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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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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Sunday Broccoli-Mushroom Egg Bake Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Sunday Broccoli-Mushroom Egg Bake

I love breakfast, and I really appreciate the value that a large egg bake creates for Brent and me during a busy week. On a typical work-week morning, I spend anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes preparing breakfast for Brent and myself. Most of those mornings, one or both of us has to run out the door with that food in a to-go container, destined to eat in the car or at the office, rather than sitting down at our kitchen table to enjoy it and each other’s company.

This Sunday Broccoli-Mushroom Egg Bake, and others like it, often change that. Not only is it easy to make and delicious, it saves me time morning after morning as the week progresses. When there’s a breakfast casserole available, it takes me just a couple of minutes to pack up a piece for Brent and myself so I can sleep in an extra few minutes. Or, even better, Brent and I can actually take 10 minutes to eat together before starting our busy days.

Whip this up on Sunday morning, enjoy it, and save the left overs to make your work-week morning routine a little less hectic. We hope you enjoy it!

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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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