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Paleo Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

There is just nothing like a good hearty stew. Growing up it was a staple in our household during the fall and winter months. There was nothing better than coming in from a long day of sledding and frolicking in the snow to a hot bowl of stew.

Since going paleo I've had to tweak my old standby recipes a bit, but it was well worth it. 


Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Stew
2 lbs stew meat
1 1/2 cups lower sodium beef stock
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
1 teaspoon marjoram
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (read labels, there's hfcs in many brands)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (don't drain)

Add the stew meat, beef broth, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to your slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 or 5 hours. Add the vegetables on top and cook an additional 1 to 2 hours.

Depending on your slow cooker you may need to adjust liquid amounts and cook times. Some can add the vegetables at the same time as the meat, but mine will turn them to mush if I do. Sometimes I even add the diced tomatoes just the last 30 minutes so they don't cook down so much.

I think I may try adding parsnips next time. What do you think?

Paleo Recipe - Italian Style Meatloaf

I love meatloaf. So does my husband. I think the kids mostly just tolerate it, but it winds up on the menu about every other week around here. Especially in the fall and winter. 

I try to change my recipe up often so it doesn't get boring. This is my latest re-invention of the meatloaf.


Italian-Style Meatloaf
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 - 8 oz package mushrooms
1/2 bunch Italian parsley
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon sea salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon basil

Preheat oven to 350.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to small skillet and heat to medium. Add onions and saute. When onions begin to become translucent add garlic. Saute a few minutes longer, until garlic is soft. Put mixture into mixing bowl to cool.


Add other tablespoon of olive oil to same skillet and cook mushrooms 7 to 9 minutes until soft (I usually break them up into smaller pieces). 


Add to mixing bowl to cool a bit (a minute or so).
Stir together remaining ingredients and form into a loaf in the middle of a cake pan. 


Bake for about an hour (until meat thermometer reads 160). Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes or so to re-distribute juices. This feeds my family of 5, with a bit leftover.


How about you, are you in the love meatloaf, tolerate meatloaf, or hate meatloaf camp?

Paleo Recipe - Chicken Ratatouille


This recipe is one of hubby's all-time favorite things that I make. He says it ranks right behind my paleo cake. Considering his, ahem, reformed sweet tooth I take that as quite the compliment!

Chicken Ratatouille
2 lbs chicken breast
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 eggplant, diced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans stewed tomatoes (read your labels!)

Boil or bake chicken breast until done. I often do this ahead on Sunday to make this recipe a snap for weeknight dinners. Cut up.
Heat skillet with olive oil and saute the onion and garlic. 
Add eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash along with the seasonings. Cook until soft. Add cooked chicken breast.
Add stewed tomatoes at the very end and cook until just heated. (You can also add the stewed tomatoes with the squash, but I prefer them not cooked to mush.)

This recipe serves my family of 5 with leftovers. I always cook too much and plan for leftovers on purpose. It just makes eating paleo so much easier for my family (we homeschool).

Let me know if you try it!

A Guest Post and a Paleo Twitter Chat

Hey everyone! I guest posted over at Your Inner Skinny today. I'm sharing about my paleo 'story' and my reasons for going Paleo.

 I'd love for you to go check that out.

Also, #paleochat is tonight! (Wednesday, September 5th 9 PM Eastern). We'll be sharing our favorite Paleo/Primal resources. Hope you can join us!

Monthly Fitness Favorites -- July and August

I'm still in shock that it's September already. Wow, where did the summer go?!


Today, I have my favorite health, fitness, running, food, apps, gear, and more list for July and August:



Food



pic via naturalgrocers.com

Apps

Gear

Books/Magazines

Make it Paleo



How about you? What are you loving lately?

 P.S. Don't forget to enter my 100th video giveaway, you could win a complete Body Revolution set, a DA Active running top, or the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook! Enter until 9/7/12.
Reminder: #paleochat is this Wednesday September 5th at 9 PM Eastern. Join us!

Disclaimer: the Gym Boss was sent to me for review. All other things mentioned were purchased on my own. I receive no compensation for this post (and might I add would never take compensation for this particular post. It's a genuine list of things I love. Period.)

Paleo Recipe - Chicken Sausage & Kale Stew

Chicken Sausage and Kale Stew
2 packages chicken sausage - I've used all kinds for this recipe: breakfast sausage, Italian turkey sausage, and this time I used a spicy chicken sausage I found on sale. Whatever you prefer, as always read your labels.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1 can stewed tomatoes
1/2 a bunch of kale, torn into small pieces (I usually remove the stems)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
4 cups low sodium chicken broth

Add coconut oil to skillet heated over medium heat and cook chicken sausage until done. 
Transfer to a stew pot and add chicken broth and all ingredients except the stewed tomatoes. Cook until kale etc is soft.
I always want to make my own, but haven't had time. 
Add the stewed tomatoes at the end and cook just until heated.
Read your labels. A lot of stewed tomatoes have HFCS.
This makes plenty for my family of 5 with leftovers. I find that making leftovers on purpose is really helpful when eating paleo. Lunch the next day (or even breakfast) is done!