Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna – it’s Paleo-lite #‎UltimateRecipeChallenge‬


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We are so excited that you’re here because we have a surprising “not pasta” dish to share. If you’re looking for ways to eat more vegetables and cut back on wheat or grain products but still eat delicious meals, you’re in the right place! This “paleo-lite” recipe for Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna has the flavors of lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan without all the breading and guilt. BONUS- it’s vegetarian friendly too!

Make this Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna to cut back on carbs, calories, and wheat. You don't have to follow a PALEO food plan to use this Paleo Priests recipe - anyone can enjoy this flavorful lasagna, even the kids! This recipe combines the flavors of eggplant Parmesan with Lasagna for a dish I can't wait to try! Good explanations of paleo too.

We’re really excited to be a part of The Kim Six Fix Ultimate Recipe Challenge blog hop for Pasta today! If you don’t eat traditional “pasta” like us, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite pasta style dishes. That’s why we’re sharing a family favorite: lasagna, paleo-style!


Eating paleo doesn’t mean life will change dramatically. You can still eat food that tastes amazing! And if you don’t follow a paleo regimen, you can still enjoy paleo dishes. Here’s why trying paleo recipes is a good idea:

  • Cut back on calories. By removing the noodles and using layers of zucchini and eggplant instead, we’ve cut about 250 calories per serving of lasagna. (a single lasagna noodle has 86 calories alone)
  • Friendly for food allergies. Paleo recipes are usually gluten-free and friendly for many other allergies, such as peanut allergies (no peanuts on paleo). Always check ingredients and with your guests for specific allergies and sensitivities.
  • More fiber and vegetables. Replace processed noodles with vegetables, which are higher in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. More fiber and vegetables make dishes more filling and satisfying.
Make this Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna to cut back on carbs, calories, and wheat. You don't have to follow a PALEO food plan to use this Paleo Priests recipe - anyone can enjoy this flavorful lasagna, even the kids! This recipe combines the flavors of eggplant Parmesan with Lasagna for a dish I can't wait to try! Good explanations of paleo too.


If you’ve been wondering about paleo recipes, this Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna is a great one to try! We call this recipe “paleo-lite” because it has cheese in it, which strict paleo eaters avoid. We like to use harder cheeses, like Parmesan, but we feel that a little mozzarella is a nice treat every now and then. If you have a dairy sensitivity or want to cut further calories, then avoid the mozzarella or eliminate the cheese from this recipe altogether.

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Paleo Fried Chicken with Organic Free Range Chicken Thighs from D’Artagnan Foods #DartagnanFeast #sponsored


I’ve been excited to watch local grocery chains increase their organic meat offerings over the years but there’s always something lacking; there are nitrates in the meat, it’s frozen with extra water in it, and there are all kinds of nasty chemical sounding names in the ingredients. You make the best of what you can get in your area, right? Not true! I recently learned about D’Artagnan Foods, a service that offers true nitrate free, organic, and free range meats with ingredient lists that you can actually read. I received a selection of D’Artagnan Foods meats via FedEx last week and am incredibly impressed by the quality! Since I received 12 chicken thighs in the shipment, Xaver and I were excited to try several different recipes with these delectable chicken thighs. Today, I am sharing our paleo fried chicken. I’ll share the links to our other recipes at the end of this post.


Why choose organic free-range chicken from D’Artagnan Foods?

Many people who ask us about paleo think that getting quality meat doesn’t matter that much. It does matter – alot. Once you start eating quality meats, you’ll notice a whole host of benefits that surely offset the perceived cost. As if feeling better wasn’t enough, here are some more reasons why we choose organic meats from suppliers like D’Artagnan Foods.


