Paleo Thanksgiving Roundup

Thanksgiving

Holidays are approaching…cold weather…comfy clothes…good food and extra pounds right?! This is the time of year we always gain anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds. With the blink of an eye, a few bad health choices, we are back wearing those old jeans making New Year Resolutions. While a lot of us do like the traditional holiday foods, it would be a much healthier choice to keep your holiday table full of real wholesome foods! So why not have a Paleo thanksgiving? It is not only good for your waistline, but good for your overall health, and the food is delicious! I have put together just a few of the best Thanksgiving recipes out there, to make your Thanksgiving easier! Some of these dishes will be on my table as well! Exciting!

Enjoy!!

Sage Rubbed Turkey Breast by Kelli at Happy Healthnut

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My own Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Butter Crust

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My own Cranberry Orange Sauce

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French Green Bean Casserole by The Urban Poser

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Green Bean Casserole by Peace Love and Low Carb

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Creamy Cauliflower Fauxtatoes by Real Food RN

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Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter (yum I made this last year!) by MIX Wellness Solutions for a balanced life

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Kale Bacon Brussels Hash by Mary Vance

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Paleo Leftover Sandwich by Stupid Easy Paleo

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Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette over Roasted Butternut Kale Salad by GI365

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Roasted Acorn Squash by Leaf Parade

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Honey Maple Roasted Carrots by The Cafe Sucre Farine

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Honey Glazed Ham by Nourishing Joy

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Easy Compound Butter by Center Cut Cook

Compound Butter is almost necessary for your Thanksgiving Turkey. I cover my turkey with it the night before so it gets cold on the turkey skin, then bake it the following morning, and the skin is crispy and perfect! I do the same, but use Kerry Gold Butter.

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Maple Glazed Spicy Apple Roasted Turkey by The Healthy Foodie

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Grain Free Dinner Rolls by Preppy Paleo

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Apple Pie (yum!) by Zenbelly

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Visit all these awesome websites for more ideas on your every day Paleo meals as well!

Interested in losing those holiday pounds in a motivational and support group starting in January? Email Nicole at FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com! Start planning for 2015…it will be here before you know it!

Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatloaf

 

This is my first time posting using WordPress! There are so many options! Blogger is definitely easier when it comes to posting…just in case anyone was wondering! I think I need a tutorial lol. Anyway…I feel like I invented something. I haven’t checked to see if anyone else has done this, but I tried it out, and it was so good! Just a few tips though…don’t over cook your apples because they will end up more like applesauce. I did that the second time I made it, and it didn’t come out as good. You also need bacon that isn’t too thick…try to use something a little on the thin side. Cooking the apples the day before, or earlier in the day, will save you time later on as well…so that’s something to think about! Obviously, I do Paleo for Weight Loss, so this is an “in moderation” food…but still Paleo and really yummy! Try it out! Your family won’t be disappointed!


Ingredients

2 lbs ground pork
1 Tbsp Sage
1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
5 apples, peeled and sliced thin
1 tsp cinnamon
bacon
 
*You also need a loaf pan in order to form it
 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 380 degrees.

Place your peeled and sliced apples in a baking dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for about 30 minutes, stir the apples a bit, and bake for about 15-20 more minutes. You want your apples to be tender, but not mushy like applesauce.

As mentioned above, you can make this early on or the day before.

In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, sage, parsley, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix together well.

Take your loaf pan, and add the pork mixture to the bottom and the sides. I basically molded the inside of the dish with pork, this creates a hole for your apples.

Fill the pork with the apples you made, and top with the rest of the pork mixture. Press it down pretty well at the top, so the sides and the top seal together. As you can see in the photo, the apples are only in the middle…this is easy to do as long as you press it down.

On a cutting board, line about 6 slices of bacon side by side. Flip your pork loaf upside down onto the bacon slices. You may need to hit the loaf pan with a spoon or something to get the raw meat out…it sticks a little bit.

Pull the bacon up the sides of the loaf, and cover the top with bacon as well. I also cut 1 piece in half, and put that on the ends. I used full slices for the bottom/side and I used half slices for the top.

Place on a baking dish, and bake until the bacon is crispy. Then carefully flip over, and  cook until the bacon is crispy on the other side.

Enjoy!

FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Hey you guys!! I just wanted to share my group that is coming up on November 3rd called Fit for the Holidays!! It seems as though every January 1st people make these resolutions to lose the weight they gained over the holidays, or finally lose weight period. Why not start now?! Learn how to curb cravings, get into a workout routine, and eat healthier meals. I started at 270 lbs on Thanksgiving Day 2009…if I can start ON a holiday I know you can start before the holidays and succeed!! Get the body and mind you want and join my team!!
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Easy Paleo Meatballs

I am keeping it basic this week trying to get back to my low carb ways, and start losing weight again! It is so easy to maintain weight on Paleo. You see the sweet potato, raw honey, and paleo treats like “oh its paleo…i can have that”. Next thing you know, you’re maintaining rather than losing. So, I am taking it back to basics like when I first started my journey! Trying to make it to Thanksgiving without anything bad! I need room for the Glühwein after all haha!
These meatballs are SO good and SO easy! This week my team and I meal prepped on Sunday, and these were on the menu with a few other things. I don’t know about you, but I love meatballs, and they keep really well too. I don’t like meat in the microwave…ever…so I just stored them in glass containers and heat them in the oven for a little bit the next day. You can also freeze them if you want!
Remember to hash tag me on Instagram when you make one of my recipes! #FoodIMakeMySoldierdotcom! Enjoy!
Ingredients
2 lbs lean ground beef…I used grass fed meat
4 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 Tbsp of cooking fat (ex: Kerrygold Butter, Ghee, Coconut Oil).
Add the chopped onion and spinach to the pan and saute until the onions are translucent and the spinach has wilted.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onions, spinach, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. You CAN add 1 egg…but I decided not to here since I wanted them to be AIP friendly too.
Form into meatballs about 2″ around…I used a cookie scooper and used 2 scoops per meatball so they would all be the same size. Place side by side in a baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes.
Recipe makes 23 meatballs
Nutrition Facts
Each serving is 2 meatballs
Calories          176
Fat                      8
Carbohydrates  1.5
Fiber                  .5
Protein              31

Apple Pancakes

I hope you all have had a good week!! Today I made Apple Pancakes..it has been on my to-do list for a couple weeks, but since I am starting my challenge group tomorrow and sugar detoxing, I decided to make them today and get it out of the way! I know everyone is posting pumpkin on everything recipes, I have done a couple as well, but I decided to throw apple into the mix too! After all…we can’t eat pumpkin with EVERYTHING right?!

I am pretty sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. I always go onto the balcony to take my photos…well unless its raining of course. Sometimes other people on their balconies watch me like “what is she doing?” they probably think I am taking photos for instagram or have too much time on my hands. Maybe one of these days I will share with them. I usually don’t only because people get freaked out when you say its Paleo…like they are going to die because it doesn’t have refined sugar lol. I am here to tell you all, it is OKAY…it’s healthy AND delicious!



Anyway…these are my announcements for today:

If you have not entered my Giveaway please do so! Ninja Giveaway!
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Here is the recipe for these Paleo Apple Pancakes!
Ingredients:
1 apple, peeled and diced
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp raw honey
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
For the apple topping:
1 peeled and thinly sliced apple
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp kerrygold butter
Directions:
Heat a small sauce pot on medium heat, and add in the apple topping ingredients. Cook together until the apples are tender. This takes about 20 minutes, so they should be done once your pancakes are done cooking.
  Heat a large pan on medium heat, and add a little cooking fat like coconut oil or kerrygold butter.
In a medium mixing bowl, add in the eggs, vanilla, coconut milk, almond milk and honey. Whisk together until everything is well combined.
Next, add in the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk this together carefully, until all the lumps are out.
Spoon 2 large scoops of batter onto your skillet, and sprinkle some of your chopped apple on top. After about 3 minutes, flip the pancake over and cook another 2-3 minutes. You will see the pancake rises and cooks through nicely.
Just a note: You CAN mix the chopped apple in your batter, but I tried that in the second batch, and they didn’t turn out as good.
Serve your pancakes with some of the apple topping. Recipe makes 6 pancakes.

Fall Giveaway

Hey there! I promised all my Facebook fans a Giveaway, so here it is!! Man…choosing a prize is so hard. There are SO many things, but I can never decide. I am in the processes of working with a couple companies as an affiliate so I can rate and review their product, and hopefully get you guys some cool giveaways in the future as well! I’m not that great at advertising my blog…I have no idea how to do it really. So I appreciate EVERYONE who comes here to view my recipes, follows me on Facebook, or Instagram or engages in my challenge groups! I love helping you all out the best I can.
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Paleo Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

Heyyyy! So it is 11:45pm and I am up blogging about cake…that can’t be good. I found PicMonkey a couple weeks ago, and found out I can edit my food pics there. See my collage above…I spent way too much time on there. I also took a photo of my son and made him into Santa…yea…they let you do that.

Anyhoo…..did you know you can make cake in 3 minutes? Who knew. I have tried a few mug cakes…but it’s kind of overpowered with cocoa powder, so not that sweet. I never want to add more sweetness because I don’t want all the sugar…whether its raw honey or not…sugar is sugar ya know! So I made my own…three times…and third time is a charm because I loved it! The first 2 had honey…so I guess it was the honey I didn’t like. I switched it out for a banana, and it worked much better.

