Food Philosophy

My 5 basic principles

Grand Marais, MI - Lake Superior

#1) Eat real food.

Eliminating processed foods is key in starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Consuming foods that are closest to their natural state as much as possible brings our bodies closer to the natural world and closer to our "set  weight." 

#2) Zero scales.

I believe weight scales are nothing more than white noise. You will know the optimal weight for you by the way you feel. If weight-loss is your goal, by becoming aware of how your body responds to food, if you do in fact need to lose weight for health purposes, weight-loss will happen. Trust me. 

#3) No templates.

I believe there are a few things that can be shifted and work for just about everyone, the rest depends on each individual person.

#4) Embrace patience.

When transforming your lifestyle, you are not just breaking one habit. You are breaking years of countless small habits and re-learning what health means to you and your body. This takes time and great awareness.

#5) Nourish, then exercise.

I believe that what you eat has a far greater impact on their health than exercise. Exercise will then support you in living a healthy lifestyle.

My body responds well to gentle exercise such as walking, jogging, hiking, light weight-training and yoga. 

We all must find what works well for us.

With Love,

-Ashley

Product Review: Clif Gluten Free Bars

Call me crazy (go ahead, most people do), but I feel my best physically and mentally when the food that I eat is properly sourced. For me, this means that in a perfect world, I would be eating organic 100% all of the time. And in this perfect world of mine, I would not be eating food that is packaged - as I would be eating fresh unprocessed food at all times (ha!).

Well, dear friends of mine, we live in an imperfect world (but that is kind of cool right? Because imperfections are beautiful...), and this means that I do infact eat foods that are packaged. But the beauty here is that I get to choose which products I buy and allow to pass through my lips.

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It goes without saying (except I'm about to say it), that any food I eat that comes from a package needs to be free of gluten, dairy, and sulfites. And I prefer organic... and of course non-GMO ingredients. I also like to stick to my  'Rule of 7.' Meaning, the product does not contain more than 7 ingredients. While our world (especially in the States) is becoming more and more aware of how ingredients are sourced and the damage that occurs as a result of processed foods, these natural products are still hard to come by.

World, meet Clif Bar

Wait... you may have already met. But, did know that Clif bars are all organic and they have bars that are gluten free? Not only that, Clif Bar was born out of an innovative business model guided by Five AspirationsSustaining our Business, Brands, People, Community and, the Planet.

That's a company that I can stand behind and feel good about consuming their products.

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I had the pleasure of trying out some samples and my favorites of the fruit & nut and fruit & seed line, happen to meet my 'Rule of 7.' These are gluten, dairy, and soy free.

Favorite #1) Cherry Pumpkin Seed

Holy goodness! I love this bar, it's not too sweet and with the superfood pumpkin seeds, they are the perfect snack. These contain just 6 ingredients: 

Organic Dates, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cherries, Organic Apples, Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract.

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Favorite #2) Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut

When the afternoon rolls around and you just want a handful of chocolate chips... (wait, is that just me?) Get your fix and then some with the Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut bar. Simply heavenly and with a perfect mixture of healthy fats, this bar curbs that sweet tooth square away (I don't even know if that expression makes sense but it did in my head). Six simple ingredients in these bad boys also: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Organic Coconut, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt.

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Though they don't meet my 'Rule of 7' criteria, the Mojo Trail Mix Bars are also amazing. And they remind me of Chris Beard's song, All Night Long. Since they have a bit more ingredients including rice and soy, I save these for my long hikes. It is probably of no surprise that my favorite Mojo is the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond.

Favorite #3) Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond

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I was talking with my sister about the Mojo Clif bars and how I was going to write this post and she also tried these bars -  and I couldn't have articulated it better myself:

"It's something more fun - it's not like other bars where you're like 'OK, I'm going to eat this bar to get my nutrients and protein in even thought's not that great - the Mojo bars are actually good they have a different texture and great taste. It's a bar I'm actually excited to eat." 

