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)
Sweet Potato
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.
Shepherd's Pie Meat Mix
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!

Camilla Carboni

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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!

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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