Creamy Avocado and Spinach Chicken Pasta

I’m a bit on the annoyed side today. I’m not one to get mad or angry or even sad about what people say about me or my blog (I’m weird, I know that) but I do get annoyed. And even sometimes offended. But the more I grow and the more people that come across my website and Facebook page, the more people feel as though they should state their opinion. And I get that. We all like to be heard and be the center of attention sometimes. Why the hell do you think I write my blog? Duh. I’m an only child, I scream for attention daily.

BUT there are some things that need to be remembered in this blogosphere. I just made that word up. I write this blog FOR FREE. Everything that goes into this website is FREE to anyone that reads it. If you don’t know what free means, it means you don’t pay to read this blog. I post recipes 4-5 days out of the week because I love it and I want people to have the opportunity to cook good food within the paleo spectrum. I want to show people that it’s not hard and that anyone can do it. I do not charge for my recipes because I want to make paleo easy for people.

That being said, I have never once said that you HAVE to try a recipe or that my recipes are perfect for your diet. Nor do I act like I’m any good at photography. Or perfect when it comes to eating paleo. I just post the recipes of the things I cook because I enjoy those meals and I hope others do too. But no one body is the same. No taste bud is the same. That’s why I say everyone creates their own meaning of paleo.

The jist of it is, stop being rude people. Like jeeez. I’m posting recipes for free and telling stories about my life. I’m not telling you to make my recipes, I’m not telling you how to live your life, and I’m not telling you to even look at my website. I’m just telling you that I really like to consume chocolate covered walnuts, CrossFit, and think about men constantly. And now that I don’t eat nuts, I only have 2 things to really talk about. Crap. My b.

OMG, sh*t just got real serious there. Let’s lighten the mood. GUESS WHAT?! I made it onto today!! I worked with my good friends Ian and Patrick with Again Faster to create some cooking videos for the CrossFit Journal and I’m so happy to see that they published one! They even have the zone blocks within the recipes in case you follow the zone diet!


Creamy Avocado and Spinach Chicken Pasta

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 avocados, pits removed
  • 6 cups of fresh spinach (or more, if you’d like)
  • 1lb chicken, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, and remove the excess seeds and strings.
  3. Place open side down on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes or until spaghetti squash is soft when you push the skin or the threads easily come out when you take a fork to it.
  4. While your spaghetti squash cooks, place a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add two minced garlic cloves to your hot pan and then toss in your spinach. Let your spinach wilt down, then add it to your food processor.
  6. In the same pan, add your diced chicken and onion to cook down.
  7. Then add 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, thyme, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.
  8. While your chicken cooks down, add 2 avocados to your food processor along with your lemon, fresh basil, 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, thyme, and garlic powder and a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Puree until smooth, then add your 2 tablespoons of your leftover olive oil.
  9. Once your spaghetti squash is done cooking and cooled, dethread your spaghetti squash and place threads in a large bowl.
  10. Then add your chicken that has cooked completely through and top off with your spinach and avocado sauce.
  11. Mix thoroughly and top with a bit of basil.
  12. Eat it like you mean it!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


204 thoughts on “Creamy Avocado and Spinach Chicken Pasta”

  1. By the way really enjoy the blog, your humor, and especially your dancing. Keep on the awesome work and remember, “Haters gonna hate.”

  2. Its ok. Somedays we just dont like people.
    I take your blog for what it is, just like you just spelled out. And I think its great!!!
    Keep up the great job.

  3. I think you are so cute and funny. I love reading your blog and trying recipes. I appreciate your time that you put into the recipes, pics and videos. You go girl cuz you rock! Sooo keep it up, I’m a follower 🙂

    1. Ditto what Rossana said. You’re AWESOME and provide a fantastic resource to all of us with these incredible recipes (and entertaining commentary, which is also solid gold).
      Sure, paleo-adapted brownies, and the like, aren’t 100% super-rigid paleo foods. I don’t know many of us who think that they are. However, I can wholeheartedly state that your adaptations keep me from diving, face-first, into a pan of traditional brownies on a monthly basis. Since no one considers old school brownies remotely paleo. I think this is a “win”.
      I’m past the stage in my life that I feel a burning need to be “Perfect”. Now I just want to do my best…your recipes help me do that.

  4. I have been waiting for a post like this!! Thanks for all your awesome recipes, my family truly appreciates them!

  5. Juli- For every fool that comments with a critique, there is probably TONS of people who don’t comment with rave reviews. I’ve not commented on your blog before, but I love it! You are real, honest, and fun to read. I LOVE the recipes you share and feel motivated by your enthusiasm for Crossfit and Paleo. Thank you for the culinary and Crossfit inspiration!!

    1. I totally agree! Keep up the great work! I know how hard it is to put your heart and soul into your blog and do it for FREE! I honestly think that people who just want to put others down and complain unnecessarily are just bored with their own lives and jealous. That’s my 2 cents…

  6. I have to say I LOVE your web site! The fact that you are doing all of this (sharing your recipes and even your insight) is so helpful! I just recently was put on the paleo diet by my doctor to loose weight. I have polycystic ovary syndrome, and I was lucky enough to find a doctor who is an MD but also deals with organic medicine. Loosing weight is the key to me getting my hormones back in check, and ever since I started the paleo diet I am feeling so much better. Having a web page and facebook page like yours to refer to has been a such a joy! You have a sarcastic wit (which I adore!), you come across very real, and you have so many wonderful recipes that is giving me the jump start I need when it comes to my paleo journey. Thank you for everything you do!!

    p.s. This recipe looks incredible, and I can’t wait to try it!

  7. Eff the haters Juli, you have way more followers who love what you do and are grateful for making Paleo easy, real and fun…of course your critics are jealous…you are a star, changing lives, have will power & ur a good dancer. ok, now i’m jealous! 🙂

  8. Juli – where are you getting spaghetti squash from in Denver? I’m not seeing any in the stores!

    Though it was pointed out to me today that I walked right by the shallots I had been looking for…

    1. Eva,

      I don’t know where in Denver you are, but I regularly shop the Safeway @ Evans and Downing, and I can’t remember the last time they didn’t have spaghetti squash, so I think they’re around. I do know that the inventory is vastly different from one store location to another, though. Ask the produce manager if your regular store doesn’t have them. They might start ordering a few if they get requests…

  9. Im a fan, and I personally appreciate the time and effort you have spent doing all this. The wife and I have eaten a lot of the creations you have come up with here…and they have all been winners thusfar.

