Biscuits and gravy? Yes please!!

I absolutely love biscuits and gravy but the original version is definitely not a healthy one. Thankfully there are brilliant people in the world and one of them came up with a healthy alternative. Below are direct links to the website where I found these recipes. I have made this recipe twice in the last two weeks. The first time I followed the recipe exactly. Yesterday I omitted the shrimp and I didn’t taste any difference. So if you are allergic to shell fish that is an option. There is a little touch of sweetness due to the sweet potatoes and coconut milk but it still manages to pull off the savory side. And this combo is super tasty. This recipe was given the Paleo Pin-up, semi paleo gidget and Non-caveman approval, which is surprising because the Non-caveman hates sweet potatoes.
The Gravy
Note: Don’t forget to use a nitrite/preservative free sausage.
The Biscuits
If you are short for time, and don’t have time to bake sweet potatoes there is a faster option. Some stores have these pre-wrapped sweet potatoes that can be microwaved in 6-7 minutes. Or you can make your batch the night before and refrigerate.

Mary had a little lamb and it was delicious…

So if you don’t already follow this lady’s blog I suggest you do because so far I have not been disappointed by any of her recipes. Here is her Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb recipe I cooked this last night and it was fantastic. It was given a Paleo Pin-up, Semi Paleo Gidget and Non-Caveman approval.

Like I said before I am lazy so instead of running to the store to buy fresh herbs like it calls for in the original recipe,I used dry herbs. I have a cabinet full of a wide range of herbs so this option was the most convenient for me.


Herb crusted leg of lamb

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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•4-5lb bone in leg of lamb

•2-4 heads of garlic, Slice the top 1/4 off to expose individual cloves.

•5-6 tablespoons dijon mustard

•1 cup fine ground almond flour

•1/4 cup olive oil

•1 tablespoon dried thyme

•1 tablespoon dried tarragon

•1 teaspoon dried parsley

•1 teaspoon dried rosemary

•1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

•salt and pepper, to taste

The Process

1.Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

2.Pat the lamb dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt and pepper on it and let it sit for 30 minutes or so to come to room temperature.

3.In a bowl, mix  together the almond flour,  herbs, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

4. Coat the top and sides of the lamb with the mustard

5.Using you fingers or a  spatula spread the herb mixture on the top  and sides of the lamb. Place the lamb on a rack in a large roasting pan, the fat  side  up. The original recipes calls for spreading the herb mixture on the bottom side as well but I find It easier just to do the top and the sides.

6.Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil or wax paper and place in the pan with the lamb

7.Place pan in the oven to roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

8.Next reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue roasting until your thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, registers 130 degrees for medium-rare, 1.25 to 1.5 hours.

9. When lamb is done let it rest for 20 minutes or so while you prepare any sides.

The garlic you roasted with the lamb can be squeezed out like a jelly,so squeeze and spread over your lamb.. YUM!!!

You are what you put on your skin?

Everybody knows that your skin is your biggest organ. It is exposed to the elements more than any other organ. When most people think of living a healthy lifestyle they sometimes don’t even consider what it is they are putting on their skin. It makes perfect sense though. Your skin absorbs what goes on it and “it” can enter your blood stream. So it is only obvious that if you are watching what you put into your body, you should also be watching what you put ON your body.

It is still unsure if the link between breast cancer and the aluminum in antiperspirants is legit, but that is a chance people shouldn’t risk to not smell funky.. I don’t know about you but when I sweat, I sweat. And it doesn’t smell great either. So I had wanted to try a deodorant that wouldn’t kill me one day. So I ordered the lavender version of this all natural deodorant, here is a link if you want to check it out I actually found that it worked well as long as I wasn’t active. My funk can get through any barrier, no joke, so I am not surprised that by the end of the day my armpits were on slap, lol. Even the strongest of deodorants have failed to hold it back. The downside of this product was that it darkened and toughened the skin under my armpits. Not sure what that was all about but it freaked me out and I had to stop using it. It took a few weeks for the discoloration and toughness to fade. I have read plenty of good reviews on it so I would still recommend it as an alternative to traditional deodorant especially if you don’t sweat a lot. Just test a small patch of skin first to make sure you don’t have the same reaction I did for a couple of weeks.

Some other things to consider…..
1. Use jojoba oil or 100% coco butter as a moisturizer instead of regular lotions.
2. Use an oil facial cleanser instead of soap (I have been using an oil cleanser and I love it)
Here is a recipe to make you own
3. Try paraben and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner
4. Olive oil does wonders for dry skin and hair 🙂
5. Use all natural soap

These simple changes aren’t that hard to do, so give it a try. Ciao.

Arms are like jello, lol.

I started back up at my local crossfit today. The owner/trainer was shocked to see me but that didn’t stop him from kicking our butts, lol. My laziness has caused the strength I gained from before to completely disappear, and now after one hour of working out my abs and arms I can barely lift my fingers to write this. Hey, no pain no gain, right? I must say I did miss it and I am excited to be back in an environment that is super motivating. So my goal is to lose 35 lbs this year, yup 35.. See, the weird thing about my body is even though I weigh 170 I look like I weigh about 150, I am assuming it is because I have more muscle mass then most women and that is why I look thinner than most women my same weight. But none the less I still want to get the body I once had back when I was at 135 and the only way to do that is through watching what I eat and intense workouts. I will be posting my progress as I go along on this journey.

