The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: Paleo Versions of 5 Favorite Comfort Foods

As a sufferer of chronic sinus migraines, I have reluctantly come to realize that grains, dairy and I just don’t get along. For more than 10 years I was gluten-free. Giving up gluten helped rid my body of chronic psoriasis and arthritis. However, my sinus headaches persisted and gradually worsened over the years.

I searched for a reason, an ailment that could explain my sinus problems, even visiting specialists, but to no avail. My ENT doctor checked my sinuses and even sent me for MRI’s and other scans, which all came back clean. She said the migraines are more than likely food related.

So as a nutrition junky, I knew all about the elimination diet and gave it a try. Unfortunately, the elimination diet eliminates dairy and gluten, but not all grains, since oats and rice are allowed on most plans.

It wasn’t until I tried the paleo diet that my headaches finally began to subside. Now my diet is paleo approximately 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time, I allow myself indulgences, including gluten containing foods such as cakes, cookies as well as certain comfort foods and dairy. I find if I indulge in only one or two meals or so a week, my headaches remain at bay.

With that said, there are times when I’m eating healthy that I just need some comfort foods. Today, I’ve searched the internet’s plethora of Paleo sites for paleo versions of some popular comfort foods! ENJOY!

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

Paleo Running Momma

Baked French Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dip

Paleo Running Momma

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

Nom Nom Paleo

Easy Deep Dish Pizza Pie

Satisfying Eats
This recipe contains dairy.
For a true paleo version, consider using dairy-free mozzarella.

Perfect Grain Free Tortillas

Fork and Beans
Use these amazing tortillas with your favorite taco filling for perfect paleo tacos! I make these all the time! They are delicious and better than any store bought tortillas, whether regular or gluten free..

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara

Middle Age Pathway Recipes: 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes

Ahh, the holidays season is here! During this time of year, full of sugary treats and fattening snacks, it’s good to have a few healthy recipes in your box. Have no fear! I’ve got you covered. Today, I’m have 8 healthy holiday recipes, with videos and printable recipes! I hope you enjoy!

 BRIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

From: What’s Gaby Cooking

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Have a dinner or cocktail party coming up for the holiday season? These delicious, creamy bites will do the trick

Credit: whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

Ingredients

  • 12 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 1 small wedge of Brie cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs (you can buy these gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean and remove stems from mushrooms, then place in a baking dish and drizzle with 2 tbs olive oil.
  3. Place 1 tbs Brie into each mushroom
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and place a small scoop of the mixture into each mushroom.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushroom is tender.
  6. PHOTO CREDIT: https://whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

CHRISTMAS SALAD WREATH

from: mealthy.com.

Christmas Wreath Salad

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you're looking for a quick and healthy side dish to your holiday dinner, this delightful recipe fits the bill.

Credit: mealthy.com/recipes/1642/christmas-wreath-salad

Ingredients

    CHRISTMAS WREATH SALAD

  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, cut into supremes
  • 1 green pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 Haas avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • POMEGRANATE-POPPY DRESSING

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Arrange lettuce onto a large, circular platter into a wreath shape.
  2. Arrange grapefruit supremes, pear slices, and avocado slices in groupings onto the lettuce in a decorative pattern.
  3. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, feta, and almonds over the wreath.
  4. Blend dressing ingredients, and serve in a small bowl at the center of the wreath.

RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

FROM POPSUGAR FITNESS:

Raw Chocolate Truffles

  • Servings: 10-15
  • Difficulty: easy
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These tasty little morsels are bursting with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Plus, they're sweetened with dates and maple syrup, so, you'll find no processed sugar here.


Credit: PopSugar Fitness

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup soaked cashews (soak a minimum of 3 hours or overnight)
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • shredded coconut for rolling

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  2. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  3. Coat balls in either cacao or shredded coconut.
  4. Freeze for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Remove from freezer and set at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to serving.

PERFECT PRIME RIB RECIPE

from Food Wishes.

Perfect Prime Rib

  • Servings: depends on size of roast
  • Difficulty: easy
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The prefect main dish for your holiday table. It's so elegant and delicious! You'll never believe how easy this is to prepare!

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 pound Prime Rib of Beef, BONE-IN, fat cap removed (ask the butcher to explain)
  • kosher salt as needed
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence (this is just a dried herb blend – you can use any thing you like, or just salt and pepper)

Directions

  1. Leave prime rib on counter for at least 6 hours – preferably longer. (It must be at room temp, or the recipe won’t work.)
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  3. Mix butter, Herbes de Provence and black pepper together and spread all over prime rib.
  4. Sprinkle salt liberally over the buttered prime rib
  5. Cook the beef at 500 degrees for 5 minutes per pound. Multiply size of roast (from packaging) by 5. This is the length of time you’ll cook the beef at 500 degrees. For example, if your roast is 4 pounds multiply 4 X 5 = 20, so you’d cook the beef at 500 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. After the allotted time, turn oven off and leave for 2 hours. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve. Bones can be removed if desired prior to serving.