    As for the individuals who feel the need to be negatives pains in the ass….reccomend a “Hater Souffle” for them.
    1. Locate nearest, freshly deposited canine fecal matter.
    2. Put it in your mouth and shut the hell up.

    Seriously though, you know some caveman somewhere came across a dino turd or something and tried to eat it

    1. Juli, you are the BOMB DIGGITY ! I read your blog first thing every day and feel depressed on Saturday and Sunday knowing that I have to wait til Monday for a new post ! Don’t let the haters get you down – you rock girl ! Love your food, your sense of humor and your dancing !!! You are awesome !!!

  10. Woman, you’re awesome. Other people suck balls. Yes, that’s right, I said balls. You make Paleo easy and I love reading about your life – keep up the good work and ignore the trolls. I’m glad I’m not alone here in my lack of love life, my hatred of cellulite and my fondness for talking constantly about food and how awesome Crossfit is. Hardly anyone knows what Crossfit is here in Scotland, what’s that all about? People in Scotland are just plain stupid.

  11. Juli, your recipes and your blog are awesome! Forget the haters. If you made a book of your recipes I would totally buy it!

  12. Christen Suratt

    yep screw haters. I have loved everything you have ever posted…I have made almost all your food. And any screw up was my own damn fault LOL ( like subbing pumpkin for sweet taters in brownies…that sucked LOL But my own fault! 😉

  13. you are totally my favoriteblogger on this made-up-blogosphere so just let me know if you need a stealth sniper / full-frontal fighter; I’ll definitely suit up. I need to hone my archery skills though fyi

  14. I am very new to paleo and so I am reading everything I can find. Your blog is by far my fave source for recipes mainly because you are REAL. So we get great food ideas with a side of personality. Who can hate that? Dumbasses.

  15. Juli, your blog rocks!! I may not love to cook but you make it look so fun and easy it makes me want to try more.. Haters can keep hatin! Their just jealous that they don’t have a blog as awesome as yours!! Keep dancin girl!!

  16. I’m not really sure why people need to be mean..don’t read the blog if you don’t like it..nuff said! By the way, I love it..that’s why I read it. Thanks for all the hard work and being consistent…I don’t have a food blog because I’m lazy!

  17. Juli, hearing that people are mean/rude to you makes me want to break through my shirt Hulk style and go off on them. WTF dude, you rock and your blog rocks and your recipes super rock. You and I actually don’t have a ton in common (I’m 35, a mom, office job), but I like to think that if I had the chance to do it all again, I’d do it like you do it. I was the last kid picked in gym class and the slowest racer at all times, but I have to say, you have ALMOST motivated me to walk in to my local box and just start the damn thing. I’m getting there, I’m just still nervous as sh*t, but when I do it, it will be because of you.

    So thank you, and keep writing girl, you’re awesome!

    1. Erin,

      I did my intro workout at CrossFit on Saturday, and I was so nervous in my car before going in that my hands were shaking and I thought I was going to be sick! But, it was great. Did my first real class last night, and I’m definitely sore today (and it will probably be worse tomorrow) but it was great fun, and everyone was really nice. I’m with Juli — DO IT!

    2. That is too funny Erin! I just started crossfit last Friday (pretty much due to Juli talking about it all the time) and thought I was going to throw up on the way there. And guess what? IT WAS AWESOME! The people were great, all high-fives and ‘you got this!!!’. I’m in it now, like, forever. DO IT!!

    3. Erin,

      I was also terrified the first time I walked into a gym – and I still get nervous for workouts! But 2 years into it I’m in the best shape of my life at 30, I am a trainer (outside of my office job), and have found a community of amazing people who want nothing more than for me to succeed. My mom is 61 and just started her crossfit on ramp classes and is kicking butt! If she can do it, so can you!!!

  18. Juli, you are awesome and everything you post is a gem: delicious, hilarious and otherwise. Keep being you, and like a previous commenter said, “haters gonna hate.” That’s all they do. So eff them and keep dancin!

  19. your blog is the only one that I make an effort to view every single day. I love your humor, and I think almost all of your recipes look absolutely amazing—and the ones that I’ve tried ARE! Sometimes people are so sad and small that the only thing that makes them feel okay about themselves is striking out at others. Don’t let the haters get you down. You’re far to awesome for that!

  20. Haters gonna hate! I have NEVER made a single recipie from your site that was not a 110% SMASH!! Latest was the Cuban Pork… heaven.. People just need to voice their opinions simply because they hate the fact that you are so cool, and their lives suck!

    Tell them to walk on.. we’ve got boxed to jump and avocados to smash! Now on to the food!

    I have a question.. is it because I never let it cool that my squash makes everything on the plate swim in water? I love this stuff but it makes everything watery.. HELP PLEASE!! lol

  21. Oh my god…who are these people and where do they live?? Beatdowns!

    Seriously though, your blog is my absolute favorite of all time, and I don’t even cook – but you have inspired me to start trying! Don’t let these knuckleheads get inside YOUR head…they win if you let that happen. You and your blog are awesome, and we love you just the way you are!

  22. love, love, love your blog… like for reals. but seriously – what is wrong with some people? didn’t their parents teach them the simple concept “if you don’t have anything nice to say – don’t say anything at all”… duh! Your writing is hilarious and the food always looks awesome and if that is lost on some people – well too bad for them – must such to not have a sense of humor! just sayin.’

  23. Eff that. For serious. I love your blog because of your honesty. Real people eat paleo and sometimes eat chocolate covered nuts and drink alcohol. Thank you for being one of the only paleo bloggers to have the balls to say it. It’s incredibly refreshing to read something other than someone up on their paleo high horse, judging the peons that dare to eat some effing chocolate. Keep being you and you’ll continue to have a huge group of faithful followers, including myself.

