Breadless Bell Pepper Sandwich (Whole30-Keto-Paleo)

The Bell Pepper Sandwich will be your best friend when doing a Whole30 challenge or trying to eat Keto or Paleo or really…. just trying to clean up your diet and eat more real foods! I stumbled upon the Bell Pepper Sandwich on the vintage version of Instagram some time around 2013, before the Algorithm. Kind of like Sweet Potato Toast, before it’s time in the lime light.

This was shortly after completing my very first Whole30 and by golly it saved my life! Well, it’s actually still saving my life lol! Here it is 2019 and I’m not sure the Breadless Bell Pepper Sammy will ever go out of style, kind of like a good pair of Bell bottoms ;) If you haven’t made one before, let me introduce you to how simple it really is!

All you have to do is wash and dry a Bell Pepper, any color will do. We seem to really like the red and orange ones over at our place. Chop off the top, removing the stem. Next, slice it in half and remove all the seeds and that pithy white membrane. You can save the seeds, if you have a green thumb, and plant them so you don’t have to buy any more Bell Peps at the store!

Once you have that pepper cut in half and all cleaned out, you can stuff it with whatever floats your boat! It’s kind of like a little vessel to hold in all of your favorite things, maybe even better than bread! You can then place one half on top of the other like a sandwich, or just eat each half stuffed with some goodies, I’ll leave that up to you!  My recipe for one of my all time favorite combos is below. Feel free to sub out the mayo for maybe a cream cheese, dairy free is pretty yummy. Make it vegetarian and leave off the meat adding more avocado and veggies, or pile on the bacon if that’s your thing! Whatever you stuff it with, I know you’ll want to continue making them on the regular ;)

Once again, I found all of my pantry items at Vitacost! My favorite place to shop for online groceries! Vitacost truly makes living a healthier lifestyle so much simpler, not to mention, my groceries come in 2 days or less!! I’ve been addicted to shopping with them for almost 2 years, I think you guys know by know that I absolutely adore them! They make it easy to shop for specific diets like Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan!

Breadless Bell Pepper Sandwich (Whole30-Keto-Paleo)

Ingredients

  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Mayo
  • 2-3 slices lunch meat
  • 1/2 Persian cucumber, sliced into rounds
  • 1 small avocado, peeled & sliced
  • 4 Pitted Black Olives , sliced
  • Handful lettuce
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut stem off bell pepper and discard. Slice bell pepper down the center; making two halves. Using paring knife, remove and discard pith and seeds.
  2. Layer one bell pepper half with all ingredients and top with the remaining half to make a sandwich.
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If you make a Bell Pepper Sandwich, take a picture of it and tag #paleopaparazzi on IG so I can come and drool over your creation! I’d love to re-share your Bell Pepper sammies on my feed! Now chop, chop and get to creating :)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Gut Healing Bone Broth Latte

Have you jumped on the bone broth train yet? I started adding Bone Broth to all the things 6 years ago when I began my healing journey with food. I attribute it to helping me heal my gut as well as improving my skin, hair, digestion & joints. The only things was back then there weren’t any companies making ready to eat bone broth. It was a process to get that homemade bone broth whipped up in the slow cooker before the speedy fast days of Instant Pot cooking! And even though it’s not that hard to make your own, sometimes it just makes life so much easier to buy it!

When I first started using bone broth it was mainly to add to recipes like my Garlic Lime Shrimp with Cauliflower Purée and my Easy Instant Pot Carnitas. I was usually adding it to main dishes and soups but never really thought about adding it as part of my daily routine. I was mainly drinking ginger tea lattes in the morning and at night, but then I discovered a great way to drink my bone broth in latte form and I was forever changed!

By getting some bone broth into my daily morning and evening routines, I was increasing the healing benefits from including more bone broth into my life! It’s great at boosting your metabolisim and making it easier on your body to digest food throughout the day! Plus, I wasn’t spending as much time in the kitchen making my own broth because I was able to find a way to have it on hand at all times, even when I was traveling.

