Butternut Squash Chili

butternut squash chili

butternut squash chili

I love fall and I love chili and the two go hand in hand! A dear friend of mine recently gave me an abundance of butternut squash so with squash as my inspiration, this afternoon I threw together some scrumptious chili using the butternut squash and ground bison that I happened to have on hand. Of course you can use whatever ground meat you want, or cubed steak, or even chicken. This recipe is similar to the Everyday Paleo Chili recipe in my first book, Everyday Paleo with just a few minor tweaks.

Here’s the recipe – super easy and delicious!!

Butternut Squash Chili

2 lbs ground bison (or other ground meat of your choice)

2 tablespoons butter, coconut oil, lard, or ghee (I used butter)

1 yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 6 cups of cubed squash – use more or less if you like)

4 celery stalks, diced

2 tablespoons cumin

2-3 tablespoons chili powder

2-3 tablespoons Italian seasoning

2-3 teaspoons dried red chili flakes

1 bay leaf

2 cups chicken broth

18 ounces of diced or crushed tomatoes (about 2 cups) – (I purchase my diced and crushed tomatoes from Tropical Traditions)

Sea salt to taste

1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter or other fat of your choice over medium heat.

2. Add the onions and saute until translucent.

3. Add your ground meat and cook just until browned.

4. Add the minced garlic, cubed butternut squash, and celery and mix well.

5. Add all the spices except for the bay  leaf and mix well.

6. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes and stir, bring to a simmer and add the bay leaf.

7. Turn down to low and let simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.

8. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.





Seafood Chowder from Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

seafood chowder

seafood chowder

Now that I’m NOT in the middle of writing any more cookbooks for a while, I’m actually able to cook from the ones I have and it’s been really enjoyable just enjoying the fruits of my labors and not still laboring… The weather has finally turned a little and we have had some much needed rain and a few chilly nights which has been nice – and cozy! The last couple of weeks however have been totally nuts with family visiting, major gas leaks in our house that nearly killed us all, and celebrating Jaden turning 11 and Rowan turning 7 – so just a few minor (sarcasm) things that have kept me a little more quiet than usual in internet land but crazy as a barrel of monkeys in my life. Speaking of life, it always has its ups and downs, its madness and chaos, and its quiet – and now I’m trying out just a smidge of quiet for at least this week and so I found some time to write this post and share with you one of our favorite recipes from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.

I made this recipe a few nights ago and subbed regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a more classic clam chowder result. John calls it restaurant quality when I make it this way but I prefer the chowder the way it’s called for in the book – with sweet potatoes, but I’ll let you decide what you like best but most of all, I hope you enjoy!!! Pictured is the soup from the book, when you use white potatoes, it looks more classic clam chowder-y.




Seafood Chowder

2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1 medium white onion, diced

8 bacon strips, chopped (optional)

6 celery stalks, diced

5 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (or white potatoes)

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups chicken broth

10 ounce can of clams plus juice

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 pound wild-caught shrimp, deveined with shells and tail removed or other seafood of your choice

Minced Italian Parsley for garnish

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 4-5 

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion in coconut oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the diced bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp, stirring often.
  3. Add the celery and sweet potatoes and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, clam juice, and black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the bay leaf and let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Using a potato masher, gently mash the cooked sweet potatoes to help thicken the chowder, making sure to still leave some of the potatoes chunky.
  7. Add the shrimp to the chowder and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and tender.
  8. While the shrimp are cooking, drain the clams and chop them into small pieces; add them to the chowder, just until warm. Serve the soup immediately, topped with the fresh minced parsley if desired.


Thailand Retreat and Awesome Giveaways from Primal Pacs, The Trip Tribe, ME and More!!!


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Yes, that’s right, I have once again teamed up with The Trip Tribe and this time we are taking YOU with US to Chiang Mai, Thailand!!!! I’m truly excited beyond measure and can’t wait for what I know will be a once in a lifetime adventure… During this Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat, you will join me for a week of epic adventure, food, and fun. In celebration we have special offers and giveaways just for YOU!

