Lunch

Kale spring salad

This recipe brings the heartiness of kale together with the tanginess of Dijon mustard and flavorful veggies.  This will be a great salad for lunch or dinner for the upcoming spring.

Ingredients:
4 cups of baby kale  2C
2.5 cups of sliced cucumber  1C
1 ¼ cup of chopped bell pepper  1C
150grams of sliced radish  Freebie
4 Tbs of red wine vinegar  Freebie
2 Tbs of Dijon mustard  Freebie
1 Tbs of olive oil  12F
12 oz of rotisserie chicken  12P

Preparation:

Shred the rotisserie chicken and set aside the rest of the meat for meals later in the week.  In a large bowl combine all of the vegies and chicken.  In a small bowl mix together the vinegar, mustard and olive oil until all have emulsified into a dressing. Pour dressing over the veggies and chicken and shake until all of the mixture is coated in the dressing.  3cups = 3P, 1C, 3F.  Top off your Carbs with a tasty blood orange on the side.

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No Potato! Potato Salad!

 

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3 block lunch on the go, delish!

Ingredients:
2 heads cauliflower
3 cups diced celery
1 cup diced white or yellow onion
1 20oz jar dill pickles (NO sugar)
13 eggs
black pepper, paprika, 2 tbsp fresh dill (or dried)
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
yellow mustard

Preparation:
Start by boiling your eggs. Place 11 eggs in a pot with cool water so that they are all submerged. Bring water to boil without lid. When it comes to a boil remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 12-15 minutes and then place eggs in cold water. Then, rinse cauliflower and cut off ends. Steam florets for 10-15 minutes until soft but not too soft! Place steamed cauliflower in large bowl and allow to cool (I stuck mine in the freezer for a few minutes). While it’s cooling dice your celery, onion, and pickles. Peel eggs and chop them as well. When cauliflower has cooled chop into small pieces. In a LARGE bowl, mix all chopped ingredients together. Now it’s time to make your mayo!

Mayo:
In a blender, add:

2 raw eggs
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard
pinch of sea salt
dash of paprika

Start the blender on a low setting and leave on. Measure ½ cup of olive oil. SLOWLY add in tiny amounts of the oil. For example, pour in a tiny amount every minute. This will help the mayo to become fluffy. Although because there is less oil in this recipe than others it will still be pretty runny. When it’s done, stir it into the cauliflower mixture. Add dill, pepper, more paprika, and any other spices you might desire (I added cayenne). And voila!! No potato, potato salad.
ZONE EXCHANGE:
1 cup salad= 1P 0.5C 2F

Meal idea (3 block): Use 2 cups salad (2p 1c 4f). Add 1 oz diced rotisserie chicken(1p), 1 cup cherry tomatoes(0.5C), and serve on a bed of greens (freebie!). Add 1 block fruit of choice. Note: Don’t worry about the 1 extra block of fat!

Chicken Veggie Salad with Avocado Herb Dressing

This recipe was adapted from www.multiplydelicious.com, adapted to zone quantities by Robyn!  Cold or hot, it’s yummy and already zoned–YES!

Chicken Veggie Salad Ingredients:
1 pound chicken shredded (easiest way is to crockpot some chicken breasts/tenders)
7 slices bacon (save 1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp bacon fat for dressing)

2 bags broccoli slaw
1.5 cups yellow onion, diced
4 cups zucchini, diced
1.5 cups cherry tomato – halved
2 bell peppers (red, orange, or yellow are the best)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Herb Dressing Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons of avocado
⅓ cup fresh parsley
⅓ cup fresh basil
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp bacon fat
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
Juice of 1 Lemon
Juice of 1 Lime
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon sea salt – optional

