It’s Summer and I Really Don’t Want to Cook

I could not have been happier when the recent heat wave came to an end and I ventured back into the kitchen. Between houseguests, vacations, July 4th celebrations and the hot, humid weather I have struggled recently and not eaten as clean as I usually do. Whilst it’s simple to stay gluten free these days, it’s hard to avoid vegetable oils, sugar and dairy if you’re looking for quick, convenient food. Over the last week I’ve been trying to refocus on clean living, mindful of time being in short supply (what happened to those lazy summer days?) and a lack of motivation to actually cook because it’s hot.

First things first though. For those of us that enjoy a cocktail on a warm summer evening I was very excited to find Q Tonic Water and Q Ginger Beer on sale at Wholefoods. By replacing high fructose corn syrup with agave, the sugar content is greatly reduced  - cheers all round!

Of course, salads are a staple of summer eating and my favorite this year is Chopped Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. Fairly quick and easy to prepare - think ahead and grill extra chicken one night or cook extra bacon in the morning and you can pull this together very quickly. I like to make the recipe as listed, as leftovers taste even better after a night in the fridge. Find the recipe at Wholefoods sells Tessemae’s salad dressings, many of which are paleo and can also be used as marinades and  dips. Olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard and salt and pepper makes a great homemade dressing too. For quick, easy protein with a salad I like to pick up roasted red pepper and spinach chicken sausage from Costco, grass fed burgers and beef hot dogs, and if you buy or make paleo mayo I love to make a big batch of tuna salad - is my go to recipe.For an easy alternative to salad I like to buy Coleman Organic Basil and Roasted Garlic Chicken Meatballs, simmer in a sugar free marinara and serve with zuchinni noodles.

When I’m out and about on trips fast food is tricky. I try to find Chipotle (switch grilled veggies for beans and guacamole for corn, cheese and sour cream) or Five Guys - they serve a bunless burger with toppings in a tray, so you can eat it with a knife and fork. When all else fails make the best choices you can in the restaurants that are available. Use the FindmeGF app when you’re in unfamiliar towns and cities - you never know what clean eating gems are hidden away and if you’re staying local check out Squirrel and The Bee Grainless Bake Shop in Short Hills. Amazing selection of items for breakfast and lunch or to take home.


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