Popular Paleo http://popularpaleo.com Making every bite count Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 My 5th Grader’s Gluten-Free Lunch http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/24/5th-graders-gluten-free-lunch/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/24/5th-graders-gluten-free-lunch/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:38:25 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=4095 Since learning that my daughter’s hypothyroid went autoimmune (Hashimoto’s), we are having to make some more strategic adjustments to her diet. I’m half way through a project which will help guide families through responding to an autoimmune diagnosis in your kiddo (or even yourself!), since Hashimoto’s or Grave’s is a different animal from just having […]

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Since learning that my daughter’s hypothyroid went autoimmune (Hashimoto’s), we are having to make some more strategic adjustments to her diet. I’m half way through a project which will help guide families through responding to an autoimmune diagnosis in your kiddo (or even yourself!), since Hashimoto’s or Grave’s is a different animal from just having a lazy or over-active thyroid. If you’d be interested to learn more about that, be on the lookout for my announcement that the series has launched. In fact, you can sign up to receive my update emails right now here on the margin. I’ll be announcing the release via my newsletter shortly.

But back to food and how you can send your kids to school with healthy (and frankly, fairly easy) lunches…

While my kiddos are generally gluten-free and eat only quality, full-fat organic dairy, we are always fine-tuning our dietary needs and preferences. Psssst… you should be too! Our bodies require different things at different times in our life, so it’s good to be flexible and regularly assess how you feel and if your meals and snacks need tweaking.

For my daughter, we are working to fully remove grains, dairy and up the nutrient-density in her meals. Paleo To Go! has helped me simplify this process, and I’m really grateful for the timing of that eBook coming out. It was just what we needed. The easy strategies and helpful worksheets have streamlined this for me.

Today I’m gonna do a quick post which highlights one of the meals I send along with my 5th grader now that we’re refocusing our efforts toward gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free nutrient-dense foods.

My daughter loves bell peppers, and while they are a nightshade and not ideal for autoimmune conditions, we’re using them as her veggie for this meal. Making the transition to an anti-inflammatory diet in stages with her is the best approach for us. Peppers are her favorite veggie, roast beef is her favorite cold-cut. I’ve rolled them together as her main protein in lieu of the sandwiches her classmates are likely eating. It helps her adapt to a grain-free meal (which is ideal for autoimmune conditions) without staring down an unappetizing meal mid-day.

Other favorites that we’ve thrown in are:

TIP: sectional lunch containers like this one and this one help to organize fresh foods and keep them from touching each other or getting smushed.

While this may look like a lot of food for a 10 year old, I think it’s about right. Here’s why:

  • Paleo To Go! advises packing more food than you think your kiddo may need ensuring they won’t be hungry and tempted to snack on a neighbor’s lunch
  • Insufficient calorie intake can be detrimental to thyroid function
  • She’s growing like a weed and it takes a lot of nutrients — both macro and micro — to give her body what it needs
  • If she happens to need a snack as a result of a particularly active or exciting day, she’s got it ready and waiting

I find that the best strategy for building fast lunches is to do a combination of fresh foods and pre-packaged/purchased foods. It’s a little easier to manage this approach 5 days a week than attempting to prepare everything from scratch. Also, my daughter doesn’t have the ability to warm her meal so we have to think in those terms. Whereas my pre-kindergartener can have his lunch warmed up, so his lunch is super easy. Leftovers, for the win!

  • leftover protein, purchased quality deli meat (like Applegate brand) or pasture-raised jerky (I get mine here)
  • healthy fats like olives, nuts and avocado (guacamole is great for dipping!)
  • fresh fruit and berries
  • snack bars
  • dried fruit/nut mixes like PrimalPacs
  • gluten-free chips or crackers
  • a treat using natural/unrefined sweeteners (click here for great options)
  • soups, stews and slow cooker meals reheated stove-top in the morning, then sent to school in a warmed thermos container

Here’s another example: Applegate Farms salami (gluten, casein free) wrapped around carrot sticks, black olives, extra orange bell peppers and carrots to dip in guacamole, a Larabar, some apple juice, an organic sweet potato baby food packet, a few white rice crackers, mandarins and some crap-free fruit snacks — PHEW! That’s quite a meal! She should probably have had a little more protein in this one, but I’m short on food and need to go to the grocery store today. Still managed to pull off something yummy and healthy though!

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Want more inspiration? Visit my friend over at Paleo Cupboard for her list of Paleo Kids Ideas!

*note: if a product doesn’t meet your standard, please don’t use it. This post is meant to showcase of an example of what I do for my daughter, which will hopefully inspire and help you to create healthy meals that meet your family’s needs. Also, I’m not a doctor and none of this is intended as medical advice.


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Paleo To Go is helping people stay healthy while away from their home kitchens. From recipes that hold and travel well to Paleo Parents Approved pre-made snacks and treats, this eBook is a hit!

Want to win a copy for FREE!? I’m giving one away to someone this week! Enter today and the winner will be announced next Saturday, September 27th!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Ensure you’ve signed up to receive email notifications from me. (Emails are strictly confidential and never shared)



2) Head over to Paleo Parents.com to read through what you will get when you win Paleo To Go, then come back to me here. (*hangs out while you open a new tab…) See! There’s a LOT of good material in there, right? I’m already putting their strategies to use in my house and finding it super helpful.

Pssst… Paleo Parents are producing awesome resources right now, including their third book Real Life Paleo, which is currently available for pre-order. It’s their best yet!

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Paleo To Go is Legit! http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/10/paleo-to-go/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/10/paleo-to-go/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:01:19 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3999 I’ve just wrapped up reading the latest eBook by Paleo Parents and I cannot rave about this one enough! Paleo To Go is legit! This eBook addresses one of the major issues we have to tackle when transitioning to Paleo: how the heck to do we eat when we’re on the go? It’s a big […]

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I’ve just wrapped up reading the latest eBook by Paleo Parents and I cannot rave about this one enough! Paleo To Go is legit!

This eBook addresses one of the major issues we have to tackle when transitioning to Paleo: how the heck to do we eat when we’re on the go? It’s a big deal for a lot of us. And Paleo To Go has the answer.

The team at Paleo Parents have created a fantastic roster of homemade recipes for everyone in the family.  Awesome recipes like Creamy Ranch Coleslaw, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Blueberry Breakfast Cookie, Ants on a Log with Homemade Sunbutter–the list goes on.

But not everything can be made from scratch. You know it and they know it.  Thankfully there are many companies out there lead by hardworking people creating products using whole, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Supporting them is always a good idea. Stacy & Matt highlight the snacks and treats their family frequently tucks in their lunch boxes and to-go bags for you to consider as well.

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Their team has also highlighted a couple products they use for their to-go needs for work, school and travel. Stacy packs her own food daily for work and their kiddos are sent to school with homemade lunches as well.  As a blogger, I totally appreciate this candid window into their family’s life. They show how this task is approachable and manageable for any family.

