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.
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.
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).
As frequently requested, here is another food journal. :)
Kamea: organic strawberries. Wild caught Roe. Raw organic pecans. Raw organic cashews. Grass fed organic beef summer sausage. Chlorella. Organic rice crackers. 2 tiny squares Dark (85%) chocolate. An hour later she also ate a Kits organic bar.
Kamea and me: Leftover pasture raised organic chicken and vegetable soup. Butter Almond Flour Cookies.
Kamea and me: Baked Cilantro Lime Salmon (I like having fresh cilantro when we have wild caught salmon, because the salmon has some mercury in it. The cilantro helps combat the mercury). Mashed red potatoes with sautéed onions and grass fed butter. Homemade chocolate ice cream.
Crunchy organic cabbage + sweet oranges + creamy dressing —–> a unique and delicious salad.
Almond Butter Coleslaw
Yields 4 to 6 servings
- 3/4 cup raw almond milk
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- dash of freshly ground pepper
- 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
In a blender, combine the raw almond milk, raw almond butter, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
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.
The holidays are here. Our xmas tree is up (has been since November 16). Ooooh how I love this time of year. Food! Gifts! Family! Errr… I mean Family! Food! Gifts! There, that order is better.
As the holiday shopping season is about to begin I wanted to share some of my favorite things that some special people in your life might also love.
Looking for something to put in someone’s stocking?
Scrub Daddy Sponges – These very popular sponges are all the rage now that they’ve been on Shark Tank (one of my favorite TV shows). Using cold or hot water changes the stiffness of the sponge to help you clean everything from pots and pans to counter tops to everything in between. Buy the 4-pack for the best value and you will have 4 stocking stuffer gifts to divide amongst four of your most cherished family and friends.
Bamboo Hands – For the person on your list that has plans for healthier eating come new year… bamboo hands are a great little incentive gift. They are the coolest salad tongs and will do just the trick in helping your loved one eat more salad. Hey, it sounds good, right?
Egg Beater – This egg beater is the cat’s meow for the egg lover in your life. It makes me feel a bit old fashioned when I’m using it (in a good way) but it also does a totally kick butt job. Love it. (Read some of the many ways we enjoy pasture raised eggs here.)
Offset Spatula – Everyone needs at least one offset spatula in the kitchen. They make for the perfect spreads whether you’re spreading butter on toast or frosting a cake or making a raw gluten free cheesecake.
Looking for something to inspire better cooking?
Omnivore Food Journal
Mini Breakfast #1
- Supplements: Glutathione, Soil based probiotic
- Iced Mostly Decaf Bulletproof Coffee (coffee, organic coconut oil, grass fed unsalted butter, vanilla, high vitamin butter oil)
- Kamea had salmon roe, Kit’s Organic Bar, Garden of Life children vitamin and chlorella
When we buy grass fed red meat, we opt for both grass fed bison and grass fed beef. Bison is reputed to have lower fat and cholesterol than beef (not that I’m concerned about that though – we just appreciate variety). So, when cooking with bison, I’ll often increase the fat in my dish by adding avocado, grass fed butter, or coconut oil.
Here’s another easy recipe using a slow cooker (one of my favorite kitchen appliances, you all must know that by now though, right?) that delights my entire family. It’s just a handful of ingredients because that’s all you really need for delicious home cooked food.
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.
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.