  • We eat less when we choose quality meats. Some commercially produced meats have sugar added or extra salt added which can cause hunger cravings that make us want to eat more, even when we’re already full. When we eat quality foods, we don’t feel the need to overeat and we feel more satisfied from the food we eat.
  • Less salt. One of the main things we have noticed from all the meats from D’Artagnan Foods is that they are not salty. Many processed meats have salt water, sodium, or brine injected in them prior to shipping or freezing. Since the Organic Chicken Thighs from D’Artagnan Foods do not have any added water, they don’t taste salty. When Xaver first made this recipe, he added the amount of salt he’d normally add to meats from the store. We noticed that we needed to add a little more salt to the D’Artagnan Foods because we weren’t used to the unsalted meat. It’s a good thing – this can help people who want to watch their sodium intake because then you have more control over how much salt is in your food when you add ALL of it yourself.
  • Organic meats just taste richer. I just think the meat tastes better, it has a fuller flavor, and it does not need as much seasoning. 
  • We feel better when we eat organic meats without all the additives because there are fewer chemicals going into our bodies. When we eat natural, our bodies can process everything as nature intended. Nature did not intend for our systems to process additives, preservatives, and other chemicals that commercial processors add to the meat to make it look better, last longer on the shelf, and taste better.
  • Getting meat delivered to our home is convenient. The D’Artagnan Foods orders are delivered via FedEx to our door, sealed in a cooler box with ice packs.  One of the things I worry about at the store is meat being spoiled by people leaving it out on a shelf because you can’t tell if spoiled meat was put back in the cold case. With D’Artagnan Foods, you know where the meat has been and can see the sealed cold box inside your shipment for yourself to know it has traveled safely (and kept cool) from D’Artagnan Foods straight to you. Check out this video as I unpack our latest order to see how the meat is packed and what’s inside:

Paleo Fried Chicken Recipe that tastes like Southern Fried Chicken


Being from the South, Xaver is a bit of an expert when it comes to fried chicken. I challenged him to make a southern style fried chicken  with no-dairy, that’s paleo-friendly, and tastes good. It’s a tall order but starting with quality meat, like Organic Chicken Breasts from D’Artagnan Foods, is the key to success.

You’ll need about an hour to make this fried chicken, a skillet or cast iron pan, and an oven to finish it off. We recommend a paleo slaw or our Paleo Pineapple Salsa to accompany this dish. Here’s the recipe:

Paleo Fried Chicken
A paleo take on classic southern pan fried chicken. Beat eaten when hot and fresh!
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  1. 6 D'artagnan Organic Chicken Thighs
  2. 2 eggs, beaten
  3. 1 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp paprika
  6. 1/2 Tbsp ground black pepper
  7. 1/2 Tbsp salt
  8. 1 cup coconut oil
  1. 1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. 2. Put 1/4 of the dry mixture into a bowl.
  3. 3. Dredge the chicken in the bow with 1/4 of the dry ingredients, then through the egg, then into the bowl with 3/4 of the dry ingredients.
  4. 4. Heat a frying pan with the coconut oil to 365F.
  5. 5. Place the chicken into the oil. Cook 8 minutes on each side or until golden brown (internal temperature should be 165F).
  1. This chicken is best hot and fresh. Unlike traditional fried chicken, the crust does not taste well cold or reheated the next day.
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More paleo recipes featuring organic meats and nitrate free meats from D’Artagnan Foods


Paleo Chorizo Hash

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Decadent Duck Bacon Salad

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Roasted Tomato and Carrot Soup

Last year I found a great recipe on Food Network for a roasted tomato soup: When growing your own garden, either you have no tomatoes (what happened to my green thumb this year?!) or your tomatoes all get ripe at the same time, like they did for my mom. Good news for me! It means I get a phone call asking if I want to come pick as many tomatoes as I want…um yeah, I sure do! One of my fave childhood memories was eating sliced tomatoes from the vine with salt and pepper. I thought all tomatoes tasted like the ones I ate as a kid. What a rude awakening when I bought my first tomato at the store in my twenties – gross!

