Cook This: Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps (paleo and gluten-free)

We are always looking for fun, easy, high-protein, low-carb dinners that everyone in the family loves. We tried the Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps from Nom Nom Paleo and we liked them but I didn’t care for the spice balance or the pickled carrots. So per usual I set to changing the recipe up to meet my own family’s needs!

This is something I encourage everyone to do. Learning to follow your own tastes can make all the difference in the world as far as truly loving the food you make and eat.

But I digress. The last time I made these I also had some leftover sauce that came with one of our favorite take out dishes from one of our favorite restaurants (shout out to PaaDee in PDX). We added the sauce to the wraps and *BAM* the wraps went to top of our dinner favorites list. I recreated the sauce as best I could. Tweak that out if you will as well. 🙂

Note, we served this with a Chinese broccoli sauté and it made for an even more balanced meal.

The ingredients and instructions list may make these lettuce wraps look like a time consuming recipe but it’s actually pretty simple. And fun. As a matter of fact, if you’re a parent it’s a great meal to get your kids helping. (more…)

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Cook This: Lemon Walnut Green Beans v2.1

I had another lemon-walnut green bean recipe up a few months back but the original poster took the recipe down. I decided to make some changes and ended up with this deliciousness. Please note there is no accompanying photo because when I tried to take one it looked awful. Trust me though, they are delicious and don’t look that bad. Really. (Edited to add: I...

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Cook This: Grilled Monster Pork Chops with Tomatillo and Green Apple Sauce (not to be confused with applesauce.)

Two thumbs up. We had a few double cut pork chops in our freezer from, oh, about 9 months ago. Even though we had used the Seal-a-Meal Food Saver I was worried they’d be too old. Not so! They didn’t even smell a little bit like freezer. I have to add here that the Food Saver is a fabulous investment. For us it has been...

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Product Review: Chia Goodness Cereal

I was skeptical about this cereal because of the whole Chia pet thing. I mean, you eat that? But, as it is it’s my job to taste all things healthy I went ahead and bought Chia Goodness Cereal to give it a try. And I’ll be…it’s actually good! Chia, or salvia hispanica is an extremely nutritious seed with high levels of fiber and omega-3 fatty...

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Cook This: Hazelnut and Honey-Roasted Acorn Squash.

When I was in college I lived in a 75 year old poorly built house with only a wood stove for heat. In Oregon that would be bad enough but I was in Western Massachusetts. Somehow it became my job to get the stove going in the morning to get the house warmed up. I’d set my alarm for 6am so I could get the...

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Cook This: Causa (round 2)

My girlfriend Stephanie bought me a fabulous cookbook for my birthday called The Mitsitam Café Cookbook. The cookbook is recipes from the Smithsonian Museum Café and features American Indian (including Central and South American) recipes. The photographs are stunning and the recipes look divine. I was excited to see a causa recipe and decided to make it to compare it to the one I posted...

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