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

 

Paderno World-Cuisine Redesigned 4-blade Spiralizer GIVEAWAY and a Recipe!

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*CONTEST IS CLOSED AND BOTH WINNERS HAVE BEEN EMAILED!!

Those of you who have my Italian Cuisine or Thai Cuisine books know how much I love the Paderno Spiralizer and now I love it even MORE because they just launched a re-designed 4-blade model that is really stinking AWESOME! In the new and improved model, they’ve included a fourth blade to make angel hair noodles, as well as reduced the size of the coring blade to reduce waste, which is so great as compared to the older model. My kids LOVE the spiralizer and it’s brought noodles back into our lives again. There are so many things you can do with this awesome tool and if your family doesn’t have one, well you’re really missing out on the great fun to be had if you did have one in your kitchen arsenal.  Now that this product is available, you can find it here on Amazon and even better – Paderno would like to give to my audience two free spiralizers to two lucky people!!!!! 

All you have to do to enter to win is this:

1.) Share this blog post on your Facebook page
2.) Leave a comment below telling me why you want this spiralizer!

One winner will be randomly selected on 10/20/14 and will be contacted via email. I will also announce the winners on this post so stay tuned!

Giveaway open to USA residents only.

Now, here’a a fun recipe straight from Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine using the angel hair blade on the Padreno 4-blade Spiralizer for the zucchini noodles.

Puttanesca Sauce

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6

2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee

1 yellow onion, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, minced

1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes

1 tablespoon  anchovy fillets, finely minced

2 tablespoons capers

1 6-ounce can whole black olives

1⁄2 teaspoon red chili flakes

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1⁄2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Zucchini Noodles using the Paderno 4-blade Spiralizer ( I like using the angle hair pasta blade)

1. In a large saucepan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat, and sauté the onion until translucent.

2. Add the garlic, and sauté just until fragrant.

3. Add the tomatoes, and bring them to a simmer, breaking down the whole

tomatoes with a spoon.

4. Add the anchovies and capers, mix well, and simmer for 5-10 min.

5. Add the olives, red chili flakes, extra virgin olive oil, Italian parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

6. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, and serve over the zucchini noodles or over any meat such as meatballs, steak, or chicken.  (pictured is pan seared chicken breast).

 

*affiliate links are used in this post.

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Thailand Retreat!!! Join Me in Thailand!!!!

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I’m literally jumping up and down with excitement right now which is SUPER hard to do while trying to type but I can’t help it!! I’m SO PUMPED!!! Some of you may remember that recently I teamed up with The Trip Tribe and in May we had an EPIC retreat to Italy in which 22 of you participated for what was a trip of a lifetime. Well, guess what. In celebration of the recent release of my new book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, I have once again teamed up with The Trip Tribe to offer you a Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat and the destination is Chiang Mai, Thailand!!!!!

Did you hear that??? THAILAND!!

I want YOU to come with ME to beautiful Chiang Mai and experience all the culture, food, adventure, fun, and relaxation that the country of Thailand has to offer.

During our 7 days together in Chiang Mai you’ll experience Thai cooking classes and have a paleo culinary adventure like you never have had before, you’ll have a chance to train in the ancient art of Muay Thai, visit a sustainable farm, tour several amazing markets, enjoy Thai Massage, workout with me and much much much more!!

We’ll be staying at the Eco Resort in Chiang Mai which on it’s own will be worth the entire trip.

The trip takes place February 8th – February 14th 2015!!

Ok, now you must go sign up today to reserve your spot and to find all the details! Space is very limited and the time is NOW to reserve your spot, pack your bags, and very soon – join me in Thailand!!

Click here for more information and to sign up for the trip! I can’t wait to be in Thailand with all of you – let’s go on a Paleo and Thai Culture Retreat together!

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