With all of these tomatoes, we have tried lots of things – canning them, making pasta sauce and canning that, making LOTS of sliced tomato plates and salads, giving them away to people, cutting them up and putting them in store bought pasta sauce to make it taste better… we started running out of ideas. You’d think we would plant fewer plants…

So that is where I started looking for tomato recipes last year on Food Network. After making a recipe once, I think I “got it” and don’t need to look at the recipe again. I mean, it isn’t like I cook a whole lot. Well, that is changing, but it isn’t like I cooked alot in the last 7 or 8 years, let’s say that. Yes Martha, I am not an expert. But I do taste my food and my family tastes it so I don’t know what more test kitchen work it needs…

But I digress.

Why roast only tomatoes? Why can’t we roast carrots and butternut squash and other yummy, delicious veggies to make this soup? I had a lot of tomatoes but I had even more baby carrots in my fridge that needed to be used and a husband who does not like carrots. And, the original recipe asked for the tomatoes to be seeded. Um, hey, that is alot of work and the acid from the tomatoes kind of eats at your hands after a while. No thanks.

The other challenge is that now we are a paleo family and well, that is kind of a strict diet. Most recipes are null and void because they have something non-human in them like corn oil (hey, don’t get me on my soap box). And that is how my recipe was born. It is paleo-friendly, yummy (kids licked their bowls), and easy to make! Now, if you are doing super strict paleo, the tomatoes and carrots probably have too much sugar in them so be aware of that and consult your doctor before starting any diet.


Roasted Tomato and Carrot Soup


  • Tomatoes – quartered with stems removed (about 1lb)
  • Carrots – baby or cut and peeled (about 1lb)
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped in large pieces
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed
  • 16 -32 ounces of Chicken Stock – I like Kitchen Basics because it is not pumped full of fake stuff
  • 4-8 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 8-12 Ounces of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese, about 1 cup
  • Chopped Chives (garnish)

Heat the oven to 375° F. Spread the carrots, chopped onions, and chopped tomatoes on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and crushed garlic to coat. Roast in the oven about 30 minutes or uintil the tips of the vegetables star to carmelize. Put the vegetables into a stock pot and add 16 ounces of  Chicken Stock. Heat on Medium on heat to a low boil. Reduce the heat and blend with an emulsion blender until smooth. You can add more water or chicken stock to make the consistency thinner if you like. Add 8-12 ounces of Heavy Whipping Cream to taste and continue to heat until the soup is warmed through. Then add Salt and Pepper to taste. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives or a dollop of sour cream. Serves 5.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Do you think you might try this recipe? Please leave a comment and follow Hydrangea Hippo using the social media buttons below this post or over in the sidebar. Let’s chat about crafts!


Update: After 18 Months of Paleo

Jennifer, Matt, and Katie at CHA with Wendy Ruseell (on the right) in January 2015.

We are a family of  four living in Southern California trying to get healthy and stay healthy in a busy, fast food world.

Jennifer in January 2015

Jennifer in January 2015

Our story begins with a downward spiral healthwise. Me, Jennifer, the mom, found myself feeling very ill in summer 2013 after two back to back trade shows for my “day job” as a social media strategist and craft designer. I came home from the last show feeling:

  • Nauseated all the time
  • Generally ill and sore, like I had the flu
  • Terrible heartburn if I ate anything after 3pm
  • A very intense case of gout
  • Exhaustion – I was taking 5 to 6 hour naps daily
  • Constantly swollen feet
  • A severe case of fibromyalgia
  • Chronic sinus infections and ear infections
  • Chronic allergies (trees, pollen, all flowers, etc)
  • Thining hair that broke off at the ends
  • Acne issues
  • Dark bags under my eyes all the time
  • Skin fungus
A picture taken of Jennifer (far right) at the CHA show in summer 2013

A picture taken of Jennifer (far right) at the CHA show in summer 2013

This blog and blog post get graphic – we are going into detail about the good, the bad, and the ugly we experience during our adventure with this paleo way of eating and our quest to get healthy. We are not experts and we are not dieticians or doctors. We are not giving medical advice. We are sharing OUR experience and story and we hope that inspires you to find your own healthy path.

