The Woman Behind the Food

Something exciting is happening tomorrow…

The summer issue of Where Women Cook magazine is coming to a store near you, featuring yours truly!

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That’s right, I’m officially immortalized in glossy print.

Last winter my friend Katie, a Minneapolis based photographer of all things adorable and founder of Jadeite Shutter, documented a comfort food cooking session in my kitchen for Where Women Cook magazine. This magazine is beautiful in design and content. Their publication is about the women behind the food and the amazing things they are doing.

I am honored to be featured among them.

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My article speaks to my journey with food and features two brand new grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free recipes: “Cheesy” Chorizo Biscuits and Gravy and Pot Curry (imagine a pot pie crust with a green curry filling).

If you like comfort food, explosive flavor and zero regret, you’re going to love these recipes!

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Paleo lovers may also recognize Mel Joulwan of Well Fed, featuring two of her dynamite recipes, and many more amazing women. Anyone Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 2.01.53 PMwho likes to eat will love this magazine and all of the food inspiration between the covers!

You can buy this issue at Barnes and Noble or online at Where Women Cook.

A huge shout out to the crew at Where Women Cook and to Katie Harris, without whom none of this would have been possible for me. Thank you!

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Embark on a Journey of Possibility

My passion lies in stories, conversation and sharing what I know in service of others. I enjoy investing in others and witnessing their growth.

We are complex and interesting creatures, who are more capable than we know. It gives me great pleasure to help people figure that out and watch them succeed.

This is why I decided to become a coach.

Here is what I can offer you:

  • I will listen to and hear you with my full attention
  • I will ask you questions you have never been asked before
  • I will be honest with you, saying things others might not have the courage to say
  • I will help you craft a plan to achieve your goals
  • I will support you, so you won’t feel alone
  • I will share with you my health, nutrition and food wisdom

I specialize in:

  • Modifying diets according to individual intolerances, preferences, goals and beliefs
  • Creating comforting, nutritious and innovative recipes for modified diets
  • Using whole, organic, non-GMO, grain-free foods to nourish and change bodies
  • Uncovering the root of emotionally driven actions, resulting in physical symptoms

Here is what I can help you do:

  • Nourish your body, creating a wealth of health
  • Love your body and yourself, creating confidence
  • Care for your body, mind and spirit, cultivating self-worth

Here is what is ultimately possible:

  • Prevent dis-ease and live a long healthy, happy life
  • Save thousands of dollars, otherwise spent on medical bills
  • Have your ideal body and live your ideal life
  • Spend time cultivating your passion, instead of self-loathing

When you invest in yourself, the possibilities are endless. You can be anything and do anything, if you have the energy and the mindset to do it.

I know this is not an easy journey, for anyone. It takes commitment and time. You have to decide you want what’s possible and if you want support getting there.

If you want support, send me an email to schedule a conversation.

Email: harmonyprom@gmail.com

I am a Transformational Nutrition Coach, not a medical doctor. I cannot fix what is broken and I cannot write you a prescription to soothe your symptoms. I can help you understand your body and offer you the support to embark on a journey of possibility.

The kind of person I want to work with is one who is brave enough to forge their own path and wants to start living a next-level kind of life.

It is impossible to control what will happen in your life, but you can control a few things. You can control what you eat, how you move, what you think and how you react to life.

If you’re ready to take a step toward what’s possible, I would be thrilled to have a powerful coaching conversation with you.

Email: harmonyprom@gmail.com

The Face of Worthlessness

My dear friend Jessie and I plotted an in-home spa party for months, which finally came to fruition last weekend. We enjoyed delicious appetizers, wine and insanely good conversation.

To really up the self-care game, we invited an energy healer and an acupuncturist to join us.

Check out the tiny burgers I whipped up!

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I feel very lucky to have found a group of women I have so much in common with, but who are also unconditionally loving, open-minded and grounded. These women are not afraid of learning something new or calling each other out when we are walking through life blindfolded.

It is brilliant to have fearless friends because it is very hard to SEE yourself. It’s hard because it’s scary. To truly see your brilliance is just as terrifying as making fierce eye contact with your flaws.

Side Note: I am not a huge fan of the word flaw for self-description because it makes us sound defective. None of us are defective. Departments-in-need-of-improvement is a more pleasant way to put it, although clunky. 

