Ok so I bought this amazing book called Practical Paleo, written by an amazing nutritionist named Diane Sanfilippo. She is a very successful author, wellness blogger, and dietitian. Check out her website, , it’s a goldmine of healthy information. I haven’t read her book yet, but the first several chapters of the book are about how different kinds of food affect your body, and stressing the importance of eating real whole foods. She also has a “21 Day Sugar Detox” book, which is a 3 week program to eliminate sugar from your diet.
Anyway I just love the “Practical Paleo” book, it has gorgeous pictures accompanying the 100+ Paleo recipes in it. I got the idea for tonight’s dinner from this book. I didn’t use Diane’s specific recipe, I kind of went on my own, but I got the general idea from this book. I highly recommend picking this book up on Amazon (or Costco or any book store) if you are interested in learning more about the Paleo lifestyle – it’s considered the “bible” in Paleo circles, it’s a NY Times best seller.
– 1 large bell pepper (red, green, or yellow – your choice)
– 6oz ground meat of your choice (I used a combo of ground pork and ground chicken)
– several fresh spinach leaves
– 1 can organic no-salt-added diced tomatoes
– 1 tbsp minced garlic
– 1/2c chopped onion
– 1 chopped jalapeno pepper
– sliced almonds
– sunflower seeds
– italian seasoning
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– feta cheese crumbles (optional – not Paleo)
Start by preheating oven to 350. Slice your pepper in half (long-ways), cut off the stem and gut the insides, wash away the seeds. Put both halves on a baking sheet in oven for about 10 mins (while you are preparing your meat).
I used whole pork and chicken and ground them with a food processor – however you can just buy pre-ground meat if you wish. If you have a food processor, throw the following ingredients in processor (meat, spinach, garlic, onion, pepper, jalapeno, italian seasoning). Pulse it up until it’s all mixed together.
Preheat a frying pan with some coconut oil. Dump in your meat mixture and cook thoroughly, stirring occasionally. Once it’s fully cooked, pull bell peppers out of oven. Put a few tablespoons of diced tomato in each half. Next, pack the pepper with the meat mixture. Next, add more tomato on the top. (save a little tomato for later). Put this back in oven for about 15 minutes.
Heat up your remaining sauce in microwave or on stove. Pull peppers from oven, and top peppers with more of your sauce. If you’re feeling rebellious (this isn’t Paleo but I occasionally will eat a little good cheese), top each half with a little feta cheese. Sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top of everything for a little added texture.
Grab a steak knife and fork, and EAT my friend!