So there ya' have it folks, for your next trip, hike, or snack after coffee - pack along some Clif bars. For the gluten free bars, stick to the ones below:

And stay connected with Clif Bar @Clifbar and www.facebook.com/clifbar

-AEB

The WAKE Bowl

I have gone though countless breakfast phases - from eggs, potatoes and sausage (yes, really) to coconut flour waffles, to spinach pancakes. But, one thing has remained the same - and that is my love for breakfast and morning. I adore my mornings and the breakfast ritual. Especially on the weekends. I open the blinds, prepare my coffee in the french press, dance a round a bit, stretch and make breakfast (or what I like to call 'brekkie,' which I picked up in Australia). The tunes play as I enjoy my brekkie, read about what is happening in the World, and perhaps do some writing. My weekend mornings are quite ritualistic and if you're ever around me during this time, good luck getting me out of the house before noon.

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This recipe was born out of me having a couple of nights filled with some heavy food that my system isn't really use to eating and I was feeling like I needed something that was cleansing yet fulfilling and satisfying to my morning appetite.

I've continued to make this brekkie meal over and over - experimenting with different fruits, herbs and spices but the version below is by far my favorite.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am deeming this my signature dish. 

The WAKE Bowl

1 T chia seeds
1 C unsweetened almond milk (carrageenan free like Whole Food's 356 brand)
Small handful of spinach  (torn into small pieces)
1 Banana, sliced
Small handful of raspberries
Small handful of blueberries
Small handful of goji berries
Handful of cubed pineapple
Sprinkle of cardamom
1/8 t fresh ginger
1 leaf of fresh basil (torn into small pieces)
2 T Coconut meat/flakes
1 T hemp seeds

Method

Soak the chia seeds in the almond milk (in the fridge) for at least an hour or overnight (better tasting IMO and easier to digest). Add in all the other ingredients (I do in the order listed so that it looks pretty ;)), give it a stir and enjoy!

Yes this will WAKE you up!!!

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Enjoy ;) 

-AEB

Vegan Spicy Yam Chili

Yeehaw!

That is how I feel about this Vegan Spicy Yam Chili!

So, I've been thinking about this change of season thing that occurs, and it's really very interesting. First of all, it has still been quite warm here in Philly (not complaining). Yet, I am still craving fall foods like mad. Pumpkins, Kabocha squash, Carnival squash, pomegranates, apples, cranberries, brussels sprouts... I even went to Jamaica recently where it was so hot that I thought my coconut oil would actually evaporate, and I was craving apples the entire time. My point is that, it must not just be the change in weather - that effect our state of being during the shift of seasons. Perhaps there are other forces at play like ecology, astrology, and even genotype.

On with this fall inspired and completely satisfying vegan dish (and feel free to make in non-vegan with some meat of your choice!) 

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Vegan Spicy Yam Chili

13.4 oz Organic no-salt added black beans (I use the 365® BPA-free boxed, if you used canned, make sure it's BPA-free like Eden®)
1/2 cup filtered water
1 zucchini, diced
1/2 bunch kale, chopped
2 handful bok choy, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful spinach
1 T fresh chive, minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (actually use your hands to pull the cilantro apart vs using a knife as it releases the oils better)
1 T EVOO
Heavy dash of: Cumin, Cayenne, Chili Powder and Pepper)

For the Yams (btw... there is a difference between yams and sweet potatoes)

1 large yam or 2 small yams, diced (skin-on)
1 T coconut oil
1/2 T Cinnamon

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 400º, dice your yams, toss in a large glass baking dish, and massage the coconut oil evenly on all pieces. Sprinkle the cinnamon overtop and roast at 400º for about 1 hour. Turn over pieces two times throughout for even roasting.

