Barefoot Provisions Holiday Giveaway and Discount! Deliciousness for You and Yours this Holiday Season!!!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

Happy Holidays – the big day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your town, but MY town is currently a gridlocked, cranky-pants, wet with rain, rage filled crazy driving, crying children in cart, long-lined, INSANITY FILLED TOWN at the moment. Don’t you DARE run out of toilet paper right now because you will have to go to your local store and face the madness. This is why I love shopping online this time of year and this is why Holidays for our family is about good food, good wine (for us, not the kids), good music, and good fun. Long ago my mom made us all focus on each other during the Holidays (hard to do when you are 13, yes, but I’m so glad she made US the priority and not STUFF the priority because the tradition of each other and love and music and food is still strong in our family.)  Yes, we do give a few gifts, but we don’t go nuts and I try super hard to not get caught up in the madness, because we all know what stress does, and it just isn’t worth it.

So, when an awesome, wonderful, amazing company like Barefoot Provisions goes to the trouble of creating a nifty little Holiday Kit of scrumptiousness that I can choose from to give to folks in my life or just have around my house for my visitors to happily munch on – I am ECSTATIC with joy and cheer and you should be too – no going out in the madness to shop but instead, just a few mouse clicks and a smile and your goodies are on their merry way to your front door.

Even better?? Barefoot Provisions is giving to one of my readers a FREE Holiday Kit!!!!  That’s right – you can WIN all the goodness you see on this page and that’s pretty dang awesome!! All you have to do is head over to the Barefoot Provisions Facebook page and “Like” them and simply comment on this blog post that you did so and tell me which item in the Holiday Kit looks the yummiest to you and why! The winner will be randomly selected at 11:59pm PST on Wednesday the 17th and announced on Thursday the 18th via email or Facebook!

Another gift from Barefoot Provisions for ALL of you – between today, December 15th – December 22nd my readers can use the coupon code BAREHOLIDAY10 for 10% off your order from anything you decide to purchase from this, their Holiday Collection at checkout!! Now that’s the Holiday Spirit in action!  Enjoy!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

 

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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This recipe comes from my book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine.  With December in full swing, easy recipes that nourish your family on cold winter evenings are an absolute must and this recipe fits the bill. My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! Remember when you are holiday shopping that all the Everyday Paleo books make wonderful gifts for those that you love. I’ll be back soon with more deliciousness but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

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Succulent meatballs swimming in a sea of easy-to-make tomato sauce! This is comfort food at its finest. Frying the meatballs first will seal in the flavors, and the brightness of the fresh basil at the end ties it all together.

Meatballs
1 pound white mushrooms, finely diced
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Italian parsley, finely minced
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee for frying the meatballs

Sauce
1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (or other tomatoes of your choice)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the mushrooms, beef, garlic, Italian parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper.
2. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan, and brown them on all sides.
4. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan, and set them aside.
5. Make the sauce by adding the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the same pan used for the meatballs. Cook over medium heat, and bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6

Buy an Epic Gift from Epic Bar and Help Support the Savory Institute!!

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Those of you who follow me know that I love Epic Bar and everything that this awesome company stands for and I am loving them even more during this Holiday Season because they have made mine and your holiday shopping a whole lot easier, and they are donating the proceeds of these awesome gifts to the Savory Institute!  If you don’t know what the Savory Institute is, well you should – in fact, it should be a gosh darned household name – more so than Paleo or any other “diet” you can think of because the work being done by the Savory Institute is literally saving this big round rock we live on because no matter how “clean” we eat, no matter how “paleo” we try to be, if we are not caring where the heck our food is coming from or supporting the regeneration of our earth than the outcome of our efforts won’t matter in the end.

This is where our focus should be dear readers so let’s rally and help out an awesome cause during this Holiday Season and give the gift of deliciousness and hope for a greener, brighter, and healthier future.

