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


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


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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  1. I hear ya on the cleaning thing! I've given up thinking Nathan will ever notice our floor needs to be vacuumed or the bathrooms cleaned & just tell him when they need to be done. Luckily, he's reasonably good with the dishes. haha.

  2. Hey if dishes make it to the sink or above the dishwasher, I'd count that as a score! Laundry goes in the basket not on the floor and wet towels are hung up after use! Not rocket science, but--

    1. I guess it's all about the baby steps!

  3. And when cleaning the toilet, yes, the tank and the stool are part of the toilet!

    1. Haha oh ya that too! Oh man I am sure if we got a group of women together this list would become endlessly long...