Meanwhile, boil the 1/2 cup water and add in the zucchini and boil for about 1 minute, then add the bok choy, boil another minute, and then add in the kale. Boil for about one more minute, and then turn down to a simmer - drain the majority of the water out and add in the EVOO. Proceed to add in the remaining chili ingredients (keep the water from the beans or add in 1/4 of filtered water), turn the heat up to medium and cover for about 5 minutes and then turn back down to a simmer until the yams are done.

Add in about 2 cups of the yams (yay you'll have some left over!)

Pour into bowls and top with avocado.

(Note: I recommend adding the avocado fresh to avoid oxidation)

Serves 4

I think when I make this again, I will add in some lime but I didn't have any limes (um why not?!? One should always have limes!)

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Lentil, Butternut Squash & Kale Bake

I've recently become quite fond of the lentil. With 17 grams in one cup, these little legumes are an excellent source of protein as well as healthy, low-glycemic carbohydrates. Additionally, they contain a significant amount of healthy fiber, manganese, B-vitamins, folate and iron. A true superfood, IMHO.

Like other beans and legumes, you can either soak them or cook them or a combination of the two. For this recipe, I decided to cook them. 

On a side note, do you ever just fall in love with an artist all over again? I've been listening to Adele like it's the fist time hearing her this past week and each song undoubtedly moves me. She evokes so much passion...so many emotions... Lovely. 

Anyway, on with this hearty (vegan and vegetarian friendly) dish ;)

Lentil, Butternut Squash & Kale Bake

For the lentils

1 cup green lentils
3 cups water

Method:

In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring often. The legumes, when done should be soft throughout.

For the squash

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced diced
1 tbls coconut oil (Extra Virgin/Unrefined)

Method:

Combine the diced butternut squash with the coconut oil and bake at 400° for about 30 minutes (tossing once halfway through).

For the bake:

3 handfuls of kale, chopped
1 scallion, minced
1 tomato, de-seeded and chopped
Heavy dash of garlic powder
1 tbls cumin powder
Dash of sea salt
4-6 fresh oregano leaves, torn into pieces
3/4 cup water (you'll be splitting this up 1/4 cup at time)
1 tbls coconut oil

Method:

Mix the garlic powder, cumin and sea salt with the 3/4 water. Stir well.

Combine the lentils with the butternut squash, pour 1/4 of the seasoned water over-top and bake another 10 minutes.

Add the tomato and scallion, pour another 1/4 cup of the seasoned water over-top and bake another 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°.

Lastly, add in the kale, oregano, coconut oil and remaining water. Stir and bake for another 10 minutes.

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Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Product Review: Tagliatelle Jovial Pasta

This pasta dish was by far the best pasta that I have made and I am thinking it may be the best pasta I have ever had. I know, that is a bold statement.

Jovial was kind enough to send me a box of their Gluten Free Brown Rice Egg Tagliatelle and a jar of their Diced Tomatoes to do a product review. The timing was perfect as I had been craving pasta for a while. Being gluten-free for as long as I have been, I can assure you that is indeed the best gluten-free pasta that I have had. I would feed it to any gluten-eater out there. Any day.

Tagliatelle Jovial Pasta & Chicken Sausage

1 box Jovial Brown Rice Egg Tagliatelle Pasta
1/8 jar Jovial Diced Tomatoes
2 tbls grapeseed oil (for your skillet)
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/4 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 handful of kale, chopped
4 Al Fresco Chicken Sausage (Roasted Garlic), thinly sliced
2 basil leaves, chopped

Method: 

Boil the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat your grapeseed oil in a large skillet (I do think grapeseed makes a difference in this recipe - it adds a nice buttery and somewhat nutty flavor). Add the fennel, zucchini, onion, carrot and garlic and begin to saute. 

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Set the pasta aside.

Add the kale and chicken to the saute. Once the chicken is thoroughly heated, combine with the pasta and add in the diced tomatoes and basil leaves.

And... Viola! ;)

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Serves ~ 4 (or 1 with the best leftovers ever ;))

So looking forward to eating this dish again.

