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).

 

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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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Dr. Kirk Parsley and America’s Biggest Problem……. SLEEP!!!!

On our podcast and in our workshops, Jason and I talk a lot about sleep. Sleep is more important, in my not so humble opinion, than any of the other components of health. “BLASPHEMY,” you say. How dare I say that SLEEP is more important than FOOD. Well, guess what, I honestly believe it to be true. Why? I’m living proof and so are you. I’ve learned the hard way with sleep – so much that I wrecked my perfect paleo health with the lack of it along with not managing my stress and let me tell you, it’s a wicked combo! People who do not sleep enough can derail all of their best efforts of their good diet, proper exercise and stress management. I’ve seen folks who appear to have everything else perfect but they don’t sleep enough and their goals are never actually in reach, depression and anxiety reigns, and frustration abounds. Now let’s bring in the Doctor! Dr. Kirk Parsley is a good friend of mine and an expert in the field of sleep. Dr. Parsley is a former Navy Seal and was the doctor for the West Coast Teams for 8 years. He’s a pro at this stuff and I learn so much from him every time I hear him speak. This is SO important. Listen to his Ted Talk embedded below and SHARE THIS!!!! Please. We all need to know how to live our best lives possible and sleep should be the number one component and not the neglected step child that it always seems to be. Enjoy!

What makes me whole…

There are so many pieces of me and as I get older I’m learning to honor every single part of who I am because that is what really makes me whole. I used to fight it, ignore it, or try to be just that ONE single part of myself – the best part of myself, but that just made me angry, bitter, tired, and not all that much fun to hang out with. I wanted to be the best mommy, wife, cookbook author, and strength coach on the planet but those are just a few pieces of my own personal puzzle and by only focusing on those things that I perceive are the parts that make me good, whole, or right, I took away so many other parts of who I am – parts that allow my better parts to shine. I have to be ALL of me, all the time. Not just the shiny parts of me that I think or thought rather, that everyone should always see. After 37 years on this planet and probably more life experience than I asked for when I came out of my mom’s womb, today I need to be in touch with everything that makes me – ME – and by doing that, I have become a much happier person. I want to share with you now more pieces of me – more of who I am – in hopes that you will drag out the dusty, dirty, maybe not so shiny pieces of who YOU are and not necessarily act on all of those pieces but HONOR them, and be good to them, and remember them. It really makes life way more fun. So here goes, here’s some pieces of me that for years I neglected until lately I have said hello again in a healthy way and I’m feeling whole again.

Sometimes when I’m alone (rarely) in my car and a song comes on that makes me feel 20 again I sing like crazy at the top of my lungs and that’s a piece of me, a piece of me that wants to run wild still, get more tattoos, stay out late, drink too much, and dance all night, even though my dancing is really really awful… Having three kids somehow made me start to ignore that 20 year old urge – and yet I remember clearly being in my car with a load of girlfriends and singing (yelling) my favorite Korn song from the window, the whole car shaking while we raged and drove. It was such an awesome feeling. So free. So crazy. So fun. Somewhere along the way I stopped singing at the top of my lungs in the car as often and found myself listening to AM radio, or Dr. Laura. (What’s WRONG with me???) So now, when I get that urge, I FREAKING SING!!! When the kids are in the car with me WE sing – like mad people, like crazy people, and we laugh and I don’t need to go out and get more tattoos or drink too much because just honoring this one piece of me and letting go for a few stupid minutes feels so darn good.

I love to wear high heels and tight outfits and fix my hair and put on makeup. I love it. My reality? I own a gym. I wear gym clothes every. single. day. I put my hair in a ponytail. I wear minimalist shoes. Every. Single. Day. My makeup routine takes me sub five minutes. When I go out with my husband in our little town where no one really ever dresses up all that much unless you’re in college and you go to the bars and you wear little tiny dresses that would never really work on my body that lifts weights, I dress up. I wear heals. I wear makeup. I wear tight clothes. I fix my gosh darn hair and I pretend for that one night that it’s just he and I and that I’m still just as groovy (yes I’m old) as the hot college girls in my town and it feels so darn good! So when I wake up the next morning and put on my gym clothes and my 5 minute makeup and my minimalist shoes theres still a vixen inside somewhere that my husband also can see because I let her out now and then and I don’t keep her wrapped up in a sports bra and t-shirt ALL of the time. It’s good for both of us and makes us forget that we’ve been married a really really really long time. (13 years this September!)

I like to not be perfect, or even close to perfect, it feels good to own  up to my mistakes and I make a LOT of mistakes. Now, instead of ignoring my mistakes, or blaming other people (like my husband), or getting irritable at the kids like somehow my bad mood is THEIR fault. I decide to embrace my mistakes and look for the lesson in each one. I say “I love you” and “I’m sorry” a lot more now than “whatever” or “oh forget it” or even worse, saying nothing at all and walking around like my heads going to pop off. Now I instead focus on the fact that my mistakes make me better when I admit that I’m wrong and that makes me way less unpopular in my house and way more fun.

