Bacon Beef Liver Pate with Rosemary and Thyme (AIP)

Bacon Beef Liver Pate with Rosemary and Thyme (AIP)

Just in time for Holiday get togethers, I get to share this YUMMY pate recipe with you!!

P.S. how do you make fancy accents over the word pate??!!

This fab recipe come straight from the fantastically great new cookbook/lifestyle bible The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt. (Find it on Amazon here

More about the cookbook below, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon (check ingredients to ensure it is gluten-and nightshade-free) (You guys know I love to get my meat from Butcherbox)

1 small onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound grass-fed beef liver, rinsed, dried, and sliced into 2- to 3-inch pieces

2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (like this one)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I like this one)

Fresh herbs, for garnish

Carrot or cucumber slices, for serving

Recipe:

  1. Cook the bacon slices over medium heat in a cast-iron skillet, flipping as needed.  Cook until crispy.  Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool, reserving the fat in the pan.
  2. Add the onions and cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring.  Add the garlic and cook for a minute, 5 minutes per side, or until the liver is no longer pink in the center.  Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a blender of food processor with the coconut oil and sea salt.  Process until if forms a thick paste.
  4. Place the pate into a small bowl.  Chop the cooled bacon into the bowl in fine pieces and combine.
  5. Garnish with the fresh herbs and serve with vegetable slices.

Storage: Keep in the refrigerator for several days.  Also freezes well.

Note: This recipe is difficult to make in a standard blender; you really need a high-powered machine with a tamper for best results.  Alternately you could use a food processor.  I think this device is the BEST for this kind of stuff. 


Why this book?

Mickey has another autoimmune paleo (AIP) book that I usually recommend because its so chock full of awesome recipes.  (Find it here)

But I think this might be one of the best AIP lifestyle books. 

The majority of the book isn’t just recipes and general “stress reduction” tips.

It’s an amazing compilation of plans, advice, and empathetic anecdotes that will help those of you with autoimmune issues really find holistic well-being. 

It truly is a DIY guide to living well with chronic illness and I highly recommend it.  Find it on Amazon here. 

Where will you make this pate?  How do you find holistic well-being in your life?

 

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Why I love using bentonite clay on my face

Why I love using bentonite clay on my face

Most regular readers of my blog know by now that I have the skin sensitivity of a poor kitten’s underbelly.

I cannot tolerate moisturizers, cleansers, or toners, even those billed as “natural” or “organic.”

When I try, my skin becomes red and inflamed, almost instantly. Every time I put on a new lotion or cleanser it’s the same.

On a very rare occasion I might try a brand “for sensitive skin” such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula (fragrance-free, which is the moisturizer I currently use), but it is quite rare for me to find something that suits my skin.

To that end, I stick to a simple warm washcloth and water, and an occasional spray of topical probiotics.

And because topical probiotics have worked so well for me in the past, I have promoted the company Probiotic Action’s products regularly on this site for a long time. I think they’re great.

I have also had the incredible fortune to become somewhat of a friend to the director of Probiotic Action.

This summer, the director sent me an email and told me he had developed a new cleanser, one made out of bentonite clay.

I responded, laughing. I remember the one time I got a 15-passenger van stuck in a field of bentonite clay out in Wyoming. I said, “you’ve got to be kidding me!”

He said, no, he certainly wasn’t. Bentonite clay, he explained to me, has a simultaneous exfoliating and moisturizing effect on the skin, leaving it smooth, clean, and not inflamed or overly-dry once washed.

Bentonite — and I do remember this from my days studying earth science (And getting stuck in the mud in Wyoming!) — has a special ability to bind to complex molecules, such as dirt and toxins.

I agreed to test it.

I have now been using the bentonite clay cleanser on my skin for weeks and I can honestly say it’s the only cleanser I have ever used that hasn’t made my skin worse. It feels soft and gentle and still very clean to the touch after I wash my face. I still do use my Palmer’s moisturizer, but I need less.

The cleanser:

A close up of MY FACE after using the cleanser:

Probiotic Action developed this cleanser in the pursuit of an all natural soap, one that is powerfully cleaning but free of typical additions to purportedly natural cleansers such as sodium laureth sulfate and benzyl alcohol. This is a fully natural product with no synthetic elements – and it passes all the natural standards of the holy grails of US mainstream cleanliness, such as Whole Foods.

So I wanted to share with you, as we head into the dry winter months, my favorite cleanser. I couldn’t recommend bentonite (as a cleanser or a mask) highly enough. Nor could I recommend Probiotic Action, which is an earnest and passionate company that makes high quality products at the lowest prices possible.

PLUS, Probiotic Action has so kindly created a discount code JUST FOR US! 

It’s a 15% OFF coupon. Use the code VPDVXYHZMR81 at check out!

So do check out the bentonite clay cleanser if you have super sensitive skin like me! I would love to hear what you think of it and if it works as well for you as it does for me. 🙂

Here is the probiotic action site: http://probioticaction.com

Here is the link to purchase the clay cleanser: https://probioticaction.com/buy-now/#!/Bentonite-Clay-Cleanser-4-fl-oz/p/73168511/category=0

Please do let me know what you think! <3

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The Paleo Women Podcast #092: Stress and Liver Support, Recurring Acne, & Tracking Cycles While Breastfeeding

The Paleo Women Podcast #092: Stress and Liver Support, Recurring Acne, & Tracking Cycles While Breastfeeding

Hey ladies!

