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Tasty Tuesday Bites! (Soup!)

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Brrrr! This winter has been pretty darn cold! Luckily, now is the time to make hearty, healthy, warming soups to fend off that bitter chill! Today we wanted to share some of our favorite paleo-friendly soup recipes that are perfect for dinner (and to bring to work or school the next day!) Special thanks to Weed 'Em And Reap, Whole Lifestyle Nutrition, and Caveman Strong.

Balsamic Beef Soup (By: Weed 'Em And Reap)

1 onion, diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 TBS. olive oil, tallow, lard, or butter • 2 pounds stew meat • 2 TBS. tomato paste • 4 TBS. balsamic vinegar • 4 c. beef broth • 4 c. carrots, sliced • 8 potatoes, diced •

1 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. pepper •TOP with minced parsley

 

In a pot over medium heat, saute onion & garlic in oil for about 5-7 minutes or until translucent.

Cut stew meat into medium chunks and add to onion & garlic.

Cook meat until browned, reduce heat to low and add tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Cook on low for 10 minutes to allow the liquid to evaporate and the balsamic vinegar to reduce & sweeten.

Increase heat to medium-high, and add broth, carrots, potatoes, salt, & pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes & carrots are well cooked.

Remove from heat, top with parsley & enjoy!

 

Butternut Squash Soup (By: Whole Lifestyle Nutrition)

 

2 tbsp coconut oil or grass fed butter • 1 large carrot, diced • 1 large stalk celery, diced • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 medium squash cubed, skins and seeds removed • 1 tbsp fresh thyme • 4 cups chicken stock • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream • Unrefined sea salt and pepper to taste •

Nutmeg, to taste

 

In a dutch oven melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil or butter.

Add onions, carrots and celery.

Cook until onion are translucent (about 4 minutes).

Add butternut squash and stir well.

Add chicken stock,thyme and salt and pepper to taste and allow to cook another 30-40 minutes or until squash is tender.

With a stick blender (or a food processor) blend until smooth.

Whisk in half and half or cream.

Put in serving bowl and top with a little nutmeg.

 

Paleo Meatball Soup (By: Caveman Strong)

 

3 tbsp olive oil • 1 medium onion, minced • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped • 1 (14.5 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, with juice (canned only tomatoes) • 1 box beef broth • 2 tsp oregano • 3 tbps of fresh basil • 1 tsp pepper •1 egg • 1 lb. ground beef • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1/4 cup almond meal • 3 cups baby spinach • 1 cup of each broccoli and cauliflower • 1 zucchini chopped •

1parsnip sliced

 

Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a soup pot.

Add in onion and celery, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes and their juices, beef broth, other vegetables, 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 teaspoons basil, and 1/2 t. salt. Bring to a simmer.

While the soup simmers make the meatballs.

 

 

In a bowl combine ground beef, egg, almond meal, 1 teaspoon oregano,  1 t. pepper and 1 tbsp of garlic powder.

 Mix with your hands until well combined. Divide into tablespoons and roll into smooth firm balls. As you work gently drop the meatballs into the soup.

Add  spinach and remaining basil and simmer for 20 minutes until meat is cooked through. about 1 hour

Monday Morning Mojo-Fun Facts About January

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

       

Awareness

 

Did you know that January is associated with several different great causes?

January is:

 

·        National Blood Donor Month

·        National Soup Month

·        National Staying Healthy Month

·        National Hobby Month

·        National Braille Literacy Month

 

 

Momentous Dates

 

·        January 8th is Elvis Presley’s birthday

                  (as well as our very own Closing Coordinator, David Geerders!).

·        January 26th is Republic Day in India.

·        January 15th was the day Martin Luther King was born.

·        January 17th was the day the first ship (the Resolution) crossed the Antarctic Circle. 

 

 

Random January Facts

 

·        January is the coldest month of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and it is the warmest month of the year for the Southern Hemisphere!

 

·        January is 1 of the 7 months in the Gregorian calendar to have 31 days.

Tasty Tuesday Bites!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

On this Tasty Tuesday, I wanted to share a few recipes that might inspire you for bringing your own lunch to work, or eat anytime! Special thanks to Elana’s Pantry, Change of Pace, and Cook Eat Paleo.

 

Paleo Bread By: Elena’s Pantry

2 cups blanched almond flour • 2 tablespoons coconut flour • ¼ cup golden flaxmeal • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt • ½ teaspoon baking soda • 5 eggs • 1 tablespoon coconut oil • 1 tablespoon honey •1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Place almond flour, coconut flour, flax, salt and baking soda in a food processor. Pulse ingredients together. Pulse in eggs, oil, honey and vinegar. Pour batter into a greased 7.5 x 3.5 magic line loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool in the pan for 2 hours.

 

Paleo Chicken Salad By: Change of Pace

Cooked and chopped chicken breast • Chopped almonds • Red grapes cut in half • Mashed avocado • Lots of salt and pepper • Bibb lettuce leaves (you could also use romaine)

Mix the first six ingredients together in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and then spoon onto lettuce leaves.  Roll up and enjoy!

 

Snack Mix By: Cook Eat Paleo

3 cups mixed nuts (I used equal parts sliced almonds, walnuts and cashews) • 1 tablespoon garlic infused olive oil • 1-2 teaspoons smoked sea salt, to taste • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon smoked hot paprika, to taste

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine nuts in a large bowl and toss with olive oil until well coated. Combine salt and spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle over nuts and stir until well combined. Spread nuts in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.

Monday Morning Mojo-Bath Safety Month

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

1.   If a child is taking a bath, never leave them unattended.

It can seem perfectly safe to make a quick dash down the hall to grab a towel, your kindle, or your phone, but leading Pediatricians and child advocates stress the importance of staying by a child’s side the entire time they are in, or near, the bath tub.

 

 

2.   Watch out for slips.

Whether you are the one who is taking a bath, or your child, slips happen. Bath tubs can be particularly dangerous areas if there is not a bath mat or rug next to the bathtub. Double check that you have each of these in your bathtub and when getting in and out of the bathtub, pay extra attention to make sure that you or child step on the rug, and not the floor. If necessary, you can install a bar in your bath tub to provide stability. 

 

3.   Always test the temperature.

There’s nothing worse than sticking your foot into an icy cold, or worse – scorching hot - tub of water. Always test the temperature with your hand when you start running the bathwater. Even if you think that you’ve gotten it to the right temperature, before you are about to get into the bathtub, double check to make sure it’s not too hot or too cold. If possible, set your water heater to a specific setting so that it will not make the water hotter than 120 degrees.

Tasty Tuesday Bites! (Breakfast!)

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The New Year is upon us, and with it, is a chance to change the way we look at food. This year, I want to share with you, fun, tasty, easy, and of course, healthy recipes (with some tasty treats in between ;) ).

So let’s kick off the New Year with some delicious Breakfast ideas! Special Thanks to Nom Nom Paleo and Elana’s Pantry.

 

Easy  Paleo Fritatta

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil or fat of choice • 1 cup emergency protein (whatever cooked meat you have on hand) • 1 cup frozen broccoli (or any leftover or frozen veggies) • 4 large pastured eggs • 2 tablespoons coconut milk •1 teaspoon kosher salt • Freshly-ground black pepper

 

First, preheat the oven to 350°F and heat the coconut oil in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Then, add whatever protein you have on hand (ground meat or bacon is definitely yummy!) to the skillet and stir-fry until heated through. Meanwhile, place the frozen broccoli in a medium microwave-safe bowl, cover it with a wet paper towel and nuke it until it’s thawed. Use a pair of kitchen shears or a knife to cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Add the broccoli to the ingredients in the pan and mix to cook thoroughly. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl, and add the coconut milk, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is set. Place the skillet in the oven. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, and then crank the heat up to broil for another 2 minutes or until the frittata puffs up and is cooked all the way through. Carefully transfer the frittata to a plate, slice, and serve.

