Paleo Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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So if you’re one of “those people” trying to go Paleo and all you can think about is pasta, this dish is for you. Fortunately, I’ve never been faced with the fear of living with pasta. I like it, I suppose, but I’m more than okay living without it. Regardless, this paleo spaghetti sauce recipe is too hard to pass up. And I personally think it’s better than classic spaghetti.

What you need:

  • 1 lb ground beef (grass fed)
  • 1 can organic tomato sauce
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes (or you can dice fresh ones… but ain’t nobody got time for that!)
  • 1 can organic tomato paste
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Spaghetti squash

How to:

  • Cook your spaghetti squash however your prefer (oven vs. microwave) or make zoodles.
  • Chop your onion and saute it in a pan with the pressed garlic and olive oil for a few minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and brown
  • Add spices in and mix really well with other ingredients
  • Add tomato products and mix REALLY WELL.
  • Taste…
  • If you’re not satisfied (I never am), then add more oregano, basil and cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Fork your spaghetti squash into a bowl and help yourself!

I hope you enjoy your new spaghetti alternative and never want to go back to the all American way! (Or is it the all Italian way?) 😉

Let me know how it goes,

 

H

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Three Years Ago – My Long Distance Relationship

I was sitting in my best friends drive way waiting for them to pull up. My parents wouldn’t let me ride to Chicago because it wasn’t “safe” to drive there and back in one day. I was mad, but didn’t fight them on it because I knew I wouldn’t win. Instead, I went to my best friends house and waited. He was driving to Chicago to pick up two friends, one of which was his “doctor” in Afghanistan. Yes, my eyes lit up when he told me I would like him, and the fact that he said doctor… shallow, I know. But can you blame me?

They pulled up and I jumped out of my car, ran over to the garage door and punched in my best friend’s garage code feeling super cool. We all went inside, introduced ourselves and settled in. I could not say Solomon’s name, let alone comprehend his last name so i just smiled, my very interested smile, and batted my eyes. He was the perfect image of “Tall Dark and Handsome” and I was in shock. My best friend really does know me!

After a night of sharing our life stories with each other and staring into each others eyes I had to wake up and go to the pumpkin patch with my family. All I could think about was Solomon. I definitely stalked him on Facebook all day. I sent texts to my best friends and told them to go look at him. I even told one of them that I knew he was something special, different, whatever that feeling is when you “just know”. I could not believe I’d met this guy. Later that day, while I was at the pumpkin patch, he commented on my Facebook page. I obsessively checked my phone waiting for his replies.

After more disagreeing with my parents, I stayed at my best friends house again that night to hang out with everyone. Okay, I went to spend as much time with Solomon as humanly possible. We went to breakfast on Sunday and spent some time together then it was time for him to leave. I wasn’t sure what to think. “This weekend was too good to be true. Will I ever see him again?” So many questions ran through my mind. Late that night I heard from him that he got home to Chicago safe. Every day since then we have talked to each other. Through the good, bad, stressful and exciting days we’ve been together. We spent 2 and a half years separated by distance from Indiana to Chicago and Indiana to Oregon.

Regardless of where we are, I know we will always be here for each other. I am so lucky to have Solomon as my boyfriend, best friend and biggest fan (besides my parents, of course!) So heres to more memories, laughter and cross-country trips as we make our way through this thing called life.

 

H

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Super Easy Thai Pineapple Chicken Curry Recipe

Okay my friends, I admit I am absolutely in love with Thai food. I just can’t get enough of it. My mom says I’m going to burn myself out but I haven’t yet. I make a large batch of this stuff and eat it for dinner, next day’s lunch and dinner again. I LOVE IT. And because I love it so much I’m sharing my super simple, quick and easy pineapple chicken curry recipe with you. I promise, you can’t screw this up. 😉

What you need:

  • 1 lb organic chicken breast
  • 1 can cocount milk (I always have some in the pantry!)
  • 1-3 Tablespoons of red curry paste (You pick the “spicy”)
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or organic canned chunks)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 squash (optional)

How to:

  • Chop raw chicken into small chunks
  • Put chicken, coconut aminos and fish sauce in a bowl and set to the side
  • Simmer curry paste & coconut milk for 5 minutes
  • Add pineapple and simmer for two more minutes (I chop my pineapple into small pieces but that’s just how I like it)
  • Turn on high and add chicken for 8 minutes
  • Add chopped squash and cook for two more minutes
  • Ladle into a bowl and eat! (Just don’t burn your tongue. I do that often)

*If you have a rice eater in the house, like I do, you need to do your rice cooking along with this.

Enjoy and let me know how it turns out!

 

H

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The Best Pad Thai You’ll Ever Eat – Paleo Style

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I’m not lying. I swear this IS the BEST pad thai I’ve ever had. I can taste it now. Just thinking about it makes me want some. The recipe may seem a little foreign at first but don’t run just yet. I promise you will not regret making this. Coming from a Thai loving fiend you should trust me, right? YEAH, you should. Lets do this!

