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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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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Pork Takeout Fake-Out Recipe

Pork Takeout Fake-Out

This Pork Takeout Fake-Out recipe came about as the result of needing to use up vegetables we had in the refrigerator and my mom’s desire to have Chinese food Friday night.

My parents were scheduled to visit this past weekend. So, Thursday evening of last week, I took two packages of thinly sliced pork out of our freezer so I could cook it on Friday. I didn’t have a plan for that pork, but I was tired. I told myself “I’ll figure it out later” and went to bed.

Friday was a busy day with my parents, and soon enough it was dinner time. My mom suggested we just get Chinese food, but I had defrosted pork! Plus, we had a bunch of veggies in our refrigerator that needed to be eaten soon. So, I quickly formulated a plan for some “takeout fakeout” and got to work. My parents loved it. I did, too.
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Beef and Cabbage Curry Recipe (paleo)

Beef and Cabbage Curry

Curry is one of our favorite spices that we’ve found since finding paleo—our spicy beef curry recipe is a big hit, but we wanted to pack in some vegetables as well. By slicing our cabbage with a mandolin, we effectively created “noodles” with the cabbage that really hit the spot.
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Mom's Watermelon-Mint Salad

Mom’s Watermelon-Mint Salad

It’s that time of year for those of us here in the mid-Atlantic area where the weather is starting to warm, the flowers and trees are in bloom, and summer is on its way. During our holiday time together over Easter weekend, my mom was at it again with another tried and true recipe. If you haven’t noticed, she’s often providing, or giving the inspiration for, new recipes on our blog: here are a few examples (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Growing up, I loved having a slice of watermelon here and there, but was never a fiend for it. That being said, this salad has me coming back for seconds and thirds every time. I’m a big fan of refreshing, healthy, and simple; and this hits all three right on the head.
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