The Benefits of Going Selectitarian

Whether it’s taking on the Paleo Diet, being gluten-free or deciding to become a vegan, Americans are paying more attention to what we eat. And because of that, we’re leading healthier lives.

If you’re like me, there are many reasons why veganism and vegetarianism are attractive to you. For starters, I am an avid animal lover. Little cows and chickens are adorable, and I’ve watched more horrifying food-oriented documentaries than I care to admit. Second, going vegan or vegetarian does wonders for your energy and your health. Third, just because you have to give up animal products doesn’t mean you have to give up everything, so there’s still a whole world of delicious food that you can munch on. I love tofu and Boca burgers and could easily live off of them for an eternity.

The Benefits of Going Selectitarian

All that being said, there is one major reason veganism doesn’t appeal to me: cheese. I love the stuff. And I know dairy isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to consume, but literally everything is better with cheese on it! What’s better than throwing a slice of pepper jack cheese on top of a free-range egg, cooking up some organic bacon and throwing it all on an English muffin?

I’ve gone on vegetarian stints before. I didn’t eat meat for an entire year and it was great! But here are some issues that arise when you choose to not eat meat (even if you don’t go full-on vegan):

  1. Unless you live in California, get ready to eat salad at every restaurant ever (with your only other option being French Fries)
  2. Get ready to have your grandmother be offended by your refusal to eat every meal she cooks
  3. Get used to the idea of cooking your food separately from your family’s because you’re the only one not eating the chicken casserole for dinner

Basically, here’s the solution I’ve come to: I want to be more eco-friendly and not eat little baby cows and chickens, but I also want to eat meat sometimes because it’s convenient and delicious. Hence, I’ve become what I like to call a “selecti-tarian.”

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Sunday Dinner Recipes + March Favorites

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Happy Sunday!

Before we move forward, I want to say I am excited to share this month’s Monthly Favorites video because a lot of the things that are featured in it are actually courtesy of the amazing Liz Wolfe of Real Food Liz (formerly known as Cave Girl Eats). Yes. This means there are plenty of fun paleo treats to expect in the video.

March Favorites 2014

As for Sunday.. who doesn’t love Sundays? I mean. I love Sundays. I love all days. But Sundays are especially nice because they are more laid back and relaxing. No work (unless you’re me, of course, since I work around the clock ;) I love you that much!) but honestly most of my Sundays are spent in the suburbs with my parents so I do get to relax.

Another great thing about Sundays is a tradition that many people hold – Sunday Dinnah! That’s right – the fabulous dinner that is basically the culmination of the best of the best for the family. Unfortunately, Sunday Dinner is not something that is prevalent in my home or family since I live alone but I know a lot of people do it so I decided to put together some great recipes you can use in your next Sunday dinner family cooking extravaganza. Enjoy!

Okay, time for the video! Wee! Enjoy these paleo goodies and more.

This month we have some fun goodies I got from participating in Liz Wolfe’s giveaway for the launch of her book (yes, I won that gigantic giveaway – woohoo!) I haven’t had the chance to try all the stuff so I’m only mentioning some things I got first and actually tried for a while. I’m sure I will cover the others in future video or posts.

The video includes Steve’s Paleo Starter Kit and Buffalo Gal Grass-Fed Beauty. For other fun things are Danielle Laporte’s The Desire Map, as well as The Strengths Finder Test and Unconscious Branding, three interesting books worth looking into.

Lastly – BIG ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE END! And something I got for you FOR FREE! So make sure to watch till the very end!

Email me if you are interested in participating!

Questions for you:
What is your favorite thing from the video?
Also, do you participate in the big Sunday Dinner tradition?

Let me know in the comments!

Crock Pot BEEF Dinner with some Kale for Extra

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Crock Pot. All opinions are my own.

WHERE’S THE BEEF?!

Oh yeah. It’s weird because I used to never crave beef. Then as soon as I stopped dieting and started listening to my body, I realized that I do have times in my life where I actually genuinely crave beef. It’s weird.

But pretty delicious as well ;)

Last time I tried a sausage and chicken dinner so this time it was a bit different flavor. So I was pretty excited to try this dinner from Crock Pot Cuisine for Rustic Beef Stew. Cozy… homey… perfect for a chilly evening.

Delicious crock pot dinner!

I have never in my life made something like this before. At least not by myself. My mom has made stew like this several times but with lamb or veal but not beef. I won’t lie – I felt pretty awesome making such a traditional meal (even if I wasn’t technically making it… oh the beauty of the Crock Pot)

Delicious crock pot dinner!

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Just when you thought Crock Pot dinners couldn’t get any easier

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Crock Pot. All opinions are my own.

You already know that Crock Pot rocks, right?

I mean, I’ve only posted about it like a hundred times before but it’s true – I absolutely love my Crock Pot. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve been trying to use it as much as I can. It’s just so simple and easy!

Crock Pot Meals!

I chop up veggies and brown the meat and add sauce and cover. Leave for work… come back to a  beautifully smelling house with dinner hot and ready to be eaten! I love it!

So I was EVEN more excited when I got the opportunity to try frozen Crock Pot meals from the Crock Pot company itself.

Crock Pot Meals!

The meal I wanted to try first (not sure why) was the Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken. I don’t really know why but this one was saying my name extra strong. I’ve never really had anything Creole-Style and I heard the name Andouille but never knew what it is either so I went for it.

Crock Pot Meals!

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