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Tomato Basil Paleo Raviolis

Paleo RavioliThese tomato basil paleo raviolis may look intimidating at first glance, but trust me when I say this meal is quite simple to create. The tomato basil filling blends together in about 60 seconds, and once the pasta dough comes together it is so easy to work with. Once you taste these paleo raviolis, it will be hard to believe they are actually paleo. The first bite you take with the creamy filling paired with the tender pasta will make you completely forget you’re eating healthy. These are just as good leftover as they are fresh, so make some paleo raviolis in advance and reheat with your favorite pasta sauce for a quick weeknight meal.

How I’m Detoxing My Home

Detoxing My Home

In my last post, I talked about my new year’s resolution of becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness. That’s been going pretty good so far. For me I have found that it’s basically about recognizing when I’m rehashing the past or worrying about the future and refocusing my attention on what I’m doing at that moment whether it be cooking, driving, working, etc. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered how you actually got there? Me too, and it’s probably because we were focusing on something else during the entire drive. That’s not good! So I plan on trying to catch myself in those moments, letting those thoughts pass and placing my attention back into the moment. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve focus, memory, stress management, decision making, and so much more.

So becoming more accustom to practicing mindfulness is my new year’s resolution for 2016, but I also have something else in mind. It’s not so much a resolution as a goal, and you may have recently seen a few sneak peaks on my Instagram and Facebook.

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Practicing Mindfulness | My New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year. A fresh start. A time to reflect on the past year and make a resolution for the new one. It’s been said that only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions. But if a new year’s resolution makes me just a little better at something, that’s worth it to me. As I reflected on the year 2015, I chose my new year’s resolution based upon an area of my life that I felt needed improvement. That is why, in 2016, my resolution is to become accustom to practicing mindfulness.  Before I go any further, let me help you understand what it is that I am referring to…

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash SoupSo I told you guys in my last post how obsessed I am with butternut squash, and you’ll see that I am not kidding! I’ve literally been having it at least once a week in some shape or form. Most recently, I created this roasted butternut squash soup and it is soooo good. Warm, comforting, creamy, sweet, silky, delicious… I could go on, but I’ll spare you. The point is that you need to make this soup, like, right now.

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Paleo Roasted Butternut Squash 1I love this time of year, because winter squash is in season, and right now I’m obsessed with this simple roasted butternut squash. I’ve been making it at least once a week, but I could literally eat this everyday. It’s creamy, sweet and melts in your mouth. The butter coats the squash and gives it a caramelized finish that is to die for. I like to pair it with my maple glazed pulled pork for a savory comfort meal. I could also see pairing this alongside chili or a sloppy joe. Yum, I’m getting hungry just writing this! This simple roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish that pairs with just about anything. I like to prep the squash (peel and cut) before work in the morning, so that I can just toss it into the oven when I get home. The best is when I have meat cooking in the crock pot, because I have an amazing meal ready in what feels like lickety-split. You’ll notice onions in the photos, but I’ve realized since then that I like this better with just the butternut squash by itself. I will update the photo just as soon as I can get a picture before it all gets eaten!

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup FinalThanksgiving is only a week away, so now is the time to plan your menu and buy your groceries. Surprisingly, this holiday is actually quite easy to keep healthy and within the realm of paleo. You may be wondering how in the world you can make paleo stuffing or pumpkin pie, and what about the candied yams topped with marshmallow!? Well its time to rejoice, because you don’t have to give up those traditional Thanksgiving recipes just to stay paleo. There are plenty of recipes out there to make your entire turkey day feast paleo, and I’ve gathered them here for you. These healthy comfort foods will satisfy the biggest appetite without even feeling “healthy” and definitely without that post-feast guilt. So without further ado, here is my paleo Thanksgiving recipe roundup that includes the bird, dessert and everything in between.

Prepackaged Paleo Foods

Prepackaged Paleo 2With Paleo becoming more popular, the number of prepackaged paleo foods is on the rise. You might think that this goes against the Paleo diet since you’re supposed to cut out all processed foods. However, there are many new companies that are creating minimally processed items using real food and clean ingredients with nothing to hide. I mean who can argue against healthy ranch dressing and mayonnaise? Granted these items are definitely pricey, but you get what you pay for…. Real food with no preservatives and no unnecessary additives. I have not personally tried many of these (unless otherwise noted), but I thought it was important to roundup this list and share with you this real food trend that is starting to catch on! After all, Paleo at its core is simply just about eating real food, and these products will allow you to do just that without sacrificing quality.

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Paleo Recipe Review | Round 1

Paleo Recipe Review Round 1

This past Saturday night, Jon and I planned a little date night for ourselves. It consisted of us staying in and cooking dinner together. It wasn’t much, but cooking together is out of the ordinary for us and we had so much fun. We sat down and searched the web far and wide looking for anything that struck our fancy. Together we decided on bacon-wrapped scallops, “mac & cheese” and dinner rolls. It’s just what we were in the mood for at the time. We had such a good time testing these new recipes, we decided to make it into a series here on the blog! Every so often we will make recipes from different paleo bloggers across the web and report back here with the results. My hope is that you enjoy reading about what we cooked together and that it will inspire some meal ideas for you!

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Power Post-Workout Shake

Post Workout Protein ShakeEver feel just totally wiped out after a good workout? Yeah, me too, and I hate it. Sometimes I would go through the rest of my day feeling fatigued and exhausted, but I knew working out should actually be making me feel invigorated and refreshed. On good days when I felt energized and ready to take on the day after my workout, I began to wonder why I don’t feel great like that all of the time.

Sweet Dumpling Squash | Roasted and Stuffed

Maple Pulled Pork Stuffed SquashI’m so glad my mom introduced me to sweet dumpling squash recently. It has a sweet and nutty flavor that reminds me of a sweet potato, and it might be my favorite winter squash now! As long as you allow enough time for roasting, it is otherwise quick and simple to prepare. I prepared mine by cutting the tops off, but you could also cut them in half so that you have four servings. It took an hour to roast these to perfection in my oven, but I would suggest starting to watch them at around 45 minutes in case your oven cooks them faster. You could stuff the sweet dumpling squash with anything, but I highly recommend trying it with my maple glazed pulled pork recipe. The sweetness from the pork paired with the starchiness of the squash was a perfect marriage of flavor and texture.