It’s been weeks since I last curated a bunch of tasty links from the interwebs. Sorry, Pops! (As I’ve mentioned before, my dad is probably my most faithful Forky Friday reader; when I fail to write a post, he communicates his disappointment via my mother—a champion at making me feel guilty and lazy.) Learning to balance my blogging along with full-time mommy duties has forced me to juggle like crazy, but things are finally starting to click now that the kids are back in school. Lesson number one: my productivity goes waaaay up when I stay off of Facebook and Gawker.
Without further ado, let the link love begin!
Kale, I Hardly Knew You!
Yup. I’m one of those hipsters that kowtowed to kale as the all-time Queen Bee vegetable.
My recipe index is filled with ideas that involve stir-frying it with bacon, braising it with carrots, and baking the frilly leaves into chips.
So naturally, my stomach dropped when I spotted this article in The Smithsonian that “exposed” kale and a bunch of other popular foodstuffs as genetically modified. The horror!
But after skimming the contents, I’m not all that concerned. Selective breeding’s been used for centuries in growing crops and raising animals, and this form of genetic modification doesn’t skeeve me out. I’ll still eat the stuff. (Heck, I’m pretty sure there were some arranged marriages somewhere in my ancestry, so I may be a genetically modified organism myself.)
Eggs: To Chill or Not to Chill?
Have you ever wondered why eggs in the U.S. are always refrigerated, but when you travel to other countries, the oeufs abroad are stored at room temperature?
NPR has an informative article about the history of egg preservation in the U.S., and why you should keep your eggs in the fridge if that’s how you bought ’em.
Paleo On The Telly (Down Undah)
Remember when Chef Pete Evans came to visit me in my home kitchen to film a cooking segment?
**UPDATE on 9/16/14: The giveaway is OVAH! Congrats, Theresa!**
As you’ve probably spotted in my epic Paleo Lunchbox Roundup, there’s no shortage of ways to pack your LunchBots containers with healthy (and eye-catching!) awesomeness. I do it every morning—and if I can do it, so can you. Especially if you win your own giant set of LunchBots containers!
Best of all, with so many LunchBots, you won’t need to wash your dirty containers for a few days. (I don’t like to waste water. I’m also lazy.)
Here’s what’s in the prize package:
- An adult-size Bento Uno!
- An adult-size Bento Trio!
- A Classic Quad!
- A Classic Duo!
- A set of Dips condiment containers!
- A cute Rounds container!
- A small Thermal!
This amazing set of LunchBots is worth over $150. (Check ’em all out here
!) Want to win all this stuff? If so, click on this link
or the picture below to get in on the giveaway:
The deadline to enter is 8 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, September 16th, so enter already. Good luck!
Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my New York Times bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013).
Who says Paleo lunchboxes have to be boring?
After combing through all the Paleo meal ideas on my blog (and in my cookbook and iPad app), are you still stumped about what to pack your kiddos (or yourself) for your mid-day meal? If so, don’t despair! Review this summary—devoted entirely to packed lunches.
Before I dive into the links, I have a few final reminders:
- Some eaters—big or small—enjoy variety, while others like the same thing every day. But no matter what, make sure to pack real, nourishing foods: some protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and fruit. When I’m prepping lunches for the kiddos, I try to remember the Golden Rule of Lunches: Don’t pack anything in the kids’ lunchboxes that I wouldn’t happily eat myself.
- At the same time, don’t be paralyzed by high-falutin’ notions of crafting a perfectly precious bento. Each year, Jackie Linder (my friend and creator of LunchBots) and I spend an entire afternoon preparing these boxes to look as tempting as possible—our aim is to inspire readers to make awesome lunches!—but let’s get real: our kids’ lunchboxes aren’t nearly so photogenic in real life. When I’m rushing to get the kids out the door in the morning, garnishes and visual flourishes are the last thing on my mind. (Here’s an example of what Big-O typically brings to school.)
- Lastly: Get your kids involved in picking foods and packing their own lunches! If they have a say in selecting items from your real-food pantry, their food is more likely to end up in their bellies rather than the garbage can or trade box.
Okay—to review, here are the lunches from this year’s series (click on each image to read more):
Just when you thought Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 was over, I’ve got one more tasty installment to pull you back in! And what better way to keep you motivated to pack your own meals than to show you some of my favorite sweet and savory snacks packed in super cute LunchBots containers?
Disclaimer: Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are the best items to round out your packed lunches. No one’ll argue about that point—not the omnivores, vegans, or Paleo Patrol. But let’s get real: sometimes, you just crave something crunchy, salty, and/or sweet. I totally get it.
Big-O, my 9 year-old, is a big fan of crispy and salty foods. Similar to my hubby, he’s never met a chip-like food he didn’t like. Thankfully, that can mean roasted seaweed snacks (I like SeaSnax and GimMe brands)…
…homemade vegetable chips (like my homemade kale or mushroom chips)…
It’s Labor Day, and that means that most kiddos (in the U.S., anyway) will be back in school for sure this week. WAHOO! Thank goodness for all those selfless and patient individuals awesome enough to be teachers. (Hi, Ms. Lin—I know you’re reading this!)
As you pack away your summertime apparel (goodbye, linen pants and white shoes!), let me share with you my last installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. This lovely packed LunchBots bento is crammed with some of our family’s favorite finger foods: Lazy Devils (recipe in my cookbook and app) and Simple Crab Salad-stuffed tomatoes!
Again, don’t feel compelled to replicate this lunchbox exactly—the fun is in modifying any and all components to fit your own tastes. (In other words: yes, I know you’re a special snowflake.)
For example, the Lazy Devils are also super-customizable. Feel free to top your halved Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with whatever you have on hand. In Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I offer tons of ideas on how to spice up your hard cooked eggs. See?
And if you happen to be allergic to shellfish, please don’t eat the crab salad stuffed tomatoes with a side of EpiPen. Instead, mix up a batch of Spicy Salmon Salad or Madras Chicken salad (the recipe for the latter’s available in my cookbook and iPad app), and spoon them into the edible tomato cups.
Pro tip: use smaller tomatoes than I did. I used plus-size heirloom tomatoes to pretty ’em up for photos, but the only way the lid’s going to fit is by smashing the stuffing (literally!) out of them.
Ready to check out how to assemble this portable feast?