I was psyched to see the energy healer. I am fascinated by energy work and have grown to understand the need for spiritual development in the last year of my life. I am quite certain there is more to us than just our body and our mind, although further definition of what exactly that means is still developing for me.

After introductions, I joked about how many demons I have and I basically barfed my life story into her lap. I think she was a little surprised by my openness and honesty, but she easily saw past the jokes.

If I am honest with you, she made me very uncomfortable because she really SAW me.

She could see that I am struggling to be okay with living in my body. She sensed I have been compartmentalizing my energy outside of my body for most of my life, which is interesting because I have done almost everything I possibly could to be someone other than myself.

We all know that didn’t get me anywhere!

I know that being genuinely myself is the only way I can possibly live my life, but this is a new lesson for me and I am still getting my sea legs.

We talked about my struggle with self-worth, self-care and that devilish voice in my head that provokes and feeds on self-doubt. She suggested something to me that is outside of the box and possibly brilliant.

She told me to spend time developing this devilish character and really fall in love with it. This idea seems counter intuitive in my logical noggin, but I am going to explore it.

I decided give the voice a name, a face and a story.

Maybe it will help me identify it before it bludgeons me over the head and drags me down the snake hole next time. Maybe giving the voice character will allow me to take it less seriously in the future and put it in its place.

I meditated on it for a moment, in other words I closed my eyes and used my imagination machine, and could only picture this voice as blue. I imagined a smoke stack with pouty lips, sharp chompers and then I painted it.

Meet Fred, my very annoying friend.

I am going to hang Fred by my desk as a reminder that he is not reality and he has a very stupid face. Who could take that stupid face seriously? I am going to try very hard not to.

While I haven’t had a serious bout of worthlessness since I last wrote about it, I have had moments of self-doubt. I still find myself trying to fit into a box I don’t belong in.

I am in the final stages of structuring my coaching business and preparing to launch my practice soon. I am so excited, but feeling a little stuck on branding.

I am my brand and I want to be authentically myself, but I keep wondering how I package that?

I mentioned my struggle to the energy healer and she pointed out that I am trying to fit myself into another box. She wisely said, maybe my body is my box and it is a box that breathes, fluidly changing shape. Genius.

I know I don’t need a gimmick, an acronym, or a map to someone else’s success. I am going to be real, I’m going to fuck up and I am going to be honest about it. I trust that will be just the ticket to successfully branding my business.

My little devil will be along for the ride, but I won’t let it control the soundtrack to my journey.

Grain-Free Pear Pancakes

Last night I was craving pancakes. This desire was an anomaly for me. I am usually a savory before sweet kind of girl.

I am always looking for new and exciting ways to use my grain-free flour blend. This was a great opportunity to experiment and it was so successful that I decided to make these for breakfast again this morning.

I maybe just became a pancake junkie.

Don’t panic! These babies are gluten-free, grain-free, high fiber and low sugar. I feel zero percent guilty eating them.

Did you know pears are high in fiber?

When we think of fiber we usually think of, well, poop.

Fiber adds bulk to your stool, helping it move through your digestive tract and out the back door with ease. Doesn’t that sound wonderful!

Unfortunately many Americans lack fiber in their diet, due to high meat consumption and not eating enough vegetables.

Fiber is super important because it helps slow the movement of food through the digestive system, allowing for better nutrient absorption. It also can keep you feeling fuller longer, aid in weight loss, help control blood pressure and may even help lower cholesterol.

If I can squeeze some fiber into my diet with pear topped pancakes, I’m all in!

You know I am always coming up with WEIRD names for my recipes so today I present to you:

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Pearn Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe pear, sliced
  • 77 g BAPA grain-free flour
  • 1/2 c filtered water
  • 1/4 t Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 t Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cream of tartar
  • 1/8 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T almond butter
  • 2 T raw honey
  • 2 T pasture butter
  • pasture butter for frying
  • cinnamon, for sprinkling

Pro Tip: You can easily substitute the butter in this recipe for ghee or coconut oil and still make a delicious pancake! I love ghee. I would eat a whole jar of that business. 

