Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a green salad with a couple of substantial toppings to make it more of a meal than a side dish. This Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg is the perfect example, just the right amount of ‘light’ and just the right amount of satisfying!
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The Salad:

This salad is made up of your choice of tender young greens, thin sliced ham, canadian bacon or prosciutto, and a fried egg garnished with freshly chopped chives. It’s incredibly simple and easy to throw together, even last minute. But trust me when I say it doesn’t taste ‘last minute”! The salty pork combined with a savory fried egg and sweet dressing is perfection!

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The Dressing:

This beautiful salad is tossed in a simple white balsamic dressing. It’s ‘barely there’ but makes all the difference to ramping up the flavor. I will offer my two favorite white balsamic vinegars, you can choose which best fits your budget. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic. (<—Amazon link) I find this one in many stores and it’s a little easier on the wallet.

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The Egg:

The perfect yolk is up to interpretation of course. I love mine runny, my husband likes his firmer. No matter how you like your yolk, you’ll want to see this simple tutorial to get the perfect results!

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The Recipe: Simple Green Salad Ham and Fried Egg

Tips and what you need: a quality white balsamic vinegar (<—our fave but we also like this one) A fabulous sea salt is always a must! I use Maldon Flaked Chef’s Salt!
Need an egg frying tutorial? Click!

Simple Green Salad with Ham and Egg
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
 

This Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg is the perfect example of just the right amount of 'light' and just the right amount of satisfying! Paleo, Whole30 and Keto compliant too!

Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: #easy dinner, keto, Paleo, salad, whole30
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
For dressing:
  • 1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good quality white balsamic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Salad:
  • 3 cups tender greens of your choice
  • 4-6 slices canadian bacon, ham or prosciutto
  • 2 eggs, fried (see link above for tutorial)
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
Instructions
For Vinaigrette:
  1. Place all ingredients in a covered container and shake well or whisk. Set aside and shake again right before using

For Salad:
  1. Chop chives. Fry eggs (see link above to learn how to fry the perfect egg) Plate greens and your choice of ham, Canadian bacon or prosciutto, toss lightly with dressing. Top salad with fried eggs, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and chives. Serve.

 

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How To Fry the Perfect Egg!

I pretty much love a fried egg on just about everything. And while making a fried egg may seem simple enough, there are a few tips that will take your egg frying skills to a new level! So without further ado, here’s How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
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THE REDEMPTION OF THE EGG!

Yes, after 40 years of vilifying eggs, the government agencies that like to change their minds every few years about natural foods but freely tell you artificial sweeteners, flavorings and colorings are safe (sigh) have finally decided to announce that cholesterol is no longer ‘a nutrient of concern’. And with that announcement they encouraged people to eat eggs (and butter). It only took them forty years to catch up with what real food enthusiasts already knew: eggs are good for you. Eggs are high in protein, healthy fats and let’s face it, they look pretty darn good on everything. (Find the recipe for the flatbread below here)

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Tips: Let’s Start with The Pan

To achieve the perfect fried egg you need a good quality non-stick pan . Now that doesn’t mean a pan coated with toxic chemicals. That means a pan that is naturally non stick or highly seasoned making it non stick: we’re looking at you cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic! To learn more about safe cookware, click.

(Find recipe for Spicy Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Bowl here)

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The Importance of Heat and Oil:

Even with a non stick pan there are certain rules to egg frying that really make a difference.
1. Start with a hot pan. When the pan and oil are really hot the egg immediately contracts away from the pan which prevents sticking, if you put eggs in a lukewarm pan they stick. #truth.

2. Use olive oil, butter, or a combo of the two when frying, and be sure to use enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan. Using plenty of olive oil or butter not only prevents sticking but also adds flavor. And gives you that crispy edge you see in the photos in this post. Perfection! (Find the recipe for Broccoli with Fried Egg here)

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Getting the Yolk Just Right:

The perfect yolk is in the eye of the beholder. I love mine runny, my husband likes his almost firm. I will give you tips for achieving each, and everything in between in the recipe below.
(Find recipe for Salad with Fried Egg here)

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The Recipe: How To Fry the Perfect Egg!

What you need: a good non stick pan. 

How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 mins
 

How to fry eggs to achieve the perfect 'doneness' with no sticking!

Course: Breakfast
Keyword: fried egg, how to, how to fry an egg
Ingredients
  • desired amount of fresh, free range eggs
  • extra virgin olive oil, grass fed butter, or both
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. NOTE: The size pan and the amount of oil/butter you use will depend on how many eggs you are frying. So choose your pan accordingly.

  2. Heat a non stick pan on med/high heat until hot (give it at least 90 seconds). Add oil, butter or a combination of the two to the pan and allow time for them to get hot without smoking. Pan should be generously coated.

  3. Gently add eggs to pan and turn heat down to low immediately. The pan should be hot enough that you hear a "pssssshhhhh" sound when eggs hit the pan, this helps with sticking and gives you that crispy edge.

  4. Cook for three to five minutes until whites are set and yolk is done to preference. I love to leave my yolk runny, so I only cook one side. My husband likes his more well done, so he turns his egg once the whites are set and cooks until yolk is almost firm. You can do either, or something in between Totally up to you!

  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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Lime Chili Chicken Skewers

Grilling season is in full swing and these simple Lime Chili Chicken Skewers are the perfect main course for any backyard BBQ or tailgate party. And they are Paleo, Keto and Whole30 Compliant.
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The Marinade:

Marinated in olive oil, lime juice and various spices these skewers are moist and flavorful. You can leave the meat marinating for as little as an hour or as long as 12, which means you can prep them in the morning, head to work and they are ready to pop on the grill when you get home! Just remember, when it comes to marinating, generally longer is better.

