Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

My little man is almost 14 months old and he’s officially moved into the toddler class at school. It feels like yesterday when I saw his beautiful face for the first time. I remember people telling me that they grow up fast; man, they sure do! With his new class, breakfast isn’t at school anymore. They are only fed a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. So now I’m trying to think of quick and easy make ahead breakfasts that will keep our mornings from becoming too hectic. Our…

Hawaiian Inspired Grilled Mahi Mahi

After 3 days of eating beef, my husband and I really need a break. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but I also need variety as well. My husband had asked me a few days ago to make some Hawaiian fish dish, and he mentioned he was in the mood for some mahi mahi. Lucky for him, the grocery store happened to have some beautifully thick mahi mahi filets! To make a tropical dish, I could only think of two ingredients that reminds me of our time in Hawaii,…

Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

I’ve made crispy skin pork belly many times and it’s one dish that I absolutely love. The key here is getting a really good piece of pork belly, there has to be a perfect amount of meat to fat ratio. And yes, I’m that person standing at the meat counter asking to examine multiple pieces of pork belly until I find my perfect one! When I make pork belly, I always want a side of rice or noodles to accompany it. This month however, carbs are not an option. So…

Grilled Rockfish with Mango and Cilantro Sauce

One of the challenges I’m finding with trying to be strict Paleo is incorporating a wide variety of meats into my diet. I don’t want to eat a steak every night. So my husband and I put our heads together and came up with an idea of grilling a whole fish and making my delicious mango and cilantro sauce as a topping! We love fried fish, so this is our take on a healthier version. And the best part, the seafood counter at Whole Foods cleaned, deboned and butterflied our…

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Cucumber Noodles

My husband and I are officially starting Day 1 of our month long Paleo challenge today. We’ve been eating Paleo aware for a while now, meaning, I know what we should be eating and we try to follow the rules a majority of the week, but we’ll cheat every now and then. However, after talking this over, we will be going strict Paleo for 30 days. My first reaction to this was no way! How am I supposed to give up sweets and carbs? But thinking over this the past…

Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

One of the most exciting things about moving into my new home was the thought of having my own herb garden. I’ve never had a green thumb, but I still wanted to try my hand at this. I hate buying a whole bunch of herbs from the grocery store, to only use it once that week and then end up tossing it out. So who new with some sun and water, my herb garden exploded and is actually thriving! At one of my recent trips to the meat counter, we…

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

On days I’m at home, for some strange reason I feel compelled to make an elaborate meal. Maybe it’s cause I have extra time on my hands? I don’t know, but I feel I owe it to myself to make something extra delicious. And since my husband and I recently decided to do a strict Paleo way of eating for a month, I need to clear out my pantry of non-Paleo approved items. So I found a big jar of sriracha in my pantry and just looked at it longingly.…

Cambodian Stir Fried Clams – Cha Leah

It’s smack dab in the middle of the humid summer here in DC. And when I say humid and hot, I mean every word of it! Summers here are almost unbearable. One of the joys I do find in this heat is the abundance of yummy seafood. I don’t know why, but heat makes me want to eat seafood! I think it’s because of my early memories of going to Yorktown with my family in the summertime to fish, go crabbing and find clams. As a young girl, it was…

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Over the weekend, we had our first dinner guest over at the new house. I normally cook an Asian meal for groups, simply because it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I wanted to do something a tad bit different and put to use all the great counter space in my brand spanking new kitchen; so I opted for a Mexican themed dinner. The spread included chipotle marinated chicken and flank steak. I was very generous with the chipotle seasoning, I love spicy food! I also wanted to make a dish…

Paleo Asian Beef Short Ribs

I love Asian cuisine, much to my husband’s chagrin. I think I could eat some type of Asian dish 3 times a day, 7 days of the week. But it’s hard to indulge in my passion and follow the Paleo way of eating. Asian food is chocked full of rice and noodles. So a goal of mine lately has been to make more Paleo-friendly Asian dishes. I’m starting with one of the quintessential dinner entrees, beef short ribs. And instead of serving it with rice, I’m opting for sautéed veggies.…