Chicken Avocado Soup
I apologize for not updating in a while. Every time I had a few minutes to write up a post, I decided I wanted to read instead...
WIAW: Denver Edition
This past weekend Jake and I traveled to Denver, CO for a friend's wedding. It was my first time there and I am happy to say I was very impressed...
Zucchini Wrapped Pesto Sausage
Hey. So in this week's WIAW post I mentioned that I tried making PaleoOMG's Zucchini Wrapped Pesto Sausage...
So I'm pretty excited about today's blog post. Not only was it delicious, but it was all because of my December Paleo Pen Pal, Liz....
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Merry Belated Christmas everyone! Hope that everyone enjoyed some time off. I spent my Christmas in bed, eating Chinese food and watching Archer. Yup, it was awesome.
Anyway I have something special for everyone. My Paleo Pen Pal Liz wrote up a guest post with the recipe she made from the ingredients I sent her! Liz, I know you don't have a blog but you should definitely think about starting one. This recipe looks amazing.
Guest Post: Liz - Mushroom Cappuccino
When I saw the dried mushrooms, I immediately thought of a chef demonstration that my daughter and I attended while on our first-ever cruise last summer. We booked it to celebrate her high school graduation in May, and we sailed to Mexico and the Carribean for 7 days on the Carnival Dream. The gourmet steakhouse on board gave a free demonstration one morning, and one of the first delicious recipes they made was Mushroom Cappuchino. I found it on the Carnival website.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
So I'm pretty excited about today's blog post. Not only was it delicious, but it was all because of my December Paleo Pen Pal, Liz. I mentioned Paleo Pen Pals in last month's post of the bacon acorn squash patties, but basically it's a monthly food swap. Paleo chefs/bloggers/etc get paired up and send each other paleo-friendly ingredients or local food items that can be used in his/her next blog post. You don't have to be a blogger, so if you're interested, check out their facebook page.
Fresh directly from a farm in Tennessee. Let me just say, these were amazing. So much so that I'm tempted to order more myself. (For those of you who are interested, here's the link). Anyway, I knew I wanted to do something special with this. So obviously I went to google. After reading through who knows how many recipes, I found it. Paella. I just happened to have a bag of mussels in my fridge so I ran to the store for other ingredients. Now I should mention that I have never made paella before in my life. And, being a paleo recipe, knew I had to substitute out the rice. Basically I winged it. And am super happy with the results.
Paleo Paella (say that 5 times fast...)
1 package of pork sausages
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 large cauliflower, riced (to rice it, just cut the head into pieces and put it in your food processor)
1 roasted red pepper, diced (roasted in the oven like I did here or just use the kind from a jar)
1 package of mussels (I used precooked)
1 package of shrimp (I used precooked)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground turmeric
Optional: 1/2 cup chicken broth
Olive oil for cooking
In your pan, saute your diced onions in olive oil for a few minutes until they start to get soft. Add back in your sausage and garlic. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Now this is where it gets a little ridiculous. I had my bowl of riced cauliflower ready to go, added it to my pan, and quickly realized my pan was too small. Comically too small. Unfortunately I had to make do since it was the biggest one I own. Keep stirring/ folding the mixture around for about 5 minutes.
Add your roasted red pepper, paprika, and turmeric, stirring to evenly coat your mixture. Now here is the optional part, I added in 1/2 cup chicken broth because most of the recipes I looked at included it. However, the big difference is rice absorbs the broth, cauliflower just gets mushy. It didn't ruin the dish and may have added flavor, but I don't think it's necessary. I tried to cook it for another 5 minutes to steam some of it off.
Also while I was doing this, I heated up my shrimp and mussels. I cheated and bought them precooked so I don't have any instructions on how to cook them from fresh. Maybe that's another post.
Not bad right? I tossed in the shrimp a few minutes before I turned off the heat. And arranged the cooked mussels around the plate to look fancy. I can't say this is the easiest recipe since there are quiet a few steps, but man was it delicious. Especially the pork. Thanks Liz!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I know I know. I haven't posted in a while. The truth is I had a ton of really awesome ideas to share with you guys. Only I waited too long and forgot them. Seriously. I have a ton of photos and can't remember for the life of me what is in them and how long I cooked it for....#bloggerproblems
Anyway to make up for it, I have a pretty awesome recipe to share with you. I've been sick for the last two weeks (probably because I've been eating like crap but that's for another post...) so I've been eating a ton of soup. But as we learned from my previous post, always check the ingredients. So I did...and found this:
Progresso: Tomato Basil. Also contains nothing natural. Does contain "Corn syrup solids," soybean oil and soy lecithin. Eek.
These were both cans of soup I had in my pantry. And the sad part is....I ate them. I was stuck at home, dying of the plague and all I had to do was open the darn can and microwave. I'm sure all of you have been there at least a few times in your life.