    /end rant

  24. OMG, so your not perfect?! I get that!! That’s why I love your blog. You’re honest. I have loved your recipes! Keep up the good/ hard work! And thanks for doing it for FREE and encouring the rest of us!!

  25. Juli you and your blog rock! I have made reading your blog part of my morning routine because you keep it real and are funny as sh*t. I make at least one of your recipes weekly so please don’t stop bringing the delicious food or I’ll starve. Thank you for generously sharing your life, humor and food with all of us!

  26. I’m one of your no-commenting-stalkers that has read your blog forever and never left a comment (I suck). But OMG you are amazing and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! I love love love that you don’t try to be “perfect” and don’t pretend you don’t constantly crave non-paleo tastiness! It’s what gets me through eating well is knowing that I can still “cheat” and feel good about myself. I also read your blog b/c your writing is hilarious (or is it just your life that is hilarious?)…..either way – you ROCK!

  27. The haters are just jealous that you have so many people that love you and your blog! I start out my day checking your blog which usually puts me a great mood because it’s funny, similiar to my thought process (chocolate, men and crossfit) and overall uplifting. Stop being rude people…no one is forcing you to read the blog or cook the food so if you don’t like don’t read it. We are human, just because we are paleo doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have a drink one day or, god forbid, have something that isn’t paleo like pizza. Juli–keep up the awesome work, we love you!

  28. F the haters! <3 your blog and your recipes. Keep up the awesome work!

    And this dish looks phenom!

  29. JB – you are awesome. You are my crossfit and paleo crush – don’t worry, not in a weird way – more like idol. But seriously, I love your blog and you inspire me on a daily basis. Keep up the awesome work and do you!

  30. i was hoping to come across a paleo recipe for a creamy avocado “pasta” dish, and finally, i have! glorious. thanks!

    every recipe i’ve tried of yours is bombbbbbb btw

  31. Juli, I love your blog, and for those of you that don’t have got some serious problems. I read it on a daily basis and use most of your amazing recipes, thanks! I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks delish! Thanks again for your time and dedication to your blog!

  32. You are the only blog I check every day of the week. ANNDDD I bought sweet potato/beet chips at whole foods for the first time this week, since you talked about how amazeballs they are (did I really just use the word amazeballs?) anyways….If I get fat from eating full bags daily because they are delicious, don’t worry, I will not blame you.

    You’re honest and an amazing person/crossfitter/paleo recipe-maker. Keep it up!

  33. This recipe sounds ah-mazing! I’m a new follower, but I love your blog. Thanks for helping to put a smile on my face and good food in my belly.

  34. Girl! Don’t you even worry about haters!! People that need to feed their egos by putting you down really have a problem with themselves, not you:) Honestly, you haven’t steered me wrong yet!! My favorite is the Ginger Mushroom Chicken Dish… It’s my go-to for dinner parties and such!! You blog is my Paleo lifesaver!!!

  35. I love your blog! Can’t wait to read it every day. You put a smile on my face and give me a happy tummy. You are rock awesome.

  36. I just love your blog. And your muscles. It made me want to get muscles… so I started going to the gym and now I have a few tiny ones I flex in every mirror I see and pretend I’ve pumped iron my whole life. Thank you for all the contributions you’ve made to the Paleo Diet and Crossfit!

  37. I’ve been reading paleomg for a few months now and I think it is one of the best paleo blogs because you are so real! So what if you like chocolate and don’t eat 100% paleo 100% of the time? You’re awesome! You live a real life and show that in your blog. I love that you aren’t a paleo robot and don’t think less of someone who may not eat the most perfect paleo diet. People may not like what you say/do all the time but who cares?! keep doing what you’re doing!

  38. People are dumb. The internet has made it too easy to be rude since you don’t have to be held accountable for what you say. There are always going to be jerks out there who get off on making other people miserable. I always thought that you handled them really well though! And now I want chocolate covered walnuts.

  39. EF haters. You do what you do for you and the people who enjoy it. If the other people don’t like it all they have to do is not read it. I’m sad that you even have to mention them. Keep it the good work and keep dancing. Dammit!

  40. Thanks for all you do, Juli! We may not say it enough, but there are so many of us out here in the “blogosphere” who LOVE your site and your recipes. Keep up the good work!

  41. You are awesome, Juli!! Love your blog! It makes me laugh out loud everytime I read it! People will ALWAYS have something to say. Be you and who cares what people say. It’s only because they’re unhappy with themselves. I pity those fools! Keep being awesome!

  42. As a fellow CrossFitter/Paleo advocate, I echo everyone else’s comments–your blog is funny, fabulous and full of creative, delicious recipes. I read it almost every day and ha’ve passed the link along to several friends. Thank you for taking the time! P. S. I stumbled across your chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipe earlier this week–pure ecstasy.

  43. After joining CrossFit in January, I went paleo about three months later. Your website and your recipes are what got me through the first few weeks of eating clean. Because they are so frickin’ delicious. I even give your recipes to my non paleo friends and they love them. For some reason people think that if it’s paleo, it’s going to taste bad…. NBD, more for me!

  44. Please keep on doing what you’re doing. I LOVE your humor and I’ve made several of your recipes. I made the carrot pudding yesterday. Pretty good considering no sugar. I have a major sweet tooth. You Rock!

  45. I love your blog! I read it every morning, waiting for new recipes… like others have said, “haters are gonna hate!” You are awesome. Thank you so much for the humor… keep on keepin’ on!

  46. Haterz gonna hate… you twirl the SH*T outta that spaghetti girl and brush it off! 😉 Your site has been the inspiration I needed to really decide to eat the Paleo lifestyle. THANK YOU!!!

  47. I’m with everyone else. I look at your blog daily and always get a kick out of it. (it makes me smile) Sorry some people are downers but hope you don’t ever get fed up enough to stop. You are one of the reasons why I totally believe that Paleo is doable. Your love of crossfit made me want to try it and i have just recently started. So thanks! 🙂

  48. Who’s being mean to Juli B.?! I’ll give them a verbal smack down.
    Your blog is by far my favorite paleo foodie blog (and that’s saying a lot!) I guess some people just have nothing better to do with their lives than to try to bring others down. If they’re so awesome, they should go make a blog of their very own and leave you out of their mess.
    You bust your ass every day, and most of us appreciate your funny stories and your willingness to put it all out there.
    Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in my day!

