ANCESTRAL JUNKIE

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Whole 30

18 Uses For Your Fermented Veggie Brine

Fermented Foods, Holistic Living, Body, Weston Price and NT, Whole 30Holly SteinComment

I'm all about zero waste...and that includes the brine from our homemade sauerkraut.  If you're looking for a way to use that brine, check out 18 different uses below!  

  1. To soak grains for proper preparation (in lieu of whey or apple cider vinegar)
  2. Add a splash to bone broth or hot soup for a fun kick
  3. Use it in deviled eggs when mixing up the yolks
  4. Mix a little into hummus
  5. Add to potato salad for a zing
  6. Use as a marinade for meat (similar to vinegar, it tenderizes)
  7. Put some in your bloody mary.  Enough said.
  8. Add it to your homemade mayo
  9. Mix it in a dip for veggies
  10. Drink it straight!  Or dilute it with flat or sparkling water
  11. Use as a salad dressing (treat as you would vinegar and add some oil, spices, etc.)
  12. Pickle some hardboiled eggs
  13. Add it to your cold soup base 
  14. Add it to egg salad 
  15. Speed up your compost (I can't wait to try this one!)
  16. Add it your fresh veggie juice
  17. Use it it to saute your greens (it will the probiotic, but the flavor will be delish!)
  18. Feed it to your chickens (I wish I had chickens!)
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Pumpkin Spice Latte - Keto/Whole 30/Paleo

Keto, Paleo, Recipes, Whole 30, Sweet Tooth, BodyHolly SteinComment

I admit I used to be a serious PSL drinker...and every time October rolls around I tell myself I'm going to create my own version of the Starbucks drink.  I never did, until now.  I actually went out and bought a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte to refresh myself what it actually tasted like.  My initial reaction was $4.45!?!?? FOUR DOLLARS AND FORTY FIVE CENTS!? What an exorbitant amount of money.  Then I tasted it.  Holy cow was it SWEET.  Way too sweet for my liking these days. If you follow the Ancestral Junkie philosophy of nutrition, you would think it's too sweet too.  If you are new to the high fat/low carb life, rest assured this new PSL tastes pretty damn good for almost no sugar and carbs....and I promise after a few sips you won't even miss the original version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBLS grassfed butter
  • 4 TBLS organic, full fat coconut milk*
  • 1/2 TSP organic vanilla extract (Use vanilla bean powder if Whole 30) - to be honest, sometimes I just go for the vanilla extract even if I'm doing Whole 30. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.
  • 1/4-1/2 TSP pumpkin pie spice**
  • 1/2 TBLS organic pumpkin puree (If you don't want to go buy a whole can just for this, you could live without it)
  • 1-2 TSP of sweetener (Xylitol, Stevia or Swerve); 2 tsp was plenty for me!*** (OMIT THE SWEETENER IF YOU ARE WHOLE 30)
  • Organic coffee brewed to your preference (I make 16 oz thermos full with 1.5-2 tbls ground coffee)

Ingredients:

  1. Brew coffee.  I'm partial to my french press
  2. While coffee is brewing, add the rest of the ingredient into a large mason jar.
  3. When coffee is done, pour into the jar and blend with an immersion blender.
  4. If you're doing dairy, option to top with some homemade whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon

*For a creamier version use grass-fed heavy whipping cream if you are not Whole 30/Paleo

**Made of 5 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp clove, 1/4 tsp nutmeg 

***1 packet = 1 tsp; also, I prefer xylitol :) 

 

Low Carb Chicken Chow Mein

Recipes, Keto, Paleo, Weston Price and NT, Whole 30, BodyHolly Stein

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We've been on a serious Asian food kick lately, and it's not always easy to go low carb with Asian food.  There are so many noodles and sauces and a lot of times hidden sugar.  Not to mention the MSG and gluten which often leaves me with a headache and feeling bloated.  This chow mein recipe hit the spot and left me feeling great!

Feel free to play around with the ingredients and add/subtract as you'd like!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound organic chicken (or any protein you'd like to use)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • A few stalks of celery, chopped into small pieces 
  • 3-4 eggs, scrambled
  • Small piece of ginger, grated
  • Liquid or Coconut Aminos (Use coconut aminos if you are following Whole 30)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bag of cole slaw mix (I use the Trader Joe's organic bag -it has shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • Shredded zucchini (optional - I had this laying around and needed to use it)
  • Optional: 1 tbls organic raw honey - if you're feeling a little adventurous; remember, honey is NOT Whole 30

Directions:

  1. Cook spaghetti squash until you can pierce with a fork. I bake whole at 375 and start at 35-40 min and go from there.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, I add the onion, garlic, cole slaw veggies, celery, ginger and cook in butter until softened a little.  I add the zucchini at the end so it does't get mushy.  If you are adding honey, throw that in with your aminos to coat the veggies.
  3. Cook chicken and cut into bit sizes.  I usually season with salt, pepper, and maybe a little chili powder for some kick.
  4. Once spaghetti squash is cooked, shred with fork and put into a large bowl.  Add in chicken, veggies and scrambled egg and mix together.  Add additional aminos as needed.

Enjoy!

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