Super Paleo Bowl Snacks

Happy almost Super Bowl! Super Bowl XLIX will be an epic battle not only between the Pats and the Hawks (go Hawks!) but also between the snacks and your gluten-free diet. Your ability to resist will be “deflated” when you see the sliders, the nachos, the mini pizzas….so what do you do? YOU BRING YOUR OWN AMAZING APPS. Interception! You bring your own gluten free and dairy free snacks that are so delicious that those once-tempting mini pizzas will be passed up for your paleo treats. Today we have some amazing and (mostly) paleo-friendly snacks that will help you BEAST MODE past tempting non Paleo appetizers.


Paleo meatballs with spicy asian sauce. Bowl by Crow Canyon Home

Mom’s Meatballs (Paleo)

These meatballs are a paleo-friendly version of my mother’s amazing crock-pot recipe. Thanks mom, for allowing me to steal the recipe!

16 oz ground beef
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4c onion, small dice
1 tbs parsley
1 egg
1/4c almond flower
1 tsp olive oil
1/2c Heinz chili sauce
2 tsp sambal oelek (found in the Asian section)
1/2c grape jelly

Using your hands, mix beef, salt, pepper, onion, parsley, almond flower together in a bowl. Form into uniform, golfball-sized meatballs. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a salute pan. Brown meatballs on all sides (I turned three times for about 4 minutes each) in batches. Once all meatballs are seared, place all meatballs in a crock-pot or enamel pot over low heat and cover with chili sauce, sambal oelek and grape jelly. Heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes, mixing meatballs and sauce every few minutes. Meatballs are best when cooked in sauce, refrigerated overnight, then re-heated the next day. Can also be frozen for 1 week and re-heated.

Turkey Bacon Asparagus. Eat your veggies!!

Turkey Bacon Asparagus. Eat your veggies!!

Turkey Bacon Asparagus

Need a way to get the kids or yourself to eat greens? And be paleo-friendly? Repeat after me: wrap in bacon. WRAP IN BACON. These delicious little buggers are so easy and can be prepped for party-time beforehand and cooked right before serving. Turkey bacon makes them healthier than traditional bacon and the maple sugar adds sweet to your salty. A super crowd-pleaser!

1 bunch large asparagus
1 package turkey bacon
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap asparagus in bacon and place on a cooking sheet. Mix olive oil, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Brush olive oil mixture over asparagus and bake in oven until browned, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately. Pat yourself on back for easy paleo snack.


Paleo Green Goddess Dip

This dip is creamy, spicy and chock-full of vitamins, healthy fats and minerals without dairy or guilt. This recipe is a version of Green Goddess dressings, but eliminates the need for the traditional ingredient of yogurt.

1 avocado
1 cup spinach
1/4c parsley
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno, seeded
1/4 green pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4c water

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or Vitamix (preferred). Serve with veggies for a paleo-friendly snack.

Paleo Lamb Meatballs with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

Paleo Lamb Meatballs with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

Paleo Basil & Sun Dried Tomato Lamb Meatballs

These little gems are so delicious if I do say so myself! Similar to mom’s meatballs, these can be made ahead, frozen and reheated for game day.

1 lb ground lamb
1/4c finely chopped basil
1/4c chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4c finely chopped onion
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oil from sun dried tomatoes
1 egg
1/4c almond flour
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Using your hands, mix all ingredients except BBQ sauce in a bowl. Form into uniform, golfball-sized meatballs. Place on a baking sheet and bake in oven until no longer pink in the middle, about 15 minutes. Serve alone or with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. Can be pre-made and frozen before baking 1 week in advance.

Mom's famous "Pig's Guts"

Mom’s famous “Pig’s Guts”

Pig’s Guts

Alright, so this isn’t Paleo, but it’s gluten-free and just about the easiest, most delicious dip I’ve ever had. This is my mom’s recipe, and famously named “Pig’s Guts” by my sister.

1 8oz package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/4c Pace Picante Sauce (hot)

Heat up cream cheese in microwave 10 seconds at a time until hot, then mix in hot sauce. Serve with tortilla chips. So easy!

With these simple recipes, you can satisfy your cravings for all the delicious Super Bowl food without compromising your healthy-living gluten free/paleo lifestyle. So whoever you’re cheering for on Super Bowl Sunday (Hawks, right!?), you can enjoy the cheering you’ll receive for showing up with your gluten-free appetizers!


Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Bacon + Turkey = Easy & Juicy!

Bacon + Turkey = Easy & Juicy!

That’s right, I said it: Bacon Wrapped Turkey. Bacon makes everything better – including Thanksgiving. In-laws driving you crazy? Can’t keep the kids calm while you’re slaving in the kitchen? 49ers getting beat by the Hawks? Turkey getting dry? All of this can be solved by one magical animal I call “bacon”. Wrapping a turkey in bacon for most of the cooking time keeps the turkey moist and delicious. And since the bacon is removed for the last hour of cooking, you can enjoy the bacon earlier to solve all those in-law, upset kiddo, 49ers loosing blues.

Bacon wrapped, juicy, easy, fool-proof turkey!

Bacon wrapped, juicy, easy, fool-proof turkey!

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

I don’t now why this isn’t a common turkey roasting concept. Wrapping a turkey in bacon allows fat and flavor to slowly drizzle into the turkey meat for most of of the roasting period. It’s a hassle-free way of keeping your turkey flavored and juicy.

Brining ingredients
2 cans Guinness (or any dark beer)
Brining seasoning (I bought pre-made Williams Sonoma)
2 tbs butter

Turkey ingredients
Turkey (see below for lbs and cooking time)
1 onion
1 lemon
Head of garlic
Stuffing (optional)
1 lb bacon

For turkey purchasing, I recommend buying a refrigerated, NOT frozen, turkey. Only because I’m too impatient lazy smart to buy a frozen one and defrost it for days. There are a lot of labels on a turkey – range free, no antibiotics, etc. The only one that you should ignore is gluten free – they are all gluten free. The other labels you can buy per your preferences (no antibiotics, vegetarian fed, etc).


Lots of labels to read, but the one you can ignore is gluten free. If your turkey has gluten, it has problems. Turkey is, by nature, gluten free

To prep the turkey, remove any plastic-y looking things holding the legs together. Remove the bag that’s hidden inside under the neck. This bag holds the giblets & neck. These items can be brined and roasted right along with the turkey then reserved later for stock or gravy.


Removing bag of giblets & neck before roasting


Giblets and neck can be used for stock or gravy later. I throw all of this in with brine & roast with turkey to be used at a later time

Brining takes overnight to one day to be effective. If you don’t have enough time to brine, season your turkey with salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, sage, and rub skin (including under the breast skin) with butter or olive oil. If brining, rub butter over skin, under breast skin and place in a large brining bag. Add brining seasoning and the beer. At this point you can add water to cover the turkey, but this makes turkey + water = super heavy. Filling it with water allows all seasoning to cover turkey so there is no need to flip. I don’t add the water and flip every 6 hours. Keep refrigerated overnight to 24 hours.


Happy, brining turkey ready for the overnight flavor-inducing refrigeration

On cooking day, preheat oven to 325 degrees, drain turkey and place on a roasting rack. Stuff cavity of turkey with onion, garlic, lemons and, optionally, stuffing (I used Stove Top). Tie legs together with cooking twine. COVER IN BACON and celebrate a little inside. And now, for some bacon photos.

Bacon + Turkey = Easy & Juicy!

Bacon + Turkey = Easy & Juicy!


Bacon Art

Roast turkey with bacon, basting with drippings from the bottom of the pan every 45 minutes. Roast with bacon until the last hour of roasting. You remove the bacon because it’s fulfilled its usefulness and to make sure you get a beautiful, crispy, brown skin.


Halfway through roasting


When bacon is removed, turkey will look like it’s been in a tanning bed too long with a one-peice swimsuit on

Bacon wrapped, juicy, easy, fool-proof turkey!

Bacon wrapped, juicy, easy, fool-proof turkey!

Cooking times are based on lbs of turkey and are as follows:

8-12 lbs     3 – 3 1/2 hours
13-14 lbs   3 1/2 – 4 hours
15-18 lbs   4 – 4 1/2 hours
19-20 lbs  4 1/2 – 4 3/4 hours
21-24 lbs   4 3/4 – 5 hours

Cook until a internal temperature of thigh is about 160 degrees. Remove from oven and rest, covered in aluminum foil for 30 minutes. The temperature will raise slightly higher as it rests. Now have your favorite guest carve the turkey and serve! Don’t forget to set the table pretty, eat some crispy bacon, and enjoy all those happy, smiling, turkey eating guests of yours. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Cheers to bacon wrapped turkey!