Instant Pot Autumn Mash

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One of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is Roasted Garlic Autumn Root Vegetable Mash. Why? ’Cause it’s a feast for both the eyes and tastebuds. My original stovetop version is crazy delicious, but now that I’m a certified Instant Pothead, I was determined to create a shortcut to veggie mash nirvana using my Instant Pot. After some tinkering, I’ve come up with a simpler way to make my Autumn Mash in an electric pressure cooker! This Read more

Instant Pot Yankee Pot Roast

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Autumn’s here! Now that it’s sweater weather and my Ready or Not! book tour travels (and weeks of eating on-the-go) are slowly winding down, I’m craving hearty, home-cooked comfort foods. These days, I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than sharing a steaming bowl of meaty stew and veggies with friends and family. But if you’re like me, you don’t have the patience to babysit the stew while it simmers for hours on the stove or in the Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #70

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Dave and I are in a small trough of rest between my parents’ visit to Prague and our upcoming trip to Venice—where we’ll explore for a few days on our own, then be reunited with my mom and dad for a bit before they head back to the States. We’re resting a lot, reading great books (currently very enthralled with REAMDE by Neal Stephenson), and eating healthy food after the beer-cake-schnitzel apocalypse of the last 10 days. (I Read more

Lamb Tagine with Potatoes and Toasted Almonds

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The word tagine (tajine, الطاجين) is both the name of a North African stew, and the conical earthenware pot in which it is usually cooked. The use of ceramics in North Africa was the result of Roman influence, and these dishes have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Tagine pots are unique in that they trap steam and return the condensed liquid to the dish, enabling chefs to make tender foods with minimal added water, which is ideal in areas Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #69

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As you’re reading this, my parents are visiting us in the Czech Republic for the first time. In fact, right now, this minute, we’re on a little get-away to the town of Český Krumlov, probably sitting by the river and—I hope—eating some lovely dark chocolate and sipping a decaf americano. The town of Český Krumlov looks like it popped off the pages of a fairytale. See? As you know, my family loves to eat, so we’ve taken my Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #68

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We’ve been planning it since before Dave and I even moved to Prague. It necessitated the creation of a 6-page notated itinerary and 15 reservations. And it is awesome. It’s the Epic Prague Staycation. It starts tomorrow when my parents arrive in Prague! We’re taking them to many of our favorite places: Vyšehrad, the farmer’s market, Café Savoy, Český Krumlov—plus the must-see spots in Prague that are still a treat for us: Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #67

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I had a pretty big adventure last week! The headline is: I’m fine, and dehydration is really bad. I caught some kind of stomach virus last Sunday night/Monday morning, and by midday Monday, I was down for the count. I had an elevated temperature (102.2F), nausea, headache, body aches… the whole schlemiel. I couldn’t even keep water in my tummy, and that leads to Very Bad Things. Like crying and rapid breathing and tingling in Read more

Macadamia-Crusted Sriracha Ranch Salmon

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Looking to do something more exciting with salmon fillets? Make my Macadamia-Crusted Sriracha Ranch Salmon, one of the brand new recipes from the “Kinda Ready” section of our brand-new cookbook, Ready or Not!  I recently flew down to Los Angeles to shoot a few recipes from our new book with my pals at Tastemade, and one of them was this tasty salmon dish paired with Roasted Ginger Sesame Broccoli—also from our new book. You know about Tastemade, Read more

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I realize that this recipe’s title starts with the word “spaghetti”, but make no mistake about it – the meatballs are the star of this week. Since first developing this meatball recipe for Paleo Takeout, we’ve made it often, at least monthly. There are a few little touches that make the meatballs just perfect: a mix of beef and pork so that the meat flavor is prominent but not overwhelming, egg yolks for Read more

‘Almost’ Amba

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Traditional amba is a sort of pickle condiment made from mango and spices. It originated in Iraq, but is also found in Israel and India, where it shows up in street food like falafel, shawarma, and sabich (a sandwich made of hard boiled eggs, eggplant, pickles, and tahini sauce). I’m not ashamed to admit it: After reading about sabich and amba sauce, I became a little obsessed. I’d never eaten either of these things, and I needed to know how they Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #66

