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How to plan the perfect Paleo Christmas Dinner

Learn how to host the ultimate Paleo Christmas dinner party! It’s all about planning ahead and picking the right recipes. I’ve got you covered!  Entertaining this Christmas? Here’s how to plan and host the perfect Paleo Christmas Dinner: For most of us, the holiday period means lots of socializing over drinks and food, all that glorious food. The holiday season can be a little intimidating! Especially if you’ve offered to host the celebrations in your own home! Definitely, the best way to make sure you can stick to your paleo lifestyle and still enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner. This recipe collection will help you eliminate the stress that accompanies trying to please guests, while offering healthier, tasty paleo Christmas recipes that will leave everyone satisfied. The foundation of a great paleo Christmas dinner menu is meat and vegetables, cooked in ways that bring out their natural flavors instead of hiding them.…

Asian Stir Fry Veggies (Paleo, Low-Carb)

You guys. Let’s talk about the importance of veggies. They really should be at every meal, taking up about half of your plate. I’ve found that people have this idea that paleo is a meat-heavy, super low-carb, super high-fat diet that is very meat-centric, and that’s just not the case. I obviously recommend eating ancestally, and that means eating a variety of plant and animal foods that our great, great, great grandmothers would recognize. Wild seafood, pastured eggs, organic/grass-fed meats right along with a plethora of organic, preferably local and in-season veggies. It’s not hard. We really do over-complicate food. But it’s incredibly simple to eat well. Just eat real, whole, foods that your ancestors would actually recognize as food. Not Lean Pockets or 100 calorie snack packs. I’m talking meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, fruit, etc. REAL FOOD. Real food is the best food. And it’s the food that is…

Green Beans with Garlic and Tomatoes

Growing up, my grandmother always made green beans. Granted, they were from a can, but they were SO good. She added butter and sautéed onions and they were a cheap, delicious side dish. A common meal would have been ground beef and spices or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. For not having any idea about health or nutrition, this was a pretty healthy meal. We’ve complicated healthy eating so much over the years. Vegan, paleo, low-carb, vegetarian, pescetarian, etc. But our grandmothers (or great grandmothers at this point) knew something we didn’t: real, whole food is best. They didn’t worry about labeling the way they ate. They just ate. My grandmother grew up with a garden in her urban backyard Pennsylvania rowhouse. Her parents went to the local farmer for their meat. They ate what they grew and bought locally (and organically – before…

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Yams

Let me set the scene for you. It’s like, a Wednesday night. We just put the baby down to sleep. I have a loose idea of what I want to make for dinner but it’s not complete. I’m leaning against the kitchen counter drinking tea (yep, still love hot tea in the summer – I balance it out with cold wine) and my husband is sitting at the kitchen island. “I’m making steak and green beans for dinner. What should I make with them?” I ask. “Mac and cheese.” “We don’t have mac and cheese. What else?” “MAC AND CHEESE.” “BABE, WE DON’T HAVE MAC AND CHEESE.” “FINE. Cheese then.” “Oh my God.” “I WANT CHEESE.” “We have potatoes?” I offer. “Okay. Cheesy potatoes.” “Cheese doesn’t go with potatoes.” Which actually isn’t true, I just didn’t feel like making something like scalloped potatoes. And I didn’t have all of the…

Asian Chicken Salad

Like I always do on Sunday, I make a bunch of food. I batch cook so that I’m not stuck trying to cook while simultaneously entertaining my son. Because frankly, I’m not that entertaining. I’m out after a couple rounds of peek-a-boo, and he’s over it before I am. Sometimes I feel like he’s already a teenager, he’s a master of the side-eye. So this past Sunday I made a bunch of chicken for lettuce wraps. I love me some lettuce wraps. My love affair with them started at PF Chang’s when I was 15. I’ve been a fiend ever since. I still love PF Chang’s, even though they use super questionable ingredients and maybe hurt my stomach a lot. Anyway, because I already made the chicken, this salad came together in under ten minutes. Seriously – batch cook on the weekends! It will save you so much time and…