After 5 months of paleo ... yeah we still we still went to the M&M's store!!!

After 5 months of paleo … yeah we still we still went to the M&M’s store!!!

That weekend, I told my husband, Xaver, that I felt so sick that I thought I needed a detox of some kind. My mom was always talking about Dr. Oz so I looked online and found he had a 3 day detox diet. We started watching documentaries on food on Netflix. As we finished one, Netflix suggested several other similar films to watch. After about 10 films, we noticed a trend – clean, paleo eating was the way to go in order to avoid the after-effects of industrial farms, chemicals, and processed foods. I am a skeptic but faced with the alternative of weightloss surgery and how terrible I had been feeling, I had nothingto lose to give this paleo thing a try.

We downloaded a chart showing which foods were paleo-friendly and which were not and we got started buying and cooking and learning.

After 7 days on paleo, I was able to stop taking ALL of my medications (This is not recommended – you need to see a doctor before you make changes to your meds). 

After two weeks on paleo, my thinking was clearer and my ability to concentrate improved.

After a month on paleo, I lost 20 pounds.

After 6 weeks on paleo, people told me my skin looked brighter and that the dark circles under my eyes were going away.

After 2 months on paleo, the itchy bumps all over my arms and legs, that I had had all my life, started going away.

After 3 months on paleo, my feet stopped smelling bad.

After 4 months on paleo, I was able to go to Disneyland and walk around all day without sitting every 20 minutes. I lasted a whole day!

After 5 months on paleo, I lost 40 pounds.

After 6 months on paleo, I went to a trade show and walked without foot pain the entire 5 days. All of my previously tight shoes were loose. I could stand to wear nylons again.

After 8 months on paleo, the chronic skin fungus I had at my joints and behind my ears was finally controlled.

After 10 months on paleo, the dentist told me my teeth looked better and whiter – it was all the soda I stopped drinking as well as the reduction in sugar intake.

After a year on paleo, my hair started thickening and growing faster.

After having hysterectomy surgery 14 months after going paleo, I was up and walking around in 2 hours. The doctors said they’ve never seen anyone do that.

After 17 months on paleo, I have had ONE sinus infection. Compare that to 24 trips to the doctor for sinus infections in the previous 17 months.

After 18 months on paleo, I have not once again taken medication for fibromyalgia or allergies. I rarely get colds now. I have had to take some medications but it is totally minimal compared to what I used to have to take. 

I still have all of these heath problems. I still have irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic knee pain, and allergies. I just manage them better with my diet now than with medications. If I don’t eat paleo, I feel it the next day. Sometimes I feel it the same day! Paleo is not a cure-all. It is just a way to manage what I take into my body to reduce the negative effects of ingredients in food. In addition to eating paleo, I eat organic whenever possible. I am very conscious of what I eat and drink and I want as few pesticides and chemicals on my food as possible.

Jennifer, Matt, and Katie at CHA with Wendy Ruseell (on the right) in January 2015.

Jennifer, Matt, and Katie at CHA with Wendy Ruseell (on the right) in January 2015.

I tried to eat as close to paleo as possible without starving at the recent CHA trade show this January. But it’s now time to get back on the wagon! People think eating paleo is really hard. But for me, taking 8 different medications a day, needing a 3-5 hour nap a day, not being able to stand more than 30 minutes (so even grocery shopping was impossible let alone Disneyland or the mall or CHA), and all of the other health and lifestyle issues I have without Paleo is harder. If you suffer from fibromyalgia and other health problems like gout, acne, under-eye bags, joint pain, carpal tunnel, allergies, thin hair, irritable bowel syndrome, swollen feet, and more, consider trying paleo like I did! I gained 30 pounds back when I had to take hormones prior to hysterectomy surgery. I don’t do paleo for weight loss- I do it for my health.

