Baked Paleo Meatballs

Baked Paleo Meatballs

Mmmmm, meatballs. Besides their yummy taste, there are two main reasons I love this recipe. The first reason is that there are no breadcrumbs like most typical meatball recipes. And second reason is because I can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for an easy weekday meal. This is such a versatile recipe. You could dress it up or down with different seasonings depending on what you are serving it with.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

I've taken the grains and refined sugar out of carrot cake to make these muffins for our Easter feast tomorrow. (Hopefully they make it there. My husband and kids have already had their fair share). The icing mimics a cream cheese icing and is pretty irresistible. 

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Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce

Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce

I know what you are thinking. Cinnamon applesauce in the spring? Well, we love applesauce year round at our house. It's a great snack to have on hand. This simple recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought applesauce at the store. Plus, it has no added sugar and tastes just as good if not better than the store-bought applesauce, which can be filled with additives and sugar. 

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Grain-free Grissini (Breadsticks)

Grain-free Grissini (Breadsticks)

Golden, crisp grissini. (aka: Italian Breadsticks). These crunchy, pencil-sized sticks make a great appetizer when paired with your favorite dipping sauce or salad. Kids love them too! I often throw a few in a Ziploc bag when I travel. This recipe was inspired from Ditch the Wheat's Paleo Almond Flour Pizza Crust which consists of 4 simple ingredients. I threw in some herbs, brushed them with a little ghee and rolled them up like snakes. Yum!

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Carrot & Pepper Slaw

Carrot & Pepper Slaw

Here's a simple and colorful side dish. Thinly sliced peppers and carrots are drizzled with a honey, apple cider vinaigrette. Refreshing, light and perfect for a spring picnic. 

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Homemade Ghee

Homemade Ghee

Ghee: aka "liquid gold." Rich in fat soluble vitamins (like A, D, E and K), it aids in the digestion of foods. It's also said to improve memory, protect eye sight, prevent ulcers and has anti-inflammatory properties. 

Ghee is just the butterfat left over after cooking off the milk solids and water. Thus, making it lactose- and casein-free. It's an aromatic, heat-stable (doesn't release any free radicals) fat that won't smoke and burn like butter. I use it interchangeably with coconut oil in almost all of my recipes and could go on and on about how much I love it. 

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Truly Tasty Turkey Burger

Truly Tasty Turkey Burger

Finally a turkey burger that is juicy, flavorful and even filled with healthy veggies. I actually prefer this turkey burger over a regular hamburger. One of the secrets is to buy dark or a dark/white mix of ground turkey. (I usually buy the 90/10 ground turkey from Whole Foods or Fresh Market. The all-white, lean ground turkey will not have near as much flavor.) Serve it in a lettuce wrap with some avocados, sauteéd mushrooms or my No-fail Mayonnaise. Yum!

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Ridiculously Easy Spaghetti Squash

Ridiculously Easy Spaghetti Squash

This is hands down the easiest way to prepare spaghetti squash. You don't even have to struggle to cut it in half before preparing it. Just wash it, poke a few slits in it and throw it in the crockpot for 6 hours. Easy peasy. After it's cooked, it split's right open and the seeds can be easily scooped out. 

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Lactose-free SCD Yogurt

Lactose-free SCD Yogurt

Game-changer. This yogurt has made huge difference with my digestive health. I eat it everyday for a morning snack. The mere thought of making homemade yogurt can seem intimidating; however, I assure you that it is really simple and very beneficial.

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Egg-topped Zoodles

Egg-topped Zoodles

Have you heard of zoodles? They are all the rage on Pinterest. It's simply shredded or spiralized zucchini made to look like noodles. This is one of my absolute favorite breakfast foods. I use a julienne peeler to peel a couple zucchini's, sauté it in some ghee or coconut oil and then top it with a fried egg. That's all there is to it. So delicious and a super healthy start to the day.

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Tender Eye-of-Round Roast

Tender Eye-of-Round Roast

Tender and eye-of-round roast. When's the last time you heard those words in the same sentence? The eye-of-round roast is a relatively inexpensive, very lean cut of meat that typically turns tough when cooked. However, if you cook it for a short amount of time at a very high temperature and then let it rest in the oven for a couple hours, it turns out juicy and melt-in-your-mouth tender (much like a prime rib). It sounds crazy, but it works. I usually cook a 5 lb. roast and thinly slice and save what we don't eat for dinner. It goes great on my lunch salads during the work week. 

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Grain-free Graham Crackers

Grain-free Graham Crackers

One of my biggest challenges is finding easy, grain-free snacks. These chewy graham crackers are a perfect solution. My kids absolutely love them and they are great topped with cashew butter or my cinnamon marshmallows for a sweet treat. 

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Nightshade-free Crockpot Chili

Nightshade-free Crockpot Chili

I had 2 good reasons to make this chili. First, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. (Boo!) And more importantly, we had a chili cook-off at work! The competition was stiff. I work with some pretty talented and creative people (including the two-time champ, Paul Tuorto, of Vesta). I'm excited to report that I took home 2nd place with a chili that's totally nightshade free. Yep, you heard that right. Nightshade free. No tomatoes. No peppers. Just delicious veggies, spices and beef.

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Roasted Rosemary Carrots

Roasted Rosemary Carrots

Looking for an easy side dish? Look no further. These roasted carrots are ridiculously easy to make. Did you know cooked carrots actually contain more antioxidants than when eaten raw? Well, now you do. So fix some of these next time you are in need of a simple and healthy side dish. They won't disappoint.

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Paleo Pound Cake

Paleo Pound Cake

I have two words for you. Pound. Cake. Mmmmm. Close your eyes. Can you smell your grandma's kitchen? I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to truly compete with my grandma's rich, buttery cake, but I think this one comes pretty darn close. Warm someone's heart this Valentine's Day with this grain-free version of vanilla pound cake. My husband and kids seem to feel the love.

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