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What is high in omega 3 fats, protein, and vitamin B12, but doesn’t have a brain?
No, it’s not the Kardashian sisters…
The first time I cooked scallops, I covered them in salt and sautéed them until they became so rubbery that they bounced when I dumped them in the garbage. Then I stumbled upon a version of this recipe in the book “Cooking From the Farmers’ Market” by Jodi Liano and Tasha DeSerio. In a short 15 minutes, I created a healthy, delicious and impressive-looking dish. And you can, too!
Scallops are notably high in protein, omega 3 fats, selenium and phosphorus. Three or four large scallops (~4 ounces) are plenty for one serving. With citrus adding a delightful twist on top of layers of smoky cumin and slightly sweet sherry vinegar, this lovely and light way to serve scallops is perfect for spring.
This recipe is adapted from this beautiful book Cooking From the Farmers’ Market that highlights cooking with the seasons and eating locally.
It is not purely Paleo but it is a nice addition to any real food library.
Pan-Seared Scallops with Sautéed Oranges
1 each navel orange and blood orange, with juice reserved
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
1 lb large sea scallops
2 tsp sherry vinegar
2 Tbsp ghee (Get my ghee recipe here)
2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
Rinse the scallops and pat dry.
Cut the blood oranges into thin rounds; halve navel orange segments.
In a small dish, combine a pinch each of salt and pepper with the cumin.
Sprinkle the scallops with the seasoning mixture.
Heat the 1 Tbsp of ghee in a frying pan over high heat.
Cook the scallops until browned on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
Flip them over and cook until just firm to the touch, 1-2 minutes longer.
Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
Note: Once you place them in the pan, fight the urge to move them around – moving them around will steam them, but for this recipe you want them seared and slightly crispy on the outside.
Add the vinegar and reserved orange juice to the pan and cook until reduced by half, 1-2 minutes.
Add the orange slices and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in the other Tablespoon of ghee.
Return the scallops to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce.
Transfer to plates, top with the sauce and oranges, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve right away.
*recipe adapted from Cooking From the Farmers’ Market by Jodi Liano & Tasha DeSerio, 2012
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When I was 3 years old my parents got divorced and it was really sad, but the best thing that happened was that I ended up with two mothers! I am lucky that I have two great women to lead me through life and offer amazing support.
Having two mom’s meant that I had to find two gifts to give each of them on this special day, which was no big deal. Even though I live 3000 miles away from them I still send gifts every Mother’s day. They listen to me too and I have had some nutritional influence over each of them. They both have real food/gluten free success stories that you can read about here and here.
These are some gifts I am considering for my MOM’s (or myself ) this year. May 12, 2013 is Mother’s day so mark your calendar and do something nice this year for your hard working Mom.
DIY Organic Beauty Recipes
This book by fellow Nashvillian, Mommypotamus is what I am getting for my Mom. My biological mom loves skin products and I have slowly been able to convince her to switch over to natural ones. She is very crafty so I know she will love all the beauty recipes inside of this book which use common ingredients like coconut oil and sea salt to make excellent moisturizers and exfoliants.
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Silicone Baking Sheet
I just got one of these non-stick mats and it is fast becoming my favorite kitchen gadget. Silicone is a natural earth element that is safe for cooking. Experts like Dr. Andrew Wiel and Alton brown seem to think Silicone is A-ok for the kitchen These mats are made in France and can be used many times. They take the place of unhealthy cooking sprays that are oxidized as well as expensive parchment paper. I have this one which is 14 1/2-Inch by10-Inch . Find the size you like here.
I have this pressure cooker on my wish list. It is one of the best ones on the market! It is from Germany and supposed to last forever. I have heard from friends that this pressure cooker dramatically reduces cooking time for the nights you have no grass fed beef cooked or thawed. I have also read this pressure cooker preserves nutrients because the food cooks faster.
Stick/ Hand Blender
This hand blender is absolutely my favorite kitchen tool. I am a connisuer of soup and this one whips up a creamy bisque in no time. I have tried others but this one packs the power your are looking for. This one also comes with a mini chopper attachment, a whisk for easy mayo and a smoothie cup.
Programmable Slow Cooker
If you do not have a slow cooker yet I do not know how you survive. Even a person like me, who works from home and not in an office, has a constant pot of broth simmering at all times. I love waking up to warm stew or roast when I don’t feel like cooking or washing dishes.
This one from Hamilton Beach is reported to be lead free from several reliable foodie/blogger friends. I don’t have this one yet but I covet it and would be so happy to get it on mother’s day! It has a meat thermometer and set it and forget it timer that stays on warm once your food is cooked. This is a must for a busy Paleo Mom!
Gather: the Art of Paleo Entertaining
The new bookGather is by my long time Paleo buddies, Bill and Hayley Mason. They are known for their amazing website called the Food Lovers’, with easy to follow recipes and beautiful photography. Gather comes out April 30, 2013 so it is perfect timing for Mother’s Day. Pre-order it here.
Leave a comment and let me know what are you going to get your Mom for mother’s day?
Sometime cooking for Easter can be daunting on a new grain free, real food diet, but with these favorites no one at your holiday table will skip a beat!
