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Curry Blend Spice Mix

Stir this fragrant mixture into a quick chicken salad with chopped mango and green onions, cashews and mayonnaise—or use it anywhere you like curry.

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DIY Pickling Spice

Premade spice mixes can have fillers and other ingredients you don’t want. Get the exact flavor you want by whipping up your own.

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Grain-Free Granola

Yield: About 3 cups

2 1/2 cups raw mixed nuts and seeds, such as pecans, walnuts, cashews, pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil or olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 275ºF. In a food processor, combine nuts and seeds. Pulse until well chopped, but be careful not to overprocess. Don't worry if some of the nuts remain less chopped.
2. In a large bowl, combine chopped nut/seed mixture, coconut and remaining ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are well combined and coated. Spread on a large baking sheet.
3. Bake for 25 minutes, then stir granola and spread out again on baking sheet. Continue baking until fragrant and lightly toasted, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Transfer to a large bowl to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

NOTE: You can add 1/2 cup dried fruit to this granola, if you like, such as raisins, dried cherries, mulberries or chopped dried apricots. Toss it in as the granola is cooling.

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Paleo Salmon Cakes

Yield: 4

1 6-oz. can skinless, boneless wild salmon, drained
1 large rib celery, minced
4 scallions, white and light green parts, minced
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Zest of 1 medium lemon
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. garlic aioli (I used Primal Kitchen) or avocado-oil mayo
Avocado oil, for frying

1. Flake salmon into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients (except oil) and mix well. Divide into 4 equal portions; form into patties. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 325ºF; place a baking sheet in the oven as it heats. Warm 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon patties and cook until golden on the undersides, about 2 to 3 minutes (work in batches if necessary to avoid crowding the pan). Carefully flip and cook until other sides are golden, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to baking sheet inside oven and bake for 10 minutes, until cooked through. Serve immediately.

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Easy Paleo Caesar Dressing

Yield: About 2 cups

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 oz. jarred anchovies in oil (about 5 filets), plus 1/4 cup oil from jar
2 large eggs
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1 Tbsp. raw cider vinegar
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. raw honey
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Place garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil in a cold skillet; turn heat to medium-low. Cook until mixture begins to sizzle. Let sizzle for 30 seconds, then transfer to a blender (preferably high-speed, like a Vitamix).
2. Add anchovies with their oil, eggs, lemon juice, vinegar and 1/4 tsp. honey to blender; blend until smooth. With machine running, drizzle in remaining oil until dressing is thick and emulsified. Taste and season with additional honey, salt and pepper as needed. Use right away, or cover and refrigerate.

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paleo cherry crumble bars

Yield: 16

Filling:
12 oz. pitted tart cherries (weighed after pitting)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
Pinch of sea salt
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Crust:
2 cups almond flour
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Topping:
3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
Generous pinch of sea salt

1. Make filling: Place cherries, maple syrup, coconut sugar and salt in a pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes, until juices have released and fruit is very soft. Mash with a fork to break up cherries into a chunky jam consistency. Stir in chia seeds and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 minutes longer (mixture will thicken more as it cools). Transfer to a bowl, stir in vanilla and let cool, then cover and refrigerate.
2. Preheat oven to 350ºF; line an 8-inch square pan with foil and mist foil with cooking spray (I use Chosen Foods avocado oil spray). In a food processor, combine all crust ingredients plus 1 Tbsp. water and pulse until mixture comes together as a dough. Press evenly into pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden. Let cool.
3. While crust is baking, make topping: Place all ingredients in food processor (no need to clean it after crust) and pulse until combined and crumbly. 
4. Carefully spread cherry filling evenly over crust, sprinkle with topping and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until filling bubbles and topping is golden. Let cool completely on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. (You can eat it sooner, but it will be very soft and more like a crumble than bars. Not a bad thing, just a bit messier and would require a fork.)

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