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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Fermented Health Salad

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When I was younger and just moved right outside of NYC from Wisconsin, my grandmother’s husband knew the city like the back of his hand.  He insisted on taking us to the 2nd avenue deli on a semi-regular basis.  When going to one of these restaurants with Grandpa Bill, you were told what you were going to eat.  We always were given a hot corned beef and a side of health salad.  I remember loving this lunch the few times I went, but it has been at least a decade since the last time I was there. Continue reading