About Me

I started this blog to keep track of my kitchen creations. I love cooking and eating. In 2008 I was diagnosed with RA. Food started becoming a huge problem. I needed to find a better way to eat the flavors I love. All the recipes I create are driven by my desire to eat good food that won't create extra pain and inflammation in my internal ecosystem. While the recipes are wholesome, the language is not. I swear. I use the word 'fuck'. A lot! I make no apologies for that. It's just a fair warning. I'm raw and real. Happy cooking! Even happier eating! Cheers! Angie

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chocolate Cream Pie

Sometimes throwing shit in the blender comes out, well, like shit. Other times throwing shit in the blender works like magic. Usually I try something before sharing it. This was not one of those times. I wasn't sure how well the peach/kefir smoothie I was making was gonna go over with my coach so I decided to make him something different. I never tried it before I gave it to him.  His reaction........he said it tasted like chocolate cream pie. Score!!!

INGREDIENTS 
2 cups chocolate almond milk
1/4 cup of peanut butter 
6 Medjool dates
2 tablespoons of instant espresso
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (whatever the fuck kind you want)
Ice cubes

DIRECTIONS
Throw all that shit in the blender and blend the fuck out of it!





Horchata Smoothie

Horchata or Orxata, is several kinds of traditional beverages from Spain and Latin America made with a variety of things including tiger nuts (Spain) rice, almonds, sesame seeds, barely, jícaro, (Latin America) and a variety of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and rum. 

Horchata has become one of my favorite things to drink and I wanted to do more than throw some already-made shit in the blender with ice but I also wanted this to be easier to make than the real thing. 

The picture isnt the greatest. It was so damn good that I chugged it before I realized I forgot to take a pic. 

INGREDIENTS 
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup of raw almonds
1 banana
6 Medjool dates 
3 tablespoons of cinnamon 
12ish ice cubes

DIRECTIONS
Throw all that shit in the blender until it's blended!  Easy peasy!






Monday, April 18, 2016

Damn Good Balls

I love leaving experiments for people to try and not saying anything about them and just sitting back and waiting for a reaction/comment/suggestion/etc.  I never know who I might choose as a guinea pig, but no matter who I choose, I'm never disappointed in their reaction, even if what I made tastes like shit.  I'm happy to say that my coach, the guinea pig of this food experiment, along with my favorite workout beauty, did not disappoint in the reaction department.  Fucking hilarious opening a text from him saying "Those are the best balls I have even had!", just as my boss walked into my classroom.  He was greeted by me crying because I was laughing so hard. How do I explain THAT when he asks me what's so funny?

My all-time favorite SNL skit is, without a doubt, 'The Delicious Dish' skit starring Molly Shannon as Teri and Ana Gasteyer as Margaret Jo where they feature Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy from Season's Eating and his famous Schweddy Balls. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you best click the link!  Schweddy Balls  This skit produced some of the best ball-related one-liners ever!  So let me tell you about these balls and see how many of those one-liners I can squeeze into this recipe!

Deez balls are full of protein and have a great sweet-salty flavor.  Who doesn't love a little salt in their balls?  These balls glisten with the ample amount of healthy oils.  They are so tender and they smell wonderful!  My mouth is watering just thinking about these balls!  You aren't going to be able to wait to get your mouth around them!

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of salted nut butter (how can you NOT smile reading THAT?!)
1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (none of that fake shit)
1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chips (because you can't enjoy my balls without chocolate)
1 cup Irish oats or steel cut oats (based on personal preference)
1/2 cup raw, unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup ground flax (no whole seeds because that shit doesn't digest well)
1/4 cup chia seeds (whole are fine)
1/4 cup hemp seeds or hemp powder (again, personal preference)
1 scoop of your favorite vanilla flavored protein
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

DIRECTIONS:
To make these beautiful balls, throw all that shit into a bowl and mix the fuck out of it until it's combined.  If you have a cookie scoop, use that to make your balls.  Otherwise measure out a heaping tablespoon for each ball.

Roll them gently but firmly until they are round.  If you roll them too long, your balls may become misshapen from the heat of your hands.  They may even melt a little bit.  These balls are very delicate.

Cover them carefully and store them in the refrigerator.  

Take life by the balls Champ!  Eat these salty, nutty balls and eat them often!  Angie





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pumpkin N'Oatmeal (paleo oatmeal)

There really is nothing better than a hot breakfast on cold mornings.  Hell, this is so good, I can eat it every day all year long!  The variations you can come up with make this delicious breakfast ever-changing. It's also full of good fats & carbs and protien. This recipe makes enough for 5 servings. 

Mix in a bowl:
•1 can of full fat coconut milk
•1 can of pumpkin 
•1 cup of ground flax or coconut flour or a combination of the two
•1/2 cup pure maple syrup
•Cinnamon

In a frying pan, toast in coconut oil:
•1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds etc)
•10 chopped Medjool dates

Divide the pumpkin mixture between 5 containers, preferably glass. Top with nut/date mixture, cover, refrigerate. 

When it's time to eat, crack an egg in a serving and mix that shit up good. Microwave it for 2-3 minutes. 








