Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Recipe Buttered Cauliflower Puree (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed butter, recipe

Here’s a great side dish recipe to have in your recipe box because it can go with so many meals, it’s easy to make, and it’s nutritious. It has a texture that is like air, if you can imagine that. But, the catch is that you need a high speed blender to get it to perfection, preferably a Vitamix with the plunger.

Buttered Cauliflower Puree

Buttered Cauliflower Puree (gluten free)

Buttered Cauliflower Puree

Yield 4 servings

Blend the steamed cauliflower and butter until smooth, using the plunger to make the magic happen. Taste and season with sea salt, if needed.

** My favorite steamer is here. I love it! I used to have one of those cheapies you insert in the bottom of a pot. It would always fold in while trying to get out the veggies – total pain. Then, it was hot and couldn’t touch it. I found this awesome steamer insert and fell madly in love. It fits a couple of my pots, I can easily get all the veggies out at once by using the side handles and picking it up and dumping all veggies in a bowl of butter. The handles don’t get too hot to touch. Highly recommend.

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Recipe Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich (Paleo Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, recipe, tuna
Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich

Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich (Paleo Gluten Free)

Quality canned fish can be a real time saver; therefore, it’s good for your sanity. I was low on food in the house and we needed something for lunch so this is what I threw together… Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich. The bread is paleo, gluten free, and homemade.

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

Recipe Rudolph Cherry Cobbler (Paleo Gluten Free Raw Vegan)

Rudolph Cherry Cobbler (Gluten Free. Paleo. Raw Vegan.)

I asked my husband, who has a birthday around the holidays, what he wanted to eat for his birthday dessert. He said without thinking twice, Rudolph Cherry Cobbler. It’s a raw vegan, paleo, and gluten free recipe from my Holidays Recipe Book that he’s been a raving fan of for the past five or so years. I said to him, “Really? That’s what you want for your birthday?” He said, “YES! It’s the best and I can’t eat just one serving, I keep going back for more.” I can’t say I blame him… it is friggin’ delish. The squishy and delicious cherries explode with flavor in your mouth.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free Recipe)

 

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free)

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free)

These versatile and moist muffins are not sweet. I limit the sugar content in my family’s life so I create some recipes without any added sugar. The only sweetness from these babies comes from the orange juice. So, if you’d like a sweet muffin, then by all means add some sugar (coconut crystals, honey, xylitol).

I’m also known in my family to make gluten free muffins and breads without added sugar because if I feel like sweetening it up later, I drizzle raw honey or maple syrup on top.

Oh, another good reason for keeping the sugar out is that I can then serve these alongside stew or chili.

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Recipe Tomato Beef (or Bison) Slow Cooker Stew

Hhmmm all done and ready to eat.

Hhmmm all done and ready to eat.

Here’s another easy recipe that uses the slow cooker. I continue to sing the praises of using a slow cooker because it cooks the food at low-ish temperatures, it is so fracking easy to use, and using a slow cooker saves tons of time. This recipe, like many of mine lately, is slim on ingredients because I really love letting the fresh ingredients speak for themselves. I didn’t add garlic or anything (although the jar of sauce I use includes some lovely flavors with basil, onion, etc).

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Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Almond Butter Coleslaw: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in almond milk, cabbage, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan

 

Cabbage

Cabbage

Crunchy organic cabbage + sweet oranges + creamy dressing —–> a unique and delicious salad.

Almond Butter Coleslaw

Yields 4 to 6 servings

Dressing ingredients:

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 head purple cabbage, cored and chopped (or shredded)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oranges, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 7 olives, pitted and chopped

Dressing instructions:

In a blender, combine the raw almond milk, raw almond butter, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Salad instructions:

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, tomatoes, oranges, raisins, and olives and toss to mix.

Add the dressing and toss until the dressing coats the salad ingredients.

Flickr photo credit

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Recipe Glory Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

 

Glory Muffins in Hartstone Pottery

Glory Muffins in Hartstone Pottery

This delicious, healthy, and gluten-free recipe was adapted from Dr. Weil’s Carrot-Banana Muffins in his True Food cookbook. If you want it paleo style, then use the coconut oil option over the butter oil options.

Glory Muffins is one of our favorite muffin recipes because the flavor is wonderful and the different textures make for a fun experience. You should definitely make these.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Recipe Garam Masala Orange Chicken Paleo Gluten Free

Although I often just like having my chicken made in a slow cooker as a stew or soup, this recipe deserves a spot in the chicken recipe rotation because it’s so damn delicious.

