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Paleo Pork Tacos

January 22, 2013 By Maryann

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Paleo Pork Tacos

Paleo Pork Tacos

We LOVE tacos in our home. Matthew is particularly fond of anything Mexican, but we needed to move away from the beans and corn that come in traditional tacos or other Mexican fare. That is when we decided to make Paleo Pork Tacos. I love the idea of using lettuce cups instead of tortillas. There are so many great reasons to love this change. First it is low calorie for people like me that are watching their calorie intake. Secondly it is super low in carbohydrates, again for people like me that may have diabetes or other reasons to stay away from simple carbohydrates. Thirdly, they meet the Paleo criteria which allows you to stay on a Paleo diet easily (the lettuce cup is a great Paleo trick ~ been around for ages). Lastly, the kids love it. They think it is neat to eat their food all rolled up in lettuce leaves. A bit messy, but who cares?

Pork anyone?

My husband loves pork tacos so I opted to use our pork he ground for us a few weeks ago when he smoked us a pork shoulder. These tacos turned out flavorful, not too spicy for little ones, and just perfect for a quick evening dinner. I hope you like them as much as we do. Feel free to adjust the spice, or throw some Cholula on the table so people can spice theirs up as they like.


Paleo Pork Tacos

Author:Matthew's Puzzle

Recipe type:Dinner

Cuisine:Mexican Paleo



  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb pork, ground
  • lime juice from ½ a lime
  • cilantro, chopped
  • lettuce, leave cut out to make cups
  • tomato, chopped


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Melt coconut oil.
  3. Once hot, saute onions and peppers until onions begin to caramelize.
  4. Add seasonings and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add pork and cook until pork is thoroughly cooked.
  6. Add lime juice.
  7. Add cilantro and cook a few minutes more.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  9. Serve in lettuce cups topped with tomatoes.
  10. Wrap lettuce around filling like a burrito.

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Paleo Braised Brussel Sprouts Recipe

January 15, 2013 By Maryann

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Paleo Braised Brussel Sprouts Recipe


Since I started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago I have lost 6 lbs. One of the things that I think is very different this time around (yep, I’ve tried WW before) is that I am only eating REAL food like this Braised Brussel Sprouts Recipe. None of the packaged stuff for me. I have noticed that I don’t have the nagging hunger like I had with diets where I used pre-packaged foods. I think it is because I can control my blood sugar by eating a lot more lean protein. My husband and I have been moving toward a more Paleo type diet for years. Since we started Matthew down the path of biomedical healing, and we have seen the success that comes with proper diet, we have been slowly making our way to this sort of lifestyle.

The New Motivation

Just last week I went to visit an endocrinologist. I thought I had an under active thyroid and I wanted him to confirm it. But that isn’t quite how it played out. He thinks I may be a diabetic. I have had gestational diabetes with all three pregnancies and type 2 diabetes runs in my family, so I’m not overly surprised. But I have NOT happy about this. So that is a huge motivation to lose this weight and eat right.

Braised Brussel Sprouts


Paleo Braised Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Author:Matthew's Puzzle

Recipe type:Side Dish



  • 1 lb Brussel Sprouts, cleaned and cut in half
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Coconut oil (several tablespoons - I used about 4)
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup red wine (controversial item may or may not be paleo)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Melt coconut oil.
  3. Cook the Brussel Sprouts, onions and allspice until they the vegetables have started to caramelize.
  4. Add the red wine, red wine vinegar and honey.
  5. Adjust heat so that the sauce thickens and coats the sprouts.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Mocha Recipe

January 11, 2013 By Maryann

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Mocha Recipe

The Inspiration

When I was younger and my mother would be on a diet she had this great little tip for dealing with those sweet cravings she would sometimes have. She would make a sugar free hot chocolate. That was back when we didn’t realize that artificial sweeteners were so bad for you, so today I decided to update that idea. I’ve taken the same principle and made a Gluten free Dairy free Sugar Free Mocha Recipe instead.

The Modern Update of the Classic

I have used stevia to give sweetness while keeping it natural. Stevia happens to be the preferred sweetener of Dr. Mercola, the well known alternative doctor. I also updated it by using coffee which adds a robustness to the drink and makes it more suitable to any time of day. Then to keep it dairy free and to keep it low calorie I have used So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer Original. If you have been following I decided to join Weight Watchers On-line and this little concoction is only 1 PointsPlus point. I think that is pretty good and easy to drink! To make it really special I like to use NuNaturals Liquid Peppermint Stevia, which seems perfect during the winter season.

The Recipe: Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Mocha Recipe


Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Mocha Recipe

Author:Matthew's Puzzle

Recipe type:Beverage


A delicious sugar free mocha that will satisfy your sweet tooth.


  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia
  • Coffee (I use decaf )
  • NuNaturals Liquid Peppermint Stevia OR peppermint extract (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer Original


  1. In a medium mug mix the cocoa powder and the stevia, you may wish to mix in a small amount of water to keep the cocoa from clumping when the coffee is added.
  2. Add the coffee and peppermint if using.
  3. Add creamer.
  4. Stir.
  5. Serve Immediately.

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Pear Salsa WW Points 1

January 4, 2013 By Maryann

My husband decided to make a lovely pork carnitas the other night and since I’m using Weight Watchers I thought it might be nice to make my own salsa to accompany it. We have lovely seckel pears from our CSA that needed to be eaten so I chose them for the salsa; and pear salsa was born. The beauty of this fresh salsa is that each serving is only 1 Weight Watchers point! I hope you enjoy this salsa and make it frequently while pears are in season.

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Pear Salsa Recipe


Pear Salsa WW Points 1

Author:Matthew's Puzzle



  • 4 seckel pears, ripe
  • 1 small to medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro


  1. In a small saucepan over medium to high heat, combine all the ingredients except the cilantro.
  2. Cook until mixture begins to boil.
  3. Lower heat to low-medium and simmer until tomatoes are tender and juice begins to thicken a bit.
  4. Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. This serves 12 and each serving is 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Point.

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If You're Given the Green Light to Cook

When you're eating gluten-free, you must avoid the grains wheat, barley, rye, and most oats. This is tricky because these grains and ingredients made from them are included in many packaged products.

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In general, avoid the following foods if you have celiac disease: Cereals, breads, or other grain products that include wheat, rye, barley, or oats. This includes white or whole-wheat flour (including cookies, crackers, cakes, and most other baked goods), semolina, couscous, bread crumbs, most pastas, and malt.

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A tiny amount—possibly even smaller than the eye can see—could trigger a variety of bodily reactions. Symptoms of glutening are often digestive (abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation). However, gluten exposure can also cause headaches, anxiety, brain fog, skin rashes, or problems with a variety of body systems.

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When cooking gluten-free, there are two important things to remember:
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Avoid contamination with products containing gluten:
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Avoid einkorn, emmer, spelt, kamut, wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, and hydrolyzed wheat protein. Stay away from emulsifiers, dextrin, mono- and di-glycerides, seasonings, and caramel colors because they can contain gluten.

Is gluten destroyed by heat? ›

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