September 28, 2014

Egg Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Egg Free, Primal, SCD, Grain Free)



It's the weekend! Are you doing anything exciting? I sure hope so. That's what weekends are for after all. I really look forward to the weekends these days. Not that they are very exciting since I spend most of them studying, but it means I get to do some cooking, some blogging and catching up on the much needed sleep I miss out on during the week. Yes I know my life sounds pretty darn exciting doesn't it?

But speaking of cooking and eating - I have a recipe that I am pretty excited to share with you today. Now I know there are about a million and one cauliflower crust recipes out there (yes a million and one exactly) - BUT - all the ones I could find use eggs. And since eggs, unfortunately, don't agree with me, I decided it was time to come up with an "Erin friendly" version of this popular recipe. And this Egg Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust is the result. It's pretty tasty if you ask me (and Erik would back me up on that one). It also holds up well, even if you load your pizza with toppings. I have seen some other cauliflower crusts go completely soft when you add toppings. Not this one my friends.

You can top this crust with whatever ingredients that you like. We chose sausage, peppers, tomatoes and olives for ours. Next time I will probably try making my all time favourite pizza flavour, Hawaiian! Oh yum. I don't understand people that don't appreciate a little pineapple on their pizza. I think it is delicious! I also created my own tomato sauce to use on this pizza and oh was it good! So much better than the stuff you get in a jar or can. I will post the recipe soon I promise. I wouldn't want your pizza crust to be lonely.

I would love to hear what you think of this recipe if you try it. And as always I would be thrilled if you followed me on PinterestInstagram and Facebook! I am constantly posting other recipes and health related information on my social medial pages that I wouldn't want you to miss. 

Have a good weekend everyone! Happy eating as always! 





Ingredients

1 1/2 cups packed riced cauliflower  
1 cup packed shredded mozzarella cheese (preferably raw and lactose free if possible) 
3 TBSP coconut flour (I use this brand
1 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp sea salt (or more to taste) 
1/8 tsp black pepper 

*To make a gelatin egg: combine 1 TBSP gelatin with 1 TBSP cold water and stir vigorously, then add 2 TBSP boiling water and beat well (it should make a frothy type substance)

NOTE: Double the ingredients above if you want to make 2 pizzas (like I did in the photos)

Directions

1. Rice the cauliflower in your food processor, or by using a cheese grater
2. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 5-10 minutes (until soft)
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the cauliflower and stir well to combine
4. Preheat your oven to 425F
5. Line a 10" pizza pan with parchment paper (or you can use a non-stick baking pan like I did if you don't have parchment paper or a pizza pan)
6. Spred out cauliflower dough until your crust is as thin as you desire (the thinner the better so that it cooks well)  
7. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until edges are golden brown and the middle of the crust is no longer mushy
8. Remove from oven and turn oven to broil at 500F
9. Top pizza crust with a thin layer of tomato sauce and other desired toppings
10. Broil the pizza for 2-3 minutes
11. Remove from oven, and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting
12. Cut into desired sized pieces, serve and enjoy!

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September 25, 2014

Guest Post: Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream (Paleo, Dessert, Dairy Free)








Happy Thursday everyone! Today is a very exciting day for me and the blog. I am guest posting over at Empowered Sustenance! I am sure you have all heard of Lauren's website by now. She is a great example of how you can treat autoimmune conditions with nutrition. I am so thrilled to be posting for her today while she is busy moving and settling into her new dorm room.

I am sharing my recipe for Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream on her blog. This is a delicious dessert recipe that is dairy free and paleo friendly. It doesn't contain any added sweeteners either which I know many of our readers try to avoid.

To get the full recipe please click here.

Happy eating! As always I would be thrilled if you followed me on PinterestFacebook and Instagram where I share many more recipes and health tips!  








September 21, 2014

Plum and Coconut Chia Seed Jam (Paleo, Fruit, No Added Sweetener)




Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing weekend. Are you up to anything exciting? I won't bore you with the details of mine since all I've done is study. And cook. Can never forget to cook!

