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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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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