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Paleo Chili


With the fall and winter seasons upon us, it is definitely time for some comfort foods. Pre-paleo I wasn’t a fan of beans, so chili wasn’t one of my favorite foods (well, I loved Melissa Howell’s chili, but that’s it!). Now that Brett and I follow a paleo diet, beans aren’t a problem for us! I found this recipe on Pinterest and became determined to make it!

I did make a few changes and the results were awesome! I’ve cooked it almost weekly since finding it!

Ingredients:
2Tbsp cooking oil (I use bacon grease or olive oil)
2lbs. ground turkey (or beef)
2Tbsp chili powder
2Tbsp cumin
1tsp oregano
1tsp allspice
1tsp salt
1 large white onion diced
4oz. tomato paste
28oz. can crushed tomatoes
14 oz can crushed tomatoes
14 oz can diced tomatoes

Directions:

Place the cooking oil, onion and ground meat into a large saucepan. Brown the meat.

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Leaving all the healthy fat from the meat, add all other ingredients!

Simmer for 1-2 hours (I only wait an hour before devouring mine).

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I always sliced up an avocado and place in chili!

Enjoy!

 
 

Lemon Artichoke Pork/ Chicken/ Turkey Wings


I’m a huge fan of lemon. I really enjoy the taste of capers, and I actually like artichokes. These three items seemed like they would work well together, so I decided to create another recipe! Enter Lemon Artichoke (whatever white meat you choose).

I’ve made the recipe with chicken breasts and turkey wings so far, but I KNOW it would make an awesome pork roast or pork tenderloin recipe as well. Even better, it’s super easy!

Ingredients:

Meat of your choice to serve 4-6 people.

2   14 oz cans of artichoke hearts (I used quartered)

1   3.5 oz jar capers

2 lemons, quartered

 

Process:

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Chicken, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe, Turkey

 

Crockpot Taco Soup


I LOVE tacos! I LOVE easy crockpot recipes! This recipe is a delicious combination of both!

Ingredients:

3 qts chicken broth

14 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

14 oz can diced tomatoes

12 oz fire-roasted green chile peppers

1 lb turkey meat

1 onion

1 cup salsa

1/4 tsp. each of garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and dried oregano

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. ground cumin

Process:

Cook turkey meat.

Put turkey meat and all other ingredients into the crockpot.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with sliced avocado and paleo crackers for a delicious meal!

 

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers


As previously mentioned, I’ve been doing a lot of crockpot meals lately. They are just SO much easier to prep the night before and cook the next day while I’m working. Here’s another great crockpot recipe for you!

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Ingredients:

1.5 lbs ground turkey (beef or chicken would be fine, too)

4 green bell peppers

1 onion

2 cups baby carrots

1/2 head cauliflower

6 oz can tomato paste

2 tsp oregano

Process:

Cut the tops off the peppers and scrape the seeds out.

Place the onion, cauliflower, and carrots in the food processor and chop finely.

Move the onion mixture to a bowl and mix with ground turkey.

Add oregano and tomato paste.

Scoop the mixture into the peppers.

Place them in the crockpot and add the extra ground meat mixture beside the stuffed peppers.

Add 1/2 cup water and cook on low for 8-10 hrs.

 

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Ground Beef, Paleo, Pork, Recipe, Turkey

 

In the Crockpot: Pepperoncini Pepper & Mushroom Pork Loin


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O.M.G.!!!! Don’t let the picture fool you; this meal is DELISH!!!! Brett and I have cooked it three times in the past two-three weeks. It is the new FAVE!

A couple months back, one of my girlfriends told me about this really delicious pork she makes. She told me she made it with pepper juice and mushrooms. I remember thinking that I’d try it out, but that I wasn’t sure I’d love it. I ended up making it one day, and now I can’t stop making it! It is SO GOOD! Did I mention that it’s good?!?!?

Thank you, Brooke, for sharing! I am greatly indebted to you and hope to provide you a recipe one day that you love as much as we love this one!

For the recipe:

1 pork loin or pork tenderloin (any size that will fit in your crock)

1 large jar pepperoncini peppers (I use a 28 oz)

1 jar of sliced mushrooms OR sliced fresh mushrooms (I use 6 oz jar)

Process:

Put the pork in the crock. Pour the juice (or entire contents) of the pepperoncini pepper jar into the crock. Pour the jar of mushrooms into the crock. I always cook mine for 8-10 hours (just because that’s what time I get to it), but it’s done after 6 hours. Small tenderloins will require less time (check after 4 hours).