So, head on over to Epic Bar and get to shopping because proceeds for all of these gift items go directly to the Savory Institute!!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

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I might be too late with this post but for those of you who like to procrastinate (like I do) and wait until the last minute to plan stuff like giant family gatherings that involve hours upon hours of cooking, here’s some recipes that hopefully will help you with your planning for this Thanksgiving week!

Herbed Turkey Breast – For those of you who have a smaller group to feed and don’t want to go for the entire bird, here’s a delicious recipe that involves just the breast!

Succulent Roast Goose from Mark’s Daily Apple – If you DO have a crowd to feed – get crazy and go for the Goose! My dear friend Mark Sisson has this recipe on his site and it looks so darn amazing that I might go goosey myself this Holiday Season!

Everyday Paleo Stuffing – You can also find this stuffing recipe in my Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook! This stuffing is a hit anytime of year but especially for the Holidays and with the crunch of the almonds, savory sausage, fresh herbs, and sweet/tart cranberries – this stuffing can be a meal all on its own!

Cranberry Sauce and Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin – Two delicious side dishes – the Sweet Potato Gratin is a MUST. You’ll thank me later I promise.

Holiday Brussels Sprouts and Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes – I made both of these recipes back in 2011 and I continue to make them both every year since! These Brussels are so so so good!!

Spiced and Spiked Slow-Cooked Cider from Rubies and Radishes – Sometimes you need a little motivation to get through all that cooking, and I think this lovely drink that I found over at Rubies and Radishes is sure to do the trick!

Paleo Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich from Stupid Easy Paleo – What do you do with those leftovers? Well, you eat them but you can eat them in this amazingly inspired way that I found over at the Stupid Easy Paleo blog. YUM!!

PIE!! Pumpkin and Apple PIE!! – There isn’t Thanksgiving without pie and the last few weeks Rowan and Jaden have both been randomly shouting out PIE in anticipation of the fact that we are going to make some EPIC pies this week.

Butternut Squash Chili

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I love fall and I love chili and the two go hand in hand! A dear friend of mine recently gave me an abundance of butternut squash so with squash as my inspiration, this afternoon I threw together some scrumptious chili using the butternut squash and ground bison that I happened to have on hand. Of course you can use whatever ground meat you want, or cubed steak, or even chicken. This recipe is similar to the Everyday Paleo Chili recipe in my first book, Everyday Paleo with just a few minor tweaks.

Here’s the recipe – super easy and delicious!!

Butternut Squash Chili

2 lbs ground bison (or other ground meat of your choice)

2 tablespoons butter, coconut oil, lard, or ghee (I used butter)

1 yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 6 cups of cubed squash – use more or less if you like)

4 celery stalks, diced

2 tablespoons cumin

2-3 tablespoons chili powder

2-3 tablespoons Italian seasoning

2-3 teaspoons dried red chili flakes

1 bay leaf

2 cups chicken broth

18 ounces of diced or crushed tomatoes (about 2 cups) – (I purchase my diced and crushed tomatoes from Tropical Traditions)

Sea salt to taste

1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter or other fat of your choice over medium heat.

2. Add the onions and saute until translucent.

3. Add your ground meat and cook just until browned.

4. Add the minced garlic, cubed butternut squash, and celery and mix well.

5. Add all the spices except for the bay  leaf and mix well.

6. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes and stir, bring to a simmer and add the bay leaf.

7. Turn down to low and let simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.

8. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Seafood Chowder from Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

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Now that I’m NOT in the middle of writing any more cookbooks for a while, I’m actually able to cook from the ones I have and it’s been really enjoyable just enjoying the fruits of my labors and not still laboring… The weather has finally turned a little and we have had some much needed rain and a few chilly nights which has been nice – and cozy! The last couple of weeks however have been totally nuts with family visiting, major gas leaks in our house that nearly killed us all, and celebrating Jaden turning 11 and Rowan turning 7 – so just a few minor (sarcasm) things that have kept me a little more quiet than usual in internet land but crazy as a barrel of monkeys in my life. Speaking of life, it always has its ups and downs, its madness and chaos, and its quiet – and now I’m trying out just a smidge of quiet for at least this week and so I found some time to write this post and share with you one of our favorite recipes from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.

