Pumpkin Spiced Cookies

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Are you looking for a fall inspired cookie recipe? Well this one is fantastic, it’s packed with pumpkin flavor and is perfect to bring to any fall party you may have coming up. For those of you who have visited our blog before the recipe may seem a little familiar, that’s because it’s the base recipe from our cookie book, Quick and Fantastic Paleo CookiesTake a look at Quick and Fantastic Paleo Cookies if you ever need to whip up a quick, Paleo treat.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup grass-fed butter
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 ½ tbsp. raw agave
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. water
1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin spice

Arrowroot flour as a non-stick base for rolling

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 325 F.
Place foil or parchment paper sheets over your baking sheet. This will prevent your cookies from sticking.
Combine the tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt in a small bowl.
In a food processor (or using a large bowl and an electric hand mixer) beat the butter and sugar for approximately 2 minutes, or until fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients, water, agave and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until well combined.
Lightly dust arrowroot flour on a clean counter. Using a rolling-pin, roll the cookie dough until 1/4 inch thick and then cut out your cookies using a cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on your lined baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 12-14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

These cookies are delicious and super easy to make.

Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for the demo this past weekend at the Vitamin Cottage-Natural Grocers in Littleton. We had a blast making pumpkin bread and cookies with you. We’re hoping to see you again in November where we’ll show you how to make a few staples for a holiday meal. Don’t forget to bring your copy of PALEO Cleanse so that we can sign it for you!

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Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie Loaf

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Fall just wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin loaf to serve alongside hot apple cider.

This homemade Paleo Pumpkin Pie Loaf recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free, while packing in nutrients such as protein, natural fats and dietary fiber. Best of all, your family and friends would probably never guess that it’s Paleo!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 cup coconut palm sugar
1/8 cup pumpkin pie spice*
1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
1/8 cup honey/raw agave nectar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup walnuts, for topping
Coconut oil, for greasing

Note: This recipe makes a mini loaf; double the ingredients to make a regular size loaf of Pumpkin Pie Bread.

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a mini loaf bread baking dish with coconut oil.
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute until just blended.
Scoop the pumpkin pie loaf mix into the greased mini loaf dish and sprinkle with walnuts, pressing them down slightly into the dough.
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Place the loaf into the oven to bake for about 35 minutes or until a skewer poked through the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes, before slicing and enjoying plain or with grass-fed butter, or place in a dry place inside an airtight container and enjoy within four days.

*Pumpkin Pie Spice can be purchased at a number of grocery stores, but can also be made from scratch by mixing equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. For this recipe (1/8 cup pumpkin pie spice) you would need 1/2 a tablespoon of each of those spices.

Note: Because this recipe includes real pumpkin puree and not mere pumpkin flavoring, the loaf is moist and decadent and will not rise like a typical loaf would.

We will be demonstrating this recipe at the Gluten-Free Health Fair at the Littleton Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage later today, Saturday, October 18th, 2014. We’ll be sure to post more pics soon!

Happy Fall and Happy Baking!

Camilla Carboni

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Tropical Tilapia Fillets

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I’ve been in a fish kick lately so I have a ton of new recipes to share, this one bloomed from my excitement for my upcoming Caribbean vacation! The best part as usual is it’s really easy to make and will take you about 20 minutes to cook (this includes prep).

INGREDIENTS

2-3 tilapia fillets
1 lime, cut into fourths for squeezing
1/8 cup cilantro, diced
3-4 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp salt

RECIPE

Pre-heat oven to 400 ºF.
Place tilapia fillets in a glass dish.
Cover fillets with lime juice(squeeze fresh from limes), cilantro, coconut oil and salt. It’ll look something like this.
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Cook for roughly 15 minutes or until fillets are solid white and flake apart when cut with a fork.

This is a light and filling meal that you’re sure to enjoy. It also has the added benefit of making you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Our Book Is Here!

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We have some fantastic news for you…our book, PALEO Cleanse: 30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle, is officially here! It is in stock at Amazon and will be reaching your doorsteps soon. Don’t worry though you can still take advantage of the 25% pre-order discount for the next few days.