 

For added variety, you can add a can of diced tomatoes! It is also very good! :)

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe

 

Loving the Crockpot: Bacon Apple Stuffed Porkchops


I got the recipe card you see below from http://paleopot.com/2011/04/stuffed-pork-chops-with-bacon-apples-and-garlic/.

Add 1-2 cups of chicken stock to the crock for added moisture.

I served it with boiled brussels (boiled in chicken broth) and steamed veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) seasoned with seasoned salt and a bit of lime juice. YUMMY!!!

ENJOY!!!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe

 

Paleo Crockpot


So…. I guess you can tell life has been quite busy by my lack of posts. Sorry about that. I have some delicious recipes to share with you, though! Even better….they are SUPER easy!

This week, I have used my crockpot nearly every day.

Monday I used it to boil chicken to make chicken salad with. It was so tender that it shred on it own. I simply put in several trimmed chicken breasts and chicken broth and left it on low while I was at work.

Tuesday I used it to make Beef Bourguignon…which you’ll see a recipe for below. It doesn’t look pretty, though, so I don’t have any pictures. IT IS DELICIOUS, though!!!

Today I used it to make apple and pecan stuffed porkchops. Very yummy!

Tomorrow I’ll use it for pineapple porkchops. Can’t wait to try those!!!

It has been a very easy week for delicious dinners!

First of all…. I have always loved using my crockpot, but I have equally hated cleaning it. It usually sits in the sink “soaking” forEVER before I get around to finding room for it in the dishwasher or washing it by hand. ENTER slow-cooker liners. OMG! They are my new favorite kitchen staple…. yes, I used the word staple. Granny B would be so proud!

I know you are waiting for the recipe, so I’ll get to it. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but you can find its actual location by clicking here. I did slightly change up that recipe, so here’s mine below.

The Tools:

- 6 qt. crockpot
-slow-cooker liner    :)
– 2.5 lbs beef stew meat (a little more or a little less would work, too. I actually bought an english roast and cut it into pieces and it was WONDERFUL)
– 6 slices bacon
– 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 bag baby carrots (or sliced carrots)
– 1 T herbs de provence
– 1 t sea salt
– 1 t black pepper
– 3 oz tomato paste
– sprinkle thyme (for a bit extra seasoning kick!)
– 2 cups red wine


The Process:

Put three of the strips of bacon down on the bottom of the crock (no need to cook them).  Add the garlic and then dump the meat on top.  Toss all of your herbs and spices in the crock with the tomato paste and shake it all up to make sure it’s coated evenly.  Lay the last three pieces of bacon over it all, throw in your carrots and pour the wine over the top.

I actually put my crockpot in the fridge overnight with the bacon, garlic, meat, spices and 1 cup of wine in it. The next morning (very quickly before heading out to work), I added the 2nd cup of wine and the carrots.
Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.

Tip: If you so desire, you can ladle some of the juices out and reduce them on the stove with some arrowroot powder; this makes a fantastic gravy!

Tip: If you have extra time, sear the stew meat on the stove before placing in the crockpot for extra flavor.

We had zucchini (sauteed in bacon fat and seasoned salt) as another side.

ENJOY!!!

picture does not belong to me. It is borrowed from http://ourlifeinfood.com/2009/12/23/beef-bourguignon/.
 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Beef, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Green Bean Bundles


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Ingredients:

1 lb fresh green beans

6 slices bacon, cut into thirds

olive oil, 2 T +

pure maple syrup (to drizzle)

salt

pepper

garlic powder

Process:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×11 baking dish, put in olive oil and coat the bottom of the dish.

Bundle 6-8 beans together and wrap a piece of bacon around them. Place them in the dish.

Continue with the rest of the beans and bacon.

Sprinkle the beans with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Drizzle lightly with maple syrup.

Bake for 35 minutes.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Paleo Herb Bread


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Ingredients

2 c almond meal/flour

1/3 c flaxseed meal

1/4 c coconut oil, melted

7 eggs

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp oregano

1 1/2 tsp rosemary

1 1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp pepper

Process:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

Pour batter into a greased (olive oil or additional coconut oil) loaf pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until knife test is satisfactory.  :)

Knife Test

For loaves of bread, I typically use a knife to check whether or not the bread is done. In the middle of the loaf, I stick the knife all the way down to the pan. If it comes out clean, the bread is done! If it has wet batter on it, stick the bread back in the oven (typically 5 minutes at a time).

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

80 Paleo/Primal Breakfast Ideas


School has started back. My life has once again become super busy. Where did the summer go so quickly? With lesson plans, papers to grade, bus duty, and 5 AM workouts, I don’t have quite as much time to cook. Dinners become a bit simpler and breakfasts must be on-the-go! This list came along at the perfect time, so I had to share it!

