Archive for November 2014

thankful.

So happy to share my Thanksgiving Paleo/SCD recipes that will be perfect for your upcoming December holiday meals. People are OBSESSED with my easy Roasted  Vegetables.  But first, a bit on why it’s so important to get fresh, antibiotic/hormone free turkey, and then my Paleo/SCD recipes for the two STAR dishes of my family’s Thanksgiving potluck: acorn squash/sweet potato puree and roasted root vegetables. 

An estimated 30,000,000 (that’s MILLION) pounds of antibiotics are sold yearly for use in industrial farming. That is FOUR TIMES the amount used in human healthcare annually. The antibiotics are issued to perfectly healthy animals because of the disgusting and potentially harmful conditions that they live in (never leaving cages, going outside, being able to move, etc.) We are at ever-increasing risk for antibiotic resistance as a human population, thanks in large part to the meats we consume. In addition to antibiotic overabundance leading to resistance, antibiotics also attack the GOOD BACTERIA we need in our gut to fight disease, aid digestion, and maintain healthy metabolism. The meat industry’s neglectful use of excessive antibiotics and hormones is potentially what is leading to more cases of IBD, IBS, and other diseases related to imbalances in gut-health and the microbiome. As research advances, the gut and microbiome seem to be culprits in, not only autoimmune diseases, but cancer and heart health as well. This holiday, pay the little extra for your bird and smile a bit wider in the knowledge that he saw the sky, ran around, and actually “gobble, gobbled” and didn’t need to be given daily medicine in order to survive hellish conditions. See, there’s a reason for the EAT LOCAL craze.

Crazy Easy & Delicious Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:
Brussels Sprouts on stalk (these are juicier)
1 head of cauliflower
1 red onion
1 bag of multi-colored carrots
optional parsnips

Cut brussels sprouts in half after pulling them off their stalk, chop onions, cauliflower, and carrots into bite sizes. Sprinkle liberally with salt, black pepper and rosemary, then toss in Olive Oil. Cook for 40 minutes on 400 for crispy, flavorful veg.

Sweet Potato and Acorn Squash* acorn squash baby food recipe

Ingredients:
1 acorn squash
2  sweet potatoes
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup butter
dashes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg
2 eggs

Roast acorn squash and sweet potatoes in the oven until they are soft and easily peeled. Transfer flesh into food processor or blender. Add other ingredients and puree until smooth. Pour contents into an 8×8 casserole dish and back on 350 for 30 minutes

This year, I want express how I thankful I am for waking up between my two boys every morning! Those few moments when i get to remember how loved I am all over again are the best of each day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for their constant love and support.

Gratitude feels so good! What are you all thankful for this year?

kissing safin

Roadtrip to Atlanta!

This weekend we packed up the puppy and A TON of organic, yummy groceries and headed to Atlanta so I could see two of my best friends and their new baby girl. It was a good, rainy weekend of cooking and cuddling. I’m excited to perfect and share my recipes for you:  bison & acorn squash chili and sweet potato & blackbean enchiladas with homemade sauce are coming as soon as I catch up after my Paleo Thanksgiving cooking marathon and posts!

abigail and me

paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe

paleo pumpkin spice latte recipeThis paleo pumpkin spice latte recipe is made with coconut milk, your favorite fall spices & none of the JUNK in a store bought latte! Sip to your health this fall!

In the wake of The FoodBabe encouraging Starbucks to post the ingredients in their syrups and lattes this September, I realized it was pretty important to find a healthy alternative to their toxin-rich treats for myself (and my friends) as I rebuild my micro biome and fight for optimal health.  This latte syrup is a stove-top cinch and can be funneled into glass jars and refrigerated for a pumpkin-spice filled fall! Note, this recipe is NOT SCD because of the Maple Syrup! You can make it so, by using honey instead.

