Paleo Indulgences Frosting

I had the best weekend. Period. It started with seeing some of my favorite Paleo foodies at the cart on Friday, The Credicotts! Cain is the editor of the awesome Paleo Magazine and his wife, Tammy, writes an amazing blog and is the renowned author of Paleo Indulgences. I got to chit chat with them for a bit which always gets me pumped to be a part of the Paleo community.

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Saturday was my day with hubs and a workout day. Last Wednesday we did barbell high pulls. My.Traps.Hate.Me. So, my energy was a little low since doing anything with my upper body was simply out of the question. Then, hubs and I spent all day Saturday cooking and hanging out in our jammies. Be jealous. It was awesome.

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Sunday I hung out with a good friend and we made some killer Paleo pizza and got awesome pedicures. My toes look soooo good!! Now if only the weather would lighten up a bit so I could actually bust out my flip flops without freezing my footsies off!! I also cooked up a ton! I made sauteed collards, sauteed kale and onions, egg baked avocado, roasted chicken, clarified butter, salmon salad, southwest aioli and Irish carrot soup!! Needless to say the house smelled amazing!!

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I also worked on Paleo Indulgences Vanilla Frosting recipe, which of course, I somehow managed to butcher. I can’t follow recipes!!! I am not sure what happens in my brain, but somehow I manage to screw it up just about every time. I think the problem was that I didn’t sift the coconut flour. Darn you sifter!!! Anyways, if you sift the coconut flour, you will have a mellow, smooth vanilla frosting (which I am totally adding vanilla beans to!).

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Vanilla Frosting

From Paleo Indulgences

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbls arrowroot starch
  • 2 tsp coconut flour, sifted
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 Tbls coconut oil, melted

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients except coconut oil in medium bowl, use a mixer to blend until fully combined.

2. With mixer on low, slowly add the coconut oil, blending until completely smooth.

3. Frosting can be stored in the refrigerator up to a week. Let is soften a bit at room temp and fluff it up with a mixer before using.

Check back on Wednesday for a Paleo pizza recipe that is to die for!! Trust me! Happy Monday everyone!

 

What To Buy At Costco, Part 3

Ok, the final items in the back of the store that you can rely on to be healthier choices that you can get in bigger quantities for smaller prices!

If you like yogurt, this is a great place to get Fage and Kirkland Greek Yogurt. They have big tubs for around $5!

Instead of buying the yogurt with fruit mixed in, try buying the plain (it will save you money too) and add your own fruit! Costco has a huge selection of yummy frozen berries and fruit. $9-$13.

At most natural food stores, goat cheese is about $1/oz. Here, you get 20 ounces for $6.99! A steal!! If you have never had goat cheese, you are missing out! It’s super creamy and delicious on just about anything!

So….they offer two kinds of organic chicken. This is good  and bad. Good, because it’s there and reasonably prices for organic. Bad, because it’s still fed a “vegetarian” diet which  means you and the chicken are getting corn and soy.

This price seems pretty steep to me. I like to get my fryers from Whole Foods and they are a little bit cheaper (closer to $10 a chicken).

If you’re a kale fan, then you will love this guy! $5.99 for this jumbo bag of baby kale. It’s super tender and easy to use.

If you are like me and you love squash but hate the time it takes to cut, peel and clean it, then this is the best $5 you can spend!! All you have to do is cook it!! Amazing!

And finally…..

Omega 3 enriched eggs! It doesn’t say cage free and they’re not organic, but it all depends on what you are looking for. I cannot spend $6.99 on “farm fresh” eggs, so this is a great option for us.

Well, I hope that inspired some of you to branch out and try new products or gave you some insight into what you already buy. If you have any questions or comments, let me know! 

Amazingly Good Elk Stew!

I have dates for the cooking classes!! They are:

Oils and Spices- Jan. 28th @ 7pm

Whole Foods Store Tutorial- Feb. 11th @ 6pm

How to Cook Veggies- Feb 25th @ 7pm

Paleo Treats- March 3rd @ 7pm

For more information or to sign up, please email me at kimludeman@yahoo.com!!

Whether you are Paleo or not, this stew is awesome!! My friend Liz gave me some ground elk to try since I have never had it before. She was right- it is really tasty!

So, I spent some time researching (ie: Googling) Paleo Elk Recipes. Some pretty interesting recipes came up with things like chocolate, smoky coffee rubs, fish sauce marinades….what variety!

I had a great helper who was supervising while I cooked.

 

Delicious Elk Stew
Modiefied from PaleOMG (My mods are in italics)
Ingredients:
  • 1.5-2lbs ground elk (beef is just as great!)
  • 1 small/medium mini pumpkin, peeled and diced ( I used 1/2 large sweet potato)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (I did half)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14) oz can diced tomatoes (I used fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 (14) oz can tomato sauce (I used Prego No Sugar Added Sauce)
  • 1 cup chicken/beef/vegetable broth (I used Beef)
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (I skipped these)
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (Didn’t have, darn it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fat (I used coconut oil)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
Instructions
Pull out a large soup pot or saucepan and place under medium-high heat. Add oil and minced garlic. Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add your bell pepper and onion. Mix to combine and let cook down.
Now add your venison to begin to cook down.
Once the beef is halfway cooked (only about 3-4 minutes) add your tomatoes, tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, broth, spices, and diced pumpkin. Mix thoroughly.
Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked through. Then add in kale. When the beef is cooked, taste to see if the spices are how you like them. This is when I added just a bit of honey to offset the chipotle peppers, but it’s totally up to you!!

