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Bacon Avocado Explosion

Louise Hendon | July 16

Ok, I know this looks like guacamole, and to be fair, it does taste a bit like guacamole too, but it’s actually a bacon avocado explosion that I threw together this evening!  I was pondering what to do with the avocados that were ripening on my kitchen counter when the idea of crunchy bacon bits flashed across my mind.  Avocado by itself does not have a strong taste, so what better flavoring than bacon?  Are you following me?  Well, regardless, the word, “bacon” should have hooked you!

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Slow Cooker Paleo Chicken Broth

Louise Hendon | July 14

I was at Butcher Bar a few days ago perusing their selection of grass fed beef when I spied some pasture-raised chicken on the top shelf.  It came to $12 for the chicken, but it’s worth it to know where the meat came from!chicken

I have to say that I find chicken really ugly!  Maybe it’s because I don’t cook whole chicken much or maybe I’m just too much of a city girl and seeing something resembling the real animal just freaks me out!
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Paleo Jello (with Berries)

Louise Hendon | July 12

Although store-bought jello (or jelly in British English) is pretty far from paleo (with food coloring and artificial flavors), the main ingredient in jello, gelatin, is actually a naturally occurring animal product.  I had always known that jello came from gelatin and that gelatin came somehow from cows, but it hadn’t really occurred to me that jello, even home-made jello, could be healthy!  Maybe I just equated it with too much added sugar!
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Simple Paleo Mayo Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 9

There are a lot of great paleo mayo recipes out there (e.g., Paleo On A Budget, Paleo Spirit, Fast Paleo), and the ingredients can vary a bit, but the most basic paleo mayo involves:

With those 3 ingredients and a whisk (or blender or food processor or a Vitamix), you can create your very own Paleo mayo!  I tried this for the first time today, and it wasn’t too bad, although I have to say that I highly suggest using a blender/food processor for the job rather than a hand whisk!  I went ahead and made the very basic mayo, but you can spice it up with mustard, salt, or more exciting spices!

[If you want to buy a ready-made Paleo mayo instead of making your own, then try this Paleo Mayo sold on Thrive Market online or you can buy this avocado Paleo mayo directly from Mark Sisson’s website.]

I used egg yolks instead of whole eggs so that the mayo would be less runny.  You can separate out the yolk from the white by simply tapping the long-side of the egg gently on the table until it cracks slightly, then pulling the shells apart into two equal halves.  I then shift the egg yolk from one half shell to the other while letting the egg white flow into a bowl below.  I used 2 egg yolks, which produced about 1 cup of mayo.
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Simple Cucumber Salad

Louise Hendon | July 8

I love cucumbers on a hot day – they seem to have a tremendous cooling effect!  I’ve made this salad twice in the past 3 days, and it’s always enjoyable to eat and quick to make.  Start with some cucumbers.  I used 3 small ones.cucumbers
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Spicy Carrot Hash

Louise Hendon | July 3

It’s another evening after crossfit and the perpetual question of “what to eat” crosses my mind yet again!  I had some tuna fish salad for lunch (packed in my handy pyrex containers), and now it was time to make a decision about dinner.  I had ropa vieja (shredded beef) in the fridge, cooked the day before in the slow cooker (recipe here), but I wanted something to go with it.  As I scanned the contents of my fridge, my eyes fell on the carrots.  Carrot hash…simple…quick…yum (especially when spiced with both paprika and cumin)!carrots

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Paleo Guacamole Burger Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 1

Saturday morning started with a really exhausting crossfit workout (wod was Helen), and so I needed something high in protein for brunch.  Of course, it also had to be delicious!  Having just bought some nice and ripe avocados the previous day, guacamole burgers seemed to be the perfect idea!
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Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Louise Hendon | June 22

Since the weather’s been good recently, I decided to make use of the grill a bit more.  Shrimp seemed like a great idea since it’s not something I often cook!  I found a simple and well-reviewed recipe on allrecipes.com and didn’t even have to change it much as all the ingredients were already Paleo-acceptable (except for the tomato sauce, which sometimes contains added sugar if you buy the cans, and so I switched it for 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water).  The original recipe can be found here.  It basically consists of marinating the shrimp in a tomato-ey sauce.

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Paleo Granola Breakfast Recipe

Louise Hendon | June 16

It’s always a hassle trying to think of what to eat for breakfast.  This is why it’s best to have super simple breakfast recipes!  The usual granola you buy at the store contains oats and a whole host of added sugars.  So, I like to make my own granola.  You can vary your granola depending on what dried fruits and nuts/seeds you like.  There are so many choices!

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Chocolate Covered Berries

Louise Hendon | June 8

Desserts can sometimes be tough on a paleo diet, but this one is not only delicious but also simple!  Simply place a chunk of dark chocolate (I like to use 99% unsweetened chocolate, but anything above 75% or 80% will be fine, especially for a treat) into a microwavable bowl. Note that if you’re not used to eating chocolates over 80%, they can taste very bitter. In fact, even people who enjoy very dark chocolates have trouble accepting 99% or 100%. It’s definitely taken me some time to start enjoying it!

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