The first few days of paleo eating is really hard. You feel sluggish and hungry and will get sugar cravings really bad. If you are trying to give up caffeine at the same time, it is even more difficult. But in my experience, this lasts only the first 1-2 days. Each meal that I choose to eat paleo, it gets easier to eat paleo on the next meal.

Here are some other paleo discoveries:

  • Grocery shopping is faster. All the paleo foods are usually in the outside aisles of the store so I make a big loop and avoid the inner aisles.
  • Most paleo foods don’t have coupons. I figured out when to shop for deals, like marked down meat at Target (early in the morning) and re-jined Costco to take advantage of their organic meat selection and cash back on executive membership purchases.
  • We spend about $700-$1000 a month on food for a family of four (includes pet food). Prior to paleo, we spent about $400-600 a month on food but an additional $200-300 a month on medications, gas for doctor visits, and copays. Then there is the improved quality of life and you can’t put a price on that!
  • My pantry is more empty so I store othr things in there. I don’t need flour and sugar and big bags of beans anymore.
  • We eat fresh fruit every day. Before paleo, we struggled to get the kids to eat bananas.
  • We found paleo-friendly delicacies, like SoDelicious Coconut Dairy Free Soy Free “ice cream” and Avocado Oil Potato chips (my fave!!). Nitrate-free bacon and salami are some of my other faves!
  • We eat less – we’re fuller sooner on less.
  • We don’t crave sweets that badly. In fact, most store bought cakes or donuts taste sickeningly sweet to us now.
  • My tastes changed. My tongue no longer has this coating of oily stuff on it and fresh things taste amazing! Frosting on cupcakes tastes like gasoline. Cheetos taste like salty chemicals.
  • We can eat out on paleo but most fast food makes us feel cruddy. Sometimes it is better to just stop at Target and get some nitrate free salami, Lara Bars, and carrots than to go to a drive-thru. It’s cheaper too!
  • We drink more water than ever.
  • Clothes fit me better.
  • People say I look happier.
  • My skin is smoother.
  • I don’t smell as “stinky” after working out.
  • I heal faster.

I can only share with you what my experience has been in hopes that it inspires you think about what you eat and how that affects how you feel. I am not a paleo-crazy and I still eat things I shouldn’t and I do love a bit of cheese and yogurt every now and then. But for the most part, I eat paleo and after a year and a half of paleo, I can tell you that it has really worked for me and made all of the difference in my life and health. 

I hope this story inspires you and if you have any questions about paleo and doing paleo as a family, please let me know!




Bloodshot Paleo Deviled Egg Eyeballs

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This is a fun quick snack that is sure to be a hit at your Halloween gathering. These Bloodshot deviled eggs are tasty with a little kick of spiciness, and they’re Paleo too.  You and your family can enjoy these at a Halloween party or even during a summer barbecue. Give these bloodshot deviled egg “eyeballs” a try and let us know whet you think in the comments. Enjoy!


Blood Shot Paleo Deviled Eggs Eyeballs
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  1. One dozen Eggs
  2. 6 Medium Olives
  3. 4-6 small dill pickles
  4. 1 cup Paleo Mayo
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. Garlic Powder
  8. Paprika
  1. Gather all your Ingredients
  2. Hard boil eggs about 10-15 minutes ( to make a dozen deviled eggs)
  3. Peel and cut eggs in half, save yolks
  4. Dice small pickles
  5. Add egg yolks, diced pickles, mayo, salt, pepper, paprika,and garlic powder to a medium bowl
  6. Stir mixture until smooth consistency OK if the pickles are still little chunks (add hot sauce for color to make egg yolk mix red)
  7. Place the mixture in a piping bag or use a storage bag with the corner cut off
  8. Pipe mixture into the egg white halves
  9. Cut olives in half so that the hole is in the middle and place on the egg to make the iris of the eyeball
  10. Add a dash of hot sauce to top of the egg to get the bloodshot look
  1. You can omit the hot sauce if you don't want it spicy
  2. Here is the link to instructions on making Paleo Mayo
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Click here for the paleo mayo recipe.