What you need:

  • 6-8 oz. diced raw chicken (organic)
  • 2 large eggs (pastured + organic)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of snap peas (sliced long way)
  • 2 cups spaghetti squash
  • And last but not least, one batch of sunshine sauce ((This recipe comes from blogger and chef, “The Clothes Make The Girl“, she is an absolute Paleo genius.)) (This sauce takes the place of traditional peanut sauce. Not only is it better for you but the taste is a pleasant surprise.)

Combine the following ingredients into a food processor and blend well:

  • 2 Tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 coconut milk

Leave that there and get started on the rest of the meal…

  • Start cooking your spaghetti squash (in the oven or microwave)
  • Crack eggs into a small bowl and mix in the 2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos. Heat a large skillet for about three minutes. Coat skillet with coconut oil, pour in egg mixture, reduce heat and cover for 3-4 minutes. Flip and brown the other side for a few minutes. Take this out and chop it up. (BTW it tastes like french toast. Go ahead, taste a small piece!)
  • Add more coconut oil to the skillet and saute the snap peas and onions for about two minutes.
  • Add the spaghetti squash, chicken and cooked egg pieces and stir well with a wooden spoon for about three minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Make sure everything is cooked through and dig in!

Sorry, if I’ve ruined your next trip to your favorite Thai restaurant because nothing will compare to this pad thai. You’ll just have to order something else on the menu 😉

 

H

 

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Paleo Zucchini Lasagna

Since 95% of the time I make Thai curry and other Asian related entrees I figured I should try something a little different. Tonight I made Paleo zucchini lasagna and boy am I impressed. I ate an extra helping because it was so dang good. And I actually got my family to try it. My mom is very supportive and always tries my food. But my dad and sister on the other hand are pretty skeptical about the food I make. My 6 year old nephew even said, “It was a little bit good…”

So in honor of my kitchen success I’m sharing this fabulous recipe with you!

What you need:

  • 1 lb (grass fed) ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic (pressed/crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I added a little more than that 😉 )
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/2 can of tomato paste
  • 3 zucchinis

How to:

  • Thinly slice each zucchini long ways (I used a grater but if you’re one of those fancy people who actually have an electric slicer or mandolin I suppose you could use that.)
  • Chop the onion into little pieces and saute it in a deep pan with the garlic and olive oil for 3-ish minutes. (Until it starts getting steamy and smells incredible.)
  • Add the beef and cook it until it’s brown
  • Stir in your dry spices then add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix it all together really good!
  • Line your oven safe dish with 1 layer of zucchini slices. Add meat layer. Add another layer of zucchini slices. Add the rest of the meat. Spread evenly.
  • Top with the last layer of zucchini.
  • Cover tightly with foil and stick in the oven for 30 minutes! Let cool for 10 minutes then dig in! (And help yourself to seconds because it’s that good.)

 

H

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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

A healthy smoothie or juice is the perfect portable breakfast. I like to eat my eggs at home and drink something on the way to work. Considering I have over a 30 minute commute each way. Singing my heart out while sipping something tasty makes for a good start to my day.

The beauty of this smoothie recipe is that it’s healthy, simple and tasty. Grab some pumpkin puree, frozen blueberries, a banana, spinach, coconut milk, water, cinnamon and some pumpkin pie spice. That’s it.

Throw the following into a blender:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 frozen blueberries

1 frozen banana (cut up)

1 cup of spinach

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 of water

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Now, pour and enjoy!

*This smoothie recipe makes two servings. Put the other half in a container and unthaw it tomorrow.

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Whole30 – Recap & Results

It’s official. I completed my first Whole30 Challenge.

There’s no easy or short way to describe my experience over the last 30 days. I started to become interested in health and food awareness about two years ago. I read the book Wheat Belly which helped me realize that food is being genetically modified, dwarfed and altered in too many ways to count. Once I had this bit of knowledge, I kept digging deeper to learn more. I found it intriguing to go to the grocery and spend endless time reading ingredient labels of my “favorite foods”. It built confidence in my mind knowing what to consume and what to stay away from, but it also created a brick wall of anxiety towards eating processed foods (which is NOT a bad thing). I still didn’t have all of the information I needed and I didn’t know it until now.

I continued to make conscious decisions about the food I ate and mostly ordered “healthy food” at restaurants. I never really considered what is in the food or what it was cooked in.

For example: You can order the chicken from Qdoba on your burrito or even go “healthier” with a burrito bowl (like I used to multiple times a week) but have you ever thought about what is actually in that chicken. If you’re thinking, it’s just chicken, it’s healthy, stop ruining Qdoba for me, Hailey! then you have no idea what is added to your favorite dishes and should start doing some heavy research right NOW. Whether you want to admit it or not, once you learn something, you can’t unlearn it. Check out this allergen information Qdoba provides on their website and tell me you want to go order a chicken burrito right now…

  • CHICKEN

Marinated Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Containing Up To 11.55% Solution Of Water, Adobo Seasoning For Chicken (See Adobo Seasoning For Chicken), Soybean Oil, Sodium Phosphates. Contains Milk.

