Bacony Maple Carrots

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Mashed Beets

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Beets.  A pretty common root vegetable. Boil em, roast em, grill em.  Eat em cold. Eat em warm.  Beets are one of those VERY vibrant vegetables, so that means that they are crazy nutritions.  Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin A, as well as a plethora of other vitamins and minerals.

I have really grown to love them in the past year or two.  They’re like a delicious gem that I am only just discovering.  Now, if only I wouldn’t have been afraid of them on my school lunch plate back in 1st grade.  After making pureed parsnips, I thought hmmm….I wonder how mashed beets would be.  So, I went to the ol’ Google machine.  After reading through a few recipes, I found this one.  Simple. Perfect. Below is the recipe that I used, slightly modified to make it more Paleo.

Mashed Beets
approx. 2 servings

Ingredients
3 – 4 beets, cleaned and peeled, then cut into 1″ pieces
1/4 – 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream (add to your taste)
1 T. melted butter (optional)
1/2 c. finely diced fresh parsley (optional)
salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
1.  You could either boil or roast the beets.  If you boil them, just throw them in a pot of boiling water and cook until soft.  If you choose to roast, lay the beets across an oiled cookie tray and bake at 450 degrees until soft (roughly 30 min).
2. Once the beets are softened, transfer them to a mixing bowl. Add the milk gradually while you mash the beets, tasting as you go. Immersion blender, mixer, or food processor will do.
4. Add the butter and parsley and continue to mix.
5. Season with salt and pepper and adjust the dairy components if desired. I served this hot along with grilled fish.

My thoughts:

I chose to roast them. I typically prefer roasting vegetables because it takes a lot of the extra liquid out.  According to the author of the recipe, the boiling method removes a lot of healthy vitamins and nutrients. On the flip side, boiling is quicker.

I was really happy how this turned out.  The flavor was great, creamy and perfectly seasoned.  Really easy to make as well.  Cook,20140324_171116 mash, eat.  I ate the entire batch with dinner, but the author of the recipe claims that they’re also good cold the next day, straight out of the refrigerator.

So, beets are crazy vibrantly red.  They will turn your hands red.  Another interesting fact about beets is that they can cause beeturia…basically pink urine.  There’s nothing wrong with you, it’s just how our bodies excrete the vibrant red pigment. No need to be alarmed.  You may just pee pink for a day or two.

Try it out.  You may find out that you in fact do in enjoy beets.

Happy eating!

Lindsay

Original recipe HERE.

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Make Yourself

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I have been sitting on this post for awhile now.  Going over the words again and again, trying to come up with a clever little blog post.  In the end, I don’t think that this needs an explanation.

-Lindsay

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  Everyone gathered together, a table full of food, a heart of thankfulness.  Speaking of food….since deciding to eat clean, it has become a bit more difficult to partake in holiday meals.  Many traditional favorites are full of ingredients that I choose not to eat.  Lately, I have been keeping my eyes open for great Thanksgiving recipes. Cleaner options. So.many.recipes. Elana’s Pantry recently posted this pumpkin pie recipe.  Now, just so you know, I definitely prefer pie over cake and I’m somewhat of an aficionado. I do make a mean pumpkin pie…with my grandma’s secret pie crust recipe.  BUT, since my family pumpkin pie recipe isn’t so much Paleo, I thought I’d try my hand at this one.  Elana’s Pantry is good about posting fantastic recipes.  I was optimistic.

Ingredients

1 (15 oz ) can pumpkin puree (or 1.5 Cu homemade pumpkin puree)
3 eggs
1/2 Cu coconut milk (full fat)
1/3 cu honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Crust
2 Cu blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 egg

Makes 1 pie crust
Recipe HERE

Instructions
Prepare the crust first
1. Place flour and salt in food processor and pulse briefly
2. Add coconut oil and egg.  Pulse until mixture forms a ball.
3. Press dough firmly into a 9-inch pie dish, set aside.
4. In a food processor, combine pumpkin puree and eggs.
5. Pour filling into Paleo Pie Crust
6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
7. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate for approx 2 hours to set up

Makes 1 pie

Topping
Heavy whipping cream
vanilla
cinnamon

I don’t have exact measurements.  I just pour and sprinkle and whip the crap out of it by hand.  Truly made with love.

