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How to Focus on Slowing Down During the Holidays

It's that time of year — the one where everything is merry and bright, and people are cheerful, and there's no stress anywhere. Oh wait. For most of us, I think the holiday reality is something closer to chaos, frenzy, and exhaustion. Frankly, I always love the idea of holidays, but when they arrive, suddenly it's all about trying to find the presents, making food, arranging schedules, and generally wishing for January 1st. Maybe it's the introvert in me, but holidays tend … Continue reading

41 Holiday Gift Ideas: A Paleo Gift Guide

If you’re searching for a healthy gift to give this holiday season, look no further! Putting together our annual Paleo gift guide was a breeze—we just listed all the things that we’re hoping Santa stuffs our stockings with! In case you missed them, here’s our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, which are also packed full of Paleo and fitness gifts galore. Need a hand cooking a healthy Paleo holiday feast this year? PaleoPlan’s got you covered! Download a … Continue reading


Pumpkin Custard

If you want to embrace the pumpkiny nature of Thanksgiving, but making a pie seems too daunting, then this pumpkin custard recipe is the perfect easy dessert that will delight your diners with both presentation and flavor! It can be prepared in individual serving glasses, or in one large glass dish, with the same, festive results! … Continue reading


Whole Citrus Roasted Turkey

The turkey is always the “big deal” of the Thanksgiving feast, yet many worry that it’s too hard to roast their own whole turkey. This Whole Citrus Roasted Turkey recipe yields delicious, juicy results without a ton of headache and with the fresh, unexpected zestiness of citrus flavors. You’ll be sure to delight the palates of your guests (and yourself!) with this exceptionally mouth-watering bird that is anything but dry. … Continue reading

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10 Tips For a 4th of July Paleo Party

Holiday celebrations are traditionally based around sharing food with friends and family, which can get a little tricky when you’re eating Paleo. The Fourth of July tends to be dominated by barbeques, hamburgers and hot dogs, booze, explosions, setting things on fire, and other American favorites.  Whether you’re navigating a non-Paleo party this year or throwing your own 4th of July celebration, here’s a few tips that will help you to party Paleo-style! If you eat partially Paleo (80/20 rule … Continue reading


Seeing Green For A Paleo St. Patrick’s Day!

I've been a fan of St. Patrick's Day for as long as I can remember, even though I'm not really Irish. I say not really because there's only a small part of my genetics that are Irish (a whopping 5%). I'm primarily German, with some roots in the Amish community. While German food is great, I've always been a huge fan of Irish food, Irish culture, and well, Ireland itself. One of the extra bonuses I got from marrying my … Continue reading


Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie

This Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie recipe provides all of the delightful flavor of the savory, Irish favorite shepherd's pie, but with a more upscale (and Paleo!) presentation. By cooking each component separately, it allows for a unique celebration of each ingredient's best flavors. Buffalo steaks make this dish unique, although lamb or beef work just as well. While this isn't a quick throw together meal, the effort put into cooking this dish will pay off and it'll quickly become a favorite … Continue reading


Irish Soda Bread

Almost every pub in Ireland has its own special way to make soda bread. This Irish soda bread recipe rises from the interaction of baking soda, cream of tartar, and apple cider vinegar. It has just a hint of sweetness that will make it the perfect complement to your soup, stew, or roast (or paired with ghee for a quick snack). Soda bread by nature is dense and dry, but this allows it to perfectly soak up the flavors of whatever … Continue reading


Paleo Plan Holiday Gift Guide

DOWNLOAD OUR PDF VERSION - print and start shopping...   Looking for the perfect gift for the Paleo or fitness fanatic in your life? Our team at Paleo Plan has put together this uber handy shopping list of a few of our favorite things...that we’re pretty sure the Paleo peeps in your life are gonna love too! Most of these gifts are available online, and if you place your orders soon, they should arrive before the holidays do. Happy shopping, and … Continue reading


Hot Cocoa

What would cold weather be without hot cocoa? This easy to make Paleo Hot Cocoa recipe is packed with vitamins and perfect for a cold or rainy day. If you didn't realize that you can enjoy hot cocoa while on the Paleo diet, well today's your lucky day! This  dark chocolaty Paleo drink is made from the highest quality  ingredients and has a rich  creaminess that rivals even the most expensive brands (think Godiva). Serve it to your friends at your next event … Continue reading


Vegetable Trinity

Our Vegetable Trinity recipe is an elegant and impressive side dish to serve your guests when you need to impress. This winter-root inspired dish is a stunning accompaniment to any holiday meal. Dazzle your guests with this festive medley of seasonal vegetables, each imparting a unique flavor that perfectly complements one another. Serve this beautiful side dish in a martini glass or get creative with the presentation to accentuate the delicious trinity of colors. If you enjoyed this Vegetable Trinity recipe, try … Continue reading


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate recipe is bursting will flavor and makes a wonderful side dish for a variety of meals. This colorful dish also makes a perfect addition to your Paleo holiday meal - green and white Brussels sprouts, ruby red pomegranate seeds, and crisp toasted hazelnuts unite in a festive flavor fusion! This dish is easy to make, and hard not to love. If you enjoyed this Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate recipe, try our Brussels Sprout and Apple Salad recipe next time.  Looking for … Continue reading


Free-Range Pastured Whole Turkey

The turkey is always the “big deal” of the Thanksgiving feast, yet many worry that it’s too hard to roast their own whole turkey. This Free-Range Pastured Whole Turkey recipe yields delicious, juicy results without a ton of headache. Pastured turkeys are generally smaller in size, but this whole turkey recipe also works with free-range, organic, or conventional turkeys just as well. You’ll be sure to delight the palates of your guests with this exceptionally mouth-watering bird that is anything … Continue reading

5 Tips To Get Back On The Paleo Train

I hope all your holidays were fantastic and that you enjoyed some much-deserved time off to be with your families and friends. Seth and I went to his parents' house and spent a few relaxing days playing Catch Phrase, eating good food, putting together an entire winter scene (that's what's in the picture), and opening fun presents. Our dinner wasn't anything too ornate, since we went nutso on Thanksgiving with cooking. Our Simple Christmas Dinner We bought a couple three-pound … Continue reading


Q&A: Navigating A Non-Paleo Holiday

We recently received a question from a reader that we think you might be able to relate with. With the holiday season in full force right now, a lot of you are stressing about how you're going to navigate Christmas dinner and dessert without offending, confusing, and/or alienating your family... Q: Hi, I am wondering how you get around being at social functions? Being Italian, big holiday meals are the norm for my family. I get frustrated trying to explain … Continue reading