I’m so glad that there are companies I can trust like Bare Bones who are out there making Grass Fed bone broth for the masses. Their broth is super duper flavorful, my husband will drink it heated up all by itself with nothing else added, he doesn’t do that with all bone broths. It definitely makes it easier to stay healthy and is a lifesaver when completing a Whole30 challenge! I also love that ALL of their broths are Whole30 approved! There are so many ways to incorporate bone broth into your day but my favorite way has definitely been to make myself a bone broth latte. I love them any time of the day. Here’s my simple recipe for a frothy boost of goodness:

Gut Healing Bone Broth Latte

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add broth to a sauce pan on the stove top set to medium heat, heat until simmering.
  2. Add hot broth and all other ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until frothy and serve hot.
  3. Can also add hot broth along with all other ingredients to a large mug and mix with stick immersion blender until combined and frothy.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2019/01/gut-healing-bone-broth-latte/

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Holiday Hasselback Butternut Squash

 

It feels like forever since I’ve been on here! The last recipe post I did was at the end of October, just when things started to get a bit hectic as my husband was preparing for surgery. I had just had surgery in August and it felt like a lot to take on at first, but putting one foot in front of the other each day kept us both going. Whenever things get hard we try to keep a positive attitude and find the joy. I started sharing more of this on Instagram, if you want to look back at the posts just search under the #GlassFullofOptimism hashtag.

My husband hadn’t had a surgery like this since 2008, and that last surgery was a pretty tough one so we had to prepare for all the possibilities. The surgery was set for the day before Thanksgiving and we ended up spending about 3.5 weeks in the hospital afterwards. It was difficult at times, but we’ve found that the only way to get through stressful moments is to love more, laugh more and trust that God has you in the palm of His hands. We ended up spending more time in the hospital than expected but everything fell in to place and we are grateful to have made it back home in time for Christmas!

Since we missed out on Celebrating Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we’re doing Christmas a bit bigger this year to make up for it! These Hassleback Butternut Squash had to make it on the Holiday menu, they just scream “Let’s Celebrate!” dontchathink? I like to use organic squash as they tend to be smaller in size which makes them cook up quicker and easier to peel! In the picture above you can see the size reference in my hand, these are perfect sized butternut for hasselbacking!

Holiday Hasselback Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 2 small butternut squash
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few handfuls of pomegranate arils to decorate, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a pan with foil, add bacon slices and cook in oven until crispy, about 15-20 mins., set aside to cool and reserve bacon grease.
  3. Place a towel under your cutting board to stabilize, cut squash lengthwise, de-seed and peel.
  4. Lay each squash slice cut side down on your cutting board, place chopsticks/skewers/butter knives one on either side of the squash and thinly slice like an accordian. Placing the sticks/knivesup against either side of squash will help you not slice all the way through. We want the slices still attached to the squash.
  5. Use reserved bacon fat to grease a lined pan and liberally brush tops of butternut squash with the bacon fat.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 40-45 mins. or until tender.
  7. Pour maple syrup over squash and turn oven to broil to brown up the tops for a few mins. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  8. Remove squash and top with chopped bacon, pecans and cranberries. Can stuff bacon pieces in random butternut slices for a fun look.
  9. Add pomegranate arils on top if desired and pepper. Serve immediately.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/12/holiday-hasselback-butternut-squash/

I topped them with some crispy bacon and Lots of goodies from my favorite online shop Vitacost I love their maple syrup, apple juice sweetened cranberries and raw pecans to name just a few. They have amazing deals on all my favorite pantry staples! If you want to make this Whole30 friendly, just omit the maple syrup! It’s such a pretty side to serve for any holiday meal! I hope you make it and if you do, snap a photo to share with me on Instagram, just use #paleopaparazzi so I don’t miss seeing it!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Rainbow Watermelon Salsa

Summer is coming to an end but my love for watermelon never will! I love making recipes that put a spin on something classic, it keeps things fun and interesting! I already have all the heart emoji eyes for tomato based salsas and now I’m obsessed with this rainbow watermelon salsa!

