Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine Giveaways!!!!!!!

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I’m sitting on pins and needles WAITING, waiting, waiting in Italy to get a copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!!!  The release date is around the corner, June 17th to be exact, and pre-release copies are in route! My publisher has seen a copy of the new book and is raving about it but I have not yet seen it and I’m so totally beyond excited to hold a copy in my hands! I have loved the experience of writing all of my books but this book, doing the research, the cooking and testing and tasting, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine is BAM, wow, epic, I honestly believe my best book ever besides the now classic first book, Everyday Paleo.

Traveling to Thailand is what made this book come to life and although the internet is like having the entire world at your fingertips I suppose I could have easily written a Thai cookbook without ever leaving the comfort of my own home; however, it wouldn’t have been the same. No amount of virtual research compares to the experience I had while working side by side with the many Thai chefs and home cooks that I met while visiting the amazing country of Thailand.

I’ll share with you now one little tidbit of knowledge that I learned on day one of my trip. Thai food is very special. Thai dishes are only true Thai dishes if you use the correct key ingredients. For example, if you make Tom Ka Gai and you use regular ginger instead of galangal, you really aren’t making Tom Ka Gai. It might look like Tom Ka Gai, and even have similar flavors, but you can NOT call it Tom Ka Gai. Nope, can’t do it. Does this mean that you should never use substitutions for the ingredients that make a certain Thai dish truly Thai? No way, you SHOULD use subs if needed, but you shouldn’t pretend it’s the real deal. I love this concept. This is staying true to tradition, to a culinary idea that food rich with culture shouldn’t be slapped together and called something it really isn’t.

Another part of Thai cooking is the tools used to make Thai food. Mortars and pestles are imperative in making authentic Thai food. Do you have to use them? Of course not, and in the book I offer alternative ways to make the salads, curry pastes, bases for stir fry sauces, and well, just about everything, without using a mortar and pestle but the importance of having these tools was hammered home time and time again with each person that I had the honor of cooking with while inThailand. A quick example of the importance of using a mortar and pestle for curry paste: a granite mortar and pestle should be used because the granite is heavy enough to pulverize the tough ingredients into a paste. Furthermore, the granite keeps the ingredients cool in order to prevent overheating and therefore oxidation of the ingredients and the flavors blend rather than change due to unnecessary heat caused by something like a food processor. Should you NOT use a food processor to make curry paste? Absolutely not, but it’s important to honor Thai culture and understand that what you are making will still taste amazing and still be fun to make, but won’t be the true traditional Thai way. Honor, respect, understanding, learning, and growing, all part of life and all important aspects when exploring cultures other than your own.

So, that’s just a tiny touch of what I learned while in Thailand. Never mind the experience of simply being there. The extremely kind people, the beauty, the smells; good and bad, the humid sticky weather that changes to paradise once you hop on a scooter and race around like mad on tiny sun drenched islands, freedom from constant media bombardment, tastes, sites, sounds, and cultural differences like I’ve never ever seen before. Giant Wats (temples) springing up out of lush jungles, bare feet in restaurants and stores, bartering, laughing at nothing, running wild on wet sand, eating food so hot I cried with pain and joy and disbelief; all at the same time. Thailand. I share all of this with you in Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine with a huge emphasis of course on the FOOD. There is nothing like Thai food. Nothing, and to be able to make this awesome cuisine at home is the gift I wanted to give to you and I’m darn confident that I have accomplished that with this book.

Now, for a few fun giveaways!!!! I told you about the importance of the mortar and pestle and there are two types that are used in Thailand: The first is a granite mortar and pestle for things like curry pastes and breaking down other tougher ingredients for various recipes, sauces, etc.  They also use either a wooden or clay mortar and pestle for making things like papaya salad or cucumber salad, in order to gently mash together lime, chiles, dried shrimp and a touch of sweetness along with fresh veggies and fruits to bring alive the flavors of the specific dishes you will be making.

GIVEAWAYS! 

1) One lucky person is going to win a set of one granite and one wooden or clay mortar and pestle and you will be ready to cook out of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!! With a set like this, you really won’t need much more in your kitchen arsenal (except a wok) to start cooking authentic Thai food!

2) Two lucky people will receive 1 gallon of Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions – the only palm shortening I recommend and an amazing oil for deep frying (an important part of Thai cooking).

