Lemony Turmeric & Pepper Egg Yolk Dressing (paleo, GF)

Lemony Turmeric & Pepper Egg Yolk Dressing (paleo, GF)| Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

This Lemony Turmeric & Pepper Egg Yolk Dressing reminds me of summers in France and artichokes… well, it reminds me of eating artichokes in France in the summer. 🙂

This dressing tastes exactly like the sauce my mother makes and my grandmother used to make for dipping artichoke leaves into, and it is wonderful on salads or on any cooked veggie. Read more

Spicy Ground Turkey Meat Sauce and Broccoli Rice Bowls (paleo, GF)

Spicy Ground Turkey Meat Sauce and Broccoli Rice Bowls (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

I have been making ground turkey meat sauce quite often lately, as it keeps me full, satisfies my Italian cravings and has less calories and fat than meat sauce made with ground beef.

Normally, I like to pair meat sauce with some sort of starch or side, whether it is paleo (sweet potatoes or zoodles), or not paleo (brown rice or quinoa). But lately, I have really been liking eating my meat sauce with broccoli, in the form of broccoli rice (aka broccoli cut up into small pieces). 🙂 Read more

Cinnamon & Maple Roasted Almonds (paleo, GF)

Cinnamon & Maple Roasted Almonds (paleo, GF)- my almond snack soulmate! | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

I’ve found my almond snack soulmate with this Cinnamon & Maple Roasted Almonds recipe!

Not only are these almonds absolutely delicious with a pop of cinnamon and maple flavor, but they are also crunchily satisfying, fill your house with the most wonderful maple roasted scent (seriously, your whole house will smell amazing!), and provide lots of nutrients, healthy fats, and protein. Read more

Northern Ireland Country Antrim- Part II, Belfast

Northern Ireland Country Antrim- Part II, Belfast| Perchance to Cook www.perchancetocook.com

Have you ever noticed that the first time that you visit a place, or start a life somewhere new, that you see it in a totally different light the very first time that your eyes see it? At first, the cracks on the street, the shapes of the buildings and various shapes such as trees all stick out. It’s as if everything is made out of legos and you can see each and every part of it separately. Eventually, though, everything blends together, as if by the stroke of a brush, and this new place starts looking the way that it will now always look in your mind.

It’s a beautiful process.

And it’s one of my favorite things about traveling… observing details with a fresh appreciative eye.

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Cool Cucumber Carrot Citrus Salad (paleo, GF)

Cool Cucumber Carrot Citrus Salad (paleo, GF), a colourful medley of healthy goodness! Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

If you know me (or follow my Instagram), you know that I love me some shredded carrot grapefruit salad. My mom’s recipe for Carrot Grapefruit Salad has been one of my favorite salad flavor combos since childhood. And after making her salad 3-4 times in the past 2 weeks, I decided to switch things up and came up with this Cool Cucumber Carrot Citrus Salad. Read more

Creamy Asparagus, Leek, and Chicken Cauliflower Risotto (paleo, GF)

Creamy Asparagus, Leek, and Chicken Cauliflower Risotto (paleo, GF), Perchance To Cook www.perchancetocook.com

I have had images of paleo cream and asparagus dishes dancing through my head for a good week or two now. You see, I went to dinner recently with a friend, and as I perused the menu, a creamy asparagus and chicken risotto dish caught my eye. Cream + asparagus… why had I not been combining the two at home?!

This dawning food realization consumed my creative energy… until I came up with this Creamy Asparagus, Leek, and Chicken Cauliflower Risotto. Which is deeeelish! Read more

Chocolatey Cocoa Paleo Pancakes (GF)

Treat your taste buds and your body to these Chocolatey Cocoa Paleo Pancakes (GF) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

I always look forward to the weekends because it’s a time that I get to treat myself a bit. I can sleep in, watch some of my favorite tv shows (real housewives is my guilty pleasure!), go for nice long walks, chat with friends, experiment with recipes, meditate… the list goes on.

I still like to eat right and exercise on the weekends, but incorporating “special” treats is something that I like to do. Like make pancakes. Especially lately, because I find that paleo pancakes are a great way to treat yourself, while still eating a healthy, well-balanced, low calorie meal. It’s genius really! Hence all of my recent pancake posts 🙂 Read more

Naturally Sweet & Crunchy Paleo Kale Salad (gf)

Naturally Sweet & Crunchy Paleo Kale Salad| Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

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, www.perchancetocook.com

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, www.perchancetocook.com

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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