Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe [paleo, primal, gluten-free]

Caramelized Onion Dip

There’s something about football season that brings people together in our circles; and when we gather, we eat. Dip is an easy way to serve up a lot of vegetables for a crowd, but unfortunately supermarket platters are expensive and normally packed with junk. We’ve made dip before, and it was a hit; but I wanted to try something new.

Growing up, and even to today, my dad was known to snack on potato chips with sour cream dip. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine, too, which inspired me to concoct this caramelized onion dip. It’s a great version of the classic dip with shallots, onions, and coconut cream instead of sour cream, yogurt, or a combination thereof.

Our caramelized onion dip is best made the day before, and it’s great for game-day snacks or dinner party appetizers. With both savory and sweet flavors, it’s a crowd pleaser. We hope you’ll give it a try with your favorite vegetables, or some well-sourced potato, taro, or other tuber chips.

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Banana Bread Bites Recipe [paleo, primal, gluten-free]

Banana Bread Bites

I love banana bread. Growing up, there was nothing better than my grandmother’s fresh, warm banana bread. My favorite part was the just-under-cooked center of the loaf. Unfortunately, I’m not a baker like Grandma Statz. I can bake. Sometimes I will bake. And, occasionally, my baking works very well (e.g. check out my Orange-Cranberry Bread). But I am not a baker.

So, I was really intrigued and excited when I completed this recipe the first time. Admittedly, I was aiming to make banana cream pie-like balls or macaroons. (Brent loves Banana Cream Pie, and if you haven’t tried our recipe for it, you should.) When I took my first bite of these, however, the texture and flavor were nothing like banana cream pie. Instead, it reminded me of that just-under-cooked center of banana bread. The best part? There’s only a little cooking and no baking required! Continue reading

Lamb-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe [paleo, primal, gluten-free]

Lamb-Wrapped Asparagus

Last week, we created a recipe for Baeckeoffe, and we had a few pounds of pork shoulder, lamb shoulder, and beef chuck remaining. We froze the beef, but decided to use our handy meat slicer to make thinly slices of the pork and lamb. Stir fry! That’s what we would do with the pork. Easy. Deciding what to do with the lamb was less so.

By Saturday, I knew we had to use the lamb—or else it might spoil. So, as I wandered through Costco, I searched for inspiration. It came when I saw the asparagus. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is amazing. Why not try it with lamb? I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Plus, it’s simple, but looks quite fancy. You’re friends definitely will be impressed. So, I highly recommend it for a dinner party!

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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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Strawberries with Homemade Chocolate Frosting Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Strawberries with Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Brent and I do not put a lot of stock in Valentine’s Day. We usually surprise each other with random acts of kindness year round, rather than saving them for a calendar occasion. That said, we still celebrate a little on Valentine’s Day just for fun. We usually stick to a silly Valentine’s Day card, and leave it at that.

This year I decided to try my hand at a fun dessert with strawberries and homemade chocolate frosting. (Honestly, when I saw the strawberries at Wegmans this morning, I had to have them for our date-night-at-home tonight. We’re going to enjoy shrimp, steak, and roasted root veggies. Why not treat ourselves to a little something sweet, too, on this sweetest of holidays?) Strawberries alone would be great, but I’ve been itching for an excuse to make frosting. So, now I’ve done it!

We hope you enjoy this simple, and super fast, sweet treat tonight or anytime you want to sit back and savor life’s goodness.

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