November 20, 2014

AIP Pumpkin Pie and Crust: Baked Version (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free)

I am very excited to share this pie with you. Last year I posted my mini, no-bake pumpkin pies. I love those as a fun (and cute!) alternative to a regular pie and they are tasty, but this year I wanted to make a real pumpkin pie. Gluten is definitely out of the question since I discovered I can't eat it. And since I've been moving towards the autoimmune protocol (healing protocol for autoimmune disease and gut healing), I wanted to make an AIP-approved pumpkin pie. Not an easy task! Especially for someone that prefers cooking to baking. :)

AIP Pumpkin Pie: Baked Version (Paleo, Autoimmune, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free)

October 10, 2014

Giveaway! Win the new Paderno 4-blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer!

Giveaway! Win the new Paderno 4-blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer!

If you've seen my last few posts, you know I'm loving using the spiralizer to make vegetable noodles. For those of us that have to be gluten-free or choose to be, making noodles out of veggies is fun and gives you a wide variety of exciting recipes to try. I waited months and months before I took the plunge and finally purchased a spiralizer. (Mine turned out to be a counterfeit, so I had to get a new one...) So, I'm very excited to have the opportunity to give one away to one of you!

While I own the tri-blade spiralizer, Paderno World Cuisine has offered to give their new 4-blade vegetable spiral slicer away to one of my readers. If you look at the picture above, you can see the new "angel hair" blade which is perfect for thinner vegetables like carrots.

September 5, 2014

Cold Cucumber Noodle BLT Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette (Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole30)

Cucumber Noodle BLT Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette (Paleo, Whole30)

I'm fairly straight and narrow when it comes to following the rules. I always wear my seat belt. I don't break any traffic laws. Well, not often. I won't cheat, not even playing Yahtzee. I feel bad when I accidentally take the bank's pen. Sorry, I didn't mean to. Sure, I've broken some rules in my days, especially in my early 20's when getting pulled over for speeding was a regular thing. Hey, I have a heavy foot... I just believe most rules are made to be kept. But, there are some that are made to be broken. Like wearing white after Labor Day. Although I don't wear white before or after.

And eating summer meals after Labor Day... Okay, so it's probably not technically a rule. Labor Day is supposed to signify the end of summer (even though it's not officially over until the end of September). The end of outdoor events and parties. And for many, the end of tomato dishes and the beginning of all things pumpkin.

I actually planned to post this before Labor Day, but...stuff happens. 

August 21, 2014

Fresh Tomato Basil Vinaigrette (Paleo, Whole30)

Summer, summer, summer time.

Time to sit back and unwind.

Just a bit of a break from the norm (were you singing along?) with this tomato basil vinaigrette. Fresh summer tomatoes are one of my favorite things. Juicy. Sweet. With just a sprinkle of salt. And lately, as a vinaigrette. With basil, of course. Because tomatoes and basil just belong together.

If you like tomatoes, I think you will love this vinaigrette.

Fresh Tomato Basil Vinaigrette (Paleo, Whole30)

July 30, 2014

60+ Paleo Spiralizer Recipes plus How to Avoid Buying a Counterfeit Paderno Spiral Slicer


Guess who's back...back again? Well, it's been a long time, my friends. It's been a crazy, stressful summer around here, so I apologize for not posting. I hope that you are all enjoying summer wherever you are.

A few months ago, my spiralizer broke. Since I have recommended this spiralizer before, especially to those of you on Facebook, I figured I should tell you guys what I found out. I purchased (what I thought was) the Paderno vegetable spiral slicer back in September, but at the end of May (after only using it a few times a month), part of the handle broke. Turns out it was a counterfeit unit (purchased through Amazon, but sold by another seller).

60+ Paleo Spiralizer Recipes plus How to Avoid Buying a Counterfeit Paderno Spiral Slicer

I also scoured the Internet for spiralizer recipes from many talented bloggers. For those of you that already have a spiralizer or plan to get one, I didn't want to leave you hanging without recipes to use this thing. It only took me a few months to put this together. ;-)

So...after contacting the company, Paderno World Cuisine, this is what I learned from the CEO:

April 24, 2014

Take a Look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook

I'm in a book. When I say that, I want to break out in song, like SNL's "I'm a boat" but without all the curse words (and other stuff). Just a repeat of "I'm in a book." Maybe standing atop a gigantic book. I'll end it with a Wayne and Garth-style, "I'm not worthy!" It will be a hit. I can feel it. Um yeah, moving on (and getting serious for once)...

Before I started this blog, I was in a dark place in my life. (Quite literally at one point. Closed up in a dark house with nothing but black clothes.) Though I hoped the removal of my gallbladder was going to suddenly solve my health issues, it didn't. I was desperate, tired, and depressed. Part of the reason was due to life events, but later I realized how gluten was not only affecting my physical health, but my mental health, and had been for most of my life. Despite dealing with feelings of complete hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and struggling with my self-worth, I wanted to write. I wanted to share. I wanted to help others, even when I barely knew how to help myself...

(Side note: For me, going gluten-free has positively affected my mental health immensely. One day I might be brave enough to tell the whole story and how I began to finally crawl out of the dark hole.)

Take a look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook (Available as part limited-time Primal Life Kit)

Don't want to read but want to get the Chowstalker Community eCookbook? Find it as part of the limited time Primal Life Kit here

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