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. Despite dealing with feelings of complete hopelessness and struggling depression, anxiety, and with my self-worth (that goes back to childhood), 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 finally crawled 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

April 18, 2014

Tangy Marinated Slaw, No-Mayo (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

Cabbage has always been one of those vegetables that I have tried to learn to love many different times. But no matter what I do with it, even trying the undoubtedly delicious (for most) World's Best Braised Cabbage from Nom Nom Paleo, it's just not my favorite thing. Yet, over St. Patrick's Day weekend, I found myself with five, maybe six, heads of cabbage. I'm a sucker for a deal and at 39 cents a pound, I may have gone just a little overboard. Just a little. Don't worry, I only hoard cabbage (and avocados).

 Tangy Marinated Slaw, No-Mayo (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

March 21, 2014

Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate! [Giveaway Ended]

Giveaway! Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate

Did you see the Andes mint recipe I posted using coconut butter (aka coconut cream concentrate)? Have you ever tried coconut butter? If you haven't (or just need a new jar), I wanted you guys to have a chance to try it out and Tropical Traditions offered to give a jar to one of you! So what is this coconut cream concentrate I speak of?

Coconut cream concentrate is also known as coconut butter or coconut manna. If you see those terms, it's all the same. According to Tropical Traditions' website, coconut cream concentrate:

March 15, 2014

Dark Chocolate Mints (Healthy Andes Copycat)

I will fight for an Andes Mint. Not even joking. Not a throw-down, fists-up kind of fight. Not even a hair-pulling, nail-breaking fight (well, maybe). But...

When the server sets those mints on the edge of the table, all bets are off. First come, first serve. You know what I'm talking about. Okay, so I don't eat at this particular establishment anymore. But when I did, it was mostly for the mints. Never mind that I could just buy the mints from the store. Apparently there was something special about the ones you receive after chowing down on bread sticks. (It's not just me, right?)

Paleo Andes Dark Chocolate Mints with coconut butter and natural green colors

February 6, 2014

Carrot Top Pesto (nut-free) with Roasted Carrots

I didn't always like cooked carrots. My first memories are of those mushy, boiled ones. Probably from a can. They made their appearance at home and were a regular feature in school lunches. That was when my strong dislike for cooked carrots began. Once I hit adulthood, I was free. No more cooked carrots for me. Even when I moved into my first apartment and begin cooking everyday, carrots were off the menu. The blurry memory of sitting at the dinner table with nothing but carrots left on my plate was enough to make me swear them off forever.

Or so I thought...

Carrot Top Pesto (nut-free) with Roasted Carrots

It wasn't until I started following paleo over a year ago that I decided to try out roasted carrots. I was roasting every other vegetable known to man (I like to exaggerate), so there was no reason to leave out the carrot. At first, I sliced them and tossed them with coconut oil and cumin. They were divine and I was hooked. No mushy carrots are welcome here. But, although these roasted carrots are delicious on their own, this recipe isn't really about the carrots...

January 30, 2014

All About Storing Avocados (plus other tips and recipes)

Well, it's been awhile...I hope you all enjoyed your holidays! I took a nice break and spent some time with family. We had a great time and ate some good food. Speaking of family, my sister and I like to argue about the best way to store avocados. She puts them in the fridge as soon as she brings them home (unripe). I am adamantly against that method and did some testing to prove her wrong. My favorite method is the first one listed below. Although I'd rather eat my avocados at room temp, sometimes this isn't possible so this method allows me to eat avocados everyday.

I love avocados. (Though I guess not as much as my niece who loves them so much she wants to "marry them!") Seven of my recipes use avocados and I'm sure there will be more. I would live in California just to have inexpensive avocados. Maybe even my own tree. Oh, how wonderful that would be. Now, I have to ration my avocados so I have enough. Those babies are expensive. When I catch a sale, dropping the price to $1 per avocado, I load up. Unfortunately this means that sometimes I just can't eat them fast enough. I mean I could, but that whole rationing thing still applies.

All About Storing Avocados (plus other tips and recipes)


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