Paleo/Primal

American, Appetizer, Condiments/Sauces, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Wild Rice and Sweet Corn Balls with Roasted Red Pepper-Walnut Dip

These nutty-sweet wild rice-sweet corn balls with a hint of heat are the perfect compliment to the smoky red pepper-walnut dip. It’s a match made-in-heaven appetizer sure to illicit oohs and ahhs at your next potluck get together. I even like this pairing as a vegan lunch or dinner; just add a side of greens or a crisp salad.

American, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Seafood, Sides, Spanish, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Spanish Tapas-Style Shrimp and Chorizo

Serve with brown rice and sautéed green beans-

One day I will get to Spain, but in the meantime I can recreate some of my favorite tapas recipes that I love from local tapas restaurants. Shrimp and chorizo is one of them and my adaptation has become a family favorite, especially enjoyed outdoors on our patio on a balmy summer evening.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa

Chipotle is about the only fast food that I will eat because the meats and dairy are hormone-free, they try to use as much fresh organic local produce as possible, and it tastes so good! The spicy barbacoa beef is my favorite and is perfect for cooking in a slow cooker. I searched the internet for ideas of how to recreate Chipotle’s fantastic shredded beef and ended up with this version that is pretty outstanding. Mission accomplished!

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Fajitas were originally made with skirt steak, hence, the name fajita coming from faja or “belt”. Texas ranch hands have been making them since the 1930s and the dish’s popularity is still evident in every Mexican or Tex Mex restaurant in the U.S. Skirt steak is tough and typically marinated overnight for tenderness prior to grilling, but the slow cooker automatically takes care of transforming the meat to a tender, flavorful base for this meal.

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Tacos

I am almost embarrassed to include this; it’s so easy, it’s shameful! This is my have-one-second-to put-a-meal-in-the-slow-cooker dinners. Not only can I make the taco meat in a split second and forget it all day, but everyone loves making and eating tacos! It’s such a fun meal to eat with others.

Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Summer, Vegetable

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette with goat cheese-

This is one of those “out of necessity” dinners that I made when my kitchen was being renovated and I did not have a stove or oven. I couldn’t even access my grill which was right behind the staging area for the workers. It was spring and I knew I wanted to incorporate the juicy, sweet strawberries at their peak this time of year. I got carried away and used them in the salad dressing as well as in the salad. What a great experiment! It’s the strawberry version of the popular raspberry vinaigrette, so expect this salad to be on the sweet side.