The Perfect Paleo Taco Shell

Ever since I began eating paleo, I have tried various ways to eat foods that would normally require tortillas. My go to vessel has been lettuce wraps but those can only go so far. A few weeks ago, we had some company and I decided to slow cook some carnitas and make street tacos for dinner (a long time favorite). Since a lettuce wrap just didn’t seem right (I LOVE the small, corn tortillas normally associated with street tacos) I caved and had the tortillas.

This last week we were having family over and my wife suggested carnitas tacos again. So of course, I said yes! But I really wanted to figure out a way to have them without the tortilla so I did a little research. And low and behold, I FINALLY found the perfect replacement and that would be jicama! read more

How to Properly Prepare Lettuce Wraps

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I have tried for years to make lettuce wraps (thank you PF Changs) but have always had difficulty getting a large leaf that would hold my prepared food.  I constantly ripped the leaf I was trying to use, regardless of how careful I was being.  So I finally Googled my dilemma and to my surprise, there were a number of videos, all suggesting the same method.  And it was surprisingly simple!  By removing the stem and running water over the head of lettuce, the water allows the large leaf to peel off as a whole piece, eliminating the need for careful pulling and tearing as well as the frustration that comes along with it.  I have included one of the videos that explains the process.  I have used these leaves to replace just about anything that required a bun or tortilla (Hamburgers, burritos, wraps, etc.) and the taste is fantastic. read more

Cuban Picadillo – Oh My!

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How have I never heard of Picadillo or tried it?  I came across this Monday and decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!  The only thing I could not find was alcaparrado olives so I used green olives stuffed with pimiento and it was fine.

For dinner, I served in lettuce wraps and with the leftovers, I mixed them with eggs the next morning.  This is one of my favorites and SO easy to make.  Definitely will be making again very soon.

You can get the recipe here!

Post Workout Frozen Bananas

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I have found these to be fantastic pre or post workout snacks.  They are simple to make and great for a quick snack. Here is the recipe I used to make these:

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 ripe but firm bananas
    • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

PREPARATION

    1.  Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
    2.  Cut the bananas in half and insert a Popsicle stick into each half, as shown. Place them on the baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
    3.  Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the oil in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave (check it every 30 seconds) or in a half-full pan of simmering water (about 2 minutes). Stir until smooth.
    4.  Roll each banana half in the chocolate.
    5. Freeze until the chocolate sets, 30 minutes. Serve or freeze in an airtight container for up to a week.
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