Easy Paleo Cauliflower Rice

cauliflower rice

Cauliflower is a paleo staple as far as I am concerned. This versatile vegetable can be turned into mash, rolled into pizza crust and – my personal favorite – grated into couscous and rice! Both delicious and nutritious, cauliflower rice can take many forms. From fried rice under a pile of seasoned chicken and vegetables to a Mexican style rice for your burrito bowl.

All you need is this super simple recipe for basic cauliflower rice and then you can let your imagination run wild! Good luck!

Paleo Cauliflower Rice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head organic cauliflower
  2. 1 tbsp oil
  3. 1 garlic clove
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop the cauliflower into small florets
  2. Pulse cauliflower in food processor (or grate with cheese grater)
  3. In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 garlic clove for 30 seconds
  4. Add cauliflower and mix for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Covered the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, until softened
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Paleo Ranch Seasoning

ranch seasoning As you know, it is always important to read the list of ingredients on prepackaged foods- especially in dressings, sauces and mixes. Instead of worrying about hidden ingredients, I find it easier to make these dressings, sauces and mixes from scratch. Last week I shared my recipe for homemade paleo taco seasoning and this week I thought I would share another seasoning that is easy to recreate with spices you already have on hand.

Ranch seasoning is supper versatile. It is a delicious seasoning for grilled chicken, pair perfectly with buffalo wings and even makes a delicious salad dressing. Combine the ingredients above in a food processor and mix well. Like most at home seasonings, this one can be stored in an air tight container for up to three months.

Looking for a quick and easy light ranch dressing? Combine 1 tbsp. of this homemade ranch seasoning with 1/3 cup of paleo mayonnaise and 1/3 cup coconut milk, whisking until smooth.

Bulletproof Coffee

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By now you have probably heard or, or maybe even tried bulletproof coffee. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you the back story. Dave Asprey, founder of The Bulletproof Executive, created this recipe for “the best cup of coffee on earth” by adding butter and oil to his everyday cup of joe. Dave claims that drinking bulletproof coffee will lead to more energy, better focus, and improved health. So obviously I tried it.

You all know I love a good cup of coffee - add a tablespoon of butter and, well, yum!

I don’t have a cup of bulletproof coffee everyday, nor do I suggest completely replacing breakfast with a cup of coffee. However if you are looking for an alternative to those popular, blended, whipped cream-on-top coffee drinks, this recipe could be for you. There has been a lot of debate around bulletproof coffee, whether the stuff works and if it is even deemed healthy. I’ve done my share of research and if you eat a balanced and stay active, adding bulletproof coffee is perfectly acceptable – plus it might give you a bit more energy than your usual morning cup.

Before you go powering up the blender, I want to leave you with a few brief notes about the recipe. First, Dave suggests using coffee brewed with low-toxin beans (like Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee). This is not a requirement so I would try bulletproof with your preferred coffee first, before spending the money on the upgrade. Second, you DO need to use grass-fed unsalted butter, don’t substitute margarine or anything else as this will defeat the purpose.

Bullet Proof Coffee
Serves 1
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz coffee
  2. 1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter (I use Kerrygold)
  3. 2 tbsp MCT oil (can be substituted with coconut oil)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. It's ready when there is a creamy, foamy top to the mixture
Notes
  1. Add a dash of cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate for extra flavor
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The Best Paleo Cookbooks

the best paleo cookbooks

I always have a big stack of cookbooks sitting on the corner of my desk waiting to be reviewed, another stack on my coffee table with recipes tagged to be cooked, and a list of books on my wishlist waiting to be purchased. Some of these books have been out for a year or two, while others are hot off the press and haven’t even hit the shelves. It takes a while to reach each book, test recipes and then test them again.

To help you narrow your cookbook wishlist and find those that will be most beneficial to you, today I am reviewing four cookbooks that are a must for every paleo kitchen! Check out previous reviews here!

The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Bryant

There is no paleo blog I have been following longer than PaleOMG. In fact, it was Juli who inspired me to really make this little blog my own. I love her spicy personality and delicious recipes. She and George have become like the best friends I’ve never met after following their blogs for advice and recipe inspiration over the past two years. These two share a passion for cooking and creating recipes that is sure to inspire even the most unskilled cook. I personally loved reading the story about how they worked together collaborating on this cookbook, and felt like I was part of the journey myself as I followed along on Instagram!

