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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About a month ago I took a cooking class with my partners in cooking crime (J & E). The class was put on by a local Peruvian restaurant called Andina– by far my favorite restaurant in town. Not only did one of the chefs teach the class but Mama Doris, the owner of the restaurant, was on site to talk about Peruvian food and history...

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Cook This: Lemon-Walnut Green Bean Salad.

This recipe (and photo too ) is pulled directly from a lovely blog called “The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen.” Some of the recipes are a bit bland for me but others have become staples in our kitchen. This lemon-walnut green bean salad is fabulous. I’ll just post the link as it’s great as-is. The one thing she recommends is adding the walnuts at the end...

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Getting Started with a Gluten-free Lifestyle. Part I- Resources.

gluten-free flour package by Bob's Red Mill

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Cook This: Easy Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie

My girlfriend Laura made this pie a while back and posted a link to the recipe on her FB page. She raved about it so I decided to give it a shot. I was surprised to see that not only is it dairy-free but also very simple to make; just my gig as I don’t particularly like to bake. Not to mention that my four-year-old...

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