Nutrition Challenge, Week 3 Summary

We had a really lovely sit-down dinner this week and everyone pitched in for the cooking! Here’s what we made:


  • Prosciutto Wrapped Melon: Here’s a version at Bell’alimento. We did plain old chunks and skipped the dressing (balsamic glaze is pretty sugary)
  • Cucumber Slices topped with Dill Sauce and Smoked Salmon: my recipe here. (coming soon)
  • Deviled Eggs: from Epicurious.
    • Watch your labels, most store-bought mayo uses soybean oil and preservatives.  Its pretty easy to make your own. This recipe is pretty good, just use light olive oil or grapeseed oil in place of safflower/corn oil.

Main Dishes

We presented a quarter roast chicken 3 ways. A great roast chicken recipe is on Epicurious, I add a tablespoon fennel seed to my salt and pepper.

  • Pureed Celery Root  and Rutabaga & Blistered Tomatoes & French Salsa Verde

    • Peel and chop one celery root and one medium-large rutabega. Boil for about 25 minutes, drain. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 1/3 of a can of coconut milk or so. Blend till smooth with food processor or immersion blender. Add salt, pepper, and a little minced fresh herb. (I used mint, but basil, thyme or chive would work well).
    • Toss grape or cherry tomatoes in olive oil. Saute on medium high until the just burst.
    • Dress the whole thing with Michael Symon’ Salsa Verde
  • Roast Acorn Squash & Green Beans with Almonds & Thyme Butter

    • Cut squash into quarters lengthwise, sprinkle  with cinnamon, ginger, and chilli powder. Top with a little butter. Roast at 400F for 30 minutes or until soft throughout and golden at the edges.
    • Saute green beans in a little olive oil, dress with a squeeze of lemon juice and salt, top with sliced almonds.
    • Mix a tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves and a tablespoon of minced shallot into 4 tablespoons of butter. Use this to dress the chicken and squash.
  • Roasted Root Vegetables & Chard with Onion & Herbed Aioli

    • Cut any combination of root vegetables into french-fry sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on a cookie sheet at 400F for 20 minutes until soft and browned at the edges
    • Follow this recipe for the Swiss Chard
    • Dress with aioli. Try this recipe, skip the vegetable oil and add some minced parsley and chives.


  • 85% Dark Chocolate Chunks and Strawberries
  • Spiced Walnuts and Dried Apple Rings

Paleo-fied Dips and Dressings

Here are a few links and recipes I promised to post.

A few good links

Guacamole was born paleo. A recipe I like is here: Food 52

Ranch Dressing: I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard good things about this recipe: Girl Makes Food

DIY Salad Dressing tutorial from my blog

New Sauces

from last night’s class

Sweet Thai “Peanut” sauce

actually almond, coconut and lime sauce.

  • 1 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 medium apple, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (full fat in the can)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • squirt Sriracha, or to taste.

In food processor or Magic Bullet, process almonds until they are powdery. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

Tzatziki Sauce

This one without yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves or dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small cucumber peeled, seeds removed

Pulse all ingredients together in food processor or Magic Bullet.

Italian Sausage Meat Sauce


  • 1 lb. Lean ground turkey
  • 1 28 oz can plain diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, sliced lengthwise
  • Emeril’s spice mix (hold the wine, and dry parsley is totally ok) make the whole recipe, and use 1/3 for your turkey
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. If you have time mix the spices into your turkey one day ahead, return to the fridge.
  2. Brown the turkey on medium-high in a large, deep, skillet until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl or dish.
  3.  In the same skillet add a couple of tablespoons olive oil, tomatoes (not drained), and garlic. Use your spatula to scrape up the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, mixing them into your sauce.
  4. Bring the tomato mix to a boil stirring frequently then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes to an hour (less time with make thinner, fresher sauce, more will make richer, thicker sauce) Do your dishes, prep your “noodles” or knock out some housework while you simmer.
  6. Add browned turkey back in, incorporate, well and heat through, 3-5 minutes.
  7. Serve on top of steamed spinach, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash.