Quick Prep

Between a toddler and a baby it’s always go time; I often find myself throwing together whatever I can get my hands on fast enough.  Let me just be blunt:  meal time with little kids is nonexistent for the adults – I rarely enjoy a meal or even know what I am eating!!  That being said I need quick items.  I have been relying on frozen veggies and meat prepped ahead of time.  I usually will then defrost the veggies in the microwave, reheat the meat and toss that together with some sauce or dressing that I have on hand.  After I eat my entree I pray that I have some leftover dessert I baked earlier that week or I finish off my meal with a protein bar – lately I am a big fan of RxBars (they were on sale on amazon – we stocked up!!).  Here is a sample meal from yesterday:

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Broccoli Florets (individually packed portions from Costco – see image below)

Grilled chicken (prepped the night before by my husband)

Paleo Tahini Dressing (featured in Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry)

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Coffee (paired with nut milk or choice – see image below)

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I am kind of obsessed with this coffee.  It doesn’t give me the high jolt of energy paired with high anxiety like a regular cup of coffee.  I believe a cup of this coffee wakes me up to be alert without the jitters.  This blended caffeine beverage consists of coffee, matcha tea & cocoa nibs – it is tasty, light and refreshing.  I personally enjoy it iced with nut milk it’s usually my breakfast dessert.

Speaking of dessert… Every good meal ends with a sweet treat!

Here is a great recipe for a favorite Italian holiday cookie:  Paleo Pignoli Cookies

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These cookies were a big hit!!! My husband & my toddler loved them, as did I!

Happy Friday!!!

NomNomNomaste!

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.: Some Things to Warm up Your Soul :.

I have a few recipes to share with you – they are all amazing, so I am really excited for my readers to get cookin’!  The first recipe is perfect for these cold winter days.  I personally have never made my own batch of soup, I thoroughly enjoy home made soup, so I was extremely excited to give it a try!  And, it was a success – looks like we will be having more soups in our weekly meal planning!!  With all this positive talk let me present to you the star of it all…

Carrot Ginger Soup

For the garnish I chose to use the recommended ‘chopped chives’ and I added a splash of coconut milk to make it creamy.  I definitely do have to say I wish I could taste the ginger a bit more.  I was surprised at how “carroty” the soup flavor really is despite all the onions I added!! Rich flavor!!! Amazing – try it!  Another note: the recipe calls for butter you can use olive oil or ghee!

No Bake Almond Butter Blondies

These are divine creations – I could eat the whole slab of bars if I really let all my self control go!  I am impressed with how much you can do by adding almond flour to a “bar” recipe to bulk up the nut butter – it works so well, and does it all without leaving a grainy texture too!

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Baked Vanilla Donuts

I can’t get enough of these, I ate two for snack after lunch today!  I am loving the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips melted on top it literally is like a ganache layer with sprinkles.  It is decadent – highly recommend using them!  I cooked my donuts in a cupcake tin and used a device to pop out the inside to make them into donuts.  This technique changed the consistency of the product as the center did not get cooked as much as it would have using a donut pan.  I was not disappointed though as I love mushy, gooey, practically raw baked good!!!

AMAZING!!!!!

After sharing all these delicious treats, I must leave you with some good work-out material.  Here is a quick HIIT workout, because with all this baking ahead of you, you won’t have much time to spend sweating!!

20 min HIIT workout

ENJOY IT ALL!!!!!!

NOM NOM NOMASTE!!!!

no shamrock juice, please.

Every “wholesome foods” blogger I am sure posted a green juice (or smoothie or whatever you want to call this liquid drank).  I cannot say I didn’t enjoy one of these delicious energy packed drinks on this special day.  I just didn’t want to overwhelm readers with another recipe you will take a screen shot of to make at a later point.  You know you never will sift through your archived photos because you have too many faves to try over your lifetime!  No liquid greens today; I promise I will make this post as sugary as possible.

