Good morning, sugar dumplins!
How are you this fine, almost February morning?
Well, I’m a bit down…you see, I’ve just realized football season is about to come to its official end.
Sad, I know.
And while basketball season is still rocking on, I’m not a basketball kind of girl.
Shocking, I know.
So, instead of having a pity party over the conclusion of football for the time being, I’m having a PALEO PARTY instead!
Cause when watching football, ya just gotta have snacks.
And what better snack than my bite-sized bundles of buffalo chicken goodness.
Um, maybe PALEO/WHOLE 30/KETO RANCH DRESSING!!!
That’s exactly what’s going down today.
So whether you’re a football kinda person or you just watch for the half-time show, this easy peasy recipe is a winner for everyone.
Too bad that’s not going to be the case with the Eagles and the Patriots this weekend...someone's gotta win, and someone's gotta lose...all I know is we won't be losers with this recipe!
Are you a Super Bowl kinda person?
Personally, I will watch the Super Bowl for 1- Peyton Manning (sigh, no longer an option), 2- the clever commercials, and 3- Lady GaGa, Bruno Mars, JT, or whoever the pop sensation is that’s performing that year.
And I like to host a Super Bowl partay 100% for the food (and as an excuse to clean my house and buy flowers).
Am I hosting this year? Most likely. Mr. HHT likes to give me a 6 hour notice that 10 of his buddies are heading our way for the big game.
So, if you find yourself in that same boat this weekend, I’ve got you COVERED!
No need to rush through the junk food aisle of Wal-Mart, tossing every form or fashion of chip and dip into your basket, cause come Super Bowl night you’ll be noshing on a whole lotta bloating, dehyradtion, and regret.
This round-up has something for my Keto, Paleo, Vegan, and even Whole 30 friends, ranging from make-ahead dips to bacon-wrapped bites and soul-warming, slow cooker chilis.
Feel free to pin this round-up to use for any potlucks and gatherings all winter long!
As a child, there were only 4 types of acceptable pasta meals:
For the first 12 years of my life, that was the extent of my pasta consumption.
And for many of y’all’s little nuggets (or significant others), that may be as wide as their pasta palates extend, too.
While pasta is 1- cheap and 2- easy to prepare, it’s not the healthiest option for our families and ourselves.
Which is why I’ve crafted yet another spaghetti squash casserole…they’re a perfect gateway into the world of veggie-based pastas, yet they still have enough other distractions going on that it’s not too overtly veggielicious.
Now you may be asking yourself, how in the world do you make a Paleo+Whole 30 alfredo sauce? Sounds like there must be some Harry Potter levels of sorcery involved to make that happen.
Well, y’all, it’s far simpler than you think.
No spell casting required.
Who doesn’t want to start their day with a morning glory muffin?
They’re just so scrumptious- a perfect balance of sweet, crunchy, chewy, and (warning to y’all who hate this word) moist.
The carrots, the coconut, the banana, the nuts…yum, yummy, yum, yums.
I probably have always gravitated toward them due to their resemblance to carrot cake.
Which y’all know is my favie.
But muffins aren’t all that healthy, in case you haven’t figured that one out yet…
They’re usually loaded with refined sugar, inflammatory oils, and highly processed white flours.
Cupcakes in disguise.
So instead of loading your body up with all that nonsense first thing in the morning, why don’t you take all those nomlicious flavors and enjoy them in a far more nourishing manner?
Well, so glad you asked!
Cause that’s exactly why I formulated this breakfast custard.
It’s loaded with the protein, healthy fats, and a little bit of fiber-rich carbs to get your morning started in a most glorious manner.
Oh, and it's 100% Paleo and Whole 30 approved!
Ah, so let's bring a little glory to your morning today!
Kale, yeah, it’s FRIDAY!
Way to go, y’all, we’ve practically made it to the weekend.
And speaking of kale, can I share a kale confession?
This is a safe place, after all, right?
I don’t really like kale.
I don’t want it in my Caesar salad.
I don’t want it massaged with lemon olive oil.
And I really don’t want it in chip form (side story: I made my one and only batch of kale chips early in my first trimester…hot kitchen, baking kale, nauseous baby momma…I couldn’t stomach even trying one and had to immediately throw them all away).
If I’m gonna eat kale, I want it hidden.
I’ll tolerate it snuck into a soup with a lot of other business going on or slipped into a smoothie if there’s plenty of fruit to cover it’s pungent flavor.
And that’s the kind of recipe I have for y’all today.
A casserole that allows you to fill your kale quota without having to actually taste any kale.
It’s a kale recipe for those of y’all that aren’t kale people.
Oh, and it’s 100% Paleo and Whole 30.
And dang delicious.
In the dessert world, there are two types of cake: those with cream cheese frosting and those without cream cheese frosting.
As a result, Red Velvet, German Chocolate, and, my personal beloved, Carrot, are amongst my favies, and it’s largely all due to the cream cheese frosting (though I’d argue cream cheese icing can make a shoe tasty).
Alas, neither cream cheese or icing are paleo or healthy for that matter.
And let’s be real, cake isn’t a solid choice is you’re wanting to eat clean and feel fueled and energized and ready to kick some booty.
But what is it about carrot cake that rocks my socks so much?
Well, it’s a little spicy, it’s a textural rollercoaster thanks to raisins and pecans and coconut and, if I’m lucky, pineapple, and it’s always so tender and moist (sorry if you’re apposed to that word…it's just so appropriate in this scenario).
It’s also usually baked up with a TON of sugar, a TON of vegetable oil, and slathered in more sugar and cream cheese and butter.
Sounds like a direct ticket to inflammation station indeed.
But what if there’s a way you can capture all the gloriousness of carrot cake- the coconut, the carrots, the spice, the pecans, the pineapple even- without shooting your blood sugar to the moon and sending your body into some serious inflammation?
Oh, and no baking required.
And it's paleo and vegan and Whole 30.
Yup, all that, and more, are what’s goin down in my carrot cake protein shake today!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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