All the recipes this week adhere to a Paleo diet – no grains, dairy, or sugar in any of the recipes. You’ll find fish, seafood, sausage, chicken, pork, and vegan options for delicious dinners, plus a smoothie and sweet sugar-free banana bread. This was our first time trying a full Paleo diet for more than a single meal, and we were surprised by how much hungrier we felt between meals, but also, how light and clean we felt. We roasted copious amounts of veggies, including carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, golden beets, turnips, radishes, and sweet potatoes; plus braised collard greens, baked apples, and fresh avocado, berries, citrus, and bananas. It was a healthy and delicious week, and we hope you enjoy it, too!
Saturday – We used my Mother’s Day present, Tu Casa Mi Casa by Enrqiue Olvera, for the first time to make these Mussels in Escabeche. The sweet and briny mussels soak up the spicy chiles and smoked paprika in the escabeche. We paired this recipe with bright, beautiful roasted carrots.
Sunday – We really love our new Mexican cookbook! This Mexican Chorizo with Sweet Potatoes is perfectly balanced between the spicy ground pork sausage and the roasted sweet potatoes. We served it with a fresh, light, and crisp Citrus Avocado Salad.
Monday – Did I mention how much we love our new cookbook,Tu Casa Mi Casa by Enrqiue Olvera? The Baked Fish with Greens was surprisingly light, and we added a trio of roasted veggies to round out this Paleo-friendly meal.
Tuesday – Our eight-year-old loved this Chicken Tinga stew with chipotle, green onions, and fresh plum tomatoes so much, he had three helpings! Another winner from our favorite Mexican cookbook. We paired it with Slow Braised Collard Greens.
Wednesday – We’ve made a variation of this One-Pan Sausages, Apples, and Carrots recipe before; it’s so simply and tasty, it’s made it onto our regular meal plan rotation. We simply swap out the type of sausage; this time we also replaced the onion with roasted carrots. We’re always on the lookout for sugar-free sausage that’s low-FODMAP friendly. The original recipe is from David Tanis of the The New York Times.
Thursday – These Paleo Carrot Zucchini Fritters from the Whole Life Challenge are on standing rotation in our family meal plans. Add a side of bright and bold roasted veggies, and getting your kids to eat their veggies is a “sure thing”!
Sweet Treat – This super-simple Vanilla Avocado Smoothie benefits from the use of a light and creamy Bacon avocado. With only 5 ingredients, this is a fast and easy breakfast base that you can build upon with the addition of a ground flaxseed for additional fiber, protein, and a pleasantly nutty flavor; chia seeds for more of the same, plus a pudding consistency; or a chopped date, for a naturally sweeter treat.
Afternoon Snack – With only 8 ingredients, this Paleo Banana Bread delivers a naturally sweetened bread without grains, dairy, or sugar. Mix up the batter in less than 5 minutes, then sit back and wait for an hour while it bakes in the oven.