PALEO CARROT CAKE COOKIES

From: Meghan Livingstone

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now this is whole food goodness! Sweetened with dates, filled with fresh grated carrot...you don't get any better than this.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 nut butter (almond butter was used in the original recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 7-8 Medjool dates, pitted, diced into tiny pieces + soaked in warm water 10 mins, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into circles if desired.
  5. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until firm to touch.
  6. For additional sweetness, add 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup to batter. For additional flavor/crunch, add 1/4 cup chopped pecans to batter.

    Photo credit: https://www.meghanlivingstone.com/paleo-carrot-cake-cookies/


Egg nog

that’s dairy free, paleo, gluten free

From: Kayla Chandler

Homemade Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free)

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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An old fashioned holiday classic, with a healthy modern twist.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk in the can
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • a dash of all spice
  • 4 pasture raised egg yolks – (THE USE OF PASTURE RAISED IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – due to the nature of the recipe)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Add first 5 ingredients to a pan, bring to boil, then remove from stovetop.
  2. Mix egg yolks and syrup together.
  3. Slowly pour egg mixture into coconut milk, whisking continuously.
  4. Pour into glass container and chill for several hours.
  5. If desired, serve with whipped coconut cream.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

From: Cotter Crunch

Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

  • Servings: 10 to 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whether you need a quick, healthy snack for the kids or a tasty appetizer for holiday party guests, this quick and easy recipe fits the bill.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups raw walnuts, chopped (or use halves)
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 – 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (maple syrup is fine but it will be more like clusters when cooked)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • dash of sea salt
  • extra cinnamon if desired
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup or more of [url] dark chocolate ∞http://amzn.to/2f8VgqL[/url] and/or cacao nibs combined.
  • parchment paper

Directions

  1. Place nuts in a slow cooker, then add sugar, spices, coconut oil and salt. Combine thoroughly, until everything is well coated.
  2. Cook on high for 60 to 90 minutes (until the nuts are well cooked/roasted) – stir a few times while they are cooking
  3. Once the nuts have browned as desired, remove from cooker and spread on parchment paper.
  4. Allow to dry, then add to mixing bowl and stir together with cranberries and chocolate. – store in an airtight container.
  5. PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.cottercrunch.com/slow-cooker-paleo-pumpkin-spice-trail-mix/

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

From: Gordon Ramsey

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tired of Green Bean Casserole? Try this refreshing and tasty recipe from Gordon Ramsey


Credit: Gordon Ramsey

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 pounds fresh Green beans (cleaned)
  • salt
  • 2-3 tbs White wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 150 ml olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the garlic for the dressing in foil and roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes until soft. Remove and leave to cool.
  2. While garlic is roasting, blanch the green beans by plunging them in plenty of boiling salted water for 1½ cooked, but still crunchy. Run immediately under cold running water, then drain and leave to one side.
  3. Toast almonds in a medium-hot dry frying pan for 2–3 minutes until golden.
  4. Squeeze the flesh from the garlic heads and mash with 1 tablespoon of the white wine vinegar until a smooth paste is formed. Add the mustard and honey and mix well. Pour in the olive oil in a slow drizzle, stirring constantly to thicken. Taste and season as necessary, adding a little more vinegar if needed.
  5. Dress the green beans, toss to coat well, top with toasted almonds and serve.
  6. SOURCE: https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/18242/green-bean-salad-with-mustard-dressing


The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Recipes Even Picky Eaters will Love

“Vegetables are food for my food.” Is this phrase familiar to you? You want to eat healthy, but maybe you live with someone who is a picky eater and refuses to eat anything “healthy”. Maybe, you’re the one that is the picky eater. You know heathy eating is the way to go, but you hate vegetables or anything that resembles healthy food. It’s hard enough to convince ourselves to eat healthy, but how do we convince the picky eaters to eat healthy? The trick is to make the healthy food not look healthy!

On Tuesday, I posted an article highlighting 10 anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet.

Here are 10 anti-inflammatory foods to include in your daily diet

  1. green leafy vegetables
  2. blueberries
  3. broccoli
  4. turmeric
  5. green-tea
  6. beets
  7. pineapple
  8. nuts (especially walnuts)
  9. Wild caught salmon
  10. Bone broth

For this list, I’ve scoured the internet to find recipes using the 10 anti-inflammatory foods listed above. There are 10 recipes, one for each food. I tried to find recipes that picky eaters would consider fun or tasty. I hope you enjoy!

Greek Turkey Burgers

Sparkrecipes.com

This unique recipe is a fun way to add spinach to your diet

Teriyaki Pork Chops with Blueberry-Ginger Relish

Eating Well

This unique recipe will have your picky eater gobbling up some blueberries!

