3 Paleo Dinner Ideas to Try for Spring

When the seasons change, it gives you a unique opportunity to try a new set of foods.  Whether you have been on Paleo for a while or trying it out for the first time in the spring, it is time to find seasonal foods that make delicious and filling dinners. Here are some options to start with.

Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

It seems like fish and seafood goes hand-in-hand with the spring season. This season is typically when you want lighter and fresher foods, so salmon is often comes to mind.  Plus, asparagus is one of the top vegetables in season, meaning it is going to be good quality produce and you will save some money on it as well. You can combine these ingredients for a healthy, Paleo meal when you want something on the lighter side. You can make the salmon any way you like from a simple broiled salmon with some salt and pepper, to making lemon salmon or even seasoning it with mustard and rich herbs.

Chicken and Avocado Mango Salsa

Both avocados and mangoes are in season during the spring and summer, so you can start enjoying this meal now, and keep having it for the next several months. It is delicious even on a warm night and can be made indoors or outside on your grill. Grill your chicken with some olive oil and seasonings, then make your salsa with mango,
avocado, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, onion, and salt and pepper. It is as easy as that! Once the chicken is done, pour some of your salsa on top, or you can cube the chicken and mix everything together.

“Pasta” With Veggie Noodles

If you are looking for more of a comfort food in the spring, such as on a rainy night when the family is all indoors with you, then pasta is usually what you want. Of course, on Paleo diet, regular pasta is not allowed. However, you can make your own pasta with some veggies and a spiralizer. Zucchini is often used for pasta or ‘zoodles’, but if you don’t have them on hand, you can use other veggies as well. Plus, this can be done as a cold or hot pasta dish, which is another big bonus. Most of the ingredients that go into a typical Italian pasta dish, like manicotti, can be used for your dish. This might include mozzarella and parmesan cheese, onion, tomato, basil, oregano, thyme, olive oil, and garlic. Add some ricotta as well if you are going for a lasagna or manicotti-style dish. Add the ingredients to the top of your ‘pasta’ noodles, and you’re good to go.

3 Easy Lunch Ideas to Try in Your Instant Pot

If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch, but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.

Mornings can be busy and can mean that breakfast becomes a quick bite on the go. Dinners can be equally as chaotic with evening schedules and to-do lists. This makes lunch one of the only meals that you can actually enjoy. If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.

Shredded Meat Taco

A quick and easy instant pot recipe for lunch is shredded meat tacos. You simply place the chicken, pork, or beef into your instant pot along with any seasonings or veggies. Consider using turkey or chicken to make it a healthier choice. Cook your meat on the meat setting and then shred the meat with a fork. Mix in any taco sauce or other sauces that you may like and warm your soft flour tortillas or regular taco shells. Fill your tacos with the meat mixture and enjoy. These can be made ahead of time as well, add some Spanish-style rice, beans or guacamole and have a quick ready-made lunch on the go.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

A simple meal that can really fill you up is a soup and sandwich or salad combo. One of the base soups for this type of combo is something you can make easily in your instant pot and have leftovers for later or freeze it for another meal. Broccoli and cheese soup can be made in less than an hour and use fresh superfood ingredients. Cut up a head of broccoli and mix with garlic, carrots, and onion. Add chicken stock, butter, cheddar, and heavy cream. Cook on the soup timer and enjoy.

French Dips

Instant pot french dips are a great way to use the meat setting on your instant pot and get used to how it handles your meat based meals. Use a chuck roast meat along with beef broth and seasonings. Cook the meat until tender and dice it or shred it. Place on the hoagie buns and make your dipping sauce. It is quick, easy, and it lets you have sandwich meat for several meals. This is ideal for make-ahead lunches that can pair with soups or salads. When you make your own French dip, it is a lot healthier than you might imagine, especially if you put it on a whole wheat bun.

You can take these ideas and work with them to reach the best options for you and your schedule. This will also give you an idea of how to use different settings on the instant pot to create even more meals.

Want even more Instant Pot recipe ideas? Check out our Instant Pot Section.

If you are looking for a way to use your instant pot and create a lunch that is filling and will last you until dinner then here are a few options. These lunches pack a punch, but are also easy to make and easy to store if there are leftovers.



10 Lucky Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! To bring a taste of the Irish and a stroke of luck to your snacks, I have 10 Lucky Treats for St. Patrick’s Day to share with you. From a copycat Shamrock Shake to some deliciously addictive Mint Oreo Cookie Pops, this list has something festively fun for just about everyone! I love that all of these snack ideas are relatively easy, and can be made by almost every skill level! I am going to make a few of these ideas with my boys in the coming weeks!
  1. Pretzel Shamrocks
  2. Green Krispie Treats
  3. Copycat Shamrock Shake
  4. Shamrock Cookies
  5. Mint Oreo Cookie Pops
  6. Leprechaun Lollipops
  7. Luck of the Irish Rice Krispie Treats
  8. St. Patrick’s Day Chex Mix
  9. Irish Flag Trifle
  10. Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Green Eggs and Ham Cookies

GreenEggsHamCookies

I grew up reading classics like Green Eggs and Ham. Now that I am a mom, I have been having so much fun reliving my early adventures in reading with my boys and sharing the fun of Dr. Seuss with them! In honor of the fun doctors birthday, I have a one of a kind recipe to share with you that captures the fun of Green Eggs and Ham in a delicious cookie! This is the perfect treat to share with a class full of enthusiastic learners, or just a fun way to make dessert shockingly different!