So it was a pretty exciting week at the hospital friends. On Wednesday we were under lock down for about an hour because a cougar (yes cougar) decided the front entrance would be the perfect spot to have a little rest. The RCMP, fire department and police were all there. They closed the entrances to the hospital as well as the main elevators for fear the poor animal would run inside and hop right on and go for a ride. I can only imagine the chaos that would have ensued if that actually happened. It was like something straight out of Jumanji. Minus the board game part. And the entertainment of Robin Williams… Ok so not at all like Jumanii, but still it was the most excitement I had seen at a hospital in a long time. I guess that's what you get when you build a hospital right on the edge of the city (seriously it is prairie land across the street from the main entrance).

And speaking of being on the edge of the city. My drive to the hospital I am working at is pretty ridiculous. I am spending around 2 hours in the car each day. And let me tell you that does not make me a happy girl. There are so many better things I could be doing with that time! Like studying, cooking, working out, cleaning… basically anything would be better. The only thing that is getting me through the drive is music. The CD's that are currently on repeat in my car are these ones (and yes I still buy CD's - don't judge me):



One Republic - Native 
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions 
Fitz and the Tantrums - More Than Just a Dream
Bastille - Bad Blood 
Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob 

Do you like any of these bands? Do you have any other music suggestions for me? I still have another month at this hospital so I am going to need some new music pretty soon here.

Alright moving along to food. I know that's the whole reason you come here. Today I am sharing my Plum and Coconut Chia Seed Jam recipe with you. Now I realize there are about a million chia seed jam recipes out there already, but I think you will find the addition of coconut to be a delicious option. Now I am showing you a jam made with plums, but you can pretty much substitute the plums with any other fruit that you want. So far I have tried this recipe with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and figs and they have all turned out great. So if you decide to get creative please let me know how it turns out.

I hope you like this one!

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Ingredients

3 cups chopped and de-pitted black plums 
1/3 cup full fat organic coconut milk (I recommend this brand
pinch sea salt

2 TBSP organic chia seeds (buy here

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients, except for the chia seeds, in a pot on the stove and turn to medium heat
2. Allow ingredients to come to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until fruit is softened
3. Remove the pot from the heat  
4. Using your submersion blender blend the ingredients until you have the texture you desire (I like to have a few chunks left)
5. Add the chia seeds and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes (this thickens the jam) 
6. Serve and enjoy! 

Store this in the fridge for use at a later date

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September 16, 2014

Paleo Raspberry Thumb Print Cookies (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, Grain Free)


Hi everyone! How is your week going? I hope great! And if not… maybe this recipe can help cheer you up because trust me it's a good one. You can never really go wrong with a little cookie pick me up if you ask me. These Raspberry Thumb Print cookies are safe for the paleo, SCD and GAPS diets and are a great dessert or snack option. They are made with both almond and coconut flours and if you don’t have raspberries on hand you could also make these with strawberries or blueberries.

I made these cookies for my weekly Royal College study group meeting and even though these are grain, dairy and refined sugar free, everyone loved them. And no one else in the group is paleo (or even remotely close). These cookies are sweetened with my favorite sweetener, local honey, and the raspberry center adds even more flavour. Plus there is a little grassfed gelatin thrown in there for good measure because we all know how good grassfed gelatin is for you. Right? If not you should read my post all about this super food here


You know what I want? Really badly. A puppy! When I stopped by Community Health Foods over the weekend one of the local animal shelters was hosting an event helping to promote the adoption of their animals. It took all my strength not to walk away with one of those little guys (or girls). Our family dog of 16 years, Flint, passed away in March and it just isn't the same around here without him. Quality of life is just better with a dog. It's a scientifically proven fact. It breaks my heart when I see all the advertisements for dogs in shelters that are about to be euthanized because of over-crowding in shelters. So I have officially added "adopt a dog" to my bucket list. Hopefully in the next couple years I will be able to cross that one off the list (ideally sooner). 



Have any of you ever adopted a dog? How was the experience? Would you do it again? 

Alright well it is time for me to get back to studying…. Although I might go grab another cookie first… Happy eating everyone! I would love to know what you think of these.  And If you don’t eat them all right away, they can be kept in the fridge for up to one week or frozen for a later date. 


