Category Archives: Recipes

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

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I am SO excited about this recipe! It has been AGES since the last time I had Alfredo sauce! I had a craving for it so I did some searching. I found this recipe and I started getting some ideas haha! I’ve made this twice now, last night being the second time. The first time I was just sort of flying by the seat of my pants haha! I am THRILLED to report that my oldest, who is VERY picky about his flavors, said, “This is so good you will faint the first time you try it!” and he said it both times he had it. I think it’s safe to say that it is really good! What you need to do right now is go get a can (yes a can) of coconut milk and put it in the fridge. The cream separates and sits right on top and is super easy to just scoop right out! Refrigerating overnight is best.

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Healthy Taco Meat

Vegetables. As parents, I think just about all of us have gone through a time of “vegetable revolt” with our children haha! Maybe you are now an adult and still have a bad taste in your mouth from your childhood vegetable nightmares. Trust me, veggies can taste amazing!!

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Maple Balsamic Salmon

Do you love salmon? I do! It’s my favorite fish. This recipe takes my love to a whole new level! I seriously could eat this every. single. day. It’s THAT good! My hubby found this recipe 3 or 4 years ago and put his own twist on it. My personal fav salmon is copper river wild caught salmon. It has such amazing flavor! It can be very expensive though. Keep your eye out for sales! When it goes on sale, they usually reduce it by a ton! I’ve purchased it at Yokes (in WA) and Whole Foods. No matter what type of salmon you get, make sure it is wild caught and not farmed!

I’m a firm believer in education. We must educate ourselves in all aspects of our lives and not just take someone’s word for it. With the mass use of “safe” pesticides to the creation of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), we can’t just trust government agencies to truly have our best interest in mind. Money is a lot more important these days. Having said that, know that we will always provide insight into WHY we have chosen this lifestyle and why we prefer one thing over another. We will never expect you to take our word for it.

Wild Caught vs Farmed
This article is about a study that found scary amounts of cancer-causing contaminants in farmed salmon. Yes, there are contaminants in wild salmon also, but the farmed salmon have levels that far exceed the wild. The farmed salmon is contaminated by the food that is fed to them according to the above mentioned article. These chemicals don’t just flush out of our system or that of the fish. They are stored in the fat and that is just what these farmed fish are fed. The article states “While wild salmon eat a diverse buffet from small aquatic organisms like krill to larger fish, farmed salmon are fed a concentrated and high fat mixture of ground up fish and fish oil. And since chemical contaminants a fish is exposed to during its life are stored in its fat, the higher fat “salmon chow” passes along more of these contaminants to the farmed salmon.” Like I said before, I know we don’t live in a perfect world. There are chemicals in everything, pesticides everywhere, and more diseases than we can count. If you saw a cancer tumor laying on the ground, would you go lather it all over your skin and eat it or would you walk on the other side of the road to try and stay away from it? The less we expose ourselves to it all, the better! (Purchasing products from companies with sustainable fishing practices is for another post, I don’t want to overwhelm anyone! ;)) Wild caught salmon are also healthier for you because of their protein and omega 3 content. This article says, “Indeed, U.S. Department of Agriculture research bears out that the fat content of farmed salmon is 30 percent to 35 percent by weight while wild salmons’ fat content is some 20 percent lower, though with a protein content about 20 percent higher. And farm-raised fish contain higher amounts of pro-inflammatory omega 6 fats instead of the preponderance of healthier omega 3s found in wild fish. “Due to the feedlot conditions of aquafarming, farm-raised fish are doused with antibiotics and exposed to more concentrated pesticides than their wild kin,” reports Mateljan. He adds that farmed salmon are given a salmon-colored dye in their feed “without which their flesh would be an unappetizing grey color.”

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Paleo Sloppy Joes

In our family, we try to eat as little gluten as possible and as much real food as possible. I make my husband lunch everyday. When we first started down this path, it was hard to figure out what to make him, other than sandwiches and leftovers (only so many leftover days until your bored). We ate A LOT of eggs and tuna at first, but then I started getting creative. I went online and started looking for inspiration. The first recipe I tried to make on my own after adapting to this lifestyle was this sloppy joe recipe. Even with the lettuce, which my husband was hesitant to use at first, he LOVED it! Success! Just make sure to get the romaine lettuce leaves that already kind of look like a boat, none of the others stand up to this recipe, I tried! 🙂 Without further adieu, here is my from scratch sloppy joe recipe, it takes takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make!
Pictures will come tomorrow sorry!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee

1 green and 1 red bell pepper

1.5 lbs ground beef ( you can use ground turkey if you prefer)

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 to 2 tbsp. tomato paste ( I “feel” this one out, you just want to make sure all of your meat shares in the paste’s glory)

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

½ cup ketchup (homemade or sugar free)

½ tsp. molasses

3 garlic cloves

1 onion

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. cumin

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Add olive oil to a pan. Add onions, garlic, and bell peppers and sauté for 5-6 minutes or until onions are translucent and peppers are softer.

