Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks & Veggies | AKA: Easy Food for a Crowd

chicken drumsticks & veggies I love my slow cooker. It’s right up there with family, friends, & the cats (aka: the little monsters.) But seriously, what other appliance can you add minimally prepped food, walk away, come back hours (or one blissful night’s sleep later) and you have a delightful meal ready form your eating pleasure. None. That is the answer to that question. Plus, live alone and that thing feeds you for a week. Big, freaking win. Continue reading

Homemade Coconut Seed Milk

Coconut Seed MilkMy Paleo journey has been like an onion: that business has happened in layers. At first all I could handle was no grain. Then I cut out dairy. Then I cut out sugar (mostly). Then I added in plant (and tallow) based skin products. It’s been a freaking process. As I think it should be when you are making significant life shifts. Sustainability rarely emerges from drastic measures that don’t carry weight. It takes time to decide why these changes matter to you, and it is those decisions that make each change not only easier, but also the logical next step. Continue reading

Paleo Apple Cobbler

Paleo Apple Cobbler I love fall. And sweater weather. And rustling wherever I wander. And apple cobbler. I really love apple cobbler. Whenever I eat cobbler I feel like I should be plopped atop a mountain top somewhere twirling amidst the leaves, while simultaneously cozied up on my couch. It’s a complex emotional response, but what can I say, I’m a complex lady. Or at least one who really likes apple cobbler. Continue reading

Instant NOatmeal

Instant NOatmeal There is one thing that I truly do miss: oatmeal. I used to eat that business ALL THE TIME. Now it makes me feel slow and boring. Sad times. Fueled on oatmeal, the mind of this lady is not. And thus, for several years now I have been trudging through a non-oatmeal existence, knowing that one day I will find my hot-cereal home. Today is that day. Continue reading

Late Summer Frittata & Crispy Lard Hash Browns

Late Summer Frittata - paleogirlinthecity.comI love spontaneous cooking. I also love spending all day reading a romantic novel on the beach, but those days don’t come around nearly as often as they should. Life it seems often gets in the way of such things. That is why cooking something en masse can save your sanity and your tummy (versus the emergency grab of something you will inevitably regret.) There are some weeks when I will cook every meal from scratch because I have that kind of time and creative drive, and then there are some weeks when nothing makes me happier to know that I have something in the fridge for me to eat for the next three days without thinking. Enter: the magical frittata. Continue reading

Peach Cobbler Muffins

peach cobbler muffins 1 - paleogirlinthecityEvery year I wait with bated breath for the end of Colorado summer because it means one thing: peach season! In fact, I pretty much refuse to eat peaches all year and instead cram all peach eating into one, maaaybe two glorious months of peach eating. The best.

Fruit has found itself wedged in the dreaded “healthy food grey area:” is it good or bad…? This question in general in inherently faulty. I would argue that no whole, un-proccessed food is binary, but rather the question is: is this food right for me right now? Where does it fit broadly within the scope of my goals and acutely within context of my day and of my meal? Continue reading

Summer Plum Muffins |Nut Free

paleo plum muffins | paleogirlinthecityI love CO, but apparently you can grow EVERYTHING in CA. It’s ridiculous. My mom moved there a few years ago and her garden is a fruit tree growing machine: apricots, apples, figs, and yes, plums. So many plums. The other day I got a surprise box filled with 3 dozen beautiful, little plums all hunkered down individually in egg cartons (which is brilliant by the way!) I decided I needed to do something industrious with these little beauties (since I had already managed to eat 2 dozen straight-up. Enter Summer Plum Muffins. Continue reading

Zesty Lemon Balls | Raw

Zesty Lemon Balls | paleogirlinthecityI’ll just come out and say it: these balls are aggressive. No frou-frou, hint of lemon happening here. These are the real, lemony deal. Now, even the most casual perusal of this blog will quickly expose my love of sweet things. Life just doesn’t seem to be worth living without a little well-aimed sweetness. Truth. And these are sweet, but get ready friends – sour makes a bold move towards the front of your palette (and your heart) in these zesty little dudes. Continue reading

Living the Lie: Regionals 2014

verve teamHonesty is a virtue. Sure, but it is also a crutch, a limiter, & a deceiver. When I got the workouts for Regionals, honestly, I was terrified. I felt as if I had instantaneously become the weakest link on our team. Handstand walk: nope. Strict handstand pushup: maybe. 110 pound overhead squat: dicey. I tend to think I’ve honed my ability to be honest with myself, to cut through all the ego, & the bullshit and to recognize that I’m scared. But what quickly became apparent in the month leading up to Regionals was that honesty in this case was the easy way out – that I was giving myself the excuse to fail without even trying. Continue reading

Secret Ingredient Mango Smoothie

secret ingredient mango smoothie | paleogirlinthecity.comConfession A) I’m a delicate flower. Confession B) I don’t really like smoothies. Confession A+B) I don’t really like smoothies because they make my daisy-like stomach hurt. Yes, literally one of the go-to, “oh you’re having a hard time keeping things down” foods makes me want to throw up. Delicate flower. Continue reading