Crunchy Paleo Granola Cereal Recipe

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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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‘Fill Me Up’ Paleo Avocado Smoothie

paleo avocado smoothie, avocado shakeI’m no stranger to a smoothie recipe. They are quick and convenient for breakfast or a filling snack, and they remind me of eating ice cream. Yum.

This one is particularly reministant of ice cream thanks to the avocado. Its super creamy, and give it a few extra minutes in the freezer after blending and you can enjoy it with a spoon as opposed to a straw. I sometimes keep a batch of this in the freezer for an after-dinner treat.

Avocado aside, the raw almonds amp up the “filling” factor even further, in addition to giving this a nice balance of healthy fats and protein in combination of the sweetness of the fruits.

You can top this with some bananas, Chia seeds or chopped raw almonds for a little texture.

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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 🙂

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Super Simple Paleo Baked Cod Recipe

Paleo baked cod, healthy baked cod, healthy fish recipesWhile I nearly always order fish when I’m out to eat, I always feel like I don’t cook fish enough — which is a damn shame because it is one of the healthiest proteins around. This always leads to me go on weekly kicks where I cook nothing but fish. This is one of those weeks.

During my nothing-but-fish cooking binges cod always makes it way into the rotation more than once. It’s light, yummy — and cheap! I love me some salmon, but filets can be pricey, while a cod loin is half the cost.

All of my fish recipes are basic and simple. The few times I have tried anything fancy or used bold flavors with fish, it always overpowers it, and I just feel like I’m eating spice — all of the fish flavor is lost, and then what’s the point, right?

This recipe is just that: light flavors, simple and easy; just the way I like it 🙂 Enjoy!

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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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Best Paleo Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

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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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