Garam Masala Orange Chicken served with carrots and greens.

Garam Masala Orange Chicken (paleo gluten free) with carrots and greens.

I’d say we have chicken probably once a week, and when we do, it’s with the skin on and it’s always pasture-raised AND organic. I was excited to see that I could buy it online – and soy-free to boot! – from Good Earth Farms, since I wasn’t able to find it at any stores. Pastured chickens are small by nature since they’re not loaded with chemicals, hormones or anything nasty.

My chicken recipes are usually made with a pasture raised chicken that is 2 to 4 pounds (whole or pieced – to be honest though… when baking chicken I prefer it pieced because I stink at carving it post-roasting). This is enough to feed my hearty-appetite family (Greg, Kamea, myself) with some left over. With leftovers, I like to add it to my pastured eggs at breakfast or I add broth and make soup for lunch.

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Spiced Bison or Beef Short Ribs (Slow Cooker, Paleo, Gluten Free)

 

Spiced Bison Short Ribs on Acorn Squash

Spiced Bison Short Ribs on Acorn Squash

I just had what must have been the easiest recipe in the world. As a result, I’m on the computer blogging about it because this easy recipe freed up so much time that I can share it with you.

Back story: I ordered grass fed bison short ribs a couple of months back, but they stayed in my freezer for so long because, frankly, I was intimidated by them. I’d never made ribs or short ribs, and I had no idea where to begin. Well, that’s not true. I did know where to begin. 1) My Slow Cooker  and 2) Google.

My new motto… when in doubt, slow cooker.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Recipe How to Make Bone Broth Stock (Slow Cooker, Sous Vide, Oven, Stove)

 

Beautiful clear bone broth made with the Sous Vide Supreme.

Beautiful organic grass fed beef bone broth made with the Sous Vide Supreme.

Bone broth (a.k.a. stock)… I love it.

One of the earlier foods I introduced into our diet after changing from vegan to omnivore was nourishing (and delicious) homemade grass fed bone broth (stock).

In culinary circles, stock (or as I’ll refer to it in my blog post, bone broth) is considered the foundation of cooking, and for good reason. A cup of broth seems so simple, and for the most part it is, but it can be used in so many ways. Bone broth really sets the foundational flavor for many recipes.

Michael Ruhlman writes about stock making, “It may be the most commonly avoided preparation in America’s kitchens, even though it’s the single preparation that might elevate a home cook’s food from decent to spectacular.” He also says, “If there’s one preparation that separates a great home cook’s food from a good home cook’s food, it’s stock.”

I hope those quotes inspire you to embrace stock (bone broth) making, and if you’re still on the fence, read on because I’ll show you how easy, fun, and wonderful it is to prepare.

*UPDATE – TODAY (10/25/13): Since writing this long post and scheduling it to appear, I’ve learned even more about making stock because I’m enrolled in a Classic Cooking school right now, and we actually learned about stock making today. I would say that my instructor would probably be intrigued with some of what I’ve written but he’d also probably be horrified. I had planned on adding to this post to reflect that, but I came home and saw that — oops — the post has gone live already. That being said… these are all still “pretty” legit and they make yummy bone broth. I will add to the bottom of this post what I’ve learned in school for the truly classical method, hopefully later today!

Warm broth going into a mug.

Warm bone broth going into a mug.

Making bone broth was something that really intrigued me once we ended our decade-long vegan journey. At the same time, I didn’t know much about it. If I remember correctly, we started our omnivore foodie life with organic, pastured-raised eggs, along with grass fed organic ghee and high vitamin butter oil, and then we added sardines (learn how you, too, can love sardines here).

Shortly after, I was mystically drawn to bone broth so I started playing around with it. Seemed weird, mostly because I was using the term “bone broth” yet I couldn’t help myself because it sounded wickedly fun. Bone broth is also referred to as stock (chicken stock, beef stock, fish stock), so when you’re talking to people outside the Paleo or Nourishing Traditions spheres, they might look at you like you have two heads if you say you make bone broth, which is really just good ol’ stock.

When I started the bone broth journey, I had no idea what to do or where to begin, but I quickly learned. It’s my hope to introduce this into your home if you’re new to it, with ease and excitement, because making bone broth (i.e., chicken or beef stock) is really fun and crazy easy. With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way.

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