Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Recipe: Roasted Kale with Ghee

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, gluten free, kale, paleo, recipe
Roasted Kale with Ghee

Roasted Kale with Ghee

If I eat kale these days, I prefer it cooked because it seems it’s healthier this way for some people, as the current research I’ve done indicates.

Enter: Roasted Kale with Ghee. (I’ve updated this post with an extra step to help ensure extra kale deliciousness: 8/22/14)

Roasted Kale with Ghee and a little kiddo's hand grabbing for some.

Roasted Kale with Ghee and a little kiddo’s hand grabbing for some.

This is a great side dish for lunch because it can be done in less than 15 minutes. I make a recipe of Roasted Kale with Ghee and my 4-year old and I share it along with some homemade bone broth (learn easy ways to make your own bone broth here) and a can of sardines. Yeah, we’re hardcore with eating sardines straight from the can, but if that’s not you, then please hop over to my post on how I came to love sardines and how you can, too. That said, I think my favorite way to enjoy this dish is with some pasture-raised eggs, soft cooked, and placed right on top. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Recipe: Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

I love cooking on the spot, where you take a look at what’s in the kitchen and throw things together. That’s what I did today when I made this Minted Mango Salad.

I recently bought a few potted herb plants so that I can always have fresh herbs whenever I need. I bought rosemary, basil, and mint. I saw the mint this morning and was drawn to it. It was breakfast time so maybe that was the attraction… something minty. I was also in the mood for the mango and avocado I had in the fridge.

Mango has vitamin C and fiber. It’s more nutritious than banana or pineapple. Aroma is an indicator of ripeness, so when you’re in the store sniff the mango to see if there is an ammonia smell. If there is, try another one. It should smell like a mango, not ammonia. It should also slightly “give” when pressed. The mango will ripen at home on your counter, if needed. Once it’s ripe, store in the refrigerator in the drawer. ~ I learned this from one of my new favorite books, Eating on the Wild Side

I went to work combining things and voila… I made an awesomely delicious salad. That’s one of the things I learned in cooking school recently… cooking in the moment, using what you have on hand, when you don’t have something planned, can make some of the most fun meals.

I am showing the recipe as I made it, which was for one serving. If you want two servings, simply double the recipe (thereby using the whole mango, avocado, lime, etc). I didn’t mind using only half of an avocado because I have these awesome food huggers for storing the other half of the avocado. Check out my review of Food Huggers here.

Minted Mango Salad

Yield 1 serving

  • 1/2 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped (I love food scoopers for scooping avocado)
  • a few mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 green onion, chopped (green part)
  • juice of half organic lime
  • pinch of crunchy french sea salt
  • couple grinds of black pepper (I love that grinder)

Toss everything together in a bowl and enjoy.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Recipe: Fresh Herb Tea – Who Knew?!

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, herbs, paleo, recipe, vegan
Fresh Herb Tea: fresh basil, fresh rosemary, and fennel seeds

Fresh Herb Tea: fresh basil, fresh rosemary, and fennel seeds

Did you know that you can make a deliciously nutritious tea using simply fresh (or even dried) herbs?

I never knew this until I learned it in my recent herbal medicine studies. It makes sense, of course, when I think about it. After all, we eat the herbs, we make tinctures with herbs (fresh and/or dried), so why not make a tea?

Recently, I was sick and I added a teaspoon of dried organic thyme to some hot filtered water (thyme is potent for fighting colds and flu). It seems a bit weird at first to drink herbs and seasonings, but they’re delicious so I quickly got over that.

Variety of Tsp Spices (organic) that I have

Variety of Tsp Spices

I love these individually packaged dried organic herbs. It keeps them fresh and makes them great for travel in my purse so I can have healthy herbal tea (or herbs on my food) anywhere for a nutritional boost (camping, airplanes, restaurants), like I do with turmeric and modding my chipotle bowl. Plus, I use them for cooking at home.

Another time I had a headache and I turned to basil, which is reputed for helping headaches (pictured above). I had fresh organic basil on hand so I made a tea with it, along with some fresh rosemary and fennel seeds (rosemary is good for circulation in the brain, so I figured rosemary and basil are a good combo to help my head). Simply put some (whole or chopped) fresh leaves in a cup or mason jar, add hot filtered water, cover and let steep for 20 minutes.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Recipe Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Creamy Avocado (Raw Paleo)

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Avocado Dressing #Recipe

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Avocado Dressing #Recipe

Summer is one of my favorite times to dive into fresh and bright salads so I can go about my day feeling light. This Grapefruit-Jicama Salad with Creamy Avocado is a delightful experience perfect for just that. Crisp jicama and celery along with juicy grapefruit and creamy avocado. Need I say more?

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad with Creamy Avocado 

Yield 2 servings

The Salad Base

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1 small jicama, peeled and cut julienne-style
  • 2 red or pink grapefruit (or 3 oranges), peeled, white pith removed, seeded, and cut into segments
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  1. Whisk together the honey and lime juice, and set aside.
  2. Toss the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add the honey mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Plate the salad mixture, reserving any leftover honey mixture that is in the bowl.

The Creamy Avocado

  • Leftover honey mixture (from the salad base)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons raw macadamia nut oil (or raw olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water (or more)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • pinch black pepper, more to taste
  1. Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve over the Grapefruit-Jicama Salad.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Recipe Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Paleo Raw

Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Raw Paleo

Ginger Spice Carrot Cake Gluten Free Raw Paleo

I’m a sucker for carrot cake, which is why I created this recipe some years ago from my Raw Vegan Transitions book. It was a way for me to eat delicious carrot cake on a more regular basis without any guilt (because it’s actually healthy) or too much work.

