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21 Day Sugar Detox Recipes

12 Nov

I thought I’d share some of the awesome food that I’ve been eating this week due to Diane Sanfilippo and her new book 21 Day Sugar Detox. I’ve been sharing some on Instagram and people seem interested in recipes to make during the 21 Day Sugar Detox and what exactly it is.

As I’ve mentioned, Practical Paleo is basically my food bible. So even thought I wasn’t particularly interested in doing a sugar ‘detox’ I pretty much ordered the book for the recipes. And she’s coming out with more recipes and another book in December! I’m like her personal sales-person over here.

When you hear the word “detox”, it conjures up images of green bile-like smoothies and lemon water and cayenne pepper drinks for 7 days. This is not in any way what this is. It’s basically just eating Paleo, except you have to cut out most fruit and sweeteners like honey and maple syrup for 21 days.

I have a SERIOUS sugar addiction, and Paleo/natural or not, eating massive amount of fruits, Paleo baked goods and in my case dried fruit just makes my cravings worse and worse until I am an uncontrollable sweet craving eating machine. I talked about how since my wedding I’m experiencing a lack of motivation when it comes to healthy eating. It pretty much just carried over into the fall and I’ve found it hard to stay on track. I know that sweet things are my downfall, and it’s SO hard to stop eating them once I start. The hardest part is the more I eat sweet things the more I crave, so it’s just this big gigantic cycle.

I started the sugar detox on November 4th with a large group of online support. It’s hard to make the first step on cutting out sugar and fruit because …. it’s soooo good and addicting. It’s been 8 days and I feel AMAZING!!! I can’t even describe it. I’m just in such a great mood and feel so good. It’s like this “I CAN DO AALLLLLL THE THINGSSS” kind of feeling. See I just tried to describe it and I failed.

The other day I had this for breakfast and went 6 hours before even being hungry. SIX HOURS!

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It was a hash of carrots, parsnips, sausage and eggs.  Not my usual pancakes but kept me fuller. That’s what’s so hard..I crave sweet things in the morning and it’s so hard to say not to that. But when I do say no I stay fuller longer and feel so much better. It’s quite the conundrum.

Some of the recipes I’ve made include:

Savory Herb Drop Biscuits

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So good.

Pumpkin Carrot Muffins

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Haven’t had one of these yet, but I nibbled off the top of one when it came out of the oven and it was good. And they smell wonderful.

Shrimp Pad Thai

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I subbed spaghetti squash for the zucchini. This was ah-ma-zing! So unique and delicious flavors.

I also made the beef and broccoli stir fry, but didn’t take a picture.

I also made this faux pumpkin banana ice cream last night to satisfy the sweet tooth. I just used a green-tipped banana and did not put any honey in it.

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So overall I feel great but I know that when I go home for Thanksgiving and indulge I am going to start craving sweet things more and more. Once you start you can’t stop! I also might end the 21 day sugar detox a little early since the day I go home is day 20 (?) and we literally haven’t been home since Labor day. I’m not going to not have fun with people I haven’t seen in months because of the detox. I plan to just play it by ear and if I feel like eating something, I will. If the opportunity doesn’t arise I will try to do the 21 days. No big deal. I will return to this way of eating after Thanksgiving. It’s hard to STOP the sweet stuff, but the more you eat the more you crave, so I just have to remember how GREAT I feel right now. This was a great reset for my body right before the holidays! I highly recommend the book.

Have you tried the 21 day Sugar Detox?

How do you feel about going on a “diet”? Does it make you more stressed out than necessary or do you like having rules?

Oven Roasted Romanesco

11 Nov

I  love when I see a new, interesting vegetable in the grocery store. I also consider it perfectly normal to drive to a town 40 minutes away so I can go to Wegmans (a fancy foodie grocery store in Upstate New York). So this Saturday, right when I entered the paradise that is Wegmans I saw a veggie I’ve been dying to try but have never seen in the grocery store I regularly go to: Romanesco. Heard of it?