 

The chocolate chip cookies, featured below, are made using a recipe from the book Paleo Cookies By:  John Chatham.  My husband kindly ate the entire batch one fine evening.  He asks me every night, no exaggeration, to make these again.  If you want lots of praise for your baking, make these for your loved ones!!  They are very soft and moist; they melt in your mouth!

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These Almond Butter Brownies are a specialty of Food Babe, a long-time respected blogger!  I tried the water + flax egg replacement option and I think I needed to adjust the cooking time.  The brownies it not come out of the oven looking raw and mushy (like the middle photo, pre-baking).  The batter tasted delicious I could’ve eaten a bowl of it with a spoon while watching an episode of Girls.   I did enjoy the flavor; next time I baked these paleo brownies I will try using an egg and see if there is a difference in the texture.

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Get a nice sugar rush and run around with your kid(s) – they will think you are hilarious!

Enjoy the warm weather coming our way   🙂

NOM NOM NOMaste.

drinking your cals

Let’s start off with filling our belly with some food.  Here are two Costco faves.  The red peppers make an appearance again.  They have a little olive oil drizzled on top with some herbs de provence sprinkled a top.  These veggies are paired with a few slices of OLLI sopressata.  This is a quick, easy lunch that can be followed with a guilt-free dessert since this is a carb free meal.

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and your liquid treat:

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Hard ciders are gluten-free most of the time.  My husband noticed there were more than just apple ciders at the grocery store.  I could decide between the pear, raspberry and blackberry… I chose the pear to try first, and I was more than pleased with my selection!  I highly recommend this delicious treat after a low-carb meal.  Why not indulge every now and then!  Additionally, the pear hard cider has less cals than the traditional apple ciders.

Let’s get onto the good stuff…

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WHOOP-PIES!  What is better than baking when the weather is sub-par?!?!??  ummm, nothing!  I decided to double-up and make two batches, my husband really is loving the fully stocked refrigerator with desserts.  These two recipes are from John Catham’s book:  Paleo Cookies.  The modifications I made for each of these are as follows…

chocolate: use carob powder instead of cocoa powder

vanilla: use maple syrup instead of honey for the cake & filling

add palm shortening into the filing to make it creamier if the butter separates

This is a lovely afternoon snack, or a breakfast on-the-go.  I have eaten one of these for breakfast twice this past week as I have had early morning doctors’ appointments to attend.  I follow one of these bars with a liter of water spiked with fulvic acid (7-14 drops) – I will post the brand I have purchased in the hydration section!  I am in love with this product, it really helps your cells quickly absorb nutrients & water.

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Looks like today will be SUNNY!!!  Rain, Rain, Go Away!!

peace. love. paleo.

 

 

Sugar Rush

I wanted to start off with introducing the cookbooks I am currently using:

Paleo Cookies  By: John Chatham

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry  By: Elana Amsterdam

I will rotate these books once I’ve completed all recipes!! 2015/03/img_7199.jpg Breakfast details: the standard eggs and thick-cut bacon, a side of sautéed roasted red peppers (from Costco, I will post the image in the bottles section) and onion, a bulletproof coffee using 1tbsp coconut oil and a green shake!!!! Smoothie recipe below…

Cucumber-Mint (2-16oz servings):

3 cups cucumber

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup mint leaves

2 cups spinach

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/4-1/2 cup coconut water

1 cup ice

1 tsp maca powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp monkfruit sweetener

Add to Nutribullet large container and blend until smooth, add coconut water until thick & creamy consistency is achieved.

Recipe modified and adapted from Superfood Smoothies  By: Julie Morris

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NOMaste.

In like a lion, Out like a lamb.

