, since they seem closely tied to the origin of this delicious dance of decadence. You should thank them, too! Without their influence on the many sweets and treats and daring flavor combinations of today’s food, we might not have this exciting new recipe for you.

Our salted “caramel” chocolate pudding is simple to make and doesn’t actually include caramel. Plus, it’s grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free! In fact, it’s even vegan. So, whip it up, enjoy, and share with all of your friends. We know you’re going to love this dessert!

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Coffee-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Coffee-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

We brew coffee every morning. For years, we used an inexpensive french press. However, about 3 or 4 months ago, we retired the french press and decided to try something new: the Chemex Coffee Maker. We love it! The coffee is never bitter and we never get bits of coffee grinds in our coffee. It’s wonderful and we highly recommend it.

In addition to coffee, we usually make a few eggs with sauteed greens and bacon. Yet, sometimes we do not have time for all of that. So, on these hot summer days, we simply turn our coffee (which we tend to chill before drinking) into a breakfast smoothie. This coffee and banana smoothie is simple and fast. Plus, it provides a rich flavor and a caffeine boost we enjoy while filing our stomachs.
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Heat things up with Paleo Grilling: Review & Recipe

TIP: Make sure you read all the way to the bottom because we’re giving away a copy of this hot commodity!

A grill in the backyard, filling the air with sweet and savory smoke foretelling of delicious meats, veggies, and more to eat has been a staple of summer in our families. That being said, at our house, grilling is a year-round cooking option. We love to grill our food, whether it’s hot and sticky or cold and dry outside or anywhere in between. Just thinking about a grill makes me drool.

We couldn’t wait to get a copy of Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan (with a forward by Amy Kubal). Published earlier this summer, this book is the perfect compliment to any bookshelf of healthy cookbooks. Did you get yours? If not, keep reading—we’re going to give you a shot to win a copy!
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