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Cookie Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond flour (buy here
1/4 cup organic coconut flour (I use this kind
1/4 cup + 1 TBSP full fat organic coconut milk (I recommend this brand
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp baking soda 
pinch sea salt



Cookie Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and blend well with a pastry blender
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
4. Form 2 inch sized flat cookies with your hands, making sure to wet your hands between each one and place each cookie on the baking sheet
5. Using the back of a teaspoon, wet it between each cookie, and press into the centre of the cookie to make an indent ("the thumbprint)
6. Place in the oven and cook for 11-13 minutes (until edges and bottom are golden brown)
7. Remove from oven and let cool
8. While the cookies are cooling make the raspberry filling

Raspberry Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 heaping TBSP melted coconut butter (I like this kind
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/2 tsp grassfed gelatin (I recommend the Great Lakes brand

Raspberry Filling Directions

1. Place a small saucepan on medium heat on the stove
2. Add the raspberries, coconut butter and vanilla to the pot and stir well until all the ingredients are melted together and smooth
3. Turn the heat off and add the gelatin
4. Stir well until the gelatin is dissolved
5. Spoon a small amount of raspberry filling into the "thumbprint" of each cookie
6. Allow the cookies to cool for another 30 minutes or so to allow the raspberry filling to settle
7. Serve and enjoy!

Yields: 11 cookies

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September 12, 2014

Simply Sweet Tomato Soup (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)


Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is basically here which, if you are anything like me, you are more than looking forward to. I have an amazing recipe to share with you today too that would be an easy addition to your weekend meal plan. This Simply Sweet Tomato Soup was made entirely with tomatoes from my parents garden when I was recently in BC. We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with out there! It was glorious. There is nothing quite like a fresh tomato right out of the garden. Oh yum. So I hope that your garden is still spilling over with tomatoes because this soup is a great way to use them! This one is also incredibly easy to make, and pretty darn delicious if you ask me (Erik and my family would also support that statement). This recipe only has 6 ingredients, and is ready in under 20 minutes. Yep, I told you it was easy!

So I don't know where you live, but we just had an epic (yes epic) snow storm here this week. If you ask me it is way too early for snow and the destruction that we had here in Calgary was incredible. At my house we were without power for about 8 hours on Wednesday so I ended up hibernating in the library in order to get access to the internet (it's basically impossible to study without the internet it turns out). It is going to take weeks to clean up from this storm. And so many beautiful trees and crops were ruined. It's pretty sad actually. I have never seen anything like this in September in my life time, and I am not sure if there has ever been a storm like this this early in the season. But in true Calgary fashion, it is supposed to be back to summer type weather by the weekend. They say we are the city that can experience all four seasons all in one day, and this week is a prime example of how true this statement can be. 

Ok rant time. You know what needs to be stopped. This whole leggings as pants phenomenon. Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of leggings - but - under tunics and tops that, ahem, cover those bits that are supposed to be covered. I am seeing more and more women wearing thin leggings instead of pants, and let's just say there is not a lot of imagination required to see what's underneath. Is this happening where you live? Why people why? Do they not realize you can see through these things? In which case should I say something to these women? It's the same debate I have in the bathroom when I see someone not wash their hands. Don't even get my started on how disgusting I think this is… and it's not as uncommon as you would think.  What do you think? Do you call people out on their social faux pas? Someone please weigh in!



Ok ok I realize you did not come here to listen to me rant. You came here to eat. So I will let you. I hope that you like this recipe everyone! And as always if you want to stay in the loop on what's happening on the blog plus learn about many other recipes and health information please follow me on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram

Have a great weekend! 




Ingredients

6 cups baby tomatoes, washed and dried
1 can full fat coconut milk (I suggest this brand
2 TBSP grassfed ghee (buy here
1 TBSP dried organic basil (I use this kind
1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more if desired) 
1/8-1/4 tsp ground black pepper (depending on taste) 

Directions

1. Add baby tomatoes and coconut milk to your blender and blend until smooth
2. Transfer ingredients to a large pot on the stove and turn the burner to medium heat
3. Add remaining ingredients and allow the soup to come to a boil
4. Simmer for 5-10 minutes
5. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy! 


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