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Banana & Pear Chai Spiced Bread

The idea of a chai spiced bread had been spinning around in my head for a few days before I made this. Then, the thought to put some pear in it came to me and I couldn't wait to try it out. Seriously... delicious. I may have said this before, I'm sure that I have (because I'm vain like that...), but this is likely my favorite bread to-date.

Banana & Pear Chai Spiced Bread

3 bananas (very ripe or previously frozen)
2 egg yolks (reserve the whites)
4 egg whites
1 tsp 100% pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups brown rice flour

Chai spice:

  • Dash of ginger
  • Dash of Cardamom
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Pinch of clove
  • Pinch of Nutmeg 

Pinch of sea salt1/4 tsp ground flax-seed (optional)
2 tbls grapeseed oil
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 pear, peeled & diced (I used Bartlett)

Method:

Whip the egg whites until the begin to turn white (but not quite frothy), set aside.

Thoroughly blend together the bananas, yolks, maple syrup and vanilla. Add in the flour, chai spice, sea salt, flax-seed and grapeseed oil, stir well.

Fold in your egg whites and thoroughly combine with the dough. Add in the baking powder and soda and top with the apple cider vinegar. Give it a good stir and then fold in the pear.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes, cover with foil and then back another 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

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I will definitely be making this one again.

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Baked Haddock & Veggies

Haddock is one of my favorite types of fish. It's similar to cod (another favorite), with a slightly different taste.

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Both haddock and cod are mild in flavor (in my opinion), so they can be paired with just about anything. 

Baked Haddock & Veggies

For the fish

1 haddock filet (I can't recall the weight on this one but it was a healthy size. Try to get fresh/wild-caught)
Dash of thyme
Dash if turmeric
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tbls EVOO

Method:

Rub the fish (the side sans skin) with EVOO and your seasonings.

Bake on parchment paper at 400 for about 12-18 minutes or until done. The fish should be white, moist and easy to pull apart with a fork.

For the veggies

1 carrot, very thinly sliced
1 parsnip, very thinly sliced
Small bunch of broccolini, chopped
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 of a leek, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 basil leaf, chopped
2 tbls EVOO

Method:

Toss the veggies in the EVOO.

Bake on parchment paper at 400 for about 25-35 minutes or until tender. Stir half-way through and add the basil.

Such a light and satisfying meal in the summer heat.

Enjoy! ;)

-AEB

Eggs, Potatoes & Sausage, An Irish Brekkie

So, I am Irish (I'm a mutt but there is Irish in there. Hence the Bailey ;)) and I do love potatoes. And sausage. Why don't I do this more often? Because I'm infatuated with pancakes probably...

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Anyway, this breakfast just kind of happened. I had some leftover potatoes and then remembered that I had some chicken sausage I needed to use up so it was the perfect combination.

I am not a fan of any store-bought breakfast sausage right now because they are all so heavily processed but there are others that are not advertised as breakfast sausage that will certainly do the trick. The ones I've been getting are Al Fresco with spinach, garlic and fennel seed. Delicious (all natural and a gluten free casing).

This was a definite make again, especially after a run and before a hike (I know I'm working on the whole calm down and relax thing.

I looooove being Irish ;)))

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Love my hiking days...

Eggs, potatoes and Sausage, An Irish Brekkie

2 eggs, organic cage-free
Serving of previously steamed russet potatoes*, diced
Dash of turmeric
Sprinkle of sea salt
Dash of fresh parsley, minced
Dash of fresh fennel fronds, minced
1 chicken sausage link, diced

Method:

Soooo EASY! I used two separate pans so that i could prepare my eggs over-easy (yolk popped), but you could toss it all into one (coat with EVOO) and do a scribble.

Prepare your eggs as you'd like, add in the turmeric.

Heat up the chicken sausage and potatoes with parsley, sea salt and fennel fonds.

I also had some blueberries. I may have been hungry...

