Paleo Asian Meatballs (Whole 30 Compliant)

I am a hungry hungry hippo right now. I am sitting at school counting down the minutes until I can go home and snarf up some meatballs I made last night.

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I should have brought another snack to eat since I have work then class until 7:45 on Monday’s, but alas I failed to plan well. At least I have something absolutely delicious to come home to. My sister told me to make this last year when she did Whole 30 and it took me only 11 months to make them! I wish I had made them 10 months and 29 days sooner, because they are amazing.

Word to the wise: don’t put half of your balls in a glass container to cook, then place the glass container directly on the bottom of the oven. It will shatter into 5 million little pieces that you will not want to clean up at 10 at night while cursing yourself for being an idiot.

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Whole 30 Paleo Asian Style Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef

8 shitake mushrooms, diced

3/4 cup  sweet potatoes, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (without soy if you are paleo)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

salt/pepper

1tbs coconut oil

1. Mix all ingredients except the coconut oil together. Don’t be scared to get your hands dirty and hand mix everything together to ensure it’s fully blended.

2. Put oil on cooking sheet. Form into meatballs in whatever size your heart desires.  Place meatballs on cooking sheet.

3. Bake at 375* for about 15-20 minutes.

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Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti and a Pumpkin Patch

Today was a gorgeous fall day, with a bright blue sky and beautiful orange leaves. My boyfriend and I decided to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and get in the halloween spirit by going to a pumpkin patch.

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Cottonwood Farms in Boulder offers a corn and hay maze, lots of farm animals, and a pumpkin patch with some gorgeous pumpkins. Somehow my boyfriend has made it 29 years without ever carving a pumpkin. That is unacceptable to me and my love of fall activities. We will definitely be fixing that this weekend with the two perfect pumpkins we picked out.

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Tonight I made one of the most delicious paleo recipes I have made yet. Unfortunately, it just looks like mush on film, but I PROMISE you it is worth it. I have to give credit to PaleoOMG for this one.

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Paleo Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons fat (I used duck fat)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped green onions, to garnish
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes
For the mayo (this will render about ⅔ cup mayo)
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise. Place them face down on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for 25 minutes.

2. Put coconut oil in a pan with cut up chicken. Cook until the chicken lightly cooks on the outside, with no more pink showing. Cut up garlic, onions, carrots and celery and add to pan.

3. Mix the ingredients of the mayonnaise in a bowl, whip lightly until thickens.

4. When onions are translucent, add the cooked squash to the pan, mix in the mayo and the hot sauce. Cook for about five minutes and enjoy!

Trust me, take a leap of faith on the mushy yellow heap and make this recipe. I promise it will not disappoint.

Do you like fall activities? Do you have a special fall ritual?

Paleo Slow Cooker Kahlua Pulled Pork.

I have an amazing co-worker who brings me delicious Paleo food on a semi regular basis (and also has a blog!). She introduced me to this delicious and incredibly simple recipe from NomNomPaleo. It is so easy that at 10:23pm I realized I had forgotten to make it, but by 10;30 I was in bed and it was cooking away in the crock pot. Now that is the type of mid-week recipe I like.

Paleo Crockpot Kahlua Pulled Pork

4 lbs pork shoulder

4 pieces of bacon

4 cloves of garlic.

That is literally all you need. It sounds like it wouldn’t be flavorfull, but trust me it took some self restraint to not each a lb of it as soon as it was done.

First, line the crockpot with the bacon.

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Then, stuff the garlic cloves into the folds of the meat, wherever you can fit them.

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Place the pork into the slow cooker and cook on low for about 12 hours, or until soft and thoroughly cooked. Mine was only 3lbs and I let it cook for only 9 hours and it was fine.

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The fat will melt off of the bacon and the pork, making it soft and tender when it’s done. Absolutely amazing. It will make you feel like you are at a BBQ in Hawaii.

Also, unrelated. you HAVE to watch this commercial. I am obsessed. If you don’t like it, we are no longer friends. It makes the song Applause by Lady GaGa a hundred times better.

Paleo Cooked Kale with Bacon and Carrots

I am obsessed with bacon. I don’t just like it, I consume it in obscene quantities to the point where I had to implement a “bacon budget” to restrict myself to one pound a week because it was getting out of control.  I know my friends over at 365 Days of Bacon understand. When my fellow bacon loving coworker heard about my new budget he proceeded to bring me cooked bacon one morning so I wouldn’t go through withdrawal , along with this shirt, which perfectly states how I feel about bacon:

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In order to make my bacon limit last longer, I decided to start mixing it into foods I eat normally, in smaller quantities so I wouldn’t run out by Wednesday and be bacon-less until the following Sunday. I wanted something easy that wouldn’t take long to make, hence the Cooked Kale with Bacon.

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Paleo Cooked Kale with Carrots

3 strips Nitrate free Bacon (peppered Whole Foods bacon is the best!)

2 bushels dinosaur kale (also called lacinto kale)

1 yellow onion

3 large carrots

1/2 cup chicken stock (or water if you really have no chicken stock)

1. Cook bacon until crispy in fry pan. Remove from fry pan but leave the bacon grease.

2. Chop the onions and carrots and add to the bacon grease. Cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat until the onions and carrots start to soften.

3. Chop up kale and add to the pan, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cover and let cook at low/medium heat for about 5 minutes or until kale has cooked.

