The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:10:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/chicken-bacon-roasted-asparagus-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/chicken-bacon-roasted-asparagus-salad/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670302 Have you ever fallen for someone so madly that you can’t seem to function or even get your thoughts aligned properly? Whatever you do (or try to accomplish anyway) they invariably go back to that special person? YEP! That’s pretty much where I’m at right now… and in this very moment, I find it almost impossible to focus […]

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Have you ever fallen for someone so madly that you can’t seem to function or even get your thoughts aligned properly? Whatever you do (or try to accomplish anyway) they invariably go back to that special person?

YEP! That’s pretty much where I’m at right now… and in this very moment, I find it almost impossible to focus on food and entertain you about this Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad.

There’s this certain guy who has totally, wholeheartedly, monopolized my attention.

All my brains can seem to focus on is the deep color of his eyes, like the color of the sea on a cloudy day, and the way they seem to effervesce when he talks about things that fascinate and passion him. Or the cute little faces that he makes when he teases me, and the way he tilts his head to the side and smiles ever so enigmatically, as in almost wickedly sometimes… The way he says my name, and how lovely it sounds when he’s the one calling it…

And all my fingers want to be typing right now are the letters that make up his name. I feel like such a friggin’ teenager, unreal!

It amazes me sometimes when I think of how strongly a human begin can affect another one without even knowing it. Still, it’s a beautiful feeling, when you think of it. But hey, the guy’s not available, so I’m afraid I need to let that one go.

Hopefully, I’ll manage to get him out of my system eventually. Putting a little bit of distance between the two of us, as in not frequenting the box anymore and start working out from home instead, should help some I hope…

In the meantime, please forgive me if my writings sound a bit… whimsical!   continue reading

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Creamy Cheesy Beef Tongue Casserole http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-cheesy-beef-tongue-casserole/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-cheesy-beef-tongue-casserole/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670273 Technically, my 12 week keto experiment is now over. Well, it has been as of last Wednesday, that is. So I did it. YAY ME! Honestly, it was the toughest challenge I’ve ever taken since I started my journey to health, and I never thought that I would be able to pull it off. I […]

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Technically, my 12 week keto experiment is now over. Well, it has been as of last Wednesday, that is. So I did it. YAY ME!

Honestly, it was the toughest challenge I’ve ever taken since I started my journey to health, and I never thought that I would be able to pull it off. I came *this* close to giving up. But I’m not a quitter…

Despite having had such a hard time around week 8, things got better soon after and it turns out I’m not hating it so much after all, especially since I seem to have finally adapted and am now doing much better on it… So I decided to keep at it at least until the end of the month. I dunno: stopping now would sort of feel like it was an incomplete challenge. I like to do things one month at a time. Like when I do a round of Whole30, for instance. I always start on the first of the month and if the month happens to have 31 days, well then I make it a Whole31. Hey, what’s another day, right?

That said, doing the Whole30 wouldn’t even feel like much of a challenge for me anymore. I’m basically on a perpetual Whole30, with the few little exceptions of an indulgence here and there, mostly in the form of things that would fall under the “Sex With Your Pants On” category.

And sometimes, I like to treat myself to a little bit of dairy… continue reading

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Pickled Beef Tongue http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pickled-beef-tongue/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pickled-beef-tongue/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670249 Wait, wait!!! Where are you all going? I know, I know… today’s subject might not be on top of everyone’s list of favorites, but I think you should at least give it a chance… if only a tiny little one. Like I said earlier, I’ve been working real hard at incorporating more offal and organ meats […]

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Wait, wait!!! Where are you all going?

I know, I know… today’s subject might not be on top of everyone’s list of favorites, but I think you should at least give it a chance… if only a tiny little one.

Like I said earlier, I’ve been working real hard at incorporating more offal and organ meats into my diet lately. To have fully adopted liver and integrated it as part of my regular feedings is one thing, but I felt it was time for me to graduate to the even less popular cuts, like head and heart and kidneys and… tongue. I have them in the freezer after all, so I might as well use them, right?

Plus, I so strongly believe in the nose-to-tail philosophy: if an animal gave its life in order to feed me, I feel the least I could do is honor it and do my darn best to consume as much from it as I possibly can. I just need to make this happen. After successfully dealing with my pork head a couple of weeks ago, I figured tongue shouldn’t be so bad.

But you see the thing is, my whole life I watched my dad delight in marinated pork tongue and I never could get used to the idea that he was actually eating the tongue of an animal. No matter how many times he told me that it tasted fantastic and that I should really try it, I just never could bring myself to actually bring a single piece to my lips. It just totally grossed me out.

