Tag Archives: paleo

What is a Jicama and how do you cook with it? Paleo Potato Alternative!

15 May

It’s video time again! Can you believe I churned out two videos, two weeks in a row?! I can’t. Ha! Well, I’ve known about Jicama for a while now and had heard that people use it as a Paleo potato alternative but hadn’t tried it myself. They’re kinda of hard to find at my local grocer and when I do see them they look like they’re on their last leg.

During my last trip to the grocery store, I found a seemingly perfect one! So, I decided to make a video introducing you to this odd looking fellow (yes, I think it’s a boy) and share some examples of how you can eat/cook it. I’m only going from what I’ve heard and seen in recipe books as I haven’t tried it myself yet.

Have you cooked with Jicama or even used it fresh? I’m very curious and looking for recipes as I experiment with my own … Let me know. Also, please enjoy this little intro I put together for you. He’s cute in a rough and tubby kind of way.

P.S. Are you following me on Pinterest yet? Let’s pin together!

~ Kate :)

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Best Sausage Spice Mix EVER + Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms (Whole30, Paleo)

28 Mar

Hi Guys :)

The sun is shining over here in Ohio-land and my spirits are feeling lifted. It’s day #4 of the ‘Dirty 30’ Whole30 challenge and I think the hardest part for me has been going without sugar. I’m amazed at how much sugar I gradually incorporated into my diet. Maple Syrup, honey, fruit and dark chocolate are all things that are allowed when eating Paleo and I guess I really was relying on sweet things. It’s crazy!

So, that’s been difficult but I know that if I starve my body from those sweet things for just a few days, it will start to go away. My past experience with the Whole30 was that by day 14 I felt no real food temptation to speak of and towards the end, I was barely having 2 servings of fruit a day. Our bodies are so amazing! It’s really awesome how we can train our bodies and minds to positively change.

Today I wanted to take a minute to share a really easy recipe that is Whole30 approved and is SO GOOD. It’s inspired by the Balanced Bites Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, which  can be found in their amazing cookbook.


Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Adapted from the Balanced Bites cookbook.


  • Sausage Spice Mix (from the Balanced Bites Cookbook)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 T bacon fat
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Baby bella mushroom caps (6-12 depending on how many people you’re feeding)
  • 1/4 of a red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 zucchini, minced



  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, cook the bacon fat  in a medium skillet. Add the pork and sausage seasoning, cooking through.
  3. Take the mushrooms caps and wash them off, pull out the stems and place them on a baking sheet, bottom down. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Once the sausage is cooked, add the garlic, peppers and zucchini let it cook together until the peppers are soft (5-10 minutes.)
  5. Turn the mushrooms cup side up and fill each with the sausage mixture.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes (until the sausage gets brown and crunchy but not burnt)
  7. Enjoy!

~ Kate

How to Start the Whole30: What is It? What Can I Eat? + Recipes!

23 Mar

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It’s time to get down and dirty … It’s time for the Whole30!

Or, “Dirty 30,” which is what I’m calling this next Whole30 adventure that begins Monday. There’s a group of us getting ready to take the plunge for the first or second time and … it’s going to ROCK. I’m excited!

My first Whole30 experience was back in August and it was amazing. I want to encourage you to join me on this next challenge and this post is going to provide you with the tools you need to change your body and mind forever. Remember, if you choose to do this, it is your CHOICE. You are not being restricted. It’s not something you HAVE to do. Instead, you are choosing to treat your body well and reap amazing health benefits for your mind and body. You may even lose some pounds along the way :)

So … Are you ready? The choice is yours. I hope you choose to join us. It’s just 30 days.

What is the Whole30?

Read the official description here.

What can I eat?

Simply put, you can eat: veggies, meat, seafood, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.  Focus on foods that are completely unprocessed or have only a few ingredients to help ensure you’re making the right choices. Have a question regarding whether an ingredient is Whole30 approved? See the full list here or check the Whole9Life forum here or do a quick Google search.


  • Sugars of all kinds
  • Alcohol/ Tobacco
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
  • White potatoes


  • Check out my video on Whole30 kitchen essentials to help you with your grocery shopping.
  • Here’s a shopping list you can use as a guide from Whole9Life
  • You can buy Whole30 guide, “It Starts with Food,” here.
  • Here’s a list of meal planning resources.
  • and see what other cookbooks I recommend here.
  • Like and visit my Facebook page for daily updates, ideas and inspiration
  • You can sign-up to receive daily emails to guide you through your journey

Meal Planning

Here are some Whole30 Approved breakfast and lunch/dinner ideas to get you started.


Lunch / Dinner

I will be sharing more recipe ideas as we go along and feel free to share your favorite Whole30 approved recipes as well. Let’s DO THIS!

~ Kate