Hello dear readers!! We are 2 weeks in with our eating local project which you can read about here; and I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome and eye opening experience it has been thus far. I feel like I have come full circle and to be honest, to eat food grown in the soil where we call home has been somewhat of a spiritual experience. Not to sound all hippy-dippy (but I’m going to), we as a family have never felt more connected to our community, to each other, and to our health as we do now. I had no idea that this was going to be the outcome of our 100 mile radius food sourcing, but here we are, and I’m happy. Six years ago, when I first started eliminating processed foods from our diet I was slightly obsessed with what the food WAS on my plate rather than WHERE it came from. Over the last few years I have become more aware of the importance of knowing and trusting our food sources and how the choices I make will impact not just the health and well-being of my family but also the world at large. Thus, the local project has ensued. Here’s what we know about eating locally grown and produced foods and why we have committed to this project:
*Note from Sarah: Please welcome my brother Mark to the blog! Mark has been a part of the Everyday Paleo Team behind the scenes for a couple of years now but he’s finally/officially a blogger for EP!
I’ve always considered myself a foodie and as a child I was given the blueprint for what I now consider a true passion of mine. I have fond memories of cooking with my mom and spending time with her in the kitchen was one of my favorite childhood pastimes and most importantly, it really taught me how to be independent in the kitchen as an adult. I used to also love traveling with my family and a special part of our trips always included experiencing new and local cuisine. I have been eating paleo for over two years now and I never have loved food as much as I do now. Cooking for my family and friends has always been a joy of mine but never as exciting, challenging and rewarding as trying a whole foods, gluten free approach. Fish-n-chips has been on my list of potential new recipes since Sarah first made her tempura batter for her Fried Squash Blossoms found in her latest book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine.
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS TO CASEY PORTMAN!!
Tis the season for fun, family, food, and laughter and also appreciation and giving. Because we at Everyday Paleo appreciate all of you, we have teamed up with Massa Natural Meats and Mooney Farms for a giveaway – just because.
What are we giving away you ask? Well here you have it: One lucky person will win a signed copy of my latest book, Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine, 10 pounds of beef stew meat (yum!) from the wonderful Massa Natural Meats, and an awesome Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato collection that includes everything you see in the picture; 5 packages of sun dried tomatoes, two jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in pure olive oil, a jar of their tomato and artichoke pasta sauce, and a bottle of their extra virgin olive oil all from the awesome Chico, CA locally owned and operated Mooney Farms!
Last night in a rush to prepare dinner, I made one of my fairly standard go to meals; but it always comes out different. I call it “Kitchen Sink Soup” because everything I can find in my kitchen typically goes into it, except the kitchen sink… Before we ate, I took a picture of my bowl (it was so pretty!!) and quickly put it up on Facebook and of course, you all wanted the recipe and of course I want to share it with you! Like I said on Facebook, this soup is more of an idea than a recipe that should be followed to the T so feel free to change it up as you and your tastebuds see fit.
Oh, by the way, when I make (any) soup I make a GIANT pot so we can have leftovers for the next day. For example, the little boys had leftover soup for breakfast this morning topped with a fried egg (from our very own chickens). Deliciousness in a bowl!
Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner and I’m so excited about this epic Thanksgiving round up of Everyday Paleo favorites as well as two never before seen recipes thanks to our wonderful Rachel Zanger! To begin the feast, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without “The Bird”. I’m not a huge fan of turkey, but my Herbed Turkey Breast with Prosciutto is so darn good that my mouth waters just thinking of it! Of course, life is not complete without a delicious stuffing and we love this stuffing recipe so much that we eat it all year; not just for the Holidays. You can also find my stuffing recipe in the beloved Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!! Next please enjoy my Cranberry Sauce recipe; the classic with a twist (and not a gallon of sugar)… Also, the most amazingly delicious thing you just might have on feast day; we introduce to you Rachel’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin!! In this recipe she uses my Béchamel Sauce recipe from Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine; a recipe I vowed to keep secret unless you purchased the book, a sauce so good that when I first made it my world was forever changed, a recipe that makes grown men cry with joy, and children beg for seconds. In other words, the magic of the Béchamel with Rachel’s genius twist on the classic potatoes gratin is utterly delightful, and because it’s a season of giving, we give the gift of this recipe to you!
Not to minimize dessert because being thankful typically includes a treat or two so to finish we have two grain free pies; my classic pumpkin pie and a brand new apple pie recipe brought to you by Rachel.
So my dear readers, the Fragoso family, the Zanger family, and all of us here at Everyday Paleo want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! We are incredibly grateful and thankful for YOU so from the bottom of our hearts, as always, we hope you enjoy!!
When I started eating paleo two years ago Lunch was definitely the hardest of the three meals to convert over. Dinner was easy, we had already cut out grains from dinner and were eating protein and vegetables for most meals. Breakfast – piece of cake! We love eggs and pretty much eat them everyday. It was that darn sandwich driven meal that was really giving me challenges. I was a sandwich queen! I loved making them; panini, grilled, cold, hot, small, large, you name it! It was hard for me to switch my train of thought and I wasn’t a huge fan of dinner leftovers for lunch. So over the past two years I have learned to embrace leftovers and have found many lunch items I love. Here are two of my favorites; Salmon salad and chicken salad! You can serve these over an avocado or a bed of lettuce; I have even taken some sweet potato chips and eaten them like a dip from time to time. Heck just take a fork to them by themselves, they are that good! To top it off these two recipes are really easy to make and take little time to prepare! [Read more…]