Paleo N’orridge (primal, keto, whole30, vegan, grain-free)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post (several times) various incarnation of my current favourite breakfast: my own creation of Paleo N’orridge. I even posted the recipe there a while back, but now want to share it here. What’s n’orridge you ask? A breakfast food that resembles porridge – the hot, stodgy, breakfast cereal I used to eat topped with brown sugar and milk – but made from different, paleo-friendly, gut-friendly and lower glycemic ingredients. Hence the use of ‘n.’

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{WIAW} Primal Wednesday

Linking up with Peas and Crayons today because it’s What I Ate Wednesday, a day to share the meals I’ve prepared for myself and eaten, and an opportunity for you to see the day to day meals of a primal eater.

*hint: click on the links for some meal ideas! And check out my Primal Recipes page for more.

Breakfast

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My old faithful bulletproof espresso made of two shots of Lavazza espresso, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp butter, and a heaped teaspoon of xylitol to sweeten.

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{Coconut Friends} Amie the Runner

Coconut Friends is a new, monthly series I’ve started to showcase people’s journeys and success using a variation of primal eating. Primal eating affects us all in different ways, and the reasons we start doing it varies as well. The term comes from my friend Amie’s boyfriend Jamie: whenever she would talk to him about me, he called me her ‘Coconut Friend,’ especially since Amie cooks so much with coconut oil. And, as we know, coconuts and all their goodness are the cornerstone for any primal eater.

It’s only fitting that Amie is my first Coconut Friend. She is a good friend of mine: we met through work, but we’ve bonded over some running, but mainly our passion for paleo and primal eating, and spreading the message of just eating real food (aka JERF!) to others. I think Amie is an elite runner, but she’s so humble she’ll never tell you that. Amie will also be a partner in my primal business. Here is her primal journey.

I’m an athlete therefore I’m healthy!

I didn’t get into the Paleo lifestyle to lose weight, far from it; I was just over 8 stone (112 lbs = 51 kg. Amie is 5′ 1″ tall), with an enviable body fat percentage of just 14.5%. I run for a well respected athletic club: Fife AC, representing my club at regional and national events in Scotland. I have been selected to run for the East of Scotland in the international championships on two occasions. I train six days a week and sometimes twice a day. I thought I was fit and healthy. My half marathon PB – 1:24:57 – told me so, right?

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{Recipe} Whenever Quiche

Growing up, quiche was always a special occasion dish. I remember my Mom making large quiches in her pottery pie dish for family brunches. I guess it was a special dish because it’s a bit of a chore to make short crust pastry, roll it out, form it and blind bake it, (I hate blind baking). The best thing about this quiche is that the pastry is very easy, very quick and won’t ruin with overhandling the way a typical, flour-based short crust pastry would.

I call this recipe Whenever Quiche because it’s a dish you could literally make whenever, for whatever and for whomever. In our house, I eat a piece every week day for breakfast; Pat eats a piece every week day as his after-work snack. I make the quiche on the weekend, slice it into eight pieces, and have it in the fridge, ready to help ourselves to slices when we want. I love making this quiche because it’s easy, it’s doable and it’s incredibly versatile. I like versatile recipes.

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{WIAW} What I Ate Wednesday: August 20th

I first heard about Peas and Crayons’ What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) from Lindsay Cotter’s blog, Cotter Crunch. Lindsay writes about the delicious and nutritious foods she creates in her Texas kitchen to nourish and energize her and her triathlete husband. The English teacher in me always liked the alliterative nature of the title, and now since going primal – and trying to spread the primal word – I think WIAW is a perfect way for people to see what I eat on a daily basis.

If you’re stuck for recipe ideas, click on the links!

Breakfast:

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Paleo Fruit Parfait (primal, whole 30, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Today is an extra special recipe post because you’re getting two recipes for the price of one! I’m sharing two very versatile recipes, both in ingredients but also uses.They can be snacks, part of your morning breakfast, or a delicious dessert. They’re made with easy ingredients that are found in all grocery stores, and are full of fat. Sounds primally perfect to me 😉

The first recipe is for Nutter Bombs: these are the foundation of a few things I’ve made and are one of the foods I make on a weekly basis. These subtly sweet and fatty delights are versatile because you can use whatever nuts, seeds and natural nut butters you like. You can also use the Nut Bombs in different ways, one of which is recipe #2.

I’ve written the recipe in both US and UK quantities, and they are inspired by Mark’s Daily Apple Cocoa and Coconut Snacks
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Paleo Pancakes (primal, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Yesterday, I shared my recipe for Primal Chilli con Carne, which, prior to leaving for our camping trip to the Isle of Mull, I froze and used as an extra ice pack in my cooler / cool box to chill our food as we traveled across Scotland, hopped on a ferry, drove some more and set up camp in Mull. Yes, that dish was prepared at home, not on a campfire, which is totally acceptable in camping preparation. Fidden Farm, where we camped, had a freezer where ideally camper’s could put their gel blocks and ice packs to freeze, and then use in their coolers during the day. Some people used this to keep their premade dishes, like Bolognese Sauce, soup or stew, frozen to then thaw one day while away. Pretty clever if you ask me 😉

When full out camping, without the access to a kitchen and all its luxuries, you can still cook and eat primal, and in quite a delicious way. Take our breakfasts for instance: we had instant espresso (bulletproof for me), bacon / sausage and eggs with avocado, one morning we had fried mackerel (which I’ll speak about in tomorrow’s post), and we made the most amazing 3-ingredient, Paleo pancakes!

I was first introduced to this recipe by my friend Alicia, when her and her boyfriend André visited back in April. Alicia adopted a paleo lifestyle at the start of this year and taught me about it and its benefits. I won’t divulge any more information from her or about her because she’s going to be doing a guest post on her primal journey soon!

IMG_20140420_145035As I was trying to figure out what primal meals to eat while camping, this recipe came to mind. It’s made with easy ingredients that most people have in their house, and we would be taking all the ingredients with us anyway, why not make them? Continue reading