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Being that I am not a trained chef, and that I don’t work in that industry, it is tougher for me to create new recipes every day, or at that every month. So, it’s been a few months since I have thought about adding a new recipe or even baking something yummy and delicious zaleo food.

Since I wrote the last post, I have moved to Boulder, CO, and somehow I lost a lot of my kitchen appliances in this said move. When I finally made it to the new place, and started looking for things like my blender, or my mixer, or my rice cooker, well, they just weren’t to be found! Tough to be a chef when you can’t find any of your said appliances.

Still had the cooking bug, still had the passion, just not the appliances, BUT WHO CARES?!?!?!  I went and picked up a Hand Mixer (and not the most glorious one…), and a Ninja mixer thingamaboby.

To be perfectly honest, I did not know anything about the Ninja, like NOTHING! But I bring it home, and I put the machine to a test in making a zucchini pesto soup, and I am  pretty much in shock at how fast, how well, and how easy this whole thing is. A few minutes later, yummy Zucchini Pesto soup was being served. Full on vegetarian, and simply delicious.  Not a big fan of mushy soups, but just reading the title and it made me want to make it.

Soup turned out GREAT! The Ninja is a great new addition to my appliance arsenal, and I can’t wait to make more yummy vegetarian dishes with it. Yes, I am zaleo, but as you have figured out by now, Zaleo, like Zone and Paleo, means tons of veggies, and just a bit of meat/fish/protein. So most of what this Zaleo diet is, is vegetarian!

I have been a vegetarian for 5 years. Then I started training CrossFit, and I started craving beef steak, and tuna steak, and any and all other meats.  But as I have been recovering from my abdominal surgery from last year, I have dialed back the meat, a lot.  so now I am very picky about the meat I eat. Organic, grass fed, preferably aged beef.

Since moving to Colorado, I have been exposed to some excellent cuts of beef, and  some other, rarer types of meat, for example: Elk. To my surprise, Elk is just delicious. It does have more taste than beef, it is  thinner than beef, a bit different to cook with, but totally delish.  Try it in  this recipe:

Elk Balls


1 lbs of ground elk meat

1 large onion diced small (or, just use the Ninja)

3-4 garlic cloves diced small (Ninja)

1/2 lbs of Frozen mixed peppers (tri-color capsicum peppers)

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (Ninja again)

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (if you’re following a strict Paleo diet, skip this ingredient).