Who knew that I would someday end up making my very own Pickled Beef Tongue… except I haven’t put mine in vinegar after it was done cooking. HA! If my dad were still with us, I think he’d be very proud of me!

And you know what? My dad was right. This stuff IS fantastic. In fact, it tastes pretty much like a cross between smoked ham and corned beef. Makes sense, I guess, since they all have very similar curing and cooking processes: cure the meat for a couple of weeks and then braise it slowly for a fairly long time over very low heat. continue reading

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Homemade Fresh Farmer’s Cheese http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-fresh-farmers-cheese/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-fresh-farmers-cheese/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:00:12 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670227 I know I said I wasn’t doing dairy anymore, but this is different! My primary reason for wanting to eliminate dairy from my diet is that it’s really hard to come across high quality, well sourced, unprocessed dairy products in my part of the world. But I was recently privileged enough to get my hands on some fresh raw […]

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I know I said I wasn’t doing dairy anymore, but this is different!

My primary reason for wanting to eliminate dairy from my diet is that it’s really hard to come across high quality, well sourced, unprocessed dairy products in my part of the world.

But I was recently privileged enough to get my hands on some fresh raw milk which came directly from my son-in-law’s grandpa’s farm. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when he and my daughter handed me the precious glass jar! I felt just like I’d just been offered some kind of a long lost treasure. Yes, raw milk is THAT hard to come across around here.

I really wish it wasn’t the case though, and hopefully, I’ll be able to get some of that precious elixir more often. I’d forgotten just how much I LOVE cheese! And now that I got a chance to try my hand at making my very own Fresh Farmer’s Cheese, and realized just how easy it is to make, I dream of being able to whip up a fresh batch every week.

I’d also love to try my hand at making homemade yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and more complex cheeses, like cheddar and mozzarella, too!

Maybe I should look into buying my very own cow… HA! If only it was that easy! continue reading

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Rosemary and Sesame Paleo Crackers http://thehealthyfoodie.com/rosemary-sesame-paleo-crackers/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/rosemary-sesame-paleo-crackers/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670201 I’m not normally one to get out of my way for crackers… I sort of see them as boring, dry, tasteless and overall uninteresting. Since making the switch to paleo, they were never really something that I truly missed. Except lately, after making this delicious Preserved Lemon and Olive Tapenade, a batch of Homemade Head Cheese, some Deliciously Silky Liver Pâté and […]

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I’m not normally one to get out of my way for crackers… I sort of see them as boring, dry, tasteless and overall uninteresting.

Since making the switch to paleo, they were never really something that I truly missed. Except lately, after making this delicious Preserved Lemon and Olive Tapenade, a batch of Homemade Head Cheese, some Deliciously Silky Liver Pâté and more recently trying my hand at making Fresh Farmer’s Cheese (recipe to come), I dunno… I sort of felt the need to spread mound those goodies on top of some kind of cracker.

It didn’t take long before I decided that it was time for me to give homemade-paleo-cracker-making a try. I searched the Net for a recipe that would tickle my fancy and opted for these Garlic Herb Crackers which I found over at Paleolland. <– Very nice blog, by the way. I say you should totally check it out! Later, though. Once we’re done making my version of Sjanet’s crackers.

Of course, I had to make a few modifications to the original recipe and ended up making Rosemary and Sesame Paleo Crackers instead. All I can say is WOWSERS! These things have so much flavor, you don’t even need to mound anything on them… and they are so very moreish, you’ll probably have to keep them under lock and key and have a neighbor hold on to that key for ya… continue reading

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Lemon and Almond Olive Tapenade http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lemon-almond-olive-tapenade/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lemon-almond-olive-tapenade/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:43 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670179 For as long as I can remember, olives have always throned really, really high on my list of bestest, most favoritest foods. When I was a kid (okay, who the heck am I trying to kid here? This should definitely read: to this day), whenever there’d be a family reunion, there’d invariably be olives on […]

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For as long as I can remember, olives have always throned really, really high on my list of bestest, most favoritest foods.

When I was a kid (okay, who the heck am I trying to kid here? This should definitely read: to this day), whenever there’d be a family reunion, there’d invariably be olives on the table and my mom would always have to serve me a serious warning not to touch them until we were seated. The thing is, though, she probably likes ‘em as much as I do, so she would often sneakily eat one or two from each “station” before we got to take our seats and began to eat. Of course, I’d be right behind her and eat 2 or 3 olives myself for every one that she ate.

