Extra Virgin White Truffle Olive Oil: If you distill heaven into a liquid, you'd have truffle olive oil. This stuff is gold. It has made plain, steamed vegetables a delight and something I look forward to. Boring steamed cauli, broccoli, green beans, in just a few minutes you turn a bland veggie into something rich and extraordinary. You don't need a lot, just drizzle a bit and you're good to go. It's incredible over plain, raw arugula and baby spinach. With some sea salt sprinkled on top, you are seriously going to have a culinary meltdown. So simple and so good. It's not as expensive as you'd think. Whole foods sells little bottles like this for $5. I'm not quite sure how they bottle "truffle aroma" but they do and it's f*cking delicious. Get some.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
1 32. oz container fish stock
1 can light coconut milk (or regular)
2 cans water
1 onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 large carrots, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup fish sauce, like red boat
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag trader joe's seafood blend
1 bag shrimp, chopped fish, langostinos, etc
1 bag frozen cauliflower florets
Saute your veggies in some EVOO until translucent, 5-7 minutes, in a large stock pot. Pour in your seafood stock, coconut milk, and water, and add your garlic and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Add your fish sauce, and taste. Add more, or more seasoning, to taste. When you've gotten it right, add in your frozen seafood and cauli. Bring back up to a simmer and you're done! This tastes great right away, and really good after a day in the fridge. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Paleo Banana Bread
2 medium bananas, mashed
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup walnut or coconut oil
3/4 cup nutmilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
4 droppers nunaturals alcohol free liquid stevia
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut flour
Mash your bananas in a large bowl, add in your eggs, extracts, stevia, milk, and oil, stir well. Add in your dry ingredients (try to get coconut flour lumps out prior to adding) and combine well. I lined my loaf pan with parchment, but you can grease yours if you prefer. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and drop on the countertop a few times to get out any air bubbles. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if you like! When a knife comes out just clean, take it out. It will firm up a bit as it cools. Mine was still pretty squishy in the center. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. This is now your go-to, easy peasy, one bowl banana bread recipe. Enjoy!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Kale chips are a fun, easy, delish way to shovel in lots and lots of veggies. I like the plain old EVOO and salt kind as much as the next guy, but when I recently saw a recipe for pizza kale chips, I knew I had to try them out.
Here's the thing about kale chips though. It bugs me that most recipes call for large quantities of cashews. I eat enough nuts throughout the week, I don't want to drown my veggies in them too. I get that the creaminess is needed for that cheesy coating that we all love, but seriously, I just don't need MORE nuts in my diet, trust me! I get enough as it is.
So I decided to try the recipe without cashews. It works great. I imagine even better if you had a proper dehydrator. But no matter, you can have nut-free pizza kale chips any time you like.
Pizza Kale Chips
1 bag washed/chopped kale, from Trader Joe's for instance
1 6 oz. can organic tomato paste
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup EVOO
In a mixing bowl, combine your paste and seasonings and EVOO. Dump your kale onto a baking sheet, and then dollop the pizza sauce onto the kale by the spoonful. Using your hands, work the sauce into the kale, making sure to coat all the leaves evenly. Bake at 400 until crisp. This will depend on how much you have, how big your baking sheet, etc. Took me about 20 minutes. These will taste even better the next day!
I researched juicers for about a week. It was clear to me in the end that the best kind was probably the Omega J8006. But for about $250 or so, kind of a steep entry point for someone that doesn't even know if they'll like the stuff. Finally, I settled on a clearance juicer from BBB, and I figure, I'll learn on it and see if it's something I even want to do on a regular basis. If it is, I will upgrade to a nicer one, and if not, it wasn't too big of an investment.
I had my first juice experience today, and it wasn't bad! Actually, wayyyy sweeter than I was expecting. I used too many tomatoes and too many carrots, because I was running low on veggies. But it was fun and clean up wasn't too terrible. Unfortunately S was not a fan, and spilled more than she drank. Ahh well.
I also tried my hand at some stevia sweetened chocolate truffles this week, in honor of Valentines Day. Surprisingly, using nunaturals liquid (alcohol free) stevia produces a really decent flavor. I am just as shocked as you are! They are in the freezer right no, firming up for later.
I hope you all had a great vday and enjoyed no matter how it was spent! Hallmark holiday or not, we could all use a little more LOVE in our lives amirite?
Friday, February 8, 2013
Hmmm... Ok, so this pic is truly one of the most unappetizing pics I have probably ever posted. Sorry about that. The arugula looks tasty at least, right? Yikes.
Anywho. Chicken hearts are a fantastic source of nutrients. They are HEARTS after all! Containing very high quantities of the following nutrients, you really can't argue with 'em:
And for those of you who aren't big fans of liver, hearts have a much milder flavor and are also way less chewy and dense. I suspect broiling or grilling them would be amazeballs.