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Chicken & Veggies

Instructions:
1. Cook bacon- either fry or broil then cut up, and save some of the grease
2. In large pot over medium heat saute broccoli slaw, onion, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes for about 10 min. You will be able to tell when the veggies are cooked enough to your liking. Add garlic, herbs and seasonings, let sit while you make the dressing.
3. Add chopped bacon and chicken to mix, stir well.
4. For dressing; add all ingredients to a small food processor and blend away.
5. Add dressing to chicken veggie mix and stir really well

This makes quite a large batch, so yummy you will be able to enjoy it all week!
⅔ cup = 1P, 0.5 CHO, 1F
2 cups = 3P, 1.5 CHO, 3F

Kids Love Cabbage Slaw

Thanks to Robyn, this “Kids Love Cabbage Slaw” recipe is from the Everyday Paleo Cookbook, altered some to fit zone quantities.  I know it says kids, but who doesn’t love a good slaw?!  This is a great veggie side dish to make and throw in some easy protein for a wonderfully delicious, zone meal.

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Kids (and their small hands) love cabbage slaw.

Ingredients:

4 cups purple cabbage, diced
2 cucumbers, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
3/4 cup sweet onion, diced
1 cup green mango, finely diced
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Black pepper to taste

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a medium salad bowl, mix well and serve.  Or stick in the fridge to enjoy all week.  1 cup = 1C, 1F.  Combine some easy grilled chicken for your P, for example 3oz chicken, along with 3 cups slaw = 3P, 3C, 3F.  Perfect, precise, and hormonally happy for your body! 

 

Easy chicken mix up

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Yummy, Easy, Paleo, Zone!

Four reasons why I love the Zone! 

4oz of grilled chicken (4P)
2 handfuls of chopped romaine (negligible C)  
1 Orange pepper, chopped (.5C)
1/2 Cup of tomato, diced (1C)
1/2 Cup baby carrots, chopped (.5C)
2 TBSP dried cranberries (1.35C)
1.3 tspn Olive oil (4F)
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (.6C)  

Exchange is 4P, 4C, 4F, this is why the zone is so easy, you get so much yummy food! Enjoy!

Have some amazing food today on the grill and celebrate our independence. We are so grateful to all of those who have dedicated their lives to continuing to protect our independence.  Our love and our gratitude, sincerely!  

Caveman Cafeteria Hunter/Gatherer Menu

Caveman Cafeteria Food Truck
by Mieszka

Their menu is broken into 3 sections: Hunter, Gatherer, and Cheat Day. (By the way, if Saturday is your cheat day, try some of their bacon chocolate chip cookies. I am mildly addicted.) I only dissected their Hunter/Gatherer menus, and Chef Dave was kind enough to let me interrogate him about his menu so I wouldn’t have to dissect and weigh everything at home. He is a very cool and laid back guy, so feel free to request modifications on fats and oils!  

Hunter Menu:

Bistro Steak: Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef, Organic Mushrooms and Marrow Sauce
(5P, ¼ C, 18F)

  • 5 oz of beef
  • 4 oz of mushrooms
  • 2 T Organic butter (As prepared, but you can substitute EVOO on request. This is still 18 blocks of Fat. Ask them to use less fat, they are more than happy to cut it down)
  • Marrow sauce- No flour or sugar in their sauce!

If you want to increase the carb blocks, order a side of kale or veggies!

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Shortribs and kale

Short Ribs: Grass-Fed Beef Short Ribs, Organic Kale Sautéed in Coconut Oil  
(5P, ½ C, 9F)
• 5-6oz cooked meat
• 1 cup kale
• 1 T coconut oil (again, you can ask them to reduce the fat for better block portions)

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Wagyu Beef Sliders

Sliders: Three Grass-Fed Wagyu Beef Sliders served on a bed of Coconut Kale with Organic Seasonal Mushrooms and Demi-Glaze.
(6P, 1/4C, 5F)
• 3 x 2oz sliders
• 1/2 cup cooked Kale
• 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
• 1/2 oz sauteed mushroom

Mushrooms N’ Bacon: Organic Mushrooms, Berkshire Bacon, and fresh herbs with Demi-Glaze
(1P, 1/4C) (Ask them to mix it with a side of kale for an awesome meal: (1P, 3/4C, 9F)
• 3 slices bacon chopped
• 4oz mushroom

Sausage and Peppers (no bun)
(4P, 1/4C)
•4 oz Ground pork sausage
•4 oz Peppers and onions
•4 oz Marinara (no sugar added!)