My mom’s side of the family are really good at farming/gardening and BIG on growing melons, especially watermelon! Some years we’re literally swimming in all the extra melons and I absolutely love it! It’s one of my favorites next to honey dew. It’s so good on a hot 100 degree day during the summer in Sacramento, like literally life saving!

Want to know the secrets to picking the perfect watermelon?! Oh good, I thought you would *wink*

Pick up the watermelon and give the bottom of it a good thump, it should have a hollow sound to it. Also, look at the underbelly of the watermelon, it should have a creamy yellow patch where it sat on the ground, this indicates that it is ripe for the picking and you’ve scored yourself a winner!

Once you’ve picked a winner cut that baby up, I suggest a serrated watermelon knife, and make you some delicious Salsa! If you have extra, make an aqua fresca or this refreshing watermelon salad! I made this recipe mild but add more jalepeno or more seeds to amp up the spiciness factor! I created this recipe with my friends over at Vitacost where I picked up some plantain and Siete grain free tortilla chips to devour this with! I love shopping there to stock up on my pantry essentials! This salsa is also great served over a salad or a piece of fish for some great Whole30 options!

Rainbow Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups of watermelon, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, about 3 limes
  • 1 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded for mild heat and minced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup yellow/orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • a few pinches of lime zest

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss gently making sure to mix well. Refrigerate salsa until ready to eat. Serve with chips, over fish or on top of a salad!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/08/rainbow-watermelon-salsa/

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

 

 

Baked Zucchini Chips

Are you looking for a new way to use up your abundance of summer zucchini?! Bored of spiralizing, grilling or fritterizing (not sure this is even a word) zucchini? Baking thin slices of zucchini yields a flavorful and crunchy summertime snack! I love baking or dehydrating veggies and fruit this time of year, so many fun things, so little time.

This easy peasy crispy snack is a perfect addition to lunches for adults or little hands, especially with Back to School going on. It feels like it keeps creeping up earlier and earlier each year, is it just me?!  I have a feeling most parents are probably not too upset about this lol! The best part about making your own chips is that you don’t have to worry about questionable ingredients often found in processed, store-bought versions. Major score! Are you feeling a little more adventurous? Try adding your favorite spices into the mix such as chili powder or smoked paprika and try serving them up at your next party with your favorite dip, I love Guacamole my Red Pepper Dip or Paleo Hummus.

Sure you can buy zucchini chips at the store, but this way let’s you control the ingredients and is a much healthier way to get your snack on! When you cook these at a low temperature for a few hours, something magical happens! But, don’t forget to slice them thin so they can crisp up nicely & don’t crowd them on your pan, this is key! I had a blast creating this recipe with my friends over at Vitacost, head over there to SNAG THE RECIPE!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Whole30 Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Basil Aioli

I’m having a love affair with fries this month, first it was all about the Carnitas Street Fries and now these Baked Zucchini Fries are having a moment in my kitchen. I can’t say I’m mad about it though, healthier fries still taste amazing. Plus they take any meal from ordinary to somethin to talk about at the next neighborhood bbq :)

The best way to keep them crispy is to give them enough space on the pan. If you crowd them too much they will just steam and you won’t achieve that crispy exterior everyone loves. Slimy limp fries are just sad and no one wants that! I like to cut mine fairly thin so they cook up faster about 1/4” thick.

Baked zucchini fries were one of the very first recipes I made when I started eating Paleo. One bite and Matt and I were instantly in love! I remember thinking, if I can eat this on a Paleo diet, count me in! Have you had zucchini fries? And if you have, have you dipped them in a garlic basil aioli? Sweet serendipity they’re GOOD!

You can use my homemade easy mayo to make the aioli or a paleo/Whole30 friendly one you like to speed up the process. Just be prepared because when you add in the basil and garlic, magic will happen! Dunk your crispy fries into them and you will want to give me a big ol hug, or you can just email me to thank me lol!