They will be begging you for your recipes!
Try my chopped chicken livers as a great appetizer to get your party started. It goes great with fresh chopped veggies. Pastured Liver is a great source of Vitamin A and D for a healthy immune system!
Simone from Zenbelly give us her Paleo biscuits that I made for my husband and they are great!
You can also make my easy Rosemary Lamb chops
Be sure to make your own mayo here from the Food Lover’s
Check out my Nashville friend Mommypotamus natural Easter egg dyeing post with easy to find everyday ingredients.
Check out my intern Coco’s post with avocado deviled eggs which eliminates rancid soybean oil!
Check out my buddy Vanessa’s Grain and Dairy free Blueberry tart. These colors just scream Easter fun!
For more great gluten and grain free recipes that are perfect for your Easter table, check out this book with over 200 Paleo Recipes!
Linked to Party Wave Wednesday
From Grass Fed Girl:
I met this awesome client in the fall of 2012. She came to me with some health concerns and she wanted to look great on her daughter’s wedding day in December 2012. We hit if off right away, mostly because she did everything I said with a smile on her face. I taught her all about grain free, traditional foods and she ate it up (and slimmed down in the process)! In this post I asked her some questions about her great success.
Why did you go to a nutritionist?
I wanted to look and feel healthy for my daughters wedding. My doctor was also concerned that I had high morning blood sugar and high cholesterol. I had even taken Statin drugs for a while but I was concerned about the side effects and wanted to try a more natural food based intervention. I had a lot of cravings for bread, rice, and even candy, including my favorite, red licorice. I was also confused about what is healthy because there is so much conflicting information in the news. I wanted to know which foods were going to help me lose some weight without being hungry. I had recently gone through menopause and it seemed like gaining weight and feeling tired was just something I had to deal with. I had also put on belly fat that just didn’t seem to budge.
What was your diet like before meeting Caitlin?
I ate a lot of veggie burgers and rice, plus I ate foods I thought were healthy like tofu and cereals. I used to skip breakfast a lot but then I had uncontrollable hunger later in the day. I love chips and salty snacks too. I went out to eat a lot so I didn’t really know what I was eating!
What happened when you changed your diet?
I lost weight over the course of several months. I was no longer hungry between meals. I started sleeping better and my energy improved. I got over my sugar cravings easily and now I am able to turn down sweets.
And best of all: When I went back to my doctor, she was pleased with my blood work and said I didn’t need any medication!
Last but not least: I lost 15 lbs of flab off my belly and arms!
What are you more aware of now in terms of your health or diet?
- I cook and eat at home more often and buy organic food whenever I can.
- I watch out for inflammatory foods like vegetable oils, soy and bread.
- I exercise for fun now not because I am trying to burn off calories.
- I eat until I am full but not stuffed because these foods are so satisfying.
- I enjoy healthy fats now without worrying about getting putting on weight.
- I sleep better and wake up rested. I am not always thinking about my next nap.
- I am in a better mood and have a sunny outlook because my blood sugar is stable.
How did it feel when you reached your goal?
I felt so confident and healthy at my daughter’s wedding. All of our family was in Hawaii on that big day. It was her moment but I was glad I didn’t spend it worrying about how I looked. I wanted to show my toned arms and I felt younger too. I got so many compliments from everyone. It was a wonderful day where I was so proud of my daughter and myself too. Here is a picture of me at the rehearsal dinner:
What would you tell someone else who is just starting out on a healthy lifestyle?
It gets easier! Just give it a few weeks and your cravings for junk will go away. You will start to want healthy foods like grass fed beef and butter. I thought I would never give up bread and sweets, but now I do not even think about them.
Do you want to give up sweets and get healthy like the Mother of the Bride?
This is a great program that will help you get off the diet roller coaster and back into your skinny jeans!
this post is linked to Fat Tues blog carnival
People always complain about not having bread on gluten and grain free diet so I tried /made up this version of coconut flour bread. I was inspired by my new friend Cara at Health home happy but I added some personal touches to this bread to make it all mine. I used orange blossom water which has been used in Persia and the Middle East for thousands of years as tonic for healthy skin to improved mood and digestion. Orange blossom bread brightens up any gray and foggy SF day that is for sure.
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp Orange blossom water
1/3 cup butter or ghee, soft or melted
1/3 cup applesauce or pumpkin
8-10 drops of stevia or
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
3/4 cup coconut flour (buy coconut flour here)
Looking for more healthy grain free recipes?
Do you want to indulge in guilt-free desserts without the guilt of eating processed chemical garbage?
Most guilt free treats from the grocery store are full of GMO’s including rotten vegetable oils and high fructose corn syrup. Think Snackwell’s and 100 Calorie Packs, neither of which has ever satisfied my sweet tooth!
Want truly guilt-free desserts that are:
- free of refined sweeteners, &
- full of natural, wholesome ingredients?
Want to know how to make guilt-free cakes, pies, or doughnuts?
Maybe you want to know how to imitate your favorite candies like Reese’s or Twix.
This stunningly beautiful new e-book Indulge: 70 Grain Free Desserts, will utterly WOW you with creativity and it’s zeal for the indulgent.
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