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Persian Roast Leg of Lamb

We ate a lot of leg of lamb when I was growing up, and whether it was roasted or turned into kebabs, my dad was always in charge of cooking it. I decided recently that it was time for me to tackle a roast leg of lamb myself. Naturally, I bought my leg of lamb from Lava Lake and turned to Cook’s Illustrated for guidance. The recipe below is based on one I learned in Cook’s Illustrated The Best... read more

MMM: Chicken Pesto Meatballs In Marina

Spinning today: tender chicken meatballs, fragrant with pesto, gently cooked in a dead-simple tomato sauce. It’s garlicky, basil-y goodness guaranteed to “bring the house down.” This recipe is part of March Meatball Madness; get all the recipes right here. Chicken Pesto Meatballs in Marinara Sauce  Serves 2-4 | Prep 10 min | Cook 25 min | Whole30 compliant Ingredients: Meatballs: 1/2... read more

MMM: Bakso (Indonesian Beef Balls)

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Russ Crandall, author of The Ancestral Table and the blog The Domestic Man. Russ is the kind of cook I like: totally committed to exploring international flavors and making the traditional recipes fit into a healthy template. This recipe introduces us to the flavors of Indonesia with ginger-infused meatballs snuggled in an aromatic broth. This recipe is part of March... read more

MMM: Bacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls

What do you say to juicy beef meatballs with bacon and jalapeños dropping dimes on dinner?! I say you can eat these all day long… especially when they’re topped with Awesome Sauce. That’s right: Awesome Sauce. This recipe is part of March Meatball Madness; get all the recipes right here. Bacon-Jalapeño Burger Balls w/ Dill Relish & Awesome Sauce Serves 2-4 | Prep 10 min | Chill... read more

March Meatball Madness

March Madness, an American college basketball competition, is celebrated in office betting pools and beer-soaked bars across the U.S. Although I am firmly an NFL football girl — and a Fug Madness girl — I’m also a girl that cannot resist alliteration. And meatballs. So, along with my husband Dave (tall enough for basketball but really more of a reader) and some paleo friends, I shared paleo... read more

WF2 Recipe: Kickass Ketchup

As a kid, I never liked ketchup, an opinion that wasn’t helped by the fact that my brother ate a ketchup-and-peanut-butter sandwich once to gross me out. As an adult, I learned I loved it on fried things — french fries, onion rings, fried pickles — but never, ever, ever on meat. Then I started eating paleo and battered-and-fried things went away. Ketchup was forgotten… until I started... read more

Substitute For Soy Sauce & Coconut Aminos

I don’t want to be a big baby or anything, but sometimes I get really tired of the fact that my “special food” — i.e., food that is healthy and real and not poisoned with unpronounceable ingredients — costs twice as much as the crappy, regular version. The target of my ire recently was coconut aminos. Don’t get me wrong: I love coconut aminos for the way they healthily replace... read more

WF2 Recipe: Mustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts

A few facts: Tiny things are cute. People love cute things. Brussels sprouts are really just stupid- cute, tiny cabbages. So if Brussels sprouts are loveable, then Brussels sprouts caramelized with tangy mustard and pungent garlic must be adored. And if you prepare food that’s adored, you will be revered and lauded. Absolutely lauded. (I’m fairly certain that these exact arguments are used to teach... read more

Plantain Nachos

Tacos versus nachos. It’s a timeless rivalry with no clear winner. I think we can all agree that a basket of crispy things, ready to be smothered in tender, spicy meat and fresh toppings can perk up the most mundane Monday or woeful Wednesday… or Super Bowl Sunday! So why choose? This recipe combines the best of tacos and nachos — crispy, salty, spicy, sloppy — while ditching the soy, sugar,... read more

How To Cut a Spaghetti Squash

I call bullsh*t on anyone who says, “Spaghetti squash tastes just like spaghetti.” No, it doesn’t. Is it delicious? Sure. Do I love to eat it? You bet. But it does not. taste. like. pasta. It does, however, meet oyther delicious criteria: It’s easy to cook It’s versatile It’s paleo and Whole30 approved It’s packed with good-for-you stuff like fiber, Vitamin C, Niacin, B6, and Pantothenic... read more

New Year’s Eve, Paleo Style

This year, for the first time in ages, Dave and I have plans to go out to dinner on New Year’s Eve — to Lambert’s! — then on January 1, we’re hopping on a plane to San Francisco for a book signing with Michelle Tam and Diana Rodgers, plus Nom Nom Paleo’s book launch party and Chris Kresser’s book release. Whew! But usually, we stay home. We watch a feel-good movie and eat... read more

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