Whole30 Baked Zucchini Fries with Garlic Basil Aioli

Ingredients

    For the baked zucchini fries:
  • 2-3 zucchini, washed & dried
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For the garlic basil aioli dip:
  • 4 tbs mayo
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Slice zucchini into even sized pieces about 1/4” thick.
  3. Grab 2 wide shallow bowls, add whisked eggs to one & then the almond flour & spices to another.
  4. Dip each squash fry into the egg wash & then dredge in the almond flour mix (use one hand for the egg & the other for the flour mix). Make sure to coat well & shake off any excess.
  5. Place fries onto parchment covered baking sheets with a nice amount of room between each one.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 mins or until browned & crispy, making sure to flip half way between.
  7. While fries are cooking mix together all aioli ingredients and refrigerate until fries are done. Dip baked zucchini fries into the aioli & enjoy!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/whole30-baked-zucchini-fries-with-garlic-basil-aioli/

Everything But The Bagel Whole30 Breakfast Sandwich

I used to get a ride to school from a friend my freshman year in high school. Her dad used to treat us to McDonald’s for breakfast almost EVERY…SINGLE.. DAY! I would, without fail, order the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit every time, face palm, it was my jam but my stomach didn’t agree at all. After I would shove the last bite quickly into my mouth, just before the bell rang, I would consistently end up with major gut issues. And that my friends is not a stellar way to start the school day, ever! It was like the Groundhogs Day movie, only worse lol! You think I would’ve caught on, but clearly I was clueless about how food impacted my health at that time in my life.

Fast forward to present day, and this is how I like to eat my breakfast sandwiches. On occasion I will make my Grainfree “Cornbread” Biscuits when I have a bit more time on my hands to prepare them, but this way is pretty darn special too!

The first time I tasted the Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, I knew this needed to come to fruition! I could picture how beautiful a portobello mushroom would be as the bun topped with this classic bagel seasoning! It has all the classic flavors you love and miss in a breakfast sammie. What I love even more is that this baby is Whole30 friendly and now that I’ve been staring at this picture for hours, I need to have one asap!

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and if you make this Everything But The Bagel Whole30 Breakfast Sandwich recipe and love it, please be sure to leave a comment! I absolutely love hearing from you and always do my best to respond to every one of you. Oh, and of course, if you do make this sandwich, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see and don’t forget to use the hashtag #paleopaparazzi I love looking at photos of recipes you all have made. It really makes my day!

Everything But The Bagel Whole30 Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 4-8 Portobello mushroom (use 8 if topping)
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Everything but the bagel sesame seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400° & line 2 baking sheets with foil, add a cooling rack to one.
  2. Lightly clean outside of mushrooms with a damp paper towel and remove stems (save to use in an omelet).
  3. Brush tops of mushroom with oil & lay top side down on pan with rack.
  4. Crack 1-2 eggs in each, whatever will fit.
  5. Line the other baking sheet with bacon & put them side by side in the oven (3rd rack from the bottom).
  6. Cook 15-25 mins. or until whites are cooked. Check bacon & pull out if ready before eggs. Dump out any excess moisture in mushrooms and dry with a paper towel if needed.
  7. Top eggs with bacon strips & sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning. Top with another portobello mushroom to make a full sandwich.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/everything-but-the-bagel-whole30-breakfast-sandwich/

 

 

 

 

Carnitas Sweet Potato Street Fries

Wow! This recipe has been a long time coming as so many of you requested I share it after teasing you for months on my instagram stories with it! I already had my Easy Instant Pot Carnitas recipe up, but I started making it this way pretty regularly on the weekend for Matt and I to grub down on, and…well…I wanted to pass on the love! When your husband tells you that you make sweet potato fries better than any restaurant, you pay attention! Then when he asks you for your secret, you know you have to pass on the goodness! Not to mention it is whole30 friendly, praise the food gods! You can make my Easy Classic Guacamole to top it with or just use store bought, although homemade is always better IMO!

