Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe (Whole30)

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

If you’ve been near an internet-connected device in the past week, you’ve noticed a big welcome back to white potatoes from the folks at Whole9, including them in their Whole30 protocol. Heather and I have read (and gifted) their NY Times best-seller It Starts With Food as well as done Whole30 challenges on several occasions. Definitely check out their resources if you haven’t come across them yet.

That being said, when push comes to shove, we’ve been more lenient with certain starches in our lives than some other things—if one food option has dairy and the other a starch (potato or white rice), we’ll almost always go with the starch. Both of us have family back in Wisconsin, so avoiding cheese isn’t our favorite thing, but the fact of the matter is that it makes us (with the rare exception of the occasional raw cheese) feel worse rather than better. That hasn’t been the case with potatoes, so we’re excited to see them gain more attention and come back into the fold for those of us advocating a real food diet.

Several people have mentioned their rationale behind allowing potatoes in their diet (e.g. The Domestic Man, Primal Palate, Nom Nom Paleo, Mat Lalonde, Paul Jaminet, Mark Sisson, among others), so I won’t beat a dead horse here and hope you won’t call the uber-strict paleo police on us. At the end of the day, we’re advocates for eating with a health-focused perspective, and starches aren’t antithetical to health for all people. When dialing in on the right diet for you, listen to your body, performance, and overall well-being and make adjustments as necessary. Beyond eating real food, I don’t believe there’s only one diet that is healthy for everyone. Ok, on to the stuff you want to see…
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Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad

Spiralized Cucumber Dill Salad

One of the main rebuttals for going on a gluten free or a paleo diet is how difficult it is to get by without noodles and pasta. We appreciate that those foods have been a staple and mainstay in a lot of households, and losing them is a bit jarring. Although we’re slightly behind the curve here with the “spiralizer” kitchen gadget, now that we have one, we can’t get enough of it! This cucumber salad was our first adventure, and there are plenty more to come.
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20+ Inspiring Ideas for 4th of July: How To Have an Awesome Paleo Party

I have to admit, the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. It’s mainly because of the fireworks, but I also love the warm weather, grilling, and spending time with friends. We’ve been scratching our heads a little bit, as we didn’t know what to do for our food this year—furthermore, we’re not sure if we are having family over, how many people, etc.

Still, I procrastinated getting things done here by putting together this: a list of helpful hints for those who don’t have the same fervor for the grill and for the 4th of July (or simply need advice on grilling) as well as a collection of drinks, starters, main dishes, and desserts. We hope you have a fun and safe 4th!

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Quick and Easy Paleo Trail Mix Recipe

Quick and Easy Paleo Trail Mix

We often make a lot of large meals in bulk in order to get through the week with minimal cooking during the week—especially pulled pork, chili, and salmon. When it comes to snacks, we haven’t done much in terms of specific meals; instead, if we’re feeling peckish, we generally just have small portions of the other larger meals. Continue reading

Pork Takeout Fake-Out Recipe

Pork Takeout Fake-Out

This Pork Takeout Fake-Out recipe came about as the result of needing to use up vegetables we had in the refrigerator and my mom’s desire to have Chinese food Friday night.

My parents were scheduled to visit this past weekend. So, Thursday evening of last week, I took two packages of thinly sliced pork out of our freezer so I could cook it on Friday. I didn’t have a plan for that pork, but I was tired. I told myself “I’ll figure it out later” and went to bed.

Friday was a busy day with my parents, and soon enough it was dinner time. My mom suggested we just get Chinese food, but I had defrosted pork! Plus, we had a bunch of veggies in our refrigerator that needed to be eaten soon. So, I quickly formulated a plan for some “takeout fakeout” and got to work. My parents loved it. I did, too.
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