20 2 / 2014

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I have had a major sweet tooth lately, but after my 30 day cleanse, I have really tried to change my ways and not reintroduce my same bad eating habits. Another “challenger” from the cleanse made these bars at our potluck, so I thought I would give it a go! This recipe is adapted from PaleOMG who has a lot of delicious, Paleo recipes. 

There are 2 really hard things about this recipe:

  1. Waiting for everything to set in the fridge
  2. Not eating the entire batch in one sitting 

Serves about 5 people. Total prep time is 10 minutes with wait time of 30-45 minutes. 

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 12 pitted medjool dates (I like’m fancy)
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

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Ingredients for the berry topping:

  • handful blackberries (about 10-12)
  • handful blueberries (about 10-12)
  • 1/4 cup Raw Coconut Nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut milk (whole, not light or it will be too runny)
  • pinch of cinnamon and salt

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Start by making the crust:

  • Combine all of the crust ingredients in your food processor, pulsing until you get the desired consistency.
  1. Remove and press into the bottom of a square baking dish. I like to place wax paper over it while I press it flat with a spatula. 

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Now for the topping:

  1. In a small saucepan on medium-high, heat up the berries and raw coconut nectar. 
  2. Stir frequently until you get a runny jam consistency.
  3. Add the coconut milk, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Once incorporated, pour the sauce on top of the crust.

And then comes the hard part…you have to put it in the fridge and wait 30-45 minutes for everything to set. Then cut into squares, serve and enjoy! Try not to eat it all at once!

16 2 / 2014

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I recently did the 30 Clean™ through my exercise studio which is 30 days of clean eating. We eliminated all artificial and processed foods, gluten, wheat, grains, sugar (including artificial sweetners), legumes, dairy and alcohol (you were allowed a glass of wine as a treat). Sounds really restricting - and it can be depending on how you look at it. But I ate better during that 30 days, both healthier and a wider variety of food, than I ever have before.

It forced me to look up new recipes, like this one off of To Live & Diet in LA’s blog. These 3 ingredient flourless pancakes are definitely a repeat in this household. The flavor and texture is unbelievable! And the berry compote is the perfect topping instead of using syrup. 

Pancake Ingredients (Yields 4 pancakes):

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbs almond butter (I use unsalted creamy)
  • 2 egg (I use large cage free, NON veg fed)
  • Coconut oil (for cooking)

Berry Compote Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of any type of berry you like
  • 1/3 cup of coconut milk (I like Trader Joe’s Light)

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Mix bananas, almond butter and eggs in a bowl. I use a fork to mash the bananas. 

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Heat up coconut oil in a pan on medium. Scoop banana mix onto pan. Flip when pancake is light brown underneath, 1-2 minutes depending on how hot your pan is). 

While pancakes are cooking, toss berries and coconut milk into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then let simmer. 

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Take pancakes off the pan and spoon on berry compote and sauce. Serve and enjoy! 

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*This recipe has been husband and toddler approved

15 2 / 2014

When I was a kid, I absolutely dreaded when brussel sprouts were served with dinner. Not because my mom isn’t a good cook (she’s actually quite good and a lot of my cooking is inspired by hers), but because she served them steamed usually. And let’s face it, brussel sprouts can be bitter and so a little extra goodness goes a long way. 

The following are estimates and all seasoning should be to taste:

  • 1 lb of brussel sprouts - remove yellow leaves, chop ends and halve 
  • 4-6 pieces of bacon (I like Applegate) - chopped
  • 2 large shallots - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tbs (or more if you like!) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs ghee (or olive oil, but I love the buttery goodness of ghee)
  • 1 tsp ground mustard (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil. 

Toss all ingredients (if using ghee, melt before tossing) in a bowl. Lay out evenly on baking dish. Cook in the oven for 30 min, tossing every 10 minutes. 

Turn your broiler on high and let brussel sprouts cook for additional 10 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and brussel sprouts are brown and carmelized. I toss another tablespoon of ghee on at this time for a little extra yumminess. 

Remove, serve and enjoy!

05 2 / 2014

The other day, I walked into the living room and my son (a little over 2 years old) looked up at me, pulled his hands out of his pants and said with two handfuls of poop “Mama, poo poo in there?”. Without taking his eyes off me, and me running towards him (like in the movies where it goes into slow motion and you yell “Noooooooo”), he proceeded to wipe both poopy hands on the couch. I didn’t even know what to do in that moment. Can I run out of the room and have someone else take care of this? Do I try and wipe him down? Do I clean the couch? I decided to strip him down and throw him straight into the bathtub, kicking and screaming and flinging the remainder of poop all over me. And it was in that moment, as I looked down at him in the bathtub and he gave me his big cheesy smile I thought, “I can’t wait to tell you about this when you grow up. I don’t ever want to forget these moments.”

The week before this happened, my grandmother passed away at 88, almost 89 years old. She was a woman who did great things in her life - think fighting for women’s rights, travelling the world, volunteering at hospitals with children of parents with substance abuse problems - and one thing she always encouraged me to do was to write things down. Write it all down - even the things that seem insignificant - because none of it is insignificant. It all matters, it’s all a part of life and worth remembering.

So, instead of 20 years from now trying to recall what my son was like as he was growing up, I am going to record these memories the best that I can. And if I am lucky, I can laugh at my son with his children when he is elbow deep in their poop.