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6. Easy Geometric Wooden Pumpkins
7. DIY and DYE Autumn Burlap Jar Candles
8. Easy DIY Halloween Tray
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12. S’more Treats
13. Candy Corn Halloween Sign
14. Thumb Tack Pumpkin
15. Halloween Fun Decorating Sugar Cookies
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17. Free Printable – Halloween Gift Tags
18. DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Door Mat
19. Pumpkin Mason Jar Luminary
20. Dia De Los Muertos Flower Vase

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Xaver’s Paleo Pineapple Salsa


We’ve been eating lots of salsa on paleo – our favorite brand is Herdez because its only ingredients are tomatoes, onions, and spices and you can buy it everywhere! 


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Due to recent health issues Iam having, I am trying to stay on a more anti-inflammatory track with my eating and tomatoes are said by some experts to cause inflammation – but boy, do I love them!  Xaver started experimenting with making homemade salsa alternatives for us to eat on more than just our morning eggs. We’ve also started eating more fish and tomato sauces and fish just don’t float our boat.

This salsa is great with chips (these Good Health Avocado Oil Potato Chips W/ Sea Salt 24- 1.25 oz Bags also are yummy with this salsa) but also great with fish or chicken! Make it in a jiffy when guests are coming over and they’ll never know they are eating paleo. Also, we made this at a recent barbecue and the kids could not keep their hands off of it – they ate an entire batch by themselves. Yes, the 2 year old, 4 year old, 7 year old, and 11 year old ate ALL of the Paleo Pineapple Salsa!!!



Here’s a handy dandy recipe card that you can print off or save to use later 🙂 We hope you do!

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  1. 1/2 Fresh Pineapple, Diced
  2. 1 Bunch of Cilantro, Chopped
  3. 1/2 Red Onion, Diced
  4. Juice from 1/2 Lime
  5. 2 Jalapenos, Diced
  6. Dash of Ground Cumin
  7. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  1. After dicing all ingredients, mix together thoroughly. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
  1. Use Serrano Chiles for a spicier salsa.
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We’ve also grilled the pineapple in slices with whatever fish or chicken we were going to eat it with, before cutting up the pineapple into chunks to make the salsa. This makes the salsa extra swet and gives it a bit of a smoky flavor.

If you’d like to try something fruity with a spicy kick, this paleo pineapple salsa is just the ticket. Add mango or other fruits if you like. This salsa is also a great alternative to tomato based salsas if you have acid reflux or suffer from heartburn from acidic foods.

Let us know if you try this recipe and what variation you try if any.

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Paleo Potato Salad

With grilling season here, it’s time to think about all the scrumptious sides to have with our meats! Paleo sides are hard to come by – I mean. I can only eat so much salad. We’re working on taking some of our favorite traditional summer barbecue sides and recreating them paleo-style. 


Now, some may argue that potatoes are not paleo but if eating potatoes help you with a paleo lifestyle, then by all means do it. Like all good things, eat them in moderation. I’ve noticed that I keep losing weight if I only eat potatoes 1-2 times a week – any more than that and I stay at the same weight. I don’t know if it is all that starch or what but I try to keep a lid on the potato eating. And, with all things we talk about here, I am not a Doctor and my stories are anecdontal retellings of my experiences, not to be taken as medical advice. Before embarking on a paleo lifestyle, consult your Doctor or a Nutritionist.

Xaver developed this recipe for a homemade potato salad using homemade olive oil mayonnaise as a base. It’s pretty delish and your friends will never know it’s paleo!