  49. Honestly, for every idiot that is empowered by the anonymity of the web to make rude comments about your blog and content, there are 100 people that visit every day. Your blog is great and I make almost all of the recipes that you have posted and have loved almost all of them. Also, the humor and personality of the blog is pretty unique. Keep it up and ignore the jerks!

    A fellow Colorado Crossfitter

  50. I’m with everyone else here posting love notes to you. I enjoy reading your posts & recipes everyday – mostly because you seem to be a normal, hysterical, gloriously imperfect person. And you love food. Yay you! I have yet to make one of your recipes that I didn’t like. Clearly any haters are missing the point. Joy killers.

  51. You forgot to mention the other thing you love to talk about, dancing! Juli LOVES her dancing. Now that you made it big time on the main site, I’m going to have to dig up some of the photos from the obstacle course in Parker. Your fans will barely recognize you. CONGRATS JULI!

  52. JB – just started paleo 2 weeks ago & found your blog. Effing love it! While I may not make every recipe, The commentary is hilarious & I appreciate the effort it takes to come up with something every day. BTW the video dance breaks are the best…

  53. I’ve never commented before, but I read your blog daily and LOVE it. I’ve tried tons of your recipes and have yet to find one I didn’t totally enjoy. Even my non-paleo family and friends love them. My favorites are the chicken enchilada stew and the banana bread waffles. I might have put dark chocolate chips in the last loaf I made and it just might have been friggin amazing.

    Thanks for putting this blog together and inspiring me to cook! I love reading about your crossfit stories too. I workout at Ute Crossfit in Salt Lake and have brought your recipes to many a box party all with rave reviews.

    Keep your head up girl. Haters gonna hate.

  54. Ugh! Why oh why do people think it is OK to bash people providing FREE cooking, recipe information I DON’T GET IT!!!! Your blog rocks, your stories rock and your recipe’s are out of this world! I know it is hard but PLEASE don’t let this get to you! These people must have a really sh*ty life if they need to pick on a food blogger. I’m guessing they are seriously jealous:) Your blog hands down is my favorite, I drink my coffee while reading your blog, it’s the first one I read everyday. Love you…in the love your blog sort of way, not the internet stocking kind of way:)

  55. Not that you need a pat on the back from me but there are like 7 people in my circle that are chomping at the bit to try YOUR recipes…there will be a recipe swap thingy at my house…all centering around your recipes! I have cooked the Sweet Potato Brownies & we have all decided (even my manly man meat & potatoes eating boyfriend who ate quite a large chunk while they were still warm!) that bar none it is the best brownies we have eaten, Paleo or no. I attempted the Blueberry Honey Coconut cups…yours were white w blue bits, mine were purple! Not your fault, tasted pretty darn good even if they looked like I mascacred Barney & poured him into muffin cups (Barney is a woose anyway…who would miss the goofy dancing purple carpet?) I feel like I could write a blog based on your blog & recipes…Hmmmm, Juli & Brandy (vs Julie & Julia…) Keep em coming chickie!

  56. I”m new to your site, Paleo and Cross Fit. I love what you write, keeping it light and funny. Your recipes rock and inspire me! AND you dance!
    Keep up the great work and poop on the people who say anything negative. They s*uck!

  57. It seems like the love is pouring through the roof now, so I’ll keep this brief!

    You’ve made both paleo and CFB incredibly accessible and fun for me, and this seems like a great time to just say thanks. You push me to push myself and have got me cooking more than I have ever cooked in my life (culinary school drop out? I think so!). When I look in the mirror and like what I see, I have three amazing trainers to thank…you, Jake, and Jason. When I’m in my kitchen loving what I’m eating/destroying, I can only thank you (and sometime the civilzed caveman, haha). Keep it up, Juli! Haters arent worth anyone’s time. Trust.

  58. I think people are mean because they’re jealous that other people exist who are doing fun, cool things with their lives (i.e., YOU!) Have you seen this article? ( Different topic, same “criticism” theme. “What do you want us to do?” she asks. Stop being ourselves? That’s ridiculous. What you do is fantastic. THANK YOU for sharing recipes and bits of your life. It is very much appreciated! 🙂

  59. Just delete ’em and block ’em! Who needs that negative energy. I think you’re fantastic and read your blog everyday. Keep it up!

  60. People love to hate on things, especially if they relate to food or fitness. I love when people hate on my blog, means I’m writing compelling stuff. Keep posting your recipes – this is my favorite online cookbook!

  61. I am new to PALEO and you are an awesome resource. I love your blog and love your recipes!! Keep it up and don’t let haters have the power to get you down!!

  62. Juli – Thank you for sharing your life and cooking experiences with us. I read your blog everyday and appreciate your humor. Your recipes ROCK! They are easy to follow and usually use ingredients that I can find easily. I think I am addicted to your Smoky Bacon Chili recipe because I make it at least twice per month, even in the summer! Thank you for providing a realistic (and FREE) paleo resource for recipes and insight. You inspire and encourage me to stay on track!

  63. Hi Juli! I´m a reader from Norway, started my Paleo adventure in May and am constantly surfing the O´worldwideweb for inspo and recipes. I L.O.V.E your blog and your humor. You effin´rock! It´s like you write, you´re not telling people how to eat or live, you come across as a genuine and real person. I´ve tried your recipes, and although I can´t get a hold of a few of the ingredients, I interpret it to my own (when you say coconut flour, i say almond/coconut mix). Remember, as one here has already pointed out, to every hater there are 100 fans. Keep up the good work!

    Love, Rebecca

  64. Juli I truly appreciate you and your blog. I’m still new to Primal/Paleo and love that you have the attitude of make it work for “you”. That’s what I do ’cause I still <3 me some dairy. Your recipes are wonderful and your sense of humor is great. Just wanted to say "thank you" for all that you do and for being "you".

