Chipotle Elk Lettuce Wraps with Cashew Queso

We've pretty much made lettuce wraps the go-to lunch on the whole30. They're just so easy, versatile and always hit the spot. Who needs tacos and burritos when you've got lettuce wraps. I love these pulled pork lettuce wraps so much, but the prep is a lot more involved. With these chipotle elk lettuce wraps you can literally whip them up in under 20 minutes. If you don't have access to elk you can most definitely just use ground beef. Lucky me, a friend of a friend is a hunter and scored an elk not too long ago. As i'm making this beautifully fresh elk, my man starts you tubing elks in heat. What an appetizing sound it is, check that shit out AFTER you eat these. Elk is such an amazingly rich meat. Wild meat is something else, when its hunted properly it doesn't get those fear hormones that make meat taste off. Not to mention the amazing nutrition from an animal that spent its life grazing wild forests. Have you ever thought about how most of our meat is female? It's a little out of balance if you ask me. I mean, we don't eat the roosters, or the bulls, or the boars. Not for any good reason either. These guys just require different cooking styles, but they're delicious none the ... read more


Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 2

Wow, hey! It's been a week already. The hardest part is over and I'm starting to feel like a functioning human again. There were definitely a few days of struggle, even with an abundance of healthy and damn delicious food. Once you get into the groove it feels really good. I've kicked my long term late night snacking habit which feel pretty awesome. How's everybody else doing? Hope you guys liked the meal plan from week 1 of the whole 30. I'm sure if you did the shopping for week one there will be a lot of things that you can ignore on this shopping list. But for clarities sake and to ensure you've got all the ingredients, I included them all. Hope it's not too overwhelming. Happy week 2!   Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 2   Week 2 Shopping List  Meat/Poultry/Eggs/Seafood 1.5 lb ground beef 2 lb beef roast 12 chicken drumsticks 1 lb chicken breast 3 dozen free range eggs 75g salmon gravlax or smoked salmon 2 lb. shrimp, tails removed and deveined 1.5 lb sockeye or other wild salmon 1/2 lb scallops Nitrate free luncheon meat   Vegetables Butternut squash Sweet potatoes x6 Onions Potatoes Kale ... read more


Fennel Grapefruit Detox Salad

  Holy case of the Mondays today. On top of the 'kill all things' stage of the whole 30, my little teething monster has been draining 60 calories of comfort a minute from me. I don't understand how women with children under 3 get absolutely anything done. Murphy's law is in full swing because as soon as I wrote that he is off on his own smashing remote controls. Do I care? Nope. How do you cope with ineffective days? I feel like our society superimposes really high standards of productivity. But some days it feels pretty difficult to cross anything off the to-do list. I have to gently remind myself that raising a child is always on the top of that list, and that I must always work on that first. About this salad, it's beyond refreshing and packed with craving busting minerals. Often we get those mad cravings for sweets and quick fix foods because of mineral deficiencies. But you know what sucks? Boring salads. Boring vegetables. They give vegetables a bad rep. It's my mission to never ever make a boring salad. Cruciferous vegetables are particularly detoxifying because they're so high in I3C or indole-3-carbinols, which help to break down bad estrogen in the ... read more

Banana Split Raw Ice Cream Cake

Banana Split Raw Ice Cream Cake

  I meant to post this BEFORE I started the sugar detox from hell. I'm a fiend you guys. Even if it's raw pies and honey I'm still jonesing for a fix. So I'll live vicariously through you. This decadent cake is fully awesome. It's loaded with all the best things- honey, vanilla bean, cacao, nuts, hemp seeds, young coconut meat, berries and of course, ba-nay-nays. Let me know the dirty details of each delightful bite if you make it. I'll just be over here eating a carrot stick... But in all seriousness, it feels good to make the conscious decision to get rid of some of the more junky aspects of my diet. All summer was just one big smorgasbord of enjoyment with family and friends. I'm grateful, truly, but that over indulgence catches up. So with a final slice of cake, I bid adieu for one month. .[amd-yrecipe-recipe:18] Banana Split Raw Ice Cream Cake, better than DQ any day.   ... read more


Preparing for a Successful Whole 30

Tomorrow is the first day of my whole 30 full body reset. If I was a good little girl I would already have been scaling down my no-no foods but alas, I'm a rebel without a cause. Damn I'm gonna miss that chocolate almond milk. Here's my little guide to getting all your ducks in a row before doing a whole 30, hope its helpful. If there's anything you want to add, hit me up in the comments! Condiments Ok so the last time I did the whole 30, the main challenges were realizing that nearly everything has sugar or GMO's or some weird ingredient that I want to avoid for the next 30 days. Ketchup for example (I actually HATE ketchup) packed with sugar, but if you like it, it's pretty easy to make your own ketchup. As for other condiments like mustard, Worcestershire sauce and relish, it's the same story so read on  how to make those condiments as well (if you're like me and loathe ketchup). Mayonaaaaaaaaise, is another condiment that will make life ALOT happier on the whole 30. But conventional mayonnaise is loaded with GMO oils that aren't good for you, nor are they particularly appetizing. Story time: I used to cower in the face of mayo on a sandwich. I was literally ... read more

