Sautéed Tomato and Olive Câpres

Although it is not Paleo, I’m a huge fan of fresh mozzarella. I buy it in pearls or ciliegine. and just create something, throwing together a few things I think might sound good (meat, veggie, egg and fruit) and then mixing it with an equally appropriate dressing. On a whim, and looking for something new, I threw this together, just winging as I went. It was really quite tasty.

1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced into disks.
1/2 cup black olives, sliced length-wise.
1 1/2 cups mozzarella ciliegine, cut in half
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Tessemae’s Honey Basalmic dressing
Parsley, black pepper, onion powder, celery flakes and basil to taste

1. Heat olive oil, black pepper and onion powder in small sauté pan.

2. Add tomatoes and toss in the olive oil. Sauté until two minutes and then add olives.

3. Mix olives with tomatoes well and let sit on low heat while preparing cheese.

4. Place cheese in a small serving dish and add spices to taste. Drizzle with dressing. Mix well.

5. Add tomatoes and olives to cheese in dish and mix to coat evenly.

6. Enjoy

​Makes 1 serving.

The Tessame’s dressing can be found at most stores in the produce section.

Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Once upon a time I ate several small meals over the course of the day because that’s what my schedule allowed or even demanded. A few bites here and there between the schedules of two full-time jobs, and I was good. A lot of my meals tended to be the same things every day, and many of the items under the “Favorite Things” tab helped me through the day. One of my end of day favorites was a single-sized dark chocolate almond milk by Silk and a banana.

I’m not a huge almond milk fan. Not to just drink it, at any rate. I will cook with it, have it as ice cream, etc., but I will never just sit and have a glass or cup of milk. Unless it’s the chocolate stuff. I’m picky that way.

I like this particular product because it tastes like the cow-made stuff and have a good regular texture rather than being watery. I occasionally get a little bit of a craving for something “creamy,” and this is something that is a great substitute for a cup of two-percent milk and too many scoops of Quick chocolate powder.

The single-sized servings do not have to be refrigerated, which makes it convenient to take with me on trips or chores. It looks like a little carton of kid’s milk, complete with straw, so drinking it is easy. They can be pricy — nearly seven dollars for six servings — but all almond milk tends to be a little pricy. These little servings, though, especially chilled, feel like a treat. Yes, they have a little sugar in them, but really, if you’re Paleo, you’re not cheating when you drink them. It just feels like it.