November 10, 2013

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

Well everyone it seems like I was on a dessert kick this week when I was browsing the web so that is all you get. Dessert recipes. Sorry. Not really. Some of these just look too good not to try!

Does everyone have the long weekend off? I hope so! I don't. It's sad… but not unusual. It's also Match Day next week (scary!) so I will finally find out what is happening with fellowship! But please don't ask. I will tell you I promise. But I may have to shed some tears first depending on the outcome. Hopefully not, but I am working nights so I will already be delirious from lack of sleep which makes the threshold for crying that much lower. It also leads to a lot of unnecessary online spending. It's a dangerous combo.

I can't believe it is already November! Christmas stuff is everywhere. I don't know where the last few months have gone. I swear it was just summer! The only thing that I do like about winter is Christmas. All the good food, friends, family, time off from work… and everyone is always so happy! Yay. Is it too early to start playing Christmas music? Yes I am that person. I can't help it.

Ok enough rambling from me. Here is this weeks recipe wrap-up! Enjoy. Let me know if you make any of these and how they turn out!

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up 

1. Chocolate Tart from GI 365

I can't get enough of the blog GI365. Not only are her recipes amazing and filled with wholesome, real foods but her pictures always make the food look so good! Now this recipe is not SCD legal since it contains cocoa powder and maple syrup, but if you tolerate cocoa it would be easy to substitute honey for the maple syrup. You could also likely make this crust with almond flour if you don't have pecans on hand. Yum I can't wait to try this one!

2. Caramel Apple Cheesecake from SweetlyRaw 

Does this cake not look delicious? And so pretty! My food never looks that good. Sorry folks. Now I know I have mentioned this before but for those of you are are new to the paleo or traditional way of eating, raw food blogs are a great resource for dessert recipes. SweetlyRaw is a favourite of mine for raw desserts. Her food always looks so good and she comes up with so many creative dessert recipes.

3. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter Fudge from Freepeople

Have you had enough of the pumpkin recipes yet?? I haven't! I love all the squash and pumpkins out there that are just waiting to be made into yummy desserts. This pumpkin fudge recipe is a creative way to add pumpkin to a dessert. This one also looks super easy to make which is nice. For those of you on the SCD diet I would just substitute the maple syrup to make it SCD legal. 

4. Chai Pumpkin Bread from PaleOMG

Yes, yes I know, another pumpkin recipe. Sorry everyone. But this bread looked too good not to share. I know most of you are probably familiar with the blog Paleomg by now. I never would have thought to use chai tea in a bread recipe! But I do love my chai tea so I think this one will have to be on the "to make" list!

Ok everyone that is it for now. I hope you like this weeks collection of dessert recipes from around the web. Which one will you try first? 
Please let me know if you make any of these!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend and staying warm! And since tomorrow is Remembrance Day please take some time to thank those who made our country the safe place it is today. So many men sacrificed their lives for our freedom and I know I am very grateful for what they did. 

November 03, 2013

Beef Pumpkin Stew (SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Beef)

Hi everyone! Are you hibernating indoors to escape the cold like I am? Winter has officially arrived here in Calgary and I am not too impressed. Weather like this makes me want to run away to a beach far far away. I don't understand how people can like winter. It will never be my favourite season. Ever.
In weather like this all I want to do is hide inside under a blanket drinking warm tea. But that's just me.

It's a good thing this weather held off until Halloween was over. Those poor little trick-or-treaters would have had a miserable time in a blizzard like this! And since Halloween was just this week there are still plenty of pumpkins around to cook with which works great for the recipe I am sharing with you today. I know there are a ton of dessert recipes out there incorporating pumping but I am trying to add it to more conventional meals for a little change in flavour. Hence this stew recipe!

Beef Pumpkin Stew (SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Beef) 


Enough liquid to fill 1/3 of your slow cooker (bone broth, vegetable broth, water... whichever you like)
1/2 cup red wine
2 packages grassfed stew beef
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Romemary
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
Handful of Bay Leaves (I used 8 I think)
2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin
2 tomatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped 
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup chopped carrots


1. Turn your slow cooker onto high and fill will liquid, red wine, tomatoes, onions, beef, pumpkin and spices
2. Allow to cook for 3-4 hours and then add the rest of your ingredients (carrots and broccoli) 
3. Cook for an additional 4 hours (total cook time 8 hours) 
4. Serve and enjoy!

Yep it is that easy! If you wanted to let this cook all day while you are at work you can throw everything in at the beginning, I just like the broccoli and carrots to cook for a little less time but it really shouldn't change the taste at all.

Enjoy everyone! Let me know what you think!
Stay warm