Yes, you use the microwave. I’m sorry…don’t kill me. I actually asked my husband if I could throw it away…he said no he needs it lol. If you want to pop it in the oven, feel free, it will just take longer.
Ingredients
1 Egg
1 small or 1/2 of a large Banana
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
 1 Tbsp Almond Flour
2 Tbsp Tapioca Flour
1 tsp Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp melted Coconut Oil
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
Directions
First get a large mug. If it has a big Santa on it…even better. ha.
Next, use a fork and mix together all the ingredients in your mug.
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
That’s all. You’re welcome.
Even my little pumpkin patch guy likes it. Isn’t he cute?! Found him for 2 euro…love!
Nutrition Facts
You can eat it by yourself…but it rises quite a bit so can easily be shared. I am giving you the nutrition facts for both scenarios….
For one Person
Calories     312
Fat               21
Carbs        23
Protein          5
For two people
Calories     156
Fat            10.5
Carbs        11.5
Protein        2.5

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Date Butter

Yes! It IS Paleo!!
Happy October!! I am posting my first Pumpkin Recipe for the season! Last year, my most popular pumpkin recipe was the Pumpkin Brownies, which are also really yummy if you would rather go that route! I feel like the recipes I plan don’t come out as good as the recipes I end up with. Basically, meaning I write it out, make it, and determine whether its website worthy or not. Then there are recipes like this one, where I have a plan for pumpkin bread or pumpkin cake, not sure which, then my daughter asks for a Cake Party and it turns into Chocolate Pumpkin cake. Since I didn’t have enough coconut milk to make coconut whipped cream, I made a date pumpkin butter in the middle and on top instead. It turned out amazing, I was so excited. Not to mention, my 2 year old was excited she got a “Cake Party”. I will have to make it again once my hubby is home…I am thinking Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie. We will see because this Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Butter Crust is really good too….haha I was busy last season!!

Try it out and let me know what you think! You can also Pin it below!
What you will need:
For a small layered cake, you need a 6″ cake pan
For a one layer cake, you need a 10″+ cake pan
You can also use a square pan and make them into bars
Parchment Paper cut to fit the bottom of your pan
Ingredients:
5 whole eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup raw honey (I used raw black forest honey)
1/2 cup Stevia
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt

For the Pumpkin Date Butter
12 Medjool dates (no added sugar
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp coconut milk
Directions:
Making your pumpkin puree is really easy, but feel free to buy it if you prefer. If you want to make it yourself, just cut your mini pie pumpkin and place it in the crock pot, or bake it in the oven until tender. Scoop out the pumpkin and smash it with a fork, or use your emulsion blender to make the pumpkin smooth. Once you have that done, you can start your cake!

First things first…get your dates and cover them in warm water. Then go to work, or the store, workout, or take a nap. You want to peel the skin off, so they need to soak a little bit. This time I only did it for 2 hours.
 Preheat your oven to 340 degrees
In a medium mixing bowl, add your eggs, pumpkin, honey, stevia and coconut oil. Blend together until smooth.
Next add in all your dry ingredients…the 3 flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Carefully stir the mixture together, then use your hand blender and blend until smooth. Just a tip: if you don’t stir it first, and just blend, the tapioca flour and cocoa powder will fly all over the place.
Line your pan with parchment paper, and pour the mixture in. If you are stacking the cake, make sure to divide the mixture evenly. I used the 6″ cake pan, and the mixture gave me 13 scoops in each using my cookie scooper.
Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes…you can test it with a toothpick. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
While your cake is cooking, make the pumpkin date butter…
Your dates should be soaking, so take each one out and peel the skin off.
Put the peeled dates, pumpkin and coconut milk in a food processor, and blend until smooth. That’s it.
You can assemble the cake however you prefer, but make sure the cake is 100% cool before you top with the “butter”.
Ready for the nutrition facts? It IS dessert, an in moderation treat, so it’s not a free for all just because it’s Paleo, for those of you trying to lose weight. Just a tip…you can use all Stevia if you want. I will put both nutrition facts below.
Nutrition Facts with the Recipe as-is
Recipe makes 10 servings.
Calories       266g
Fat                 10g
Carbs             38g
Protein           10g
Nutrition Facts using all Stevia, no honey
Calories      218g
Fat                10g
Carbs            26g
Protein          10g

(This recipe has the most carbs of anything I have made on the website…crazy! It’s ok, its all natural and lower on the glycemic index so it will not have the same downfall as sugar. The raw honey, tapioca flour and dates make up the majority of the carbs so feel free to sub out what you wish)



