February 28, 2014

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

Hi everyone. I hope you have all had a great week. I have some delicious and creative recipes to share with you this week so I hope you enjoy them! If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen some of these already but for those of you who don't here are some of my favourite recipes that I have come across this week.

1. Sweet Pineapple Ginger Meatballs from the Foodee Project 


You can never go wrong with a dish that involves pineapple (In my personal and unbiased opinion). Meatballs make a great meal, snack or appetizer and are pretty easy to make so I am excited to try these ones!

2. Date and Orange Chutney from Healing Foods 


I am always on the lookout for delicious looking sauces and spreads that are paleo friendly. I think this would be great to top off pork tenderloin or pork chops. Oranges seem to be everywhere right now so take advantage of that and give this one a try! 

3. Paleo Meatball Sub from Healthfulpursuit 


Who says you need grains in order to have a delicious sub sandwich? I am very impressed by the creative use of a sweet potato to make a "bun" in this recipe. I don't really miss sandwiches anymore but I know a lot of people do when first moving to a grain free diet so this one is for you my friends! 

4. Paleo Persimmon Walnut Muffins from Fed and Fit 


I have to admit that I have never tried a persimmon before… have any of you? It's my new mission to track some down so I can make this interesting sounding muffins. If anyone has any idea where to buy some I am all ears! 

5. Cauliflower Crust Calzone from The Iron You 


Here is another genius use of cauliflower! I am pretty sure I have never actually had a calzone before but I think I just might have to try this one! When I hear the word calzone I immediately think of Seinfeld! anyone else with me on that??

Well that's it everyone! I hope you have a great weekend. Let me know if you try any of these and how they turn out! 

February 19, 2014

Getting Personal: Guest Post on Ditch the Wheat



Today I am sharing even more of my story and why I started eating a whole foods or paleo diet over on the Ditch the Wheat blog. Carol was kind enough to let me share my story with even more detail than I ever have. This post was challenging to write as I am sharing some very specific details that I rarely tell people. If you are interested to hear more about the health struggles I overcame by changing my diet you can find the the post here:

Erin's IBS Story 

As I have mentioned before it is my goal to help others discover the power that food can have on healing the body so if I help even one person by sharing these intimate details then I have reached my goal.

Thanks for your support everyone! As always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me!


February 14, 2014

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up: Valentines Day Desserts

Well you all know by now that I love desserts. I definitely post more of those on here than any other recipe. So in honour of Valentines Day I have dedicated this weekly recipe wrap-up to Valentines themed desserts. Those who know me know that I think Valentines day is a rather ridiculous holiday… but it is a good excuse to enjoy some delicious goodies. How is that for looking on the bright side?

So if you are looking for something to make tonight here are a few options! Enjoy!

1. Paleo Sugar Cookies From Against All Grain 



2. Meyer Lemon and Raspberry Cream Tarts from The Urban Poser



3. Dark Chocolate Cookie Cups with Strawberry Cream from The Foodie & The Family



4. Paleo Thumbprint Cookies from Paleo Newbie



5. Valentine Linzer Hearts from Real Food Forager



There you have it everyone! A whole collection of Valentines Day themed treats. Will you make any of these? To get the recipes simply click on the recipe titles and you will be taken to recipe. It's that easy!

I hope that you all have a good long weekend (hopefully you're not working like I am)

February 06, 2014

Basic Paleo Guacamole with Optional Additions (SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Dip)



I love guacamole. I always have. I used to make it with a pre-packaged mix. But that's no longer allowed due to the lovely mixture of artificial ingredients in those things. Yuck. So now I make my own. From scratch. I know, it's so impressive. Actually it's really not. Guacamole is super easy to make. Just scroll down and you will see.

This recipe has been taste tested on many relatives at various family functions and everyone always enjoys it. No one misses the old guacamole from the pre-packaged mix. That is a win if you ask me!

