Greek Shepherd’s Pie

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Looking for a delicious meal that whips up fast and leaves left-overs to munch on while snuggled in your PJs this coming weekend? Look no further!

This Greek-style, Paleo take on the traditional Shepherd’s Pie adds a subtle infusion for your tastebuds, while keeping memories of Grandmother’s dish.

It’s healthy, super simple and of-so comforting.

Serves 4-6.

Hot Tip: If you have a cast-iron pan, you can cook the meat in that on the stovetop, then build the layered Pie in that same pan and simple pop it into the oven to broil at the end.

INGREDIENTS

4 large white sweet potatoes, sliced (skin on is preferable for added fiber)
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1 lb pasture-raised bacon
1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into dime-sized pieces
1/2 cup pre-made olive tapenade
Mixed fresh of dried herbs of your choosing
1/4 cup grass-fed feta (optional for those on the Primal Diet)

RECIPE

Steam or boil the sweet potatoes until tender.
While the sweet potatoes are cooking, pre-heat a large saucepan at medium heat, add the bacon and cook until browned.
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Remove the bacon from the saucepan (saving the bacon grease in the pan) and cut the bacon into dime-sized pieces.
Cook the ground beef in the bacon greased saucepan until well-done.
Add the bacon pieces back into the saucepan, along with the broccoli florets and stir in with the cooked ground beef.
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Set the oven to Broil.
Place the meat mix in an oven-safe dish (approximately 9 x 11 inches).
Spread a layer of olive tapenade over the meat mix.
Mash the sweet potatoes and create a layer of sweet potato over the olive tapenade layer.
Sprinkle with fresh or dried mixed herbs.
Top with with feta (if desired) and place in the oven to broil for about 5 minutes until the sweet potato browns slightly.
Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Refrigerate left-overs in an airtight container and enjoy within 3 days!

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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!

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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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