  65. As everyone above has already said…you are THE BOMB! Seriously. I want to be you when I grow up, and I’m not even kidding that when WODs get tough, or eating ice cream seems easier than sticking to Paleo I think of you and how I want to be a badass like you…and you motivate me! So BAM! Screw all the haters, you have my eternal love 😉

  66. Juli,

    I’ll keep this simple. I’m Sicilian…I know some people. Nuff said 😉 I LOVE your blog! I was just telling my boyfriend about it last night. We both decided to go paleo effective this weekend, I wanted to start the first but someone mentioned doing a cleanse prior. I find your blog hilarious and super down to earth. I also curse like a sailor, so I definitely appreciate allll the shenanigans :). Keep your head up girl. Stupid people are dumb, and there are always plenty of them to go around. Rock on!

  67. Thanks for all you do. Think of how miserable someone must be to go out of there way to talk trash about a blog.

  68. Juli,
    You’re like a best friend inside my computer. I read this blog and instantly I want to take better care of myself, and eat delicious food. It’s like my little pep talk for the day. THANK YOU. It pisses me off that people wouldn’t appreciate your real-ness. Go girl! The recipe today looks ridiculously yummy.

  69. You are adorable, I have a major crush on you, and I cook your shit two or three times a week. I’ve even gotten my mom interested in paleo with your recipes. Haters gonna hate.

    This recipe is definitely going to the top of my short-term list.

  70. You’re awesome Juli. People who bitch or complain are going to do it through whichever venue or forum they can find. They are unhappy people (that’s how I always make myself feel better when I run across d-bags) and will find whatever they can to bitch about.

    I love your blog and appreciate you so much for posting these amazing recipes. They’ve helped me stay on the paleo track and be successful with something related to eating for the first time ever, really.

    THANK YOU and keep going, girl!

  71. Hey girl! By ANY CHANCE are you referring to a post on ANOTHER blog that pissed me off too!!!! As she knocked everything and everyone who wasn’t strict to the letter paleo??? I was STILL AGGRAVATED by her post this morning!

    I LOVE your blog… I LOVE you sense of humor, your openess, and your love of life! And good food! And fitness – and you’re NORMAL!!!! You go out, you have some drinks, and then next day, you pick yourself up! And your food is GOOD!! REALLY GOOD – and this is coming from an italian NY girl with a long family history of good food!

    If you are referring to the post that I am (which by the way was on Mark’s Daily Apple) – the forget her… Let her eat twigs, and think she is better than us who are CREATIVE and can use almond or coconut flour and FROSTING (OH ME OH MY!) and enjoy an HEALTHY indulgence… otherwise…. most of us will crash and burn… or we’ll be miserable (like aforementioned). And btw – Mark himself will put SUGAR in his coffee AND CREAM, and have a GLASS OF WINE! So please – spare us all the purism…. If I want a damn muffin made with all PALEO foods – then I’m having a muffin!!!! Otherwise, when I can’t eat another egg, then I’ll crack – and have a bagel (I really won’t b/c I’m celiac – but you know what I mean). I love this life style – and it has done wonders for my husband medically… I am more complicated as I have several autoimmune illnesses (type 1 diabetes, celiac and Lupus SLE… all three are fighting me right now!) BUT – the past month and a half on Paleo have had me feeling great!

    You keep doing what you’re doing! Your photographer is amazing…. your posts are the highlight of my emails! And I usually make your recipes once or twice a week! And yes, I too drink on the weekends!!!!!!!

    Pft! – KEEP IT UP!!!!!! DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENTLY – it’s like they say in facebook – IF YOU DON’T LIKE MY PAGE, LEAVE…..

  72. I LOVE your blog and sense of humor. Totally cracks me up. And the recipes are nom-worthy.
    You’re never going to please everyone. I just don’t understand why somepeople think they HAVE to tell you where they disagree. They can do that on their on blog. It’s like, “Here, let me show you the door and don’t let it hit you on the way out. Jerk.” Whatev. Keep being awesome.

  73. Eff the haters! Your website helped me plummet into the Paleo world with the awesome recipes you post, and bad photography??? more like glorious food pornography! keep it up and don’t let the Debbie downers ruin your day, cause your awesome!

  74. I am just getting back to crossfit after having a baby 5 weeks ago.. I took the last 4 months of my pregnancy off and I am no more motivated that ever to get into pre-baby shape! I LOVE reading your blog, makes me laugh, and your recipes are super easy and yummy! Now that time management is a critical factor in my life!

    With all that said.. screw the haters! Your food is great, your sense of humor rocks, and more than likely you have more muscles than they do!

    Keep up the good work!

  75. Your email in my inbox is the first thing I read every morning at 5:00 a.m. before heading to the gym. I love your style and love, love, love that you don’t act perfect and talk down to people that are not strict all time.

  76. Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength – Eric Hoffer

    I don’t know who this guy is, but I often think about this quote when I run across haters. Keep on blogging, you inspire me and make me laugh pretty much every day!

  77. My sentiment is the same as everyone else’s, “haters gon hate!” you keep doing you! Your blog rocks, recipes rock, and only blog I visit daily! You have inspired me to keep paleo beyond my gyms challenge and without your recipes that wouldn’t of happened. Keep it up girrl

  78. I freakn LOVE your blog, I have become obsessed! I made 10 of your recipes in two days and was freakn blown away! I love how tasty your recipes are and simple! Seriously has made me start to love food again, as recently I found out I’m not only allergic to wheat but to all grains. So being able to eat brownies has made me a much happier girl! And I can stick to my diet w ur recipes while training for my competition. U are the best – thankuuuu so much for sharing

  79. Youuuu light up my liiiiife!
    Without your blog, I might have given up on paleo! Seriously. Your food is amazing! Maybe someday I’ll be a BAMF like you and try the sugar detox… The carrot pudding was dang good but not quiet like the no bake sticky apple bars… Mmmm

  80. Juli, take a look at the responses above. SO much support for what you do and, even more importantly, you are having an exceptionally positive impact on a lot of people. Keep your spirits up, girl. Most of us would love to have such a positive impact on people out there in the world.

  81. It is because of you and your blog that I started on Paleo. Thank you for sharing your world and recipes with us!

  82. Juli, I love your blog. Sometimes your comments make me blush but deep down..I kind of like that. I have made several of your recipes and have loved every one of them! You go girl!!!

