The Evolution of Paleo Cajun Lady

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Just as the cave people have evolved into the people we are today, Paleo Cajun Lady has evolved from the paleo blog I created two years ago. When I debuted this blog, I never imagined I would be writing this post, a little over two years later, having put my lupus into remission, and in the best shape of my life.

Paleo Cajun Lady was created as my living journal, writing about how I was dealing with healing my newly diagnosed Lupus, and creating paleo recipes of my favorite Cajun foods. The name was simply the word “paleo”, put before the name of my grandfather’s shrimp boat, Cajun Lady. I had only started eating paleo, with my first 21 Day Sugar Detox, about two months before starting the blog. I hadn’t even been introduced to The Paleo Approach, the book that changed my life, for the better, yet. I was an excited paleo newbie, ready to share my autoimmune healing journey with the world.

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Highlights from the last two years of Paleo Cajun Lady.

This blog has seen me through starting the AIP, suffering set backs, the creation of tons of recipes, meeting new friends, going out of my comfort zone, having recipes featured in national magazines, creating my own cookbook, guest posting on several popular blogs, contributing to several interviews, collaborative cookbooks, and the first ever Autoimmune Wellness Bundle, putting my lupus into remission, and rebuilding my body into the stronger version it is today. It’s truly amazing to look back and see all Paleo Cajun Lady has allowed me to do, in these two short years. I am truly grateful to all of you, those who have been with me from the beginning and those who have just come aboard, for helping me to make Paleo Cajun Lady the success it has become. Blessings to you all!

As time moves forward, and I reach certain health goals, Paleo Cajun Lady evolves. When I first came up with the name of my blog, I had no idea I would one day be imprisoned in this dietary choices cage of judgement and scrutiny. Now that I’ve been able to reintroduce more foods into my daily diet, dairy being the most controversial, I’ve found myself having to answer for my personal dietary choices, almost daily. The main problem, I believe, is the name of my blog, Paleo Cajun Lady. And, I do also realize, it’s very confusing to some who are new to my journey. I did consider changing the name; but, it’s such a complicated process. Besides, what am I supposed to do, throw away the last two years of my life? That hardly seems fair, just because I now indulge in some raw milk cheese!

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Then & Now! From the first recipe posted on Paleo Cajun Lady, to what I’m eating now

So, here’s what I’ve decided to do. I’m keeping Paleo Cajun Lady exactly what it was intended to be, MY personal journey to wellness. My posts will evolve with me, as I try new, healthy dietary choices, and reintroduce more healthy foods. For whatever topic you’re here for, simply type a keyword into the search box at the top of this page, and all relevant posts will be there for you. That way, whether you’re here for autoimmune or keto, you’ll easily find what you need.

Now, there will be some changes happening. I will be switching my Instagram, and all future social media accounts, to my real name, Tara Perillo. In the next several months, I will be debuting new websites and unveiling new projects. Because I don’t want to subject myself to persecution by the paleo, vegan, etc. Gestapo, I will be using my actual name. I will be able to post and create recipes freely that way. I will no longer be forced to stay in the paleo box.

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Tara Perillo, Paleo Cajun Lady, now! Healthy and happy!

I don’t want anyone to misunderstand why I’m making these changes. It’s not that I think paleo is bad, or unhealthy in any way. The AIP is an amazing protocol! I would never have been able to go into remission without it. But, the elimination phase is not meant to last forever. Once you’re healed, you should actually reintroduce foods into your diet. That is exactly what I’ve done. I have people ask me all the time, “Why did you change your diet?”. I didn’t change my diet. All I did was reintroduce foods that my body tolerates. There are still several foods I have not been able to reintroduce, such as black pepper, raw tomatoes, and soy. Currently, I eat a more primal, gluten-free, and ketogenic diet. This fits me well. In fact, I’ve never felt more energetic and healthy. However, I would have never gotten to this point without the AIP and paleo. Until you take all of the possible symptom inducing foods out of your diet, you have no idea which foods are making and keeping you sick. So, that’s a necessity. Plus, the lifestyle changes learned and tweaked through the AIP are key to fully healing autoimmunity. You see, the last two years of my life were spent learning that. And that’s what I’ve shared with you, through Paleo Cajun Lady. That’s why the name is staying. I’ve earned it!

I hope you’ll continue to heal and evolve with me.

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!

