Paleo + Whole 30 Chili

Normally I prefer to make any sort of chili, beef or stew in the crock pot–it’s just so easy to set it and come home to a ready-made meal at the end of the day. This chili, however, only takes about 10 minutes to chop and prep everything and then 15 minutes of active time at the stove (browning the meat, adding in the ingredients). You then can let it simmer while you clean up the kitchen…. or kick back with a glass of wine (La Croix if you’re on Whole 30)!

Paleo/Whole 30 Chili // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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Grilled Burgers with Hashbrown Cakes (Whole 30)

If you live in the north, you know that 50 degree weather in March calls for grilling out, which is exactly what we did this past weekend. Even if it is dark at 6:00 pm. The flavorful burgers sandwiched between crisp hashbrown cakes made summer feel like it was that much closer. Continue reading

Paleo/Whole 30 Broccoli Salad

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t spend a lot of time each week planning out lunches. Instead, I plan dinners that are large enough to have leftovers to make lunch out of the next day. On Sundays, though, I do like to make a big batch of something to supplement those leftovers at lunch. Lately, this broccoli salad has been on rotation (I double the recipe).

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Modified Monday: Noodles & Co “Penne” Rosa

Since there is no penne pasta in this recipe, I probably cannot call it “Penne Rosa.” But I don’t know what else to call it. So here we go. 

As you may know, on Mondays I like to share standard recipes I’ve modified to be Paleo and/or Whole 30 approved. This week is a pretty simple one, but I wanted to share it anyways to show you how easy it is to make small tweaks to your favorite recipes to make them healthier.

This recipe from Wholefully is a recreation of Noodles and Co’s Penne Rosa. It’s actually a really great start–I only made a few modifications. The most obvious one is swapping out the pasta since grains are a no-no on Paleo. The swaps I’ve made make this recipe both Paleo and Whole 30 compliant.

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Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with “Buttercream” Frosting

Paleo baking can be a bit overwhelming at first–having to replace everything in your pantry with Paleo-friendly items such as almond flour, coconut flour, cassava flour, coconut sugar, maple sugar, etc. Luckily, Simple Mills has made things easy with their Paleo almond flour baking mixes. You can find these mixes on Thrive, at Whole Foods and even Target.

I recently used their Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix to whip up some chocolate cupcakes for Cody on Valentine’s Day. I added in unsweetened shredded coconut for some extra flavor.

But what is a cupcake without frosting? While organic grassfed butter is typically considered “okay” on the Paleo diet, I did not have any on hand so needed to come up with an alternative to buttercream frosting–and I think this shortening, coconut cream and coconut sugar concoction does the trick!

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Tangy Paleo and Whole30 BBQ Sauce

In the winter, I make some sort of roast once per week. My favorite is a nice pork roast with BBQ sauce, served over a sweet potato and topped with coleslaw.


Have you ever tried to find BBQ sauce in the store without sugar in it? Nearly impossible (except for TesseMaes). Luckily, making your own sauce isn’t too difficult and much more cost-effective.

Since this sauce uses dates rather than honey, it is not only Paleo, but also Whole30 Compliant. You could also use a bit of unsweetened apple sauce in place of the dates.

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Modified Monday: Paleo/Whole 30 Chick-Fil-A Grilled Nuggets + Dipping Sauce

On Mondays, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite non-Paleo recipes that I’ve made a few tweaks to make them Paleo. This one, in particular, also happens to be Whole 30 approved.

On the surface, Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets seem like a safe choice, but one quick look at the ingredients list will prove you wrong: soybean oil, modified corn starch, sugar, cane molasses (sugar) and dextrose (more sugar)—all things you should avoid in general, but are definitely not allowed on Whole 30. Luckily, a quick Google search brought me to this homemade version from Girls Can Grill.

Paleo + Whole 30 Chick Fil A Nuggets and Dipping Sauce // Modified Monday // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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What I ate in… Ft Lauderdale, FL

I travel frequently for work, so I thought it would be fun to do some “What I ate in….” type posts. I think these types of posts will be helpful for two reasons: one, to give you some good food recommendations if you happen to be traveling to these cities and two, to show how easy it is to eat well and make some modifications while dining out or traveling.

Unfortunately, for this time around, I thought of the idea for the post after the fact, so I don’t have many pictures. Hopefully the descriptions do it justice – I ate very well there!

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Paleo (and Whole30) Costco Staples

I shop at Costco once a week and the items they carry constantly rotate, so I’m always finding new things (and spending too much money!). I’ll usually do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, HyVee or Trader Joe’s on the weekend and then make a stop at Costco during the week after the gym. It’s easily the most cost effective option (at least in our area) for staples like organic chicken and eggs.

In the future, I’ll do “What I bought at Costco” type posts with some of the new items I find. This list, for the most part, are the items I find in my cart regularly.

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