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Paleo Lunch Series: Salad Time!

I just had this realization that I have completely neglected the ‘paleo lunch series’ that I had wanted to do on this blog. I’m not sure why seeing as I take my lunch to work pretty much everyday, so I should have a plethora of content to show you on the subject. I think I kind of forgot that I had even wanted to do that. Keeping track of everything is so difficult for me! At work I literally have 50 drafts in my inbox all of ideas that suddenly came to me that I needed to write down. And those are just the ones I haven’t done anything with yet!

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Now that’s its heating up outside (yay) I am gravitating towards salads for lunch! Back in the day I was a romaine girl, but I have a new found love for spring mix, and spring mix with spinach too. It’s easy to find organic, and most are pre washed which makes life soooo much easier and me much more likely to actually eat it. Plus I’m pretty sure there are a lot more nutrients in this as opposed to romaine, which seems like mostly water. Here is a great combo I had the other day! Chicken, carrots, red pepper, red onion on top of spring mix, with some farm boy Italian dressing on top.

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Farmboy has amazing dressings most of which are olive oil based only (YAY!) and all tasting really good. If you have a Farmboy locally I really recommend you buy their dressings if you need something easy and convenient. Trust me on this one!

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Balsamic Vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, dried red pepper.

Packing this and maybe an apple with some almond butter is a great and delicious lunch that WILL satisfy. I recommend pre cooking some chicken so you can grab it and go! I do this and then my boyfriend and I will make different meals out of the chicken. This go around I had mine on salads, while he had his turned into butter chicken! It worked out well for both of us.

Just remember, if you are also a romaine person, why not try something new? I didn’t used to like spring mix…too bitter. Palettes change though, so it’s always worth trying something again!

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Paleo Curry Chicken Salad

Hey guys!

Sorry for the recent silence on this blog of mine. I still haven’t gotten internet set up at my new place yet! Crazy right? Well, I’m calling the company we chose today, but in the meantime I still really wanted to write something up, so here you go. I’m tethering with my phone to upload this to you. I love ya that much!

What I have to share with you today is a delicious salad that is easy and great to take with you on the go. It’s a flavorful salad due to the curry! It is so good though, trust me. The homemade dressing is only a couple of ingredients and way healthier than any soybean oil crap you could find at a salad bar or in the grocery store. If you pre-cook the chicken the night before, it’s really simple to throw this together in the morning before work, trust me I did it twice last week! The chicken also cooks really quickly when sliced, only takes 5 – 10 minutes.  Take the avocado whole with you too, so you can have it fresh when it’s time to eat!

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I tried to keep the ingredient list short for this one, in order to keep it easy breezy for lunches at work.

Ingredients (for 1 salad)

1 Chicken Breast, sliced (cook more for leftovers if you want!)
2 cups red leaf lettuce, or other salad lettuce of your choice
1 mini cucumber
1 small avocado
1 tsp. mild curry powder

1/2 tsp. mild curry powder
1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp. coconut milk

1. Cut the chicken breast into small strips. Season with roughly 1 teaspoon of curry powder and cook in a frying pan on medium heat in about 1 tbsp. coconut oil until cooked through.

2. Chop up and wash the lettuce. Chop the cucumber. Chop the avocado if eating immediately if not keep whole until its time to eat!

3. Layer the salad: Lettuce cucumber, avocado, chicken. Then pour the dressing on top and enjoy!

Dressing:

1. Spoon 1 tbsp. tomato paste into small bowl or container. Add 1 small tsp. coconut milk. Add 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp. curry powder. Mix together and serve.

The reason I love this salad is it packs so much flavor without a lot of ingredients. Apple Cider Vinegar has a lot of health benefits as well, so its good to have that in your dressing sometimes as opposed to just balsamic. Chicken salad with plain olive oil and balsamic will get repetitive after a while, I PROMISE you!

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I also like that its easy for people who don’t have a lot of time like me. I have been so busy trying to unpack and all of that lately that I have felt like I was a zombie. Today is my first day off alone and I am so thankful for it, I needed it! I was still able to pack this salad to bring to work this past week, so you know it is doable! I know I’ve been whining a lot about this move but it’s not all bad. Check out the badass sunset we had the other day above! That’s our view. The shiny stuff in the middle of the black is the Ottawa river. LOVE it!!! So happy.