  • ADOBO SEASONING

Adobo Seasoning for Chicken Chili Pepper, Salt, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Whey, Spice, Grill Flavor (From Vegetable Oil) And Smoke Flavor, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Less Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added To Prevent Caking. Contains Milk.

  • THREE CHEESE QUESO

Water, Cream (Cream, Milk), Monterey Jack Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate), American Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt), Roasted Poblano Peppers, Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Seasoning (Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Artificial Colors [Titanium Dioxide, Extractives Of Paprika], Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Spices, Lactose, Paprika, Methyl Cellulose Gum, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Potato Flour, Cocoa Powder, Silicon Dioxide), Jalapeño Peppers, Pasteurized Processed Swiss And American Cheese (Cultured Milk And Skim Milk, Cream, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sorbic Acid, Enzymes), Cheddar Concentrate (Cheddar, Granular, Semisoft And Blue Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Sodium Phosphate, Vinegar, Salt), Corn Syrup Solids, Modified Cornstarch, Garlic (Garlic, Water). Contains Milk.

Seriously? WTF is all of that crap in that amazing queso that’s so addicting!!!?? Since I started working at LEAP in February, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve devoured all three of those items plus cheese, sour cream, corn salsa, rice and tortilla chips. It makes me sick just thinking about it. Knowledge is power. Especially knowledge about yourself. NOT what you think to be true. BUT what is really true. By completing the Whole30, I know how processed food effects my body and brain. There is no black and white way that will lead you to this discovery except by doing a Whole30. Appreciating your body, loving it and knowing how to take proper care of it will improve your overall life ten-fold. I firmly stand by the saying “You are what you eat.”

So, I know you’re dying to know, “What much weight did you lose?” “What did you eat?” “Was it hard?” “Isn’t it expensive buying healthy food?” and much more.

1.) I lost 8 lbs over the past 30 days. I am a petite person already and did not work out during my Whole30. I really wanted to focus on the food. Where it comes from. How certain food makes me feel. And most importantly, teach myself how to cook. I AM WOMAN and I can do anything 😉 I do want you to know that I feel much better overall. I’m sleeping better, I’m happier and I feel incredible.

2.) I ate whole food. Meaning, my food came from the earth and animals. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. Just marvelous combinations resulting in delicious meals to nourish my body.

3.) It was hard. But hey, since when is anything worth having easy to get? Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Clearly, it’s next to impossible to get whole, real food served to your anywhere. You have to do it yourself. You have to step WAYYY out of your comfort zone, take the plunge and stay strong. Throughout the 30 days, I kept telling myself I was Whole30 Strong. I have a sweet tooth the size of my head (Solomon likes to remind me daily of how big my head is, figuratively speaking 😉 ) and I like things like Oreos and hot fries and WINE. Every day when my co-workers would go out to lunch I sat at my desk and ate my Whole30 meals. I was okay with it. I knew I was doing something for myself that would only continue to flourish with time and practice. Eating healthy, to me, is comparable to being an athlete. I think of it this way because I am not athletic AT ALL. I’m actually pretty pathetic when it comes to anything sports related. But anyway, an athlete is someone who is really passionate about what they do. They work day in and day out to improve their skills. With time and a lot of practice they begin to live and breath their sport. Healthy living is becoming my sport. No, I’m not perfect. Yes, I ate a few “bad foods” at work today and afterwards I felt like shit. Literally. Foggy head, bloated belly, etc. Totally not worth it. I’d rather be the weird tree-huggin’ weirdo than feel like that every day. Which leads me to the fourth question…

4.) “Isn’t it expensive eating healthy?” Well, let me put it into perspective for you…

1 bag of potato chips = $4.50

Oreos = $3.00

Average fast-food lunch = $10-15

By eliminating the expenses of processed food, you now have money for the healthy food. Fresh produce, clean meat and so on. I hate to break it to you, but on this issue, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Pick a side and stick with it. Groceries are expensive regardless of your choices. Just make sure you’re making choices that actually benefit your body and don’t just pass through providing no nutritional value.

IF THE INGREDIENT/PRODUCT IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN A REAL FOOD THAT EXISTS, IN THIS NATURAL WORLD, YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BE PUTTING IT IN YOUR BODY.

Doing something like this takes a lot of commitment, will-power and self-control. The beauty of it? After you finish you can’t push the rewind button and erase what you know. That first bite of processed food that goes into your body will immediately remind you of how contaminated “normal” food is.

In the end, it’s about getting over the excuses, admitting you truly don’t know much about the food you consume, educating yourself through every resource you can find, challenging yourself to build a stronger you and making your life the best that it can be. You are the only person who has complete control over you. You are responsible for yourself. And if you have kids and feed a family, you are the one who is nourishing or literally poisoning them with each meal you whip up. As Mary Catherine Gallager would say from the movie Superstar, “Take that and stick it in your back pocket!”

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk about making some changes don’t hesitate to connect with me. Remember, there are no stupid questions. This process is about learning. There is no longer a need to feel intimidated by the unknown. Take control and get back what’s yours! (Your body, your health and your mind) And don’t forget, I’m still learning too. I don’t know everything and don’t have all of the answers. I truly feel that there is power in numbers and together anything is possible.

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