Kale-Basil Pesto with Avocado and Lemon

I love basil. It has an absolutely gorgeous aroma due to being very high in volatile oils. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, is incredibly high in vitamin K1, and quite decent in vitamins A, C, and manganese. It is possibly my favourite herb to eat fresh, which means I am making a lot of pesto lately! Pesto is also a great way to use up pretty much any greens that might languish in your fridge otherwise. I definitely have trouble eating enough veggies in general (not to mention hydrating enough…), so I am quite happy to be able to add pesto to pretty much any AIP dinner to up my nutrient quota. This single small jar of pesto was made from two large bunches of basil and most of a rather generous bunch of kale (I had to pulse it a few times just to fit it all into my food processor!), so you can see how just a couple spoonfuls of pesto is like adding a whole serving or two of veg. And, because it’s been broken down a bit already, pesto is easier to digest than a raw salad – bonus! Read more

Homemade Herbal Deodorant

I have been making my own deodorant for a few years now. When I started developing eczema, hives and angry rashes in my second year of Graves, I stopped being able to wear any deodorant on the market…even plain old Dr Mist gave me a rash and rock crystals simply failed to work. Read more

Dandelion Basil Pesto (2 ways)

Spring is well in bloom on the Canadian West Coast. Cherry blossoms sprung up suddenly on Valentine’s Day, daffodils are waving happily, and tulips can be spotted in the sunnier gardens. Dandelions have also begun to show their bright faces, and I found my first bunched leaves at the store today. Time for deep cleansing…and pesto! Read more

Chocolate Strawberry Loves (Paleo/Vegan)

Chocolate and Strawberries are a classic combination for romance…though I honestly would rarely turn down that glorious awesomeness! Read more

Fluffy AIP Biscuits (Original Post+Recipe!)

When I was growing up, my family made tea biscuits every few weeks. They went with everything: soup, stew, meat and veg dishes, and the dough also made a pretty awesome pizza crust.They were always soft on the inside and crusty on the outside – the perfect soup biscuit. Read more

N’oatmeal Squash Cookies

Sometimes nothing will do but an oatmeal cookie.

I was hankering for some breakfast cookies and since I’m trying different egg replacements and also trying to increase my veggie intake, I decided to try using leftover spaghetti squash from the night before – SO good! These cookies are so soft and chewy and taste amazing – just like the homemade oatmeal cookies I grew up with. Read more

Winter Gingerbread Cookies (AIP/Paleo/Vegan/GF)

The holidays are not complete for me without gingerbread cookies – my first year of AIP I managed to make it through without them, however I definitely broke down and added a good splash of brandy to me dairy-free eggless nog… So this year I was determined to make an AIP-friendly version of my favourite holiday treat – the Gingerbread Man. Read more

Challenging Myself + a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

This is my first Thanksgiving away from all family and friends, so my Hubby and I are recreating feasting favourites on a smaller scale. It’s also Hubby’s Birthday on the 12th, so a candle in his very own pumpkin pie is in order. Read more

Equinox Ramblings

Since leaving one semester behind and entering a new one, I have again felt the weight of a busy life all too heavy on my shoulders. I have a tendency to go along, thinking I am handling all the fuss very well, and though I notice myself becoming increasingly tired, I cannot seem to convince myself that I can change my load or fate. I end up more and more stressed and anxious until my poor little human body cannot hold any more. Everything must therefore burst forth with a dramatic vengeance and I become a helpless mess for a few weeks, crying for no reason, needing more sleep than anything else (though rarely getting it), fighting with Hubby for very unreasonable things, and so on. I somehow manage not to be a crazy person when I am in public, but even managing that feat can manifest a stress-knot of hormone imbalances, increased heart-rate and breathing difficulties. Do you ever get so upset about something that your actual brain feels uncomfortable somehow? Read more