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I’m not a “diet guy” and this is definitely not a special diet focused blog. However, I get asked all the time for paleo recipes for those following the paleo diet or living a paleo lifestyle. The requests and inquiries led me to research the paleo way, and in doing so I learned that much of my cooking is aligned with a paleo diet (no dairy, heavy vegetable emphasis, lean proteins). All my paleo friendly recipes can be found here. They include sides, main entrees, soups, etc. and follow the food fidelity way which is smart, creative and big on flavor. Examples include tea rubbed smoked salmon, coffee-rubbed hanger steak, and collard greens with smoked brisket.

"Love of My Life" Greens Gumbo Z'Herbes

It's about that time of year for soul-warming comfort foods, and one of the iconic dishes to come out of Louisiana is gumbo z'herbes. This classic soup has its roots deeply enmeshed in Creole history, traditionally made in celebration of Lenten observances such as Easter. It’s often referred to as “green” Gumbo because it incorporates …

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"BMO" Smoked Cornish Hen Recipe

I'm not saying this is the best Cornish hen recipe ever, but these smoked cornish hens are basically next level "herb chicken!" These little birds get top-notch treatment; they're dry brined, marinated, smoked and then fried for both internal juiciness and external crispiness. Most recipes for smoke cornish hens involve pieces of the hen, but I prefer to smoke the entire …

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"You Know How We Do It" grilled mahi mahi with papaya-tequila lime sauce

If you're looking for a delicious seafood dinner, grilled mahi mahi is where it's at! This lean white fish is flavorful and easy to grill up, making it the perfect meal when you're short on time. Plus, mahi mahi is packed with vitamins and minerals - so you can feel good about eating healthy. Absolutely …

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"Afraid" crispy roasted okra

Crispy roasted okra is one of my new favorite veggies. Its a no-fuss, delicious side that is ready in less than 30 minutes. Down here in Texas we're lucky to still be able to get fresh okra locally. If you're fortunate enough as well this is a great side you can add that will free you up to focus on other dishes. Many people fear okra because of the slime. Don't fear the slime, as a matter of fact, follow the great Nelson Mandela's words and don't fear anything - "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." I recently discovered the musician Mimi. She is an incredibly inspiring and brave artist. Check out her song "Afraid" as an example of her talent and testimony.

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"Take Some, Leave Some" Smoked Baby Back Jerk Ribs

Grilling season for me is all year round. I'm not much for rain, but the elements generally do not stop me from that grill life, especially during football playoffs season. Big games are scheduled this winter weekend so I'll be pretending I'm vacationing in the islands with an ice cold Red Stripe Lager and these slow-smoked jerk ribs. Make this for your gameday experience or wait til the summer if you're not inclined to deal with the weather. Enjoy

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"O Pato" Couve Mineira (Brazilian Collard Greens)

As I continue to make dishes rooted in South American cuisine, this Brazilian Collard Greens dish is one of my favorite. It's simple, quick, but has crazy amounts of flavor. Brazilians cut their greens into thin strips kinda like shredded paper. This allows for a very quick cook, ??? (15 minutes) sauted in an oil infused by smoked ham hocks, lots of garlic, and onions.

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