Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Strawberry Lemon Zest Cream Over Apples and Bananas

by Kristen Suzanne in banana, cashews, gluten free, paleo, raw, recipe, vegan

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.

Fresh strawberries

Fresh strawberries

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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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Recipe Cucumber Mustard Salad: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free

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

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

Cucumber Mustard Salad

I’m so pleased with it that I plan on making it for a quickie appetizer salad for future dinners.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Interviewed by Dave Asprey of BulletproofExec.com

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Here’s an interview I did in July with Bulletproof Exec’s Dave Asprey. We basically cover the journey of being raw vegan and going back to omnivore, and how I’m eating very much like his Bulletproof Diet. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him.

Even though I mention that we don’t eat grains, gluten, or soy… that doesn’t mean we’ll eat this way forever. Right now it works really well, and makes the most sense to us based on experience, research, and our lifestyle. That being said, I don’t imagine ever eating gluten or soy (at least not intentionally), but then again, there was a time I couldn’t imagine eating meat.

Being humble and frequently revisiting my assumptions is where I’m at now because I didn’t do that enough in the past. As with all things in life, my diet remains a journey and a work-in-progress.

Dave Asprey of BulletproofExec.com

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Click here to check it out.

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Omnivore Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal, ice cream, omnivore

Kamea has been weaning from breastfeeding for the past few months. As a result I’ve noticed my appetite has decreased a bit. It’s weird… I spent the past four years shoveling food in my mouth at every chance, and now I actually go more than 3 hours without food. You’d think life would be easier, yet I find myself spending more time in the kitchen than ever.

Homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Poached Eggs and cooked carrots with grass fed butter drizzled on top
  • Homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream (raw eggs, cacao butter, grass fed butter, strawberries, etc).
  • Iced Herbal Tea

Dinner

  • Slow Cooker Grass fed Beef Tongue (sounds so weird… recipe coming)
  • Cauliflower Carrot Puree (recipe coming)

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

11-Minute Sweet Potato Cinnamon Beef Stew (Slow Cooker)

by Kristen Suzanne in Breville, gluten free, paleo, recipe, slow cooker, soup, stew

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

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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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Omnivore Food Journal

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

Omnivore Foodie Journal

As usual, I had two mini breakfasts. My first one is to start my day with some easy calories, while I get going and taking care of my 3-year old girl, Kamea. Then, after 2 to 3 hours, I’m ready to have another breakfast with some solids.

Six-Minutes Lasagna Stack

Six-Minutes Lasagna Stack

Mini Breakfast #1

Mini Breakfast #2

  • Cinnamon Sugar Paleo Bread (recipe coming)
  • Organic blackberries.
  • Iced herbal tea

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Pine Nut-Crusted Tomato Slices: Raw Vegan Paleo Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, raw, recipe, tomato, vegan

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

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
  1. Put the pine nuts, orange zest, fresh basil, sea salt, and pepper in a mini food processor and process to a coarse consistency.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into 1⁄4-inch thick slices and plate.
  3. Sprinkle the pine nut mixture on top of the sliced tomatoes. Season with additional sea salt if desired.

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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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