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Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Red Onions

This is a great raw broccoli salad recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 lbs broccoli
  • 10 strips crisp bacon
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1/3 c raisins
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 c toasted sunflower seeds

Directions

  • Cut broccoli and stems into bit sized pieces
  • Fry bacon until crisp and set aside. Crumble.
  • In large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, raisins and bacon
  • Add vinegar pepper and sunflower seeds and toss well to combine

The original recipe which I got from my Grandma, included a 1/4 cup sugar (most recipes from the 50’s era seem to have a lot of sugar :)). I omitted all sugar to make this a paleo salad, and it tasted great!

Enjoy! 🙂

dit-elle-Esther

White Sangria with Summer Fruit

This is a perfect summer drink! Pick fruits that are in season.. I used peaches, cherries, raspberries and blackberries.. but you could add some citrus fruit, other stone fruit or other berries! Serve chilled.. lovely on a hot summer day!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec (or brandy, or rum)
  • 1-2 cups chopped summer fruit or berries
  • 1/2 cup peach juice

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Serve with ice

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PIMM’s Summer Drink

PIMM’s is a light and tasty British liqueur, popularly served in summer in a tall glass with ice, some lemon/lime soda, maybe some strawberries and cucumber and a slice of lemon. You can read more about Mr. Pimm’s and the history of the drink on Wikipedia, or just stir up a pitcher and enjoy! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • PIMM’s liqueur
  • Ice
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger ale, lemon/lime soda or unsweetened carbonated waters
  • Lemon slices

Directions

  • Fill a tall glass halfway with ice
  • Add 1.5oz of PIMM’s
  • top with soda
  • Garnish with a lemon slice
  • Optionally stir in some slices of cucumber and strawberries

Enjoy! 🙂

dit-elle-Esther

Avocado Brownies

Avocado brownies? Why? Because they are moist, soft, rich and delicious! Almost paleo (minus the sugar) and very rich, I would not give these to kids but they are a nice grown-up treat! Cut into squares and eat warm or store in the freezer for a cool dark chocolate treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe avocados, mashed until creamy (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or grease baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mashed avocados, melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Whisk in sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir dry mixture into avocado mixture until just combined — be careful not to overmix! Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and then cut into squares.

Modified slightly from the original and thanks PCC Natural Markets

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Savory Cheddar Herb Waffles

This is a delicious cheesy version of classic waffles! Totally delicious served simply with fried eggs and some chopped fresh herbs!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour or almond flour (I used ~2 cups almond flour + 1 Tbsp coconut flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs plus more for frying (see directions below)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (warm, not hot)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, chives, basil), plus more chives for garnish
  • bunch of pea shoots, trimmed, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine (flour through yeast)
  • Make a well in the middle, add 2 eggs, milk, water, honey and oil
  • Whisk until smooth
  • Stir in cheddar and herbs
  • Set aside until batter is doubled in volume and bubbly, about 10 minutes
  • Spoon into waffle iron according to waffle iron instructions
  • In lightly greased skillet over medium heat, cook remaining eggs until set, about 2 minutes
  • Serve fried egg over hot waffle, garnished with fresh herbs

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Easter Egg Tree 2016

It’s the season.. daffodils, cherry blossoms, puddle jumping and Easter Egg fun!

Want to make an Easter tree? It’s a fun project especially for older kids and the result is pretty stunning. Preparing the eggs takes quite a bit of time and effort (you will actually empty egg out of the shell through a small opening by blowing through a small hole on the opposite side of the shell), but the good news is that if you are careful, these eggs can last for years and be used on your tree again and again!

Check out our Easter “science” project from last year here – naturally dyed eggs!
And from two years ago, our Easter Tree here.

Ready to get started? See instructions captioned in each photo.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh white eggs
  • Something sharp (like a large yarn needle) to make small holes in the shell with
  • Small sticks (toothpicks or bamboo skewers broken into 3/4″ length
  • Sewing thread
  • Food color/egg dye, vinegar, hot water
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Use fresh white eggs

 

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1) Hold the egg firmly in one hand and using a large sharp pointy tool (I used a large yarn needle) tap the “north” or “south” end of the egg – like a bird might chip away at something, or think of a woodpecker in a tree! 2) You’ll tap firmly ~10 times and a small hole will form. Make it bigger by continuing to tap and clear some shell away. The bigger the hole, the easier to get the egg out, but you don’t want it too big. About 1/4″ or less should do. 3) flip the egg upside down and now start chipping a hole on the opposite side (this hole can be smaller). 4) Once you have two holes, insert needle about an inch into the egg to pierce the yolk (this will make getting the egg out of the shell easier). 5) You will now blow a thin stream of air into one of the holes (smaller one) and gravity should pull the egg out the other end. 6) Pour some water into hole and rinse by repeating step above.

 

 

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You’ll have plenty of egg yolks and whites – save for an omelet or cake!

 

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Let eggs air dry before dipping in dye

Ave and Anders helped with the dye process – using bamboo skewers to turn the eggs (hollow eggs float!). They loved comparing colors and watching the eggs turn deeper shades.

Note that you can get standard food coloring from the grocery store (e.g. McCormick makes a small box of four bottles: red, yellow, green, blue) and following the instructions we made some pretty cool mix & match colors.. sunset orange, jungle green, raspberry, etc. Other than dye, you’ll need vinegar and hot water.

While the eggs dry, fasten a piece of sewing thread to a small stick (e.g. broken toothpick or bamboo skewer), drop this into the egg so that the stick flips to the horizontal and becomes an ‘anchor’ from which the string is attached. Now the egg is ready to be decorated further and/or hung. Ave put colored feathers into each egg and was in charge of hanging. And yes, every step of the way there is risk of the eggshells breaking – they are eggshells after all – but make a bunch and have fun!

Beautiful, right? 🙂

Have fun! 🙂

dit-elle-Esther

Nausea remedies

After a rough weekend having eating something that didn’t sit well with me, I was racking my brains for foods are helpful when dealing with nausea. There have been some bad stomach bugs going around this winter, I occasionally get gluten contamination which gives me a stomach ache, and this weekend I was also reminded of my pregnancy with my first child when I suffered from extreme, debilitating, nausea for about 34 out of the 40 weeks. (No more babies for me, but my heart goes out to any woman dealing with morning sickness!) I’ve compiled some tips in hopes that *something* sounds good or may help another mom or little tummy!

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At the peak of my morning sickness, I would chop up lemons and rub them on my arms and neck. May sound crazy, but it worked to take the edge off, at a time when nothing else did!

 

  • BRAT diet offers simple and easy digestible foods: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast (can be gluten free!). Grated apples can also help an upset stomach.
  • Ginger is known to settle stomachs and aid in digestion: try making ginger tea from fresh grated ginger, dry ginger powder, or eating a piece of candied ginger
  • Clear broth – beef, chicken or vegetable broth can give some nourishment and calories
  • Chicken soup – if you are paleo and you see BRAT and think “carbs and sugar”, you may at some point tolerate and prefer some (fresh) chicken soup – protein, cooked veggies and broth are easy to digest!
  • Avoid dairy and foods that are very rich and harder to digest
  • At the peak of my morning sickness I could not stand the sight or smell of any food. Some days I ate sour gummy worms and would chop up lemons and rub them on my arms and keep them by me – smelling lemon took the edge off of the nausea

Wellness for cold and flu season here!

Stay well, be happy, and take care!

dit-elle-Esther