Posts Tagged ‘Sam’s Club’
I was going to title this post “Recipe Download” since I am going to do a summary post of some of the awesome food I have been trying but then I realized that technically it is a recipe upload since it is online.
Classic Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
The easiest (but possible most tasty) vegetarian recipe of the bunch! This can vary in a million different ways but here is what I used
– 2 large tomatoes (most people use cherry tomatoes)
– Mozzarella chunks (I buy mine from Sam’s Club- SO MUCH CHEAPER)
– Fresh Basil (fresh is critical here)
– Little splash of Olive Oil
– Balsamic Vinegar
– Pretty simple. Put it all in a bowl and mix it up! Let sit for just a bit before you eat (maybe an hour)
Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil PIZZA
You are probably seeing a trend? I love tomatoes. I love mozzarella cheese. I love basil. Oh and I LOVE pizza. So this is one of my all time favorites!
– Pita (I use 100% Whole Wheat)
– Tomatoes (I just used 1 large tomato and cut into slices)
– Fresh basil (again the fresh is KEY)
– Olive Oil
– Garlic Salt
– Salt and Pepper
– Brush your pita with a little bit of olive oil and put some salt and pepper on top. Stick is in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes just to give it a little cooking. Slice your tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella and put on the pizza. Bake it for about 15 minutes at 350 (A little longer if it is not quite crisp enough) and TADA. Delicious better for you pizza.
Quinoa, Kale, and Veggie Salad
I adapted this recipe from here and of course I found the recipe on Pinterest. Because where else would you go for recipes now a days?
– 1 bunch Kale
– 2/3 cups White Quinoa (you could use red but I like the regular better)
– Avocado (I used a whole one)
– Cucumber (I used 1 small one)
– 1/2 Red Peppers
– 1 tablespoon feta
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (I squeezed)
– 1.5 tablespoons dijon mustard
– Salt and Pepper to taste (it’s always to taste for me)
– First steam your kale. I used an actually steamer but you could do it on the stove or in the microwave. It softens the kale and takes the bitterness and the bite that a lot of people don’t like about raw kale out. But only do it for like 5 minutes. Soften but don’t make it floppy and gross.
- Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl until it all becomes one dressing.
– Put the veggies on top of the kale and the dressing on top of that and then you have a mouth watering meal.
Seriously… this is SO GOOD. Even the hubby LOVED it!
And that is about it. Put shrimp with ANYTHING.
– Shrimp (I use frozen from Sam’s Club- cheapest there) and just thaw out about 2 handfuls for dinner for 2
– Seasonings- I use whatever we are feeling like but my favorite is usually the lemon pepper seasoning
– Saute shrimp in the pan on low heat. You don’t really need oil because the water from the shrimp will help cook it. After the shrimp is cooked through add the seasoning. If it starts to clump a bit add a dash of olive oil.
– Then the best thing about this is that you can throw it with anything. Salads. Pastas. Or just eat it by itself which is what Tim and I did!
I adapted this recipe from here and gosh it was easy and delicious. Oh and that link also has some GREAT tips for storing vegetables so check it out even if you don’t want or like eggplant. This recipe only takes a few ingredients.
1 large onion, peeled & diced
2 large eggplant, sliced into rounds about 1.5cm (1/2in) thick
2 x 400g (140z) can tomatoes
1 bunch basil, leaves picked
2 large handfuls freshly grated parmesan cheese + extra to serve
– Cook the onion on the stove and while those are cooking until they are translucent sprinkle some salt on the eggplant (but not too much because we overdid it a bit). Add some tomatoes and some basil to the onions and simmer for 30 minutes (get all of those tomatoes all broken up!)
- Preheat the oven to 425 and oil a baking tray. Pat the eggplant dry to remove that excess salt and place the eggplant in a single layer on the tray and drizzle with more olive oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes turning over the eggplant once or twice.
- After that is done, just lay the sauce and the eggplant and cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes.
- Serve and eat! ENJOY!
**the key is really to get that salt off and the moisture out as much as you possibly can**
Tofu Stir Fry
My inspiration for this recipe came from here and this was my first go at tofu! But here is what I did!
