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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing – Paleo, Gluten Free

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinFull disclosure, when I was asked to make this for the family I cook for, I expected to just make it, serve it but definitely not fall in love with it. I’ve never been a seared ahi tuna type of girl. I’d have the occasional tuna sushi but had never tried a seared ahi tuna salad.

But while I was making this super easy yet gorgeous salad, I tried a piece because it actually looked really good. One bite and I was sold. I wasn’t a raw tuna fan but all that has changed after tasting this beautiful delicious salad.

This was so easy too and what a presentation. I bought the most beautiful ahi tuna steaks at Sprouts for under $7 a pound. I purchased 4 tuna steaks which was about 2 pounds but that will feed 4. One tuna steak per person is all you need for this gorgeous salad which is approximately $3.50 per person for a salad you would pay over $10 for at a restaurant.

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinI lightly seasoned each steak on both sides with a little salt and pepper, heated up some toasted sesame oil and seared for 1 minute on each side. That’s it, 1 minute!

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinI sliced up my beautiful tuna into approximately 2 inch pieces and placed them on top a bed of baby greens from Trader Joes.

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinThe dressing was super easy to whip up too. I managed to make this masterpiece in under 30 minutes from start to finish, from unwrapping the packaging to laying it out all pretty on a plate. That’s it!

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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 2
  • SALAD:
  • 1 pound ahi tuna steak (1 pound will feed 2 people)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6 - 8 ounces of mixed baby greens
  • 1 cup shaved carrots - about 4 carrots (I used my vegetable peeler to shave them)
  • 3 green onions (use the green stems diced up small)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (sliced to use as a garnish and to squeeze over salad for extra lemon flavor)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1½ Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  2. Make your dressing first so all of the ingredients can get well acquainted while you are searing the tuna.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until honey dissolves and everything is well blended. Set aside.
  4. SALAD:
  5. Start by getting your orange and mango together. Peel and section the orange. You can run a small knife under the clear outer casing of each orange segment and gently peel it off revealing the raw orange segment, set aside.
  6. Peel and slice small chunks of mango, set aside.
  7. Peel and using your vegetable peeler, shave a cup of carrots, set aside.
  8. Peel and slice avocado, set aside.
  9. Place lettuce on your favorite plates and sprinkle with orange segments, mango chunks and shredded carrots.
  10. Place avocado slices along the side of salad as a garnish along with a couple of lemon slices.
  11. TUNA:
  12. If your steaks are large, you can cut it in half. Each piece should be about the size of your hand from wrist to tip of fingers.
  13. Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium/high heat.
  14. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of each tuna steak.
  15. Once oil is hot, place tuna steaks in pan and let sear for about a minute on each side. If you prefer your tuna cooked longer, then go right ahead and let your freak flag fly and cook it longer.
  16. Once seared to your preference, cut warm tuna into slices and lay atop of your lettuce.
  17. Give your dressing another whisk and drizzle over each salad.
  18. High five yourself!


Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

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Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyAfter not eating the best on our recent vacation, I was really looking forward to getting back into our healthy clean eating habits again. It’s only been a couple days and thankfully my body is already starting to feel like itself again.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI love what kale does for my body so when I found this recipe at ifoodreal.com, I knew it had to be made STAT! I made my tweaks and chowed down. This is now my new favorite summer salad. Vegan, gluten free and absolutely paleo optional just by omitting the sliced almonds.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI used baby kale mixed with the mixed greens to cut the bitterness that kale can have at times. Massaging olive oil into the leaves and using sweet fruit completely wiped out any bitterness too. I added a small handful of shredded carrots just because I had some leftover in the fridge so if you have random veggies that you don’t want to go to waste, throw them in too.

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Salad, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
  • SALAD:
  • 4 packed cups organic baby kale (rinsed and de-stemmed if necessary)
  • 3 packed cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Orange zest from a whole orange
  • ½ large orange, peeled & diced
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
  • ⅓ cup slivered or sliced almonds (can omit almonds if making paleo)
  • ⅓ cup mushrooms, diced small
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 orange peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (about a 1 inch piece)
  • Pinch salt/pepper
  1. In a large bowl mix kale, mixed greens and olive oil. Massage olive oil into leaves with your hands. The leaves will shrink up once the oil is massaged into them.
  2. Add the remaining salad ingredients and mix to combine, set aside.
  3. Prepare dressing by placing all dressing ingredients in your blender (I used a Nutribullet) and blend until liquid.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix.
  5. Eat and be happy.



