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Paleo Easter Feast

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The Treat Spread: Yes, I know the candies aren’t Paleo, but they ARE gluten/dairy-free! Sometimes we make choices that fall into that “80/10” philosophy, just to enjoy life and keep our sanity. So we opted for conventional candy this year despite the corn syrup and artificial colors. For us, gluten and casein are the deal-breakers.

HAPPY EASTER!!

One must have eggs at Easter, am I right?!
I was too lazy to color and decorate this year, so deviled eggs were the appetizer.

Deviled Eggs
12 boiled eggs, chilled
1 ripe avocado
mayonnaise*
minced parsley and chives
bacon grease
Himalayan salt

crispy bacon bits

[*I make my own mayonnaise using Bulletproof Upgraded MCT oil for completely neutral flavor and MCT benefits.  I think mayonnaise tastes strange when first mixed, so I like to let mine rest overnight in the fridge to bring out the true mayo flavor.  My favorite recipe and method is from Orleatha Smith at Level Health and Nutrition.]

Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise and place yolks into a mixing bowl.
(Whites go onto a serving platter.)

Add diced ripe avocado, along with mayonnaise, minced parsley/chives, salt and the bacon grease from crisping a couple slices of bacon to the yolks.
[Quantities are to taste.  I just eyeball it when composing stuff like this.]

Whiz with a stick blender, or mash and mix by hand until smooth.  Spoon into waiting egg whites and top with crispy bacon bits, or maybe some smoked salmon or salmon roe.

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Appetizers: Black Olives, Smoked Salmon and Bacon-Avocado Deviled Eggs

Our main meal consisted of baked Walleye fillets (a freshwater fish popular in Minnesota) and meatballs (which I have affectionately nicknamed “MN Moo-Balls” due to the Scandanavian twist of topping with Lingonberry sauce).

MN Moo-Balls
ground grass-fed beef
minced parsley and scallions
garlic powder
Himalayan salt

Mix well and form into 1 1/2″ balls and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.  Serve with Lingonberry sauce.

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Minnesota Moo-Balls and Walleye fillets

Lingonberries

Lingonberry sauce is also excellent with hot or cold salmon and desserts.

The Plate: finished with a side of baby French green beans topped with butter or ghee.

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Paleo Easter Plans

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Hoppy Easter!

Is your celebration focused around sweets?  Even those of us eating Paleo are vulnerable to Sugar Love, especially around certain holidays.  We are no exception.  Had to have some Peeps, Jelly Belly beans and Annie’s Bunny Fruits (man, those are GOOD!) 

We plan to enjoy these treats mindfully, and NOT feel guilty about it.  As long as Sugar Love doesn’t become a habit and it is eaten after some protein and healthy fats, it wreaks less havoc on the body and makes life a little sweeter.  We don’t literally live in a cave, after all!

Our Easter fare will also include eggs, seafood and veggies in addition to the sweet stuff.

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Peeps!

Easter Bunny & Peeps

We have a Peeps! store at the Mall of America.  I’m not a big fan of marshmallows (especially those made primarily of corn syrup!) so I usually ignore it.  Every year the Easter Bunny poses for photos, along with his “peeps”, and my son had it done there last year and wanted to do it again.  He had off of school for conferences, so we made the trip over to MOA Friday – the day before Easter Bunny arrived.  *groan*  

Of course he wanted to check out the adjacent Peeps store and eat some!  Now, Peeps are what we consider garbage in the Paleosphere, but their one redeeming quality is that they are gluten-free.  So I caved,  I let him pick out a couple treats with the understanding that it’s a once-a-year event.

So, we got some chocolate mousse flavor (dipped in chocolate), some new vanilla creme 60th anniversary flavor and a marshmallow bunny holding a carrot (oh, the irony!).

It may have been the pregnancy factor, but Dang! those things were good!  Well, to be honest, the bunny was “meh” – but the chocolate and vanilla creme were delicious!  Those birdies didn’t make it out the door.  LOL

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When my husband heard we’d had Peeps without him, he pouted and complained that as the ever-so-hard-working Daddy he was deprived of said treats.  Well, what else could I do but hurry over to our nearest Target and get some for him.  They did not have the chocolate mousse variety, so vanilla creme had to do.  To compensate, I decided to make him some Paleo hot chocolate and float the vanilla Peeps as the blasphemic marshmallow.  [I have made “paleoized” marshmallows, and they are a very tasty way to get some gelatin goodness!  If you have the talent to pipe them into peep-like shapes, have a go at it!]

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Paleo Hot Chocolate

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sweetener
Marshmallow

Heat the coconut milk to a simmer.  Remove from heat and add cocoa and sweetener.  Mix with an immersion blender (or use regular blender) until foamy.  Pour into cups and float marshmallow.  Enjoy!

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