Believe it or not, I was a vegetarian for many years. I would make these Ultimate Dragon Bowls from Daphne Oz almost every Monday – it was one of my favorite recipes, I never got sick of it, and anyone I ever made them for loved them! I’ve been wanting to “Paleo-ify” the recipe for a while.
I kept the title of this salad pretty generic, but for those of you from Wisconsin, you might recognize this as the Wisco Salad at Ian’s Pizza. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory! I go through spurts with this salad where I’ll keep my fridge stocked with cooked chicken and bacon to throw this salad together for lunch. The recipe, as written, will make about three salads.
Since there is no penne pasta in this recipe, I probably cannot call it “Penne Rosa.” But I don’t know what else to call it. So here we go.
As you may know, on Mondays I like to share standard recipes I’ve modified to be Paleo and/or Whole 30 approved. This week is a pretty simple one, but I wanted to share it anyways to show you how easy it is to make small tweaks to your favorite recipes to make them healthier.
This recipe from Wholefully is a recreation of Noodles and Co’s Penne Rosa. It’s actually a really great start–I only made a few modifications. The most obvious one is swapping out the pasta since grains are a no-no on Paleo. The swaps I’ve made make this recipe both Paleo and Whole 30 compliant.
On Mondays, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite non-Paleo recipes that I’ve made a few tweaks to make them Paleo. This one, in particular, also happens to be Whole 30 approved.
On the surface, Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets seem like a safe choice, but one quick look at the ingredients list will prove you wrong: soybean oil, modified corn starch, sugar, cane molasses (sugar) and dextrose (more sugar)—all things you should avoid in general, but are definitely not allowed on Whole 30. Luckily, a quick Google search brought me to this homemade version from Girls Can Grill.