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Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 1

Woohoo, getting ready for week 1 of the Whole 30 Challenge! If you want to jump on board you can still join the October 30 day detox challenge Facebook group right here. Week 1 is usually wrought with challenges. For a lot of us, were not used to cooking this much, or being so careful about our ingredients. As our bodies start to process the fact that were not going to give them that quick sugar fix there can sometimes be an inner rebellion. Your mind will tell you that this whole thing is bogus and won't do you any good. It's lying. Being prepared makes the work a lot easier. Having delicious nourishing recipes to turn to makes cooking FUN. So keep in mind if your doing this solo, most of these recipes serve 4. No biggie, just cut them in half and have plenty of leftovers. In the next few days I'll be posting some Whole 30 Essentials so stay tuned. Here's to Week 1 starting October 1st homies!!    Breakfast Lunch Dinner Day 1     Create Your Own Breakfast Skillet from Autoimmune Paleo  Packed lunch ideas from nom nom paleo    Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs from ifoodread Day 2          Homemade Breakfast Sausages from ... read more


October 30 Day Detox Challenge

Yay for fall! It's my favourite season and NOT because of pumpkin spice lattes and comfy sweaters. Though those things are nice. I like the way nature renews itself by shedding that which no longer serves a purpose. I love the smells of decay and the brisk air. The reflective feelings that naturally rise up when any season shifts, but particularly this one. The opportunity for renewal is ripe for the picking. Which I why I thought it was a great time to do a whole 30 full body reset. *Join the 30 day detox challenge Facebook group* After a summer of plenty with treats and hearty glasses of wine to last the winter long, it's time. I've been starting to feel sluggish and dependent on treats for a little burst of energy. And you know what, I just hate that feeling. Call me a control freak but its nice not to rely on anything for energy and that get up and go we all strive for. But you guys, I really hate doing this stuff alone. It's the worst and it makes fighting those urges to reach for dark chocolate and a glass of red all the more difficult. SO I've created a little Facebook group and I'll be posting weekly Whole 30 approved meal plans and shopping lists, because thats ... read more

Vanilla bean and macadamia nut fudge

Vanilla Bean Macadamia Nut Fudge

Vanilla beans are a magical magical thing. They blow my mind. Every little seed bursting with the most common yet rare and precious flavour in existence. Vanilla is an ethereal looking orchid, truly stunning. It adds something so special to anything it touches and brings out the hidden characteristics in the foods it mingles with. If you can't tell, I'm pretty fucking gung ho about vanilla.    I just got back from my brothers wedding where I had the pleasure of making THE cake. What foods represent the true characteristics of star crossed lovers and real deal twin flames? Chocolat et vanille of course. Cacao and vanilla grow in the same jungles, one is masculine, rooted, robust, dark, hard shelled yet amazingly soft inside. While the other is light, ephemeral, delicate and grows upward towards the heavens. The two were ordained the perfect match long before modern society had any idea of their existence. It only made sense to encapsulate their majesty into their luxurious wedding cake. I'll post the recipe on the blog soon of the cake which was a double fudge chocolate quinoa cake with vanilla bean, rose and honey cashew cream icing. For now, I'll ramble ... read more

loaded tex mex sweet potato fries

Loaded Tex Mex Sweet Potato Fries

Yesterday I went to the farmers market and the poutine truck was there. They have some pretty impressive renditions on the classic poutine, including donair poutine and buffalo blue cheese poutine, tempting to say the least. But instead we got some gorgeous fresh northern pike and breaded it with shredded coconut, yum. But the craving for poutine, once you have it, doesn't just go away. So today I whipped up a worthy equivalent, minus the gravy, and oh my did it hit the spot. In case you were wondering, loaded implies a bunch of spicy beef cooked with onions and garlic, goat feta and aged raw cheddar cheese,fresh tomatoes, peppers and a big ole pile a guacamole in the middle. These loaded tex mex sweet potato fries are healthy yet satisfying enough to meet any comfort food criteria. This is a filling meal for two, or a nice snack or starter for four. Once you start, its hard to stop, and you are pretty much guaranteed to lick the plate clean. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:16]   ... read more

Coconut Orange Creamsicles

Coconut Orange Creamsicles

These are so lip smacking simple and a zillion times better than those neon coloured chemical bombs filled with who knows what.  I used to love those crack pops, arrrrrgh like my life depended on them. But this of Coconut Orange Creamsicles is waaaaaaaay better and ultimately super easy to make. Especially if you have one of these handy dandy zoku popsicle makers which give you perfectly frozen pops in mere minutes. Yes such a thing exists. Yes they are a bitch to get out of the moulds. But when yo baby is screaming his face off because he's getting four new molars all at the same time, they are a godsend, and momma muscles kick into full swing. I kid you not, my child at two and half of these all in one go and he was SO stupendously happy. And since they have barely any sweetener, just a touch of maple syrup, and are packed with healthy fats from coconut milk and vitamin sunshine from oranges, momma was stoked. No more waiting hours for popsicle heaven to unfold. No more teething death screams. Just pure popsicle bliss ahhhh.     [amd-yrecipe-recipe:15]       ... read more