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Posted: June 13th, 2013
Go paleo painlessly with Club Sandwich Salad

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Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “150 Best Desserts in a Jar,” by Andrea Jourdan. The winner is Wendy McKeen. I’ll pop it in the mail today.

If you are not Wendy McKeen, you are eligible for the drawing for “Living Paleo For Dummies,” by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci.

You’ve probably heard of the new-ish healthy living concept referred to as the “paleo” or “caveman” diet.
This might be you: “Oh, please, can fad diets get any weirder? What the heck is a caveman diet?”
Here’s me: “Yeah. What you said.”
Well, to be fair, it’s not really that weird. The idea is based on eliminating refined and processed foods, as well as grains and dairy, from the diet and eating whole foods such as meat and fresh fruits and vegetables like our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Proponents of eating this way claim all the usual benefits of any diet or lifestyle: lose weight, reduce inflammation, fight heart disease, cancer and diabetes and just overall feel better inside and out.
And there’s nothing to say its proponents aren’t absolutely right. We’ve all known for a while that eating Pringles, Twinkies and cheesy poofs weren’t going to score any points with our doctors.
But there’s a lot more to the paleo lifestyle than cutting Oreos and just the fact that there is a “Living Paleo for Dummies” is proof enough that the movement has gained significant traction, and a quick perusal offers up some doable tips and recipes that are more than just food for thought.

To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to jennie.geisler@timesnews.com, including your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS and NAME OF THE BOOK you want. I’ll pick one out of my “hat” next week.

In the meantime, grab your club, don your animal skin and make Club Sandwich Salad. (Sorry paleo people. I couldn’t resist) This one grabbed my eye because I’m a club sandwich fanatic. Perhaps I need to try it without the bread …

CLUB SANDWICH SALAD
4 strips high-quality, nitrate-free bacon
1 head green or red leaf lettuce, torn
2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
12 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 ripe avocado, diced
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup Ranch dressing, (a paleo-friendly homemade recipe, which requires a paleo-friendly homemade mayonnaise can be found in the book)

1. Cut the bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch wide pieces and place in a large, cold skillet; turn the heat to medium-high, and fry the bacon until it’s crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove bacon from pan with a wooden spoon and drain on a paper towel.
2. Divide lettuce among four plates and line rim with cucumber slices.
3. In a large bowl, gently toss chicken, tomatoes, avocado, red onion and parsley. Divide on top of lettuce-cucumber bed.
4. Drizzle each serving with Ranch dressing, sprinkle with bacon and serve immediately.
▀  Per serving: 309 calories, 13 grams fat, 8 grams fiber, 33 grams protein, 17 grams carbohydrate, 972 milligrams sodium, 78 milligrams cholesterol
Values are approximate.

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