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Spicy Paleo Jambalaya

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No rice? No grains? No problem! I’ve got a solution for your spicy southern cravings. This dish was incredibly easy, low carb, gluten/sugar free and just plain delish!

Spicy Paleo Jambalaya (for one)
1/4 head of cauliflower
1 Applegate Cajun sausage link
2 oz shrimp
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Red Pepper
2 T chopped onion
1 T Coconut oil

Instructions
Chop off the stems of your cauliflower. If you’re making this recipe for the whole family, use the whole head of cauliflower, it can serve 4-6 people depending on how much you use. I used the whole head and am saving the rest for other meals this week. After chopping off the stems, place the cauliflower in a food processor or magic bullet and pulse until the cauliflower is the size of rice. Set aside your “rice” and throw your onions in a skillet, on medium-high, with the coconut oil and saute them until translucent. Toss in your sliced sausage link, shrimp (I’m assuming you know it needs to be thawed) and as much of the seasonings as you want. I never measure mine; I just put in a generous amount of each. Let the meat and onions sizzle for a few minutes; add more coconut oil if necessary. When the meat is done, add your cauliflower rice to the skillet and let it heat up and soften for just a few minutes. Feel free to add any and all vegetable to this dish! I bet some steamed carrots and broccoli would be outta this world.

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…LOUISIANA FAST…..

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. That commercial always gets stuck in my head.

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How do you like your cauliflower rice?

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fudge

If you want a delicious and addicting treat, read on. But if you don’t like cookie dough/peanut butter/low carb/sugar-free treats than you should stop reading this and go get checked out because you’re most likely not human.

I stumbled across this recipe by the low-carb genius, Dr. Sara Solomon, and have had it on my “to make” list for awhile now. I don’t know why it took me so long, it took literally 3 minutes to make and 10 minutes to freeze.

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Ingredients:
4 T coconut oil
4 T unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Myofusion Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Whey
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Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until it’s liquid. Combine the oil, whey and almond milk in a blender (I use a magic bullet) and blend. Once the mixture is done mixing, it will be really fluffy- like icing, which you can definitely use it as! This would make a great protein cupcake icing or pancake topper. Otherwise, put it in a freezer-safe Tupperware dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes and let it harden. Enjoy!

This makes 12 pieces, each piece has calories: 44, fat: 3.3 g, saturated fat: 2.8g, cholesterol: 4.2 mg, sodium: 24.8mg, carbohydrates: 1.8g, fiber: 1 g, NET carbs: 0.8g, sugars: 0.4g, protein 2.4g

Fiesta Lime Chicken & Cucumber Noodles

chicken&cucumberIf you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram and Facebook page, you know I’m trying some new methods and tactics to achieving my fitness goals. Basically, you’ll be seeing more low-carb paleo recipes from now on and soon enough I’ll write a post about my current routine and how it’s been working for me. No information on that quite yet but I’m really REALLY excited about it. I also have some amazing things in the works that are taking the front seat of my life right now, with graduation around the corner. My future is coming together exactly the way I’ve always wished it would and I’m counting my blessing and hoping to continue trekkin down this fresh path:)

Speaking of fresh. Cucumber and lime, anyone?

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Fiesta Lime Chicken and Cucumber Noodles

Ingredients:
4-6 oz chicken strips/chunks
1 cucumber
2 T lime juice
1 T Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning

Directions: In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook your chicken however you like. If you know me, you know I bulk prep chicken for the whole week so I already had mine prepared. Still, i threw about 5 oz chicken in a skillet with my lime juice, braggs and seasonings. While it was warming up, I whipped out my¬†spiral vegetable slicer and started to “spiralize” my washed cucumber. I left the skin on for additional nutrients. If you don’t have a spiral veggie slicer, you can use a mandolin or vegetable peeler. But I highly suggest you get one! After I sliced open my finger, threw an unnecessary fit and constructed a homemade band-aid, I spiralized my beautiful cucumber, tossed it in a bowl with an additional dash of paprika and threw in the chicken. It’s a great paleo, spring-time dish and you can fully enjoy knowing it’s low carb. Enjoy! 2013-04-10 01.22.10 2013-04-10 01.21.22

Oh and can’t forget to share what I had for dinner. Homemade taco salad! 5 oz longhorn (grassfed beef), 1 tomato, 1/2 avocado, shredded lettuce, sauteed onion, 2 T salsa and paprika.

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A Recipe to Kickstart Your Spring Tastebuds- Broccoli Slaw Salad!