3) Finally 3 lucky people will win a signed copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!!!

To enter, please do just one of the following and as always, no purchase necessary to win:

1. Email your proof of purchase from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to  everydaypaleocontest@gmail.com.

2. Prepare one of the sneak peak recipes that I offer at the end of this post, take a picture of it and share it on your facebook page along with a link to Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine on Amazon and tell me that you did so below in comments (and if you can link to where I can see it but not required if your Facebook is set to private).

3. Name three reasons why you want this book and share those reasons along with a link back to this post and/or my book on Amazon and post below to comments that you did so (and if you can link to where I can see it but not required if your Facebook is set to private.)

Alrighty, that’s all folks! Now enjoy the following recipes and a few pictures from our amazing trip to Thailand!!

Thai Seafood or Ground Meat Salad

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This delicious and fresh staple from northeastern Thailand is found in many variations all over the country. It’s also referred to as laab. I first tried it at Enjoy Bistro in Bangkok, and the spicy, yummy, tart goodness was a huge hit. Adjust the spiciness and fish sauce to your taste and always serve it with fresh raw veggies.

Prep time: 30 minutes 

Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 to 3

1/4 cup chicken broth (omit if using ground pork or beef)

1 tablespoon coconut oil or  leaf lard (omit if using prawns)

5 large prawns or 1 cup ground pork or beef

2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 shallot, sliced lengthwise

5 to 7 kaffir lime leaves, chiffonaded

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons rice or coconut vinegar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Fresh Thai basil, for garnish Cucumber slices, for garnish

Long beans or green beans, for garnish Green cabbage, shredded, for garnish

Seafood

In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a simmer and add the prawns, green onions, cilantro, shallot, and kaffir lime leaves. Poach, stirring frequently, until the shrimp is pink and firm. Drain off the stock and transfer the cooked shrimp, veggies, and herbs to a small mixing bowl.

Add the lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, red chili flakes, and mint leaves to the shrimp mixture and combine well.

Garnish with the basil, cucumber slices, long beans, mint leaves, and shredded green cabbage.

Ground Pork or Beef

In a wok, heat the coconut oil or lard over medium-high heat.

Add the ground pork or beef and cook until the meat is browned.

Remove from heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve. Garnish with basil, cucumber slices, long beans, mint leaves, and shredded cabbage.

Sweet and Sour Chicken and Coconut Soup

Tom Ka Gai

This is Thai comfort food at its finest. I love—adore, actually—this simple, delicious, sweet and tangy soup. There is something truly magical about the sweetness of coconut milk, the tartness of kaffir lime leaves, and the light, delightful flavor of lemongrass, and this soup harnesses all of these amazing ingredients to yield a burst of flavor in every spoonful.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 7 to 10 minutes Serves: 2

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 cup chicken broth or water

1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces (bend the stalk in several places prior to cutting to release the flavor)

1 tablespoon thinly sliced galangal (or ginger)

3 straw or white mushrooms, quartered

3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, stemmed and torn in half (or 1/2 teaspoon lime zest or to taste)

1/2 chicken breast, chopped

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Sea salt

1/4 white onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Chile Oil  for garnish (optional)

In a wok or soup pot, bring the coconut milk and chicken broth to a boil.

Add the lemongrass, galangal, mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, and chicken and stir well.

To the simmering soup, add the maple syrup and salt to taste, stir, and add the onion and tomato.

Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.

Garnish with the cilantro and chile oil if desired and serve.

Photo Credit: Michael Lang

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EP Workshop and First Ever Movement Day Re-cap + More!!

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I am soaring through the air. Literally, and well, figuratively. As I write this post I am headed to Italy with my family and our dear friends for a MUCH needed vacation and for our Everyday Paleo Italy Adventure happening June 1st -7th in the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy! (It’s not too late to sign up, come and join me in Italy, click here for more information over at The Trip Tribe!)

I am very excited to fill you all in on last weekends events but first I must remind you all that SOON, very very soon, my next book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine will be released! On June 17th to be exact you can have this book in your possession so pre-order now!! I’m also working on scheduling a book tour for the week of the 17th so those of you in New York, Denver, Austin, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – STAY TUNED!!!! Once plans are finalized I’ll let you know exactly when and where I’ll be so mark your calendars for the week of June 17th!!!

