In the Kitchen: Sweet potatoes (alkaline)

Sweet potatoes are alkaline based food. I believe that we need to eat majority alkaline foods. But I also believe that a variety of foods is what is needed for a balanced life.

This link has an extensive list of alkaline to acid foods. Very beneficial!

Types of Sweet Potatoes

Jewel

SKIN – Orange/copper. I find it really hard to tell garnet and jewel sweet potatoes apart because their coloring is fairly similar both inside and outside. To me, it seems that garnets are slightly more redish in color on the outside.
FLESH – Deep orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet and fairly firm inside.

Purple

SKIN – Deep purple.
FLESH – Deep purple.
TASTE – Not very sweet, and pretty dry inside.

Japanese

SKIN – Purple and fairly smooth. Generally more round (“fatter”) than the Stokes purple sweet potatoes, which are more elongated.
FLESH – Whitish flesh that turns golden when baked.
TASTE – Very sweet and fairly firm inside.

Hannah

SKIN – Cream colored and pretty smooth.
FLESH – Cream/whitish colored that becomes yellow when baked.
TASTE – Pretty sweet and fairly firm inside (Hannah sweet potatoes are considered a dry or firm sweet potato meaning that the flesh is pretty firm and dry when cooked).

Garnet

SKIN – Redish/Dark Orange.
FLESH – Orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet, and pretty moist inside.

My favourite for eating whole and plain on my diner plate are the dark purple sweet potatoes. I precook a couple for the week so that I have them on hand for easy pull together meals. I cook them in the oven for 40-50 min at 400 degrees.

I also do this with jewel and hannah sweet potatoes but I use them in salmon cakes and soups. If I don’t use them in a couple of days I will freeze the rest for later use.

Google paleo sweet potato recipes and you will find tons!

Have a great week-end!

~Andrea

In the Kitchen : Homemade

I am starting a new category on my blog…In the Kitchen! For quick meals, if I’ve lost track of time, or I was too busy to prepare something during the day sometimes supper ends up being non nutritional and I make bad food choices. Which always makes me feel unsatisfied. To remedy this I have come up with a few fool proof ways to make sure each meal is healthy. I plan for a full week of meals! I organize what I am going to eat, figure out what I already have and what needs to be bought. I make a grocery list, go shopping and make one recipe that day. The next day I make a couple of recipes so that I have quick meals I can grab for a couple of days then I do it all over again.

I like to have a loaf of bread, apple sauce, broth and one main dish always made and ready to eat or heat and eat. This way I have something to fill my stomach to feel satisfied along with other food items I have on hand like honey, sunbutter, goat cheese, fruit, meat or vegetable; raw or roasted. The main cookbooks I use are Against All Grain & Whole30. I find it easy to prepare, freeze and plan a week and even a month ahead with these recipes.

Breakfast

Danielle Walker from Against All Grain has a load of recipes on her blog. I think I have eaten almost everything on this page for breakfast and sometimes snacks. Easy make ahead, freeze or pantry foods. Melissa Hartwig is Queen of Whole30 Breakfasts….Check it out. Have you ever had soup for breakfast….MY FAVOURITE!

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Frittata

I love Frittata’s and make them each week. It makes enough for four or more meals and can be warmed up and plated with something else like bacon, salad, fruit or any vegetable side. Here is a link from Whole30 

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Crock Pot Meals

I am a sucker for one pot meals! Seriously, I try to do this as much as possible. It’s easy! Throw everything into one pot or crock pot, set and forget until ready. What could be better than to work all day and come home to the smell of a meal waiting for you! Check AAG Crock Pot Meals


Spaghetti Squash

I always have a spaghetti squash, a jar of tomato sauce and a package of frozen sausage which can easily be pulled together into a meal, sometimes I plate with another vegetable. The trick to baking the spaghetti squash is to coat the outside with olive oil as well.  Coat the inside with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on inside before turning hollowed part face down on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40 min at 350 degrees. Scrap out and top with tomato sauce, meat and goats milk cheese.


Against All Grain has a great page full of her Whole30 meals.

