Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Vegan to Omnivore Health Update and Foods We Eat

There are three things people keep asking of me these days…

  1. Recipes
  2. Update on our omnivore experience regarding our health since blogging about our not being vegan anymore here
  3. Foods we are eating

1) Recipes… they’re coming as you might see from the increased posting I’ve been doing. If you have special recipe requests (vegan, raw, or omnivore), I’ll try to hook you up… just tweet to me (or email) the kinds of recipes or cooking skills you’d like to see on my blog.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Minimalist (aka Easiest) Slow Cooker Chicken

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 (a.k.a. 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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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Food Journal: Omnivore, Gluten Free

Here’s my food journal from yesterday. Although I wouldn’t call it a strict paleo diet, it’s paleo -like. I’d say I’m a cross between Nourishing Traditions type foods and Paleo. Basically, I do Paleo plus grass fed butter… and on rare occasion I have raw grass fed cheese.

I prefer Straus European grass fed butters because of the higher fat content, but I'm at mom's and Kerrygold is what she had.

I prefer Straus European grass fed butters because of the higher fat content, but I’m at mom’s and Kerrygold is what she had, which is also nice.

++ Please note that when I post a food journal it is simply a snap shot of a day in my life. My foods vary, with intention, and you can’t always see that when I randomly post food journals. Nonetheless, people continue to ask me to post my food journals. I’ll do my best to post them more often so you get a better picture.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Quickie Crab Salad (plus a quickie soup recipe)

 

Quickie Crab Salad

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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Friday, July 19th, 2013

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler (Raw Vegan Recipe, Gluten Free, Paleo)

by Kristen Suzanne in dessert, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan

Here’s a recipe that’s raw, vegan, and paleo, which by nature makes it soy free and gluten free, so I think pretty much everyone can enjoy some of this.

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler

Vanilla Chai Peach Cobbler

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Berry Princess Ice Cream (Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, ice cream, raw eggs, recipe

We make a lot of ice cream in our house so I hope you’re ready to be bombarded with ice cream recipes. Ok, I won’t go too crazy on you, but making ice cream has got to be one of the easiest things to do. And, it’s super fun if you have kids.

Fruity Princess Ice Cream

Berry Princess Ice Cream

So, if you don’t have an ice cream maker then do yourself a favor and buy one. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one. We use ours once a week, if not more. Sometimes we have ice cream for breakfast because it’s appropriate and healthy the way I make it (eggs, fruit, and butter? why not?!). Here’s my dream ice cream maker… Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker. Greg, if you’re reading this… hint hint.

Today’s recipe is full of organic berries, coconut oil, and grass fed butter. Oh, and some raw pastured organic eggs. If you’re uneasy about having raw pastured organic eggs then you can omit them and play with the recipe. Honestly, sometimes I think it’s not a big deal at all and other times I naturally can’t help but wonder. If I do raw eggs, it’s only if they’re fresh, pasture raised, and organic. I wash the outside of them, too.

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013

A New Kind of Egg Salad Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in eggs, omnivore, recipe

Eggs hold a special place in my heart. It was eggs that started my family on our journey of vegan to omnivore, and it was eggs that started my family and I on the road to healing from being depleted. Yeah, eggs are a big deal for me. But, not any eggs. They have to be pastured and organic, so when I can’t get enough of them from our local farmer, I buy Vital Farms from Whole Foods.

We go through a lot of eggs right now… it’s as if I can’t get enough. To read about the many ways we consume pastured eggs, check out my egg post here. I’d have to say the most common method is with my beloved Sous Vide.

A New Kind of Egg Salad

A New Kind of Egg Salad

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Monday, July 8th, 2013

Recipe Velvety Lemon Butter Cauliflower Soup

by Kristen Suzanne in recipe, soup

I’ve been getting requests to share the recipes my family is eating now that we’re no longer vegan. Of course, some vegan recipes still make appearances, but we’re getting nourished by plenty of omnivore recipes, too. For those of you who haven’t heard, my family is no longer vegan (read about it here).

Velvety Lemon Butter Cauliflower Soup

Velvety Lemon Butter Cauliflower Soup

I tell ya… one big word comes to mind when I step back and think of the changes we’ve made: Peace. I have peace of mind now that my family is getting most everything we need from a combo of both plant and high quality animal products, and it’s fairly effortless. I used to worry quite a bit during Kamea’s second year if she was getting what she needed and intuitively I felt she wasn’t, but at the time, I just wasn’t ready to entertain the idea of animal products.

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

Summer Fresh Salad Guacamole

by Kristen Suzanne in travel, vegan
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Summer Fresh Salad Guacamole

Hi Everyone! It’s been too long since I’ve blogged. Life is good though. Kamea turned three in June and we spent about a month on the road traveling to Michigan to visit family (during which we also went to Mackinac Island to stay at the Grand Hotel - if you follow me on Twitter, you know all about that though.)

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

Chocolate Crunch Strawberries – Easy Vegan Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in cacao nibs, chocolate, recipe, vegan

I oftentimes enjoy a little something sweet after dinner. Don’t you?

Chocolate Crunch Strawberries

Chocolate Crunch Strawberries

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