Greek Salad with Roasted Chicken

Love greens, veggies and chicken! This is really a variation on the classic Greek Salad but adding chicken makes it a wonderful meal in and of itself! And paleo!

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Dressing

  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsps. tahini (sesame-seed paste)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (fresh or bottled)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Salad

  • 1 lb chicken breast, roasted & cubed
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup peeled chopped English cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (grape tomatoes halved work well)
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (minus the cheese for dairy free and paleo)

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Vintage dressing…

 When I was in my 20′s, I’d say about half of my wardrobe was vintage.  I would wear vintage 50′s dresses to work, and had more vintage cardigans and coats than anyone in their right mind should have.  Oh, and beautifully embroidered vintage blouses?  Yeah, I had my fair share of those too.  Over the year I got rid of most of the dresses and shirts, although I still wear most of my vintage coats.  This dress is actually a nightgown (I think?!), but it’s so easy to just throw on with flip flops and head out the door.  Plus…Maya said “Mommy, you’re a PRINCESS!” when I put it on, which is basically a win no matter what :)Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-1 Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-2Um…someone wasn’t so sure about looking at the camera haha.  Honestly, I’m always so surprised by how often she smiles at a camera on a tripod!  And, yes, she has rain boots on. Or, as Sesame Street calls them “Galoshes” Pretty much her favorite boots, and even thought it was mid 80′s, with no rain in site…she wanted to wear them.  And, obviously, I let her. :)Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-3Maybe the tripod was giving her the stink eye HA! Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-4“Tickle me??!!”  She’s obsessed with being tickled, and I’m always happy to oblige :) Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-5 Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-6 Blog Vintage Dress Sand Jewel tie Sandals-7“Mom, LOOK, LOOK!!!  It’s a ladybug!”Blog Maya 145 Weeks Gymboree Lime Dress Galoshes-1And, then the ladybug flew! :)Blog Maya 145 Weeks Gymboree Lime Dress Galoshes-2“Mom, LOOK, LOOK ‘Cars coming!!’”  Yes, I’m always saying that to her, so she’s always pointing them out to me.  Right after, she started counting them.  “One…two….three…”  The best is when we are IN the car driving down the street.  “MOM!  Car’s coming!!”  :)Blog Maya 145 Weeks Gymboree Lime Dress Galoshes-3Blog Maya 145 Weeks Gymboree Lime Dress Galoshes-4I don’t even know what was going on here, and I tried thinking up something funny to go along with this, but…I drew a blank.  It’s funny enough on it’s own though!  I welcome any captions :)Blog Maya 145 Weeks Gymboree Lime Dress Galoshes-5On me…

Dress- Vintage
Sandals- Sand (old, similar here)
On Maya…

 

Dress- Gymboree (thrifted)
Boots- (thrifted)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Paleo Warm Peach Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

I used the dressing from the Warm Butternut Squash Salad recipe, and basically just threw some perfectly ripe peaches in there instead of the butternut squash.  It was easy and delicious!Blog Paleo Warm Peach Salad-1

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Ripe Peaches (depending on their size and how many people you need to feed)
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3/4 C Pure no sugar added Apple Cider
  • 2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Diced Shallots or I’ve also used 1/3 C diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4-5 cups (or really, you choose depending on how many mouths you have to feed!) of spinach or arugula.  I personally LOVE arugula, but our boys don’t.  When I make this for friends, it’s arugula.  When I make it for the family-spinach.  It wilts down a little when you pour the warm dressing over it, so put in more than you think you need.

Directions

  •  Combine cider, vinegar, onions/or shallots, and a little salt and pepper in a small sauce pan.  Bring that to a boil and stir for about 6-7 minutes so that it reduces.  Take off heat and whisk in mustard.  (original recipe calls for adding a 1/2 a cup of olive oil now, but I forgot to do that once.  It tasted fine, so I’ve left it out ever since :))  You choose!
  • Place salad greens in a large bowl.  Toss in peaches and dressing.  Pepper to taste.
  • You can also toss in nuts of your choice and sprinkle with a cheese of your choosing.
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Zara Sale aka…Happy Birthday to ME! :)

 I’d had my eye on a few things at Zara for their sale, but felt guilty pulling the trigger.  Then…they went down a little more in price, and I totally justified it as a birthday present to myself!!  Btw, if you ever need help justifying just about anything…I’m your gal :)

Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-1Um, is it bad to be in love with a pair of shoes??  Because, I LOVE THESE!!!  Shh, don’t tell the Huz.Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-2 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-3 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-4 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-5 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-6“Mom, you jump too!!?”  I swear I caught WAY more air than what’s shown haha :)Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-7And then she’s off! Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-8Goffrey2 sadly got broken in half, but a little Gorilla tape and a band aid, and he’s good as new! :)

Maya was so funny about it.  Her friend accidentally broke him, and at first we all waited in shock of how she would react.  She said “Oooooh, no!  He’s broken.  Mommy, take him to the Dr and fix him??  He needs a band aid.”  And there you go.  All better :) Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-9 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-10 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-11 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-12 Blog Zara Boho Top J Brand Skinny Karma Zara Leopard Tie Sandals-13On me…

Top- Zara (on sale now!)
Jeans- J Brand “the skinny leg” in Karma (thrifted)
Shoes- Zara (on sale now)
On Maya…
Dress- Sweet Girl
Shoes- Old Navy (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I remember thinking 40 sounded so old.  Like it was this major dreaded age.  Honestly, it’s no big deal.  I don’t really feel that old, minus the aches and pains haha.  I’ve been gray since high school, so I’m kinda used to that… Life really couldn’t be any better right now.  I’m super lucky.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Baked Orange Rosemary Chicken with Sweet Potatos // Paleo and Whole30

Ok, so….I may or may not have forgotten to write the recipe down after I made this, but it really was so easy that I’m fairly certain this is it haha. :}

The Huz introduced me to bone in chicken.  I mean, I’d had it before, but I think I thought it was harder or not as good-what was I thinking??  When you cook things with the bone in, they are so much moister and more delicious!!  I personally don’t eat the skin, but I was told it pretty darn tasty too!  AND…because it’s so moist and delicious all on it’s own, you really don’t have to do much to it-WIN!Blog Paleo Baked Orange Rosemary Chicken-1Ingredients

  • 4 bone in chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tsp garlic
  • 6 clementines or mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 sweet potatoes (there is some debate on whether sweet potatoes are “paleo”, but since some websites say they are, I’m going with them :) )
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel and cube the sweet potatoes.  ( I asked the Huz to get them, and he came back with the “white” ones.  I always get confused on what the orange ones are (yams), and I do believe it’s different depending on what part of the country you live in… Anywho, the ones in the picture look like regular potatoes, but they are sweet ;) )
  • Dice the onion
  • Melt the coconut oil
  • Peel 3 of the oranges, and squeeze the juice from them into the melted oil
  • Add garlic to the above liquid
  • Toss the potatoes and onions in the above liquid.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a 9×13 baking pan and spread potatoes and onions around them, letting them get coated with the oil/garlic/orange juice liquid.
  • Grind a little salt and pepper over the entire dish-I don’t use much.
  • Peel the last 3 oranges and place pieces as well as the rosemary sprigs around the dish.
  • Bake uncovered for an hour, or until potatoes and chicken are fully cooked (time will vary depending on the size of the breasts you get).

Enjoy!!

dit-elle-Lauren

Living in Levi’s cut offs…

 These are a pair of cut offs that I’ve had since college.  20+ years I’ve had them.  So, basically, they feel like pajamas. :)Blog Michael Stars Tee Vintage Levis 501 Pink Leather Converse-1There was an amazing fog layer over the city today.  It gave us a brief reprieve from the heat we’ve been having, and looked super cool too :) Blog Michael Stars Tee Vintage Levis 501 Pink Leather Converse-2 Blog Michael Stars Tee Vintage Levis 501 Pink Leather Converse-3 Blog Michael Stars Tee Vintage Levis 501 Pink Leather Converse-4 Blog Michael Stars Tee Vintage Levis 501 Pink Leather Converse-5

On me…

Top- Michael Stars
Jeans- Vintage Levi’s (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Top- Peek (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, and cut off by me)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Sorry, not doing links today.  Again, not sure if anyone really cares :)  Knee deep in wedding edits while Maya naps!  We had a great day today though!  Went for our morning run, back down to the beach to enjoy the fog, and then swimming.  Kind of wish I could take a nap… :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Blueberry Paleo Muffins

Yum yum yum. I love that these are dairy free, gluten free, and nut free! Oh, and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flour, sifted
  • small dash of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ⅓ cup grapeseed oil (I used coconut oil, butter is great as well)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, agave, grapeseed oil and vanilla and blend well with a hand blender
  3. Mix dry ingredients into wet, blending with a hand mixer
  4. Gently fold in blueberries
  5. Place batter into a paper lined muffin pan
  6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes
  7. Cool and serve

Thanks Elana’s Pantry!

dit-elle-Esther