Paleo Book Club!
Today was my paleo/Whole30-compliant book club! I was so proud of my efforts. Not only did anyone comment on anything but the deliciousness of the food, but we didn’t even touch the bag of chips one of the girls brought!
We had nibbles: olives and nuts. I marinated canned olives in lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. They were delicious.
We had a big bowl of Mediterranean salad, with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and cilantro. It was supposed to be parsley, but in my defense, the two do look an awful lot alike. I didn’t realize my mistake until I ripped a handful off the bunch and got a whiff.
These are (were) broiled spiced chicken wings. I tossed them with a Middle-East-inspired blend of spices (cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.) and broiled them. Delish.
And shrimp, in case someone didn’t want to eat chicken for some reason. Also, I love shrimp and my husband does not, so I rarely cook them. They’re tossed in the same spice mixture as the chicken.
For dessert I made fruit-and-nut balls. They’re basically a recipe for homemade Larabars, made with dried apricots and roasted pistachios, then I rolled them in balls and rolled them in coconut. So yummy. And there are leftovers of these, since one of the girls brought cupcakes. Oddly enough, the cupcakes did not tempt me, but I wanted to dig a spoon into the whipped cream and cream cheese mixture she brought to frost them.
And I even saved all the bones from the chicken wings, which, along with the tips, will make great broth!
(Oh yeah, the book was Nemesis, by Isaac Asimov, but only two of us had read it. I really liked it, though.)