Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Kristen Suzanne in coconut aminos
, gluten free
, grass fed bison
, grass fed butter
, MAC knife
, slow cooker
I have ventured into unknown territory for me… into a land I never thought I’d enter. I made a stew that had heart in it. Yes, actual heart. It was grass fed bison heart to be exact (though you can make this recipe with either bison or beef heart). And, of course, I used my trusty ol’ slow cooker.
Grass Fed Bison Heart Stew
I bought the grass fed bison heart many months ago and it sat in my freezer. Of course, it scared the dickens out of me as I had images flashing before my eyes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – pictured below. But, as my repertoire of recipes increased to include other unusual things for me (grass fed tongue and grass fed liver), the heart didn’t seem as crazy as when I originally ordered it.
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Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Oftentimes my lunch consists of either a big salad or some kind of blended drink / smoothie. I usually load it up with fat and veggies so it’s highly nutritious (fat helps many nutrients get absorbed from foods) and satiating, not to mention easy and fast.
Cucumber Ice Smoothie
Cucumber Ice Smoothie (Vegan. Paleo.)
Yield 2 servings
- 1 large organic cucumber, chopped
- handful of fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1 tablespoon MCT oil
- pinch fleur de sel salt
- juice 1/2 lemon
- 1 cup ice
Blend everything until smooth. I used my Vitamix and the accompanying plunger. If you don’t have one of these beauties, then you might need to add a bit of water to help get it blended.
We plan on homeschooling Kamea so we’re starting to get involved with local homeschooling groups. Greg went to our first meeting recently, and I sent these Sticky Chocolate Coconut Squares with him to share with the group. I don’t normally use as much sweetener as I used in these, when I make desserts like this for home, but since I didn’t know the group, I thought I’d bump up the sweetness a bit. ;)
Sticky Chocolate Coconut Squares (Gluten Free, Raw, Paleo)
They took me 5 minutes to make. Gotta love that about raw foods!
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Thursday, August 8th, 2013
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)
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
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.
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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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
I’m so pleased with it that I plan on making it for a quickie appetizer salad for future dinners.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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
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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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
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
- Put the pine nuts, orange zest, fresh basil, sea salt, and pepper in a mini food processor and process to a coarse consistency.
- Cut the tomatoes into 1⁄4-inch thick slices and plate.
- Sprinkle the pine nut mixture on top of the sliced tomatoes. Season with additional sea salt if desired.
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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 (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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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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