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Blog detailing how the use of food and lifestyle changes can help bring you health. Our family follows a Paleo style diet and recently Michele, a mom of 2 young boys, has been on an autoimmune paleo diet to help heal from Hashimoto's, Celiac disease, and adrenal fatigue.  Join her as she describes methods for change and recipes to help you in your own journey for health.  

 

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Blog has moved!

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Hi everyone! I have decided to start a new blog, which you can find at Thriving On Paleo. This blog will still have the Paleo recipes you have come to know and love, but also will include things like homemade bath & beauty products and tips and tricks on living a Paleo lifestyle. ALSO, really cool video tutorials which don't even require audio. Huh? Yep, they are just set to music and all you need to do is watch. I'm targeting at having every one of them under 90 seconds so you can learn all kinds of things quickly.

Check out my latest video below out and see the full post HERE!

SCDelish - a new recipe sharing site

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If you have followed me for a while you may have heard me say that when I first started on a grain-free diet I started on the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet.  And while that diet was incredible for healing both my son and I, it was also a bit difficult at the time (2009) to find a lot of great recipes that we could eat.  I had my main sources, Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness, and Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured as well as a few others who were all amazing (and I still use them now), but other than them it was pretty lacking. That was one main reason that when I switched over to Paleo I was so excited because I am a foodie at heart and love variety and lots of it.  I can be restricted in my diet for a while, but my desire to make and eat things that could potentially grace the pages of a food magazine always surface.  The Paleo diet has tons of books now, blogs, and even magazines, so there really isn't much at all that I can't make and/or eat.

But unless you are willing to weed out the ingredients that you cannot eat, it is still hard to find the variety while being on strict GAPS or a third diet, the SCD (I explain more about that diet below).  There are a few amazing Paleo recipe sharing websites out there but until now, people on GAPS and the SCD would have to use these Paleo sites with a bit of caution.  However, now there is an option for "safe" recipes called SCDelish. This is a recipe sharing website created by Deb Lucas of An Aussie With Chron's and it is not only beautiful to look at (half the reason you look at a recipe sharing site), but it is chock full of recipes and information.  Focused on the SCD community, it only features recipes that are SCD-legal and each recipe has been reviewed to make sure it has SCD-compliant ingredients (or options).   

A bit of background on the SCD for those that don't know:  

The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is very similar to both the GAPS diet and Paleo diets as in they all exclude grains and refined sugars but both the SCD and GAPS diet really speed up healing of the gut through their specific protocols and restrictions. These diets are amazing for healing those that suffer from physical distress like Chron's, ulcerative colitis, IBS, food allergies, autism, and the all encompassing "leaky gut".  The GAPS diet in fact is based off of the SCD with just a few modifications. And because these diets are so similar, I have made our own app adhere to the "rules" for all of these diets so those on Paleo, GAPS and the SCD can benefit.  Additionally, a lot of people start off on GAPS or SCD and switch to Paleo and vice versa depending on their needs for healing.

 

So since the GAPS diet is based off of the SCD diet, the SCDelish site is also suitable for those of you on that diet as well.  And of course, most recipes will also fall within the Paleo/Primal realm and all will be gluten-free.

 

I encourage you to check it out and if you yourself have any recipes that could help others (whether you are a blogger or just a creative cook), to contribute those as well. Sites like these are really key in getting the word out that food can heal people - and in a fun, glamorous way.   You don't need to be stuck eating the same three things day in and day out no matter what diet you are on!


 

Announcing Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Paleo as November's Featured Blogger!

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There is a time and place for crazy complicated meals, and I like many of you like to spend an afternoon cooking dishes with lots of ingredients that wow those I serve them to.  However, I would probably put myself more in the camp of "find me a dish with just a few ingredients that is simple to make but yet tastes amazing".  This, my friends, is harder than it looks though.  If you ever watch Top Chef or any of those other cooking competition shows, many of the times it is the chef who masters a simple and otherwise easy looking dish that wins.  It's easy to throw a few ingredients into a bowl but to make it taste good you need knowledge of how those ingredients work together to let the flavors shine through.    

Enter Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Paleo.  The majority of her recipes feature less than 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper), yet everything is spot on delicious.  I clearly remember the first dish I made of hers, the Paleo Banana Blackberry Muffins.  The ingredients are rather benign, some coconut flour, a banana, some eggs, etc, so I figured it would be like every other coconut flour muffin I've had but yet it wasn't.  It was delicious and moist and packed with flavor.  Everything else has been the same.  Clean and simple yet amazing.

