Monday, December 21, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Sweet and Salty Plantain Bark

I have a love-hate relationship with this recipe.  It is probably one of the yummiest things I've ever made.  Seriously.  But the problem is--I can't eat just one piece!  I keep going back for more.  This stuff is dangerous.  My boyfriend and I keep calling it Paleo crack.  Read further only if you dare...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: A Paleo-ish Thanksgiving

Having lived far from my family for over a decade, navigating the holidays in unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable circumstances can be hard.  Showing up at a friend's family Thanksgiving dinner.  Or going to a current boyfriend's family gathering, where the uncertainty of the direction of your relationship may be compounded by the discomfort of finding your place in the potential new family in-law.  

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Fall weather has finally descended on the Bay Area after an uncomfortably warm September and October.   This is my favorite season--hands down. I just love the chill in the air and the leaves changing colors.  Something about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: Paleo at Disneyland

Me and my friend Ariana at Disneyland.
Last weekend, I went to Disneyland for the first time.  Ever.  Hey, age 35 is better than never, right?!?  Right!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce

Have you got a bunch of leftover apples and not sure what to do with them?  Well, look no further folks, I've got the recipe for you...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Party Guacamole

This is my most favorite recipe to take to parties. It's quick, easy, and simple.  Oh and award winning--that is if you count a guacamole contest at a friend's apartment.  Hey--the competition was steep and I prevailed!  Haha.  I won an assortment of Trader Joe's goodies and a tote bag.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Quick Tip: Collagen Tea

So, this is the beginning of a new type of blog post.  I'm calling them "quick tips."  Little tidbits of advice I've gathered along my Paleo journey that i'm going to share with you.  The first one today is--collagen tea.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: myPaleoPal App

The myPaleoPal Dashboard.
 Today I'm going to talk about a new addition for your Paleo toolbox:  myPaleoPal!  Feeling a little lonely on your Paleo journey?  Wishing you had some peeps doing Paleo with you?  Enter the myPaleoPal app.  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Spicy Tomato Butter Sauce

Spicy Tomato Butter Sauce

Are you in the market for a great sauce for your Paleo-friendly "pasta" alternatives like zoodles or spaghetti squash?  Well then, do I have the recipe for you.  It's so crazy simple and packs such a flavor punch that you won't be buying jarred sauce again.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: When You're Going Through Hell...

There’s this saying you may have heard of, ”When you’re going through hell, keep going...” by Winston Churchill.  Well, it may not have been from Winston Churchill.  It's origin is uncertain.  I learned it in the context of working in family law; and it was advice my boss doled out to divorcing clients often. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Lemon Butter Shrimp with Paleo Pesto "Sauce" and Spaghetti Squash

I just love it when recipes just sort of write themselves.  And that's pretty much what happened with this recipe.  It looks pretty luxurious folks, but really, this dish is so simple to make.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: Julian Bakery Protein Bars--Yay or Nay?

Julian Bakery Paleo Protein Bars

You may have heard that i'm in the market for a tasty Paleo protein bar apart from my trusty old Epic Bar favorites.  So, when I saw an advertisement for a Paleo-compliant protein bar that was "glazed donut" flavored, I stopped in my tracks.  And then ordered immediately.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Paleo-Friendly Basil Pesto

I'm not reinventing the wheel here.  I'll say that. Rather, i'm painting the wheel pretty pastel colors and bedazzling it.  There are about a thousand different pesto recipes out there.   But hey, they aren't all Paleo, right?  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Basic Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

This really isn't a recipe.  It's more of like a "how to" cook something, you know?  But as I begin to build recipes using the basics, having these instructions down is kinda necessary.  Seems a little unfair for me to assume you all just know how to roast up a spaghetti squash.  I know I didn't before I started Paleo.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Paleo Duck Confit

Paleo Duck Confit
A decadent meal great for a special occasions.

I've been on a big duck kick lately.  It seems to give me so much energy, so it's becoming my go-to protein of choice when I want to make something a little special.  Well--that and I just like experimenting with new types of food.  Ever since I vacationed in Paris in February, I've been dying to recreate some of the amazing duck dishes enjoyed there.  And so, I endeavored to re-create duck confit.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Paleo Protein Smoothie

Paleo Protein Smoothie
It's a satisfying and delicious Paleo Protein Smoothie
For about the past month or so, I've been at a weight loss plateau.  I have 5 to 7 more pounds I'd love to lose, but I'm also at the place with my body where if that doesn't happen, I'd be okay with that too.  To try to break past the block, I decided to change things up with my diet and exercise.  And so, this Paleo Protein Smoothie became part of that revamp.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: Exo Paleo Protein Bars with Cricket Flour

Exo Protein Bars with Cricket Flour
Exo Protein Bars with Cricket Flour

I have so many recipes that are just floating around in my brain and not enough time get them down and photographed.  Some things I've got in the works are a simple duck confit, seared duck breast with fig sauce, and lemon butter shrimp over spaghetti squash with a broccoli/cauli puree "pesto" sauce.  I'm finding that eating duck is giving me tons of energy.  I always feel great after I have it, so I'm trying to incorporate more of it into my diet.  I'm so looking forward to getting these recipes down and onto the blog!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Mussels in a Thai Style Broth

