Linky Links: August 2012

Linky Links: August 2012

Fleur De Sel Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts have nothing to do with monsoons, but they are DELICIOUS.

The month of August this year was probably one of my favorites.  What’s that, you say?  My favorite month was August in Arizona?!  Yes.  And I’ll tell you why.  One word: monsoons.

Monsoons are what keep me going in the desert in the summer, when the days over 110 degrees stretch out over several days, not a cloud in the sky.  But then, I start to hear the rumble in the distance.  A dark knot of … Continue Reading

Linky Links: April 2012

Linky Links: April 2012

This month has been one of my favorites so far this year.  I have seen incredible growth here at Our Nourishing Roots.  I have finished my REAL FOOD 101 E-book, which is a milestone I have been looking forward to for some time.

Plus, I feel like I’m bursting with ideas for recipes and discussions, which makes writing here so personally satisfying.  I’m just getting started, folks!

April has also marked an increase in energy and metabolism, thanks to my realization that carbs are helping me, and not the villain they are … Continue Reading

Hearty Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy

Hearty Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits & gravy are one of the great comfort foods.  Just ask my husband.  Every time we’re out for breakfast, you can bet he’ll be ordering biscuits & gravy.  And from a metabolic perspective, they are an excellent choice for getting enough carbs, helping your temperature stay nice and high, and just plain enjoying your food!

Well, last year It finally occurred to me that I could make it, and it would be not just better for us, but just as tasty.  I found good quality pastured sausage, and gave it … Continue Reading

Ethical Omnivorism: Another Name for Real Foodie

Ethical Omnivorism: Another Name for Real Foodie

Photo Credit: Buffalo cows on the pasture by CameliaTWU

I never knew that my real foodiness actually had a name, with a Wikipedia pageand everything (even though it is admittedly small!).  All that trouble we go through to get local, pastured chickens and beef?  It’s called ethical omnivorism, defined as “a diet that encourages the consumption of meat that can be traced back to a farm that raises grass-fed, free range, and hormone-free livestock.”

Many of us have read Nourishing Traditions, or at least become familiar with the perspective that it … Continue Reading

Eat for Heat: Water You Thinking?!

Eat for Heat: Water You Thinking?!

If you know even a little bit about me, you know that I am pretty much in love with Matt Stone’s writings.  (You also probably know that my husband is quite funny.  He is the one we can thank for the title of this post!)

Matt basically gave me my health back, after I messed it up pretty bad going low carb, and before that low fat, and before that, low cal, and so on.  Do you see a pattern there?

Fortunately for me, and for you, there is a complementary ebook to … Continue Reading

Dark Chocolate Almond Milkshakes (Fruit-Sweetened)

Dark Chocolate Almond Milkshakes (Fruit-Sweetened)

If you have children going trick-or-treating tonight, then a fair trade for some of their candy would be making them this milkshake in exchange.  This is the bargain that I have made with my son, who is on GAPS* (buy Gut and Psychology Syndrome here) to heal his chronic ear infections.  I will buy his candy from him with quarters and bouncy balls and stickers.  But I have also been making him special treats that are not just GAPS-legal, they are delicious to anyone who isn’t on a restrictive diet.

Last … Continue Reading

Blackberry & Honey Sauce (GAPS-Friendly)

Blackberry & Honey Sauce (GAPS-Friendly)

Simmering berries over a low flame can reduce down and concentrate into a thick syrup.  Sweetened with flowery honey and scented with bitter almond and vanilla, this versatile syrup is even GAPS-friendly and vegetarian.  I love when I have foods that will work for so many of us that have different dietary needs.

Use this decadent berry reduction sauce to drizzle over waffles, pancakes, or French toast.  You could also use it to flavor plain homemade yogurt, or as the filling for a rustic layer cake.Of course, you can play … Continue Reading

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust

Rustic Chicken Pot Pie with Pastured Butter Pie Crust

Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and nutrient-dense to boot.  There’s nothing better than tucking in to a savory and flaky pie full of tender morsels.

The vitamin K2 in the deep yellow pastured butter, the mineral-rich chicken stock made from long-simmered vegetables and pastured chicken bones, the fresh, colorful vegetables: they all combine to make a complete meal that satisfies and nourishes your whole body.   [Read more…]

Tequila Whipped Cream

tequila whipped cream

Sometimes I like to make a pie.  Or a lot of pies.  Like, a week’s worth of pies.

And … Continue Reading

GIVEAWAY: Beautiful Babies Book

GIVEAWAY: Beautiful Babies Book

 

If I had it all to do over again, there are some things I would change about how I approached my fertility, my pregnancies, my birth experiences, and my new babies.  I would do a lotdifferently.

I would eat a lot of raw dairy and cod liver oil during my pregnancies, and before!  I would get a doula and try to wrap my head around a home birth.  I would eat more saturated fats and pastured meats, and more organic veggies.  I would add butter and coconut oil to all my … Continue Reading

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Casserole with Grass-fed Beef

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Casserole with Grass-fed Beef

Previously: Pie Week and Candy Week.

Welcome to CASSEROLE WEEK!  As we work our way through, I will add to the casserole week list as we go so you have a handy list of one dish dinners that are tried and true!

There isn’t much that is more hearty and satisfying than mashed potatoes and homemade gravy.  And when you use long-simmered beef stock, the gravy is full of naturally occurring gelatin and minerals, which benefit digestion.  Homemade stock makes a deep, earthy flavor that you cannot mimic with shortcuts like … Continue Reading