Zuppa Toscana Paleo Style

Zuppa Toscana paleo style

We are big soup fans in our house and we can be pretty picky. We've tried lots of "ok" soup recipes but this one is one of our favorites! Adapted from And Love it Too to meet our cooking style, this is a "go to" in our house for a fairly easy but definitely delicious Fall/Winter meal.

Zuppa Toscana paleo style
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Zuppa Toscana Paleo Style
A fairly simple but FULL of flavor soup that great for a paleo lifestyle.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chopped uncured sugar free bacon
  • 2 lbs sausage (sugar free, hot italian or savory seasoning)
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 4 good sized minced garlic cloves
  • 2 peeled and chopped sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 can coconut milk or cream
  • 1 - 2 bunches stems removed and chopped kale
Instructions
Chop bacon and fry in a large soup pot until well done. Remove from pot. Do not drain.Brown sausage in the same pot. Remove, but don't drain.Cook onions and garlic in the fat from bacon and sausage until soft or about 10 minutesAdd bacon, sausage, broth and water to the pot and bring to a boilReduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.Add chopped potatoes and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft. If they are bite sized it shouldn't take too long.Add coconut milk/cream and kale. Stir until mixed and kale has wilted. Serve hot.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12

Let me know if you try it and what you think! If you have kids that don't like spicy foods try a milder sausage. Most of the "kick" will come from whatever sausage you go with.

Lately

Our AC went out last week which really put a damper in some things I was working on. Apparently I get cranky and unmotivated when my house is above 85 degrees. I only finished up 1 spread with the November Studio Calico kits (which are available now for subscribers and tonight for everyone else) but I have another already in the works!

Studio Calico Sneaks

I finally got some photos together to share one of our favorite soup recipes with you so I'll do that tonight! Can you believe it's almost Halloween? Our one little box of decorations are still in the attic which I'm guessing at this point is where they'll stay. Hopefully we'll do better at Christmas! At least Trader Joe's saved me with this cute succulent planter.

I've been up and down the last 2 weeks with my auto immune disorder but I'm happy to say I haven't had a full blown episode. I think listening to my body and resting/canceling plans when I first feel the signs of wearing down is the key. Let's hope I can continue and possibly know even sooner when to take it easy!

We may not have any decorations up but we did make it to the farm/corn maze so we can check that off the list. We go to Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale and it's always just the right amount of "Fall" fun for us!

The Winter of Soups!

My boys LOVE soup. Their favorite is a vegetable beef soup that we've adjusted over the years. Will definitely have to work on that recipe for you! I've been collecting different paleo friendly soup recipes to try over on Foodie

Click on the slideshow above to browse the recipes I've collected so far or you can follow me on Foodie to see what else I've found.

Is your family a fan of soups/chowders?

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Foodie.com. As always, my opinions, experiences (and recipe picks) are entirely my own.

Travel to Carlsbad + 20% off a ResorTime vacation

If you follow me on Instagram you are well aware that we were back in my happy place (the beach) a few weeks ago. Actually, we were back in Carlsbad - this time to check out the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort through ResorTime!

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

I can't tell you how much we love staying in rooms with full kitchens + the amenities of the big hotels. The Carlsbad Seapointe Resort is beautiful with calming rooms, great views and plenty of space to do hand stands. 

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code

There is a beach right across the street and you can check out towels, wagons, chairs, boogie boards, sand toys etc from the resort! There are several different beaches nearby if there is something in particular you look for in a beach. The one across the street here is a little rocky near the shore (the boys liked finding the rocks) and depending on the tide and weather if you want to surf/body board you may want to drive a few minutes to one of the other beaches.

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code

We had a really fun family dinner at the Grand Pacific Palisades (that has a secret entrance to Legoland). I love the service ResorTime offers even more each time I get to talk with the awesome people that work with them. We're even thinking of trying out one of the properties they rent out on Kauai next year (you know how much I'm in love with Kauai and we need a good small family place to refer friends to).

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort + a ResorTime discount code

We love Carlsbad (sad we didn't get a chance to surf with the guys at SoCal Surf Lessons) and will likely be back again soon! They had some great deals going at the Carlsbad Seapointe and we were already plotting a trip with friends. It would be a great place to get together and just be. We love making our own food and there's a Costco and a Ralph's nearby so the guys have access to all they need to cook us amazing meals ;)

Going through ResorTime means that you'll get the home like accommodations that allows for a bit more relaxation, preparing some meals yourself but with the best parts of hotel amenities. They have properties ALL over the place so if you're planning a vacation for next year definitely check them out first. Especially because I have a 20% off code for you to use that's through through 2014 for travel anytime between now and 2015 (just not on holidays)!

  • Discount Code: MTVYH                  
  • 20% OFF site-wide
  • Use coupon code and book by 12/31/14
  • Travel through 2015 (holidays excluded)

Are you already planning next year's travel?

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with ResorTime. However all opinions and experiences are entirely our own.

Personalized Fall Gift Basket

I LOVE giving gifts. Especially small, random, no special occasion gifts. Although Fall is a special occasion all on it's own. I saw these awesome to-go cups at Target and had to grab them. All the to-go cups I've seen are really boring or flat out ugly. These are super cute and at $3 something for 12 not bad at all! They inspired a little random gift giving so I thought I'd share!

Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories

I used this awesome scarf stamp set (still available) from Studio Calico. I'm not a huge stamp person (I almost always use black and grey) but I love having them around for reasons exactly like this. How CUTE did they make these cup sleeves?!

Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories
Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories
Personalized Fall gift basket from All for the Memories

I LOVE simple projects like this because they allow me a little bit of creative time without the huge mess. I'll definitely be using these stamps some more. I hope Target puts out Winter cups that are just as cute!

Everything else in the basket (including the little plastic cauldron) is from Target as well (where else?!) The tape wrapped around the cauldron is from The Underground Studio Calico Project Life kit - I'm giving one away HERE!

Personalized cup sleeves