Grape and Almond Salad for a delicious lunch side dish!

The first half of my work week lunch this week is chorizo and broccoli slaw — and the second half is a salad featuring grapes, sliced almonds, homemade pumpkin pie spice and coconut oil!

This may have been the easiest thing I made this weekend!

2013-09-22 12.42.33I picked up a bag of green grapes, and a bag of red grapes at the store this weekend, picked them off the vine and put them into a giant bowl.

Then, I used my new food processor to blend up two cans of coconut milk with some homemade pumpkin pie spice. I made up a big bag of pumpkin pie spice several months ago and have used it relatively frequently! It consists of things like all-spice, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc.

Want to make your own? Here’s a Paleo Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe via!

I also added in some honey — hoping it would work as a thickener.

I poured the coconut milk “sauce” over the grapes, and tossed everything together.

Then, the bowl went into the fridge.


The first bowl was a little more watery than I would have liked — but because I made it on Sunday morning, it didn’t have time to sit in the fridge and get thicker.

HOPEFULLY, Monday’s bowl will be better — as the salad will have 24 hours in the fridge.

This was DEFINITELY delicious though — a lot better than I thought it would be! The leftover coconut milk and spices at the bottom of the bowl went into my coffee! Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

A sweet addition to my spicy chorizo and veggies for lunch!

My work week eats — below!

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Daily Delicious: Paleo simplicity with Paleo “Hamburger Helper”

Sometimes, you just need a simple, Paleo meal! You know what I’m talking about. It’s getting late, it’s been a long day, and you have little energy for cooking.

Why not make up some Paleo Hamburger Helper?!

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Perhaps the simplest I’ve seen is a recipe posted to Facebook on Sunday via Butterflies, Peace Paleo — a recipe the blogger calls a favorite Sunday night recipe!

Three ingredients, people!

  • green cabbage
  • butter/ghee
  • hamburger meat
  • avocado

Cook the cabbage and hamburger meat in a big pot, and top your bowl of Paleo Hamburger Helper with some avocado!

I used to do a similar type of Paleo Hamburger Helper using roasted cauliflower as a base! Delicious!

You can definitely do variations of this as well — if you’d like to get more creative and complicated.

For example, toss in some fire-roasted tomatoes for some added flavor.

Make “Taco Hamburger Helper” by using some homemade taco seasoning, cabbage, bell peppers, jalapenos, salsa, guac/and/or avocado.

Use shredded chicken, or ground turkey, or ground chicken!

Make an Asian-inspired “Hamburger Helper” using sesame oil, scallions, coconut aminos, ginger and things like sugar snap peas!

Make a Sloppy Joe themed “Hamburger Helper” using cabbage, ground beef, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce!

Make a GREEK “Hamburger Helper,” using cabbage, ground lamb, cucumber, olives, and a tahini sauce.

Make a Bacon Cheeseburger “Hamburger Helper” using cabbage, ground beef, bacon, cheese, and a mayo-type sauce.

I mean, the ideas are endless!

This would make an awesome lazy weekend dinner, or busy weeknight dinner!

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Daily Delicious: Autumnal Equinox and Chili Sweet Potato Fries!

Sunday, September 22nd marks the official end of summer, and beginning of Fall!

Sunday marks the Autumnal Equinox!

fallThe celestial event that marks this transition is called an “equinox,” and it happens twice every year, around March 21 and Sept. 21.

fall2On Sunday, the sun will move from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. It will pass overhead everywhere along the Earth’s equator on that date, and the sun will rise exactly in the east and set exactly in the west. Day and night will also be of roughly equal length.

fall3Naturally, it was crisp out on Sunday in southeastern Wisconsin! And, the Packers were playing, so it just FELT like Fall!

The cool, crisp air, the Autumnal Equinox and having football on TV naturally got me to thinking about the perfect fall dish — chili!

Then, I discovered THIS recipe, for Chili Sweet Potato Fries via! Delicious! It’s like a Paleo version of chili cheese fries, without the cheese.

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For the sweet potato fries, you slice your sweet potatoes into wedges, coat them in olive oil or coconut oil and salt and pepper, and then bake them for about 30 minutes, until they reach desired tenderness.

Then, the chili!

I would most likely make this in the slow cooker, because it’s so much easier!

