AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Roasted Kale & Apple with Herbs de Provence

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Confession:

I make alot of REALLY simple dishes!

But…that doesn’t mean they don’t satisfy! I use seasonal ingredients so my food tastes great and keeps me and my clients feeling our best and we all want to feel our best!

Cooking Whole30 may seem intimidating because it is different but it is so simple and you can make gorgeous, delicious foods rather easily!

This recipe is living proof. Boring old kale (I know some of you hale to kale, but…) and apple come alive roasted in coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt and herbs de provence. Do you use herbs de provence? This spice blend is aromatic, cleansing and hello, tastes amazing! Go get a jar and use it on salads, meats and roasted veggies! And try it on this:

RECIPE:

ROASTED KALE & APPLE WITH HERBS DE PROVENCE (serves 4 side dishes)

INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch of kale (I used dino kale, but any ol’ kale will do)
2 green apples (again, any apple works…get the apple YOU like)
2 Tbs. of coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. of sea salt
1 Tbs. of our recipe star, Herbs de Provence

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse and devein kale (you can use a knife to remove the veins (stems) or run your fingers down the vein and gently tear off the leaves)

Chop your kale. Rustic chopping is awesome for this dish. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Rinse, core and chop your apples in 1-2″ pieces.

Add kale and apple to a baking dish lined with parchmont paper.

Pour melted coconut oil over your kale and apples and sprinkle sea salt and H de P (can we get nicknamy, here?) and toss with a spatula.

Bake for 10 minutes, toss, then bake another 10 minutes.

Serve between friends and loved ones (these are the same, right?) and enjoy a fancier take on staples such as kale and apples!

How do you use herbs de provence?

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Beef Stew in Artichoke Heart Broth

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Want in on a beef stew recipe different than most?

You can make this stew in your slow cooker, Instapot or by stovetop…which will you choose?! I am partial to my Instapot but have used all three methods and am happy with each.

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RECIPE

BEEF STEW IN ARTICHOKE BROTH (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs. of cooking fat such as ghee, coconut oil or avocado oil
1 lb. of organic, grass-fed beef shoulder, cubed in 1″ pieces
2 carrots, peeled and dice
2 medium zucchini, diced
3 whole scallions, minced
4 tomatoes, diced (omit for AIP)
1 can of artichoke hearts (reserve liquid to use as broth)
1 tsp. of sea salt
Dash of white pepper (omit for AIP)
1 cup of fresh Italian parsley, minced, added just before serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add 1 Tbs. of cooking fat to a slow cooker, Instapot or medium saucepan.

Add all ingredients except artichoke hearts and parsley to your pot (do add the artichoke heart liquid though)

Slow cooker instructions: cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Instapot instructions: cook on manual (sealed) for 20 minutes, then allow steam to release naturally for another 20-30 minutes.

Stovetop instructions: simmer on low heat with a lid for 30-45 minutes.

Optional: you can brown the meat (this locks in flavor and juices) first for any of these cooking methods.

Once done, stir in artichoke hearts and fresh parsley.

Add more sea salt if desired.

And enjoy!

This stew is warming and uniquely flavored, it makes a great meal anytime of day.

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AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Liver with Caramelized Onions By Natural Hormone Healing

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I have big news! I’m in love with…liver!

But…only when it is cooked deliciously!

Of course!

I recently made this liver and caramelized onion recipe by Madeline of @naturalhormonehealing and was shocked at how easy it was to make…and it tasted so good!

Give it a try, it might become a staple on and off your Whole30!

RECIPE:

LIVER WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS (serves 2-4)

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 Tbs. of coconut oil or ghee
1 small onion, chopped into half moon rings
2/3 lb. of bison, beef or elk liver
Smoked paprika, to sprinkle on top of liver (omit to keep this AIP, try adding garlic powder instead)
Sea salt and white pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Saute onion rings in cooking fat until caramelized (this takes about 20 minutes if cooking on low heat in a skillet).
Remove caramelized onions and set aside.

Turn up the heat in your skillet to medium high.

Pat liver dry with a paper towel and place on the heated skillet.

Sprinkle smoked paprika, sea salt and white pepper on one side, and sear for 2-3 minutes, flip, sprinkle more smoked paprika, sea salt and white pepper on the other side and sear another 2-3 minutes (slightly pink in the middle is how you want to serve it).

