Meals Made Simple Giveaway! & Meet Danielle Walker

Meals Made Simple Giveaway! & Meet Danielle Walker

Meet Danielle Walker in Milton

Hey guys!

Danielle Walker is coming to Ontario! I’m posting this to let you know and make sure if you are in the area you make it down! Unfortunately I am working (and 5 hours away) and can’t make it but I know I have many readers in the Toronto Area! She will be doing a book signing just outside of Toronto, in Milton, ON.

Get more details at the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526623534222111/

I’m very excited to get the opportunity to also give one of you a copy of her book! Her publishers will be providing the book for you. They also sent me a copy but I have not received it yet and thus cannot write a review. I do however have her first book and it is great, so i am pretty sure this one will be as well! I will try out some recipes when my copy arrives.

I asked that both Americans and Canadians be able to sign up for this giveaway :)

Just enter in the widget below! The giveaway will run until the end of the day on the 27th, the day of the signing.
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Hope you win!

Sam

PS. If you don’t win and want your own copy, you can purchase one on amazon here! (affiliate link)

Roasted Butternut, Apple, Onion Soup

Roasted Butternut, Apple, Onion Soup

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I already have a butternut squash soup on this blog but that one is just sooo last season (just kidding, it’s delicious). I’m obsessed with roasting butternuts and pureeing them. I just like trying out different combos! The other one I have is a roasted carrot soup, check it out here.

Anyways, maybe you want to hear a bit about this soup? I originally saw this recipe and decided to tweak it a bit to my tastes. I wanted a super seasonal soup so I decided on butternut squash, apples, and onions. It’s a 3 way punch of awesome in your mouth.

I cut the butternut into fairly large chunks to avoid as much of the weird hand feeling as possible. If you’ve peeled and handled butternut squash before you probably know what I’m talking about, but if not, just try this recipe and you’ll likely figure it out! Seriously though if you have gloves, use them while you are prepping that big orange hunk of carbs. The flesh of raw butternut can cause skin tightness and a strange feeling on the skin.

Speaking of that big orange hunk of carbs, lets talk about the ingredients and what they can do for you for a minute. You’ve got butternut squash, which is full of beta-carotene (vitamin A) (helloooo vision!), Vitamin C, and even some calcium in there! Then the apples provide polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, in the skins which ARE included in this recipe. Finally we have digestive benefits from ginger, minerals from the bone broth, and biotin and sulphur compounds from the onions. Basically, this soup is full of nutrition! Plus, with everything being in season and FRESH, you have the best chance at getting high nutrient contents in these foods.

You can eat this soup in many ways. One, top it with chives. Two, top it with bacon. Three, eat it plain. It’s your call.

Tools required: Stock pot, Immersion Blender

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Roasted Butternut, Apple, Onion Soup

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 180 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 30 g

Protein 2 g

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Roasted Butternut, Apple, Onion Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3-4” chunks (approx 5 cups)
  • 3 macintosh apples, cut into halves or quarters
  • 1 large onion, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1” peeled garlic, cubed
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 cups homemade or organic broth (i used chicken)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • optional: chives or bacon for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place butternut, apples, onion, and ginger pieces on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Pour the oil over the vegetables and use hands to spread it around. Lightly salt everything. Put in oven and bake until soft, approx. 45mins – 1 hour.
  3. Remove from oven. Dump everything into the stock pot and add stock. Using immersion blender, puree soup until everything is smooth. Turn on burner and cook for 5 minutes over medium on stove-top, to meld the flavours.
  4. Serve topped with fresh chives or crumbled bacon.

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Hope you enjoy this one! It’s a perfect seasonal sweet and salty soup!

Sam

25 Paleo Soups! *Round-up*

25 Paleo Soups! *Round-up*

Fall is here and all I can think about is soup! And puppies. But mostly soup.

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This post is here to bring you the ultimate round up of delicious paleo soup recipes! Choose from one of the many below. There is a soup for everyone in this post!

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Creamless Cream of Mushroom Soup by Canada Girl Eats Paleo
Starting off with one of my own, this mushroom soup is creamy with zero dairy involved!

Bison Sweet Potato Stew by Delicious Obsessions
A ‘stewp’ featuring bison, organ meat, yams and herbs.

