Paleo life stuff

Good morning Paleo kids. I hope you are all happy and healthy 🙂

A tragedy has occurred in my kitchen. The plug that our oven and gas top stove is plugged into is NOT WORKING.

That means NO oven and NO stove.

WHAT??!!

Because my roommates and I are all down with modern technology we have a whatsapp group for our house and this is the sad, cold way in which I found out the news.

This is how the conversation went:

R: we can’t use the stove until the electrician comes

B: Amy is probably crying now

A: WHAT???!!!! how am I going to cook Eggs???

B: Sit on them like a chicken.

Thank god for crockpots is all I can say…

Poached Eggs are going to have to wait a while.

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How do you like my fancy bowl?

Currently I have this amazing recipe cooking away in my crockpot.

I thought I would share with you what is in my bathroom cabinet.

Fascinating right? I’m sure you are all just sitting on the edge of your seats.

Seriously though… I am about to do you a BIG FAVOUR.

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So it looks something like this.. only a bigger mess with a whole bunch of oil jars that make me look like a chemist. But I thought if I am going to show you the contents of my bathroom the list I can do is tidy up.

From left to right:

– oil for oil pulling

-oil mix for oil cleansing ( I use grapeseed oil mixed with castor oi)

– coconut oil sugar scrub

– homemade toothpaste: coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint essence

– jar of coconut oil: I use this night and day as a moisturiser ( I also use jojoba oil), and I also use it in my hair.

There are NO WORDS to express how AMAZING oil cleansing is. I am not going to pretend to be an expert so I’ll direct you to the oil cleansing method website and you can read up about it.

I will say that my skin has never looked better… and without going into too much detail, I will add that I have a naturally oily complexion and the only time I have ever had clear skin was when I was on the pill… which I no longer take.  Don’t be afraid of slathering your face with oil!!! Throw all those horrible chemical face cleansers out and I promise that you will never look back.

Happy day!!

Amy

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Bolognese OBSESSED

Ok so here are some thoughts I have been having lately….

1. I am possibly the worst blogger ever because I just don’t blog enough

2. Am possibly the most boring blogger ever because all I do it post spaghetti bolognese

but… DAMN is this recipe the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. I have taken to making salads just so I can eat olive oil… kinda weird considering I have no shame in eating coconut oil with a spoon but for some reason I feel like to do that with olive oil would be weird.

4. I have figured out why I am single… the thought of going out to do  a WOD is a much more exciting idea then going on a date with some guy who I can probably deadlift more than he can.

5. My grammar is so bad and its a bit embarrassing because I am actually an educated human being.

6. Mobility is SO SUPER important and I go through phases of doing it and not doing it… and now my ankle is sore 😦 don’t skip your mobility work kids!

7.  This website is rocking my world… AMAZING WODS!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways…. enough babbling… here is my newest bolgnese sensation:

ooohh its good!!

ooohh its good!!

I have tried so many bolognese recipes and each one seems to turn out better than the next…

– chop up an onion and 3 tomatoes and a clove of garlic ( I leave it whole so I can remove it later) and cook in some coconut oil

– add in some salt, pepper, bay leaf

– Add in ground beef

– add in a HUGE bunch of fresh oregano and fresh basil

– let it all simmer and cook for awhile

HEAVEN

yallaahhh time to WOD

Have a great week 🙂

Amy

 

 

Paleo Meatballs and Spaghetti- and some more paleo babble

Hey Paleo Kids

hope all is happy and healthy in your kitchens. It is currently the holiday of Chanukah which is super pretty and delicious… lots of lights and latkes 🙂

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Last night I went over to a friend and we made sweet potato latkes/ levivot …this is a recipe I made up a few days ago. Its a winner… but I’ll post it another day 🙂

I have to share with you my new favourite meatball recipe!

