Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans

For those who don’t know, this summer I’ve been working at Opal Basil, a fine dining restaurant in Mandeville, Louisiana. For the past couple of months, I feel like I’ve just been soaking it all up and I forget how far I’ve come. The first day that I worked in the kitchen, the knife honestly scared me. Not because it was sharp, but because I wasn’t comfortable with using it yet. Now I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen whenever Chef Rob needs me!

This is one recipe you will make over and over again. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans.

One of the things I love about the restaurant is its versatility. Every time I go in I’m surprised at what event we have to cook for and what we will be making. Each week we make over 100 pre-made Paleo meals for clients, and the menu just depends on what’s in season and what we have on hand. Some customers get meals for the whole week, or some get meals for just dinner each week. We always include a protein and a ton of vegetables…. 

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Testimonial Tuesday: Losing 85 Pounds with Paleo

Alexander’s story is truly inspiring! He decided to make a change and lost 85 pounds, through a Paleo Diet and exercise. Sometimes it just takes finding the right tools. 

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Throughout my life, I was never what you would consider thin. I always had a weight problem. I was the chubby, short boy who was chosen last for sports. I never thought about a way to change my life because I assumed that was who I was, and I needed to live with that.
I started high school and was always busy with musical theatre rehearsal or studying. I did not think about my weight until junior year when I started playing inline hockey with St. Paul’s School. I tried to lose weight. I hired a trainer hoping that working out would help me, but I didn’t know that the key ingredient was what I was eating before and after those workouts. Going into my senior year of high school, I weighed about 185 pounds, had a waist size of 36, and wore a 44S jacket. My weight didn’t fluctuate much over that year, and I weighed about the same when I started at Tulane University.
Tulane was when everything got worse. I dreaded the upcoming years knowing the “freshman 15” would soon turn into a reality. I tried exercising but studying for my Pre-Med classes and rehearsing for my musicals became so overwhelming that I resorted to eating very unhealthily. My diet consisted of processed foods loaded with high fructose corn syrup and sugar. I became accustomed to eating pizza in the cafeteria everyday with ice-cream for dessert. The “freshman 15” soon turned into the “college 80”. By the end of my junior year at Tulane I weighed around 265 pounds. I wore a size 44 pant and a jacket size of 50S. I was extremely heavy, but did not think anything of it. I was getting cast in roles that my weight worked for, and I wasn’t playing any sports that required me to be lighter. Then in May 2014, I knew something needed to change…. 

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Paleo Pork Wrap with Tomato, Feta, and Spinach

This is how lunch goes very often. What was for dinner last night? Oh yeah. Pork ribs. Do I want that again? …. No. How can I make it taste differently and delicious? And then new little recipes are born! 

 This Paleo Pork wrap is PERFECT for lunch. It's packed with flavor and easy to make.

The key to amazing Paleo recipes is to not be afraid to think outside the box. There’s no reason you have to eat grilled chicken and sweet potatoes every night, although I do that far too often. Because I like it. In this recipe I used local raised pork, local goat cheese (chèvre), organic spinach, and tomatoes from our family garden! It’s so exciting to go outside and pick a few tomatoes. I wrapped it all up in a Paleo Wrap. These wraps are going to be your favorite new staple, if you haven’t tried them already. 

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20 Grain Free Blueberry Recipes

 20 Grain Free Blueberry Recipes from the best Paleo bloggers.

Blueberry picking is one of my favorite parts about summer. This season my family has been picking blueberries at Blue Harvest Farms. Our friends actually own the place, and their blueberries are just wonderful! We have a ridiculous amount of blueberries from the past month and I figured I should compile the best Paleo recipes that include blueberries. Below are some grain free blueberry recipes from some of my favorite bloggers! Enjoy! … 

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Paleo Chocolate Smoothie

I didn’t know whether to call this a smoothie, frosty, milkshake or what? It truly tastes like a frosty, which is sort of a milkshake, but it’s made like a smoothie. So I called it a Paleo Chocolate Smoothie. But either way, it’s heavenly so please make it. This Paleo Chocolate Smoothie is just like dessert!

A lot of my recipes come from the following process. I try something at a restaurant. It tastes amazing. I want to make it at home. I keep making it until it tastes like the first thing I tried. The end. This recipe is similar to a smoothie I got at The Big Squeezy in Baton Rouge. It was called “The Awesomeness”, rightfully. 

The real trick to this recipe is to use a BlendTec blender. It is by far my favorite appliance in my kitchen. Not only can it make any smoothie have the perfect texture, but it also is good for blending soups, ice cream, nut butters, you name it…. 

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