Paleo Blender Brownies

I like simple and this recipe is just that!  It involves the blender container and a 8×8 pan.  I don’t think my clean up process can get any better!

We recently got a Costco in our area and I’m so glad we did!  I can not get over how much cheaper their produce is.  Yes, you buy in bulk when you shop there, but I find their produce lasts for a bit of time and does not go ‘bad’ the next day.  My latest find has been dates, they are with the berries at our Costco.  A whole container costs $10.99 and has about 30 dates, needless to say….15 dates would cost me $10 at our local health food store.  This is a great deal in my world!  I love using dates to sweeten food naturally.  Occasionally I find myself having a date with a scoop of almond butter (shh, don’t tell anyone my easy snack)!

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Earth Fare is HERE!!

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Earth Fare is opening on Wednesday here, but I got a sneak peek last night!  My oh my, I’m super excited this establishment is going to be down the road!  This store has high values and helps the consumer learn about living a healthy lifestyle.  I love how they do not carry products with high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, or anything artificial (colors, sweeteners, flavors).  Not to mention they have a ton of Paleo options which are free of gluten, dairy and sugar!!  They also have a variety of organic options and non-GMO products.  However, those who know me know I will always read labels before buying because I have to know what I’m consuming (can I pronounce all the ingredients and are they 5 or less)!

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Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip

When Stacy and Matt over at Paleo Parents mentioned a Cheesecake Factory Paleo Recreation Round-Up, I got very excited (link to the round-up will be posted soon)!!  I love visiting The Cheesecake Factory!  It is a treat because we do not have one locally.  When we do visit, we often get guacamole with cucumber slices as an appetizer and Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos.  Many of the items on their menu contain gluten or dairy which we avoid.  However, I have taken their Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip and made it dairy free and Paleo friendly!  This recipe is easy to make and enjoyed by everyone!

This recipe does need a little planning.  You will need to soak the cashews in water for 4 hours before making the dip.  This will cause the cashews to become more nutrient and have a creamy texture.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Today is the day of love!  In honor of this day, I participated in the Caveman Love Muffin exchange.  I received some amazing blueberry lemon fig muffins from Merit and Fork!  These muffins were so yummy it was hard to stop at one!  I loved all the fruit tastes blended together!  I sent my Carrot Cake muffins to Thriving on Paleo, Paleo Fondue and Paleo Newbie.  It was a fun exchange because (a) I love getting snail mail and (b) it involved food!!

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Starchy Root Mash from The Safe Starch Cookbook

Last week I got my hands on the ebook, The Safe Starch Cookbook by Russ Crandall.  I loved this cookbook because it is full of great safe starch recipes!  I’m not talking 1 or 25, but 64 recipes!  He not only gives you recipes with safe starches, but teaches you information about what you are eating (ex. “Know Your Noodles”).  I love knowing the ‘how’ and Russ does an amazing job explaining it!  This cookbook is not just for my Paleo followers.  This ebook is great for those looking for healthy gluten-free options.

bookRuss has allowed me to share my favorite recipe from his book, Starchy Root Mash (pg. 135).  I love this recipe for a few reasons.  First, it’s easy to make.  Second, the parsnips are sweet tasting and the nutmeg compliments and accentuates the flavor.  Third, they taste just as good, if not better as leftovers.  Finally, I have all the ingredients but the root vegetable in my cupboards.  I love not having to buy 10 ingredients for one recipe and then never use them again.  He uses basic ingredients found within a kitchen.

Remember my reasons above why I like this recipe…I’m taking number 3 specifically.  I had left overs and took them to work the next day.  Needless to say, some of my coworkers have never had parsnips before.  I gladly let them have a taste of my leftovers.  Needless to say, I’m glad I told them they could only have one bite because I think the two of them would have devoured the entire bowl.

Has anyone purchased The Safe Starch Cookbook by The Domestic Man, Russ Crandall?  If you haven’t, it is worth the $10!  Yes, you saw that right, it is only $10 and filled with 64 recipes.  That’s about 16 cents a recipe…what a great deal!  This cookbook is now only available as an ebook.  For those who have never purchased an e-cookbook before, let me tell you my favorite part of them!  My ebooks load onto my phone and I might be the person at the grocery store browsing through ebooks making sure I have all the ingredients for a dish!  Or I may be browsing because my plans changed and I’m now creating a meal and stopped on my way home.  I love how they are always with you, if you have them loaded to your phone!

Now, the exciting news…..are you sitting down for this?  I hope so!!  Russ is giving me a free ebook copy to share with one of you!  If you are interested in winning a free copy of his amazing electronic cookbook, hop on over to my Instagram, find my picture of Starchy Root Mash and follow the directions from there.  I’ll leave the giveaway open until Monday, February 9, 2015 at 10am EST.

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