• Spinach and Tomato Egg Bake

    I (Heather) think I’ve told you: Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, and I love eggs. I love them fried, scrambled, poached, baked—any way you can think of. It’s most interesting and fun to mix up … Continue reading

  • Paleo Instant Pot Cowboy Chili

    A couple of weeks ago, we finally hired a professional to come investigate, treat and seal our house against the mice that seem to have taken residence in our walls and attic. It turned out, they had also made themselves … Continue reading

  • Lomo Saltado (plus FREE bacon)

    Lomo Saltado is a Peruvian dish that resembles both a stir fry and steak and potatoes. Often served with rice as well, it consists of marinated steak, onions, spices, and french fries. We were excited to try this recipe because … Continue reading

  • Paleo Breakfast Pizza

    Pizza for breakfast—every college student’s dream (and nightmare). My college years, and pre-paleo days, often consisted of pizza for breakfast, or whatever takeout was leftover. An adage of mine that survived this period of life is, “if it isn’t good cold, … Continue reading

  • Baked “No-tato” (Eddo/Taro) Chips

    Potato chips are one of our favorite indulgence foods; salty, fatty, and crunchy, they satisfy a lot of cravings. Growing up with refined-oil chips in the house, it has been a transition away from keeping them around. This isn’t our … Continue reading

  • Sweet Potato Tater Tots

    Growing up, there were a handful of treats in the house that we had as an occasional appetizer or a late night snack. Often the answer was Lay’s potato chips with sour cream and onion dip. Less often, but much … Continue reading

  • Salted “Caramel” Chocolate Pudding

    Who originally decided to combine salt, caramel, and chocolate? Surprisingly, the internet doesn’t have definitive information (at least that I could find)! Maybe one day I’ll meet a food historian who can tell me. For now, I’m satisfied to extend a … Continue reading

Curry-Rubbed Top Round Roast

We’ve had an eventful start to the new year—a few days after returning to work, our son Otto woke up with pink eye. To add to that, he had a persistent cold (that he happily shared with mom and dad) which developed into a mild ear infection. His temperament has been cheery, but he hates his antibiotic with a passion. If that didn’t seem to be enough, just a few days ago, Otto started to crawl. As amazing and exciting of a milestone as this is for him, we were not (and are still not) ready to be landlords of a mobile baby.

Despite these life events, we’ve been busier in the kitchen than ever. Part of this past weekend was conducting recipe testing for our friend Russ, in anticipation of his new cookbook (read more about that here), and we found ourselves left with a nice cut of top round roast. You know the story: our choices were either a 1.5 lb roast or a 5 lb roast when we only needed 3 lbs. What do we do with leftover meat? Make new recipes.

With that, we decided to dry-rub the roast in curry. If you’ve been with us for some time, you know we’re fans of curry (here are a few select examples). Fun fact: the concept of curry is a completely British/American invention, as there isn’t one “curry powder” in traditional cuisine. Indian and African dishes that require a blend of spices (what we call a curry), vary in ingredients and ratios, and were often ground for the meal being prepared. This is partly why store-bought curry powders often taste similar, but not exactly the same—there’s no master formula. We used the West African Curry blend from the Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont for this recipe, but I think any curry powder will work.

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Cuban-Style Chicken and Rice

We recently found Via Emilia Organic Riced Cauliflower at our local Costco and I am in love with it! Not only does it save me a ton of time, it also saves me a ton of mess and waste. I’m also smitten with a Cuban spice blend that we found at our local grocery store. I’ve been sprinkling it on eggs for breakfast at least a few times a week. One day for lunch, I blended these two new favorites (see our Instagram post) and the recipe started to take form.

Whether you’re looking for a Whole30 or 21DSD compliant meal or just a super tasty dinner without a lot of fuss, this is it! Plus, it can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. You can spice it up with your favorite hot sauce or salsa (Brent’s go-to condiments) or eat it as is.

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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies

We realize that the start of the year is typically the time for lots of exercise, food, and weight-loss related resolutions. But, we have one more cookie recipe for you—and whether you choose to enjoy it now or bookmark it for later, we think you’ll love it and satisfy your craving for sweets. With just five ingredients, these cookies are super easy and fast to make. Fair warning though: they are very “fall-apart-y.” I recommend making them small and eating them in one bite with a swift motion from tray to mouth.

If you’re reading this post with frustration, because you’ve just began a Whole30, 21DSD, or other New Year’s diet reset, don’t fret! We have our Whole30 and 21DSD recipes tagged here and here, respectively.

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Cardamom Cookies

Growing up, my favorite holiday cookies were either coconut- or chocolate-covered: snowballs and bon-bons. Cardamom cookies were among the many cookies I wouldn’t touch. They were one of my Grandma’s favorites, but I couldn’t appreciate the sweet spice blend for which they are named. Sometimes Grandma would ice them, but even with that extra coat of sugar, I wasn’t keen.

As an adult, my palate has expanded and so has my sweet tooth (although I try not to indulge too often). I still love chocolate- and/or coconut-covered everything. But I’ve also come to love a good chia spice tea and cardamom-spiced treat.

These cookies are simple to make, light and fluffy in texture, and not too sweet. Brent, who isn’t a sweets guy, thought they were great. I hope you will, too!

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Ham and Egg Bake

“Egg bake” (as my family calls it) is a traditional Christmas morning breakfast in my family. My parents layered buttered white bread, sliced cheese, and diced ham in a large baking dish. Then, they poured whisked eggs over the layers, refrigerated the whole thing for a few hours, and finally popped it in the oven just before we went to midnight mass. I can remember coming home from church, exhausted but exhilarated that it was Christmas Day, and the savory smell of the egg bake engulfed me. We’d have breakfast and be allowed to open one of our presents before going to bed.

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been craving egg bake. But given our preference to avoid gluten and Otto’s and my need for me to avoid dairy, I knew the dish I grew up with wouldn’t be feasible. I considered replacing the buttered white bread with ghee and gluten-free bread. I also considered replacing the sliced cheese with something as well. Ultimately, however, I decided it might be better to simplify the recipe rather than complicate it. Somehow, this incredibly easy egg bake came out so similar in taste to “egg bake” from my childhood, I almost couldn’t believe it. For so few ingredients, it packs a lot of flavor!

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