How I Lost 40 Pounds and Regained My Health [Part 1]

I am really excited to write this post, and I have been wanting to do it for a long time. But before I start, I want to say that I am writing my ‘paleo success story’ not because I want you to be impressed of the before and after pictures, or that you will think highly of me, but because I want people to understand that eating real food works. It is what your body needs. And many so-called ‘incurable’ health issues can be reversed or eliminated completely just through the food that you eat.

Best Meatballs Ever: Ukrainian/Russian Meat Patties (Kotleti/Котлеты)

These are my version of Ukrainian meat patties (kotleti) which I was taught to make while I was in Ukraine. Kotleti are kind of like American burgers, but sexier. They’re moist and tender, and they are so flavorful! Everyone that I’ve made them for since I’ve been back in the States has loved them. With nearly endless combinations of meats and spices, they are versatile enough to have multiple times in the week without getting bored. (Plus, they’re ovular. And who doesn’t love that word?! Oooovular. Fantastic).

Homemade Roast Butternut Squash Soup

This is a spiced butternut squash soup that is creamy, sweet and super comforting! Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweetness and gives the soup a fantastic flavor. This soup is another one of the household staples that we have had at least once a week this autumn. It’s hearty and delicious and one of my all-time favorites. It’s especially yummy served with a roast meat such as pork or beef.

Recipe: Comforting Homemade Chicken Soup

Alisa from Paleo in PDX had an amazing chicken soup recipe recently, and it inspired me to post my chicken soup recipe that The Ukrainian taught me. This soup is a staple meal in our household, and is loved by two out of three family members*. It’s especially good this time of year when the days are short and grey and nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a fuzzy blanket. And if you’ve got a sickie in the house, make this for them and I’m sure they will perk up soon!

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