Everything below has been copied from here.

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80 Paleo Breakfast Ideas

by SUZ on AUGUST 8, 2012 · 0 COMMENTS

in COOKINGFOODPALEOPRIMAL

If it wasn’t for struggling to come up with different Paleo Breakfast Ideas, I’m sure more people would make the transition over to Paleo. Unfortunately, Breakfast seems to be associated with cereal, toast, bagels, crumpets and sugar laden foods. Breakfast doesn’t have to equal grains! tweet this quote

I think a lot of people also get stuck in a breakfast rut making the same dish every day. Well, it’s time to break it up – try something new for breakfast tomorrow!

My biggest tip is to get used to seeing breakfast as fuel – it’s just another meal! And who wants to start the day off with a big sugar crash?

Quick East Paleo Diet Breakfast Recipes

I’ve come up with lots of great Paleo Breakfast Ideas for whatever your Paleo situation (no time, dislike eggs, want to drink breakfast, child friendly, SAD substitutes, vegetarian/ vegan or keen to impress) – there are certainly lots of options.

To prove the point, here is a HUGE list of 80 Paleo Breakfast Ideas to inspire you.

Easy Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Here are some Paleo Breakfast Ideas for when you have a little bit of time in the morning:

1. Bacon, eggs, avocado, mushrooms & tomato

2. An omelette with your choice of meat, vegetables and of course – egg yolks as well as whites

3. Make a frittata with your favourite veggies, meats and cheese (if you’re more Primal than Paleo)

4. There’s nothing like steak and eggs for breakfast!

5. For a nutritionally dense Paleo Breakfast Idea, chop up chicken liver and scramble with eggs, mushroom, onions and capsicum (bell peppers)

6. Scrambled eggs mixed with diced bacon and avocado (my personal favourite!)

7. Soft boiled eggs and wilted spinach

8. Lots of nations wake up to soup – make a soup with bone broth – or try coconut milk and leftover meat and veggies

9. Sweet potato, sardines and a poached egg

10. Try substitution bacon for skirt steak and serve with pumpkin

11. Bake an egg in an avocado

12. Bone broth with an egg whisked in

13. Smoked salmon and fried eggs for a great protein boast

14. Smoked haddock with poached eggs and wilted spinach

No Time?

When you need a good, quick Paleo Breakfast and have no time to cook and prepare, here are some fast ideas:

15. Paleo Breakfast Casserole – the night before put your choice of ingredients in your slow cooker – and wake up to an instant hot breakfast

16. Egg muffins – cook these up with your favourite veggies and meat in a big batch – and help yourself from the fridge all week

17. Make up a batch of salmon and zucchini croquettes to dig into all week

18. Black Coffee

19. Got a couple of minutes? Scramble an egg in a mug in the microwave

20. The day before, roast some sweet potatoes, and some chicken and have waiting in a container ready for breakfast

21. Make up a breakfast salad the night before with nuts, olives, avocado – and dress with extra virgin olive oil to serve

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Grab & Go/ Travel

With no time to eat at home, these are some Paleo Breakfast ideas you can have on the go, eat on the road or perhaps at work.

22. Take a can of tuna/ mackerel/ kippers/ sardines and some pre-cut raw veggies

23. Make a Paleo trail mix with your favourite nuts and dried fruit

24. There’s nothing wrong with beef jerky for breakfast!

25. Hard boiled eggs travel well and can be prepared in advance

26. Make a BLT sandwich using capsicum (bell pepper) as the “bread”

27. Coconut yoghurt

28. Take a halved avocado and a spoon

29. Pork scratchings/ crackling/ rind (whatever you like to call it!)

30. Make up nut balls with nuts, seeds, spices and coconut oil and store in the fridge

SAD Substitutes

If you’re missing your old SAD breakfasts, there’s a Paleo Diet grain-free equivalent for almost everything…

31. Make a Paleo cereal with your favourite nuts, berries and seeds in a bowls of almond milk

32. Or try a Paleo cereal using dried fruit, seeds and nuts and serve with coconut milk and a pinch of cinnamon

33. Paleo granola can be made up from your choice of nuts and served with coconut milk

34. Make up banana bread with almond meal – and bananas!

35. A coconut muesli with nuts, seeds and coconut flakes served in coconut milk

36. Make up a noatmeal – or a Paleo porridge substitute using ground nuts, seeds, eggs and coconut milk

Leftovers

These deserve their own category! Make sure you cook up extra dinner the night before – and you have a ready made breakfast. What’s wrong with steak for breakfast? tweet this quote

