Paleo Beef Jerky

My hubby is and always was a jerky lover. When he finally joined me on the paleo journey one of the first things he asked me to make him was some jerky. I’ve made it quite a few times since then. This recipe is a mix of flavours that I always go back to.

This paleo beef jerky recipe is simple to make and is great to have on hand as a snack, whether you’re trying to up your protein, makes snacks that are cost-effective, or just need something convenient to take away camping. It’s also suitable if you are following the Whole30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD).

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Food For Thought – Carbs

I constantly have people telling me they couldn’t eat Paleo. They couldn’t live without their carbs. They love their pasta too much. Really? They love those grain based products, like pasta and rice, that have been processed, have sugars added…. oh and have no taste? These ‘food like’ products are the ones that you want to hang on to and aren’t willing to give up?

Would you eat your spaghetti with nothing on it?

We cover our carbs with flavoursome fats and proteins and talk about how much we love our carbs. There’s no way that we could give them up. But, would you eat them by themselves? Would you eat a piece of toast with no butter or jam? Would you eat pasta with no marinara sauce and meatballs? Would you eat that burger if it was just the bun? Continue reading

Paleo Friendly Camping Foods.

We are heading off soon on a camping trip with friends, including 9 kids. Its become an annual trip. We head to some of the most gorgeous places around our state and enjoy getting back to basics and spending time outdoors having good old fun.

So I’ve been planning and preparing food for the trip. When your Paleo you aren’t happy to just pick up some processed convenience food on the way. Some extra thought needs to be given to the supplies you take. There will be a lot of bbq’d meat and salad for sure, but hopefully there is lots of freshly caught seafood to throw on the grill as well.

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Just a sample of this gorgeous state.

So I thought I would share with you some of the recipes that I prepare to take with me, to keep everyone fuelled on. With lots of kids, snacks are a must. Especially when they will be spending all their time swimming, running, digging, exploring, and riding bikes (I’m sure there will be more). Thats a lot of energy that will need to be replaced.

Here is what I am planning to make and take this year:

Big O Burgers – wrap them in a lettuce leaf with tomato, avocado and some paleo mayo…my favourite.
Marinated Rump Steaks – I freeze the steak once marinated and then once defrosted its full of flavour.
Lots of Eggs & Bacon – nothing better than the smell of bacon first thing in the morning.
Chunky Monkey Muffins – these are a great snack, but are also fun for a breakfast alternative to bacon and eggs.
Choc & Fruit Protein Balls – instant burst of energy for busy little people.
Dips – make an easy small lunch option.
Paleo Mayo – perfect for topping those big o burgers and grilled meats.
Basil & Spinach Pesto – to liven up some salads or even to flavour some of that freshly caught seafood.
Dehydrated Fruit – is a great snack, easy to carry and store while camping and light to take if out for a walk.

There’s more I’m sure, but these seem to be my staples to take. I will include the essentials like salt, pepper, lemons and asian five spice, which all add lovely flavours to seafood. Lets hope they are lucky, I’m looking forward to that freshly caught squid and fish, but we will have plenty if lucks not with us.

I don’t mind taking all the food, or even doing a lot of the cooking. At least I know I wont regret any of the food choices I am making, and I will know how the food was prepared.

When we get back I’ll share some of the highlights for you. In the mean time, make sure to keep trying those Paleo Challenge meals and let me know what you think of them.

Brooke x

Banana & Coconut Chia Pudding

As I have mentioned before, breakfast can be one of the harder meals to add variety to when switching over to Paleo. Western diets have taught us to think of breakfast as cereal, toast, porridge and eggs on the weekend.

Shifting from that thought pattern is one of the hardest things I faced to begin with, but once I did, breakfast offered a whole lot more variety.

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Chocolate & Fruit Protein Balls

Now I know there are so many energy ball combinations out there, something for everyones taste. I made up some this morning that really are so yummy you will struggle to stop at one.

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