So, if you:

  • bring your own meals to work or school
  • pack home lunches for your kids
  • travel and require your own meals while en route
  • spend a lot of time in your car or away from home

this eBook is for you.

No detail is spared in this eBook; it’s written with your health at the forefront.

  • All recipes are flagged according to 8 of the most common allergies, so you know which ones are right for you.
  • Recipes span categories from protein-focused to protein-veggie recipes, plus snacks and treats.
  • They teach how to build a healthy meal in terms of protein, vegetables, fats and treats and also provide several sample meals for various scenarios, like lunches for an adult or kid and several snack combinations.

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Creamy Ranch Coleslaw from Paleo To GoAlso, each purchase comes with 6 really great coupons to companies like EPIC bar, Caveman Cookies and Misson Heirloom’s yuca crackers (which I can personally vouch for — they’re delicious!). This way you can save a few bucks if you decide to test out any of the products and snacks they recommend.

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Not to sound like a total nerd-slash-fan of Paleo Parents’ work, but there’s a great package deal going on right now with 3 Phase Paleo too. You can buy both Paleo To Go AND 3 Phase Paleo together and get them both for 25% off, paying only $29.93 for both (really awesome) eBooks. I recently discovered 3 Phase Paleo and absolutely loved their strategy which focuses on making the leap to Paleo in three manageable steps. It’s excellent.

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Psssst… this is an eBook. This means you won’t receive an actual, hard-copy, paper print of the book, but rather a PDF file which you download instantly onto your device of choice. If you are not familiar with eBooks, it’s a good idea to skim an article or two, so you know what you’re buying.  The PDF is yours to keep forever after you’ve saved the file to your device. Easy peasy!

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10 Ways to Top Your Sweet Potato http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/08/ways-top-sweet-potato/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/08/ways-top-sweet-potato/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:56:50 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=4010 With summer coming to an end, the pace around the house has changed. Tis the season for make ahead meals that are affordable, easy to prepare and frankly, taste really great at the end of a long day. And I know us moms out there are scouring Pinterest during our sporadic 90-second windows of solitude throughout the day, searching […]

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With summer coming to an end, the pace around the house has changed. Tis the season for make ahead meals that are affordable, easy to prepare and frankly, taste really great at the end of a long day. And I know us moms out there are scouring Pinterest during our sporadic 90-second windows of solitude throughout the day, searching for some healthy inspiration to call dinner in just a few short hours.

Let me share with you one of the best recipe methods you can keep in your gluten-free arsenals: the loaded sweet potato…

10 ways to top your sweet potato! Gluten-free, dairy-free ideas for fast and healthy meals.

This concept rocks for a handful of reasons.

  • Top with just about any leftover protein from your bulk batch cooking day
  • Pre-bake and store in the fridge, saving you precious day-of cooking time
  • Excellent source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene (particularly the deep orange colored ones), potassium, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, magnesium and are widely approved for the various diet protocols within the Paleo umbrella
  • Affordable and can be purchased in bulk for even more savings

It can be a challenge to keep refreshing that meal rotation each week with recipes that aren’t a pain in the butt to make or cost a fortune to try out.  This method will allow you to change up every time, ensuring it’s always the perfect meal for you and the ones you’re feeding!

There are hundreds of ways you can spin this recipe…

However, here is the general plan of attack you’ll want to do in order to have this simple and tasty meal ready to go.

1. On your bulk meal prep day (or when you’ll be spending about an hour at home and can babysit the oven), pre-bake two sweet potatoes for the number of people that sit at your dinner table. {One for loading, one for another recipe} So for my family of four, I pre-bake about six to eight sweet potatoes for the week.

2. Make pulled pork, crock pot chicken, basic taco meat (or even taco soup!)… You get the idea, bulk meat prep of some kind that is prepared ahead of time and can hold in the refrigerator for a couple days.

3. Pick your busiest day of the week and combine warmed pre-baked sweet potatoes with reheated bulk protein prep and finish it off with yummy things like a bold sauce, slathered in ghee, sprinkled with fresh herbs and garnishes like sliced jalapeño, finely diced red onion, a squeeze of lime, a drizzle of raw honey, a sprinkle of sesame seeds or chopped nuts… Whatever sounds good to you.

Time to talk recipes! Let me walk you through some excellent examples of how to load that sweet potato right.

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The first is my Loaded Sweet Potato with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. I made this zesty sauce to enhance the pulled pork I made a day or so prior and threw all of it over a potato… such a good idea.  Head’s up if you make the sauce: it’s really really good on eggs. And avocados. And sautéed shrimp. And… ok, I’ll stop there.

I shared this recipe on my Facebook page a while back. Paleo Foodie Kitchen’s Hasselback Sweet Potato is exactly the kind of thing I want for dinner. I love the faux-cheese sauce she makes to go with this dish. I’m a big fan of nutritional yeast and enjoy recipes that include it.

Civilized Caveman’s Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are filled with bacon, apples, spinach and other goodies, this creative idea is perfect for fall! It’s nutrient-dense and full of contrasting textures… The answer is YES!

Loaded Turkey-Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from PaleOMG comes highly rated! It’s a meal-in-one kind of recipe that packs some heat… the Red Hot hot sauce kind, that is.  So if you like a little spice with your potato, you’ll want to try this one out sometime.

Such a beautiful dish by the Domestic Man! His version of a loaded sweet potato involves runny fried eggs, fresh kale and silky sautéed mushrooms. I’ll admit that after I saw this recipe I put it straight on my week’s meal plan… I must haz.

Primally Inspired has a homemade BBQ sauce that she showcases on her loaded sweet potatoes. Though there are store-bought options available, a whole lot of folks really do prefer to keep sauces scratch-made. If you’re looking for some good BBQ, check out what Kelly cooked up.

After doing an AIP trial last month and now eating a modified version of the anti-inflammatory diet, AIP recipes have become a priority to me. Here’s a loaded sweet potato recipe that takes care of all you nightshade-free, nut-free, dairy-free, fun-free eaters out there. #thestruggleisreal  The Curious Coconut is showcasing Grok Grub’s impressive Bacon Garlic Short-Rib Loaded Sweet Potatoes…and you don’t want to miss it.

For a creative spin, consider smashing that sweet potato! Stupid Easy Paleo peels, mashes and fries her sweet potato before loading it. You can bet that crunchy outside and creamy smooth inside tastes friggin awesome with some pulled pork, avocado slices and a couple runny fried eggs!

Here’s another way to work it: load the skins! Fed & Fit shows us a Paleo take on loaded potato skins with her recipe. You really can’t go wrong with roasted sweet potatoes, bacon, and some sliced scallions. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s perfect for lunch, snacks, apps, and dinner.

