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Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding (and what I did on my summer vacation)


I realize it has been a VERY long time since my last post, and I plan to elaborate a little more on the reasons below…  I tend to get a little annoyed when people pontificate endlessly, and I find myself scrolling and scrolling, all the while thinking, “Get to the point, already!  I want the recipe!” Continue reading


Apple Limeade Smoothie

It’s in the 60’s today in the Dallas area!  Time for a refreshing Apple Limeade Smoothie!

In a blender, combine: 3 cored apples, 4 stalks of celery, juice of one lime, and a handful of ice cubes.  YUM!

A Request for Help/Recipes

Dear friends,

One of my friends/colleagues is currently nursing her husband through cancer treatment.  His recent surgery was successful, and he starts chemotherapy soon, but he is on a VERY restricted diet due to his ileostomy.  His wife (my co-worker and friend) was recently discussing with me the challenge of finding creativity and flavor with very limited food choices.  I responded, “I’m GREAT with recipes!  Send me a list of his food restrictions, and I’ll get to work!”

That evening she emailed me with this link.  Needless to say, I was somewhat bewildered at how limited his choices are.  And while I’m working to come up with healthy, flavorful recipes to send to them, I thought I would reach out to a community that fully understands both healthy eating, and creativity within a restricted diet.

Obviously, I feel that a paleo menu would help him, as cancer feeds on grains, dairy, etc.  So I’m asking for your help.  If you have any ideas, PLEASE share them.  Links with recipes in the comments are welcome.  And please spread the word to your creative paleo friends!

Thanks SO much!

Jocelyn (Kokopaleo)


Confession Time

I had a long day…

I’m exhausted…

I don’t feel like cooking…

Picking up to-go food was just so much easier…

I was in a hurry…

We’ve all heard those excuses.  Heck, I know I’ve made all those excuses at one point or another.  And I have to admit, today was one of those kinds of days.  Before changing to a paleo lifestyle, I would have quickly fallen back on any one of them as a reason to avoid making a healthy lunch for myself and my kids. Continue reading

Reflections on my Whole30 experience

I’m breaking away from my usual recipe posting to bring you a few reflections on my Whole30 experience.  Today is day 31… I did it!  Continue reading

Flourless Festive Crepes

I really must thank Jim’s Pancakes for revolutionizing the way the world sees breakfast.  He has turned pancakes into an art form, and compared with his amazing creations, mine are quite simple!

This morning I made these flourless crepes and the kids loved them.  I’ll warn you right away – it takes a few tries to master the technique.  These also cook very slowly, so be patient.  Trust me, it will be worth it! Continue reading

Meatzza Casserole

As the name suggests, tonight’s recipe is a cross between meat-crust pizza and a casserole.  It’s super high in protein, but delicious enough that my 3 year old had three helpings.  It was also fairly easy to throw together. Continue reading

Cinnamon Carrot Fritters and Fruit Kabobs

I’m in the midst of a typical busy week with my “day job” (flute professor in a university music department) keeping me out of the house during the day time, and my “night job” (orchestra member) taking me away in the evenings for rehearsals and a concert tomorrow night.  I’m very thankful, however, that I get to spend the day home with my boys today.  It has allowed us some kitchen creativity and fun family time! Continue reading

Paleo Slow Cooker Garden Lasagna

I must start by thanking Sarah Fragoso from Everyday Paleo for introducing me to the wonders of replacing pasta with thinly sliced zucchini to make an amazing lasagna.  If you don’t already own her cook book… what are you waiting for?  Her recipes are fantastic and she has a very genuine approach to helping others find their balance of healthy food, healthy self-image, healthy families, healthy exercise – can you tell how much I love her book?

Due to my working/teaching/performing musician schedule, I am always looking for innovative meals to make in the slow cooker.  Sarah’s recipe for “Hasta La Vista Pasta Lasagna” inspired me to create my own “garden fresh” version – without marinara – and in the slow cooker for added convenience. Continue reading

What’s the deal with Turkey Bacon?

Okay, okay… I’m getting ready to duck and cover.  Why?  Because I’m about to write a post that will likely be very unpopular in the paleo community.  But people have started asking questions, so here it goes:  I don’t eat pork.  That’s right, folks – no pork chops, no pork bacon.  Before you excommunicate me from the paleo community, unsubscribe from my blog, and decide never to speak to me again, allow me to explain myself. Continue reading