Honey-Orange Broccoli Slaw

Taste of Home

Most picky eaters hate broccoli,
but they just may love it in place of cabbage in this tasty coleslaw recipe.

Cinnamon Turmeric Sweet Potatoes

One Green Planet

Picky eaters may not like “golden milk” or “turmeric lattes”,
but they just might gobble up these sweet potatoes.

Blueberry Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Epic Matcha

While both green tea and matcha tea are healthy. Matcha tea is by far superior. You have to drink 10-15 cups of green tea to equal the nutrition of just 1 cup of matcha.

Simple Baked Beet Fries

Just Take a Bite

This is definitely a unique way to prepare beets!
Serve these with the Greek Turkey Burger for a winning anti-inflammatory meal.

Paleo Pineapple Whip

Recipenourish.com

Your picky eater won’t be able to resist this super easy and delicious pineapple recipe!

Parmesan Herbed Walnuts

Walnuts.org

Jazz up plain walnuts with this cheesy recipe!

Kid Friendly Salmon

Food Network – Melissa D’Arabian

This teriyaki style salmon recipe is sure to please.

Pastured Beef Bone Broth

Rebecca Katz

For the ultimate in healing, you can’t beat homemade bone broth.
This recipe, made from pasture raised beef bones,
is from Rebecca Katz, an alumni of my school, Hawthorn University.
Use this as the base for any soup or recipe calling for broth.

Closing thoughts:

Whether you try a recipe from this list, or just use it to inspire your kitchen creativity, I hope you found something to help you eat healthy. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. As the old saying goes ” You are what you eat”. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity, eating healthy can be fun!

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara

Middle-Age Wisdom Recipes: 10 Protein Packed Recipes to Build Muscle and Burn Fat

You’re trying to eat healthy, and build some all important muscle. You’re tired of plain grilled chicken or salmon, which makes it difficult to stay on a healthy meal plan. Today, I searched the internet for some healthy, yet tasty main meals to inspire your meal planning adventures.

On Tuesday, I published the first article in my new series titled “Middle-age Wisdom“. The highlight of the article was Ernestine Shepherd. At the age of 83 years, this wonderful and inspiring woman is the current record holder for the oldest female body builder. Her diet is low carb and low fat, but high protein, which inspired today’s recipes list! I hope you enjoy!

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken

Muscle and Strength

Low Carb Chicken Carbonara

Muscle and Strength

Chicken Carbonara Recipe
photo source

Quick and Spicy Cajun Salmon with Garlicky Veg

My Protein

Teriyaki Beef Zoodles

My Protein

photo source

Spinach Tomato Feta Cheese

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Bodybuilding.com

Spinach Tomato Feta Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
photo source

Bean and Quinoa Chili (Vegan, slow-cooker)

Muscle and Fitness

Bean and Quinoa Chili
photo source

ONE POT Shrimp Jambalaya Lentil Bowls

Cotter Crunch

Tinola

(Filipino Ginger-Garlic Chicken Soup

Eating Well

Green Goddess Quinoa Bowls with

Arugula & Shrimp

Eating Well

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Bruschetta

Skinny Taste

Photo Source

Closing thoughts…

As I always say, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! I hope these recipes inspire you to add some healthy, body building protein into your daily diet.

Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Heart Healthy Fall Dinners

One of the first lessons I learned at Hawthorn was the benefits of eating locally grown, SEASONAL produce. It’s fresher and packed with more nutrients than produce shipped across the country. Don’t know what veggies are in season? Take a look below:

Seasonal Produce Guide - Printable Chart - The Dinner-Mom

Below, you’ll find 10 fall recipes, that are not only packed with flavor, they are packed with healthy fall produce. I hope you enjoy and let me know if you try any of the recipes. I know I plan on trying them ALL! (As always, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes

with Red Pepper Relish

Woman’s Day

Fall Vegetable Fajitas

Better Homes & Gardens

Turkey-Vegetable Casserole

Better Homes & Gardens

Easy Butternut Squash Risotto

Health.com

Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples

Eating Well

Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Eating Well

SLOW COOKER WINTER VEGETABLE SOUP WITH SPLIT RED LENTILS

A Beautiful Plate

Acorn Squash with Brown Rice

and Turkey Sausage

Good Housekeeping

Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Good Housekeeping

Make Ahead Meals - Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Photo credit

Closing thoughts:

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. I hope, with the above recipes, I’ve inspired you to add some wonderful fall veggies into your diet.

Fall veggies are packed with color, and incredibly healthy. The yellow and orange squash are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C. Cruciferous veggies, such as kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts are incredibly healthy and an absolute must in any healthy diet. These healthy powerhouse veggies have many benefits, including:

  • anti-cancer
  • anti-depression
  • pain relief/anti-inflammatory
  • HEART PROTECTION
  • anti-oxidant
  • protection from toxins
  • enhance cognitive function

What’s your favorite fall vegetable? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Until next time, Namaste my friends.

Tamara