This raw dessert recipe is one of my family’s favorites because it has a wonderful dense texture, decadent frosting, and a parade of delicious flavors. I’m sharing it with you today, with a small tweak to represent my current omnivore lifestyle (like I did when I shared my Vibrant Green Chia Pudding). Please enjoy, and tweet to me a picture of it when you make it.

Vanilla Ginger Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut spread or coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Recipe Vibrant Green Chia Pudding (Paleo Gluten Free Raw)

Vibrant Green Chia Pudding Raw Paleo Gluten Free

Here is a refreshing chia pudding recipe for the summer that can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or as an easy breakfast (make it the night before to enjoy the following morning). I pulled it from my Raw Vegan Transitions book and changed it up a bit to suit my preferences these days. Mainly, I swapped out the agave nectar for raw honey. (To keep it vegan, simply use agave nectar or maple syrup in place of the honey.)

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Recipe Olive n Veggie Pasta (Gluten Free Paleo Raw Vegan)

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, lemon, paleo, raw, recipe, vegan, zucchini
Olive n Veggie Pasta (gluten free, paleo, raw vegan)

Olive n Veggie Pasta (gluten free, paleo, raw vegan)

The first time I created this recipe both my husband and I knew it’d become a regular in our house, and it has been for years. The textures and flavors are refreshing and delicious (especially fantastic during the warm summer months), and it’s a pretty dish. Oh, it takes a maximum of 10-minutes to throw together – I love that.

Olive and Veggie Pasta (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)

Yield 2 servings

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 medium to large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 avocado, pitted, scooped / peeled, and diced
  • 6 raw olives, pitted and chopped*
  • 4 to 5 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives or 1 green onion, chopped
  • fresh organic lemon or lime juice, a good squeeze’s worth
  • drizzle high quality raw olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  1. Using a spiral vegetable slicer, spiralize the zucchini into noodles (if you have kids, have them help with this because they’ll love it). If you don’t have a spiral slicer, use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini into long, thin, ribbon-like slices.
  2. Put the zucchini in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Toss well with some fun bamboo hands and serve immediately.

* We really love Essential Living Foods Raw Peruvian Black Botija Olives. They are so unbelievably good… very juicy and meaty. The only ingredients are organic raw botija olives and sea salt.

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Recipe Sunflower Seed Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)

by Kristen Suzanne in celery, gluten free, paleo, raw, raw recipes, recipe, vegan
Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers

It’s time for a raw plant based recipe today. A fun one, too. Even though I eat a diet rich in high quality animal products, it doesn’t mean I don’t make my family raw plant-based recipes, too. I find value in raw vegan recipes for their diversity to my family’s diet and the phtyo-nutrients they offer. Whole-food, plant-based recipes have a place in all diets although I no longer subscribe to a 100% plant based diet anymore for us.

Apart from the soaking time of the sunflower seeds, this recipe can be whipped up in no time flat – that’s my kind of recipe. Or, use Go Raw sunflower seeds which are already sprouted and it’ll take even less effort. The texture of the final recipe will have some crunch since the seeds won’t be soaked but that’s totally cool, too.

Easy Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)

Yield 2 servings

  • 3⁄4 cup raw organic sunflower seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax meal
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon himalayan crystal salt (or perhaps less, if using already salted seeds like these)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • dash of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium to large organic red, orange, or yellow bell peppers
  1. Put the sunflower seeds in a bowl and add filtered water to cover by about 1 inch. Let them soak at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight if that’s easier. Drain the sunflower seeds and rinse. Remember, if you use already soaked and sprouted raw sunflower seeds like Go Raw’s then you can skip this step.
  2. In a food processor, combine the sunflower seeds with celery, flax meal, chives, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Process the mixture until it’s a lightly coarse texture.
  3. Cut the top off each bell pepper, including the stem, and pull out the seeds. Stuff the bell peppers with the sunflower seed mixture. Serve immediately.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Recipe Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, gluten free, paleo, recipe, tuna
Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

Mexican Tuna Salad Paleo Gluten Free

Are you looking for a quick salad that is high in protein and nourishing fat but low in carbs? Want something that is also gluten free, paleo, and good for you? Look no more and try my Mexican Tuna Salad. This salad will keep you satisfied all afternoon and energized to boot.

We’re just coming off a trip to Mexico and I am still desiring those wonderful flavors. Here I have a low mercury tuna, by Wild Planet, along with fresh cilantro which is good for combating mercury anyway, plus crunchy fresh red bell pepper, savory green onion, and delicious creamy avocado. It’s like mashed up guacamole, salsa, and tuna basically.

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Recipe Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free Paleo

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

Orange Chicken & Yams Slow Cooker Gluten Free

The easier and simpler a recipe is, the more attracted I am to it these days. Being a mom to a 3.5 year old is busy, but with easy recipes like this, then it’s a breeze.

Enter Orange Chicken & Yams. And, of course… ENTER: SLOW COOKER. I think my slow cooker will go from being my best friend to my bestest best friend. With a recipe as easy, delicious, and nutritious as this, I have so much time on my hands that I can read a book. ;) Speaking of books, I just finished Chris Kressers’ The Paleo Code, which is a good book detailing a Paleo diet with a Real Food spin which I like.  I’m about to dive into Eat the Yolks (by funny gal Liz Wolfe) between chapters of one of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon. I’m on her 5th book in The Outlander Series, The Fiery Cross. The Outlander Series is soooooo fantastic and very popular (so popular that I believe a TV series is being made of it). I love to read. It’s one of my favorite things.

On to the recipe:

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