Bulletproof Coffee

 

Hey guys, Casey here. Normally Annie would use this time to drop real food recipe knowledge bombs all over you, but this week I ran into a coffee recipe that is delicious, nutritious and just might make you bulletproof. That’s right, I’m talking about Bulletproof Coffee from the Bulletproof Executive. Actually, I started drinking this coffee because of the guys at fitr.tv, an awesome podcast about Crossfit, strength, weightlifting, etc. Its hilarious and crazy informative. Be warned though, these guys tend to swear more than you would want your children to hear.

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Anyway, back to the coffee. Its super simple:

1 cup of coffee (preferably organic)
1 TBS Kerrigold or other grass-fed butter
1 TBS coconut oil
A bunch of cinnamon to taste

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour into your cup and enjoy the foamy deliciousness. It really has a latte-like vibe to it. Now, before any nervous nancies panic about the fat content of this drink, remember that good fats are good. If you’re new to the gym this is something you’ll learn in the upcoming nutrition class.

Okay everybody, grab your umbrella because I’m going to rain some knowledge down on you. The fats in coconut oil are referred to as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are an excellent energy source in that they are quickly absorbed into your system to be used as a long-burning energy source.

Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee before? If so what did you think? If not, are you going to try it? Post to comments and let me know.

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Elana’s Herb Gravy

Here’s one of my favorite legit gravies.  I never would have thought you could make gravy without a roux, but Elana (sidebar:  make sure you check out her link, lots of yummy gravy resources) did. Just thinking about that concept makes my jaw hit the ground. But it’s true, no flour is used in this gravy and it’s perfect! I used all her ingredients, but just changed the cooking methods just a bit.

4 cups homemade chicken stock
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic
pan drippings (from roasted chicken or turkey)
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped

In a medium saucepan, heat chicken stock, onions and garlic to a boil. Continue to boil until onions and garlic are soft, about 20 minutes. This evaporates some of the liquid, concentrating the stock mixture. Pour pan drippings into saucepan.

Blend stock-onion-drippings mixture until smooth. Place mixture back in saucepan and reheat to a boil. Season with salt and thyme, continue to boil for a few minutes, this thickens the gravy.

Serve on top of cauliflower puree! It’s perfectly paleo and just plain perfect! Recipes like these make it easier to go grain-free for the holidays.
Eat well, Friends!
AnnieS, #11

Sourdough Pancakes

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Just when I needed it most Julia came through with some starter. It came at a perfect time: the end of the 91 day challenge. Which means I’m baking freely! Btw, if anyone needs a starter (you know who you are) I’ve got plenty. As do the Grossenbacher’s. I found this recipe on culturesforhealth.com and my fam really liked it. But then again, who doesn’t like a pancake?

2 cups Fresh Sourdough Starter
1 Pastured Egg (thanks, Cheeks!)
3 Tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
3+ Tablespoons Raw Milk, Coconut Milk or Water
1 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, makes the pancakes fluffier)

Mix together sourdough starter, egg, sugar, oil and baking soda. Use the milk, coconut milk or water to thin the batter to a pancake batter consistency (how much you will need depends on the consistency of your sourdough starter).

Heat a griddle to moderate heat. Melt a slice of butter or coconut oil on the griddle. Once the griddle is hot, use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until golden brown and flip. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Eat Well, Friends!
AnnieS.

Here’s a list of other pancakes we’ve sampled:

Blueberry Pancakes (Coconut Flour)

Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes (Almond Flour)

Dutch Baby (Almond Flour)

Gluten Free Waffles (Almond Flour)

Happy About Organic Mangos

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Where did you grocery shop this week?
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Did you find any amazing deals?
Organic mangos for .99!

How many meals are you planning on making?
5

How many people will you be feeding?
4

Did you buy any splurge items?
Yes! TJ’s has this new chocolate that comes in a disc. It’s like old world Mexican chocolate, ground up and gritty.

What item are you most hesistant about showing in your pic?
There’s an item in my pic that will give me away.

Anything else you’d like to share?
With the amount of money spent on groceries, it’s funny to see them all laid out. It’s like treasure!

Ok, CFS, whose groceries are these?
Eat well, Friends!
AnnieS

Restaurant Review: The Mediterranean Kitchen

When two little Steinlets are away the oldest Stein’s go out and eat!

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Here’s one of my fave salads which receives: two thumbs up! The Mediterranean Kitchen, located in Kirkland, specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine. Once you navigate through the pitas, saffron rice, lentil soups, and shawarmas (sidebar: you might want to try this, honestly who isn’t intrigued by shawarma?) you’ll find the true legit gem…the gyro salad. It’s filled with tons of lamb, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and crisp greens. The only caveat is that your dining partner needs to eat the same– there’s tons of alluring garlic in the dressing.

Make sure you go here!
Mediterranean Kitchen
11412 NE 124th St
Kirkland, WA. 98034
(425) 823-8101

Who else has eaten here? What do you like?

Eat well, Friends,
AnnieS.

Games Food

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Hey CFS! I’m blogging from the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games! As usual the athletes have been incredible. The food? Annoying, but I can’t really put my finger on it. There’s something pretentious about paying $20 just for a paleo plate. Especially if you don’t normally eat paleo.

Pictured above is Casey’s meatball, sweet potato, avocado, and cucumber plate – for $20.

Leave me comments! Do you think it’s pretentious? Am I suffering heat stroke and it’s actually not obnoxious?

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Lovin me some K-Star!
AnnieS

TJ’s Chevre Log with Honey

I’m not lying when I say this is the best cheese ever!  So boss I had to crown it!  Go buy it, you will not be disappointed (unless you’re a 12-year-old girl also grossed out by blue, gorgonzola, or swiss in which case results may vary).

I’ve been making this salad this week, and the cheese is what makes it incredible.

Eat well, Friends,

AnnieS

Leave me cheese comments.  Have you tried it yet?  If so, did you think it’s as good as I do?