And while we’ve moved to sweet potato skins, BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato Skins just makes sense. I love the versatility you can get with a potato skin. Making double the batch for dinner gives you leftovers for lunch the next day. How perfect would these be with some avocado, sliced bell peppers, a handful of olives and maybe some fresh pineapple? I’d call that lunch any day.


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Lime Chimichurri Grilled Drumsticks http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/03/limechimichurridrumsticks/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/09/03/limechimichurridrumsticks/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:00:53 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3892 Apparently once a year I get a wild hair to cater a wedding. Last year was for some friends of mine, where guests ate awesome Mediterranean Meatballs, Shrimp Scampi, Primavera Quinoa Salad, and fruit kabobs (you can get those recipes on this post). This time around the guest list doubled and the location got more […]

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Apparently once a year I get a wild hair to cater a wedding. Last year was for some friends of mine, where guests ate awesome Mediterranean Meatballs, Shrimp Scampi, Primavera Quinoa Salad, and fruit kabobs (you can get those recipes on this post). This time around the guest list doubled and the location got more interesting… it was small town Montana or bust for this girl! Yep, I had the privilege of feeding about 175 people at a rural county fairground pavilion. And by fairground I mean about a city block’s worth of dirt and gravel with a few shabby metal structures to shelter the areas where animals get to show their stuff after receiving a surprising amount of primping–not a ferris wheel in sight.

And I loved it.

I’ll write about the experience later, but for now I want to share with you one of the recipes served: Lime Chimichurri Grilled Drumsticks. These were perfect alongside pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, broccoli salad, macaroni salad and fresh fruit. Note that this was not a Paleo wedding… I’ll cook for anyone ;-) The groom is a firefighter for the town, so hearty pulled pork sandwiches was a natural choice for the main protein. To partner with it, I wanted a bright and tangy protein to highlight the savory pork and these drumsticks did not disappoint!

Traditional chimichurri uses red wine or even white wine vinegar as the acid, but I thought limes would be a fun play on the sauce. I thought it tasted pretty good when I did my test batch at home, so why not put it in front of a million strangers and see if they agree? Thankfully, they did.

Ingredients:
2 pounds drumsticks
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp lime zest (from one lime)
pinch of red chili flakes
1 large clove of garlic, well minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
about 5 grinds of fresh black pepper
1/4 cup lime juice (from about 3 limes)
1/4 cup olive or avocado oil
Optional: extra chopped cilantro and fresh limes to garnish

Prep:
Prepare the marinade by combining the parsley, cilantro, lime zest and juice, red chili flakes, garlic, salt, and chosen oil in a food processor.

Add the marinade and drumsticks to a large, sealable plastic bag or a dish with a secure lid. Marinade overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).

Transfer the drumsticks to an oven-proof baking dish without any of the excess marinade. So just lift it out and allow the marinade to drip away a bit before putting the chicken in the baking dish. Discard the marinade.

Cover with foil or a secure glass lid and bake at 350°F for about 35 to 40 minutes. This should par cook the chicken.

If you were meal prepping for the week and didn’t want to fully cook this recipe, you could refrigerate the chicken again at this point, then pick it back up another day and finish on the grill.

To finish the dish, grill the chicken at a medium-low heat (between 250°F to 300°F is about right) to allow the skin to crisp. It’s usually about 5 to 7 minutes per side at that temperature. Grilling to hot and fast will likely set your chicken on fire as that fat renders out from the skin, so try to avoid rushing it.

Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro, if desired.

If you’d prefer to just grill the marinaded chicken, which is totally fine, it will take about 30 minutes total. Get the grill up to about 400°F so the grill is preheated.  Then place the chicken down, close the lid and reduce the temperature to low, around 250°F to 300°F. (Again, keeping that temp to high will ignite the fat.) Turn the chicken about 5 to 7 minutes in, once the chicken can be lifted without any skin sticking to the grates. Meat will naturally release from the grill when it is ready to be turned, which gives you a nice safety net if grilling is a newer thing for you. Finish with fresh lime and cilantro before digging in!


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Your Paleo Slow Cooker Guide for Fall! http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/29/paleo-slow-cooker-guide-fall/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/29/paleo-slow-cooker-guide-fall/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:15:32 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3897 Fall is here and in my home it means the kids are going back to school — can I get a hallelujah!?  So while my days free up just a bit, my afternoons and evenings get fairly busy. This kind of schedule is ideal for slow cookers!  After dropping the kids off, I head back home and get […]

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Fall is here and in my home it means the kids are going back to school — can I get a hallelujah!?  So while my days free up just a bit, my afternoons and evenings get fairly busy. This kind of schedule is ideal for slow cookers!  After dropping the kids off, I head back home and get dinner loaded up in the Crock Pot. The peace of mind that comes with knowing a hearty meal will be waiting for us at the end of yet another busy day is surprisingly gratifying. I mean, am I really this happy that dinner is already knocked out by 11am? Embarrassingly yes, yes I am. {I feel like I need a pair of mom jeans and a fanny pack right now…}

But back to food. Some of my favorite recipes on this site fall under the slow cooker category–I hope you’ve had a chance to make one or two.  Be sure to skim those after you’ve read through this post–the super easy taco soup is a great go-to recipe that’s very affordable.

So let’s talk slow cookers.

In general they seem to range between $20 and $200, depending on how many bells and whistles you’d prefer to have.  While the Cadillac of slow cookers would be a nice addition to any kitchen arsenal, you only need to keep a few basics in mind to get the job done.

  • make sure it is a size that will yield enough for your family
  • make sure it is large enough to accommodate most recipes (usually between 4.5 to 6.5 quarts)
  • a programmable option is excellent if you will be away from the kitchen longer than typical cook times call for
  • latches to secure the lid and basin are nice if you think traveling with your slow cooker may be in your future

Here are a handful of examples ranging from most expensive to most affordable:

Cuisinart Steam Saute        touch screen programmable   Hamilton Beach programmable        Programmable with travel latch

I just have to show you this one too. This triple slow cooker allows you to prepare THREE dishes at once! Between an average weekly meal of a main, side and dessert or hosting a buffet for holidays and parties, this thing is cool!

triple slow cooker

If you are reluctant to use a microwave to reheat your lunch at the office, remember that Crock Pot makes a portable lunch warmer for just $20. Load it up in the morning (or night before and keep the basin in the fridge), plug it in when you get to work, and by lunch your food will be ready to go. Note that this one doesn’t heat to a temperature which will cook food, it only warms.

One last word on products: plastic liners. They offer a tempting solution to tough clean up, but are they safe or dangerous? I mean, cooking plastic, often with highly acidic and fatty ingredients, doesn’t inherently feel like the healthiest decision at face value, but there may be more to the story. Here’s a review of the most popular product on the market to help you make the decision if they are right for you. Apparently they are BPA-free and approved by the FDA, but it still weirds me out.

