Asian Wraps & Cauli Fried Rice

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This is how dinner turned out. The Asian Chicken Wrap from The 21 Day Sugar Detox was great and the Cauli Fried rice (Nom Nom Paleo)  that I paired with it, not so much.

PLEASE NOTE: If a recipe calls for 2-3 drops of Fish Sauce, it literally means “drops”, not “shakes”. It turned out awful! Tomorrow, I’m buying another head of cauliflower to try and dilute what I did.

And yes, I know most of my pictures suck! They certainly  don’t do the recipes I recommend any justice but that’s because I do not have an iPhone nor a decent camera

Bacon & Root Veggie Hash

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Jon made breakfast this morning. He tried a new Paleo breakfast recipe out where the main ingredient is parsnip. Well, Bacon & Root Veggie Hash turned out great, especially if you like the taste of fennel.

Thanks ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’!

‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’ Review & Giveaway

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If you follow ‘Passion for Paleo’ then you have read Paleo Kim’s 21DSD journey or have read some of the amazing recipes I have tried from ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally’ book. So far every recipe has been a hit with the family, but this is not just about your taste buds! This is about detoxing your body from the sugar it has become accustomed to and teaching you why eating clean is important. That’s where Diane Sanfilippo’s ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally’ comes in. It’s educational and provides you with all the tools necessary to be successful!

In my opinion, ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’ is the only way to easily detoxify your body from the sugars it’s come to rely on. What sets this book apart from others, is that the 21 DSD can be completely customized! Whether you are a curious beginner,  someone relatively new to eating whole food and are wanting a challenge or are someone who is eating a very clean diet but are wanting to step it up a notch, this is the book for you.

‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’ will guide you through this very insightful learning curve with three different levels to select from, provide you with level appropriate weekly grocery lists and give you helpful suggestions on ways  to tweak recipes to suit you and your specific needs (IE: an Autoimmune Disorder).

The bonus to all of this is that you can sign up for Diane’s 21 DSD forum and get daily motivational help, quotes and tips or join her on Facebook where she is very hands on with her readers and will give you extra support. So if you are ready to see the effects that eating a whole food, sugar free diet can do, pick up ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally’ or enter for your chance to win a copy. Either way, your life will change for the better!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox Giveaway!

Shepherd’s Pie

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With cold weather, the need for comfort food increases and one of my favorite comfort foods is Shepherd’s Pie. The flavor of the meat is very reminiscent of a Montréal Meat Pie and is topped with an incredible Cauli-Mash that is so good that I would use it as a side dish. This is a wonderful recipe to discover, especially with several cold months in front of us.

INGREDIENTS
1 head of cauliflower
2 TBSP unsalted butter or ghee
sea salt and pepper to taste
6 sliced of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup of diced carrots (I used bagged shredded carrots)
2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1 – 2 fresh sage leaves (I used 1/4 teaspoon of ground sage)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of frozen peas

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Chop cauliflower into 2 inch pieces and steam on stove for approximately 12 minutes.
3. Once tender, remove and place in food processor along with butter or ghee and desired amount of salt & pepper. Blend until pureed.
4. Cook bacon over medium heat in a skillet. After five minutes, add carrots and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
5. Add garlic and ground meat and blend with bacon and carrot mix.
6. Once meat thoroughly browned, mix cinnamon and sage in.
7. Place meat mixture in an oven-safe baking dish o( 9X9 works great), add peas and top with cauli-mash.
8. Bake for 20 minutes.

OPTIONAL COOKING TIP: I baked my Shepherd’s Pie covered for 20 minutes and then broiled for 5 minutes.  Next time we would remove approximately have the cooking juices.

Mini Mexi-Meatloaves

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This was my first recipe that I made from ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’ and there are not enough positive adjectives to describe how amazing these Mini Mexi-Meatloaves are. In fact, these are so good that the next time I make them, I plan on making two batches. One for the present and one to freeze for grab snacks.

