Monthly Archives: June 2014

Going the Whole 30

Talking with my sister in law last night made me realize our family has never fully completed a whole 30. (Check out their website http://www.whole30.com for so much great info) My husband and I started it very early on in our lifestyle change and to be honest I don’t think we were ready to commit. We made it about two weeks before we gave in and chowed down on pizza one night. It’s HARD! It takes COMMITMENT. You have to GIVE YOUR WHOLE SELF and BELIEVE that YOU CAN DO IT! And I’m ready this time… Continue reading

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Cheating…Paleo Style

I know the word “cheat” comes up often when someone finds out you eat Paleo. I often hear well don’t you cheat every so often? Or isn’t having (insert controversial Paleo food item rice, milk, peanuts etc., etc.) cheating? Don’t you eat 80/20? Continue reading

Paleo Crab Chowder…YUM

One of the fun things about Paleo is experimenting! Taking food you love to eat and changing out ingredients to make it Paleo friendly. Working on recipes to make them taste just as good as the original version can take some time but is so worth it!

One of my all time favorite items is chowder. I love creamy, thick, and savory chowders! While working the other day I overheard the server at the restaurant in our building say the special was Corn and Crab Chowder. This got me thinking how could I change up one of my favorites that is filled with non-Paleo things such as potato, heavy cream, and corn and make it Paleo friendly. What I ended up with is just as rich and flavorful as the typical version! Continue reading

And then they became veggies…

We harvested for the first time today. The years of talking about having our own garden, providing for ourselves, and learning to be more sustainable have finally come to fruition.

Our little green bean plants that I thought wouldn’t make it because of some severe weather we had when we first planted them yielded a couple handfuls of bright tasty beans!

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A Paleo Party at the Lake

One of the hardest things I’ve found since we’ve gone Paleo is going to parties. The goodies at parties are so tempting. You can feel so limited as often you don’t know what’s in items that line those tables, and frankly it can be overwhelming to have to think about what your going to eat. That’s why I try to be the host as much as possible. I can easily tailor the menu to suit a Paleo lifestyle while also making sure our guests are full when they leave without being scared to try “Paleo”. If hosting is not a possibility then I’ll offer to bring one or two dishes that I know will be filling to eat and are tried and true so non-Paleo friends will enjoy them too.

It’s very easy to make simple changes to our favorite recipes to make them healthier. Of course the best part is that no one will really notice these changes! Things like buying grass fed local burgers and free range chicken legs for the grill. Large salads are easy to make and offer a chance for variety. You can do a green salads or a fruit salad your options for what’s in them is endless! Home made dips with vegetables to dip instead of chips is another easy option. Of course desserts are no problem with all the Paleo options for desserts just google Paleo dessert and you’ll come up with a plethora of sweets to meet everyone’s needs!

The one thing I found to be missing though were salads like potato salad (my all time favorite), cole slaw, and macaroni salad. While I haven’t tried out an alternative just yet for the last two I did stumble upon a recipe for faux “potato” salad. The recipe I found was not Paleo by any means but gave me the idea to try out my own recipe for faux “potato” salad using cauliflower and my mothers real potato salad recipe!

My faux “potato” salad has been devoured so quickly for the two parties I’ve brought it to. The exciting part is both of these parties were filled with non-Paleo eaters who raved about it.

This recipe is so simple and tastes so good. Cauliflower is one of those amazing foods that really allows you to open up the options to make things you once loved but may no longer eat once you start eating Paleo.

Faux Potato Salad

Ingrediants:

1-Very large head of cauliflower (and it’s almost time in New England to be picking up fresh local produce from your local farmers market!)
4-Hard boiled local/free range/cage free eggs
1/2 cup- Already made Paleo Mayonnaise (in a future post I’ll talk about making your own mayo but google it for now there are many recipes out there and find the one you like best I prefer using light olive oil)
2 tsp-Pink Sea Salt freshly ground
2 tsp-Black Peppercorns freshly
ground
1-2 dashes-ACV (I prefer Braggs)
1 tsp-Chili powder (to sprinkle on top)

Instructions:

1. Clean and Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces
2. Steam cauliflower for 5-7 minutes until fork tender (not too hard and not completely falling apart)
3. Put to side to cool (or run under cold water to stop cooking process)
4. In same water add eggs bring back to boil and boil for 10 minutes then allow eggs to sit in water for an additional 5-10 minutes (eggs that are a couple days old are easier to peel once boiled)
5. Once cool Peel eggs and slice (I prefer my KitchenAid Classic Egg Slicer as it makes even piece. I slice them one way and then again the other direction.)
6. Once cauliflower and eggs are cool add them together (you want to make sure they are cool before adding the mayo)
7. Add mayo, salt, and pepper to cauliflower and eggs and mix together gently but make sure everything is well coated
8. Add vinegar a little at a time (tasting as you mix in as too much can be overwhelming feel free to omit this if you don’t like that extra tang in your “potato” salad)
9. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or over night
10. Plate and sprinkle with chile powder to add color and a slight kick

(All ingredients can be tweaked to fit your own tastes: add onions or celery, more eggs, seasoning or mayo if wanted)

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Farm Market Finds and Life Lessons

When we moved up to the northern part of Massachusetts I was surprised to find so many options for produce. I lived in a rural town in Connecticut but moving up “north” was like a whole different world! Who knew the bottle shaped like a lady that held the brown golden liquid I loved to pour on my pancakes as a child wasn’t really maple syrup after all! Continue reading