Call To Action!


Dear Cheekers,

Last weekend I was in a seminar and on the second day when some snacks were brought out everything was sugar.  Chocolate covered nuts, cookies, brownies…oh my.  I find it indignant that people think treats have to be sugary treats!  We need to cut this out people!  The nation is obese!  Morbidly obese!  If you’re going to bring a treat bring fruit, nuts, jerky, vegetables, or anything and everything else that doesn’t contain sugar.  We’ve got to change this mindset.  And I’m turning to you to begin this movement.  You’ve never failed me before and I have confidence you won’t fail me now!  We need to turn treats aways from sweets.  Maybe we should call it – Treats Do Not Equal Sweets.  What do you think?  Anytime an occasion calls for food (with the exception of some holidays and maybe the Superbowl, of course) make an effort to think outside the packaged cookie, handful of jelly beans, mouthful of chocolate trifecta.  Do your fellow man a favor… feed them something delicious and good for them.  Treats Don’t Equal Sweets!!!

Thank you.




1 medium onion, minced
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 large tomatoes, pureed in a food processor
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt

Saute the onions in coconut oil on medium high heat until tender and browned. Add tomato puree, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Mix thoroughly and let simmer for 15 minutes.  At this time, start the meatballs.  Once the sauce is done simmering, take it off the burner and let cool for about 5 minutes, then pour the sauce into a food processor and process until smooth.

2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 tsp cumin

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands and then form golf ball size meatballs. Place meatballs into a glass 9×11″ dish and bake at 375 for 15 min. Then spoon the sauce over the meatballs and bake for another 10-15 minutes.


Adapted from Everyday Paleo.


  1. In charge of treats for Elementary Valentines Day school party. Watermelon + heart shaped cookie cutter = heart shaped watermelon treats. The kids loved them. : )