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It’s kind of a weird cross between broccoli and cauliflower. It just looks cool, so that means I had to get it. And I thought I’d share with you directions for roasting romanesco if it scares you! The cashier was stumped. This regularly happens to me with vegetables I buy. Things like spaghetti squash, plantains, kale…no matter what it is I feel like once a week I get a weird look and a “Um what is this?” from the grocery cashier. Does that happen to you? Moving on…

I decided to treat it just like I would cauliflower or broccoli- roast it! I love roasting veggies…. it brings such rich flavor and I can add whatever spices or fat I want.

For the romanesco,  I just cut it up like I would a regular cauliflower or broccoli and placed in a large roasting pan.

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I poured over the top of it about 1/4 cup of coconut oil. You could use olive oil, butter, lard, etc.

I sprinkled with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then I roasted them in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or until they got that nice golden brown roasted color on the top.

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Yum! The taste was more like cauliflower with an almost lemony tang to it. You should definitely try roasting romanesco if you see it at your grocery store!

What weird vegetables do you love to eat?

What things stump your cashier?

Have you ever been to Wegmans?

Butternut Squash and Chicken Curry over Coconut Cauliflower Rice

20 Aug

Did someone say squash!?!?!? Seriously way too excited for fall for that sole reason. Regardless of how long the title of this recipe was, it sure was tasty! To tell you the truth, I thought it up while laying in bed Sunday night until approximately 2 am not sleeping. What was I doing? Thinking about food, apparently. Something about knowing I was going into work the next day made me not be able to sleep. Never fails.

I love squaaaaash! I can’t wait to eat massive amounts of it when it’s in season. I’m also planning on blanching and freezing some so I can have it throughout the winter.

We’ve been having chicken for the last three nights because the other night I roasted another delicious pastured chicken from the farm. It seriously feeds us for up to 5 days. So worth it. This is what it looked like before:

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Those veggies fried in the fat were to die for. It also makes for yummy leftovers, which I used in this recipe. It took about an hour to put the whole thing together.

Butternut Squash Chicken Curry over Coconut Cauliflower “Rice”

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Serves 2-4/ Prep time: 30 mins /Cook time: 20 mins

1 cup cooked, diced chicken breast (roughly one breast. you could add or take away as needed)

4 large carrots

1/2 of a medium butternut squash (I used the narrow, top part)

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1 can of coconut milk (full fat)

3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth

1-4 tsp curry powder (I used 4 and it was VERY spicy)

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp rubbed sage

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

dash of cayenne

Cauliflower Rice

1/2 head of large cauliflower

2 tbsp full fat coconut shreds

1-2 tbsp full fat coconut milk

salt, pepper

I first prepped veggies. I peeled the butternut squash by cutting the round bottom off and peeling the top part.I sliced the onion. I peeled and cut the carrots into small, bite size pieces. I minced the two cloves of garlic. I cut the squash into 1 “ cubes. Then I put them on the stove in boiling water and cooked them for 5 minutes. You don’t want them too tender or they will fall apart.

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Meanwhile, I cut off the head of cauliflower and rinsed it, then broke the florets into the food processor. If you’ve never made cauliflower ‘rice’ you need to try it! So simple, easy and delicious. (Or you could always use regular rice). After the cauliflower is “riced” I put it in a microwave safe bowl with all the other ingredients, cook for four minutes, stir, then cook for another four minutes. Done.

Set a deep sauté or sauce pan on the stove on medium heat and add some coconut oil or lard. When it’s ready add your garlic. Let them get fragrant and add carrots.

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Cook for 5-6 minutes, adding a tablespoon or two of your broth so the carrots get soft. Then add onions and a little more broth.

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Cook for another 4-5 minutes until everything is nice and soft. After your squash is par boiled, portion out about 1/2 cup and process it to a puree. Add the rest of the diced squash and COOKED, diced chicken to the pot along with the coconut milk and the rest of your broth. Add the pureed squash to the mix.

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The reason I thought I’d add this was because the pureed squash gives it a thicker sauce when finished. It’s optional, but it worked out well!

Now, add your spices! Feel free to experiment here and go up or down depending on your tastes.

Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low. When it’s done everything will have a deep brown and smoky smell.