Once cooked, serve the liver topped with caramelized onion and a side salad or steamed greens and an optional grain-free carb such as sweet potato, butternut squash, potato or parsnips.

I hope you try this recipe, I think you will really love it!

And be sure to check out more Whole30 recipes from @naturalhormonehealing!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Pork Shoulder Salad with Sweet Potato & Avocado

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This is a recipe I just had for brunch and it is so good I have to share it with you now!

Tip: Creating Whole30 meals can be as elaborate or simple as you like, but building them is always very simple: veggies, protein and healthy fat. As you put together your own meals, use this trio as your guide. You will find you have endless options and so much freedlm to express yourself in the kitchen!

This salad is Whole30, Paleo, AIP and fit for anyone who likes good food.

RECIPE:

PORK SHOULDER SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO & AVOCADO (serves 4):

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 lbs of organic pork shoulder
1 cup of chicken bone broth or stock
1 Tbs. each of ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder
1 whole scallion, minced
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 Tbs. of ghee
Sprinkle of sea salt
1 avocado
4 big handfuls of chopped cabbage or kale (I used a blend of green/red cabbage/cury kalecarrots and found it pre-chopped at @wholefoods, hello time saver!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add pork shoulder, broth, ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hrs.

Or, place in an Instapot (no need to brown) and cook sealed on manual for 30 min, allowing steam to naturally release for 30 min.

Once cooked, chop pork into bite size pieces on a large cutting board and sprinkle with minced scallion.

While the pork is cooking, roast sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet with ghee and sea salt for 30 min, tossing after 15 min.

Add a big handful of cabbage/kale to 4 serving bowls and top with cooked pork, roasted sweet potato and sliced avocado.

Pour 1/2 cup of the broth in your slow cooker or Instapot over your salad, gently toss and enjoy!

I hope you like this salad and of course, feel free to customize it to your own tastes!

Kitchen Tip: Glass Containers!

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I’m sharing a kitchen tip that you can be sure I implement because it works!

Glass containers!

You guys, glass containers are a fantastic investment for your Whole30. I store everything in glass. Greens, fruit, meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, vinaigrettes, fresh herbs….all of it.

Storing foods in glass allows you to see exactly what you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry and glass containers keeps food fresh!

In this photo I can already see lots of meals that can be whipped up quickly.

A spinach salad with blueberries, fresh mint, chopped hazelnuts, jullienned radish, all tossed in vinaigrette.

A pork chop marinated in vinaigrette, seared in the cast iron and seasoned with fresh rosemary.

Roast beef roll ups filled with sliced peppers and fresh parsley.

Parsley pesto made from blending vinaigrette and sunflower seeds.

Can you think of more ideas?

Whole30 foods make endless delicious meals and the more you practice combining what you find in your kitchen, the easier it is to create custom Whole30 recipes.

I purchase my glass, oven-safe containers from Amazon, but you can find them all over, I see them at @WholeFoods, as well.

Do you already implement this tip? How do you like it?

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Italian Fajitas with Herbs de Provence

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Here is an Italian-inspired fajita recipe you can make in just minutes!

Tip: Whenever I cook myself dinner, I make an extra portion to have as a meal the next day. I portion my dinner on a plate, then store a second portion in a glass container, then wash the pan (confession for those of you that know me: I still wash my dishes pretty much immediately after using them!).

Are you in the habit of prepping tomorrow’s meals? It will change your life!

Onto these delicious fajitas!

RECIPE:

ITALIAN FAJITAS WITH HERBS DE PROVENCE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of organic, grass-fed skirt steak
1 of each: red, yellow and green bell pepper
1 yellow or sweet onion
1/4 cup of avocado oil (plus more Tbs. for cooking)
1 tsp. of sea salt
1 Tbs. of herbs de provence & dried oregano
1 tsp. of garlic powder
1/2 tsp. of white pepper
Handful of Italian parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add 1/4 cup of avocado oil, sea salt and spices to a large zip-lock bag.

With your fingertips, massage the oil so that the spices are mixed well.

Add skirt steak to your zip-lock bag.

Slice bell peppers and onion in thin strips and add to the zip-lock bag.

Seal the bag and mix well by shaking and using your hands to get everything coated in the oil and spices.

Allow steak and veggies to marinate in the bag for up to 24 hours. If you don’t have time to marinate, don’t fret! Any block of time is fine, even 5 minutes!

