Saturday, August 1, 2015

What I Ate: A Healthy Balance Under 1200 Calories!

Hi guys!  
During my recent blogging hiatus, my diet has shifted a little.  I haven't been eating "Perfectly Paleo", and have let a few things slip in here and there.  And, well... to be honest... I'm feeling pretty happy about it!  My diet feels balanced, and I am enjoying some of the foods I've missed.  I've actually lost more than a few pounds over the past month too~ which is just fine with me!

I'm still avoiding soy, gluten, and overall processed foods as much as I can...  Just enjoying things in moderation, and listening to my body regarding how I feel after each meal and over time as well.  Small amounts of dairy & grains here and there haven't been upsetting my system, so I've just sort of "gone with it".

I'm currently trying to shed a few more pounds of fat, while getting back into exercising regularly & building some strength back.  This was a day where I did not work out, so I felt pretty good about the lower calorie count.  Still always trying to keep my protein up, and get in some good carbs.  Check at the bottom of the post for calories & macros for the day!  :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paleo Pizza Bake

I threw a teaser out about this recipe over on my Instagram, way too long ago, and never got around to posting it.  So, without further ado, here is my Paleo-friendly pizza bake-- where I toss all my favorite pizza toppings over some shredded squash, mixed up with some sauce, and call it "close enough" to the real deal (without the guilt).

Go ahead & add in any of your favorite pizza toppings, and make it your own!  You can also spice it up any way you like;  I just kept mine simple.

Also, to make life even easier... you can skip shredding the squash and just give it a quick chop!  The choice is yours.

Hope you enjoy  :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oven Chicken Cacciatore

After a bit of a slump as far as recipe creativity goes, I'm finally back with a little inspiration.

I met a new friend over on Instagram, who reached out to me with an opportunity to try out some of their brand's products inspired by the Mediterranean diet.  Italian food and cooking holds a special place in my heart, so the olive oils and spices from "Kouzini" were a welcome addition to my kitchen staples.

I've been incorporating their products into my meals daily, as you may have already seen over on Instagram, and I have been nothing short of impressed.  The quality of their olive oil is wonderful, and the spice blends have taken even my simplest of meals to the next level.  I'll have a full product/brand overview post coming soon to fill you in on the products I've tried, but thought I would share this recipe first!

Another update:  I've also been tweaking my diet lately by tracking macronutrients and aiming for lower fat and higher carbs, while still trying to keep things Paleo  (will list the macros for the recipe below!).  It's a work in progress, but this dish was a nice break from the over-simplified food that I've been leaning towards lately.

This recipe is also perfectly suited to satisfy a variety of diet modifications:  use breast or thigh meat for lower or higher fat, serve over pasta if you're not gluten free, add spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for higher carbs, or top with a little mozzarella or parmesan if you consume dairy.

As always, I'm keeping life simple by using a jarred sauce ($2.99 organic sauce from Trader Joe's, with super clean ingredients!) and baking in the oven so I've got time to do clean-up while dinner cooks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stovetop Citrus Carnitas (Paleo)

Spring is here!  & It's got me in the mood for fresh flavors & taco salads.  :D

Carnitas have been on my list of things to create for quite some time now.  I know that there's many recipes out there, but I'm always looking to put my own spin on things to make them simple, convenient, & extra flavorful!  

Part of that convenience, for me, was creating carnitas from pork tenderloin.  I know most recipes call for pork shoulder (or "pork butt")~ but tenderloin seems more readily available to me.  I love that I can buy a giant two-pack of pork tenderloin at Costco, or pick it up at whatever grocery store I'm near without having to look too hard.  It's lean, and super versatile if you know how to prepare it.  & I'm all about versatility and convenience when it comes to cooking!

Don't be afraid of the "lean" factor here... the carnitas are not too dry!  I use chicken broth for moisture and flavor (bone broth is even better for the extra nutrients), and fresh orange juice for a slightly sweet, citrusy taste that's not too bitter.  Lime juice comes in at the end to give it an extra burst of flavor that perfectly compliments the smoky cumin & sweet orange.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What I Bought: Costco (Paleo)

It's been awhile since my last grocery 'haul', so I figured I would share what I bought today!  I made my way over to Costco to stock up on some meats & things that we don't mind buying in bulk.

A couple of the items aren't "Paleo perfect" (added sugars, alcohol, etc.) but I'm keepin' it real with you!  It's all about moderation, right?  Unless it's wine... there's no moderation with wine.   ;)

Here we go!