Archive | March 2013

Low Carb Conversations Episode 77: Featuring Laura Dolson And ME! Sam Gaucher.

Hey guys! Last week I got to participate in something that was SO awesome and a real treat for me. I got to be a guest on one of my favourite podcasts!!! So if you are curious what I look like and sound like, check out this podcast :) My identity is revealed!

This is the link to our episode, #77!

If you’ve never listened to Low Carb Conversations before let me tell you how it works. It’s one of Jimmy Moore’s 3 podcasts, and my personal favourite! Every week Dietitian Cassie and either Jimmy Moore or Kevin Kennedy-Spaien, his fill in host right now, have a couple of friend guests on and they discuss health articles in the news! It’s a great way to stay on top of all the articles in the news and it’s just really fun to listen to. And no, it’s not ALL about being low carb, either. Jimmy and Cassie are both very supportive of the paleo diet!

At the end of each episode the guests also share yummy low carb recipes. I shared my delicious Beef Skewer recipe. beef skewers you can cook indoors!

I hope you guys enjoy this, I was sooooo nervous because I don’t consider myself an ‘expert’ on ANYTHING yet, besides maybe knitting! I do a lot of reading and research and listening to podcasts and everything else, but still! Hopefully I didn’t come off TOO silly. Anyways, check it out! It’s a great show. I listened to it on my walk today and I don’t sound too bad, although i do say ’like’ way too much! Sorry about that. My nerves were getting to me!

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Crockpot Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

Okay guys…this recipe is a winner! It is so amazingly good. It’s an alteration of a recipe i found here. Unfortunately that site is down right now though! I decided to add some yummy spices and blend the onions and mushrooms into a gravy at the end. This one is so good and also, simple to throw together! I made this at 6:20 am before work one day.

It smelt so good in our house when we got home that night! And it tasted absolutely divine. The best part is there is no need for thickeners in the gravy! Just pure chicken onion, and mushroom magic.

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Crock Pot Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. butter
2 onions, diced
1 package / 8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 lb chicken thighs (skin on, bone in)
1 Tbsp. thyme
1 Tsp. dried basil
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
1.Throw everything into the crock pot. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.

2. Remove chicken and transfer chickens juices, mushrooms, and onions into a bowl or food processor. Blend the juices and vegetables together, and serve as gravy. I used my immersion blender to make the gravy, but I think a food processor would also work.

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Pre and Post Cooking!

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yummeh gravy shot from my instagram.

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Here is an awesome looking crockpot for not too expensive either if you need one!

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What I ate and how I moved Wednesday!

Woot woot! We made it through another hump day! Thank goodness. I’m having an extra fun week this week, too! We got the apartment I have been completely longing for, and we are babysitting my favourite little puppy dog this week, too. So lots of happiness and cuddles all around!

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Today I’m doing something a little different. A long, long time ago, I wrote a different food blog. At the time I was a confused 18 year old who just wanted to know what it took to be healthy. Unfortunately I never really figured it out, not while that blog was running at least. It’s under lock and key now so don’t even TRY to find it ;)

One thing I did while I was writing that blog though was participate in What I Ate Wednesdays. It’s a fun interactive thing where we all share what we ate throughout the day. It runs weekly but I don’t think I will participate every week because it can tend to get boring, and i fail at being diligent at taking photos. HOWEVER, I think it will be valuable to add some paleo eats to the list and also to show people that it really isn’t that complicated to eat this way, and give a little picture of exactly what I am up to!

Today was a really rushed day and hard too because we have hardly any food in the fridge right now! So it was a very improvised day. It’s our first day with the dog so I woke up at 6:20 to take her out to do her business. Came back inside and enjoyed some delicious coffee and cuddles while getting ready for work.

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I went to pack my breakfast and found not a whole lot to eat. So I ended up eating this little trail mix pack I made for times of emergency. It has pecans, almonds, brazil nuts, raisins, 1 slice of dried pear and some enjoy life chocolate chips. Not exactly a healthy breakfast but it did tide me over until I could eat my real breakfast:DSC_0288

2 eggs sunny side up and a banana. I cook the eggs in duck fat every morning when I wake up and then bring them to work to eat later. Don’t worry, I keep a plate at work to heat them up on, not plastic!

After my breakfast I sipped a bit on some kombucha. Then at lunch time I went on a walk! I go on a lunch time walk every day now. I started working full time (temporarily) 1 month ago and I have not missed a single lunchtime walk. That includes the days we had 20 cms of snow falling within 8 hours. YEAH!

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Lunch time came around 2:30 pm and I had a delicious turkey soup that I just adore. Do you ever find that chicken in chicken soup gets all gritty and gross? Yeah, turkey doesn’t do that. Especially dark meat, my favourite! So this soup stays all juicy and delicious :)

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The turkey chunks are hiding!

After I got home from work I did my EPlifefit.com workout and then a quick pilates abs workout on top of that! It probably equalled out to 35 – 45 minutes or so in total.

Dinner was…A FAIL!

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Last night I thought I was thawing out ground beef but this morning I saw it was stewing beef. I attempted to make skewers out of it and yeah…they SUCKED! Use steak, people. These were soooo tough, BLEGH! I still ate it but i am sad that I wasted perfectly good meat on that. Broccoli with butter on the side!

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Final eats of the evening was a mango. Had to finish the day off with something delicious!

grow your own green onions!

Happy St. Patty’s day, friends! I hope you have a good one. I went out with friends last night and am now nursing the ‘hangover’ (I’m not hungover….just hungry!!!) with some eggs and sweet potatoes, mmmm. Anyways! We are here for a different reason…

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How many things can you learn from pinterest? A million? More? I don’t know, but it is insane all of the great ideas I get from that website (follow me). I’ve gotten many ideas for growing plants in an apartment but this one takes the cake. Incredibly easy, and it looks nice too!

Did you know you can re-grow green onions that you buy at the store? It’s incredibly simple and you will be left with a constant supply of green onions that takes basically zero effort to maintain. This is a very cost effective process! I used to buy green onions 1x a week…now I haven’t bought them again in a month! And they never go bad either, which is a plus!

All you need to do is save the white bottom part of the onion and put it in a jar with some water, in the sun. That is seriously it. They will grow and flourish and be delicious! I love green onions so I think this is AWESOME!!! In fact, I need to tell my mom about this now that I am thinking about it. She makes us taco dip when we go over (not paleo- delicious though!) with tons of green onion on top. This could be a money saver for her!

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So that’s it, a quick tip for you. Go, do it now!

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Simple & Elegant Breakfast

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Garlic and Kelp Zucchini fried in duck fat, pan cooked cherry tomatoes, and 2 perfect over easy eggs. That is my idea of a beautiful and delicious breakfast. If only I had some bacon in there it would have probably been out of this world!

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This is something simple that you might not think of right away. A really good substitute on the 21DSD for hash browns made out of sweet potatoes with your breakfast. The best part is it takes under 15 minutes for this whole beautiful plate to be ready!

Kelp and Garlic Zucchini

1 small zucchini, sliced with a mandolin or very thinly
1/2 tsp. kelp flakes
1/2 tsp. organic garlic powder
1 tbsp. duck fat for frying

Combine in a frying pan over medium heat and stir regularly for 5 minutes. voila. that simple!

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For the tomatoes: simply put them in the pan alongside your two eggs, in a small amount of duck fat for frying. They are so incredibly amazing! and so simple. This is really something you have no excuse to try! Unless you can’t eat these foods of course.