Monthly Archives: November 2016

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

Hungry for a delicious pot of tender chuck roast with loads of warming vegetables? I have a recipe that will warm you up body and soul. 🙂 There is plenty of juices and tender loads of nutritious vegetables.

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables


This was perfect last night after spending a few hours outside stringing holiday lights. I love being outdoors in the winter months in the brisk air. Most of the time I am moving my body a little more than I was yesterday. Yes, there were lights that didn’t work, and lights where half the string worked. Thankfully we had plenty to spare, and had strings that were working well! What happens, I wonder, to the lights that were working fine when you put them in the box and the next year are not functioning? It has been an ongoing mystery that people write about and include in movies, because many can relate.


Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

I have included Fennel, Onions, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Zucchini and Yellow Beans in this Roast along with a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice and savory Rosemary and Thyme. I think you will love it! No dried out roast here!

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables in Pot from the Oven

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables in Pot from the Oven


Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables


1 Three Pound Chuck Roast

1 Fennel Bulb (diced)

1 Yellow Onion (diced)  (substitute green scallions if Low FodMap)

5 Carrots (peeled and coarsely chopped)

1 Bunch of Swiss Chard (stems stripped and coarsely chopped)

3 Zucchini (about 2 cups halved lengthwise and sliced)

2 Cups of Fresh Yellow or Green Beans

6 Cups of Broth (this is approximate depending on your pot)

1/2 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil (you may substitute 3 cloves of fresh garlic)

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons of Crushed Rosemary

1 Teaspoon of Thyme

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees. You will use a large dutch oven with a lid. Salt your chuck roast all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt. In your pan, heat the garlic olive oil over medium high heat just until warm. Add the chuck roast and brown 5 minutes each side. Remove the chuck roast from the pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the diced fennel and onion, and sautee for 5 minutes. Stir in Carrots, Green Beans, Orange Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary and Thyme. Add the chuck roast to the top and pour over broth until it reaches the top of the roast. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then cover the pan with a lid and place into your preheated oven for 3 hours. At the end of three hours, remove the pan from the oven and add the Zucchini and Chard, tucking it down around the roast. Lift the roast out of the pan if needed and set it back on top of the vegetables. Bake another hour. Then remove it from the oven and it is ready!

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Eat Your Nutrients!

One More Chance on an Instant Pot for Half Price Cyber Monday on Amazon!

I don’t want you to miss this sale if you have been eyeing an Instant Pot. I received mine yesterday from Amazon’s Black Friday sale and made a delicious chicken thigh recipe in it with just 11 minutes cooking time. I just started using it, but already love it! If you haven’t heard of them, they are multi-function. I sauteed my chicken thighs in it last night, then pressure cooked them, took them out and reduced the sauce all in the same pot. They are a rice cooker, yogurt maker, pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, warmer and you can use it for sauteing.

Here’s the link to get it for just $68.95 today. They are regularly $119.95.

Happy Cyber Monday!


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Eat Your Nutrients!

Paleo Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-Fry is great, because it is a one dish meal full of vegetables (my favorite) and a savory sauce!



Here is my Paleo version of a Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry that is super delicious! The chicken is very juicy and tender, because I used my favorite part of the bird, thighs! I had mine as is, no rice needed, but feel free to add some hot jasmine rice if you like. I added a leafy green salad on the side, because I am a leafy greens gal! 🙂

Grab your wok! A large shallow pan will do if you don’t have a wok!


Paleo Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir-Fry


2 1/2 Pounds of Boneless Chicken Thighs (cut into bite size pieces)

10 oz. of Frozen Baby Asparagus Spears (I used Woodstock brand)

1 Organic Red Bell Pepper (Diced)

5 Green Scallions (green tops only if Low Fodmap) (Thinly sliced)

1 10 oz. Can of Mandarin Oranges (I use Native Forest Here)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Aminos (Here is the brand I use)

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (feel free to use 2 cloves of garlic and regular olive oil)

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Plain Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Ginger Juice (I use this kind)

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Prepping Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Prepping Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir-Fry


In a medium bowl whisk together the coconut aminos, honey and ginger juice. Drain the oranges and set aside.

Heat your wok over high heat. Add two tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil. Add the chicken thighs, and 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Stir-fry until the chicken is almost done. Put the chicken in a bowl, and set aside.

