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Coconut Manna Freezer Fudge

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Coconut Manna Freezer Fudge

Freezer fudge is my go-to when I need a little sweetness in my life. You can essentially melt coconut oil, mix it with anything, freeze it, and have fudge bites in a flash.

I usually eat our Nutiva coconut manna (pure coconut puree, exactly the same as coconut butter!) straight from the spoon because not only is it delicious, but it's an awesome source of healthy fats. It's also unsweetened, but naturally a bit sweet, so it's great for those trying to cut back on sugary things. 

Here's how to make it

You'll need:

1 Tbsp coconut manna

1 Tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp coconut sugar or honey

optional: maca, trail mix, goji berries, dried fruit

I melted one tablespoon of this coconut manna in a small bowl, then blended in a tablespoon of melted coconut oil, mixed with a tablespoon of raw maca powder. Maca is great for endurance, energy, and even libido. It's got a deep earthy flavor, that is almost caramel like when sweetened with a sprinkle of low glycemic coconut sugar. I added a teaspoon of our coconut sugar to the melted oil/maca combo, then combined that mix with the tablespoon of the coconut manna.

I spooned a bit of the mixture in my silicon candy molds (leftover from Valentines Day apparently), then sprinkled with a few mulberries, cashews, and goji berries. After freezing for an hour, these were ready to pop out and enjoy for a nice little fat bomb, and treat for my sweet tooth. 

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#paleo, #primal, #recipe

Paleo Strawberries and Cream Gummies

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Paleo Strawberries & Cream Gummies

Have a hankering for a little bit of a treat but don't want to side track your aesthetic or nutrition goals? Collagen gummies might be just the thing you're looking for.

You crave bone broth, these days, right? But the way of the bone broth is not always as the bird flies. That's right, it's not always easy to get your hands on the stuff, or it's just too hot outside! And yet, you know what amazing nutrients are in broth, things like crucial amino acids, anti-inflammatory compounds, and more. Now, with no 24-hour simmer required, you can have those same nutrients in Collagen Protein Gelatin by Vital Choice. Their collagen protein is a 100% pure, pasture-raised gelatin powder. Gelatin will thicken in cold liquids. The amino acids contained in gelatin are therapeutic and are identical to the protein found in skin, nails, hair, bones, cartilage, and joints. Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO.

Collagen Protein is a traditional beef gelatin that will gel in cold liquids, it is useful for recipes such as mousses,jellos, or for mixing into hot liquids.  Collagen Peptides on the other hand, are a unique formula that are able to dissolve in cold liquids, making them ideal as a supplement that can be mixed with liquids such as juice or milk.

 

Collage Protein is great because it: 

  • Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
  • Helps keep bones healthy and strong
  • Reduces joint pain and helps prevent joint degeneration
  • Contributes to a balanced diet and helps to maintain weight
  • Natural glycine is anti-inflammatory and can improve sleep quality

How to use it

Using gelatin is actually really simple. Just add a tablespoon to liquid for hot or cold recipes. Try these delicious Strawberries & Creme Gummies to get you started.

You'll need:

Silicon candy mold

1 Cup canned coconut milk

1 Cup strawberries

2 tbsp Sweetener of choice - like coconut sugar, less if using honey or stevia (optional)

2 Tbsp Gelatin 

Water

 

Begin by mixing 1 Cup of coconut milk with 1 Tbsp of sweetener if you like things a little sweet. 

Put on the stove top to bring to medium high heat, then stir in 2 Tbsp gelatin slowly to avoid clumping. 

Pour carefully with a funnel or scoop with a spoon into mold, filling halfway. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes until starting to firm. 

While the coconut milk is in the fridge, blend 1 Cup of strawberries with 1/4 Cup of water, along with 1 Tbsp sweetener then add to a small pot. Heat to combine everything. Check on your coconut milk molds and if they're beginning to firm up pull from the fridge and add 1 Tbsp gelatin to the strawberry mixture, mixing well. 

Pour to top off the coconut milk gummies with the strawberry mixture, taking a spoon and slightly mixing if the coconut milk is too settled. You don't want to create two completely separate layers as they might come apart when removing later, so try to slightly combine the two. 

Refrigerate until completely firm and remove from molds.

Pop one for a nutrient dense treat, and enjoy! Grab some Collagen Gelatin now and create any kind of gummies your hear desires. 

 

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#fats, #healthy, #keto, #paleo, #recipe, #sweets, #treats

Paleo Fried Beets

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Paleo Fried Beets: a food truck favorite, at home

If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Austin, I hope you've had the pleasure of dining at East Side King. They make a variety of small bites and foods out of their food trucks with an Asian-fusion flare. What's awesome is that a handful of them (actually, a good portion) are gluten free. 

