Paleo Candied Orange Peels (GF)

Paleo Candied Orange Peels (GF)| Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

Have you ever tried a chocolate covered candied orange peel or a chocolate bar full of candied orange peels? It’s my new flavor combination obsession! And it inspired me to learn how to make Paleo Candied Orange Peels… which has been on my post wedding to-do list for a long time now.

And I do have to say, it’s really not that hard to do! 3 ingredients is all you need to make a non-processed, Paleo version of candied orange peels. 🙂 Read more

Taco Hot Sauce Ground Chicken and Kale Salad (paleo, GF)

Taco Hot Sauce Ground Chicken and Kale Salad (paleo, GF)| Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

I have been cooking up a storm recently! Since I did not have the most functional kitchen over the last 9 months, I have been really enjoying using my current kitchen. Ah, it’s the small things! 🙂

One of the first things that I made in my new kitchen was homemade ground chicken tacos and I have not been able to stop thinking about how good the ground chicken was! YUM! I had planned on using this ground chicken recipe to make a salad, but then I was in the mood for hot sauce. So I kind of combined both flavors to make this Taco Hot Sauce Ground Chicken and Kale Salad… and it is deliiicous!

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Grilled Lemon Tuna Steak and Asparagus (paleo, GF)

My kind of steak! Grilled Lemon Tuna Steak and Asparagus (paleo, GF) |Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

After quite the hiatus, I am happily back to the blog! In a nutshell, I got married in Ireland, went on my honeymoon in Italy, and moved across the ocean back to the United States. It was nothing short of amazing and I am still in awe of how wonderful the last few weeks have been.

I am also very grateful that I was on that whole wedding diet for 5-6 months because… ITALY haha We ate all of the burrata, pizza, pasta, and tiramisu during our honeymoon and it was delightful. But now that I am back to reality, I’ve been enjoying getting back on the Paleo bandwagon and back in the kitchen. I still have to get my bearings, but I did make this delicious Grilled Lemon Tuna Steak and Asparagus the other day and wanted to share. Read more

Beet, Cherry Tomato, Tuna, and Egg Salad with Creamy Dressing (paleo, GF)

Beet, Cherry Tomato, Tuna, and Egg Salad with Creamy Dressing (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

This Beet, Cherry Tomato, Tuna, and Egg Salad with Creamy Dressing recipe is my last wedding diet salad recipe that I will be posting… because I am getting married at the end of May!

Don’t worry, I will be posting many more salad recipes in the future and these wedding diet salads aren’t really that different than salads I would normally make. It has just been fun for me to share my go-to salads with you leading up to my wedding, as this blog does represent what I eat on a regular basis. These salads have been the ones that have kept me full the longest, were easily adaptable to bring to work, and that did their job over the last 5 months. 🙂 Read more

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