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 🙂

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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Quick and Easy Paleo Vegetable Stir Fry

paleo stir fry, healthy stir fryCabbage is one of my favorite greens. I love its mild flavor and texture when cooked, and it’s loaded with health benefits.

This is my go-to when I forgot to go to the market, the fridge is looking pretty bare, and a salad with a protein topper isn’t going to cut it. And also when I’m feeling lazy, as this dish is quick, easy and nearly impossible to mess up. Everything in here you will likely have in your fridge at any given time, and even if you don’t, you can work with whatever vegetables you have lying around. Easy peasy.

You could sub out red cabbage for the green, as well, but I definitely prefer the green. Additionally, you could switch out the ground chicken for turkey, steak or beef. This is totally interchangeable with protein and veggies; that’s the beauty of it! 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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Best Paleo Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

paleo fried green tomatoes, healthy fried green tomatoes
Me and my husband planned a “drive cross county” vacation a few years back with one goal in mind: Eat. Good. Food. (And drink good beer. Duh.)

I tried to keep most of my choices within the realm of “clean eating” — minus the brews — until we hit a little dive in Kentucky that had the most fantastic-looking fried green tomatoes I’d ever seen. I had to have them. They were beyond delicious — even with the stomach ache that they triggered in my primarily “clean eating” system afterwards.

I sometimes think of them when I’m craving something not so “clean”, which always triggers me to make this Paleo fried green tomatoes recipe. They obviously aren’t as heavy as the classic recipe — which I actually like — but they are yummy, and always seem to satisfy that craving. The bacon is a must with these. I tried the recipe without it and it wasn’t nearly as good — obviously. Eat up!

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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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‘Rise and Shine’ Healthy Egg White Scramble Recipe

egg white scramble, healthy egg white, paleo egg recipeBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

I always tend to be the most hungry in the early AM after my morning workout, making my breakfast the most anticipated — and important — meal of my day.

A fresh juice and egg white scramble is my common morning eating routine. I normally throw an additional full egg into my scramble as well to add more flavor and fat.

My scrambles always come with some sort of veggie. Shaved Brussels are my favorite, but I try to switch it up as often as my pantry allows.

This egg/veggie combo makes me feel a little fancier than I am — like I ordered it from an adorably trendy farm-to-table brunch spot. I think its the garlic and fresh herbs that give it that effect. I also always throw in some Chia seeds to give it a nutritional boost. Its super yummy, healthy and always sets a nice tone for the day. Eat up.

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Raw Carrot Salad with Walnuts, Raisins and Poached Egg

poached egg salad, raw carrot salad, paleo carrot saladCarrots are a constant in my life. I may have carotenosis — seriously. Juiced, roasted, raw; for snack, breakfast or side, you name it, I’ll eat it. And this recipe is only contributing to my intake.

This salad is super yummy. The raisins, nuts and egg add the perfect amount of sweetness and richness, and make this so much more than just a bowl of shredded raw carrots and greens.

I always eat this salad on its own, but if you need more protein than the egg provides, this would be delicious with a grilled chicken breast topper, as well. Enjoy!

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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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‘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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