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

Picadillo Paleo – Crockpot recipe

There are many things in life that make me proud – seeing my kids behaving politely in public, listening to my husband give a fabulous recital, observing my students as they slowly make the transition from leaving high school to starting a successful professional career…   And then there are the little “everyday” things – like stopping students and colleagues in their tracks by bringing awesome paleo leftovers to school, forcing them to abandon their path or train of thought and comment, “That smells GOOD!”  It seems I have established quite a reputation at work with those who stop by the faculty lounge just to see what I’ve concocted for the day. Continue reading

Soothing Butternut Soup

Got a tickle in your throat?  Feel a bug coming on?  Or maybe you just have an upset tummy.  This soup could be your ticket for the train to recovery! 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

Salmon Salad in Creamy Kale Avocado Pesto

Call it a salad.  Call it a dip.  Call it a filling.  Call it a topping….  Call it what you will, but I call it AWESOME.

Good news for those with special diets!  This is grain free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, nut free…  But did I mention that it tastes AWESOME?!?  (After dinner, I was literally using my finger to scoop the scraps from the sides of the food processor.  It’s THAT good.) Continue reading

Mini Cauliflower Brussels Sprout Frittatas

Crockpot Leg of Lamb has been in the slow cooker all day, and as dinner time was drawing nearer, I decided to throw this veggie dish together.  It is loosely based on a recipe I found in a “healthy” eating magazine, but I replaced the potatoes with cauliflower, removed the milk and cheese, adjusted the spices slightly, and used whole eggs instead of Egg Beaters.  The result was very yummy, and even the kids loved every bite!  I get such a kick out of hearing my 3 year old tell me how much he loves brussels sprouts and cauliflower! Continue reading

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

I do realize I’m not the first to come up with the idea of creative a warm, fall chili that combines the flavors of chicken and pumpkin.  But this recipe is all mine, born out of necessity (as many of my recipes are) to use up a few key ingredients in the fridge.

Last week I briefly lamented my choice to purchase celery from Costco when my produce co-op bucket arrived with three additional bunches of celery.  Let’s just say… I’ve eaten a lot of celery the past few days.

I used celery in this chili last Thursday and LOVED it.  My only regret?  That I didn’t make enough for leftovers!  I also didn’t write the recipe down, which made me a little nervous.  But the flavor was so great, I tackled the project again today (five days later) so I could share 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

Choco-Coco-Berry Muffins

Today was a five-gig day.  And no, I’m not talking about “gig” in computer terms.  I’m talking my participation in five musical events today.  Most pro musicians have a love-hate relationship with the month of December, and I am no exception.  My final two concerts were at 4 and 7 at a church an hour away, and we were told that the orchestra would “get fed” between concerts.  It’s a wonderful gesture, but I’m not so much into deli sandwiches these days.  Problem two: It’s the end of the week and I’m fresh out of leftovers and running low on groceries.  But I had everything necessary to make THESE awesome muffins.  It was just enough to get me through my concerts without my stomach grumbling, creating an “organ recital” that nobody wanted to hear. Continue reading