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For the meatballs:

– ground chicken

–  a ton of fresh oregano

– salt + pepper

For the sauce:

– onions

-fresh tomatoes

– fresh basil

-fresh oregano

– lemon juice

– apple cider vinegar

-bay leaf

– garlic

-half a cup of bone broth

-salt and pepper

Method:

In a pot, fry up chopped onions in coconut oil, add in 3 chopped tomatoes, ACV, bone broth…let it all cook up.

add in the herbs, bay leaf, squeeze over lemon juice and let everything simmer.

In the meantime… add your fresh oregano to the chicken and roll into balls. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce and let it cook until done. ( cover the pot with a lid)

I love to eat them with zucchini noodles.

This is one of my favourite winter morning breakfasts/ post WOD.. snack.. pretty much anytime kinda meal.

And for dessert… Persimon.

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Anyways so I wanted to just mention the importance of listening to your body! I LOVE paleo and believe in it 100% but I think that it is important not to follow the rules blindly just because you ‘are paleo’. If you train hard you need to eat more carbs and I don’t think eating white rice every now and then or white potatoes is going to hurt. The whole point of eating paleo is to feel good and do the best you can for your body. I am coming up to my one year paleo anniversary and the last 2 months I have been bending the rules a little… I have been eating a bit of peanut butter here and there, potatoes, rice cakes, peas, the odd full on ‘cheat’- I’m talking chocolate cake and peanut butter sandwhiches… and to be honest I feel better  than I felt going 100% strict. And I am doing well in my workouts and my skin looks good ( thats a whole other story). So I don’t think it is necessary to go 100% ALL the time. I think Gluten and dairy are not good for us and it is best to keep that out your diet as much as possible- but the rest? I think being RELAXED and CHILLED OUT about your diet will do so many more wonders for your health so much more than being stressed and obsessed with 100% strict paleo.

Feel free to agree/ disagree.. add your two cents 🙂

I love to hear other people’s opinions.

Happy eating and Happy Chanukah!

Amy

Crockpot Chicken and some PALEO tips.

I know a lot of people are worried about trying paleo because they think its too time consuming. I’m about to clear that misconception right up:

6.30am- wake up, get dressed, brush teeth ( homemade toothpaste) wash face (with oil)- is it any wonder I am single?

6.45- walk dog

7.15- throw a kilo of chicken breasts into the crockpot, add in two tablespoons of dijon mustard, lemon juice from 1 lemon, a bunch of chopped corriander, a splash of ACV, a bit of water, cup of broth- Turn the crockpot onto high

7.30- leave the house for work

2.30- get home, turn off crockpot.

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– add to a salad, topped with homemade sauerkraut and baked sweet potatoes… amazing after a WOD.

or for a bus stop snack….

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Kinda looks like my dog’s breakfast… but chicken and avo is a great snack.

So is a piece of coconut…

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Here is how I manage my week:

-once a week I cook up a batch of bone broth that sits in the fridge and lasts the whole week

– about twice a week I cook up 2 kilos of meat: I have a constant supply of meat in the fridge

– I keep a sauerkraut rotation going: always a jar in the fridge and a jar brewing. As soon as the 1kg jar in the fridge is finished, I switch it with the one brewing and make another batch. Probably every two weeks. Making sauerkraut is SUPER simple… not time consuming at all.

So basically the biggest effort I put into food on a day to day basis is chopping vegetables.

Paleo is not time consuming… perhaps it might be a littllle bit more then ordering in a pizza ( although I am guessing that doesn’t arrive in 2 minutes right?) but I’d rather spend a little more time chopping my veggies and making bone broth if it means  feeling amazing and strong and getting mistaken for a 22 year old ( i’m 28) rather than moan and groan about my weight, my health, aches and pains and blame things on growing old.

Yes?

And here is a poolside pooch

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How do you manage your paleo week?

Amy

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Sauerkraut Goulash

Hey!

Sorry I have been AWOL for awhile. I am sure you have all survived.. 🙂

You know your roommate is a keeper when she comes home from the shops with THIS:

coconuts and coconut oil.

coconuts and coconut oil.