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

We also have GIVEAWAYS!!!

My latest book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, is the inspiration behind this retreat and I’m going to entice you to consider this trip with me by offering you fabulous giveaways!!!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • Two lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, a $100 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions and 5 of each item offered from Primal Pacs!!!!  Holy cow that’s everything from their Just Beef Jerky, to their awesome Primal Pacs, plus Bacon Infusion and Spicy Sticks and more! For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to win – you still get a prize by receiving 10% off your first order by using the code “JASSA” at checkout while shopping at Primal Pacs!
  • One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from The Trip Tribe to be used towards the purchase price of the Thai Retreat plus everything mentioned in the above paragraph!!!! The winner of the $200 gift certificate must use it to book their trip by November 14th! 

No purchase necessary to win, all you have to do is this:

1. Head over to The Trip Tribe and “crave” the Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat!

2. Share this post with your friends on Facebook.

3. Comment on this post explaining why you want to come with me to Thailand and tell me that you craved the trip and shared this post (honor system).

On Thursday, November 6th I will randomly select our three winners and notify the winners by email. 

Now, let’s go to Thailand – below are details of the trip!

All meals are included in the price of the retreat plus everything you see in the following itinerary:

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

Day 1 Introduction

  • Orientation
  • Survival Thai Language
  • Talk on sustainable agriculture
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sightseeing
  • Dinner

Day 2 Culinary Class and Sightseeing

  • Cooking School
  • Lunch
  • Optional Muay Thai training
  • Dinner

Day 3 Markets Visit and Optional Workout

  • Visit to markets Kad Islam and Kad Luang
  • Lunch
  • Optional workout
  • Dinner

Day 4 Mae Ta Village and Muay Thai

  • Van to Mae Ta Village
  • Mae Ta guest speaker
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5 Farm Visit and Walking Market

  • Optional workout
  • Lunch
  • Visit A J. Jeff farm
  • Walking Street Market visit
  • Dinner

Day 6 Sightseeing and Thai Massage

  • Chiang Mai sightseeing
  • Lunch
  • Thai Massage
  • Dinner

Day 7 Culinary Class and sightseeing


Paderno World-Cuisine Redesigned 4-blade Spiralizer GIVEAWAY and a Recipe!



Those of you who have my Italian Cuisine or Thai Cuisine books know how much I love the Paderno Spiralizer and now I love it even MORE because they just launched a re-designed 4-blade model that is really stinking AWESOME! In the new and improved model, they’ve included a fourth blade to make angel hair noodles, as well as reduced the size of the coring blade to reduce waste, which is so great as compared to the older model. My kids LOVE the spiralizer and it’s brought noodles back into our lives again. There are so many things you can do with this awesome tool and if your family doesn’t have one, well you’re really missing out on the great fun to be had if you did have one in your kitchen arsenal.  Now that this product is available, you can find it here on Amazon and even better – Paderno would like to give to my audience two free spiralizers to two lucky people!!!!! 

All you have to do to enter to win is this:

1.) Share this blog post on your Facebook page
2.) Leave a comment below telling me why you want this spiralizer!

One winner will be randomly selected on 10/20/14 and will be contacted via email. I will also announce the winners on this post so stay tuned!

Giveaway open to USA residents only.

Now, here’a a fun recipe straight from Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine using the angel hair blade on the Padreno 4-blade Spiralizer for the zucchini noodles.

Puttanesca Sauce

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6

2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee

1 yellow onion, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, minced

1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes

1 tablespoon  anchovy fillets, finely minced

2 tablespoons capers

1 6-ounce can whole black olives

1⁄2 teaspoon red chili flakes

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1⁄2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Zucchini Noodles using the Paderno 4-blade Spiralizer ( I like using the angle hair pasta blade)

1. In a large saucepan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat, and sauté the onion until translucent.

2. Add the garlic, and sauté just until fragrant.

3. Add the tomatoes, and bring them to a simmer, breaking down the whole

tomatoes with a spoon.

