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Dairy-Free Maple, Cinnamon, & Orange Spread

This Dairy-Free Maple, Cinnamon, and Orange Spread captures Fall’s favorite flavors! Use it as a glaze for grain-free cakes, as a spread on toast, as a fruit dip for apples and pears, or drizzle it over some healthy muffins!

Southern Coconut Cream Pie

Southern Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut cream pie is The Hubs’ favorite dessert. The best pie, he says, hails from a tiny place known as Tina’s Cafe in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Every time he eats a slice — about once a year — his eyes roll back into his head and he enters a euphoric state. Coconut cream pie at Tina’s is his happy place.

You see, I have something to confess (and it’s a little embarrassing): We’ve been married for almost 13 years, and I’ve never made him a coconut cream pie. Pretty sad, huh?

Honestly, I was fairly certain I didn’t like coconut cream pie. And yes, that’s a pretty poor excuse for never making it for my hubby. I might still have made it for him a long time ago, except that we discovered Tina’s and I was sure I couldn’t compete. All my searches for a whole foods recipe turned up nothing. I had to create my own recipe. THIS coconut cream pie has nothing to hide — no white flour, no refined sugar, no boxed pudding, and no margarine. In fact, if you make a coconut flour or almond flour crust, it’s totally Paleo! Enjoy the benefits of pastured egg yolks, gut-healing gelatin, healthy fat, and coconut in this decadent, but not-too-sweet pie.

Homemade Coconut Butter in 5 Minutes

Coconut butter is nothing more than the pureed meat of dried, unsweetened, shredded coconut. It’s a versatile staple with tons of healthy fat and lauric acid from the coconuts. Store-bought coconut butter costs a fortune, but you can save a ton by making it yourself, at home, in 5 minutes! Here’s how!

Spontaneity in the Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!

Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken – Instant Pot or Slow Cooker {Paleo, Whole30}

A little spicy and a little smokey, this Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken is a fast and easy weeknight staple. With less than 5 minutes of prep time involved, this nourishing, healthy, Whole30/Paleo recipe can be customized with tons of fun and flavorful toppings!

3 Steps to Broth that Gels Every Time {+ why I love my Crock Pot for broth}

Unless you’re Mick Dodge and/or have been living under a rock … you’ve likely pinned something or read about the many, many benefits of bone broth. I won’t go into all that today. That’s not new information, and I don’t want to just re-blog stuff that 592 other bloggers have done a bang-up job writing about. No, today, I’m just going to share my own experience in making broth that gels every time. This is half a decade of trial and error talking here, and what I’ve finally figured out works for me like a charm.

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bars

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bars

If a chocolate brownie and an energy bar had a baby, I believe this would be their offspring. These bars are moist, chewy, chocolate-y. There’s not one ingredient in these bars that’s what I would call “if-y”. They’re free of casein, grains, gluten, refined sugar, soy, corn, and eggs. And these bars are low in anti-nutrients since they call for soaked and dehydrated almonds.

For Real Food-Resistant Men:

This is a post my wife has been urging me to write for a while now. Quite frankly, it’s been put off long enough. It’s time you ladies had a guy backing you up! I’m happy to oblige…at least now I am. I’m fairly positive that the majority of the readers of this post will be female, but I encourage my lady friends to take comfort in its words, then shove them in your partner’s face.

How To Use Up Every Last Drop of Your Essential Oils

If you have ever wondered what to do with the teeny-tiny drops and vapors of essential oils that are left once you empty a bottle, wonder no more! This easy tip will ensure your precious oils are good to the very last drop.

Caesar Dressing with No Icky Ingredients

I’m not a big salad eater, but I absolutely love Caesar salad. Let’s be honest here — taste wise, lettuce is not that awesome. It’s fresh and green and it sure it good for us, but it doesn’t rank up there with, oh, I don’t know … bacon…

I mostly eat lettuce because it is the perfect vehicle for homemade croutons, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and THIS dressing. This Caesar dressing is full of healthy, traditional fats: pastured egg yolks and extra virgin olive oil.