AIP Keto Paleo Recipes

Cheap Paleo Meals: the $50/week grocery budget for two (plus 7 tips to make it happen!)

Cheap Paleo Meals: the $50/week grocery budget for two (plus 7 tips to make it happen!)

One potentially limiting factor for folks interested in the Paleo diet is that it seems cost-prohibitive. “Cheap paleo meals” seems like an oxymoron. I mean, grass-fed beef goes for upwards of eight bucks a pound, free-range eggs are around $6 per dozen, organic veggies often cost 50% more than conventional ones—and all that’s not even to mention nuts, alternative flours, and paleo-approved sweeteners. Yikes. Confession: I don’t buy organic. Or free-range. Or grass-fed. Seriously. Sure, if your budget allows, I’m all for supporting local farmers, organic producers, and mom-and-pop ranchers who can raise animals the way their grandparents did—but as for me, my pocketbook simply won’t allow it. I’m probably going to be condemned by the Almighty Paleo Powers That Be for saying this…but I don’t think you should have to buy organic, either. READ MORE

AIP Beef Entrées Keto Meats Paleo Recipes

Garlic-Lime Thai Steak Salad

Garlic-Lime Thai Steak Salad

It’s rare that we buy steak here in the Student Loans and Sweet Potatoes kitchen*. It’s never on sale often enough, and I’m competing for the title of the World’s Actual Worst at Cooking Steaks—but once in a while, when the price is right and I’m feeling ambitious enough, we make steak. And when we do, we make it GOOD. I socked away this Garlic-Lime Thai Steak Salad recipe from Smitten Kitchen simply on the premise that it was already a mostly-paleo recipe that I could prepare mostly unmodified. (An Asian dressing with no soy? Sign me up!) I thought it would be a while before I could test drive the recipe, but as luck would have it, steak went on sale at the grocery store that week. (We already know I have an obsession with cheap meat—this was no exception.) You probably know how the rest of the story goes. READ MORE

AIP Chicken Keto Meats Paleo Recipes

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Balsamic Rosemary Chicken Thighs

I don’t quite know what to say about these chicken thighs—other than the fact that they are stupid easy and stupid delicious. The pairing of balsamic vinegar with meat is irresistible. We’re obsessed. I love that this chicken tastes exquisite enough to serve to company, but with only 6 ingredients, it’s simple enough to whip together on a weeknight. If you serve it over a pile of greens, the juices dress the salad, which means less stuff to prepare and more deliciousness. You could even bake some sweet potatoes alongside the chicken (like we did) and pat yourself on the back for making dinner such a snap. Oh, and if you line the pan with parchment paper before you bake, there’s hardly any cleanup at all. Win-win-win-win. READ MORE

AIP Beef Entrées Meats Paleo Recipes Soup

Spanish Picadillo

Spanish Picadillo

Spanish picadillo was one of those recipes that I didn’t quite know what to think of. It sounded pretty good—I mean, almost anything with bacon is usually a good thing. But with an unlikely band of heroes: beef, mushrooms, pumpkin, olives, basil… would it really be any good? I couldn’t suppress my curiosity. I had to know what this was. So, when I found myself with some mushrooms, bacon, and basil that needed to be used up, I knew exactly what had to be done. So much chopping. So much dicing. So much simmering.* And then: picadillo. My hubby was skeptical too. But oh, it did not disappoint! A giant pot of the most flavorful stew I have made to date—the smokiness of the bacon, the earthy mushrooms, the creaminess from the pumpkin, a little punch of zesty basil… HOW DID THIS TASTE SO GOOD. READ MORE

Condiments Keto Paleo Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes

Paleo Ranch Seasoning Mix (dairy-free)

Paleo Ranch Seasoning Mix (dairy-free)

