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Squash & Parsnip Curry

6 Jun

I discovered curry powder about two months ago, and have been obsessed with it ever since. The greatest part is I probably haven’t even tapped the surface of its potential. I know there are probably so many other types of curry powder and curry paste and flavors to experience, far beyond the cheapest brand Wal -Mart had to offer when I bought it. But even that made several delicious dinners!

Ever since then I have been throwing together various meat and vegetables together with some coconut milk and calling it a ‘curry’. But every single time it is SO delicious. I can’t wait to experience other varieties of the spice.

This particular recipe produced a meal that isn’t necessarily pretty- but yummy just the same. It was also my first time making curry with beef instead of chicken.

Squash & Parsnip Beef Curry


Cook & Prep Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4

1 lb of parsnips, peeled and diced

1 large yellow squash, diced

1 lb of ground beef

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 can of coconut milk (I used light, regular would prob be creamier)

1/2-1 tbsp curry powder (depending on how much you like the flavor)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I like it hot!!!)

1/2 TBSP cumin

Salt & Pepper

1.Peel and dice the parsnips and squash while you cook up your ground beef until browned in a deep sauté pan.


I love parsnips! If you haven’t tried them, get on that stat.

Diced Squash

2. Drain fat from sauté pan and set meat aside. Add olive olive of FOC to the pan and add you garlic.

ground beef

3. When fragrant, add your onions, then your parsnips and squash. Stir around and cook for about 6-8 minutes.

4. Add your can of coconut milk and mix it all up. Then add spices.


5. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn it down to simmer and cook until parsnips and squash are soft (about 15 minutes). Add beef back in and cook for 5 more minutes.

Parsnips are a great addition to any curry dish. I have used them in almost all of the curries I’ve made and their tangy flavor (think super strong carrot taste) really compliments the curry powder.

I never said my food was pretty! But it tastes pretty good!

Please leave me with your favorite curry powder/paste!!! I’m in need of more and would love suggestions!

Delicious Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash

20 Mar

I have invented something amazing!!! Okay I probably didn’t invent it. I know we’ve all ditched the white potatoes by now…duh…and you’ve probably heard of or even tried subbing mashed cauliflower for potatoes. I’ve tried this before and it was so-so. I wasn’t a fan of the chunky and gritty consistency. It was fine, but I wasn’t rushing out to make it again.

While making a Paleo Shepard’s pie last week I think I invented my new favorite substitute for mashed potatoes. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash. You MUST try this if you haven’t. It was rich, creamy and extremely flavorful.

I topped my Shepard’s pie with the mixture and it was heavenly.

shepard's pie


Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash

1/2 of a medium sweet potato

1/2 head of cauliflower

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp coconut oil

salt, pepper, and garlic powder

1. First, cook your sweet potato and cauliflower. I cooked my (whole) sweet potato in the microwave for 10 minutes.

2. Chop the cauliflower into florets and place in a saucepan filled with water. Cook until soft.

3. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a sauté pan.

4. Add garlic and whisk.

5. Add in coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder.

6. Drain cauliflower. Cut your sweet potato in half and throw away the peel (you only need half).

7. Place cauliflower, sweet potato, and coconut milk mixture into your food processor and process until smooth.

Sweet potato Cauliflower mash

8, Consume! Never eat white potatoes again!!!!

I put it on my Shepard’s pie

Sweet Potato at Shepard's Pie

It was thick and creamy, unlike some cauliflower mashes I have made. The small amount of sweet potato really balances it out and the coconut milk makes it super-creamy! Try it!

What’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?

Online Resources for Change- Paleo/Whole 30

19 Mar

Healthy Living Blogs is challenging bloggers to write a blog post with a theme of ‘Online Resources for Change’. Recently, I have been trying to adopt a Paleo lifestyle after reading the book It Starts with Food which advocates a diet style similar to Paleo called Whole 30 (no grains, no sugar or substitutes, no dairy, no legumes).


I thought I’d share some of the online resources I’ve been using to transition to this type of diet in case you’re interested in what it has to offer. I have been following this for a little over a month (with a few cheats here and there (because life happens) and I am pleased with results. Results I’ve experienced include better energy, a reduced urge to snack and diminished sugar and carb cravings.

So if you’re looking for a change in your diet, want to slim down or improve your performance at the gym; or are just plain sick of feeling tired and worn out all the time I encourage you to give this diet a shot! Take it a day at a time and see if it works for you.

We’re all resistant to change sometimes and upon reading the list of things you ‘can’t’ have you may say things like “Well I could never give up________”. You are capable of doing whatever you want to do as long as you’re committed. A couple of years ago I used to say “I could never give up pasta”, and now I don’t remember the last time I ate regular pasta. Trying to make something a habit takes time, and undoubtedly you will run into challenges. So what?? Every day is a new day! You are only as strong as you allow yourself to be.

It’s easy to get sucked into the internet and all the resources available, but if you’re really interested in researching Paleo or Whole 30, here are some of the good ones I’ve found over the last month:

Whole 30 official website

Whole 30 forum- get support from other members

The Clothes Make the Girl (author of Well Fed)

Nomnom Paleo

Chowstalker <<< Awesome website of a collection of recipes from all different blogs

Paleomg <<< awesome blog!


Mark’s Daily Apple

Here are some recipes I’ve tried in the last month that were stellar:

Everyday Paleo Curried Chicken and Parsnips with Pears

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie with almond crust <<< SO GOOD

Plantain Lasagna


Paleo Shepard’s Pie (I used a couple of different recipes and made it my own but this is where I got the idea)

shepard's pie

Happy researching! I’d love to hear about others’ experiences with Paleo or Whole 30.

Do you think you could do it?  What foods on the ‘no’ list make you most hesitant to try it and why?

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