One of my favorites is their beet fries with aioli. Who knows whats really in them, some kinda magic, but I did my best at recreating them with paleo ingredients and am pretty PUMPED about the results. Want to try them yourself? They were actually quite easy to make, so give it a shot below.

 

Here's how to make them

First chop up a beet into bite size pieces. You can blanch or steam them for a few mintues for less raw beets in the final product. 

Toss in Otto's Cassava Flour to coat. 

Now dunk the pieces into egg, and then toss back into the cassava flour. Toss around easily in your hands to shake off excess flour and egg breading.

Fry in olive or avocado oil, in a hot skillet until slightly browned and crispy. While frying, sprinkle in some Real Salt and Paleo Powder Seasoning. 

Serve with Chipotle Lime Primal Kitchen Mayo for a delicious little treat. 

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#beets, #cassava, #fats, #healthy, #paleo, #recipe

Chimichurri Steak Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Slaw (Whole30 Modification Too!)

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Chimichurri Steak Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Slaw

These tacos are simplicity at it's finest, however, they're 10000% delicious. Taco Tuesday is a day we'll celebrate anytime. Especially living in Austin, Texas, the unofficial taco capital of the US. 

These tacos get a serious flavor punch from a little magical sauce called Chimichurri. Chimi-whatee? Say this: chimmy-churry. Simplicity. Just olive oil, fresh parsley, garlic, chilies, vinegar, and salt. Boom. You get all of that freshness in each little drizzle of this sauce. Our Chimichurri of choice is Elvio's Argentinian Chimichurri. 

Chimichurri is made for protein. Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, venison, eggs, beans, you name it. Everything goes well with this versatile condiment. Does whatever you're cooking taste better with garlic and parsley? Then drizzle this stuff on! Plus, it's Whole30 compliant, and can be found in our Whole 30 Collection with our favorite approved and friendly condiments. 

So grab a good slice of grass fed beef, some yummy sauce, and let's go!

Here's how to make them

Serves 2

You'll need:

4-6 tortillas (make a batch of Otto's Cassava Flour tortillas using the recipe on the back of the bag) *omit if Whole30

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce by Elvio's  

 1/2 - 1 lb beef (we used a fajita steak cut) 

2 cups cabbage or slaw mix

1-2 Tbsp Chipotle Lime Mayo by Primal Kitchen Foods

1 Tbsp ghee 

1 tsp vinegar of choice

salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce cups *if Whole30ing 

Start by mixing vinegar and mayo to create a thick but somewhat pour-able sauce. 

Pour over cabbage/slaw mix in a small bowl and coat the mixture with the sauce. Set aside.

Prepare the tortillas according to the recipe and set aside.

Slice steak into thin strips and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a hot skillet, head ghee until fluid, and hot, then add steak. Bring heat up, cooking the steak quickly. Cook steak to desired temperature/color then remove and add to a large bowl. 

Drizzle a teaspoon of Chimichurri over the steak and toss with tongs to coat. Continue to add sauce until desired amount on the steak is achieved. 

Add steak to the tacos, top with slaw mixture, and dig in! If you're on a Whole30, use lettuce cups in place or tortillas. 

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#chimichurri, #mayo, #paleo, #primal, #recipe, #tacos, #whole 30, #whole30

Paleo Sushi Burrito

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Paleo Sushi Burrito

Sushirrito's are EVERYWHERE these days. One of the top food trends right now, I'd say. Essentially a sushirrito is just a jumbo sushi roll, and rather than cut into pieces, it's cut in half — practically a burrito. These are a delicious treat, but often times are fillllled to the brim with sauces of questionable ingredients, and a heavy serving of rice, which not all paleo folks can handle. 

I'd tried my hand at sushi rolls before, see here, and was up for the challenge of creating my own sushirrito. It was EVERYTHING I wanted it to be, and more. 100% deliciousness, if a little messy. 

Here's how to make them

First, gather and chop, slice, cut, prepare your ingredients.

For two large rolls, we used:

8 oz cauliflower rice, slightly cooked to soften

4 nori wraps (seaweed paper)

1/2 red pepper (sliced into strips)

1/2 cucumber (sliced into, long cubed strips)

2 carrots (sliced into, long cubed strips)

fresh cilantro

1 avocado (cut in half, then sliced and scooped out onto a plate)

meat of choice (I opened for some chicken curry I had leftover in the fridge - you can use sushi grade fish if you prefer, or even some wild caught canned salmon)

optional sauce: Primal Kitchen Mayo, Chipotle Mayo, or Coconaise (all found here)

optional dipping sauce: coconut aminos

First, lay out one sheet of nori (seaweed paper) on a flat surface, then lay a second sheet beside it, slightly overlapping by about an inch or two. (basically giving you a longer sheet.) 