This recipe is an adaptation from Girl Meets Paleo. The original recipe can be found here:
 
https://girlmeetspaleo.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/pumpkin-noatmeal-paleo-oatmeal/


Monday, January 25, 2016

Creamy Caramel Sauce

Who doesn't love rich, ooey, gooey caramel?  This recipe is so simple that it's hard to believe it makes something with such depth of flavor!  The list of what you can drown in this is too long! Just use your imagination!  You can pour this shit over anything!

•1 can of full-fat coconut milk
•1 cup of coconut sugar
•1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Put all 3 ingredients in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Bring all that good shit to a boil and let it roll for for 15 minutes. 

Watch it carefully because the minute you take your eyes off that fucker, you know it's gonna boil over!  You can stir it occasionally to keep it from sticking and burning. 

After 15 minutes, lower the heat and simmer for another 5 min. Remove caramel from heat and pour into a heat-proof glass bowl. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge. 

To reheat it, you can carefully nuke it or you can reheat it over the stove. If it seems too thick, add a little more coconut milk as you warm it up. 







Monday, January 18, 2016

Chocolate Pudding

A day off from teaching is a day that I get to spend doing a couple of my most favorite me-time things: cooking and lifting!  With the latter done early today, I had lots of time to make a mess in the kitchen (no joke here!) and ended up coming up with a paleo-worthy sweet treat.

The recipe is ridiculously easy and so damn good!  I'm not sure how much self control I'll have later on! 

Recipe makes 3ish cups

Ingredients:
•2 cups of water
•1/2 cup raw cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts
•1/4 cup raw cacao powder
•1/3 cup chia seeds
•10 Medjool dates pitted
•2 teaspoons Himalayan salt or Kalahari desert salt (sea salt is fine if you don't have the others but I prefer them because they have a stronger salt flavor)
•Cacao nibs, raw coconut flakes, coconut creme, date creme, fresh fruit, or whatever the hell else you want to throw on top. 

Put everything in a high-powered blender and let that fucker blend on high for 2-5 minutes. Yeah that may seem like a big gap in time but whatever kind of blender you have will determine how long this will take. If it seems really thick, add a little more water, maybe 1/8 of a cup at a time. Don't worry if it seems a little too watery because the Chia seeds will thicken it up. 

If you have a shit blender, you should put things in little at a time and you should probably chop the dates, otherwise they may get stuck. If you have a vitamix or similar, your pudding will warm up a bit but hey, that's ok!

When everything is blended and smooth, you can either put your pudding into 1/2 size glass bowls, dump it all into one larger glass bowl, or just put your face it it! 

Don't store this in metal because it will react and change the flavor. If it's a choice between plastic and metal, use the plastic and go get yourself some glass food containers!






Thursday, October 29, 2015

Maple Walnut Freeze

For the past 7 weeks I've been doing a crossfit challenge that incorporates fitness and nutrition. The diet level I chose is pretty strict, basically strict paleo. In the need for something sweet, I got to creating again. 

In a food processor put:

6 bananas
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
12 medjool dates
1 cup of pure maple syrup

Process on high until smooth. Pour into a freezer-proof bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup cacao nibs and 1 cup of chopped raw walnuts. You can alter the amounts of these 2 ingredients if you want.  Cover and freeze. Stir it every hour or so. You may need to let it soften a bit before you eat it.

Cheers!
Angie 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Peaches & Cream

So easy. 3 simple ingredients. 

1 cup of almond milk
1 banana
2 peaches

Everything goes in the blender until smooth. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

Peanut Butter Cup Freeze

Giving up ice cream, especially Perry's ice cream sandwiches, was the hardest thing for me when I went gf/df.

I've had it suggested to me to use frozen bananas to create ice cream but have always been hesitant.  I don't like mushy bananas and I couldn't imagine this not being mushy.  

I finally grew a set and made some. I figure peanut butter and cacao makes everything better, right?

In a food processor put:
2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup of organic peanut butter
2 tablespoons of cacao
Mix until completely blended. 
Top with crushed raw almonds and cacao nibs. 



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Snickers Bar Buzzzzz

I originally had a different name for this but when my coach said it tasted like a Snickers Bar I changed it. I usually get inspiration for names based on the flavor and I was going for something like Kicked Up Monkey or something like that. After his comment though I noticed it too. The instant espresso gives this a great caffeine punch. The dates give it the caramel flavor. I used cacao powder to flavor it and added the whole nibs as an afterthought. I love the crunch they have and it was perfect in this smoothie.  This was the perfect pick-me-up for my 6 hour road trip to Fort Drum today and I'm pretty sure it'll carry me through the Rolling Stones concert I'm going to tonite! 

Cheers!
Angie

2 cups of almond milk
2 scoops of protein powder
1/4 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup of instant espresso  
3 tblsps of hemp powder
2 tblsps of maca powder
2 tblsps of mesquite powder
1 tblsp of lucuma powder
3 tblsps of rolled or Irish oats
Handful of raw almonds
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 bananas
6-8 medjool dates 
8-10 ice cubes
Chopped cacao nibs

Put everything except the ice and cacao nibs in the blender. Once it's blended, start adding the ice. After you pour it into glasses or whatever, add the cacao nibs. You can add however many you want. This recipe makes enough for 2-3!