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Grass-Fed Bison Chili

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili

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We are big fans of grass-fed bison in our house. I like the flavor of bison much better than beef and it’s naturally lower in fat and higher in protein which I love too. I recently wrote about grass-fed bison stuffed peppers that were phenomenal.

Since the peppers were a big hit, I picked up some more bison at Whole Foods and tossed around ideas for the next bison recipe. The hubby suggested chili. Since it’s still friggin’ cold as snot here (at the end of MARCH no less), chili was not out of the question. Plus we can eat it all week.

We basically winged the recipe and what resulted was this savory chunky chili. This recipe has a good amount of heat. Just enough to feel it in the back of your throat. I personally like a LOT of heat so I added some hot peppers as a garnish afterwards. The hubby doesn’t like too much heat so I didn’t go nuts in the recipe because the thing with heat is that you can add as much as you want but you can’t take it out.

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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
 
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Grass-Fed Bison Chili
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground grass-fed bison
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • **Optional: 1 large jalapeno diced (include seeds for more heat, exclude for less)**
Instructions
  1. Cook onion and grass-fed ground bison until bison is browned, drain fat. You'll want to use a little oil in the pan because bison is naturally low in fat (I used coconut oil).
  2. Combine cooked bison/onion mixture and all other ingredients in a 6 quart (or larger) Crock Pot.
  3. Set on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-5 hours.

 

 

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Paleo Coconut Macaroons

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Paleo Coconut Macaroons

When I found this recipe at Empowered Sustenance I was really skeptical about how these macaroons would turn out. I’ve tried other cookie recipes like my Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies and Perfectly Healthy Cookies. While they were good, I’m always on the hunt for better.

I found better! Not just better but BEST! I’m having trouble putting into words how delicious these macaroons are. Lauren at Empowered Sustenance got it right! They are easy, sweet, moist, coconutty and paleo! If you like macaroons, you will LOVE these, paleo or not!

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Baked perfectly for 18 minutes for the first batch. I did 17 minutes for the second batch because the oven was really hot and I didn’t want the bottoms to burn.

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These are deliciously sweet, moist, coconutty and addictive. There is a subtle banana taste but the majority of the flavor is definitely undeniably coconut. I love that something so delicious is also paleo, vegan and dairy free!

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I took this recipe an extra step and dipped a few in a little organic chocolate which does have dairy in it taking them out of the vegan category but the hubby will appreciate it so I just did a few for him. They are perfectly delicious without the chocolate though.

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Paleo Coconut Macaroons. These macaroons are also vegan because they are dairy free. Moist and delicious!
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan
Ingredients
  • **This recipe made 2 dozen**
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed until creamy
  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut (I bought it at Whole Foods in the bulk section)
  • 4 teaspoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup raw honey or raw maple syrup (I used raw honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional but I used it
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mash the ripe bananas with a fork until creamy, try to get all the lumps out.
  3. Add the raw honey and whisk together.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until combined well.
  5. Form into tablespoon-size balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the bottoms look golden brown. Mine were completely done at 18 minutes.
  7. I reduced the time by a minute for the second batch because the oven was so hot.
  8. Let cool COMPLETELY until removing from the baking sheet, otherwise they will crumble.
  9. ***Optional: Once cooled completely, dip bottoms in melted chocolate and put in the fridge to set***

 

If you like coconut and healthy treats, you have got to try these. They will not disappoint!

Update: Shortly after posting this recipe the hubby came home and immediately tried them. He’s had 6 since then. He like them with AND without the chocolate. Score!

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The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

I love learning about healthier versions of the foods or products I use. You may have noticed that there are a lot more honey choices at the store than there ever was before. I really wanted to know what all the hub-bub was about raw honey so I bought some at Whole Foods yesterday and started investigating.

I found this awesome graphic on www.naturalrevolution.org.  I love this site. “Natural Revolution seeks to empower people with solutions to embrace a natural life for a healthy mind, body, home and planet.” The differences were really eye opening. Shocking actually.

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by Karen Foster — There are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.

The article at Natural Revolution has more in-depth information that I encourage you to read. Really good stuff.

The look between Raw Honey and Processed Honey is vastly different too.  Natural Revolution shows the difference in this graphic:

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I have to admit, before investigating the differences, I was clueless. I thought that because I was purchasing organic honey that I was getting more out of my honey. Nope, I was just purchasing organically processed honey which still has little nutritional benefit.

Raw honey reminds me of coconut oil the way that they both start off in a more solid state and when heated just a little, become liquid. Raw honey tastes better to me than processed honey, it just looks different.