We are a little obsessed with these coconuts. SO paleo… they come pre- shaved ( shaved? I don’t know) with little indentations for easy slicing. Yup… straight from the tree. Doesn;t get more authentic than this. Oh did I mention its wrapped up in plastic?

Anyways so I’m not sure what it is about our school staff room but everyone is either always talking about food or looking up recipes on the internet. I’m cool with this.. It makes me feel comfortable and not like some food talking- recipe looking weirdo. So I overheard ( or eavesdropped perhaps?) one of the ladies talking about a goulash she made with sauerkraut…. um- Did she say MEAT and SAUERKRAUT in the same recipe???? Oh YES… I’m all about that!! So I butted into the conversation. And this was the result:

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This is SERIOUSLY one of the most delicious things I have ever made.

1. Cook up some onions in coconut oil

2. add your meat cubes

3. add salt, pepper, sweet paprika, some beef stock, cover the pot

4. cook on low for about an hour

5. Add in sauerkraut- you can check my recipe here

6. let it all cook up until the meat is tender

This is INSANELY good!!!!!!!!!

 

Paleo Apple Crumble

On Thursday night I was meant to go out with a friend.. but hamas kinda ruined our plans by shooting rockets at Tel Aviv. and then took a shot at Jerusalem. ( Hold on.. isn;t this meant to be their holy city too?! um.. so why exactly are you shooting rockets at it?) REALLY hamas?? you’re just shooting randomly at our cities? Why oh WHY the world still refuses to see the truth about what is going on I will just never understand. The Israeli army drop warning leaflets to Gazan Civillians and then goes about specific TARGET attacks ( the fact that hamas like to hide in schools and hospitals is their problem) and we are the big evil badies?

I don’t get it. I just don’t get it…

I would love to know what any other country would do if they had rockets being fired at them constantly? Not just the last few days that have made international news… but a constant barrage of rockets.

So instead of going out I did some emotional cooking…..My roommate and I went a little crazy:

chicken, moussaka, vegetables, soup, more vegetables, sweet potato pie, crumble…

I had a  little kitchen helper…

And another one….

APPLE CRUMBLE:

For the topping:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup coconut flour

9 dates

2 tablespoons butter

Blend everything together

for the filling:

6 green apples chopped up, mix with raisins ( optional), lots of cinnamon – squeeze over half a lemon

Filling

Sprinkle the topping over the apples

Ready for the oven…

Sadly there was no after the oven photo

1. because the lighting was bad

2. we ate it up pretty quickly.

Cook on 180 until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft.

If there was anyway to send a whole ton of these to all our brave soldiers I would do it in a second.

Please pray for the safety of our soldiers… they are just regular people like me and you… one day at work or university and the next day called up for duty because we have madmen shooting at us.

Amy

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Flu Fighting Soup

Ooh dear.. winter is here. How do I know? Well I had a cold shower last night. I forgot to turn on the hot water..because its been months since we’ve needed to do that.

Just what you want when its dark and rainy  Post WOD and you’re all sweaty and disgusting.

Oh yes. And its been raining.

Anyways.

It is with a heavy heart I write this post today. My country has been under attack since Saturday night. Things took a turn for the worse when we finally decided to retaliate in self defense and OBVIOUSLY thats when the rest of the world noticed something was wrong. Typical. I can’t get upset about it because the media will never tell the truth. Israel will never be popular. But this is nothing new to my people.  All I can do is pray for PEACE and the safety of our civilians and soldiers and pray that this will pass and not turn into a full blown war.

Winter is slowly but surely on its way, bringing along with it bugs and viruses. Here is a soup recipe to help fight off the flu!

The base is bone broth. You can see the recipe here.

I add in veggie noodles- carrots, zucchini, sprouts

– mushrooms

FLU FIGHTING KEY: a ton of grated ginger

– crack in 2 eggs ( they sort of poach themselves in the broth- I assume its from the vinegar)

This is not only super delicious but it gets rid of swollen glands and a sore throat…a miracle worker!

I hope everyone has a peaceful day

🙂

Amy