4. Add the anchovies and capers, mix well, and simmer for 5-10 min.

5. Add the olives, red chili flakes, extra virgin olive oil, Italian parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

6. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, and serve over the zucchini noodles or over any meat such as meatballs, steak, or chicken.  (pictured is pan seared chicken breast).


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Thailand Retreat!!! Join Me in Thailand!!!!


I’m literally jumping up and down with excitement right now which is SUPER hard to do while trying to type but I can’t help it!! I’m SO PUMPED!!! Some of you may remember that recently I teamed up with The Trip Tribe and in May we had an EPIC retreat to Italy in which 22 of you participated for what was a trip of a lifetime. Well, guess what. In celebration of the recent release of my new book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, I have once again teamed up with The Trip Tribe to offer you a Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat and the destination is Chiang Mai, Thailand!!!!!

Did you hear that??? THAILAND!!

I want YOU to come with ME to beautiful Chiang Mai and experience all the culture, food, adventure, fun, and relaxation that the country of Thailand has to offer.

During our 7 days together in Chiang Mai you’ll experience Thai cooking classes and have a paleo culinary adventure like you never have had before, you’ll have a chance to train in the ancient art of Muay Thai, visit a sustainable farm, tour several amazing markets, enjoy Thai Massage, workout with me and much much much more!!

We’ll be staying at the Eco Resort in Chiang Mai which on it’s own will be worth the entire trip.

The trip takes place February 8th – February 14th 2015!!

Ok, now you must go sign up today to reserve your spot and to find all the details! Space is very limited and the time is NOW to reserve your spot, pack your bags, and very soon – join me in Thailand!!

Click here for more information and to sign up for the trip! I can’t wait to be in Thailand with all of you – let’s go on a Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat together!


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Dr. Kirk Parsley and America’s Biggest Problem……. SLEEP!!!!

On our podcast and in our workshops, Jason and I talk a lot about sleep. Sleep is more important, in my not so humble opinion, than any of the other components of health. “BLASPHEMY,” you say. How dare I say that SLEEP is more important than FOOD. Well, guess what, I honestly believe it to be true. Why? I’m living proof and so are you. I’ve learned the hard way with sleep – so much that I wrecked my perfect paleo health with the lack of it along with not managing my stress and let me tell you, it’s a wicked combo! People who do not sleep enough can derail all of their best efforts of their good diet, proper exercise and stress management. I’ve seen folks who appear to have everything else perfect but they don’t sleep enough and their goals are never actually in reach, depression and anxiety reigns, and frustration abounds. Now let’s bring in the Doctor! Dr. Kirk Parsley is a good friend of mine and an expert in the field of sleep. Dr. Parsley is a former Navy Seal and was the doctor for the West Coast Teams for 8 years. He’s a pro at this stuff and I learn so much from him every time I hear him speak. This is SO important. Listen to his Ted Talk embedded below and SHARE THIS!!!! Please. We all need to know how to live our best lives possible and sleep should be the number one component and not the neglected step child that it always seems to be. Enjoy!

What makes me whole…

There are so many pieces of me and as I get older I’m learning to honor every single part of who I am because that is what really makes me whole. I used to fight it, ignore it, or try to be just that ONE single part of myself – the best part of myself, but that just made me angry, bitter, tired, and not all that much fun to hang out with. I wanted to be the best mommy, wife, cookbook author, and strength coach on the planet but those are just a few pieces of my own personal puzzle and by only focusing on those things that I perceive are the parts that make me good, whole, or right, I took away so many other parts of who I am – parts that allow my better parts to shine. I have to be ALL of me, all the time. Not just the shiny parts of me that I think or thought rather, that everyone should always see. After 37 years on this planet and probably more life experience than I asked for when I came out of my mom’s womb, today I need to be in touch with everything that makes me – ME – and by doing that, I have become a much happier person. I want to share with you now more pieces of me – more of who I am – in hopes that you will drag out the dusty, dirty, maybe not so shiny pieces of who YOU are and not necessarily act on all of those pieces but HONOR them, and be good to them, and remember them. It really makes life way more fun. So here goes, here’s some pieces of me that for years I neglected until lately I have said hello again in a healthy way and I’m feeling whole again.

