Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paleo Bomb Biscuits & Gravy Recipe

True story: I accidentally created the best sausage recipe in the land last week. I made a huge batch of the stuff, so I thought I'd use some of the meat to make an umami-rich biscuits and sausage-mushroom gravy brunch. It's one of my fiance's favorite breakfasts and it was his birthday, so I marked the occasion with this food.

The gravy is mighty good, folks.

Yes, yes and yes.

Bomb Biscuits & Gravy
Paleo & Gluten-Free (could be made Whole30 compliant without the biscuits)
-Paleo biscuits **note below!
-1 lb of The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage
-1 pint of crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, roughly chopped into small pieces
-1 tablespoon fresh thyme
-1 tablespoon or more of fresh chives or green onions, chopped
-1 teaspoon ground sage
-4-6 teaspoons arrowroot powder (it's a thickener)
-1 can coconut milk
-salt, crushed red pepper and fresh cracked pepper to taste (I like my gravy flush with black pepper!)

Brown sausage in a large pan (the fried bits are the best). Then add the mushrooms until cooked. Add thyme, chive and sage and fry for a few minutes more. Then mix in 1 tsp at a time of arrowroot powder until the mixture is a little gummy (like you'd do when making a roux with flour and butter). Then slowly stir in a can of coconut milk. Let simmer/thicken and add more arrowroot powder if you need it. Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste (and more spices, if needed).

Oh. My. Groodness.


Thoughts, ideas and other uses:
-The fresh herbs are used in the sausage seasoning too, so just set a little aside to use in the gravy if you're planning on making this. You could also substitute dried herbs and onion powder if you need to.
-I was worried the gravy would be too coconut-y, but all the savory parts of the sausage and herbs cut that flavor.

**I tried two biscuits recipes. The first was from Paleo Comfort Foods, which I used the first day (the recipe calls for coconut flour and uses the whole egg). The following day, I had leftover gravy so I decided to try a different biscuit from Simple Healthy Living (with baking soda instead of powder because I had none). If I had to choose, I liked those a little bit better. They are made with egg whites only, like traditional biscuits, and a blend of coconut and almond flours. Both recipes were very quick and easy!

Simply Healthy Living's biscuit recipe.
Well, that's all for now. Let me know how you like it!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Primal Life Kit! {Shameless Plug}

I've had to keep this under wraps for a little while, but I am so excited to shout from the rooftops that I wrote a book!!!

Well, a small part of a book anyway.

I started contributing my recipes to Chowstalker a few months ago and I really couldn't love that site any more than I already do. Not only is it a great place to browse primal recipes, but as a blogger, it's been life-changing and I'm so thankful that they send such great people over to Worthy Pause everyday.

Thai Shrimp & Sweet Potato Red Curry by yours truly.

Anyway, Patty (one of the lovely, kindhearted creators of Chowstalker) recently invited me to contribute two recipes for their community e-cookbook, so I shared my Potsticker Meatballs and a brand new recipe for Thai Shrimp & Sweet Potato Red Curry. I looove it so much I've made it at least a half-dozen times since.

My curry made the cover!!! (Can you spot it?)

I'm thrilled (and sort of stunned) to be included in this book alongside some of my food blogging heroes like Mel Joulwan from The Clothes Make The Girl, Russ Crandall from The Domestic Man, Arsy Vartanian from Rubies & Radishes and so many more. Seriously, there's some GOOD food in this book from nearly 100 bloggers. I got a little preview last week and had to wipe the drool from my keyboard.

Now... you are wondering how you can buy this baby, aren't you? I was hoping you were.

Well, the Chowstalker Community Cookbook is just one of the many nuggets of awesome included in the annual Primal Life Kit.

The Primal Life Kit is available this week only (now until April 28, 2014).

It's $39 and includes SO MANY THINGS: recipes, meal planners, magazine subscriptions, fitness programs, coupons, etc. Everybody's put a lot of love into this thing, especially superwoman Neely Quinn of Paleo Plan, who spearheaded the project.

If you buy the kit through my affiliate links in this post, I get a commission on the sale, which is actually the only way I'm being compensated for this book. Just a heads up—I very much appreciate the support. :)

So are you in or what?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

11 Snack Attack Recipes For Paleo Chips {Clicking Around}

Snack time!

This week I decided to round up eleven of the most delicious, easy and creative chips on the Internet from my fellow bloggers. All of them are paleo, gluten-free and Whole30-compliant... and snack attack-approved.


1. Brussels Sprouts Chips: As a steadfast Nom Nom Paleo disciple, I recently tried this simple roasting recipe. I would honestly eat these over potato chips if I had the choice... and I love potato chips. (via Nom Nom Paleo—photo by me!)