Xaver's Paleo Potato Salad
Delicious paleo-friendly potato salad with homemade olive oil mayonnaise.
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  1. 10 Small Red Potatoes (organic)
  2. 2 Large Eggs (organic)
  3. 1/2 cup Dill Relish (sugar-free)
  4. 1 Tbsp Mustard
  5. Dash of Paprika
  6. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  7. 1 cup Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise -
  1. Peel the potatoes, cut into quarters, and boil them until soft. Boil two eggs until hard-boiled, then wash & peel.
  2. Slice the eggs into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Add salt & pepper to taste. Chill for 45 minutes before serving.
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You can use ruseet potatoes too but I like the flavor of the red potatoes. And it seems that organic red potatoes are easier to find in the market. Dr. Oz recommends that you must buy organic potatoes because of the pesticide levels in farmed potatoes. If you can’t find organic, consider growing your own. My mom is growing hers in this tower that is supposed to yield 100 pounds of potatoes a year. That is alot of potato salad!

Let us know if you try this recipe in the comments and if you make any adjusttments – we’d love to know!


Paleo Olive Oil Mayonnaise


We can’t find a store bought mayonnaise that doesn’t use some kind of heavily processed oil, like safflower or canola oil. So Xaver set out to find a recipe to make homemade paleo olive oil mayonnaise but all the ones he tried online were pretty terrible or they did not set up like mayonnaise. Some had too much egg, not enough egg….I don’tknow what all the problems were but let’s just say we wasted alot of expensive organic eggs on recipes that it seemed people never really tested. We actually do eat the stuff we share here! LOL

And did I mention the taste?! WOW. I am not one who likes mayonnaise based dishes at all but this mayo doesn’t taste like your average mayo. It is rich, tangy, and fresh, perfect for a salad!

This recipe is the triumph after all of Xaver’s trials and errors – it comes out perfect every time, in minutes! You’ll make it all the time once you see how quick easy, and fresh it is. 

Paleo Olive Oil Mayonnaise
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  1. 1 cup of paleo-friendly oil (Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, Avocado Oil or other liquid oil)
  2. 1 whole egg (organic)
  3. 1 egg yolk (organic)
  4. Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime (about 2 tsp if using juice and not whole fruit)
  5. Dash of Salt
  1. Place the egg and egg yolk in a tall, narrow glass or container. Add oil, lemon juice, and salt. Let set for a minute. Submerge an immersion blender into the glass until it touches the bottom and blend until the mayonnaise starts to stiffen. While the blender is still on, move it upwards to blend any oil sitting on top of the mixture. Refrigerate immediately. It lasts for about a week.
  1. You can add chili powder or other spices to make flavored mayos. Please note that using raw eggs may be dangerous to your health - research this with your doctor before consuing raw eggs.
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And in case you did not believe me, here’s a video of Xaver mixing the mayonnaise from start to finish, in real time:

Watch for more recipes from us using this Paleo Olive Oil Mayonnaise – it’s so delish! Let us know if you try this recipe and what you think!

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Paleo On the Go: NEW Grilled Chicken at Chick-Fil-A


Eating paleo when you’re traveling or leading a busy lifestyle is challenging! Usually 1-2 ingredients, if not more, that are cooked into “healthy” menu options will make them unfriendly to paleo eaters. Salad dressing with soybean oil in it, chicken breasts with filler, french fries fried in cottonseed oil… 

Disclosure: I received a free tasting meal in exchange for sharing about this product. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.


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 Enter in Chick-fil-A’s new grilled chicken options! I have always loved Chick-fil-A and found their salads a nice on-the-go option for sticking to paleo. The folks at Chick-fil-A wanted to add more health-conscious choices to their menu so they set to developing a new recipe for their grilled chicken. This new grilled chicken recipe replaces the chicken breast they previously used on their grilled chicken sandwiches – the fried versions remain unchanged.

In October 2013, Chick-fil-A stores in Southern California launched as the test market for the new grilled chicken. It was a winner, so last month, the grilled chicken was rolled out across all US Chick-fil-A locations.