Use your favorite chili ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • green/red pepper
  • garlic
  • fire-roasted tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • jalapenos
  • seasonings
  • beer or Apple Ale
  • Frank’s Red Hot

The chili roasts in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on high, 6-8 hours on low — so that all the flavors have a chance to meld together.

Then, simply pour the chili over the fries, top with sour cream (unless you are dairy free!) and scallions, and dig in!

Perfect for a lazy, Fall afternoon while watching some football!


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A twist on an old recipe — Chorizo and broccoli slaw for lunch!

So let me just say that my Saturday was not as productive as I would have liked it to be!

After sleeping in (we won’t discuss what time I got up!) I had two weeks worth of laundry to tackle! Yikes!

Later in the evening, it was time to start prepping dinner. I was too lazy to hit the grocery store on Saturday for the handful of things I had forgotten — so that meant it was a mad dash to hit the store and get things finished up on Sunday before work.


On Sunday morning, I raced to the store and picked up the things I needed — and then raced home and cooked while getting ready for work.

The meal that hadn’t yet been started was the main dish for this work week’s lunch!

I was planning on making a recipe I have made many times before — sausage with shaved Brussels Sprouts and cheese.

sausage and sproutsUsually, I use Laughing Cow cheese, but this time I decided to use a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese.

I got some delicious homemade spicy chorizo from the grocery store, and cut it from its casing on Saturday night.

Then, on Sunday morning at the grocery store, I picked up some broccoli slaw, since the store was OUT of shaved Brussels Sprouts SIGH.

brusselsI normally have to drive out of my way to pick up my Brussels at Trader Joe’s — but I recently spotted the shaved Brussels at my local grocery store — and now, just like that, they are gone.

broccoli slawSo I sauteed the broccoli slaw in some olive oil, and then dropped in the ground chorizo, and let everything saute for a bit.

I was in a hurry, so I didn’t get pictures ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But let’s just pretend that the sausage looked like THIS. It was almost red in color.

sausageWhen the meat was cooked and the broccoli slaw was tender, I added a small container of jalapeno flavored cream cheese and sour cream — turned down the heat and let everything simmer for a bit — stirring frequently.

jalapeno cream cheeseThis was one-half of my lunch this work week — and OH MY GOODNESS it was delicious!

The picture DOES NOT do this justice!

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Very different from my normal sausage and Brussels — but the same kind of idea, with a new twist! And SO, so good!

Not ENTIRELY Paleo, because it does include dairy (cream cheese and sour cream) — BUT it is low-carb and healthy!

A nice, spicy first meal of the day! My work week EATS — below!

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Dream Cookup Preview (Food for upcoming week — If budget allows!)

As of this writing, I’m hungry! I’ve been fasting all day (Thursday) because nothing in my fridge was appetizing!

After this post is written, however, it may be another story!

Going grocery shopping today! YAY FRIDAY! YAY PAY DAY!

pay dayHA. I need to get better at budgeting my money — especially in advance of my (HOPEFULLY!) Whole30 in October.

Here’s what’s (HOPEFULLY)ย  coming up on the blog. Very PRELIMINARY, pre-grocery-shopping plan!:


Stuffed Chicken Breasts (which I have made before) — similar to what you see picturedย  below:


Paleo coconut chicken tenders with homemade BBQ + veggie TBA

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BBQ chicken wings, utilizing leftover BBQ sauce + veggies TBA

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Spicy sausage (homemade from my grocery store), and Brussels Sprout Salad, with shredded Brussels, and cream cheese and/or sour cream and/or seasonings.

brussels***I have made this MANY times before and it remains a favorite. Not dairy free though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

With fruit and nut salad with coconut milk:


SB&J BURGERS courtesy Melissa Joulwan at! This recipe is at the TOP of my “To-Make” List, and I CANNOT WAIT for it!!!!!!!!!! Melissa was SO KIND as to retweet my blog post this past Wednesday, on “National Cheeseburger Day”:

tweetSo I unofficially declare her as the Nicest Paleo Blogger! And I am in LOVE with all of her recipes! SERIOUSLY, visit her blog!

I CANNOT WAIT to eat this. And it will be my dinner ALL. WEEK. LONG! Something to look forward to every day ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Melissa!!!

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My LOVELY boyfriend gifted me with a brand new food processor for my birthday this week <3. I’ve been without one for what seems like too long, and I am DYING to put it to use!

