Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is a HAMWhey.

by Kristen Suzanne in almond milk, gluten free, honey, paleo, recipe
HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

I find myself, way more often than not, thinking about food when I’m going to bed at night. I am either thinking about how I ate for the day with a check and balance effort or I am thinking about a new recipe I want to create or I am planning my breakfast for the following morning.

Last night I did two of those.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Recipe: Rooibos Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan
Rooibos Coconut Milk

Rooibos Coconut Milk

A couple of posts back, I shared a way to quickly make Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk.

Today, I share a delightful twist: Rooibos Coconut Milk.

This unique treat is a gorgeous color, reminding me of the fall season. Rooibos Coconut Milk is also creamy, fun, and delicious. Rooibos is a great tea for everyone in the family and has a nice reputation for health. Making coconut milk with it makes it even better.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Sinus Kicker Recipe to Kick Sinus Congestion’s Butt

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, herbs, honey, paleo, recipe
Sinus Kicker Recipe - Get relief from sinus congestion.

Sinus Kicker Recipe – Get relief from sinus congestion.

Living in the desert I get my share of sinus headaches (and I suspect anyone who experiences a dry winter climate does, too). I’ve learned of two very effective ways to deal with them. One is with this freakin’ great Panasonic nano facial steamer (unlike any other steamer I’ve used… expensive but worth it) and the following recipe for Sinus Kicker. (I’ll share more on how I use the steamer in a later post… it upgraded my oil cleansing routine.)

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Friday, December 26th, 2014

Food Journal (Mine and My 4-Year Old Rock-Star-Eating Daughter)

by Kristen Suzanne in recipe
Rosemary and lime for dressing.

Rosemary and lime for dressing.

Breakfast

Me:

Kamea:

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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Recipe: Souped Up Soup (Taking Boxed Soup To New Levels)

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, herbs, omnivore, recipe, soup
Souped Up Soup

Souped Up Soup

In my effort to spend a little less time in the kitchen some days, I’ve come up with a nice, easy, nourishing meal that I’m calling Souped Up Soup. I take a really decent organic boxed soup and I add a bunch of stuff to it to amp up the nutrition. It’s really easy and makes a fast dinner (or lunch) when I just need to get something on the table.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Recipe: Golden Immunity – Fight The Flu!

Golden Immunity - Fight the Flu!

Golden Immunity – Fight the Flu!

Over the past few months I’ve been researching the topic of herbal antivirals and herbal antibacterials. I’ve learned a lot to say the least. My family’s supply of immune boosting tonics, tinctures, herbs, etc is damn impressive, and if our house ever caught on fire, I’d probably grab as much of those as I could instead of my laptop, etc. Ha! Seriously though, I feel empowered to kick anything’s ass that comes my family’s way.

Entered into our home: the flu.

We had the flu in our house with our little one recently, and in my determination to heal her in record speed (which she did), and preventing my husband and me from getting it, I created this crazy wonderful drink, Golden Immunity. It’s filled with everything the body needs to nip the flu virus in the bud or help you prevent getting it, if you’re around people with influenza.

I made the drink on the spicy edge so I didn’t give it to Kamea. For Kamea, I did a number of other things from probiotics to lyposome encapsulated vitamin C plus vitamin D3/K2 drops, various tinctures like this Cherry Bark, this Astragalus, and this Dr. Christopher’s Echinacea Angustifolia, and homemade elderberry syrup (plus more) multiple times a day. (If you don’t make your elderberry syrup you can buy it here.)

Making Golden Immunity is a 3 step process to make it, but beyond worth it. There are no amounts listed in my rough outlined recipe, but I made a batch with 3 cups which Greg and I shared. Just eyeball everything because as long as you’re getting the following ingredients in, it’s immensely beneficial.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Recipe: Mama Mia Braised Meatballs

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed beef, omnivore, recipe, tomato
Mama Mia Braised Meatballs

Mama Mia Braised Meatballs

One of my favorite recipes to make is meatballs. Simply, it connects me to my Italian heritage and gives me a warm feeling in the kitchen. As I drop each meatball into the tomato sauce, I think of past generations… wondering what they were thinking about as they made meatballs.

This is an easy recipe that can be thrown together quickly with a few ingredients and some grass-fed ground beef. I intentionally created the recipe with only a smattering of ingredients to inspire myself to make it time and again.

Mama Mia Braised Meatballs is one of my family’s favorite dinners, too. Kamea has fun eating the meatballs because, well, they’re balls. And, Greg? He just chows down without saying much between bites, and then proceeds to lick everyone’s bowl of leftover sauce. Read More »

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Recipe Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free. Grain-Free. Almost-Paleo.)

by Kristen Suzanne in almond flour, dessert, eggs, gluten free, recipe
Organic Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

I love the holidays because they’re my time to indulge. But, if you know me at all, I never get too crazy. Instead of eating a gluten filled, extra sugary pumpkin pie, for example, I’ll make my own with ingredients that get my approval… and I’ll eat 2 slices (maybe 3… OK 4 tops!). :) That’s my kind of extra indulgence.

My family loves this pie and I’ve been making it for a few holidays now. It makes an appearance a few times each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My favorite part, other than the quality ingredients, is that it’s really easy to make. My (now) 4 year old loves helping me make it.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Recipe: Bulletproof Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

by Kristen Suzanne in coffee, recipe
Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

Want another way to get your morning buzz? Try Coffee Shake Ice Cubes.

I am a fan of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee recipe which I drink frequently. I also put my own spin on it (read my coffee shake elixir variations here).

Another thing I do once in a while is make a batch of my Coffee Shake and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Then, I transfer the frozen coffee cubes to a glass mason jar and store them in the freezer.

To enjoy: Simply throw a few of those cubes and a little hot water into a blender. Blend it up and enjoy. Alternatively, heat the Coffee Shake Ice Cubes in a small pot on the stove.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Recipe: How to Make Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan
Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (Paleo. Vegan.)

Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

Making your own coconut milk is galaxies better than buying it from the store, at least in most cases. The reason is that when you make your own it’s: 1) fresh, 2) doesn’t have any preservatives or additives, and 3) it tastes so much better. Give yourself and your family a real treat by making it yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

I like my Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk heavily doused in my coffee, tea, and used in preparing raw or cooked foods. And, of course, a big ol’ glass of it straight up.

Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk

Vanilla Coconut Milk

Vanilla Coconut Milk

Yield 1 quart

  1. Soak the shredded coconut with the hot water for about two hours in a large bowl.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, and blend for a minute.
  3. Strain through a good nutmilk bag (discard the pulp). <– I haven’t used that bag but it gets nice reviews.
  4. Enjoy! This keeps for a few days in the refrigerator. It will separate so simply shake it up before consuming.

* I use freshly boiled water from my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.

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