Sunday, March 23, 2014

Giveaway: Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

I stumbled upon Joshua Weissman's blog, Slim Palate, over a year ago.  I was new to paleo and on a mission to find new recipes.  Josh had everything I needed.  Brilliant pictures, a way with words, and best of all fantastic recipes.  His new book The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook is an exact replica of his blog.  It's well organized, full of breathtaking food photographs, and loaded with useful recipes.

Most of the recipes in the book are simple yet flavorful.

Tonight for dinner I made his caramelized butternut squash with thyme.  All four of us inhaled it.

I also made his brownie recipe.

It is hard to believe how easy these are to mix up.

In the past few months Squirrel has developed a pretty strange nut allergy.  These brownies are nut and grain free.

We may have eaten the whole pan after dinner one night.

I haven't done a contest in quite some time so I was thrilled when Josh said I could give a copy of his book away.

So here's the deal:

Hey guys make sure you entering through rafflecopter!
• All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what you look for in a cookbook.
(pictures, desserts, simple meals, slow cooker meals, easy to read)
• The contest ends March 31st.
• Giveaway is limited to US residents.
• If you don't win you can always order his book here on Amazon.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Next Three Days

first of all

Did you see?

Tiffany and I finally got to meet!  We've been chatting through blogs, emails, and Facebook for years now.  Honestly, I wasn't nervous at all and it was like talking to an old friend.  Of course a food blogger meet up would consist of a 10.5 mile hike.  Whew my legs are sore!

alright on to the food

I did my meal prep on Sunday for the next three days.

It's always "the next three days" in my house.  Since I've been counting macros I meal prep every three days and have Sunday as a rest day or "cheat" day if you want to call it.  I still eat healthy.  I just give myself some slack on the counting.  If I happen to want a cookie or something that's the day I eat it.  If we want to go out to eat that's the day we go.

Now before I even went shopping I planned out what I was going to eat for the week.

here's what I planned for my three days

1 egg
2 egg whites
1t coconut oil
1/3c oats
2T PB2
Coffee with ½ c almond milk

Protein shake- strawberry progenex (it's terrible get the chocolate)

4oz grassfed 85/15 beef
1c green beans
1c kale

8oz chicken breast
½ c broccoli
¼ c basmati white rice

1c plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ banana

1T sunbutter

grocery list
green beans
basmati rice
coconut oil
almond milk

1515 calories
152g protein- 40%
116g carbs- 30%
50g fat- 30%

here's what it looked like


• This was one of my favorite meal plans.  I felt great all day.  

• Did you see I added PB2?  I saw it on instagram... it was bought on a whim.  Not my thing but I'll use it up.  

•  I also added some oats for breakfast and LOVED it.  I felt great and it kept my belly full.  

•  I also found that I really enjoy egg whites mixed with whole eggs.  I actually like it more than all whole eggs.

Have you ever met another food blogger?

Monday, February 10, 2014

RECIPE: Gluten Free Oatmeal Granola Bars

Y'all I was so excited that these turned out the way they did! I've been trying to nail this recipe down for quite some time.

My kids love granola bars and I just hate buying them. They usually have questionable ingredients and are kinda pricey.  These are similar to those quaker oats chewy granola bars but have ingredients you are familiar with.

Plus it's so simple to just mix them up.

They are perfectly sweet and hold together beautifully.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Granola Bars

1 1/2c gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1c gluten free brown rice cereal
1T chia seeds
1/3c no sugar added sunflower seed butter
1/3c honey
1T coconut oil
1t vanilla
1/2c chopped dried dates
pinch of salt

Mix together your dry ingredients- oats, cereal, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl.  In a microwave safe bowl combine sunbutter, honey, and coconut oil.  Microwave for about 10-15 seconds.  This will just make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients.  Stir in the vanilla.  Add the wet into the dry and mix well.  Add the dates.  Press firmly into an 8x8 glass dish and refrigerate for a few hours or until set.  Cut into bars and store in the fridge.

You could also add chocolate chips... or dried cranberries... or raisins... or a chocolate drizzle (1T chocolate chips and 1/2t coconut oil melted).

What is your favorite granola bar?
Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician nor do I have any type of medical training. Anything documented on this blog is my personal opinion or a learned experience.