We wanted to celebrate the launch of our book so we decided to share some fun facts and information with you about it. Let’s do this…

Book fun facts:

  1. For a limited time you can save 25% on Amazon and 24% on Barnes&Noble on the book, that’s about $4.00(or a pack of bacon, 3 sweet potatoes, etc.)
  2. We’ll be launching a PALEO Cleanse page soon with motivational videos for each week of the cleanse and a few bonus recipes.
  3. Paleo superstar, John Durant; and the “Founder” of the Paleo movement, Dr. Loren Cordain; have both agreed to review our book! This is crazy, exciting, amazing news for us and as soon as we get them in we’ll share!
  4. You can win a FREE, signed copy of PALEO Cleanse here.
  5. The majority of the book is dedicated to following a 30 Day PALEO Cleanse, however we managed to pack in a ton of recipes at the end of the book for your transition to a full-time Paleo lifestyle. Here’s a sneak peek of our post-cleanse recipes: Paleo Pizza & Vanilla Latte.
  6. PALEO Cleanse is packed with 100+ delicious recipes.
  7. PALEO Cleanse was published by Ulysses Press.

More about the book:

Paleo Cleanse: 30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal Lifestyle

TRANSFORMS THE PROVEN APPROACH OF THE MEGA-POPULAR PALEO DIET INTO A HARDCORE, MONTH-LONG DETOX

By eliminating virtually all foods, most detox programs leave participants hungry and malnourished. The Paleo Cleanse takes a smarter approach. By allowing, but limiting, readers’ meals to only those natural foods that the human body is designed to properly digest, the program in this book guarantees that readers can quickly and effectively drop pounds, gain energy and feel great without starving themselves.

The benefits of the mega-popular paleo approach to eating are widely known, but putting its principles into practice are not so simple. Luckily, The Paleo Cleanse makes it easy by guiding readers step by step into paleo eating with everything from specific food replacements and helpful tips to customized meal plans and 100 delicious recipes.

Easy to follow and stay with, this unique cleanse has readers eating full meals while simultaneously flushing more and more unhealthy items from their system. Addressing unhealthy eating as well as all major food allergens, it also ensures that anyone can achieve renewed health after only one month of paleo eating.

Your authors: Melissa & Camilla

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To buy the book:

Right now you can purchase the book through Amazon, click here to purchase on Amazon, and Barnes&Noble, click here to purchase on Barnes&Noble. PALEO Cleanse will be in stores shortly!

Thank you!

Thank you all for the massive support we’ve received during this journey. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on the book and bring you even more Paleo wonderfulness! We’ve had two major goals at the start of this all. The first was to help people lead a healthier & happier lifestyle through Paleo. Our second goal was to further our journey towards becoming best-selling authors. Wether you purchase the book, share our story or send us well wishes we appreciate all your support.

Here’s to the release of PALEO Cleanse!

Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover

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Reversing Heart Disease with the Paleo Diet

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The topics of “Paleo” and “Heart Disease” come up frequently together of late. High-protein, high-fat diets were traditionally blamed for contributing to heart disease, but research shows that high-protein, high-fat diets don’t appear to correlate with heart disease at all, in fact, the theory might just be the opposite.

The latest studies, the numerous doctors standing behind this notion, and the case studies showing evidence that high-protein, high-fat diets, like the Paleo Diet, have in fact helped many people improve and even counteract their heart condition, is making the world think twice.

A couple of months ago we had the pleasure of meeting an incredible gentleman at one of our Cooking Demonstrations. He stayed behind afterwards and chatted with us about his personal journey to health and it was so inspiring that we asked him if we could share his story with you.

His name is Rich Melrath. The three of us recently had an enjoyable morning at Starbucks chatting about health. Rich’s personal health led him down numerous paths until he found the diet that made him feel best–the Paleo Diet. Surprise!

This is the story of Rich Melrath, may it touch your hearts as much as it has ours:

Prior to 2009, Rich lived a life similar to most Americans. He ate microwave dinners and commonly consumed processed, industrial foods and large quantities of sugar.

When he was diagnosed with heart disease, Rich knew he needed to change his diet. Like most people, he thought fat was bad, so Rich turned to a purely Vegetarian Diet. He felt a little better, but lacked energy, which eventually led him to realize that something was missing from his diet.

After moving to Colorado, Rich consulted with a nutritionist who felt that he wasn’t consuming enough protein. Rich finally agreed to add animal protein back into his diet and the result was instant: he had more energy, felt stronger and his overall health began to improve.