Troubleshooting

While slow cookers may seem like a fool-proof cooking method, it is possible to have trouble from time to time. My friend Stephanie over at Stupid Easy Paleo wrote a post about 6 common slow cooker problems and how you can fix them. If you’re having issues, check her post to see if it’s something she can help with.

She covers:

  • meat turning out tough or dry
  • food that’s too liquidy
  • no automatic shut off/timer
  • too much food is made
  • food cooked unevenly
  • unsure which setting to use

Tip!    Did you know that you can hack your slow cooker and convert it into a programmable crock pot or even a sous vide machine? Jason from PaleoPot shows you how to knock out the ultimate slow cooker DIY project HERE.

Cookbooks

Hands down, The Paleo Slow Cooker is THE book you need to buy. Myself and others have been cooking from it for a little over a year now and it always gets rave reviews. The Ropa Vieja recipe is my personal favorite. There’s also a stuffing recipe that is excellent for the holidays!

If you prefer to keep your recipes on digital format, there’s an affordable eBook with original recipes for just $2.99 on Amazon.


Recipes!

Time to highlight the BEST part about slow cookers: the food! I’m showcasing 15 recipes for beef, chicken and pork that are great for fall. You’ll find these dishes are full of flavor, make great leftovers and are affordable, generally speaking. What I love is that each recipe highlights quality meat, vegetables, bone broth and smart spices. This is Paleo food at its best!

Beef:

1. Crock Pot Mocha Rubbed Roast  *my fave!

2. Slow Cooker Beef Roast

3. Crock Pot Chili

4. Garlic Short-Rib Loaded Sweet Potatoes *AIP friendly

5. Ancho Chili Short Ribs

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Chicken:

1. Curried Chicken Stew

2. Rotisserie Crock Pot Chicken

3. Slow Cooker Chocolate Chicken Mole *my fave!

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Breast with Figs

5. Cilantro Lime Chicken

 

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Pork:

1. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig *my fave!

2. Chipotle Pork with Pineapple Slaw

3. Slow Cooker Pork Shanks

4. Slow Cooker Chili Verde

5. Slow Cooker Italian Pork Roast

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Forget Cold Turkey… Go Paleo in Phases! http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/22/3phasepaleo/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/22/3phasepaleo/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:15:10 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3894 Welcome to your ticket to Paleo… one step at a time. I know how intimidating Paleo can be to adopt. Going “cold turkey” works for some, but many, particularly those with a reluctant spouse or older children accustomed to processed foods and drinks, are often met with resistance. Let’s face it, it’s quite a leap […]

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3 Phase Paleo by Paleo Parents

Welcome to your ticket to Paleo… one step at a time.

I know how intimidating Paleo can be to adopt. Going “cold turkey” works for some, but many, particularly those with a reluctant spouse or older children accustomed to processed foods and drinks, are often met with resistance. Let’s face it, it’s quite a leap to go from microwaved oatmeal packets and cereals for breakfast to leftover salmon, bone broth soups and veggie-loaded egg scrambles.

So don’t force it.

The Paleo Parents have designed 3 Phase Paleo to ease you through the process.  Here’s how their plan works:

3 Phase Paleo by Paleo Parents

I believe in this model 110%

Breaking this transition into manageable phases that allows everyone in your home to adjust is key to making lasting changes away from unwanted and unhealthy habits.

3 Phase Paleo comes in electronic form — meaning you download the files immediately and can begin putting the first phase into practice right away (or maybe in a day or two… after you take a few deep breaths and assure yourself that you CAN do this).

3 Phase Paleo by Paleo Parents

Buy it! 3 Phase Paleo

This program is loaded with the delicious comfort food recipes the Paleo Parents are known for.

 On a personal note, their book Beyond Bacon still remains to be one of my favorite Paleo cookbooks. I learned how to render lard from them and was completely won over by their Salted Mocha Biscotti. I really really love their food — and I’m sure you will too!

Since I’m sure you’re wondering what you’ll be eating during your step-by-step transition, here is a sneak peek at some of the recipes included in this package.

3 Phase Paleo by Paleo Parents

3 Phase Paleo by Paleo Parents

3 Phase Paleo

OK. It’s decision time.

With 3 Phase Paleo you get expert advice, a detailed guide to follow for overhauling your pantry and 75 fantastic recipes from Paleo veterans who have lost a combined 200 pounds — all while raising a young family. Their inspiring story can be yours as well.

Their inherent compassion is felt throughout 3 Phase Paleo. I especially love their foundational principles that reminds us all that this lifestyle is not about perfection, it’s not all or nothing. It is, however, about making the best choices you can and remembering that a bad choice doesn’t make you a bad person.

This is empowering stuff.

You know what to do…

Buy it! 3 Phase Paleo.

 

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20 Ways You Know You’re Paleo http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/20/20-ways-know-youre-paleo/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/20/20-ways-know-youre-paleo/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:39:53 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=2902 As an outsider, Paleo can look pretty strange. When I first scoped it out I literally laughed out loud — no way would you see me eating leftover fish and some sautéed greens for breakfast. And yes, I was among those who reaffirmed the love of all things pasta and cheese and vowed never to part […]

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As an outsider, Paleo can look pretty strange. When I first scoped it out I literally laughed out loud — no way would you see me eating leftover fish and some sautéed greens for breakfast. And yes, I was among those who reaffirmed the love of all things pasta and cheese and vowed never to part from them. But a year later I was still feeling terrible despite a low calorie, chemically sweetened, pro-soy, whole grain filled diet. (Doing everything we’re supposed to do, right?) So I dusted off that copy of The Paleo Diet I ordered the year prior, and gave it an honest read. The rest is history.

Now that I’ve become one of those people, I’m summing up 20 ways you too can know if you’ve become a Paleo convert! We gotta stick together, after all. ;-)

1. You get super excited when dessert recipes showcase avocado, zucchini or beets as a secret ingredient.

2. You give serious consideration to paying between $5 and $10 for a single pre-made Paleo product just to spare yourself the effort of making it from scratch.

3. When you see food you think about it in terms of micronutrients. For example, others see an egg. You see protein, Omega-3, selenium, choline, biotin, iodine, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, pantothenic acid and Vitamins A, B, D, E, K.

And yes, you eat the yolks

4. At a party you only eat the pastured, nitrate-free bacon, plantain chips made with virgin coconut oil and fresh guacamole… that you brought with you. Cause you bring food with you wherever you go now.

5. You love explaining to people over and over again why whole grains are, in fact, not heart healthy.

6. Just the thought of eating Taco Bell turns your stomach upside down.

7. Meeting the animals you plan on having in your freezer in a few short months isn’t at all awkward.

8. The beginning of your order at a restaurant starts with “Ok, this is gonna sound strange, but I need…”

9. You know more than 5 ways to use coconut oil and can break down its health benefits without blinking an eye.

10. You order a side of meat to add onto the salad that already comes with meat. And skip the dressing, of course.

11. When you see the fat content in a recipe you smile instead of wince.

12. You’re prepared to put grocery store checkers through their paces when you buy vegetables. I mean, it’s not their fault they don’t see plantains, jicama, turnips, celeriac, horseradish root, bok choy, or tomatillos come down that conveyor belt all that often.