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. soft unsalted butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

Cookie Cutter: Circle

Cookie Directions:

  1. Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs…Continue to mix.
  3. Add the vanilla. Continue mixing.
  4. Sift the four, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  6. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  7. Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  8. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  10. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  11. Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
    the batter. (if needed).
  12. Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
  13. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  14. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  15. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  16. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 c. powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 disposable piping bags with #2 tips
  • 2 squeeze bottles
  • green gel color
  • black edible marker

Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
  2. Mix on medium speed onto stiff peaks form.
  3. Split into 2 bowls
  4. Leave one bowl white and add the green gel coloring to the second bowl
  5. Scoop some of the icings into the 2 disposable bags
  6. The remaining icing in the bowls, add in 1 tsp of water to thin it out.
    pour the icing into the squeeze bottles.
  7. Take the cookie and white icing in the bag and pipe out the egg shape on the cookie.
  8. Fill in with the thin white icing.
  9. Let sit for 3 hours.
  10. In the center of the cookie, pipe a small circle with the green icing.
  11. Fill in the circle with the thin green icing.
  12. Let dry for an hour.
  13. Take the black edible marker and make the lines around the egg and around the green dot.

Enjoy!

Red Fish Blue Fish Sugar Cookies

Red Fish Blue Fish Cookie

We are a family of Dr. Seuss fans, to say the least! We love the books, the cartoons and of course, yummy treats themed to Dr. Seuss! This year in honor of our favorite children’s book author’s birthday I have been busy creating some incredibly fun snacks that are perfect for sharing with a story! This Red Fish Blue Fish sugar cookie recipe is not only easy to make, but the cookies are unbelievably delicious! You will want to make this soon, but I think you will find yourself coming back to this recipe, again and again, to bring a little Seuss fun to your snack time!

Makes 2 1/2 dozen

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. soft unsalted butter
  • 1 c.. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

Cookie Cutter: fish shape 

Cookie Directions:

  • Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs and continue to mix.
  • Add the vanilla. Continue mixing.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  • Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and set it out to soften up a bit.
  • Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
    the batter. (If needed.)
  • Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  • Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
    (About 10 minutes.)

Icing Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 c. powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Disposable piping bags with #2 tips
  • 2-squeeze bottles
  • Red, Blue, and Black gel color
  • Black edible marker

Icing Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
  2. Mix on medium speed onto stiff peaks form
  3. Split into 4 bowls
  4. Leave one bowl white, add the colors to 1 of the 3 bowls, red in one blue in the other and black in the last.
  5. Using the piping bags, add a little bit off the colors to 1 of each bag.
  6. With red and blue icing remaining in the bowls, add 1 tsp of water to thin out the icing.
  7. Pour icing into a squeeze bottle.
  8. Outline the fish in black icing.
  9. Fill in with the thin red or blue icing and let sit on a cookie sheet for 4 hours.
  10. Using your edible marker, add some shading to the top fin, the tips of the tails and the middle part of the fish.
  11. Add a half smile and outline of the eyes.
  12. Add the flipper with some shading.
  13. Using the white icing, add a small dot for the fishes eye.
  14. Using the black icing, add the pupil.
  15. Let sit for another hour.

Enjoy!!

One Fish Two Fish Homemade Kettle Corn

One Fish Two Fish Homemade Kettle Corn is the perfect snack to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Made with simple ingredients, this recipe comes together easily to create a treat so tasty that your friends and family will beg you to make this again and again! Kettle corn is super delicious and easy to make, but with these simple additions to a classic favorite, the taste, and fun factors have gone up a few notches, to say the least!  This is the perfect snack to share with friends or classmates and it makes the ultimate addition to any movie night!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Bag of Kettle Corn
  • 1 White chocolate Ghirardelli chocolate wafers  
  • 1 Red Chocolate Melts
  • 1 Blue Chocolate Melts
  • 1 cup Blue M&Ms
  • 1 Bag of Redfish candy 

Directions:

  1. Take a baking pan and cover it with parchment paper.
  2. Pour your kettle corn on top of the parchment paper.
  3. Begin to melt your chocolate. Use our super easy trick.
  4. Use a Wilton plastic pastry bag. Place your chocolate wafers in the bag twist the top closed.
  5. One color per bag.
  6. Using a double broiler begin to boil your water place your top sauce pot on top and put your pastry bag inside.
  7. Once the chocolate is melted drizzle one color at a time.
  8. Let it sit until it’s hardened.
  9. Now run your popcorn over and repeat the process.
  10. Once it is dry add your M&Ms and Red Fish candy.

Enjoy!

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