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?

 

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?

 

 

 

Paleo Carrot Cake Bars Recipe

Paleo Carrot Cake Bars Recipe

So many excellent cookbooks are coming out these days!

It seems like every time I turnaround, one of the amazing recipe bloggers I follow is publishing a book.

And somehow they always seem to come up with new and amazing recipes to share with you all!

So today I bring you a brand new recipe from the brand new book Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

More about the book below, but I think these carrot cake bars will speak for themselves!

Carrot Cake Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup sifted blanched almond flour (I like this one)

1/3 cup coconut sugar (find it here)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (I use this brand)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional: 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1/3 cup grated carrots

1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup raisins

Optional: 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (these are my favs)

1 1/2 cups Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (found in the book) if desired

Recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until well blended.  Whisk in the eggs , applesauce, vanilla and ginger, if using, until smooth.
  3. Fold in the carrots, walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, if using.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish, smooth out the top, and bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  5. While the cake is baking, make the frosting and set aside.
  6. When the cake is done, let it cool completely in the pan before frosting or cutting.
  7. Spread the frosting evenly across the top of the cake and garnish with extra chopped walnuts, if desired.  Cut into 9 to 12 bars to serve.
  8. Store the bars in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I’m so psyched this book is coming out because it has so much to offer.

What I like best is that these recipes are clean (or have simple modifications), meaning that they come dairy-free, grain-free, soy and refined-sugar free.

That seems like a given but I’m finding that fewer and fewer books take that approach.

I’m ALL for a little fudging now and then (you guys know I eat gluten sometimes!) but I like to have the majority of my meals be purposefully simple and filled with healthful, not harmful ingredients. 

That helps me feel good, look good, and all around ROCK it. 

I can trust that every recipe in this book can be customized to be gentle on me, my digestive system, and my health in general and that’s something I really love. 

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook comes with 150 recipes including many breakfast, main dishes, soups and salads, side dishes, appetizers, basic recipes, sweets, and beverages.

Step by step instructions are included and full color photos for each recipe.

An allergy and special diet set of labels is included for dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly to help you easily navigate within your own personal dietary restrictions.  

Plus it comes with a guide to clean eating, conversion charts, cheat sheet guides and more!

Find the book on Amazon here and support the great work of the woman who gave us this AWESOME recipe. 

Enjoy!

 

This Week In Paleo: Well Fed Weeknights

This Week In Paleo: Well Fed Weeknights

Today I’m reviewing the GREAT Well Fed Weeknights, Melissa Joulwan’s newest cookbook.

The main thing I hate about eating paleo is the pure and total inconvenience of cooking my meals.

With so much going on in my life -being a student, being a dancer, blogging, working on a podcast, etc- trying to fit in time for healthy, home cooked food is really tough.

I know many of you struggle with that as well.

I know many of you have much busier lives than even I do.

You’ve got school. You’ve got kids. You’ve got extremely demanding jobs.

Etc., etc.

And that’s partially why I write so much about convenient meal replacements, protein bars, shakes, and snacks. (Did you see last week’s on all things PUMPKIN SPICE??)

Because, if I’m being truly honest, most of the time I’m not cooking an actual, balanced meal.

Most of the time, I’m opening a can of wild-caught salmon and plopping it on top of some greens.

I review a lot of cookbooks and I always test out the recipes.

They are good, delicious, excellent recipes, too.

But the reality is that many of those recipes just aren’t practical for me personally.

And that’s why I get so psyched when cookbooks come out that truly speak to my heart.

Other cookbooks I’ve reviewed will sit prettily on my counter.

I might pull them out on weekends or holidays or special occasions.

But mostly, they end up collecting dust while I scarf down an Epic bar.

Not this one.

Melissa Joulwan’s new book, Wellfed Weeknights, is a cookbook after my own heart.

It’s a workhorse cookbook that you’ll use again and again.

Why?

Because every SINGLE recipe takes under 45 minutes to prepare (many of them less).

