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Condiments Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes

Paleo Ranch Seasoning Mix (dairy-free)

Paleo Ranch Seasoning Mix (dairy-free)

Once upon a Whole30 adventure, we had all too much homemade mayo to use up. And also some raw veggies. It was obvious what needed to be done: homemade ranch dressing. A quick Google search, and we were well on our way.   In my pre-paleo days, I’d just use the ranch spice blend from Costco, but *gasp*: dairy! MSG! soy! It’s nice to have an option that is every bit as flavorful, but not one bit tummy ache-inducing. This spice blend is equally good used as a seasoning for roasted veggies, stirred into rice pilaf (David’s favorite), or used in a meat marinade. Of course, if you want to keep it classic turn it into ranch dip (and you should), mix a couple of teaspoons (more or less) into your homemade mayo, eat, drink, and be merry. You can add other spices to this blend as you see fit (for instance, dill would be pretty good here), but this suits our palates just fine. READ MORE

Keto Meats Paleo Pork Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes

Coriander-Cumin Pork Chops

Coriander-Cumin Pork Chops

A few months ago, when I realized that it was 5:00 and I still didn’t know what I was making for dinner, I was looking up one of my old pork chop rub recipes for dinner, and I stumbled upon this one. It was the wrong one, actually, but it sounded interesting, and I had all of the ingredients—including a random half-bunch of wilting cilantro and a few leftover slices of lime. Being the frugal woman I am, I couldn’t pass up a chance to use up the odds and ends in my fridge, so I gave it a shot. I knew I’d made something good when the first thing that my husband said after taking a bite was, “Oh my gosh. Write this one down. WRITE IT DOWN.” READ MORE

AIP Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Sautéed Kale (that doesn’t suck)

Sautéed Kale (that doesn’t suck)

Since my dad’s side of the family is from the south, I grew up with a taste for greens. We even grew our own (hello, fresh beet greens), or enjoyed the endless supply that my grandad grew in the veritable GARDEN OF GIANTS where chards would grow waist-high—yet still cook up to be tender, sweet, and almost buttery. Even before I went paleo, I would religiously cook all manner of leafy greens in my own kitchen: chard, mustard greens, collards… But despite my love for greens, kale never made it to my grocery list. In my head, kale was just meh. Too bitter. Too much work. So over-hyped. My limited experience with kale consisted primarily of samplings of my old roommate's batches of kale chips. They scored well in the crispiness department, but they usually left annoying green bits on your teeth and were always too bitter for my taste. So ho-hum. So unimpressive. But then: A KALE SALE*. You know me: I can't resist the siren’s call of cheap vegetables. I rummaged a recipe for sautéed kale from the catacombs of my Pinterest boards and set to work. It was an instant hit at the dinner table that night. READ MORE

AIP Condiments Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Vegan

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

A few months ago, I used up a jar of jalapeños and used the juices to make a jar of the most delicious pickled carrot sticks ever. I got to wondering: what else can I pickle? A google search quickly determined red onions were destined to be the next victim. They promised to be the perfect condiment for an upcoming taco night, so I made a jar. They were so easy to make and so perfectly delicious that I decided that they ought to become a permanent feature in my fridge. They’re tart and crisp and savory and pretty all at once. I love tossing them over salad, tucking them into spring rolls, or putting the jar out with a spread of taco or burger fixings. Their flavor is so bright and happy, I can’t help myself. READ MORE

AIP Breads Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Vegan

Paleo Rosemary Flatbread (AIP, vegan, dairy-free options)

Paleo Rosemary Flatbread (AIP, vegan, dairy-free options)

Okay guys, I’m going to be real. This recipe is a little weird. It has nutritional yeast in it. Any recipe that calls for an ingredient that looks and smells like fish food should just be off the menu. I avoided buying it for the longest time on that principle alone. Besides, why buy a special ingredient when I would only need a couple of tablespoons of it? But then I found it in the bulk bins at the grocery store for super cheap. I bought some. I made this flatbread. YUM. Then, one day, I made it with butter. HOLY MOLY. Simple paleo flatbread rolled thin and baked at blistering heat till it bubbles and crisps just the right amount, yet still remains perfectly chewy on the inside. This is paleo sorcery. READ MORE

Condiments Keto Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes

Whipped Butter

Whipped Butter

A few weeks ago, I was taking out some butter to soften and serve with homemade biscuits. I was looking for a vessel to put it in, and remembered these cute little swing-top jars I got at Ikea. But oh, it would get hard when I returned it to the fridge later, and then it would be too difficult to get out…but what if I whipped it? Could I whip it? Turns out, the answer is yes. This was dangerous news. I now want whipped butter on everything. READ MORE

AIP Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Sauces Vegan

Simple Alfredo Sauce (dairy-free options)

Simple Alfredo Sauce (dairy-free options)

When I was growing up, my mother cooked extremely frugally for her clan of eight kids (mind you, five of whom were teenage boys). Her grocery budget for the month was a whopping $450. FOR A FAMILY OF TEN. Makes my $300/month for two look extremely extravagant. In addition to farming homegrown summer veggies and raising some livestock, she saved money by making everything from scratch. One such recipe was her “magical white sauce”—a basic béchamel—which could become anything from nacho cheese sauce to clam chowder. Of all the creations though, alfredo sauce made the top of my list. This recipe started off innocently enough. Just a humble search for a replacement for my mother’s alfredo sauce, but with ingredients I could eat. The first iteration was good. Simple. Creamy. Delicious. I could have stopped there, and be perfectly happy. But then I got thinking. More garlic! Nutritional yeast! White wine! I even put bacon in it one time. It was so easy to experiment with. Too easy. I’ve made this stuff too many times to count. This is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but with gallons and gallons of alfredo sauce. READ MORE

Condiments Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving of 2016 was our first turkey day as a married couple. Since we were living in Arizona at the time, we celebrated with David’s sister, Danielle, and her husband Franky. It was quite the spread of paleo delights. With all the heavy dishes of sweet potatoes and turkey and gravy and such, we deemed it necessary to include a salad. Danielle mixed up a balsamic vinaigrette all quick-like and poured it over some greens and that was that.   At dinner, David and I tasted the salad and were like, “WHAT IS THIS? Why is it so good?” Danielle pointed the bottle she had mixed it up the vinaigrette in: there were recipes printed on the side. Cheating. (You can get that bottle here, by the way. We have one. Quite a handy little thing.) I took the bottle’s version and modified it a little for our tastes, til it was juuuust right.   READ MORE

AIP Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Sauteed Lemony Brussels Sprouts (that don’t suck)

Sauteed Lemony Brussels Sprouts (that don’t suck)

When I was a kid, we grew Brussels sprouts in the backyard. Such a funny vegetable, with all the little bulbous buds that swelled into tiny cabbage-things. I remember when we finally harvested it, I was so stoked to taste this little creature that we had grown… But oh, it was nasty. Mushy. Bitter. Back onto the plate it went. Brussels sprouts and I would have enmity with each other for many years to come. When I went paleo and veggies became such a big part of my plate, I decided to give them another chance. My first few tries cooking them were mediocre at best, so I abandoned them once more. Until last fall, when I saw them on sale for a buck a pound. A BUCK A POUND. I couldn’t resist a good sale, and so determined that this time, THIS TIME, maybe I would find a way to prepare them in a way that actually tastes good. Enter: Brussels sprouts that don’t suck. READ MORE