Fall Breakfast Muffins Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Fall Breakfast Muffins

As I rummaged through the refrigerator Saturday morning, looking for a little inspiration, the apples and carrots caught my eye. (I have mentioned more than once that I love apples, especially at this time of year when you can pick them fresh at the local farms.) I was craving something sweet. So, decided I would bake a delicious morning treat inspired by the season. We hope you enjoy these delicious fall breakfast muffins!
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Waldorf Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Waldorf Salad

Early fall is the season of apples for me, and I get excited to use all kinds in every way possible. So, when Brent suggested we try to create our own Waldorf salad–in which apples are a main ingredient–I was completely on board. The original Waldorf salad recipe is attributed to the dinning room manager of New York’s Waldof-Astoria Hotel in the late 1890s. It contained apples, celery, and mayonnaise, and was served on a bed of lettuce.

Soon thereafter, walnuts became another main ingredient and over the decades other ingredients have come and gone. Some common additions are chicken, turkey, dried fruits, and yogurt. I imagine that yogurt plays an integral role in helping the dressing stay light and flavorful. So, I wanted to recreate that experience, but keep it dairy-free.

This Waldorf salad is sweet and light, and can be served as a refreshing lunch, appetizer, snack or even dessert. (Yes, I said dessert. I had the leftovers as “dessert” for three straight dinners.) We hope you will enjoy it, too!
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Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad

Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad

One of the main rebuttals for going on a gluten free or a paleo diet is how difficult it is to get by without noodles and pasta. We appreciate that those foods have been a staple and mainstay in a lot of households, and losing them is a bit jarring. Although we’re slightly behind the curve here with the “spiralizer” kitchen gadget, now that we have one, we can’t get enough of it! This cucumber salad was our first adventure, and there are plenty more to come.
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Spicy Pickled Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Spicy Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Since a young age, I’ve really enjoyed pickles. Dill pickles were always the clear winner, where bread and butter made me want to run screaming (I know, fighting words.. still not a fan of those or sweet gherkins). I’ve come to appreciate them, though, as well as the burgeoning artisan fermented foods. These small “craft brewers” of pickles and other vegetables are great—often local—options. We were lucky enough to meet Number 1 Sons (a local DC area operation) when Russ had his book release party, along with the Paleo Parents and Primal Palate.

That being said, I was inspired to try my own hand at this cuisine. Brussels sprouts seemed like a great candidate for pickling, and when we saw some pickled brussels sprouts at a local store, I decided it was our fate. These have a great pickle flavor, and still have the awesome crunch of brussels sprouts.

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Grilled Portabello Mushroom Caps

grilled seasoned easy portabello mushrooms

Mushrooms.  These fungi were something that I strongly avoided for most of my formative years–my father is not a fan, and I ipso facto also was determined to dislike them.  Eventually, I was tricked out of this delusion, and I’m a better person for it.  I would challenge each of you to go eat something you are certain you dislike because you’ve “always hated it” and be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  Thanks to this initiative, I now enjoy: asparagus, brussels sprouts, beets, lobster, and mushrooms.

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