  83. I’ve been reading for about a week, and blogger to blogger, I totally get it. People are straight-up mean because everyone’s behind a computer screen, but if they were standing right in front of you, they would be completely different. You do YOU girlfriend. You’re awesome!

    1. ..I was just about to post the EXact same thng! People are so ballsy when they sit behind their keyboard. I constantly see posts on youtube and other sites where people are absolutely VILE! I can’t imagine having that much anger in me…YECH!

      Oh, and besides that Jules, you’re the bomb! Love your recipes, slowly moving my daughter to Paleo, I send her your recipes all the time, we’re both foodies! 🙂

      Item 3 on the agenda, lol! Erin, get in to your club and do it! No one to impress, nothing to lose and sooooo much to gain… I’m sure anyone there will be on board to help you in any way they can. Run along darlin’ and GIT ER DONE!

      OK, enough of my babbling, All have an awesome weekend!!


  84. people with their constant need to add their 2 cents on everything especially when its not needed!! thats one thing i can’t stand!! that and judging others.. do your thing and dont worry what others are doing is my motto! your blog is the best thing on the internet. i literally make something everyday from here and sometimes 2 times ( sugar detox treats are AMAZING) i have a horrible sweet tooth and it hits the spot. you have made life so easy and you have a awesome personality!! keep it up.

  85. Ive been following your blog for about a month now and I have never commented on anything online in my entire life but I felt the need to say something today. I am absolutely in love with your blog and look forward to reading it and seeing what new yummy recipe you post everyday. I can relate a lot to your stories, I too have been single for way too long, think about dumb men all day and suffer from being socially awkward. I basically have no life besides crossfit and obsessing over food. You have even inspired me to do the 21 day sugar detox again, I attempted once and failed miserably (didn’t even make it one week) but I’m determined to do it this time! Thank you so much for putting it all out there! Hater’s gon’ hate! But don’t let it get you down 🙂

  86. I love your food and your blog!!! People have no lives and are jealous creatures. Your website is my go to for dinner ideas every week when I make my grocery list! Those people are just insane!! I have not tried this recipe yet but I can not wait and I am sure it is yummy in my tummy like the rest of what you make!! Thank you for all your time and sharing you thoughts and your food!!! I know it is very hard work and it is greatly appreciated!

  87. THIS LOOKS LIKE ANGELS MADE IT! That being said, it makes me equal parts stabby and sad that people are such dicks to you. I may not always comment but I assure you, your blog is a part of my daily routine. It makes me happy when skies are gray. Or blue. That’s how badass you are. The end.

  88. JB, I must say that all those that oppose you and what you do can, in the words of one of my very best friends, “take a long, gas-soaked walk through Hell.”

    Your blog is incredibly humorous, inspirational, and a highlight of my day. My husband was introduced to paleo by a fellow Army buddy and I came across your blog researching the lifestyle. OMG chicky you are incredible. Your food is delicious to the point of sin, your sense of humor leaves me giggling like a manic, and your desire and drive to be better every day is so enlightening. I’ve never been the fittest girl on the block, but you get me moving and make me want to be a better person.

    Whatever you’re doing, don’t ever stop. Never let anyone discourage you from being who you are and doing just what it is you do. The world would be a much sadder, must emptier place without your flair for, well, ever damn thing 🙂

  89. Blogs should come with a block button so those who are rude can be blocked, banished, NEVER to be heard from again!

    You are so inspirational, dedicated and funny, plus your recipes are AWESOME! I can not even imagine doing a total nut and sugar/fruit ban but here you are almost done with your 21 days.

    Don’t let it get you down, people who are so rude to others usually use rudeness to compensate for their own shortcomings (overly large nose or butt, shortness, small penis, etc)

  90. like all these other fine people have said, keep doing your thing and sharing it because most of us love you 🙂 your recipes are great and you have such an awesome resource here.

  91. Love your recipes! Thanks so much for putting them out there and keep them coming! And congrats for getting on the main site!

  92. Word! Mean people suck and they are just jealous that they did not think of it first. I look forward to reading your blog when i get home from work. Although that may be sad that this is the only thing i look forward to but F**K it. By the by just made the carrot pudding, fyi its awesome! Also you are me hero, there I said it.

  93. Ola Juli!

    Besides the Basil of course, are the other herbs to be fresh or dried, ie parsley, thyme?

    Thank you,


  94. Juli. Listen. Haters gonna hate. Yes, its true – but I really think you just need to start poppin’ off on these fools Bad Girls Club style, and let them know that “my haters are my motivators” is your new motto. Lets be real, there’s not enough Thug Life in the world and it needs to be “broughten” to the haters. But seriously, I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and I enjoy every post. Your recipes are always delish and your stories always make me laugh. Also, maybe its just because I’ve been reading for so long (bonus points) but I’ve always felt that you were clear that paleo is a template & everyone is different. I appreciate that & your variety of recipes! You’ve also posted about empowering women through crossfit & paleo – I know you’ve reached so many women (I am included) and I thank you for that!

  95. hi friend,

    in response to those haters, screw them! your website is great! I fricken love these recipes, they’re delicious, and the sweet potato brownie recipe allows me to think eating a whole pan is healthy for me…and you know what…I’m okay with that, because in the end it’s better than eating a whole pan of boxed brownies!!!
    Sheesh people these days…keeping writing about chocolate, men, and other very important things!

  96. J – Your blog is great and so are you. Your recipes have helped me really enjoy my move to paleo and have helped convert friends and family along the way. Players gotta play and haters gotta hate – but you just keep doin’ your thing homey.

  97. You are the best Juli!! Sorry people are being rude. You are loved and appreciated for all that you do!! I would have never jumped into the Paleo lifestyle if it weren’t for your amazing blog!!!!

  98. Vanessa Rodriguez

    Juli:D I love your blog…it gives me inspiration and great recipes to eat…I also like and think a lot like you. Thanks!!!!

  99. Thank u for the time and effort u spend on this blog. I, and many others at a crossfit box I attend are new to paleo and truly love ur recommendations. U r making a positive difference in people’s lives….. which is more than the heaters can take credit for. Stay strong. Chin up.