Welcome March!  I am hoping you bring lots of warm weather this month!! I have a full week of sweets coming up!! The following week I will switch to savory dishes – make sure you stay tuned!  I have to been going to the gym as much as possible and have supplemented in a few YouTube videos and barre classes.  It takes a while to shlep to Gold’s Gym, some nights it is easier and faster to do a workout at home.  I have also been forcing myself to try some workout classes at the gym.  I don’t like being in a classroom setting with routines to follow, because personally I am horrible at keeping up.  I never had the skills to memorize routines quickly.  When it came to school plays during the middle school and high school days I really was not one for a main character dancing around the stage.  I have pushed myself to be uncomfortable and attend the classes that involve routines that are choreographed to specific songs.  Unfortunately, for me, I have also not been able to stand in the back every class – other people seem to be just as uncoordinated as me, so it appears!!  When I don’t get my cozy corner spot in the back of the room, I realize nobody is starring at me and outwardly criticizing me, so I might as well get in a good workout and stop worrying about what others think!  Thus far I have tried the Insanity, BodyPump, BodyAttack, HIIT, and RPM cycling classes and have fully enjoyed each moment of them all.  If you are like me, attempt to go to a workout class even for half of it – just give it a try.  You might find that you enjoy jumping around a room looking ridiculous along with everybody in the class.

Today we will review a wonderful paleo granola I created.  The recipe calls for a cup of raisins, a cup of whole almonds, a cup of cashews, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4-1/3 cup honey and 2-3 tbsp coconut oil (you can adjust the honey & oil amount to ensure all fruit, nuts & seeds are coated with some liquid).  Mix everything together and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Cook the granola at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes – cook until the mixture does not have a sticky texture and tastes “roasted” (yes, samples are allowed).  Once cooled, break apart the big block and it will quickly resemble granola.  I sprinkled this delectable treat over some coconut cream.  Thai Kitchen makes a great full-fat coconut milk – the cream is on the top and literally looks like fage yogurt.  If you scoop the cream out you will see liquid on the bottom.  I pour this into ice cube trays and freeze the remaining part of the coconut cream.  I then will use these coconut cubes in smoothies for coconut flavor.

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With the snowy days here I will be baking quite a few items; be prepared for sugar overload!!

I have been browsing my cookbook collection and have realized that I need to start using them – they’re getting dusty.  I have found myself always researching recipes online – for the obvious reason: the computer is so convenient and easy.  I have tried to remove myself from some social media to focus on “the present time” and play with my son.  With this I have felt more relaxed and have gone ‘back to the basics.’  I have begun to realize it is wonderful to flip through a cookbook.  This being said I have picked a savory and a sweet cookbook to make literally every recipe from cover to cover.  Once this is done, it’s onto the next one!  My husband loves cookbooks, he is the same way as me; he personally “likes to look at the pictures.”  I want him to get through his books too!  I encourage you to dig through your cookbook collection and start cooking some delicious dishes.

Stay warm & dry during the snow storm…. don’t forget to BAKE!!!

peace. love. paleo.

hello again!!

WOW, it has been a while since I have updated the site.  I have been consumed primarily with my more important responsibilities – such as taking care of my son 😉 . I have some news to report, I joined a gym!!  I finally took the plunge, and just got a Gold’s Gym membership.  This gym is not your ordinary gym though, they have just about everything – including a swimming pool where I can take the baby and a movie theatre I can bike or run or elliptical or sit or whatever inside of, etc etc etc.  The amenities are wonderful and I am very happy with my decision; don’t worry I will still post home work-outs and the various exercise classes I attend.  After this post I’m going to head over there and bike in the movie theatre, I’m so tired I can’t handle much stimulation from lights right now.

The next order of business, I have two updates on the food portion of this blog.  I finally tried NICE CREAM and IT WAS DIVINE.  I blended 3 frozen bananas in the food processor and topped with Enjoy Life chocolate chips.  I do have to report that this portion was very large, my husband and I shared, but you could easily make this for three people.  I thought the flavor was fantastic, the consistency was smooth and creamy – literally like banana gelato.  I’m a big fan of this treat!!!

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This morning I finally indulged in a matcha green tea almond latte and again it was blissful.  I upped the matcha a bit, the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, however, my bottle of matcha powder reads serving size as 1tsp – so I did just that!  Flavor was excellent, I even added more water to make it hotter longer and it did not lose its flavor one bit!

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Wish I could stay and type longer, but I have to quickly get in my workout before I eat dinner and head to bed… mommy life.  I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying their new year’s resolutions 🙂 !

toodles,

peace. love. paleo.