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My husband and I adore Mexico. One of our favorite places to visit is Cabo San Lucas. In fact I’d love to be there right about now, eating some fresh salsa and sipping on a margarita, but, life is busy. At some points, life is crazy!
Before we had a family it seemed like Cabo was our home away from home. These days it’s a bit harder for us to get down there. Work, school, and other obligations keep us busy and home. I’m sure you can relate.
One thing that I’m enjoying about being home is fresh paleo food. When you cook dinner every night you usually have leftovers for lunch the next day which is another bonus. Recently one of my favorite meals is paleo Mexican food. When I first read the rules of paleo, it seemed that I’d never get to eat a taco ever again. Luckily, that is not true!
Here’s some tips, the protien and veggie part of Mexican food is pretty easy. You can bbq some peppers and onions. Grill some carne asada, or simmer some chicken in salsa. Replacing the rice, beans, and tortillas is a little more difficult. None of these are considered paleo…
You can make rice out of cauliflower and season it with cumin and chili powder. (I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m sure there’s a recipe out there)
I personally have found that I don’t miss the beans and rice nearly as much as the tortillas.
Recently I found a great recipe, and as you can see from the photo, I can’t wait for them to be done before I eat one! 🙂
2 Eggs whisked
3 tbls Coconut flour
3/4 cup Tapioca flour
1 tbsp Olive oil
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Spray olive oil for frying

Whisk all ingredients together. Warm pan on med heat. Spoon out about 1/3 cup per tortilla. Cook about 3 mins per side and enjoy!

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I guess I should start off with a little history about myself so that you understand how huge this is for me.
When it came to protien I pretty much only ate chicken and turkey. Occasionally I would eat beef, but I never, ever ordered a steak at a restaurant. I never cooked pork. Especially not bacon. But after I had my son 7 years ago I decided that pork wasn’t all that bad, and every once in a while I would make a pork roast.
Fast forward to now. I am totally enjoying eating Paleo. It is awesome. I am very inspired, and I have been educating myself about healthy choices. I have been trying to branch out a little and try different foods because they are healthy.
A few weeks ago my husband asked me if I’d be willing to try bison. My first thought was “no way!” But I decided that that is what the old me would have said. The new paleo me would say “it is such a healthy alternative to beef, I should give it a try”

So here are a couple facts about a 3oz portion of grass fed meat:
152 calories for bison vs 184 calories for beef
7 grams of fat in bison vs 10 grams of fat in beef
Most ground bison is at least 90% lean
Not huge differences, but differences.
One last fact is that the bison burger I ate tasted great!!

I did not make the burger, so I do not have an exact recipe, but here’s what I know.
My husband mixed the ground bison with ground sausage. He added chopped onion and some spices. You can season it just like beef.
Instead of a bun he used a large mushroom cap. Then he bbq’d them with some bacon on top.
We served them with a green salad and home made sweet potatoe fries.
It was delicious! Even our son loved them!
Not all stores carry bison. I’ve seen it at Sprouts and Grocery Outlet so far. The only downside is the price is higher than beef, but once in a while I guess it’s not so bad to splurge.
So, go get some, give it a try, and let me know what you think!
When it comes to adventure, I’m usually not so open to it, but this time it paid off! Yum!

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One of the first things we asked our paleo friends when we stayed with them was do you ever “cheat” or have a “cheat day”? I find that this question comes up often for me as well when I talk to people about paleo.
It’s funny how we all try to talk ourselves out of something before we even start!
I’ve researched this question a lot, and have found many different theories. Our friends response was that once a week they have a few hours where they cheat, and by the time they are done, they really don’t want to do it again!
Other responses are:
cheat day
cheat meal
absolutely no cheating
and occasional cheating (maybe once every couple weeks)
My favorite response came from a blog, that now I can’t seem to find, but it went like this: if you cheat on a meal, don’t beat yourself up about it. We are all human. Just get right back on the wagon your next meal.
I think this is a good philosophy. Try your best, and if you trip, get back up and keep moving forward.

