Paleo Chilli Stew

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Paleo Chilli with a slow cooker

Paleo Chilli with a slow cooker

Not sure if summer is here yet. Seattle can get really dreary, dark and gloomy and we simply cannot find enough good weather days during the 9 months of fall, winter and spring. These couple of days, the weather is lightening up and yet it is still lovely and cold day. Let’s just say these days are my favorite but I definitely always want hot food since I really get cold easily.

One of the dish that I had been experimenting is this Paleo chili stew. Made from lean beef and cooked without beans. It is really quite tasty and satisfying, except that I am still trying to find the best cut of meat. I think the stew beef may not be the best cut. I think chuck roast cut up into chunks will really be my recommendation. 🙂 Try it and let me know what you think. 

Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut squash soup for a lazy cold night!

Butternut squash soup for a lazy cold night!

It’s always nice to be able to have a bowl of hot soup anytime of the day and also have all the ingredients on hand. Even nicer is how warm and toasty it makes your belly feel :). Today is one of those days on a cold day and I just did not want to cook. Granted, I did plan for dinner to be a roast chicken from the grocery store, but I really did not feel like making the drive through. So my better half just volunteered 🙂 I know, I am lucky.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew

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Vegetable Beef Stew

Vegetable Beef Stew

Here comes the cold winter and spring. As much as I miss barbecuing, I have to say, I miss my hot pot dinners a lot. During the summer months, it can be quite unbearable (for Mark) to eat anything that is hot in temperature. Now in the winter, he loves and craves it.

Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese

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Paleo spaghetti bolognese

Paleo spaghetti bolognese

This is one of our favorite meals because it is easy to cook, packs a great punch, makes great leftovers, can use up many leftover ingredients in the house and can be eaten in multiple ways. Normally when I cook up this dish, I will cook a really big pot and during the cooking process, turn on my favorite movie as I cut up all the different vegetables.

Leeks and Chicken Thighs Dance

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Leeks with Chicken thighs is satisfying and tasty.

Leeks with Chicken thighs is satisfying and tasty.

Here comes Spring! The flowers will start blooming, the birds chirping, sun up earlier and the whole world alive. I love this time of the year, even though it is still dark, hope is in the air.

We love leeks, and I am not sure now I remember how we started loving it. It is probably an introduction since this is something that Mark eats more of on a regular basis as he was growing up in UK.

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

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Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Mark is from England and loves his meat and potato, especially potato I may add. It would be baked potato, mash potato, fries, etc. Shepherd’s pie is a dish that Mark will eat frequently growing up and so he is always thinking about it whenever we go out to restaurants to eat. While we were doing the 30 day challenge, we completely avoid potato because it generally have the ability to cause us to be lethargic after eating it. Currently Mark had reintroduced this slowly back into his diet, but only after he lifts in order to provide energy needed after lifting.

As a way to compensate Mark’s desire for his growing up meals, we searched multiple recipes and finally perfected this dish that still hits the taste bud while giving him a strong link back to his childhood. Note, the top of this dish is literally just a simple garlic cauliflower mash.

Garlic Chicken Thighs

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Garlic Chicken Thighs

Garlic Chicken Thighs

This is one of my favorite dinner dish. It is a recipe fit for the king and is an excellent pick me up dish on a cold day in Seattle. I have no problem with garlic other than being self conscious about it, so make sure everyone in the family have a big bowl to spread the love!

Slow Cooker Sausage Stew

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Sausage stew in slow cooker

Sausage stew in slow cooker

Some days we just want to walk through the door to the aroma of a tasty meal awaiting us. The daily work life is already busy and many times we have little energy to cook when we come home. Mark and I crossfit from 6:30pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. During the drive home is when we are the most vulnerable. Whenever we have a slow cooker meal waiting for us, our resolve is strong and we will resist eating out unnecessarily (thus blowing our workout and also our budget).

Spicy Chicken Pho

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Spicy Chicken Pho

Spicy Chicken Pho

In the great Northwest, we are really lucky to have many vietnamese restaurants. I love pho especially because of how it made me feel in a cold gloomy January day. As we transition to the paleo diet, I constantly crave a big bowl of noodles with hot broth in it. This is an effort born out of desperation.

Paleo Mexican Chicken Soup

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Mexican chicken soup

Mexican chicken soup

With the new year setting in, Mark and I both felt slightly under the weather and really wanted some tasty comforting food. This dish is inspired by Ina Garten’s original mexican chicken soup recipe that I first tasted in 2008 and since then had made many times the non-paleo version. I have to say that it is not really like the original, and yet it is just as tasty and comforting to our soul.


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