Cream of Pumpkin Soup by Oh Snap Lets Eat
A savoury soup thickened with coconut milk and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Creamy Leek Soup by Real Food Guide
A delicious soup that is creamy but dairy free!

Crockpot Clam Chowder by Peace, Love and Low Carb
Hearty new england style chowder, kept low carb by skipping the potatoes.

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Spicy Sausage Sweet Potato Soup by Peace, Love, and Low Carb
Savoury sausage and sweet potato equal one knock out soup!

Immune Soup by Mary Vance
This one looks like comfort in a bowl. Each ingredient boosts immune health!

Chicken Soup for the Paleo Soul by Hollywood Homestead
A classic, chicken soup! Warming and nourishing.

Creamy Curried Broccoli Soup by My Heart Beets
An indian take on broccoli soup! Made with broccoli, coconut milk, curry leaves and spices.

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Curried Tomato Soup by My Heart Beets
Tomato soup with the added bonus of roasted cumin seeds and peppercorn!

Spiced Apple and Butternut Squash Soup by Gutsy by Nature
A delicious seasonal soup featuring the one and only butternut! Made on the stovetop. Features ‘pumpkin spice’.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup by Paleo Kitchen Lab
Soup made from duck broth and meat, featuring sweet potatoes and carrots! Looks thick and hearty.

Phun with Pho from Paleo Kitchen Lab
A pho soup featuring zucchini noodles, and all the classic pho ingredients like lime, cilantro, bok choy, fish sauce etc.

Tomato and Pork Egg Drop Soup by Canada Girl Eats Paleo
An asian soup bursting with flavour.

The best Mexican Chicken Soup by Oh Snap Lets Eat
This one looks so good and comforting! Made with rotisserie chicken and topped with avocado.

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Paleo Chili Recipe by Bravo for Paleo
A chili recipe is pretty close to soup, and I had to include this one because it looks so tasty! No beans allowed here.

Curried Coconut Cauliflower Soup by Paleo Kitchen Lab
Watch a short video to learn how to make this delectable soup!

Southwestern Zucchini Soup by Savory Lotus
A creamy spicy soup featuring summer squash! Make this one quick before they’re completely out of season.

Thai Coconut Soup by The Nourished Caveman
A low carb thai soup free of MSG and full of flavour!

Minestrone Soup by Canada Girl Eats Paleo
A take on the classic although this one is actually a vegetarian version!

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Moroccan Pumpkin Soup by Paleo Fondue
Flavorful soup featuring coconut, apricots, turmeric and more.

Creamy Coconut Green Chili Chicken Soup by Delicious Obsessions
A rich creamy broth with tender chicken and mild spice!

Simple Butternut Soup by Butter Nutrition
A simple but flavorful seasonal soup!

Italian Meatball Soup by Beauty and the Foodie
Paleo meatballs floating in a tomato broth!

Roasted Butternut and Carrot soup by Canada Girl Eats Paleo
A delicious soup made easy by roasting the butternut squash in the skin. no icky hands required.

I hope you enjoyed this round up! Let me know in the comments below which one YOU want to make first!

Sam

Chocolate Nut Butter Bites (no bake)

Chocolate Nut Butter Bites (no bake)

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It would be really easy for me to start this post off by saying I’ve been busy, doing schoolwork, and keeping up with life but just not finding time to blog, and sorry.

But, I’d rather keep it as honest as is appropriate. The truth is, I’ve been going through a hard time in my personal life for the past week or two. In that time I’ve eaten ice cream for dinner once or twice. I’ve thrown my personal eating habits to the wind, except for the no gluten requirement. I’ve barely eaten some days, and I’ve feasted on others. Most of what I consumed was sugar in one form or another. All of this to say…

I “messed” up. I’m human just like everyone else, and I am so not a paleo perfectionist. I do my best on a day to day basis and that is all anyone can ask. I’m finally feeling settled back into life and ready to start being the healthy person that I AM on the inside, so I made up this recipe last night.

See, the sweet tooth is still raging, HARD. It’s saying stuff like “but you had gluten free cheesecake for breakfast yesterday…why not today?”. It’s hard to answer that damn sweet tooth. So I’m making healthy replacements for all of the junk I’ve been eating the past couple of weeks.

