Banana Cream Pie Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Banana Cream Pie

We’re right at the holiday season, and family are arriving at our house from as far as Chicago. During this time of year, we are all known to indulge with friends, family, and coworkers at various celebrations beginning this week, and ending sometime in January. We enjoy this time, but we know it is a stressful time with visitors, travel, and gifts. This along with the smorgasbord on an ongoing basis often comes with a loosening of the belt, too.

This banana cream pie is inspired partly by my father’s love for the pie growing up, along with an amazing recipe that already exists in our friend Russ Crandall‘s The Ancestral Table. Russ was kind enough to shoot the breeze with me while I made this pie a few times to get it right. You should pick up his book and run a taste test—let us know which pie comes out on top!

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Cider-Stewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Cider-Stewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The story of this epic sweet potato mash goes back to July, when Heather and I ran the Spartan Super in Wintergreen, Virginia. Nearby in Nellysford, there is a cidery by the name of Bold Rock. They have some fantastic hard ciders, and we have admired their product for a long time. Made with apples grown right in Virginia, we were happy to support a local business with a great product.

Cider-Stewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Following the race, we took our bruised, muddied, and exhausted selves to the cidery for a tasting. During our visit, we found ourselves in a conversation with John “Johnny Apple Cider” Washburn, Bold Rock’s Chairman and CEO. John radiates positive energy and seems utterly in love with the venture and creating a great product locally with minimally processed ingredients.

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Artichoke Heart Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Artichoke Heart Salad

When in a pinch for a quick meal, I will often go to the local supermarket to find something healthy to eat. Most of the time, I end up either picking up some no-filler meats, e.g. Applegate hot dogs, or the salad bar. More often than not when going for the salad bar, I end up with mixed greens, cucumber, hardboiled egg, and olive oil with salt and pepper. This was somewhat bland, but pretty satisfying, until I came across an artichoke salad. I started putting this atop mixed greens, and I haven’t gone back since.

Determined to remake this at home to save money and time, we developed the following recipe. I love how this improves as it sits in the fridge, and it is fantastic on its own or on a bed of greens. Plus, it is ready in under half an hour. This is a must-have to improve your salad game.
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Announcement: Today We’re ePublished in The Best Paleo Recipes eBook!

Today is a pretty cool day for us—we’re a part of The Best Paleo Recipes eBook that Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate put together. This book has been in the works for months, and we think you are absolutely going to love it. There are recipes from the big names the Paleo world knows and loves, friends of ours, and even us! Check out the smiling faces of all the contributors below.

Best of Paleo Recipes eBook

There are over 150 recipes in this collection, with 25 never-before-seen recipes as well. We put together my family’s delicious shrimp dip as an exclusive and can’t wait for you to try it. The Best of Paleo Recipes eBook will also introduce you to new bloggers we think you’ll really enjoy; even after 3 years blogging, we found some new blogs we’ll now start regularly reading.

This week only (November 10-17, 2014) the book is on sale f0r $20, from its regular price of $25. We think it’s a tremendous deal and love how this interactive PDF allows you to easily navigate a 300+ page eBook on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Full disclosure: if you choose to buy the eBook through us, we will receive affiliate compensation. This blog is a fun hobby for us, so if you’d like to support us and the blog (and help us keep this blog low on advertisements), this is among the best ways to do so. Either way, we think this eBook is going to be something you’ll really enjoy. Bill and Hayley have put together more information for you to review should you want to learn more.

Thanks, and enjoy!

AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce

AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce

On Saturday, our friends Stacy and Matt of the Paleo Parents, hosted their annual Halloween party. Brent and I have a habit of inadvertently bringing foods to their parties that Stacy can’t have (she follows an autoimmune protocol, AIP), and I always feel bad about it. Plus, we knew another AIP friend, Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom, was going to be attending. So this time, I was determined to make sure we brought something that everyone could enjoy.

I began experimenting a couple weeks in advance, and the result was this AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce. It is tangy and smoky, but you won’t find a multitude of nightshades that are present in traditional barbecue sauces. In fact, the only pepper is white pepper. It’s optional because some people following AIP can tolerate it (Stacy and Sarah both can), but others cannot.

Lastly, I want to point out that I made this white barbecue sauce using our homemade mayo recipe. Some folks can tolerate eggs when following a modified AIP. However, if you’re following a strict AIP, you’ll want to use egg-free mayo. Melissa at The Clothes Make the Girl has an excellent egg-less homemade mayo recipe that we’ve linked to in our ingredients list for you all to try.

After tasting my AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce, Brent crafted our AIP-Friendly Game Day Wings recipe—Also live on the blog today!—and the two are a match made in heaven. Everyone at the Halloween party enjoyed the wings and sauce. We hope you will, too.
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