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Maple Glazed Pulled Pork

Maple Glazed Pulled PorkThis maple glazed pulled pork only takes fifteen minutes to prep, and then set it and forget it in your slow cooker. Only the simplest ingredients are used to make this savory and sweet pulled pork. This recipe is very straightforward, but it yields a ton of finger-licking flavor! Allow a few extra minutes in the morning before work to throw this into the slow cooker, and you’ll come home to what your family might think is a complicated gourmet meal. I won’t tell them how easy this recipe is if you don’t, so go ahead and milk it! There are so many ways you could serve this maple glazed pulled pork… On a bun, atop nachos, stuffed in a sweet potato, in a taco, on top of a pizza, as a salad topping, in a quesadilla, or just naked. No matter how you serve this maple glazed pulled pork, I guarantee you will love it. Oh, and did I mention it’s Paleo-friendly!? Saweeet!

How To Make Homemade Nut Butter

Homemade Nut ButterIt might be surprising to know that Peanuts aren’t Paleo. Why? Because, despite the name, they’re not actually a nut, they are a legume. Legumes aren’t part of a Paleo diet for many reasons including they can be hard to digest and they contain toxins and anti-nutrients. But just because peanuts aren’t Paleo doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in creamy peanut butter-like snacks. That’s right, almond butter, cashew butter, and the like can satisfy just as well. If you’ve ever had homemade nut butter, you know that it just doesn’t compare to those bought from store shelves. The high-quality taste of homemade nut butter makes it superior to store bought. Plus, you know exactly what’s going into it and can rest assured there are no sneaky ingredients lurking around. Have you ever checked out the labels of store bought nut butters? Often there are sugars, preservatives, and unhealthy oils added unnecessarily. As long as you have the right equipment, you can make your own homemade nut butter with ease!

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Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

Paleo Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice Titled2This chicken fried cauliflower rice is reminiscent of Chinese takeout but without all of the unhealthy drawbacks. This is a comforting dish using health promoting ingredients but not sacrificing on taste.  This recipe should be used as a base to customize your own version of chicken fried rice. It’s a flexible recipe, so use your imagination to modify it for your taste.

Shrimp Boil in Turkey Fryer

Shrimp Boil in Pot 680 Wide-CroppedLast weekend we went camping near Raystown Lake with our friends Kim and Chris. We had to reschedule two times throughout the summer, so we’ve been looking forward to this for a while! It has been several years since Jon and I have been tent camping, so it worked out that we were going with our most seasoned camping friends. Aside from our own tent, Kim and Chris had everything we needed to make a weekend of roughing it less rough. Their legendary “camping tote” sounded to me like it had everything in it but the kitchen sink.  Well guess what, I was wrong. There was actually a kitchen sink in there, too! With this kind of preparedness, not even the crappy weather forecast could hold us back from having a great weekend.

Paleo Chicken Salad Wrap

Paleo Chicken Salad Wrap - Full Table Option 2 ResizedLunch is generally the most difficult meal for me to plan in terms of creative, Paleo-friendly ideas. I typically eat a salad with whatever I have on hand in my refrigerator. I normally like a salad for lunch, because it is satiating without weighing me down and gives me long lasting energy to get me through the rest of the afternoon. Although salads are simple to transform by varying the toppings and dressing, I still get the urge once in a while to have something different. This simple chicken salad made with Paleo mayo served on a Paleo tortilla is perfect for those days.

BBQ Chicken Paleo Pizza

BBQ Chicken Paleo PizzaI have certainly ordered plenty of Dominos and Pizza Hut in my day, but there’s something about a homemade pizza that I just love. Homemade pizza night used to be so easy before going Paleo. I just headed to the store and picked up some pre-made dough and a bunch of cheese. Before I knew it, I was sinking my teeth into a freshly baked piece of zza. But I digress. My days of Boboli are over, but that doesn’t mean the days of homemade pizza have to be! Making pizza at home might take a little more effort than it used to, but it’s so worth it. This BBQ Chicken Paleo Pizza totally satisfies my craving for some good old comfort food. And a big bonus for no bloating or overwhelming sense of guilt afterwards!

Paleo Pantry Essentials | What’s in my pantry

Paleo Pantry Items A Slice of KyWhen I first started eating Paleo, my pantry still looked like the pantry I had before. I slowly started to gather things one by one as I needed them, and the longer I stuck with Paleo, the more items I accumulated. Before I knew it, I practically had a full-fledged Paleo pantry. It definitely takes time to evolve your pantry and learn about items that Paleo recipes call for on a regular basis. At first, I was completely unsure of most of these Paleo pantry items and their purpose. So I thought I would give you a sneak peek into my pantry in an effort to help you learn about some Paleo pantry essentials. I’ll also share with you how I typically use each item, and where I usually purchase it from.

Bacon In The Oven

Oven Baked Bacon A Slice of Ky ResizedOn weekend mornings you’ll usually find me in the kitchen sipping on a warm cup of tea and cooking up some breakfast. When making a full-out breakfast, the stovetop usually gets pretty crowded. Between the eggs, vegetable hash, and breakfast meat, there is a lot going on on top of that stove. Actually, the pans to make these three things won’t even fit on my stove all at once. I needed to come up with a solution other than having to cook my weekend breakfast in stages. I could probably bake the eggs and veggie hash in the oven, but why not try to eliminate one of the more higher maintenance items from the stovetop? Although bacon is quite straightforward to cook, it’s actually kind of messy and needy when you think about it. All that splattering grease and constant turning. Changing my bacon cooking method from something other than the stovetop would be the ideal remedy. I’ve made bacon on my electric griddle before with great results, but that thing is so tucked away under a million other things it usually only makes an appearance for special occasions!  I also tried cooking bacon in the microwave which surprisingly turned out really well.  I was happy with the microwave bacon results except for one thing. All the bacon grease was getting soaked up by the paper towel on the plate. I just could not go on letting that precious liquid gold go to waste! I needed a way to cook the bacon efficiently, yet still preserve the bacon grease.

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash Recipe A Slice of Ky 680xThis cauliflower mash took some trial and error, but I was finally able to nail down the right consistency and taste that I have been looking for. All of the recipes I’ve found online recommend prepping your cauliflower by steaming or boiling it first. However, the consistency has always turned out too thin and runny for our particular taste no matter how much butter, milk, or olive oil I added. Lots of people may like their cauliflower mash this texture, however our preference in this household is a thicker consistency. It wasn’t until I tried roasting the cauliflower first that I found the perfect texture for our cauliflower mash. So, if you’ve been searching for the secret to a thicker cauliflower mash, you must try this method!

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops on Table Paleo SquareI’m often looking for quick and easy recipes for weeknight meals, and this Paleo-friendly grilled pork chop recipe fits the bill. Quick and easy doesn’t necessarily mean lack of flavor. Not only are these grilled pork chops simple to make, but they pack a punch of flavor. The marinade is quick and easy to throw together and flexible based on however much time you have. If you have a few extra minutes before you leave for work toss the chops in the marinade, and they’ll be ready to grill when you get home. I let mine marinade for 5 hours, and they turned out perfectly. The marinade plus the hot grill makes a crispy and flavorful outer crust while keeping the interior incredibly juicy. I served these with a side of my Paleo mashed sweet potatoes, but these would go good with literally anything!