Mussels in a Thai Style Broth
The inspiration for this dish came from a restaurant that my boyfriend and I frequent. Sound like a familiar theme?  Haha. Yep.  I love trying new things and then trying to recreate them at home.  Anyway, this restaurant serves the best mussels in a coconut milk and lemongrass broth. So, yummy!  So, I thought I'd give it a go at home.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: The Girl with the Blue Plastic Mitt

Have you ever tried to remember the exact moment you started to define yourself?  That instant when you "knew" you were decidedly one thing and not something else.  It's hard to remember, isn't it? I know I can't remember.  But at some point, I decided I was not an athletic person.  That definition dictated a whole host of choices in my life.  However, my recent experience in joining a boot camp has turned everything I thought I knew about myself upside down.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: What to do When You're Sick on Paleo

Comfort foods you normally eat when sick and have a fever aren't Paleo.  Saltine crackers.  Nope. Chicken noodle soup.  Nah.  Not that either.  Even orange juice and ginger ale don't work on Paleo. While bacon might be wonderful for adding flavor to so many dishes, it isn't something you'd want to eat when you are in the throes of a raging, appetite -suppressing fever.  So, just what should you eat when you are sick and trying to stay Paleo?    

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: Paleo is a Journey, Not a Destination

I thought I had most of it figured out.  I'd done the elimination phase of Paleo many times and then re-introduced foods.  I thought I knew.  You know?  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Minted Pea Puree

Pea Puree with Mint

If you've read any of my recipe posts, you know I love purees.  And so today, I introduce to you my newest puree of choice:  minted pea puree.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jamie's Thoughts: I Gained and Lost Weight Eating Paleo -- What Gives?!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I came to Paleo to lose weight. I did.  But I stayed for the nutrient-dense, healthy, happy, super energy-filled lifestyle it affords me.  I feel great.  But--I did not lose weight on Paleo, at least not at first.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: Epic Bar Chicken Sriracha Flavors and More!

Epic Bar Chicken Sriracha

Here we have another product review blogpost.  I'm pretty excited about this one because Epic Bar has yet again put out some new Paleo-friendly snack options.  And i'm here to report back...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: Chocolate Mint Honey Patties

Yummy, yummy.  Chocolate mints!

This post is going to be a short one, folks.  It's shaping up to be a busy, busy week.  I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite sweet treats--chocolate mint honey patties.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Banana Flour

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Banana Flour
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Made with Banana Flour!  Yum!  
I always like to share my inspiration for a recipe.   This banana flour cookie recipe came about because I don't tolerate almond flour well.  I've made Against All Grain's Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies many times.  And they are delicious, but it's always apparent to me that nut flour does not work for me.  Plus, I could never get the cookies to come out to a smooth texture using the nut flour.  And so, I decided to create a recipe of my own.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Black Sapote (aka Chocolate Pudding Fruit) Pudding

Black Sapote (aka Chocolate Pudding Fruit) Pudding
I have been on the hunt for Black Sapote, also known as “Chocolate Pudding Fruit” for so long.  I finally got to try it for the first time AND I created a quick little recipe for maximum pudding fruit enjoyment.  Yum!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Easy Peasy Pico de Gallo

pico de gallo

Folks:  Pico de gallo is so easy to make, it's almost illegal to buy it pre-made from the grocery store.  Seriously.  The few minutes you take to buy the fresh produce and chop the veggies yourself are paid back to you in fresh burst of flavor cool and spicy flavor.  I love pico de gallo.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Product Review: Liver + Beef and Sea Salt Epic Bar

Epic bar beef liver and sea salt.
Epic bar:  Beef, Liver, and Sea Salt!

I was so excited to learn that Epic bar was offering a new product:   Epic Bar Beef + Liver and Sea Salt.  How exciting!  A great way to eat some nutrient dense organ meat on the go.  I'm still learning how to prepare organ meat and it takes time to get used to.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Barbacoa

Paleo pork barbacoa tacos
Yummy tacos!

This recipe is oh-so delicious!  I made it for Super Bowl Sunday and had to share.  I adapted it from Eating for Idiots Barbacoa Recipe.  If you are missing those regular trips to Chipotle since you've gone Paleo:  Fear not.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fagan Eats Paleo Recipe: How to Make Healing, Healthy Bone Broth in a Slow Cooker

Crock Pot Bone Broth

Every Paleo food blogger's got their own bone broth recipe. It's kind of a must. This is the recipe I've finally settled on after having made it oh-so many times. I not only love the flavor of it, but the recipe is super easy to make. But before I give you a recipe, here are a few tips on making bone broth:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jamie’s Thoughts: Is Traveling Paleo? A Tale of Two Trips

Is traveling Paleo?!
A couple weeks ago, I returned from my annual trip back East for the holidays, and this time (finally!), I’m falling right back into my Paleo routine.  That’s probably because I never abandoned it while I was on the trip.  But I’m getting ahead of myself here.