Directions:

  1. Place a medium mixing bowl on your kitchen scale and zero the weight.
  2. Add your grain-free flour to the bowl until you have 77g.
  3. Add salt, cinnamon, cream of tartar and baking soda to the flour. Mix well
  4. Pour water into a liquid measuring cup.
  5. Add almond butter to the water and break up with a small whisk.
  6. Add the vanilla and egg to the water. Whisk gently.
  7. Add the liquid to the dry mixture and whisk together until completely combined.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  9. Melt together 2 T honey and 2 T butter, to make your syrup. Set aside. Pro Tip: 30 seconds in the microwave will do the trick or you can do this in a small saucepan over low heat.
  10. When your pan is hot, add a small tab of butter and then pour 1/4 c of batter into the center of the pan.
  11. While your pancake is cooking, slice your pear. Don’t eat the core, unless you really want to.
  12. When you see the edges of the pancake firm up and bubbles appear on the top, it’s time to flip it. Cook a minute or so longer and remove from the pan.
  13. Repeat the pancake process until you have four beautiful cakes.
  14. Top the pancakes with pears and drizzle the honey butter syrup on top.
  15. Sprinkle them with cinnamon, if you’re feeling fancy!
  16. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Comforting Green Soup

I was inspired to make a spicy green soup after hearing the story of my friend’s trip to India. He raved about the intricately spiced green soups they make there and it piqued my interest.

Since I couldn’t immediately jump on a plane to India, I figured I would create my own version of Indian green soup.

The best way I can describe this dish is to call it a warm, spicy and comforting soup for the soul.

It is packed with nutrition, but you won’t be thinking about how many greens you’re consuming because it is so freaking delicious!

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Comforting Green Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 T coconut oil
  • 1 serrano pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and squashed with a knife blade
  • 1/4 c fresh basil
  • 1/4 c fresh dill
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro
  • 1 c packed red swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 c packed dinosaur kale, chopped
  • 1 c packed spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 t cardamom
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/8 t Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/8 t cayenne
  • 1 t Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 2 T coconut aminos
  • 2 c filtered water
  • fresh herbs for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Mix dry spices together in a small bowl.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
  3. Sauté bell pepper, onion and serrano until soft.
  4. Add dry spices, garlic, swiss chard, kale and spinach.
  5. Stir often, until greens are wilted.
  6. Add fresh herbs and stir.
  7. Add coconut aminos, water and stir.
  8. Use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients together until velvety smooth. Pro Tip: If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can cool the soup and use a regular blender. Blending hot liquid can be dangerous and messy. I recommend placing a kitchen towel over the blender to avoid splattering yourself with hot green soup.
  9. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with herbs and enjoy!

 

Note: This soup makes 2-3 generous portions, but I wish I had made a larger batch! Double the recipe for lots of leftovers or to impress at your next dinner party.

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I Have Worth (and so do you!)

When I don’t take good care of myself, I sink into the prickly paws of depression. Feelings of worthlessness engulf and paralyze me.

It’s as if there is a devious pitchforked devil sitting on my shoulder screaming,

“YOU AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH! YOU’RE WORTHLESS! WHY BOTHER?”

I’m not afraid to talk about this because I know I am not in the minority. We all have this little bitch devil waiting in the wings to stomp on us when we’re weak.

When we aren’t caring for ourselves, we are rendering ourselves defenseless and prone to these attacks of worthlessness.

I had a really bad attack yesterday. I felt unworthy of love, money and time. I wept and simmered the pain. It was a hard day.

I went to a yoga class last night that my dear friend was teaching and she got really vulnerable with us. She talked about things she chose to leave behind and knowing her, I knew these were big scary beasts that controlled her life.

She offered us the opportunity to also leave something behind on our mats that night.

BYE, WORTHLESSNESS!

I focused on breathing in worth and exhaling worthlessness. I kept reminding myself that I have worth.

I have worth.

That’s the truth. I’m not just being a narcissist. I am a valuable person with a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and love to share. That’s my purpose.

While I haven’t quite figured out how to bundle my purpose for the sake of doing the work I have been studying furiously to do, I know that I cannot do it without first taking care of myself.

I have to be my first priority and you have to be yours.

I know there are a handful of mothers reading my blog thinking, but what about my kids? My husband? My friends? My career?

Women carry a blessing and a curse called selflessness. We tend to prioritize everyone else, at the cost of ourselves.

By not choosing to care for yourself first, you are offering up a second rate version of yourself to all of these other people that are important in your life.

