Paleo Chicken Salad Wrap

Paleo Chicken Salad Wrap - Full Table Option 2 ResizedLunch is generally the most difficult meal for me to plan in terms of creative, Paleo-friendly ideas. I typically eat a salad with whatever I have on hand in my refrigerator. I normally like a salad for lunch, because it is satiating without weighing me down and gives me long lasting energy to get me through the rest of the afternoon. Although salads are simple to transform by varying the toppings and dressing, I still get the urge once in a while to have something different. This simple chicken salad made with Paleo mayo served on a Paleo tortilla is perfect for those days.

BBQ Chicken Paleo Pizza

BBQ Chicken Paleo PizzaI have certainly ordered plenty of Dominos and Pizza Hut in my day, but there’s something about a homemade pizza that I just love. Homemade pizza night used to be so easy before going Paleo. I just headed to the store and picked up some pre-made dough and a bunch of cheese. Before I knew it, I was sinking my teeth into a freshly baked piece of zza. But I digress. My days of Boboli are over, but that doesn’t mean the days of homemade pizza have to be! Making pizza at home might take a little more effort than it used to, but it’s so worth it. This BBQ Chicken Paleo Pizza totally satisfies my craving for some good old comfort food. And a big bonus for no bloating or overwhelming sense of guilt afterwards!

Paleo Pantry Essentials | What’s in my pantry

Paleo Pantry Items A Slice of KyWhen I first started eating Paleo, my pantry still looked like the pantry I had before. I slowly started to gather things one by one as I needed them, and the longer I stuck with Paleo, the more items I accumulated. Before I knew it, I practically had a full-fledged Paleo pantry. It definitely takes time to evolve your pantry and learn about items that Paleo recipes call for on a regular basis. At first, I was completely unsure of most of these Paleo pantry items and their purpose. So I thought I would give you a sneak peek into my pantry in an effort to help you learn about some Paleo pantry essentials. I’ll also share with you how I typically use each item, and where I usually purchase it from.

Bacon In The Oven

Oven Baked Bacon A Slice of Ky ResizedOn weekend mornings you’ll usually find me in the kitchen sipping on a warm cup of tea and cooking up some breakfast. When making a full-out breakfast, the stovetop usually gets pretty crowded. Between the eggs, vegetable hash, and breakfast meat, there is a lot going on on top of that stove. Actually, the pans to make these three things won’t even fit on my stove all at once. I needed to come up with a solution other than having to cook my weekend breakfast in stages. I could probably bake the eggs and veggie hash in the oven, but why not try to eliminate one of the more higher maintenance items from the stovetop? Although bacon is quite straightforward to cook, it’s actually kind of messy and needy when you think about it. All that splattering grease and constant turning. Changing my bacon cooking method from something other than the stovetop would be the ideal remedy. I’ve made bacon on my electric griddle before with great results, but that thing is so tucked away under a million other things it usually only makes an appearance for special occasions!  I also tried cooking bacon in the microwave which surprisingly turned out really well.  I was happy with the microwave bacon results except for one thing. All the bacon grease was getting soaked up by the paper towel on the plate. I just could not go on letting that precious liquid gold go to waste! I needed a way to cook the bacon efficiently, yet still preserve the bacon grease.

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash Recipe A Slice of Ky 680xThis cauliflower mash took some trial and error, but I was finally able to nail down the right consistency and taste that I have been looking for. All of the recipes I’ve found online recommend prepping your cauliflower by steaming or boiling it first. However, the consistency has always turned out too thin and runny for our particular taste no matter how much butter, milk, or olive oil I added. Lots of people may like their cauliflower mash this texture, however our preference in this household is a thicker consistency. It wasn’t until I tried roasting the cauliflower first that I found the perfect texture for our cauliflower mash. So, if you’ve been searching for the secret to a thicker cauliflower mash, you must try this method!

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops on Table Paleo SquareI’m often looking for quick and easy recipes for weeknight meals, and this Paleo-friendly grilled pork chop recipe fits the bill. Quick and easy doesn’t necessarily mean lack of flavor. Not only are these grilled pork chops simple to make, but they pack a punch of flavor. The marinade is quick and easy to throw together and flexible based on however much time you have. If you have a few extra minutes before you leave for work toss the chops in the marinade, and they’ll be ready to grill when you get home. I let mine marinade for 5 hours, and they turned out perfectly. The marinade plus the hot grill makes a crispy and flavorful outer crust while keeping the interior incredibly juicy. I served these with a side of my Paleo mashed sweet potatoes, but these would go good with literally anything!

Understanding Paleo & Why I Believe In It

Understanding PaleoMy husband and I have been Paleo for over a year now, and it is something we fully believe in. However, we also try not to take ourselves too seriously. When we go to an event, we are grateful to eat the food that is provided and usually don’t worry about whether or not it’s Paleo. These indulgences are occasional and help to remind us why we love living the way we do 90% of the time. Plus, we just don’t like making a big stink about getting a burger with no bun and no cheese at Aunt Betty’s retirement picnic and would much rather just oblige and eat the totally delicious food that is available! We don’t talk much about being Paleo, because it can be a sensitive subject and people tend to have mixed reactions. However, when I hear that someone is interested and wants to learn more, that makes me excited! This is why I thought I’d share with you today a little more about our personal experience with Paleo, and why we now believe in it so strongly.

Homemade Paleo Granola

Homemade Paleo GranolaI’m always thinking about what my next meal is going to be. You always have to be thinking ahead when you’re Paleo (or living any type of healthy lifestyle for that matter). So when it was time for my beach vacation I needed to figure out fast and easy meal options. I figured breakfast would be easy with eggs and sausage, but what about mornings where we just didn’t feel like cooking and wanted something fast?  When I came across the Paleo Grubs Sweet and Salty Paleo Granola recipe, I figured this was the ticket to a quick breakfast before heading out to the beach.

Paleo Coconut Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry ChickenThe air is crisp, leaves are falling, and pumpkins are harvested. Fall is such a beautiful time of year, and I’m loving it. The mild days with a light breeze flowing through the house followed by cool nights are my favorite. Now that fall has officially arrived, it seems only fitting to share a warm and comforting coconut curry recipe with you. This coconut curry chicken is surprisingly easy to throw together, and the final product is hearty and rich.

Summer Style Inspiration

It’s beach season, so that’s exactly where I’m headed. That’s right, I’m on my way to the beach right now. Watch out Nags Head, here I come! We got the cars packed up and left at the chipper hour of 2am to beat traffic. Yep, that means right now as you’re reading this I am downing caffeine somewhere between Pittsburgh and Nags head. Just get my toes in the sand, and I’ll forget all about how I lost practically a whole nights worth of sleep. It’s going to be a fun week with the family, and I’m looking forward to being with my nephews on their first trip to the beach! Some may think summer is coming to a close around this time of year, but I’m here to declare that summer isn’t over people! Here is some inspiration for your summer style, so get up and out to enjoy the sun before it’s too late.