Heat a grill pan or cast iron with 2 Tbs. of avocado oil to medium high.

Once your pan is really hot, place skirt steak flat on your pan and grill for 1 min/side.

After grilling, place skirt steak on a cutting board to cool.

Place the peppers and onions in the same grill pan and cook, tossing often, until they soften and even char a bit (charring is optional but tasty).

While your veggies are cooking, thinly slice your skirt steak against the grain and arrange on a serving platter.

Add grilled veggies to your platter and garnish with Italian parsley.

Yum! I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to pack your lefties for tomorrow!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Minced Dill & Scallion Romaine Salad with Lemon Zest & Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Tip: Whenever I make a salad, I use fresh herbs and fresh citrus. These simple additions draw a salad together no matter what else is added or left out. I have cooked for clients avoiding vinegars and nightshades and other random veggies and fruits so adding minced fresh herbs and citrus juices and zest keeps salads yummy (translation: out of the fridge and into bellies!).

I think you all will find this salad a cinch to prepare (no appliances needed) and on your menu again and again. It is also pretty…and we eat with our eyes, folks!

RECIPE:

MINCED DILL & SCALLION ROMAINE SALAD WITH LEMON ZEST & BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:
1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
5 sprigs of fresh dill, minced
1 whole scallion, minced
Zest from 1 whole lemon

VINAIGRETTE:
4 Tbs. of olive oil
1 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
Optional: Dash of white pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add vinaigrette ingredients to a glass jar and seal.

Add romaine, dill and scallion to a serving bowl and toss well to combine.

Top with addition dill and scallion, then garnish with fresh lemon zest.

When ready to serve, shake vinaigrette (in the sealed jar) and pour over your salad, tossing well to combine.

Use this simple salad as a base recipe, alternating herbs (such as parsley, basil, cilantro and tarragon) and zests (like orange, lime or clementine) to keep your salads fresh and flavorfull!

Hope you enjoy!

Mindful Eating #14: Replacing Unwanted Thoughts

Replacing unwanted thoughts (about anything in your life) is a simple and rewarding practice.

Begin with the commitment to notice and observe your thoughts.  Simply notice and observe.  You are only gathering information about yourself right now, you aren’t condemning or teaching yourself any lessons.  It might be helpful to write your thoughts down on paper so you can see them or reread them aloud but you do not have to either of these things if you do not prefer.

When you are comfortable noticing and observing your thoughts, start to pinpoint those that are untrue and negative.  Untrue thoughts might be hard to identify at first so give yourself time to explore what you think.  You can explore by asking yourself questions about specific thoughts.  You can ask, “Is this something that can be proved or is it something I was told to believe?” or “Is this always the case or have I simply always told myself this?” or “What evidence is there that this a hard fact?“.  You can spot negative thoughts easier than untrue thoughts because they will be followed by negative feelings such as judgment, criticism or a general lack of compassion.

After you have pinpointed untrue and negative thoughts, immediately replace them with thoughts that are true and positive.  You might do this by thinking, “Even though I have thought this for a very long time, I know it has never helped me and I will choose to think on something that will be of benefit (your new true and positive thought) instead.

Follow this process up by reminding yourself that every time you replace an unwanted thought with one that is true and positive, you are strengthening your ability to think rationally and positively.  Do not neglect this part!  It serves as a rewarding reinforcement keeping you motivated at replacing unwanted thoughts.  Even if it feels funny or forced, do it.

Here is an example of replacing untrue and negative thoughts you might have when you “fail” or “break” your dietary goals with thoughts that are true, helpful and positive:

Thoughts: “I cannot believe I just ate that.  And so much!  I’m such an idiot.  I’ll never be able to eat right, I’m too weak.  I will just have a bit (but who am I kidding, alot!) more and then start again tomorrow.

