September 19, 2016

Paleo Fall Porridge (Paleo, Whole 30, SCD, GAPS, Gluten Free, Vegan)



You guys I have a special treat for you today! My blog's first guest post! Today's guest is Cristina Curp from The Castaway Kitchen. If you haven't checked out Cristina's blog yet you definitely need to! She is one creative woman when it comes to the paleo recipes. She also has an extremely drool worthy Instagram feed that teases my taste buds daily. She has come up with an amazing recipe that I am so excited to share with you today! And it's perfect for fall. I can't wait to try it!

Here is a little more info about Cristina:
Cristina is a restaurant chef, turned stay at home mom and military spouse. She lives in Hawaii with her family and enjoys spending her days cooking, hiking and hanging out at the beach with her boys. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is her flavor of autoimmune disease, although she suspects there is more going on. Autoimmune disease run rampant in her family. HS is a particularly gruesome disease which leaves a lot of physical and emotional scars. Through a paleo diet and lifestyle Cristina has been able to take her condition from unbearable to near remission and is thriving! She blogs over at TheCastawayKitchen.com where she shares her creative paleo recipes and her healing journey. 

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So, without further delay I will let Cristina take over! Enjoy friends! 


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Seems like summer went by faster this year. Although I must confess I only notice in my news feed. Living in Hawaii, and not having a child in grade school yet…  I live an endless summer.  Jack’s Waldof School goes year round except for a few weeks a year.

What does change? The seasonal produce! Although Hawaii grows tropical fruit year round, it also imports the majority of its food from the mainland, specifically California.  When we lived in San Diego we would go to Julian this time of year to pick apples. What a lovely experience, one which we dearly miss and hope to do again!


I love this little treat. It’s hearty, made of fruit and vegetables and it packs gut healing gelatin. The teaspoon of maple syrup is absolutely optional, and not really necessary. The cooked down apples and carrots are sweet enough if you ask me, which makes this a perfect seasonal treat for those doing a no sweets allowed program like The Whole30 or 21 Day Fix. Topped with pecans, cooked in ghee….can you say breakfast?




Using chai tea really ties in those fall flavors and the almond butter lends protein and creaminess to these steamy jars o’ goodness. They’re spiced, nutty and creamy with tender apple and carrot pieces! Ready in thirty minutes and easily made a head of time … just make them already!


Fall Porridge Recipe


Ingredients


2 red apples
1 cup diced carrot, sweet potato or pumpkin
¾  cup water
2 tbsp. ghee from grassfed cows (buy here) (or substitute coconut oil if not using ghee) 
½ tbsp. grassfed beef gelatin (Great Lakes red can or Vital Proteins green container) - omit for vegan
2 tbsp. unsweetened almond butter (I like this brand
1 bag chai tea
1 tsp ground organic cinnamon (these spices are SCD legal)
½ tsp ground organic nutmeg (this brand is SCD legal)
Pinch of sea salt
¼ cup pecans (optional) (ideally soaked and dehydrated first) 
1 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)

Directions


1. Dice your apples and carrots into ¼ inch cubes.  You can peel them if you want a smoother feel. I like my apple skins, they add nice color too, but totally up to you!

2. Heat ghee in a small sauce pot on medium heat. Add in the apples, carrots and salt. Stir cooking on medium heat for two minutes. Add in the water and tea bag. Lower the heat to medium low. Let it simmer, stirring often for ten minutes. Remove the tea bag.

3. Stir in the almond butter, gelatin and spices.  Bring the heat back up to medium and stir until the apples have begun to breakdown and the mix is thick and light brown.

4. Pour out in to two 8oz jars or cups, filled about half way. Top with chopped pecans and maple drizzle.

5. Let them cool and thicken a bit before eating. The more they cool, the thicker they will be. If you set them in the fridge they will firm up like pudding.

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September 12, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper and Parsnip Dip (Paleo, Whole 30, Low FODMAP, Vegan)



Hi friends! It's me, your long lost blogging friend. Sorry for the absence lately. I am in the middle of studying for my rheumatology exams. It's not pretty. If you're looking for me right now you are likely to find me at home, in my pyjamas, at my desk. It's basically my permanent spot at the moment. The natural vitamin D is definitely lacking right now. And to think I call myself a wellness blogger? I am not doing a very good job of following my own advice right now. But it's crunch time. Only a few more weeks and then it will be back to business as usual around here. So please, bear with me until then! I totally appreciate your patience and support.




