Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Sardine Pate Recipe for Beginners
Sardines were one of the first animal foods we introduced to our diet when we went from vegan to omnivore late in 2012. At the time we weren’t ready to have other fish because we wanted to research mercury, toxins, etc. But, we wanted some fish, and our best bet: sardines because of their low trophic level and super nutrition. Some in the paleo world call them a superfood.
Did I like them? Well, honestly they skeeved me out a bit. I used to love tuna fish back when I was young, but sardines were a whole new ball of wax, coming with skin, bones and all. Yeah, sardines were the kind of thing my step-dad ate and I used to think, “Ewww, dude, you’re gross.”
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Sunday, October 13th, 2013
I think the way for raw vegans and paleo peeps to eat together of the same meals is to keep it to mostly desserts and salads. Those can easily be made both raw vegan and paleo. Enter: 60-Second Raw Ranch Dressing. This is a great ranch dressing that takes just minutes to make.
Note: Once this dressing is refrigerated, it thickens. At this point, it is still thin enough to use on a salad, but you can always water it down if you like. You can also use the thickened version as a luscious, flavorful dip for veggies.
60-Second Raw Ranch Dressing (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Soy Free)
Yields 1 1/2 cups
In a blender, combine the water, cashew butter, dill, lemon juice, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Done! Super yum.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Making butternut squash in a slow cooker is ridiculously easy and we’re all busy… Right? We need some easy in our lives when it comes to food, but we don’t want to sacrifice flavor or nutrition at the same time. Enter: slow cooker.
I am blogging this insanely easy process because there was a time when I didn’t know about it and figured there might be some of you who don’t know either.
Tip one… Use a sharp knife. It’s not easy cutting a butternut squash in half (lengthwise) unless you have a sharp knife. Here’s the one I’ve been using for about 9 years.
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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Vibrant and satisfying salad ready to be tossed.
Here’s another delicious recipe to be shared by raw vegans and paleo peeps alike… a salad :)
This Simply Vinaigrette dressing is a staple recipe in our house, because I always have fresh lemons and raw olive oil on hand (high quality raw organic olive oil, of course). It’s perfect for gently cooked vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, or bok choy. Today, I’m showing it off here as a fresh, healthy, and easy salad dressing.
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Monday, September 30th, 2013
Slow cooker caramelized onions.
I looooove caramelized onions and so does Kamea.
The proper way to cook them on the stove takes time at the stove for about a half hour, cooking them on low, and stirring them every so often. That’s easy and all… But I think I love this way even more. Using my slow cooker allows me to just toss them in the mini slow cooker for a few hours or so and they’re ready. No watching the stove required, no “timing” of meal parts because they’re just waiting for me, and my big enameled cast iron pan isn’t being used so I can use it for other things if needed. Oh, and they store quite well for a couple of days in the refrigerator if needed.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Coffee Shake – looks like a lot of stuff, but it still only takes a couple of minutes to make.
I get asked a lot about the things my family eats. Here’s the breakfast Greg usually has. Lucky for me, he’s happy to have the same thing day in and day out. On occasion, I rotate other things into his breakfast options, but I’d say the one he gets most often is his Coffee Shake, and he LOOOOOVES it. I love it because (it’s easy and) I can make this hours before he wakes up and it’s sitting in the refrigerator for him.
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Friday, September 20th, 2013
Cashew Butter Chocolate Drop Cookies (Paleo. Gluten Free.)
Here’s a delightful recipe. Cashew Butter Chocolate Drop Cookies are simple to make, rich in texture, and delicious. Oh, and they’re paleo and gluten free. I Love Love Love these cookies!
Cashew Butter Chocolate Drop Cookies (Paleo Gluten Free)
Yield 10 cookies
- 1 pasture-raised organic egg, room temperature
- 1 cup cashew butter (I make my own)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons xylitol (or sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (I use this one)
- 2 pinches sea salt
- 1 dark chocolate bar, cut into squares (this bar has the perfect size squares, only 10 squares are needed for the 10 cookies so the whole bar is not used)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (I use a Breville Smart Oven and heat it to about 325 because it’s convection.)
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat the egg, cashew butter, xylitol, vanilla, and sea salt together. Use a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop to scoop cookie dough onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool a bit, and then push a square of dark chocolate onto the top of each one.
I like to store these in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate square on top, making for a nice crunch-like texture from the chocolate while keeping the cookie base soft.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Dear beloved slow cooker, I hope every home has at least one of you.
Organic acorn squash ready to be cooked in my slow cooker.
It doesn’t get any easier than this, except for maybe slow cooking sweet potatoes or yams taught here.
Easy Acorn Squash in the Slow Cooker
Yield 3 to 4
- Trim off the ends of the acorn squash.
- Split your acorn squash in half. You need a sharp knife for this.
- Scoop out the seeds.
- Put your acorn squash inside the slow cooker with the skin side down. They can be stacked if needed.
- Add 1/2 cup filtered water to the bottom of your slow cooker, but don’t get it in the squash.
- Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
- Scoop out the cooked flesh and transfer to a bowl where you can smash it up with grass fed butter, organic coconut oil, sea salt, and any other seasoning you want. It’s especially yummy with a little homemade broth mashed in. Or, make a soup out of it by adding coconut milk (or broth) and seasonings.
Saturday, September 14th, 2013
I’ve always had a thing for cooked tomatoes. Raw tomatoes? Not so much… but cooked tomatoes I enjoy. The thing is that I usually serve them (cooked) in some sort of sauce where they share center stage with a protein and / or other vegetables.
Basil Tomatoes Provecal
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Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Nourishing Chocolate Pudding
I’m fond of chocolate, and I’m sure my long time readers know that. It’s not often that a day goes by where I don’t have some rich, super dark, organic (and fair trade, of course) chocolate. My chocolate-loving sista, Lauren, is my kindred spirit in all things chocolate.
I’ve made a number of raw vegan chocolate recipes in the past, but it was time to change it. Nowadays, I find myself looking for ways to get pastured organic eggs in my diet as well as grass fed butter (I’ve come a long way). I figured chocolate pudding would be the ideal way to add them.
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