I made this recipe a few nights ago and subbed regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a more classic clam chowder result. John calls it restaurant quality when I make it this way but I prefer the chowder the way it’s called for in the book – with sweet potatoes, but I’ll let you decide what you like best but most of all, I hope you enjoy!!! Pictured is the soup from the book, when you use white potatoes, it looks more classic clam chowder-y.

 

 

 

Seafood Chowder

2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1 medium white onion, diced

8 bacon strips, chopped (optional)

6 celery stalks, diced

5 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (or white potatoes)

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups chicken broth

10 ounce can of clams plus juice

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 pound wild-caught shrimp, deveined with shells and tail removed or other seafood of your choice

Minced Italian Parsley for garnish

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 4-5 

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion in coconut oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the diced bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp, stirring often.
  3. Add the celery and sweet potatoes and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, clam juice, and black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the bay leaf and let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Using a potato masher, gently mash the cooked sweet potatoes to help thicken the chowder, making sure to still leave some of the potatoes chunky.
  7. Add the shrimp to the chowder and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and tender.
  8. While the shrimp are cooking, drain the clams and chop them into small pieces; add them to the chowder, just until warm. Serve the soup immediately, topped with the fresh minced parsley if desired.

 

Thailand Retreat and Awesome Giveaways from Primal Pacs, The Trip Tribe, ME and More!!!

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*CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. 

Yes, that’s right, I have once again teamed up with The Trip Tribe and this time we are taking YOU with US to Chiang Mai, Thailand!!!! I’m truly excited beyond measure and can’t wait for what I know will be a once in a lifetime adventure… During this Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat, you will join me for a week of epic adventure, food, and fun. In celebration we have special offers and giveaways just for YOU!

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

We also have GIVEAWAYS!!!

My latest book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, is the inspiration behind this retreat and I’m going to entice you to consider this trip with me by offering you fabulous giveaways!!!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • Two lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, a $100 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions and 5 of each item offered from Primal Pacs!!!!  Holy cow that’s everything from their Just Beef Jerky, to their awesome Primal Pacs, plus Bacon Infusion and Spicy Sticks and more! For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to win – you still get a prize by receiving 10% off your first order by using the code “JASSA” at checkout while shopping at Primal Pacs!
  • One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a $200 gift certificate from The Trip Tribe to be used towards the purchase price of the Thai Retreat plus everything mentioned in the above paragraph!!!! The winner of the $200 gift certificate must use it to book their trip by November 14th! 

No purchase necessary to win, all you have to do is this:

1. Head over to The Trip Tribe and “crave” the Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat!

2. Share this post with your friends on Facebook.

3. Comment on this post explaining why you want to come with me to Thailand and tell me that you craved the trip and shared this post (honor system).

On Thursday, November 6th I will randomly select our three winners and notify the winners by email. 

Now, let’s go to Thailand – below are details of the trip!

All meals are included in the price of the retreat plus everything you see in the following itinerary:

Today through this Friday, November 7th use coupon code “SARAH50″ for $50 off the cost of the trip!!!!

Day 1 Introduction

  • Orientation
  • Survival Thai Language
  • Talk on sustainable agriculture
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sightseeing
  • Dinner

Day 2 Culinary Class and Sightseeing

  • Cooking School
  • Lunch
  • Optional Muay Thai training
  • Dinner

Day 3 Markets Visit and Optional Workout

  • Visit to markets Kad Islam and Kad Luang
  • Lunch
  • Optional workout
  • Dinner

Day 4 Mae Ta Village and Muay Thai

  • Van to Mae Ta Village
  • Mae Ta guest speaker
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5 Farm Visit and Walking Market

  • Optional workout
  • Lunch
  • Visit A J. Jeff farm
  • Walking Street Market visit
  • Dinner

Day 6 Sightseeing and Thai Massage

  • Chiang Mai sightseeing
  • Lunch
  • Thai Massage
  • Dinner

Day 7 Culinary Class and sightseeing