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Beet Citrus Salad with Sesame Ginger Soy Dressing {Gluten Free Salad Recipe}

I used to think roasting was a fancy word that meant some sort of super complicated cooking method that took too much time to do. Boy was I way wrong. Always remember when you see “roasted” anything that it basically means you put it in the oven and do nothing else. It’s super easy and you’ll have tons of free time to watch tv or hang out while you are waiting. I roasted the beets wrapped in foil the night before at 450 degrees for 1 hour. I literally did nothing else. Here are the specific instructions in case you don’t believe how easy it is.

How to roast beets:
1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
2. Remove greens and anything hanging off the beets with a knife.
3. Clean off with water.
4. Wrap beets in foil and place on foil lined baking sheet.
5. Leave in oven for 1 hour. You can rotate the beets if you want but you probably wouldn’t know the difference.
6. Remove from oven and let cool
7. Remove skin
8. Place in fridge until you’re ready to eat them.

Beets are super good for you. If you want to read more about the benefits of beets, click here

Beet Citrus Salad with Sesame Ginger Soy Dressing - Gluten Free Salad Recipe

Here is what you need for the awesome salad:
1 Roasted Beet, Sliced
Arugula
1 Grapefruit, Sliced
1 Orange, Sliced
Roasted Unsalted Pistachios – Shells Removed

For the dressing combine:
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Chopped Ginger (I use the pre-made one found in the herb section of the grocery store)

Talk about yumminess.

Beet Citrus Salad with Sesame Ginger Soy Dressing - Gluten Free Salad Recipe

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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

The first time I had bacon wrapped dates was at a restaurant I love in New York called Boqueria. They are a perfect combination of sweet and salty and are so good. I believe Boqueria fries theirs and adds cheese with the almonds, but I prefer to BBQ mine and skip the cheese to make them paleoish. Dried fruit has a lot of carbs and is not recommended for a paleo diet unless you’ve reached your desired leanness. These are certainly a delicious treat and make a great appetizer especially for entertaining or a cheat day. If you don’t have a BBQ, get one. It is seriously the best way to cook and a great excuse for eating outdoors. Otherwise you can also bake these in a toaster oven or oven.

Ingredients:
Dates Pitted
Almonds or Pistachios
Bacon – cut into thirds
Toothpicks

Here is how you make them:

1. Insert almonds or pistachios into dates
2. Wrap with bacon thirds
3. Secure with toothpick
4. BBQ on medium for 4-6 minutes rotating or until bacon is fully cooked

To bake, preheat over to 450 degrees and bake for 18 minutes rotating halfway through.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

Last week was crazy. Lots of early morning meetings, presentations, phone calls overseas, offsite meetings, after work dinners, juggling the dogs, seeing old friends, and trying to stick to our 5:30am workouts. I made this thinking we would have it for dinner and it ended up being at least 5 separate meals throughout the week. It’s delicious to have on hand so you don’t get tempted to eat something you really don’t want to and I never get tired of it. It’s perfect and easy for parties, groups, or potlucks. And, you can serve it with eggs and corn tortillas too – breakfast tacos anyone? Even better, it’s an awesome recipe for anyone who thinks they cannot cook. Don’t need to tell your guests, but there really isn’t any cooking going on. Just dump a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot, stir, let it cook for 4 hours, and pull the meat apart with forks. Really, it’s that easy.

Here is what you need:

Package of Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1 Jar Salsa Verde
1 Can El Pato Jalapeno Salsa
1 Can Diced Jalapeños {optional for those who like it spicy}
1 Diced Shallot
1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Lettuce Leaves
Limes

Optional:
Corn Tortillas instead of Lettuce
Avocado
Limes
Crumbled Cotija Cheese
Crema Mexicana
Tapatio

One of my favorite paleo blogs, sh1tcrossfitgirlsdo recently posted another similar version of this recipe plus served over a lettuce bowl – genius! They have awesome recipes – check ’em out!

Here are the steps:

Place all ingredients except lettuce and limes into a slow cooker or crockpot and stir.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Here is the Salsa Verde, El Pato, and Jalapeños I use:
Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Tacos

El Pato Pulled Pork tacos

Diced Jalapenos Pulled Pork Tacos

After slow cooking for 4 hours, pull apart meat with forks:
Easy Pulled Pork Tacos - Paleo and Gluten Free

For a paleo version, serve with lettuce leaves. For gluten-free serve with warmed corn tortillas. And, don’t forget the lime wedges on the side.

Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos - 'Nuf Sed

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