This one…I’m not sure what to call it. I think I’ll call them Chocolate Nut Butter Bites. Yep that’s the name. The base involves coconut butter, flax, macadamia cashew butter, salt, and dates. The topping is a simple chocolate drizzle. This is a super simple freezer snack to bust any craving!

Equipment required: Food Processor

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Chocolate Nut Butter Bites (no bake)

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 15

Per Serving 130 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 11 g

Protein 2 g

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Chocolate Nut Butter Bites (no bake)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a food processor combine the dates and coconut butter until the dates are in very small pieces and a paste is formed.
  2. Add the nut butter, flax, and salt and process until fully combined.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a teaspoon, drop the batter in small circles on the tray. freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes, melt the chocolate and coconut oil using the double broiler method. I just put a ceramic bowl over a small pot filled with water and boil the water until the chocolate is melted.
  5. Using a spoon drizzle the chocolate over the nut butter bases. Replace to the freezer. Can be enjoyed within 5 minutes! Store in freezer.
  6. Makes 15 nut butter bites.

This is a quick and easy no bake treat! Whip this up next time your sugar cravings kick in. And if you make it, post it on instagram and tag me! I’d love to see it.

I’ll be back again soon!

Sam

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Paleo Pumpkin Mousse and Sweet Cinnamon Crackers

Paleo Pumpkin Mousse and Sweet Cinnamon Crackers

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Today is my day off! Woohoo! I have so many thing I “SHOULD” be doing but i kind of just want to sit here and write and listen to music while singing. Because listening to music without singing is weird.

Last night the BF and I turned on a bunch of rock songs from the 90’s and were jamming out in our living room. It brought back soooo many memories and it was actually super fun. And now its all I want to do! Isn’t that terrible? I have homework to do people.

Food can do the same thing as music, it can bring back so many lovely memories. Pumpkin invokes every good fall feeling I’ve ever had, pretty much. It gets me thinking about knitting and cuddling and lattes and crunchy leaf walks and pumpkin patches and cute dogs. Because with me, everything leads back to cute dogs. it’s a thing.

Anyways, these pumpkin dip AND sweet cracker recipes I’m about to share with you bring up those kinds of thoughts in my head. This is a dip to be shared with friends at a fall potluck. Or to be eaten alone on a quiet night in cuddling up with your fuzziest blanket alone on the couch. No judgement.

It’s a two-for-one recipe so we should probably just get into it. I’ll stop blabbing about fall and feelings now. You’re welcome.

You’re gonna need a hand mixer or a stand up mixer for this one. Parchment paper and a rolling pin are a must for the crackers. Fair warning.

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Paleo Pumpkin Mousse

Per Serving 230 calories

Fat 23 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 2 g

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Separate the coconut ‘cream’ from the water in the can by scooping out all of the thick milk at the top into a small-medium bowl. You can use the water for drinking, in coffee, or something else but not in this recipe!
  2. Using your hand mixer, beat the coconut milk until it fluffs up and roughly doubles in volume, about 5 minutes (arm workout!)
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat another minute until it is all combined and fluffy! Store in the fridge, serve in a nice bowl with apple slices and the cracker recipe below!

For the sweet cinnamon crackers:
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3-1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350.
In a bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. Work them until a dough has formed (using hands may be necessary). Form into 1 large ball.
Place it between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/2 cm thickness. Use a shot glass or other small circle to cut the dough into cute circle crackers! If you have nothing you can also just cut them into squares.
Carefully transfer the circles to a pan also covered in parhcment paper. You can put them close togehter, they don’t spread much/at all. Re-roll the dough out until all of it is used as cookies.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crackers are just crispy. As they cool they will become a bit harder.

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So there is your two in one recipe! I’m not sure how to insert 2 recipes into this post in a printable format so you might have to copy and paste the crackers! Sorry.

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Twice baked paleo breakfast sweet potato

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Lightly Sweetened Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Bacon Wrapped Olive Chicken Meatballs

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Cranberry Chocolate ‘granola’ bars

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Caramelized Onion & Tomato flatbread

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