Sometimes when I’m alone (rarely) in my car and a song comes on that makes me feel 20 again I sing like crazy at the top of my lungs and that’s a piece of me, a piece of me that wants to run wild still, get more tattoos, stay out late, drink too much, and dance all night, even though my dancing is really really awful… Having three kids somehow made me start to ignore that 20 year old urge – and yet I remember clearly being in my car with a load of girlfriends and singing (yelling) my favorite Korn song from the window, the whole car shaking while we raged and drove. It was such an awesome feeling. So free. So crazy. So fun. Somewhere along the way I stopped singing at the top of my lungs in the car as often and found myself listening to AM radio, or Dr. Laura. (What’s WRONG with me???) So now, when I get that urge, I FREAKING SING!!! When the kids are in the car with me WE sing – like mad people, like crazy people, and we laugh and I don’t need to go out and get more tattoos or drink too much because just honoring this one piece of me and letting go for a few stupid minutes feels so darn good.

I love to wear high heels and tight outfits and fix my hair and put on makeup. I love it. My reality? I own a gym. I wear gym clothes every. single. day. I put my hair in a ponytail. I wear minimalist shoes. Every. Single. Day. My makeup routine takes me sub five minutes. When I go out with my husband in our little town where no one really ever dresses up all that much unless you’re in college and you go to the bars and you wear little tiny dresses that would never really work on my body that lifts weights, I dress up. I wear heals. I wear makeup. I wear tight clothes. I fix my gosh darn hair and I pretend for that one night that it’s just he and I and that I’m still just as groovy (yes I’m old) as the hot college girls in my town and it feels so darn good! So when I wake up the next morning and put on my gym clothes and my 5 minute makeup and my minimalist shoes theres still a vixen inside somewhere that my husband also can see because I let her out now and then and I don’t keep her wrapped up in a sports bra and t-shirt ALL of the time. It’s good for both of us and makes us forget that we’ve been married a really really really long time. (13 years this September!)

I like to not be perfect, or even close to perfect, it feels good to own  up to my mistakes and I make a LOT of mistakes. Now, instead of ignoring my mistakes, or blaming other people (like my husband), or getting irritable at the kids like somehow my bad mood is THEIR fault. I decide to embrace my mistakes and look for the lesson in each one. I say “I love you” and “I’m sorry” a lot more now than “whatever” or “oh forget it” or even worse, saying nothing at all and walking around like my heads going to pop off. Now I instead focus on the fact that my mistakes make me better when I admit that I’m wrong and that makes me way less unpopular in my house and way more fun.

I have so many more pieces of who I am – and I’m working on saying hello again to all those pieces and goodbye to trying to be the perfect at everything that I thought I was supposed to be perfect at. That’s no fun. I’m not ever going to be perfect at everything and the harder I tried to be the worse I became at being a really bad-ass wife, mother, sister and friend (which is all more important than anything else in my life). So this is my call to you to join me in exploring all of YOU. Who are YOU. How do YOU work. What pieces of YOU have you ignored, neglected, and shoved elsewhere in the attempt to be GREAT at life? Go find those pieces and put yourself back together again. Join me in embracing the entirety of your awesomeness, warts and all, and say “I love you” more and “I’m sorry” when you need to and most of all, find joy again in the imperfections and drag out your high heels and silly songs – you’ll thank me for it.