Cinnamon Raisin Bread | PALEO

Once I created my Paleo style Garlic Herb Bread, I knew my next bread recreation would be something sweet.  And what better than "Cinnamon Raisin"!?

It's a nostalgic treat for me:  toasted cinnamon raisin bread topped with softened butter... the perfect morning bite with your coffee, and a great breakfast companion with some crispy bacon & fluffy eggs.  (drool...)

Slow Cooker Texas Chili Soup

I spent this past weekend putting lots of love (and time, frustration, and tantrumming) into my blog.  The outcome was a few small changes that I think make it just a bit more pretty to look at, and one super functional exciting new addition that took forever but was absolutely worth it...  a recipe index!

Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite new breakfasts to "meal prep"... just in time for Sunday!

I microwaved the sweet potatoes to keep things quick & simple, then scooped out the insides.  Save them~ because they're perfect for a quick sweet potato mash with dinner (just add grass-fed butter & cinnamon).

The sweet potato "shells" are then ready to be stuffed with a deliciously smokey-savory breakfast scramble of chorizo sausage, eggs, and veggies.  The mix of protein and carbs makes for the perfect nutritious breakfast that will keep you full all morning.

I made a batch of these for our Sunday brunch, then wrapped each leftover potato in foil & saved them for the next couple of mornings.  All they needed was a minute in the microwave, & breakfast was done.

Crispy Coconut Salmon Bites

If you're in search of something "new" to spruce up lunch, or serve as an appetizer... look no further!

I had some leftover salmon on hand that I wanted to get creative with, and this is what I came up with:  crispy little bite-sized snackers with an Asian flare.

I pulsed up the salmon with a few other ingredients, rolled the "bites" in coconut, and quickly pan-fried them.  The result was a delicious Asian-style bite of amazing flavor!  I had some of my Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce on hand, and used that for dipping... talk about flavor overload.

I made these on a Whole30, so the ingredients are all compliant.  The sauce is as well!

Give them a try for your next BBQ or lunch get-together, or whip up a batch for just yourself!


Paleo Paella

Paella is one of my favorite one-pan meals.  It's simple, filling, and bursting with flavor... and I couldn't wait to come up with a Paleo version!

The one thing I don't always love about Paella is that it takes some prep time.  So once I got my hands on the frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's, I was even more excited to make this... because it makes it that much easier!

I love the smoky heat in this dish, and how it pairs perfectly with the fresh, bright flavors from the tomatoes, lemon, and fresh herbs.  I use a combination of three meats:  chicken, chorizo, & shrimp.  You could also add mussels, scallops, or any other seafood to keep that traditional Paella vibe.

& If you're not familiar with saffron, don't be intimidated.  We bought ours from Whole Foods, and it comes in a small pouch of threads.  All you need is one pinch of those threads, stirred into this dish & left to simmer.  You'll have an amazing unique flavor & the gorgeous golden color you see in my "rice"!

12 Game Day Recipes | Paleo, Whole30

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The big game is tomorrow!  So whatever your reason is for watching:  Peyton Manning's (possibly) final outing, Cam Newton's fresh style, the commercials, or simply celebrating football being over-- you're going to need some food. 

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Give these Paleo-friendly recipes a try!  I've rounded up a dozen of my favorites for feeding a crowd:  appetizers, desserts, dips, chili, & more.  All marked with a * are Whole30 compliant, or easily modified.  Click the name/photo to be taken directly to the recipe.  Enjoy!

Chicken Fajita Poppers*

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Cashew Waffles with Berry "Syrup"

When Whole30 ends on a Saturday, you go big for Sunday brunch.  & Since eggs and sausage are the usuals on the breakfast menu around here... big = WAFFLES.

My goal for these was to create that delicious "waffle" flavor & texture I had been missing:  perfectly soft, thick, & fluffy;  but, I wanted it to be done with technically Whole30 compliant ingredients.

I figured this would be the best way to get that "SWYPO"/junk food fix while sticking to the ingredients that my body would appreciate.  Because while sweetening these with honey then drowning them in pure maple syrup sounded wonderful, I wasn't so sure that my body would think so.  Especially after all that time detoxing from sweets.

So I stuck to dates for my sweetener, and topped my waffle stack with a "fruit syrup"-- just berries & coconut oil.  It gave the perfectly sweet/tart, fresh balance to the light, cakey waffles~ and it was super duper easy to do.

I hope you LOVE these waffles like we did.  Try them during your "reintroduction" phase after a Whole30, or any ol' time you're in the mood for some Paleo-friendly waffle action.