The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Paleo Swedish Meatballs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-swedish-meatballs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-swedish-meatballs/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:45 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669574 I know I keep saying that I’m not a fan of meatballs. But meatballs swimming in a pool of thick and creamy gravy? WHOA! Hold the phone! Now that’s a completely different story. And when it comes to meatballs swimming in a pool of gravy, I say Swedish Meatballs are pretty much where it’s at. Apart from […]

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I know I keep saying that I’m not a fan of meatballs.

But meatballs swimming in a pool of thick and creamy gravy? WHOA! Hold the phone! Now that’s a completely different story.

And when it comes to meatballs swimming in a pool of gravy, I say Swedish Meatballs are pretty much where it’s at. Apart from my sacrosanct Pork Shank and Meatball Stew, which I only have once a year at Christmas, nothing can beat them!

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Typically, I like to eat my Swedish Meatballs with a generous helping of sweet and tart Cranberry Sauce, but seeing as how I’m trying to keep my carb intake real low these days, I had to pass on it this time. I’ll be honest: I missed it.

One thing I truly didn’t miss though is the sour cream or Greek yogurt that I usually add to the gravy to give it that little bit of a tangy edge…  I think that, even while leaving the dairy out, I managed to create a flavor profile that is very true to the real thing, if not better!

Try ‘em for yourself, why don’t you, and tell me what you think! continue reading

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers – Guest Posting at Paleo Parents! http://thehealthyfoodie.com/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers-guest-posting-paleo-parents/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers-guest-posting-paleo-parents/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:44:15 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669569 Woot woot! I’ve got a bit of a bonus post for you guys this week. And not just any post at that! I’ve recently been invited by the amazing people over at Paleo Parents to do a guest post for them and of course, it is with immense pleasure that I accepted. Wow. You can’t […]

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Woot woot! I’ve got a bit of a bonus post for you guys this week. And not just any post at that!

I’ve recently been invited by the amazing people over at Paleo Parents to do a guest post for them and of course, it is with immense pleasure that I accepted. Wow. You can’t even begin to imagine how flattered I was!

To me, this was MAJOR cause for celebration, so I just had to whip up some kind of party food.

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Can you think of anything that better qualifies as party food than Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers? I don’t think I can…

We’re talking hot and spicy baked jalapeño peppers stuffed with a creamy nut mixture all wrapped up in smokey, crispy bacon. Oh my yum! And these babies are quite addictive, too. Worse than potato chips, I tell you.

If you want the recipe for these poppers, (and really, I say you should definitely want it!) I strongly suggest that you head on over to Paleo Parents right now, before they’re all gone!

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Avocado Cucumber and Pistachio Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/avocado-cucumber-pistachio-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/avocado-cucumber-pistachio-salad/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:37 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669550 It feels like it has been forever since I last posted a salad recipe! Now that I’ve decided to go keto for a while, I don’t get to eat quite as many vegetables as I usually do. This would be the one thing that I miss the most. I’m so used to eating MASSIVE amounts of veggies […]

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It feels like it has been forever since I last posted a salad recipe!

Now that I’ve decided to go keto for a while, I don’t get to eat quite as many vegetables as I usually do. This would be the one thing that I miss the most. I’m so used to eating MASSIVE amounts of veggies each day and making several different varieties of salads on the week-ends to last me all week.

I had to put this habit of mine on hold for the time being. I now have to limit my vegetable intake in order for my net carb absorption to remain below the 50g required to enter and/or stay in ketosis.

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Mind you, the more I study the diet, the more I learn about it, and I find it might not be quite as bad as I thought after all. I’m starting to realize that there is still a pretty good variety of very low carb vegetables that can be consumed in a fairly “generous” amounts without putting a serious dent in one’s meager daily carb allowance.

Some of them I happen to enjoy very much, too, like spinach, for instance, or endives, radicchio, broccoli and mushrooms, to only name a few. Oh, and also too, my beloved cabbage and bestest friend cauliflower both made the “under 1.5 grams of net carb per 1/2 cup” list. Oddly enough, though, Brussels Sprouts rank rather high, at 4.7 grams of net carbs per 1/2 cup. Bummer!

Bah, I guess I’m a little bit uninspired at the moment because this is so very new to me. But hey, just give me a couple more weeks to adapt to this new regimen and I bet I’ll be able to post all kinds of yummy keto recipes, including some that contain a very decent amount of veggies!