13. Canned sardines and smoked oysters are welcome at any venue, even when traveling by air. (see #4) You may have even offered it to your neighbors just to demonstrate their deliciousness.

14. You don’t even think about calories and serving sizes anymore.

15. A recipe calling for 8 eggs sounds completely reasonable.

16. You’ve declared, more than once, that Paleo is not a diet–IT’S A LIFESTYLE!

17. If it ain’t jiggling, it ain’t bone broth.

18. You’ve traded flowers for vegetables in your yard.

19. You’ve thought to yourself more than once that you really do need to get more organ meats into your diet…

20. You totally get what is meant by the hashtag #morevegetablesthanavegetarian

What would you add to this list?

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9 Weekly Staples For My Paleo Family http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/15/9-weekly-staples-families/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/15/9-weekly-staples-families/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:46:51 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3013 For kicks, I thought I would share with you guys the foods we seem to rely on from week to week. Since we all have different needs (medical, allergies, preferences, tolerances, activity levels, etc.), I’m betting this list looks different from household to household, but in general there are some centerpieces that seem to get […]

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For kicks, I thought I would share with you guys the foods we seem to rely on from week to week. Since we all have different needs (medical, allergies, preferences, tolerances, activity levels, etc.), I’m betting this list looks different from household to household, but in general there are some centerpieces that seem to get the job done for most people.

Here’s what the food situation at my house looks like on any given week.

A BIG BATCH OF PROTEIN (or two)

Taco meat loaded with veggies, pulled pork or carnitas, and a hearty slow cooker meal like Balsamic Chicken & Sausage happens at least twice a week. With four mouths to feed, having pre-made, full-flavor protein at your finger tips is how fast food is done in Paleo. For us, a big batch of taco meat always hits the spot. I cook up two pounds of grass-fed ground beef with a handful of vegetables and keep it ready to go in storage containers. It’s right there when I need to make:

  • fast taco salad or lettuce wraps for lunch
  • layered over a baked potato and topped with guacamole or diced avocado
  • a frittata
  • spooned over fresh plantain chips (like in Well Fed!) for awesome nachos!

Plus, I can toss any leftovers into the slow cooker with more tomatoes, bone broth and veggies and you’ve got no-brainer taco soup!


KALE CHIPS

My family inhales these! I literally go into a kale-chip-baking-session for an hour because before the next batch comes out of the oven the previous one is gone. I buy large bags of organic kale from my wholesale retailer, slather them in quality grass-fed butter or avocado oil, lay them out on my silicone baking sheet and go to town on these nutritious, crunchy snacks!

Don’t have time to make them yourself? You can choose from a handful of flavors on Barefoot Provisions (pssssst… they also carry Snip Chips, which are awesome too).


BAKED SWEET POTATOES

No matter which protocol you follow, sweet potatoes usually get a green light. I tend to bake 4 to 6 sweet potatoes with my weekly bulk prep and use them a couple different ways:

  • reheated with chopped apples, grass-fed butter and cinnamon for a warm breakfast
  • served alongside leftover meat for an easy lunch
  • warmed at dinner for a quick baked potato side dish
  • peel the skin off and mash (Spicy Lime Sweet Potato Mash is pretty delicious!)
  • smashed and rebaked at 400°F for about 20-25 minutes for crispy smashed taters (great to pile meat on!)
  • you can even make sweet potato pancakes with it!

They are seriously a staple in our home. And by the way, did you know that sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash cook for the same amount of time at the same temperature? 400°F for about 40 to 45 minutes. Two birds with one stone!


KOMBUCHA

Store bought kombucha can run from $2.50 a bottle to even $7.00 a bottle! Yikes! I make mine at home using a homebrew system, which after you make the initial investment costs pennies per batch to brew. It’s absolutely one thing you need to get yourself set up with. Kombucha contains critical probiotics, acids and enzymes that regulate your gut and restore it to a healthy state. Partnering the benefits of this fermented tea with the standard principles of Paleo eating and you’ve got an iron-proof gut.

I add it to my morning smoothie to get some probiotics to start the day. Smoothies are also a great way to help your kids adjust to the sour taste.  Mine have grown accustomed to it now, but in the beginning adding it to smoothies or cutting it with juice worked to get it into their daily diet.


HARD-COOKED & SCOTCH EGGS

I bake about 12 to 24 eggs (yes, BAKE them) every week. Then I take about 6 and make Scotch Eggs. I usually just do a basic breakfast sausage, but sometimes I get creative with recipes like Spicy Chorizo or Maple Walnut. If you’ve never had one, these sausage-wrapped hard-cooked eggs might just blow you away with flavor and convenience.

For the plain hard-cooked eggs, they are critical for quick lunch plates and afternoon snacks. Grab a couple eggs along with some sliced veggies, an avocado and some berries and you’ve got a fast meal or snack (depending on how much you’ve loaded your plate) with minimal effort.

And if we don’t manage to cruise the whole lot of them? Egg salad and a variety of deviled eggs are always there to make sure nothing goes to waste.


LOTS OF GREENS

From spinach in smoothies to a runny fried egg over arugula, leafy greens are always there when you need them. We all know how nutrient dense these are, so I make it a goal to have at least have one handful of them for at least two meals daily. In fact, one of my favorite things to eat right now is salad for breakfast. Trust me, a couple handfuls of arugula with two runny fried eggs on top (and maybe some bacon on the side) is heaven.

When I’m busy making everyone else’s breakfasts and lunches and running out the door for morning drop offs, I tend to make this smoothie to take along in my single serve blender:

- 1/2 avocado
- big handful of organic baby spinach
- frozen organic berries
- some coconut milk
- some probiotic juice or kombucha
- collagen hydrolysate

This gets me fueled up and through the morning push before I can get back to my kitchen and make a warm meal.

Otherwise for lunch and dinner, I find sneaky ways to get collards, chard, kale, etc into our family’s main meals, like with Italian Mushroom Bake for a fast meal or Spinach Guacamole on taco night. This Rainbow Chard with Hazelnuts goes over pretty well too.


SAUERKRAUT

Kind of a weird thing to eat weekly if you’re not already on the fermented foods bandwagon, but if you are then you totally get it. We eat sauerkraut like a side dish and especially love it with grilled sausages or grass-fed hot dogs (yes, those exist). It makes an easy lunch or dinner, and I’ve been known to have a little on the side with breakfast too. It helps keep a healthy gut and that’s one of the main things Paleo is all about.

Here’s a fun way to eat your kraut for breakfast: use crispy bacon as a scoop!

