Yesterday I finally had time to cook out of my new cookbook Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes. I purchased the printed book because I adore looking at the photos but plan to add it to my Kindle as well because it is so much easier to look up ingredients I need on my phone.
The chicken came out juicy and tender and adding a squeeze of lemon right before serving set of the flavors of the garlic and onions quite nicely. I did add a dash of pepper at the end, but that was all me and I did not have fresh garlic because I had mom-brain at the store and totally forget to purchase a head.
The salad is inspired from glancing at the menu of a new Lebanese restaurant in the area called Mama’s Hummus and since they do not open for another two weeks I looked up a recipe in Alice’s Kitchen; Traditional Lebanese Cooking
and tried to implement at home with what I had one hand. I cannot wait for Mama’s Hummus to open, I love Lebanese food, it is always full of fresh herbs and healthy oils and my favorite LEMONS!
- 2 cups sliced romaine lettuce hearts ( I sliced mine about a 1/2 inch wide)
- 1/2 cup organic grape tomatoes cut in halves
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 2 teaspoons good olive oil
- Lemon juice, pepper and salt to taste.
Toss the lettuce, tomatoes and parsley with the olive oil and start with a quarter of the juice of 1 lemon, add a bit if needed then salt and pepper to taste and toss again taking care to toss gently to prevent bruising of the greens.
*note, I had so few of the actual ingredients from the cookbook that I cannot reference one particular page in Alice’s Kitchen’s book but I can tell you that the rule of thumb is add lemon juice and olive oil and the freshest veggies possible.
The parsley and lemon salad paired wonderfully with the Honey Lemon Chicken from the Paleo Cookbook and the only thing I would have free-lanced added, had I had some on hand, would have been fresh organic celery.
Tonight I am cooking the roasted broccoli and plan to serve it with a nice pot roast. I have not made a pot roast in years! Yum! I love Paleo!
Paleo has changed my life but is not easy to implement if you do not cook at home. I am really enjoying more cooking at home but it is exhausting. I am trying to add larger meat batches to save time.