Paleo Hamantaschen for Purim

When I was a little girl Purim was my favorite holiday so naturally hamantaschen were my favorite thing to eat on that holiday.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Purim let me give you a little background so you don’t feel lost the whole way through this post 😉 Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the courage of a very special woman named Esther and, of course, the Jewish people escaping total annihilation. As a kid, hearing this story was awesome because it’s got all of the components of an epic tale à la LOTR or Camelot: kings, romance, royals getting banished, a wise elder (who looks strangely Gandolf-like in all the picture books), a pauperess-turned-queen, acts of immeasurable bravery, a bad guy who gets hanged, plus it takes place in a far away land (The Persian Empire)! What’s not to love?!

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Purple Potato & Cauliflower Colcannon

I was doing some research for recipe ideas so that I could come up with something really special this year for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year I did a really great Green Juice but still, I wanted to come up with something new for us. Ya see, although I’m not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day just so happens to be my Grandma’s birthday. Sadly, she’s no longer around to read the annual dedication post + recipe I write for her but I love St. Patty’s Day all the more because of her and always celebrate it!

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Tiramisu Top View

Easy, Gluten-Free Tiramisu Trifle

Tiramisu!

My favorite Italian layer cake. It’s spongey, yet creamy, decadent and romantic. 

Why It’s On My List of “Favorite Cakes Ever”

I’m not sure when it entered my unofficial, mental list of “Favorite Cakes Ever”. It might have been after the time I made it as a surprise anniversary gift for my parents one year. I don’t quite remember what number anniversary it was, but I think I was in 8th grade. Anyways, they loved it! Everyone loved it! I mean there was NO leftover tiramisu. They were just so happy that my pre-teen mind had made space to both remember and do something thoughtful for them on such a special occasion. Score!

Ever since then it’s held such a special place in my mind which is why I decided to tackle coming up with my own, unique, REAL FOOD, “taste good do good”, Code to Wellness – supporting recipe for my birthday (last week).

And now, it’s finally here. I’m so excited to share it with you!

For those of you that are in the dark about Tiramisu, there really are only a few key things to know.

Mainly this:

  • it’s got a coffee-drenched cookie layer (the ladyfingers)
  • followed by a creamy, custardy layer (sabayon or zabaione)
  • sometimes the creamy layer is topped with cacao or nuts
  • it’s no bake, instead, refrigerate (I’m a poet and I don’t even know it! Lol. Sorry, you know I love corny jokes)!

 

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5 THINGS THAT WILL REINVIGORATE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS

STRONG. BEAUTIFUL. EMPOWERED. ACCOMPLISHED. BADASS.

If you’re a part of THIS community then, these are all likely words that resonate with you. Maybe you’d even use them to describe you.

You’re probably charging through life, ‘gettin’ her done’ (as they say), like nobody’s business, but the one thing that is still nagging you at the back of your mind is your health; more specifically your weight.

Maybe it’s the weight you’ve put on since starting a business or a demanding career. Maybe it’s ‘baby weight’. OR, maybe weight loss is something you’ve struggled with since you were a teenager.

Whatever the case may be, I feel you. I’ve been in all of those situations (minus the ‘baby weight’ because I don’t have kiddos yet) and you know what, the weight loss struggle is rough. Because it’s about so much more than JUST that. It’s about how we truly feel in our own skin which effects how we show up to our jobs, friends, families and how we show up for ourselves EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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Creamy Coconut N'Oatmeal (Esp for the Gallbladder Challenged)

Coconut N’oatmeal (for the Gallbladder Challenged)

You wanna know the truth?

Fat is TOTALLY phat. You can read more about that in this post by yours truly. BUT, not all fat, despite it’s incredible health benefits, is created equal. Meaning this – even though a particular type of fat may be totally phat (i.e. awesomely nutritious and health promoting) for someone else, it just might not be for you, especially if you experience digestive issues involving the gallbladder. READ MORE

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Raw Paleo Granola

Raw Bowl’a Paleo Granola

Aaaah the Raw Bowl’a Paleo Granola. Has such a nice ring to it, don’t it? Well there’s more to it than that, actually. Did you know that…

When I’m feeling like lazy bum in the morning, my #1 go-to is THIS recipe? 

Why? Because this – every now and then, I get up in the morning, and I feel just sooo incredibly lazy. It’s like, I just can’t even muster the 60 seconds of effort it takes to grab a pan, turn on the stove, and dump in some coconut oil. It’s true! 

Last Monday was one of those days.

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