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Find raw kraut in your health food store or be brave and make it yourself. Here’s a resource to get you started.


 

GARBAGE HASH OR FRITTATA

Ok, we’re not really eating trash–but we are clearing out the fridge! Frittatas are the perfect way to use leftover meats and veggies at the end of the week. I’ve used up smoked salmon, pulled pork, sausage and peppers, kale and bacon, pesto — you name it, making these delicious things.  They cook quick, are good at room temp or warmed up, make great to-go lunch material and are loaded with the stuff we Paleo folks thrive on: protein, fat and vegetables.


 

APPLES

Just keeping things real… we eat a fair amount of apples. They are perfect any time of day. Chopped and cooked with cinnamon and coconut oil for breakfast, sliced with some nut butter with lunch or snack and it makes a great dessert, like this Superfood Apple Crisp.  Since they are regularly on Environmental Working Group’s list of produce’s Dirty Dozen, this is one fruit I recommending buying organic.

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80/20 Has No Place in Paleo http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/01/8020-place-paleo/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/08/01/8020-place-paleo/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:57 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3795 I don’t usually post things like this on my blog, but some comments popped up on social media this week that I thought I would discuss. This whole notion of 80/20 eating while on Paleo. Is this a thing? To me, it seems to contradict everything that I know Paleo to be, so in case some […]

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I don’t usually post things like this on my blog, but some comments popped up on social media this week that I thought I would discuss. This whole notion of 80/20 eating while on Paleo. Is this a thing? To me, it seems to contradict everything that I know Paleo to be, so in case some of you are mulling this concept around, I want to bring us all back to center: the 80/20 approach has no place in the Paleo diet.

This is one of those remnant concepts from the diet industry’s status quo that appears to have bled into Paleo. The idea that we should eat unacceptable, damaging foods a portion of the time without consequence.  But that just doesn’t make sense.

Let’s stop for a second and remind ourselves what Paleo is and why we do it. Paleo:

  • removes inflammatory foods
  • restores gut health by fortifying the barrier between in and outside of the body
  • fosters a healthy psychological relationship with food
  • helps to balance blood sugar, hormones and hormone-dependent functions
  • inherently provides adequate micro- and macro-nutrients
  • allows for personalization based on individual needs
  • eliminates processed foods riddled with toxins, refined sugars, gluten, preservatives, food dyes and other harmful manufactured non-food ingredients
So if you’re not eating 100% Paleo, then what are you eating?

Lets remember that Paleo is a spectrum, not a black/white, pass/fail, yes/no temporary diet meant to accomplish cheap short-term results. At its core Paleo is a personal conversation with your body, figuring out what works and what doesn’t—or better yet, what is necessary and what is unnecessary.  For some, white rice, baby red potatoes and grass-fed butter are necessary or can be eaten without physical consequences, for others they’re actually somewhat damaging. An athlete’s version of Paleo looks much different than a person who is using Paleo to manage medical conditions.  We should anticipate some diversity on our neighbor’s plate.

Paleo is not a one-sized fits all.

There’s a difference between navigating your ideal place on the Paleo spectrum and kidding yourself into thinking that eating destructive foods 20 percent of the time is acceptable. Cause it’s kinda not. I mean, from time to time we’ll eat things that aren’t ideal, and that’s fine.  But the idea that we would intentionally eat cookies or frozen gluten-free waffles or soybean oil in 20 percent of our daily meals is just not consistent with restoring health. Even Chris Kresser agrees, especially when it comes to autoimmunity and thyroid health: “There’s no “80/20″ rule when it comes to gluten. Being “mostly” gluten-free isn’t going to cut it. If you’re gluten intolerant, you have to be 100% gluten-free to prevent immune destruction of your thyroid.”

Ultimately for anyone practicing Paleo 80 percent of the time, it means that you acquire only a compromised portion of the benefits of the diet. In effect, your gut remains 20 percent more compromised,  your fat cells retain 20 percent more toxins, your body remains 20 percent more inflamed (and if you’ve got any kind of autoimmune conditions, that’s a big problem) and your cravings for unhealthy junk foods linger. Of course, those aren’t actual figures, it’s just an illustration as to the inefficiency of regularly allowing damaging foods into your diet as part of your daily practice.

Here’s another thing…

Why are we afraid to commit to something 100%? Why is it perceived to be extreme or restrictive if we choose to adhere to our values and beliefs exclusively? I mean, if someone feels that it’s acceptable to make a bazillion recipes out of boxed cake mixes and fat free cream cheese, few bat an eye at them. But if you, me–WE–choose to stick to foods that existed at any time in nature because we feel awesome this way, somehow that’s weird? Wrongo, bongo.

If you’ve been convinced of something, such as the science behind gluten, dairy, pesticides, refined sugar, etc., why would you want to consume it 20 percent of the time? If you believe in what quality meat, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, fruit, nuts and seeds can do for your health, then rock that stuff! Break your ties to 80/20 “in moderation” thinking and commit!

Eat with intention and make every bite count, even the indulgences.

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Summer time in the Pacific Northwest where I live means lots of salmon will be hitting the grill. This recipe for Grilled Salmon with Chipotle Butter cooks up quick and is loaded with healthy fats and inflammation fighting Omega-3s. Finish the dish with a few slices of avocado, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice over the whole plate. It’s affordable, fast and super tasty (even for non-Paleo eaters)—AKA my kind of food!

Ingredients:
For the salmon
2 – 6 to 8 oz salmon filets (skin on)
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch chipotle chili powder
pinch ground coriander

For the Chipotle Butter
2 tbsp organic, grass-fed butter (room temperature)
pinch sea salt
2 tsp canned chipotle in adobo, finely chopped

Garnish: fresh cilantro and lime juice

Prep:
Preheat the grill to about 400°F to 450°F and season the salmon filets with the salt, chipotle chili powder and ground coriander. When the grill is hot, lay the seasoned salmon flesh side down and grill for 4 to 6 minutes.

Turn the salmon once, grilling the skin-side down for an additional 4 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness.

While the salmon is grilling, combine the room temperature butter with a pinch of sea salt and the finely chopped chipotles in adobo. Use a spoon to mix until the chipotles are evenly distributed throughout the butter. Set this aside at room temperature until the salmon is ready.

Once the salmon is done, remove it from the grill and add a dollop of chipotle butter on top. As the butter melts, spicy chipotle will run throughout the salmon, offering a silky kick to each bite.

