apple cider potato salad

Just when you though potato salad couldn’t get any better, this potato salad will make you want to throw your traditional mayo soaked potato salad right out your window. It combines oven roasted potatoes with a tangy mustard dressing for a lightened up take on the summer time staple. You can make this all in one shot or par-boil the potatoes and whip up the dressing early in the day, then finish the whole thing right before dinner!

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Apple Cider Potato Salad

Serves 4-6

Adapted from eat, live, run

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs red potatoes (skins on)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, thin sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 oz course mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, fine diced

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in potatoes and let cook until tender on the outside, but still IMG_5759firm inside (roughly 20 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes, I periodically tested mine with a fork). Drain the potatoes and allow to cool to room temp.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the green onions, basil, lemon juice, apple cider, olive oil, paprika, pepper, vinegar, mustards, and onion. Allow to sit and macerate (if saving to assemble for later you can cover and put this mix in the fridge now).

Take the potatoes and cut them into medium sized chunks. If saving to assemble later, you can cover these and put them in the fridge. If making now, preheat your oven to 400′ F. Spread your potatoes on a baking sheet and toss in some olive oil. Roast in the oven until golden brown and cooked through (approximately 15-20 more minutes). Take them out and place all the potatoes in a large bowl. Pour the dressing mixture you made earlier over your potatoes (you may not need to use all the dressing depending on how dressed you like your taters) and toss to coat. Serve warm.

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korean style country spare ribs

BBQ is one of my absolute favorite foods. Hickory smoked pork slathered in sweet and tangy barbecue sauce elicits some kind of intense feelings in me, but every once in a while even I need to change things up. These korean style country spare ribs will do just that, left to soak in a tasty marinade all day and then quick grilled right before dinner. They’re rubbed in brown sugar, so they definitely shouldn’t make an appearance every night, but they really hit the spot on a treat yo’ self kind of day! This week, leave your bbq sauce on the shelf and try out these ribs instead.

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Korean Country Spare Ribs

Serves 5-6

Adapted from smells like home

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 lbs country style pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • small bunch chives, chopped (optional, for serving)

Directions:

Lay your ribs in one or two large deep baking dishes. Rub your ribs with the brown sugar (I only used as much as needed to lightly coat the ribs, definitely not the entire 1/2 cup). Set ribs aside while you make the marinade.

In a medium bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, rice wine, onion, garlic, sesame oil, and pepper. Pour your marinade evenly over your ribs. Cover and refrigerate for 6-12 hours.

Remove the ribs and allow to sit at room temp for 15 minutes before grilling. In the meantime, preheat a gas grill on high for 10 minutes and then reduce heat to medium. Grill the ribs 3-5 minutes on each side, until you get a nice sear and hash marks on each side (large ribs may need more time). Transfer the ribs to a serving dish, cover, and let rest 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped chives.

roasted citrus salad

Revamp your salad game to keep from getting bored towards the end of a salad filled summer. Roasted caramelized oranges are just what you need to add depth and complexity to mundane salads. Pair them with the bitter tang of arugula and smooth avocado and you get a salad that’ll feel sinfully gourmet.

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Roasted Citrus & Avocado Salad

Serves 4-6

Adapted from bon appétit

Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, peeled and sliced, seeds removed *
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 small red onion, thin sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

Directions:

IMG_5736Preheat your oven to 425′ F. Toss your citrus slices with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast your citrus, flipping occasionally, until you get a light char and a caramelized sweet scent (10-15 minutes). Let cool. **

 

Meanwhile, combine your onion and lemon juice in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, this will soften and mellow out the flavor of your onions.

In a large serving bowl, combine arugula, romaine, cucumbers, avocado, and roasted citrus. Pour onions and lemon juice over greens. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat

 

* Don’t feel like you’re limited to oranges here. If you’ve got blood oranges or love the taste of grapefruit try those! You could even do lemons for more flavor.

** Feel free to make your oranges ahead of time and keep in the fridge. They stayed pretty nicely for me and were in the fridge all day.

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We ate this tasty little salad with some tangy korean ribs and potato salad (recipes to come), but it was great with some pesto chicken salad the next day too!

 

 

kale and quinoa cakes

It’s amazing to think that just a year or two ago you wouldn’t find a stitch of kale on our family’s dinner table. We had to ease into the leafy green superfood by covering it with bacon (anything that tastes even a little like bacon is usually a thumbs up in our house). Now, it seems like we’ve always got a bunch in our fridge. Kale has worked its way into the dinnertime veggie rotation, sometimes still cooked in bacon, sometimes we let it shine all on its own, and sometimes cooked in little cakes.

