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Paleo-ish Thanksgiving Feast In the Making November 21, 2012

Filed under: Miscellany,Uncategorized — Crista @ 11:56 pm

Recipes and photos to come after the holiday, but it’s been a while since I last posted and I figured I’d share what our menu will be now that I am officially a “Paleo convert” — the challenge ended on Sunday and the small amounts of grain that I reintroduced definitely had an impact. Dairy doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue for me, but cutting it out has been easy enough that I don’t see myself going back to it, at least not more than occasionally. Same goes for refined sugar — now that I know how it makes me feel, and how much better I feel without it, it feels like a no-brainer.

All that said, there will be some “cheating” tomorrow, no question. I’ve been incorporating a lot more butter than is normally considered Paleo, though all else has been fairly in line with the Paleo lifestyle, including the desserts. I’m pretty excited to enjoy the fruits of my labor! On the menu and in various stages of preparation are the following appetizers and dishes:

Sliced Italian meats
Raw veggies and fresh guacamole
Red grapes
Mushrooms wrapped in bacon
Asparagus wrapped in bacon
Kale chips
Upside down turkey
Roasted sweet potatoes
Mashed cauliflower
Paleo cranberry sauce
Roasted/mashed butternut squash
Mashed turnips
Roasted asparagus
Paleo pumpkin pie
Paleo apple crisp
Paleo(ish) dark chocolate brownies

There will also be corn (for the kids), gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and whole wheat dinner rolls, but I don’t plan on partaking in any of those. I’ll be plenty satisfied with all else!! Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US!


Frozen Grapes November 4, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Fruit,Snack — Crista @ 11:04 pm

A CrossFit friend mentioned this to me the other night, so I threw some of my fresh red grapes into the freezer today to see how they would be. What a tasty frozen snack! I’m thinking they’ll be great to throw in a glass of wine or sangria in summertime too. Will definitely be keeping these on hand, along with the frozen banana slices for delectable banana ice cream. Who knew?!


Almond Flour

Filed under: Miscellany — Crista @ 10:42 pm

Almond flour/meal is hard to come by around here, and it’s quite pricey where I can find it, so I decided to try making my own for the pumpkin bread I made tonight. It was a complete success! So incredibly easy, too. I just took a cup of sliced almonds and threw them in my beloved Ninja food processor and pulsed several times until I had the consistency I needed. Voila!




Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Filed under: My Favorites,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 10:29 pm

I was short on time when cooking my other sugar pumpkin today, so rather than the toasted method from last time, I roasted these babies the old fashioned way. They smell so good while cooking this way!

1 tsp coconut or olive oil
Fresh pumpkin seeds

Coat pumpkin seeds with melted coconut oil and spread evenly on baking sheet, or use a Misto sprayer to spray baking sheet, spread the seeds evenly, and spray lightly again. Salt to taste and bake in the oven (or toaster oven) at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.


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