Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

When I saw this recipe, I just had to share it!! Two of my favorite foods presented in a fun way.  I am including the link below to the recipe found at Primal Kitchens.  The overall concept is pretty simple, make your go to Sloppy Joe recipe and roast some sweet potatoes.  With regards to some of the ingredients, I would highly recommend you use the Primal Kitchens BBQ Ranch Dressing.  All of the PK products use 100% Avocado Oil and none of the harmful seed oils that you will see in almost every other dressing in your grocery store.

If you cannot find Primal Kitchens dressings & condiments at your local grocery store, you can use my discount code “JOE”, to receive 10% off your purchase.

Link To Primal Kitchens Recipe

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Here is another great cookie recipe that is both gluten and grain free.  This is a nice recipe to make, especially if you have ripe avocados that will quickly go from ripe to rotten!

Enjoy!


PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

YIELD: 22 COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

2 small ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed (about 1 cup)
1 large egg
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 oz dark chocolate, chopped

THE METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the dark chocolate. Process until well combined and smooth.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Using lightly moistened fingers, flatten the dough into cookie shapes. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until just set. Let cool on the sheet on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.


This recipe is from PALEO Magazine:  Link to the Recipe

MEAT AND HUMANS: A HISTORY

This is one of the better articles I have read of late on the topic of eating meat.  The author does a great job laying out the history of our human ancestors and how we evolved over time to eat meat.  He talks not only about how meat consumption helped us physically, but it also helped us to develop culturally.  He then goes into three different options to consider for the path forward.  These options are very relevant in our society today.

  • OPTION ONE: stop eating meat
  • OPTION TWO: lab-grown meat
  • OPTION THREE: regenerative grazing

No matter whether or not you eat meat, this is something worthy of your time.  You will definitely learn something new.  For the non-meat eaters, you may even be surprised by a thing or two.

Enjoy the article!

CLICK HERE: Link to PALEO Magazine article

Can I Eat Fruit On a Keto Diet?

Is there such a thing as eating too much fruit??  There absolutely is, especially if you are trying to eat a Keto Diet.  Keto recently became more popular than Paleo in Google searches.  I think it is great that people say they are “eating Keto”, but in actuality, they’re probably not, but they are trying to eat a lower carb, higher fat diet, and less sugar diet, which is great!

People on a strict Keto Diet are eating in the range of 20 to 30 grams of carbs per day.  Once again, if you’ve never tracked your macros, this is NOT a lot of carbs.  For example, a 1/2 cup of blueberries has 11 grams of carbs!  They add up quickly!  The Primal Blueprint Keto Reset Diet suggests 50 grams per day.  More on this once I am officially certified.

The article goes into greater detail showing you the macro nutrition for a lot of different fruits.  It also recommends some alternatives to have in place of fruit, which also translates into eating more.  For example, in lieu of the 7 grams of carbs in a 1/2 cup of blackberries, you could have 4 cups of spinach or 2 cups of raw broccoli.  Just a suggestion!

Enjoy the article.  This one is a keeper!

Mark’s Daily Apple: LINK to Article

Paleo Banana Bread

This recipe is another one of my favorite’s that my wife will make on occasion.  I am confident that if you have never used almond flour in baking, after you try a few recipes with it, you will absolutely like the taste far better than traditional all-purpose flour.

This is an easy paleo banana bread that’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.  The quick bread has a great texture.  The almond flour gives it a wonderful, moist tender crumb. Many paleo baking recipes call for a long list of ingredients, but this paleo bread calls for just a few simple ingredients and comes out perfect!

My recommendation to eat this is to heat it either in the microwave or even a toaster oven.  Once you’ve heated or toasted to your liking, put some Kerrygold Pure Irish grass-fed butter on and let it melt in and enjoy it with a nice cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream!!  Dee-Lish!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 300 grams almond flour, about 3 cups
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Option; 1/2 cup walnuts or dark chocolate chips or even a combination of the two!