Ingredients

3 ripe avocados
1 TBSP fresh lime juice
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice 
1 medium tomato, diced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 
1-2 tsp (I like 2 for more flavour)  Simply Organic Grilling Vegetable Seasoning 
1/2 tsp ground black pepper 

Directions

1. Cut avocados in half, remove the pits, and place the green flesh into a glass or plastic bowl
2. Add lemon and lime juice to avocados and mash well with a fork
3. Once avocados have the texture you desire add the remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon to combine
4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours to enhance flavour
5. Remove from fridge, serve and enjoy!
NOTE: I keep this in the fridge for a few days afterwards and it gets more flavourful the longer it sits

Optional Modifications 

For a sweet guacamole: Add diced pineapple or mango
For some spice: Add a few drops of hot sauce like Frank's or Tabasco, or a diced hot pepper or two 
For extra flavour: Add 1/4 cup diced onion or diced black olives  


Now what do I eat this with do you ask? So many things! I have yet to find something that it doesn't taste good with, but some of my favourites are:

Bacon (just trust me on this one) 

Raw vegetables: Carrots, celery, cucumber etc. 

As a meat topping for chicken, pork or beef dishes 

Sweet potato french fries (the same goes for squash or carrot fries)


Now there are also many paleo friendly chip and cracker recipes out there that would go great with this if you want to go the more traditional route. Really you just can't go wrong with this one!

TIP: To keep your guacamole from going brown if it sits in the fridge keep one of the avocado pits in the guacamole. Genius I know! I actually can't take the credit for that little tid bit. That one comes from my sister. I don't know where she learned it but it truly works. Try it and see! 


February 01, 2014

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

Happy weekend everyone! It's freezing cold again here in Calgary so I am trying to hibernate indoors with warm tea and a fire in the fireplace. I drove my father to the airport this morning. He's going to Florida. I wish I was going too. I'm rather tired of winter and craving a nice beach vacation right about now… Hopefully in a couple months I can make that dream happen! A little natural vitamin D is always good for the soul.

If any of you follow my Pinterest account you will know that I have been pinning a lot of delicious looking recipes lately. I won't be able to show you nearly all of them here but if you are ever interested in more recipes just check out my board. Since it is so cold out I have been craving comfort foods like stews, meatloaf and warm desserts. I think you will see that reflected in the recipes I have chosen this week. I hope you enjoy them!

1. Tandoori Lamb Meatloaf from My Heart Beets 


I just discovered the blog My Heart Beets and I have been pinning so many of Ashley's recipes! Her meat recipes look especially good to me. I have to say I have never had a lamb meatloaf so I am very interested in this recipe. I will have to get my hands on some good quality ground lamb in order to make this one. That will be my new mission. 

2. Blood Orange Chocolate Pudding from in the kitchen with amy jo


I love orange chocolate. Like love. I used to love getting those Terry's Dark Chocolate Oranges in my stocking every year at Christmas. Does anyone else know what I am talking about?? Oh yum. Well this recipe had me thinking about those little treats, and although I am not usually the biggest pudding fan this recipe has me very intrigued. And it is filled with great ingredients like avocados, dates and cacao powder. No added sweeteners in this one which is always a bonus!

3. Sesame Eggplant with Sriracha-Honey Drizzle from Seasonal and Savory 


I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of eggplant. But this recipe somehow looks delicious to me! It looks like it would make a great appetizer for a Super Bowl party if you are looking for ideas. And the dipping sauce/ drizzle would go with so many other things! This recipe comes from the blog Seasonal and Savory and if you haven't checked it out already I suggest that you do because there are a ton of good looking recipes on the blog!

4. Orange Sesame Chicken from Comfy Belly 


I love saucy dishes and this chicken recipe looks like it has a a delicious sauce! And paired with cauliflower rice this recipe makes the perfect substitute for conventional Chinese food. And this one is made in the slow cooker which means it should be pretty easy to make! I love anything made in the slow cooker. That thing makes life just so much easier. True fact. And if you haven't visited the Comfy Belly blog before you definitely should. So many great looking recipes all in once place.

5. Healthy Paleo Gluten Free Fudge from Gluten Free on a Shoestring 


I couldn't just give you one dessert recipe this week. You know me better than that by now. This fudge looks amazing and comes from the blog Gluten Free on a Shoestring. There are no nuts in this recipe which is hard to find in the paleo dessert world. If I were to make this one I would use coconut milk instead of dairy, but I will leave that decision up to you! And again this recipe has no added sweetener and is sweetened only with dates. Delicious and healthy. What more could you ask for?


Well I think I will stop there this week. Don't those recipes look delicious? Which one will you try making first?? I personally can't decide. It will likely depend on what I have in my cupboards…

I hope everyone has a good weekend! Happy Superbowl to those of you who care about that sort of thing. Being a Canadian I have to admit it isn't that big a deal to me… but it does sometimes mean a good Superbowl party filled with delicious food. Oh food, how life revolves around you!

As always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!