Here’s what makes the NEW Chick-fil-A grilled chicken recipe different:

  • It’s marinated in-store for a fresh taste
  • The chicken is grilled on specially made, custom cast iron grills that mimic the taste and cooking function of an outdoor barbecue
  • The grill lines on the chicken are real grill lines
  • You can see the spices and herbs from the marinade on the chicken after it has been cooked


The grilled chicken can be ordered as nuggets in any of their meals, in a sandwich, or with a salad. This makes paleo eating really easy at Chick-fil-A! Here are some meal options we put together that we’d order:


 I wrapped my chicken sandwich in lettuce to make it more paleo-friendly.

If you have allergies or gluten intolerance, find out more about the ingredients here: Chick-Fil-A Healthy Lifestyle website


A few decidedly not paleo (but delicious) highlights:

  • A new Honey Barbecue sauce was added to the menu to compliment the grilled chicken. Again, this is not paleo, but it was delicious.
  • Iced tea by the gallon is always yummy! You can get it unsweetened as well.


  • Peach Milkshakes. I have a serious weakness for Chick-fil-A’s shakes and love the seasonal ones, like Peach in the summer!
  • The shakes were given to us in sample cups – I liked to call these “diet size”. Wouldn’t it be cool if they offered this mini size?!

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 I hope you consider Chick-fil-A when you’re on the go and need something healthy to eat! I am giving away TWO gift cards to Chick-fil-A so that you can try their new grilled chicken for yourself. Just use the handy dandy widget below to enter:

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Please note that we are not physicians or nutritionists and everything shared on this site is about our personal experiences and opinions. The views and opinions expressed here should not be considered medical advice. Please see your physician or a medical professional before embarking on any diet, nutrition plan, or other change in your eating habits.


Zucchini Lasagna

Lasagna Vegetarian by Xaver Fresh Zucchini Hydrangea Hippo

In an effort to eat healthier, Xaver and I have been experimenting with italian style dishes, replacing the noodles with zucchini or other vegetables to create paleo-friendly, gluten free meals. This Zucchini Lasagna is great for kids and totally gluten free! You can replace the zucchini in this recipe with eggplant slices, mushroom slices, shredded carrots, use tomatoes alone, or use other vegetables that can be sliced.

The first time Xaver made this, we finished off the whole 9×12 Pyrex of it in one sitting. Good Lord we sound like total pigs! I forgive us because it is mostly vegetables with a tad of meat and a bit of cheese. We can be excused for that, right? I recently shared this recipe in a recipe swap where we all had to prepare our dishes to share in addition to swapping recipe cards. one mom of two toddlers told me that her kids LOVED it and has asked for seconds! Little do they know, they are getting a TON of veggies in this dish!


Zucchini Lasagna
Serves 8
A delicious gluten-free, paleo-friendly recipe that kids love to eat!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
  1. 2-3 large Zucchini
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 1 medium onion, diced
  4. 15-20 Basil leaves, fresh, chopped
  5. 1 lb Italian sausage or ground beef
  6. 6-8 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  7. 4 TBSP of grated Parmesan Cheese
  8. 8-12 oz Pasta Sauce (canned or fresh)
  9. 1 container Ricotta Cheese
  10. 4 oz of grated Mozzarella Cheese
  1. Brown the Italian sausage or ground beef, adding garlic and onions to it. Drain and set aside. Use a mandolin to thinly slice zucchini. Blanche the zucchini slices, drain and pat dry with a towel. Layer the slices in a 9×12 pan as if they were lasagna noodles. Spread on a layer of ricotta cheese. Cover with a layer of sauce (homemade or store bought) and basil. Then add a layer of sliced tomatoes. Then sprinkle with crumbled Italian sausage or ground beef. Repeat to fill the pan. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until the cheese and sauce is bubbling.
  1. Replace the zucchini with other sliced vegetables, like eggplant or mushrooms, if desired.
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Mmmm, it is so yummy! And, most vegetables! Now, off to work on crafty things…have a wonderful day!