CrockPot Chili

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If you’re like me, CrockPot meals are an all-time favorite…what’s not to like about a cooking method that enables you to do all the work upfront in a matter of minutes, set the timer, and then have a delicious home-cooked meal a few hours later?! 

This Chili recipe is jam-packed with protein and vegetables, and overflowing in nutrients.

It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 4 hours to cook, and you’ll have a comforting meal that serves 6.

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
1 large onion
4-6 large carrots
4-6 celery stalks
1 large green pepper
30 oz organic stewed tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons chili powder (depending on how strong you like your Chili)
1 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Set your crockpot to the 4 hours setting and place the meat in it to begin cooking while you chop the vegetables.
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Chop the onion, carrots, celery and green pepper into thin dime-sized pieces, and add them to the crockpot.
Add the stewed tomatoes, chili powder and salt to the crockpot mix, then cover and let sit for about an hour.
Each hour over the 4 hour cooking process, lift the cover and stir gently for a minute.
After 4 hours, check that the meat is browned and once it looks well cooked, either serve right away while hot, or reduce the heat to low and enjoy later.

There’s just something so comforting about home-cooked Chili, don’t you think?!

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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All-Purpose Paleo Bread

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Bread can be one of those recipes that can intimidate even the most advanced baker. Thankfully, you have nothing to fear with this recipe and you certainly don’t need to be an advanced baker to serve up this amazing bread.

But what exactly is an “all-purpose” bread you ask? Well, our all-purpose paleo bread can be utilized for almost all your paleo “bread” needs. This means that this recipe can be used to make bread for sandwiches, biscuits or just regular toast for breakfast! So, let’s jump in and get our bread baking.

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces + 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups “Paleo” flour (we buy ours at Natural Grocers but if you need to make your own, mix equal parts coconut flour, almond flour and tapioca flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin
7 tablespoons red palm shortening

RECIPE

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Place 1 tablespoon of palm shortening on a paper towel and coat the inside of a bread pan. Place bread pan to the side.
In a small bowl mix together 8 ounces of coconut milk and 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Place bowl to the side.
In a large bowl mix together paleo flour, baking soda, salt and gelatin.
Add 6 tablespoons of palm shortening to dry mixture. Using a fork “cut” the shortening into the dry mixture, you do this by using the fork to push the shortening into the flour. Continue to do this until you the mixture looks like wet sand.

Add coconut milk, apple cider vinegar mixture to your large bowl. Knead your mixture until you are able to form a ball of dough that doesn’t crumble apart. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of additional coconut milk to achieve this.

Place dough in your bread pan and cook for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and then enjoy all your hard work!

Happy Baking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Mango Mojito Smoothie

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Sip your way into paradise with my new favorite summer smoothie!

This is a non-alcoholic fruit smoothie that puts your health first…
Mangos are known to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Clear the skin
  • Improve eye health
  • Alkalize the body
  • Improve digestion
  • Relieve heat stroke
  • And more…

And when mango is paired with coconut water (which hydrates), mint (which calms and soothes the stomach) and lime (which aids digestion and weight loss) you’ve got yourself a great tasting smoothie that checks all the summer health boxes!

INGREDIENTS

4 ice cubes
1/2 large mango
250 ml coconut water
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lime
4 fresh mint leaves

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Top with mint, a decorative umbrella and a straw and sip while you daydream of tropical beaches!

It’s really that easy…and it’s equally as refreshing and delicious.

Cheers!

Camilla Carboni

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Bullet Proof Tea

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The popularity of bullet proof tea and coffee has been on the rise lately and we thought it would be a great recipe to share with you all. The basis behind this magical drink is that the coconut oil and caffeine in the drink increases your energy and cognitive functions without the crash of a normal cup of coffee or tea. Essentially, it will get you up and running and keep you going with out the normal afternoon slump.

While the coffee version is great, we prefer our tea. We’ve tried several different versions but we like taking a slight twist on Tim Ferris’s preferred mixology.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons green tea
2 tablespoons pu-erh tea
1 tablespoon turmeric, ginger herbal tea
1 tablespoon yerba mate
1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut or mct oil

RECIPE

In a tea brewer or strainer mix together green, pu-erh, herbal and yerba mate tea.

Fill with 8 – 12 ounces of hot water and let brew 2 minutes.
Strain tea and mix in coconut milk and oil.
Enjoy hot.

This tea is simple to make and we’d love to hear your take on it’s effectiveness. Fire off in the comments below!

Good Morning!

Melissa Van Dover

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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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