Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition

Paleo and I are smack in the middle of an on-off relationship. We know we’ll be good together, but it’s SO hard to stay true to one another. Let’s be real. Sometimes I need a damn Oreo. Or six. Don’t judge.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Oreos

Starting last week, I buckled down and started actually planning out Paleo or CleanEats meals and snacks… AND STUCK TO IT. Imagine that?!  After a full week, I was so tickled with the noticeable difference in my tummy flatness and overall energy level that I’m doing it again this week.

So am I going back to following strict Paleo? Kinda. I’m looking at it more from the perspective that I’m tightening up what I eat, how much I eat and still saving a teeny bit of room to live a little. Two cool things that have happened recently?

1. I still haven’t weighed myself since I broke up with my bathroom scale. Yay, me! But I had a damn doctor’s appointment and was forced to stand, fully clothed, and watch for “the number”. But when I opened my clenched-shut eyes, I saw a not-so-scary number. To get some perspective for myself, I asked the PA what I weighed on my last visit. Turns out, I’ve actually lost 6 pounds since November! And since I started Crossfit in June of 2012, I’ve gained 9 pounds. Hooray for muscle!

2. When I went to New Jersey to visit my love, he remarked that my body is starting to look more like a gymnast’s. In my mind, that means strong shoulders, a lean but muscular waist and awesome legs and booty. I dig it! Especially since he certainly isn’t complaining. 😉

To give you an idea of how Paleo and I are getting along lately, here are some of my recent favorites.

Guacamole:

Not to toot my own horn, but when I show up to a gathering with this guacamole, there are NEVER leftovers. It goes quickly and gets rave reviews. I cannot take credit. Nette is the genius behind this recipe.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Guacamole

4 big avocados, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 red onion, diced small
Fresh or dried dill – 2-3 TBS
1/2tsp kosher salt
1 small jalapeño, minced (remove or leave seeds, depending on your desired heat factor)
Juice of 2 limes
Combine the kosher salt, dill, minced jalepeno, and lime juice in a bowl and muddle it well. (a mortar & pestle works, too!) Cut the avocado meat into squares and dice red onion small.  Mix everything together and use a fork to mash the avocado into the level of chunky-ness you enjoy.  Me? I like a little chunk.
Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Guacamole
Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Guacamole
Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Guacamole
Serve with tortilla chips if you’re normal. If you’re being bad, serve with Fritos Scoops and tell em Peach sent you. If you’re being Paleo, eat big scoops off a hunk of bacon. BOOM.
Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition - Amazing Guacamole

Thai Curry Shrimp with Broccoli

Credit to skinnytaste.com for this recipe! It was amazing and it will definitely be made again soon.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Thai Curry Coconut Shrimp

1 tsp oil (I used coconut)
4 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 oz light coconut milk
2 tsp fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt to taste

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add scallion whites and red curry paste and sauté one minute. Add shrimp and garlic, season with salt and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and mix well. Simmer about 2-3 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through. Remove from heat, mix in scallion greens and cilantro. Serve over rice or your choice of veggies.

Almond-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

You’ve all heard of bacon-wrapped dates, but the magic twist is to put a whole almond inside of a pitted medjool date, then wrap each in 1/2 piece of nitrate-free organic bacon. Cook on 375 for 7-10 minutes on each side till bacon is crispy. What. SO GOOD.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Bacon Wrapped Dates

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Bacon Wrapped Dates

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Bacon Wrapped Dates

Other Paleo Meals

Yesterday I made the world’s ugliest tuna cakes, but hey, when your fridge decides to NOT BE COLD and you lose all your food, you make do with what you have on hand.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Tuna Cakes

1 can of tuna in water
2-3T coconut flour
2T Dijon Mustard
Onion powder, garlic powder, salt/pepper to taste
Pan-saute in 1T grass-fed butter.

Serve with grilled zucchini. Or whatever you didn’t lose to the gods of non-functioning refrigerators.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Blueberry Banana BowlBreakfast yesterday morning: 1/2C blueberries, 1 banana and 1T almond butter.

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs

Breakfast this morning: Sweet potato hash with fried eggs! Yay for COLD FOOD in the fridge!!!

Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee

Sent this to Nette last weekend after my workout. Aren’t I seksay in my sweaty bandanna with my ginormous Dunkin Iced Black with Turbo Shot? 😀

What clean eats do you have cooking right now? 

What’s your favorite coffee drink? 

How do you like your guacamole? Chunky, smooth, spicy, mild? 

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Clean Eats: The Paleo Edition

12 Responses

  1. I’m bookmarking this guac recipe.

    I love you so much. You have a great voice. I don’t think I’ve ever told you this: but I really love your writing voice.

    XO

    shannon July 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm #
    • You mean the voice where I don’t think so damn much and just WRITE? Funny how that works. Thank you so much and I love you too. XO ps – try the guac with Fritos Scoops! 😛

      50Peach July 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm #
      • I will!

        And yes, that voice. <3

        shannon July 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm #
  2. Yum, I love Mexican food, and a good guac recipe is like gold. Also, I’d love to know more about the guilt free chili cheese fries on page 45 of Clean Eating magazine. Help a girl out :)

    Samantha Brinn Merel July 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm #
    • Hahahaha!!! <3

      50Peach July 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm #
  3. I usually eat clean, just not paleo (I don’t think I could give up beans and quinoa!). My favorite meal is any kind of fish/shrimp with a ton of veggies. Avocado is my favorite condiment – I put it on everything. Your guac looks SO good!

    Stacie July 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm #
    • Avo is just… yum. On everything. And hon, you look amazing, so whatever you’re doing? It’s working!!! 😀

      50Peach July 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm #
  4. I am just starting to eat paleo-ish. Really more of ketogenic, but they are very similar. I am having blood sugar issues, and after doing lots and lots of reading, I think this is the way for me to go. I am literally addicted to sugar and wheat and need to get both out of my diet. So, we shall see. I have high hopes, though.

    I am in love with that bacon/date/almond thing. I must try it!

    Kianwi July 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm #
    • Exciting for you – it’s a big change! If you have any questions, reach out to me via email any time! Good luck. xox

      50Peach July 25, 2013 at 8:59 am #
  5. I pinned the guac! All this looks really amazing! But man do I love bread. GRAINS! But I like all your recipes.

    Kirsten Oliphant July 24, 2013 at 1:05 am #
    • Aw, thanks for the pin and the love! And I know… grain-free is SO tough. Sometimes a girl just wants some damn pizza. 😛

      50Peach July 25, 2013 at 8:59 am #
  6. well, yum!!!

    icescreammama July 24, 2013 at 8:47 am #

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