A little bit like this Avocado Cucumber and Pistachio Salad, I guess…  continue reading

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Fresh Coconut Macarons http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fresh-coconut-macarons/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fresh-coconut-macarons/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669521 I’ll be honest with you, I barely even got to taste these lovely macarons. I had half of one when I took the pictures and that was it. Not that I don’t like macarons, far from there. In fact, I happen to LOVE them. But, let’s just say that they don’t sit all that well with my recent […]

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I’ll be honest with you, I barely even got to taste these lovely macarons. I had half of one when I took the pictures and that was it. Not that I don’t like macarons, far from there. In fact, I happen to LOVE them. But, let’s just say that they don’t sit all that well with my recent decision to go keto for a little while…

So why did I bother making them if I wasn’t even planning on eating them in the first place?

Well, first and foremost because I’d just purchased 3 fresh coconuts (yeah… I think I got a little bit carried away!) and they’d been staring me in the face for a couple of days. I’d been wondering what in the world I was gonna do with them when I suddenly remembered someone asking me once if I had a good recipe for macarons made from fresh coconut.

HA! That sounded like a very good plan to me. Especially since I had a little family get together coming up where I knew I would easily find a bunch of happy volunteers to taste the goods for me.

And secondly, because well, you all know just how much I love to bake. In fact, I think I like the act of baking even more than I like eating the resulting creations.

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So anyways, I decided to try my hand at making Macarons from Fresh Coconut and brought them to my family reunion. Well, the whole batch was gone before I even had time to consider *maybe* having *just* one, you know…

The critics were unanimous: the cookies were absolutely delicious. They had a nice, somewhat light and airy texture, yet they were plentifully sticky and sweet, just like a good macaron should be. Even my mom’s boyfriend, who used to be my patisserie teacher, had nothing but good things to say about them. Now THAT I took as a major compliment!

That and the fact that every single reviewer expressed their appreciation with their mouths still full. continue reading

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Homemade Salted Herbs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-salted-herbs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-salted-herbs/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:38 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669502 Salted herbs are very popular here in Québec and can be found on the shelves of just about every grocery store. When I first started using them, I thought for sure that they were just as readily available in every part of the world, but apparently, I was wrong. To be honest, I will never understand why that […]

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Salted herbs are very popular here in Québec and can be found on the shelves of just about every grocery store. When I first started using them, I thought for sure that they were just as readily available in every part of the world, but apparently, I was wrong.

To be honest, I will never understand why that is… they’re so easy to make and they pack so much flavor! No one should ever be without them.

I had a friend visit from the States a while ago and I sent him home with a bag of goodies from my home, among which were Pure Maple Syrup and Salted Herbs. He totally fell in love with the herbs, got addicted to them even, but sadly, was never able to find them anywhere in his part of the world.

So, I took it upon myself to make some at home and share the recipe with you all so that you, and my friend, could make your own, and get addicted too.

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Before I got to making my first batch, I was absolutely convinced that I would need to get my hands on like A TON of fresh herbs, so I figured it would be best to wait until they were in full season, else I would’ve ended spending a small fortune.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it doesn’t require that much herbs at all, and since the bulk of it consists in mainly parsley, leeks, carrots, celery and onions, the entire batch ended up costing almost nothing to make. Much less than the price of *one* jar of the ready-made stuff, in fact.

And just you wait until you start using these herbs. OH! They add so much flavor to just about any dish. Use them instead of salt in your favorite recipes, I think you’ll be extremely pleased.

They taste just like summer in a jar!

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Beanless Chili http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beanless-chili/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beanless-chili/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:49 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669468 I love, love, love me a good bowl of super spicy and piping hot chili. In fact, chili would probably be the only reason why I sometimes miss legumes… because let’s face it, remove the beans from chili and what you’re left with is basically spaghetti sauce with a Mexican twist! So when the craving for chili recently […]

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I love, love, love me a good bowl of super spicy and piping hot chili. In fact, chili would probably be the only reason why I sometimes miss legumes… because let’s face it, remove the beans from chili and what you’re left with is basically spaghetti sauce with a Mexican twist!

So when the craving for chili recently struck, I wracked my brains long and hard as to how I could possibly replace those beans. Spaghetti sauce was not what I was after. I wanted, demanded that there’d be some kind of bean in my bowl, or at least some kind of substitute that would provide a somewhat similar visual and gustatory experience.

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After mentally reviewing a not very long list of potential contenders (there really weren’t that many that I could think of) I decided to give kalamata olives a try. Their shape is fairly similar to that of kidney beans, so I figured they would most certainly fit the bill as far as visual replacement was concerned.

