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The Easiest Taco Salad You’ll Ever Make: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30 Taco Alternative

12 Mar

I love taco salad. I always have and I doubt that will ever change. It can be tough to eat Mexican now because I choose not to eat cheese, sour cream, beans, corn or tortilla chips but I recently found a surprisingly easy and delicious alternative to tacos. You’re going to love how easy this is. It’s not going to seem like a lot but the taste combination is AMAZING. The spices give this recipe that traditional spicy kick and the avocado provides the creaminess while the tomato adds acidity and sauciness. Feast your taste buds on this:

The  Easiest Taco Salad You’ll Ever Make


Total Time:  15 minutes

Servings: 4


1 lb ground Beef

2 T all natural taco mix or make your own

1 head iceberg lettuce (torn into bite-size pieces or shredded)

1 large tomato (chopped)

1 avocado (sliced or chopped)

salt to taste

Optional: Black olives


This is the taco mix I use and I found it at a local natural food store.


  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium frying pan.
  2. When cooked through, drain the fat and then add 1/2 c water and 2 T taco mix.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid reduces.
  4. While the beef is simmering, you can chop and prep your veggies then add your lettuce into 4 medium size bowls.
  5. Add the beef to the lettuce and layer the tomato, avocado and black olives (optional).
  6. That’s it! Enjoy this super filling, healthy and tasty taco alternative.

Idea: You may want to add a crunch to this … I’d love to hear any ideas on a Paleo-friendly crunchy option. I didn’t find myself missing a crunchy aspect because it’s so gosh darn good but if you think of one, share your suggestion in the comments below.

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Wasn’t that easy? Now it’s time to feast …

~ Kate

Easy Pumpkin Pancakes (Paleo and Gluten-Free)

5 Mar

Last night I was having trouble sleeping because I just couldn’t turn my thoughts off. I was thinking about my to-do list for the next day and what I was going to eat. LOL That sounds funny … but I seriously was! I was thinking that I was bored with bacon and wanted to try something other than bacon or eggs (probably because I had breakfast for dinner the other night so I was feeling overloaded.) Then it hit me: Pumpkin Pancakes! A few months ago, I saw a recipe for pumpkin pancakes in my Practical Paleo cookbook but had never made them … So, this morning, I did!

They were really good. I didn’t have vanilla extract but they still turned out really well (although thin) and next time I will definitely try the variation with banana because who doesn’t like banana pancakes?! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Click here for estimated nutrition facts.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
YIELD: Approximately 8 small pancakes or 2 servings.


  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
    You may use canned, boxed, or fresh. The recipe works just-right with canned and yields a delicate pancake.
  • optional: 1-2 Tbsp of coconut flour
    To keep the consistency a bit thicker/firmer if you use boxed, or freshly cooked and strained pumpkin, you may need the coconut flour. If you use it, I recommend sifting it into the wet ingredients slowly to combine it well.
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
    Leave this out if you are eating these while on the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice/nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt


  • Whisk the eggs, canned pumpkin, pure vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup together. Sift the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and baking soda into the wet ingredients.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, mix the butter into the batter.
  • Grease the skillet and spoon the batter into the skillet to make pancakes of your desired size. When a few bubbles appear, flip the pancakes once to finish cooking.
  • Serve with grass-fed butter and cinnamon or sliced bananas.

Change it up:

  • Instead of adding maple syrup to sweeten this recipe, try adding a mashed, whole ripe banana to the mixture. If you add a banana, the yield will increase.

    This recipe originally appeared on BalancedBites.com.

~ Kate

Stop Counting Calories.

1 Mar

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Right now one of my recipes is being considered for a leading national women’s magazine. It’s really exciting! I hope my recipe gets picked and when it does, I will be sure to share the good news with you. Even though I’m excited to be considered and I really hope my recipe gets in the feature, there’s a part of me that’s very frustrated. And that’s what I want to talk to you about today …

As a part of this recipe submission process, you have to provide the nutritional value for your dish. Of course, that’s not an odd request, people want to know what’s in your recipe — duh and no problem. I wasn’t worried because I make really healthy food. I eat SUPER healthy. You see it throughout my posts. So, I found a nutrition calculator online, input my ingredients and # of servings and sent the values to the editor.

Houston, we have a problem.

I quickly received an email from the editor asking to verify the nutritional information because the calories per serving and fat content seemed ‘rather high’ and she just wanted to double check. All of the sudden it hit me: Most people still count calories! WTH people! You are seriously still counting calories? Yes, you are! Stop it. Stop it right now. If you’re eating healthy and putting unprocessed, honest to goodness natural stuff in your body, you do NOT have to count calories. I repeat, you DO NOT HAVE TO COUNT CALORIES. So, just stop it.

I was able to rework the numbers and servings to a point where an ‘average’ person (calorie counter) wouldn’t be alarmed and I think we should be good to go. The whole experience just made me sad. It was a reminder that the majority of the population is focusing on the wrong things. I can’t point the finger without pointing it first at me though. I counted calories before. I did the whole points thing. I tried pre-portioned meals. Then, I found freedom in eating real food. Now, I will never go back.

Set yourself free from the guilt and condemnation that comes from counting calories. Eat veggies, fruit, meat, nuts and healthy oils. Cut out the junk. Do it for your body, mind and spirit. Do it for your family. Do it for you.

I love you and I want something better for you. There is life beyond calorie counting.

~ Kate