Paleo Roasted Vegetable Chili

This Paleo Chili is so EASY!! OK…well…if you are a “no night shades” type of person, then you wont eat it…but for the night shade Paleo eaters…this is really good! The easy recipes are the best ones. I mean, yes, I do have days where I want to make something more complicated, and its very good, but quick good food makes a lot more sense for some of us! I am telling you guys…the number 1 thing I hear from people is “I don’t have time”. I hear it every…single…day. People don’t seem to have time to eat right, or have time to meal prep, or have time to workout. My only advice would be…anything worth having takes work. Sometimes you have to change your schedule…its about MAKING time not just having it. I believe 90% of the healthy people in the world make time for their meals and fitness. Maybe at first it was inconvenient, but as you get used to it, things get much easier and just become routine. Think about your career…more than likely they didn’t come to your door and ask you to work for them. Most people have to work towards their ideal career, even if it takes time and hard work, it ends up paying off in the end. Same goes for kids, most kids don’t raise themselves to be good adults…work is put in to being a parent so they can grow up to be respectful and successful adults. That’s the goal anyway. In life, work goes into everything you want. That is my opinion at least!

Anyway, its been raining here and has been in the 50-60 degree range. So, go figure, the one day I decide to make chili, its 70 out haha. Not chili weather, but it was good anyway! I highly suggest making this when it gets colder…I know my friends in California have over 100 degrees right now! One of the benefits of being in Germany is its winter about 8 months out of the year! I’m not a big summer person…so it works out well for me!

On to the recipe…I hope you enjoy it!
Ingredients
9 tomatoes
3 Bell Peppers, any color (I used 2 green, 1 red)
4 small Onions (or 1 large)
2 Jalapenos
3 Garlic Cloves
2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 cups Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional for heat)
Directions
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cut all your veggies in half, and place on a baking sheet like this…..you leave the jalapeno whole. You also want to place the garlic on the pan too, but keep the cloves in the paper.
(It looks so pretty right!)
Roast for 30 minutes, then use your tongs to turn all the veggies over, and roast another 25 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven, and place all the roasted veggies in a stock pot. Make sure to remove the stems from the jalapeno, and the paper from the garlic.
Add the 2 cups of chicken stock to the chili, and use your emulsion blender to smooth it out. The more you blend, the smoother it will be. I like my chili a little chunky, so I didn’t blend it as much.
*If you do not have an emulsion blender, just use a regular blender.
Heat a large pan with coconut oil, and add in the ground beef, then season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the beef, and cook until browned.
Drain the beef in a mesh sieve, or remove with a slotted spoon to get rid of the grease. Then add the beef to the chili.
Add in all the seasonings, and let everything cook together for 20 minutes.
That’s it!
You can serve with any or no toppings…I used Kerry Gold Cheddar and onions…but you can use avocado as well
Enjoy!!
Nutrition Facts
Recipe makes 7 servings, each serving is 2-1/2 cups
Calories         275g
Fat                   12g
Carbs               15g
Fiber                  5g
Net Carbs         10g
Protein             27g

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Hey Beautiful People!!! :)

I just wanted to mention I am doing a 21 Day Fix Challenge group for not 30 days, but 60 days!! This gives you three rounds of the fix! So what is a challenge group? What do you get from it? Let me explain…

A Challenge Group is a private group that I manage on Facebook. It consists of 5 to 10 women who are trying to be healthy, lose weight and get fit! You get one-on-one coaching from me, along with support along the journey from others in the group. I also have little fun ways to hold you accountable, and there are also prizes to be won every 30 days!! I also share tips and recipes with you guys along the way!

  • You will get the 21 Day Fix (shown above). There are 7 workout DVD’s, and each is 30 minutes long. Plus, when you order through my site, you get an additional Plyo workout, making that 8 workouts! There is also a schedule so you know what to do on each day. 
  • You also get the portion control containers, specially designed to fit your nutrition needs. There is a calculator in the nutrition booklet, so you know how many of each color you need each day. This is amazing because there are no counting calories, carbs, fat and so on…everything is already worked out for you! There is also a YES food list and recipe Ideas.
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I am looking forward to this group and helping you all reach your goals!!!

**Just a note about the photos above.
I am the person on the left. This is a mix of Insanity and the 21 Day Fix with about 45 days of P90X3 as well.
**The middle, on top, is only 1 round of 21 Day Fix. She is a client of mine, and is in her second round right now….she will be doing her 3rd round of the fix in this upcoming group.
**The middle, on the bottom, is 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix plus a little P90X3 mixed in. She is my client and will also be in the next group.
**The right photo is a coach on my team. This is after just 1 round! She has done 2 total rounds, and those results are spectacular! She increased her weights and looks even more fit!