bourbon HOT CHOCOLATE …

Need I say more?

Ok, I’ll share the recipe cause this shit was AMAZING! Just when I didn’t think hot chocolate could get any better. This was my beverage of choice during our 20″ snow storm last Tuesday. And no, I didn’t drink them all day or anything. I actually only had one. I’ve decided that shoveling snow warrants hot chocolate consumption. Always.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (that’s my sugar choice, but you could use raw or maple syrup or other healthier options)
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips (ok, fine, I added 2 Tbsp … ok, maybe heaping Tbsp)
  • 1 shot of bourbon (an extra splash can’t hurt either)

Warm up almond milk on stove. Remove from heat, stir in all ingredients except the bourbon. Reheat a bit to your preference, if needed. Pour bourbon into mug. Pour chocolate mixture into mug with bourbon, and stir. I sprinkled some cinnamon on top as well. Take first sip and let orgasm commence.

What’s funny is that as I was typing out this post, I had a deja vu moment that I posted something somewhere re: homemade hot chocolate. I may be slightly obsessed.

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hummus = HAPPINESS …

So this happened for the first time ever in my life. I know, I know, some of you are thinking how the hell has this gal never made hummus until now?! Welp, I can’t really answer that. However, I can now say that I have made hummus from scratch. And that shit was goooood. I even made the chick peas from scratch. Fancy, I  know. The first batch I made with fresh lemon juice. Then realized I had enough chickpeas left (but no lemon left) to make another batch to freeze. So I used doTERRA lemon essential oil and YUM. Like seriously, YUM. Definitely a different flavor as essential oils are more intense, yet equally delicious. I always seem to make do with what I have layin’ around ;)

IMMUNITY in a pot …

Chicken soup is so easy to make and one of the healthiest things to eat. OH, and quite delicious too. Even I ask myself, “why don’t I make this more often?” The bones are where it’s at though; the meat is secondary and not important at all for the immune-boosting nutritious benefits. So, I buy chicken bones from the grocery store. And at Thanksgiving, I take the giant carcass home. And if I roast a chicken, I keep all the bones for soup … a 2-in-1 meal! Then, as you can see from the photo, I add a whole bunch of other delicious nutritiousness…

Literally, this is how easy it is to make soup: Throw bones in a big pot. Fill pot with water. Chop any and all veggies (For this one, I used carrots, turnips, celery, onion) and throw in the pot. Add spices that you like (I used lots of turmeric, cayenne, parsley, oregano, black pepper, thyme, seaweed flakes, bay leaves, fresh garlic). And that beautiful red pile is goji berries (optional, of course). Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2.5-3 hours. Toward the end of cooking, I also added freeze-dried shiitake mushrooms and sea salt. Your house will smell amazing, but you may have to keep walking outside and back in so you can get the full aroma again and again.

There’s really no need to measure, as you can’t mess it up. The most important part is the bones, so if that’s all you have in there, then you’re golden! If it makes too much, throw half in the freezer when you need some immune boosting in your life.

Your body will thank you … in the following ways:

  • Bone Broth – immune boosting, gut nourishing, helps body to absorb nutrients, hair/skin/nail/joint health
  • Goji Berries – immune boosting, strength-building, aid in longevity
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, boosts brain and heart health, antioxidant
  • Cayenne – releases mucus/detoxifying, heart health, promotes digestion, helps with circulation/warming
  • Shiitake Mushrooms – immune boosting, heart health, anti-cancer benefits

I could keep going, however, I want you to actually read it ALL, so those are the big guns I listed. Now, go get cookin’ (and if you have any questions, reach out!)

bacon-wrapped PLEASURE …

Whoever decided to wrap bacon around dates was a fucking GENIUS.

