Olivia's Palate

Baked Eggs with Arugula, Bacon, and Onions

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes

I acquired a set of 4 light green Le Creuset Mini Cocottes a while back, but couldn’t figure out what to do with them!  They would just sit in my cabinet looking adorable (I mean really, how cute are they?) until I finally decided to pull them out and use them recently.  I’ve been experimenting with baked eggs for the past few weeks, tweaking the oven temperature and the ingredients, and have finally created something worth sharing.  These are great if you want to impress your guests over brunch! This…read more

Zucchini Pasta with Super Simple Bolognese Sauce

Posted by in Beef, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes

When people decide to make healthier food choices, one of the things I hear most often is that they could NEVER let go of their beloved pasta.  I get it; carbs are delicious and extremely addictive.  Well I have good news for you: you can still indulge without all of the bad stuff! Whenever people consult me about making healthier food choices, I’m all about recommending some great, delicious substitutions.  And I’m not talking about that gross gluten free, fat free, taste free crap you buy in a box.  I’m talking…read more


Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Blood Orange

Posted by in Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes, Travel

Ever since the day I first laid my eyes upon Romanesco cauliflower during a trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle, I’ve wanted to cook with it.  I have a thing for unusual looking fruits and vegetables.  I seriously get super giddy when I walk into a grocery store and find produce I don’t recognize.  I’ll usually squeal in delight and cannot wait to bring my unusual produce home so I can play with it in the kitchen!  I’m a huge food nerd; I know this.  Well the last time…read more

Maple bacon sweet potato hash

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes, Sweet potatoes, Trader Joe's

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Whether that’s true or not, it’s definitely my favorite meal.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed since the majority of my pictures are breakfast ones.  When I’m home on the weekends, I do my best to spice things up since I’m usually stuck with the same over-scrambled eggs, unripe fruit, mediocre breakfast sausage, and inedible pastries when I’m on the road at the Marriott during the work week. Before I started making breakfast this morning, I…read more

Papaya Smoothie

Posted by in Fruit, Paleo, Recipes, Smoothies

I spent this past Thanksgiving break in Costa Rica, hiking through the rainforests, relaxing on the beach, and eating an abundance of tropical fruit .  Costa Rica honestly isn’t known for its haute cuisine, but it sure has delicious fruit.  I can’t tell you how many pineapples, watermelons, and papayas I ate over there.  Everything was so sweet and flavorful, unlike most of the fruit here.  Whenever we stopped somewhere to eat, I usually asked for a papaya batido (Spanish for milkshake).  I told them to exclude the milk and…read more

Coconut maple salmon

Posted by in Paleo, Recipes

You ever have one of those days where you want to eat something delicious, but don’t really want to put forward much effort?  Then this is the perfect recipe for you.  I made this recipe up about a year ago when I was tired of making salmon the way I always do…with olive oil and some salt and pepper.  The combination of sweetness of the coconut oil and maple syrup combined with the tartness of the lemon is perfection.  Plus, this recipe is so simple a 5 year old could…read more


Another typical week of paleo and traveling

Posted by in Paleo, Travel

I recently purchased two great paleo books off of Amazon: Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat and Make it Paleo, which I devoured this past weekend.  They both have great introductions, incredible recipes, and written by some of my favorite bloggers, The Clothes Make The Girl and The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate, respectively, I sat down with the boy on Sunday morning and we figured out what food we would make for the week.  We chose some great recipes from the new paleo cookbooks, ranging from…read more


A little less homesick on the road

Posted by in Beef, Paleo, Travel

Adjusting to the traveling lifestyle has been somewhat rough for me.  It really hit me last week that I’m going to be “living” in a hotel every Monday through Wednesday night for at least the next year.  This means I have 2 lives, one on the road and one when I’m at home.  I’ve been trying to figure how to balance the two and make my time away from home feel more…comfortable.  I’m finally settling into a good workout routine and found a way to use my CrossFit gym’s programming…read more



Posted by in Paleo

I went to a Vietnamese grocery store the other day and stumbled upon these unusual looking fruit.  Because I had never seen something like that before, I was drawn to the pink and green colors.  I held one in my hand and smelled it.  I wasn’t sure what else to do to determine what this could taste like.  At the same time, a kind Asian woman came up to me and said, “These are dragonfruit, they taste kind of like kiwis.  You should try one!”  Because I have quite the…read more


Bacon-wrapped chicken

Posted by in Paleo, Recipes

One of my go to recipes when I’m craving something savory and quick is bacon wrapped chicken.  I mean, come on, who doesn’t like bacon??  I usually stuff the bacon with whatever I have available in my fridge at the time, but my favorite stuffing is definitely goat cheese and dates.  This recipe is paleo/primal friendly, depending on your views on goat cheese 🙂   For the Bacon-wrapped chicken, you will need – 4 chicken breasts – 8 slices of bacon – 4 dates – 1 large goat cheese log…read more