August 21, 2014

Fresh Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

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. 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 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

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

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