Sun Sugar Tomato Salad

One of the tomato plants I planted this year is a “Sun Sugar Cherry” plant (each year, I kind of just pick 5/6 different kinds and see what I end up with-however, this one will be planted every year). Little orange cherry tomatoes, that are, surprisingly sweet and flavorful. In fact, after I picked them last night I tried one, and then I had quite a few more (fun fact: several years ago, Sun Sugar was named by Sunset Magazine as the best tasting tomato in their trials for its sweetness and rich tomato flavor that includes just the right amount of tartness!). Probably the best cherry tomato I’ve ever had. I decided to throw together a salad with ingredients I had at home, and it turned out to be fabulous!

Sun Sugar Tomato Salad

  • Butter lettuce
  • Diced red onion
  • Chopped crimini mushrooms
  • Grilled garlic
  • Sun Sugar tomatoes
  • Chopped beets
  • Microgreens
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Tessemae’s Cracked Pepper dressing

Toss everything in the bowl, and top with a handful of microgreens, salt/pepper and some Tessemae’s (paleo friendly!) Cracked Pepper dressing.

Eat your colors!

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Saturday = Grilling Party!

So…remember that time when Seth was at sea and I tried to light the grill and almost blew myself up? Me neither. But I feel like my grilling skills are improving.

I decided last Saturday I’d try again. Grill lighting, went perfect, but even better was the food (crazy to think this is all for me, hahahaha). But hey, I’ve been eating leftovers for lunch and breakfast all week long…which makes life a whole lot easier. Plus, I get to be outside on a Saturday evening in my backyard (which is newly landscaped), with my awesome next door neighbors and their amazing kids! Sounds like a win for me 🙂

I grilled 4 veggie boats: 1 with purple potatoes, white onion and garlic; 2nd with eggplant and carrots; 3rd with tri-color peppers, mushrooms and garlic; and last, I decided to put the rest of the large bag of whole garlic cloves I had into it’s own foil boat and see how it came out. Hands down, the garlic became so sweet and slightly charred, I can’t wait to do that again. It also was really good smeared on my steak!! So I ate all of that, that night. Ooops.IMG_4690[1]IMG_4691[1]IMG_4696[1]IMG_4693[1]IMG_4728[1]

I also grilled a prime filet from a local butcher shop, Iowa Meat Farms (shout out for Iowa, my home state that I miss dearly!). I complimented that with a side of grassfed butter for “sauce.” Don’t fear the fat.

Great Lakes Gelatin

Here’s the gelatin I put in my coffee each morning. Full of essential amino acids a lot of us our lacking in the Standard American Diet (SAD). It’s great for helping heal your gut, joints, and tissues. I need all the help I can get in that area! I’d recommend everybody take gelatin regularly.IMG_4375[1]IMG_4376[1]IMG_4377[1]

Review – Cave Cravings Snack Box!

Cave Cravings, a convenient paleo-friendly snack box company reached out to me to see if I’d be willing to review their product, and I jumped at the opportunity! I had no idea what to expect inside my little cave box, but was thrilled when it arrived and was full of yummy-ness.

Inside: two packages of Miniature Coco-Roons from Wonderfully Raw, Lemon Pie and Vanilla Maple, two packages of Sophia’s Survival Food Jerky Chews, Original and Mild, 2 Bearded Brothers energy bars in Radical Raspberry Lemon and 2 Bearded Brothers Chews, 1 in Ginger Peach and 1 in Maca Chcoloate and 2 Original Caveman Cookies.IMG_3435

The box included an information card highlighting the features of each product. My absolute favorite part about this snack box is that not only is it convenient, it included several paleo-friendly/primal-friendly small companies that I’d never heard of, that clearly make food with quality ingredients. I LOVED trying the Bearded Brothers energy bars – and will definitely purchase them in the future, they were like a flavorful, gooey little fig newton bar, score! I’d also never heard of Sophia’s Survival Food Jerky Chews, and they’re exactly what you’d want in grass-fed jerky! I really liked that they’re in bite-size pieces so as not to kill my teeth ripping the jerky apart (although this would be very cave-esque). I have always been a fan of Coco-Roons, but hadn’t had the miniature size, perfect for a quick bite-size snack, and we keep Caveman Cookies in the house regularly!

All quality food products from great small companies working to make a difference, combined into one snack-box for your variety and convenience by Cave Cravings! You can find Cave Cravings on Facebook and at their website to sign up for their box delivery service. In addition, I’ve included photos of all of the products in this box, and their ingredients below for your review.

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Boney’s Bayside Market-Coronado, CA

Years ago on our first tour of San Diego, I stopped in to Boney’s Bayside Market in Coronado. With my passion and appreciation for food, how I nourish my body and mind, as well as how food in general is being viewed in our society, I thought while I was over on Coronado this past Sunday, I’d swing by to see what kinds of fun things I could find.

It’s like a smaller, local Whole Foods, without the Whole Foods Prices. I was super impressed. They have a fabulous selection of quality produce, meat, dairy, gluten-free options, and a great section of quality supplements. Part of the appeal is that when I asked anyone questions, they were super helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly – which gets a huge vote in my book!

At the meat counter I noticed a lot of grass-fed meats and quality chicken. When I was approached if I had any questions, I said, “of course! Is your grass-fed meat also grass finished?” His eyes lit up and he said, “it is! All the way grass-fed! In addition, our USDA Prime options, are also grass-fed.” Fabulous. He had a look on his face like how the hell does she know to ask that? Haha. Great news! As it’s not frozen, but also a great selection of frozen meats such as bison. Win!IMG_3172

I also found sprouted corn tortillas, with nothing but sprouted corn and sea salt. I don’t eat corn, but am curious to see if I can digest sprouted corn/seeds, so thought I’d give them a go and make fresh fish tacos or something similar.

Paleo Treats – Rations for the Driven? YES. I love them, and I love supporting local, they’re based right here in San Diego. I had yet to try their Bandito which surpassed all of their offerings moving to the top right behind the famed Mustang Bar. Holy mother of yumminess. I bought all the Mustang Bars (ooops) and all but one of the Bandito’s. The cashier said, “we are selling out of these like crazy!” I said “well, of course, they’re amazing!” IMG_3174

In addition I found a bunch of other fun stuff (raw cream, Suja, Two Moms in the Raw, etc.) and can’t wait to start stopping by more often! I am going to reach out to see if I can get them to start stocking pastured eggs 🙂 Then, I wouldn’t have to go anywhere else for anything!! I highly recommend for a neighborhood market that has quality offerings with friendly service and supports local businesses.IMG_3175