Now apply observation, questioning, replacing and celebrating:

Oops, there I go again with untrue and negative thoughts about food and eating.  Let me stop and think about this for a moment.  Why can’t I believe that I ate this?  It is a delicious food and I’ve always enjoyed it and it’s available right here for me to eat.  Most people would surely eat it if they had the chance and they liked it as much as me.  Given this, it might be more strange if I did not eat it at all so it’s actually quite believable that I chose it, but I am not an idiot for it.  The truth is, even though I did not make the best choice right now, I am always capable of eating in a way that supports my dietary goals.  One snack or meal off coarse does not make me a failure, it just means I chose to eat foods or in a way that is not the best for my body.  Thankfully, my body does a very good job at healing itself and this act will not destroy me.  Even if I ate ten more servings of this right now I am not a failure because my food choices have no bearing on who I really am, they only contribute to the health and size of my body.  I have already proven that I can eat correctly (ways that I have decided keep me feeling great) so I know without a doubt that I can eat correctly again.  The reality is, I am a fallible human being, just like everyone else, and at times I will eat when I am not hungry or have foods that do not support my health goals, but right now I will choose to stop eating and do the kindest thing I can think of in this moment, which I know is to not overeat anymore.   I want to feel good when I wake up and I know that continuing to eat will only make me more full, more bloated and more likely to eat poorly again tomorrow.  I am pretty certain that the best choice for me is to end my eating now instead of waiting until tomorrow.  There, now, that was not so bad!  I am learning to replace my thoughts and I am getting better at it!  I think I will clean up and get on with my day.  There are still more things I would like to do.”

This is only one example of replacing unwanted thoughts with truth and positivity.  You can use this practice for any untrue or negative thought and with time it will become more natural and easier to do.

Try it out and leave a comment with your own experiences!

Image from Flickr.

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Mom’s Classic Deviled Eggs

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I’ve been so exited to share a recipe I grew up enjoying because my Mom made it at for us every holiday season…deviled eggs!

I now make these for clients with #whole30approved mayo and I include them on menus….gasp….that fall on non-holiday calendar dates! And my clients love them! Easy to grab, keeps bellies full and it reminds all of us of our Mom’s at Christmas.

RECIPE

MOM’S CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS (makes 24)

INGREDIENTS:
1 dozen organic eggs (I like using extra large eggs)
1/4 cup mayo (@primalkitchenfoods mayo is the best thing to happen to mayo, can I get a witness?!)
2 Tbs. of yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1/2 tsp. of paprika
Minced chives to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a covered saucepan filled with cold water, bring them to a boil, remove the lid, and continue boiling for 12 min.

Once done, run under cold water and place in the fridge to completely cool.

Tip: Hard boil your eggs the day before you make these. You will be glad you saved yourself the cooling time when you are actually ready to “devil” them.

Peel cool eggs and slice each egg in half. I like rinsing my knife in between each slice. Keeps the egg whites clean.

Scoop each egg yolk half into a mixing bowl.

Add mayo, mustard, sea salt and paprika.

Gently mix until the yolks are creamy, spreckled by paprika.

Carefully (or wrecklessly, your choice!) scoop mixture into each hollow egg white.

Sprinkle with additional paprika and minced chives (kitchen scissors work great here).

Serve these little devils on a patter lined with butter lettuce and assorted olives/veggies and I promise you, your Christmas will be just….fine.

Hope you enjoy!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Juliet’s Whole30 Holiday Green Bean Sauce

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Happy holidays, All! Do you have your recipes for the second half of the month lined up yet? Below is a special holiday side dish that my sweet Sister made me (ok, for the whole fam, not just me!) at Thanksgiving this year. It was delicious and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table. And my Sis gives us all permission to copy!

Tip: As much as possible, get comfy in the kitchen swapping non-compliant ingredients with Whole30 subs such as ghee for butter, coconut milk for dairy, rich homemade broths for wine. You can make any dish Whole30 with a little editing.

RECIPE:

JULIET’S WHOLE30 HOLIDAY GREEN BEAN SAUTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of fresh green beans, tips removed (kitchen scissors work bomb for trimming green bean tips!)
1 Tbs. of ghee
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups of crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of canned coconut milk (full fat)
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 tsp. of sea salt
A pinch of ground nutmeg (omit if following the autoimmune protocol)

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, blanch your green beans. You can do this by boiling your green beans for 2-4 min (2 min for small beans, 3 for medium, 4 for large) and then transfer beans to a large bowl of ice water. Once cool, remove from the ice water and set aside.

Heat ghee in a skillet to medium heat.

Saute shallots for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Bring heat down to low and add sliced mushrooms, cover and continue to saute for another 3-5 minutes.

When both shallots and mushrooms are soft, add coconut milk, chicken broth, sea salt and nutmeg (leave nutmeg out to keep this AIP friendly) and gently toss together until all is combined.

Add blanched green beans and saute on low until green beans are warm again.

And that is it! A comforting holiday side dish that will leave you and your loved ones feeling amazing!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!