Warm Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Brussels sprout sweet potato hashWhen the temperature drops and the leaves begin to turn that’s my cue to make a switch from cooking my light summer salads to making entrees that are warmer, fuller and more conducive to the weather outside. This root vegetable hash is like a warm sweater. It warms my soul — or at least my belly.

It’s the perfect fall dinner — or breakfast — in my humble opinion. It’s hearty — with or without the chicken if your a vegetarian or would just rather nix it — and it is just the right amount of slutty without going completely off the reservation, thanks to the bacon and pouched egg.

So. Yum.

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Refreshing Cherry Paleo Sorbet Recipe

Paleo ice cream, paleo shaved iceThis recipe is kind of a cheat. It’s really just a frozen juice/smoothie that I’m trying to pass off as some form of glorified Paleo ice cream, but who cares? It’s delicious, good for you and reminds me of ice cream every time I eat it, so I don’t care if I’m “cheating.” You’ll be happy I did once you make it ūüôā

The recipe is actually similar to a traditional sorbet recipe, hence the name, which are mainly composed of fruit and a ton of added sugar. This is obviously without all that processed sugar, which is completely unnecessary anyway as the fruit is naturally sweet on its own.

You can do this with almost any smoothie or juice recipe. Things that incorporate starchier fruits like bananas tend to have a more ice cream-like consistency, while a straight-up juice — more watery, less smoothie-like in liquid form — will have more of a shaved ice feel, but honestly, either way is really yummy and will totally satisfy that craving of wanting a frozen dessert.

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Crunchy Paleo Granola Cereal Recipe

paleo granola, grain-free granola

I’ve taken a little cooking and blog-writing hiatus that comes along with having a newborn, but as my little one is getting bigger — and as I’m getting the hang of this whole “new mom” thang — I’m getting back in the kitchen.

Staying Paleo with a newborn turned out to be more difficult than I originally thought. I figured since I managed to stick to my clean-eating ways throughout my entire pregnancy, doing the same post-pregnancy would be cake, right? Wrong.

My little dude doesn’t like eggs. I love eggs. Eat-them-every-morning-of-my-life kind of love. But no egg is worth a fussy baby, so the minute I was able to pinpoint them as a “gassy food” for him they got nixed for my morning routine. Sigh.

I needed a new — and easy — breakfast food, and when you’re Paleo a lot of those easy breakfast meals — cereal, bagels, yogurt — are off the menu. This Paleo granola recipe saved my life.. well… my mornings, at least.

Its basically just dried fruit and nuts, which make it very filling. The key is to use a large variety of nuts to give it good texture and flavor. I enjoy it every morning with some chilled almond milk. Yum.

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Early Bird Goat Cheese and Cauliflower Frittata Recipe

Cauliflower Frittata Recipe, Paleo FrittataI’m a breakfast girl.

It really is my most important meal of the day. If 10 AM hits and I haven’t had it, I’m hangry.

It’s necessity aside, it can get a little boring. I’m big on omelettes and smoothies for my first meal of the day because you can switch up the flavors, but every once in a while I like to throw in a frittata. I used to love frittata’s before my clean-eating¬†days, and this version takes me right back, only switching up the potato with cauliflower, as the textures are similar. I know this isn’t a far stray from an omelette, as it’s essentially just eggs and veggies, but it just feels¬† different. Plus, I keep the slices in the fridge and heat them up for a quick snack or breakfast throughout the week.

While this version uses spinach and goat cheese in addition to the the cauliflower, you can do this with any cheese-veggie combo; I sometimes throw some sliced black olives in here as well with the spinach; it’s delicious.

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Three-Ingredient Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

chia seed pudding recipe, chia seed dessertNow that the threat of snow is winding down¬†(fingers crossed), I’ve been getting the itch to move away from making heavier soups and chilis and towards lighter salads and fruity desserts.

Mangos always remind me of the warmer months, and they are my go-to when I’m craving something sweet; I have dried mangos in my pantry at all times. This Chia seed pudding is made almost entirely of mangos. Its super sweet and citrusy without any added crap.

