These marinated cucumbers and onions are such a simple way to elevate your everyday meal. Toss them over salads, sandwiches, burgers, or just eat them by themselves! The delicious oregano flavor comes through so it especially goes great with Greek food and Mexican inspired dishes. For example, I tossed them over a grilled lamb burger the other day, what a wonderful addition! AND, I also tossed them over a little side salad with some seared salmon (that I seasoned in adobo seasoning) for a delicious and fresh lunch. When I do top them on salads, I just drizzle a little of the marinade over the lettuce as my dressing…fantastic!
It is super easy to whip up and can be used as flavor enhancers throughout the week. I just keep them in the fridge for no longer than 5 days (as they tend to start getting soggy), but its hard to keep them around that long anyway!
Marinated Cucumbers and Onions
I simple way to elevate salads, sandwiches, burgers, on top of fish....anything!
Tuna Poke, or Hawaiian raw-tuna salad, is all the rave right now. You’ve probably either been to or heard of a Poke Bar or restaurant popping up somewhere near you. In fact, in Dallas a few just popped up, which I am super excited to try by the way!!
In Hawaii, this is a classic dish you can find everywhere! Restaurants, family gatherings, and even delis–you name it, poke is there most likely. It’s super simple to make (think of it as tossing a salad) and the only trick is finding really good quality sushi grade tuna. Try your local fish market, or in the fish freezer section of Whole Foods and Central Market they have frozen sushi grade tuna. I always buy mine from Central Market, I’ve found it to be the best quality.
I’ve already decided that this is going to be my summer poolside lunch or dinner go-to. It’s so fresh when dining in the Texas Heat and super light, and it certainly doesn’t skimp of flavor! Oh, man is it good!!
AND, one more thing– you pronounce it “po-kay”, expert foodies are weird about when you mispronounce it but HEY, I am from Texas, we mispronounce everything…
Remove the kale from the stem and discard stems. Roughly chop the kale into bite sized pieces. Place the chopped kale in a bowl with the remaining kale salad ingredients and toss to coat evenly. Set aside in the fridge to allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes. (it is good even 24 hours later!)
Meanwhile, using a very sharp knife, dice the tuna up into small cubes. I like to place my tuna in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to get it a little more firm before cutting so that it diced more cleanly and uniformly. Place diced tuna in a large bowl with the diced cucumber, avocado, scallions, jalapeno, seaweed and cilantro. Set aside and do not toss yet.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, and the zest of 1/2 a lime. Whisk together and pour over the tuna. Using a spoon, gently toss the mixture until it is fully coated in the sauce. Set aside or in the fridge to let marinate for 10 minute prior to serving.
Serve the poke in a bowl with the kale salad. Top with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.
Rain or shine, its always time for a bowl of soup in my book. My husband hates when I make soup and its not raining (even if he thinks the soup is delicious), he just finds it odd that one would want soup on a hot day? I say soup it up!
I am a huge fan of potato-leek soup and this is a variation of it with a ton of broccoli in it for more flavor and more greens! It’s dairy free and still super creamy, thanks to the addition of the potatoes and the coconut milk.
Next time your stuffed from the weekend and want a nice and clean meatless Monday, give this soup a try. It’s light, yet filling and very yummy! Enjoy!
Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add chopped garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and leek seasoned with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the broccoli, potato, broth, thyme, bay leaf. Season again with salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer covered for 30-45 minutes, or until potatoes and broccoli are fork tender.
Remove bay leaf, stir in coconut milk.
Using an immersion blender or blender, blend soup until smooth. Serve and enjoy (I garnished mine with some freshly chopped chives and even topped it off with some more crushed red pepper flakes!)
For me, the perfect Sunday brunch is a big, juicy bunless burger with a side of sweet potato fries. Since you all know I am all about the savory, spicy flavors– I like to ‘zest’ up my sweet potatoes fries in lots of yummy spices and toss them in the oven roast for an easy, delicious side dish.
Spring is here! Fire up your grills and get some burgers going and serve these delicious fries with them!! They are a crowd pleaser!!! Oh, and these go fantastically with Tessemae’s Ketchup for the perfect Whole30 feast.
Can we talk about how much I love Vietnamese food pho a minute? (hehe)
But seriously, I love how vietnamese food has so many different flavors and herbs that make your taste buds sing. Also, most of it *can* be super cheap to make because really, its all in the fresh ingredients you toss on the top. Its just delicious.
One of my favorite comfort foods is Pho. Pho is a vietnamese soup consisting of a delicious broth, rice noodles, some meat and topped off with fresh herbs. One of my most favorite bowls of Pho is at Elizabeth St. Cafe in Austin, Texas. I just love that restaurant and their lemongrass chicken pho is TDF.
I really wanted to turn my favorite bowl of pho into a Whole30 compliant version. I’ve seen a few paleo bloggers use spiralized daikon in place as noodles and so I decided to use that instead of zoodles (zucchini noodles). It is a great noodle replacement and the pho turned out fantastic! If you can’t find daikon, feel free to use whatever spiralized veggie you want. Pretty sure they’ll all be good in it!
In a large pot or dutch oven, place all broth ingredients over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer (usually low heat or medium-low heat depending on your stovetop). Let simmer, covered, for 3-4 hours.
After at least 3 hours of cooking time, using tongs remove the chicken onto a cutting board and let rest until cool enough to handle
Meanwhile, strain broth (discard everything you flavored the broth with) and place the broth back in the pot over low heat to keep warm. Taste and add kosher salt, to taste.
When the chicken is cooled, using your hands shred the chicken, discarding all of the bones (there are small bones in there so please be diligent about checking your meat as you shred.
Divide the spiralized daikon amungst 4 bowls. Top with shredded chicken and ladle desired amount of broth over. Top with bean sprouts, serrano, onion, fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint), radishes, and serve with a wedge or 2 of lime.