  100. Some people are just rude! I’ll never understand why people can’t just move on if they don’t like something instead of being an a**. I LOVE your blog & have some really awesome recipes thanks to you!! Keep it up!

  101. This recipe looks completely amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Ever tried it with kelp noodles by chance in place of the spaghetti squash?

  102. Juli, I refer everyone who asks me about Paleo to your blog, and whenever I am having guests over I make the Garlic Chicken Butternut Squash Lasagna, because OMG is it good! We love you so much, I even dreamed that I met you and was so overcome I hyperventilated. That was an overshare, sorry ’bout that. XOXO Meghan

  103. Corrie Broughton

    I love your blog and our lifestyles are so similar. Don’t ever let people get you down. Obviously there are tons of us here who love what you do! I know it is lots of work, so BIG, BIG thanks:)

  104. I’m a new spaghetti squash user. Are the “noodles” suppose to be a wee bit crunchy? Or did I not cook it long enough? Either way it was still completely delicious!

  105. Fantastic job doing all you do! Your blog is hilarious & your recipes help me keep my family fed & happy, thanks! Keep it up!!

  106. Its because of your blog that I actually stuck with Paleo for the first couple of weeks. I have rocked the EMS base with many of your amazing recipes…..banana bread french toast was today 🙂

  107. This is my first time here and the first post of yours that I’ve ever read. I don’t jack about Paleo … but this recipe sounds DELISH. AND, I like your ‘tude already. As a fellow blogger, I can relate!!

    I’ll be back for more:).


  108. You’re a rockstar! I love your blog.. And without your recipes I could never survive my paleo journey! Haters gon’ hate! Keep being who you are, it’s motivates the rest of us.. I mean look at all these awesome comments that you just got 🙂

  109. Screw all of the nay sayers, I love your blog and I love your recipes. You have made my adjustment to paleo-life EXTREMELY easy. You take great photographs and have great taste when it comes to food!!!!!!

  110. This looks really awesome. You’re really awesome! Mean people are mean and they suck. You just keep doing you boo!

  111. ZOMG I thought I was the only one who ate walnuts with chocolate chips melted down (or straight up out of the bag). So much better than chocolate and peanuts. I can’t believe I just said that. Anywho, this recipe looks great. And your article in the CrossfitJournal was great. Oh and you are great. :o)

  112. Sorry for my lack of bells and whistles…just wanted to say thank you for your blog, Julie! Amazingly easy recipes and amazingly fun and funny reads!

  113. Made this as our first paleo meal and all I can say is “delish!”. You give me hope that we can do this thang and not get bored with it. Thank you!

  114. Juli – I am new to your blog and it rocks! New to Paleo too and just made the sweet potato walnut bars…OMG. Thank you for sharing your sense of humor, incredible food and overall — incredible outlook on life. People take things way too f’n serious, eh? Namaste.

  115. Made this recipe tonight. LURVE. (thats a special and more meaningful way to say love, when “love” doesnt suffice and needs a little kick). I have been paleo-ing, or attempting, since my husband left for Afghanistan 4.5 months ago. I have been looking for a blog like this that makes some fantastic and DIFFERENT recipes. I’m determined to be set in my ways and rule our his need for rice and pasta in gluttonous dump trunk bins full when he returns. Winning! Thanks for this recipe! I shall return!

  116. Love your blog. Love the recipes. LOVE THE FOOD PORN! And, I love your senes of humor. Thank you for your honesty. If peeps what to bit%^ about the blog, why do they bother reading it?! It’s a choice they make – reading it, making the recipes, eating your amazing foods. Choices, people. And I’m choosing to send you some super energy so you feel better today and possibly less annoyed. I’m having a sh#$-tastic day, so someone should have the super energy… May as well be YOU, beautiful!
    This recipe is perfect for my current obsession of avocados and chicken.

  117. PaleOMG! I am starving after discovering your site, I have been doing paleo a month and i LOVE it!!! Its so fun discovering awesome recipes that are awesome for you. I have been also trying crossfit… I suck! But I’m still attempting it. My grocery list just got 10X longer!

  118. I am so thankful for another great recipe from you!! I am eating this as we speak and it is delish. Please, keep the yummy recipes coming!

  119. New to your website, my hubby started CF and wanted to do paleo.Enjoy your site very much, made a few of your recipes including this one. Plantain pancakes rock (although real thick even with added coconut milk), making your Jb burger recipe tomorrow. But this one…labor intensive and the thyme. Baby the thyme. I had forgot that I dislike thyme. Will probably eliminate this ingredient next go-round.

  120. Hey sorry to hear that people are giving you a tough time, I am from New Zealand and have recently started Paleo. I am loving it, I stumbled upon your website through google and I must say, you are a tremendous help. You are doing us all a great favour, I love your recipes. Dont listen to the haters, they tend to accumulate when one shines. Keep up the good work, I hope to pay it forward as you are

  121. Really delicious. Wow, what an excellent sauce. Thanks so much for posting. Hardest part for me was dealing with the squash. It was difficult to remove the seeds and extra string before baking.

  122. I love your blog, I’ve tried so many of your receipes and you are hilarious. Don’t listen to the rude people– unfortunately it’s the rude people that are always the loudest.

    Thanks for everything that you do!

  123. Made this and ate it all in one sitting. I was going to share with my girlfriend… but she didn’t make it to the serving plate in time. Spinach + Avocado = Greatness.

  124. I just made this recipe and it is absolutely YUMMY! I will be able to fulfill my craving for pasta with this dish which is a big deal because we all know we want more what we can’t have. I have like 10 other tabs open on my computer of your recipes and I can’t wait to try them! Keep ’em coming 🙂

  125. WOW! Love this recipe. It’s amazing!! I love your blog and great stories. Keep em coming. Thanks!!!!

  126. Made this for dinner tonight! This was by far the BEST paleo meal i have had! Ive only been eating paleo for a few months and have been keeping it pretty simple and just found your website! Thank you for all of your hard work and I cannot wait to try more of your recipes!!!!

