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Paleo Pizza Spaghetti Pie

Yet again it's a recipe experiment week!! While the week is coming to a close, I tried a few good ones. Shrimp fraDiavlo was one that was pretty tasty.. I don't usually make my own sauce and this one was a quick and simple take on a spicy classic. I'll get that recipe up later but for now I'm focused on what's in the oven.
If you know me, you know my weird obsession with the Spaghetti Pie my mother makes. It's so good. And it's actually the first thing I ever made for tt for dinner back in our early days of courtship. The frozen salty meatballs, the loads of ooey-gooey cheese, and let's not forget the spaghetti. Oh, and the butter. 
If I could make this in a swimming pool and climb right on in, I would. No seriously, I would do that. And probably then either eat my way out, or drown right there in the cheese. 
As even a non-Paleo-er can imagine, the items listed above probably weren't around in the time of the cavemen. Frozen meatballs? Um no. Deli…

Thanksgiving Menu & Grandma Martone's Stuffing

So I am psyched about my Thanksgiving menu and considering there's only 4 of us eating, you'd think i was cooking for an army with the amount of food we will have. Hey, whatever- aren't the leftovers kind of the best part??
I have searched the interwebs high and low, scoured Pinterest, and brought out the big guns from my recipe book to come up with the perfect menu:

I got a brined turkey from WF with which I will roast with apples and onions, oh my!  {}
I will make a beautiful gravy using Saint Martha's tips  {}
Scalloped Potatoes will replace the traditional mashed, because no T family Thx meal is complete without creamy mashed turnips  {}
Peas are a must at MY Thx table, along with green bean casserole {which is another family's passed down recipe that I have obtained and will keep …

My Weekly Menu {with recipe links!}

We have already established that I heart fall. We have already established that I love my new workout routine. And I think it has been relatively clearly established that I am in a constant state of battle with myself re: healthy eating. I try. I really do. And when I have the time {and energy} to cook on Sundays, its NBD. I can plan ahead, get tt to go to the store and get everything I need, and then get to cooking. This week is one of those weeks. I need more of those weeks as we head into the holidays so that I can stay ahead of this whole "weight gain during the holidays" nonsense. 
Speaking of the holidays. I am hosting Thanksgiving for my in laws this year. EEK. I have never made a turkey. Weird, I know. So the next few weeks will be spent A- completely freaking out. And B- scouring Pinterest for ideas. It will be only the 4 of us, so I can't go super overboard with too much food... although that would leave copious amounts of leftovers so I may rethink that train…

Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Marinara

In finding myself back on the food blogging wagon, I pulled out the big fat recipe book I keep on my kitchen counter, that has been collecting dust now that I have my iPad. Whoops. As I opened up the cover, the first sheet of paper I saw was a recipe I have never made, but thought it would be totes approps to use as my first recipe back, because it is Fall in New England which means #allpumpkinerrythang 
Ha. I'm so basic.

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Ingredients 1 large spaghetti squash 1 lb grass-fed ground beef 1-6 oz can of tomato paste + 1 1/2 cans water 4 Tbl cooked pumpkin {canned is acceptable} 3-4 pieces of crispy prosciutto, crumbled 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp each of: cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, cinnamon 1 dash nutmeg S&P to taste 2-3 Tbl ghe…

Red-wine Braised Short Ribs {Crock pot}

I had never made short ribs until I tried these. It has been a little bit of a running joke in the T household... Everyone has said that the short ribs we had served at our wedding were the best short ribs ever. While neither tt or I got to try them {not even at the tasting!}, I 100% believed the reviews because the food that is put out at FG is hands-down delish. 
I wanted to make short ribs for tt as a "special dinner" when he returned home from his trip to Deutschland a few weeks back. Slow braised, served with cauliflower mash, and roasted asparagus... sounded like a meal made for a king's return to his castle. {I actually think I made garlicky kale with it too, since I can barely get through a meal without garlicky kale.}
Realizing that the actual braising process takes hours, I thought that the crock was really the only way to go, especially since he got back on a Friday. I worked a long @$$ day on the Thursday before, but knew I just had to get to the grocery sto…

Paleo Zuppa Toscana

Yesterday, I found myself in a crazy, home alone and bored, PMS has taken over moment. You know how that goes. I absolutely had to have chocolate. Like, had to have it. 
Now, due to this home alone and bored situation, I am embarrassed to also admit that I hadn't showered...since Friday... so leaving the house was not an option. I found myself with brownies on the brain, and I know this is a crazy surprise, but that led me to Pinterest- I knew I had most ingredients that I would likely need, I just needed the instructions. Thankfully, I had already pinned a recipe that looked worth trying- check it out! Paleo Coconut Flour Brownies
{note: I actually created a new board on Pinterest where I share/move recipes that I've actually made into, rather than just the ones I think I want to make. Stole that idea from a colleague at work- love it! Check it out if you want by clicking here.}
Ok, now onto more good stuff. This weather makes me crave soup in a bad way. It's like negati…

Paleo Swedish Meatballs {Ikea swap} + BONUS RECIPE

I might be the worst blogger in the history of bloggers. I have what {in my own head} I think is a "food blog" and I haven't posted a recipe since October. It is now February... count those months, that's November, December, January. Wow. I suck. I have literally had a list in the little notepad on my phone of recipes I have made and want to share. Since. October. I could blame it on my oh so busy life. I could blame it on the fact I work 50-60 hours/week. I could blame it on... Oh, forget it.  #imjustlazy
Either way, I do HAVE to share this recipe with you all. Hopefully, in your little corner of the earth you have access to an Ikea. I do, it's about a half hour away, and I just can't get enough. Not very many things make me happier than pulling up to that big blue and yellow building, walking in to a wave of cinnamon bun smelling goodness, and then getting school girl giddy as I walk the maze that is their showroom. I love how the carts are uncontrollable.…

Cauliflower Mash

I think one of the biggest things I struggle with having gone #mostlyPaleo is potatoes. And cheese, but that's a whole nother issue. I have set out on a quest to find a way to substitute potatoes when I'm eating a comfort-food type meal and they are just necessary to have. So far, I have found a few viable options. One of which, is cauliflower. 
Yes- I will make you a believer. I made my friend Erin a believer, and I will make you one, too. 
Of course, I consulted Pinterest. Where else would I go, Google? Such old news. Anyway, I was brought to Whole Foods website. Making mashed cauliflower is literally SO easy. And it tastes SO good. I've now done it both smothered in gravy and by themselves. And I almost forgot I wasn't eating mashed potatoes. The consistency is a little different, so my only suggestion is to be careful how much liquid you add back in, but.. without further ado:
Check. It. Out...
Oh, and I ad…