Tuesday, November 4, 2014

AIP Chewy "Chocolate" Chunk Cookies (grain-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free)

This girl likes her cookies.

So when I found out that I would need to start following the autoimmune protocol (AIP) to help heal a leaky gut, my old-standby of Seriously Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were a no-go.

I can tell you, it is not easy to follow this protocol. Although these cookies are good, they were still created as a treat in a way of eating that seems so limiting. Something to help everyone feel a bit more "normal" while living in a world where they can't eat normal. In the real world of convenience foods (even the paleo/"clean" ones), restaurants and anything else created to help simplify real food for the majority of people, there are ingredients that someone on AIP cannot have. Paprika is in EVERYTHING. And even if it doesn't say paprika, for some reason "spices" and "natural flavors" are perfectly acceptable ingredients list items, which pretty much translates to me as "don't even bother."

So having been AIP just over a month now, I feel the need for normalcy. I'll be honest and say I've cried a few tears in my kitchen. I've sobbed while washing the thousandth dish that week since I am literally cooking every dang day. I know I am not alone.

And I just want a cookie.

(did you just picture me on the floor, pounding my fists on the ground, having a tantrum??)

Out of desperation, comes yumminess for you guys as well. I hope you like it!

xo -  Tonja

Chewy "Chocolate" Chunk Cookies
AIP * grain-free * egg-free * nut-free * dairy-free

Make 8 cookies
* arrowroot may be substituted, however I made them both ways and all testers agreed the tapioca was a better "mouth feel"
** if you tolerate chocolate, feel free to substitute Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, combine tapioca flour, coconut flour, gelatin, coconut sugar, salt and baking soda.

In a small bowl, melt the palm shortening and then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.

Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Mix in the homemade carob chips (or chocolate chips) and let cool (or pop in the refrigerator for 10 minutes).

Divide batter into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Place the dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten to about 3/4" tall.

Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before putting on a cookie rack to cool completely (but I won't tell anyone if you just gobble them up right away).

Carob Chunks
cocoa-free * dairy-free

Make 2 cups

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the palm shortening and coconut butter. Add in the coconut sugar and stir until dissolved (most likely it will not dissolve completely, but hey, we can try). Remove from heat and stir in the carob powder, vanilla and sea salt.

Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 8x8 baking dish or pan and put in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Remove from the freezer and using a sharp knife, cut the mixture into chocolate-chip sized chunks (the mixture should still be fairly soft and easy to run a knife through). Return to the freezer to completely harden.

Once ready to use for the first time, using the pre-cut lines, break the "chocolate" into separate chunks.

Store extra in an air-tight container in the freezer.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Salted Maca Mocha

So I never post to this blog.... I know that I am one of the worst bloggers out there, but thats ok! We all have our strengths and our weaknesses...  I try to get as much info out there as I can on Instagram and so many people ask me..."can I find that recipe on your blog?!?!"  I always say, "nah, I don't really blog"...but today...TODAY! I SHALL BLOG (or "post" for those of you bloggers that like to get particularly technical about the terminology)...just don't expect me to make a habit of this...I can't be held accountable for allowing months to pass before my next post....

Back to the post...

We don't really get to experience the seasons here in Southern California and I do miss those chunky sweaters, infinity scarves, fallen leaves and hot breakfast coffee drinks :)  I tend to always grab an iced coffee from the local coffee shop on my way to work if I need (or just "want" as it usually is) a mid-morning pick me up after my usual BPC (bulletproof coffee).

I have experimented with all sorts of concoctions in my Bulletproof Coffee from plain old grassed butter and coconut oil, to MCT oil, turmeric and cayenne pepper.  We see lots of awesome recipes out there for different variations and I wanted to share with you one of my favorite combos: SALTED MACA MOCHA.
Check out WellnessMama's blog (one of my FAVs) about the benefits of Maca...

I used to work for *bux for about 5 years as a Store Manager and I like to think that I have a pretty decent handle on this coffee making thing.  So if you're so inclined, give this recipe a go and let me know how you like it!

You will need:

  • 10oz French Pressed Coffee (or just whatever coffee you have, however your favorite brew method is:) I use all different brands, but this morning I used Caveman Coffee Co. White Gold. (I am not an affiliate, I just happened to try and like their product two weekends ago at the Taste of Paleo event. :)
  • 1 tablespoon MCT Oil (again, I am using Caveman Coffee Co. MCT oil this morning and its Awesome!!)
  • 1 tablespoon Organic, Grass-fed Ghee (I love Tinstar Foods Ghee, its my favorite!  But if you like it a little frothier and can handle it, go ahead and use grass-fed butter like Kerrygold.)
  • 1 teaspoon Raw Maca Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Powder 
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract 
  • sprinkle of salt

*OPTIONAL - dash of maple syrup (if you like your drinks on the slightly sweeter side)

Add all the ingredients together (except for the salt) and blend until frothy!  I blend mine up in my Nutribullet for about 15 seconds.  Pour in a mug and top the froth with a dash of sea salt.  Since you got it nice and frothy, it stays at the top and as you sip, you get that nice subtle, salty flavor mixed with the chocolate. :)

I should mention if you are new to bulletproof coffee, start with 1tsp each of MCT oil and ghee...your body may react negatively to the large amount of fat until you are more fat adapted. <3

What a great fall pick-me-up!  I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cold Asian Sweet Potato Noodle Salad (gluten-free, vegan, 21DSD)

Flashback to Paleo f(x) 2014 and the tons of yummy new foods that I tried.. one of which was a cold noodle salad that I think the Oh Kimchi Austin booth was selling. After my millionth sweet treat tasting (all good.. but sugar overload!), I was so thankful to have something that wasn't sweet. I found out the salad was made with sweet potato noodles and included their kimchi... I knew I had to find this once I was back home.

Then I got home and life happened and, well, I forgot about it.

Until Amazon recommended sweet potato noodles to me. I don't know how many of you out there have Amazon Prime, but it is DANGEROUS. Especially when you start eating all these off-the-wall foods that sometimes aren't available to you locally. Place a simple order and BAM! Sometimes it's to you the next day. I'll slowly start adding stuff to my cart - kind of like a shopping list - and then hit the purchase button once I have a few items. VERY dangerous.

Anyway, I ordered the noodles and they've been sitting on my counter for a few weeks. Then I made the Paleo by Season brined pork chops and thought "how perfect would these pork chops be on that noodle salad?!"

Now, I had no idea what I was doing with this recipe and every Google search came up with some 'japchae' recipes - so I kind of went from there, but also kept it simple and CLEAN. No sugar, no weird chili pastes with bad oils - just stuff MOST of us have in our cupboards.

This is perfect for dinner on a hot summer night and because of the sweet potato starch (and with the addition of a protein), this works awesome as a post-workout meal!

So order some of those noodles (I got this brand) and get to making this!

Cold Asian Sweet Potato Noodle Salad
grain-free * gluten-free * vegan * 21DSD
Serves 6-8

  • 10 oz. sweet potato noodles (half of the 1lb 4oz package)**
  • 2" piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 cups purple cabbage, very finely sliced (about 1/2 very small cabbage
  • 1 large jalapeno, cut in half, seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & julienned
  • 1 small red bell pepper, quartered and sliced thin
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup of your favorite kimchi
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • optional: sesame seeds
  • optional: leftover pork, chicken, steak, etc., thinly sliced

Cook the sweet potato noodles according to package directions and rinse with cold water. Keep the noodles in the cold water until you're ready to mix in the other ingredients.

While the noodles are cooking, mix together the ginger, garlic, sesame oil, coconut aminos and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine the cabbage, jalapeno, carrot, bell pepper, and green onions in a large bowl. Pour about 1/4th of the coconut aminos sauce over the veggies and mix well. Drain the noodles well and add to the bowl with the veggies and pour about half of the remaining coconut aminos sauce over the noodles and mix the entire contents of the bowl together. Add in the kimchi and cilantro and mix until well combined. Taste and if needed add the rest of the coconut aminos sauce.

At this point you may refrigerate and let chill further - this will help the flavors incorporate better - but it will taste great right away as well.