For me, having a family and going to school full time makes it hard to eat healthy all the time, and finding the energy to get up and workout is even tougher. Everybody is different. Some people like to work out in the mornings (like me) or at the end of the day. For me I find it easier to just get it out of way early, before I start my day, because by the end of the day I have zero desire to workout. I also find it helpful to plan my meals on the weekends so they are ready to go and I know exactly what I am going to eat that week. There are a lot of resources online that can help you plan weekly paleo meals. Here is a link to one I found helpful.

I took the advice of grilling meats on the weekend and what a great idea. The grill adds a flavor that you can not get from a stove and throwing some grilled chicken into a spinach salad is delish 🙂 So give it a shot and let me know what think.

Protein Shakes

So I love protein shakes because they are an easy meal replacement while on the go, and they give you much needed nutrients after a hardcore workout. But finding paleo worthy protein shakes was becoming frustrating. But thankfully Julian’s Bakery came out with Paleo Protein™. It has 1 carb and is made from egg whites. They have a chocolate and vanilla version and you can purchase them through this link

The Review

As far as taste goes for the chocolate version of Paleo Protein™ I was not initially impressed. It did have a weird after taste. So I was determined to make this product worthy of a sweet lovers taste palate because I loved the concept.  I came up with a recipe that not only tastes good but satisfied my hunger and sweet tooth 😉

The Paleo Pin-up Chocolate and Berry Smoothie

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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In a blender add

10oz of purified water

1 scoop of Chocolate Paleo Protein™
Paleo Protein Chocolate (Egg Whites) 1.75lbs

1 cup of frozen organic berry mix/medley or strawberries

1 tbsp of organic almond butter

1 tbsp of coconut crystals

Blend till smooth. Can add more or less water depending on desired thickness. Put in a large insolated cup and hit the road or just lounge and sip..


Welcome to The Paleo Pin-up

So, welcome to my blog! This is my first attempt at anything like this so bear with me. Over the last year I have started to eat more paleo approved meals and dabble in a little crossfit here and there and find myself constantly explaining the purpose of a paleo lifestyle to people all the time. So I figured why not share what I learn as I go along, and give people a place were I can explain everything without having to constantly repeat myself 🙂

Anyone who knows me knows I love food. Especially anything with gravy, cream sauce or chocolate. And when I started eating paleo I feared those delicious comfort foods I adored would be long gone 😦 and to make matters worse I am like the laziest person ever so finding quick and easy paleo meals has become sort of a hobby. So I will share my favorite “close to the original” recipes and tricks with you all as I discover them.

Now when I first started crossfit a year ago and eating paleo I noticed a dramatic increase in my energy levels and weight loss. Within 3 months I had lost 15 lbs and was toning up quite nicely. But like I said before I am lazy and I quit doing the crossfit but kept eating paleo as often as I could because I love the way it makes me feel, healthy. I am once again rejoining the crossfit community and will be sharing my fitness progress with you as well. Maybe seeing my progress will inspire others to take the steps needed to become better versions of themselves.

Crossfit is not easy but it is the workout I recommend. You are pushed to excel, and people support you which helps me work out how I should. My lazy butt would not workout that way at the gym by myself and I definitely would not get the same results taking a leisurely stroll on a treadmill 5 days a week. If you are interested in joining a crossfit gym near you I suggest looking for introductory deals on GROUPON or LIVING SOCIAL first. That’s how I found and joined my local crossfit. You can even “like” your local crossfit on FACEBOOK (if they have a page) and keep an eye out for introductory offers and class time postings.

This week I am going to share the recipe that inspired me to start this blog and yes it has gravy!!

All the recipes I post will be rated according to the following:

Paleo Pin-up approved: means I, the one who loves delicious gourmet meals has enjoyed making and eating this meal.
Semi-paleo gidget approved: means my daughter, a 13 year old picky eater and know it all also enjoyed it.
Non-caveman approved: means the man of the house who prefers canned chili and spam over a healthy paleo meal enjoyed it (surprisingly)


The original recipe can be found at

I basically followed the original recipe but made a few minor changes… Enjoy

Crockpot chicken and gravy

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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•4-5 pound all natural chicken
•2 tablespoons of duck fat ( you can also use Ghee or lard )
•1 small onion, coarsely chopped
•1 leek, coarsely chopped, white parts only
•6 cloves of garlic ( smash and peel )
•1 tablespoon tomato paste
•1/2 cup organic chicken stock
•1 tablespoon of dry poultry seasoning
•Kosher salt and Black pepper to taste

1. Gather and chop up your veggies…

2. Melt the duck fat or fat of choice in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion, leek and garlic till fragrant.

3. Add the tomato paste.

4. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock, and transfer everything to your slow cooker. Dry off the bird and season it well — inside and out — with salt, pepper, and your favorite poultry seasoning.

6. Place the chicken breast side down in the slow cooker, put on the cover, and set it to cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or low for 4-6 hours

7. When the chicken’s done, I like mine falling off the bone, take it out of the slow cooker and let it rest for about 20 minutes.

8. Remove any unwanted fat and bone from the sauce mixture in the crockpot, check for seasoning, and blend it with an immersion blender to make the gravy, yum

Serve with a garlic cauliflower mash and side of veggies

Don’t forget to save any left over gravy for other meals as well.

This meal has been Paleo Pin-up, Semi-paleo gidget and non-caveman approved.