Primal Zucchini Pasta Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce

How to make zucchini noodles, paleo zucchini noodles, zucchini pastaPasta is something I used to know. And while I know why I don’t eat it, that doesn’t mean I can’t also appreciate how wonderful it once tasted. Why do you think every Paleo “diet-er” tries to come up with ways to make eating vegetables feel more like eating grains? Duh. Because they taste good and we miss them.

This is another one of those recipes, and of the “wanna be pasta” recipes I’ve made, this one is in my top five. The creaminess of the avocado is delicious and gives it an “Alfredo” likeness while also making it super filling for a veggie dish. I like to use a ton of garlic in the sauce, but you can cut back to 4 or 5 cloves if you prefer. For the noodles, I use a veggie peeler to make thicker, linguine-like noodles, and it works great, but you’re real fancy and have access to a spiralizer, they work great, as well. I’ve also made raw veggie noodles with cheese graters, but have never been satisfied with the result, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Enjoy!

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‘Tastes Like a Cookie’ Blueberry-Cashew Flax Seed Bars

Flax seed bars, Chia seed bars, flax and chia energy barsI feel like energy and snack bars are all the rage these days.

A new one pops up on the market what feels like every 10 seconds and I get why. There is a market for them. An easy snack/meal that fills you up and gives you a boost? Yes, please.

However, you have to be careful with certain bars if you are trying to stay on the healthy route. Some of them are loaded with processed sugars and ingredients, or have a exorbitantly high calorie count. And while there are some great alternatives on the market with low sugar and high nutrition — Health Warrior Chia bars are my favorite — nothing tastes as good as homemade, which is why I make my own.

I usually make these in all different flavors, but this combo is one of my favorites — everyone says they taste more like a cookie than an energy bar, hence the name — and the fact then when I make a big batch they never kick around for more than a day or two is a testament to their deliciousness. In addition: The Flax and Chia seed on top of the already energy-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients make these yummy little bars true powerhouses. Surge up.

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Quick and Healthy Paleo Turkey Cutlets Recipe

Paleo turkey cutlet, healthy turkey cutlets, easy turkey recipeChicken and pork are regulars in my dinner entree rotation — turkey is the other white meat in my house.

Unfortunately, preparing turkey as the pilgrims intended — although delicious — can be a major pain, but if you lose the majority of the bird and keep the breasts, you get all the goodness without all the work.

This marinade is one of my favorites — its quick, it has great flavor and pleases most people — and you can do it with chicken or pork, as well. Enjoy!

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‘Cowboy up’ Spicy Steak Rub Recipe

Spicy Steak Rub Recipe, Paleo SteakI’m not a huge red-meat fan, but my husband is a blood-sucking carnivore, so I try to throw him a bone — pun intended — every once in a while for special occasions.

This steak dinner — along with an obnoxiously large box of chocolates and his favorite craft brew 6-pack — was my Valentine’s Day present to him.

This steak is done the way he loves it and the way I would guess a true cowboy would make it — with a little sweetness and a lot of spice. If you’re not a fan a spice, you can omit the cayanee to tame it down a bit, but I would honestly suggest just trolling for another steak marinade or rub, cause this one isn’t for the amateur spice-lover. You’ve been warned.

This should be cooked based on how you like your steak. I always cook it to medium — about to 5 to 7 minutes on each side for a 1 1/2-inch thick piece of meat.

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‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Paleo Sweet potatoesWhenever I’m wanting something a little “sluttier” for a meal I always look to starchy veggies and bacon — turkey or pork will do — or a poached egg as an add-in (throwing one over a salad makes a world of difference).

The sweetness of the maple and potatoes and the saltiness of the bacon in this dish makes for a delicious, gooey and rich combination. You can use regular sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, or a combination of both. I tend to prefer the purple, as they are a bit less sweet and less dense. They can be hard to find, however, so you can stick with their more-findable orange cousin if need be.

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The Craving-Killing Healthy Chocolate Shake Recipe

healthy chocolate shake, healthy breakfast shake, Paleo shakeThis is one of those healthy recipes that feels a little unhealthier than it actually is — which is amazing, as that rarely happens. The consistently and sweetness of this makes it scarily similar to a legit chocolate shake, but its minimal, non-processed, dairy-free makeup makes it clean and healthy on top of its craving-pleasing qualities. It’s my go-to when I’m having one of those “just give me something sweet” moments — and it should be yours, too.

In addition to being a yummy snack or dessert, this shake also suffices as a filling — and fulfilling — breakfast. Eat up.

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Salty Paleo Beet Chips Recipe

Vegetable Chips, Salty Beet chips, paleo beet chipsBeets are healthy, nutritious and delicious, but they don’t really classify as a “snack food” — unless you to turn them into chips.

I’ve been on kind of a veggie chip kick lately. I think I’m just craving something that is crunchy and little salty, but still falls within Paleo nutritional guidelines. These do that.

I always spice these up with some rosemary because I like the extra flavor it adds, but you can omit the rosemary altogether or swap it out for something else  you prefer. Whatever works for you. Enjoy!

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Paleo Crispy Carrot Popcorn Chips!

Paleo carrots, vegetable chips, paleo carrot chips, paleo chipsSometimes you just want some chips. I feel ya. But if you are doing the whole “I want to be healthy” thang, then chips are not the way to go.

You can, however, do a veggie chip. Are they as yummy as a potato chip? While the answer to that is a matter of personal opinion, I can assume many would say, “No.” I wont lie. But one thing you can bet on is that these chips won’t make you feel shitty like some of those greasy processed ones might, which is one reason why they will always get my vote as a snack of choice. Eat up.

One thing to keep in mind when prepping your carrots is how you cut them. You want to be sure you cut them very thin and even so they crisp up. Using a mandolin, food processor or very sharp knife will work. Also, keep in mind that these will shrink a bit, so if you are looking for more of a chip-size veggie, cut your carrots on a long bias; if you cut them into coins, they will curl up and shrink, making them more like popcorn than a chip, which is how I prefer to eat them, but to each his own. Enjoy!

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Oven-Baked Paleo BBQ Chicken Recipe

Paleo BBQ, Paleo BBQ chicken, BBQ chicken breastsWhen giving dishes that are on the unhealthier side a more nutritious makeover, they can often come out tasting .. er.. gross. And that was the case when I tried recreating a healthier BBQ chicken entree on my first few attempts. Sigh.

But after a few trial-and-error attempts of crafting a delicious non-processed, all-natural BBQ sauce, and not ending up with dried out chicken breasts that don’t hold a candle to the original recipe’s much moister thighs or legs, I think I got it right.

Although it does add a bit of time to the process, brining the chicken here makes a difference, as it gives you a bit more wiggle room related to cook time to prevent sucking all the moisture out of it.

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Easy Homemade Paleo BBQ Sauce Recipe

homemade bbq sauce, paleo bbq sauce, bbq sauce recipe, easy bq sauce recipeIf you are strict Paleo, condiments are sadly questionable. Excluding Dijon mustard, yummy sauces or toppers like BBQ sauce and ketchup usually contain processed ingredients, and therefore are off limits — unless you make them yourself.

BBQ was one of my favorite sauces not enjoyed by cavemen, so when I went Paleo, I started making it myself, and loved it even more. Homemade BBQ sauce is so much more flavorful, and the fact that you can alter it to your tastes is another plus — hold the sweet and heavy on the spice — or whatever combo you choose. This version had a good mix of sweetness and spiciness, but if you lean more one way or another, add a little extra cayenne/maple or omit a little.  Yum 🙂

This can keep in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 to 7 days.

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