Zucchini salad
(1/2C, 9F)
•1 cup zucchini
•1 T EVOO
•1tsp Capers
•1tsp lemon juice

 Side of Bacon (or add to any dish)
(1P)
• 3 slices chopped bacon
Gatherer Menu:

Roasted Veggies: Organic, Seasonal, Colorado Vegetables
(approx. 1/2 C)
• 1 cup veggies

Coconut Kale: Organic Kale
(1/2 C, 9F)
• 1 cup cooked Kale
• 1 T coconut oil

 

Vegetables with Bacon and Grilled Chicken

We love it when you share some of your favorite go-to paleo/zone recipes or your own fabulous creations with us, because then we can share it with everyone!  Keeping a commitment to your health and nutrition mean discipline, but it doesn’t always have to mean the same ol’ food day in and day out.  Sure, we are creatures of habit, but we always love a new nom nom meal to munch on and ignite the taste buds!

Have you blocked out an awesome paleo meal that you are proud to show the world?  Send it to us at info@crossfitverve.com with a picture, so we can try it out and share it with the rest of the community.  Thanks to Robyn for this week’s yummy goodness below!

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Vegetable and Bacon Chicken

Vegetables with Bacon and Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 7 strips bacon
  • 18 oz grilled chicken (I used tenders and just grilled them seasoned with Peruvian Chili Lime from Savory Spice Shop)
  • 1 TBSP + 1/3 tsp bacon grease, or any oil
  • 2/3 cup onion – diced
  • 27 oz. Brussels sprouts – halved or quartered depending on size
  • 24 spears of asparagus – cut into thirds or fourths
  • 3 cups chopped or sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Fire up the grill and get the chicken cooking.
  • Cut up bacon into ½ to 1 inch size pieces and fried it up in a pan on medium high, save the grease if you want to use it for your fats
  • When the bacon is crispy, scoop out and put on paper towel lined plate, and don’t forget to save the fat. Set bacon aside
  • Using the bacon fat or oil of your choice in a larger pot add oil, onion, and mushrooms; add a little salt and pepper if you like; sauté for about 2 min on medium
  • Mean while check the chicken – when fully cooked pull of grill and allow to cool a little before dicing it up.
  • Add Brussels sprouts; sauté for about 5 min on medium
  • Add asparagus and broth, bring to a bubble (I increased temp to med-high to get bubble rolling quickly), cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Drain extra broth from pot, add bacon and diced chicken, throw in a little more Peruvian Chili Lime Seasoning, let flavors meld for about 5 min and ENJOY!

Recipe make 12 cups with 20P, 10C, 10F
Serving size: 2/3 cup = 1P, 0.5C, 0.5F

Enjoy with a side of fruit or more veggies.  Add some sliced or chopped nuts on top to balance out the blocks.

Spaghetti in creamy tomato sauce

Adapted from everydaypaleo.com and edited for zone blocks (Thanks to Robyn for sharing!)