Inspired by his newfound wellness, Rich began to cook for himself more often and realized just how much sugar and sodium is added to pre-packaged foods (including Vegetarian ones).

He began to do research on sugar and grain and found out something interesting: that it wasn’t fat but rather high quantities of refined sugar and carbohydrates that seem to correlate with heart disease.

That’s when Rich found the Paleo Diet and he remembers thinking, “Ahhh, that’s what I should be doing!”

Rich also discovered that the elimination of other food groups as advocated by the Paleo Diet, such as dairy and legumes, along with giving up grains and refined sugar, improved his overall mental and physical state, not to mention his heart health.

Rich recalls happily that he “didn’t think [he] could feel this much better.”

Fast forward a few years. Rich is now off traditional heart medication and committed to practicing a Paleo lifestyle. He began attending health discussions at Natural Grocers, where he met Dr. Daniel Cobb, a Doctor, Professor and Author of Reversing Heart Disease the Easy Way. Dr. Cobb applauded Rich’s Paleo lifestyle, reiterating that healthy fats are not in fact, despite popular belief, the common cause of heart disease.

Rich’s Paleo lifestyle has dramatically improved his health and wellbeing. He particularly likes the fact that the Paleo Diet is “easy to follow” and continues to research more about it, discovering more benefits of the diet every day.

“My enthusiasm about how well I now feel is what’s driving me to continue,” Rich told us. He then left us with an inspiring message which we hope will now inspire you:

“Your health depends on you.”

We’d like to thank Rich for his openness and willingness to share his own remarkable journey to health.

If you have a health story that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it!

Camilla and Melissa

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5 Minute Olive Tapenade

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You have probably noticed that most dips and spreads simply aren’t Paleo-friendly. The store-bought delicacies typically contain soy, vegetable oils and dairy products which we do our utmost to avoid due to the digestive complications they trigger in the majority of people.

So now, when you’re catering for guests, hosting a game day (if you’re a sports fan) or simply feel like a delicious topping for vegetables, Paleo Pizza or Paleo Bread, we’ve got you covered!

This 5 minutes (or less) Olive Tapenade recipe uses just a food processor and a serving dish, but tastes as gourmet as that of the Mediterranean masters.

INGREDIENTS

3 ounces of pitted green olives (a little more than 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon drained capers
1 teaspoon thyme spice
1 teaspoon oregano spice
1/8 cup sardines or anchovies
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

RECIPE

This is where it gets fun!
Simply add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well combined.
Sprinkle with oregano spice for decoration and serve chilled.

This recipe makes a great dip or spread for two. Enjoy!

~ The trick to staying healthy is to keep it simple. ~

Camilla Carboni

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Tomato-less Pasta Sauce

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I’ve decided to challenge myself a step further in my journey towards optimal health. There is a version of the Paleo diet called AIP, or the Autoimmune Protocol. AIP is a stricter version of the Paleo diet and has been followed by many individuals trying to find reprieve from autoimmune diseases.

One of the food groups that is restricted on the AIP diet is the nightshade family (i.e. tomatoes & eggplants). I won’t get into the specifics of why they’re restricted here but I wanted to share this fantastic recipe with everyone. Even if you’re not following the AIP this recipe is still a great way to add nutritious vegetables to your favorite meals!

INGREDIENTS

½ red onion, diced
4 tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 handful of basil
1 garlic clove
8 ounces roasted beets (pre-cooked, organic canned kind works great)
8 ounces butternut squash, puréed (pre-cooked, organic canned kind works great)
6 – 8 ounces water

RECIPE

In a large pot heat avocado oil on medium heat, high heat.
Once heated place in onion and sauté until the onion softens.
In a food processor blend beets, basil & garlic.
Add beet/basil mixture, salt, parsley and butternut squash to pot, reduce to medium heat and stir.
After 5 minutes add water and stir, let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Note: Add the water slowly. The water is used to change the thickness of the mixture. If you used roughly 4 ounces of water, you’d end up with something similar to tomato past. However, if you used over 8 ounces you’d end up with a more watery mixture. This part is purely preference.

I left mine a little thicker and used it on my pizza like this!

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The best part about this sauce is that it actually tastes like tomato sauce and per our usual is super easy to make. Oh, it’s also passed the husband test! (I regularly test all my recipes on my husband, he’s a picky eater so I know if he likes it I’m on the right track)

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com

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