2. Oven-Roasted Beet Chips: I cannot get enough of beet chips with fresh dill dip. (via Civilized Caveman)


3. Crispy Mushroom Chips: Umami to the max. (via Nom Nom Paleo, striking again!)


4. Nori Chips: They look like a garbage bag and taste... well, not like a garbage bag. I like these because it's easy to keep nori on hand in the pantry at all times. (via Worthy Pause, i.e. me)


5. Kale Chips: Classic version of our frilly friend, the kale leaf! (via A Spicy Perspective)


6. Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary: I've always had bad luck with burning baked sweet potato chips (I think I always slice them too thin), but these look perfect! (via Paleo Grubs)


7. Plantain Nachos: I keep Trader Joe's plantain chips in my kitchen at all times, but these look way better. (via The Clothes Make The Girl)

8. Zesty Turnip Chips: Don't underestimate the turnip! (via Predominently Paleo)


10. Garlic Mustard Zucchini Chips: Welp, a food dehydrator must now be added to our wedding registry... just to make these chips. (via This Flourishing Life) 


11. Porkitos: Meat. Chips. Seriously, is Nom Nom the queen of chips or what? (via Nom Nom Paleo)


What's your favorite paleo-friendly chip?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Pleasant Places {Worthy Pause Of The Week}

Etsy engineer Kelly Norton created a fun little map called The Pleasant Places to find out how close your city is to being Pleasantville. As in, it calculates how many "pleasant" days (temperature-wise) your area has each year.

My beloved Minneapolis has a measly 55 days of weather considered "pleasant," which is no surprise because it's snowing there today. My current home of San Diego has 182. Yeah, that's a lot more. Yikes.


How pleasant is your city?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe

Some of my favorite recipes are the products of happy accidents. This homemade breakfast sausage is one of them.

Spicy, herby, sausage-y.

Here's how it went down: I was planning on making pork potsticker meatballs, but when I went to the fridge, I realized I'd used up all the cilantro earlier in the week. Whoops. I also realized I bought double the amount of thyme I needed for another recipe. Whoops again.

Anyhoo, that's where I started—2 lbs of ground pork and a bunch of fresh thyme. What resulted is one of the best recipes on this whole blog.

The makings of this grand experiment. You're welcome for sparing your eyes from the raw meat shots.

The Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Paleo, Gluten-Free & Whole30-approved
2 lbs ground pork
4 garlic cloves, minced
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives
2 teaspoons of ground sage
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1.5 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
2 tsp salt
Optional: I didn't add this, but a touch of maple syrup might be nice too.

Stir all the non-meat ingredients together and then mix with the ground pork until thoroughly and evenly seasoned. Fry up in a pan (you shouldn't need much, if any, additional fat) and serve however you like!

The makings of this experiment, part deux.

Thoughts, ideas and other uses:
-You can mix everything up with a food processor too—the consistency will be different. Smooth meat. Ew, but really not ew.
-It's a fantastic paleo breakfast sausage, but you could use it in plenty of non-breakfasty recipes too. I love sausage, so this blog is filled with them (Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Thanksgiving-In-Your-Mouth, Kale-Sausage Soup, etc.)
-Try making it into meatballs by adding a little bit of coconut flour and an egg.
-Fry it up with apples and onions and serve on top of a Dijon dressing salad.
-Make a hash with sausage, sweet potatoes and veggies, topped with a fried egg.
-Coming soon to Worthy Pause... paleo biscuits and sausage gravy, using this very sausage.

Voila! It's done and it's awesome!


Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Field Trip To The Zoo {Worthy Pause of the Week}

Yesterday, that guy I'm marrying in a month took the day off. And being the lucky freelance hustler that I am, I re-arranged my writing schedule and took the day off too.

We decided to use the weekday off to visit the San Diego Zoo, since it's terribly crowded on the weekends. The last time I was there, I was 20 years old and I stood in line for six months waiting to see a giant panda baby and it's mom that both viciously ignored me.

Anyway, yesterday was a perfect zoo field trip day (even though the big panda still ignored me)—and I'm glad that we took the time to enjoy something that is literally in our backyard.

Personally, I was very into the baby koala and the elephants and the sun bear and the polar bears and the tiny little kid carrying a zoo map around who kept saying in his tiny little kid voice, "Dad, are we going to see a crocodile?"

But also, THE RED PANDA.

Meet Lily.

The picture is pretty terrible... but THAT FACE. #ladieswholounge


The red pandas are living life at an optimum level of cuteness as if they were part-raccoon, part-fox, part dog and part-kitten. I dare you to find another adult zoo animal that is this cute.

I learned today on the Internet that red pandas are also called "fire foxes." As in, Mozilla Firefox.

We live only a half a mile from this fire fox and all those other creatures, so we're going to have to go say hello more often.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Paleo Bacon & Apple Kale Slaw

I make one-pot sautéed slaws all the time, and this one just happened to turn out extra colorful and photogenic so I had to share it again!

This is my Maple-Dijon Bacon Apple Slaw made with kale instead of Brussels sprouts (the secret ingredient is sauerkraut!). It is also so, so, SO tasty if you substitute bratwurst-spiced pork sausage for the bacon.


Other slaw for you! Try this Chorizo Brussels Sprouts Slaw too. It's good.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Best Dog Friends Forever {Worthy Pause of the Week}

I can't deal. I just can't. This is officially the worthiest pause of the week/month/year/century.

Let me introduce you to two cute pals, Harlow and Indi (below).


Also, lots more pictures of all the cuteness.