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The temperatures have cooled off here in Prague, and now I want to eat all the things. It’s such a relief to have my appetite back. That was scary! I mean, who ever heard of a cookbook author that doesn’t want to eat?! Now that I feel like stuffing food into my mouth again, I’ve collected recipes that I think are particularly tempting because they embody contrasts: sweet and savory, hot and cool, healthy and delicious. Wishing Read more

Paleo Chicken Chow Mein

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Just ’cause I’m currently dashing around the country on my Ready or Not! book tour doesn’t mean I can’t serve up a recipe for Paleo Chicken Chow Mein! Eager Nomsters who preordered our brand new cookbook, Ready or Not!, and submitted the form for extra thank-you gifts before August 1 already have this recipe—it was included in our exclusive One and Done e-book of hassle-free one-pot/one-pan meals. That goodie has expired, but I figured this chow Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #65

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We’re melting in Prague this week! It hit the low 90s (34C!) and now it’s hovering in the high-and-humid 80s. This makes me wilty and grumpy. Even a walk along the river couldn’t turn my day around yesterday because every step was a burning inferno. I’ve been spending as much time as possible reading a book directly in front of the fan. I’ve currently got three books going at once: The Secret History of Jane Eyre Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #64

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I finally found the right gym for me here in Prague, and last week, I lifted heavy things for the first time in—I’m embarrassed to say how long it’s been, but since I’m among friends—eight months. It felt great to get under the barbell and play with the kettlebells. It’s comforting to know the language might be different and the weights are in kilograms, but the barbell across my shoulders feels just the same. It was both challenging and Read more

Paleo Hiyashi Chūka (Cold “Ramen” Salad)

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This week’s sweltering summer heat made me crave the chilled Asian noodle salads from my pre-Paleo days (my “salad days,” pun intended), so I decided to make a Paleo Hiyashi Chūka (a.k.a. Cold “Ramen” Salad). What’s hiyashi chūka, you ask? In short, it’s a refreshing summertime ramen salad—cold noodles served with a vibrant assortment of colorful toppings and seasoned with a chilled tare sauce, a sweet, umami-packed soy sauce flavored with Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #63

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We spent last week in Berlin, visiting one of our favorite people (Hi, Tillie!), immersing ourselves in history, and eating all the food. Currywurst! Nutella! Vietnamese pho! Thai Curry! Roasted pork knuckle and sauerkraut! (And cake… ssshhhh.) Read all about our Berlin adventures here (including Turkish food at Defne. So good so good so good.). It’s such a delight to eat food from one country while surrounded by the language of another. Since I Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #62

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I had way too much fun last week—and it was awesome. (Or, as I’d say in Czech: Super! Výborný!) The Cult show at the Roxy put an extra bit of attitude in my step when I went walking on the naplavka with my headphones in my ears. But that meant I was playing catch-up with food and rest all week. And now we’re on our way to Berlin—I’m actually writing this on a big yellow autobus on the highway between Prague and Berlin—to visit a dear friend for Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #61

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Whelp. I’m tired again (still?!).  Due to a quirk in scheduling—rather than a deliberate intention to see a lot of live music and stay up late all during one thrilling week—since last Tuesday, we’ve seen Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena, the stage version of Amadeus with live orchestra (in the theater where Mozart premiered “Don Giovani” in 1787 and the film Amadeus was shot [!]), and The Cult in a basement rock club. Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #60

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It’s been another week of new things and fun things! I met a friend-of-a-friend for ginger lemonade, went to a free yoga class at 7:00 a.m. at the top of Vyšehrad, screamed and danced at a Foo Fighters concert at the O2 arena (so fun and easy to just take the metro!), and successfully ordered my whole meal in Czech at a restaurant. And now my introversion wants me to sit still and be quiet. Which is actually kind of nice because I’m Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #59

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We’ve hit a very summery stretch of weather here in Prague—clear, sunny skies and temps in the 80s (and now I know how to turn that into Celsius! Subtract 50 and divide by 2 for a rough approximation). I’ve been relying on salads, slow cooker recipes, and picnic foods to help us stay cool at meal time. Every day is a good day for a picnic! Last night, Dave and I packed a charcuterie picnic (little sausages, pepperoni sticks, a slice of paté, a Read more