Alright, back to soaring, this past weekend was amazing! On Saturday we (finally) held our first local Everyday Paleo Workshop in my hometown of Chico, CA at our gym owned by my husband and I, JS Strength and Conditioning and on Sunday we had our first ever Movement Day with guest coaches Jim Laird and Lucy Hendricks of J & M Strength and Conditioning located in Lexington, KY. I don’t even know where to begin to tell you how grateful I am to be surrounded by such outstanding people in my life, from my family, to our team at JS Strength and Conditioning, to our dear friends who love and support us and of course to all of YOU.

I am pleased to announce that we are adding Movement Days to our workshop schedule and I can’t wait to announce when we are doing our next one; it will be soon, I promise. The demand for this day was outrageously apparent to say the least, we sold out in just the third week of our meager marketing attempts and I am beyond thrilled with the results of the day. I am so lucky to coach side by side my husband John and our two trainers Taq Hernandez and Ally Sharpe, and then to have our very own Jason Seib on hand, along with the best of the best Jim Laird and Lucy Hendricks made such a huge impact on the success of the day. The lesson that I hope all of the attendees took home with them from our Movement Day is this: know who you are, don’t put up with bad coaching, learn how to breathe, understand that there is always progression and to start from where you are rather than jumping into fitness like it’s a swimming pool. It’s smarter to take the guided steps necessary to get to where you should be rather than racing to see how quickly you can burn yourself out and therefore end up frustrated. There is a better way….

The emails of excitement are already pouring in and here’s what people are saying about our first ever Movement Day:

“I just wanted to thank you so much for such an awesome workshop today! You guys are just awesome. That’s pretty much all there is to say! :-) You have once again inspired me to be better and stronger and continue my journey toward health.” Julie

“The information received at the weekend seminar was invaluable. The movement day blew my mind. I wish you guys could be cloned and spread around the world to preach the nutrition and movement gospel. I will never be able to walk in a gym and not think about the info you all share with us.” Tibor

“A great group of smart, talented and caring individuals…if you get the opportunity I highly recommend working with any or all of them. My wife (Evolve Nutrition ) and I had the amazing privilege of working with them all and learned many valuable lessons, tips & techniques that we will incorporate and carry with us for the rest of our lives.” John

Now I must take the time to reach out to all of you who have attended our Everyday Paleo Workshops over the last three years, and I hope you all know how much each and everyone of you that I meet has touched my life in such a special way. I may forget names and often even faces and feel embarrassed when I can’t remember that I have met some of you before but I never forget your stories, your embraces, your support and your willingness to be open to this crazy path that I have chosen as my life’s work. This weekend was a HUGE reminder that even though it’s often exhausting and I know there are many things I could be doing, I don’t want to ever stop doing our workshops. Traveling is tough, the energy output to do these workshop is even tougher, the reward however is great. I learn so much from each event and gain so much from connecting with those of you who attend. In each of you I see myself. I see my friends. I see my family. I see hope. I see longing. I see life. I see the need for answers, I see the desire that people have to find health and a new direction, for learning and growing and for being the best that they can be by asking for real answers to real questions. The work that I do is important and I rarely honor that because it sounds egotistical but you know what, I keep doing what I do, grinding it out, figuring out how I can do the next thing to help the next person because I know there is value in my message and because I know that what I do helps me to strive to be a better person, every single day. I want my boys to know that you CAN make a difference by reaching out to people, helping, listening, learning, connecting, and that you can create change even though it may seem small and insignificant.  I want them to know that working towards making life a little bit better or a little more worth living should never be considered small or insignificant.

So, with that being said, thank you all again for your constant support and please stay tuned to the blog for more events coming and as soon as our next Movement Day and/or Workshop is scheduled I will let you all know!

HUGE thank you to our sponsors:

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Massa Natural Meats 

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The Guilt, ohhhh, The Guilt!!

