A Spirited Paleo Christmas

A primal shake up on a traditional tequila cocktail. 

It’s Christmas. The kids are out of school, and we plan to live in our jammies for the next two weeks. We also plan to enjoy some Christmas cheer, but not at the expense of sabotaging our well-being. (Our mental clarity, perhaps.) But even liquid defense to combat family lunacy isn’t worth the sugar crash and hangover that’s inevitable with traditional cocktails. So, here’s our little primal take on holiday libations. Feliz Navidad, mis amigos.



What you’ll need:

A quality tequila, 100% agave if you’ve got it

Juice from half a lime

100% grapefruit juice

Sea salt

Club soda


What you’ll do:

Fill a highball glass with ice. Sprinkle about a quarter teaspoon of sea salt over the ice. Add your lime juice and a splash of grapefruit juice. Pour about two ounces of tequila in, and top off with club soda. Give a quick stir, and get your cave rave started. Adjust salt and grapefruit juice to taste.

Carol of the Kale

A comforting and delicious one-skillet kale sauté packed with gut-loving nutrition.

(originally published December 12, 2013)

I taught an evening group class at the gym last night. Wilson was out of town (shocker), so my kiddos had to tag along. Naturally, they put me through the gauntlet of little kid manipulatory tactics that tend to arise daily around the witching hour. Namely, the “Maaaaaaahhhmmmm. We’re huuuuuungry.”  So, ill-prepared as I was and needing to skiddadle, I engaged in THE cardinal of cardinal sins… Sonic. (Shameful. But, to be honest, it happens. Not often, but it does happen. There it is. Cat’s outta the bag. WE. CHEAT.)

They scarfed those burgers and fries with reckless abandon. I felt guilty, for a millisecond. But then moved on, for there’s no sense in crying over consumed grains (and sugar, and processed oils, unnecessary salt, preservatives, nuclear-grade unidentified chemical compounds…). They felt terrible afterward. I know this because my seven year old said to me, “I sure thought that tasted good… about an hour ago.”

Touché, my little ankle biter. Deviation is appropriate in many scenarios. Primal not being one of them.

Anyway, the short of it is, I still hadn’t eaten. And when momma’s hungry, ain’t nobody happy. Wrapped up class, came home, got the girls to bed and I started scrounging in the fridge. Spotted my two primal food essentials that I always keep on hand… Kale and BACON.

And in this Christmas season, I was inspired to chop a little, render a little and sauté my way to satiation, and happiness.Kale_saute_large

I call it, Christmas Kale. Jingle all the way.

Here’s what when down.

3-5 strips bacon

6-8 large button mushrooms, sliced

1/2 small onion, rough chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 links free-range smoked buffalo sausage

1 bunch fresh kale

handful raw cashews

fresh lemon juice

cherry tomatoes

Rough chop the bacon, and put in a medium-hot skillet. Once the bacon begins to render, toss in the mushrooms and sauté until they begin to brown a bit. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until translucent. (But because I was ravenous, and I like crunch, I didn’t wait that long. Also, I had some buffalo sausage on hand, so I threw that in there. You could do the same with any protein, or just stick with the bacon. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.) Wash and chop the kale, throw it in the pan along with the cashews and toss to coat in the bacon grease. When the kale takes on a beautiful bright green color, sprinkle the whole mess with some lemon juice and black pepper, toss in a handful of cherry tomatoes, give it a good 10-Mississippi, and dig in.

I’d eat it straight outta the skillet if I were you. Granted… I’m working on my manners.