Finish the salmon with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. It’s the perfect touch to round off a simple and savory grilled salmon dish.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For the salmon
  • 2 - 6 to 8 oz salmon filets (skin on)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • pinch chipotle chili powder
  • pinch ground coriander
  • For the Chipotle Butter
  • 2 tbsp organic, grass-fed butter (room temperature)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tsp canned chipotle in adobo, finely chopped
  • Optional: fresh cilantro and lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to about 400°F to 450°F and season the salmon filets with the salt, chipotle chili powder and ground coriander.
  2. When the grill is hot, lay the seasoned salmon flesh side down and grill for 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Turn the salmon once, grilling the skin-side down for an additional 4 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. While the salmon is grilling, combine the room temperature butter with a pinch of sea salt and the finely chopped chipotles in adobo. Use a spoon to mix until the chipotles are evenly distributed throughout the butter. Set this aside at room temperature until the salmon is ready.
  5. Once the salmon is done, remove it from the grill and add a dollop of chipotle butter on top.
  6. Finish the salmon with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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My Meals This Week: 5 Autoimmune Paleo Dinners http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/28/autoimmune-paleo-meal-plan/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/28/autoimmune-paleo-meal-plan/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:53:29 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3754 As it turns out, I’m a fan of nightshades and seed-based spices.  I seriously need an oversized foam finger to wear so I can cheer on all the beautiful bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeño, black pepper, cumin and coriander while I walk sadly by them in the grocery store.  I really thought that doing without ghee and […]

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My Meals This Week: 5 Autoimmune Paleo Dinners!
As it turns out, I’m a fan of nightshades and seed-based spices.  I seriously need an oversized foam finger to wear so I can cheer on all the beautiful bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeño, black pepper, cumin and coriander while I walk sadly by them in the grocery store.  I really thought that doing without ghee and eggs (and coffee!) were going to be the most difficult omissions with my AIP trial, but as it turns out I need F-L-A-V-O-R.  I’m having a hard time without these ingredients suddenly.

Sorry for the TMI, but I’m experiencing this strange phenomenon when I eat: meat and veggies are not sitting well… like at all… like I can barely choke them down anymore. This same thing happened to me when I did my Whole30 last fall. It’s as if my body is telling me to EAT SOMETHING ELSE ALREADY! Please tell me that I’m not the only one?

I’ve been at this AIP thing privately since early July (I just announced it late) and feel that with Ancestral Health Symposium around the corner, it’s time for me to start reintroducing some Paleo basics back into my diet, otherwise I might find myself in more than a few uncomfortable positions while I attend the event.

So while I’m carefully bringing a few items back in, I thought I’d plan for this week’s dinners with AIP recipes that sound pretty darn good–even without the nightshades and seed-spices.

A note on meal planning: I tend to base everything around dinner. I still drink matcha and a green smoothie for breakfast. It’s a habit I got into in the beginning and find that unless I’m reheating some (bone broth) soup, it’s really my favorite thing and totally hits the spot. I drop these ingredients in my single-serve blender and go about my morning.

My AIP Breakfast Smoothie:

Depending on when I have my smoothie, I sometimes skip lunch or just have a small salad with leftover protein. This combo is a favorite recently: my Balsamic Chicken recipe (modified) with Emerald Kale Salad from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. The hearty salad lasts for a day or so in the fridge making it really easy to grab when I don’t have much time to prepare a full lunch.

Emerald Kale Salad with Balsamic Chicken

With breakfast and lunch covered, here’s what I’m eyeballing for this week’s dinner:

Monday: Crock Pot!

Since I typically do my grocery shopping and house cleaning on Mondays, I don’t like to make super involved dinners. For that reason I love to break out my slow cooker to help save some time prepping dinner. I think I’ll whip up my Crock Pot Italian Beef sans tomatoes and red chili flakes. It’ll be great with the last of my bone broth and some roasted spaghetti squash!

Tuesday: AIP Pizza

I’m gonna try out this flatbread recipe I saw from a blog that’s new to me called He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. Pesto seems like a natural choice for a sauce I think I’ll top it with this one from AIP Lifestyle. I’ll probably pop a chicken in my slow cooker (like this recipe) with general spices like granulated garlic and onion, sea salt, and dried herbs. That’ll give me protein to top the pizza with and have for lunch the next day.

I normally don’t bother with desserts, but this Mango Sorbet with Mint from Meatified looks ridiculously good (and easy to make!)

Wednesday: Burrito Bowl

This is always good. I’m gonna do a super no-brainer pulled pork recipe like this one, pile it on a mound of Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice and top it with Meatified’s Mango Guacamole.

Thursday: Cuban-Inspired

My friend Rach’s over at the awesome blog Meatified is writing an AIP cookbook and I’m lucky enough to get to try out a few of her awesome new creations!  Until I start cooking up some of those goodies, I’m gonna dive face first into her Mojo Chicken Avocado Cups that she guest posted on The Paleo Mom’s site back in May.

Friday: Hawaiian Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

By the end of the week I’m totally smoked. I don’t like to do big, involved meals. So burgers and fries to the rescue!

I seriously lurve a good Hawaiian Burger (especially with good mayo slathered all over it) and this one from A Clean Plate caught my eye. I think I’ll whip up some Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries sans chili to go with it!


 

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Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/24/roasted-garlic-stuffed-chicken/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/24/roasted-garlic-stuffed-chicken/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:10 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3693 It’s my first recipe that is (intentionally) autoimmune protocol compliant! Ok, so it’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but cut me some slack… I’m new at this Can I just say that I have a whole new respect for the bloggers and cookbook authors out there that develop delicious recipes that meet the incredibly strict criteria […]

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It’s my first recipe that is (intentionally) autoimmune protocol compliant! Ok, so it’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but cut me some slack… I’m new at this ;-)

Can I just say that I have a whole new respect for the bloggers and cookbook authors out there that develop delicious recipes that meet the incredibly strict criteria involved with AIP? I’m thumbing through a copy of Mickey Trescott’s The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook right now and am seriously in awe. So for those of you who are scoping out Paleo in general feeling a sense of relief for the nomtastic recipes folks have developed, let me tell you that I totally relate.

What I love about this chicken recipe is that it was very fast to put together–30 minute meal material!  I already had the roasted garlic on hand and I picked up a couple jars of artichoke hearts at Costco that morning, so those were ready to go. The rest of the ingredients are basic household staples for me.

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Here’s how to make roasted garlic:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C)
  • Remove excess skin from the head of garlic and slice off the top just enough to expose a few of the cloves.
  • Place in a ramekin or on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Cover the ramekin with foil or secure the foil packet so that no air or oil escapes.
  • Roast for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the garlic from the oven and allow to cool slightly before handling (opening the packet will release hot steam).

