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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!

Paleo Lunch Series

One of the most important parts of me staying on track with my paleo decision is to pack my lunches for work every. single. day. My work has very limited paleo options. In fact, if you add in the terrors of vegetable oils, I’d say they have 0 options.

I work in a hospital, on the weekend, so it makes things tough. They have a coffee shop, which is entirely sugary lattes and crazy cakes to me. We also have a cafeteria. Before switching to paleo I would often buy a chicken salad sandwich and maybe some onion rings, deep fried. I know. My old staple was a chicken burger. Sometimes I did egg salad too. I LOVED making salads at the salad bar, but unfortunately on the weekend the ingredients are no where near fresh, and its repulsive. The lettuce has gone see through before you make it to the table to eat. Seriously nasty. And the only ‘protein’ option in sight is kidney beans. So yeah. My go to snack was a greek yogurt that was priced to be double it’s true worth. I can pick up a banana or an apple sometimes, and the convenience store sells nuts, so I’m okay for a snack if I’m absolutely stuck at least.

So obviously bringing my own lunch is pretty much my only option. I used to find this really hard to do though. So I thought I would start sharing the lunch ideas I come up with to help others out there who are in this same pinch!

Oh, also? I work 12 – 8, so I often pack breakfast AND lunch!! Fun, right?

Let’s start out with one of my first breakfasts, a compilation of leftovers:

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This was easy, and delicious. If you can’t tell, that’s half of the quiche I posted about yesterday. We also have 1 leftover no additive sausage (find them at farmboy! Ingredients are pork, salt, and spices :) ) and some leftover sweet potato fries. That leaves us with one filling and tasty breakfast that was easy to toss together!

I probably ate that as ‘brunch’, which I sometimes do when I’m working. I’ll eat a huge meal for breakfast and another big meal for dinner, and that’s it for the day. The weird work hours facilitate this option mostly.

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This is another leftover magic lunch I packed. I had some of sarah fragoso’s best ever chicken wings and riced cauliflower. I packed some lettuce leaves, and when lunch time came I shredded the chicken, mixed the cauliflower with it, and packed it into the lettuce leaves as a yummy wrap! It was really tasty, promise :)

So there you go…some ideas on how to combine leftovers and fresh items for a delicious and healthy meal at work!  I will be posting a lot more of these, so stay tuned!