Curry Vegetable Quinoa

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Yummy vegan curry vegetable quinoa for dinner

Yummy vegan curry vegetable quinoa for dinner

Curry Vegetable Quinoa is a dish that we rotate frequently into the meal plans. It is filling (from the coconut milk), healthy (from all the vegetables) and also easy to pair with something else if you would like to have it as a main dish. We had concoct this dish a year or so ago when we first tried Quinoa. We like the taste of the supergrain and had since then made it a staple. We are still in dilemma if this is considered paleo or not. However, we figured that it is definitely clean and natural so had taken things with a grain of salt 🙂

Paleo Chilli Stew

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Paleo Chilli with a slow cooker

Paleo Chilli with a slow cooker

Not sure if summer is here yet. Seattle can get really dreary, dark and gloomy and we simply cannot find enough good weather days during the 9 months of fall, winter and spring. These couple of days, the weather is lightening up and yet it is still lovely and cold day. Let’s just say these days are my favorite but I definitely always want hot food since I really get cold easily.

One of the dish that I had been experimenting is this Paleo chili stew. Made from lean beef and cooked without beans. It is really quite tasty and satisfying, except that I am still trying to find the best cut of meat. I think the stew beef may not be the best cut. I think chuck roast cut up into chunks will really be my recommendation. 🙂 Try it and let me know what you think. 

Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut squash soup for a lazy cold night!

Butternut squash soup for a lazy cold night!

It’s always nice to be able to have a bowl of hot soup anytime of the day and also have all the ingredients on hand. Even nicer is how warm and toasty it makes your belly feel :). Today is one of those days on a cold day and I just did not want to cook. Granted, I did plan for dinner to be a roast chicken from the grocery store, but I really did not feel like making the drive through. So my better half just volunteered 🙂 I know, I am lucky.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew

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Vegetable Beef Stew

Vegetable Beef Stew

Here comes the cold winter and spring. As much as I miss barbecuing, I have to say, I miss my hot pot dinners a lot. During the summer months, it can be quite unbearable (for Mark) to eat anything that is hot in temperature. Now in the winter, he loves and craves it.

Thai Vegetable Curry

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Thai Vegetarian Curry

Thai Vegetarian Curry

These couple of days, we had been in a rush and time was a blur because of work and buying a new home. We were in a rush and I did not follow through on the plans for dinner. As we were driving home, the question hits me on what to prepare for dinner since we are both hungry after the workout. I DID NOT want to ask the dreaded question -” What are we having for dinner?”

Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese

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Paleo spaghetti bolognese

Paleo spaghetti bolognese

This is one of our favorite meals because it is easy to cook, packs a great punch, makes great leftovers, can use up many leftover ingredients in the house and can be eaten in multiple ways. Normally when I cook up this dish, I will cook a really big pot and during the cooking process, turn on my favorite movie as I cut up all the different vegetables.

Paleo Chocolate Cake

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Yummy Paleo gluten free Chocolate Cake what a treat!!

Yummy Paleo gluten free Chocolate Cake what a treat!!

This dish is a modification of Mexican Chocolate coffee cake by Sarah Ballantyne on the “the Paleo Mum”. I immediately liked how easy this recipe sounded. At this time, I am trying to get more dessert dishes under my belt to satisfying the sweet tooth craving of my better half. 

Leeks and Chicken Thighs Dance

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Leeks with Chicken thighs is satisfying and tasty.

Leeks with Chicken thighs is satisfying and tasty.

Here comes Spring! The flowers will start blooming, the birds chirping, sun up earlier and the whole world alive. I love this time of the year, even though it is still dark, hope is in the air.

We love leeks, and I am not sure now I remember how we started loving it. It is probably an introduction since this is something that Mark eats more of on a regular basis as he was growing up in UK.

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

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Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Mark is from England and loves his meat and potato, especially potato I may add. It would be baked potato, mash potato, fries, etc. Shepherd’s pie is a dish that Mark will eat frequently growing up and so he is always thinking about it whenever we go out to restaurants to eat. While we were doing the 30 day challenge, we completely avoid potato because it generally have the ability to cause us to be lethargic after eating it. Currently Mark had reintroduced this slowly back into his diet, but only after he lifts in order to provide energy needed after lifting.

As a way to compensate Mark’s desire for his growing up meals, we searched multiple recipes and finally perfected this dish that still hits the taste bud while giving him a strong link back to his childhood. Note, the top of this dish is literally just a simple garlic cauliflower mash.

Buttery Almond Cookies

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Yummy Buttery Almond Cookies

Yummy Buttery Almond Cookies

Some people love savory desserts, while others love sweeter ones. Mark and I always debate about what to make when we are baking desserts and generally I will go with the chocolate because that always hits the craving monster in the face and for me, I really can go either way. I grew up eating fruits for desserts, so sweet  baked desserts are really nice to have.


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