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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 c…

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…

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 l…

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 Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos
Artisana Raw Organic Cashew Butter
Alter Eco Dark Blackout 85% Chocolate
Organic Medjool Dates
Apps Map My Run
Gear GymBoss Timer and Arm Band
Books/Magazines Paleo Magazine
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.
Add the stewed tomatoes at the end and cook just until heated. 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!
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Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto paleo, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!


Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Organic …

KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.





I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...



Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.
So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.


What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: 15 Workout DVDsResistance CableFitness Guide BookFat Burning Meal Plan7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan90 Day JournalBookmark
What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:
The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program…

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.



Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet potatoes is they taste amazing all on their own. When it comes to sweet potato r…

KETO Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin-time that is! Yes, yes, I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced everyyyyythingggg.

Sorry, not sorry.

However, I'm currently doing pretty strict Keto Paleo (more on that in another post). So no PSL's for me. Dangit.

Unless....


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Ingredients1 can Organic Classic Coconut Milk - If you do dairy you can use 2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream here instead. 
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin (YES, it has real pumpkin it it. Seriously, they all should...)
2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Organic Ginger
2 Tablespoons Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (completely optional- leave out for a sweetener-free, strict Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox, KETO, low carb, and Whole30 friendly coffee creamer. Or swap for Truvia or Monk Fruit.)


Directions
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend well (about a minute). Store in your refrigerator…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…
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