My previous food processor died. I think it was tired of making hummus every week! ๐Ÿ™‚

hummus1SO, it’s HIGHLY likely that if the budget allows, I will be making up a big vat of hummus this weekend — and the “veggies TBA” above will be hummus and raw veggies. HOPEFULLY.

I would also LOVE to make Melissa Joulwan’s “Sunshine Sauce” — which I still haven’t tried. I want to be able to make it PERFECTLY. Everyone’s raving about it and I hope I’ll be ableย  to join the crowd after this weekend!

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I’m sure getting tired of rice and leftover, frozen brats — thus, the unintentional fast on Thursday.

BUT — I’m also the mother of a child, in the form of a 20+ pound Shiba Inu puppy who is our world, and has lately been racking up the vet bills (just the ordinary, puppy checkups!) and his neutering comes soon! Sooo, the budget is constrained! PLUS, his neutering comes up in weeks!

hatchetThen, we’ll hopefully have a happy and healthy big boy, and can get back on track — before it’s time for a “Shibling” ๐Ÿ™‚

And Hatchet, after all, is the most important!

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Daily Delicious: Paleo, and Non-Paleo Nachos!

Thursday’s “Daily Delicious” features a recipe I discovered on Pinterest while browsing Paleo recipes — a delicious and labor-intensive recipe for homemade Paleo nachos!

The boyfriend made some layered, baked nachos the other night, and while delicious — they certainly aren’t Paleo! That didn’t stop me from having a plate of my own — but I need to knock this off!!!

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So wouldn’t you know it — the very next day I discovered a recipe for Paleo nachos on Pinterest!

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This recipe utilizes plantain chips instead of the usual non-Paleo tortilla chips to serve as the base of the nachos.

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Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw.

Plantains are native to India and are grown most widely in tropical climates. Plantains are sometimes referred to as the pasta and potatoes of the Caribbean.

Topping the plantain chips (which I would encourage making on your own via the oven or dehydrator) is some seasoned ground beef (make your own taco seasoning!), jalapeno, tomato, onion, salsa, black olives and cilantro.

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Topping the plantain chips, meat, and veggie toppings is guacamole (make your own!), and homemade nacho cheese sauce.

This is a somewhat complicated recipe, because everything is homemade.

For the nachos, you will obviously have to brown up your ground beef and prep your veggies.

You’ll have to be sure to dehydrate your plantain chips ahead of time.

I’d also advise making your guacamole and nacho cheese sauces ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to meld.

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If you do all the prep in advance, all you’ll have to do is cook up your meat, perhaps sautee up your veggies a bit, build your nachos and enjoy!

GET THE RECIPE for homemade, dehydrated plantain chips.

GET THE RECIPE for delicious, homemade guacamole.

GET THE RECIPE for homemade Paleo taco seasoning.

GET THE RECIPE for Nacho Cheese Sauce!

Finally, GET THE RECIPE for Paleo Nachos!

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Food Network article: How Ground Meat Can Save the Day

I recently discovered an awesome article written on the Food Network website by Food Network host Melissa D’Arabian.

I regularly watch Melissa’s show, Ten Dollar Dinners because it is on while I am getting ready for work.

I really like how creative she gets pulling together a unique meal for a family of four that is not only delicious, but also easy on the wallet.

In this article, entitled “How Ground Meat Can Save the Day” Melissa encourages folks to utilize their freezers — making up double of labor-intensive meals, in order to have a meal on the table in under 30 minutes on busy work nights — or on days when you just don’t feel like “cooking.”

Melissa challenges herself to create six menu ideas using one value pack of ground beef!

Fresh Lean Ground Beef

Sandra Lee on Food Network, with her show, Semi-Homemade Cooking — often challenges herself to do the same on her show — making Round Two recipes using the same ingredients in a different way.

This is something that I need to challenge myself to do more often!

Making double definitely helped me out this week! I made a second meatloaf, and all I had to do was pull it out of the freezer and bake it up this weekend, and I had dinner for the week! $0 spent at the grocery store this weekend, and no food was wasted.

In this blog post, Melissa takes the value pack of ground beef and creates:

Italian Meatballs
Barbecue Meatballs
Warm-Spiced Meatballs

Then, she browned up three one-pound portions of ground beef for:

A taco night
Sloppy joes

Prep day takes just 30 minutes to an hour — and you’ll be able to pull together six meals with minimal actual cooking!

Check out the article via

What would you prep with a value pack of ground beef? How about a value pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

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