Chocolate chip muffin – paleo friendly

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12 pipping hot chocolate chip muffin - paleo friendly!

12 pipping hot chocolate chip muffin – paleo friendly!

Dangerous days when you cannot bake – my muffin pans were all packed and I had not unpacked them until today. As a result, we had been getting getting conventional cakes / treats while our kitchen was being renovated. They taste great while eating and yet we always feel it an hour later and definitely the next day.

Finally unpacked my pans and on a overcast Sunday in Seattle, baked my first batch of fall paleo chocolate chip muffins. Absolutely smelling good now as the aroma fills the house. This will get me going as I prepare the rest of the meals for this week. By the way, there is a little secret in this recipe, it contains pumpkin and is actually somewhat healthy(or at least I self rationalized). 🙂 I am not telling!

On The Go Natural Snack – Two Moms in the Raw

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Clean natural Cereal bars - two moms in the raw

Clean natural Cereal bars – two moms in the raw

Everytime I discover a new snack that is natural, I feel a million bucks!

This weekend was going through the supermarket and found this little gem. Upon reading the ingredients, I was quite hopeful since the ingredients sound really natural.

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.

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.

Beef Stir Fry

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Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry

On Saturday, we normally start the day working out and then go for weekly grocery shopping. Then we will proceed to eat lunch and prepare food for the week. We do not have anything else in the fridge, so when we got home, we really just want to eat immediately.

Today, we defaulted to a simple easy beef stir fry. It could be a chicken stir fry or just vegetable stir fry as well.  Easy, simple and tasty ~ When I want to do something special, this is what we would do…..

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!

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.


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