Dinner

Mediterranean Stuffed Baby Squid, Braised in a Red Pepper Tomato Sauce (guest post)

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Dinner, Fish/Seafood | 0 comments

Mediterranean Stuffed Baby Squid, Braised in a Red Pepper Tomato Sauce (guest post)

I’m thrilled to have Ceri Jones of Natural Kitchen Adventures guest blogging here at Zenbelly this week. Her blog is full of gorgeous simple recipes that are mostly paleo, and always gluten-free… Like mine! I’m looking forward to working with her at some catering events later this month. Until then, I will occasionally email her and beg her to make me this: I love how even on the opposite side of the world; the climate, local produce and much of the cuisine in California is incredibly similar to that I know from many happy holidays on the Mediterranean.   Being from the UK...

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NY style paleo pizza crust. Yes, really.

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Dinner, grain-free, Paleo, potluck | 168 comments

NY style paleo pizza crust. Yes, really.

  I was raised by two New Yorkers, and if they taught me anything, they taught me how to be a serious pizza snob. Pizza crust, done right, is not just a vehicle for the toppings and sauce and cheese. It IS the pizza. If the crust isn’t right, the pizza is not worth eating. What was one the first thoughts I had when I realized I could no longer eat gluten? “Thank God I live in San Francisco, and not in New York” Seriously. The thought of resisting pizza there sounded way more like torture than resisting it here. I’ll be fine, I thought. Now that I’m mostly paleo...

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Plantain Tortillas

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Dinner, grain-free, Lunch, Paleo, potluck, Vegetarian | 125 comments

Plantain Tortillas

A while back, my friend Johnny from Eating For Idiots and I had a cooking day and came up with a recipe for cilantro-lime chicken with ranchero sauce on plantain tostadas.  Long story short, the tostadas were pretty much an accident, due to the ripeness of the plantains I had: Green plantains are great for making chips or tostones, and ripe plantains are great for mashed plantains or used for baking. The ones I had were yellow; not quite ripe, not quite green. But it turns out they were perfect for this accident invention: Plantain tostadas! When I decided to make fajitas with the grassfed...

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Grilled Pork Chops with Stone Fruit Slaw

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Dinner, Paleo, pork, potluck | 13 comments

Grilled Pork Chops with Stone Fruit Slaw

Once in a while, I attempt to make pork chops without some kind of fruit concoction to go with them. It’s possible, I’ve done it. It’s fine. But I’m never quite as satisfied as when I have that classic combination of pork chops and fruit. Of course apple sauce is the most classic example, and one of my favorites. It is my go-to during the late fall and winter months, when apples and pears are where it’s at. But I’m 100% anti-apple in the summer. I know, it sounds harsh, but hear me out: First of all, they’re a fall crop. Those apples you see in...

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Ginger Scallion Pork Meatballs (Guest Post at Paleo Parents)

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in 21DSD, Appetizers, Dinner, Paleo, pork, potluck, Whole 30 | 11 comments

Ginger Scallion Pork Meatballs (Guest Post at Paleo Parents)

If meatballs wore hats, these would wear many. This is one of those recipes that you can pull out at the last minute and whip up for lunch, dinner, a snack, or as hors d’oeuvres. My favorite kind of recipe is one that has big flavor with just a few ingredients. Bonus for minimal time spent. Double bonus for versatility. This recipe gets check marks for all of the above! Are you still picturing a meatball wearing a fedora? In all seriousness though, these have made an appearance at many parties that I’ve catered, and they’re always a hit. They are the perfect small bite....

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Guest Post: Yumbo Gumbo Soup by Abby Schiff of Yes To Yummy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Dinner, soup | 3 comments

When Abby Schiff , the 14 year old blogger behind Yes To Yummy emailed me about two months ago, I was forced to think back to what I was doing at 14. Ugh. Let’s not talk about it. I was neither cool nor healthy. And what was I wearing?  Abby, however, is pretty awesome. Last year, her doctor told her that she needed to get her health in check, so she took the initiative and improved her diet by first cutting out wheat and dairy. Not surprisingly, she saw great results, and decided to start cooking dinner every night for her family. (Ask my mom how often I would empty the dishwasher...

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