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Top coconut cauliflower rice with curry. Eat up!!

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‘Twas good !

Do you ever get recipe ideas while laying in bed?

What vegetables do you put in curries?

Paleo Shepard’s Pie (with purple sweet potatoes)

23 Jul

I know I am a terrible, terrible blogger! It’s been over a week!! Needless to say I have been pretty busy with my wedding planning and Ausitin and I are in the beginning stages of buying a house. Yeah we’re crazy….It’s been an interesting and eventful summer…..

Last week I figured the 90 degree temps called for one of the most filling and belly warming dinners out there…Shepard’s pie. Please don’t ask me why……I was already too far into it to quit….plus it’s delicious. I put a spin on the usual topping by using a purple sweet potato that I picked up at Tops. This single sweet potato was probably the single inspiration for me to make Shepard’s pie on a 90 degree day. I should reblog this recipe in December when people actually care.

Paleo Shepard’s Pie
filling:
1 lb grass fed ground beef
4-5 large carrots
4-5 stalks celery
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 a large onion
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chicken stock ( approx…I used about three frozen chicken stock ice cubes)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut flour

Spices:
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder
Salt & pepper <<< use to your discretion!!

Topping-
2 cups cauliflower/ sweet potato purée (use purple sweet potato because it's awesome!!)

1. Preheat your oven to 375.
2. Chop your celery, carrots, onion and garlic.
3. Heat coconut oil in a large, deep sauté pan. When it's hot, throw your veggies in.
(Prepare sweet potato cauliflower purée!!! see other recipe)
4. Cook for 7-8 minutes until softened. Place your meat in the pan and begin to brown it with the veggies.
5. When the meat is browned, add coconut milk, chicken stock and spices. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Add coconut flour and let mixture thicken for another five minutes.
7. Spray a large casserole dish with olive oil spray. Place filling in the dish. Cover with potato mixture.
8. Bake for 45 minutes.

I was seriously sweating after making this…. Maybe you should wait a couple months….but it sure is delicious!!

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Paleo Shepard’s Pie (with purple sweet potatoes)

23 Jul

I know I am a terrible, terrible blogger! It’s been over a week!! Needless to say I have been pretty busy with my wedding planning and Ausitin and I are in the beginning stages of buying a house. Yeah we’re crazy….It’s been an interesting and eventful summer…..

Last week I figured the 90 degree temps called for one of the most filling and belly warming dinners out there…Shepard’s pie. Please don’t ask me why……I was already too far into it to quit….plus it’s delicious. I put a spin on the usual topping by using a purple sweet potato that I picked up at Tops. This single sweet potato was probably the single inspiration for me to make Shepard’s pie on a 90 degree day. I should reblog this recipe in December when people actually care.

Paleo Shepard’s Pie
filling:
1 lb grass fed ground beef
4-5 large carrots
4-5 stalks celery
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 a large onion
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup chicken stock ( approx…I used about three frozen chicken stock ice cubes)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut flour

Spices:
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder
Salt & pepper <<< use to your discretion!!

Topping-
2 cups cauliflower/ sweet potato purée (use purple sweet potato because it's awesome!!)

1. Preheat your oven to 375.
2. Chop your celery, carrots, onion and garlic.
3. Heat coconut oil in a large, deep sauté pan. When it's hot, throw your veggies in.
(Prepare sweet potato cauliflower purée!!! see other recipe)
4. Cook for 7-8 minutes until softened. Place your meat in the pan and begin to brown it with the veggies.
5. When the meat is browned, add coconut milk, chicken stock and spices. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Add coconut flour and let mixture thicken for another five minutes.
7. Spray a large casserole dish with olive oil spray. Place filling in the dish. Cover with potato mixture.
8. Bake for 45 minutes.