* For nightshade-free, substitute russet potatoes for sweet potatoes

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Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and Leeks

Despite it's lengthy title, this dish was actually very easy. A few steps for a downright delectable meal (my ego is a tad big on this one... It really was fantastic...)

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and Leeks

For the Pork:

1 pork tenderloin (free-range, grass-fed)
Dash of sea salt
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of garlic
Sprinkle of rosemary
~ 3-4 tbls grapeseed oil

Method:

Heat the grapeseed oil on medium (enough so that the pan is coated with approximately .5 cm in a medium-sized skillet)

While the oil is heating, pat the tenderloin dry and cut off any excess fat, then rub with the seasonings.

Place the tenderloin in the oil and sear for about 2 minutes on each sides (4 sides). I cover mine while I sear.

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Roast on a glass dish at 425º for about 15 min or until the center is 155, allow to sit for about 10 minutes. It will continue to cook to about 160z

For the veggies:

Cut the acorn squash in half (lengthwise), scoop out the insides, score and put a light coating of grapeseed oil on the flesh. Roast on parchment paper, flesh-side down for 45 minutes - 1 hour depending on the size of the squash.

Cut a bell pepper (I used yellow)  in half and remove seeds.

Thinly slice a leek, rub some grapeseed oil on the pieces and place underneath the bell pepper. Roast at 400º for 10 minutes and 425º for 10 minutes.

The order in which you do things is up to you but it worked out perfectly for me to roast the squash, then add the tenderloin in the oven and then the pepper and leeks (I was worried about turning the temperature up to 425 º on the pepper and leeks but it was great).

Drizzle the veggies with  100% pure maple syrup. I also sprinkled with turmeric.

Wow. (I know the humble thing, but this really was delicious).

Serves 2-3 people (or one and wicked awesome leftovers).

  Gorham Trial, Acadia National Park

Gorham Trial, Acadia National Park

Enjoy (after a nice long hike...;))

-AEB

'Indian Influenced' Veggie Bowl

I love Indian inspired cuisine and I love curry. But a lot of curries have cayenne in them, and although I love cayenne, cayenne does not love me these days. So, I did my own version ;)

By no means am I an expert on the wonderful Indian cuisine; which is why I call this 'Indian Influenced.' It has elements of an Indian dish, though I do have much to learn in that realm.

King Soba pasta is the best gluten free pasta that I have come across. It has a whopping three ingredients (one of which is water), is super simple to cook and absolutely delicious. AND the consistency is that of pasta. Awesome.

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Indian Influenced Veggie Bowl

1 package of King Soba Brown Rice Pasta
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 summer squash, thinly sliced
1/2 cup peas
1 scallion, diced
Large handful of spinach, chopped
Small handful of raisins
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cardamom
Dash of turmeric
Pinch of ginger
Splash of lemon juice
~2 tbls EVOO

Method:

Coat a medium-size sauce pan with about one tablespoon of EVOO and heat to medium, add in all of your veggies except for the spinach and begin to saute.

Boil about one quart water, add in your pasta, bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium and cook for approximately 4 minutes.Add to a colander to strain once cooked.

Once the veggies start to soften, add in the spinach, raisins, spices and lemon juice. Saute a few minutes longer until the raisins soften and the flavors begin soak in.

Add the veggies to your pasta, drizzle in the remaining EVOO and toss in with the pasta.

Yum!

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Krista's Hearty Spinach Pancakes

I've gone through many phases with many foods. I love them for a while, I hate them for a while, or I am indifferent to them for a while. But not pancakes. No, through all of the years and experimenting with different foods and diets, my love of pancakes has never faded. Oh dearest pancakes, I will love you 'til the end. 

I could eat pancakes right now. And, I had some for breakfast this morning. In fact, I've had pancakes for breakfast every morning now for about a week. Yep. True story. 

