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Roasted Cauliflower and Turmeric Soup

Published on February 3, 2018, by in Recipes.

I have a long standing love affair with soup. This soup is super easy. I roasted the cauliflower on the weekend, threw it in the fridge, and made the rest on a weeknight for a quick and filling dinner. This soup is a great way to sneak in a lot of vegetables. Ingredients: 6 cups of cauliflower florets(1-1.5 pounds of cauliflower) 1-3 cloves of garlic, chopped(depending on your garlic tolerance) 2 T EVOO 1 t turmeric 1 t cumin 1/8 t crushed red pepper flaskes(optional) 1/2 t salt 1/2 medium onion, chopped 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk Directions: Preheat oven to 450F Place cauliflower florets, onion, and garlic on a sheet pan and drizzle with 2 T EVOO. Toss to coat evenly. In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, cumin, salt, and optional red pepper flakes. Sprinkle over cauliflower. Toss to coat

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DIY-Coconut Milk Yogurt

Published on February 1, 2018, by in Recipes.

Nutrition is super fascinating to me. About a year ago, I decided to really try to cut out added sugar in my diet. In doing that, I ended cutting back a lot on carbs and grains. I essentially switched over to a LCHF/Ketogenic diet. Yes, I know those are not the same thing. I am not strictly keto, I was for a while, but find that lchf works better for me. My biggest issue with these eating styles is that people pick and choose which parts they want to comply with(like eating a pound of bacon everyday) and decide that is how it works. However, if you do the research in how these eating styles are  intended to be executed the guidelines read that you aren’t eating a ton of frankenfoods and that you are eating whole foods with more healthy fats(olives, olive oil, avocados, etc.) I know people have

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Hey, remember when I blogged?

Published on January 24, 2018, by in Uncategorized.

I can’t believe that it has almost been two years since I last updated my blog. No, I can. I was burnt out. After blogging for TEN YEARS, I was done. Over it. It was too time consuming and there were other things I wanted to do. But, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. About hobbies. About how I spend my time. And how maybe I spend too much time mindlessly scrolling on the internet and how my time might be better spent. So, here I am. Looking at a revival of Spatoola. I’ve never stopped creating in the kitchen. So, what have I been up to that I plan on bringing you full posts about in the future? Homemade coconut yogurt:   Curried cauliflower and turmeric soup: And THE cookies that are currently breaking the internet. Alison Roman’s Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookies: See you soon!

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Chicken pineapple curry

Published on February 13, 2016, by in Recipes.

I had found a recipe on Pinterest, but made so many changes to it by the time it was done, that it really looked nothing like the original by the time I was done. Ingredients: 1-15oz can of coconut milk(you can use light if you want) 1 1/2 T red curry paste 1/2 T curry powder 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground garlic powder 1 cup of pineapple chunks(well-drained, reserve juice to the side) 1 large carrot, cut into match sticks 1 1/2 cups broccoli but into bite-sized florets 2 chicken breasts diced cilantro for garnish, optional lime, optional rice or cauliflower rice to serve over Directions: Prepare the rice or cauli rice as directed, so it will be done when your curry is finished. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Stir together the coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, ginger, and garlic powder together in the sauce pan. It

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Old favorites, new favorites

Published on January 26, 2016, by in Update.

I have really enjoyed being back in the kitchen more since the start of the new year. When we travel a lot, we do as I think most people do, shop for convenience and speed. I hadn’t been making nearly as many things from scratch. I’ve really enjoyed having homemade nut milks among other things on hand. One of my favorite things to make with homemade milk is chia pudding. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Another thing I’ve done to help myself have more time in the kitchen is on occasion I get some of my groceries delivered. I still buy almost all of my staples at Aldi, but this really helps me to cut down on running to 3 different grocery stores, which can take up most of 1 weekend day, when you don’t have a car. What grocery delivery service do I use? Artizone! I love them. They are

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DIY coconut butter

Published on February 26, 2015, by in Recipes.

I love coconut butter. I had attempted to make it once before and it didn’t work because I attempted to use reduced-fat coconut flakes. When I use full fat, unsweetened coconut flakes, I come out with a delightfully creamy and rich coconut butter. How does one use coconut butter? I love coconut, so I think you can use it on anything or simply eat it by the spoonful. I love to put it on my oatmeal and sweet potatoes. When it’s warm it becomes all melty and delicious. Cold, it’s more like a rock that you have to chisel at. So how do you make this magical stuff? Simple! Ingredients: 12 ox full fat, unsweetened coconut flakes Directions: Put coconut flakes in blender. Blend in a high-powered blender on high for 1 minute. Use tamper to push down if necessary. Give it a little stir to see if you like the

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Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana muffins

Published on February 3, 2015, by in Recipes.

Wow. Wrap up everything delicious into one muffin and this is what you get! I don’t identify with any particular eating method, but from what I understand, these are paleo-friendly. Heavily adapted from paleomg.com. Ingredients: 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon espresso grounds 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Put muffin liners in pan. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, vanilla, eggs and almond butter. Then add coconut flour, espresso, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. My batter was very liquidity at this point, probably because I pulsed my bananas in the blender a little too much instead of mashing them. Pour batter into the 12 muffin cups. Bake for

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Productive weekend

Published on January 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend was one of my most productive weekends in the kitchen in months. As a result, we have been eating well all week. What was I busy making? I started off my Saturday morning with something called bulletproof coffee. Other’s call it buttered coffee. Yes, I put grassfed butter in my coffee. I brewed 2 cups of organic coffee, then put it in the blender with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon Kerrygold grassfed butter. Blend on high until frothy and creamy like a latte. It is absolutely delicious. It is a high fat treat, but they are healthy fats. I can’t say I will be doing this everyday, but maybe once a week. I also started sprouting lentils on Saturday. It’s so easy and they are absolutely delicious when sprouted! I can’t wait to eat a big salad with them on it for dinner tonight. With my

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Faux KIND bars

Published on August 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

I have a love/hate relationship with granola bars. They are delicious and easy to eat on the go, but they are loaded with calories, sugar and usually have little protein. I just don’t feel like they have a lot of bang for my buck, calorie wise. But they are sooo tasty. And a lot of them are loaded with crap and additives, that is why I really like KIND brand granola bars. Unfortunately, they are a little pricey. So, I was ecstatic when I saw Minimalist Baker posted a recipe that looked like a KIND bar. MB kept it simple, using only five ingredients. I added a few more ingredients for fun. Ingredients: 1 cup packed dates, pitted( I used medjool) 1/4 cup honey( or maple syrup) 1/4 cup natural nut butter of choice(I used almond) 1 1/4 cup rolled oats(not instant or quick oats) 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds,

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Whipped coconut body butter

Published on May 2, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve made a huge effort over the past year to put less chemicals on my skin and use more natural products or less product. I’ve always been known to wash my hair a lot. Sometimes twice a day because I felt like it would look greasy. That’s a lot of shampoo and conditioner over the year. After reading about the no poo method, I started cutting back on the washing, initially on the weekends to train my scalp to produce less oil. I am now down to shampooing my hair 1-2 times per week. That is a significant reduction in the amount of chemicals that I am putting on my head and washing down the drain into our water sources. I’m spending less money on shampoo and conditioner(that stuff isn’t cheap) and adding less garbage to the landfill. Next, I knew I had to face my love of my inexpensive, chemical and synthetic laden moisturizer

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