Today, I'm happy to be introducing you to one of the best people in my life. She's sunshine and laughs, she's too-cute-for-werdz, she's just all kinds of frickin' adorable. She's one of my biggest fans, and my own cheerleader. She's a sister to me, she's Auntie to my kids, she's been one of my best friends for the past 5 years.
She's been posting some awesome paleo meal pics lately on her Facebook, and when she shared the pic for this Curry Chicken & Avocado Salad after telling me about it, how could I not have my queen-of-multiple-blogs 'sissy face' do her own post?
So everyone, meet DMarie (DMarie2484), my brownie-lovin' pocket-pixie sister with the big heart, brilliant way with words, and a recent paleo almost-convert.
When I was asked to guest blog for “The Cavemom,” – as you know her—I was tickled. I shouldn’t be so surprised to be included in her work because we’re practically family and share most of what we do. I’ve been following her blog, naturally, but it never occurred to me that she might invite me to share my perspectives. Afterall, this blog is –her- story, her journey. And, okay, I may have been a little skeptical of this whole paleo thing. In fact, sometimes I’m still skeptical. Okay, I said it. Crucify me now.
But perhaps that is exactly why she asked me to be here. What better way to show the power of Paleo than to capture a non-believer and rope her into advocating for it? Okay, so she didn’t really rope me in. I lied. I mean, really lied, because I was doing the “OMG, I’m excited” dance a few minutes ago. But I digress.
Anyone who has ever had trouble with their weight knows that diet fads come and go. We also know, even if we ignore that little seed of truth, that yo-yo dieting doesn’t work and that we have to find a plan that can work for us long term. I wasn’t so sure “No Grain” could be a long term thing for me. Hello! I’m Italian; we eat pasta. A lot.
But I’m finding that I am not craving pasta. And on the rare occasions when I’m craving something grainy or starchy, I’ve found substitutes that really squash that craving. Who would have thought? So as much as I resisted and as much as I’ve stalled, I’m becoming more than just an observer of The Cavemom’s journey.
It started with questions. Then came the interest in her paleo-friendly recipes. And now, now I’m finding recipes on my own worth sharing! Yea, okay, so that’s the real reason she invited me to guest blog, but thanks for letting me have my moment.
Today, I tried a recipe from fastpaleo.com for Curry Chicken & Avocado Salad. I’d kept the window open for several days and finally decided that I just had to try it—mostly so I could close the darn window! I made it—sorry, no pictures of the progress—and it was amazing. I put it on half of a serving of “Betty Bread” and it was like I had died and gone to heaven.
Curry Chicken and Avocado Salad
• 1 large chicken breast
• 2 tbs plain yogurt
• curry powder
• sea salt & black pepper
• red chili flakes
• 1 avocado
• large handful cherry tomatoes
Season the chicken breast with sea salt and black pepper and bake for 20 minutes at 450°.
Meanwhile, peel and chop the avocado into a bowl and add 2 large spoonfuls of yogurt.
Saute the cherry tomatoes whole in some olive oil over low to medium-low heat, until they start to burst.
Tear or chop the cooked chicken and add it to the bowl, then pour in the tomatoes and any remaining olive oil.
Season to your taste with more black pepper, red pepper flakes, and a liberal dose of the curry powder.
Mix well and serve chilled.
For more servings:
• 1 lb chicken breast
• 2 oz plain greek yogurt
• 1 avocado
• 2 cups cherry tomatoes
• ¼ tsp curry powder
• A dash of sea salt & black pepper
• Red chili flakes to taste
Follow the same directions as above and pile a bit of that on some Betty Bread and you are set!
Here it is looking all pretty and… about to be devoured by yours truly. So, from someone who wasn’t sold on the whole paleo/primal thing for a while, this is one of those recipes that makes me think twice. In fact, I did. Seriously. A second helping was totally in order here.
Isn't she just awesome?
I think so too.
You can find and follow DMarie at her blogs:
The Big Step: her step into the world of Step-Parenting