Now, I am calling these "Krista's Hearty Spinach Pancakes," because my sister, Krista, turned me on to putting spinach (and turmeric) in my pancakes as well as using the

King Arthur brand of pancake mix. You could, of course use your own flour blend (I have various pancake recipes on here, just search in the upper right hand corner ;)) and make them from scratch... but I've been a tad lazy lately. And, this brand pretty much rocks. As far as pre-packaged goes, the list of ingredient s isn't toooo bad, so I'm feeling OK about it. Actually, I am feeling great about it because these pancakes have been a staple for me these days ;)

 King Arthur Pancake Mix

King Arthur Pancake Mix

So, without further adieu... 

Krista's Hearty Spinach Pancakes

(Variation One egg-free)

~ 1/3 cup King Arthur Pancake mix
Dash of turmeric
Small handful of spinach, torn into small pieces
1/3-1/2 cup of water

Method

Simply combine all ingredients together, the water will vary depending on if you've used a bit more or less pancake mix and how thick or thin you prefer them. You can play with the amounts a bit. 

Heat your skillet to medium with some EVOO (or any other oil you like), form two-three pancakes on the skillet and turn down to low-medium. Cook for about three minutes, flip and cook another three. I like to flip them again and do another minute on each side. 

This variation omits the egg and oil. I like to make these the night before my early shift mornings so that I can just grab them and go the next morning. They are the perfect fuel ;) 

 Variation one, egg-free pancakes with a side of eggs :)

Variation one, egg-free pancakes with a side of eggs :)

And...I like to top them with raw honey... ;)))

Krista's Hearty Spinach Pancakes

(Variation Two with eggs)

~ 1/3 cup King Arthur Pancake mix
Dash of turmeric
Small handful of spinach, torn into small pieces
1 egg, organic cage-free
1 tbls grapeseed oil
1/4 water

These are even a bit more hearty, I usually have these on my days off... and sometimes add blueberries or raisins. And eat them very, very slowly... savoring each and every bite. 

 Variation two

Variation two

By the way, the turmeric and spinach are both very subtle  I love the taste of both ingredients but you really cannot taste them very much so if you are not a fan, try it anyway - you may be pleasantly surprised.

Fabulously simple. Thank you sweet sister of mine for inspiring this one!

Enjoy ;) 

-AEB

Truffle Roasted Acorn Squash with Fennel, Parsnips, and Kale

WOW

It has been a LONG time since I have put out a recipe post. Whew! What an experience the past few months have been! Amazing journey's, incredible learning's and enchanting healing gifts along the way.

With my move to Maine and recovery fromMy Battle with Orthorexia, the space and time to come up with new recipes AND write about them has not come about until now. 

Anyway, this meal was thrown together (typical Ashley-style with no real planning involved ;)) and turned out to be FANTASTIC!

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Truffle Roasted Acorn Squash with Fennel, Parsnips, and Kale

1 acorn squash
1/4 large fennel bulb, sliced
1 large handful of kale, broken into bite-size pieces
2 parsnips, thinly sliced
1-2 tbls EVOO
Drizzle of white truffle oil
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of turmeric

Method (this can all be done in the same casserole dish):

For the acorn squash

Slice the acorn squash in half (lengthwise), score with a knife and massage some EVOO into the flesh. Bake at 400° on parchment paper (face down) for 60 minutes.

For the parsnips

Massage some EVOO into the parsnips, season with the ground pepper and toss in with the acorn squash at 400° for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through (so put in when the acorn squash is 20 minutes in).

For the kale

Massage some EVOO in the kale leaves and toss over-top of the parsnips for 20 minutes (so 40 minutes into the acorn squash cook-time).

For the fennel

Massage some EVOO into the fennel, sprinkle with some ground pepper and then wrap with parchment paper. Lay the wrapped fennel in with the vegges and bake for 20 minutes (when you put the kale in).

Drizzle some truffle oil on the parsnips and kale and sprinkle the turmeric on the acorn squash.