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A food that hasn’t had quite the success that kale has in our house is quinoa. The protein packed grain is still trying to find its big break on our dinner table. I’m a fan, but finding ways keep quinoa from eliciting a painful grimace on my dad’s face is proving to be quite the task. These cakes are a step in the right direction.

Here you take cooked quinoa, mix it up with some blanched kale and breadcrumbs and round out the flavor with some salty parmesan cheese, green onions, and minced garlic. They are really tasty right out of the pan! Not as great cold though, so if you’re not already a lover of quinoa and kale I’d suggest reheating them or saving the uncooked mixture in the refrigerator and quick frying them when you’re ready to get eating!

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Kale & Quinoa Cakes

Makes 8-10 cakes. Recipe adapted from Yummy Supper

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa *
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 spring onion, sliced thin
  • 1.5 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup blanched kale, chopped **
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat, but gluten free would work too)
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil

Directions:

In a large bowl combine quinoa, eggs, cheese, onion, garlic, salt, kale, and breadcrumbs. Mix well and then let sit for a few minutes to allow the liquid time to absorb. You want your mixture to be moist but not runny.

Heat your olive or coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Form your cakes and place into pan. (be sure not to overcrowd) Cover the pan and let the cakes cook for 7-10 minutes. The bottoms should be a nice deep golden brown when you flip. Now cook the other sides for another 7 minutes. Let the patties rest on a cooling rack. I needed to do 2 batches but that may differ depending on the size of your pan.

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We ate ours alongside some ribs and asparagus at dinner time, but these would also be great topped with a little avocado and lemon juice, maybe some chicken salad… yum!

* If you don’t have already cooked quinoa lying around, just cook some up! You can do as much or as little as you’d like but the rule of thumb is 1 cup uncooked quinoa needs 2 cups of water to cook and should yield about 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa. Throw your uncooked quinoa and water into a pot, allow it all to come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook until all the liquid has absorbed and the quinoa is nice and tender. Fluff and let cool to room temp.

** To blanch your kale bring a large pot of water to a boil. Submerge kale entirely and drain immediately.

 

 

crusted mahi tacos

Taco Tuesday is coming in hot. Be prepared with these tasty little fish tacos. Quick cooking white fish is dredged in coconut flour and fried up, placed atop my paleo tortillas with an easy little slaw and some sweet pineapple salsa. Make all the pieces in advance and then all you’ll need to do is assemble come dinner time! Good news is they even taste great leftover the next day.

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Crusted Mahi Tacos

Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

Directions:

Dredge your fish in the coconut flour and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add butter or oil. Sear your fish on each side until golden brown and crispy.

Assemble your tacos by spreading some roasted poblano sauce on your tortilla, placing your fish on top, throwing on a mix of cabbage, dolloping on some pineapple salsa, and adding a sprinkle of cilantro. These tacos are good enough to share with bae… or might just be bae.

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*Adapted from The Performance Paleo Cookbook

roasted poblano sauce

A creamy sauce with just the right amount of kick made with mild blackened poblano peppers and smooth homemade mayo. It’s perfect on fish, in a slaw, or drizzled over chicken.

Roasted Poblano Sauce

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large poblano pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayo
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

Turn on your broiler to high and line a baking sheet with foil. Set your poblano pepper on the baking sheet and set under the broiler. Allow the skin to blacken and blister ( you may want to turn your pepper after this happens on the side facing up).

Once blackened let the pepper cool, then cut off the stem and slice it open. Scrape out and discard the seeds.

Combine all your ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

 

*Recipe from The Performance Paleo Cookbook

olive oil mayo

Are you a mayo lover? Do you despise mayo with a deep-seated fiery passion? Either way, I need you to throw out everything you think about mayo right now and try this insanely easy, no added garbage, fresh made olive oil mayo. Theres no industrial vegetable oils in this stuff, just healthy fats that can be spiced up and added to give those healthy dishes of yours the fun kick they need.

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Olive Oil Mayo

Makes roughly 1 1/4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp light tasting olive oil**
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

In a blender, combine 1/4 cup of your olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and the egg. Cover the blender and let these ingredients come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes (this will allow the ingredients to fully form the emulsion you need).

Run the blender on low for 30 seconds, then remove the insert from the lid and begin to drizzle the rest of the olive oil in. POUR SLOWLY in a thin stream (not too fast, not too slow) and increase blender speed from low to medium. Keep pouring slowly until all the oil is integrated.

Scoop out into a container and store in the fridge. The mayo will last you until the egg’s marked expiration date.

** Note: definitely use the light tasting olive oil. The regular stuff is too potent and will overpower your mayo.

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Recipe from The Performance Paleo Cookbook