4. Tear/cut bacon into small pieces and mix in with the cooked kale.

5. Enjoy your bacon knowing you are also getting some healthy vitamins from the kale and carrots!

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Paleo Sweet Orange Salmon

Last night I had someone tell me I had to step up my recipe game as they were running out of things to eat for dinner. So, Todd, I hope you like fish. Specifically, salmon. I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t like fish because it’s too “fishy”, but trust me – This recipe is meant for those people. I promise you it won’t taste like it leapt out of a stream and into your mouth.

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I will admit the one thing I don’t like about cooking fish is that it can make your house smell and make your hands smell when you clean off the dishes. Therefore, I always cook my fish in tinfoil (wrapped up and placed directly  on the oven rack) so I can immediately throw it out once I am done and there are no dishes. It also traps a lot of the scent.

What are the health benefits of salmon? Well there are a lot of them. First, it obviously is high in protein and provides you with healthy omega 3-fats, (reduces inflammation) but there is so much more than that. A 1/4 pound (4 oz) piece of salmon has a full days worth of vitamin D (yes, the vitamin that people think only comes from the sun), and large amounts of B12 and B6. Lastly, although a lot of people worry about mercury in fish, never fear – both wild and farmed salmon have very low levels of mercury.

So with that, I give you: Paleo Sweet Orange Salmon (I know I have a lot of “orange” recipes. what can I say? I like my citrus)

The picture also has kale (steamed), and carrots and squash that I also wrapped in tinfoil with some salt and pepper and baked in the oven for about 25 minutes. A well rounded meal!

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PALEO SWEET ORANGE SALMON

1 lb salmon

1 tsp chili powder

1 orange (grate 1 teaspoon of the orange rind and then save the rest of the orange for the juice)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tsp honey

1. Mix all dry ingredients (including orange rind) in a bowl

2. Place salmon onto piece of tin foil that is big enough to fully cover it once it is wrapped up.

3. Squeeze juice from the orange onto the salmon (as much or as little as you want)

4. Rub the dry mixture onto salmon.

5. Drizzle the teaspoon of honey on top of salmon

6. Put in the oven and bake at 350* for about 20 minutes, or turn oven broiler on and put in the oven for about 8 minutes. The salmon should turn from dark pink to light pink when done.

Going hiking after work today with my friend who did the partner plank push ups with me. Trying to get the most of the warm weather before it suddenly starts snowing in two months!

Paleo Tangy Chicken with Mango Jalapeño Lime Salsa + Fruit Flies (but not together)

Hey guys! Long time no talk. My bad on that one. I keep thinking about things I should write about, but then don’t have the mental energy to actually do it. But I’m finally well rested and ready for a steady stream of posts on how to foam roll, how to be happy, overpronation, some recipes, and more.

All week I was looking forward to Saturday for the sole purpose of being able to sleep in. You ever have one of those weeks? After a nice long snooze, I decided to get up to the mountains and went for a hike with my friend and my dog (who is 11 lbs and needed to be carried now and then, just adding an extra challenge!).

Image It was overcast and started sprinkling a little on the way back, but was still nice to get out and get some fresh air. That night I watched a documentary on Happiness, which was very interesting and I’ll talk more about in my next post. One hint: exercise was considered one of the best ways to improve your happiness level.

Today I had wanted to go tubing, but Mother Nature decided to bless us with 60 degrees and rain, so I did a quick speed workout with some negative splits.

ImageI’m trying to get my speed back up and, as much as I hate short fast runs, it’s the only way to improve my overall speed.  Good thing I had some yummy food waiting for me. I present you with…

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BAKED (or GRILLED) TANGY CHICKEN WITH MANGO JALAPEÑO LIME SALSA

1lb chicken breasts

1 jalapenos

2 limes

1 red onion

1 mango

salt/pepper

1 avocado

1. Dice the onion and jalapeño and stick them in a bag

2. Squeeze juice from limes and lemon into the bag

3. Cut up mango (without skin) and put it in the plastic bag

4.  Put chicken breasts in bag and let marinate for at least 45 minutes in the fridge

5. Put a dash of salt and pepper into the bag and shake

6. Back in the oven on 350* until done, about 25 minutes.

7. Serve with chopped up avocado

Now, since it’s in the title I have to mention the neat little trick I learned to get rid of fruit flies. Pour some apple cider vinegar and a piece of a banana into a water bottle. Take a piece of paper and roll it up, put it in the bottle.

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The flies will fly down, but won’t be able to fly out. Finally an easy way to get rid of the ever multiplying pests! Until next time, friends.

PALEO Spicy Orange Roasted Chicken

I’m on a kick with the roasted chicken lately. It gives me lunch for almost the whole week, especially when I throw in some sweet potato, carrots, and onions to cook. Also, it’s super easy, which is a perk during the weekdays. I’ll keep this short and simple, here’s the recipe!

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SPICY ORANGE ROASTED CHICKEN

One whole chicken

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp chile powder

1 tbs chipotle powder

3 cloves garlic

1tsp onion

2 tsp Herbs de Provence

1 cup orange juice (fresh)

Pinch of salt and pinch pepper

1. Place bird in a baking dish.Pour orange juice onto bird to wet it, saving juice in pan.

2. Mix all dry ingredients (and honey) together and rub onto the chicken, using the wetness from the orange juice to make it stick.

3. Put the pan with the bird and the orange juice it in the fridge to marinate for at least three hours. (if it doesn’t fit, mine didn’t, put it in a ziploc bag and let it marinate)

4. After the bird has marinated, put it in a roasting pan  (one with a lid). I cut up sweet potato and onions to cook with it.

5.  Cook in oven at 350 for about 60 minutes (20 min per lb) or until done.

Quick. Easy. Delicious. Enjoy!