Ummmm WOW (again), SO delicious! This made enough for two so I had it two nights in row. Yeehaw!

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

One-Minute Savory Oat Muffin

I am into savory lately. Maybe it's the winter months? I'm not sure, but this muffin came out fan-tas-tic. I hope you can all tell how I am saying 'fantastic' right now. It's like 'faaaaan-tAs-tic.'

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Ok, moving on...

One-Minute Savory Oat Muffin

1/2 tbls grapeseed oil
1 egg - organic, cage-free
1/4 + 1 tbls oat flour
1 tbls ground flaxseed
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of rosemary (dried)
Pinch of chives (dried)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Coat a small ramekin or a coffee mug with the grapeseed oil (there will be some left over, keep that in). Whisk the egg in with the oil and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated. 

Heat in the microwave for one minute.

Allow to cool for a minute or do an then flip over to remove (it should slide right out).

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This has an amazing bread consistency. So good and perfect for lazy mornings.... or evenings... or afternoons... ;)

And what's better than a one-minute muffin? If you haven't seen it, here is a grain-free version a one-minute muffin.

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Enjoy! ;)

-AEB

Homemade Mustang Bars

Umm... wow. Yum. Yum.Yum. For real. This is some serious goodness. I am typically a 'one is enough' gal but these had me reaching for another one immediately after my first one. And so it began...

I am calling these 'Homemade Mustang Bars' because I got the idea from Paleo Treats. Note, I have not actually had their 'Mustang Bars.' And call me crazy, but I'm not going to spend $45.00 for 10 bars. But they looked interesting, so I looked at the ingredient list and made my own (omitting the almond flour and adding macadamia nuts). Obviously, I have no idea the portions that they used to make theirs so I basically did mine based on experience and what I had on hand.

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Homemade Mustang Bars

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly salted
1/3 cup (crunchy) almond butter
1/3 cup raw walnuts, crumbled
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbls vanilla
3 tbls honey
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) 

Method

Well, my food processor is still taking some time off so I mixed this together by hand. Simply add all of the ingredients in one by one in the order that it is listed above, mixing the melted (30 seconds will do) coconut oil and honey in last. 

Form bars and wrap in cellophane and store in the fridge. 

Yields ~ 8 bars  

Now, having had these, I will say I would definitely pay $4.50 for one bar. So, mad props to Paleo Treats

I need another word for YUM... 

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Salmon, Broccolini & Sweet Potato Medallions

Oh, how I love Pinterest. What a brilliant social phenomena. I found this post on Sweet Potato Medallions and proceeded to make them that night.

I had some wild caught salmon and broccolini which sounded like a nice pairing, so that is what I did.

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Salmon, Broccolini & Sweet Potato Medallions

For the salmon: 

1 wild caught salmon fillet
Drizzle of EVOO
Splash of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground pepper
Dash of garlic powder

Method:

Rub all ingredients on the salmon fillet, place in parchment paper (uncovered) and bake at 425° for about 20 minutes or until the salmon is done to your liking.

Note, you can bake this while the sweet potatoes are baking as it's the same oven temperature ;)

For the sweet potatoes:

(Adapted from PaleoAloholic)

1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
2 tbls coconut oil
Dash of rosemary (I used dried)
Dash of chives (I used dried)
Dash of garlic powder

Method:

Rub all ingredients on the sweet potato medallions and bake on a glass baking dish at 425° for 12 minutes, flip over and bake for another 12 minutes. 

For the broccolini:

1 bunch of broccolini 

Method:

Steam :)

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Serves ~ 1-2

Fantastic meal all around. And will be making those medallions often.

Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Elk Veggie Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes I have such a difficult time coming up with titles. I toyed with the idea of calling it a variation of 'kitchen sink' because that's pretty much what I did. Had the elk burger, looked in my fridge and cabinets and decided to throw this concoction together.