Sausage Breakfast Patties

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These sausage patties are a serious life saver. It’s so nice to have a hunk of protein waiting for me every morning in the fridge. And it’s much more affordable than bacon every morning (for me…I need like a gazillion slices of bacon to be satisfied). I managed to pick up a package of 3lbs of ground pork on sale at Costco for only 10 dollars! That provided me with about 30 sausage patties, and I eat 1 – 2 each day. Pretty good huh? I used my amazing deep freeze of course, so one 10$ investment went a very long way for me.

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They are very versatile as well, I often take them for breakfast OR lunch at work! I use them in recipes or on their own. They are a great addition to ANY omelette! Of course you can also spice them however you want, I just chose this way because it is my favourite. I bet some spicy cumin sausages would be REALLY good!

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Anyways, these sausages are also incredibly EASY to make. And when you make them yourself you don’t need to worry about what’s in them. No gluten, sugar, or anything else weird here! You could add some honey if you want that yummy honey garlic flavour, but if you are 21DSDing, the nutmeg will add that sweet flavour profile instead!

Sausage Breakfast Patties

Ingredients
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 lb. Ground Pork

Instructions

  1. Mix all the spices and meat together. Form medium sized patties and cook them in a medium frying pan, for about 10 minutes each side. Tada!

This is possibly the simplest recipe ever. Don’t be afraid of ground pork! It’s easy to use and tastes great!

Taco salad Dressing Paleo Lunch Series

I think my love for taco – esque foods has been shown already on this blog, but just in case, I am back with another recipe! And this one is too easy for words. I was making my lunch the other day, and I realised I had a taco salad, but no dressing. I had to act quick because I bus to work, and missing that bus would have been no good!

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Start off with some taco seasoning. I’m willing to bet if you have a well stocked spice collection, you will have everything on hand to throw this together. It’s great to have on hand when you are craving those taco flavours! Mix that with a bit of tomato and coconut milk, and you have yourself a delicious dressing. Continue reading

Turkey and Veg Soup

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Since my parents bought us the wonderful mini deep freeze, I’ve been trying to get busy making some meals that I can eat right away, and also freeze leftovers for some convenient lunch options. I made this turkey soup for that purpose, and it made A LOT, but i still only managed to freeze 3 portions! I ate it for lunch about 4 times in the past week! Every day I worked this week actually, now that I think about it!

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The best part is, this time of year, it really wasn’t even that costly. I used 1 ginormous turkey leg that i bought for about 4 dollars. I already had made turkey broth that I defrosted and used. And most of the vegetables I used were already on hand! You know it turned out good too, or I would NOT have been able to eat it 5 days in a row.

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This soup is a perfect accompaniment to the crazy cold weather we’ve been having in Ontario. Of course in big cities like Toronto it’s fine, but where I am? Not so much. One of the things we are supposed to do with eplifefit is run outside to warm up. WELL, it’s sometimes almost – 30 here with sidewalks covered in snow and slush and ice, so that isn’t happening. Hopefully my high knees inside are making up for it!

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This is a fun soup. It’s partially blended, but with chunks of vegetables like broccoli and carrots sprinkled through, and big hunks of turkey too of course! I really hope you enjoy this one. When it’s cold, it totally goes Jello texture, so you know it’s good!

Turkey and Veg Soup
Ingredients

2lb turkey leg, cooked or uncooked
6 cups of turkey or chicken broth (homemade preferably)
6 cups of water
1.5 cups of broccoli, chopped, leftover stems are fine
2 cups chopped carrots
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 medium Spanish onion, diced
1 leek, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
4 cloves of garlic, smashed
2 cups green chard

1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp herbes de provence (basil, parsley, marjoram, chervil, oregano)
salt to taste

Instructions
1. If the turkey is cooked, break up into small pieces and set aside. If not, place turkey leg in a large pot and pour the water and broth over it, and bring to a boil. Make sure to cover it so you don’t loose too much liquid!

2. Let the turkey leg cook for about 45 minutes, on medium heat. Add all of the other vegetables in, except the chard. Season and Replace cover, and let simmer for another 45 minutes.

3. When turkey is cooked, and vegetables are soft, Remove from heat. I like to let the soup sit for a while before blending, to avoid burns. Remove the turkey leg from the soup to remove the flesh from the bone.

4. After soup is cooled, use an immersion blender and lightly blend the vegetables. Leave some chunks for added texture! Then add back in the turkey chunks, and stir it all together.

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Enjoy a delicious and warming bowl of turkey soup! After it is completely cooled you can also transfer some to individual containers for quick meals later. I will let them defrost in my lunch bag and then transfer to a ceramic bowl I keep at work to heat while at work.

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Here is an in action photo of the soup! look at that ginormous leg.

I hope if you make this you really enjoy the nourishing and tasty soup you end up with!