Add one tablespoon of regular olive oil to the wok. Then add the asparagus. Stir-fry for two minutes. Add the red peppers and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Stir-fry two more minutes, then add in the scallions.

Asparagus and Red Peppers

Asparagus and Red Peppers

Add the chicken back to the pan, and pour over the sauce. Gently stir in the mandarin oranges. Cover and simmer for five minutes, or until the asparagus is tender.

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry Gluten Free, Paleo


Serve it up! Yum!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!






Rum Raisin Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

For all those of you who have been missing Rum Raisin Ice Cream, here is a clean ingredient recipe! Rum Raisin Ice Cream was one of my favorites when I was a teenager. It is a classic flavor and perfect anytime of year, but I really like it in the Autumn. The rum flavor and raisins remind me of my Grandmother’s Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce she always made for the holidays with her recipe from “the old country”, as she used to say. She meant England. She had a very old recipe from my Great, Great, Great Grandmother that I want to try and revamp into a gluten free version. But for now, ice cream!

Rum Raisin Bowl of Dairy Free Ice Cream

Rum Raisin Bowl of Dairy Free Ice Cream


This is a simple and delicious recipe of this classic that is dairy and egg free! If you are low fodmap, you can substitute currants for the raisins, and it will be simply delicious!

Rum Raisin Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

Rum Raisin Ice Cream (Dairy Free)


Now for the recipe!

Rum Raisin Ice Cream (Dairy Free)


2 Cans of Coconut Milk (Full Fat)

1/2 Cup of Honey (use Clover Honey if Low FodMap)

1/2 Cup of Raisins (substitute currants if making Low FodMap)

1/4 Cup of Gelatin (Collagen not the Thickening Kind Here great for your hair, skin, nails and tummy)

2 Tablespoons of White Rum

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

Whisk all the ingredients together except the raisins. Stir in the raisins. Refrigerate for 4 hours to let the raisins plump and absorb some of the flavors and get the mixture chilled. Churn in an ice cream maker. Serve!

One of the things I like about adding rum to a non-dairy ice cream is, if you have leftovers and freeze them, the ice cream is easy to scoop right from the freezer.

8 Servings

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Eat Your Nutrients!


Blueberry Frozen Yogurt (Made with Sheep’s Milk Yogurt)

I feel like I just won a prize! I recently found plain Sheep’s Milk yogurt at my local food co-op. Sheep’s Milk Yogurt is easily digestible, similar to goat’s milk, and many who don’t tolerate dairy in the form of cow’s milk or goat’s milk, can tolerate sheep’s milk, as it is very close to human breast milk. Sheep’s milk has a very high fat content naturally, so it is super creamy and requires no thickner’s or stabilizers. Another bonus if you are not a goat’s dairy fan because of the stronger flavor, sheep’s milk is very mild tasting. There are a lot of nutritional benefits to sheep’s milk and it has been consumed by humans for thousands of years. Read more about it here!


I am so thrilled about finding this yogurt that I actually tolerate very well, and tastes amazing! I want to eat it every day. I like to have it with a touch of honey and fruit, and even plain. Plus, it works great in savory dips and sauces.


But today, I am using it to make a frozen yogurt  with only 4 ingredients, and it is super delicious! Before I forget, here is the brand I found that is made in New York State. It is called Black Sheep Yogurt by Old Chatham Sheep Herding Creamery. If you can’t find a good Sheep’s Milk Yogurt where you are, you can buy this brand online and have it shipped directly to you.


Blueberry Frozen Yogurt


1 16 oz. container of Plain Yogurt (I used Sheep’s Milk)

1/2 Cup of Frozen Blueberries

1/4 Cup of Honey

2 Teaspoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice


Place everything but the yogurt in a small saucepan, and warm together stirring constantly over medium heat to just warm. The honey should be dissolved and the blueberries warmed.

Put the yogurt into a medium bowl. Pour the berries over the top and whisk together.

Making Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Sheep's Milk Yogurt

Making Blueberry Frozen Yogurt with Sheep’s Milk Yogurt

Put directly into an ice cream maker, and churn until done. This takes approximately 30 minutes depending on your machine.

That’s it! So super easy and sooooooo good!

Enjoy the day!!!!!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!


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