Easy Antipasto

Meatless Antipasto

Salad is a healthy option that most of us know only a few ways.  It typically consists of some greens, vegetables, and then probably a salad dressing.  We are always on the lookout for easy recipes, easy cooking, and healthy food.  Luckily salad is a much more diverse world that just leaves and veggies.

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Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce

The following is a guest post we did about a week ago for Nom Nom Paleo.  Michelle, who maintains the blog with her family, is a cooking/blogging sensation and are one of the handful of places we first turned to when trying to figure out how to “be paleo” [more gushing below].  Be sure to check out her regular posts and giveaways, as well as download her iPad app–it’s beautiful, full of great content, and worth buying an iPad (or iPad mini) for if you don’t already have one.

spicy tomato basil sauce

Once upon a time, when Heather and I first started our own documented cooking adventures, we were pretty lost.  Still in the initial sticker shock/grief period of, “but what can I eat,” we spent a lot of time scanning the internet looking for “paleo-friendly” recipes and meal ideas.  Michelle’s blog was one of the first I came across, as I was a pretty intense tumblr addict.  Once I moved to Virginia and was juggling two jobs, tumblr went away, but nomnom stayed.  I later found out the connection between fitbomb and nom nom paleo, and I was excited to see a pair that really thought about fitness and health when it comes to movement and diet.  Plus, there’s the added benefit of following the family adventures since I’m not quite ready to enlist my own little army of helpers. Continue reading

gluten free paleo calamari

Fried Calamari

Fried calamari was one of my all-time favorite things to eat at a restaurant.  Growing up, I had a close friend whose parents owned a restaurant, and whenever we would hang out upstairs in the “apartment” above the restaurant while her parents worked, they’d feed us.  9 times out of 10 I wanted the fried calamari (I think my other choice was baby back ribs…what can I say, I was a growing boy).  Since changing up my diet and staying away from grains and legumes, I haven’t done much in the way of fried foods, so this dish left my life.

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Mushroom Meatballs

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Meatballs were a favorite of mine growing up.  Just the other day, Heather and I realized that we have never actually made meatballs and pasta (zoodles or otherwise).  Having been together almost 3 years, I immediately found this unacceptable and wanted to make things better.

We probably all have a family version of meatballs, usually including some combination of ground beef, lamb, veal, or pork, but as I’m trying to make 2013 less meat-focused, I added mushrooms.  I “hated” mushrooms as a kid until I realized that I didn’t automatically hate everything my dad did (sorry, mom).  You’ll enjoy these meatballs with marinara, on their own, or in the traditional sense with the “noodles” of your choosing. Continue reading

Supreme Pizza Pasta

Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe

After helping some family members chop up mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper for their lasagna preparation, Heather mentioned that her hands smelled like pizza.  As we, mostly I, used to spend a lot of late nights eating the better part of a supreme pizza and maybe also some wings, pizza is something that I hold near and dear to my heart and stomach.  Her statement made me realize most of the awesome things on pizza are meat and vegetables, not the other stuff!  With a little bit of ingenuity we were able to recreate the pizza taste without the grains or cheese.  This also inspired another recipe, but you’re all going to have to wait for that one.

Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Ingredients
2 yellow squash (peeled into zoodles)
2 Spicy Cilantro Chicken Sausages (or another clean Italian style sausage), crumbled
14 oz container of pizza sauce
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup diced mushrooms
1 cup diced bell pepper
1/4 cup sliced black olives
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp coconut oil
Method
 
Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Heat onions and garlic in a medium heat pan with coconut oil until onions are translucent.
Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Add in mushrooms, onions, and black pepper and mix thoroughly for 3-5 minutes.
Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Add in ground sausage and zoodles and mix for 2 minutes.  Our sausage is precooked, so of course add time to cook through if sausage is raw.
Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Add pizza sauce and stir until heated through.
Supreme Pizza Pasta Recipe
Serve and enjoy!  You can now satisfy that pizza hankering without feeling destroyed from the grains and dairy the next day.