The Paleo Kitchen, includes helpful shopping lists, a guide to essential kitchen equipment, cooking tips and tricks, and best of all, advice on sticking to a Paleo lifestyle! Oh and recipes, we can’t forget the recipes– I mean did you see the pancakes on the cover! With recipes like The Perfect Burger and Sweet Plantain Guacamole, you can’t go wrong!

Beyond Bacon by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry

The paleo community loves bacon. Okay, who am I kidding– EVERYONE loves bacon. Well, if you love bacon, or the pig in general, you will love Beyond Bacon by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry. Beyond Bacon pays homage to the hog by teaching you how to make more than a hundred recipes featuring cuts from the entire animal. This means you won’t waste one piece of the pig at your next roast.

I have to say, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the pig. I mean bacon is one thing, but using the entire animal seems like a daunting task. Luckily, Stacy and Matt have broken it down for us. This cookbook has everything from the basics (lard, stock and sausages) to soups and stews, dressings and desserts! Not only does this beautiful book make a great gift, but it is sure to inspire those who think eating paleo means giving up the food they love.

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

First off, this book is gorgeous. I think the testament to a good cookbook is when it is thoroughly covered in grease and batter, however I plan to try very hard to keep this cookbook looking as pretty as the day I opened it up on Christmas Eve! I hadn’t been an avid follower of Danielle’s blog, but I had hear about her cookbook from a friend and have been a huge fan ever since! In fact, I’ve already purchased her follow-up cookbook Meals Made Simple (review coming soon- hopefully). 

Against All Grain is a great all-around cookbook for any paleo eater because there is something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters! I would recommend this cookbook to everyone, from those just sarting their paleo lifestyle, to a seasoned paleo vet. Best of all, this cook-book is great for the whole family. There is even a “For the Kids in All of Us” section, filled with healthy, delicious, kid-approved recipes. 

Along with some of the best paleo recipes I’ve cooked, Danielle includes a list of important ingredients to keep on hand, shopping lists, and meal plans. But perhaps my favorite thing about this cookbook is the ingredient index in the back for those moments when you have a cut of meat, but no idea what to do with it. This book really brings the full package!

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

Last but definitely not least, is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. This book really surprised me. What I expected to be another paleo cookbook actually turned out to be more of a nutritional textbook with a pile of recipes at the end. I only wish I had discovered this cookbook sooner, I guarantee you it would have been my bible as I started out on my paleo lifestyle.

This book provides clear plans, laid out in an easy-to-understand way. Diane walks you through all of the dietary and lifestyle changes you need to make, step by step, when beginning the Paleo journey. The book is divided into three sections, “The Why”, “30-day Meal Plans” and “Recipes”. There is also shopping lists and tear out pages for your fridge. I would highly recommend this book to all paleo beginners!

Extra Crispy

extra cripy_2 I like crispy fries that are perfectly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. You know, the way they serve them at restaurants after they’ve been thoroughly deep fried. So how can you get that signature restaurant crunch at home without a deep fryer and all of the vegetable oil? 

The answer is so simple that once I found it, I couldn’t believe I didn’t realize it sooner. Bake your fries (or pizza crust) on a wire rack! All you need to do if find a cooling rack that fits inside of your baking tray. I lay a piece of parchment paper in between and voila, you’re ready to go! Just oil and season as you normally would.

Using a wire rack in this way achieves extra crispiness because the fries are not sitting in oil and are cooking evenly on all side! Whether you are making sweet potato fries, beet sticks or parsnip crisps, this method will achieve perfectly cooked and crispy veggies every time — like magic!   extra cripy_1

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops

Say hello to a summer with natural sweeteners, real flavors and whole food goodness.

Do you remember the sound of the ice cream truck entering a neighborhood? Sure there was the classic song sweetly singing from the speaker, but it was the sound of children laughing in excitement as they ran to the truck that has always stuck with me. After all, summer is all about having a good time with those around you, and enjoying a few sweet treats along the way. 