However, never again! Because now you will be able to make your own soup with 100% natural ingredients. This one not only tastes good, but is incredibly easy to make.
Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup
Recipe adapted from Paleo Pot
3 sweet potatoes, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 red peppers, roasted in the oven like I showed here (minus the onions) or you can just buy a can, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 can of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock (I recommended the brand I use in this post)
Optional: spices such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, paprika, cayenne etc
Bam! Red pepper and sweet potato goodness. Now as for the optional spices, you really can't go wrong. I left my unspiced until it was finished, then experimented with adding some pumpkin pie spice. I didn't measure. Could also be good with just regular cinnamon. Or if you wanted to give it more of a kick, go with something hot. So many choices. The point is you can easily have 100% natural soup in less than 3 hours for days when you feel like poo.
Update: I just had an idea on what to add next time. Bacon!
Monday, November 26, 2012
A few months ago Tarah from What I Gather and Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner came up with the idea of doing Paleo Pen Pals, a paleo themed food swap. Basically you're paired up with another blogger (or reader) and mail each other one paleo food item. Then you have until the end of the month to use it in a recipe.
I've actually seen this done a lot on other food blogs but never paleo-themed. Mostly because it's a little hard to think of non-processed foods that will survive in the mail. However my pen-pal, Chris, proved me wrong. She was able to send me these beauties and they survived the trip and then some!
Two acorn squash all the way from California. They not only survived the trip to Illinois, but then waited patiently while I was away in London. So as soon as I got back yesterday, I quickly flipped through all of the squash recipes I had book marked and decided on this one.
Bacon Acorn Squash Patties
Recipe from paleOMG (with a few changes)
2 small acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
6 strips of bacon (or more) diced
2 T coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A few minutes ago I was catching up on my google reader cue and I got excited to see a new post from a blogger that I really enjoy reading. Recently she competed and ranked highly in a bikini fitness competition and I've gone to her website often for exercise tips. She's always recommended clean eating and I really respect and look up to her.
So you can imagine my disappointment when I read her most recent post only to discover it was an ad for "starting your own business" by selling meal replacement shakes. For the first few minutes I sat staring at my computer in disbelief. Was her blog hacked somehow? But no, I checked her facebook page and sure enough, she really wrote it.
Disbelief was quickly replaced by sadness and then by a little anger. So much that I thought it warranted a blog post of my own.
First off, I want to make it clear that I fully support bloggers and fitness enthusiasts who charge for their services. If you want clients to hire and pay you for coaching, meal planning, access to your blog posts etc, go for it! You worked hard and you have the knowledge, why not make some money sharing it with the world. Along with that, I fully support a blogger's choice in writing sponsored blog posts. If a company that you really believe in wants to pay you to write a review of their product, fine.
Second, even though I believe that real whole food is always better, I personally have no problems with using protein powders or even meal replacement shakes. If you need something quick, find one that has low sugar and as few chemicals as possible.
Having said all that, I do not support what I see as taking advantage of your subscribers. Asking them to purchase large quantities of a meal replacement to then resell to their friends and family (aka their sales team) to build their own little business, only for you to make commission off them is taking advantage of them.
The saying "You plus two, them plus two" is not the road to a legitimate business, it's the tag-line for a pyramid scheme.
To be fair, this blogger is not the first person I've seen post adverts like this. I've had messages from other fitness competitors asking me if I want to "join their team" or "join their challenge." But in all these messages and blog posts there is never any mention of the product itself. What's in it? Why do you think I should drink it? Is it full of special vitamins that I can't get from real food? And more importantly, why should I then sell it to my friends and family?
One of the things I like most about the Paleo movement is it's about eating real food. You don't have to pay for a membership to a special website and you don't have to spend money on frozen meals, protein bars or shakes. It's about filling your body with the real food that your grandparents/great-grandparents ate. Not highly processed "food-like" substances that so many people eat today.
But what about the support of being "part of a team" or the excitement you get from going to a large "challenge party?" Yes, I completely agree that having a strong support network is key to getting healthy. I have a friend who is doing weight watchers and I know that those weekly support meetings have been a key to her losing weight. However, when I hear about these large "challenge parties" I'm immediately reminded of the McDonalds franchise conventions. "Start your own business by opening your own McDonalds! Then hire managers and open four more!" Sure, you can make money but would you really want your blog readers eating McDonalds?
Alright, so why am I writing this blog post? I definitely don't mean to call this blogger out or make her feel awful. I understand that you need to do what is necessary to make a living. Instead my hope is to open the eyes of others out there that have come across advertisements like these and are trying to decide if they should give it a go. Please do your research on the product first. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes when losing weight. It's not impossible but it does require dedication to taking care of your body. Anyone that tells you otherwise is just trying to sell you something.