Ingredients:
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut milk (or another coconut milk with no thickeners, preservatives, or other ingredients)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons clove or 1 drop doTERRA clove oil
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract or vanilla bean
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
* I started adding a few tablespoons of water after boiling to further thin it out

Bring all ingredients to a boil and then let simmer for 30 minutes. To thin the latte mixture, you will need to pour through cheesecloth or paper towels into a bowl once or twice. Then it is ready to funnel into jars. Pour in the bottom of your mug and add coffee on top for an instant integration of all these delicious flavors!

lemongrass pumpkin soup

This soup is light and fresh, yet rich in flavor at the same time! I made up the recipe after I found some inspiration here. It’s so easy and sure to dazzle your guests or your beautiful SELF. Of course, the pumpkin ingredient makes this perfect for the Fall, but this is truly a year-round treat thanks to hoarding canned pumpkin!14+-+1

Ingredients:
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut milk (or another coconut milk that is free of thickeners and additives)
1 can organic chicken stock (or vegetable for a vegan meal)
several stalks of lemongrass or two-three drops doTERRA Lemongrass essential oil
1 thumb of fresh ginger
pinch of salt
table spoon of chili flakes

Bring all these ingredients to a boil on medium/high heat and cover, then let simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Then sprinkle some optional cilantro.

That’s it! I want it to be as easy as possible to feed yourself wholesome, organic, delicious food

why bone broth?

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2 cups in each mason jar. This is a 12 cup recipe made in my crockpot with 3 pounds of organic chicken bones. Lunch all week during a flare!

I have a dream of opening up a broth window like this guy, except mine would be called “the BROTHel.” Seriously though, there are too many benefits of bone broth for one post. Bone broth helps to heal digestive disorders, autoimmune disease like RA, and other joint pain. Drinking bone broth speeds up healing from surgery, reduces cellulite, and boosts your immune system. I thought that bone broth was just a necessary staple in the beginning of breaking the vicious cycle, but with all its health benefits, it’s really something that we should all incorporate into a regular holistic health routine.  So here’s how I do that! After I’ve jarred mine, I throw them in my bag for breakfast or lunch at work. You can heat them in the microwave, or pour into a sauce pan on the stove. If you are in a particular flare, I suggest using it as a meal replacement. Otherwise, just replace one of your daily coffees or teas and enjoy the rich benefits.

1) Use bones from your organic, grassed protein OR buy them at a minimal price at your local grocer/farmer’s market

2) For every pound of bones, add three cups of water

3) Add roughly chopped carrots, onions, and ginger, salt, and pepper

4) Add a tablespoon of Apple cider Vinegar which aids in pulling the healing marrow out from the bones

5) Let simmer on stove or in your crock pot for 24 hours.

5) Strain and funnel into mason jars for optimal storage time and transport ease

paleo rustico pizza

There is nothing more important on any restrictive diet than making sure all your temptations and comfort food are accounted for somehow. Trust me, you’re going to eat these things anyway, so you might as well do it LEGALLY. I guarantee you can do this is the 45 minutes it takes to call and wait for Domino’s IMG_7336

1) Find an excellent crust recipe. I like a mix of coconut and almond flour and I always roll it VERY VERY THIN so it will be crispy and not spongey. Here are some crust links: GastroChef ‘s Cauli/Almond Flour crust, AAG almond/coconut flour crust, PaleoLeap’s easy crust.

2) Use aged Cheeses (mixture of mature cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano here) which barely contain any lactose.

3) Make your own tomato sauce OR buy one of these organic, sugar-free, legal ones at your local Whole Foods or health food store. Muir Glen, Organicville, or Trader Joe’s Tomato Paste 

4) Choose your most be loved, decadent toppings. Because this is a treat! I chose uncured prosciutto parma (no sugar), a mixture of kalamata and green olives, artichoke hearts, sautéed mushrooms and vidalia onions, and lots of oregano and basil. Trust me,  though it’s no Pizzaioulo, which I frequented during my year in Florence, this was more satisfying than any Papa John’s run.

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Bon Appetit!

 

joyful.

 

moon

I’m so happy to be writing my first post on the Full Moon in Taurus. “A full moon in Taurus also coaxes us to shed the layers of our old selves, allowing the illumined authentic self to finally, truly emerge. Many of us have experienced the intensity of recent cosmic shifts, so it’s time to release the perpetual grip we still have on what no longer serves us, for good.”

Now that’s a sentiment that I can surely get behind. RELEASE the perpetual grip YOU STILL HAVE on what NO LONGER SERVES YOU. After this full moon begins to wane,the tight grip that I’ve had on all the things that do not serve the person I am becoming will loosen. I will let go. Why wait until New Year’s! I’m making a list of all the things that no longer serve me:

1.) Past hurts
2.) Unreasonable Grief
3.) Complacency in my job
4.) Processed food and harmful  “cheats” I haven’t fully let go of
5.) Excess alcohol
6.) Ever believing that I don’t deserve to be totally. joyful.
7.) Waiting until tomorrow….