If someone were to ask me what emotion stirs deep inside me when I contemplate being a mother, the first word that used to come to mind was GUILT. Yes, you know what I’m talking about. The GUILT! We wonder every stupid gosh darn day if we are doing it right. If we are doing enough. If we are damaging our poor children by our choices that we make for them. Oh wait, what I mean is, are we giving them enough choices because that’s the cool, hip, new age parenting thing to do, right? Give them choices for everything??? BIG sigh… So yes, the guilt… However, as my parenting years grow with time and experience but maybe not a whole lot of wisdom, given that every child is so extremely different and the learning curve of being a parent never really straightens out, I have started to let go of that feeling of guilt. Why? Because what I really want to feel and what I really DO feel is love. My mom once told me long ago when she was telling me all of her own feelings of guilt and distress from all the horrible things she did to me as a child (or so she thought), she stopped in the middle of her confessional and said to me, “You know what Sarah, I have always really and truly loved you, and I think you can make up for a lot of mistakes with your children when they really and truly know how much they are loved.” She was so right. I don’t look back on my childhood and think about the times my mom lost her mind (usually because we made her lose it) or the times she made a decision that made me upset (those decisions were typically to protect me) or the times she disciplined me (always because I deserved it I’m sure) but instead I remember the times she would scoop me in her arms when I was hurt, the times she snuggled with me in bed at night when I couldn’t sleep or because I was scared, the times she sang to me softly when I was sad, and the times she was brave and fierce in front of me when I was timid. That’s what I remember. She loved me, really truly loved me and that’s  what I have replaced my guilt with when it come so my own parenting. You can  make up for a lot of mistakes with love and so my boys know that even when I’m that nutty crazy mom that forgets to offer choices or forgets to be patient or forgets to always be angelic and perfect (because I’m not) they do know how much they are loved. My eighteen year old son now scoops me up in his arms when I am tired, he ask me if I am ok, he treats his friends with kindness, and he reminds me that even though I am a mom, I’m still cool – so somehow, through all the years of mistakes I’ve made, I can see that love still wins.

So, my dear readers, drop the guilt, and start with love. Wrap your arms around your kiddos as often as you can. Laugh, and really play with them even for just a few minutes a day. Fix their hurts, listen to their stories with interest, put down your phones and look into their eyes, hold little hands, carry tired small people to bed with kisses and giggles, and they will remember all the love and as far as those days that you are not perfect (oh wait, that’s everyday) your kiddos will forgive you and they will learn from you that being real is what matters and that really being loved is what matters most of all.

My Blog

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to write to thrive. For some reason I’m often afraid. For some reason I feel like there has to be “rules.” I look at Everyday Paleo like an entity sometimes instead of “my blog” and I’ve seen it grow and grow and grow over the years and it’s grown into something I fear – which is bad. I fear that if I put myself out there like I really want to and if I really let you get to know ALL the parts that make me ME, it won’t be what you want. That fear however has made me frozen and has made me enjoy less and less the upkeep and maintenance of this blog. I love doing our podcast because there is no filter like the one that is my keyboard. I can talk into that microphone and not think as hard about what I’m saying (sounds weird I know) but when something is WRITTEN, it’s as if I’m putting my thoughts and words into stone, never to be undone, and that creates a sense of scary for me that keeps me from EXPRESSING. However, I’ve come to a crossroad. I want to keep writing, I want to keep being, I want to keep sharing and since this is my blog, I’m going to be a bit selfish and I’m going to look past my fears and I’m just going to write. I might not always write specifically about Paleo Stuff because I’m simply not only about Paleo Stuff. I am a mom. I homeschool my two youngest boys. I have a son who will be going to college next year. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a wife to a husband who loves me more than I deserve. I am a strength and conditioning coach, a business owner, a  world traveler and a woman. I am all of these things, I’m not just The Paleo Lady and I need to share with you all of these things in order to make myself whole again.

So, consider this your warning. This blog will continue to live and continue to be filled with information about health and wellness and all things paleo, but it will also be me. My Blog. My stories. What I want to share. I will be writing more consistently because I am making a choice to no longer be afraid, and frankly, I don’t give a damn anymore. I need to fulfill that NEED that I have to express myself with written word. To share. To hopefully give a little more of myself to you – if you like it or not – in order for this site to continue to grow and flourish, I must continue to grow and flourish as well.

With that being said, I will now say thank you. Thank you for all the years you have loyally followed this blog and my adventures. Thank you for sticking with me through all the craziness of internet land. Thank you for listening, responding, and sharing. Thank you for letting me share with you and now I will continue to share with you in a way that feels real to me and in a way that lights that fire in me again like I haven’t felt in a while.

I’ll be back soon with more!!

As always, enjoy.

Introducing Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine and a Sneak Peek Recipe!!!

