Our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Treats

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It’s Valentine’s day, which means it’s time to treat your special someone to something special. Here are our top 5 valentine’s day treats that are perfectly paleo and easy to whip together if you’re in a last minute time crunch.

Our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Treats

  1. Chocolate Dipped Bananas Bites 
  2. Strawberry Chocolate Protein Shake
  3. Berry Pie
  4. Paleo Pancakes
  5. Cranberry Nut Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Melissa Van Dover

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Quick And Fantastic Paleo Cookies

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It’s that time of year again…the holidays! In celebration we decided to open up our Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies cookbook and start baking. It smells delicious here and we hope you’ll join us in baking some fabulous cookies.

You can grab your copy of our Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies cookbook on Amazon. The best part you ask? It’s free!

Happy Baking!
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Now it’s time to dig out our coconut milk and enjoy these wonderful beauties. We’d love to see what you baked up this holiday season. Share your pictures and stories with us on Twitter @ThePaleoPact or Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pie-Mania

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You may have noticed that we LOVE pie! So we can’t resist making traditional pie recipes Paleo-friendly to enjoy all holiday season long, without the guilt.

For quick and easy access to all our favorite Pie Recipes, here’s a Pie-Mania cheat sheet:

Pie-Mania

Paleo Pie Crust – gluten-free, grain-free pie crust.

Coconut Pie Crust – Paleo Pie crust designed for those with egg-allergies.

Traditional Pumpkin Pie – decadent homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch.

Egg-free Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Pie created especially for those with egg-allergies.

Mango Key Lime Pie – a slightly sweet, slightly tart touch to the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie – a slight twist on the Pumpkin Pie classic.

Christmas Pie – a Mince Pie inspired treat.

Berry Pie – an antioxidant rich dessert.

Apple Pie – an American favorite.

 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Camilla Carboni

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Barbecue Braised Short Ribs

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There is something about barbecue that I just can’t get enough of. Thankfully, paleo and barbecue tend to go well together. If you’re looking to try your hand at an easy, paleo barbecue dish this one is for you. Find your wet wipes and bring your appetite, it’s time for some barbecue braised short ribs.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound beef short ribs, bone-in
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 serving simple taco seasoning
1 serving paleo barbecue sauce

RECIPE

Cover short ribs with simple taco seasoning and pat to ensure seasoning sticks to ribs.
Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil on medium-high heat. (when you add a pinch of the taco seasoning it should start to sizzle)
Sear short ribs, rotating sides until they are golden brown.
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Reduce heat to medium-low and cover with barbecue sauce.
Cover pan and let cook for roughly 20 minutes.
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Stir occasionally and baste ribs with sauce in pan.
After 20 minutes, or when meat has pulled away from the bone; remove from heat and serve.

These ribs are delicious and so easy to make. I hope you enjoy your barbecue dinner and remember, when in doubt…always make extra!

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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Herb-Butter Roast Chicken

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Another November is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those festive meals…

Roast chicken is one of my favorite dishes to prepare during the holidays – it’s relatively easy, everybody loves it, and it’s a great excuse to roast some vitamin-rich veggies while you’re at it!

This recipe is straight-forward and pretty much foolproof, and always seems to be a huge hit. The butter leaves the chicken moist and the herbs add just enough flavor to pique interest without detracting from other festive side dishes.

The trick though is to massage the bird, so let’s get our hands buttered up!

INGREDIENTS

A 3 to 4 lb whole raw chicken, thawed
2 x 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
2 x 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 x 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 x 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
8 to 12 fresh basil leaves

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the chicken in an oven-safe dish.
Melt the first 4 tablespoons of butter.
Add the first teaspoon of basil, the first teaspoon of cilantro, and the first teaspoon of garlic into the melted butter and stir.
Using your hands, massage the herb-butter mix into the raw chicken, getting in under the skin as well. The chicken should be very well smothered in the butter mix before it enters the oven.
Once you’ve buttered it up, place the chicken dish in the oven to roast for 25 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees F.
Make the second batch of butter-herb mix and repeat the massaging process, this time, flipping the chicken onto its back first and basting the underside, then positioning it back on its stomach and rubbing the herb-butter mix into the rest of the body, before placing it back in the oven for 1 hour.

Once the hour is up, remove the chicken from the oven and, using a baster pump, suck up the excess herb-butter mix surrounding the chicken in the pan and pour it over the chicken. Decorate the chicken with fresh basil leaves.

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Place the chicken back in the oven to roast until the interior temperature of the meaty thigh reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove the dish from the oven, slice the chicken and serve while warm.

Happy Holidays!

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Barbecue Sauce

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Barbecue sauce was one of those things that scared me when I first started my paleo journey. I had no idea where to start when it came to trying to make paleo barbecue sauce. Mainly because I hadn’t needed to make barbecue sauce from scratch before. Thankfully, it wasn’t as scary as it seemed and the recipe to make paleo barbecue sauce was simple.

Here’s to eating some delicious barbecue in your near future!

INGREDIENTS

12 ounce can tomato paste (the only ingredient should be tomatoes)
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup agave (can substitute honey if desired)
1.5 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Combine everything throughly in a bowl.

Yes. That’s really all there is to it. You can use this as a side sauce or use it to marinate your meat before cooking. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is a good base recipe, try adding grated orange rind or red pepper flakes to change things up.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Seasonal Menu

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Dinner party season is headed our way and we know how hard it can be to come up with a Paleo-friendly dinner selection that caters to even the most discerning guest.

So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together a 5 course Seasonal Menu, that you can follow entirely, or pick and choose from to make your own perfect Paleo dinner.

Let’s get started with the first course…simply click the links for each item below to be directed to the easy to follow recipe.

1st COURSE

Pear and Prosciutto Salad – This simple yet decadent salad option is a great light and tasty start to any dinner.

2nd COURSE

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cashew “Cheese” – A guest post recipe that we adore, this appetizer is a great way to show off how traditional recipes can be adapted to become Paleo-friendly.

3rd COURSE

French Onion Soup – This soup is always a favorite and makes for a great introduction into the main course of a dinner serving.

4th COURSE

Apple Thyme Roast Chicken – A delicious main dish that’s complete with an apple stuffing and can be roasted alongside vegetables of your choice.

Cauliflower Mash – Roast this dish in the oven alongside the chicken and have a heathy substitute to traditional mashed potatoes.

5th COURSE

Sweet Potato Pie – A twist on the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie, this recipe is the perfect end to a seasonal dinner party.

 

Now that should impress your guests this holiday season!

Camilla Carboni

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