Sweet Potato Steak Fries

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This recipe was inspired by my co-author Camilla. She had told me that while baking steak in her oven, she would cover it with vegetables and everything would be done at the same time and ready to go. This sounded delicious and almost too easy to be true, not to mention it required only one dish which I’m a huge fan of. So I decided to give it a shot but I decided to change it up a little with sweet potatoes and make sweet potato steak fries.

INGREDIENTS

steak (your choice here, I used two fillets)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 medium sweet potatoes

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Skin sweet potatoes and cut into fries, keep sweet potatoes roughly 1/8″ thick to ensure they cook quickly.
In an oven safe dish, place steak and cover with sweet potatoes.
Pour coconut oil over sweet potatoes and steak, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake until your steak is cooked to your liking. This will depend upon your type of steak and it’s thickness.
Remove the steak and let cool.
Stir sweet potatoes to cover with steak juices. Continue to bake until you can easily poke a fork through your sweet potatoes, then remove and let cool.

***note: you may have noticed that this recipe doesn’t have times and this is largely because the size of your steak may require you too cook it longer and leave the sweet potatoes in for much less time. or vis versa. For reference, I had 1″ fillets. I cooked the steak covered with sweet potatoes for about, 20 – 25 minutes and then I cooked my sweet potatoes for about another 20 minutes. Keep your eye on this while it cooks and follow the general cook times listed for your steak, when the sweet potatoes can be poked through with a fork they are done as well.

This will quickly become one of your favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes. They’re easy to make and packed full of flavor. If you’re not a fan of steak you could easily play with this recipe and try switching out the type of meat you’re using.

Have fun and happy cooking!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

 

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Raisin Walnut Cookies

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Cookies are always a favorite to bake when we have guests coming over, and this gluten-free, egg-free and refined-sugar-free recipe, that follows the base recipe featured in our book Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies, is a safe bet to serve on virtually any occasion.

Raisins offer a natural sweet sensation while providing the body with numerous vitamins and dietary fiber. Walnuts also offer natural healing properties and together add delicious flavor to a cookie I can’t get enough of.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup grass-fed butter, kept refrigerated
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 ½ tablespoons honey or raw agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ tablespoons water
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened, dried raisins
1/2 cup walnut pieces
Arrowroot flour as a non-stick base for rolling

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Place parchment paper or foil sheets over your baking sheet to prevent your cookies from sticking.
Combine the tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt in a small bowl.
In a food processor (or using a large bowl and an electric hand mixer) beat the butter and sugar for approximately 2 minutes, or until fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients, water, agave and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until well combined.
Lightly dust arrowroot flour on a clean counter.
Place the cookie dough, raisins and walnuts on the dusted counter and combine them using your hands.

Raisin Walnut Cookie Preparation
Using a rolling-pin, roll the cookie dough until 1/4 inch thick and then cut out your cookies using a cookie cutter.
(If ever the dough is too sticky to handle, simply add a small amount of arrowroot flour at a time until it becomes manageable.)
Place the cookies on your lined baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe makes about a dozen cookies.

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

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Pulled pork is hands down delicious. Thankfully, while it takes a while to cook it’s relatively low maintenance to get it going. I’ve made pulled pork on a grill, in an oven and now a crockpot. So far I think the crockpot is the easiest. My other favorite piece about making pulled pork is that it lasts you a few days if not the whole week, which means that you’re less likely to eat something bad.

INGREDIENTS

8 – 10 lbs pork shoulder
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 orange rind grated
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
3 – 4 cloves garlic, diced

RECIPE

Turn your crockpot on low.
Place your pork shoulder in the crockpot.
Pour liquids over the pork and then cover pork with rind, spices and garlic.
Rub your spices over the pork to make sure it is thoroughly coated.
Let pork cook for roughly 9 – 11 hours or until pork easily falls apart when separating with a fork. (I let mine go overnight while I was sleeping and pulled it in the morning.)
Remove pork from crock pot and place on a cutting board. Pull the pork using two forks, use one fork to hold the pork still and the other to shred.

I eat my pulled pork with guacamole on sweet potato buns but dress yours however you’d like! This will make enough pork for two for 4 or 5 meals.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

 

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PALEO Cleanse: Summer Solution

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We know that biting into a big juicy piece of steak while your friends are picking away at a tiny summer salad always makes for a table turner. Nobody can ever get over just how much we eat, but the fact is, if you eat the foods that our human digestive system can easily breakdown, you can eat a whole lot more than you ever thought (without the guilt).

But we know it’s summer–the season of more outdoor time and a whole lot less clothing–and we all want to look our very best. The good news is that gone are the days of heavily restricted eating, calorie counting, liquid diets etc. The world has finally figured out that by following a diet similar to our Ancestors, we can happily eat solid, seemingly fatty foods and still look dashing!

In PALEO Cleanse we walk you through 30-Days of Paleo eating with customizable weekly meal plans that are easy to make but delicious and varied enough to keep you from getting bored. It’s a great way to detox this summer without deprivation dieting. Plus, most people drop pounds, enjoy clearer skin and more toned bodies after just a few weeks on the Cleanse.

So now, when everyone is salivating at the grass-fed steak you are happily devouring you can think to yourself, “you need a copy of PALEO Cleanse”! ;)

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Happy summer eating, the healthy way,

Camilla and Melissa

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Only 7 Days Left…

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Time is ticking…

There are now only 7 days left to enter for your chance to WIN our Paleo Bundle Giveaway!!

The winner could easily be YOU…and as the WINNER you would receive:

  • An autographed copy of the best seller, PALEO Cleanse by yours truly! ;)
  • A taste of EPIC bar and their newest product, EPIC Bites!

