And, you know that just because I drink kefir doesn’t mean I don’t still eat yogurt. I want them both in my diet because they benefit my body in different ways. Who knew that?
Naturally, I was inspired to make my own yogurt.
It feels good to actually make ingredients. I’m not talking about making recipes… I’m talking about making the ingredients for the recipes.
I think it’s quite beautiful when making my own ingredients whether it’s growing my own herbs or vegetables, harvesting citrus from my mom’s citrus orchard, making my own kefir and yogurt, and even making my own butter.
I find there are days where it seems the only veggies getting served are at dinner.
That’s not cool.
In my attempt to get more veggies in our bellies, I have started adding them more often in breakfast meals. Today, I hit it out of the park with an easy, nutritious, one-skillet breakfast. My whole family was thrilled. I was thrilled. Everything in the world was good.
And… I decided that it’d make a super easy dinner the next time I need a nutritious meal on the table in under 15 minutes.
You know you want some. Trust me, it’s easy n delish.
Tis the season to enjoy some fabulous holiday drinks and food. :) Mmmmmm yummmm.
I started my season a bit early … before Thanksgiving because I like it to last as long as possible. (We also had our tree up the week before Thanksgiving.) So, when I saw pumpkin pie pumpkins at Whole Foods early in the season I had to buy.
I’ve been making pumpkin by cooking it myself now that I’m a pro at using a slow cooker (you all know I have them coming out the wazoo). I used homemade pumpkin in my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and I’m using it again here in my Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte.
It’s really easy to do.
Basically, you pierce the pumpkin a few times, put it in the slow cooker, cook on High for up to 6 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin, scoop out the flesh and do something else with the seeds (if desired), and voila… pumpkin puree!
Or, scoop it out of a can or box. I’ve done both but there’s something about making it myself that makes it taste better to me.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte
Yield 1 to 2 servings (let’s be honest, I make this as one serving)
2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
1/2 cup canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
2 raw pasture-raised egg yolks
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
3 to 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or sweetener of choice)
You probably wouldn’t expect me to admit that, but here I am… admitting that. Frozen food? Ewww. But, yeah.
Here’s the short of it.
I’m a mom. I make most things from scratch three times a day. I’m effin’ tired. The end.
There, see? I need a break and I need something at least somewhat decent to feed my kid because she’s just not into green smoothies or protein shakes that much (<– those are quick things that’s why I mention them).
Enter: Amy’s Frozen Mushroom Risotto
Here’s the thing. It doesn’t have any canola oil in it. (<– you know how hard it is to find frozen food without canola?). And, although this particular frozen food has a cheese in it that is probably not grass-fed, I’m not freaking out about it.
Here’s how I make Amy’s more acceptable. I add things to it, like grass-fed butter, and I don’t microwave it.
I get a little soup / sauce pot. (I adore that little pot. I use it to heat water for tea, make sauces, and, well, as you can see, I use it to warm up frozen food from the store.)
Isn’t it adorbs?
I add a few splashes of homemade bone broth and a couple tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter. The bone broth adds nutrition and helps it cook in the pot, and the butter adds good fat and nutrition.
“Golden” Bulletproof Coffee made with Bulletproof cubes.
I sound like a broken record by frequently blogging recipes and variations for how I drink Bulletproof Coffee™.
For those of you who don’t know, Dave Asprey created Bulletproof Coffee, which is coffee blended with butter and MCT oil. Or, more specifically, his recipe calls for using his Upgraded (mold-free) coffee beans to brew the coffee, which is then blended with grass-fed unsalted butter and his Brain Octane (a special amped up version of MCT oil that is supposed to give more brain power).
Here’s Dave making his delicious Bulletproof Coffee in a video.
I love Bulletproof Coffee and find myself making it in different variations to increase the nutrition, as most of you have seen over the years.
Anti-inflammatory coffee recipe. It’s Golden.
My one complaint about my process is that adding the extra nutrition boosters…. takes extra time. Before I know it, I have 6 or 7 jars on my counter with spices, fats, etc. It can be messy and time consuming.
I had a lightbulb moment.
I thought, “What if I mixed the ingredients together, including all those extras I add… and froze them?”
So, the other night, I made a delicious decaf coffee elixir utilizing some powerfully relaxing reishi, and it was so effective that I had to share it.
Reishi: A powerful herb for the immune system and longevity
For those of you who don’t know, reishi is basically a potent mushroom tonic herb with many potential health benefits, including some mega relaxation. There’s even a legend that women who consume reishi while pregnant end up having calm babies, known as “reishi babies.” It also has a long history of use as an immune health builder, cancer fighter, and overall longevity supporter. It’s known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” which pretty much says it all.
Um, yeah okay, I’ll take some of all of that.
Reishi Nighttime Mocha Recipe
8 ounces of decaf organic coffee
1 to 2 teaspoons cacao butter (or a little hunk of it solid)
Delicious Wild-Caught King Salmon and Baby Bok Choy
I made this super easy and healthy dinner the other night: a bowl of baby bok choy with some wild-caught king salmon on top.
If you don’t count the time the salmon bakes in the oven (which is 20 to 30 minutes), this meal took literally 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s not food from a box. It’s healthy, wholesome, and will make you proud.
One of my favorite cookies from childhood is a no-bake cookie. Over the years I’ve tried to make a Kristen-approved version that I can enjoy without a second thought, but honestly… I always fail.
Sure my cookies meet my high health standards, but do they remotely resemble no-bake cookies? Nope. I don’t even try anymore. They really need peanut butter to make that ol’ no-bake cookie flavor, but I can’t bring myself to buy peanut butter.
That said, my Chocolate Coconut Cookies are so good(!) and they don’t need to be baked. They have vitamin E rich sunflower seeds, they’re full of texture and flavor, and they have ample protein and fat. They’re pretty much paleo if you don’t mind a bit of butter (you could substitute some delicious grass-fed ghee if you wanted, or coconut oil).
Some health experts talk about the importance of balancing energies in the foods and drinks we consume to receive an optimal experience – not too jittery but not falling asleep either.
Well, I’ve taken that advice and present an energy balanced mocha, Bulletproof Style (of course).
Yeah, it’s awesome.
You see, coffee (caffeine) has a stimulating energy. It could be beneficial to balance that energy by adding an herb or component that is calming, such as the medicinal mushroom reishi. For that, I jumped to Four Sigma Foods (quality) reishi in the form of their XOCO product which also has chocolate in it (they’re called chocolate shots).
Ergo, I ended up with a mocha. Cool.
In fact, those smarty-pants guys over at Four Sigma Foods even make a mushroom coffee! It’s a genius little packet of instant medicinal mushroom (lions mane + chaga or cordyceps + chaga) plus coffee – all in one. Just add water, stir and drink. (I love those – oh hey, I’ve made it Bulletproof style here.)
I’ve written about why (and how) I use Four Sigma Foods products in a detailed post here. You should read it.
I have a whole counter dedicated to my coffee and teas. (Read this post to see how my whole kitchen is organized.)