Cocktail Hour: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

Ooooweeee. It’s been HOT around here lately. Boozy pops have been on my cocktail to-do list for a while and this weather seemed like the perfect opportunity. I had a hard time deciding what kind of pop to make though — it might be hot, but this time of year also means so, so much fresh fruit. Part of the problem was that I came across a whole rainbow full of yummy ice pops from 84th and 3rd, all of which seemed relatively simple and didn’t require adding sugar (so paleo/primal peeps who drink some alcohol, these are perfect for you). But I spotted one that called for dark rum and I had a teensy bit of Myer’s Jamaican Dark Rum to use up and a whole lot of Jamaican vacation withdrawal. So I went with that. The original recipe didn’t call for basil, but I was a little worried it would be too sweet with all that coconut milk (even without adding sugar, I find coconut milk a tad sweet sometimes). And I think the addition was a good call — the basil gave it the perfect balance.

Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops (slightly adapted from 84th & 3rd)
Makes 4 ice pops

Ingredients
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1/4 cup orange juice
– 3/4 cup coconut milk
– 6 large basil leaves, chiffonade
– 2 tbsp dark rum

Directions
Simmer berries and juice for 5 minutes. Blend berry mix, 1/2 basil chiffonade, and coconut milk in blender until smooth. Stir in dark rum and remaining chiffonade. Pour into ice pop molds (I used these) and freeze overnight.

* if you are making some non-boozy pops as well, follow same directions omitting rum.

A Feteful Life: Bluberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Boozy Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Pops

A Feteful Life: Blueberry Coconut Basil Pops

 

 

Carrot Ginger Soup

A Feteful Life: Carrot Ginger Soup

On a paleo cheat between holidays month, weekend, errr, day not too long ago, I had a super yummy carrot ginger soup at brunch that was out of this world. But I knew it was cream-based and, while techncally still chock full of vegetables, was most certainly not healthy. I went in search of a version that would work for paleo foodies and found this. This soup is so incredibly easy, so warming, so versatile, and so not bad for you. It’s kind of crazy. I made a huge pot one afternoon and ate it all week long, in a different way each time. Get yourself some carrots and get this done. You’ll thank me.

Carrot Ginger Soup (slightly adapted from What This Foodie Eats)

Ingredients
3 lbs carrots
1 large sweet onion
1 medium-sized chunk of raw ginger (you can use more or less according to your taste)
1 1/2 tbls ground coriander
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Directions
Peel onion, ginger and carrots. Chop onion and ginger in a food processor. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook onions and ginger to soften. Grate carrots with a food processor. Add carrots, broth, and coriander to pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer partially covered for 30 – 40 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add salt and pepper mid-way to taste. Puree mixture with an immersion blender (or blend in a food processor or blender).You can add an endless variety of toppings to the basic soup. My three favorites (I eat some dairy) were:

  • goat cheese + green onions + balsamic vinegar drizzle (photo above)
  • bacon + walnuts
  • kalamata olives + feta cheese

Shop Clean, Eat Clean

A Feteful Life: Shop Clean

I am notorious for walking into the grocery store, in particular a well-known organic chain, for something as little as a bunch of bananas and walking out with my wallet $300 lighter. I am a lady who needs a food shopping plan and I started weekly menu planning a while ago. It became even more important once I started consistently eating a clean/Paleo diet — you can spend serious bucks on organic food at the drop of a hat. Menu planning and grocery list making help me keep everything organized and in check. But the grocery list template I bought a while back doesn’t work for me anymore. I jam everything into two categories and the rest of the pre-printed area covering the internal shelves of the store are a total waste. So I’ve been wanting to make a clean eating shopping list template and I thought that the new year would be a great time to share one.

This covers all my favorites and things in season, and whether you’re new to eating clean/Paleo/primal, are about to start your first 30-day challenge, or are a clean eating veteran, this should come in handy. I’m about to embark on my second Whole30 challenge and clean those holiday goodies right on out!

Just click RIGHT HERE to download your own printable grocery list template and meal planning chart. I like to print them double-sided on one piece of paper so I have both in store with me.

A Feteful Life: Paleo Shopping List

A Feteful Life: Menu Planning