Once the vegetables are sautéed, add the meat and season with turmeric, paprika, cumin, and extra garlic powder (if you want, we love garlic!). Cook until browned.

Next add the tomato paste and stir until well combined. At this point it should be smelling gooood!

Add tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, vinegar, salt and pepper to the pan. Cook for an additional 7-8 minutes to let the sauce come together.

Place on lettuce leaves (or buns for the non-paleo) and enjoy!

Apple Cider Vinegar

cup of apple cider vinegar

Recently there has been a lot of people coming out and touting the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. Benefits range from weight loss to heart burn relief and everything in between. By no means is this home remedy new, it has been used for centuries and resurfaced in the 1950’s , but it seems to be making a come back with the younger generation these days. Some believe apple cider vinegar cures everything and some doubt its benefits. There have been medical studies that confirm it helps with diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, weight loss, cancer, and even heart health. If it can help what I consider to be significant issues, I think it can also help with smaller issues such as warts or acne. If you want to read more on the studies you can visit these websites: WebMD , Reader’s Digest, Alternative Medicine, Home Remedies Web, or you could always check out the book Apple Cider Vinegar by Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg.

Now on to why I am interested in it! For those of you who do not know me, I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 11! I proceeded to take birth control for the next 11 years of my life. After I got married in 2011, my husband and I decided we wanted to have kids SOMEDAY so it would be beneficial for me to come off of birth control to figure out how my body works. One of the consequences of this is my weight spiraled out of control and my blood sugar is all sorts of crazy most days. There were many more consequences that I am slowly finding solutions for but that’s for another post another day! So in order to help lose weight and try to gain a balance on my blood sugar my husband and I came up with the following drink. I think its great and can sip on it until its gone, he thinks anything with apple cider vinegar is gross and shoots it. I think it may be a little in his head and a little he doesn’t like the vinegary burn. 😉 But I digress! My husband and I are going to do a month long challenge! I will post the results as we go, if you would like you can join us and post your results of ANY health benefits on this post!

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

ingredients

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ( I would like to point out that Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother such as Braggs , it is the best to use for this, as it is the most pure form!)

6 ounces of hot water

1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg or allspice or pumpkin pie spice

I prefer to make this drink in a mug rather than in a large batch as I have a water dispenser that gives me boiling water anytime I want it. I add the honey and hot water to the cup to begin with and stir to dissolve the honey. I then add the apple cider vinegar and stir again to combine. I end by adding the spices, if you aren’t sure you want to add the spices adding a cinnamon stick is an easy way to add flavor and you can just stir with the cinnamon stick. You can drink it hot or cold!

Have you ever thought of drinking apple cider vinegar everyday? If you have what were your results?

**I have no affiliation with the makers of the Apple Cider Vinegar or Braggs, my research has just shown that they are the best!**

THE chocolate cake!

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So there’s this cake…and its soooooo good! I made it for my son’s 6th birthday and it was a huge hit! There wasn’t a crumb left! This cake is gluten, dairy, and sugar cane free too! (We have gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast, sesame, cranberry, and sugar cane sensitivities/allergies.) The gluten eaters all thought it was amazing too!! Well I made it again for Father’s Day and I had lots of people asking for the recipe. I adapted it from a recipe I found in a cookbook called The Food Lovers Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. I have had success with everything I have tried out of this book! Without further adieu, here is “Dark Chocolate Cake”. 😉

Ingredients

3/4 c coconut flour, sifted
1/4 c unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
10 eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 c pure maple syrup (Costco sells this at a great price!)
1 c melted coconut oil (Vitacost has a great price on this!)

Process

First preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.

In a small bowl, add sifted coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.

In a large bowl, or mixer, add eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Mx until well combined, but don’t over mix. This should be pretty liquidy. Be sure to temper your eggs if you are adding the coconut oil while it is still hot. You don’t want to have scrambled eggs!

Then add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Again, don’t over mix! 🙂

Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil or coconut flour.

Pour batter into pans and spread evenly.

Bake for 25-35 minutes. Test center with a tooth pick–if the tooth pick comes out clean, then the cakes are done. **I have baked this in 2 states now. NM and GA. NM worked great. In GA I checked mine at 30 minutes and it was done and almost too much so. This could be because of my oven, but next time I will be checking at around 25 minutes, just to be sure!**

Remove cakes from oven and cool.

This cake looks like it would be dry, but its soooo moist! You are welcome to add a frosting of your choice, but we just slice up some strawberries and put with it. It is a phenomenal combination!

We hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!

~Crunchymama~

P.S. Sorry I don’t have step by step pictures, I will work on getting some! 🙂

This is a slice from Father’s Day!

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