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease 3 mini loaf pans using coconut oil or ghee, or line with parchment paper.
  • Beat eggs in a stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, until thick and pale yellow.
  • Reduce speed, add bananas and mix until combined.
  • Pour in honey and lemon juice and mix until combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients, then add to wet ingredients in 2 additions.
  • Mix until combined, fold in add-ins if using, then spoon batter into loaf pans and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack.

To get the full recipe, follow this link: Paleo Banana Bread

The Healthy Guide To Oils

One of the first things you learn on the Primal lifestyle journey is obviously what should eat and what you should steer clear of.  One of the obvious staples in everyone’s pantry for cooking are oils.  Of all the changes I personally have made, fortunately for me, this was one I was pretty good on, but still have learned a lot along the way.

I will keep this short and sweet.  Step away from your computer, or put down your cell, and go to your kitchen and throw out any vegetable, corn, soy, or canola oils you might have!!  I mention these because they are the more common oils you might have on hand.  You will read on the article why I am advising you to do this.

As I mentioned previously, I was pretty good in the oil category.  The one thing I have changed is how often I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil when I roast in the oven.  EVOO has a smoke point of around 405 degrees farenheit.  I typically will roast at 400-425.  When a cooking oil is heated to its smoke point, it breaks down and may produce potentially carcinogenic toxins.  Avocado Oil has a smoke point upwards of 540 degrees farenheit, so this has become my go to when I am sauteing and even coating vegetables and proteins going into the oven.

The three staple oils I keep on hand at all times are:

  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed
  • Organic 100% Avocado Oil, Cold Pressed, Naturally Refined
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cold Pressed, Unrefined

One other game changer with regards to eliminating the bad oils from your diet is to take notice of the dressings in the grocery store.  Start to read the labels and see what kind of oils they use.  Don’t be fooled by labels that call out made with “EVOO” or “Avocado Oil”.  Other than brands like Chosen Foods and Primal Kitchens, you will be challenged to find 100% Avocado Oil based salad dressings.  My obvious choice is Primal Kitchens, seeing that this is the company I am getting my health coaching certification through, but another family favorite is the Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade.  Funny story about this salad dressing.  My father cannot stand garlic.  If I ever use it, he always makes a comment.  During Christmas dinner, I used this dressing for everyone’s salad.  He asked me what dressing this was.  I responded with “Yes Dad, it has garlic in it.”  I thought for sure he was going to complain, but he actually complimented it.  Go figure!!  Explore your grocery store shelves the next time you shop and you’ll see what I am talking about.

If you don’t find Primal Kitchen dressings in your grocery store, CLICK HERE and you will be directed to the Primal Kitchens website where you will see all of the great dressings, marinades and condiments.  Enter the promo code “JOE” to receive 10% off your order.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Link to article “The Definitive Guide to Oils” at Mark’s Daily Apple

Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

One thing you should try to do while eating Primaly is to slow down and enjoy the foods you are eating.  Everything you eat or drink should serve a purpose.  Try to avoid “mindless munching” in the pantry with high carbohydrate snack foods.  I am not going to lie, I still have my sweet tooth cravings that need to be satisfied on occasion!

I am lucky that my wife enjoys baking.  She has been awesome with trying new recipes that fit our Primal lifestyle.  This recipe for the Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies are hands down one of my favorites she’s made to date.  You can find all kinds of Paleo cookie recipes that are as good, but of the ones we’ve tried, this one is pretty delicious!!

Just because these are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, etc., doesn’t mean you can eat the whole batch.  As I mentioned before, you want to slow down and savor what you are eating.  Focus on the quality of the ingredients and how they taste, not the quantity of how many you can eat in one sitting!

During the week I try to stick with a 16:8 fasting to eating time ratio.  It works out that I will eat between 12-7pm each day.  When we are lucky enough to have these cookies in the house, I will treat myself to one (1) after my lunch and then one (1) around 9pm as my “bedtime snack”.  Just because they are better than regular cookies, doesn’t mean you can eat them all.  As you become more and more fat adapted and not carb burning, you will see that having just one will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies