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Deviled Avocados

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Avocados.



These tasty little suckers are jam-packed full of goodness. They provide a ton of antioxidants and healthy, unsaturated fat to a balanced diet and actually help your body absorb vitamins and nutrients.. say what?! Fact. They are good for...

Bone + Skin Health
ManganeseBone health
PhosphorusBone and teeth formation
MagnesiumBone health
Riboflavin, NiacinSkin Health

Cardiovascular {circulation + heart}
Copper, MagnesiumRegulating your heart rate
CopperMaintaining normal blood pressure
Pantothenic AcidFormation of red blood cells

Immune System
Vitamins C, B6Immune system function
ZincWound healing

Vitamin ETissue repair

Muscle Growth + Development
Vitamin EMuscular development
Vitamin CConnective tissue function

MagnesiumMuscle and nerve function

Digestion
Thiamin, FolateMetabolism
RiboflavinProtein, fat and carb processing

Panthothenic AcidNutrient processing

WOW!!! It is NOT easy being green!
A few tips about these green goddesses that I thought I would share...

The ripeness of an …

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie

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Hi, my name is Coleen and I'm a food-aholic. 
I'm pretty sure that's how this whole thing started... and what keeps it going. 
Easter, my friends, is quickly becoming a favorite holiday for me. Primarily because I get to cook. {when my mother reads this, I will promptly get a text indicating that the day that I decide to "take over" any additional holidays, she will be more than happy to oblige}
This year {as you may have already found out from my quick and easy post where I did NOT share recipes... hehehe sorrieee} we made Pistachio Crusted rack of lamb, roasted potatoes, and a beautiful Spring salad. The lamb was insanely good. I will have to get that recipe from my sister to share... but in my mind, the pièce de résistance was by far dessert. Our end game was the delectably sweet, and just a touch of savory and wittily re-named, individual Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies. Bon Appétit~


Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies {original recipe from Cooking Light} ingredients: 2 cups …

Crockpot Jerk Chicken

So, I totally brought Jerk Seasoning home from the island. Obviously, I did. My friend bought his at one of the little shops when we ventured off our resort, but I bought mine in the gift shop at the hotel. Either way, though, it's Jamaican Jerk seasoning. And I was so excited to use it. 
I had tt get me a package of organic, grass fed, deconstructed chicken pieces {ie the glorious package that has all the pieces of a whole chicken in it, but without the inconvenience of it coming in the form of a whole chicken carcass} - and I decided I was going to crock pot that sucker with some jerk. And crock pot with some jerk I did. 
I have a small crock pot, so the chicken pieces got layered. In between these layers of raw poultry, I layered jerk along with it. Liberally. {so liberally, that my mouth is still on fire} -- I threw a little vegetable stock in the bottom, which is my go-to for everything, and set on low and slow for 8 hours. 
Fall off the bone. Bursting with flavor. Shut the …

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…