paleo almond joy cookies

paleo almond joy cookies
paleo almond joy cookies

I’m going to come clean here and admit something that I am not very proud of.  Over the past month or so I have produced an overwhelming amount of non-paleo, non-glutenfree, full sugar, overly creamfilled, milk chocolate loving desserts.  Real talk.  I fell off the paleo baking wagon and I fell hard.  I made the unfortunate decision of looking past my well loved coconut nectar flour and falling into the contraband arms of plain ol granulated sugar delights. 

4 ingredient eggnog, dairy free & paleo

eggnong, dairy free, paleo, gluten free
eggnong, dairy free, paleo, gluten free

Happy Eggnog Month! Errr... November. :)

If you love eggnog but are now eating paleo or even just dairy-free, this eggnog is for you! It is stupid simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients! Eggs, coconut sugar, almond milk and nutmeg. 5 if you want the adult version ;)

light and fluffy eggnog waffles, gluten free

light and fluffy eggnog waffles, gluten free
gluten free light and fluffy eggnog waffles
light and fluffy eggnog waffle batter, gluten free

When my sister and I were kids, we used to create breakfast-in-bed menus and take them to our parents. Inside the menu, our parents would find checkboxes next to a list of our offerings: things like eggs, pancakes, waffles, toast, coffee, OJ, hot cocoa, or milk. After they'd made their selection we'd retreat back to the kitchen to assemble their order. Occasionally we'd try to get creative and they would end up with olive pancakes or coffee with grenadine. But no matter what we made, I think they were always appreciative.

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free
homemade pistachio paste recipe
creamy room temperature butter
pistachio cupcakes with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

pistachio cake with rose water cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, gluten free

In my opinion, there is only one flavor of frozen yogurt worth getting: pistachio. Actually, now that I think about it, my favorite flavor of gelato and ice cream also happens to be pistachio.

Oddly enough, I'm not a fan of nuts in their whole form. I find the way they absolutely always get stuck in my teeth to be off putting.

fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce, gluten free

fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce, gluten free
finger citriburst limes
creamy avocado lime cheddar cheese sauce
Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese
Stephanie and Garrett, Melt authors

If this pasta dish were one of the Real Housewives ladies on TV, it would definitely be NeNe Leakes, who is a self-proclaimed "rich bitch." If you haven't seen Nene on TV, she is known for her strong, aggressive, and often confrontational personality. Much like Nene, this recipe for fettuccine with avocado-lime white cheddar sauce from Melt, the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, offers no apologies for its richness and has the goods to back it up. 

paleo pop-up dinner by zenbelly catering at fallon hills ranch

paleo pop-up dinner by zenbelly catering at fallon hills ranch
fallon hills ranch paleo dinner popup by zenbelly
paleo deviled eggs
fallon hills ranch
paleo bacon salad
paleo bacon salad
paleo butternut squash hummus with sausage and apples
paleo rosemary and garlic leg of lamb
paleo blackberry apple crumble
zenbelly paleo dinner menu

The last time I experienced a coursed menu was on a Valentine’s Day trip to Napa. I had been following the Paleo diet for about a month at that time and was gung-ho about my track to health. Unfortunately what started with a sneaky bite of pasta ended with eight courses of breads, cheeses, burgers and an undeniably delicious chocolate hazelnut dessert. 

I don’t regret that particular smorgasbord but you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the chance to eat a meal at Fallon Hills Ranch

coconut masala chai, paleo and dairy free

masala chai tea with coconut milk, paleo and dairy free
masala chai tea spices
masala chai tea with coconut milk, paleo and dairy free

masala chai tea with coconut milk, paleo and dairy free

"Every day when my husband gets home I make him this tea."

I'm standing next to my friend Vijitha as she explains the ins and outs of making a traditional spiced milk tea known as masala chai. The aroma of the simmering spices and strong black tea is intoxicating. I watch as Vijitha strains out the spices and returns the remaining pot of tea to the stove. She adds sugar, a cup or two of milk and brings the tea back to a simmer. Once Vijitha determines the tea is ready, she ladles it into some mugs and hands one to Patrick and me. 

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