It just so happened that it tasted quite delicious ;)

Elk Veggie Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower

For the Elk Veggie Bowl

1 lb ground elk
1/2 tsp ground sage
Dash of cayenne
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cumin
Dash of ground garlic
Dash of ground pepper
1/4 yellow onion, diced
Handful of spinach
1 sweet potato, chopped

Method:

In large skillet, saute the onion in EVOO until it starts to turn translucent. Add the elk meat with the seasonings. While that is cooking, steam the sweet potato (about 15 minutes), in the last 3 minutes, add in the spinach to steam that as well). Add the sweet potato and spinach to the elk meat.

For the cauliflower: 

1 head cauliflower florets
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of sea salt
Dash of ground garlic 

Method:

While you are cooking the Elk Veggie Bowl, coat the florets with some EVOO and rub the seasonings on. Roast at 425° for 15 minutes, flip over with tongs and roast for about another 15 minutes or until you start to see a golden crisp.

Add the cauliflower to veggie bowl and consume ;)

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Serves ~ 2-4

When I eat red meat, I prefer game. Especially elk. Thank you to my gracious family for providing me with some fresh game meat.

Of course, this could be done vegetarian or with another meat as well. 

Enjoy ;)

Brown Rice Flour & Apple Sauce Waffle

I may have a subconscious mission in life to come up with as many waffle recipes as I can conjure. I love waffles. Everything about them and the fact that they are a popular breakfast item just makes them that much more appealing to me.

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These waffles are not super sweet which is what I prefer (you could add some honey or maple syrup to your batter). I paired mine with berries (and topped with an egg). 

Brown Rice Flour & Apple Sauce Waffle

1 cup apple sauce
2 eggs, organic cage-free
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Dash of cinnamon 

Method:

Heat your waffle maker to desired baking temperature/level. Mine has 5 levels and I set mine to about 2.5).  Rub some coconut oil on the irons first if there isn't any remaining oil from the last round, I find I need to do this about every third use to prevent sticking.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, apple sauce, vanilla and water. Blend well and then add in the brown rice flour, almond meal and flaxseed. Stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add in the baking soda, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon, stir until a batter forms.

Heat in the iron for about 2.5 minutes or until your iron signals that they are done.

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I am a big fan of huge breakfasts on the weekends. Big. Huge. (Those words will forever remind me of this scene from Pretty Woman).

Yum.

Seriously.

Enjoy (with some French Pressed Sumatra... ;))

-AEB

Fig, Macadamia, and Cacao Balls

Well, my food processor may be broken ( ;((( ) but that will not stop me from experimenting with different homemade balls! Yes, I know, my sister has reminded me that the names of these tasty treats are not ideal. But I looked up synonyms to 'ball' or 'balls' and I assure you, there is no better word. Let me know if you find one...

I didn't have dates which is what I typically use for homemade bars/balls but had exactly 15 dried mission figs. And my mission was to make something simple and delicious.

Mission accomplished.

Fig, Macadamia, and Cacao Balls

15 dried mission figs
1/4 sunbutter
1/4 macadamia nuts
1 tbls raw cacao
Dash of cinnamon

Method:

Well, if you do have a food processor, throw all of the ingredients in and let it do its thing. If not... use a spoon and knife to chop all of the ingredients together.

Roll into desired shape. Wrap in cellophane and store in the refrigerator.

Yields ~ 5 small balls

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Enjoy ;)

-AEB

Chevre Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

OK, I know that I post some easy recipes but I'm telling you, this may be the easiest AND was a big hit at a dinner party.

So, I'll get right on with it...

Chevre Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

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2 packages of Medjool dates, pitted (any kind of date would work)
2 packages of chevre goat cheese crumbles

This was for a large group so you could cut the amount down to suit your needs.

Method:

Slice the dates down the middle, stuff with the goat cheese crumbles (I used a very small spoon to do this) and serve ;) Store in the refrigerator if you make ahead of time.

I must admit, these were quite heavenly... 

Enjoy ;)  

-AEB