Buffalo Garlic Brussels Sprouts

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I love Brussels sprouts. Like, could eat them daily love them. They are definitely something I didn’t learn to appreciate and love until I was well into my mid-twenties, but now that I know how to cook them, we will never stop eating them.

Luckily for me, TJ loves them just as much as I do, so we pretty much DO eat them daily. Luckily for both of us, they are incredibly good for you. Unluckily for both of us, I always made them the same way. As good as that recipe is. it can get kind of boring after a while. Finally, I decided to try out something different. I love Brussels sprouts, but I also love wings and buffalo sauce. Why oh why did I never think to combine those two things? Continue reading

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Creamy Kale Salad

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I have literally so many recipes I want to share right now, I just wish I had the time to write the posts for each one! At least you will have something to look forward to, since I know everyone waits for my posts with baited breath. In case curiosity is killing you, or you just need a reason to check back for recipes, here’s what I have in the works: paleo calzones (with NO bread), staying paleo when traveling (mainly roadtripping), apple and onion pork burgers (which are what is topping the kale salad in the picture above), sundried tomato and pesto stuffed chicken, as well as a few more that I am working on this week. Continue reading

Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Yucca Fries (NOT Strict Paleo)

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Longest title ever. But it was necessary to include all of the deliciousness, as well as make sure you know upfront that this isn’t strict paleo. You can make it strict paleo by cutting out the cucumber salad and tzatziki if you want.

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Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

Yesterday the weather here was 68 and sunny. Then it got windy. Then it got a little rainy. Then the sun came back out. Then the winds and rain really came, and our power went out for the first time. While I was in the middle of cooking dinner. I’m talking pork loin raw in the oven, frozen butternut squash soup sitting on the stove. Everything in our house is electric, including the stove. That means panic basically set in for me. What will we eat for dinner? How will I make TJ’s lunch for tomorrow? And then I began kicking myself for talking so much shit about meal prep, because it would have been really handy in this situation. Continue reading

Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are

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Holy crap you guys, I am tired. The difference between how I feel on days after I work out versus days when I can’t work out because of work or doctors appointments is seriously noticeable. Waking up is especially hard for some reason. It isn’t even that I’m sore (thank goodness). It’s just a groggy feeling. But I also sleep hard as a rock on the nights when I actually get to work out. I don’t mind it because it means that I worked my body hard and really deserved the sleep I got, but still.

Once upon a time I worked out pretty much every day, only taking Sunday’s off. I had a pretty solid routine: wake up, go for a run with my roommate before work, go to work til 6, go straight to the 7 o’clock class at my gym (sorry, I refuse to call it a box), go home, shower, eat dinner, bed. Repeat. That feels like an eternity ago to me now. Continue reading

Paleo On The Go Snacks (with lots of pictures!)

I know, I know. It’s been days since I’ve posted anything. That whole working full-time and trying to have a social life really gets in the way of blogging. I promise, I have plenty of posts ready for you! I’m pretty embarrassed that my first post after almost a week is a really lame, rhyme-y titled post. Oh well. It is what it is. photo 5 (4)

So last Friday I went to Whole Foods because I have been dying to get my hands on some Tessemae’s paleo sauces. Imagine my excitement when I got there and not only were they doing samplings of a few of their sauces, but after talking with a brand ambassador I also found out that the company started right near my hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. Luckily for me, they have pretty much every flavor of Tessemae’s at my local Whole Foods. I ended up buying their ketchup, hot sauce (which is what I originally went for) and this super amazing soy ginger dressing. I have to admit, the ketchup is a little sweeter than I prefer and I still need to give the hot sauce another chance, but the soy ginger dressing is amazing. For how much I go through hot sauce, I’m not sure that I would keep buying it, and I don’t use salad dressings very often and when I do I would prefer to have a paleo version, so I will definitely keep the soy ginger in my fridge. I actually can’t wait to try more of their flavors. Continue reading

Avocado + Buffalo Sauce = The Best Guacamole Ever

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I really should start this post with my ode to avocados. Like many things, I was an avocado virgin just a few years ago. I regret my former disdain for avocados every day. I seriously missed out for the 24 years that I didn’t put them on anything and everything. If you’ve read my recipe for the easiest and most delicious salad ever, which you can find here, then you will see where my love of avocados began. My former roommate used to make that salad for us pretty much every night when we started Crossfit and eating better, and that’s when I realized how unbelievable avocados were.

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Artichokes with Dijon Mustard Dipping Sauce

 

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Artichokes are one of those things that every time I cook them, someone tells me they have never seen whole artichokes cooked, and that they had no idea how to eat them. I blame my French grandmother for my love of whole artichokes. I actually blame her for a lot of my eating and cooking habits.

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Garlic “Fries”

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Ok, so they aren’t really fries. They’re carrots. But you already knew that, since you knew fries aren’t paleo – right?!

This recipe was actually inspired from PaleOMG’s Carrot Fries and Garlic Aoli Recipe. In my typical fashion, I just had to change it up just a bit. Before I get into the recipe, I’m going to tell a little back story on why I got into blogging, since it was also almost completely inspired by Juli Baur (the creator of PaleOMG). If you don’t care at all about my personal story, and I don’t blame you if you don’t, please feel free to skip right to the recipe.

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Bacon and Onion Brussel Sprouts

photo (1)So I am, admittedly, not very good at the whole “naming my posts/recipes” yet. I’ll work on that..

When I first started cooking paleo, I was scared/grossed out/intimidated by a lot of recipes. As far as Brussel Sprouts are concerned, I 100% blame my mom. She has always (and no matter how many times I make this for her, still does) hated Brussel Sprouts. She is also to blame for my aversion to fish, which I am still working on, and why I didn’t eat cooked carrots until college. Thanks mom!
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