Walnut and Parsley Pesto (paleo, primal, gluten-free) Recipe

Walnut and Parsley Pesto

Pesto is an incredibly easy and delicious condiment. More often than not, it’s made with pine nuts and basil leaves. We love this type of pesto as much as the next, but we really wanted to expand our pesto-rizons (I’m not apologizing for that dad pun). Especially when we were gifted a package of Capello’s Gnocchi.

While this pesto was a refreshing topping for our gifted gnocchi, don’t feel obliged to play within the “pasta” sandbox. This pesto is great scrambled with eggs, tossed into sautéed greens, mixed with additional oil to make a salad dressing, or topped on your favorite protein baked in the oven. Have fun with this quick-to-make pesto!

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Comfort Casserole (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Mom’s Comfort Casserole

Growing up, casseroles and large, make ahead dishes were big in my family. It took me a really long time to come around to loving leftovers; but now that I have a large hand in making sure meals are made and there is food to eat throughout the week, I’ve become more flexible. Mom’s comfort casserole was among the few things that I would happily eat over and over. Sadly, I did this with a lot of vigor, and usually ate the whole thing within the evening, if not over 2 days.

We’ve adapted her recipe to replace elbow macaroni with spiralized sweet potato, and excluded the cheese. If you have a high-quality hard cheese like cheddar, or even something like mozzarella, it would be amazing shredded on top (probably about 1/2 C would do). Dairy is an occasional splurge for us; but if you tolerate it well, sprinkle it on this amazing comfort casserole and go to town. I know we did.

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Thai Sliced Beef (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Thai Sliced Beef

This recipe for Thai Sliced Beef was inspired when we made an improvisation of Matt and Stacy’s Turkey Thai Basil from their newest cookbook Real Life Paleo. We came up with it while planning to take dinner with us to their house one night last week for dinner, squats, and hottubbing under the stars. The turkey in Turkey Thai Basil recipe is designed for leftover turkey (or other meat), but we wanted to give our beef some seasoning that would compliment their recipe.

The experiment worked so well that we decided to make it again, on it’s own, and share it with you! Serve it over sautéed veggies of your choice, put in a lettuce wrap, or mix it up with Matt and Stacy’s recipe alongside Russ’ Japchae—that’s what Matt and Stacy did and they said it was awesome. Whatever you choose to do with it, we hope you enjoy our Thai Sliced Beef!

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Baked Buffalo Wings

No offense to apple pie, but in my mind the most American food of the 21st Century has to be buffalo wings. Not just buffalo wings, but anything buffalo flavor. It’s almost the PSL (pumpkin spiced latte, for those unfamiliar) for a large portion of the country. I’m not above this trend, and love wings that are borderline painfully spicy. Heather doesn’t like to intentionally eat foods that make her cry, but we both love these wings.

I wanted to put together a wing that would have the flavor I like without the intense heat that turns off a lot of people. These buffalo wings have the flavor, with almost no bite. There is some heat, but after eating a dozen you won’t be crying—at least neither of us were. We have made these wings each weekend throughout the playoffs, even with the devastating Packers loss to the Seahawks. We’re still a little sour over the way that game ended; nevertheless, we will be watching Superbowl XLIX with friends and these wings.

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Sweet Potato Tater Tots Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Growing up, there were a handful of treats in the house that we had as an occasional appetizer or a late night snack. Often the answer was Lay’s potato chips with sour cream and onion dip. Less often, but much more awesome, we had tater tots. This was before sweet potatoes were all the rage, but even still we had sweet potato tater tots sometimes, too.

This challenge has been on my cooking bucket list for months now, and we’ve had a few false starts. Now I’m happy to share this recipe—with a crunchy exterior and chewy, savory center, this tater tot is going to rock your world. If you haven’t pan fried in oil before, please use care and wear an apron or heavy-duty armor, depending on your familiarity. Even if you have to go out and rent a HAZMAT suit, you are not going to regret it for these delicious tots!

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