I also want to note that I am allergic to bee stings (venom) and was a little apprehensive about non-pasteurized honey thinking that I might have an allergic reaction.  As suggested by some websites, I tasted a tiny bit and waited for a reaction, tasted a little more and so on until I had eaten a tablespoon full. No reaction and dee-licious! (But of course if you are allergic to any honey products, do not consume even raw honey.)

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So I’m sad to say that I have evicted the cute little honey bear face from our house. We are all raw, all the way!

 

 

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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds

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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds 

My 100 pound weight loss did not happen overnight. I actually took about a year and a half. In that time I’ve learned so much about food, exercise and myself. I learned that food is fuel and energy and good food is necessary for my body to be at it’s optimal health and happiness.

Good food never makes me feel bad after I eat it. I never feel ashamed or regret working out and when I see the scale going down, I never feel defeated or discouraged. Every time I do these things I’m telling myself “I Love Me”.

I’ve had a terrible relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Who knew that unhealthy relationship would affect almost every relationship I had during that time. I didn’t love myself enough to treat my body right therefore I certainly didn’t attract the people that would treat me right.

It’s a vicious cycle but you can make it a healthy and happy cycle. You can turn things around  by making small changes. Small changes become habits and before you know it, they are big changes. A consistent drop of water over time makes a very big pond.

This is why I started this blog. To inspire and share what I’ve learned. These are the top 5 things that have helped me the most in my journey to shed 100 pounds.

EAT WHOLE FOODS:  Read and repeat…put crap in, get crap out. Gone are the processed food days. Foods with laboratory created ingredients, preservatives, dyes and chemicals have no place in my body. The least ingredients on the label, the better.

I purchase organics every chance I get, from poultry to cheese, even spices. GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) scare the crap out of me. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries but not in the United States. Why? The big food companies are afraid they will lose billions if we are informed of the cancer causing, nutritionally void foods they are putting on the grocery shelves. I encourage you to do your research.

“Natural” doesn’t mean organic or non-GMO. The label needs to say that it is certified organic or at the very least “is a non-gmo food”. Only certified organic labeled products are certified organic. Know what’s in your food.

By eating organics, I know I’m getting the full nutrition benefit of the food I eat. This way I can make an educated decision based on the nutritional benefit of my food. In doing so, my body doesn’t require a truck load of food to get the same nutritional benefit as a cup of organic food provides. Simple organic whole foods, period.

success story weight loss 100 pound before after fat thin unhealthy healthy yoga hikingHOT YOGA:  When the hubby and I decided to get healthy for each other, we knew exercise would need to be a part of our lives. We needed to find something we loved enough to stick with. The hubby originally tried jogging but it was just too hard on his body. He ended up falling in love with biking.

I had not found my niche yet but I started biking with him. I really liked it but I wasn’t in love like he was. My co-workers were all taking hot yoga, they looked great and were losing weight. I remembered taking a regular yoga class years ago and really liked it. I started researching the benefits and found that it was a great way to build strength and lose weight so off I went to my first class.

Guess what.  In love.  Addicted. I attribute to at least 70 pounds of my weight loss to hot yoga. It makes me feel like a warrior when I’m all done soaked with sweat on every single part of my body. I feel confident and strong and sleep like a rock after a yoga class. I still do other forms of exercise like biking, light weight training, a P90 video here and there, some wi-fit and hiking when the weather permits. But hot yoga is my main and favorite form of exercise.

PORTION CONTROL:  After meeting with a nutritionist and re-learning about food, she helped me see food in a whole new way. I used to eat until I was stuffed, took huge bites, didn’t always chew my food and down went huge chunks of unchewed food.

This was wrong for a couple of reasons. I would be full LONG before I stopped eating but because I was eating so fast, my stomach didn’t have time to tell my brain. We do not require a belly full of food. I can’t even count the times I had to loosen my pants or went into a food coma from eating so much.

Another reason this is bad was because I was taking down chunks of food at a time, my digestive system had to work extra hard to break down that food and get the nutrition from it if there was any. This left me with all kinds of digestive issues.

Today I eat 6 -7 meals a day, 3 – 4 ounces at a time. The key is to make each meal count nutritionally. I give my body what it needs now. It does not need junk food or processed foods.

In taking smaller bites and really chewing my food, it made me eat slower and savor my food. It also made my smaller portions go a long way. Then by the time I swallowed, the digestive juices in my gut were able to easily absorb the nutrition from the food and not putting undue stress on my digestive system. It also keeps my metabolism constantly running which in turn helped the pounds to come off even without exercise. I actually lost my first 30 pounds with just diet.

