Clean Chocolate Ice Cream With Almond Butter Balls and Chocolate Chunks

Clean Chocolate Ice Cream With Almond Butter Balls and Chocolate Chunks

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Ben and Jerry:  Eat your hearts out!  There’s a new ice cream in town, full of flavor and texture and, get this, it’s healthy!!  Paleo and clean-diet friendly, this is the ice cream of ice creams!  A perfect way to end summer and welcome Autumn! Clean Chocolate Ice Cream With Almond Butter Balls and Chocolate Chunks is going to be your new go-to dessert to serve to kids of all ages.

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The ingredients are ALWAYS on hand at my house and if you follow paleo or clean, they will be at your house too.

There are NO: grains, dairy, sugar or artificial ingredients!!  Yea!  But do not be fooled…the flavor and texture is awesome!  Simple to prepare and you need only wait for it to freeze, about 4-6 hours and that is it! Continue reading

Weekend Special Prescott National Forest

Weekend Special Prescott National Forest

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Up in the northwestern part of the state of Arizona is the original territorial Capital City of Prescott.  Just beyond Prescott is the Prescott national Forest.  It is a serene and unspoiled place, full of summertime campers, hikers and bikers.  The winter is cold and snowy, which does not deter some of the campers, but you see fewer hikers and bikers.  The forest is full of Ponderosa pines as well as many other kinds of pines, firs, manzanita and other trees.  Boulders are everywhere and fallen logs, as well as some charred areas from fires.  Prescott National Forest is a magical place that my husband and I visit very often in the summer.  (Not as campers, hikers or bikers though!!, we drive our ATV)   😉

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Clean Fajitas

Clean Fajitas

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Inspired by my daughter, Allyson, I gave this dry rub a try.  She had just finished making these clean fajitas and gave me her recipe.  It is similar to a “Memphis Rub” but not exactly the same. So many marinades and dry rubs contain sugar.  So why not just substitute white sugar with coconut sugar!  I just did!  Take a basic recipe and just tweak it to make it fit your clean eating lifestyle, yet retain all the flavors you want!

And skip the tortilla in favor of a nice crisp Romaine lettuce leaf!  You won’t miss it, I promise! Continue reading

Clean Crispy Chewy Coconut Cookies

Clean Crispy Chewy Coconut Cookies

Crispy Coconut Cookies

My neighbor turned us on to some crispy coconut cookies she found at Costco.  These are Mrs. Thinsters Coconut Cookie Thins.  There is NOTHING clean about these cookies…butter, sugar, wheat!  Aaaack! (But they taste amazing!)  You see, I cheated here to see what the fuss was all about.  The cookie thins were so darn good, I had to come up with something similar, yet clean and healthy.  I did it!  Clean Crispy Chewy Coconut Cookies are amazing…somehow the edges are crispy and the flat centers are chewy, the perfect combination.

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Paleo Pineapple Jam

Paleo Pineapple Jam

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Last week I posted my 15 Minute Red Plum Jam and in that post I suggested I may try the same recipe but substitute pineapple for the plum and add basil and jalapeno.  So that was not a big success.  But the basic recipe with pineapple and omitting the basil and jalapeno was!  This is how Paleo Pineapple Jam was born!

Now, this paleo pineapple jam will be delicious on toast or muffins, but how about as a condiment for Crazy meatballs, Thai ribs or wings?  In fact this paleo pineapple jam could be tossed in a kale or arugula salad with some toasted slivered almonds, a bit of mint and snap peas for a really great play on traditional salads. Continue reading

Weekend Special Walnut Canyon National Monument

Weekend Special Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Living in Arizona for over 28 years, I was recently introduced into this very special place called Walnut Canyon National Monument.  This is 5 miles north of Flagstaff and well worth the drive from Prescott, Sedona, Jerome or even from Phoenix.  I could not believe I had never heard of this special place, but was so glad when I finally visited there.

The park has sets of stairways leading into the canyon to a footpath.  From there you walk past these beautiful scenes of the canyon walls, Douglas Firs, Ponderosa Pines and many other trees and shrubs.  One side of the mountain, as far as you can see , is studded with these beautiful firs and pines.  The other side, is more desert-like with cactus and agave, seemingly growing out of the rock walls.

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As you begin the foot path, you can look across the canyon to see the pueblos that the people constructed for their homes. From a distance, they appear to be caves. Then as you make your way around the mountain, the pueblos are right there next to you.

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Most of them are available to walk into and others are protected.  The black areas indicate where fire (used for heat and cooking) charred the rock. The information placards explain that the people, even children, had chores to keep the household running smoothly.  It was a communal society, each celebrating victories together and supporting each other when disasters struck. To read more about the people who lived here from the year A.D. 600-1400, click here.

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There are gnarly trees everywhere, too, both stumps and alive.

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Paleo Tempura Asparagus

Paleo Tempura Asparagus

Asparagus Tempura

For years one of my favorite appetizers was  lightly battered asparagus spears quickly fried in vegetable or canola oil.  A sprinkle of sea salt finished the dish and they were an instant hit.  I served them with a curry aioli but they are wonderful by themselves, too.  Since I have gone gluten (and grain) free, my old recipe went dormant.  Recently I began wondering why I could not just make a conversion to a paleo friendly recipe. I rolled up my sleeves and pulled out my “clean” ingredients and went to work.  Just like that, Paleo Tempura Asparagus was created in my kitchen.

So I have been playing around with some different ways to make the batter and I believe the one I came up with is a big winner.  Paleo tempura asparagus will be a big hit with all your guests.

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Weekend Special Photo Oils

Weekend Special Photo Oils

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I recently reviewed some of my photo catalogs to clean them up and delete the ones that were blurry or dull, just not good enough to keep.  Then I decided to play around with them in Photoshop.  There is a “filter” in Photoshop called Oil Paint that I enlisted to work on a few of these dull images.  There is a slider that you use to enhance the texture more or less as you want.  The results can be subtle, bringing some detail into them or they can be dramatic like a Van Gogh painting! I call these Photo Oils.

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Banana Mango Smoothie

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Banana Mango Smoothie

I woke up today with a very banana very blueberry smoothie on my mind!  I got out the Blendtec super blender, the almond milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and half of a fresh banana.  I measured and poured the ingredients into the blender and then opened the freezer for the frozen blueberries and frozen banana.  But wait, there were NO frozen blueberries!!  Frozen bananas were there, and frozen mango chunks but NO blueberries!  (Not sure how that can be as I buy them to freeze when they are on sale for .97!!)  So, I had to come up with a plan, a new smoothie.  Would a banana mango smoothie work?

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15 Minute Red Plum Jam

15 Minute Red Plum Jam

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The farmer’s market has beautiful fruit these mid summer days, and I can’t get enough of it!  A juicy peach is a refreshing treat on these terribly hot summer days.  Watermelons are super sweet this year and the yellow ones are really gaining in popularity.  Apricots, pluots, plums, cherries are at the height of the season.  Today I am showing you my 15 Minute Red Plum Jam, but you can substitute ANY of your favorite fruits and make this same recipe.  With only 3 ingredients, it takes just minutes to prepare and only 15 minutes on the stove……It is then allowed to cool before being refrigerated and after that, dive in to this beautiful red plum jam.  Completely paleo, clean and just plain delicious, you will want to try it in several fruit varieties! (My next one is pineapple jam….sounds like a great accompaniment with grilled shrimp, perhaps with some chopped basil and a little jalapeno in it!!

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