Hello friends! Is it starting to feel a little summery where you’re at yet? We’ve had some gorgeous sunshine going on the past few days, and the next few days it’s even supposed to get up to the 80s! I’m pretty stoked on that. The change of seasons always gives me different cravings, based on how warm it is and what fruits and veggies are coming into season. Seeing beautiful ripe cherries at the store with my other fave fruits get me pretty excited for summer!
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Ahhhh, crispy asian shrimp bowls. This is one of my absolute faves right now. These bowls are a spin off of my asian shrimp tacos, which are really good, but I don’t usually eat tortillas, so eventually the tacos transformed into: the crispy asian shrimp bowl. I took a snapchat of these and shared it with some of my coworkers and multiple people asked me for the recipe, so I figured I’d share!
Think brown rice for the base, topped with creamy lime cole slaw, crispy shrimp, and a sauce that’s sticky, a lil sweet, and a lil spicy. Top it off with some crunchies (cause you can’t have a good bowl without some crunchies!) in the form of chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, or whatever else you desire. … Read The Post
Before I started eating Paleo, I had never cooked chicken thighs. I just grew up with a chicken-breast-loving-mama who got it in my head that the breast is the best. Upon branching out in cooking, I’ve realized the truth: dark meat is da bomb (sorry mom!). I’ve started cooking with mostly chicken thighs and legs in the past 8 or so months, and I love it. There’s nothing better than a nice, crispy, pan-fried chicken thigh with some good seasonings on top and a lot of juiciness in the middle, especially when you pair it with sauteed mushrooms and a rich balsamic sauce.
I’ve heard that one thing a lot of people struggle with when they first start eating Paleo is what to have for breakfast. Out go the cereal and the toast and oatmeal and waffles, leaving you with…. eggs? What if you don’t like eggs? Or are allergic? Or after a month you’ve started just about gagging looking at an egg, thinking, please don’t make me eat eggs again this morning noooooooo…
Thankfully for myself, I don’t really get tired of eggs, but even so, I like to mix it up every once in a while and have something else. Paleo-fied granola is the perfect answer to your breakfast problem: healthier than traditional granola (no refined sugar, no grains), very filling (lots of fat from the nuts + coconut oil, a little boost of energy with the raisins + maple syrup), and super delicious. I like mixing my Paleo cinnamon raisin granola with fruit (apple, pomegranate aerils, or strawberries are my top choices) and topping with almond milk, but feel free to try it with some coconut yogurt (or your favorite yogurt). as a topping for a smoothie, or just by the handful 🙂 However you like your granola, I think you’ll find this one pretty hard to resist!
Have you hopped onto the nourish bowl train? This is one health food trend I’m already 100% behind, because my ideal eating situation is always out of a bowl. Everything all mixed up together, lots of sauce, toppings, and crunchies. A good nourish bowl, or macrobowl, requires a few things for me: The basics (protein, grain/carb, and veggies), sauce, and crunchy toppings. Today’s nourish bowl is all about staying warm and eating hearty for the cold days we’ve been having: brown rice, grilled chicken, roasted cauliflower, mandarin oranges, and fresh veggies. All topped off with a delicious homemade peanut sauce and sesame seeds for crunchies 🙂 Expect to see a lot more yummy bowls coming up, because this is basically how I’ve been eating all of my meals lately!
While doing my “research” for this post (cough, cough, pinteresting and instagramming) I’ve come to the conclusion that I just want to bake (and eat) all the recipes. I’m having such a hard time deciding what I’ll end up baking for my family & friends because I’m so torn! It’s like picking a favorite child. Or cookie, I suppose. I can’t believe it’s almost time again! I feel like I was just baking my Christmas cookies a few months ago, this year has flown by so quickly.
As our Christmas plans fall into place, I have to plan my baking days. We are busy! At least the weekend before Christmas, we have something going on all three days (work party, family white elephant, Dad’s birthday) but I’ll have to manage some time for cookies because…. cookies, you know?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is, and probably always will be, spending days in the kitchen covering myself in butter and flour and ending up with literal mountains of cookies. That sentence would have been a little weird if I hadn’t added the cookie part… (forever laughing at my own jokes). ANYWAY. My mom and I would always spend the days before Christmas baking up a storm, and even after I’ve started doing my Christmas baking solo, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.
I’ve gathered up a bunch of Christmas baking recipes and divided them into two camps: the allergen friendly cookies & other treats, some of which are actually sort of healthy and some which are indulgent but catered to your needs, and the classic gluten and dairy filled versions for those of you who can enjoy them 🙂
Today, I’ll be sharing the gluten free, vegan, and paleo versions of my favorite Christmas cookies, bars, and candies. Onto the recipes!
I’m so happy the election is over so we can move on with our lives…. said nobody. BUT, I’m not going to be bringing it up anymore. Let my blog be a happy place for those of you who, like me, need a place on the internet that isn’t oversaturated with politics and misery. So, let’s dive right in and just talk about this granola, mmkay? More specifically, salted caramel granola. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, vegan, delicious salted caramel granola. This granola is a more subtle approach to seasonal treats that isn’t uh… unnecessarily doused in pumpkin spice. NOT A FAN. Sorry not sorry. Pumpkin spice, step aside for salted caramel, the real winner of Fall. We all know it, right?
Happy Hallow’s Eve!
I know this is such a ~basic~ thing, but I really do love Halloween. Not so much for the candy anymore, but I adore seeing other people’s creativity expressed through incredible makeup and costumes. I love the cold, chilly night Halloween always seems to fall upon, the crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course, all the Halloween episodes of my fave shows. You can’t deny they’re always the best, am I right?? J and I just finished American Horror Story Hotel, and I loooooved the Halloween episode. So spooky. Yes, I know I’m a year behind everyone else. Also, I hate PLL, but the Halloween episodes? THE BEST!
I can’t believe that October marks 11 months of blogging on Odessa Darling! It’s been a year of growth, both with blogging and personally. I’ve been facing a lot of issues head-on that I’ve been avoiding the past few years and all that’s coming back to me is good and pushes me to keep going. I’ve grown up a lot this past year. I’m a lot different than I was last October, and not just because I’m blonde now. I’m doing better and better keeping toxic thoughts from my head, toxic things out of my body, and learning how to take care of myself. I still fail and fall down, but I’m able to pick myself up a hell of a lot faster than I used to.