Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts, keto or otherwise . Creamy, tangy, and just a tiny bit salty, it just hits so many flavor notes, while not being overly sweet. My problem with most sweeteners is they just don’t […]
Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie Uhm, yum! Dessert time! Here is a recipe that can easily be modified whether you’re keto or paleo. I hope you, my lovely and amazing readers don’t mind that I list alternatives for the recipes. The eating styles can […]
Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s pie has got to be one of my most favorite recipes of all time. It’s such a great comfort food to me. The soft, delicious potatoes compliment the snap of the green beans mixed with the slightly acidic tomatoes and moist ground beef. My mom always used to make Shepherd’s Pie for me, and it’s something I could eat any time, any where. I was very leery of trying to make a Paleo version of this classic dish because I wouldn’t know if it would live up to the legacy of my mom’s dish. However, I am VERY happy to report that this recipe is amazing.
Try it for yourself! The butternut squash and sweet potato give a very nice creamy texture that just blends so well with the rest of ingredients.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 8 oz chopped green beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbps minced garlic
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 C chicken broth
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Dice butternut squash and sweet potato and boil until soft. Finely chop green onion, and saute in large cast iron skillet or frying pan with garlic and olive until fragrant, for about 1-2 minutes. Add ground beef and break apart into small pieces; I recommend using this nifty tool for ease. Fry until fully cooked. Once ground beef is brown, add tomato paste, green beans, chicken broth and seasoning. Allow to cook until a thick sauce has developed and set aside.
In a large bowl, place butternut squash and sweet potatoes and mash until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once ingredients are prepared, you can either add the squash and potatoes directly on top of the meat mixture in the cast iron skillet, or place everything into a baking dish, with the meat mixture on the bottom.
Place in oven, uncovered for about 20-25 minutes until top layer is slighltly crisp.
An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful day at a local farm in San Diego. My friends Kristan and Matt, and I got to spend our morning practicing yoga in a lovely shaded area on Suzie’s Farm […]
Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas So as my previous post explains, I am doing (Paleo) Whole 30 for a month, so I think it’s safe to say I’m long overdue for a food post. Plantain tortillas are absolutely incredible, two to three tacos should […]
Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge
It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results. I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with my results, but post-op I am still having some struggles with certain foods, as expected. I haven’t been completely 100% keto because to be honest, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to eating such a large quantity of fats, plus, with my low caloric intake, I can’t properly hit my macros because I need protein. With that said, I have decided to change up my diet and I’m looking into more Paleo options: Macros aren’t really stressed, and you are still eating wholesome fats, just not as much.
But what is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is basically a very pure version of Paleo. You could even consider it a jump start to Paleo. It’s essentially a 30 day challenge to abstain from all sugars, and eat only whole foods. No sugar, coffee/caffeine, artificial sweeteners, dairy (oh lord help me), sulfites, soy, alcohol, legumes, and junk food. By junk food, they specifically state that you can’t recreate paleo-friendly versions of junk food: so goodbye cinnamon rolls, and pankcakes. With that said no sugar substitutes as well, no Splenda, erythritol, or any form of sugar alcohols.
The idea behind this is that this purge of any bad food, or healthy alternatives to bad food allows you to change your relationship with food. I know on keto I live off my keto-friendly dupes, so this will be a challenge for sure. However, even though I’ve had my stomach shrunken, I can without a doubt say that the cravings are still there! I’m hoping this detox of sorts will help curb my cravings.
I can have complex carbs; potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit; with the exception of grains. Grains are a giant no-no, FYI corn is considered a grain. According to the Whole 30 Guide, I can have unlimited fruits, fruit juices, and almost type of vegetable. There is a lot of overlap with Whole 30/Keto, and I can have avocados, bacon, meats, and mostly everything else that isn’t on the “No” list. If you are curious, there is a comprehensive guide here.
So what does that mean for the blog and your keto recipes?
So, with that said, you can be Paleo/Whole 30 and Keto, so I’m going to try to incorporate as many meals that are friendly to both lifestyles. However, there will be some exclusively Paleo recipes. I’m not sure if how long I’m going to stay Paleo, so this may only last 30 days. I’m going to give this Whole 30 a go, and I’m going to take it from there. I’ve been doing it for a week, and it’s been fine, although I’m missing dairy something fierce.
Have any of you tried being Paleo or done the Whole 30 Challenge? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear about your experiences.