I’ve been on a bit of a cooking spree lately and have been making some recipes I’ve long since salivated over on Pinterest. The wonderful thing about Pinterest is that it provides endless inspiration and connects you to great recipes, some from bloggers or websites you know and others that are brand new to you. The bad thing is when you spend time on Pinterest but don’t ever make/style/do the things you pin. So instead I utilize it for things that I know I’m actually going to use, like paleo and gluten-free recipes, as well as style and beauty inspiration. I’ve long since given up on my Feeling Crafty board because let’s face it, I’m never feeling crafty. With my boards continually growing, I’ve been making new recipes weekly and have found some new favorites. Of course, not every creation results in a picture that’s blog worthy, so if you are interested in seeing what I’m eating, drinking and wearing, check out my Instagram!
This first one is from one of my favorite paleo bloggers Danielle, from Against All Grain. This recipe is featured in her Meals Made Simple cookbook but she also shared it online so if you don’t have the book, you can still give this a try. I don’t eat beef but I made this for my Mom’s birthday in January and it received rave reviews. It was fairly easy to make and apparently was incredibly flavorful and delicious. Danielle is so creative and I loved the addition of jicama, an unexpected ingredient for the stew that added a great crunchy texture. I served it with her Coconut-Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice which I did have, and it is officially my new favorite Caulirice recipe!
When it comes to holiday meals, if I don’t have time to test a recipe before, I try and go for a trusted chef or recipe with lots of great reviews. I knew I wanted to make a delicious salad with Christmas colors and winter flavors this year, so I turned to Martha. I had made a salad of hers that was fantastic for Christmas a few years ago and I knew that she wouldn’t let me down. This salad was hands down, one of the best that I’ve ever had. And that’s a bold statement because I make and eat a lot of salads. The combination of the peppery arugula with the sweetness of the pomegranate and persimmons and the nutty hazelnuts was perfection. It was a salad that people even went for the next day when sorting through leftovers and we had to ration it between ourselves. It was just that good and now adding pomegranate seeds to salads is my new favorite thing.
I have been completely grain-free for a few months now and it’s been going pretty well. However, lately I’ve been craving something carby and thought it was time that I do some baking. Muffins sounded like the perfect thing so I scoured my Paleo Brunch board and decided on these Banana Walnut Muffins from Paleo Newbie! I made them minus the chocolate chips because I’m not eating sugar right now and added additional chopped walnuts instead. These turned out amazingly well and are are moist and light and filling due to all the protein and fiber from the almond flour and walnuts and I love that they require very minimal sugar. I have a few more bananas ripening now and I think it’s clear that I will be using them for this recipe again!
-What do you use Pinterest for?
-What’s a favorite recipe that you’ve made recently?