Happy hump day! Holy crap, I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. This holiday weekend kind of wrecked me. And I stay away from most alcohol, I didn’t eat until I was uncomfortably full, and I drank a sh*t ton of water. But a lot of times I was stuck eating deli meat for breakfast, barely ate any sort of vegetables, and then had to drive 8 hours back home. Sitting for that long is just not good for you. So after 8 hours in the car, I drove straight to the gym in hopes of feeling better. I did not. I was so dehydrated from not drinking much water on the way home (so we wouldn’t have to stop to pee) and not eating much, because guess what, there aren’t exactly a lot of healthy options from here to Nebraska. At one point I had to order a breakfast sandwich from Starbucks and just throw away the english muffin. Not the sexiest meal I’ve ever eaten.

I’m just such a creature of habit, I like planning, I like my regular meals and workouts. And whenever we are in Nebraska, all those things I love go out the door. Lots of drinking is usually involved, spur of the moment decisions, and no healthy food in sight. It throws me off every time, but I’m getting better at being less of a stressed out mess and I just go with the flow. So I’m the DD everywhere we drive and then I force people to leave so I can get food. I think people think I’m a total debbie downer because I’ll want to leave the bar so I can get some sort of food somewhere, but these people forget that I’ve been drinking water all day, which has no calories in it, and they have been drinking alcohol all day, which has lots of calories in it. So I look like the d*ck who wants to eat all the time. It’s a real battle every time I go to Nebraska. I try to plan more food places to eat at, but no one else wants to eat! The struggle is real, people!

PaleOMG Bacon Scallop Stackers

Speaking of food, are you planning a New Year’s Eve party?! I still don’t know what I have planned. My husband absolutely hates making plans so I keep asking him what he is doing and he keeps saying, “not sure yet.” Cooooooool. So I’m hoping that I just stay in, make a bomb ass healthy meal, and sip on champagne in our new hot tub. But again, I’m a debbiedownerhomebody, so of course that’s what I’m interested in. He likes doing stuff. So we will see.

But if you are having a party, you should ABSOLUTELY make these. Along with the 4 Ingredient Chocolate Mint Cashew Clusters I shared yesterday and the Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Jalapeños I shared last week. Plus, I’ll be sharing champagne cupcakes with you guys tomorrow! So you should make all of them! And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you should make these stackers with pork belly from this recipe instead of using bacon! I was planning to do this but after 2 stores didn’t have pork belly, I suck f*ck it and moved onto the glorious (and easier) bacon. But pork belly wouldn’t REALLY impress your guests. And be effing delicious! Let’s crush this New Year’s Eve with awesome food!

PaleOMG Bacon Scallop Stackers

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Bacon Scallop Stackers

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  • Yield: 21 stackers 1x


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into about 3/4 – 1 inch slices (try to find sweet potatoes that are about the same width as the scallops)
  • couple pinches of salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • ~21 sea scallops
  • hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce), for garnish
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • pinch of black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top the spray or grease with coconut oil. Line the bacon on the wire rack and place in oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, until bacon is crispy, but not burnt. Turn oven heat up to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove bacon from rack, cut each slice into thirds, set aside, and place in the microwave to keep warm while you cook the rest of the ingredients. With the rendered bacon fat in the baking sheet, use a brush to wipe each side of the sweet potatoes with a little bit of the bacon fat then place on the wire rack. Sprinkle a little bit of salt on top of each sweet potato round. Place in oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the sweet potatoes half way through to cook evenly on both sides.
  3. While the sweet potatoes cook, place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add two tablespoons ghee to the pan to melt. Pat scallops completely dry then sprinkle each one with a bit of salt. Once skillet is very hot, place scallops in the pan (making sure not to crowd the pan – you will have to do this in 2-3 batches) to cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown on each side. Repeat until all scallops are cooked.
  4. Once everything is done cooking, create the stackers: grab a sweet potato round, put a small dot of hot sauce on it, place 2 small pieces of bacon on top (2 thirds from when you cut the pieces up earlier), then the scallop, along with another dot of hot sauce then place a wooden toothpick through it. Repeat with all until all ingredients are used up. Lastly sprinkle black pepper and green onions on top of all the stackers then serve up!*


*If you are not serving immediately, store in fridge then preheat oven to 400 degrees F to cook for about 10-15 minutes, until all is heated through!

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  1. Lolo says:

    I feel ya! All my friends are always down to drink and Im there sipping on my soda water or sometimes i switch it up to iced tea if its a day drinking event haha. It also helps if theres at least some activity involved like dancing or billiards so Im not just sitting there all sober

  2. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby says:

    Yum these look delicious! PS Just thought you should know your Feedly integration has been switched off for about a month!

    1. juli says:

      have someone working on that now!

  3. Emily says:

    God bless Colorado, right? Nothing will remind you how lucky we are to have so many healthy options than traveling to the Midwest or south! I am also working on stressing less and doing the best I can when we visit family outside of Colorado, but can totally relate with feeling like a Debbie downer!

  4. Amy says:

    This looks fantastic!! I made homemade veggie soup, buffalo chicken egg muffins and paleo chocolate chip cookies and took with me to my family Christmas. Food choices made before I got there!!! I also got your cookbook for Christmas!! Can’t wait to try out some recipes!!

    1. juli says:

      hope you love it!

  5. Jenny says:

    Oh man I can so relate to being a creature of habit and NEEDING to eat meals and snacks. I thought I needed food before but you can reach a whole level of hangry when a meal is delayed if you’re an active momma nursing both a toddler and a baby which I am!

    I was fortunate not to travel over the holidays but we are going to palm beach for a week with my husbands family and will be staying in a hotel. im dreading the fact that I won’t be able to just cook up a meal when I’m hungry or stuck in the hotel room when one or both of my girls are napping. But I figure I’ll just bring tons of a snack bars and trail mix, hit up a grocery store for a few fresh items and make use of room service when I need to.

  6. Erin says:

    I LOVE your comment about planning with your hubs – mine is EXACTLY the same way. He always wants to go do things, while I’m perfectly happy being the debbiedownerhomebody, ANND he hates planning. So he’ll wait til LITERALLY the last possible second, and then want to make something amazing happen. Stresses me the fuck out! ….Not to mention, for him – going out is “which button down and jeans” – not “well where are we going, how dressy, do I need a dress dress? Are we talking heels? how far am I going to have to walk? etc. etc. etc.” – I think half the reason I don’t want to go out is stressing about what the heck to wear! The other half is definitely crazy drunk people and not wanting to stay up til 4am though… Good thing we love them?!?! 🙂 Hope you have a WONDERFUL New Year, and ALSO… These look f-ing delicious.

    1. juli says:

      omg ours sound the EXACT same! it drives me absolutely insane.

  7. Kinsey says:

    I feel your pain with going out with friends and/or family to a bar and being the only one who wants to leave to have a normal meal. It helps to be the DD so that you have access to a car!

    By the way…Jackson snoring during your sugar detox podcast was hilarious!!!

  8. Donna says:

    These were seriously so good. My husband grilled the scallops on our Himalayan salt slab and we devoured them all. My daughter even liked them sans hot sauce.