Valentine’s Day is a great time for a party. Whether it is a party at the office party or a celebration at your child’s school, Valentine’s day is the perfect time to show off your paleo cooking skills. Whether you are looking to make some sweet treats to drop off at our child’s school or you want to make some appetizers that will impress your co-workers, there is no easier way than a party to show everyone the beauty of paleo. And as an added bonus, you will know that you and your loved ones will have healthy eating options available.
So let’s say that you are bringing some treats to your child’s Valentine’s day party. Rather than going to the grocery store and picking out some treats, take some time to consider the many healthy paleo treats that are available to you. When done right, you will have treats that even the pickiest non-paleo eater will love. You just want to look for something that is easy to make in batches, easy for little hands to eat, and something that offers little to no mess.
Look for paleo versions of these popular kids treats:
Dark Chocolate candies
Paleo Nutella served with graham crackers
Of course, if you are having Valentine’s day party at work, you might want something more than the above snacks. Instead, you might want to look for some more sophisticated food options like finger foods and appetizers. Even though these foods are and a bit harder to prepare, they will be sure to impress your non-paleo friends.
One of the best things about the holidays is the opportunity to share a bit of your paleo journey with others in an open and easy way. Making the above paleo treats to bring to your Valentine’s day party is sure to be a hit, whether at your child’s school or at the office.
What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Treat? Have a treat idea you would like to share. Let me know and I will add it to our list.
Salads are a great option for a filling lunch or dinner, or even as a snack in between meals when you’re hungry and want to fill up on veggies and lean protein. Here are some Paleo-approved salads to try out.
Spiralized Veggie and Avocado Salad
This first salad is going to use vegetables that have been turned into ‘pasta’ by using a spiralizer. These handy tools will take veggies like carrots and zucchini and turn them into cold veggie noodles that are perfect for beefing up your favorite salad. For this salad, try using different veggies to be spiralized, then add some cherry tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, and a little citrus juice like lemon or lime. Just mix it all together and you have a fresh salad with ingredients you can find in the spring.
Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Chicken is a wonderful addition to any salad and it is Paleo-approved when you choose free range chicken with no hormones. You can make yourself a chicken salad by starting with your grilled or baked chicken and cutting it into strips. For a Mediterranean chicken salad, the more seasoned the chicken, the better it will be. Some good seasonings for this type of salad are lemon juice, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and parsley. You will then add the chicken to your salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, onion, Kalamata olives, and avocado.
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad
In the spring, using strawberries and spinach is a great option. These have a wonderful fresh taste, are good even on a hot day, plus they are in season during the spring. Combine them with avocado and some other ingredients and you have yourself a healthy Paleo salad. The main greens of the salad is the spinach, but you can add mixed greens if you prefer. You will then add some strawberry slices, avocado, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also add some cooked chicken if you want to add more protein to the salad. Feta cheese and slivered almonds also taste wonderful on this salad.
This is a different type of salad you can try out. It has a really fresh flavor and is a cold salad, making it perfect for those sunny spring days. You will be slicing up cucumbers, then combining them with some onion, dill, salt, pepper, garlic, and a little raw honey for the creaminess. If you are on the Paleo diet, but allow dairy in limited quantities, you can do this with sour cream.
Being on the Paleo diet is not difficult and you have so many wonderful foods you can eat. The problem often comes up when there are special occasions like Easter. However, don’t let this get you down! You can still make some delicious treats and meals that are perfect for Easter but still won’t get you out of your Paleo way of eating.
What side dish is more “Easter” than carrots? You should definitely consider adding this one to your Easter dinner! Carrots are healthy, easy to make and satisfy just about everyone. This is also a good substitution for that high-carb green bean casserole people seem to like eating for every holiday meal. You can bring along these honey glazed carrots and people will be amazed they are allowed on Paleo. All you have to do is cook your carrots with some olive oil, chicken or vegetable broth, honey, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and butter. Yes, it is that easy!
Mayo-Free Egg Salad (With Avocado)
Do you want to make a yummy egg salad, but don’t want to use mayonnaise? If so, think about making a mayo-free version with avocado! It has the same creaminess, makes it a fun green color for the kids, and is just so delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make even with a short amount of time before Easter brunch or dinner. You just need to mix hard-boiled eggs with avocado, lime juice, and some salt and pepper. These make a good snack, lunch, or side for your traditional Easter dinner in lieu of the deviled eggs.
Paleo Ham in the Slow Cooker
Most meat dishes can be enjoyed while on the Paleo diet, but for Easter, you might not want to worry about having the oven on and heating up the kitchen, especially if it is a warm April day. A better option is to use your slow cooker to make the ham. You can season it with anything you like, but for Paleo, you want to stick to the basics like freshly-squeezed orange juice, honey, herbs, and maybe a little coconut oil and orange zest. Add it to the slow cooker and it will cook all day, be juicy when it is done, and won’t heat up the kitchen.
With these Paleo dishes, your family will be happy on Easter with their yummy foods, but you won’t feel like you have to eat something completely separate.
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.