What you need to make this edible gift from the heavens: bacon (the real pig kind), dates (I use Medjool), raw/marcona almonds or cheese (or go crazy and do both). Pit the dates, stuff them with 2 almonds and/or cheese and roll some bacon around that bad boy. I like thick-cut bacon, so I only used half a slice per date. To keep it all together and for ease of eating, feel free to poke a toothpick through the center. Carefully place these little angels in a shallow oven-proof dish and cook in a 375 degree oven until the bacon reaches your crispy liking. And then prepare to be transported to a sweet and savory orgasmic place …

SIMPLE creamy nuts …

I have had this recipe on my mind to try for a few weeks now: Raw Cashew Custard. Finally whipped it up today which took 5 whole minutes (plus the effortless 2+ hours to soak the nuts). You seriously need to try this. Use it as a yogurt replacement on top of fresh fruit or simply sprinkle cacao nibs and sea salt on top (as shown above) or eat it as is. Any which way, it’s mmm mmm good.

 

looks MATTER …

Check out my beautiful smoothie bowl … ok, I honestly have no idea what a smoothie bowl is. However, these are all things I would put in a smoothie, soooo … and I suppose I can call my dish whatever I want, right? Enough about the technicalities, let’s talk about how pretty it is. It’s all about the looks after all. Ok, fine … and the taste. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. You wanna know what makes up this good lookin’ bowl of nutrition? I mashed up half of a ripe banana in some coconut milk, then added fresh raspberries, my homemade paleo granola, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Daaaaamn.

you’re such a TEASE …

Those trendy cute city restaurants like to tease us with these imposters … cool liquor bottles full of water, not Bulleit Rye,  for the table. Bummer. Being in the city automatically makes me want to drink more. Weird, huh? No, not really. If you live there or lived there (or even visited there), you’d totally understand. But don’t worry, along-side this 750 ml bottle of non-alcoholic tasteless liquid, I had a burger and a stout ;) And it was delectable.

I don’t miss doing this all the time, but I do miss enjoying brunch and nice dinners with friends in the city. However, it makes my trips back to visit much more memorable and special. I’ll drink to that!

EASY like overnight oats …

Overnight oats are so freakin’ easy and so freakin’ delicious, so you oat (bahahahahaha) to try them real freakin’ soon. You will love them. I promise.

For my first attempt, I used a recipe from the blog spinach4breakfast. Since then, I have altered the recipe a million times to try new taste sensations and/or to use what I have on hand and/or to add my own ingredient ideas. When I cook, I use a whole lot of ingredients. You’d never know it, but there are 10 ingredients in that bowl of goodness above. But, you can start simple. When you get the hang of it, go CRAZY and be CREATIVE!!!

By the way, you can eat them cold right from the fridge (if that doesn’t weird you out). See, easy easy easy! Let me know how your oats go!!!

you can HEAL you …

This is my daily shot of tumeric (1 tsp in a little almond milk). It started as an attempt to heal an abscess I’ve had for way more years than I’d like to admit to. Now, if you don’t know what an abscess is, feel free to look that up on the world wide web in lieu of me explaining its infectious abilities. So, I am happy to report that the tumeric has been working and the abscess has significantly been reduced in size and discomfort. Which is totally bad ass!

Tumeric is highly anti-inflammatory and can be used to heal or at least assist in healing a number of different concerns/diseases. Check out this article for a number of them. I have also noticed a significant difference in my menstrual cramps … as in they no longer exist. So ladies, drink up!

I admit that straight-up tumeric like this may not appeal to very many people’s taste buds. I have drank a lot of weird shit, so I really don’t mind it and I believe that once you get over the initial weird-factor, you’ll get used to it and it’ll be fine … I promise!? Of course, you can also add it to your food, but I just find this to be easier and quicker and there is no thought involved!

It’s truly fascinating to me to be able to heal myself by purely natural means. And we can all do this!!! Listen to your body and be your own doctor :)

go NUTS !!!

Layers and layers of healthy goodness. You too can have this beautiful creation in a million different variations. I buy most of my dried goods from nuts.com and health food stores. And I like to mix up what I buy and try new things and then combine them all into my own random mix of trail. This one consists of: dried cranberries, raisins, dried pluots (plum/apricot hybrid), walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, tiger nuts (roots, not nuts), cacao nuts, banana chips, and roasted dried fava beans.

I do advise you to shake it up before eating … but then it doesn’t look as pretty as this. However, it tastes delicious and nutritious, and I suppose that’s what really matters ;)