SAUCE INGREDIENTS
7 ounces tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste

MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS
1 TBSP coconut oil/bacon fat
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 carrots, grated or shredded
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 eggs, beaten
2 pounds ground beef

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease the mini loaf pan with coconut oil.
3. Add  sauce ingredients to small sauce pan over medium heat.
4. Simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
5. In a separate pan, melt coconut oil or bacon grease before adding chopped onions.
6. Cook onions until translucent.
7. In a bowl, combine cooked onions with add garlic, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, pepper, carrots bell pepper and cilantro. Mix well.
7. Add eggs and ground beef  to mixture and mix together with hands.
8. Divide ground beef mixture evenly and separate into prepared mini loaf pan.
9. Spoon sauce over meat.
10. Bake for approximately 40 -50 minutes.

OPTION: If you do not have a mini-loaf pan, this recipe yields enough for one regular sized pan. Just remember to line it with parchment paper.

Keri’s 21 DSD: Day 2

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DAY TWO of 21DSD: Leftover chicken with salsa and guacamole for breakfast I have gone back to using coconut milk in my coffee too.
Yesterday, I tried on a freshly washed pair of jeans and they were tight, even my shirts weren’t loose like …they have been. Enjoying too much dark chocolate and too many dates & fruit has finally caught to me and the end result has been a 10 pound gain. I think I sabotage myself. I start losing, feeling great, my clothes start making me smile because they fit and feel better and I take that as an opportunity to REWARD myself by over indulging in my sugar filled weaknesses. I struggle with just having one, I want three or four and that’s when things unravel. I am so glad that I am challenging myself with The 21-Day Sugar Detox . Challenges motivate me, they change me physically and more importantly they change my mindset. I learned a lot doing the #Whole30 and I need a refresher course to get back to where I was then.

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 21

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WHOOOOOHOOO!! I did it and hardly cheated at all!
So this is my very last post about this 21 day challenge. To be honest it was easier than I thought it would be but I don’t eat much sugar anyway so that probably helped. What I did find though was that I lost some weight and I feel like I have a lot more energy than I did before. Before starting the 21 DSD I was allowing little cheats to creep up on me – like starting to put a little cream in my coffee, eating a handful of Brookside chocolate covered blueberries every night and once a week having popcorn at the movies. Doing that completely stopped my weight loss – I had plateaued – Enter 21 DSD – as of Saturday (the last time I weighed myself) I had lost 7 lbs – hopefully it is 8 or 9 lbs now but I won’t check until Saturday at the earliest.
KIM’S BREAKFAST: I brought an avocado and 2 hard boiled eggs that I boiled the night before – only to find that I did not boil my eggs long enough to peeling the shell was impossible and the yolks weren’t entirely cooked through – gross – so I threw those out and thought – oh well at least I can eat my avocado….not so much – turns out I picked the least ripe one and it was so hard that I couldn’t get the skin off of it either – I forced 1/2 of it down anyway and ate my apple that I had saved for lunch.
KIM’S LUNCH: I cut up a yellow pepper and ate it with some salad and the rest of the chicken from the fridge.
KIM’S SUPPER: Bbq’d some steak and nuked a sweet potato – ate that with some salad before going for a dog walk with my two BFFs (that really makes me sound like I am 15 I know) Candice and Tash. The walk was originally supposed to cheer Tash up but I ended up hogging all of the talking to go on about my husband and my son – sorry Tash.
SNACK: Don’t know yet! Most likely will eat some banola while playing Candy Crush before bed. Well – that is it peeps! Thank you for reading and for your encouragement and I can tell you that writing this journal totally kept me accountable so I guess it is true – if you want to meet a goal – tell that goal to someone else and you will be more accountable. Am I going to go sugar crazy now and eat all the chocolate in sight? No – I worked too hard these last 21 days to let it go to waste but that doesn’t mean that you are safe if you are a lone chocolate covered blueberry walking the streets after dark…Peace out! Kim

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 20

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20 down – 1 to go…today was Wednesday and it was budget day at work, so that meant that I sat, drank coffee and discussed this coming year’s needs and making sure that I get what I need. Budget day reminds me of that Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want…” Long day – the budget meeting started at 8:30 and ended at around 4:30..ughh good thing I got some hot yoga in or else my back would have killed.