I picked up about 1 lb and three quarters of the stuff at Whole Paycheck for about $1.40. Certainly enough for two people, with leftovers for the dog. At such a low price point, may as well give it a shot right? Preparation is a snap.
I know it sounds weird. But when you eat a paleo, primal, or ancestral diet, focusing on getting lots of protein, you really have to branch out sometimes. And I am not a big steak eater, so that basically means poultry, fish, seafood, and some pork occasionally. Sh*t gets old eventually. So what the heck? Try something new.
Paleo Chicken Hearts
1.5-2 lbs chicken hearts
1 yellow onion
EVOO, or ghee
Saute your yellow onion in EVOO until its translucent. Season with salt and a bit of pepper. Add in your chicken hearts, and season liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for about 7-9 minutes until hearts are completely cooked through.
Easy peasy folks. You've got nothing to lose! Try it out!
Friday, February 1, 2013
I dig coleslaw. I dig asian flavors. I really dig cabbage. Cabbage is cheap. Do you agree with these statements? Good. Then try this yummy asian slaw. We had ours with some of nom nom paleo's delish damn fine chicken, second time i've made it in as many weeks.
As you may have noticed, I am really not much for measuring, especially in recipes like this. I'd rather eyeball everything and taste as I go. So this is not so much a recipe as it is guidelines. But spiceyness is such a personal thing anyways!
Paleo Spicy Asian Coleslaw
half a bag shredded carrots (about 1 1/2 cups)
small-med head of cabbage (or use red if you like)
1 small red onion, chopped/diced
3 tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp (or more!) sriracha. There are paleo varieties out there, or you could make your own. Again, nomnompaleo.com to the rescue. I probably used more like 2 tbsp sriracha, but I really like spicy foods.
10 drops alcohol free liquid stevia- NuNaturals is best
In a small bowl, mix your wet ingredients. Taste it! Is it yum? Want it sweeter? Spicier? Tangier? Adjust accordingly. Now is the time to do it, before adding to your slaw. Pour over your chopped/shredded cabbage, onion, and carrots. Season, and mix well. Depending on the size of your cabbage you may need a bit more liquid. Let this sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors can come together. It is really good folks.
I know I haven't been awesome in the full disclosure department. January has been.... interesting. Honesty and truthiness aren't at the top of my list right now. Hope that's cool.
How has your January been? 2013 treating you right so far? Anyone doing any cleanses or detoxes worth sharing? I myself am dying to do one of those 3 day veggie juice cleanses, but the juice can be quite carby, and no protein, so I'm not sure it's a good idea. Thoughts?
Thanks GFGs. Much love!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I've had a bag of salted pumpkin seeds in the pantry for awhile. I snacked on them for a week or so and then got tired of them. I'm more of a cashew kind of girl to be honest. So into the food processor they went. I've seen cookies made before with sunflower seeds, so why not pumpkin seeds?
They came out great. Thin and crispy, salty and sweet, the perfect snack or treat.
Try them! Pumpkin seeds are much cheaper than nuts, and quite nutritive.
Crispy Paleo Pumpkin Seed and Almond Honey Cookies (Dairy and Egg Free)
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sliced and blanched almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 1/2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
3 1/2 tbsp walnut or coconut oil
Process your pumpkin seeds and almonds until you have a fine flour. While the motor is running, pour in your honey, oil, vanilla, and pinch of salt. Once the "dough" starts to form a ball, it's ready to be spooned onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. This will take a minute or two, perhaps longer, depending on the speed of your machine.
Use a tbsp to form little balls, and flatten well with your fingertips. These cookies will not spread, so flatten them out pretty good. Bake at 350 for about 5 minutes, until the edges brown. These will cook super fast! Watch them carefully!
I am baking more with honey, since I don't eat baked goods anyways, may as well spare S and MKG all my sugar free concoctions and just feed them, whole, real foods, like molasses and raw honey, and dates. I am quite sure you could sub dates for the honey in this recipe, 5 should do it. Did you know that per tbsp, molasses has about 60 calories, and is a great source of potassium, B6, and magnesium? It also has 15 grams of carbs, which may make a not so great choice for diabetics, but if you don't have any problems with sugar, this is certainly a better choice.
Were I to make these for myself, I would probably opt for about 20-30 drops of NuNaturals Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia, a wonderful, non-bitter, non-aftertaste giving sweetener that I just adore. It has such a clean flavor.
Hope you're all having a pleasant week. Believe it or not, it got into the mid 70's here in KC yesterday, breaking all kinds of records. I spent the day inside the office so don't have any fun outdoorsy stories to tell, but the weather sure is nutty right now. I love spring as much as the next guy, but I can't say it isn't a little disconcerting.