37. Sauté onions and mushrooms – and last nights leftover meat and serve over poached eggs

Something Fancy

If you have the time, there are some great Paleo Breakfast Ideas that are perfect for an occasional treat. I very rarely use nuts and nut flours, but they are great for special occasions – and especially good for showing your SAD friends just what is possible when you go grain-free:

38. Paleo pancakes with almond meal take a bit more time, but are well worth the effort

39. Or try sweet potato pancakes

40. Waffles can be made with coconut flour or almond meal and served with a berry sauce

41. A Paleo NoOatmeal is far better than the SAD equivalent and can be prepared the night before, and cooked up in the morning

42. Raspberry Crepes made with coconut flour or almond meal served with fresh raspberries & whipped coconut cream – and a pinch of cinnamon

43. Scotch eggs; coat hardboiled eggs in Paleo Sausage mixture, cover in almond meal and baked – amazing with poached eggs

44. A Paleo platter with a selection of fruits, cold meats, pickles, olives, sundried tomatoes & blanched veggies

45. Make bacon baskets using a cake case as a mould and bake eggs in them

46. My salmon burgers

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47. Stuff capsicum (bell peppers) with salmon, mushroom and tomato and top with pine nuts

48. Sliced onion wrapped with smoked salmon on a bed of lettuce

49. Your favourite seafood & veggies

50. Serve scrambled eggs in an orange half

No Eggs!

It’s easy to make every Paleo Breakfast include eggs – and it can be easy to get fed up of eggs! Here are some egg free Paleo Breakfast Ideas:

51. Kippers and dried figs

52. Paleo Sausages and kimchi

53. Pan fried zuchinni served with guacamole

54. Stuffed portabello mushrooms

55. Sautee minced (ground) beef, greens, onions and carrots

56. Sausages with sauerkraut & stir fried veggies

57. Trout with mushrooms and tomato

58. Fry kidneys and serve with broccoli

all without eggs!

Intermittent Fasting for Breakfast?

Since I’ve been Paleo, I quite often skip breakfast altogether – have you tried skipping breakfast?

Paleo Breakfasts For Kids (and big Kids alike!)

If your family has recently gone Paleo, here are a few suggestions your children and toddlers will love!

59. Egg & roasted vegetable soldiers

60. Make berry muffins with eggs, coconut flour, nuts and berries

61. Raw or blanched veggies served with nut butter, guacamole and salsa dips

Paleo Vegetarian/ Vegan Options

If you still can’t face meat in the morning, how about these ideas? Or you could always try a smoothie!

62. Poached eggs and sweet potato (or even yam) hash browns

63. Saute some greens, squeeze on some lemon and add an egg

64. Fry eggs in a capsicum (bell pepper) ring or onion ring

65. Steamed broccoli with sweet potatoes

66. Mash up a hardboiled egg with avocado

67. Try scrambling eggs with mushrooms, onions and a homemade tomato salsa

Fruit Friendly?

It’s common to minimise fruit intake on a Paleo Diet, due to it’s high fructose content. If you’re targeting weight loss, it can be a good idea to minimise fruit and nuts. However, if you’re all for fruit, here are some fruity Paleo Breakfast Ideas. Remember berries have a lower fructose content and are loaded with antioxidants.

68. A nice simple fruit salad – served with whipped coconut cream

69. Even easier – a piece of fruit and a few berries

70. Make a warm fruit custard with eggs & coconut milk on the stove, nutmeg, cinnamon, berries a banana and some nuts

71. Chop up a kiwi fruit in coconut cream (or heavy cream if you do dairy too)

72. Wrap cubes of melon in prosciutto

Primal Breakfast Ideas

If your diet is more Primal than Paleo and you include some dairy, here are a few Primal Breakfast ideas for you.

73. Greek yoghurt with nuts, berries and your favourite spices

74. Apple and cheese is a winning combination!

75. Try the paleo cereal suggestions in raw milk instead of coconut

76. Bacon and tomato wrapped in cheese and lettuce wraps

Drinkable Breakfasts

A nice alternative – or something hand to have on the go is a smoothie or shake. There are some good options. Make sure you add in fat, perhaps an avocado or some coconut oil and enjoy your breakfast drink!

77. Green smoothies; try adding in Kale and spinach for a vitamin boast

78. Make an anti-oxidant berry smoothie with coconut milk

79. A veggie juice with coconut milk, carrots, broccoli and celery

80. A banana smoothie made with frozen bananas , coconut milk and almond butter

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration! I’d love to hear your favourite Paleo Breakfast Ideas in the comments below! What’s on your menu?

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo

 
 
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