Tag Archives: Food

Chocolate Almond and Coconut Bark

8 May

Chocolate Bark!

This is a yummy recipe I’ve adopted from Mark Sisson’s Quick and Easy Meals. I’ve played around with portions and added butter to make this a bit more fudge like in texture. The great thing about this recipe is its flexibility and forgiveness. Feel free to play around with proportions, etc. Maybe even throw in some dehydrated fruit. I think strawberries or blue berries would be awesome!

Ingredients

Recipe (Double batch)

8 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate (I use at least 65%)
1/2 c. Coconut oil
1/2 c. butter (room temperature)
1 c. Sliced almonds
1 c. Coconut flakes
1 tsp. Coarse sea salt

Directions: Using a double boiler is the best way to melt the chocolate, butter and coconut oil, but since I don’t have one, I make due with a small sauce pan on medium to medium-low heat. The trick is to start with the coconut oil, as it melts, add the chocolate. Make sure you stir constantly so the chocolate doesn’t burn. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, add the butter. Again, keep string. Once everything is melted, take the pan off the heat. Stir in the almonds and coconut flakes.

Pour batter into a 13×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper. Evenly spread out the batter, sprinkle with coarse sea salt (the salt REALLY makes this dessert! So don’t skip it!)

Put in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes until hard. Cut into squares and serve! Makes about 20-25 squares.

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Eat grain free? Why would anyone do that!

28 May

Hello! It was a lovely stay at home and get work done kind of day. I started out with a morning four mile run then did some lifting, and followed up with a good stretching session – I’ve been so sore the last couple of days! I felt so good afterwords! Isn’t it amazing how a good workout can change your whole perspective on the day…and life? That’s how my workout was this morning. I’m also happy to report that now at the end of the day I feel very little soreness.

After working around the house and doing a bit of writing I experiment with a new recipe for dinner. I don’t know if you guys have noticed or not but most of the recipes and food stuff I post on this blog are grain free. Why? Am I a grain hater? Heck no! I’m actually the opposite which is why what I’m about to tell you is so sad ūüė¶¬† (Just an fyi, I’m about to be a bit TMI but what the hey, maybe someone else out there might find this useful.) Anyway, I have been struggling with IBS-C for the last year. It was so bad that I often missed work and couldn’t function like a normal human being. No doctor seemed to have any answers or solutions so, as usual with my health, I started looking for my own solutions. I won’t get into the details but we’ll just say I tried a lot of stuff to no lasting effect….until NOW! Drum roll please!

I decided to go grain free a couple weeks ago after reading a few articles (here’s one) over at Whole Health Source about the effects of gluten on people’s health. Well, knowing that I had a number of digestive problems I decided I’d give the grain free diet a try. Can I say that I’ve had almost a COMPLETE reversal of my symptoms?!?! You heard me right! No more IBS symptoms! If you suffer from IBS you know what I’m talking about and why I’m so happy.¬† Now that doesn’t mean I’m still not tweaking things here and there, but my life has improved amazingly in the last month since I cut out grains. I will keep you guys informed as I find out what works!

*clears throat*

The point is….heck…here’s what I had for dinner:

Grain-free Chicken Parmesan!
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Looks good, right? Yes…but it needs something…..

chicken parmesan with garnish!

Better! A little green is all it needed!

We had this yummy thing for dinner along with a fresh garden salad. This was one of the easiest meals I’ve made in a while.

Now I’m off to do a bit of reading and then early to bed because I have an eight mile run planned for the morning! Then off to my favorite restaurant for breakfast with the hubby!¬† ūüėČ

What are your plans for this holiday weekend?
Have you made any big changes to your diet or health lately? How is it working out?

what I had for dinner: beef stew on a rainy day!

25 May

In honor of the rain outside today…..

I made beef stew!

Every time I make stew it’s a little bit different. I tend to throw whatever veggies I have in the frig into the pot. This is a great way to use up “stuff” that looks to be on its way to turning bad.

yum, yum

stew

This seriously took less than a half hour to throw together. And then about an hour until it is ready to eat. I always kinda dread making soup because it seems like such a hard thing to do! And after I’m done throwing everything in the pot I always REremember how easy stew is!

Recipe:
1 lb. stew meat (I brown it in a skillet with coconut oil)
2 boxes of beef broth (I use Imagine’s Organic Beef Flavored Broth)
2 potatoes
2-3 carrots
2-3 cups green beans
2 cups cauliflower
1 cup green onion
1 cup leek (this was a new addition, I liked!)
salt, pepper
fresh thyme (I put a lot!)
fresh rosemary
3 cloves garlic
splash of wine (if you have it)
splash of Worcestershire sauce

Pretty much the basic idea is: throw in some meat, veggies and seasoning, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good meal!

Dessert was…..

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and…..

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Yeah, I had already eaten like three of them….so. good!

what I had for lunch: greek salad

25 May

Lunch today was simple: my favorite greek salad…

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Recipe:
2 cucumbers
1-2 cups cherry tomato
1 cup kalamata olives
1 1/2 cups feta
2 cloves garlic
drizzle of olive oil
drizzle of apple cider vinegar

And of course I had me some french press with heavy cream, yuuum!

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no noodle spaghetti!

22 May

Not that I have anything against noodles, but I try to sneak in as many veggies as I can. One yummy way I’ve found to do this is to make spaghetti with spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Guess what, it’s SO GOOD!

Here was dinner tonight….

Try, try, try this! You won’t be disappointed I can promise you!

dinner idea: browse the deli!

20 May

I often stop by the food deli at my local coop for ideas when I’m trying to figure out something to eat for dinner. The green beans in the picture below happen to be the result of last night’s deli browsing! I steamed the beans and then drizzled a bit of tahini, olive oil and tamari, then mixed with my fingers. For the finishing touch I sprinkled sesame seeds, yum! This was a winner! I love beans but lately I just haven’t had the heart to eat them as I usually just steam them and add butter, this added some variety to one of my favorite veggies!

blend it.

15 May

I’ve been experimenting with different smoothie ingredient lately and this is my latest concoction:

I often use what’s left over in my frig for these little experiments, this morning it was fresh spinach, frozen berries, whey, yogurt, peanut butter and a splash of coconut milk!

Blend it.

And the finished product tastes…….!!! Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich :/¬† hmmmmm. Not a total FAIL but not a total win either. I liked it but it wasn’t to die for.

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?