Not only is it holiday season for me, but it is birthday celebration time for me. Starting with my friend Shadow’s birthday at the end of October, it is a non-stop flow of birthdays leading right up to Christmas. This week is choke full of birthdays (shot-out to my uncle Doug and cousin Melinda), one of which is my dear friend Tabitha’s. She is a cross-fit junky. Really, she can’t go a day without talking about crossfit. As it is a day to celebrate her and her life, I caved. I caved in to throwing a crossfit themed party for her. She wanted a simple night in with friends. So I am giving it to her. As well as some tasty food options. Throwing a party gives me the opportunity to work on my catering, party food menu. I have been WANTING to try out this recipe for some time, a crossfit party is like an open invitation to go for it. So I dove in. Holy sh** these were GOOD! Perfect little sizes baked into these muffins tins. Reminiscent of my spaghetti pie, only with individual servings. Right now is the time for holiday parties. Give these a go. Dive in yourself. Treat your friends. Treat yourself. NOW! Happy Birthday Tab, love you girl, hope you have the best day ever.
Paleo Spaghetti Cups
Winter is quickly approaching. The cloudy snow-filled clouds are getting near. It is time to make some warm and cozy grub. Growing up, my grandmother’s chili was where it is out. If it’s cold outside you can guarantee I want a heart-warming bowl of soup (just click the link for my Butternut Soup). To me grandmother’s chili wasn’t just about the bomb flavors, but the memories that come with me. That’s what food is. It is soulful. It is memories. It is our history. Part of our story. Part of the traditional. Little bits of the past that we can cherish and pass on. But part of that food art is dying. We have to teach our kids our traditions. Teach them the comfort. Teach them the home-cooked goodness. Teach them the love for cooking and self-sufficiency. We have to forge food connections. Food brings us together. At the holidays I guess this seems more nostalgic than normal to me. Celebrating 5 years since my grandpa’s passing, any moment I can have with my family means the world to me. My friends and family are my top priority. They matter. They bring meaning to my life. They make it richer.
In preparing this dish it brings all this to life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, cooking is more than following a recipe. It is a feeling. It is passion. It is love. It is a way of self-expression. It connects people. It brings our past into the present. So in making this dish I have taken what I remember of my grandmother’s chili and brought it up to date. Do the same. Take your family’s secret recipe and give it life.
Paleofied Grandma’s Chili
I stopped dead in my tracks at our local grocer Baesler’s the other day because of this awesome looking pumpkin pasta sauce. Okay initially I saw the gluten-free, then I saw the All Natural and then I read the ingredients. Hmm…not bad, not bad at all. Let’s give it a go. I knew I didn’t want to pair it with red meat, so I opted for a chicken variation. Oh my, this pasta freaking rocked. So blissfully good, it had that savory sweet flavor profile I crave. But also it felt homey. and boy was it filling. If you can find this or if you’d like to make your own I’d say try some pumpkin pasta.
This is hands down one of my favorite things I’ve made. Naturally we have a weekly paleo pizza night, but growing up I was a spaghetti kind of girl. While my mom was pregnant with me rather than the sweet tooth she had with my sister, she was an all-out Italian craver with me. I full-on think pregnancy addiction and tastes stick with us. My sister still has to have something sweet and sugary each day. This was so homey, good and filling but I didn’t want to stop. Plus it was super easy to make, which is always a positive. Keep it simple and just make good tasting food that the whole family will like. I got a nasty instagram reply to this from my roommate. Hint: Look in the fridge Tab I always leave leftovers. Verdict was this recipe was a total keeper.
Spaghetti & Meatball Pie