Even though following a whole foods diet ala Paleo, Primal, whatever-you-call-it, includes all of the vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and animals the world has to offer – not to mention every spice and herb you can think of – sometimes I get bored. I find myself wanting a new and exciting flavor. But I don’t want to put a whole lot of thought into it and I don’t want to spend money on fancy ingredients I’ll use once and not like.
These ideas include only two or three ingredients. Simple. A few are a little weird, but that’s what makes them fun. By keeping things simple these ideas are also easy. The ingredients include food you might already have in your pantry or fridge and never thought to pair up the way I suggest. That also makes these combinations affordable. So they’re simple, easy, and affordable. Win, win, win. Check ’em out and chow down!
Apple Slices with Salt
Say WHA?! You might use this trick to prevent apples from browning, but when I saw a co-worker sprinkling salt on fresh apple slices the other day I was intrigued. She offered me a slice, I tried it, and then I give her a big kiss! Just kidding about the last part. The point is, try it, you’ll love it! It’s a perfect snack when you want something salty but don’t want to gobble up a bag of chips (throw that bag out, now that I mention it). In fact, sprinkle salt on fruit period. Here’s why I’m not concerned about salt: boom. Here’s the salt we use: shakalaka.
Cacao Powder on Chicken Thighs
Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are my favorite. Chocolate, also my favorite. Put them together and add a little salt and cinnamon. Life is so delicious. So, so delicious.
Sprinkle cacao powder, cinnamon and salt on chicken thighs. Bake at 375° for about 30-45 minutes or until cooked through. Chow down.
Quick Fruit Jam and Sliders
Ok, this one is slightly more than 3 ingredients, its four. Well, I guess the slider has more than just beef…alright this one is probably not two to three ingredients, truth be told. But stick with me anyway, you’ll thank me later.
Take 1 bag of frozen berries and put them in a pot with a little bit of water (like 2 TBS), bring to a boil then reduce and let simmer, whisk in 1 TBS collagen until dissolved and the water reduces a little bit. We’re looking for a jam consistency. Mix together ground beef (I always add some grated ruminant liver like bison or beef for hidden nutrition), salt, pepper, dried oregano and dried parsley. Cook ’em. Drop a dollop of jam on your burger. Woo!
Pickles and Almond Butter
No, I’m not pregnant. And I really don’t know why this combination is incredible, it just is. Trust me.
I buy Bubbies brand pickles to get some beneficial probiotics in my belly. I try to find almond butter that has only almonds on the ingredients list – Whole Foods brand works, Mara Natha’s is another one and I think Wegmans carries a brand with just almonds. What I’m trying to avoid is added sugar and seed or palm oil.
Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberries & Mint
It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s fresh. Rinse the strawberries, dice about 2 cups worth, add 1-2 TBS balsamic vinegar and 1 TBS coarsely chopped mint. Delectable!
Green thumb tip: Mint is a weed, if you have a spot in your yard to grow it where it won’t take over, I highly recommend! We have fresh mint from early spring well into the fall every year now.