Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Paleo Cinnamon Bread


Ok, I decided since it was rainy today that it would be fall preview day at my house. I made a little twist on my amazing paleo bread. It turned out really yummy, I topped it with some Nutiva coconut spread and a little cinnamon sugar sprinkle, not paleo but it was so good! It's great plain too or with a little coconut butter maybe? Would make great french toast as well!


Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a loaf pan like this, spray with coconut oil and line the bottom with parchment, it makes it very easy to pull the loaf out. 

4 eggs
4 egg whites
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp. coconut oil 
1/4 cup grade b maple syrup

1 cup ground golden flaxseeds
1 cup of arrowroot powder
1/4 cup tapioca starch
2 tbsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
4 tsp. gluten free baking powder

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix, in a separate bowl add the wet ingredients making sure they are well incorporated. Once they are mixed separately begin adding the wet ingredients into the dry. Pour into the loaf land and cook about 25-30 minutes. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

NOT PALEO brown rice pasta with PALEO marinara (feel free to sub zoodles or spaghetti squash)


This sauce was phenomenal. So fresh and so tasty! It was NOT ideal to have a simmering pot when it was 90 degrees but it sure did taste good after!

1/4 large sweet onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 can of crushed tomatoes
salt
pepper
oregano
1 tbsp. honey
about 1/4 cup chopped basil
EVOO or Avocado Oil

Start the pasta water, make sure it's well salted. When it's ready add the brown rice pasta.

For the Sauce:

Start by Heating a dutch oven or large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the oil (about 1-2 tbsp.) Then put the garlic and onion into the food processor until it's fully pureed. Add the puree to the oil and begin to cook for a few minutes. Next add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and oregano. Drizzle in the honey and stir. Cook for about 45 minutes until sauce becomes slightly thick. Add the basil at the end and stir. Then using a slotted pasta spoon scoop the pasta into the marinara and toss. Top with fresh basil.

Radiantly You Product Review


So about a year and a half ago my sister-in-law introduced me to a small company called Radiantly You. I was instantly obsessed with their sunscreen. Not only did it work and smell good. it absorbed easily (not a ton of rubbing in the white zinc) and it was made with totally pure natural ingredients. This year Evelyn became a rep for the company and sent me a few new products of theirs. Same situation this time, great products, totally safe and worked great! I got to try the lavender vanilla scrub, which I loved the ingredients are: Cane Sugar, Pomace (Olive Oil), Glycerin and Essential Oils of Lavender* and Vanilla* (asterisk denotes organic ingredient) 
The Scrub worked great and smelled amazing! 

The other product I tried was the Dead Sea Face Wash. Now, I had a bit of a hard time with this (I got a couple zits at first, but my brother-in-law and my husband both loved it). I do have very sensitive skin and usually changing any product causes me a reaction, so I don't go by my reaction. The texture of this wash is awesome and the ingredient list is amazing. They are: Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil*, Sustainably Harvested Palm Oil*, Olive Oil (Pomace), Rice Bran Oil, Aqua, Sodium Hydroxide, Dead Sea Mud, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E)
Lastly, I tried the All-natural Counter Spray Concentrate. This stuff was wonderful especially on wood since it has orange oil in it. This was the concentrate so I recycled an old spray bottle and added the appropriate amount of water. It smelled citrusy and delicious and did a great job on both my wood surfaces and my synthetic countertops. The ingredient list for this is so pure you can't help but try it! Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Carbonate, RY Castile Soap, Sweet Orange Essential Oil* - For those who don't know, this is Water, Baking Soda, Castile Soap, and Orange Essential Oil. SO SIMPLE. 


I hope you will give some of these products a try, especially that amazing sunscreen (and especially if you have kiddos!) I have heard great things about the toothpaste and many other products as well! 

If You're interested in any of these products you can order them here: 

www.radiantlyyou.com/cleanlife
or you can email at 
cleanlife@mail.com
or call Evelyn at 206.653.4067


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Cashew Cream, My Current Obsession.



This has become something I literally keep in the fridge now, I have a major sweet tooth and this will satisfy it 80% of the time (the other 20% require chocolate, obviously). This is super easy to make, not loaded in calories and is super healthy and even more tasty. I have made an unsweetened version and used it in place of heavy cream in savory recipes and it works perfectly, I will blog some of those this fall when I am craving hearty dishes like that. But this is sweet and amazing especially over berries or any fruit.

Start by putting raw unsalted cashews in a bowl and cover completely with water let soak 6-10 hours in a cool place counters are fine, but not in the hot summer, so try the fridge. When they are done soaking, drain the water and put the cashews in a high powered blender, like a Vitamix with about 1/4 cup of water for each cup of cashews. To sweeten add about 1 Tbsp. of grade B maple syrup per cup of cashews and 1/2 Tbsp. of Gluten Free vanilla extract. Turn blender on and leave for about 2 minutes. Take out and store in a container in the fridge and use as you want, a little goes a long way and will totally become a staple when you want a cold healthy summer treat! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paleo Bison Lettuce Wrap Tacos

My husband LOVES bison meat, and I officially love it now too. It's very lean and has so much protein! The other night my mother-in-law and I were talking about what to do for dinner and we kept throwing ideas out there and came up with this super yummy, super healthy dinner.

1 pack of ground Bison (Buffalo) meat
2 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. garlic powder
pinch of salt and pepper

homemade guacamole or avocado
1 head of iceberg, romaine or butter lettuce

1-2 sweet potatoes, any variety
1/2 sweet onion

olive oil

To make the bison:

Brown the bison meat in a hot skillet (add a little avocado oil if necessary). Once it's browned add about 1 cup of water and the seasonings (all to taste, my amounts are rough since I don't measure). Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer stirring occasionally until the water is evaporated then remove meat.

To make the sweet potato topping:
Turn the oven to 450 degrees. Peel and dice your sweet potato and onion into about 1/2" chunks and toss with a little avocado oil, about 2 tsp. of cumin and a pinch of salt. Spread out flat on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden like the picture, I used Hannah sweet potatoes here, they are a white variety.

Once everything is done put on a clean piece of lettuce and top with guacamole or avocado and eat. It will probably fall apart but who cares!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Coconutty.



This is by far my favorite smoothie, it's more like dessert and would probably be fantastic with some protein powder post-workout. It's also a bit of a pain due to trying to open the thai coconut (which I make my husband do, because I literally cannot do it). This is a complete copycat recipe of my favorite smoothie from Thrive in Seattle. Seeing that I have to pay the toll, pay to park and then pay $12 for the smoothie and the bridge is closed 50% of the time these days anyway, I needed to figure out a way to make it myself; and I did. Here it is.

1 Thai coconut hacked (PCC and Whole Foods have them, they're $1 cheaper at PCC, so I get mine there) Use all the coconut water and all the meat, scoop out with a spoon.
1 pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 cup Cashews
4-5 pitted and softened metajool dates (I soak mine in boiling water for a few minutes)
5 or so ice cubes

Throw all into the Vitamix and blend until creamy. You could add raw cacao, I've added spinach, almond butter or cinnamon would be good; there are lots of ways you could spice this up but I like mine plain Jane.

Orange and Green Smoothie.


So it really looks green but there's more in there. This was what I drank for breakfast today and it made enough for tomorrow as well. Shaana, this is for you! :)


1 small gala apple
2-4 cups of kale and spinach
1 cup parsley
about 1/2 inch of ginger
2 carrots peeled 
1/2 cup frozen mango
Juice from one lime
water 


Thrown into the Vitamix. Done.