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In case you didn’t already know- I’m secretly obsessed with dried fruit and nuts. I want them in EVERYTHING. Salads, oatmeal, trailmix (duh), protein bars, protein pancakes, etc. I love dried fruit but unfortunately I never really treat myself to much dried fruit these days. I had bought some craisins (dried cranberries) in a moment of weakness a week ago and was wondering what kind of recipe I could use it in so that I could eat it a little bit of a time instead of 4 handfuls at once (it can easily be done!). During this initial period of brainstorming, I was having an odd craving for broccoli slaw and then boom. I realized this would be a perfect combination. I had some almond slivers in the pantry too that I needed to use so I quickly got to work making this scrumptious summery dish.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 12-oz package broccoli slaw
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt (I omitted this because I’m not eating dairy but this would give it a creamier texture)
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 packets Stevia
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:On a nonstick skillet (or in a toaster over), toast the almond slivers on medium heat. Remove the almonds and place them in a small bowl with the dried cranberries.
Next, mix the rest of your ingredients in a bowl (except for the broccoli slaw) and whisk together until everything is completely mixed. Add your cranberries and almonds into the bowl.
Place your broccoli slaw in a dish and pour over/stir in the dressing. Place the salad into the fridge to chill for a couple hours and then enjoy!

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Doesn’t that just look so fresh and delicious?! I love broccoli slaw made this way. Some other things you could add into this would be golden raisins, onions, balsamic vinegar, orange slices, cucumber or any other ingredients you like in your salad!

Anyways, there’s some other stuff I wanted to share with you today. I’ve kinda kept this on the DL because I don’t want to appear fickle jumping back and forth on diets but for the past week I’ve been doing paleo once more. I did it for several days a month ago and then quickly jumped back on the grain train because I thought I wouldn’t be able to gain any muscle without stuffing my face with brown rice and oats. After 3 weeks of doing just that I felt sick, tired, sleepy, puffy and worst of all- I was counting calories and macros every single day and it was driving me….CRAZY. I can honestly say, after 2 years of counting calories, I need a big break. I’m supposed to be bulking, hello?! This is the fun part where I get to eat CLEAN and train MEAN without having to count every ounce of food and measure all my portions. For bulking, I’m still eating very healthy of course and I have a good idea of portion sizes just by eyeballing it, but now that I haven’t had grains for a few days I’m starting to feel a little hungrier than normal. I think my body is starting to realize carbs aren’t going to be my main source of energy now, but fats as well. I’m planning on eating 1 piece of fruit in the morning and then a little over 1 cup of sweet potatoes after my workout. The rest of my carbs will come from veggies and maybe a few other startchy veggie carbs here and there like yams, if I get particularly hungry.

One of the main reasons why I am doing this is to 1. feel better on the inside and 2. take a new approach to building muscle. I’ve done the average 40-30-30 zone diet and it hasn’t given me all that much improvement so maybe with my body type more fats will do me some good. This may not work out perfectly, but it’s worth a shot. I at least FEEL better. From what I’ve read, the paleo diet is GREAT for maintaining muscle and getting lean and if done right- putting on size as well. Most likely, I’m not going to be a “paleo purist” though. I’m going to continue to use Stevia and occasionally honey in my recipes (like this one), I’m not going to eat ALL grassfed/organic foods because I can’t afford it (college life…ahh) and the closest I’m going to get to bacon will probably be turkey bacon. I just don’t think I can mentally wrap my mind around bacon being okay, not for now at least! I AM going to start eating a lot more beef though. Animal fats are indeed great, especially when all other processed foods have been exiled. If you’re a caveman who’s building muscle give me a shout out and let me know what your experience has been like:)

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Considering my diet is so rigid, I rarely branch out and make new recipes because I’m unsure of what will fit into my macros and I’m too lazy to calculate it! Not today:) Lately I’ve been craving some extra lean ground turkey and I just happened to come across an amazing looking Sesame Ginger dressing by Walden Farms that I thought would create a fantastic lettuce wrap recipe. Very competition safe!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps (low carb, low fat, low calorie)

Ingredients:

1 lb 99% extra lean ground turkey

1/2 c chopped onion

1/2 c chopped celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

Walden Farms Sesame Ginger dressing  (I just put it in a flavorful amount)

cilantro leaves

pepper to taste

Optional: Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce substitute)

Iceberg Lettuce

Instructions:

1. Combine and mix the onions, celery, dressing and “soy sauce” in a bowl

2. Cook the ground turkey on medium heat in a skillet

3. Season the meat with your cilantro and pepper to taste

4. Combine the ingredient in the bowl with the cooked turkey and let it simmer for a few minutes until the turkey is fully cooked

5. Delicately place iceberg lettuce on a plate and layer the turkey mixture on top

This makes about 5 servings! (4 oz meat per serving)

Have y’all discovered a good way to preserve your lettuce? I found on Pinterest a method using mason jars to keep it fresh for longer periods of time so I’m going to test it out with my cute itty bitty masons:)

Hope you enjoy the recipe!