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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Perfect gluten-free gingerbread cookies are a quintessential part of any (gluten-free) holiday. Spicy, crisp, sweet-but-not-too-sweet treats just make the house feel perfectly wintery. In fact, you can make the house feel wintery all month long. The dough keeps very well sealed in a zip-top plastic bag in the fridge (assuming you can keep *ahem* curious fingers out of it). Last year, we made a double batch at the beginning of December and literally kept baking cookies clear through till Christmas. If you make the dough with real egg instead of a flax egg, note that its refrigerator life decreases to a week or less. For thoroughness, I tested 10 (TEN!) different iterations of these cookies, so they would be juuuuust right. With many thanks to my humble taste testers, clear conclusions were made... READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Soup Sweet Potatoes Vegan Veggies

Winter Veggie Soup

Winter Veggie Soup

This winter veggie soup is a fairly basic recipe. Just a bunch of ordinary veggies simmered into tender happiness and pureed into a surprisingly hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup. You can play around with the veggies as you like—sub in another squash, use onions instead of leeks, add in other root veggies (celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnips...). This recipe is quite forgiving. And, to boot, you’ll be happy to know that it’s husband AND kid-approved as well. READ MORE

Breads Breakfast Paleo Recipes Sweets Vegan

Gluten-free Lemon-Berry Muffins (dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan)

Gluten-free Lemon-Berry Muffins (dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan)

Perfect gluten-free muffins have been an elusive prey of mine for some time. Most often they swing between the extremes of “dry and crumbly” or “chewy and soggy”, or else they require half a dozen eggs and wind up becoming something too dense to ever pass as a muffin. These muffins are veritable gluten-free wizardry. These are perfectly tender, plush-but-not-crumbly pillows of dough that rise to heights no gluten-free muffin has dared to reach before. No eggs. No dairy. No xanthan gum. Just pure delicious magic that holds up perfectly to a slathering of jam, nut butter, or whipped butter. Sink your teeth into that. READ MORE

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