Paleo Quick Pickle Beets

As spring is here and summer quickly approaches, so is the need for some recipes to help store and enjoy the produce that will soon be coming our way! We were part of a CSA last year and we are doing it again this year. (Our house is going to be a drop site, so let me know if you are interested in more info)  As is the nature of a CSA there is often A LOT of one type of produce that arrives all at one time! Continue reading “Paleo Quick Pickle Beets”

Plantain Crackers

I’m always looking for a new snack that isn’t too costly, doen’t take a lot of work to prepare and can easily be substitute for a desired convenience snack. For example my kiddos often want some sort of cracker or chip from the snack food isle at the grocery store. I try to avoid that isle at all costs, but sometimes you just gotta go down it! And to be honest, I want the snacks just as much as they do! Continue reading “Plantain Crackers”

Eggplant Dippers with Paleo Ranch Dressing


This post is pretty much the antithesis of my previous post on Paleo Vegetarian Lasagna.  We til have eggplant arriving by the bushels (or so it seems!) and I HAD to find a way to use it that we would enjoy… so why is this this opposite??? Continue reading “Eggplant Dippers with Paleo Ranch Dressing”

Paleo Eggplant ‘Meatballs’


So we still have lots of eggplant coming out our ears and I’ve been scrambling to find ways to use it and enjoy it! 😉 Thanks to my sister who made some eggplant ‘meatballs’ that were amazing I decided to try and recreate a paleo version that my family could enjoy! Continue reading “Paleo Eggplant ‘Meatballs’”

Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes Basil and Feta

We have eggplants coming out our ears and I’ve been trying to find creative ways to eat them! I’m usually not a huge fan, although I’ve found that salting them helps to remove some of the bitterness and adds flavor! The texture was something my kids had to get used to, but this recipe was a huge hit for them! We also really like our eggplant pizza crust, but I’m always looking for more ideas! Continue reading “Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes Basil and Feta”

Hot Crab Dip


Last week we were short on lunch ideas and I was hoping to find a can of tuna in the closet to make some tuna salad for the kids. It was a no go. We were overdue for a grocery trip, but so busy with fun things to do that we hadn’t made it out! Continue reading “Hot Crab Dip”

Dessert for Dinner

This post is a little late coming out, but a week and a half ago we had our last day of school for this year!  Since we are homeschooling, we weren’t going to have a graduation, but I still wanted to do something special. Continue reading “Dessert for Dinner”

Baked Reuben Dip

Here is another non-paleo meal because of the diary.  We do enjoy our fair share of raw dairy! All of us are lovers of all things made from milk!  Cream cheese, any cheese, yogurt, milk kefir, cottage cheese, you name it we probably eat it! 😉   Continue reading “Baked Reuben Dip”

Sweet N Salty Gorp

Whoever came up with the title of gorp?  And does anyone ever use it anymore besides hippies and my mother?  It’s been a huge hit with hikers and surfers and some say it is an acronym for “good ol’ raisins n peanuts” others say it’s just a list of ingredients like granola, oats, raisins and peanuts….

However it got it’s name and whatever the official ingredients include we have a new favorite around this house!  It’s a hit and a great afternoon snack because along with a little sweet pick me up it also has some protein to hold the high metabolisms of my kids over until dinner is served.

The mix we usually have contains dried pineapple.  I usually purchase 4 or 5 fresh ones when they are in season and on sale and dry them all and save them through the winter.  We ran out recently and we have all missed them!  I know you can get plain ol dried pineapple at Trader Joes, which is AWESOME!  The ingredient list simply states “dried pineapple”  SO cool!  Nothing added.

I decided to get the kids a little treat last week and we purchased some that the ingredient list stated “dried pineapple and cane sugar”.  I know… we usually swear off sugar, but it was a treat, we had run out and at least it didn’t have corn syrup in it right?  or sulfur dioxide? Did I justify myself????  No.. .probably not… but either way… We used something a bit different this time around, but it’s good with the home dried version as well!

So here is our new fav!


Sweet N Salty Gorp

1 cup almonds (raw, soaked and dried)
1 cup cashews (raw, soaked and dried)
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried pineapple cut into chunks
⅓ cup sunflower seeds (raw, soaked and dried)
⅓ cup dried [amazon_link id=”B000FFLHSY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]goji berries[/amazon_link]
⅔ cups [amazon_link id=”B000HDJZWO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]chocolate chips[/amazon_link] (we like enjoy life brand – soy, dairy, nut free)

Mix it all together and ration it out.  If you don’t, it will disappear in one afternoon!

Do you have a favorite mix?  Tell me about it!  I’d love to have some additional ideas!


Crispy Dill Pickles

I know this seems way out of season, but we made these at the end of the summer this year with some dear friends of ours.  The recipe came from them and they had gotten it from another friend.  So it’s just been passed around!  I certainly can’t take any credit for it, but it sure is good! Continue reading “Crispy Dill Pickles”