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I love me some Mexican rice. When I was younger and would go to Mexican restaurants, I’d often just eat rice tacos. I’d just put rice in some tortillas and go to town. No wonder I had so many issues with my skin, digestion, mood, hormones and blood sugar! Hello, refined carbohydrates – I love you. I needed to discover cauliflower rice. Now, when I make Mexican rice I often use white rice – and you can read my explanation for why I eat white rice and white it’s healthier than brown rice here. But now that I’m pregnant, I want to get all the nutrients I can. And let’s face it, cauliflower is a whole hell of a lot more nutrient dense than white rice. Cauliflower has vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and a whole bunch of minerals. It’s low in carbohydrates, so the blood sugar doesn’t spike but remains…

Buttery Maple Carrots

Buttery Maple Carrots are literally the best-tasting carrots you’ll ever put in your mouth. Seriously. I can’t exaggerate about this. Buttery Maple Carrots are the bomb. And I know carrots! I’m one of those people that tries very hard to make vegetables delicious. Because if they’re not, how are we all going to eat them regularly? So after a lot of experimentation, I came up with the recipe for these buttery carrots. It has all the savory goodness of a lot of fall recipes, with a sweet edge. If you want a different way to look at veggies, this one’s for you. Buttery Maple Carrots Buttery Maple Carrots are an easy to make, healthy paleo side dish or snack. Also the best carrots you will ever eat! Make them as a simple side for a Sunday roast or Thanksgiving Turkey! 5 large carrots (chopped into rounds)1 tbsp maple syrup1-2 tbsp…

Easy, Healthy Chili

I’ve been craving chili like a madwoman for two weeks now, and only recently finally pulled all the ingredients together to make it. I was going to throw all the ingredients in my crock pot and let them simmer for a few hours, which is easy and you can definitely do. But I wanted to eat it as soon as possible, so I just simmered it on the stovetop. Easy, Healthy Chili You can make this easy healthy chili recipe in your slow cooker or crockpot! If you’re impatient, just simmer it on the stovetop! 1 lb grass-fed ground beef1 tbsp olive oil1 bell pepper (chopped)1 onion (diced)1 can diced tomatoes2 garlic cloves (minced)1 tsp garlic1 tsp chili1 tsp chipotle powder (I like a smoky chili)3 tbsp tomato paste1 tsp cayenne (for spicy chili)2 cups bone broth2 tbsp butter Sautee the olive oil, onion, pepper and garlic over medium heat until…

Superfood Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite snacks ever. They’re easy to throw together and insanely healthy. I upped the nutrient density by adding salmon roe. In traditional cultures, fish eggs were reserved for men and women planning to conceive, pregnant women and growing children. It’s definitely a fertility food. Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A, E, D and K as well as choline – a necessary nutrient for pregnancy. Both the egg yolk and fish eggs are rich in omega-3s and the fish eggs are high in vitamins A, D and C and a great source of B12 and folate. I’ve found that a lot of people think fish eggs will taste super fishy, but they’re more salty than anything. They are a great addition to eggs, oysters, sushi, etc. Not overly fishy, just the right amount.     Superfood Deviled Eggs Deviled eggs are one of my…

Shrimp & Avocado Salsa

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and like any good Arrested Development fan, yesterday I celebrated Cinco de Cuatro. In doing so I made this Shrimp & Avocado Salsa. It’s easy to throw together and it’s a super nutrient dense meal. Because I’m planning on getting preggers soon, I like to make sure every meal I’m eating is loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Avocado and olive oil cover the healthy fats, shrimp are a great source of protein and the tomatoes, onion and cilantro are just all around healthy foods. But truth be told, we’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight at the Mexican restaurant on the corner of our street. They serve Coronaritas (if you don’t know – Google it) and lots of cheesy dishes. This is why my husband likes the place so much. My husband literally will eat a block of cheese like an apple.…

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