• RECIPE: Paleo-ish Beef & Veggie Bowls. This is your new favorite go-to dinner or lunch!

    Beef, it’s what for dinner. Especially when you’re on the Paleo diet approach, or trying to stick close to it. These beef and veggie bowls are insanely easy to throw together and taste like heaven. So grab a bunch of veggies, a pound of grass fed beef and throw it all in a bowl! 

    Y’all should get excited because this blog post is going to share a recipe and then tweaks on that recipe that will create healthy, satisfying, yummy meals that are easy to make– and filling- and will keep you on point on your diet. This was originally posted by Lauren on FitFluential, so I am updating this post here, since she was writing about my recipe idea anyway- and adding some extras for you… whether or not you are full-on Paleo- I promise, you’ll love this “throw it all in a bowl” meal concept. Read on– via Lauren Fischer.

    This is one of those recipes that I never thought would become a blog post. Instead, I threw it together one night when I didn’t have a plan. When I used random ingredients that didn’t go with anything else. When I really wasn’t sure if it was going to taste great or ‘meh.’ And I for sure didn’t think it would make a pretty picture.

    Sometimes life surprises you.

    This dish definitely surprised me.

    Inspired by FitFluential CEO, Kelly Olexa, during a recent visit to Austin, this dish has now become a weekly staple in my household. It all started one night when we were discussing going out for dinner or staying in. After days of back-to-back dining out (which included some not-so-healthy choices) I was in need of some fresh veggies prepared at home. So Kelly gathered a bunch of different ingredients and started chopping. I was in charge of the jalapeno – super important job.

    Paleo Beef and Veggie Bowls

    While the quinoa, chopped zucchini and chicken were cooking on the stove, we began prepping the bowls. The romaine lettuce went in first. This almost makes it feel like you’re eating a salad, but much, much more filling!

    Next, we added the quinoa, chicken and zucchini. As I watched the steam rise up from the plate, I was ready to dive right in. But the final toppings made it worth the wait. Kelly sprinkled diced red pepper and jalapeno on top, and topped it with a generous dollop of roasted red pepper humus and cilantro. #genius

    From the first bite I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to get back to Chicago and make this for my husband, and quite possibly eat it everyday for the rest of my life. But when I forgot to add everything to my grocery list, I was left with the option of whipping up my own delicious version.

    The main difference? Grass fed ground beef instead of chicken. I also added Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately, I was out of quinoa so I skipped that part completely. #lowcarblife

    Enough chit-chat. Get the recipe plan below! Note from Kelly (that’s me): I didn’t include in the recipe below the quinoa because I usually tend to NOT add that like I used to. Doesn’t mean you can’t. But- for example, if I’m adding sweet potato, I use that as the carb. You could do quinoa or rice or cauliflower rice. Also- please, whatever your definition of paleo is, cool. I get that for some, legumes i.e. Hummus is not considered paleo but — I don’t need to talk to the paleo police. Let’s just eat and be happy.

    One other fun twist on this- mix up ground beef or ground turkey in your pan and then add a measured portion of EXTRA SHARP CHEDDAR and Rotel– mix it all in. Add on top of lettuce. Top with whatever toppings you want. Divine.

    If you measure your protein and hummus and veggies- you can make a HUGE bowl like this and have it be around 500-600 calories easy. And it’s sooooo filling!!

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  • Healing Autoimmune Diseases With FOOD.

    Learn how changing your diet can dramatically improve your health and heal autoimmune disease as well!

    “You’re not sick because you’re fat. You’re fat because you are sick.” One of the best quotes out of this 2-Part interview with Cristina Curp, of The Castaway Kitchen blog and the new amazing cookbook, MADE WHOLE: More Than 145 Anti-Inflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You From the Inside Out.
    We talk about Cristina’s past, and how her health issues and autoimmune disease led her to doctor after doctor after doctor with no success.  It wasn’t until SHE finally took the reins and began pushing back and changing her lifestyle and her diet that her body began to HEAL.
    You will love learning from Cristina in this interview and you will definitely want to get the cookbook- it is divine!!! Tune in to both parts of this 2-part episode now! You’ll also want to check out her latest book- “Made Whole, Made Simple: Learn to Heal Yourself Through Real Food and Healthy Habits” 
    This is part 1 of a 2-part interview, you can listen to part 2 by clicking HERE.

    About Cristina Curp

    From her online bio:
    Hello! I’m Cristina Maria Curp, Cuban-American, mother, military spouse, food lover and dreamer. Former restaurant chef, current Nutritional Therapy Practicioner and cookbook author. I created this blog to share my passion of food as medicine. About to turn thirty, with a baby to care for I found my self at rock bottom. Emotionally and physically.
    I was severely overweight, riddled with inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Something needed to change. So I looked at my food choices. As a lifelong binge eater, I was ready to stop the vicious cycle of guilt and self-harm. That is to say… I get it. I’ve been there. I had my day one.
    I wasn’t perfect about this healthy lifestyle from day one, and I still am not. But I strive every day to feel better and be better.
    A mama with a history of obesity, autoimmune disease, and a whole lotta emotional baggage. If I can turn this my hot mess express around, so can you.
    I KNOW, I know in my bones that real food is the key to health, and a healthy, thriving life is the key to happiness. Here at The Castaway Kitchen, our mission is to spread the word that food does heal. That you can embrace the dietary and lifestyle changes that will change your life.
    I want you to feel empowered and inspired to heal! By creating delicious resources, sharing information, and my own story, my goal is to help YOU find the nutritional path that is right for you. We’re all so unique and while I do share what has worked for me, it might not be what works for you, but I will help get you there!”

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