The Next-Generation of Cookbooks

Every week, I feature a new ‘Quick and Healthy’ recipe, the goal being to show you how simple, delicious, and effective eating a healthy diet can be.  I’m always on the prowl for new recipes, and some of my favorite blogs (such as Everyday Paleo and Sweet Cheeks) posts several mouth-watering recipes a week.  I have a bookmark folder stacked with links to recipes from all over the web, naively thinking that I’ll be able to find them later (or even remember that I bookmarked them in the first place).

But when things get busy at home, getting out a pad and paper and running through blog posts in search of ingredients for each meal of the week can seem too tedious to be worth the bother.  It becomes easier and easier to stick with meals that you know – which isn’t a bad thing. Until it is.  A healthy lifestyle is only sustainable as long as you ENJOY what you’re eating. The moment that having the same breakfast omelet in the morning AGAIN (whether it’s the 10th time or the 200th) makes you hate your diet, it’s a no-go.

I’ve always wished there was a better way. I thought, why can’t there be a centralized location to search for recipes and organize the ones you like?  Just like youtube videos, I wanted to be able to add them to my ‘favorites’ and assign a category to make them easy to track down later.  I wanted to be able to build a recipe list, and know exactly what I needed to get at the grocery store to make that happen.

Lucky for me, it looks like someone else had the same idea (and was a lot more internet savvy than myself). This week marks the launching of a new website dedicated to helping you find all the best paleo recipes from around the blogosphere.  Foodee allows you to plan your meals for the week, and even create topical shopping lists (meat, produce, canned goods, sauces, etc.), all in about 3 minutes!

 

Your new best friend for eating Paleo.

 

Foodee is the brainchild of Crossfit Southwest co-owner Matthew Lucas.  Hopping over to the About page shows a snazzy graphic representing the site’s opinion about food, and it’s one that I agree with whole-heartedly.

While Foodee is still in it’s beta phase, I highly encourage you to sign up for an account (it’s free) and start exploring the myriad of recipes and tools at your disposal. Eating healthy just got that much easier.

Spice Combination

Finally, I wanted to share a spice combination with you all that makes my mouth water. I like to mix this up before-hand and keep a jar of it on the counter to use in different recipes (like my Paleo-chili).  This week, I’ve started mixing it in with 1/2 an avocado and some salsa in the food processor to make a chicken/veggie dip for lunch, and it is glorious.  Enjoy!

Chili Spice Mix

  • 3 parts paprika
  • 3 parts chili powder
  • 1 part cumin
  • 1 part basil
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of cracked black pepper

*The amount you make is up to you, just try to stick to the ratios (3:3:1:1).  For example, I use 3 small bags of paprika/chili powder, and 1 bag of cumin/basil with each batch (though experimentation, as always, is encouraged!)

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What are your thoughts on Foodee?  How do you keep your Paleo-lifestyle organized and fresh?

Stay healthy everybody.