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The days are getting shorter and the sun isn’t shining quite as bright, but if you’re like us, you’re not ready yet to give up your picnics. Besides, now that the hot days of summer are behind us, eating outdoors has never been more fun. Get inspired with these Paleo Picnic Ideas for the early Fall.

 

Color Pop Kale Slaw

Here’s a refreshing twist on a picnic classic. Gone are the days of wilting, mushy tubs of coleslaw and potato salad. Add some crunch to your brunch with local vegetables, powerhouse antioxidants, and rich flavor.

The Chop

  • 1 small bunch dinosaur kale, shredded
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 – 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas

The Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Toss fresh vegetables in a large salad bowl, pour dressing, toss again, and top with seeds. Crunch, munch, and help yourself to seconds!

 

Powerhouse Peppers

These antipasto stuffed peppers are the bee’s knees! Quick, easy, and delicious, this dish will make sandwiches seem like yesterday’s stale bread.

The Good Stuff 

  • ½ pound ground grass-fed beef, chicken, or pork
  • 4 large sweet or green peppers, locally sourced
  • 1 jar artichoke salad (salt-free)
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

Prep and Serve

Pick your pepper; sliced long ways into boats or snip the tops off and stuff like apples. Either style is sure to be delicious. Clean out the seeds and ribs, then begin layering. Start with meat add artichokes, layer with remaining ingredients, and repeat. Expert foodie tip: apple-style peppers are more convenient for picnic lunches. Simply pop the top back on, wrap, and take on the go.

 

Cucumber Craze

Looking to refuel from a mid-morning run? Cucumbers are your best workout buddy. Hydrating, antioxidant rich, and beneficial in regulating blood sugar, getting your greens has never been easier. No need to cheat on your fitness regime at the first sign of a Fall cookout. A great way to ensure there are always Paleo options is to bring a side and share the joy of wellness!

Chop 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh cucumber into cubes and create your own inspired dish by adding;

  •  1 cup of melon (honey dew, watermelon, and cantaloupe are seasonal favorites)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Top with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar

For added flair, garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

Main Delish

Grilled Mustard Chicken

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Skip the burgers and hold the hot dogs! Grilled mustard chicken with walnut sauce is BBQ ready and packed with protein.

The Secret Sauce

  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Grill Bird

  • 4 chicken legs
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced thyme
  • Chopped walnuts, freshly cracked pepper and parsley, to garnish

In a blender, combine sauce ingredients until evenly mixed. Dip chicken legs in balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with parsley and thyme. Grill on low heat. Marinate and serve with green beans.

 

All Aboard the Snack Wagon

A picnic wouldn’t be complete without snacks and desserts! Here are a few Paleo-friendly ideas that are sure to inspire.

  • Replace chips with baked plantains, lightly seasoned with pepper and olive oil.
  • Play with your food and get creative with fun fruit designs and serving ideas for the kids.
  • Embrace the sunshine and serve up shaved ice or sorbet using whole, unsweetened fruit juice and Paleo-friendly toppings like Goji berries, cacao nibs, and unsweetened coconut shreds.

Looking for more great recipes? Check out Paleo approved Oysters on the Half Shell.

 

When those hot, dog days of summer arrive, it’s time to cool off with this refreshing and satisfying Paleo Gazpacho.  Nothing but the freshest of ingredients in this delightful meal, designed to take the edge off the heat.  Enjoy it on a shady patio or deck as the sun sinks below the horizon and the day draws to a close. Cool!  

 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 cups seedless watermelon (remove rind) 
  • 2 ripe heirloom tomatoes, chopped 
  • 2 large English cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1inch pieces  
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice 
  • 10 fresh basil leaves 
  • 2 Serrano peppers, stems removed and seeded 
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 

Place all ingredients into a food processor or high-powered blender and run on high to combine the ingredients – approximately 30 seconds or until fully mixed. Occasionally, the leaves may require a little more blending to be finely chopped. Once incorporated, run blender and slowly add extra virgin olive oil.  Pour into 4 bowls and top each with ¼ of the garnish.  

 

For the Garnish:  

Gently combine the following in a small mixing bowl and scoop onto gazpacho to serve. 

  • 4 wedges of fresh lime 
  • 1 English cucumber, small dice 
  • 2 cups watermelon, small dice 
  • 10 small fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 Serrano chili, stem removed, seeded and thinly sliced 

Serves 4. 

 

 

While our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have relied on hunting and foraging to satisfy their needs, we couch-sitting contemporaries can have groceries delivered to the curb. This may be a significant innovation in terms of convenience, but the loss of physical activity in modern life has cost us dearly in more ways than one. Maintaining a small garden is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Besides, any gardener will tell you that for taste, nutritional quality and value, there’s no substitute for growing your own food. Here are five Paleo Diet® essentials to easily grow at home:

 

Beets

Rich in folate, manganese, and dietary fiber, these vibrant tubers are packed with energy and rich in flavor. Eaten raw, beets add unique color and texture to salads. Roasted, they are sweet and earthy. Beet greens are delicious and packed with antioxidants. Beets grow well in cooler weather but can be planted in early spring, late summer, and early autumn for multiple harvests each year.

 

Cucumbers

These crunchy summer staples are so easy to grow they practically grow themselves. Cooling and fresh, this veggie scores lower on the glycemic index than almost any other. You can enjoy them in a salad, smoothie, or eat them sliced and dipped in your favorite Paleo dip as a snack. Plant the seeds at the end of spring near a trellis, fence, or other structure for optimal production.

 

Kale

This superstar of the nutrient-dense veggies is simple to grow and a half-dozen plants will provide you with more dark, leafy goodness than you can imagine. You can get more than your daily recommended amounts of vitamins A, C and K from one cup of chopped kale. Kale is one of the most versatile greens: great raw in salads and smoothies or sauteed, steamed, or cooked on its own or as a side dish. For best results, you’ll want to sow seeds in the final months of summer or plant starts in the garden in early autumn. Once your kale is well-established in the garden, simply trim off the older, outer leaves as you need them for a continuous harvest.

 

Peppers

There are few greater pleasures than fresh, homegrown peppers, especially if you find grocery store varieties a bit repetitive. When you grow your own peppers, you can experiment with varieties from all over the globe to see which suit your fancy. Loaded with vitamin C, peppers are a perfect Paleo food: They can be eaten raw, grilled, stuffed and more. Starting from a seed can be a little tricky as peppers need warm weather to germinate. You may have better luck starting seeds in pots in a sunny window in the spring and transferring the plants into the garden once the risk of frost has passed.

 

Broccoli

There’s a reason your mom made you eat your broccoli. It’s loaded with folic acid, potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C. While President George H.W. Bush hated it, this green is a staple for anyone looking to include a lot of vegetables in their diet. This superfood can be served cooked, raw or in a crudités with a dip. Broccoli also thrives best in cool weather with lots of sun and moist soil. Plant it in late summer to reap the best harvest.

 

These are just a few of the Paleo essentials you can easily grow at home. Even if you don’t have a spot for a garden in your yard, you may want to consider seeking out a community garden plot near you. Walking or cycling to your garden brings you even closer to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Whichever path you find toward growing your own Paleo fare, you’ll thank yourself for it every step of the way.

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