‘Happy Summer’ Spice Rub for Burgers

burger spice rub, spice rub for burgers, spicy grilled burger, grilled burger rubFor me summer means burgers.

Outdoor grilling is the best and I love me some summer burgers on the grill. This spice rub is my usual for a burger. Its flavorful and has a little heat, but not too much to turn those off with a tamer taste for spiciness, and it goes great on a turkey, beef or chicken burger.

I usually enjoy these burgers on a lettuce bun with a pickle and some avocado or over a bed a greens. The recipe usually makes enough to season about 4 burgers.

Happy summer!

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Raw Carrot Salad with Walnuts, Raisins and Poached Egg

poached egg salad, raw carrot salad, paleo carrot saladCarrots are a constant in my life. I may have carotenosis — seriously. Juiced, roasted, raw; for snack, breakfast or side, you name it, I’ll eat it. And this recipe is only contributing to my intake.

This salad is super yummy. The raisins, nuts and egg add the perfect amount of sweetness and richness, and make this so much more than just a bowl of shredded raw carrots and greens.

I always eat this salad on its own, but if you need more protein than the egg provides, this would be delicious with a grilled chicken breast topper, as well. Enjoy!

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The ‘It Never Gets Old’ Spicy Paleo Chicken Rub

Paleo chicken rub, spicy paleo chicken, clean eatingI love playing around with spice rubs for chicken and beef. They can throw a wrench into a boring dinner routine and you can make them in bulk and keep them in your pantry for simple dinners with virtually no prep for the rest of the week. Easy peasy.

While some of my more inventive — and unsuccessful — rubs have a short shelf life, this one has some permanent real estate in my cupboard. It has great flavor and a little spiciness, and you could use it on chicken or pork. T

his recipes will usually get me through three meals that utilize around a pound of meat. Enjoy!

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Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

bacon-wrapped pork, clean eating recipes, paleo pork recipesMMmm.. bacon..

I try to keep saltier and fattier meats to a minimum, but when I’m looking for a sluttier dinner that doesn’t go completely off the reservation, I always incorporate bacon.

This recipe is actually a variation of a pork marinade that I make often — with an added bacon outer wrapper. Yum. It’s a total crowd-pleaser and looks way fancier and harder to put together than it is. I find people are often unnecessarily impressed when I serve this.

I usually pair this with some cooked kale or roasted veggies, but it really goes with anything. Enjoy!

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Primal Zucchini Pasta Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

How to make zucchini noodles, paleo zucchini noodles, zucchini pastaPasta is something I used to know. And while I know why I don’t eat it, that doesn’t mean I can’t also appreciate how wonderful it once tasted. Why do you think every Paleo “diet-er” tries to come up with ways to make eating vegetables feel more like eating grains? Duh. Because they taste good and we miss them.

This is another one of those recipes, and of the “wanna be pasta” recipes I’ve made, this one is in my top five. The creaminess of the avocado is delicious and gives it an “Alfredo” likeness while also making it super filling for a veggie dish. I like to use a ton of garlic in the sauce, but you can cut back to 4 or 5 cloves if you prefer. For the noodles, I use a veggie peeler to make thicker, linguine-like noodles, and it works great, but you’re real fancy and have access to a spiralizer, they work great, as well. I’ve also made raw veggie noodles with cheese graters, but have never been satisfied with the result, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Enjoy!

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‘Tastes Like a Cookie’ Blueberry-Cashew Flax Seed Bars

Flax seed bars, Chia seed bars, flax and chia energy barsI feel like energy and snack bars are all the rage these days.

A new one pops up on the market what feels like every 10 seconds and I get why. There is a market for them. An easy snack/meal that fills you up and gives you a boost? Yes, please.

However, you have to be careful with certain bars if you are trying to stay on the healthy route. Some of them are loaded with processed sugars and ingredients, or have a exorbitantly high calorie count. And while there are some great alternatives on the market with low sugar and high nutrition — Health Warrior Chia bars are my favorite — nothing tastes as good as homemade, which is why I make my own.

I usually make these in all different flavors, but this combo is one of my favorites — everyone says they taste more like a cookie than an energy bar, hence the name — and the fact then when I make a big batch they never kick around for more than a day or two is a testament to their deliciousness. In addition: The Flax and Chia seed on top of the already energy-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients make these yummy little bars true powerhouses. Surge up.

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‘Hoping For Summer’ Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

watermelon goat cheese salad, watermelon and goat cheeseI always get overly sun-starved this time of year.

And as the days get longer here in New England and my house starts to look less like an igloo and more like a home, I’m starting to get especially anxious for the first signs of spring.

I stole this salad recipe from my sister — only making some Paleo-friendly additions of my own — and making it this time of year was with a bit of wishful thinking — I was feeding into my end-of-winter angst — as it is very summer-like, anything with watermelon is, in my opinion. But no matter, as it is delicious whether there is sun in the sky or snow on the ground.

Just pretend you are enjoying it by the pool with a glass of chilled white wine in hand — the power of positive thinking, right?

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Quick and Healthy Paleo Turkey Cutlets Recipe

Paleo turkey cutlet, healthy turkey cutlets, easy turkey recipeChicken and pork are regulars in my dinner entree rotation — turkey is the other white meat in my house.

Unfortunately, preparing turkey as the pilgrims intended — although delicious — can be a major pain, but if you lose the majority of the bird and keep the breasts, you get all the goodness without all the work.

This marinade is one of my favorites — its quick, it has great flavor and pleases most people — and you can do it with chicken or pork, as well. Enjoy!

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‘Cowboy up’ Spicy Steak Rub Recipe

Spicy Steak Rub Recipe, Paleo SteakI’m not a huge red-meat fan, but my husband is a blood-sucking carnivore, so I try to throw him a bone — pun intended — every once in a while for special occasions.

This steak dinner — along with an obnoxiously large box of chocolates and his favorite craft brew 6-pack — was my Valentine’s Day present to him.

This steak is done the way he loves it and the way I would guess a true cowboy would make it — with a little sweetness and a lot of spice. If you’re not a fan a spice, you can omit the cayanee to tame it down a bit, but I would honestly suggest just trolling for another steak marinade or rub, cause this one isn’t for the amateur spice-lover. You’ve been warned.

This should be cooked based on how you like your steak. I always cook it to medium — about to 5 to 7 minutes on each side for a 1 1/2-inch thick piece of meat.

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‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Paleo Sweet potatoesWhenever I’m wanting something a little “sluttier” for a meal I always look to starchy veggies and bacon — turkey or pork will do — or a poached egg as an add-in (throwing one over a salad makes a world of difference).

The sweetness of the maple and potatoes and the saltiness of the bacon in this dish makes for a delicious, gooey and rich combination. You can use regular sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, or a combination of both. I tend to prefer the purple, as they are a bit less sweet and less dense. They can be hard to find, however, so you can stick with their more-findable orange cousin if need be.

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