Paleo Cinco De Mayo Dinner

PALEO CINCO DE MAYO DINNER / FOOD / RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM / GRASS FED BEEF / TURMERIC COCONUT WRAPS / FORBIDDEN RICE / CABBAGE SLAW / LIME

Latin-inspired food has always been second on my list, to Italian cuisine that is, because I love the freshness of cilantro, the zing of lime, and the warmth of the savory flavors and spices. I wanted to share this simple menu for a Paleo Cinco de Mayo dinner, one that has served me and my family well since we have all stopped eating corn, legumes, and nightshades for our digestive health. 

Cue the Latin Dinner Party playlist (with lots of Buena Vista Social Club) and start prepping!

CABBAGE SLAW

PALEO CINCO DE MAYO DINNER / FOOD / RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM / GRASS FED BEEF / TURMERIC COCONUT WRAPS / FORBIDDEN RICE / CABBAGE SLAW / LIME

1 GREEN OR RED CABBAGE

HANDFUL OF CILANTRO

JUICE OF 2 LIMES

SEA SALT TO TASTE

2 TBSP OLIVE OIL

CHOP THE CABBAGE INTO QUARTERS, AND REMOVE THE THICK STEM BY CUTTING THE QUARTER ON A DIAGONAL. THEN, SLICE THE CABBAGE AS THINLY AS POSSIBLE (OR USE A MANDOLIN IF YOU HAVE ONE). ADD THE SEASONING, AND LET IT SIT SO THE FLAVORS INCORPORATE. YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAKE THIS AHEAD, SINCE IT TASTES EVEN BETTER THE NEXT DAY.

FORBIDDEN RICE

PALEO CINCO DE MAYO DINNER / FOOD / RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM / GRASS FED BEEF / TURMERIC COCONUT WRAPS / FORBIDDEN RICE / CABBAGE SLAW / LIME

2 CUPS OF WATER, 1 CUP OF FORBIDDEN (DARK PURPLE) RICE.

1 TBSP REFINED COCONUT OIL

PINCH OF SALT

SIMMER FOR 45 MINUTES WITH COCONUT OIL AND SALT TO TASTE.

BEEF WRAPS

 WRAP MADE WITH RICE, BEEF, GUACAMOLE, AND CREMA (FOR THOSE WHO TOLERATE GRAINS AND DAIRY).

WRAP MADE WITH RICE, BEEF, GUACAMOLE, AND CREMA (FOR THOSE WHO TOLERATE GRAINS AND DAIRY).

 WRAP MADE WITH GUACAMOLE, BEEF, CABBAGE SLAW, AND BROKEN PLANTAIN CHIPS (DAIRY FREE AND GRAIN FREE).

WRAP MADE WITH GUACAMOLE, BEEF, CABBAGE SLAW, AND BROKEN PLANTAIN CHIPS (DAIRY FREE AND GRAIN FREE).

NUCO TURMERIC COCONUT WRAP 

GRASS FED GROUND BEEF, COOKED LOW AND SLOW WITH TURMERIC, OREGANO, AND SALT

ARUGULA OR BUTTER LETTUCE FOR BITE

GUACAMOLE (NIGHTSHADE FREE!) 

PALEO CINCO DE MAYO DINNER / FOOD / RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM / GRASS FED BEEF / TURMERIC COCONUT WRAPS / FORBIDDEN RICE / CABBAGE SLAW / LIME / NIGHTSHADE FREE

2-4 AVOCADOS

DICED CILANTRO

JUICE OF 1-2 LIMES

SEA SALT TO TASTE

MASH THE AVOCADO, ADD THE DICED CILANTRO, LIME JUICE AND SALT. PAIR WITH YOUR FAVORITE PLANTAIN CHIPS (WE LOVE THE TERRA ONES, COOKED IN COCONUT OIL).

GRASS FED YOGURT CREMA (FOR THOSE WHO TOLERATE DAIRY)

PALEO CINCO DE MAYO DINNER / FOOD / RECIPE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM / GRASS FED BEEF / TURMERIC COCONUT WRAPS / FORBIDDEN RICE / CABBAGE SLAW / LIME / NIGHTSHADE FREE

1/2 CUP GRASS FED WHOLE MILK YOGURT

JUICE OF HALF LIME

PINCH OF SEA SALT

SPRINKLE WITH A DASH OF TURMERIC

COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS IN A SMALL SERVING BOWL AND FINISH WITH THE TURMERIC TO GIVE IT A SWIRL OF COLOR AND FLAVOR.

So, are you inspired to recreate these dishes? They are so flavorful and simple because the lime juice, cilantro, and salt bring out the flavors of each vegetable. When you take a bit of the wrap, your taste buds will be bombarded with the warm smokiness of the meat, the crunch of the slaw, the creaminess of the guac, and pretty soon you won't miss Chipotle burritos like you used to. Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends!

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.