While it may be difficult to enjoy a paleo friendly ice pop from the ice cream truck, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out of this summertime favorite. Whip up a batch of paleo friendly ice pops, like this recipe for pink lemonade ice pops, below, and surprise the kids after their first day of school!

Leanne Vogul of Healthful Pursuit has developed an e-book of recipes for over 45 different paleo ice pops! She teaches you how to make 4 different bases and then springs into a multitude of flavor combinations one could day dream about for hours — but you don’t have to because these recipes are easy to follow and recreate! From ice cream pops inspired by Dairy Queen, to fruit and veggie pops that are sure to be refreshing, this book has it all!

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops
Yields 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. Juice from 2 lemons
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
  4. 4 strawberries
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Divide mixture between the ice pop molds. Cover with ice pop tops and transfer to the freezer to chill for 8 hours.
Adapted from Purely Pops
Adapted from Purely Pops
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 Break out those ice pop molds and gather your fruit. I promise you are going to want to make every pop in the book. These flavorful and refreshing ice pops are all made with natural sweeteners and whole foods that will leave you feeling good about your afternoon snack!

Check out Healthful Pursuit and purchase a copy of Purely Pops for more delicious paleo pop recipes!

5 Minute Chocolate Cupcake

chocolate cake More often than not when I am planning dinner with friends, I focus of the main course and forget to prepare dessert. So I am scrambling at the last minute to find something yummy that will please everyone! Whether you need a quick and easy dessert for your next dinner party or you are cooking for one, this chocolate cake recipe will be your go-to. Not only does this recipe use ingredients you probably have on hand, but it cools in just five minutes– in the microwave! 

I choose to top these cupcakes with paleo granola and honey, but fresh fruit or whipped coconut cream are some other great options! How would you serve your chocolate cupcakes?

5 Minute Chocolate Cupcake
Serves 1
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  5. 1 tbsp almond flour
  6. 1 tbsp cacao powder (or carob powder)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a microwave safe mug and mix well
  2. Mix in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined
  3. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. Remove from microwave with an oven mitt and let sit to cool
  5. Flip over the mug onto a plate and gently tap the bottom of the mug
  6. Garnish cupcake as desired
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My Paleo Taco Seasoning

taco seasoning Tacos are one of my all time favorite quick and easy paleo dinners. In fact, most Mexican food is pretty easy to make paleo friendly! Swap the taco shell or tortillas for lettuce, pile on the fresh salsa and guac, and whip up a side of cauliflower rice.

It is also important to keep an eye on the ingredients of all sauces and mixes– you never know what’s hiding in there! Personally I find it easiest to make most of these from scratch, particularly my taco seasoning. This recipe is super easy, tastes better than the store bought version, and uses spices you likely already have on hand! Triple win!

 

The Big Paleo Meatball

themeatball According to Instagram #SundayFunday consists of brunch, babes and booze. And while I have been known to partake in a boozy brunch or two, my favorite way to spend a Sunday is relaxing with the boys, cooking a big family dinner and peeping for the week ahead.

This past Sunday that meant making a big pot of meatballs and sauce – my personal favorite! These meatballs can be served alone, on top of zucchini noodles or with spaghetti squash!

The Big Paleo Meatball
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb grass-fed beef
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tsp paprika
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp parsley
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine the ground beef with the egg
  3. Add in all dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Divide mixture into four equal parts and form into balls
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until throughly cooked)
  7. Cook sauce in a large pan and add meatballs once they are cooked
  8. Serve and enjoy
Notes
  1. If you don't have time to cook homemade sauce, Rao's is my favorite alternative
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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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I am usually a bacon and eggs kind of girl, but every so often I get a craving for something sweet for breakfast. Paleo pancakes are a bit too time consuming during the week, so I created a quick and easy paleo mug cake inspired by my favorite kind of pancake – chocolate chip!

Sweetened with a maple syrup, this vanilla cake tastes like Sunday morning pancakes, but they are way easier to eat in bed! Sprinkle in chocolate chips like I did, or swap in a handful of berries! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
Serves 1
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  5. 1 tbsp almond flour
  6. 1 tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a mug and mix well
  2. Mix in the dry ingredients
  3. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. Remove from microwave with an oven mitt and let sit to cool
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