Who’s excited for grilling, sunshine, and fireworks? I am. This is light and refreshing alternative to coleslaw that will go great with your celebratory BBQ tomorrow.
Summer Slaw Salad
1/2 head of cabbage sliced thin (~2 1/2 cups)
1/2 large zucchini peeled with a julienne peeler (my zucchini are enormous so you might want to use 2 small zucchini)
6 sweet mini peppers sliced thin
4 green onions sliced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 jalapeno minced
3 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
2 tsp of sesame oil
A few sprinkles of toasted sesame seeds
Mix everything in a bowl.
Just before serving sprinkle the seeds on top reserve these if you plan on refrigerating it over night. I made this the day before so the flavors would meld together by tomorrow.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Have a save and lovely holiday. If you are working tomorrow, thank you. We couldn’t do it without you.
For lunch I ate a mess of different things. It was a clean out the fridge sort of meal. I had the chicken and cabbage from last night’s dinner. A Stuffed bell pepper primal and not paleo because of the addition of cheese. One meatball with tomato sauce homemade from the garden. Actually all the vegetables in this meal are home grown!
I snacked on some raw zucchini. Rawr!
Dinner was Tandoori chicken with sweet potatoes (canned and gifted from my lovely friend Sarah) and zucchini. If you are noticing a zucchini trend it’s because we have tons of it the size of small babies coming from our garden. The tandoori was a paste I bought at the store. It doesn’t contain any sugar so I can recommend it to my paleo pals. I used a few spoonfuls to marinate the chicken overnight then added coconut milk and let it slow cook while did Helen in the rain.
Paleo tip #2 – use what’s in season. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher, and better for you. My general rule is that if you are paying much more than $1 a pound, it’s not in season. This of course doesn’t apply to certain veggies. I can never find asparagus or artichokes that cheap. If you can’t find it fresh go frozen. They freeze it in peak freshness so it’s pretty close to being fresh. Canned is okay if you watch the salt content.
I have several friends that are new to paleo eating. In honor of them I will be posting my meals for each day. I usually eat twice a day with tons of water in the middle.
This was breakfast:
I had leftover zucchini noodles from meatballs last night so I thought they’d make a good breakfast. I served that with two eggs, some tomatoes from the garden and bacon. I made extra bacon and had a few slices as a snack in between.
This was dinner:
The unfortunate theme of dinner was “oops I burned it!” The cabbage and the chicken are both a little toasty. I had grilled chicken, braised cabbage, and raw zucchini slices. Again all the vegetables are from the garden.
I also had a few raw unsalted cashews, and a glass of kombucha (fermented tea) but that would make for a boring picture so I didn’t take it.
I hope that by posting my daily meals I can help inspire a few of you to try paleo too. It’s really not that hard. One of the biggest suggestions I have right now is to stop trying to find substitutes for your favorite grain food. Don’t look for a paleo bread or muffin. Instead think about making meat and veggies the star. Up there for I mentioned that I use leftover zucchini noodles. I just take a whole zucchini and peel it with a juiliane peeler.
I have 4 zucchini/summer squash plants that are producing about 3-5 large squash every day. I have eaten a lot of zucchini and squash lately. I’m going to have to start freezing some to make space for more. I’m so happy for my produce abundance!
The plants were so large I actually had to prune them back a bit. Those were all stalks of leave where you see the tubes.
I’ve eaten it in hash for breakfast.I’ve eaten it in noodle shape for dinner.
I’ve eaten it grilled at least 4 nights a week.
My cucumbers are also quite happy and productive.
Mostly they are eaten in salad. I’m looking for some new interesting ways to eat them because they don’t freeze well. Do you have any ideas?
My tomatoes are just starting to ripen. I can’t wait for those. I also have some peppers popping up. Peppers take forever though so I’m not really crossing my fingers for anything soon there.
With Lola on the pest control my collard greens and cabbage are coming back. Tonight I’m having my first harvest of collard greens in a few weeks. The caterpillars took their toll on the leaves.