Ask yourself honestly, are you a better mother/wife/friend/partner because you choose to put their needs ahead of yours? You might be surprised to hear your inner voice whisper, no.

While I am not saying you should neglect your children while you curl your hair for an hour, I am saying to put YOU time on the schedule every day.

Make it a priority to eat well, drink enough water, wash your face, take a shower, get dressed or whatever it is that makes you feel good.

Try making a list of 5 things you could do every single day to feel great about yourself.

These don’t have to be things that cost money or take up a lot of time. We live busy lives!

I assure you it is not impossible to find time to take care of yourself each and every day.

If you spend 5 minutes doing 5 things for yourself a day, that is only 25 minutes of the 1440 minutes you get everyday. That is less than 2% of your time, spent on you! 

Here is a list of things that you can do for yourself in just 5 minutes:

  • Brush your teeth
  • Wash your face
  • Make a green smoothie
  • Close your eyes and breathe
  • Journal
  • Get dressed
  • Make tea
  • Stretch
  • Brush your hair
  • Step outside for fresh air (rhyming unintentional)
  • Listen to a Beyoncé song and dance like a fool
  • Express gratitude

 

The first and hardest step is simply giving yourself permission to practice self-care for a few moments.

I guarantee doing this will boost your self-worth, mood, confidence and happiness.

Today so far I did a few nice things for myself and I am already feeling dramatically better than yesterday. Maybe I really did leave my feelings of worthlessness on my mat last night or maybe the self-care is to credit.

Here is what I’ve done today so far:

  • Enjoyed a cleansing lemon water first thing this morning
  • Ate a delicious and nourishing breakfast
  • Took a relaxing sea salt bath and listened to music
  • Got dressed, in real pants!
  • Put on a little makeup, to feel beautiful
  • Went to the grocery store for ingredients to make a comforting dinner
  • Made a jojoba oil and grapefruit essential oil roll-on fragrance, to remind myself it’s okay to be silly and fun (plus it smells nice)
  • Wrote to get my feelings out (to you, right now!)

 

My priority today is to focus on taking gentle care of myself and to send that annoying devil packing.

As I am reflecting on my own experiences, I am beyond confident to say that health is directly linked to happiness.  (I am literally reflecting. In a mirror. Do you know how hard it is to take a real camera self portrait? Hard.)

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When your physical body is healthy, you are more likely to feel good emotionally and mentally. When you feel well, you are free to be present.Happiness lives in the present. You have to be there to experience it.

Happiness lives in the present. You have to be there to experience it.

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Let me know how it goes.

Much Love.

 

 

Meatloaf Monday

When I think about classic savory comfort foods, I think about hot dish, chicken soup and meatloaf.

Sadly, meatloaf gets a bad rep because it’s easy to screw up.

A dry, gritty, flavorless meatloaf is the kind of thing Stephen King has nightmares about. Just horror.

Classic meatloaf is usually made with ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and buckets of ketchup.

I don’t do classic. I do weird.

I like to mix different kinds of meat, use unconventional spices and make my own “ketchup” topping.

Meatloaf should trigger a flavor explosion in your mouth.

Here is a fool proof way to make an explosive meatloaf. Pleasure and leftovers guaranteed.

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Weird Meatloaf Recipe

Loaf Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey thigh
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey breast
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced (be lazy, leave the seeds in)
  • 1 T coconut aminos
  • 1/2 t Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 t white pepper
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • handful of BAPA grain-free flour
  • cilantro, for garnish

 

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 T Frank’s hot sauce
  • 2 T red curry paste
  • 2 T raw honey
  • 2 T tomato paste

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. Add all loaf ingredients, except the flour, to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Put your flour in a separate bowl for easy grabbing when your fingers are covered in meat.
  5. Use your hands to gently combine the ingredients in the large bowl, until the mixture looks uniform. It will appear a little wet.
  6. Add the flour and gently mix.
  7. Turn out the mixture into a loaf pan and press gently to flatten.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  9. Evenly spread 2/3 of the sauce on top of the meatloaf.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes and remove from oven.
  11. Drain any excess grease into a jar and top with the remaining sauce.
  12. Return to the oven and bake for 25 more minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  14. Garnish with cilantro.
  15. Serve with veggies and enjoy!

 

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