Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Big News...I'm Writing a Book!

You may have heard some crickets chirping over here on the blog lately. Things have definitely been quiet and they will most likely stay that way for a little while longer because (drumroll, please)...I am writing a book!

I don't just read books to dogs, I write them, too!

You may be familiar with The Everything Series of books. They published The Everything Paleolithic Diet Book and The Everything Weeknight Paleo CookbookWell, in the not-too-distant-future, you will be able to purchase The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book, authored by yours truly! I have been working hard on this book day and night to make sure I get the most accurate and timely information out there to support other Paleo mamas-to-be before, during and after pregnancy. The book will include information on the following:
  • General Paleo diet guidelines 
  • How to tailor the Paleo diet to meet your needs during pregnancy
  • Which nutrients are most important during pregnancy and how to get them
  • The importance of food quality
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • How to battle common pregnancy ailments while sticking to your Paleo diet
  • Exercise during pregnancy
  • How a Paleo diet can support breastfeeding
  • Recovery from childbirth
  • Tons of healthy, Paleo recipes
  • And much, much more!
The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book will be available for pre-order on Amazon in the coming months and I will keep you updated on any other book related developments.  If you are planning to become pregnant or know someone who could benefit from this book, please sign up to receive my blog updates by email so you don't miss a thing!

I will try to update the blog from time to time, but for the next couple of months I will be deep in the writing process so it may not be on a weekly basis like I prefer. I hope you understand and will stick with me through this crazy ride because I am so excited to be doing this and I can't wait to share it with you!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Berrylicious Fruit Pizza (Primal / Paleo)

Picnic season is in full swing and I love being the one to bring dessert! I used to bring my famous fudge or something else chocolatey and delicious, but now I focus on treats that are tasty AND healthy. This fruit pizza has everything you need in one little slice - lots of protein and healthy fat from the nuts, probiotics from the yogurt and carbohydrates and antioxidants from all of the fresh fruit. But, nobody at your little gathering is going to care about that-they just want it to taste good! And it does. The honey gives the yogurt just enough sweetness and the crust is reminiscent of my favorite Cashew Cookie flavored Larabar.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meet "Paleo Doge" and a recipe for Bacon Burgers with Apple Green Chile Relish

Okay, so have you heard of the Doge meme? Upon first glance, it is completely ridiculous, but there are some that are seriously hilarious like this one...

and this one...

and even this one...

So naturally I had to make my own Paleo Doge! I really just made it to cheer Kevin up on a bad day and it worked so I decided to share it with the rest of the world. Meet my new little Paleo Doge!

Now that you've had a good laugh, let's get down to business. I'm talking serious burger business. For the past few weekends, Kevin and I have been coming up with all these fun new burger flavors so now we've officially deemed Saturday night "Fun Burger Night". I am trying my best to keep track of our creations so I can share them with you, but it is proving a difficult task because we pretty much make them up as we go. I made sure to write this one down, though, because it was out of this world good! 

We started with a basic burger and topped it with raw cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and a warm, sweet and spicy apple and green chile relish. On the side we had my Chipotle Lime Coconut Slaw. Do you have a favorite burger combo? Let me know in the comments!

Bacon Burgers with Apple Green Chile Relish
Serves: 4
Time: 40 Minutes

For the burgers:
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp garlic powder
Dash of salt and pepper
4 strips uncured bacon
Raw cheddar cheese, optional

For the relish:
2 roasted green chiles, seeded, peeled and diced (or 1/4 cup diced green chiles from a can)
1 green apple, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper

For the burgers:
Mix ground beef and all spices in a large bowl until well combined. Form the beef into four patties.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Once hot, place burgers on the grill pan and cook for eight to ten minutes (to desired level of doneness), flipping after five minutes. You can also cook on an outdoor grill for about the same time. Optional - If topping with cheese, place cheese on burger for final two minutes of grilling.

While grill is heating, heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place the bacon slices on the skillet. Cook until crispy, turning often, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon from the skillet and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Discard or save bacon grease, reserving a couple tablespoons in the pan to cook the relish.

Turn pan to medium-low heat. Add relish ingredients to pan and stir well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes while burgers are cooking, stirring every few minutes. 

Top burgers with bacon and relish. Serve with slaw.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Persian Style Lamb Stuffed Bell Peppers

"Helping" mommy in the kitchen.
Now that my little explorer is getting into everything, my time in the kitchen is often interrupted as I pull him away from the dog food or try to stop him from climbing the stairs. He does have his own cabinet now, packed full of all our Tupperware and a few pots and pans, so he is happy to play in the kitchen for a short period of time before he gets back to exploring. Because of this, I try to always make meals that will last us at least two nights. On top of that, Avery is getting more and more into eating solids and whenever I can I just give him some of exactly what we are eating so it helps to have a big meal with plenty of food for the three of us.

I've made a few versions of stuffed bell peppers like these Sausage and Apple Stuffed Breakfast Bell Peppers, but this time I added lots of Indian spice and the rice that is often used in stuffed peppers is replaced with cauliflower rice.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

What is Real Food All About and Where Does Paleo Fit In?

In preparing for my family nutrition class Finding Room On Your Plate: Real Food For Busy Families, I had to come up with my definition of real food. I've always had the idea in my head and could probably give an intelligent answer if asked, but I had never actually written out how I define real food. So, here goes:

  • Real food is any food that is found living in nature - any food that grows from the ground or from a tree, as well as animal foods. 
  • Real food is minimally processed and as close to its natural state as possible. 
  • Real food nourishes our bodies, provides us with energy and protects us from disease. 
  • Real food does more than keep us alive - it helps us to thrive!