~Andrea

 

 

The journey continues…

I have shared my soul searching journey with you in hopes of giving at least one person hope, knowledge and peace in the uncertain time of feeling lost, unbalanced and confused in the months that follow receiving a diagnosis such as IBD.  If you look back at my posts you will see a pattern, a path, some answers, honesty, hope and a variety of ways to help your body adjust to and heal IBD naturally. That’s right Naturally! That means NO prescription drugs, NO over the counter medicines and NO surgery! Not ever, not for the treatment of IBD!

Healing, Remission & Recovery

I needed this outlet (blog) to share what I have learned, the course my life took to find balance and the search and research I have completed to find myself and heal! The people, ideas, health information, cookbooks and positive attitudes in an uncertain time I found along my way were inspirational, helpful and healing. I will keep all of this with me as I move forward in my ever changing life. I am grateful for the hope, peace and my true authentic self I found while healing, finding remission and now recovery over the past months.

Looking back I see how I’ve slowly healed naturally, with homeopathy, holistic medicine, biofeedback and a change in diet. I have to admit it can be done and it is absolutely amazing to say the least.  Watching the transformation my body has taken in the last twenty two months is beyond what I expected.

There is grace in healing naturally!

How life has changed for me in the last couple of months

A couple of weeks house hunting, secured a rental townhouse, moved out of storage into a one bedroom home, winterized my travel trailer an got it safely to storage. Researched accredited colleges, applied, was interviewed and got accepted. I’m going back to school to become a Homeopathic Practitioner. It’s the power of the mind, manifest what you want. Six months ago it never crossed my mind that I would be at this place in my life.

On my way….

This leads me to my next entrepreneurial and website endeaver. I am beginning a new adventure, an entrepreneurial venture that I am extremely excited about. Now that my colitis and crohns are in remission I am starting my dream career. Woodlands Tree Farm!! It’s seasonal but being outdoors and running my own company has been a dream of mine since I was in my 20’s and the time is finally here! I’m jumping in feet first!

Woodlamds Tree Farm start up is in a couple of weeks, going to get people thinking about Christmas! I will be selling Pine, Spruce and Fir Christmas Trees.

Woodlands Tree Farm on  Twtter and Faceook; website will be launching soon.

Stay tuned for more of my recovery and beyond! You can find me here at http://www.OneGutsyLady.com, on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

-Peace-

~Andrea

Welcoming fall

Although it`s felt like fall most days here in the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains for the past couple of weeks I am posting this on the first day of fall to welcome it in. Fall is my favourite season. The harvest brings the best foods and I love the colours, the warmth of spices called for in typical fall recipes and all the comfort foods this season has to offer. I want to share with you my favourites of the season.

Since I have been very sick for so long this time around and living in my RV since June 30th of last year I am just getting to the point of functioning normally in the past couple of weeks and haven’t been able to cook and bake in the capacity that I would like to. I found a new home and move in day is October 8th. I plan to post my own recipes as well now that I will have the mind space, energy and a normal functional kitchen. But for this post I wanted to share with you Against All Grains Fall Creations that I have made and enjoy thoroughly!

My Favourites of the Season

Some of my favourite fall things: Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin custard, pumpkin spiced tea and the list goes on….

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Apples, apple pie, apple sauce, apple crisp and apple cider. And these are seriously the best waffles ever! Waffles are my favourite breakfast and when I found this recipe with the apple topping I made it for a couple of month’s straight and I will always love it.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Celebration & Thanksgiving breakfast ideas. Extras from Danielle Walker.

I was busy on Monday and Tuesday this week cooking and baking and I ended up making the World Famous Bread pg 226, Homemade Almond Milk pg 314, Butternut Squash Soup pg 94, and another batch of applesauce pg 208. All of these recipes you can find in Against All Grain Cookbook (the first one). This book is amazing for getting started in the kitchen when you first transition to paleo. It was and still is a life saver for me. I cook and bake from this cookbook three times a week at least.

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The harvest moon which was on September 16th this year. I have to start getting my evening walks in earlier now.

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Long walks in the fallen leaves and nothing is better than the smell of fall. I spent a beautiful warm sunny day at McLeod River in Marlboro last Friday. Check out my Instagram account to see more of my daily life.

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Couldn’t help drive up the road a bit to see the mountains.

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Captured this beauty after a rain.img_8706-2

 

Happy Fall Everyone ~Andrea