- 1 package firm tofu (I recommend extra firm)
- Lo mein noodles
- Red Peppers
- Green Onions
- Soy Sauce
- Olive Oil
- REALLY squeeze out the tofu. Wrap it in a paper towel and then set a really heavy pan on it to get all of the water out. This is key.
- Put it on the stove with some olive oil and cook until brown and firmed up
- Cook the lo mein noodles according to the package
- Cook all of the veggies (onions first) on the stove and cook them up!
- Add the veggies and tofu together. Add them to the noodles. Put some soy sauce on stop and BAM. Easy and delicious.
**the recipe linked has A LOT of other steps. I didn’t have the ingredients so I had to just make it work but the full recipe also sounds delicious**
Stay tuned for 2 more recipes in the next few days that are show-stoppers! Or at least really good dinners!
It was VERY difficult for me to determine what in my life was most important to blog about for my first post in like an entire week (once again my life is CRAZY busy with school, wedding, and work stuff). I considered just writing out a few good recipes that I owed you all (Paleo style) or telling you about the revelation I had during my 5 miles run on Saturday, or telling you about the wonderful wedding news and showers we have had, or bragging about the new amazing YONANA machine we just received as a bridal shower gift, or just going on and on about the things I should tell you about and then never get to it.
The last one seemed unfair. And like a waste of time yes?
Recipes first! So I have been pretty steady about being in the Paleo Cave Monday-Friday (well Friday till about 7pm) and then enjoying some treats on the weekend. This helps to keep me balanced and that way I am not denying myself the Westside Bakery Cake or Cupcake Cake at our bridal showers. Here are a few of my favorite Paleo meals
I found this recipe online for the Paleo Crabcakes so I thought I should give it a try. I did have to tweak it a little based on what I was willing to buy and what I had ni the house so below is the recommended ingredients in black and then what I used in purple (because purple is better)
- 1/2 pound crab meat I used imitation crab meat and I totally guessed at the amount haha
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond meal I used whole wheat flour because almond meal is freaking expensive
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions/scallions (or any other chopped veggies you want to put in) I used both
- Optional – dill, lemon juice, etc. I put some dill in them and I did use a splash of lemon juice
- I also added dijon mustard in the mix because it said you could dip it but I added about a tablespoon right in there
1. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in pan over medium-high heat
2. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl (mix with hands!)
3. Form into 6 patties and place in pan
4. Cook on each side for at least 5 minutes, or until strong enough to flip (careful when flipping – place spatula underneath crab cake and place your hand on the top to flip each on to ensure that the mixture does not break)
Then yell TA-DA because you just made crabcakes at home!
Lettuce Wrap Tacos (not a recipe I got from anywhere- just took something I loved and tweaked it Paleo style)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 1 head lettuce
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 tomato chopped
- 10 green olives
- Tiny splash of sour cream (so not Paleo but it just felt right and Breakstone’s Fat Free is the best)
- Brown your ground turkey in pan
- Add in taco seasoning and follow directions on packet (usually some water in there too)
- While that is simmering and cooking up cup up onion, tomato, and get out olives
- Carefully unwrap lettuce from head of lettuce so you have cute little bowl shaped lettuce
- Add tomato, onion, and olives to taco meat mix and then scoop into the lettuce wrap
Then yell “GET IN MY BELLY” because that is where that deliciousness belongs!
Buffalo Chicken Salad (another recipe that I just threw together- very common sense but delicious)
- 2 pieces chicken (we buy them frozen at BJ’s club store)
- Buffalo Sauce (Frank’s is my favorite)
- 1/2 bag lettuce
- 1 tomato chopped
- A few green olives (I clearly love olives)
- Tiny bit of goat cheese (gosh I think I cheat a lot)
- Um make a salad. I’m not sure what else to say here!
Honestly, my all time favorite Paleo meal is probably one of the most simple things I could eat.
Chicken Sausage with veggies. That’s it. Plain and simple but delicious. Tim and I buy our chicken sausage from Sam’s Club and it is delicious! Then we just grill up veggies (mushrooms are my favorite- yumm) and throw them on top. I can eat 2 sausages and feel fabulous =)
And when you want to eat a lot this is what your trunk will look like after a full day of grocery shopping!