Tropical Jicama Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Tropical Jicama Salad

Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait! I love the hot weather, the sounds of ocean waves lapping and smells of salty sea air mixed with sweet fried dough while walking on the beach, and the food, of course! Barbecue, fresh tropical fruits, grilled burgers and hot dogs, big salads with crisp greens and sweet crunchy toppings. Sure, you can eat those foods year-round if you want, but there’s something special about eating them in the summer. This tropical jicama salad is inspired by my love of summer, and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.

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Ginger Garlic Grilled Shrimp Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Ginger Garlic Grilled Shrimp

I love shrimp, and huge tiger prawns are far and above my favorite kind. Growing up, we rarely had big tiger prawns; but we had seafood at least once a week. I would always ask for shrimp, and I would say about fifty percent of the time I was lucky enough to get it. Plus we always had shrimp cocktail for special occasions; I usually ate more than my fair share.

These days, shrimp is still more of a special occasion food. But, anytime I see wild caught shrimp on sale, it’s a special occasion!

Dressed simply, these succulent shrimp are light and refreshing despite being a hot grilled item. The sweet flesh of the prawn with the bright freshness of ginger and slight spice of garlic come together to create a great appetizer on a warm day. Or, if you’re a party of one, they can serve as your entree!

We hope you enjoy these ginger garlic grilled shrimp as much as Brent, his parents, and I did.

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Vangi Bhath (Eggplant Rice) Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Vangi Bhath (Eggplant Rice)

Indian dishes are one of the few items we often enjoy when eating out, but are intimidated to make at home. Outside of the occasional curry, we normally “leave it to the experts” when it comes to this cuisine. It is unfortunate because the food is so delicious. Inspired by this recipe and eager to challenge ourselves a little, we decided to adapt it. I’m really glad we did.

This “rice” recipe with cauliflower is a filling, and somewhat sweet, dish. I was surprised by the many flavors—in a good way. We hope you will enjoy this recipe. It would certainly pair well with curry or any other grilled meat, if you’re especially hungry.

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Chai Pumpkin Pudding Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Chai Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I realize that pumpkin is not a spring vegetable, but I love it any time of year. This flavorful pudding came about as I was trying to bring some of my favorite flavors together for a filling but slightly sweet breakfast smoothy.

The first attempt was a total flop; but it seeded the idea of this recipe and I’m pleased with the outcome. I love that the banana adds subtle sweetness without overpowering the pumpkin flavor and that the chai spices give a warmth and brightness to each bite. Chia seeds add a bit of protein and fiber, making this a worthwhile mid-day snack as well as dessert. We hope you enjoy it!

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Pepperoni Pizza "Pasta" Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Pepperoni Pizza “Pasta” Salad

As I write this blog post, I’m happy to report that Heather and I have gone 128 days, or 4 months and 8 days, without having any delivery pizza. Pizza has always been a comfort food for me, and it’s really easy to sit down and devour an extra large pizza when I’m stressed. One day after succumbing to junk food for lunch and dinner, I set an ultimatum—100 days without pizza or Chinese takeout. We’re past this goal and have had little temptation for either Chinese or pizza.

This isn’t to say that we don’t love all the components of pizza (minus the bread and cheese). This pizza “pasta” salad was so delicious we finished it within 4 hours of making it. The flavors develop as it rests, but good luck having it rest very long. This pizza salad is fantastic!

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