Naturally Sweet & Crunchy Paleo Kale Salad (gf)

Naturally Sweet & Crunchy Paleo Kale Salad| Perchance to Cook,

I can’t get enough of kale lately. I used to mostly juice it, but now I can’t stop adding it to salads. Now that I think about it, I feel like kale was designed to be in salads. 🙂

Why? Well, it doesn’t wilt, even if it is covered in dressing. Salad dressing gets stuck in all of its natural ridges, which spreads the flavor around evenly. And it has an extra crunch that livens up any salad and which makes it more satisfying. Especially like in this Naturally Sweet & Crunchy Paleo Kale Salad. A delicious and healthy Paleo salad full of kale, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, raisins, apples, almonds, and avocado. Read more

Baked Eggs with Mixed Veggies and Mushrooms (paleo, GF)

Yum, breakfast for dinner! Baked Eggs with Mixed Veggies and Mushrooms (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook,

Making a dish involving baked eggs has been on my to-do list for a while now. The almost perfect way they seem to cook when baked is enticing, I’ve got to admit it. But I had not gotten around to it because there are just so many other ways to make and eat eggs! And I was worried about runny eggs… I just don’t like them with anything but bread. Read more

Northern Ireland County Antrim- Part I, The Antrim Coast

Northern Ireland County Antrim| Perchance to Cook,

Has it really been 7 months since I moved to Northern Ireland?! I have been wanting to write several posts sharing my favorite experiences and foods that I have encountered since moving here for so long now. But it wasn’t until I started being asked for recommendations by family and friends who are coming to my wedding in Ireland (which is less than 4 weeks away 🙂 ), that I was able to really organize my thoughts.

And though my thoughts may be a bit scattered, at the end of the day it is very clear that Northern Ireland is a place full of lovely people and breathtakingly beautiful wild and green landscapes. The food here is incredibly fresh and the days are often marked by ‘cuddle up with a cup of tea in front of the fire’ weather. Which can be incredibly romantic.
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Ratatouille Meat Sauce Stuffed Peppers (paleo, GF)

Ratatouille Meat Sauce Stuffed Peppers (paleo, GF)| Perchance to Cook,

I realized that I had not eaten red meat in a little while and so I tried to think of the best way that I could deliciously add some into my diet. My usual go-to for this is meat sauce. But, I was in the mood for ratatouille… which is all vegetables.

So, I decided to compromise. Compromise in life is key, right? So I combined the two to create a meat sauce ratatouille, and if that wasn’t good enough already, I took this meat sauce ratatouille and used it to make stuffed peppers. Delish! Read more

Berry Chocolate Mousse Brownies (paleo, GF)

Berry Chocolate Mousse Brownies (paleo, GF)- low calorie, sweetener-free, Paleo brownies | Perchance to Cook,

I know I keep talking about trying to be healthy for my upcoming wedding, but it’s all about balance, right?! Which means… I need my chocolate from time to time. And even though Paleo desserts are healthier for you than those with processed foods in them, they can still have their fair share of calories.

So, in an effort to create a more guilt-free, non-processed Paleo dessert, I worked on making one with no sweetener at all (no honey or maple syrup), and no oil either ( no olive oil or coconut oil). And the result is these Berry Chocolate Mousse Brownies, a light, delicious, low calorie, chocolate dessert with an almost mousse-like consistency that bursts with strawberry and raspberry flavor. Read more

Paleo Chicken and Leek Soup (GF)

Paleo Chicken and Leek Soup (GF) will warm you right up! | Perchance to Cook,

I’ve had a massive craving for soup for the past week or so… maybe it isn’t so much a craving as it is a need to warm my bones. It has been so cold! Well maybe it hasn’t been thaaaat cold but I did just visit my parents in Florida for a week over Easter and I think my body got used to the warmth rather quickly.

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Sweet Lemon-Pepper Turmeric Salmon (paleo, GF)

Sweet Lemon-Pepper Turmeric Salmon (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook,

This Sweet Lemon-Pepper Turmeric Salmon has been a go-to in my house lately. And when I say go-to, I mean that I have it at least twice a week. I really can’t get enough of it! Plus I love that it only takes 12 minutes to cook because this really opens up my evenings so that I can spend time doing other things… like wedding plan, wedding plan, and oh wedding plan! I’m getting married in 2 months, ah!

This recipe has also been fitting well into my “wedding diet” AKA recipes that make me feel like I’m not on a diet because they are delicious and filling.

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Raspberry, Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Paleo Pancakes (GF)

Raspberry, Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Paleo Pancakes (GF)- the BEST Paleo pancakes around :) | Perchance to Cook,

I originally planned another post for today (a massive Ireland update, which is coming very soon!) but then I made these Raspberry, Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Paleo Pancakes over the weekend, and it was game over. These are my absolute favorite Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free pancakes, hands down. And I couldn’t let Easter go by without sharing this recipe. You know, in case you want these beautes to grace your Easter breakfast table 🙂 Read more

Fresh Tuna Coleslaw Protein Salad (paleo, GF)

Fresh Tuna Coleslaw Protein Salad (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook,

At my work there is a salad bar that I buy lunch from on days that I don’t bring my lunch from home. There are lots of healthy options to mix and match together, from broccoli and cherry tomatoes to hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken, or salmon…and of course, coleslaw.

If you read my coleslaw post last week, you’d know that I noticed its presence in Ireland. I tried adding some to one of my salads and found that it added a delicious flavor kick, and also replaced the need for dressing.

I knew it wasn’t something that I could do everyday (since I do still try to eat Paleo as often as I can), but I wondered if I made a Paleo coleslaw (which I did), if this could result in a really delicious healthy salad… (and it did!) Read more

Fresh Paleo Coleslaw (GF)

Fresh Paleo Coleslaw (GF)- a healthier coleslaw alternative, with out sacrificing flavor | Perchance to Cook,

I know coleslaw isn’t Irish or anything, but one thing that I have noticed since moving to Ireland is that they sure love their coleslaw over here! I mean, they put it in their salads, they put it in their sandwiches and it seems to be a side for many a pub meal.

Plus it’s especially delicious here… it’s creamier, less sweet, and less complicated than coleslaw back home, which makes it all the more refreshing. And which made it seem like a good recipe to post for St. Patrick’s Day! Read more