Paleo Snack Mix

 

Paleo Snack Mix - The Salty Kitchen

Paleo Snack Mix – The Salty Kitchen

We are in the midst of some serious football season ’round these parts.

We start our Saturdays, usually (I’m not sure how we got the “lucky” stick on this one) with an 8:30 am 8-year old football game at the YMCA. We cheer, grumble, clap wildly, and jump up and down for all the boys. Yes, even at that horrible, horrible hour on a Saturday.

Then there are errands to be run, groceries to be bought, and yards to be mowed. Oh, and laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned and floors to be mopped.

These are all things that need to be done, but most of the time…..well, let’s be honest….they don’t get done because I’m usually making messes in the kitchen and the family watches college football on Saturdays and the NFL on Sundays.

We are as one would say, a football family. Sadly, I have my very own NFL jersey. Shhhh….

With all this football watching, we (ahem, usually me) get the snackies.

These are the ticket.

Perfect in moderation, while staying on my diet.

But we won’t discuss the beer. No, we won’t discuss that today.

 

Paleo Snack Mix
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Serves: 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups mixed nuts (I used a mix of cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1½ t. salt
  • 1½ t. paprika
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • ½ t. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and toss well.
  3. Spread nuts in a single layer on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

 

Squash and Sausage Breakfast Hash

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash - The Salty Kitchen

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash – The Salty Kitchen

You guys.

Seriously, I’m becoming butternut squash obsessed.

Is there a support group for this issue? I totally need one. You don’t even know the half of it. Why, oh why, dear mother and father, did we not eat this incredible vegetable while I was growing up? Insanity.

And then, just when I think I can’t get enough squash, I added sausage to the mix.

Oh-yes-I-did.

Someone get a straightjacket – I’m going crazy.

Wait, I know…..Crazy was before I added an egg. This is crazy-TOWN.

Oh.Mah.Gawd.

The best part of waking up is definitely this dish. Forget Folgers.

 

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash - The Salty Kitchen

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash – The Salty Kitchen

Sqaush and Sausage Breakfast Hash
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 T. ghee (or butter, olive oil, or coconut oil)
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ t. white pepper
  • ¼ t. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ t. onion powder
  • 1 t. poultry seasoning
  • egg (optional)
  • parsley for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown sausage until no longer pink. Do not drain.
  2. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  3. Heat 2 T. ghee in same skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add squash and spices.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 25-30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Once the squash becomes slightly browned, add the sausage and heat for another five minutes.
  7. Pour on plate, and top with fried egg and fresh parsley, if desired.

 

 

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash - The Salty Kitchen

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash – The Salty Kitchen

 

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Paleo

 

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo - The Salty Kitchen

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – The Salty Kitchen

The slow cooker is made for people like me.

These little self-cookers are not made for the creative types of people who post sequined-carved Halloween pumpkins, people who create Etsy-sellable-like quality classroom party favors, or even for the Martha Stewart-type people who painstakingly make Halloween costumes for their kids – and for their dogs.

No, slow cookers are not made for those people.

Those people usually have homemade bread rising while they are cutting out construction paper ghosts for their kids’ parties. They have, what I can only assume, soup simmering on their stoves at all times, and they will always, always have a homemade cookie in the cookie jar.

Not me.  Not me at all.

I want to be one of “those” people, but realistically, I’m more of a manic, always running late, Oreo-hoarding-in-the-back-of-the-pantry-for-a-bribing-emergency, frizzy-haired woman who feels incredibly lucky that I put the same colored shoes on before I leave the house in the morning.

Honestly, it all boils down to me being really lazy. Like, really, really lazy.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup – Paleo

 

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup - Paleo

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup – Paleo

 

Well hellllooooooo, October!

I can’t believe you are here already.

Seriously, where has the time gone? It seems it was just yesterday I was hanging out at the kiddie pool, working on my tan, and wishing my hair wouldn’t curl once it got wet.

And then, BAM!, here you are.

We are going to have some good times, you and me. And no, it’s not just because there is usually candy involved at the end of the month. Although, I must say that helps.

Football is in full swing, the weather will be (gasp!) in the 80’s next week, and the kids are back in school (no summertime daycare charges…it’s like we got a raise!).

Here’s to you, October.

The start of all things fall. All things “soupy”. All things laced with pumpkin. And all things squash-related.

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Chopped Salad with Tuna

Chopped Salad with Tuna - The Salty Kitchen

Chopped Salad with Tuna – The Salty Kitchen

Dieting was never something I was used to doing before my first son was born.

Once I got pregnant, though, I went absolutely hog-wild. Seriously. I ate at least five chocolate chip cookies a night, along with a tall glass of milk. I consumed an obscene amount of Sonic cheeseburgers, cheese fries, and stuffed jalapenos. No matter what fast food combo I got, it was a given I’d upsize it to the large. Yes, even those gross, not salty-enough Chick-fil-a fries were given a Jumbo shout-out from me.

I also could spend an entire 10-dollar bill at Taco Bell. No, I’m not kidding. I sooooo wish I was.

All of this so-called freedom to eat junk food inevitably caused me to have high blood pressure and be on bed rest for at least three weeks. I used to just think it was my normal anxiety-level, but considering all the mashed potatoes I ate….well, let’s just say they could have contributed. I mean, I’m no doctor or anything, but when a 5’3″ pregnant lady asks for the large cheesesteak sandwich, it’s probably not a good thing.

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