I normally add a little bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup to my Chia seed pudding recipes, and there is always a base of almond milk, but I find the mangos are sweet enough on their own — nix the honey or maple — and when pureed they are thick enough that the almond milk is also not needed. Just mangos, Chia seeds and fresh orange juice — plus whatever you choose to top it with, if anything.¬†It literally doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Date and Nut Butter Chocolate Paleo Dessert ‘Truffles’

Paleo Chocolate Dessert, Healthy Chocolate DessertMy sweet tooth can be pretty bitchy. She’ll hang around until she gets what she wants.

Unfortunately for her, I know processed sugar is the devil and any super-sugary indulgence I give into is never worth the headachy “I feel like shit” aftermath, so I try to stay away. And recipes like this one make that way easier to do. These are sweet, chewy, rich and super filling; they are my go-to when my sweet tooth rears its ugly head, and they have never not satisfied¬†it.

I make these for my family — filled with some not-so-clean, non-Paleo eaters — every holiday, and no one is the wiser of what is — or isn’t — in them; they all get gobbled up every time. Every. Damn. Time.

And they are so quick and easy to boot. Eat up.

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‘Hold the Beans’ Paleo Chili in the Slow Cooker

paleo chili, beanless chili, healthy chiliMmmm… chilli…

Its about the only thing I enjoy about the winter; a hot bowl of chili when the weather is anything but. Don’t ask me why I live in New England.

This recipe is one of my faves. Being Paleo, it is without all the beans you have come to expect to see in chili; they are replaced by a heaping portion of veggies, keeping this super hearty and nutritious.

I do like my chili a bit spicy, but you can easily omit the jalapeno and cayenne if you prefer a milder version. Enjoy and stay warm ūüôā

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Yum! Best Healthy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

healthy shrimp and grits, paleo shrimp and grits I tend to feel really proud of myself when I pull a dish like this off.

Anybody can make a salad, right? But to take a dish that is notoriously unhealthy and recreate it in a healthy way? Now that deserves a pat on the back.

Alright, I’ll deflate my ego now.

My husband loves shrimp¬†— and grits — so this one was for him; and it was approved by his normally-not-clean-eating palate, so that’s a win in my book. This dish has the same flavors and textures as the a non-clean version, but without all the fatty and salty crap that comes with it; it is one of my faves. Enjoy!

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Yummy Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

paleo spaghetti, paleo meatballs, I’m a¬†spaghetti¬†squash fanatic; it’s healthy, filling, nutritious and it reminds me of “real” pasta — so it’s awesome across the board; throw some meatballs on top of it and I’m even more obsessed.

Enter¬†my version of Paleo spaghetti and meatballs, obviously sans pasta, flour or breadcrumbs. I tried these meatballs a few different ways, and this version is my favorite. I generally like the taste and consistency that almond flour offers over coconut flour, so that’s my recommendation here, but you could easily sub one out for the other based on your preference. Additionally, these meatballs do have a slight kick to them, so nix the cayenne and red pepper¬†if that’s not your thing. Lastly, I would either use half lean ground beef with half lean ground turkey, or all lean ground beef for these, because, well, they just taste better that way. I made them previously with all turkey, and they just didn’t have the same goodness; a little red meat in moderation won’t kill you. Enjoy!

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Healthy Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe

healthy pork fried rice, pork fried cauliflower riceThis recipe is really for my Chinese food loving-husband; a love I never entertain him on — unfortunately for him.

If I’m every traveling, he has the local Chinese takeout restaurant on the phone the minute my foot steps out the door. It’s an essential factor in his “me” time and his favorite splurge in terms of non-clean eating items.

Pork fried rice is his favorite, so I whipped this up one night to try to feed his Chinese food craving. This is spouse-approved, extremely delicious and flavors are definitely there but — spoiler alert — ¬†this obviously isn’t the greasy takeout that has come to be his beloved¬†“cheat” — thus the basis of its appeal. Yum.

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