I hope you’re well! Today is episode 92!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. I would appreciate hearing from you more than I could possibly say!

This week, Noelle and I discuss stress and liver support, recurring acne, and tracking your menstrual cycles with respect to fertility.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

Listen right now here:

Play in new window | Download

10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[13:39] Stress and Liver Support
[31:47] Recurring Acne
[41:40] Tracking Cycles While Breastfeeding

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

PCOS Unlocked

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

http://nutritionaltherapyconference.com

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

Sun Basket

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Sun Basket is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that uses organic, sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients from the country’s top farms. When you sign up for Sun Basket, you’ll simply chose 3 recipes to make each week customized to your desires and needs, and then you’ll receive a box with all the ingredients to make those recipes delivered to your front door. All the ingredients are pre-measured so there’s less hassle and less waste, and there is no commitment meaning you can skip or cancel at any time.

As a special offer for our community, Sun Basket is offering 3 free meals with your first order ($34.47 Value!) To get this special deal, go to http://sunbasket.com/paleowomen.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

A Perfect Paleo Thanksgiving

A Perfect Paleo Thanksgiving

For my American friends, Thanksgiving is coming soon!

This particular season has been divisive and difficult for many.

The election left some happy, some sad, and some angry.

But Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to come together, to celebrate the uniting quality of gratitude, to spend time with those we love and who love us.

And let’s hopefully remember all that we still have to be grateful for.

The thing I love most about Thanksgiving, besides the time with family, is the delicious, amazing food and the beautiful table.

There’s something magical about it.

But as a person who carefully watches what I eat, many things like stuffing, green bean casserole, and cheesy potatoes are off limits to me.

I admit, I’ll usually make an exception for these big, important holidays.

But even still, I hate the feeling of the morning after, the sugar-gluten hangover is almost as bad as a real hangover!

Okay, sometimes it’s honestly worse!

And that’s why, when I can, I help prepare paleo-friendly Thanksgiving food.

You’d be surprised at how many options are out there to make old favorites with allergen-free ingredients.

I’ve even shared a few recipes that would be great on a Thanksgiving table.  (Like this pumpkin bread for example or any of the many things on this pumpkin spice list)

Two books in particular are great for special occasions and celebration ideas: Gather: the Art of Paleo Entertaining and Celebrations.

Celebrations is by Danielle Walker from Against All Grain, an author who is highly respected for writing some of the best grain-free recipes in our world and covers a whole year of celebration food in her latest book.

It’s AMAZING.  Find it on Amazon here 

Gather: the Art of Paleo Entertaining is by Bill Staley and Haley Mason and sets up the art of the paleo table, making beautiful dishes that are also tasty and help you entertain well and in a way that non paleo folks will appreciate.

If any book will inspire you to cook a full on Thanksgiving feast (which you may or may not later regret!) this is the one.  Find it here.

Even though normally, I’m a no-fuss person with food, on special holidays I really like to make things fun.

I love ceramic bowls and dishes because I love to display all the food family style on the table at Thanksgiving.

Something about a beautiful table makes me so happy during the Holidays!

Like, I mean, how cute would it be to have your pumpkin pie in this PUMPKIN DISH.

Or these KISSING PILGRIM SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

I can’t even.

No matter how you like to celebrate the holidays, there’s no reason you have the feel bad eating food you’re intolerant to.

And there’s also no reason to feel guilty if you do.

After all, if holidays aren’t the time to let loose a little and cut yourself a break, when is??

So ENJOY this time of the year, eat ALL THE FOODS, and just decide right now to wear stretchy pants for the rest of the winter.

In the meantime, I’m realizing two things.

First, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving, even if I have to spend it in London and second, I really shouldn’t write anything about food while I’m hungry.

That picture of a turkey is looking reeeeaaaal good right now.

How do you guys celebrate paleo thanksgiving?

 

 

 

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

The Paleo Women Podcast #091: Physical Manifestations of Stress, Eczema and Dry Skin, & Food Intolerances

The Paleo Women Podcast #091: Physical Manifestations of Stress, Eczema and Dry Skin, & Food Intolerances

Hey ladies!

I hope you’re well! Today is episode 91!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. I would appreciate hearing from you more than I could possibly say!

This week, Noelle and I discuss physical manifestations of stress, what to do about eczema and dry skin, and everything food intolerances.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

Listen right now here:

Play in new window | Download

10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[7:55] Physical Manifestations of Stress
[26:33] Eczema and Dry Skin
[42:27] Food Intolerances

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

Prescript Assist

4-7-8 Breathing

How to Clean Your Face With Coconut Oil

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

Cyrex Array 10

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

Sun Basket

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Sun Basket is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that uses organic, sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients from the country’s top farms. When you sign up for Sun Basket, you’ll simply chose 3 recipes to make each week customized to your desires and needs, and then you’ll receive a box with all the ingredients to make those recipes delivered to your front door. All the ingredients are pre-measured so there’s less hassle and less waste, and there is no commitment meaning you can skip or cancel at any time.

As a special offer for our community, Sun Basket is offering 3 free meals with your first order ($34.47 Value!) To get this special deal, go to http://sunbasket.com/paleowomen.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.