Homemade Taco Seasoning

taco seasoning

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!!

This is a lovely day that most people associate with yummy things like cerveza, Margaritas, and Mexican food, but I never knew the real origin until I did a little research for this post. Here are 5 facts about Cinco de Mayo that I’m guessing most of us probably don’t know.

In the mean time…

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Mexican Pork Stew

2016-04-07 19.30.24 I got this one from The Flat Belly Diet, and man it’s nothing if it isn’t easy and yummy!  Chalk this one up to another super simple one-pot-meal.  It does have hominy in it, which is NOT paleo, but I’m sure it would be just as delicious if you substituted with another veggie.  I’m okay with hominy because it’s not processed.

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Honey & Thyme Glazed Salmon w/Asparagus & Potatoes

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This recipe came from one of those little time lapsed videos that people post on Facebook all the time.  I usually ignore them because they are almost never compliant with my diet, but this one looked too good to pass up.  The only things questionable are the white potatoes, which are debatably paleo, and the honey.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs w/Bacon and Wilted Red Chard

red chard
Photo from Superfoodsmagazine.com

I went to the grocery store fully intent on making this recipe from Epicurious.com “as is” with Escarole, and then I saw it…  The Red Chard in all of its crimson beauty was calling my name.  I had to have it!

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Red Wine-Braised Chicken with Chorizo & Chick Peas

red wine braised chicken

My dish did not turn out nearly as pretty as the picture on the Epicurious website, but it was seriously delicious. It has a little bit of a kick to it, but you can adjust the spice rub according to your own taste.  This one is a little labor intensive, and my kitchen looked like a tornado went through it by the time I was done, but it was worth it.  If you’re doing Whole30 you can omit the chick peas, but I made it as the recipe called for. The chorizo I used was made at the butcher counter at Whole Foods, and they list their ingredients so I was sure to get sausage with no sugar.

Get the recipe HERE.

Pork Chops & Apple Sauce

2016-02-09 19.01.10Nothing in my arsenal was floating my boat yesterday, so I decided to make something up.  We’re on chicken overload, and are trying to cut down on red meat during the week, so the logical choice was pork.

You can cook these any way you want, but I chose to do them in the Sous Vide.  (more on that later!)  My focus here was the sauce.  I didn’t want to serve the chops with plain old apple sauce, that would just be boring! Here’s what I did:

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Harvest Roast Chicken w/Grapes, Olives, & Rosemary

harvest chickenThis is another one of those dishes that made me say, “what is she thinking?”

My brain doesn’t understand the combination of olives and grapes, but I wanted so badly to try a new recipe that I gave it a go anyway. I was very pleasantly surprised.  Once cooked up, the flavors softened and complimented each other very well. Also, for some reason, meat cooked with fruit always reminds me of Thanksgiving which I LOVE! All in all, this dish felt hearty and really satisfying.

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Bo Kho (Spicy Vietnamese Beef Stew)

Bo KhoI tend to gravitate towards one-pot-meals, and this is another great one that was delicious at dinner, and even better the day after once all the flavors settled in.  I love dishes like this that are simple to set up, then just get stuck in the oven at a low temp for a few hours.  It really lets me plan my day any way I want to, because once it’s in the oven I basically set the timer and forget about it. I can pull it out of the oven and let it sit when it’s done, then just reheat it on the stove top when we are ready to eat.

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Rosemary Potato Stacks

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There is some debate on white potatoes being strictly Paleo or not, but if you are including them in your routine I highly recommend this side dish from “The Homegrown Paleo” by Diana Rodgers. (You can follow her blog HERE, and purchase her cookbook HERE.) These little guys are simple, but slightly labor intensive and worth every minute that goes into making them. They are buttery and lemony and crispy and I guarantee you will love them!
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