I also am very excited about these.
They are weeds!
I started letting them grow two years ago because I thought they were pretty and I realized they were berry plants. This year they have had their first berries. These are not ripe yet but I can’t wait until they are!
Are you tending a garden? How are your crops looking right now?
My mom is awesome. I love her dearly and learned so much in the kitchen from her. Below is a recipe she sent me to share with you. I wish I was there to have eaten this. It sounds awesome. For the paleo kids you can use another egg or nut flour in place of the panko to make this 100% paleo.
Momma’s Stuffed Zucchini
What do you do when your neighbor comes by and so pleasantly offer you some lovely bounty from their garden? You take it of course. Invariably there are those freakishly large Zucchini amongst the bounty. I am talking Squash the size of Grok’s Prehistoric Club. They were too big a vegetable even for a family of 12. I’m talking really huge. You could tell your neighbor to go stuff it, but it’s always better if you stuff it yourself! That’s just what I did – YUMMM MAY good stuff.
Here is what I did:
1 large zucchini (sorry should of taken a picture of it before hand)
1 LB ground beef
fresh spices from the garden – at least one handful each of the following: basil, thyme, sage & chives
1 diced sweet yellow onion
1 sweet bell pepper – diced
1/4 C parmesan cheese
1/4 C panko crumbs (ok not paleo but needed to hold this together!)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cut large zucchini lengthwise, but not in half, more like 1 /3 off the top.
Cut off stem end & bud end.
Scrape out seeds and some of the vast interior of this behemoth squash. Leave about 1 inch of the squash for a shell.
Toss what you scraped out in to your compost.
Mix the meat mixture above, stuff in the cavity. Salt and pepper the top as desired.
Place on a greased cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour.
Check for done-ness. Timing will vary as to size of zucchini and how much meat you have in the cavity. I inserted a meat thermometer to verify it was done. (160 internal temp)
I also roasted the top of the zucchini I cut off at the same time I cooked my stuffed squash for eating later. I love roasted zucchini; especially when it is well browned. To do this I coated it sparingly with olive oil and a little salt and fresh ground pepper, placing it on a well oiled cookie sheet.
Great for a snack or meal later….
But back to the meal, slice the stuffed zucchini about 3 inches per person, I served mine with a side of quinoa & fresh garden green beans.
School has been trying hard to steal my life. Lately I’ve been so tired that I don’t want to cook or blog. That is a sad day. I feel terrible that I’ve posted nothing here for so long. This weekend I have a few different recipes that I will type up so the week will have some noms in it. Today’s recipe is an easy but super tasty recipe for abundance of zucchini that is out there.
3 zucchini diced
1 yellow bell pepper (or whatever color you fancy)
1/2 med yellow onion
3 tbsp of olive oil
a handful of basil ~2 large sprigs
salt and pepper to taste
Dice some the onion and pepper. Saute on medium high heat in olive oil until beginning to get tender.
Add the cubed zucchini and toss a few times to coat in olive oil.
Cook the Zucchini on medium high heat until almost tender. About 5 minutes. Mince some basil to add to the zucchini at the last moment before serving. Don’t cook the basil, just toss the herb in the dish at the last minute to draw out the flavors.
Then smell a fire and realize you lit your stove on fire from grease not properly cleaned up. Calmly remove your zucchini so as not to ruin your vegetables or pan. Walk to the refrigerator and grab some baking soda. Pour copious amounts on burner until fire is extinguished. Proceed with dinner like nothing happened.
Serve with your choice of protein. T had mussels, ribs, and salmon.There will soon be a post about seafood that T cooked for this meal. Our roommate said it was good and T liked it so I will have to assume it was tasty water food. As for the vegetables, they are awesome and fresh. The simple ingredients really bring out the flavor of the fresh summer vegetable.
Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I hope a short story about vegetables and fire will sate you while I get my hiney in gear and stock up on some posts!