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Thai food…. Sweet meets spicy, the umami of fish sauce collides with the tartness of tamarind and lemongrass, lime, and galangal fill your senses with wonder With one bite you are whisked away to a tropical paradise, with one bite you are overwhelmed with the beauty of good food, with one bite your idea of what tastes delicious to what tastes out of this world, mind-blowing, and amazing is changed forever!!

That my friends is the essence of my new book. Join me on a culinary trip to Thailand where I take you with me to the different regions, hidden villages, and beautiful treasures that my family and I traveled to during our 6 week journey to search out the most epic and authentic recipes so that I could share them all with you!!!

Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine is set to be released on June 17th and there will be events coming your way so stay tuned for book tour details but in the meantime, I asked you recently on my Facebook page to vote for one recipe to share with you out of the following and below is the winner!

Your choices were:

Fresh Spring Rolls
Garlic Fried Prawns
Pomelo Salad
Fried Rice with Pineapple and Prawns
Sweet Basil Leaf Stir-Fry
Deep-Fried Fish with Chu Chee Curry Sauce
Thai Coconut Pancakes

And the winner was: Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Coconut Pancakes came in as a close second!

Because I’m so nice, I’m giving you both of these recipes and now I would like to ask a favor from you! Please make these recipes, take pictures, give me feedback, post on your Facebook pages, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, tweet away and share share share the link to Amazon to pre-order the book and help me get the word out that now anyone can make Thai food as healthy as possible without missing any of the amazing flavors of this unbelievable cuisine!

Now for the FOOD!

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Next Everyday Paleo Workshop and Movement Day is Almost Here!!!!

As some of you may already know, John and I have recently opened our own personal training facility, JS Strength and Conditioning, which is large enough to hold events; like Everyday Paleo Workshops!

So without further ado, we are having our first LOCAL workshops coming up FAST on May 10th and 11th.

May 10th will be our Everyday Paleo Workshop and May 11th is going to be an extremely special event, open only to 30 people, focused solely on Movement and Fitness.

Movement Day WAS sold out but we have opened up 6 more spots so sign up NOW!!

Movement day will be coached by John FragosoJason Seib, our JS Trainers, Taq Hernandez and Ally Sharpe, me (0f course) AND with special guests Jim Laird and Lucy Hendricks!!!

I couldn’t be more honored, overjoyed, and all out PUMPED to have such greatness come to our gym to offer all of you some amazing knowledge bombs.

Click here to sign up for either or both days and you will also find detailed descriptions of what you can expect at the Everyday Paleo Workshop on Saturday May 10th and at Movement Day on Sunday May 11th.

Folks who sign up for both the Everyday Paleo Workshop on Saturday and the Movement Day on Sunday will receive some awesome parting gifts at the end of the day on Sunday!!! 

(Yes, I know, it’s mother’s day weekend. Mom’s out there, tell your families that this is the gift you want (because it is), and families out there, hook a mom up with the gift of health! It doesn’t really get better than that!)

I can’t wait to see  you all there! It’s going to be EPIC!

Primal Life Kit – Sweetening the Pot!

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Howdy folks! There’s only 4 more days to get your paws on the amazing Primal Life Kit. The good folks over at Paleo Plan have done truly an epic job of putting this sale together and out of all the bundle sales that float around out there this is the one I can truly stand behind. The products offered are useful and the value of this kit is beyond amazing. I don’t know where else you can get potentially life-changing Primal and Paleo products on sale at more than 97% OFF their $1500 value.

Most of these products sell for close to or more than the $39 price tag on their very own and with this kit you’ll get 63ish (I’m bad at counting) products that will help you on your journey to health – including the chance to try out our very own Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness program for only 1 cent for your first month!

Ok, enough of my saleswoman pitch, I’m going to sweeten the pot. For those of you who purchase the kit by using the links here on my site, please email your proof of purchase to sarah@everydaypaleo.com and 5 of you will be picked at random to Win a $50 gift certificate from Tropical Traditions!! Wait, it doesn’t stop there – one lucky person will be picked to receive signed copies of ALL of my current books!!! Finally, 3 more of you will be picked at random to win a PRE-RELEASE signed copy of my brand new book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!! Three of you will will get this much anticipated book before anyone else and you’ll get to start cooking some of the most amazing food that has ever come from the Everyday Paleo collection!!

So, dear readers, head on over, grab your Primal Life Kit, and email your proof of purchase to Sarah@everydaypaleo.com and earn your chance for even more goodies for FREE!!

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