And because she helps you come up with ways to be creative about food prep that mean more leftovers and less cooking, without sacrificing on enjoyment.

There’s about a hundred ways to make a hamburger or hot dog (I’m exaggerating, but you get the point!) so that you can cook less and still eat something that feels different every night.

Greek burgers, Californian burgers, Hawaiian burgers, breakfast burgers, there’s something for every mood.

There are ethnic dishes and classic American dishes.

And there are ways to add to your meal for fancier nights when you might want some fries with that.

What I love about this book is what I love about all of Melissa Joulwan’s work.

It’s SIMPLE.

It’s a no-nonsense, good eating, practical cookbook that will help you not only figure out what to cook tonight, but help make you more creative so that you can start coming up with your own recipes.

I’ve lived off of Melissa’s first book Well Fed for a long time and I couldn’t be more excited for this one.

I’ll stop gushing now and just tell you how you can find it!

Well Fed Weeknights is available for pre-order and comes out on November 1st.  Find it on Amazon here. 


What do you love about Melissa’s books? Are you excited for this one?  How do you fit paleo cooking into a busy schedule?

This Week In Paleo: Home Fries and Sausage Skillet from Practical Paleo

This Week In Paleo: Home Fries and Sausage Skillet from Practical Paleo

Guys, your favorite Paleo book is updated and expanded.

Remember the INCREDIBLE Practical Paleo?

It was Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites’ seminal work, combining the brilliance of her recipe making with her intelligence and skill in meal planning.

Practical Paleo contained hundreds of recipes and several 30 day meal plans to help you make the transition to paleo easy, simple and delicious.

Well, Diane has updated Practical Paleo with tons of new recipes and information in a fabulous 2nd edition!  Yay!

I’ll tell you more about it in a minute, but first, you’ve got to try one of the NEW recipes from the book.

It’s an AMAZING, egg-free breakfast option and it’s already a favorite of mine!

Practical Paleo Home Fries and Sausage Skillet

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground pork (find out how I like to buy grass fed meat here)

1 tbs. Italian blend spices (I like this one)

2 cups chopped kale

1 tbs. ghee, bacon fat, or butter (find my favorite ghee here, or I like this butter)

2 large Yukon gold potatoes, par-boiled and diced

2 tbs diner blend spices (Spice blend includes 2 tbs. dried oregano, 2 tbs. paprika, 1.5 tbs. onion powder, 1.5 tbs. garlic powder, 1.5 tsp. sea salt like Redmond’s Real Salt, 1.5 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp. dried rosemary)

For garnish (optional)

Red pepper flakes (like these)

Coarse sea salt (I like this brand)

Chopped fresh chives

Recipe

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the pork, season with the Italian Blend and stir to incorporate.  Cook the meat for 5 minutes, stirring to break it up with a spatula as it cooks then add the kale.  Continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes until the kale begins to wilt and the meat is cooked through.  Remove the pork and kale from the skilled and set aside.

Melt the ghee in the skillet, still over medium heat, then add the potatoes and Diner Blend, gently stirring to coat the potatoes with the fat and spices.  Spread the potatoes into an even layer and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, until they start to brown.  Stir midway through cooking so they don’t stick.  If they do start to stick, add a little more ghee to the pan.

Return the meat and kale to the pan, then garnish with red pepper flakes, coarse sea salt, and chives, if desired.

So what’s so great about the new Practical Paleo?

Well first, the thing is 480 pages long with 2 BRAND NEW chapters that cover the big hot topics that have come up since the first edition came out.

Most importantly for YOU is that there are now chapters on Adrenal Health/Stress Management, Healthy Hormones, and Liver Detox Support!

Those are 3 very important fertility related topics!

There are new photos, a hard cover, and even new labels to help you find which recipes fit with designations like Quick & Easy, 21 DSD-friendly, Freezer Family, Great for Parties, and more.

This book just came out so it’s in HUGE demand!  You can find it on Amazon here.  

