Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Almond and Raw Cacao Green Protein Smoothie (with mint or vanilla)



I like to drink this smoothie after a workout, it's got protein from the almonds and is packed with nutrients, it's also really really filling!

Into the Vitamix add:

2 tspb. of smooth almond butter
a little less than 1 tbsp. of organic raw cacao
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
3-4 cups of mixed greens (spinach, kale, chard, collards etc)
1 tspb. honey
optional 1 tsp. of peppermint extract or 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of ice

Blend. So so good you guys!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Vegetable Garden Smoothie


I love this smoothie, I hate beets and I think the lemon in this smoothie almost completely masks the beet flavor, I also add about 1 tbsp. of ground organic golden flax and shake in my blender bottle right before I drink it, if you do it in the Vitamix it becomes too thick and clumpy. I do however but full flax seeds and grind them in my Vitamix and then store them in a plastic bag in the fridge.  I really love this smoothie, it tastes so clean and fresh and healthy but it's still super delicious. I didn't add any greens to this one simply because I already make so many green smoothies and it IS possible to over do greens, so I am trying to make smoothies that are packed with vitamins but that don't always involve spinach, kale, collards and chard.

What goes into this smoothie:

1/2 beet peeled
2 carrots peeled
1/2 cucumber with skin (cleaned)
Juice of one whole lemon
1/2 apple
coconut water

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Harvest Smoothie


I've been getting a lot of questions about what smoothies I make so I am going to start trying to blog them. This is the one I made today, it's a "harvest" smoothie but it's delicious all year!

Using your Vitamix or Blendetec put in
1/2 a sweet potato (chopped into large cubes)
2 peeled and rough chopped carrots
1/2 an apple
cinnamon to taste
fresh peeled ginger to taste (I peel and chop mine and put in a bag in the freezer so I can grab what I need, I don't want to peel ginger every day)
enough water to blend easily

Blend.
That's all. Don't you love smoothies, so easy, so healthy!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The BEST marinara sauce.


So I made this sauce two nights ago for the spaghetti I made, I had quite a bit extra and it was so good I wanted to try it on pizza, so I made this paleo pizza crust, it was great, and incredibly easy:
http://paleospirit.com/2014/paleo-pizza-crust-recipe/ . Then added my sauce and topped with mushrooms, red bell pepper, grilled chicken breast and basil (and cheese for the kids).  This sauce is amazing and so versatile, I should also add that the kids had meatball subs last night with it, they might be getting sick of Italian, or maybe not ;). This sauce is great, and I am sure would freeze great as well!

1 sweet onion small dice.
1/4  cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. tomato paste
2 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes (preferably organic in a BPA free can)
5 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp. dried Italian spices
1 cup parsley (stems ok)
Sea Salt
Fresh Black Pepper (both to taste)
3/4 cup white wine
Basil

Heat a skillet to medium high and add the onion, sautee until soft and translucent
Add the rest of the ingredients except the wine to a high powered blender or food processor and puree. When the onions are done add the wine wine and allow to cook down a few minutes then add the pureed sauce and simmer for at least 40 minutes. At the end mince your basil and add cooking another 3 minutes or so.

That's it! I hope you'll like this sauce and find a million other uses for it (You could also brown some ground beef prior to the oil and onions and then set aside and add in later for a yummy meat sauce if you don't want to use it as marinara sauce. This would also be delicious for just dipping some paleo bread into!


Homemade Paleo Meatballs and Pasta



Usually being able to eat certain things doesn't bother me, if you would ask me the only things I really miss are doughnuts and pizza, since I can't have the cheese. The other day though I was craving pasta, good homemade pasta. I decided I would find a recipe, I did, it was incredible then I made my homemade marinara (recipe to follow) and made up a recipe for paleo meatballs. It turned out incredible, it was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever eaten, and I've made my own glutenous pasta and been to Italy. It was a process but worth it. I will say the noodles were ugly I couldn't get them through the past press without them breaking so I made them into strips, they'd be great for lasagna! Here's the link to the pasta:

http://www.paleocupboard.com/paleo-pasta.html 
Make sure you cook the pasta in salted water for 2-3 minutes


For the meatballs: 

Parsley diced small (about a cup) 
Organic Grass Fed ground beef (about 1lb.) 
1 Organic egg wisked
1 tbsp. of dried Italian spice blend (not a spice packet, we don't want any added salt or chemicals) 
about 1/4 cup almond flour finely ground
4-5 cloves minced garlic (I like mine really garlicy, adjust to taste) 
salt 
pepper
1/2 sweet onion finely diced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Put everything in a bowl and mix by hand form into balls about 1" 

Heat a skillet on medium high with about 1 tbsp. avocado oil in it, slowly add the meatballs and brown on each side, no need to cook all the way through. 
Put the entire pan in the oven (make sure your skillet is oven-safe) for about 10 minutes.  

Spoon Marina over fresh noodles and add the meatballs!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Grain free, refined sugar free blueberry muffins


Well, I just ate 4 of these, this is why I shouldn't be baking, I have no self control with sweets or baked items, at least these are 'healthy'. Not calorie-wise, but they are nutrient dense…that's what I keep telling myself, oh and I got my butt kicked at Bassline Fitness today, so there's that excuse too ;) Make these and try not to eat them all, ok. go. 

1 cup frozen organic blueberries 
1 cup almond flour 
3 tbsp. coconut flour 
3 eggs wisked
1/4 cup melted (but not hot) coconut oil 
3 tbsp raw local honey
1-2 tsp of cinnamon 
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt 
1 tsp. vanilla 


1. Preheat oven to 350 
2. Combine flours, salt, cinnamon, baking soda 
3. Add the eggs, oil, honey and vanilla
4. Fold in blueberries 
5. Line a muffin tin
6. Using an ice cream scoop evenly scoop 12 muffins
7. Bake for approx. 20 minutes 





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Clean Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies: Gluten Free, Grain Free and Dairy Free


These super healthy blondies are a really good sneak-in-the-healthy-disgused-as-dangerous treat. I had heard some good things about using garbanzo beans in baking and I had used garbanzo bean flour before but this was something new, I found a recipe and totally changed it and it turned out incredible!!

1 can organic rinsed and drained garbanzo beans/chickpeas
1/3-1/2 cup grade B organic maple syrup depending on sweetness preference
1 1/2 tsp. of good vanilla extract
3/4 cup of good creamy organic peanut butter
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. GF baking powder
1 egg
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips or chunks (I use Enjoy Life brand)

Preheat the oven to 350
line an 8x8 pan with parchment

In a food processor or Vitamix add all the ingredients except chocolate until the batter is smooth then fold in the chocolate. Spread evenly in the pan then sprinkle with chocolate and sea salt if you wish, I used coarse grey sea salt, I think I added a bit too much but it's all up to you! Bake them for 15-20 minutes and let them cool before cutting them. ENJOY!! :)