Scoop half the cauliflower onto the paper, and spread into a thin layer, taking up about half the paper length. 

Pile the veggies on, in strips from top to bottom, then top with mayo, avocado, and desired fillings. I did mine a little closer to one side of the paper, this is going to be where you wrap first. 

Starting at the side closest to the fillings, slowly and tightly start rolling to form your "burrito". The moisture form the cauliflower rice should help make things stick to the paper. The ends might be slightly harder to keep tight. Once fully rolled, use a sharp knife to cur the burrito in half. 

I like to pinch together the end (that might have a little less filling than the other end that was the center before it was cut) while eating so that nothing spills, however, be warned this can be a messy dish. 

Sprinkle some coconut aminos into the burrito and dig in! 

 

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#paleo, #primal, #recipe

Whole30 Creamy Kale Salad

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Whole30 Creamy Kale Salad

A creamy kale salad is literally what my dreams are made of. I feel awesome eating a ton of kale, and the creamy dressing always makes it taste AMAZING. 

Over the last year or two, I've made a gazillion dressing/sauce recipes using tahini and nut butter for yummy salads (some of my favorites include Minimalist Bakers and Melissa Joulwan's) but this one I'm sharing is one I've been eating constantly this round and just love it. 

Here's how to make it

You'll need (serves 1 large salad)

1 Tbsp Sesame Seed Butter/Tahini

1 Tbsp coconut aminos

1-2 Tbsp coconut milk, almond milk, or preferred milk to thin

Combine ingredients in a small ramekin. 

Massage kale with a little lemon juice and let sit until softened a bit. Pour dressing on, mix well, then top with your favorite salad fixings. We really love our CB's Umami Pumpkin Seeds on a kale salad. Grab some here

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#paleo, #primal, #recipe, #salad, #sides, #veggies, #whole 30, #whole30

Paleo "Halva" Bites

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Paleo Halva Bites

If ya know me, or know where I grew up (small-town, mid west) you'll know I wasn't raised eating many "exotic" foods or dishes. However in my twenties, as I explored and grew as an individual, I found myself drawn to foreign things — places, music, and especially, food. 

One food I've come across time and time again, being referenced, and in many international grocery stores in Halva. Halva is a dense, middle Eastern, Asian, North African, sweet made mostly from tahini (sesame seed butter) and sugar with various nuts or dried fruit speckled in.

Halva Via Wikipedia

Photo via Wikipedia

A while back, I clicked over to a paleo halva recipe on Naturally Sassy Mama, but didn't have the exact ingredients, so I modified her recipe and LOVED the outcome. I used a pretty close margin of the ingredients called for on the original recipe but I decided to tweak it using our amazing Watermelon Seed Butter in place of tahini.  (*Edit: it appears the original site has been deleted, but luckily my recipe is close to the original.)

What is watermelon seed butter?

Watermelon seed butter is just that. Watermelon seeds are ground to a pulp, er, silky smooth butter, thanks to an ancient stone grinding method, used by Dastony in this organic seed butter. 

Like most nuts and seeds, watermelon seeds are a great source of dietary protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. But wait, there's more.

Zinc
Pumpkin seeds, step aside: there's a new zinc-loaded superfood in town. Zinc is perhaps most well known for having a very positive impact on our immune system. It is also critical for DNA synthesis, cell division, and cellular repair, and it is found in good amounts within watermelon seeds

Healthy fats

The fats within watermelon seeds are both monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These heart-healthy fats are recommended by the American Heart Association for protecting against heart attack, stroke, and lowering bad cholesterol levels within the blood.

Essential Amino Acids

Watermelon seeds contain essential amino acids such as tryptophan, arginine, lysine, and glutamic acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and aid in tissue repair, muscle strength, balanced metabolism, and immunity.

Magnesium

Just 100 grams (or 3.5 oz) of watermelon seeds offers the body 139% of the RDA for this critical mineral. Magnesium is vital for optimal heart function, helps relax the muscles and prevent cramping, improves digestion and elimination, helps strengthen bones, and helps lower high blood pressure. It also happens to be a nutrient that many of us are low on.

So I grabbed my jar of this delectable butter and came up with a combination of the ingredients that made the perfect snack for two. 

Want to make your own?

For my two bite Halva you will need:

2.5 - 3 Tbsp Watermelon Seed Butter or Tahini

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Coconut Flour

1 drop  vanilla extract or scrape of vanilla bean

1-2 tsp Raisins, Goji Berries, or your favorite dried fruit 

Blend everything together in a small bowl with a fork, sprinkle in raisins, and scoop in a silicon candy mold. Refrigerate for a few hours then enjoy!

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

#dessert, #halva, #paleo, #raw, #recipe, #seeds, #sweets, #treats

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