Over the past year, The Miss Fits have really advocated living a healthy lifestyle through a clean diet and smart exercise. While our blog is mostly exercise focused, it seems appropriate to talk about food this time of year. November is a time for us to give thanks and to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Of course, the season comes with a LOT of food. There are casseroles and soups, salads and pastas, meats and cheese, cookies and cakes, and pumpkin everything.
With this in mind, my fellow Miss Fits and I decided to spend some pre-holiday time together outside the gym. We recently had the opportunity to meet Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo and we couldn’t wait to let her inspiration feed us, literally. We each selected a recipe or two from Sarah’s cookbooks and the outcome was even better than expected.
Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with fried plantain and every time I go to Haiti, I consume an excessive amount of them, but I made fried plantain with carnitas and my own tomatilla/avacado salsa on top. I’m not trying to be biased, but they we pretty darn good. I think these would be awesome after a workout because you get protein from the meat and carbs from the plantain. Regardless, these are a great snack. You can find the recipe for the fried plantains in Sarah’s Everyday Paleo cookbook.
Missy made a delicious veggie soup from Sarah’s Italian Cuisine cookbook. It was simple, yet really tasty. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of some veggies, or just to get some greens on the table, this is such a good and easy way to do that.
Suzanne made seafood enchiladas with tilapia also from the Everyday Paleo cookbook. They were DELISH! They were light but really flavorful and could go with or without a corn tortilla. Throw some avocado and cilantro on top and you’re set.
I have Italian running in my blood, so when I heard about paleo bruschetta, I about fainted. Jen made us artichoke bruschetta and almond cookies, both from the Italian Cuisine cookbook. While some may not think that bruschetta is the same without the crusty bread, this recipe was perfection when served on top of hard salami. For a lighter option, we also enjoyed it on top of cucumber slices but the salami was the unanimous favorite.
The almond cookies were a nice indulgence that were not “too sweet.” I’ll be the first to admit baking paleo style can be intimidating but Jen says this recipe was super easy. The ultimate verdict to the cookies was delicious – just add chocolate next time.
Emily made Italian roasted white sweet potatoes and my favorite dish of the night, mushroom meatballs in tomato sauce, both recipes from Sarah’s Italian Cuisine cookbook. The potatoes were buttery and just the perfect post-workout carb. It’s a healthy way to do comfort food. You can’t do Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes! The meatballs were in tomato sauce and had the best flavor. I promise that you will NOT miss the pasta, because they are so darn good.
Kim made another popular and easy dish, the Better Butter Chicken from Sarah’s Everyday Paleo cookbook. Ethnic food was kind of a theme, and this dish was a tame version of Indian food. It was light to eat and was just straight up good.
Special thanks to Sarah Fragoso. We love your cookbooks and we plan to use many of your delicious recipes during our holiday celebrations. For more information about Sarah and her work, check out her website at http://everydaypaleo.com/. In the meantime, happy eating!