Company Worthy Paleo Luncheon

Do you sabotage yourself? I'm not judging. I am just wondering if anyone can relate. Do you try to make good food choices but when given the chance, you pull out all the stops and bake and cook a bunch of stuff you have no business eating?

We are having company this weekend. The adventuresome hostess in me wanted to try something new: Italian Wedding Soup, an antipasto platter, bruschetta, and maybe a Caesar salad. But then I realized that I am trying to eat Paleo and almost all of that is NOT on the plan. Ugh! I don't want to cook a separate meal for myself. But let's face it, not everyone else wants to be grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.

Then there is the other side of me that feels the need to default to something I've done before, tried and true. There is value in that. It saves time and mental effort, which is most of the entertaining battle. Not every gathering needs to be an experiment. So that being said, here is a really good go-to for those of us trying to stay away from dairy and grains but wanting to impress.

Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad

Butternut Squash Soup 

Hawaiian Rolls (for those who can eat them)

Toll House Cookies  or Girl Scout Cookies (since they're "in season", again for those who can)

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have made all of these recipes and they are definitely company worthy.  Now I can both feel good about what I am serving AND what I am putting into my mouth. 

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https://cafedelites.com/honey-mustard-chicken-avocado-bacon-salad/

Omit the corn if you are grain-free.

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BUTTERNUT SOUP- Adapted recipe from a dear friend in South Africa. 

Serves:6

SAUTร‰ UNTIL SOFT:

3 T Coconut oil

1 Large onion, chopped

ADD AND TOSS OVER HIGH HEAT ABOUT 3 MINUTES:

2 C Butternut squash, peeled and diced

1 Granny Smith Apple, chopped

ADD AND STIR THROUGH:

3 T Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour

1-2 t Curry powder

ยผ t Nutmeg

ADD:

3 C Chicken stock

1 ยฝ C Coconut milk (not canned)

3 T frozen orange juice concentrate

Salt and pepper

Pinch of coconut sugar

Simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables are softened. Puree. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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https://www.texanerin.com/perfect-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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