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Grilling:

The key to successful grilling is a little prep and some high heat. Make sure the grill is clean and sprayed with an organic grill spray before turning it on. Then turn the grill to high heat and turn down if needed as the chicken cooks. When meat comes in contact with a hot grill, it contracts, which is a good thing because that means less sticking.

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The Recipe: Lime Chili Chicken Skewers

What you need: a good knife and reusable container with lid. 

5 from 8 votes
Lime Chili Chicken Skewers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

These simple marinated Lime Chili Chicken Skewers are the perfect main course for any backyard BBQ or tailgate party! And they are Paleo, Keto and Whole30 Compliant.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: bbq chicken, kabobs, kebabs, lime chili chicken skewers
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp=mild, 1/2 tsp=med, use as much as you want for hot!)
Chicken:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, or a combination of the two, cut into 1 1/2" chunks (I am going to push for dark meat here. It's so much more moist than breasts...trust me:)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional Garnishes:
  • chopped cilantro
  • your choice of small green or red hot chili pepper sliced, or red pepper flakes
  • lime wedges for squeezing over chicken
Instructions
For Marinade:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and set aside

For Chicken Skewers:
  1. Cut chicken into cubes and place in a covered container. Pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate for 1-12 hours (the longer the better) Turn meat halfway through marinating time to make sure all chicken is coated in marinade.

  2. Remove chicken from marinade and place on four skewers, sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper to taste

  3. Spray clean grill with organic non stick spray and preheat grill to 425 degrees

  4. When grill is hot, add skewers. Close lid and cook for 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear, turning halfway through cooking time (if your chicken is cut into bigger chunks, allow more time)

  5. Remove, and garnish with cilantro and peppers if desired

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Cilantro Lime Rice

I adore Mexican Food. Tacos are my love language. And when I make my Pulled Pork Tacos, Lime Garlic Chicken Tacos or Caramelized Veggie Quesadillas my go-to side dish is Cilantro Lime Rice!
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So Incredibly Easy!

Just cook to package instructions and then add chopped cilantro, lime juice and sea salt!

Cilantro Lime Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

An easy Mexican side dish made in the time it takes to cook rice!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro lime rice, easy side dish recipe, mxican food
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice cooked to package instructions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • zest and juice one lime
Instructions
  1. cooked rice to package instructions (definitely use salted water)

  2. when rice is done cooking, add zest, juice and cilantro, stir and serve

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Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp

I love reviewing cookbooks. Not only do I get to experiment with recipes I may not have otherwise tried but I then get to share that recipe with you. Win/win! This beautiful Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp is from the cookbook Asian Paleo authored by my friend and fellow food blogger ChihYu Smith!
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About The Book:

Creator of the popular food blog I Heart Umami, ChihYu Smith celebrates her Chinese and Taiwanese heritage and turns favorite Asian recipes into healthy, flavorful, Paleo, gluten-free, and low carb meals with no added sugar.

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  • 75 fresh and bold Asian-inspired recipes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Beyond
  • All recipes are free from grains, gluten, refined sugar and other inflammatory ingredients
  • 75 full-color & full size photographs to accompany each recipe
  • PLUS meal prep plans with shopping lists and make ahead instructions
  • #1 New Release in Chinese Cooking, Food & Wine on Amazon.com
  •  #1 Best Seller in Korean Cooking, Food & Wine on Amazon.com
  • #1 New Release in High Protein Diets on Amazon.com

And Just look how beautiful, fresh and light the food is!

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What I Loved About About The Recipe:

I can totally see why this dish is popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. It’s very quick to prep and cook, and while it has very few ingredients, it tastes fabulous! It can also be made without the shrimp for a simple silky egg and tomato stir fry. This simple stir fry tastes great served over cauliflower rice sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper for a satisfying low carb meal.

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The Recipe: Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp

Tips and what you need: a good non stick pan, a good knife, and the cookbook Asian Paleo!

5 from 10 votes
Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

This dish is very popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China because it's very quick to prep and cook and tastes delicious! It can also be made without the shrimp for a simple silky egg and tomato stir fry. I love this recipe served over cauliflower rice sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Course: dinner
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, eggs benedict, Paleo, shrimp, stir fry, whole30
Ingredients
  • 12 medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (about a 1/2 pound)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon course sea salt, plus a pinch
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 5-6 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch (a grain free substitute for corn starch)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 medium, firm tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • toasted sesame oil, for serving
  • Optional: serve over cauliflower rice cooked in olive oil with sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Blanche shrimp in boiling water until they turn pink and begin to curl, scoop them out, drain and set aside. (this will happen very quickly!)

  2. Place eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, white pepper, and 2 tablespoons chopped scallions in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the arrowroot starch with a little less than 1 tablespoon water and add to the egg mixture and gently whisk. Add the shrimp to egg mixture.

  3. Heat a skillet on med/high heat. Add 1 tablespoon ghee and lower heat to medium. Add the shrimp and egg mixture. Gently stir fry until eggs are about 70 percent cooked, similar to soft, runny, scrambled eggs. Scoop the mixture out of the pan and set aside

  4. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon ghee to skillet, then add remaining 3-4 tablespoons scallions, the chopped tomatoes, and the tomato paste. Season with a small pinch of sea salt. Saute for 10 seconds, add eggs and shrimp back to pan and give a quick toss, about five seconds

  5. Serve over hot cauliflower rice, drizzle with toasted sesame oil, garnish with more scallions as desired.

 

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