Smooches,
Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Paleo Ghee These Wings Are Tasty Recipe- AIP Modifications

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I know I don’t typically give you two recipes in one week.  But, I’m sitting on a truckload of recipes right now.  Rather than continue to sit on them, I decide to post an extra one this week.  Boy, is it a good one.  There is a reason I named them “Ghee These Wings Are Tasty”!  I may be prejudiced; but, they are the best chicken wings I have ever tasted.

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Paleo “Ghee These Wings Are Tasty” chicken wings

The original recipe does call for some level one reintroductions, and the reintroduction of ghee.  However, I have made modifications for those of you who are on elimination phase AIP, and those who are dairy free.  I’ve had them both ways.  They’re both delicious!

These “Ghee These Wings Are Tasty” chicken wings are gluten free, grain free, nut free, and nightshade free.  It’s not easy to find a good chicken wing recipe that has no nightshades.  Believe me, I’ve searched high and low.  Plus, this wing recipe is coated, just the way I love them.

Paleo Ghee These Wings Are Tasty Recipe- AIP Modifications

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 to 3 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place coating ingredients and chicken wings into large bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  3. Mix, coating wings well.
  4. Lay coated wings on large baking sheet pan, lined with parchment paper.
  5. Drizzle melted cooking fat over wings.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Flip wings over, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. During the last 10 minutes, make sauce by melting ghee over low heat.
  9. Once melted, add garlic and continue to heat for 10 minutes, over low heat.
  10. Remove wings from oven and place in large bowl.
  11. Pour hot sauce over wings and toss lightly.
  12. Plate wings.
  13. Pour extra sauce, from bottom of bowl, over wings.
  14. Serve.
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Hope you enjoy my “Ghee These Wings Are Tasty” recipe.  Next week, I’ll have the Oregano Roasted White Sweet Potatoes recipe (also in the photo above) up for you.  I also have a wonderful giveaway coming next Friday.  I’ll be giving away a copy of All-American Paleo Table by Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats.  Be sure to check back for details.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation.  Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy- AIP Option

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As I’m writing this post, I’m suffering from the worst ear and sinus infection I’ve had in years.  My balance is completely off, making walking a very funny sight.  It’s too bad I finished off the last of my Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy a couple of days ago.  I could really go for some comfort food right now.

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Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy

This recipe brings you all the flavor of the meatloaf you grew up eating, with the added veggies Mom was always trying to get you to eat.  It’s filled with kale and mushrooms for a taste you’ll love.  If you’re on the AIP, just leave out the egg and add 2 tablespoons filtered water.  Don’t like mushrooms? Sub in some onions.  It’s completely customizable!

Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy- AIP Option

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf, about 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

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Ingredients

  • Meatloaf
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 egg (omit for AIP & add 2 tablespoons filtered water)
  • 2 tablespoons Otto’s Cassava Flour or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Gravy
  • 1 tablespoon cooking fat
  • 1 tablespoon Otto’s Cassava Flour
  • 2 shallots, sliced into rings
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped basil
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix together all meatloaf ingredients.
  3. Empty mixture onto a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper.
  4. Form into a loaf.
  5. Place in oven and bake until cooked through, about 40-45 minutes.
  6. While meatloaf is baking, make gravy.
  7. Melt cooking fat, over medium heat, in a medium saucepan.
  8. Add cassava flour and continuously stir until light brown in color.
  9. Add shallots to saucepan.
  10. Stir.
  11. Pour in one cup of broth.
  12. Stir well until gravy is no longer separated.
  13. Cook for 5 minutes.
  14. Slowly add in remaining broth, stirring well.
  15. Add in coconut aminos, basil and salt.
  16. Lower heat.
  17. Continue to cook, over low heat, for 10 minutes.
  18. Remove from heat.
  19. Serve over meatloaf.
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Enjoy my Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy recipe.  I hope it brings back pleasant memories of childhood meals.

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Paleo Meatloaf with Shallot Gravy dinner

I’m headed to the doctor’s office today.  Normally, I wouldn’t even bother to go, with an ear and sinus infection; but, I wanted to have some blood work done anyway.  If you receive my newsletter, you read about how important it is to listen to what your body is telling you. The day I wrote that, I was experiencing problems with my balance while doing my workout.  I also didn’t have the strength and endurance I usually have.  Little did I know at the time, I would wake up to this horrible infection.  Luckily, I paid attention to the clues my body was giving me.  I didn’t go overboard while working out when I just wasn’t feeling it.  Always listen to what your body is telling you.  When you tune into what your body is saying, you will know right away if something is just not right.  Then, you can treat yourself well.

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase from one of these links, I may receive compensation.  Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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