Saturday, February 15, 2014

Green Chile Turkey Meatloaf with Green Chile Sauce

If you read my last post, you know that the Hatch Chile Store graciously sent me some frozen Hatch green chiles straight from Hatch, New Mexico! I have a bunch of yummy recipes to share with you, and the first was this Hatch Green Chile Sauce, as it is used in most of the other recipes. I have visited New Mexico and wish I was close enough to buy these fresh, but if you're hundreds of miles away like I am, the Hatch Chile Store has got you covered. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, too, for lots of fun giveaways and recipes.

Hatch Green Chile Sauce Made with Chiles from The Hatch Chile Store

Other than the time that my good friend Brittanie of Three Diets One Dinner sent me some fresh Hatch green chiles (side note: this was the exchange that sparked Paleo Pen Pals), I've only ever had access to canned green chiles around here. That doesn't stop me from using them all the time, but I'd much rather have the real deal! So, I was super stoked when Preston from The Hatch Chile Store contacted me about trying out their frozen, roasted chiles - straight from the source in Hatch, New Mexico! Preston's family has over 300 acres of farmland in the Hatch Valley where they grow their chiles. They have four varieties, ranging from mild to extra-hot. I chose the Hot Frozen Whole Hatch Green Chiles and these are no-joke-hot! If anyone tries the extra-hot, let me know if you survive the heat. ;)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Our Journey With Introducing Solids: Successes and Failures with Baby Led Weaning and Purees

A beautiful mess.
As a strong real food advocate and soon to be holistic nutrition practitioner, I had a little twinkle in my eye anytime I thought about the day Baby A started eating real food. After hours upon hours (upon hours) of research, I decided Baby Led Weaning (BLW) was the best choice for us. We planned to skip any kind of cereal and even purees and instead allow Baby A to feed himself foods that were suitably sized and soft enough for his little toothless mouth to handle. I had visions of sitting at the dining room table together eating our breakfast while Baby A happily munched away on slices of banana. Well, guess what? The choice wasn't really ours to make - the baby is the one who gets to choose. A lesson I am learning over and over again as a new parent. Here is a little glimpse into our journey so far...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Paleo Valentine's Day Dessert - Grain Free Apple Crisp

I've heard a rumor that not all of us out there are chocolate lovers. I'd like to believe this just can't be true, but...to each his own. :) Chocolate usually finds its way into most of my sweet treats, but I don't want anyone to feel left out so today I have a warm, delicious Grain Free Apple Crisp recipe for you! This would be a perfect alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day chocolates and desserts.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Sweets for your Valentine's Day Sweetie!

                                    What I Gather: Paleo Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Valentine's Day is almost here! We usually celebrate with a simple dinner at home and a special dessert. Before we discovered Paleo, we usually picked up a box of chocolates, a few cupcakes or some cookies. Following a Paleo way of eating doesn't mean we have to give up our sweet treats, though!