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!

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Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry: A Story, Review, Recipe, and Giveaway

Let me tell you about my first interactions with Real Life PaleoIt was late on a Saturday evening, after another fun event at Matt and Stacy‘s house. Stacy asked Heather and I, along with Russ and Janey, if we wanted to see the new book. Let me just say that their fantastic book, Beyond Bacon, had recently released; so to hear that they already had another book in the works was surprising, to say the least. (We barely keep up with writing one post each Wednesday!) Lo and behold we were presented with a clipped stack of printed paper that was the rough outline for what is today’s release. It’s been so much fun to watch this project come together (and even help with shooting the front cover), and we think this book is going to do a lot for the paleo community. Even if you have all the other books out there, don’t think this is just another generic paleo cookbook. It’s not. Let me explain…
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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust

The weather is cold and crisp. Spooky decor and pumpkins are everywhere, and we have started considering our options for the holidays. It’s nearly Halloween! Will you be going to a party to celebrate? We will be, and I think we’ll be taking this recipe to share.

Not more than a week ago, we were grocery shopping at Wegmans and a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix caught our attention. Brent loves pie—we made a pumpkin coconut pie last year—but we rarely make it. When he asked me if I could make pumpkin pie bars, I agreed. Instead of the graham cracker crust, he requested I use a gingerbread crust (something I’ve played around with, but haven’t quite perfected).

This is more of a savory than a sweet dessert, but you can easily top these bars with a little drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of coconut whipped cream for a little extra sweetness for your resident sweet tooth. We know you will enjoy it!

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