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SPAGHETTI IS MY FAVORITE FOOD IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. So when I went paleo, I craved this the most. It’s not even spaghetti the noodle. It’s straight up ANY noodle with spaghetti sauce. What’s the closest thing to a noodle in the paleo world? Spaghetti squash!

Kristen mentioned how to cook a spaghetti squash so in case you are lazy and don’t want to filter through the posts, I’ll just share what I usually do.

I cut the squash in half, spoon out all the seeds and place the cut side DOWN in the oven @ 350 and bake for 30ish minutes. I’m terrible. I don’t time or measure anything. I usually just test the squash to see if it is soft enough.

Your meat sauce is your standard recipe. I use a can of San Marzano whole tomatoes, oregano, sliced mushrooms, fresh garlic and shallots and some balsamic vinegar in my sauce. Oh, and some local grass fed ground beef of course. Actually the last time I made this, I added some bacon too.

By the way, this is probably THE go-to paleo recipe.. and there’s a reason for it.

I know, I’m super cute for serving it in the squash right?

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Paleo people (and Kristen) loooove bacon. I made this for a friend’s superbowl party and although not everyone was paleo, it didn’t even matter because, I mean come on.. bacon wrapped food is always a winner!

Basically, season your chicken (I bought chicken tenderloin strips from WF) with whatever you want. I used fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. I wrapped them in bacon and stuck the whole thing on a skewer. I actually baked these for about 10-15 minutes at 350 first to make sure the chicken was cooked inside and then I pan fried them to get the bacon all sorts of crispy.

While I had the skewers in the oven, I made the chimichurri sauce. Trust your tastebuds on this one because that’s what I did. Use an immersion blender (or whatever you’ve got) and mix up the following:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh garlic
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
Quick & easy!

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Paleo pad thai

I know what you’re thinking.. “Paleo pad thai without NOODLES? Is this even possible?” YES!

I guess I should first introduce a good basic recipe: zucchini noodles. Basically take a zucchini and put it through a mandoline or use a peeler. I used a peeler even though we have a mandoline because I’m primal like that and I work hard for my food. You cook it really quickly (~3-4 minutes) with whatever sauce you’re eating it with OR you can sauté it in coconut oil for the same amount of time and then season to taste.

Anyway. Paleo pad thai. HOLY CRAP this was delicious and it’s all because of the base. And it’s fairly simple. (Is fish sauce paleo? Googling right now.. Yes, it’s paleo-ish as long as you buy the right one that’s minimally processed and has simple ingredients. Like this)

Base sauce:

  • Minced garlic
  • Onion/shallot slivers
  • 3 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • Some sriracha to taste (I like mine SPICY)
  • 2 tbsp of fresh grated ginger would be nice but if you don’t have any, 1 tbsp of the dried stuff will do
  • 1 lime/lemon

Saute the garlic and onion/shallot in some coconut oil and then mix in the liquids. Actually, you should cook your meat of choice before mix in the liquids. I chose shrimp. Mix all that together and then put in your raw zucchini noodles and let it cook for an additional 3ish minutes. Crumble some almonds over it and serve it with a lemon wedge.

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I’M BACK!!!!!!!!!!! I suck at blogging, sorry guys. Please forgive me? I’ll attempt to make up for my lack of blogging (for YEARS btw) by offering this amazing cookie recipe. First thing’s first — what the FFFFFFFFFF is paleo?

The paleo dietary lifestyle is something I’ve been following since last summer. I only got somewhat serious about it last fall and have since been cooking up a paleo storm. It’s pretty simple to follow: NO grains, legumes, dairy, sugars or anything processed. LOTS of meat and veggies. Basically think of what our primal ancestors had to eat — that’s what I (try to) eat. Benefits are plentiful! Better digestion, better skin, better sleep, increased energy, improved awareness of body, mind, and food in general.. All in all, it’s something I really believe in (since I’ve seen the results firsthand) and I encourage everyone to give it a shot. Do some googling if you want more information since I’m not very articulate or anything.. I just expect you to trust me when I say it’s good. YOU GUYS JUST TRUST ME! It’s not necessarily a weight-loss sort of diet (although you will lose weight), it’s really more of a lifestyle. I’m a cheeseball (cheeseballs aren’t paleo btw).

Now you may be wondering.. did cavemen eat cookies? No. They did not. But bear with me*, after you’ve made these cookies, you’ll believe that they wish they had.

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (this stuff is hard when you buy it.. run it under some hot water until it’s liquified and then measure it out)
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
  • A few handfuls of dark chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate.. whoops, not paleo!) or carob chips
  • Some chopped walnuts wouldn’t be so bad either

Mix it all up and bake at 330 ON THE TOP RACK uncovered until the tops are hardened. Cover with foil and then bake for an additional 15ish minutes. They’ll come out moist and chewy.. oh my god amazing. And because there are no eggs in this cookie dough, you can eat it raw!

* so I just googled “bear with me or bare with me” because I wasn’t sure which was correct but apparently “bear with me” is correct because you’re asking someone to have patience with you, whereas “bare with me” is asking someone to get naked with you! #themoreyouknow

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