I have so many more pieces of who I am – and I’m working on saying hello again to all those pieces and goodbye to trying to be the perfect at everything that I thought I was supposed to be perfect at. That’s no fun. I’m not ever going to be perfect at everything and the harder I tried to be the worse I became at being a really bad-ass wife, mother, sister and friend (which is all more important than anything else in my life). So this is my call to you to join me in exploring all of YOU. Who are YOU. How do YOU work. What pieces of YOU have you ignored, neglected, and shoved elsewhere in the attempt to be GREAT at life? Go find those pieces and put yourself back together again. Join me in embracing the entirety of your awesomeness, warts and all, and say “I love you” more and “I’m sorry” when you need to and most of all, find joy again in the imperfections and drag out your high heels and silly songs – you’ll thank me for it.

 

Oregon Book Signing and Cooking Demo Tour Coming Soon to a Natural Grocers Near You!!

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natural grocers logo I’m beyond thrilled to have partnered up with Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage to visit five stores throughout the state of Oregon for cooking demos/ book signings!!!! I’ll be kicking off my Oregon tour the week of September 22nd and I can’t WAIT to meet you there, cook for you, and of course, sign your books! You’ll even be able to taste the food that I make during the demo and I’ll be cooking a menu straight out of my new book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!! epthai-new Below is the list of stores I will be visiting. Each cooking demo will begin at 5:30 pm and after each demo I’ll sign books and chat with all of you and of course answer any questions you may have. No  need to register for this event, just show up and enjoy! September 22nd: Clackamas September 23rd: Salem September 24th: Eugene (This is a brand new store opening on the 23rd – just a day before my visit, so come see me and check out the new store in your area!!) September 25th: Corvallis September 26th: Medford

Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry from Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, Jassa Courses, and 20 Free Fat Loss Tips!

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So, yes. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog for a multitude of reasons. Reason #1 – Sanity. I’ve been recovering from the last year of my life and doing so by enjoying my boys, being home, (except for a quick weekend trip to London for the Savory Institute Conference which was very inspiring and life-changing to say the least) and working at our gym, JS Strength and Conditioning. There’s something very therapeutic that happens for me while in the gym with our clients. Real people making real changes. Faces I can see. People that I can hug and connect with. New found health for folks that happens right in front of my eyes. My greatest wish is to share with YOU what I know in order to help you live your best life possible and everyday I wish I could bring you all into my gym and work with each and everyone of you. However, I can’t physically do that so reason #2 things have been a bit quiet here at EP is that Jason Seib and I have been working on bringing you more content that will help you create sustainable change in your life.

If you haven’t yet check out our Jassa Compass Courses, you must do so. The feedback has been phenomenal and the results are that this stuff really works. If you are struggling to get started with this lifestyle or have a hard time sticking to what you know works – you NEED these courses.

Check them out for yourself by clicking here.

Finally, before I share a recipe with you from Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, don’t miss out on your chance to receive 20 Free Fat Loss Tips, compliments of our very own Jason Seib! All you have to do is sign up for the Everyday Paleo Newsletter down at the bottom right hand side of the home screen no later than Thursday August 14th at midnight PST and on Friday morning you’ll receive these invaluable tips in your first newsletter!! All current subscribers will also receive the fat loss tips so look for those arriving in your inbox on Friday August 15th!!!

Ok, now on to the food. Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine has taken the world by storm and people everywhere are cooking up a Thai storm of goodness but if you haven’t yet picked up your copy, I thought I would share a recipe with you to convince you that this is a book that must make it on your shelves!

You can order your copy here on Amazon or pick up a copy at a Costco store near you!!

As always, enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry

Pad Priew Wan

Like several Thai dishes, pad priew wan is influenced by Chinese food— but thanks to the kick from the chili paste, this is not your typical sweet and sour dish. It’s not too spicy, though, and you can omit the spice altogether to make this a family-friendly favorite.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Serves: 2 to 3

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 pound chicken breast, beef, or pork, chopped

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced green bell pepper

1/2 cup diced white onion

1/2 cup chopped pineapple

1/4 cup chopped cucumber

2 teaspoons coconut aminos

2 teaspoons raw organic honey

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon coconut vinegar or white vinegar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons Nam Prik Pao (Thai Chili Paste, found at most Asian markets and recipe available in Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine)

Sea salt

Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the bell peppers, onion, pineapple, and cucumber and stir- fry for another minute.

Add the coconut aminos, honey, black pepper, vinegar, tomato paste, and chili paste.

Mix together and let cook for a minute, until bubbling. Add salt to taste, adjust the other seasonings as desired, and serve.

Introducing Jassa Compass Courses!!!

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Jason Seib and I have been hard at work developing a new program to help YOU. Thanks to the popularity of our podcast and workshops, we have come to understand the importance of offering you a hands on approach to a healthier lifestyle. Knowing that we can’t come to visit and sit with each and everyone of you, creating a digital guide seemed like the next best thing so that’s exactly what we did!

Without further ado, we are thrilled to give you Jassa Compass Courses!

What is Jassa Compass? It’s our teamwork combined to give you a tried and true method via digital guides to a lifestyle that promotes health, vitality, and the body you want. We have created three comprehensive courses for you that include:

Beating Grains

Escaping Sugar 

Sprint for Your Life

To find out exactly what Jassa Compass is and what the courses have to offer, follow this link!

Thank you as always for your continued support and I hope you enjoy Jassa Compass!!