Thursday, August 14, 2014

Feeding Our Paleo Baby: A 12-Month Update and a Recipe for Paleo Baby Popsicles

It's been a while since I've done an update on how we feed our little Paleo baby and, to be honest, he isn't so little anymore so I thought it was about time for a little peek into where we are now. If you want to catch up on Avery's introduction to solid foods you can read my six month update here and my ten month update here. If you follow me on Instagram you probably have a good idea of what Avery eats because I post a ridiculous number of pictures to share our dining adventures. Check out #paleobaby on Instagram, too, to see what Avery and lots of other Paleo babies are chowing down on!
Enjoying a lunch of strawberries, turkey and avocado
As of his ten month update, Avery had just started feeding himself finger foods. Before that, he would eat finger foods if I put them in his mouth, but he wouldn't pick food up and put it in his mouth. We had also just started giving him a sippy cup with water at each meal, but he could only use the kind that had handles. He couldn't quite grasp (physically and mentally) a cup without handles. Because he was getting the hang of finger foods we were finally able to start feeding him some of the same meals we were eating. Usually, I would separate out a bit of meat and vegetables from whatever I was cooking so that I could cut it into manageable pieces for Avery.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

An update on life, food, and the upcoming Everything Paleo Pregnancy book

Hi friends! I've been deep in the world of book writing for the past couple of months, but I am happy to share that I handed in the first draft of my manuscript almost two weeks ago. It has been a busy, but exciting couple of months and I learned so much through the research that I've done and about the writing process. I really love writing and everything that comes along with it. I have a few weeks away from the book and then the editing process begins. The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book will be available in paperback and e-book versions in January of 2015 and is actually available for pre-order NOW on Amazon. If you pre-order now you can lock in the low price that is currently available, even if it changes before the book comes out in January.

Today I just wanted to give you a quick update on what I've been eating and what's been up in my life besides this awesome book. Let's start with the yummy stuff...

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.