Turkey-Cucumber Roll Ups

I almost feel like I’m cheating. I’m giving you a recipe for something that requires absolutely no cooking whatsoever. It’s simply assembly.

Now, these taste best fresh. I would advise against making these too far in advance. They may get soggy if they sit.

This is a small recipe. It will make 6 little rolls. The cucumber will yield more slices, but I was just making enough for myself. Adjust as necessary.

Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups
Peeled Cucumber Slices (using a vegetable peeler, take off cucumber skin, then continue to peel the cucumber around the seeded middle)
3 slices of real, unprocessed deli meat (I used turkey)
Half a tomato, diced
Shredded carrot
Shredded lettuce
Paleo mayo (optional)
Toothpicks

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Arrange cucumber slices on a flexible cutting board or piece of parchment paper. Layer meat on top of it.

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Add your vegetables in a thin line. If you want to add paleo mayo, add it now.

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Lift up the edge of the cutting board or parchment paper to help you fold the roll onto itself.

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Roll tightly.

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Insert a toothpick in the center of each cucumber slice.

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Using a paring knife or a serrated knife, slice between each cucumber slice. Serve and enjoy!!

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Don’t Know What to Call It Soup

It was raining so hard yesterday! I did not want to leave home for anything. It was so cold. The weather warranted a delicious bowl of soup. I honestly have no idea what to call this soup. It’s almost a cross between a chili and some kind of stew. Either way, it’s like a hug for your tummy. Enjoy.

Don’t-Know-What-To-Call-It Soup (This makes a lot more than the photos suggest. I split the batch in half to make Danny’s not-paleo. This recipe will make a big pot)
– About 2 lbs of meat, cut into bite-sized chunks (I used carne asada from the grocery store. You can also use ground beef, or even ground turkey I suppose)
-1 bell pepper, diced
-1 onion, diced
-1 pasilla chile, diced
-1 anaheim chile, diced
-1 can diced green chile
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-Minced green onion and cilantro (for topping)
-About 4 Tbsp tomato paste
-1 large can of diced tomatoes, drained
-2 small cans of tomato sauce
-About 4 cups of broth or stock (I used vegetable broth for my batch and beef stock for Danny’s)
-Seasonings to taste: pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chile powder, ground cumin, salt, menudo or pozole seasoning
-Fat of choice

Prep all your veggies first. It’ll make life easier. I think.

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Prep your meat if it needs to be cut into smaller bits.

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In a large pot, heat your fat of choice and add your veggies.

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Add meat and allow to cook.

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Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth or stock, and your seasonings. Allow to simmer.

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Check for seasonings before serving. Top with cilantro, green onion and avocado. Enjoy!

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Variations
-Use different kinds of meat if you wish.
-For non-paleo people- I add corn and black beans when I make this for others, sometimes. You can also top with grated cheese.
-Slow cooker: throw everything in your slow cooker and come home to a delicious ready-made soup!

Turkey With Veggies

At the core, paleo meals are just protein, veggies and healthy fat. Stir-frys and slow-cooker meals are the simplest ways to get your paleo on.

I could have easily called today’s meal “Lazy Day Paleo Take 2,” but, alas, I didn’t. The variations for this meal are limitless. Just swap out the meat and/or veggies.

Turkey With Veggies
-Turkey Cutlets
-Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
-Collard Greens, julienned
-Shallots, sliced
-Bell Pepper, diced
-Seasonings to taste: garlic powder, Italian Seasoning, salt, pepper
-Parsley, chopped (optional)
-Cooking fat of choice
-Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season your turkey cutlets. Set aside.

Heat your far of choice in a large skillet. Throw the shallots and mushrooms in the pan and caramelize. Add bell peppers and collard greens. Allow the greens to soften a bit.

Move the veggies so the side of the pan. Place the turkey cutlets in the skillet. Allow them to develop a nice sear. Make sure other side is seasoned before flipping again. You may choose to deglaze your skillet with an acid of some sort. Mix the veggies with the turkey (desegregate your plate) then throw in the oven until turkey is completely cooked.

Enjoy! Dinner’s done.

Variations: Change your meats and veggies. Adjust your seasonings. My bacon-loving friends can add bacon to the veggies. You are only limited by your own imagination. The second photo is most of the same veggies with strips of steak.

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