Paleo Bundle Giveaway

It’s EASY to ENTER…

All you need to do to stand a chance to WIN the Paleo Bundle Giveaway is:

1. Visit our Facebook Page (Facebook.com/ThePaleoPact) by clicking HERE.

2. Click in the section on the top right of the Wall which prompts you to “Write something on this Page…” as shown below:

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3. Upload your favorite Paleo Picture using the camera icon button, or share a quote or a recipe (or anything Paleo-themed) in the text box.

4. Click the “Publish” button.

5. Encourage your friends and family to Like your Post!

That’s really all you need to do to enter…

Ready? Set…Go! :)

Want more details about the Giveaway and everything you stand a chance of WINNING? Click HERE.


We also want to say a HUGE Thank You…

A HUGE Thank You is due to all the wonderful people who attended our PALEO Cleanse Discussion and Book Signing at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in Littleton this week.

Trust us when we say these fabulous people deserve a huge thank you…

With Colorado’s unpredictable weather, that event turned out to be right in the middle of a summer storm. We’re talking thunder, lightening, hail…and a tornado watch…and still these amazing folks made their way against the odds to chat with us that evening!

Thank you for the truly amazing support! We had an awesome evening with you.

And last, but not least, here’s our EVENT LINEUP for the rest of June…

  • JUNE 9th: Join us at Barnes & Noble, Boulder at 5:30pm for a PALEO Cleanse Talk & Book Signing Event! We’re so looking forward to it and ask that you please support B&N–they’ve been so amazing at supporting our book across the nation.
  • JUNE 17th: Join us at RAD Muay Thai at 5:30pm for a Paleo Clinic Event! We’ll be bringing Power Bars from PALEO Cleanse and having a fun evening discussion, book signing and video interview. Find out all the details HERE.

 

Until next time friends,

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Tom Stoppard

 

Camilla and Melissa

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Sweet Potato Buns

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This is officially my new favorite, “must-know” recipe. I’ve been off of wheat for a while, it started before I even began Paleo because I’m allergic to wheat. One of the biggest issues I ran into when giving up wheat was not having buns. I switched to lettuce wraps for my burgers for a bit but honestly I was never very crazy about them. Finally, I just gave up and did no bun.

These sweet potato buns are great for everything that needs a bun. They’re delicious and they’re incredibly easy to make. Not to mention they passed the Husband Test, I actually had to hide them from him because he was eating them all!

INGREDIENTS

2 large sweet potatoes*
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted**
salt or cumin for seasoning

Notes:
*Remember you’re trying to make circles so if you can find nice even sweet potatoes it’ll help in the long run.
**If you have a brush for marinades or sauce it’ll make it easier to put it on the sweet potatoes.

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
Skin sweet potatoes and slice into 1/4″ slices. (As a note you can still roast the ends and eat them but they may be a little too small to make buns.)
Place sweet potato slices on baking sheet and brush with coconut oil, flip and repeat.
Sprinkle with salt or cumin if you’d like to season them a little, honestly they don’t need much.
Place in the oven. In total you will cook the potatoes for roughly 30 – 35 minutes, flipping once halfway through. (You can test one to check if it’s done by inserting a fork, it should easily poke through the sweet potato flesh.)
Remove and let cool.

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I paired this sweet potato bun with guacamole and pulled pork, it’s delicious.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Bundle Giveaway!

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We are excited to announce that we will be running a Paleo Bundle Giveaway starting June 1st, 2015!

It’s just in time to get you books and Paleo products to get you in the best health (and shape!) of your life this summer.

So what’s in the Bundle?

These fabulous products…and more…

An autographed copy of our bestselling book, PALEO Cleanse!

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30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle.

Learn more about PALEO Cleanse here.

 

An autographed copy of Tarah Chieffi’s bestselling book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book!

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The All-Natural, Nutritious Plan for a Healthy Pregnancy.

Learn more about it here and visit Tarah’s site, What I Gather, by clicking here.

 

A one year subscription to Paleo Living Magazine!

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Available only on the Apple App Store and on Google Play, Paleo Living is a magazine dedicated to helping you live a life you love by taking control of your body and your health.

Learn more about Paleo Living Magazine here.

 

A jar of Fatworks Tallow!

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The Saturated Superheros, the Lords of Lard, the Royals of Oils: They are Fatworks!  Makers of the highest quality and most delicious pasture raised traditional cooking oils on the planet, and they WILL change your Fattitude! 

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A taste of Epic!

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EPIC Bar, the original meat, fruit, and nut bar, is a savory high protein snack designed to inspire your most EPIC adventures. Consistent with the simple yet powerful diets consumed by our ancestors, EPIC Bars are packed with the highest quality animal meat available. Each bar is rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. 

Learn more about Epic here.

 

How does the giveaway work?

We kept it simple…because we’re sure you know by now that’s how we roll!…

All you have to do for a chance to WIN the Paleo Bundle is:

Post your favorite “Paleo inspiration” to the Wall of our Facebook Pagehttp://www.Facebook.com/thepaleopact between 12pm MST on June 1st and 12pm MST on June 15th, 2015 and then, on June 15th MST, 2015 the post with the most “Likes” wins!

“Paleo inspiration” can be anything from your personal Paleo story, an image of your favorite recipe, a quote, a meme…anything that you have encountered on your Paleo journey that was meaningful to you.

 

What are the giveaway rules?

Check them out on our Giveaways page by clicking here.

 

We can’t wait to see all your “Paleo Inspiration” entries posted on our Facebook Page wall and we look forward to finding out who the Winner will be!

 

PALEO Cleanse Authors

Camilla and Melissa

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