It’s almost like a totally new book with all the new information and it still makes Paleo easy and practical.

You can simply and conveniently dial down on issues in your health that are important to you.

AND it makes an AWESOME gift for your friends who have always thought of going paleo but never had the courage. 

Find Practical Paleo Updated & Revised Edition here

This Week in Paleo: Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

This Week in Paleo: Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

A wonderful new cookbook called Fed & Fit by the excellent Cassy Joy Garcia has just hit the market and it’s AMAZING.

And in celebration, Cassy has let us share her wonderful Eggplant Lasagna recipe from the new book!

It’s yummy, and yes, it takes some time. But the results are SO worth it.

This is a creamy, delicious take on Eggplant Lasagna that will ensure you hardly notice the lack of cheese.

I’ll tell you all about the book in a minute, but first, the lasagna!

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients:

Red Sauce

1 tablespoon salted butter (I like this brand from grass-fed cows)

1/2 small onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds hot Italian sausage, removed from casings

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

12 ounces tomato puree or tomato sauce

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (find it here)

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided (I like this one)

1 teaspoon fine sea salt (try this brand)

Bechamel

1 tablespoon salted butter (I like this one)

1 (13 1/2 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled (I like this brand)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut butter (find it here)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

2 large eggplants peeled, and sliced lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick planks

5 medium tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

1 tablespoon chopped or very thinly sliced fresh basil, for garnish

 

  1. To make the red sauce: melt the tablespoon of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes until fragrant. Empty the onion and garlic mixture into a bowl.
  2. Add the sausage to the pot, break it up with a spoon and cook over high heat until the sausage starts to crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain the fat by pouring the sausage into a colander, then return meat to the pot.
  3. Return the onion and garlic mixture to the pot with the sausage. Add the drained diced tomatoes, tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine, bring to simmer, and then cover and set aside over low heat while you make the bechamel.
  4. To make the bechamel: Melt the tablespoon of butter in a saute pan. Once melted, whisk in the coconut milk, coconut butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat whisking constantly, then set aside.
  5. Preheat the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. To assemble the lasagna: place a layer of eggplant noodles in a 9×13 inch of similar sized baking dish. Cover the noodles with about 1/4 cup of the bechamel, followed by several full ladles of the red sauce. Repeat until all of the noodles are used up. For the final layer, place the sliced tomatoes across the top, then drizzle and remaining bechamel over the top. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until bubbly. Let the lasagna rest for at least 15 minutes so that the juices can settle back down. Serve warm and garnished with fresh basil.

What’s so great about this cookbook?

Admittedly, there are hundreds of paleo cookbooks on the market, some better than others.

So what do I like about this one?

Well, LOTS.

Cassy’s book, first of all, is based on her 4 pillars of health, helping you to gain a grasp of a well-rounded life that takes into account fitness, nutrition, and sleep, among other things.

This is SUPER important because we KNOW it isn’t just about eating all the right things.

The book contains 190 delicious recipes that follow a squeeky clean paleo approach.

Hey, I’m not always squeeky clean, but it’s good to make the majority of your meals with these principals in mind.

There’s a chapter with simple meals – 5 ingredients, 5 steps or less.

That is/will be a TRUE lifesaver to anyone just starting out, getting back on track, or who leads a busy life.

There are even modifications and tags to identify recipes that comply with certain special diets like GAPS, low-FODMAP, AIP, egg-free and nut-free.

There’s even a 28-day meal plan, with weekly shopping list, home workouts, journal prompts, and a DIY template for those who want to design the plan themselves!

This is great for those of you who need a little help changing your lifestyle and aren’t quite ready to jump right into paleo. If everything seems a bit confusing, this is the book to help un-confuse you!

And LOTS of fitness help is included for those of you who want to get a little more fitness into your life without having to join a gym.

This book is over 400 pages, full color, with beautiful paper. It’s absolutely beautiful and an instant classic.

I highly recommend it.

So, enjoy the recipe and, check out the book here!