Lazy Spaghetti Meat Sauce

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Spaghetti is a go-to favorite for many families. However because of the speed of life and the time crunch that we find ourselves in, we resort to a quick version of our favorite staple. The quick version is  often times less than nutritious.

Here is a simple way to make a lazy, spaghetti meat sauce that is both nutritious and paleo.

INGREDIENTS

20 ounces of paleo pasta sauce, roughly 1 jar (you can use an organic, paleo sauce available at your local market or you can use our marinara sauce recipe)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of water
1 pound of ground beef

RECIPE

Over high heat, combine pasta sauce, water and ground beef in a large pot.
Let cook on high for roughly 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Break up meat as needed to prevent it from clumping.
After 20 minutes cover, reduce to low or simmer and let cook for 1 hour.
Stir occasionally.
Serve with your favorite paleo pasta or spaghetti squash.

We provide you the option to adjust how much water you would like to add to this recipe, less water will provide a thicker, meatier sauce. Adjust the water to your liking. Additionally it is important to continue to stir the sauce during the first 20 minutes, this will help to break up the meat and prevent it from clumping.

This is a simple recipe that will leave your family and friends thinking you spent hours preparing a meal for them.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Crock-pot Chicken Curry Soup

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Sometimes there’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of chicken soup.

For decades, chicken soup has been believed to cure common colds and provide essentials via the moist broth that chicken exudes. Often chicken soups contain vegetable oils, legumes and wheat flour for thickening, but truthfully there is no need to add anything but natural ingredients.

In this crock-pot recipe, chicken soup gets a spice kick and a whole lot of ethnic flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1 large organic yam, chopped
1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into bite sized pieces
2 yellow tomatoes
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat, canned)
1 tablespoon ghee butter
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon medium yellow curry powder
1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
1/2 cup water

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients into a medium crock-pot. Stir and set the crock-pot to the 4 hour, high setting.

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Stir occasionally, about once every hour.
Once the 4 hours have passed, check to see that the yams and soft and if they are, the dish is ready to enjoy.
Serve immediately or turn the crock-pot down to low heat and enjoy later that day, or refrigerate or freeze for enjoying later.

That’s an easy and flavorful soup recipe for a rainy day,

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Smoked Salmon Wrap

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Wraps are one of the easiest things to make. Which means they are a perfect solution for lunch, a quick meal on the run or even a picnic. This recipe happens to be one of my favorite wraps, it’s hearty, filling and packs a nutritious punch.

INGREDIENTS

2 coconut wraps (www.paleowrap.com)
salad mix (I prefer a mix of kale and brussels sprouts)
3 – 4 ounces of smoked salmon
1/2 avocado, sliced
salad dressing of your choice (I used a fig balsamic dressing)

RECIPE

Place salad mix into wrap.
Top with salmon, avocado and salad dressing.
Wrap and enjoy!

It’s that simple to make and incredible delicious. This recipe makes two wraps but feel free to adjust it to make the quantity you need.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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PALEO Cleanse: Best Practices

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It’s hard to believe that PALEO Cleanse has been on the market for over 10 months now!

To all who have read it and supported us, we are forever grateful.

For those of you embarking on your PALEO Cleanse journey, or perhaps redoing it, here are our top 5 all-time best practices:

1. Prepare ahead of time – you’ll be less likely to cheat if you have plenty of good pre-made food options on hand.

2. Carry snacks with you at all times – then there is no excuse for a quick stop at the donut shop!

3. Drink plenty of water – you are about 60% water and your body needs replenishment, plus drinking water helps your body get rid of toxins more quickly.

4. Carry the book/meal plans with you – use the book as your guide and your support–it’s there to help you get through the Cleanse and includes numerous tips to help you along your way.

5. Understand the basic principles of PALEO and review the PALEO FAQ section in the book – beginning with a clear goal in mind and a good foundation on the benefits of Ancestral eating will help you through those tougher times. Confidence and commitment are key–we know you can do it–we did!

And as always if you ever run into questions or want to find out about substituting an ingredient, or if you just want to say “Hi”, we’re here to answer your questions and help you along the way.

Here’s to you!

Camilla and Melissa

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Paleo Cleanse Services Offerings

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Hi Everyone,

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched our Paleo Cleanse Services page. We receive requests all the time from our readers for more direct, one-on-one help with items related to Paleo Cleanse and transitioning into Paleo full time. To help serve our readers better we decided to offer some of the most requested services.

To take a look at our featured services please visit our Paleo Cleanse Services page here.

To good health!

Camilla & Melissa

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins

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Who doesn’t love chocolate chip muffins?

Better yet, who could say no to chocolate chip muffins that are gluten-free and refined-sugar-free?!

This muffin recipe uses my popular Paleo Apricot Muffins Recipe as a base, and adds dark chocolate chips and walnut pieces to create an entirely new flavor combination. It’s so simple to make and is an excellent, healthy muffin option for a mid-summer treat.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 shake salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon honey or raw agave nectar
1/8 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnut pieces

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Pulse the apricots in a food processor until finely chopped.
Add the coconut flour, coconut oil, salt, baking soda, eggs, honey/agave and vanilla extract and pulse until well combined.
Place the mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of the muffin mix into each large muffin paper liner and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer poked through the center comes out clean.
This recipe makes about 10 muffins.

Camilla Carboni

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Carrots, Apples & Ginger Oh My!

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The summer is the perfect time for some refreshing juice. It’s also a great way to incorporate some nutrients that you may not usually consume into your diet. This happens to be one of my favorite juice recipes, it’s a wonderful and refreshing mix of carrots, apples and ginger!

INGREDIENTS

1 apple
3 – 4 large carrots, peeled
1/2 a thumb size of ginger root, peeled

EQUIPMENT

juicer (I purchased mine at my local grocery store for $30, it works like a charm)

RECIPE

Cut your apple, carrots and ginger into chunks that will fit in your juicer and juice them!
That’s all folks!

This recipe is very simple and can easily be adjusted to your taste buds. Try different amounts of each ingredient until you find the perfect combination for yourself. I also like to serve mine over ice.

Happy Juicing!

Melissa Van Dover

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