  127. This was awesome Juli! My husband and I have been trying to eat a Paleo-esque diet but he kind of hates vegetables (weirdo I know 🙂 last night I made this for him and he was like “WHAT IS THIS – can you make this every night?!” then I broke it to him that it was mostly veggies haha. I think you have a new fan!

    I actually made it with kale instead of spinach because I couldn’t find any good spinach at the store and it was still yummy. Awesome job and I’m excited to keep trying your many other delicious looking recipes!

  128. I made this for vegetarian friends of mine tonight and substituted marinated portabella mushrooms for the chicken. It was delicious and they agreed! Thank you for taking the time to try and post free recipes!!

  129. I read your blog all the time, it’s kick ass. This recipe was especially tasty.

    Keep on doing what you do best!

  130. First and foremost, congrats on making it to the mainsite!! Woot woot! Definitely gotta try this recipe… You’re skills never fail my mouth and at first its overwhelming, but once you get everything organized and together its all g… As in gangster. #julibauerismydreamwoman

  131. This recipe was amazing! My husband was skeptical but loved it! I didn’t have chicken so I used diced Italian sausage and added some mushroom quarters in with the onions. Thanks for creating this 🙂

  132. Great mix of flavors! I used portabello mushrooms & they worked well. So tasty & healthy. Even my non-Paleo hubby liked it & is taking the leftovers for lunch tomorrow : ) Thanks Juli & keep these unique recipes & your commentary coming!

  133. I have been following your recipe’s since last spring and I can honestly say you are God sent. Thanks to you I feel like I can actually cook. I feel skinny just eating the meals from your delicious recipe’s. I made this tonight and it came out great. Then again I love anything with spinach and advacado.

  134. I just found your blog, and just started eating the Paleo way. And I LOVE your sense of humor and stories! Thanks for putting this free info out there for people like me who hate researching! Keep on blogging!

  135. Made this again as I’ve been craving it! I doubled the recipe but only had 1 avocado so I used some apple sauce instead & it worked well. It did not taste like apple. Next time I’m going to saute some peppers & mushrooms along with the onion. Very yummy!

  136. I made this on Friday night and it was superb. I had the left overs for lunch today and I would say it was even better. Thank you!! I will definitely make this again!

  137. This recipe took more work than most recipes I do, but it was totally worth it! Really delicious recipe.

  138. I just recently started the Paleo diet and have been using your blog for inspiration and cooking ideas. I just want to say thank you! I think I might try this one tonight!

  139. Juli,
    Keep doing what you’re doing! F*** em if they don’t like it. I think your blog is awesome and I laugh every time I read it. The food is great and I’ve made a sh** ton of it. You rock!

  140. Gotta let it roll off you back and not let it deter you or get to you. Never internalize other people’s shit, it’s theirs not your!
    Your blog is wonderful and inspirational, funny and quirky, and much appreciated.

  141. Love the site! Love the recipes and your rants. Tried this recipe with some changes and it was great. Misery loves company so people will try to bring you there with them, but their opinions don’t matter. So keep up the great work.

  142. Juli,
    a thousand times thank you! Your site made my 1-month challenge not only easy, but fun and exciting, not to mention has helped make me a convert. Extended the 100% paleo for another month, with plans on being lactopaleo.
    Also, I’ve started a fun facebook group, “Paleo Food Porn”, for sharing photos with recipes, kind of a bragging wall to help inspire each other living in this un-paleo world.
    Keep up the great work!

    Oh, and happy Valentine’s day!

  143. Rachel Krueger

    Hey dear! Thanks so much for all the fab-oh! recipes. I have a serious issue though (not really). I suck at the whole spaghetti squash thing. It never (NEVER!!) looks anything like pasta. It always looks like 1-2 inch worms. Yours is so pretty. I have squash envy. What the heck am I not doing?

    1. haha i’m not totally sure. you may need to cook it a little bit longer so the strings can come out individually instead of sticking together

  144. Love your site! Just came across it and am enjoying everything-the blogs, and the recipes. I was just wondering where you found the time to do all of this- come up with so many amazing recipes, write entertaining and well-told stories. Gotta say I admire you, and f*ck the haters. They don’t have anything better to do. You rock. <3

  145. I made almost this exact recipe today and thought it was absolutely freaking delicious. I also thought I invented it. Alas, I was mistaken. You stole my delectable culinary thunder!! Great minds think alike I guess 🙂

  146. For what it’s worth, I had never heard of this site until I found it via a Google Search. I wanted to tell you that not only is it lovely (it’s fun, incredibly resourceful, and doesn’t take itself too seriously), I’ve added it to my feed. Haters gonna hate, I say. You got this, don’t worry about it.

  147. Anyone who doesn’t like your recipes simply has bad taste. But, by the sound of it, that extends to their manners as well. I LOVE <3 LOVE all that you do for us and your write-ups are just as flavorful as your recipes. Keep up the fantastic work!!

  148. Well, whatever, people are dumb. Every recipe I have tried on your site has come out tasting better than my expectations allowed me to believe it would taste. The alfredo actually smelled, literally, like cheesy, fatty, delicious alfredo, and it tasted awesome. I made the pancakes this morning but used some local strawberries instead of raspberries and I could seriously not believe how good they were!! The pictures are so good that when I printed a few recipes off at Kinkos the other day, I copy/pasted the pictures to the top of the recipe and printed them in COLOR! So…basically I need to just buy the book now or I’m going to spend more on printing free recipes. Seriously, I have made a lot of paleo recipes for my little family from a LOT of different sites…some of them being more “famous” sites, but none of them have compared to the food on here. Seriously. I’m rambling now, but if I ever had to convince someone to become paleo, I will just make food from this site.

    Thank you for the free recipes and entertainment!!

  149. Hi! I love your blog and your recipes. I just started going paleo with my husband and we’re loving it, and your recipes are amazing.
    But! I don’t have a food processor 🙁 I really wanna try this, do you have a suggestion on how to get the sauce smooth without the processor? We’re still building up our kitchen appliance basics XD

  150. So I made this today… it is freaking amazing. What else would you put the avocado sauce on, I have so much left! Thank you, I love your recipes so much!

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