Hosting Holiday Gatherings

Eat This, Not That! put out an article called 17 Secrets Every Holiday Party Host Needs to Know.  If you’re going to take their advice on a signature beverage, you can try my Sparking  Spiced Citrus Sangria as your cocktail of choice.  As a seasoned veteran in the Christmas Dinner arena, I found that these…

Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

I just tried making Pappardelle with Spiced Butter from 101 Cookbooks. I did several things differently–I didn’t have shallots at home (which I always do!) so I had to substitute red onions; I like more traditional pasta so I made it with medium shells; I didn’t have any heavy cream so I skipped that all…

Paleo Crockpot Jambalaya Soup

from Life As A Plate Prep time: 10 min. | Cook time: 6 hours | Total: 6 hours 10 min. Ingredients: 4 oz chicken breast, diced 4 pepper, any colors, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 TBSP cajun seasoning (find out how to make your own here) ¼ cup hot sauce (Tabasco…

Paleo Blueberry and Carrot Beef Stew

Tweaked slightly from Strangekitty Cooks “Hunter Stew” Prep time: 10 min. | Cook time: 50 min. | Total: 1 hour Ingredients: 2 TBSP coconut oil 1 lb grass-fed* beef, cubed 1 large onion, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced few dashes Worcestershire sauce 1 TBSP salt 2 TBSP ground black pepper 2 TBSP oregano approx. ½ cup water (depending on…

Thai Spiced Turkey Burgers

from Naked Avocado   Prep time: 15 min. | Cook time: 10 min. | Total: 25 min. Ingredients: optional: *if cooking in a pan, not grill: 1-2 tsp sesame oil 1 lb lean ground turkey 1 small zucchini, grated 1 red chili, diced 1 small bunch green onions, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp…

Paleo-Friendly Shepherd’s Pie

From Frisky Lemon Nutrition Prep time: 10 min. | Cook time: 1 hour 10 min. | Total: 1 hour 20 min. Ingredients: 5 medium sweet potatoes, halved 2 lbs grass-fed beef* 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 carrots, sliced 1 cup mushrooms, chopped 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste 2 TBSP balsamic…

“Stupid Simple Salsa Chicken”

It truly is “Stupid Simple”  (from: Canada Girl Eats Paleo) Prep time: 5 min. | Cook time: 5 hours | Total: 5 hours 5 min. Ingredients: 1 cup prepared salsa 4 chicken breasts 1 TBSP chili powder 1 onion, chopped (possible additions: 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 TBSP cayenne pepper, and/or 2 TBSP Adobo) Directions: Place all ingredients…

“The Best Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Taste”

I love the recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny, but I’ve adapted it slightly with my own twist.  Enjoy! Prep time: 10 min. | Cook time: 1 hour 10 min. | Total: 1 hour 20 min. Ingredients: 1 lb turkey, 99% lean 1 TBSP cooking oil (lately I use coconut, but EVOO or another type is…

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Prep time: 15 min. | Cook time: 1 hour | Total: 1 hour 15 min Ingredients: 1½ tsp lemon juice 1 tsp brown sugar 1 tsp garlic, minced chicken broth, warm, separated into 2 TBSP and ½ cup 1 tsp olive oil 2 TBSP butter, separated into 1 TBSP portions 1 medium red onion, sliced salt and pepper, to taste 4 pork chops, about 1 ½ inch thick, butterflied 2…

Creamy Chicken Penne

Time: 50 min. Ingredients: 6 oz whole-wheat penne 4 tsp EVOO ¾ lb chicken breast; boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces 1 sweet onion, diced 1 fennel bulb, cored & diced 1 TBSP garlic, minced ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp dried thyme leaves ¼ cup dry sherry 3 TBSP all-purpose flour 1 cup chicken broth…