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Serves: 6
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  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 9-10 artichoke hearts (about 2 cups worth)
  • 1 tsp coarse grain sea salt (1/2 tsp for fine grain salt)
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley (folded and packed)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • a few handful of organic baby spinach
  • additional pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. If you are going to use bamboo skewers to secure the chicken, soak them in room temperature water while the recipe is prepared. They will catch on fire on the grill if they aren't fully soaked.
  2. Add the cloves from a head's worth of roasted garlic along with the artichoke hearts, sea salt and flat-leaf parsley into a food processor.
  3. Pulse a couple times to break down the ingredients, then stream in the olive oil while pureeing the mixture.
  4. Butterfly six boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  5. Scoop equal amounts of the artichoke mixture and spread into the pocket on the butterflied chicken breast. Top the mixture with a small handful of raw baby spinach.
  6. Carefully fold the chicken breast back together and secure the open side with the soaked bamboo skewers.
  7. Add a sprinkle of additional sea salt to the top of the chicken.
  8. Preheat the grill to medium-high or about 400°F, then place the chicken down in a single layer.
  9. Grill each side for 5 to 7 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with additional chopped flat-leaf parsley, if desired.

Don’t need to make this AIP? Add a few grinds of black pepper and a pinch of red chili flakes to the filling! And if you eat dairy, add a couple ounces of goat cheese or a half cup of quality parmesan cheese to the filling! Super yum!


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Popular Paleo Goes Autoimmune Paleo http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/22/popular-paleo-goes-autoimmune-paleo/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/22/popular-paleo-goes-autoimmune-paleo/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:20:05 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3698 For those who have been around the Paleo-sphere for a while now, you’ve likely heard the term “autoimmune paleo” or “AIP” floating around.  This is a precise way of eating which eliminates all inflammatory foods. So in addition to omitting grains, dairy, legumes, soy and refined sugars with the standard Paleo diet, AIP also omits […]

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Popular Paleo Goes AIP... for a little while.

For those who have been around the Paleo-sphere for a while now, you’ve likely heard the term “autoimmune paleo” or “AIP” floating around.  This is a precise way of eating which eliminates all inflammatory foods. So in addition to omitting grains, dairy, legumes, soy and refined sugars with the standard Paleo diet, AIP also omits eggs, nuts, seeds, seed-based spices and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, jalapeño, etc). It’s rough to say the least.

No one does AIP arbitrarily. The autoimmune protocol allows someone managing any number of autoimmune-related illnesses to eliminate all triggers from their diet in order to strategically reintroduce those foods, identifying which ones ring the inflammation alarm bells in their bodies. It’s temporary, it’s focused, and it’s intense. Recently I have come to the realization that, whether I like it or not, I’m sick. And while Paleo got me started in the right direction, with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and a raging case of endometriosis on board (not to mention this funky thing called an MTHFR and COM-T mutation), it’s time I start attacking this inflammation on a whole new level. So autoimmune protocol, it is.

These new perimeters have me feeling like a fish out of water–I’m totally reminded of what it was like to adopt Paleo all over again! Believe me, anyone who is in the Paleo community for health and healing will constantly be re-evaluating their nutrition needs. It’s not always easy to do, especially with a blog to run, but you get to see the real thing around here with me. So here’s where I’m at right now.

In order to get myself back on track, start attacking the rampant inflammation in my bod, and up the ante in the nutrition department, I’ve made several lifestyle changes:

  • Last month I gave up drinking coffee and now enjoy a nice cup of matcha tea instead from time to time.
  • I’ve reduced my overall calorie intake and eat according to autoimmune protocol perimeters
  • I eat or take the following items daily:
    • grass-fed gelatin or collagen hydrolyslate
    • CoQ10 supplements
    • turmeric supplements
    • organic coconut oil (at least a tablespoon)
    • SAM-e
    • methylated folic acid
    • herbal adrenal fatigue support formula
    • calcium-magnesium supplement
    • liquid Vitamin D
    • some form of fermented foods/drinks (like kombucha) or probiotics
  • I stopped CrossFitting (*sheds tear…) and doing ridiculous things like Tough Mudder and now go for walks and practice hot yoga a couple times a week to help with detoxing and relaxation. (I’m a total hot yoga junkie!)
  • I take naps when I’m tired and do everything I can to avoid being stressed. Rest is key for reducing inflammation and restoring healthy adrenal function!
  • I’ve also got something planned for the grass-fed beef liver I currently have waiting for me in the freezer–there will be more to come on that later!

I’ll still be posting recipes both AIP compliant and standard Paleo, but I thought that it would be good to let you guys in on what’s happening over here. I’ve been at this for a couple weeks now and have already noticed dramatic changes in my health. Also, I’ve discovered that I am highly reactive to tomatoes of all things! I was starving one night and we went out to eat. I forgot to ask that tomatoes be withheld from my lettuce-wrapped burger at a restaurant. I mean, how bad could a tomato be? Well, I found out! My hands turned red and were itching all night. So crazy…


Want to learn more about the autoimmune protocol for yourself? Here are the books I recommend reading to sink your teeth into the subject–and the food!

The Paleo Approach Cookbook coverThe Paleo Approach coverThe Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook


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Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/18/make-perfect-cup-matcha/ http://popularpaleo.com/2014/07/18/make-perfect-cup-matcha/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:11:04 +0000 http://popularpaleo.com/?p=3673 A couple months ago I started to question whether or not drinking coffee everyday was a good idea. Part of practicing Paleo is regularly assessing whether or not what’s currently on the menu is really helping you achieve your best health for the present circumstances. For me, I was becoming far too dependent on caffeine […]

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A couple months ago I started to question whether or not drinking coffee everyday was a good idea. Part of practicing Paleo is regularly assessing whether or not what’s currently on the menu is really helping you achieve your best health for the present circumstances. For me, I was becoming far too dependent on caffeine to get the job done, which was leading to carb and sugar cravings. That’s bad ju-ju for this girl.

In an effort to reclaim how my body produces and manages energy, as well as address the ever-present inflammation going on, I decided to give this funky green tea powder called matcha a shot.

The nutritional benefits of matcha over traditionally brewed tea (from leaves) are amplified since matcha is literally finely ground green tea leaves. So instead of steeping it, you’re drinking it.

Green tea powder helps to:

  • boost energy
  • support an efficient metabolism
  • detoxify your body naturally
  • reduce inflammation
  • keep you full

Sound too good to be true? Well, here’s the downside: it’s very strong and bitter-tasting.

Thankfully, there’s a way to get around the bitterness (outside of just adding way too much sweetener). My trick? Ground cinnamon. I find that cinnamon, which is also anti-inflammatory, compliments the strong flavor of matcha and brings it into balance.

Other turbo healthy components of this perfect cup of matcha include:

Here’s the PERFECT recipe for enjoying a cup of this fantastic tea.

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  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining ingredients in a large mug.
  3. Pour the hot water into the matcha mixture and combine well.
  4. I recommend using a single-serve blender or a handheld frother in order to emulsify the coconut oil.

Want to drink your matcha iced? Try this recipe from Cinnamon Eats!


Want another way to enjoy the health benefits of matcha? Try these Green Tea Mint Raw Organic Superchocolate bars from Fearless.


 

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Want more resources about matcha? Here are the sites I referenced when writing this post: bodybuilding.com, matchasource.com, sleepwarrior.com, and drweil.com


 

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