Sunday, April 12th, 2015

DAMN GOOD GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS. Made These 4X In 1 Week.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Yummy gluten-free chocolate muffins and friends are two awesome things.

Over the years I’ve become friends with various women around the world via the internet. It’s a great way to find like-minded people when you struggle with finding them in your local community. Enter: The Nourished Village.

The Nourished Village was created by my sweet friend, Joanna, to bring (and support) like-minded moms together in a virtual community. It’s just lovely. It’s filled with friendly people, recipes, empowering ideas, and caring support as we mamas navigate parenthood (asking questions in the Facebook Group like… Are you getting dental X-rays on your little one? What supplements do you give your kids? What are the best foods for growing bodies? How can we mom’s deal with motherhood in style and with grace? What schools are you thinking about for your child? That’s also where I heard about this Chocolate Gluten-free Muffin recipe.)

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Don’t Be Afraid of the Brine. Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce Recipe.

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, pastured chicken, recipe
Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green cauliflower

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts w Easy Pan Sauce and green(!) cauliflower

My husband really loves chicken and we have it on the menu about once a week for dinner. I generally make it, whole, in a slow cooker (as a soup) or something else easy (roasted in a dutch oven).

On occasion for our chicken meal, I make some killer chicken breasts. These require a bit more work, but day-uummm they are good.

However(!), I have three requirements.

  1. The chicken breasts must have the skin on.
  2. The chicken breasts must have the bone in.
  3. And, most importantly, the chicken breasts must come from a pasture-raised organic bird… or I won’t even bother.

Once those criteria are met, I get to making pan-roasted chicken breasts with an easy pan sauce and my family is extra happy.

Brining Alert! The recipe includes brining the chicken breasts which is actually easy and only takes about 30 minutes. I’ll admit, I’ve always been intimidated by the whole brining thing, but turns out, it’s easy. I learned about it from America’s Test Kitchen, cuz they brine their breasts, and I trust their recommendations.

Know this: The brine keeps the breasts juicy and flavorful. Totally recommend.

Know this, too: Don’t be afraid of the brine.

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I Used My Soup-Making Genes From Dad For This Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, recipe, soup
Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup - Soooo good.

Roasted Cauliflower n Carrot Soup – Soooo good.

My dad is a chef and my mom is no stranger to the kitchen either. I’m pretty sure I get my comfort in the kitchen because of my genes. Ok, so maybe there’s some nurture going on, too, since I practice. A lot.

Back to my dad. He owned a popular restaurant in Michigan with my uncle until only a few years ago when they retired. Dad was the chef. Uncle was front of the house. Both perfectly suited to their jobs. (Mom was famous for her cheesecake and her table-side cooking, which I will share a funny story of that in the future.)

One of the things for which my dad was known was his soup making abilities. People still talk about it.

The other night I wanted to make a homemade soup with the cauliflower I had. I don’t usually relish the thought of making cauliflower to eat (roasted or steamed) but I do enjoy it in a soup. I also had some carrots and onion and homemade bone broth (i.e., stock). I teach you how to make your own bone broth easily here.

I was feeling soulful and decided that I would activate my dad’s soup-making genes in me to enhance my soup. It totally worked.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER GRANOLA

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER Granola. YES!

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER Granola. YES!

Remember that EASY slow cooker recipe I shared for making granola? It was good, wasn’t it? Easy, too, right?

Well, I decided to make another batch with a bit of a twist.

Chocolate Chips.

I’m not going to bore you with anything else… here’s the recipe.

Wait, you know what? I will mention one thing. This stuff makes a great gift. Make a batch and divide it into pint-sized glass mason jars. Maybe put a cute label on it or a ribbon if you’re that kind of person. Give these away to family, friends, teachers, etc. It’s so good – you really should share it.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Yummy Scramble for Lunch Using Leftover Vegetables

Egg Scramble - Good Brain Food

Egg Scramble – Good Brain Food

Here’s a relatively quick lunch I threw together for Kamea.

We eat a lot of eggs (pasture-raised only) in our house, because they give us important nutrients for our brain (and body) – choline, retinol, vitamin E, vitamin D, and more. Oh yeah, they taste delicious, too. In fact, I was dreaming about scrambled eggs when I first considered leaving my vegan life behind and end that chapter of my life.

On this day, I had leftover roasted brussels sprouts (my favorite roasting method here), and decided they’d make a nice addition to an egg scramble.

Eggs are great any time of the day. Proof: I was watching Family Feud the other day and they surveyed 100 people to ask what food is good any time of the day. The answer? Eggs.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Here’s That Seriously Buttered Purple Cabbage Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in cabbage, gluten free, recipe

 

Seriously Buttered Purple Cabbage waiting for brisket.

Seriously Buttered Purple Cabbage waiting for brisket.

Some of you want to know how I made that buttered up purple cabbage when I featured it in my Big Ass Brisket recipe.

Brisket and purple cabbage - mmmmmm is all I can say.

Ahhhh, cabbage is happy it’s not alone now.

Well, I’m gonna show you today. It’s easy and makes cabbage delicious. We can all use a bit of extra cabbage in our lives, right?

My mother-in-law taught me how to make it for the most part. She was like, “Cabbage. Butter. Pot. Season. Cover. Cook.” Or something like that.

I first tried it at her house on a New Year’s Day some years ago, when she made the annual black eyed peas (new year health wishes) and cabbage (new year wealth wishes). You southerners know the drill.  It was so good I kept going back for more.

Until I was bloated beyond belief. Cabbage can do that. Black Eyed Peas probably can, too.

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

“It’s BEER Soup!” My Husband Exclaimed.

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, recipe, soup, Vitamix
Beer Soup. Yup.

Beer Soup. Yup.

My husband, Greg, is a fan of beer.

So, when he came across a recipe for a soup that contained beer in his Beer Advocate magazine, he proudly came in waving the torn out recipe in his hand. So cute. He knows how much I love cooking and here he was giving me a recipe that he found.

With beer.

I had to make it of course. How can I not encourage that participation?

I made some adjustments to suit my tastes and I present the results here. It’s wonderful and filled with deep flavors, no doubt from the beer. ;)

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

A Salad to Brighten A Dreary Winter: Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, lemon, paleo, raw dressing, recipe, salad, vegan
Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad - Ready to dive in.

Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad – Ready to dive in.

I wrote recently that mom’s backyard is turning into an organic citrus orchard. I also mentioned that one of the things I make from the barrels of citrus she gives me is Fennel Orange Salad.

I decided that name didn’t do the dish justice, so I changed it to Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad. It’s quickly become a favorite of ours, including Kamea’s. It offers a delightful brightness to a dreary winter with the seasonal citrus and the fabulous fennel. It’s sweet with oranges and savory with little bites of red onion. It’s a salad you should definitely make.

If you need any citrus, we have plenty. ;)

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Delicious Almond Butter Dip for Lunch – Kid Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, food journal, kamea, recipe
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch

Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.

I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.

I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.

I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

OMG EASY Slow Cooker Granola – Yes! SLOW COOKER GRANOLA!

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, gluten free, recipe
Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

You all KNOW I love me a slow cooker, and I recently learned that I could make granola in it.

Wait.

Hold the phone.

Granola? In a slow cooker?

Yup.

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