Tuna Fish Deviled Eggs

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I learned an interesting lesson this month. I have spent the last 18 months looking forward to certain dates, thinking those specific days would bring “the end” to a particular chapter of my life. Specifically, I was counting the days to a court date that I had looming over my head, a doctors appointment for my ankle that I had to wait 7 months for and a few other things. Continue reading

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Coffee

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There are few things I love as much as coffee. I don’t have an addictive personality, but I actually think I could be borderline addicted to coffee. I drink it every single morning during the work week, and usually on Saturdays as well.

Here’s the funny part: the caffeine has exactly 0 effect on me. None whatsoever. Yet for some reason I need want it every single morning. I have cut it out completely a few times to see if there is any difference, and there really isn’t. I don’t get the 2 o’clock sleepiness, I don’t get the shakes, I don’t get caffeine withdrawal headaches. None of it. So I figured it was perfectly safe to keep having my morning cup of coffee, even if it really does nothing but make me a little happier. Continue reading

Egg Muffins

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Back to back posts?! Insanity. I know you missed these recipes though!

I feel like I should clarify where my post from yesterday came from, because it was a little intense. I have mentioned before that I am not a nutritionist. I am not a Crossfit certified trainer. My degree is in public relations and I work for an alcohol distributor. My life does not revolve around fitness or nutrition. I am just someone who found Crossfit addicting and the paleo diet to be something that worked for me and my lifestyle. I have never claimed that paleo is the end all be all way of eating. For many people (myself included) it is just a loose guideline to follow. In fact, almost everyone that I am friends with who has asked me for a recipe is not paleo at all, they just want a new recipe to try. My kale chips might be served alongside a very non-paleo lasagna. I don’t really care. My goal isn’t to convert anyone to eating paleo. It’s to help make it easier on anyone who is trying to eat paleo, and share recipes with anyone else who might just be looking for a new way to make chicken salad. Continue reading

Paleo? Gluten Free? Vegan? Crossfit? Who Cares?

I haven’t posted in weeks. I could list about 40 reasons why and apologize, but basically it’s just because I didn’t feel the desire. And I’m not really that sorry about it. I have a lot of other shit going on in my life, and I have just been focusing elsewhere.

The last month or so, for some reason, I have noticed a heightened pressure/discussion/dissection/whatever you want to call it about diets, dieting, gluten-free and paleo. I actually get pretty pissed off seeing numerous “friends” (I am using that term very loosely here and I mean it in the Facebook sense of the word) of mine post an article on Facebook about how gluten-free diets are crap. Maybe unless you have celiac disease, avoiding gluten does nothing for you. Maybe people who claim they have a gluten sensitivity are full of it. Or maybe not. But that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me is why the hell these people care about what someone else is or isn’t eating. Continue reading

“Paleo Desserts”

I know I have shared my thoughts on paleo desserts before, but since I actually took the time to make 3 different ones last weekend, I figured I should dedicate a whole post to them.

I’m not going to lie to you: I am not a fan of “paleo desserts.” Mainly because I find that phrase to be an oxymoron. I think that using something like coconut sugar or coconut milk rather than table sugar or regular milk in order to call something paleo is kind of a cop out. At the end of the day, sugar is sugar. Coconut sugar is minimally better for you than white sugar, but really not by much (depending which source you decide to trust). At the end of the day, you really shouldn’t be consuming either. Both Juli Baur (paleomg) and Alanna (planksloveandguacamole) – where I got my dessert recipes from- have made that point though. “Paleo desserts” are still desserts and therefore should be eaten in moderation. Just because they are “paleo,” that doesn’t mean that you can (or should) consume an entire plate of them. Continue reading

Classic Chicken Salad

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This chicken salad is one of my favorite things ever. I guess technically chicken salad in general is one of my favorite things ever since this marks my third post in three months about chicken salad. Remember that time I gave you a recipe for pesto chicken salad? Or the one for curry chicken salad? If not, you should probably go check them out. I make a variation of one of these three chicken salads every week. Continue reading

5 Ingredient Chia Seed Vanilla Pudding

Holy crap, I’m finally doing it. I’m posting a dessert recipe. Don’t get too excited, this is really not all that great. BUT, it is really easy to make. The only thing is- you kind of have to like tapioca pudding (the texture) in order to like it.

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Sorry there are no better pictures of the actual pudding. I took about 45, in every different light possible, but it just didn’t show up right.   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.

I also made an arugula and spinach salad for the burger to rest on, but I thought that putting that in the title would actually scare people away. Continue reading

Spaghetti Pizza Casserole

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I was so excited this weekend that it was finally getting warmer here in Maryland. And then I woke up today to cold and rain. I think this is without a doubt the longest winter we’ve had here. At least that I can remember.

Saturday I woke up at 8 am (a huge feat for me when I had had a few drinks the night before) so that I could go to the first day of the Farmers Market here. It was a little chilly out, and I was slightly hungover, but I was still so excited. Since it was the first day and it is really early in the season, there wasn’t a whole lot to chose from. There were LOTS of herbs, some really delicious caramels that I had to sample, and a lot of artisanal stuff. I wasn’t really into the blown glass and wax figures. I was there for the vegetables and meat. The vegetables were a pretty big let down, but I did score a pound of local lamb (for a recipe I’m trying tonight) and a pound of local pork sausage. I’m so excited for the farmers markets to come back. Getting local stuff isn’t super easy here, so when I have the opportunity I jump at it. Plus it gives me something to do during the day on weekends.

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