Moroccan meatballs with citrus-glazed carrots and cauliflower/carrot mash

I can’t say enough good things about this meal… the meatballs were chock full of flavor, the citrus glaze really brightened up the carrots, and the herbs in the cauliflower/carrot mash were even more fantastic than expected.

I made a few changes to the original recipes (found here and here) and substituted dried herbs for fresh in both the mash and the meatballs, because fresh herbs can be very expensive and we had the dried already.

I happened to have almond meal on hand (because I grew to like the texture when we were doing the Paleo diet), but you could just as easily use breadcrumbs instead and still be low carb. Continue reading

southwest tilapia with onions, peppers and zucchini

This is another Paleo- or low-carb diet friendly recipe (without the rice) that is light, healthy and very delicious.

I was interested in the “Southwest” take on tilapia, being a lover of spice.  Every tilapia recipe I’ve come across has been either a simple bake or a Parmesan-crusted affair, so the idea of kicking up the heat sounded awesome.  If you don’t care for caliente, you can adjust the amount of cayenne you use.

I made some changes to the original recipe , and it ended up tasting how I imagine a fish fajita would.  You could use the vegetable mixture as a base for many dishes, switching out different meats.

In addition to being very tasty, it was also ridiculously easy to make!   Continue reading

spicy no-noodle lasagna

This is  a great recipe if you’re following a low-carb diet or simply want to eat a little healthier.  I originally found the recipe when we were trying the Paleo diet but never made it until now.  The author called it “Paleasagna“.  I’m not sure her recipe (which used goat cheese) strictly qualifies, but I’m not the Paleo Police and will issue no tickets. 🙂

The Paleo diet, for those who don’t know, harkens back to our ancient ancestors and is very meat-centric.  The theory is that our bodies are designed to eat what cavemen ate, and all the changes since the agricultural revolution have only hurt us.  It eliminates all processed foods (butter, sugar, grains, starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes, legumes, etc.) and focuses on (free range) meats, natural oils (such as coconut) and fruits and vegetables.

Most paleo-dieters don’t eat dairy (cavemen didn’t keep cows), so I’m not sure if a true lasagna is ever possible for the devout.  I am not devout.  I fell off the Paleo wagon a while back, but you really can’t go wrong minimizing your pasta and maximizing your vegetable intake.   Continue reading