Once upon a Whole30 adventure, we had all too much homemade mayo to use up. And also some raw veggies. It was obvious what needed to be done: homemade ranch dressing. A quick Google search, and we were well on our way.   In my pre-paleo days, I’d just use the ranch spice blend from Costco, but *gasp*: dairy! MSG! soy! It’s nice to have an option that is every bit as flavorful, but not one bit tummy ache-inducing. This spice blend is equally good used as a seasoning for roasted veggies, stirred into rice pilaf (David’s favorite), or used in a meat marinade. Of course, if you want to keep it classic turn it into ranch dip (and you should), mix a couple of teaspoons (more or less) into your homemade mayo, eat, drink, and be merry. You can add other spices to this blend as you see fit (for instance, dill would be pretty good here), but this suits our palates just fine. READ MORE

Keto Meats Paleo Pork Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes

Coriander-Cumin Pork Chops

Coriander-Cumin Pork Chops

A few months ago, when I realized that it was 5:00 and I still didn’t know what I was making for dinner, I was looking up one of my old pork chop rub recipes for dinner, and I stumbled upon this one. It was the wrong one, actually, but it sounded interesting, and I had all of the ingredients—including a random half-bunch of wilting cilantro and a few leftover slices of lime. Being the frugal woman I am, I couldn’t pass up a chance to use up the odds and ends in my fridge, so I gave it a shot. I knew I’d made something good when the first thing that my husband said after taking a bite was, “Oh my gosh. Write this one down. WRITE IT DOWN.” READ MORE

Frozen Treats Paleo Recipes Sweets Vegan

Berry Red Wine Pops

Berry Red Wine Pops

I don’t know what to say about these ice pops. Booze + berries + dark chocolate. I feel like I could just end the blog post there and be all like, “Mic. Drop.” And that would be good enough. Because, seriously. Homemade Popsicles are nice, but if you use super juicy fruits they tend to get icy. Enter: booze. Just a bit of wine (not enough to make you tipsy, sorry) softens up these pops to the perfect nibbleable consistency. It only requires a cup of wine, so it’s a great way to use up the bit leftover from that dinner party or from making a pot of red wine marinara sauce or whatever. I made these with strawberries frozen from our summer haul, but I have it in good faith that these would be equally good with the raspberries and blackberries right at the end of their season right now. READ MORE

Keto Paleo Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Herbed Cucumber Salad (dairy-free, nut-free, vegan)

Herbed Cucumber Salad (dairy-free, nut-free, vegan)

Oh my gosh. This cucumber salad. It came about from another one of my “well, I need to use up the things before they go bad” phenomenons. The contenders: cucumber, mint, and also tahini because for some reason I wanted something vaguely Mediterranean. But this recipe took me a solid three tries to finally get right. FOR A SALAD, YOU GUYS. Seriously. Mostly, the problem was that I was stubborn and didn’t really want to follow the recipe... In all seriousness: do follow the directions on the dressing carefully, especially the bit with adding the water. It works some kind of magic with the tahini, turning it into an emulsion sort of the same way that oil and egg become mayonnaise, or the way that water and butter become whipped butter. Seriously though: that creamy dressing is a dream. Can you believe it’s dairy-free? READ MORE

Breads Paleo Recipes Vegan

No-fuss Gluten-free Artisan Bread (plus homemade jam!)

No-fuss Gluten-free Artisan Bread (plus homemade jam!)

When I started my journey of clean-eating, I compiled a wish list of ALLLL THE BAKED GOODS that I needed to figure out how to replicate, namely: cake, pie, cookies, biscuits, and BREAD. Real, honest-to-goodness bread. I had tried a few gluten-free breads that friends had made, but most of them were too crumbly to hold up to smearing with butter or jam, or they left my teeth feeling weird because of all the xanthan gum. (Not that I’m 100% opposed to xanthan gum, by the way—it’s just that the quantity required in a loaf of gluten-free bread is often enough to yield an off-putting tacky consistency.) I tried more than a few recipes myself—plenty of flops, but some were pretty good! Still, none of them held a candle to my memories of Momma Mora’s wonderful gluten-filled Italian bread. Golly. But this recipe. Oh, this recipe. I know many bloggers claim that “you can't tell that it's gluten-free!”, but I SWEAR. You literally can not tell this bread is gluten-free... READ MORE