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Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa in a white bowl on a pink polka-dot plate

I hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend.  Jamie and I travelled back to Hamilton so that we could spend time with our families.  Normally Mother’s Day is a lovely spring day, with the sun shining and flowers blooming, but yesterday was exactly the opposite.   We had rain, freezing rain, snow and a few glimpses of sunshine.  Not the ideal day to host a family BBQ in Mom’s honour.

I really want to force the warm weather to be here to stay.  When Jamie and I moved last December, we moved downtown.  We are so close to bike paths and walking trails that weave in and around Parliament Hill and Gatineau, but the weather really has to improve for us to do more exploring.  As part of my defiance of the still too cool weather, I have been making a lot more warm weather foods.  This mango salsa is a summer treat that goes well on its own or as a delicious topping for a turkey burger.

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Spicy Avocado Chicken Salad

Spicy Chicken Avocado Salad

This week while grocery shopping, I saw a new salad dressing; an avocado dressing with lime and jalapeño. As I reached to grab the bottle and put it in my cart I thought, wait, I can likely make this at home. So instead, I went to the produce section and grabbed a fresh avocado and jalapeño pepper.

I wanted to make a salad that would compliment this flavour combination, so I went to my spice cupboard and pulled out a selection of spices. I thought that a spiced chicken breast served on top of mixed greens and topped with an avocado dressing would be delicious.

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Spicy Tomato Confit

Spicy Tomato Confit

Cherry tomatoes have to be one of my favourite snack foods. I just love the sweetness of the tomato and they really are adorable. Just little bites of summer.

When I was looking through one of my cookbooks for a new side dish, this recipe appealed to me. Confit Cherry Tomatoes. Now, I am not familiar with confit, in fact, the only time I see this term is when it refers to duck. Since I am not a huge fan of duck, the idea of confit has never really struck me as something I needed to try. But cherry tomatoes, well, I never pass up an opportunity to eat more tomatoes, so I figured it was time the confit made an appearance in our kitchen.

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Warm Broccoli Slaw

Pulled Pork with Warm Broccoli Slaw

On Monday I shared with you the totally delicious and amazing pulled pork that I had made on the weekend. I had found the recipe on a site called Primal Bites, and was very impressed with the texture and taste of this dish. The original recipe was called Paleo Pulled Pork 3 Ways. Although I didn’t plan on it, I ended up making one of the recommended leftover meals – Asian Pork and Slaw.

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Cauliflower Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato Cauliflower Hummus

I have tried making a variety of different hummus recipes, and have loved each one. I am still amazed at how simple it is to make, and totally regret all the money I threw away by buying it pre-made in the grocery store.

As part of trying to stick (more or less) to a Paleo diet as part of my getting back on track for the New Year, hummus has been off my list, as it is made with chick peas, and they contain a lot of carbohydrates.

However, I have found a new hummus substitute and I couldn’t be happier. Drum roll please – Ta Da – Cauliflower Hummus 🙂

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Coconut Flour Pancakes with Berry Reduction

To counter the amount of baked goods I have been posting, I thought it would be a good time to share with you a breakfast recipe using coconut flour.

This comes courtesy of the Make it Paleo cookbook (one of the two that I have not packed away). Do not be deceived by the amount of coconut flour in this recipe. Even though it only calls for a quarter cup of flour, these pancakes are dense. Super dense. It made six pancakes (three each), and I was pretty full after the second one. Don’t worry; I managed to eat the third 😉

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Baking, Breads, Breakfast, Condiments, Paleo

 

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Curried Carrot Dip

I had a bag of carrots in the fridge that I was supposed to use to make a soup, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. I am normally not a big fan of carrots, unless I am using them to dip into homemade hummus. Hmmmm, dipping carrots into hummus, I wonder if I can make carrots into a dip? Of course I can! Anything is possible, especially when you have a large collection of cooking magazines to browse through 🙂

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

I am back with yet another Hummus recipe 🙂  I still can’t believe that I used to buy this pre-made.  It is so easy to make yourself.  I must have thrown hundreds of dollars away on prepared product.  Yikes!

I was in the grocery store, when I saw a jar of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes.  The idea struck me to make this into a delicious hummus, and to incorporate some of the oil from the jar of tomatoes into the mix.

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Appetizer, Condiments, Hummus, Lemons

 

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

When Cherie gave me her guest post for Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies, it dawned on me that I haven’t shared with you my world famous Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe. Now I say world famous, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But, this salsa is quite popular among our friends and co-workers. It is a pot-luck staple that I have been making for over seven years.  Everytime I bring this to a party, people want the recipe!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ever since I have discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own hummus, I have been making it on a pretty regular basis.  Store bought hummus used to be a staple in my grocery cart, but now that has changed and my new go-to grocery store item is a can of chick peas.  I have a reserve in the pantry, so I can satisfy that hummus craving any time I want!

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