 

Tummy Trouble Treats: Creamy Kale Soup and Amazing Macaroons

This week I have been doing a little “Gut Cleanse” called the Candida Diet. When your yest/bacteria balance gets tipsy, it can be helpful to get rid of some of the things that can trigger the imbalance. How do you know if you have Candida??

Poor Overall Health

  • · Poor endurance and weakness
  • · Asthma
  • · Bronchitis
  • · A habitual cough that doesn’t produce phlegm
  • · Postnasal drip
  • · Hay fever
  • · Headaches, including migraines
  • · Fatigue to an incapacitating degree (especially after eating)

 

Recurring Infections

  • · Recurring throat and/or ear infections
  • · Recurring vaginal, oral, or skin (yeast) infections
  • · Urinary tract infections
  • · Athlete’s foot
  • · Jock itch
  • · Skin rash
  • · Dry, brownish patches on the skin
  • · Ringworm
  • · Psoriasis
  • · Low grade fever
  • · Chronic sinus problems
  • · Blisters on the tongue, in the mouth, or in the throat

 

Digestive System Problems

  • · Poor digestion
  • · Loose or constipated stools
  • · Irritable bowel
  • · Painful gas
  • · Bloating
  • · Nausea and vomiting

 

Sexual Problems

  • · Menstrual difficulties
  • · Male impotence
  • · Male and female infertility

 

Mental & Emotional Problems

  • · Anxiety
  • · Panic attacks
  • · Depression
  • · Irritability
  • · Paranoia
  • · Poor concentration, or feeling in a persistent mental or Brain ‘fog’
  • · Unexplained feelings of being ‘hung over,’ as if after an alcoholic binge
  • · Feeling not in total control of one’s actions, often expressed as “I know the right thing to do, but I can’t do it.”
  • · Schizophrenia and mental instability

 Other

  • · Arthritis-like symptoms
  • · Joint pain, similar to that of having the flu
  • · Cravings for carbohydrates
  • · Chronic dental problems
  • · White coating on the tongue

(www.howtocurecandida.com)

I have numerous symptoms on this list and so I decided to cut out the common trigger foods and see how I felt. List of what not to eat includes: Yeast, most grains, gluten, legumes, fruit, sugar, coffee, vinegar, starchy vegetables and chocolate. I kept the coffee because my 2pm caffiene headache is intolerable. But, with everything but unprocessed meat, dark veggies and almonds/walnuts tossed out, I have not had a tummy ache in three days!! My stomach is flatter and my skin is waay soft.

However,even after three days, my meals were getting boring. I needed to find something that had a little kick to it, so I went to the kitchen, donned my apron and started cooking! This soup is full of amazing flavor and goodness that will make any tummy say YAY!

Creamy Kale Soup

4 servings 

Ingredients:

1 Leek

1 tablespoon Olive/Coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 cup kale, chopped

1/3 cup sundried tomatoes

3 tomatoes (fresh or 12 oz can)

1 can coconut milk (I used the light version from Trader Joes)

1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken/vegetable broth

1/2 pound ground beef/turkey

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon coconut flour (or arrowroot powder, cornstarch or flour for thickening)

Directions:

In a large saucepan, add oil and heat up. Wash and cut the leaves and roots off of the leek. Slice lengthwise and cut into little horseshoes. Add to oil and saute on med/high heat for 3 minutes. Add in minced garlic.

 Next, add in chopped kale, tomatoes and milk/broth. Let simmer while you brown whichever meat you use in a separate pan. Add browned meat to soup.

Mix in chili powder, ginger, coconut flour, salt and pepper. Let simmer on low/med heat for about 10 minutes until kale is softened.

Garnish with parsley or goat cheese for a delightfully filling lunch or dinner!

And what is a healthy lunch without a little treat?? Enter Amazing Macaroons!

Amazing Macaroons

Borrowed from Candida-Cure Recipes. Makes 12

Ingredients:

3 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon dried powdered stevia leaf (I used 3 packets)
1½ cups dried, unsweetened, fine shredded coconut (the finer the better)
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F (180C)

Whip egg whites and vanilla until glossy peaks form.

In a separate bowl stir together the coconut, stevia leaf powder (cinnamon or cocoa) and sea salt.
Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet, just until well combined.

Let mixture sit about 5 minutes.

Make drop cookies, placing them on a sheet of unbleached parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet, using about 2 teaspoons of the mixture per cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until outside of the cookies are lightly browned.

