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Some Paleo Recipe Love

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Baking Essentials

Yo! I spent a bit of last weekend doing some experimenting with paleo recipes I found via Pinterest. I had previously attempted some paleo baking that ended up not very appetizing (verdict = too much coconut oil leaves things very mushy). I was pleasantly surprised that each of the items I made over the weekend turned out deliciously yummy with no mush factor, so I would like to share those with you. Even if you aren’t making a conscious effort to eat paleo (or gluten free/dairy free), these recipes are definitely worth a go!

Paleo Crackers – great with some almond butter or guacamole! http://pinterest.com/pin/37154765647877065/

Almond Butter Cookies – not overly sweet, but sweet enough to get a good fix. http://pinterest.com/pin/37154765647893156/

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites – heaven might taste like these. http://pinterest.com/pin/37154765647972459/

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Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup – I will be making this every Sunday. It ended up more thick and stew-like, but it tasted so good! http://pinterest.com/pin/37154765647972459/

Happy baking/cooking!

My next post might be on my new fascination with coconut. Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream… this stuff is amazing, folks. 🙂

One Month of Paleo!

Hey peeps! Well, I officially made it one month on my Paleo diet. Yay, me!

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you are aware that I’m feeling great, but I thought I would give more of a specific update about my overall results after a full month.

  • I’ve lost 8 pounds (I was aiming for at least 10, but I’m starting to wonder if some of my fat is turning to muscle)
  • My clothes are fitting better, and my mid-section doesn’t seem so blechy. I’ve got a ways to go until I’m satisfied, but I can definitely see a difference.
  • I feel less bloated and “heavy” after a meal. I get full, but I don’t have that gross, stuffed feeling anymore.
  • I have noticeably more energy throughout the day.
  • I feel like I’m sleeping better at night. I don’t have any data to support this, but it does seem that I’m falling to sleep a little faster and sleeping through the night a little better.
  • I’m not craving processed foods. Sure, I still give into temptation a little, but I’d much rather have some fruit or nuts for a snack, instead of a kit kat or chips.
  • I’m experimenting with food more than I ever have before. I think I’ve spent more time in the kitchen over the past month, than I had over the last year. Eating paleo isn’t as convenient as eating crap, but it’s made me more excited to get home to cook a nice meal or experiment with new baking ingredients.
  • Food tastes better! For too long I’ve been covering up the deliciousness of natural foods with cheese, sauce, butter, salt, and sugar. I’ve realized that most vegetables are better cooked in a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon (or just au naturale).

Here are a few of my favorite easy meals to give you a little inspiration. Long live paleo!

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Taco Salad

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Shrimp Marinara w/ Veggies

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Almond crusted pork chops w/ honey mustard

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Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken

 

Coconut Chicken Tenders

Happy Friday all! I posted a facebook photo of the delicious coconut chicken tenders I made for dinner last night, which generated some salivation among friends. They are paleo (and gluten free), tasty enough to eat without a sauce, and very easy to prepare. Here is the simple (and visual) recipe:

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Cover chicken in coconut flour

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Dip chicken in egg (mixed with a little almond or coconut milk)

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Cover chicken in shredded coconut

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Bake for 20 minutes (or so) at 400 degrees

ENJOY with your favorite veggie side or sweet potato!

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