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Paleo Pool Party Feast

October 5, 2015 , In: Eats , With: No Comments

There are fewer things in life I love more than having a drink in my hand, sittin’ poolside with the smell of meats (always plural) sizzlin’ on the grill on a warm summer day. Lucky for me, every day is summer in Los Angeles. Omar (that’s my boyfriend! He’s handsome and funny and smart. Details on him later.) and I decided we wanted to have some friends over for a day of casual drinking, poolside lounging, and gluttony. Considering we are in full-blown wedding season, I still want to be able to fit into my dresses in the next few months, so I wanted to keep things semi-healthy. I always try to cook Whole30 compliant, but this meal had alcohol (YOLO), and a tiny pinch of parmesan sprinkled on the cauliflower. So sue me. It would have been very easy to make this whole meal 100% paleo, but my guests didn’t care and neither did I. Saturdays are for living on the edge.

We also are on an insane budget right now. So each recipe I picked was because we already had most of these ingredients sitting in our fridge begging to be eaten.

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We wanted to document our feelings about the sangria. Pure. Joy.

Honestly, guys, I was a little toasty throughout the day because of this super simple and refreshing sangria recipe I made, so I have very little photographic evidence of our spread. But lucky for you, every recipe I found is on Pinterest! God bless the internet.


  • 1 lb skirt steak (the inspiration of this meal! Omar went to the grocery store without me one day and came home with $50 worth of meat. Just as I am a sucker for a pair of shoes on sale, Omie cannot resist some good discounted meats.)
  • This Chimichurri Recipe that served as both a marinade and a delicious meat topper!chimichurri
  • Roasted Garlic Cauliflower – I wrapped this up in aluminum foil and let it sit on the grill for about 40 minutes.
  • Balsamic Bacon Green Bean Salad – if you don’t know who Danika Brysha is, get to know her now. I’ve only met her once and I’m kiiiiind of obsessed. She is the inspiration behind why I primarily eat Whole30 / paleo, and her business Model Meals is genius. This recipe ain’t half bad either. Seriously. Love her like I love her and I will love you too.
  • Corn on the cob – grill it, slather on the butter (or not, if Melissa Hartwig is reading this), sprinkle on some salt and pep, and go to town!!!!!!! Toothpicks post-masticating recommended.
  • Paleo Peach Blueberry Crisp – insanely simple. And perfect for the hoarder in me who coincidentally had 5 packages of blueberries in my freezer because they are in season and only .88 cents a pop. I threw this in the oven while we lounged at the pool so I didn’t have to deal with the apartment getting too hot.


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Enjoy summer food while you can, ya gluttons!

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Kylie Hodges

I'm Kylie, and you've just been BLONDE-SIDED! I'm a TV Host/Red Carpet Reporter/HGTV Producer & lover of all things deliciously social. If you love DIY, cooking, and want a behind-the-scenes glimpse of my red carpet life, then you've come to the right place. Please excuse the snark, but it's not my fault- I'm a millennial!

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