Remove from oven and let cool – if you can resist – on the baking sheet to room temp. Store in an airtight container if you actually have any remaining at the end of the day. These are incredibly delicious and light!!

I hope this special Tummy Trouble edition is helpful! Let me know if you have any questions about Candida Recipes!

 

 

5 Simple Steps To Snacky Success

My favorite blogger was posting on how to roast garlic. I have never done this before, so I busted out my new garlic and followed the easy steps to roasted glory.

As I was waiting for the oven to heat to 400, I though it might be a good idea to roast some other things since I would be heating up our house (which I never mind but Tim hates).

So, I decided to make some Garlic Cheesey Kale Chips.

Garlic Cheesey Kale Chips

Ingredients:

Kale (as much as you want!!)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I recommend using a Misto so the leaves don’t get too heavy)

Garlic Powder

Salt n peppa

Nutritional Yeast

Directions:

1. Heat up your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wash and dry kale. Cut into small pieces, discarding the stems (stems make icky chips).

3. Lay on a cookie sheet and spritz with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast (if it’s your first time, go easy on the seasonings- you can add more next time).

4. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, keeping a close watch to make sure they don’t burn. Remove when crispy.

5. Devour immediately :0)

Day 3

Breakfast was a tough one due to lack of groceries. I decided to go with two slices of turkey bacon and a small apple heated up with cinnamon and almond butter.

I had a fabulous meeting with a HFTY client. I could talk about food and fitness all day long!! Then it was off to Trader Joes for some yummies! Some things I picked up were:

Bagged Kale- sooo convenient!

Bagged Spinach

Avocados

Walnuts

Fage yogurt (apparently pronounced fa-yeh)

And, a KIND bar for the hike ;0) I love me some dark chocolate cherry goodness

Sandy and I hiked Angels Rest at an awesome pace! We made it to the top in 45 minutes and had 8 “roadkills” on the way up. We saw about 15 snakes (eeek!!!!)It was a beautiful day to get out and hike. It was exactly what I needed to release some stress.We munched on almonds and snap peas on the drive home. If you have never driven through the Gorge, it’s absolutely breath taking! I never get tired of the views!

Then I went home and made this delicious sauce from Ohsheglows. I cut up some veggies and added the sauce while Tim put it on some whole wheat noodles. It was delicious!

We finished the evening with a killer game of Scrabble with some popcorn and Cheezits (I had a couple :0)

See you tomorrow!

Kim

 

 

Amazing Kale Salad!

I was checking out Ohsheglows again and read her recipe for Weekend Kale Salad. I was sooo excited to make it! It was probably the best salad I have had!! I am so excited to share it with you!

First we had to start with some roasted veggies! (A little sea salt and olive oil go a looong way! I like to use the Misto so that I don’t drench the veggies)

Next came the awesome kale salad!

Kale Salad

Stolen from Ohshelgows (I made a simpler version)

Ingredients:

5 stalks kale, cut into smaller pieces

1 tomato, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

1/2 avocado, chopped

1 daikon, chopped

10 stalks asparagus chopped and steamed for 2-3 minutes

 

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup Tahini (I used almond butter and it was fab!)

3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

1/4 cup Nutritional yeast

2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

3 tbsp water, or as needed

Directions:

Put cut veggies in a bowl. Put dressing ingredients into food processor until smooth. Add to veggies and let sit for about 15 minutes to soak it up and soften the lettuce. Serve and enjoy!!

I also put together some wheatberries, ground turkey and vegetable sauce. It was delicious!!

Have a great weekend!

Kim (and Tim!)

Veggie Venture

Anji, Tim and I all biked to New Seasons this afternoon in the glorious 75 degree weather. For most Portlanders, today was a gift!
 We have suffered the longest winter EVER!!! So, days like this are to be taken full advantage of! Lunch at New Seasons consisted of Carrot and Kale Salad, Shanghai Tofu and Asian Slaw. DELICIOUS!!! Then we headed over to Peet’s for a little iced coffee magic.

After soaking up some Vitamin D, Tim and I headed back to New Seasons for some serious veggie ventures. Let me explain. This morning, I got to do a Bod Pod test which tests your weight, body fat percentage and your resting metabolic rate (how many calories you burn at rest). It was awesome!! I had to put on a hair net and cap too! So, I am going to be brave and show you my results (eek!). I feel great about where I am, although I know I can do a little better if I cut out some of my carbs in the evening (fruit is my guilty pleasure!!). Here we go:

Tada! So, in light of these results and in my earnest desire to live as healthily (is that a word??) I decided to celebrate by treating myself to some new veggies! Here is what we found:

We got Diakon, Bok Choy, Leeks, Kale and Apricots!!! Yum or what! (PS, if you had asked me that three years ago, I would have said Y-U-C-K!)

So, this week is now dubbed Veggie Venture Week! Each day, I will go through one of the veggies above and share a new recipe for that veggie! It’s going to be great! Even Tim agrees!

Ok, maybe not so much, but it will be my task to wow him with the wonder of veggies!

Check back tomorrow for Daikon Day!

Happy Day!

Kim