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Winter Veggie Soup

Winter Veggie Soup

This winter veggie soup is a fairly basic recipe. Just a bunch of ordinary veggies simmered into tender happiness and pureed into a surprisingly hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup. You can play around with the veggies as you like—sub in another squash, use onions instead of leeks, add in other root veggies (celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnips...). This recipe is quite forgiving. And, to boot, you’ll be happy to know that it’s husband AND kid-approved as well. READ MORE

Keto Paleo Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Herbed Cucumber Salad (dairy-free, nut-free, vegan)

Herbed Cucumber Salad (dairy-free, nut-free, vegan)

Oh my gosh. This cucumber salad. It came about from another one of my “well, I need to use up the things before they go bad” phenomenons. The contenders: cucumber, mint, and also tahini because for some reason I wanted something vaguely Mediterranean. But this recipe took me a solid three tries to finally get right. FOR A SALAD, YOU GUYS. Seriously. Mostly, the problem was that I was stubborn and didn’t really want to follow the recipe... In all seriousness: do follow the directions on the dressing carefully, especially the bit with adding the water. It works some kind of magic with the tahini, turning it into an emulsion sort of the same way that oil and egg become mayonnaise, or the way that water and butter become whipped butter. Seriously though: that creamy dressing is a dream. Can you believe it’s dairy-free? READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Sides Sweet Potatoes Vegan Veggies

Sweeter Sweet Potatoes

Sweeter Sweet Potatoes

In case you hadn’t yet guessed from my blog title, (surprise!) I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. I can’t help it. I have a bit of a love affair with them. They’re just…so good… I know I’ve told this story on this blog before, but in case you missed it: Even before I went paleo, when I was feeling lazy I would often cook up a massive sweet potato in the morning and pop it into a thermos with a big spoonful of coconut oil and call it lunch. I sat down with some coworkers for lunch on one such day and they inquired, as they often did: “Hey, what’s for lunch today?” “Sweet potatoes.” “And what else?” “Nothing. Just…sweet potatoes.” This is my life. 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 Keto Paleo Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

I used to work for an early childhood education center in one of the business districts in Seattle, where we served families who worked for Amazon, Google, and the like. High-end clients called for high-end early education services, including high-end center meals provided by a classically trained chef. Seriously. The chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu. We ate everything from Greek Salad with Quinoa to Middle-Eastern Sweet Potato Stew to Four Cheese Chicken Pesto Pizza. Oh, and there was at least one from-scratch baked goodie on the menu each day (scones, berry crisp, mini muffins, quick breads…) which also meant that the center smelled like a freaking bakery every afternoon. Parents would often comment, “Geez, these kids eat better than I do…” One of the things on the menu that I always looked forward to were these adorable roasted rainbow carrots. I was baffled as to how on earth Chef Abby could possibly make carrots taste SO good. So, I finally worked up the courage to ask her one day. 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