And then I had a daughter, who happens to love olives even more than I do… so now for every one olive that my mom has, I’ll have 2 or 3 and she’ll have 4 or 5. Need I tell you that by the time we get to sit down, the olive offerings have seriously depleted, if not outright vanished.

But we always make sure that we can procure plenty of backup.

One thing worries me a little, though: my daughter is soon to give birth to a baby girl! Now, just how intense will this little girl’s love for olives be, you think? I sort of predict that we’ll eventually have to show up at every family gathering equipped with cases of the delectable gems!

With that in mind, would you believe me if I told you that, despite my colossal (pun definitely intended) love for all things olives, I’d never, ever had tapenade before? Not until now, that is!

When I came across this Olive Tapenade recipe the other day, I knew right then and there that I had to have some of this delicacy. Like right away!

The very next day, I was on it… continue reading

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Ginger and Scallion Pork Stir Fry http://thehealthyfoodie.com/ginger-scallion-pork-stir-fry/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/ginger-scallion-pork-stir-fry/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:33 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670148 You know what? I’m starting to think that the keto diet isn’t so bad after all… now that I’ve finally adapted and that my body and mind are totally back to normal, I can probably say that I’m almost starting to enjoy it. Almost. (you can read more about my 12 week keto “experiment” here, here and here)  For one, I am […]

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You know what? I’m starting to think that the keto diet isn’t so bad after all… now that I’ve finally adapted and that my body and mind are totally back to normal, I can probably say that I’m almost starting to enjoy it. Almost. (you can read more about my 12 week keto “experiment” herehere and here

For one, I am getting more and more inspired to create dishes that include a decent amount of vegetables as well as a generous dose of healthy fat, just like this Ginger and Scallion Pork Stir Fry. Gone are the days when l felt the need to eat mayo by the spoonful at every meal to boost my fat intake. In fact, I haven’t made mayo in well over a week, which really is a record these days. For the first 2 months of my experiment, I would go through at least a batch a week, and often even more.

Now, I’m not saying that I will stick with it and remain in a state of ketosis forever, but I’m definitely seeing benefits that have me thinking I may want to cycle on and off of it…

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Strange as it may sound, peeing on a stick every night and waiting anxiously to see what color it’ll turn is kind of an incentive for me, a way to measure my success, so to speak. I look forward to it every time and my brain goes like: “Did we do good today, did we do good? Come on stick, give me dark purple, let’s go stick, you can get darker than that!” – ahem… just in case you’re wondering, no, I’m not crazy. Well, not totally, at least. I don’t think…

More importantly, though, I no longer feel hungry all the time… in fact, in the past week, I’ve naturally decreased my calorie intake from 2200 to around 1800-1900 calories per day, and sometimes even less. I’ve even had days when I consumed around 1500 and still felt very full and satisfied. Not that I’m really looking to create a deficit, but I’m just saying: I’ve been eating a lot less and yet, don’t suffer from this insatiable hunger anymore.

Another MAJOR advantage for me is that Keto definitely keeps me away from all forms of sugar. Since I don’t do sweeteners and since natural sugars are way too high in carbs, I can’t afford to have any.Not if I’m hoping to eat any vegetables at all, that is. And frankly, I’d much rather eat a ton of veggies than a tiny little bit of sugar. For real!

Hey, even my nut butter addiction is pretty much under control now… The jars are piling up, I seem to be making new batches faster than I can get through them, which is not a bad thing me thinks. And I even give lots of them away… I just make ‘em, taste ‘em and be rid of ‘em. No use letting them go bad in my pantry, let someone else enjoy the goods!

So yeah. Keto and I still aren’t the best of friends, but at least we’re like getting along now. It only took 10½ weeks!!! My only real issue now is with the limited amount (and variety) of vegetables that I get to eat in a day. But I’m slowly working on that… continue reading

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Avocado Pistachio & Matcha Ice Cream http://thehealthyfoodie.com/avocado-pistachio-matcha-ice-cream/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/avocado-pistachio-matcha-ice-cream/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:13:25 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670128 First off, a warning: much like the other “treats” that I came up with while experimenting with keto, this Avocado Pistachio & Matcha Ice Cream contains no sugar whatsoever. Therefore, it’s not sweet, not in the least. Well, mind you, that’s not exactly true. To say that it wasn’t sweet “in the least” wouldn’t be entirely accurate. A few […]

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First off, a warning: much like the other “treats” that I came up with while experimenting with keto, this Avocado Pistachio & Matcha Ice Cream contains no sugar whatsoever. Therefore, it’s not sweet, not in the least.

Well, mind you, that’s not exactly true. To say that it wasn’t sweet “in the least” wouldn’t be entirely accurate. A few of the ingredients that go into the making of this frozen fat bomb are naturally sweet so they do impart a little bit of a sweet edge to this ice cream.