I could tell you ALL the problems I had trying to take the photos, download them to my computer and then get the blog post up in time for Cinco De Mayo, but I won’t bore you with that story, lol! All I have to say is that when I run into that many problems getting a recipe up, I know that it”s going to be a good one! So with out further ado, here is the recipe sure to bring a fiesta to your weekend, whether you celebrate Cinco De Mayo or not!

Carnitas Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

    For the Sweet Potato Fries:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed & dried
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For the Chipotle Aioli sauce:
  • 4 tbs mayo
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Make the recipe for my Easy Carnitas , shred and refrigerate, crisp up in the oven just before serving.
  2. Make the recipe for my Classic Guacamole and refrigerate for later.
  3. Make the chipotle aioli sauce by adding all ingredients to a bowl and mix together well, refrigerate for later.
  4. Set oven to 425 degrees
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice sweet potatoes in half and then those halfs in half. Slice in to 1/4" strips and then into equal sized pieces. The smaller and more uniform you make them, the crispier and more evenly cooked they will be.
  7. Place an equal amount of sweet potato fries on both lined baking sheet, drizzle each pan with 1 tbs oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Mix well with hands, and make sure to give each fry enough space to crisp up, don't crowd them.
  9. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15 mins. and then flip. Check in 5 min increments from then on until fries are browned and crispy. Should take between 20-30 mins depending on how crispy you like them.
  10. Let cool until you can safely handle them . Add to serving plates, top with the crispy carnitas, guacamole and chipotle aioli sauce. Garnish with any other toppings you love and enjoy!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/carnitas-sweet-potato-street-fries/

Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Easy peasy guacamole for any day of the week! Because what is life without Guacamole?! As a native Californian if you don’t know how to make guacamole, people give you the stink eye, lol! This is such a great dip for grain free chips or veggies. I love to add to my Jicama Street Tacos or top on my Carnitas Fries for some extra goodness! This recipe is paleo and Whole30 Friendly too!

You basically just add the magical mixture of some pretty simple to find items and you will be in guacamole heaven! It’s easy peasy limey squeezy!

Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium avocados peeled & de-seeded
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced jalapeño (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime juice on top along with salt, pepper & cumin.
  3. Use a fork to mash avocados to the consistency of your liking.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño & garlic.
  5. Serve with chips, veggies or along with your favorite meal!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/05/easy-peasy-classic-guacamole/

 

 

 

 

Whole30 Chicken Salad BLT Avocado Cups

Fellow foodie meet your new bestie, Whole30 Chicken Salad BLT Avocado Cups! The easiest, most tasty, healthy meal evahhh!! Use a ready made compliant rotisserie chicken from your supermarket and all your wildest dreams will come true (name that movie) I know, I know, cheesy but kind of true! If you’ve ever done a Whole30 you know that easy meals can really save your life! And this one is waving at you, it’s destiny!

I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo to make this even more of a breeze, but you can always use my Easy Whole30 Mayo too! This one is great for those who want something uber delicious but also simple to assemble for any meal of the day! Pre-cook the bacon ahead of time in the oven and you will thank me! Oven bacon is the bees knees, trust mean this one! I added in roasted pistachios which aren’t traditionally in a BLT but they add a great crunch factor and just up the flavor profile, making your taste buds happy campers!

I had fun creating this recipe with my favorite peeps over at Vitacost . They always help make my life a walk in the park by carrying all of my favorite Paleo and Whole30 friendly ingredients to keep my kitchen stocked! They carry tons of organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO products, hallelujah! I’m so glad I found them!

I make these for my husband’s lunches because he adores them. When prepping them ahead of time make sure to squeeze some lemon juice on the tops of the avocados to keep them from browning. You can FIND THE RECIPE for these cuties over on the Vitacost website! You won’t even miss the bread, I pinky promise you!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.