Paleo Broccoli Salad – ‘Side-Dish Saturday’

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Hello lovely! Here at Paleo Harvest Kitchen, we like to keep it simple.. however, you can only eat sweet potatoes and salad so many days in a row before thegreeneyedgroom looses his mind. Paleo Side-Dishes are soo hard to come up with, why!? I’ll tell you why.. starches and sauces.

Seriously, coming up with a good textured side-dish without using white potatoes or ranch, that thegreeneyedgroom will eat, is my biggest challenge, for sure.

And this is why we have come up with ‘Side-Dish Saturday,’ where we will make time to specifically conquer side-dishes in all their gravy-covered glory. {mmm.. gravy.}

Today’s challenge: Broccoli Salad – we had to find a way to make the dressing without using mayo that is full of soybean and canola oil, without eggs, and without sugar.. It was a little difficult, can’t lie.
Now that we have done the hard stuff, make it for dinner and let us know what you think!!

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Start by finding a great broccoli slaw at your grocery store, we used the Organic one by Simple Truth at Fred Meyer. Then, chop half of a broccoli crown and add it to the slaw in a large bowl. Now is the fun part.. the little tasty bits. We used dried cranberries, halved grapes, and sunflower seeds.

To mix the dressing, we used a simple measuring cup and stirred it.
No fancy-pantsie stuff needed.

PHK Cooking Tip: If you don’t have grassfed yogurt, use a high-quality Greek Yogurt – that’s what we did! You could also substitute for some homemade Paleo Mayo if you are okay with eggs!

Next time, we will add julienned  apples and dried cherries. Yum!
Then toss in dressing and served chilled.

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PHK Cooking Tip: Use what you have! If you have Chopped Almonds or Walnuts, use those? Like Strawberries more than Cranberries? ..all the power to you!!

This would be a great side-dish for a bar-b-que or picnic, it is great with fish and chicken, and the acidity would be delicious with your favorite white wine!

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Check back in next Saturday when we take on another side-dish! Enjoy!

– PHK

Paleo Broccoli Salad with Grapes, Cranberries, and Sunflower Seeds

  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Paleo Broccoli Salad by: Paleo Harvest Kitchen

Ingredients:

Salad:
-2 Cups Organic Broccoli Slaw
-1/2 Broccoli Crown, Chopped
-1 1/2 Cup Halved, Organic Seedless Grapes
-1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
-1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Dressing:
-2 tbsp. Grassfed Yogurt
-1 tbsp. Lemon Juice {about half a lemon}
-1/4 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
-1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
-1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
1.Place slaw and chopped broccoli in a large bowl.
2.Add ‘tastey-bits’ – cranberries, seeds, and grapes
3.Pour dressing over-top and Mix
4.Serve Cold

 

Paleo Banana-Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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Simple snack are the best, right?! Well today we have a treat for you, litereally! It’s a sweet-snack that can actually count as LUNCH! I know, I know.. it’s exciting. Hang on! Let me tell you how good it is for you before we get to the recipe..

7 grams of protein from the V-Shake, doTERRA’s Vegan protein shake {and it’s SOY FREE!!}, 1.3 grams of protein from each banana.. {that’s 3.9 grams of protein!!}, 3 grams of protein from the Chocolate Unsweetened Almond Milk, and a whopping 2.83 grams of protein from the unsweetened, powdered cocoa {that was super hard math.. I could be wrong, it could be more..}!!

.. Let’s talk about that for a minute.. did you know that there are 17 grams of protein in 6 tbsp. of cocoa? Me either. I’m soo going to use this more often!

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So all in all, that is 16.73 grams of protein in the smoothie!!

You could drink it all your self or there is definitely enough to share with another adult.

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.. this stuff is amazing. No SOY, which is a huge deal, and it’s from pea-protein!Okie doke, on to the recipe, well, it isn’t much of one, more like a dump-and-spin..

PHK Cooking Tip: You can use Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk too!

Add the protein powder, bananas, cocoa powder, vanilla, and almond milk in a mixer, add ice {about 2 cups} and whirl!

Don’t have Vegan V-Shake? Order it here!!

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PHK Cooking Tip: Add Almond Butter for a nuttier taste!

Hope you guys enjoy this super delicious, healthy treat!
It’s blueeyedbaby approved!