Ever the skeptic, I was pleasantly surprised at how this pie turned out.  Really, it turned out perfectly.  Towards the end of baking, the crust was getting dangerously golden so I placed some tinfoil on top for the last 10 minutes or so.  Other than that, the recipe was relatively simple.  There are a handful of ingredients, but basically you just mix them together.  Nothing fancy.  I would make this pie again…and often.  It truly tastes like pumpkin pie.  The whipped topping really makes this pumpkin pie the perfect ending to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Best part is, it’s guilt-free.  Grain-free, dairy-free, and the only sugar is the honey.

Try it out this Thanksgiving.  See if your dinner guests notice a difference.  I’d bet they won’t.  This would also be the perfect item to take along to that dinner party you’ve been invited to.  This way, you know EXACTLY what went into the pie and can enjoy a care-free dessert.  pairs well with coffee.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I do!

Happy Eating!

Recipe HERE.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I really dig Brussels sprouts. A lot. One of my favorite ways to prepare them is by roasting them.

Ingredients
Brussels sprouts
Olive oil
S&P
Other seasonings

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400°. In the meantime, arrange the Brussels sprouts evenly on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with s&p. I also use a, little garlic and onion powders. Stir to evenly coat. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until soft and golden around the edges.

I bought a bag of Brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s today. Freezer to pan to oven to plate in less than 45 minutes. Nutritious AND delicious.

Happy eating!

350 Likes Giveaway

The Paleo Paramedic Facebook Page has reached 350 Likes!  I am truly humbled.  As a thank you, I’d like to have a give away.  I am giving away a fruit infuser water bottle from one of my favorite places, Reset massage. I go to Reset about twice a month for amazing massages.  This water bottle is great.  I like to add fruit or cucumbers, fill with water, then I’m good to go.  Prize number 2 is a $25 gift certificate from my friends at Tripp’s Primal Farm and Kitchen.  Based out of Maine, the Tripp’s use only the freshest Paleo ingredients for their treats, many of which they have on their own farm.  Muffins, cookies, cereal…  sure to satisfy any caveman’s sweet tooth. Last but not least, prize 3 is some bacon apparel.  RAYGUN is a t shirt store in downtown Des Moines.  This local shop is known for creating clever tees, sure to be the highlight of any part.  I will be giving away one of their “Bacon My Heart” tees (you pick the size, details will be discussed with winner).  Check it out HERE.

The giveaway has already begun.  You may enter by heading over to the Paleo Paramedic facebook page HERE. Click on the “Giveaway” tab near the top, next to the “about” section.  Enter away. You have may have up to 5 entries. 

There are 6 days left in this contest.  I’m really excited about this giveaway.  Good luck!

Cucumber Sandwich

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I’ve seen recipes popping up here and there for little sandwiches using cucumbers instead of bread.

I happened to come upon some small cucumbers the other day. I scooped out some of the insides first. Then, I added a little dijon mustard, a hint of swiss, turkey, and bacon.

What a great combo. A little spice, a little crunch, a lot of yum. Try it out. What will you use as fillin’?

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GIVEAWAY

Steve’s Paleo Goods has a plethora of Paleo snacks available for purchase. But they’re not in it just for the money. 15% of all sales go towards a non-profit national program that brings fitness, nutrition guidance and mentorship to at-risk youth. So really, everyone wins.

I have ordered a few things from Steve’s Paleo Goods that I’m excited to share with you guys. This week, to get your name in the hat, first “Like” the Paleo Paramedic on Facebook.  You can find a quick link at the bottom lefthand side of this page.  Once you navigate to my Facebook page, look for the GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY post and follow the instructions. 

Good luck!