The flavor factor, however, I wasn’t all that convinced would work so well. After all, kalamatas are very pungent, salty and acidic whereas kidney beans are extremely mild and neutral in taste. I was afraid that the olives would end up completely stealing the show and pretty much destroying the whole Mexican essence of the dish.   continue reading

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Creamy Avocado “Pasta” with Chicken and Asparagus http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-avocado-pasta-chicken-asparagus/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-avocado-pasta-chicken-asparagus/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669405 Some of you might remember that I suffered a knee injury back in February and as a result, was forced to take a break from training for a couple of weeks. I never really talked about it much, because it really bums me out and I’m kind of living in denial, but it turns out I tore a […]

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Some of you might remember that I suffered a knee injury back in February and as a result, was forced to take a break from training for a couple of weeks. I never really talked about it much, because it really bums me out and I’m kind of living in denial, but it turns out I tore a meniscus and will most probably require an operation. How friggin’ awesome is that? NOT!

While my doctor didn’t see any contraindication to my training and lifting weights while I’m waiting (for up to 9 months) for my MRI and eventual operation, my knee had gotten really stiff and my leg was extremely swollen lately so my coach strongly suggested that I give it a good, long rest so it may have a chance at getting better.

GAH! As much as I hate to admit it, the man was right.

Sooooo, since I’m currently not training, i.e. not expending nearly as much energy, I’ve decided to give this keto thing another go. I can’t say that things are going all that well, though.

What exactly is Ketosis?

For those of you not familiar with ketosis, it is a state in which your body runs primarily on fat for fuel, as opposed to glucose. In order to induce and maintain it, one must consume no more than 50g net carbs per day (which is total carb count minus dietary fiber) and protein intake must also be kept in check as 54% of protein is anti-ketogenic, which means it will be converted into glucose before it enters the bloodstream.

That said, keto and I just don’t see eye to eye. Heck, I don’t even know if I consider it to be healthy… cutting back on carbs so drastically, eating protein only in moderation and basically living off fat… I don’t know. There’s something about this whole concept that just doesn’t sit well with me. Plus, fat is such a boring thing to eat. Gimme meat, gimme veggies and tons of ‘em, gimme nuts, gimme fruits, gimme stuff that tastes good! But fat? I mean seriously, you expect me to add coconut oil and butter to my coffee? I think not. Bulletproof coffee makes me gag, literally. I just can’t do it.

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Mind you, I remember a time when I used to think that the paleo lifestyle was nothing short of crazy. I mean, eating all that meat, fat and bacon couldn’t possibly be healthy now could it? I had to actually follow it for a full month to realize that there was way more to it than just eating tons of meat and decide to give it a real go. But even then, I would still be eating egg white omelettes and stick to the leaner cuts of meat. I would say it took at least 6 months before I finally adapted and felt comfortable eating all kinds of meat and healthy fats.

Maybe it’s the same thing with this keto thing. Maybe I haven’t figured out the right things to eat yet. For now, I feel I have to cut back WAY too much on vegetables in order to just stay below the 50g net carb mark. Don’t ask me to go any lower than that, I don’t think I could do it. I might not be in a deep state of ketosis, but at least my body is producing ketones, which apparently is all you need to reap the full benefits of the diet. And yes, I’ll stick to the term diet here, because frankly, I think of a lifestyle as something that one could sustain long-term and I know that ketosis, I could not do for a very long time. I could probably keep at it for a couple of months, at most, to help my body become fat adapted, but no more.

Alright, enough about my stupid busted knee and my decision to go keto for a while. I think it’s about time we got on with the eats around here.

As you probably guessed, today’s fare is going to be pretty low in carbs. In fact, I’ve revisited my Creamy Avocado Pasta, one of my favorite pasta dishes from my not so distant past. I’d really been craving that one lately… and even dreamed about it, seriously.

Of course, I made a few modifications… first, the dairy had to go, and the pasta, well, had to be replaced. continue reading

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Mayo Saver Creamy Ranch Dressing http://thehealthyfoodie.com/mayo-saver-creamy-ranch-dressing/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/mayo-saver-creamy-ranch-dressing/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:57 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669390 Unquestionably, the recipe that gets the most traffic on this site would be my Foolproof Paleo Mayo. Kind of ironic isn’t it, seeing as how it’s not even a recipe per se… Does that say anything about my cooking skills? Should I perhaps take a hint? Seriously, if you’ve never made that mayonnaise, trust me, you have […]

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Unquestionably, the recipe that gets the most traffic on this site would be my Foolproof Paleo Mayo. Kind of ironic isn’t it, seeing as how it’s not even a recipe per se… Does that say anything about my cooking skills? Should I perhaps take a hint?