KIM’S BREAKFAST: Half a banana and a carton of raspberries and washed down with a venti Starbucks bold. Got my papers together and brought my big ass coffee into the meeting with me

KIM’S LUNCH: I was about 98% sure that they would order pizza for the lunch so I brought my own chicken and salad with Farmboy’s lemon garlic salad dressing. The pizza looked awesome but at least I wasn’t the only one eating well – JB is also about 75% paleo so she was my sister in solidarity! Power to the People!

KIM’S SUPPER: I wanted to go to the 6:15 Ashtanga yoga class and Mark wasn’t very hungry so I went and did that then when I came home I took the dogs for a walk so by the time I got home for good at 8:30 I wasn’t very hungry. I ate the rest of my chicken and salad that I didn’t get to at lunch.

No snacks tonight – early to bed!

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 19

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I know right? Look at me grinding these out! I took Tuesday off and cleaned my house – removing and cleaning out all of my cupboards, reorganizing and throwing out stuff like spices that have corn or wheat, sugar cones I bought like 4 years ago and Tomato Soup that has an expiry date sometime in 2009. Honestly, I didn’t even know soup had an expiry date. Go figure. Didn’t go to yoga – just power cleaned…which is workout enough.

KIM’S BREAKFAST: Did not eat breakfast – was too disappointed that the Penzie’s Taco Seasoning has corn in it – that is like the only spice they have that is not paleo I think – but teaches me to assume. Into the garbage it went with all of the Saltless salt tasting chemical seasoning I have bought over the years.

KIM’S LUNCH: Left over hamburger from last night with some salad and some iced tea and lemon.

KIM’S SUPPER: OK – this is either really good or really bad depending on the way you look at it – I am a half-full kinda girl (at least when it comes to things working out better for me that way) so I will look at the positive – I will let you make your own opinion. So I had a hair appointment with one of my BFF’s Tash who is also an amazing hair dresser (I like having friends who can make you look good!) so NonPaleoMark decided that it would be a good idea to go to cheap movie night and meet me there after my appointment. I asked, innocently, “What about supper?” His response was “POPCORN SUPPER!!” Yes that needed to be put in uppercase because he was so happy to say it – Popcorn supper is what we used to have at least twice a month – no supper – just go to the movies and mow down on popcorn and soda. He did that and (this is the half-full part) instead of me joining him at the feedbag I brought a bag of trail mix (no peanuts – very little raisins) and bought two peppermint teas to drink. So I can choose to either say “Yea me” for not falling back to old, horribly bad eating habits or “Booh” for eating some raisins since they are not really 21DSD approved. I say “yea me!”. If it makes any of you feel better to know, I found that bag of trail mix when I was going through my cupboards and after the first handful found out that yes – trail mix should have an expiry date too. Everything tasted a little like plastic…

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 17

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OK – lets just get this out of the way – I CHEATED! I BIG TIME CHEATED! And I am not going to beat myself up over it. I felt bad about it for a bit but I am moving on and tomorrow is a new day that I WILL NOT cheat.
KIM’S BREAKFAST: Did not have much to eat before yoga – only some banola and half a cup of coffee.
KIM’S LUNCH: Raced home – only had about 45 minutes until the afternoon session so I ran home, fed the dogs, wolfed down some chicken and some salad, watched my husband put up our new shed then raced back to class. The afternoon session was filled with lots more yoga so my back is a little sore.
KIM’S SUPPER: This is it – are you ready? Today (meaning yesterday – Sunday) is the 7th anniversary of me being married to Non-Paleo Mark (together for 20 years) so we decided to go out for supper. I had a glass of wine (cheat) with a steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, a couple of mushroom gnocchi (cheat – but they were small) and I split a gluten free cheesecake with berries with the man (cheat, cheat, cheat). Was it the worst cheat I could have done – No – but it was a cheat that was enough to throw my stomach out of whack the next morning for a bit.
FAMILY’S SUPPER: Same as mine!
SNACK: Are you kidding? Like the cheesecake wasn’t enough? There – I feel better telling you all about it…

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