Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Red White and Blue Berry Dessert

Memorial Day Treat

It speaks for itself.

Memorial Day Treat

Low Carb solution to dessert!

Fresh Berries and (homemade) Whipped Cream


For those not on a diet, add a slice of angel food cake, almond pound cake or shortcake.



Happy Independence Day!

Memorial Day Tribute

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

Spinach and Romaine are a great combo for this salad. Add sliced strawberries, slivered almonds, shredded carrots, sliced red onions, and grilled chicken to make a complete meal! Top it off with a healthy poppy seed dressing, and you'll never have to visit Applebees to have this treat again.


You can add a store bought Poppy Seed Dressing, or you can make your own!

Orange Poppyseed Dressing 

Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing

Paleo Poppyseed Vinagrette



Typical Easter Meal at Mom & Dad's

Easter 2011 at Maltzens

Campfire Veggies

The Michalek Kitchen: Campfire Veggies

Want a healthy snack for your campfire or Confirmation party? Until I started making veggies look more like playfood, it was hard to convince my children to eat peppers! Now when they see this colorful bowl come out, they don't last long.

*Simply slice your red, yellow and orange sweet peppers into narrow triangles, and arrange as flames in a small bowl.

To continue the theme, pose white radishes as marshmallows!

Salmon Patties

The Michalek Kitchen: Salmon Patties

My mom made salmon patties as a special treat now and then while I was growing up. I remember always, always wanting another. So it was inevitable that I'd be frying them up for my kiddos. This is a healthier take on those fish burgers for Paleo People and health nuts alike. Just think of all the great Omegas you'll get!


Combine salmon meat (canned), eggs (1 per can), white or *green* onions, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of mustard in a small mixing bowl. Add small amounts of coconut flour at a time until thick enough to form a patty.  Makes about 3-4 per can of salmon

Eggs can be omitted or replaced, but it really helps hold the patty together.

Fry in coconut oil until crisp on both sides and steaming. Serve hot.

Great with a side of asparagus and quinoa!

Turkey Wraps with Fruit Flowers

There is nothing like in season, juicy fruit and crisp vegetables to make it easier to throw together a quick, but delicious meal. This is a simple lunch idea myself and the kids have enjoyed over and over again.

The Michalek Kitchen: Turkey wrap and fruit


Simply wrap up your favorite turkey and shredded cheese with an Italian vinaigrette in a large leaf of romaine. Brighten up your platter with fresh fruits with complimenting colors. Here I chose kiwi, clementine oranges, and black berries. As you can see, you can get kids to eat anything - even healthy foods - when it's all about the presentation!
The Michalek Kitchen: Orange Flowers


The Michalek Kitchen: Oranges and Berries

Wild Rice Brats and Asparagus

Taste great grilled, stove cooked or slow cooked!

 A great slow cooker meal for busy families. Great to tote along to a Thanksgiving Potluck or other gathering. This is our favorite combo when we have venison brats made with wild rice!

Sliced wild rice (venison) brats
Cut Asparagus
Opt Red Onion, diced
Cut Baby Red Potatoes [omit for anti-inflammatory diet]
In slowcooker, add a 1-2 cups of broth or water

Option 1: Grill brats, steam asparagus and onions, and boil potatoes.
Option 2: Toss it all in a slowcooker with broth or water

This was a hit for baby too in our food processor.


Granny's Red Cabbage

image (c) The Michalek Kitchen
I found this great recipe in my Paleo Diet book, Practical Paleo, while on an anti-inflammatory diet. It is delicious. I paired it with Ground Turkey seasoned with sage, rosemary and salt. Mixed together or serve as a side, your taste buds will thank you. My children have an aversion to red onions, but because they couldn't see them, they ate them!
Sautee together in coconut oil the red cabbage (half, sliced), granny smith apple (one, sliced thin), red onion (1/4-1/2 onion, sliced thin), and about a Tbsp of dried Rosemary and a tsp of Himalayan pink sea salt.

image (c) The Michalek Kitchen

Bacon Radish Kohlrabi Sautee

Bacon Radish Kohlrabi Stirfry
Any side dish made with the flavor of dark greens and bacon will get my full attention. After receiving a full share of veggies and greens from our local CSA (farm share), I had to come up with new recipes that would delight the taste buds of my picky non-green eaters. This one worked!
CSA food share from Lacey Farm
That's a lot of lettuce!

1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3 Green Onions, chopped
1 bunch Radishes, sliced
1 pkg Turkey Bacon, chopped
1 Kohlrabi, leaves and stems chopped (bulb kept for cool dipping)

Cook the radishes, onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp coconut oil until tender. Add turkey bacon and fry up crisp or really hot. Then add greens and cook down until wilted. Season with Sea Salt and Pepper. Serve hot.

A great side to steak or brats. Leftovers are fabulous in omelets and scrambled eggs!


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