So that's why I am super excited that Lisa has agreed to be our November featured blogger and that she is also providing us with an app exclusive recipe as well!  (I have had a sneak peak and well, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm). 

Her update will be out in November but in the meantime you can check Lisa out at her blog at Cook Eat Paleo

 

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Apple Cinnamon Cake

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I have had a book for years from Williams-Sonoma called Cakes that is a wonderful resource for any pastry-chef wannabe.  It gives all kinds of baking techniques and explanations of what to do when you want to bake a cake.  Unfortunately it is also all based on wheat flours and regular white sugars, so not exactly in the realm of someone on Paleo/GAPS/SCD or even gluten-free.

However, this book has a recipe within it that has been an absolute favorite of ours every autumn when apples are in season.  This recipe, called Apple Cake, is delicious and really shows the flavors of the season.  BUT, it is made with white wheat flour and 2.5 cups (500 g) of sugar.  Even if I was going to cheat and deal with the effects of gluten, that is one heck of a lot of sugar.  I made it my mission this year to replicate the cake in a grain-free way that also uses a ton less sweetener.  I am really pleased with how this came out - moist, not cloyingly sweet, cinnamony, and above all, delicious.

Makes: 1 cake

Prep time: 30 min   Total time:  1 hr 30 min 

Apple Cinnamon Cake by Nourished App

2-3 Apples

1 tbs (15 mL) Cinnamon

1/4 cup (65 g) Coconut Sugar 

3 tbs (21 g) Coconut Flour 

2.5 cups (280 g) Almond Flour

1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) Salt

1.5 tsp (7.5 mL) Baking Soda

3 Eggs 

1/2 cup (120 mL) Honey 

2 tsp (10 mL) Vanilla Extract

2/3 cup (160 mL) Coconut Oil, melted

1/3 cup (80 mL) Coconut Cream (the solid part from a refrigerated can of coconut milk) 

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (177° C).  Generously grease (with coconut oil) and flour (with almond flour) a fixed-bottom tube pan or a bundt pan.

2. Make the cinnamon sugar by mixing the cinnamon and coconut sugar together in a small bowl.  Set aside.

3. Using the large holes on a box grater, shred the apples onto a piece of parchment paper.   (I'm lazy so I don't peel the apples first but you certainly could)

4. Place the shredded apples into a measuring cup and continue until you have 2 cups (250 g).  

5. Transfer the shredded apples to a small bowl and toss with 3 tbs (40 g) of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Let sit for 15 minutes to let the apples absorb the flavor and to release some of their juices.

6. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.   Make sure no clumps remain.

7. In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, or using a stand mixer, mix the eggs and honey together for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is a pale yellow.

8. Add the vanilla extract and then with the mixer running, slowly pour in the coconut oil.  

9. Add the dry ingredients in 2 equal additions, mixing each until incorporated.   

10. Add the coconut cream and mix until the white streaks disappear. 

11. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl and put the apples in it.  Gently squeeze the apples a bit to release more of the moisture.  You don't want to wring them dry like a sponge, but enough that anything easily given up comes out.  

12. Fold the apple mixture into the batter. 

13. Evenly pour about 2/3 of the batter into the prepared cake pan.   Sprinkle half of the remaining cinnamon sugar over the surface of the batter.

14. Pour the rest of the batter into the pan, spreading it out to make an even layer.  It may not completely cover the sugar layer.  Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on the surface. 

15. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  

16. Let the cake cool on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes, then run a butter knife around any area that touches the pan to gently dislodge the cake from the sides.  Then invert a plate over the cake pan and turn both the pan and the plate over together.  Lift the pan off of the cake and let cool completely before serving.

 

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App Update Adding Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut now available!

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The app update that adds Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut to the app is now available for download! (If you have iOS 7 and have the automatic download feature on it will download for you).

The recipes she adds are: 

  • Cashew Cream Dill Sauce
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Carrot, Kielbasa, & Fried Egg Cauli-Hash
  • Sour Cherry Acai & Chocolate Chip Bars
  • Thai Basil Chicken Soup

 

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Also added by Nourished App was our Pork Chops with Bacon Fig Sauce
 

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Added new functionality as well!!! 
The app now includes the ability to filter by whether an item is sweetener-free or not and you can also now see an indicator from the "All Recipes" view if a recipe is new this month. 

And finally, added a new favorite Resource - Chomps Snack Sticks

 

As always, this update is free to anyone who already has the app.  Buy it for iPhone and get it for iPad free (or vice versa).  And get all the great features like multiple serving sizes, shopping lists, cooking history, etc.