Don’t expect to get hit with an intense rush of sugary flavor, though. Instead, you’ll get to appreciate all of the subtle nuances of the delicate ingredients that this dish has to offer: you get delicious and velvety notes of coconut, avocado, matcha green tea and pistachio with every bite.

This would be the perfect ending to any meal for those of you who don’t really have a sweet tooth, as it is super refreshing and smooth and creamy but yet doesn’t feel heavy or unbearably sweet. Not only that, its flavor profile is so neutral that it could make for a very original and different “entrée en matière” if served as an appetizer.

I’ve even enjoyed it at breakfast right next to a light and fluffy Orange Coconut Omelette. It was absolutely delicious!

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This ice cream is meant to be high in fat but free of any form of dairy, so it uses mayonnaise as a base, (yes, you read that one right!). Obviously, you’ll need to make that first.

I chose not to include pictures or instructions for this here because you can find it all in my homemade paleo mayo post. If you’ve never checked it out, you should totally do that right about now, and then return to this ice cream. This paleo mayo recipe might very well change your life, I swear. So really, take a few minutes and check it out right now.

Then, you’ll want to add the coconut milk, gelatin, matcha powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to a large container, preferably one that’s equipped with a pouring spout. Blend well with your immersion blender, until completely smooth. continue reading

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Spinach and Salmon Baked Omelet Roll http://thehealthyfoodie.com/spinach-salmon-baked-omelet-roll/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/spinach-salmon-baked-omelet-roll/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670105 Seriously you guys. Did you know that one could bake, stuff and roll an omelet, much like they would a cake? HOW FRIGGIN’ GENIUS IS THAT? Call me ignoramus, but until I stumbled upon Michelle’s Baked Omelet Roulade recipe, over at Peachy Palate, I had NO idea that this could even be attempted. Actually, I don’t think the […]

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Seriously you guys. Did you know that one could bake, stuff and roll an omelet, much like they would a cake?

HOW FRIGGIN’ GENIUS IS THAT?

Call me ignoramus, but until I stumbled upon Michelle’s Baked Omelet Roulade recipe, over at Peachy Palate, I had NO idea that this could even be attempted. Actually, I don’t think the thought would’ve ever occurred to me… Or well, maybe it would have eventually, but it might have taken a great deal of time still, way too much time. Because until that day finally came, I would’ve been in total oblivion as to the existence of this deliciousness. What a shame that would’ve been!

Tell you what: now that I’ve successfully, and super easily might I add, made my very own Baked Omelet Roll, I am totally, crazily in love with the concept! I want to make all sorts of them. ALL KINDS, I tell you. Savory as well as sweet. I want to eat nothing but that for the next year or so! For realz.

Say… how many baked omelet recipes will you guys tolerate before you all ditch me?

Kidding, of course! You can expect me to share a couple, though, but I promise to be good and not share ALL of them. I’ll save only my top favorites for you guys. continue reading

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Quick and Easy Salmon Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/quick-easy-salmon-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/quick-easy-salmon-salad/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:54 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436670077 Some of you have been asking about my keto experiment and how things had been going for me in the past few weeks. Well, I’m proud to report that I did not break up with the Ketogenic diet after all and decided that I would see it through the full 12 weeks that I’d initially decided on doing. HA! I did NOT quit, […]

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Some of you have been asking about my keto experiment and how things had been going for me in the past few weeks.

Well, I’m proud to report that I did not break up with the Ketogenic diet after all and decided that I would see it through the full 12 weeks that I’d initially decided on doing. HA! I did NOT quit, which means that I am now entering week 10.

Not bad, not bad… only 2 weeks to go!

To be honest, though, I’m not quite AS eager for it to finish as I was 2 weeks ago.

It seems like my energy level is finally coming back to normal, or almost. I can now get through a workout without fearing that I might collapse any second when I’m in fact not even close to being half-way done. Same goes for my strength. I feel it’s getting back right where it should be and I feel I’m ready to start increasing my loads again.

Also, I can’t say I feel tired all the time anymore, and the food that I consume has been giving me a little bit more satisfaction lately. It seems like it’s doing a better job at keeping my tummy full and satisfied for longer periods of time. I don’t find myself constantly rummaging through the cupboards for something to munch on while feeling totally uninspired as to what to eat and especially, what to cook!

Inspiration is sort of getting back to me, although I still feel extremely limited in terms of which ingredients I can use. (hmpft… do you feel I’ve used the word “feel” often enough?)  continue reading

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