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– PHK

Paleo Banana-Chocolate Protein Smoothie

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Paleo Banana-Chocolate Protein Smoothie by:Paleo Harvest Kitchen

Ingredients:
-3 Organic Bananas
-1.5 cups Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk {can sub Vanilla}
-1 Scoop V-Shake Vegan Protein Powder
-1 tbsp. Unsweetened Powdered Cocoa
-1/2 tsp. Vanilla
-About 2 cups of Ice

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a blender
2. Add in desired amount of Ice
3. Whirl
4. Enjoy!

Paleo Bacon and Split-Pea Soup

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The Paleo lifestyle is pretty darn simple, once you get the hang of it. And honestly, all you need to do is eat REAL FOOD, without the added crud that lately everyone seems to think it requires. After having six random anaphylaxis episodes in two weeks, from food, I can’t lie there’s some fear there when I pick up a fork.

Thankfully, I have been craving vegetables like crazy, but in a ‘comfort food’ kind of way.. oven roasted everything, lots of homemade brown gravy, and soup! And since my food journey isn’t just about eating like a caveman and getting skinny {which is great!}, I am also eating to heal my body; so all of these yummy comfort foods have to be paleo and free of crud!

Bacon Split Pea-Soup was at the top of my craving list and so the challenge was.. how do I make ‘ham-peas’ taste like ‘ham’ without adding the packet they give you that is FULL of hydrolyzed soy protein?! EASY!

Real, uncured bacon.

Funny, huh?! How people just go along with what is given to them, pouring the packets of chemicals into their food to make it taste a certain way when ALL they have to do is.. use real food. And here at Paleo Harvest Kitchen, we think there is NO other way to cook, but with real food.

Side note: I do know that peas are not AIP, however, my body was craving them and I did not get a flare up from them or the bacon. As always, follow your gut! {get it, your gut..}

thegreeneyedgroom and I have been {attempting to stick to} paleo since before it was cool, which you know.. is always nice. However, split-pea soup is something I have not tried to conquer yet. Which honestly, I should have, because it turned out to be so easy and such a savory dish.

 

Without further ado – the tastiest, healthiest split-pea soup you will ever eat..

First, rinse your peas and set aside; then chop 4-6 strips of uncured bacon and cook 6-8 minutes over medium-low heat.

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PHK Cooking Tip: Chop the bacon with cooking scissors, it’ll make your job SO much easier.

While that yummy pork is cooking, chop your veggies!

Quarter the carrots and dice the Celery and Onion. They will cook well this way, also.. the celery is mostly for taste so you don’t need huge chunks of it.

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PHK Cooking Tip: Light a candle! Seriously, this is what we do to not cry while chopping onions and it works!

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Once that bacon is nice and hot, add your grassfed butter and vegetables to the pan and let them get familiar. Then add your peas, organic chicken broth, water, and seasonings. {I like to season my soups while they are cooking, not after.}

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Then cover and let simmer for 50 minutes. You can stir it every-so-often, honestly, I do it mostly for the smells.

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Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool 5 minutest before serving.

PHK Cooking Tip: If you want a smoother consistency, pop it in the food processor!

And enjoy!!

– PHK

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Paleo Bacon Split-Pea Soup

  • Time: 1hr 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Paleo Bacon Split-Pea Soup   by: Paleo Harvest Kitchen

Ingredients:
– 20oz Green Split-Peas
– 4-6 Slices of Uncured Bacon
– 4 Carrots, Quartered
– 2 Celery Stalks, Diced
– 1/2 Sweet Onion, Diced
– 5 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
– 5 Cups Water
– 1 tsp. Sea Salt
– 1 tbsp. Black Pepper
– 1 tbsp. Mrs. Dash Table Blend
– 3 tbsp. Grassfed Butter

Directions:
1. Rinse Peas, Set Aside
2. Chop Bacon and Fry on Medium-Low Heat
3. Once Bacon is done, add:
Butter, Chopped Vegetables,
Split-Peas, Chicken Stock,
Water and Seasonings.
4. Let Simmer, Covered, on Medium-Low for 50 minutes
5. Stir a few times while waiting.
6. Check Flavor and Seasoning, Texture

Let cool for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Use a food processor at the end if you would like a creamier soup.
Enjoy!

– PHK