Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Gluten Free Paleo Recipe: Strawberry Muffins

Baking is one of my favorite things to do. Well, truth be told, I love all cooking and food prep. It’s my “me time” and a chance to be creative. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m relaxed and enjoying myself.

Strawberry Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Strawberry Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Today, I’m sharing some delightful homemade muffins we like, especially during the summer when organic strawberries are in season. They are simple and delicious. I enjoy them (smothered in grass fed butter, of course) with a nice cup of organic hibiscus tea as part of my breakfast or for an afternoon snack.

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Strawberry Lemon Zest Cream Over Apples and Bananas

by Kristen Suzanne in banana, cashews, gluten free, paleo, raw, recipe, vegan

Here’s another recipe that we can all enjoy whether we’re raw, vegan, or paleo, and it’s perfect during the summer because of strawberries being in season.

Fresh strawberries

Fresh strawberries

This recipe’s gorgeous pink color, creamy texture, and bright flavor take fruit to the next level. Serve this salad for breakfast, as a side to lunch, or as your next dessert. And, although I often make it with apples and bananas, you’ll love the cream with any fresh fruit, especially if it’s in season.

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Recipe Cucumber Mustard Salad: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, raw, recipe, vegan

The other day I was hungry for lunch but my house was pretty empty of food. Gasp! I have no idea how that happened. So, I looked in the refrigerator and saw cucumber, pastured eggs, and a few other things. So, it was time to get somewhat creative and it worked out well. I gently scrambled the eggs in organic grass fed ghee, and made the following side dish salad.

Cucumber Mustard Salad

Cucumber Mustard Salad

I’m so pleased with it that I plan on making it for a quickie appetizer salad for future dinners.

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

11-Minute Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, gluten free, paleo, recipe, slow cooker, soup, stew

I really should name this recipe after my little girl, Kamea, because she loooooves it. Being a huge sweet potato fan as well as loving grass fed beef, this is right up her ally. My heart smiles when she says, “Mom, this is yummy in my tummy” or “Mom, this smells delicious!”

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew with Paleo Bread

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew with Paleo Bread

Here we go again with my beloved slow cooker. What can I say? It’s too dang awesome and easy to use not to have it regularly simmering away with healthy goodness.

In fact, I had planned on making this recipe after I came back home from a playdate one day. When I looked at the clock, I knew that I didn’t have to head out for the play date for another 15 minutes, so I challenged myself to throw it all together and have it cleaned up in that amount of time. That way I wouldn’t feel rushed to get home and get dinner going. That’s how easy slow cookers are. Mom, why did you never teach me about these? Turns out that I got it all done in only 11 minutes. Read that?! It took me only 11 minutes to throw together an awesome healthy dinner and have the clean up done, too. If you don’t have a slow cooker, what are you waiting for?

Plus, I adore it when I’m coming home after being gone a few hours and the heavenly smells hit you right when you step in the house. Slow Cooker food says, “Welcome Home.”

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Pine Nut-Crusted Tomato Slices: Raw Vegan Paleo Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, raw, recipe, tomato, vegan

Here is an easy (i.e., fast) recipe that makes a perfect little appetizer before your next dinner. And, with tomatoes being in season during the summer… What are you waiting for?!

Pine Nut-Crusted Tomato Slices (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

Organic tomatoes on the vine

Organic tomatoes on the vine

Yields 2 servings

  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1/4 organic orange zested
  • 5 leaves fresh organic basil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • dash of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 organic tomatoes
  1. Put the pine nuts, orange zest, fresh basil, sea salt, and pepper in a mini food processor and process to a coarse consistency.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into 1⁄4-inch thick slices and plate.
  3. Sprinkle the pine nut mixture on top of the sliced tomatoes. Season with additional sea salt if desired.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

I’ve been drawn to making dishes with a minimalist mentality. I’m buying the highest quality ingredients I can find and letting them speak for themselves in my recipes, while also using as few ingredients as possible. I’m doing this for a few reasons… for starters it’s easy and less demanding of my time. It’s also less expensive because I am not incorporating as many ingredients. And, in many cases, it’s healthier.

Enter: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken.

Minimalist (a.k.a. Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

This paleo recipe took me literally minutes to put together. The slow cooker did all the work cooking all day, while I sat back and enjoyed the smells wafting through my house.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Food Journal: Omnivore, Gluten Free

Here’s my food journal from yesterday. Although I wouldn’t call it a strict paleo diet, it’s paleo -like. I’d say I’m a cross between Nourishing Traditions type foods and Paleo. Basically, I do Paleo plus grass fed butter… and on rare occasion I have raw grass fed cheese.

I prefer Straus European grass fed butters because of the higher fat content, but I'm at mom's and Kerrygold is what she had.

I prefer Straus European grass fed butters because of the higher fat content, but I’m at mom’s and Kerrygold is what she had, which is also nice.

++ Please note that when I post a food journal it is simply a snap shot of a day in my life. My foods vary, with intention, and you can’t always see that when I randomly post food journals. Nonetheless, people continue to ask me to post my food journals. I’ll do my best to post them more often so you get a better picture.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Quickie Crab Salad (plus a quickie soup recipe)

 

Quickie Crab Salad

Quickie Crab Salad

Quick delicious lunches are my kind of thing when my schedule is full or I’m just too tired to be extravagant.

Here’s a lunch I tossed together for Kamea (my 3-year old) that definitely pleased her taste buds. This made two servings, which I had planned on giving Kamea the second serving for her lunch the following day. However, I woke up and found that Greg had eaten it in the middle of the night. He said it was awesome, so all is forgiven. ;)

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Friday, July 19th, 2013

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler (Raw Vegan Recipe, Gluten Free, Paleo)

by Kristen Suzanne in dessert, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan

Here’s a recipe that’s raw, vegan, and paleo, which by nature makes it soy free and gluten free, so I think pretty much everyone can enjoy some of this.

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler

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Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Raw Vegan Paleo Recipe: 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing

Update 7/24/13: I’ve made this recipe into a 2.0 version that is paleo friendly.

Here it is! My 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing! I have been dressing my salads with this almost daily for about a month. It’s magical because it’ll make everyone love any salad you put in front of them if it’s dressed with this. My whole family goes crazy over it.

Get ready to really love salad.

4-Ingredient Magic Dressing 2.0 (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Soy Free)
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 2/3 cup*

1/4 cup raw cashew butter
1/4 cup filtered water
2 tablespoons coconut vinegar**
1 1/2 tablespoons Tamari (gluten-free, reduced sodium)** or coconut aminos

Place the ingredients in a bowl or mug and mash it together with a fork. (Or blend it.)

Now, to make the perfect salad, put all of the salad ingredients in one big bowl. Pour the dressing on top and then toss the salad until the dressing coats it all. I usually use this one recipe to cover a salad that serves two really big portions. The salad we’ve been making the most with this is: romaine lettuce (my favorite), orange, raisins, red bell pepper, cucumber, and sprouts. (Carrot and tomato sometimes make an appearance, too.)

* If you’re making this as a single serving, then stir together 2 tablespoons raw cashew butter with 1 tablespoon coconut vinegar, 2 teaspoons tamari coconut aminos, and 2 tablespoons water.
** I have made this with fresh lime juice, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar – all very delicious, but my favorite is the coconut vinegar. You can also use Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos in place of the tamari.

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