BYE-BYE BAD CARBS:  I still eat carbs, just heavily limit the bad ones like white bread, pasta, rice, white sugar, white flour, rice, potatoes, etc. I am not gluten-sensitive that I know of but have noticed a big difference in how I feel when I eat gluten-free foods.

I rarely eat bread but if i do it’s a small piece of sour dough or pumpernickel and usually has 4 or 5 ingredients or I make my own. I use zucchini or spaghetti squash for pasta, quinoa in place of pasta, rice, meat, potatoes and oats. Lots of quinoa. I also use coconut flour and coconut sugar.  Real maple syrup and honey are staples in our house too. I still get all the taste, I just make better food choices.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sweets from time to time. I just make much better choices now to satisfy my craving and I don’t take down the whole box of cookies. I actually eat the suggested serving size, take small bites and savor it. It’s a once in a while treat, not a daily routine anymore.

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STAY HYDRATED:  Last but not least. We’ve all heard we should drink 8 glasses of water a day.  I just couldn’t stomach all the water. I felt like I was drowning. But it wasn’t the actual water that was giving me hesitation. I just hadn’t found the right “water” for me.

While I was in the hospital for hernia surgery I was supposed to drink water but just couldn’t get it down so the doctor suggested warm tea. It was like the skies opened up, the light bulb went on and I realized what the problem was all along. My tummy loves WARM liquids. Ever since then, I get in my 8 glasses and then some in each day. I even take lukewarm tea to yoga. The key was finding what “water” worked for me.  Everyone is different and one glass of water does not fit all.

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 That’s my story. Thank you for reading it and allowing me to share it with you. I hope you’ll come back and see what’s new here at The Organic Rabbit real soon.

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Coconut Flour Flat Bread

Coconut Flour Flat Bread

In my exploration for new paleo recipes, I found this coconut flour flat bread that only has 4 ingredients and I love foods with the least amount of ingredients so why not give it a go.  The original recipe looks much prettier than mine but the recipe was really easy and it turned out delicious.

The only ingredient that was paleo questionable was the dash of baking powder.  I looked online here and they explain that because the amount is so minimal it’s pretty much harmless and negligible.  It all depends on if you are comfortable using a dash.  If you won’t lose sleep over it, you’ll be happy with the result.

This recipe makes 1 big flat bread or 2 small ones.  The smaller ones will be easier to flip and since I am not a master flipper which you see in the photo below. I’ll be making them smaller next time and there will definitely be a next time.  I’ll most likely double the recipe next time so I can share them with the hubby.

I hesitate to call these just “flat bread” because they are so light and fluffy and almost sweet. I would call them Coconut Flour Sweet Almost Pancakes Flat Bread.  But that doesn’t really roll of the tongue 🙂  So for the sake of simplicity, I’ll call it Coconut Flour Flat Bread.

Update: The hubby asked me to make him Coconut Flour Pancakes and I made this exact recipe, gave him the batter and he made pancakes with it on the griddle. He loved them and said they were very filling.  WIFE TESTED – HUBBY APPROVED 🙂

Nutritionally, this recipe has 8 grams of protein (for one big flat bread/pancake), that’s incredible.  Combined with the 2.5 grams of fiber.  Which makes for a great gluten free, paleo breakfast or snack.

 

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Coconut Flour Flat Bread
 
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This Coconut Flour Flat Bread has a sweet pancake like texture that's high in fiber and fluffy light. It's gluten free and paleo too.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/16th teaspoon of baking powder (this is really just a pinch, it's not a lot at all)
  • 2 egg whites (at room temperature just because they mix better this way)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl whisk all ingredients until consistency is smooth, no lumps or bumps.
  2. Heat a frying pan with a pat of melted butter or coconut oil.
  3. Pour in batter and tilt pan to spread mixture around like you would for an omelet.
  4. When the edges start to brown, carefully check to see that the underside is also browned enough and stable enough to flip.
  5. Once brown enough and stable enough, flip and heat the other side until browned.

 

I ate mine with just a drizzle of organic honey and it was perfect.  There are so many variations you can do with these though.

  • Spread a little ricotta (more protein) mixed with some vanilla extract and toss a few blueberries (more fiber) on top.
  • A little pat of butter and some organic maple syrup.
  • Sprinkle with a little cinnamon/sugar.
  • Add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla, almond or maple extract for more flavor

These are REALLY good.  Paleo and gluten free can be delicious and these are!

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