Paleo Orange Ginger Chicken Wings

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Paleo Orange Ginger Chicken Wings

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When I found this recipe at Stupid Easy Paleo, I had to make them. I could eat wings every day but don’t because they are usually so breaded and fatty that I can’t justify it. I have never made them myself but that’s all about to change. This recipe is going to get a LOT of air time! It was well worth the steps. These rock!

There are several reasons why I love this recipe. It’s paleo, gluten-free, full of orange/ginger flavor and have a nice spicy kick. I love a spicy kick! Really tasty.

You can control the amount of spice. I used a large (about 5 inches long) jalapeno, removed the pith and seeds, diced it small and it provided a medium/hot heat. If you want a LOT of heat, leave the pith and seeds in when dicing. If you want a very mild heat, use a small pepper (about 3 inches long or smaller) and remove pith and seeds.

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I’m sure this won’t be my first wing recipe, especially with grilling season coming. I can’t wait for grilling season! Chow.

{ I always use organics when available }

Paleo Orange Ginger Chicken Wings
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Serves: 4
  • 1½ pounds chicken wings
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1 serrano pepper or a medium jalapeno pepper, diced very small (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger will work)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. The wings won't stick as much to the parchment paper but either one works.
  3. Prepare the orange: remove the orange zest with a grater or zester and once removed, juice the orange. You will be using the zest and the juice in the recipe.
  4. In a small saucepan combine the apple cider vinegar, zest from orange, juice from orange, raw honey, diced pepper, sea salt, coconut aminos and teaspoon of grated fresh ginger. Simmer on medium/low to thicken up the mixture. It should take around 10 minutes.
  5. While the glaze is simmering, heat a large skillet on medium/high, heat the coconut oil and brown the chicken wings on both sides. About 5 minutes each side should do it.
  6. Once the wings are done, remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to soak up some of the oil.
  7. In a large bowl combine the wings and glaze mixture. Cover wings with glaze.
  8. With a slotted spoon, transfer the glaze covered wings to your baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, turn over and baste with more glaze.
  10. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  11. Eat up!
  12. **For safety sake, throw away any leftover glaze as it has come into contact with raw chicken**




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Dried Citrus Slices for Water and More!

Dried Citrus Slices for Water and More!

I love adding a slice of fresh lemon or orange to my water or tea. It really helps me get in my bodies required water for the day. Especially when exercising where I lose A LOT of water through sweating.

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Having fresh slices of citrus on hand isn’t exactly convenient. My solution is to dehydrate mine so that I can have them on hand any time I want. Not only do I add them to my water and tea but I use them for soups and cooking too. As long as they are dehydrated thoroughly, they won’t go bad and I can make a big batch at one time.

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One of my first kitchen appliances that I actually called “my favorite” was my food dehydrator.  I originally purchased it after buying dried veggie chips at the grocery store and wondered how I could make my own. I did a little research and found out that food dehydrators don’t have to be super expensive.

What I also learned was that by dehydrating foods or heating them a very low temperature, they retain their natural nutrients and attributes. When we cook at higher temperatures, we lose some of those awesome benefits because they are cooked or boiled away. That’s why nutritionists will tell you that it’s much healthier to eat raw fruits and veggies rather than cooking them so you can maximize the benefits.

nesco deydrator fruit food dried herb jerky meat vegetable low  heatThe dehydrator I use is a Nesco dehydrator. It’s one of the most inexpensive ones out there. Since I was just starting on my dehydrating journey, I got myself a 20% off coupon and went to my local Bed Bath & Beyond. I ended up paying a little over $50.

Let me tell you, I’ve really gotten my money’s worth out of this handy dandy super easy to use dehydrator. I’ve had my dehydrator for almost a year and have used the crap out of it! Sometimes I’ll have it running for days at a time.

