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Easy summer meal: Fish tacos

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I love fish tacos because:

  • They taste great!
  • They’re easy to prep ahead of time, leaving you just a couple easy things to do at the last minute.
  • They’re so customizable. Depending on what ingredients you provide, they can be gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole30, nightshade-free — pretty much whatever! If you have a vegetarian in the crowd, they can even leave off the fish and still have a nice variety of flavors to fill their taco with.

Find my original post here. It explains how to make the spicy crema sauce, and how to prep and set things up for a fish taco bar — great for a party, or a big picky family!

Meatballs with marinara & Italian roasted cauliflower

meatballs, marinara, zoodles, + roasted cauliflower

With some easy advance prep, this is a Whole 30 compliant / Paleo meal that comes together quickly. The cast:

One yummy, tasty, Whole30 dinner!

For the side dish: Roasted cauliflower from Simply Recipes  – to make it Whole30 compliant, skip the Parm but sprinkle the cauliflower with garlic salt and Italian seasoning mix.

Make sure the seasoning mix is sugar free, corn free, etc. Better yet, make your own. You can find plenty of recipes, but in a pinch, just throw together some dried basil and oregano in generous portions, some garlic powder, and then a little rosemary, thyme, and/or marjoram, if you’ve got ’em.

How to make this an easy, throw-together weeknight meal: Make up a whole batch (or two) of the nom nom meatballs on your day off, and keep them in the freezer in serving-size packs. Four per person works nicely in our house. Make up a batch (or two) of that easy marinara sauce, and freeze it in one- or two-cup units. Cut up the cauliflower the night before, if you want to save that time. Then everything comes together quickly at the last minute!

And — did I mention — yummy?

paleo meatballs, marinara, and cauliflower

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Herb-crusted salmon and pumpkin soup

paleo dinner: herbed salmon + pumpkin soup
paleo dinner: herbed salmon + pumpkin soup
I try to serve salmon at least once a week — gotta get those omega-3’s! I love that it cooks quickly, and there are so many ways to top it, encrust it, or otherwise embellish it. I’ve found, though, that it’s not as satisfying as red meat. We usually find ourselves hungry a couple hours later.
When I started making bone broth several month ago, I found that it is super satisfying. My theory is that it sticks with you because it’s providing a lot of minerals, gelatin, and other good, healing things your body is craving. So my strategy now is to always serve a bone broth-based soup on the nights I serve salmon.
A few nights ago, I made my herb-crusted salmon along with cream of pumpkin soup, using homemade chicken bone broth. My husband said, “I like this soup. It’s comforting, kinda like coffee.” (He is sorely missing his coffee with cream and sugar in the morning!)
Cream of pumpkin soup is easy to make Whole30 compliant by making it dairy-free: just swap out the cream for full-fat coconut milk. This recipe from AllRecipes is the one I use (minus the croutons): Cream of Pumpkin Soup.
This dinner is easy enough for a weeknight (especially if you make the pumpkin soup the night before, up until adding the cream), but special enough for a Fall or Winter dinner party, I think.
This pairing will go in our regular Whole30 rotation! I’m working toward publishing a four-week meal plan. Hopefully coming soon!

 

Coconut Shrimp on Spinach Mango Salad

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My husband’s favorite Paleo/Whole30 dinner:
This Coconut Shrimp recipe from Paleo Leap…
Paleo/whole30 dinner: coconut shrimp on mango spinach salad

…on top of this Asian Spinach Salad recipe from Love and Olive Oil (with some mangos added)…

Paleo/whole30 dinner: mango spinach salad
…got us this deeelicious dinner tonight!
Paleo/whole30 dinner: coconut shrimp on mango spinach salad
I made the shrimp without any changes, and added mango to the salad. (Any eagle-eyed readers might also notice sunflower seeds in the bowl, but I think they were unnecessary.) Taste- and texture-wise, the avocado got lost in the mix, I think, but it adds a nice color to the visual experience. And, of course, some healthy fats!
Tasting the dressing as the recipe calls it, I was worried it would be too sour, so I added some fresh-squeezed orange juice and a bit of date paste, but once I tasted it mixed into the whole salad, with the sweetness of the mangoes and oranges, I’m not sure that was necessary.
The contrast between the delicately crunchy shrimp and the smooth mangoes, between the tart dressing and the sweet fruit — mmmwah!

This is Whole30 compliant! If I weren’t avoiding processed foods, I’d be tempted to buy ready-breaded coconut shrimp to speed the process. It wasn’t hard; just kinda time consuming. Might go a little quicker if you had a two-person assembly team.

My Paleo / Whole30 recipes (so far)

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I’ve been eating low carb for a long time, but have just recently begun to explore the semi-madness that is the Whole30 scene! Here are some of my recipes that are already Paleo/Whole30 compliant, or can be made so with minor tweaks.

Already Whole30-compliant:

fish tacos - how to set up a fish taco bar

Easy, make-it-your-own fish taco bar

 

Paleo / Whole30 recipes: herb-crusted salmon

Herb-crusted salmon – so easy, and restaurant quality!

 

Paleo made easier - breadless BLT

BLT’s without the bread; using foolproof, easy, 4-ingredient homemade mayonnaise 

 

Paleo / Whole30 recipes: pork tenderloin

Quick pork tenderloin with seasoned rub

 

Paleo / Whole30 recipes: sugar-free gluten-free taco seasoning mix

Taco seasoning – no sugar, no MSG, no gluten, no milk, no hydrogenated nothin’, no cornstarch or cornmeal here! (Check the ingredients list on the ready-made mix above; you’ll be surprised!)

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Paleo-ish, with the exclusion or adjustment of one or two ingredients:

Ancho-crusted salmon with avocado crema – leave out the yogurt or replace it with a splash of full-fat coconut milk if you’re avoiding dairy.
Paleo / Whole30 recipes: salmon with tomato avocado salsa

Salmon with fresh tomato avocado salsa – one of my summer favorites! Leave out the corn if you’re going wholly grain-free

 

Paleo / Whole30 recipes: Asian lettuce wraps

Asian lettuce wraps – replace the soy sauce with Tamari (still has soy) or coconut aminos, and leave out the Splenda.

Brat and cabbage soup – just leave out the beans, if you’re living legume-free.

Sloppy Jo’tatoes – requires a sugar-free BBQ sauce to be wholly compliant.

Coconut shrimp on spinach mango salad

Herb-crusted salmon with cream of pumpkin soup

Meatballs with marinara and Italian roasted cauliflower

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Easy, make-it-your-own fish taco bar

fish tacos - how to set up a fish taco bar

I was recently asked for my recipe for fish tacos. “It’s not so much a recipe,” I said, “as it is a collection of ingredients.” Which makes it great for feeding a group with diverse tastes or dietary needs: just set up your fish taco bar and let guests create their own.

And much of it can be done ahead of time: everything except for the avocado can be sliced, chopped, or mixed ahead of time. The fish can be seasoned ahead of time, but will taste best if it’s made just before serving.

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