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...

THIS IS A REAL FOOD DETOX. 

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

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups  unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sea salt caramel
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • unsweetened chocolate (optional)

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!

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

$1,000

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.











Monday, June 23, 2014

Seriously CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free, egg-free)

Ok, don't hate us. I was looking back at our last few recipe posts and they have all been SWEETS. But you know what? Those are the recipes we're constantly asked about on Instagram every time we make them. We put them here so you can find them easily -- so don't blame us! :)

This recipe really isn't a new recipe, but more like an adaption of a Balanced Bites' recipe which only requires omitting ingredients. We've referenced it so many times on Instagram that Clare finally said "You should just write a blog post so we can just send them there, rather than tell them where to find it and which ingredients to remove."

Ok, done.

Grain-free egg-free Chocolate Chip Cookie!
All wrapped up and ready to go!

So here you go. These cookies seriously ARE the best grain-free chocolate chip cookies out there. Not only am I allowed to say it because *I* believe it… but Clare was skeptical until I told her to make them. She had an old favorite…. these have now won her over.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
grain-free ~ gluten-free ~ egg-free ~ paleo
(adapted from this recipe by Balanced Bites)

    Grain-free egg-free Chocolate Chip Cookie!
  • 1/2 cup butter, ghee or coconut oil, melted and still very warm
  • 1/3 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon Great Lakes gelatin (the red or orange can)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a small bowl, combine the butter, maple syrup and vanilla and set aside. 

In a food processor or large bowl, combine the almond flour, gelatin, baking soda and salt. Blend or mix in the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Place the dough by rounded spoonfuls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until edges are just golden brown. 

And here is a variation I did with my 8" cast-iron skillet! A PIZOOKIE! Cook in the oven until the top turns golden brown - no idea on the cook time - sorry! :)
Grain-free egg-free Chocolate Chip Pizookie!
Grain-free egg-free Chocolate Chip Pizookie!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Banana Walnut Cookies - 21DSD & Egg-free

Tonja here!

I am on day #3 of The 21-Day Sugar Detox - out of who knows how many total I've done in the past few years. For those who follow Clare and I on Instagram, you know I've been dealing with some issues that has had me away from Crossfit for way too long now. First it was stress and just a general over-whelmed feeling in all areas of my life, then it was digestion issues -- and once those were all sorted out and taken care of, I got some pretty serious back pain. I am not perfect Paleo and I kept saying "oh, I'll conquer it all at once when I am back in the game" (meaning Crossfit/working out)... but days turned into weeks which turned into months and I am where I stand now: 

1) up about 15-20 lbs
2) not fitting into any of my clothes from last summer
3) uncomfortable in all my clothes
4) and just sad when I look back to where I was this time last year

My goal is no longer a certain amount of weight loss.. at least not my MAIN goal. I just want to be comfortable in my skin and be able to kick some serious butt with a bar and some plates. But I know those 15-20 lbs don't belong on me in the way of fat. Oh, and my eating got way out of control. Margaritas should not be a couple times a week sort of thing. 


So far I am doing well, but I found myself day-dreaming of cookies. Not an uncommon thing during the first week of the detox. I am generally more lenient the first week (I stick to mainly level 3 now that I've done it strict a few times - but allow in some rice from level 1. I advise to do it it exactly as the program indicates for whatever level you pick if this is your first time). What is lenient for me? I can go a little more heavy on the nuts and the allowed fruits to just get me by.. then weeks 2 and 3 I move to relying less and less on the stuff that I still manage to over-indulge in. 

So here ya go.. this is how I fixed the cravings today. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but these are so good that I'll be making them off the detox as well! Chewy, very tasty and they hit the spot. 

Banana Walnut Cookies
grain-free ~ gluten-free ~ egg-free ~ 21DSD ~ paleo
Makes about 14 cookies 

1/2 cup butter or ghee, melted
flame to fork Banana Walnut Cookies 21DSD egg-free
3 medium green-tipped bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon Great Lakes gelatin (red or orange can)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup walnuts (or nuts of your choice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

My go-to for mixing all batters is my food processor, but feel free to use a bowl and hand mixer. 

Using the food processor, blend together the butter, bananas and vanilla until smooth. Add in the almond flour, gelatin, baking soda and salt and blend until well combined. Add in the coconut flakes and pulse until just combined. Move the batter to a small bowl and fold in the nuts. 

On a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment, drop the batter by rounded spoonfuls and flatten slightly. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully move to a wire rack to let cool and firm up. 

flame to fork Banana Walnut Cookies 21DSD egg-free


Enjoy!