When you're ready to serve, top with sesame seeds and meat of your choice.

** For a lower carb option, try substituting kelp noodles!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are you addicted to sugar & carbs?

Are you one of those people who HAS to have something sweet after a meal?

Or do you reach for the M&Ms, sugar-filled coffees or other
carb-filled treats in your normal afternoon slump?

How about those "hangries"? That feeling that you might rip
someone's head off if you don't eat every 2-3 hours?

Are we speaking your language? I (Tonja) have been there - most of my life actually. Most mornings I ate breakfast, packed two snacks and a lunch and then had dinner and another snack after dinner. If I didn't consume something every 2-3 hours my stomach would scream at me and people knew to stay away. 

Plus, sugar and carbs had such a pull on me.. physically. I still talk about how doughnuts talk to me... but their pull on me is definitely less than it use to be and I've learned just how real food can heal so many areas of your life - not just the physical. 

How? I've done multiple 21-Day Sugar Detox's - every few months or so I re-set my carb-monster and feel AMAZING. I lose a ton of bloat, sleep better, my adult-onset acne clears up, my mood improves and I can go awhile without eating, which is great when life throws you curveballs and you can't always have food with you. 

But beyond the program books, recipes, meal plans (which are just ideas), this isn't a program where you have to buy shakes, pills, special cleansing drinks, etc.You only really need to buy your food.. because...


Now, even if you've done this detox before and have the old e-book or the current book/cookbook, the online program is COMING BACK.  This will offer Diane Sanfilippo the ability to continually update the program for you, offer support not offered to the general public in forums, and give you tons of freebies you can't get otherwise. If you don't have the books, you'll get the opportunity to purchase them and have them shipped to you for FREE. 

The program hasn't launched yet.. you can purchase it on July 24th... but RIGHT NOW you want to click on the graphic below (or here) and sign up to get FREE emails with no obligation to purchase anything:

Once you sign-up, you'll get a series of FREE emails from Diane on these topics (sent out on separate days prior to the launch):
  • Why we crave sugar
  • Three places sugar hides in every day foods
  • Three super foods that help you detox naturally from sugar 
  • How to find food freedom once and for all
You'll then also get the email to remind you when it's available for purchase on July 24th.

So sign-up for the free videos.. think about it...email us if you have any questions. We're here to help! We want you to be successful in kicking sugar and carbs to the curb. It's a tough battle.. one of the strongest addictions known to man, and we are in this with you!

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Sea Salt Caramel Macaroons (gluten-free, grain-free)

I sense a detox coming up soon for myself (Tonja!) .. might have to make these ASAP! I originally published these on my old blog and am slowly working on transitioning some recipes over here. Can you tell I love sweets? These take a little effort, but the leftover caramel will be worth it :)

Sea Salt Caramel Macaroons
grain-free * gluten-free 
Makes 10

For the caramel

  • 1 cup blonde coconut/palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 tbsp pastured butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup canned, full fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine the coconut sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk to combine.
Continue to cook, whisking regularly, for about 4-5 minutes. Add the butter and continue to whisk. You should begin to notice the mixture thickening and producing large bubbles. This is the part where you just need to eyeball its doneness (I didn't bother with a candy thermometer). Once it seems to have thickened up quite a bit, add the coconut milk and sea salt and continue to whisk for several minutes. Once you feel it has thickened to melted honey consistency, remove from the heat. Don't worry, if it doesn't seem to thicken up to the consistency of honey at room temperature, you can put it back over the heat and cook for several more minutes. This part just takes patience - but the reward is TOTALLY worth it!

For the macaroons

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees (according to The Urban Poser you are more drying out the macaroons than cooking them - this recipe of hers inspired me to make these!).

Combine the almond flour and coconut in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the slightly cooled caramel, coconut oil and vanilla. Once combined, add to the almond flour/coconut bowl and mix well. This part is easier done by hand to make sure everything is fully incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp size) to firmly pack in the mixture and then release onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Cook for approximately 50-60 minutes, but keep an eye on them to make sure they aren't browning (lower the heat slightly if they are). Once done, remove from the oven and let cool. Optional: melt unsweetened chocolate (the macaroons are sweet enough!) and dip the bottoms into it - use the extra caramel to drizzle on top!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Instagram Giveaway DISCOUNT CODES!