My son is not 100% paleo. He has dairy (whole fat milk and yogurt), gluten free cereal, whole grain bread for sandwiches, and nitrate-free lunchmeat. He can have birthday cake or popsicles or candy at parties, but we try to limit the sugar when possible. Luckily, he loves fruit, so that helps. He usually has a paleo dinner, and healthy snacks throughout the day. He has really enjoyed paleo pancakes, tortillas, cookies, spaghetti, lettuce wraps and cauliflower mashed potatoes so far.

My personal experience with this has been that I find it to be a super fun challenge to not eat anything that is not paleo. That being said, I do bake paleo cookies, and have smoothies with coconut milk, I make coconut whip cream, and make paleo tortillas, as well as other things. Some hardcore paleos consider this cheating. You may or may not. If you are choosing to adopt a paleo lifestyle to drop weight your cheats will be much different than someone who is just eating paleo to be healthier.
I recently decided to have a little cheat. I had been good all week, so I went for it. I had two pieces of pizza, no big deal. I felt fine that evening, but the next day my body was not very happy. Since I haven’t had that kind of carb or grains like that in almost a month, my tummy was pretty mad at me. It goes to show that they are difficult for your body to digest. I think next time I will cheat with something a little less rebellious, like some Double Chocolate Paleo Cookies. 🙂 Here’s the recipe:
2 ripe bananas
2 tblsp almond butter (creamy or crunchy)
3 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or enjoy life chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper
in a large bowl mash bananas with hand mixer
add next 5 ingredients. mix well
mix in flour
fold in chips
scoop tablespoons onto paper and bake 15 minutes
Refrigerate after cool. Enjoy!

P.S. Thanks to my friend, Julie for this yummy recipe!

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After a 10 day vacation, staying with our paleo friends at the lake, my husband threw out the idea that we should try to eat Paleo too. I didn’t really know much about it, but I agreed to try. I put no goals in place, no plan to make it a certain number of days or weeks or anything like that. I really just wanted to take it one day at a time. I instantly jumped online and started researching paleo, the do’s and don’ts, and recipes. The very first day I realized that breakfast would be the most difficult meal for me. I get up quite early, get myself and my son ready for the day, then drop him off at school and then commute about an hour to work. I have to eat on the go which is not usually the healthiest choice. I searched paleo breakfast recipes and found a few that I was interested in trying, so off to the store we went!

Our first shopping trip was pretty different than usual. We bought mostly veggies and fruits, eggs and meats. No bread or cereal or cheese. The prices of grass-fed and organic meats were a bit higher than we were used to, but we decided that if it means better health, then it is worth it. There were ingredients that I had never bought before, and for whatever reason, it was sort of fun to search for them.

My first paleo recipe was little breakfast “quiche cakes” basically little quiches baked in a cupcake pan. They were super easy to make, and perfect to pop in the microwave on my way out the door.  The following weekend I found a recipe for a turkey fritatta. Every weekend since then I have made a version of this fritatta.  You can put any veggies that you like into it, and any ground meat that you prefer. It is baked in a 9×11 dish so there is enough for my husband and I to cut off a piece every day and it lasts all week. It is easy, and yummy, and fun to change around. Here is my favorite version so far:

Favorite Frittata:                                                                                                                             1 package of breakfast sausage (I use turkey)

7-9 eggs (depending on how thick you would like it)

1/8 cup almond milk

1 onion thinly sliced

3 cloves of garlic chopped or pressed

1 cup of roughly chopped mushrooms (any type you like)

1/2 bag of baby spinach (or just a couple handfuls)

1/2 red or yellow pepper chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp dill

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp allspice

additional salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. lightly grease 9×11 glass baking dish. Heat frying pan over medium-high heat.  Brown sausage with salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and dill. Once cooked, spread on the bottom of the baking dish. Add sliced onion to the pan into the grease, add 1tbsp of olive oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper, cook until soft and dark brown. Add chopped garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped red pepper and mushrooms, and cook until soft. Add spinach and then top with lemon juice, stir occasionally. Once cooked down, add veggies on top of the sausage in the baking dish. Next whisk eggs and almond milk, then pour on top of veggie/sausage. I usually pat or push the mixture around to evenly spread the eggs. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. And enjoy all week! p.s. You can add any other veggies that you like to this dish. I have done shredded carrots, goat cheese, tomatoes, even broccoli or shredded sweet potato would be good.