I was seriously sweating after making this…. Maybe you should wait a couple months….but it sure is delicious!!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

9 Jul

I’m not sure what to call this recipe…I used it as a syrup but I guess the technical term would be compote. I also wanted to mention that this recipe has NO SUGAR ADDED! I am baffled that most jelly, jam, spread, syrup, whatever has sugar added. You would think the fruit (mostly sugar itself) would make it sweet enough. That’s how I felt about this recipe. If I added sweetener…I feel like the sweetness factor would have been off the charts. Since cleaning up my diet, I find artificially and overly sweetened things nearly unpalatable. I prefer to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit without dumping a bunch of sugar on it. Okay I’ll stop talking. This recipe is super easy and sweet!

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Serves 1-2, 10 mins prep & cook time

1 cup chopped rhubarb

1 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 tbsp black cherry balsamic vinegar (regular or other fruit-flavored will work just fine!)

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 cup water (or more, depending on thickness)

First, place your rhubarb and strawberries in a medium saucepan. Add water so it almost covers fruit (1/2-3/4 cup)

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My strawberries were frozen but you can use fresh. I stock up when they are on sale and freeze!

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Let the mixture come to a boil and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Then, add your balsamic and chia seeds. The chia seeds will expand and make it thicker.

olive oil

These flavored olive oils are bomb!! I get them from a friend who works at Olive a Sudden in Palm Desert, CA. Frank snuck in that picture!!!

Reduce the stove to simmer and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.

I served this over yummy Paleo Pancakes. The sweetness was off the charts!! No sweetener or maple syrup needed on these babies!

Paleo Pancakes

Paleo pancakes: 2 eggs, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, dash of cinnamon

Paleo Pancakes with syrup

Yum!!

strawberry rhubarb compote with paleo pancakes

Do you find yourself needing extra sweetener?

What is your sweetener of choice?

Grocery Series Part I: What’s in my cart?

9 Jun

I’ve decided to do a short blog series regarding my grocery shopping and food purchasing habits for anyone interested. For anyone who’s not interested….#sorrynotsorry.

This is what works for me…..remember everyone’s different. I want to start off by giving a glimpse into my typical grocery cart on Sundays. Now I say typical but I will put a disclaimer out that it was a lighter week in terms of things purchased.I still had some things left over from last week’s trip. Austin and I just went shopping Tuesday….I was pushed back a day from the previous week because of Memorial Day, so usually I would buy more than what’s here. Also, next week starts my CSA membership!!! But nonetheless I thought it would still be helpful.

The first stop was Aldi’s. Not the best for quality but it’s cheap! For those of you that don’t know…Aldi’s is a discount grocery store that sells off brands. Sometimes I get produce and snacks for Austin there but I don’t buy meat or dairy there.

Then I went to tops to pick up the rest.

Here’s the loot:

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Veggies and fruit:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Squash/zucchini
Baby spinach
Peppers
Sweet potatoes
Plantains
Green apples

lemon
Carrots

Organic milk: I don’t really use this, but Austin likes whole milk. Dairy is one if the things I TRY to buy organic when possible. But I don’t really eat that much dairy. More on that in the next segment on groceries!

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I am trying out this new spice blend for curries!

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The brand of coconut milk I buy! No added sulfites

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Proteins:
Canned salmon…I’ve never tried this ! I am going to make Practical Paleo’s salmon cakes with it.

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It was cheaper than frozen salmon.
Chicken.. Tops had it on sale. No it’s not pastured but at least it’s antibiotic free. Vegetarian fed means nothing.

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You may notice I’m lacking in other proteins…that’s because yesterday Austin and I took a drive out to the farm to pick up 10 lbs of grass fed ground beef. I also got pastured eggs at the farmer’s market yesterday. I already talked about eating local in a previous post…I’ll go into more detail in the next post of the series about organic.

Other:
Nuts- going to try and make almond milk, cashews for Austin to snack
Corn chips- NOT for me
Spices
Olives
Tomato sauce

So I spent $25 at Aldi’s and $30 at tops. Not too bad. But I spent $66 on the meat yesterday. That meat will prob last almost two months.

Normally I spend about $80 a week not including the meat. I’m not going to cut corners on what I put in my body. Normally I get more fruit, but I’m trying an experiment to see how I feel when cutting back on fruit. Can’t wait for the CSA next week!

There you have it! Next week: what to buy organic

What staples do you get every week? 

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