Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For the LOVE of Podcasts - The Paleo View

I do a LOT of traveling.  Traveling 2 hours to the airport for work, driving 45 min to and from work when I'm home, driving 20 miles to the nearest (only the basics grocery store).  Therefore I've turned my car into a mobile learning center.  I started out following other podcasts only because I read about them on their blog but by listening to one of those podcasts I found my favorite Paleo centered podcast - The Paleo View!

The Paleo View podcast is hosted by Stacy Toth of Paleo Parents and Dr. Sarah Ballantyne  of The Paleo Mom please go to each of their websites by clicking on their names.  These two lovely ladies bring home different topics each week, and when I say each week I literally mean each week.  They haven't missed a week in over 136 episodes.  I love their dedication to their listeners.  

The podcast starts out with an update from the two hosts on whats new in their lives and in the Paleo sphere.  Then they go to the "Science with Sarah" section where Dr. Sarah discusses the sciency details of Paleo lifestyle, medications, medical testing, supplements, importance of sleep, etc,etc in a way that even someone like I can understand.  This is a huge benefit to anyone who really is interested in "why" things happen or "how" you can feel better.  I love this portion. I really love it.  Then they wrap up each episode with Listen Questions.  Listener Questions allows anyone who logs onto their respective sites to to submit a specific question for the two hosts to answer.  I can't tell you how many times one of the listener questions has related to me in some shape or fashion.  While I've never submitted my own question I've also never felt the need because the information delivered is quite thorough that there is nothing left for me to ask.  

Both Stacy and Sarah have many other talents.  They are both authors of very popular books, check them out here and here. Also, they are both wives, and moms who have a very realistic outlook on life and family.  For example: they are of the mindset that if you can tolerate great quality dairy then you should consume it, if you cannot tolerate it then don't.  It's as simple as that.  This endears me even more to them because they see that there are benefits to foods that are considered "non-paleo" yet really provide some benefits for our nutrient starved bodies.  Therefore: Paleo Police need not apply.    

Even if you don't follow the Paleo/Primal lifestyle this podcast would be worth listening to for anyone who is interested in eating REAL food, learning to take better care of yourself and to learn more about why and how things affect your current lifestyle.  Neither of them are here to push the Paleo lifestyle down any one's throats nor are they dogmatic in there approach.  They are just two very down to earth ladies who have remedied multiple health issues (including loosing a considerable amount of weight each, check out their blogs to read about their stories)  by choosing to follow a different way of eating.  Paleo is not just a diet (oooh i hate that word), it's a way of life.  

If you couldn't already tell this is my all time favorite podcast on the Paleo lifestyle and I encourage all of you to check it out soon.  Like yesterday.  Go to itunes to download their latest episode on Adrenal Fatigue.  If you like them as much as I do please be sure to leave them a review in itunes so that more people can find there podcast.

Note:  This post is my own personal opinion.  I am in no way being sponsored by either person listed in the above comments nor have I been compensated in any way.  I simply love the information that they share and want more people to find the encouragement of these two wonderful women.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cauli Arborio Bacon " Rice"

I've not been feeling well for quite awhile, therefore I'm trying very hard to make sure I'm eating food full of nutrients and lots of vegetables. That being said we're getting a little crazy for cauliflower around our house. Plus my hubby doesn't like a huge variety of vegetables.  If it were up to him we would only eat green beans, spinach, and romaine lettuce. But he will try new things and I've found a way that he will eat cauliflower. We love rice, especially cooked in homemade chicken broth. But we really love arborio rice. You know the stuff, with butter, Chardonnay, chicken broth and delicious Parmesan cheese, yeah that stuff.  Well I've looked at those cauliflower rice recipes on the Internet and I thought - why not?  Why couldn't I try the arborio style rice with the cauliflower "rice"?  So I did and the results, if I fo say so,myself they are pretty darn tasty.

Food Processor, Cutting board, Sharp knife, Large skillet (should hold 8-10 cups), Spatulas

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into pieces - processed equals about 6 cups
1 cup of chopped onions
3-5 strips of bacon
1/3 cup of dry white wine
1/2 cup of  chicken broth
1 packed cup grated Parmesan cheese, Parmesano Regiano is truly the best. I beg of you to not use the stuff out of the green cans. Splurge for the good cheese for this one.

Place the chopped cauliflower in your food processor, do not fill it more than half full, pulse the cauliflower until you see rice sized pieces of cauliflower. Be careful not to over process. Continue pulsing batches of chopped cauliflower until all the cauliflower has been run thru the food processor.

Add the bacon to a large skillet, you will use this skillet for the entire dish so make sure it's big enough. Cook the bacon till crisp. Once the bacon is cooked place it on a paper towel to cool. Leave the bacon grease in the pan. Add the cup of chopped onions to the skillet with the bacon grease left in it the pan and saute the onions till translucent, approximately 5-7 min on medium heat.

After the onions have been cooked till translucent add in the dry white wine or your favorite white wine. Turn up the heat on the skillet to high now. Cook the wine until reduced by half. Now add the "riced" cauliflower to the skillet. Stir to incorporate the onions and wine.  The cauliflower should begin to steam now. After about 4-5 minutes and 1/2 the chicken stock to the cauliflower mix. Cook the mixture now until the bottom of the pan seems dry, now add the rest of the chicken stock.

If the cauliflower is still very firm place a lid on the skillet for about 5 minutes to let the cauliflower cook thru. Continue to stir the mixture until the cauliflower rice is cooked. Be careful to not over cook the rice, it can turn into mush if over cooked.

Remove the skillet from the heat.  Chop the bacon into bite size pieces and add to the contents of the skillet. Now add the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine the bacon and the cheese.

Taste the mixture, add salt and white pepper as needed. Note that I wait to salt the cauliflower until the very end because the cheese is very salty. 

At this point I tilt the skillet slightly so any extra liquid can be separated from the rice. 

Dip out the rice into a serving dish and sprinkle on a little bit of bacon as a garnish. 

Now enjoy!

Monday, March 2, 2015

5 min Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

My husband and I love a little after dinner dark chocolate so last week I thru together a few simple ingredients in my Nutri-Bullet and Ta-Da! We had ice cream.   We use our Nutri-Bullet almost everyday and mostly for smoothies but this little trick has seriously fulfilled our chocolate ice cream cravings and for me it's completely dairy free.

5 minutes Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

Fill your small Nutri-Bullet cup half full of ice cubes. 

1/2 cup of Coconut Cream (Trader Joes extra thick) chilled if possible 
1 T chia seeds
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T honey

3 T dark chocolate chips, Coconut Chips, Nuts of choice (go crazy) 

Put all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips (nuts, coconut, etc) into the small Nuti-Bullet cup. 

Place on your blender lid, invert and push down to begin blending. Now listen to the blender, it won't take more than 30 seconds. You will notice you cannot hear the ice crunching anymore. 

Take the blender jar off of the blending unit and open it up. Now is the time to check the consistency. If it's too runny add a few more ice cubes and also now is a great time to add a few dark chocolate chips or even coconut chips. Replace the blender lid and pulse for just a few seconds if you want little bits of chocolate in your ice cream, blend longer if you want the chips and or the coconut finely incorporated. We like our ice cream with little bits of chocolate chips still visible. 

Remove the lid and add two spoons to the cup or pour into two individual bowls. 

This recipe makes two generous servings.  Serve and enjoy immediately. If for some reason your ice cream is a little runny for your liking simply place in the freezer for about 15 min, if you can wait that long. 

Recipe and all photos are property of SheShes Gluten Free.