I dehydrate all kinds of things:

  • Fruits (citrus, bananas, pineapple, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, apples, pears, etc) to use in homemade granola or just to snack on.
  • Veggies (bell peppers, chickpeas, kale, spinach, green beans, sweet potatoes, etc).
  • Herbs to use in my recipes
  • I’ve also dabbled in making my own jerky

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Making dried citrus slices is among the list of super easy, almost fool-proof things to dehydrate.  There are only ingredients: citrus and coconut palm sugar. You can use regular sugar if you want but I prefer coconut palm sugar for several reasons. I love the taste of it (it resembles light brown sugar) and it’s lower on the glycemic index list.

I sliced my organic citrus about a quarter inch thick, maybe a little less, spread them out on parchment paper and sprinkled with coconut palm sugar. I rubbed the palm sugar in with my fingers to make sure it got it into the rinds as well.

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You can actually dehydrate all the foods listed above in a conventional oven but it does tie up your oven for a long period of time but if that doesn’t matter to you then you can set your oven to a temp of 200 degrees.

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Make sure you flip the citrus half way through the drying process whether you are using an oven or dehydrator.

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Dried Citrus Slices for Your Water
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Dried Citrus Slices for Your Water
Recipe type: Snack
  • Your choice of citrus. I used 1 pink grapefruit, 1 seedless orange and 1 lemon (all organic)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of coconut palm sugar (or white sugar)
  1. Slice citrus about a ¼ inch thick, maybe a little less if you can.
  2. Place slices on parchment paper and sprinkle with coconut palm sugar.
  3. Either place citrus in your dehydrator trays and set to 135 degrees for 8 to 9 hours, flipping halfway through.
  4. Or place citrus on the parchment paper on a cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for 6 hours, flipping halfway through.
  5. After drying, take a piece or two from the dehydrator or the oven and let it cool for a few minutes to see if after cooled all the moisture is out of the slices. The rinds should be very hard and no moisture in the flesh. If there is still moisture, the slices can go rancid so you want them as dry as possible so they have a long shelf life.


I like to snack on my slices, not so much the rind because it can be bitter sometimes but when I use them for water, tea or cooking I include the whole slice, rind included. One slice flavors my water perfectly and lasts through a couple of refills. Plus you get a little dose of vitamin C with your water.

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Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

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Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

On my latest trip to Whole Foods I was browsing the produce area and saw this ugly bumpy looking orange with a little knob on the top. I had to find out what it was.

(They are only in season Feb through May)

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Here is another example of not judging a book by it’s cover because this is the most deliciously sweet mandarin orange I’ve ever tasted. I originally bought them for my hubby to try because he loves oranges but after I had a section of it, I was in love too.

Not only are these delicious but they are the perfect “to-go” snack because they are so easy to peel that a small child can do it, there will be no drippy sticky hands and they are seedless.

To test for the best tasting Sumo, I give them a little squeeze. Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready to eat.

I needed to find out the stats on this incredible fruit. I found Sumocitrus.com where they explain it all.

Grown in California’s Central Valley to the same exacting standards of the original Kumamoto farmer. It is the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent “top-knot.” The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It’s seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat.

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Size & Appearance

  • Easy to identify with the unique shape, bumpy rind and knob on the top that we like to call the SUMO’s ‘top-knot.’
  • Handle with care – Don’t let the rough exterior fool you. While the fruit looks tough and indestructible on the outside, it is somewhat delicate.
  • Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready 
    to eat

Easy to Peel

  • One-piece peel – The SUMO’s ‘top-knot’ makes the fruit fun and easy to peel.
  • The bumpy and loose rind is characteristic of the variety and contributes to the easy peeling.
  • “Eat in the Car Test” — Unlike other citrus varieties, SUMO CITRUS® is ‘neat’ meaning no sticky mess, and hands stay dry.
  • SUMO CITRUS® has very little albedo or rag (the white part of citrus), allowing the fruit to section easily with less of the white “netting” sticking to the fruit.

Get your hands on a Sumo Citrus before they are out of season. They are available February thru May so you still have a couple of months to enjoy them.  Your mouth will thank you.


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