To Do List: Cook! Eat! Enjoy!

It's not the best kept secret that I'm not your every day Emril in the kitchen. (Lagasse - for those of you who are less culinary savvy than I am). In fact, I once had a date tell me that our "relationship" (mind you, we had only met an hour earlier), was at the end of it's road because he was, in fact, looking for someone who could cook. Ouch! I think I went home and stood in the kitchen barefoot just to prove that I could. Just kidding. Back to the point - I wouldn't stand a chance on any of those cooking competition shows on cable. It certainly doesn't stop me from watching them, but seriously!? How do those home cooks do it without a recipe? As a single girl cooking for one, I do a pretty darn good job. I have my favorites that I whip up on a weekly basis, but since going Paleo in 2014, I've had to broaden my repertoire to include grain-free treats to keep my belly full and workouts strong. Here's how it usually goes down - knowing I have a few hours of free time, I roll up my sleeves, turn up the music and make sure I have the fire extinguisher ready (again, I kid. I'm not thaaat bad.) I set out all of my ingredients, make sure I have the recipe easily accessible and get down to business. An hour or two later, usually something smells good and is in the oven along with the mess that's made its way to the floor…and the sink…and halfway into the dishwasher. But hey! No one ever said the process had to be pretty. As long as it tastes good, it's a success in my book.

I'm not quite sure how this turned into a diary entry, but without further ado...

Recipes I'm Dying To Try But Haven't Gotten Around To Yet:

1. Paleo Mini Meatloaves from PaleoSpirit:

They look like little cupcakes! But made with a heckuva lot more protein and zero sugar. As someone who would rather snack all day long instead of sit down to a few big meals, this is the perfect on-the-go meal.

2. Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken from TastesofLizzyT:

I have a colleague who just l o v e s bacon. In fact, for her birthday I made her chocolate bacon chip cookies and I think she may have kissed me. Sure, who doesn't like bacon? But this girl goes so far as to wrap her Thanksgiving turkey in bacon! So, Carla Beam - this one's for you babe.

3. Paleo Crockpot Jambalaya Soup from Lifesaplate:

I thought crockpot meals were a mom thing, but boy was I wrong. Throwing dinner together in the morning and letting it simmer all day long is a quick fix for the whole "there's nothing to eat for dinner" scenario, regardless of who you are or how old you are, offspring or not.

4. Beef and Blueberry Stuffed Sweet Potato from ForeverFit:

I'm not totally sure how I feel about this one. Typically, I keep a very strict fruits, yes. veggies, yes. together? hell no. opinion, however, this might just be so crazy good I'll make an exception. Savory beef combined with sweet notes from the potato and berries…it just might be the best thing ever.

5. Avocado Stuffed Burger from CivilizedCaveManCooking:

If this doesn't have you salivating, there's something seriously off with your programming. Because this. is. awesome. Swap out the mayo and cheese for a healthy monounsaturated fat like avocado and you've got a mouth-watering, nutritious and delicious burger. Who wants to come over and grill with me tonight? Seriously. I can't wait to make this.

6. Cauliflower Crust Bacon Pizza from LMichelleK:

Growing up, Friday nights were pizza night in our house. Quality time spent with the family, complete with stringy cheese and fizzy drinks. Flash forward 15 years, throw in a gluten allergy and a few lactose sensitivities and suddenly we're those healthy people who spend time together over cauliflower crust pizza and sparkling water.  Warning: Things can get VERY messy…but that's the price you pay for a leaner body and a longer life.

7. Primal Pizza Pie Layer Casserole from BeautyandtheFoodie:

I hear the word casserole and cringe. You know…those dishes all the sweet ladies from church bring to your doorstep when you're recovering from the flu or just had a baby. You can't quite identify what it's made of but it tastes too good to be healthy. Well, this is a much better alternative. Skip the crust and the breadcrumbs and use a protein-base instead! Ta-da! An easy, family-friendly meal to use and share.

8. Raw, No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from LivingHealthyWithChocolate:

What fun is life without a little dessert, right? These grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and Paleo friendly brownies look absolutely decadent and BONUS - no baking required! What's in them, you ask? Only the good stuff.

If you beat me to these recipes, let me know what you think! I'm anxious to make all of them, but I just cleaned the kitchen…so I'd like for it to stay that way for awhile. :) I can't wait to hear your reviews. Have fun and enjoy your healthy treats.

Eat well. Live well. Be well.