This time of year, carrots are plentiful and inexpensive, but after many batches of roast carrots and roast carrot soup, they can become a bit boring. If you are looking for something new to do with all those carrots, this carrot salad is for you!
It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat. Yes, I’m that girl. And I’m especially excited that this year I will be reunited with my family. It’s going to be the first Christmas in six years that I will officially be living back in the United States! The Christmas gift shopping season is beginning, and I’ve put together a guide for you of some paleo Christmas gifts for the cavemen or cavewomen in your life. And since we all have loved ones who don’t currently follow a paleo or ancestral health lifestyle, I’ve thrown in some not-too-blatantly-paleo things that will suit them as well. So, without further ado – let’s embark on our sleigh ride tour of Christmas presents!
This is a spiced butternut squash soup that is creamy, sweet and super comforting! Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweetness and gives the soup a fantastic flavor. This soup is another one of the household staples that we have had at least once a week this autumn. It’s hearty and delicious and one of my all-time favorites. It’s especially yummy served with a roast meat such as pork or beef.
If you asked most people what was the biggest thing they missed since cutting out processed food, I think a lot of people would say things like pizza, or maybe fettuccini alfredo, or chocolate chip cookies. Me? I miss hot breakfast cereals.
I mean Cream of Wheat, oatmeal (especially steel-cut ‘Irish’ oatmeal!), Zoom… those sort of things. They’re like my paleo kryptonite.
Alisa from Paleo in PDX had an amazing chicken soup recipe recently, and it inspired me to post my chicken soup recipe that The Ukrainian taught me. This soup is a staple meal in our household, and is loved by two out of three family members*. It’s especially good this time of year when the days are short and grey and nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a fuzzy blanket. And if you’ve got a sickie in the house, make this for them and I’m sure they will perk up soon!
I remember the first time I successfully made my own mayonnaise. I felt like a cavewoman who discovered how to make fire. Since then, I’ve toyed with different ways to make it, using different kinds of vinegars, different ratios of oil to egg, different seasonings, and so on. Some methods have been successful, and others… not so much. At times I’ve found it enormously frustrating. But, I’ve learned from all my mistakes, and I think I’ve finally got a good method nailed. If you want to learn how to make homemade mayonnaise, there are tons of recipes on the internet for basic homemade mayo, but this is my own personal favorite. I think I’ve finally got it doctored up to the right proportions. It’s not too sour, not too spicy, not too sharp: it’s juuuuuust right. #goldilocksmayo