Paleo Christmas Cutout Cookies

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Did you ever make cutout Christmas cookies when you were a kid?  Do you do them now with your own kids or grandchildren?  What a mess, but a fun mess, huh?!  So there are several versions floating around social media and the internet for various paleo cookies, including the cutout kind.  I came up with a recipe that I liked enough to use here on Shutterbug Chef!

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Paleo Instant Pot Cauliflower Fennel Soup


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After 2 days of turkey ( you know what I mean….leftovers?  Yum! ) we wanted something different for dinner.  It had to be delicious and comforting, and relatively easy to put together.  And fast.  Ok, it wasn’t THAT fast but it was only an hour or so.  But it was delicious, comforting and relatively easy. So we made Paleo Instant Pot Cauliflower Fennel Soup. A nice big fire out on the patio fireplace, a glass of wine and dinner al fresco made our Saturday night dinner special! Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving From Shutterbug Chef

This is a “re-post” from last year.  I still feel the same way about everything!

Happy Thanksgiving From Shutterbug Chef!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Today I want to thank all of you who have read my blog, shared my posts and commented on them.  This little blog gives me great joy and I truly appreciate those of you who read it!

I am a lucky gal in so many ways:

1. a loving husband, Joe

2. two amazing adult kids, Allyson and Andrew

3. a wonderful son-in-law, Casey

4. a beautiful grandson, Owen

5. my son’s beautiful girlfriend, Tina

Sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews,  cousins, friends near and far.

I am especially  thankful for our military and their families,  many of whom are apart at this time.  Their sacrifices allow us to enjoy our freedoms and for that I am very grateful.

So many real blessings have come into my life.  I praise the Lord for all of them

On this Thanksgiving day I hope and pray each of you can count your blessings and be truly thankful for them.  God bless all of you and God bless the USA!



Clean Thanksgiving Menu


Thanksgiving day is in 2 days!!  Are you ready?  Are you worried?  Are you hungry for all the traditional tastes and textures?  Well, that’s ok!  But lets have a look at menu ideas to help you through….keeping in mind your REAL goal is….YOU!   Have a look at some Clean Thanksgiving Menu Continue reading

One Bowl Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies


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One bowl…no beaters, no mixers either!  Just 1 bowl and one spoon, plus a few measuring utensils and that is it!  These are different than my Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  They are faster to mix together and I used a wonderful special ingredient this time:  Sunflower Seed Butter!


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This recipe came to me through The 30 Clean.  It is a cookie allowed on their clean eating challenge!  I mad a couple changes to it but it is very similar.

If you’d like to know more about healthy and clean eating check out my story with The 30 Clean.

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Paleo Thanksgiving Nibbles

Aaaaand……here we go!  The official foodie holiday kickoff  is 10 days away!  Now, I am not going to give you recipes for the mains and the sides.  Can we all agree that each family has traditions and recipes already in mind, or has downloaded and printed a bunch of them?  You don’t need another platform for “the best turkey ever”, “brussels sprouts for a crowd”, “low-sugar cranberry sauce with brandy”, or “updated pumpkin chiffon pie”, now do you?  Today I would like to give you a few suggestions for “light” snacks to enjoy with the beverage of your choice while awaiting the BIG meal. No matter if it is just the two of you or a houseful of guests, a nice nibble helps get us through until dinner, whatever time that may be at your home. Continue reading

Paleo Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage


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Every year in the Spring Fall, my family gets a hankering for our favorite irish meal:  Corned Beef and Cabbage.  The other day I tried it in the Instant Pot and immediately knew I would never fix it again the old school way!

My mother-in-law was famous (in the family) for her Corned Beef recipe.  When I joined the family, she shared her recipe with me and I have been making it ever since! (The old recipe took 4 hours before adding the vegetables.) The major change is that I will ONLY make this in the Instant Pot forever more!  I played around with spices and herbs and feel like the recipe below is ideal!  I think Rose would be proud!  Naturally clean and paleo-friendly, this Paleo Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is ready to eat in under 2 hours! And, oh those leftovers! Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup


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This is a re-post from March of 2017.  That is just after I got my first Instant Pot.  That’s right….I have 2!  My first was the 6 quart but weeks later I decided to get the 8 quart, too.!

I wanted you to make this delcious “soup”.  It has the flavor of beef stew but the consistency of soup!  Since I first posted this back in March, I made a few changes to the recipe.  Namely, I use chicken broth instead of beef broth, plus I added more broth at the end!  The other chnage is that the pressure really softens the carrots and celery so the solution to that is to use carrots and celery, cut in half lengthwise while cooking the soup.  When the cooking is finished I remove the carrots and celery (they are very important to the flavor of the soup but we like firmer veggies!).  Then I add sliced carrots and celery plus the beans to the bubbling soup set on Sautee for 10 minutes.

As a reminder, this is paleo-friendly and clean eating friendly!  I made it for friends on Halloween and we all raved about it!

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup


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Are you on the Instant Pot* band wagon yet?  I got on it by sheer accident.  My daughter, Allyson and her husband were in the middle of moving out of their house but the new house was not yet ready so everything was in storage.  Ally ordered an Instant Pot and had it delivered to my house.  So there it sat in the garage waiting to move to the new house.  As a favor to her, I decided to give it a trial run.  😉  Planning to make a beef stew, it actually became Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup.

You see, I can never leave well enough alone.  I take a perfectly good, tried and true recipe for beef stew and wonder, “This would be good with some mushrooms in it.”  Or, “If I add more broth to it, it will be a thinner gravy, more like a chowder or soup.”  This is how my recipes get started…and cleaned up, too. Continue reading

Bottoms Up Salad



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I love the cheer, “Bottoms Up!” but in this case it is not a cheer but the name of a salad. Named because I add all the ingredients except the lettuce first, then top it with the lettuce and dressing before tossing!  Simple, beautiful and endlessly versatile! Continue reading