Thank you soooo much to all those who entered our giveaway and to all those who contributed to this being one of the best Instragram giveaways ever! It was very exciting to see people enter who "never do these sort of things." Our hopes is we can continue doing fun stuff in the future, but the best way to get that to happen is by supporting these businesses below with the provided discount codes.

If a company who participated is not listed, it is because they did not have a code available to us to use at this time - but please continue to support them anyway!

5280 Beef - 15% off any order with code "#F2F15" (ends Monday 7/7/14)

Bare Bones Broth - 10% off any order with code "F2F10 (ends Thursday 7/17/14)

Chameleon Cold Brew - 20% off product total with code "FTF20" (ends Thursday 7/31/14)
(please note their site is having some difficulty at the moment, but this code is valid once it's up and running smoothly)

Coco-Jack - 10% off your order with code "F2F10" (ends 7/7/14)

Fat Face Skincare - 20% off your entire order with code "F2F20" (ends Monday 7/7/14)

Kasandrinos Olive Oil - 15% off your order with code "FTF15" (ends Tuesday 7/15/14)

Newport Fit 4 Life - 20% off online/in-person training evaluation and 20% off initial 3 month online/in-person training purchase with code "FTF20" (ends Thursday 7/31/14)

Paleo Parents/3-Phase Paleo e-Book - 30% off e-book price with code "F2F30 (ends Monday 7/7/14)

The Granilla Bar - 20% discount with code "FTF20" (ends Monday 7/7/14)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Instagram Giveaway!

We Hit 10,000 Followers on Instagram!

To celebrate, we're giving a prize package valued at OVER


to ONE lucky winner who follows us on Instagram.
(sorry, Instagram only contest!)

Check out the items you can win below and then find our giveaway post on Instagram and follow the instructions on how to enter.

flame to fork Instagram Giveaway ends 6/30

5280 Beef - $50 gift certificate

Against All Grain - Early release copy of "Meals Made Simple" (approx. delivery - Sept 2014)

Bare Bones Broth - 30-day "Gut Cleanse"

Chameleon Cold Brew - $25 in free cold brew

Charlie's Butter - (2) 3 oz jars of flavored butter

Coco-Jack - 1 sampler kit

Fat Face Skincare - Travel Pack

FlavorGod - Combo Set of Seasonings

For Such a Time Designs - one fork hand-stamped with "flame to fork"

Julian Bakery - Paleo Wraps and Paleo Coconut Flakes cereal

Kasandrinos Olive Oil - 1 L bottle, 3 L can, 1 olive oil soap

Newport Fit 4 Life - 1 hr Skype Training Session and follow-up plan

OMGhee - 16oz original ghee & 9 oz cultured ghee

Paleo Parents - early release copy of "Real Life Paleo" (approx. delivery Oct 2014)

Paleo Butter - 1 jar of cultured butter

Pete's Paleo - copy of "Paleo by Season" cookbook

Rubies & Radishes - copy of "The Paleo Foodie Cookbook"

Tessemae's - Classic Bundle of dressings (4-pack: Lemon Garlic, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lemon Chesapeake, Zesty Ranch)

The 21-Day Sugar Detox/Diane Sanfilippo - copy of "The 21-Day Sugar Detox" guide book AND cookbook

The Dirt - Happy Mouth gift set (tooth powder, lip balm and tongue scraper)

The Granilla Bar - (6) Dark Chocolate Honey & (6) Maple Fruit

Zenbelly - early release copy of "The Zenbelly Cookbook"

Contest rules and disclaimers: Giveaway ends June 30,  2014 at 10:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. One entry per person/per account per day. Multiple entries in a day will be disqualified from the contest. Winner will be selected by Tonja & Clare on a random basis using a random number generator and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that flame to fork is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify us within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Our opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Instagram is in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information to us, you are providing your information to us and us alone. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.