To keep things interesting around here I have lined up a few guest posts for the blog in the coming weeks. I have never had any guest bloggers on here before so I am pretty excited about that! So at least it won't be total crickets around here for the next little while. I like you guys too much to do that to you. 



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I really don't have many exciting things to update you on in my life unfortunately. But can we talk about one thing for a second? Boys and cleaning. Or the lack there of. Yes ladies you know what I am talking about don't you? I recently moved in with my boyfriend, and for the most part it's been great.

Except for the whole cleaning thing... 

How is it that guys never feel the need to vacuum? Or do the dishes? Or clean bathrooms? Etc. etc. Do you not see that dust bunny sitting there on the floor? Is it not driving you crazy like it is me? Do you not see that the grass in our yard is a foot long? Are you really waiting for all the neighbours to complain before you cut it? And no, your dishes do not belong on the counter or table once you are done with them. They go in the dishwasher or you wash them! Seriously it's driving me crazy! I had to start using my own bathroom in our place because the mess in his bathroom was too much for me. 

I have talked to many of my girlfriends about this phenomenon and it seems to be universal. I truly don't understand it. 

So for all you guys out there, if you really want to know the secret to making your girlfriend or wife happy, help her around the house! And since it seems to be a rather difficult concept for you guys to grasp here is a little guide for how often things should be cleaned: 

  • Vacuuming should be done once a week. 
  • Bathrooms need to be cleaned at least once per month. And yes, this includes the toilet and the shower/tub. 
  • Bed sheets need to be washed at least once per month. 
  • The dishes should be done everyday. Yes everyday. Leaving them until tomorrow is not okay. 
Phew! That feels good to get off my chest. Have I missed anything ladies? Any other cleaning issues that need to be pointed out? I will be happy to update the list if needed. 


Well now that I have totally digressed I better get back to why you really came here. The food. And this week we are making Roasted Red Pepper and Parsnip Dip. I wish I still had some of this left. It really didn't last long. At. All. Maybe next time I will make a double batch, just to make it last a little longer. 




This dip goes great with raw veggies, or paleo style crackers, but I also use it to top meat dishes or cooked vegetable dishes that just need a little extra bit of flavour. Because let's be honest. That steamed broccoli can get a little boring day after day. 

This dip is compatible with the paleo, Whole 30, low FODMAP and vegan diets. And it's pretty darn easy to make. Which is basically a criteria for any food that I'm making right now. I have no time for complicated dishes. And I'm sure you don't either! Now that the kids are back to school and it's business as usual for everyone.

I am already missing the long, relaxing summer days and warmer weather. This could be a very long winter my friends. Very, very long. I think that just means I will have to escape on a couple extra beach vacations. Sounds perfect doesn't it? I already have a trip to Bali planned for October (yay!) which I am so excited about. So if any of you have been, please let me know what I need to see, do and eat while I am there. 

Okay but I will let you get to the recipe. I hope you like it! 

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Until next time, happy eating friends! 



Roasted Red Pepper and Parsnip Dip Recipe



Ingredients

3 TBSP bacon fat or coconut oil (if vegan) (this is my favourite brand of coconut oil
1 large red pepper, washed and diced (or 2 small ones)
2 heaping cups of peeled and diced parsnips
1/3 chopped green onion (or sub 1 small white onion if not on low FODMAPS)
1 TBSP Herbs de Provence spice blend (I use this brand
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste

1 cup avocado oil (buy here

Directions

1. Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat
2. Add the fat to the pan and allow to melt
3 Add the remaining ingredients and sauté for 10-15 minutes (until the vegetables are soft), stirring every couple minutes to combine
4. Turn the burner off and allow the ingredients to cool for 5-10 minutes
5. Transfer the ingredients to your food processor or Vitamix and add the avocado oil
6. Blend well until smooth
7. Serve and enjoy! 



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