Seriously, if you’ve never made that mayonnaise, trust me, you have to give it a try. It’s the easiest, coolest mayonnaise recipe formula ever! In fact, it’s so easy to make, even a child could do it, blindfolded.

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Every now and then, though, someone will leave a comment on the post, telling me that the technique didn’t work for them. It always pains me to hear that and really wish I could come up with a quick fix, but I could never really figure out what would cause it to fail.

Try as I might, I’ve never once had this recipe let me down. Truth is, I don’t even measure my ingredients anymore. I just throw my egg in the jar, followed by a bit of Dijon, some lime juice or vinegar, one or two cloves of garlic, a dash of salt and pepper, whatever seasonings I want to add, pour about a cup of oil over all that, stick that blender right in, press the button and BOOM, instant mayo! continue reading

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Beef and Broccoli Cauli-Rice [aka Not Chinese Not Fried Not Rice] http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-broccoli-cauli-rice-aka-chinese-fried-rice/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-broccoli-cauli-rice-aka-chinese-fried-rice/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669370 When I was a kid, my parents would often make this dish they used to call “Chinese Fried Rice”, even though there was nothing even remotely Chinese about it. It was basically ground beef, veggies, some rice and a lot of soy sauce, sauteed together in a pan. Well, okay. Maaaaaybe the soy sauce was Chinese. But that’s […]

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When I was a kid, my parents would often make this dish they used to call “Chinese Fried Rice”, even though there was nothing even remotely Chinese about it. It was basically ground beef, veggies, some rice and a lot of soy sauce, sauteed together in a pan. Well, okay. Maaaaaybe the soy sauce was Chinese. But that’s about where the resemblance ended.

Still, I remember loving Chinese Fried Rice nights. So much so, I took that dish with me into my adult life and later fed it to my kids when I became a parent myself .

But then, for some reason, I kind of almost forgot that it even existed…

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Until I recently got a major craving for it. Totally out of nowhere, just like that, it hit me: I needed to lose myself in a big bowl of that salty, comforting and satisfying rice dish once again, right then and there.

The only problem is, I don’t do rice anymore and don’t even keep rice in the house, so even if I’d wanted to get a little off-path and indulge in some of the starchy white grain, I couldn’t have. There was but one solution to this problem: I had to call my trusty wonder veggie, my new-found best friend cauliflower, to the rescue. Now THAT I always have on hand!

While I knew that this paleo version, or as I like to call it this “Not Chinese Not Fried Not Rice”, wouldn’t taste exactly like the dish that resided in my memory, I also knew that it would satisfy my craving perfectly fine.

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Loaded Cauliflower Fritters http://thehealthyfoodie.com/loaded-cauliflower-fritters/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/loaded-cauliflower-fritters/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669342 After many people made the original version of these Cauliflower Fritters and reported to having a hard time getting them to actually stick together, I thought I owed it to them to revisit the recipe and see what could possibly have gone wrong for them. But of course, you know me, I can’t follow a recipe, not even my own, […]

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After many people made the original version of these Cauliflower Fritters and reported to having a hard time getting them to actually stick together, I thought I owed it to them to revisit the recipe and see what could possibly have gone wrong for them.

But of course, you know me, I can’t follow a recipe, not even my own, so instead of simply recreating those fritters, I reinvented them. Good thing, me thinks, ‘cuz these turned out MUCH better, in every possible way. They look better, they taste better, and they most certainly HOLD better!

In fact, these you even need to form into patties as opposed to dropping the batter directly into the hot skillet, and even in the raw state, the patties hold their shape very well.

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Oh, and you’ll soon discover that I am NOT calling these “loaded” in vain! You will not believe the amount of good stuff that these little guys hide under their hood. The overall nutritional value that they pack is pretty astonishing!

We’re talking cauliflower, or course, but also too, a whole bunch of lovely green things, some sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and even coconut!

I’m telling you, each of these little fritters is a veritable nutrient powerhouse.

And you know what the best part about them is? You don’t need to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower!!! WIN! In fact, you don’t even need to precook the cauliflower. DOUBLE WIN!  continue reading

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