Paleo Pesto Kale Salad - delicious kale salad with lots of veggies and a paleo (and vegan!) pesto. Prep ahead for lunches and top with an egg or roasted chicken for a complete meal!

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Yes, this is going to be a cookbook review for a vegan cookbook, The Edgy Veg.

And I know I’m not vegan but I love a vegan cookbook because a lot of the recipes (if you skip the processed ingredients) end up being paleo. Like this kale salad. Totally paleo, full of good stuff, and delicious as is if you are a vegan or, if you’re like me, perfect with a poached egg or a roasted chicken thigh on top.

So last Christmas break, my kids went to our hometown with their dad for, like, 3 weeks. And I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I ended up binge watching just about every video on The Edgy Veg’s youtube channel. Talked a friend into driving me to Whole Foods in Austin (I had no windows on my Jeep and it was very very very cold) and bought a ton of vegan ingredients and then we made, like, 7 recipes from their channel.

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Paleo Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup is full of spicy, cozy flavor. Plus, it’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner!

Paleo Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup is full of spicy, cozy flavor. And it’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner!

One of my favorite favorite FAVORITE parts about fall is squash. I love squash. A few weeks ago I drove several towns over to a grocery store that I knew would have different varieties of squash than the stores in my town.

And I spent, like, 30 bucks on squash.

Just squash. Six different varieties of squash though.

But still, my favorite will always be butternut squash. Even though it’s pretty widely available all year long, I still go butternut squash crazy every fall.

I put it in eggs in the morning, I bake it into muffins, I top salads with it, and, of course, I make soup with it.

My all-time favorite is my Autumn Squash Soup (which can also be made paleo if you just substitute full fat coconut milk for the heavy cream and maybe just use fresh apple instead of apple juice) and I make that one at least once a week.

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Paleo Apple Ice Cream is the perfect fall treat. Who says it has to be summer to enjoy ice cream?

Paleo Apple Pie Ice Cream recipe - the perfect healthy fall treat! #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Does everyone look forward to apple season as much as I do?

I really don’t care about apples all year long but as soon as fall rolls around, I’m checking my grocery store every day to see if the honeycrisps are under 5 bucks a pound. So far this year I’ve made an upside down apple cake, a grilled cheese, and I’ve currently got 4 different varieties of apples in my fridge.

You know, just in case I need a gala apple instead of a pink lady.

As if I can really tell the difference.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies will be your new favorites, for all time. Paleo or not, these babies are gorgeous!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies - the BEST paleo cookies! Even the non-paleo people in your life will love these!

Meet my new favorite cookie.

I’m having this thing with coconut this summer. It started with this peanut coconut sauce that I was making daily and putting on everything and now I’ve moved onto cookies.

I mean, can you blame me? Coconut and chocolate is such a perfect combination.

Naturally, I’m obsessed with these Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies.

I have been making a batch almost every week and then I’ll make some paleo ice cream and I’ll count down the minutes until the kids go to bed so I can sandwich the ice cream between these cookies and enjoy them in total silence.

That’s totally normal, right?

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Paleo strawberry ice cream is so yummy! Bursting with fresh fruit, it’s one summer treat that can’t be missed.

Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream - a healthier way to do ice cream. Only 4 ingredients and super delicious!

One of my favorite things about summer is homemade ice cream. I have already made several different ice cream recipes this summer, including my favorite pistachio with chocolate chunks and a homemade orange sherbet that my kids couldn’t stop raving about.

But, you know, I don’t exactly need to be eating real dairy ice cream every day. It makes me so sluggish and blah the following day every time. So yeah, that’s where this Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream came in.

Paleo ice cream is actually really easy. Like, even easier than regular homemade ice cream because the coconut milk just doesn’t seem to scorch as easily as heavy cream.

Tell me I’m not the only one that always scorches the heavy cream.

So paleo ice cream is just coconut milk (the canned kind, not the kind in the carton in the refrigerated section) with honey and egg yolks. You cook that down until it’s nice and thick and then chill it overnight. After that, you blend it up with your fresh strawberries and then freeze it in your ice cream maker.

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