 

Almond Flour Muffins

Ingredients

4 ounces blanched almond flour (about 1 cup) • 2 large eggs • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey •

 ¼ teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

 

 In a medium bowl, combine almond flour and baking soda.  In a large bowl combine eggs, agave and vinegar. Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing until combined. Scoop about ¼ cup of batter at a time into a paper lined muffin pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges. Cool in the pan for ½ hour. Serve with butter and your favorite jam!

 

On the go? Don’t have a lot of time for breakfast? Don’t worry about it! Make these tasty bars for a healthy, fast breakfast!

Ingredients:

1 cup blanched almond flour • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt • ¼ cup coconut oil • 2 tablespoons honey • 1 tablespoon water • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut • ½ cup pumpkin seeds • ½ cup sunflower seeds • ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds • ¼ cup raisins

 

    In a food processor combine almond flour and salt. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, water and vanilla. Pulse in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins. Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, wetting your hands with water to pat dough down. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool bars in pan for 2 hours, then serve.

Monday Morning Mojo- Houseplants

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Have you been neglecting your houseplants lately? Or, do you not even have a houseplant to begin with? Well –that’s about to change. Why? Because it’s time to celebrate all the color, joy,and life houseplants bring to your home – and your family! 

 

Here’s little known fact about celebrating houseplants: there’s actually a day – January 10th to be specific –that’s designated just for that special houseplant in your life. It’s called Houseplant Appreciation Day and it really, truly exists!

 

So, how’d Houseplant Appreciation Day get started?

 

It all began when The Gardener’s Network decided that houseplants deserve a special day in their honor. They believed that by starting Houseplant Appreciation Day, it would bring awareness to the benefits of growing houseplants.

 

Houseplants are therapeutic – they breathe a bit of life into another wise colorless time of year and they have the ability to transform both your mood and your motivation. Plus,houseplants are for everyone. In fact, even those of us who aren’t blessed with a green thumb can still find a low maintenance houseplant that requires very little sunlight and water. Growing a houseplant is pretty simple. To find out more information about growing and maintaining a houseplant, head here: http://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-Indoor-Plants

 

So, now the moment you’ve been waiting for; here’s how you can celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day!

·        If you don’t already own a houseplant – go out and buy one!

·        If you do already own a houseplant – make sure that it is well watered and that it is receiving enough sunlight.

·        Give your houseplant a special fertilizer treat.

·        Share the joy that houseplants bring by giving one to a friend or family member.

·        Learn even more about caring for your current (or new) houseplant.

Monday Morning Mojo- New Year, New Resolutions, New Ways to Actually Keep Them!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Figuring out what your New Year’s Resolution should be is the easy part;actually sticking to it is where things get a bit trickier. That’s why we decided it’s time to help you tackle this age-old problem. We put our heads together and came up with 3 great ways to help you make realistic New Year’s Resolutions that you’ll actually keep!

 

 

1.   Think of Last Year

Over the last year, you’ve certainly encountered quite a few bumps and bruises. Where could you have made better choices? What could you have done better? Is there a certain area in your life that you’d like to change? Before you start answering - don’t start beating yourself up! This isn’t a time to be down, it’s a time to look at your past and see how you can create a road map for even better choices in the coming year!

 

2.   Set your sights on the long-haul.

Don’t try to do it all in the very first month. Goals take time and require persistence. If you try to change every single thing in January, by the time February rolls around you won’t have any motivation – or energy – left to keep going. When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, slow and steady wins the race. Tackle one or two goals at a time, but keep them realistic. You’re not necessarily going to see a change overnight, but if you keep working at it – you’ll see results in the long run!

 

 

3.   Find Some Support

Let’s face it– goals are hard to achieve, and even harder to achieve when you try to go the road alone. Find a pal or join a group that will help inspire you to keep going even when the going gets tough! If you and a friend are both focused on achieving the same goals – even better! That way, you can support one another and keep each other on track. Not sure how to find the support? Depending on your goal, seek out like-minded people at your church, synagogue, mosque, etc.,join a class at your local gym, or call up an old friend. The possibilities are endless, you just have to explore your options!

 

And… just in case you need a little, extra inspiration – here are some wise words by, who else, but Dr. Seuss:  " You're off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so..get on your way!"

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