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs ground pork (I used Italian sausage but any ground meat or sausage would work)
1 cup leek – finely diced
1 1/8 cup onion – diced
1 ½ pepper (I used a red and yellow bell) – sliced or diced
2 cans artichokes packed in water – rinsed and squeeze out excess water – chopped to desired size (I chopped them pretty fine)
1 TBSP + 1/3 tsp olive oil
5 cups zucchini squash – sliced thin like spaghetti noodles (I used a mandolin slicer, or use a julienne slicer, or old school slice thin strips with a knife)

Sauce:

2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
3 TBSP coconut milk – full fat kind not lite
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 TBSP fresh rosemary, minced
black pepper and salt to taste (I did not use salt)
1 tsp red pepper flakes or more if you like spice

Preparation:

In a large skillet brown the meat. In a larger soup kettle or stock pot add oil to cook the leek, onions, and peppers until done. Once the meat is cooked, drain any fat/juices and add to veggie mixture.  In a small sauce pan mix together the diced tomatoes with the juices and the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and add the remaining sauce ingredients and mix well. To the meat and veggies add the zucchini and artichokes and pour the sauce over. Mix well and cook for another 5 – 10 min, just until the zucchini is al dente – be careful you don’t want mushy zucchiniJ

This recipe is 16 P, 8 CHO, 16 F = about 12 cups

¾ cup = 1P, 0.5C, 1F 

Throw in some extra zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, or eggplant in a separate skillet to balance out your carbs or some fruit and enjoy!

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Creamy spaghetti yum yum!

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I’ve heard from some people that, “Hey I’m gonna save up all my cheat points for the last day on Super Bowl Sunday so I can go hog wild.”  Well, don’t forget that you can easily eat paleo for the big game this Sunday and still splurge.  So in light of this upcoming occasion, I give you one of our go-to websites for paleo recipes and their Super Bowl Round-up of Recipes.  Check out FastPaleo here.  ”There are crock pot recipes if you want to keep it simple, grilled meats & veg, desserts, and lots of bacon-wrapped everything. There are a bunch of rib recipes, and of course there’s primal chili.”  They have chicken wings, meatza pizza, BBQ kale chips, banana nut balls, and an almond wrapped in a date wrapped in a jalapeno wrapped in bacon wrapped in meat (OMG!)  

And just to get your mouth watering, here is a recipe for Meat Cupcakes, complete with icing and bacon sprinkles……what are you gonna take to the party?

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Oooohhh yeaahhh!

Ingredients
Cupcake: About 12 of Grass-fed ground beef (12P)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 small onion, finely chopped (negligible C)
1 egg (1P)
1/4 cup almond meal (9.33F)
fresh basil, salt, pepper

Icing: 1/2 small head cauliflower (negligible)
1/4 cup coconut milk (3F)
pepper to taste (salt optional)

Sprinkles: one slice diced bacon, cooked (negligible)

Mix all the meat ingredients in a bowl. Stir with hands then throw into cupcake molds. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350F.
Meanwhile, steam the cauliflower. When soft, add into food processor or mash in a bowl. Add coconut milk, salt and pepper and stir. Add this “icing” atop the meat when they are done. Sprinkle with bacon sprinkles!

This makes 4 cupcakes, each approximately 3P, 3F.

Spring salad

Spring time is upon us and I wanted to make a salad that had my favorite protein, bacon!  This salad can be made prior to going to your next BBQ and share with others.

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Just like a spring chicken

Ingredients:
12oz of grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken  12P

2 hard boiled eggs  2P
3 strips of bacon  2P
2 cucumbers chopped  2C
5 cups of chopped romain lettuce  0.5C
4 cups of spinach  1C
2 apples chopped  4C
Salad Dressing
3/8cup of lemon juice  .5C

1Tbl and 1tsp of olive oil  12F
2 cloves of minced garlic  Freebie
1/4tsp of dry mustard  Freebie

Cook up the bacon and boil a half dozen of eggs and save some for later.  Pull out that good old grill and cook up some chicken breasts for this meal and for leftovers.  Chop and combine all of the veggies in a bowl sans chicken.  Prepare the salad dressing and drizzle on top of the bowl of vegetables.  Toss the ingredients together and get all of mixture covered in the dressing.  Weigh out 3oz of chicken and place it on top of 3.5 cups of the salad mix and enjoy!  Top off with a little grapefruit.
This recipe will make four meals at 4P, 2C, 4F