Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins

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Eat like a caveman!!

A dear friend of mine and her kiddos came over to hang out recently. They implemented the Paleo Diet with their family a while back and, when I knew they were staying for lunch, I thought I’d try my hand at some Paleo recipes!

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Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas with Candied Bacon

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Most mornings I am an oatmeal girl. It’s easy to make. It’s good for me. It’s yummy and satisfying. It’s part of my routine. And I like routine. I do well with routine. But… Morning after morning of oatmeal can get a bit repetitive.

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Spicy Orange-Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon

Vegetarian Spicy Orange Soy Sauce with Tofu & Udon via applestoziti.com

I’m not what you would call a ‘Tofu’ kind of gal. It’s the last thing I would pull off the shelf at the supermarket if I needed to come up with dinner ‘on the fly’.

I mean seriously… like the last thing.

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Smoothies and Smoochees

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Because it’s Valentine’s Day… I felt the urge to say hello.

And to say I love ya.

And, while I’m at it, I decided to share this smoothie recipe with you.

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Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad for Two via applestoziti.com

Strawberry Spinach Salad. With Goat Cheese. And Toasted Almonds. This salad is essential to my well being. At the end of a long day, this salad can make everything right. Without this salad, my life would not be the same. It makes me happy.

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The All-American Quinoa Burger

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Here is your Quinoa Burger recipe.

1. Quinoa burgers are MOUTH-WATERING.

2. My husband is CRAZY for QUINOA burgers.

3. The best way to cook a quinoa burger is in a non-stick pan on the stovetop.

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Mexican-Style Quinoa

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I’m telling you… I’m dead keen on quinoa.

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Greek Quinoa

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When I first considered what food to choose for “Q”, the only thing that came to mind at first was “Quail”…. hmm….

Never in my life have I woken up and thought, “Hm, I think I’ll make quail for dinner today.”

Think about your last trip to the supermarket. Did you see quail in the butcher case? Did you even think to look? I didn’t.

That is why, Q is NOT for Quail.

Q is for QUINOA!!!

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Chicken and Peanut Sauce Noodles

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After I finished cooking this recipe I looked around my kitchen (and my neglected house), saw the mess I had made, and just wanted to cry.

I always say things like, “It looks like a tornado went through here…” or “Is there a family a bears living here? Who made this mess?!…”

But this was different.

This was worse.

I thought about just bulldozing the house and starting from scratch.

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Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

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A Nod to Nectarines

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The nectarine’s flesh is sweet, succulent and firmer than that of its relative, the peach.

How do you tell the difference between a peach and a nectarine? There are not many genetic differences between the two fruits and their flavors are actually remarkably similar. They would be very difficult to tell apart except for the fuzz on the skin of the peach compared to the smooth nectarine.

When are nectarines in season?  Most nectarine varieties are available from midspring to late September with a peak during July and August. California produces 95% of the nectarines grown in the Unites States.

How do you pick nectarines at the supermarket? When you’re picking out nectarines, you want them to smell sweet (yes, smell them in the store). You also want them to be brightly colored (no bruises or blemishes), and they should give slightly when you press gently on the skin (not hard or overly green).

How do you store a nectarine? Slightly underripe nectarines can be left to ripen at room temperature for a couple of days. Ripe fruit should be refrigerated and used within 5 days.

Are nectarines good for you? One medium nectarine contains about 70 calories, no saturated fat, fiber, and a small amount of protein. They contain a fair amount of vitamins A and C.

While I really LOVE peaches, I kind of relished the fact that being on the letter “N” allowed me to indulge the seemingly less used, less appreciated nectarine.

If you like peaches, you’ll like nectarines too… it’s the perfect time to make nectarine recipes with July just a few days away… nectarines are just entering their PEAK season!

WOO HOO FOR SUMMER FRUIT!!! They keep me going during this Arizona heat… High of 120°F today by the way… yes, I choose to live here.

These are some of my favorite recipes yet!

I hope you’re hungry! I know I am.

Happy Economical Eating!

Love, Jenna