It's finally here….the ONE and only recipe you can’t live without.
I am sharing it here exclusively for YOU.
Now, before you get too excited, I am going to give you a dose of honesty.
It is NOT a recipe for brownies (paleo or not) nor ice cream nor some alternative version of your favorite pasta dish (you would only be disappointed with anyways since you didn’t want to give up gluten in the first place until I suggested you should give it a try). It is NOT a free pass to throw all caution to the wind and just “enjoy” life frivolously eating candy bars and drinking alcohol because you can. Technically, it isn’t really a complete recipe, only partial.
Yes...you read that correctly. Paleo-Vegetarian Chilli. That was not a mistake. In fact, in the paleo-sphere, it has been quoted by StacyToth (of Paleo Parents) that she eats "more vegetables than a vegetarian." In fact, vegetarianism done properly (eating whole nutrient rich vegetables) has more in common with paleo than not. The main difference is the addition of animal protein.
I am all about celebrating our likeness with each other than our differences...and I love good food. Recently, over the holiday break, I had extra family in town that happen to be vegetarian...and it was snowing...so I made a huge pot of paleo-vegetarian chili. And although I find whole organic food delightful even with minimal seasoning, this recipe was a huge hit for the entire family...even those not vegetarian nor paleo. So here is the recipe.
Again, I apologize for my lack of photo-taking ability...but actually we ate it up so quickly, I almost forgot to even snap a shot!
Special treats, like this, are occasional for our family. The Holiday Season is a great time to enjoy some treats that don’t derail your healthy progress. It is also a great time to offer up some healthy treats to share with family and friends. Most people are surprised about the simplicity and sweetness of the natural fruits and ingredients.
This recipe was derived out of simply pulling from the refrigerator and cupboards to produce a warm dessert for a wintery weekend day.
*** A special note that this is still sweet to our family of five, but we are 3 years into eating whole foods and avoiding excessive sugars. We actually only used ½ TBSP honey as the cream is already sweet. You may need to flex with the honey to suit the stage your family is in***
Since our transition to paleo-whole foods inspired living, the only thing I have truly missed is a few Mexican themed meals, like Chicken Tortilla Soup. So over the past two years I have been trying different recipes and modifying for our family taste buds. So our recipe evolves every time. This last recipe was a winner. Be warned that I make recipes in bulk for my family of five and I always want leftovers!!! ****your largest pot will be FULL when you are done****
Many of you already know about my lazy tendencies (I had listed 20 of them before here). Turns out, I am lazy about Halloween too. The cool thing is that my inadvertent laziness turned into something pretty awesome.
This is my quick go to homemade turkey jerky. It isn't the BEST source, but I find that the ingredients are better than most other jerky out there. We use this for travel or days when meal prep is difficult.
Here is another one of my favorite recipes for healing. It makes many vitamins and minerals readily available and easily absorbed. This broth is high in Potassium and has Iodine. Broths are easy on the stomach, readily absorbed and mineral broth is a great medium for also consuming your salt needs for proper hydration.
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. What I remember the most is my grandfather's affinity to sweets. I have vivid memories of playing in their backyard in San Jose and picking fresh blackberries and raspberries off the bush. I never waited to wash them before I ate them, because even then I had little patience.
Another sweet treat my grandfather would have is a grapefruit cut in half with a dash of maple syrup. At the time, the tartness of the grapefruit simply made me pucker my lips, despite the maple syrup. Yet somehow, since transitioning to whole foods-paleo inspired, I have revisited this little trick, and guess what?.....I love it.
I use it as a refreshing lateral shift maneuver when my sweet tooth strikes.
Lateral Shift Chocolate Pudding
It’s summer time and the desire for something sweet and cold is strong in my household.
Here is one of our favorite treats. This recipe also includes a dose of healthy fats AND anti-oxidants for a little anti-aging and anti-inflammation.
I am you. You are me. We are we.
I recently had the sad realization that my children and family are different. But the thing is, we actually are just like you. You and your family are just like me. In fact, aren’t we all on this journey together doing the same thing? Trying our best?
Did you know that fats, also known as lipids, are an important macronutrient that supplies concentrated energy, supports cellular health, and aids vitamin and mineral absorption? Fat is good for your health and healing in moderation, but not all fats are created equal.
Many of us were raised on the idea that consumption of fat (aka lipids), especially from animal sources, results in obesity and heart attack. Yes, an overconsumption of lipids, calories, or sugar results in obesity and potentially metabolic syndrome. However, the reality is that healthy lipid consumption does not equate to obesity or heart attack. In fact, healthy lipid consumption promotes cellular health, provides cellular energy, improves absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K, provides the precursor (cholesterol) to many hormones, as well as supporting other metabolic processes. 1
Let’s correct that sweet tooth with a “lateral shift”!
Let me introduce you to the “lateral shift” technique.
In Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) terms the lateral shift is used to describe spinal deformities when the hips and shoulders are not in line. Shoulders are often shifted over to one side making you look crooked. This is generally an indication that you need a manual mechanical correction to essentially get straightened out. The “lateral shift” generally has a negative connotation. But correcting it allows you to become straightened out.
How does your family create healthy and nutritious family meals on a budget?
Whether you are a working parent or a busy professional, making home cooked and healthy meals is a challenge. Here is one way we have found to efficiently turn one whole chicken into 3 meals or more for a family of 5.
Dust off your crockpot! This may be one of your most valuable tools as a busy professional or parent.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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