The morning is gray and my heart is full as I write this. I’ve got a steaming cup of chai tea made creamy with coconut milk, my favorite band playing in the background, and a couple of dogs at my feet. What could be better?
I enjoy blogging and using social media to gain followers. Sometimes I have a tough time with people’s social media presence because it can come off as artificial. I often find myself asking why people spend all their time talking to an audience on their Instagram stories instead of, like, living? I promised myself when I started this blog that I wouldn’t get too caught up in that, but I’m having A LOT of fun checking my Instagram every day to see who else decided to follow me on my journey.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on why this is all so fun for me, but I think I’m realizing it’s because I’m super passionate about nutrition and helping people. If even a tiny piece of my story resonates with someone and makes them feel less alone, that brings me an abundance of joy. The connections I make through my blog and Instagram are a direct result of me doing something I love, a reaction to something I’ve created, and all of that makes me feel incredibly lucky.
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” –Albert Einstein
So, what are you going to put energy into today? Think back to when you were a kiddo, what made you happy? I loved building spaceships out of boxes, singing, dancing, running around the neighborhood with my best friend and turning his front porch into a pirate ship. I’m trying to cultivate a life that nourishes the creativity I enjoyed as a child. What does that look like? It looks like carrying around a little notebook where I write down meals I want to make AIP and Paleo. It means blasting T-Swift on a Friday night and dancing around the house with my dogs as I belt out “Welcome to New York” over and over and over again. It means I let the dog hair on the floor collect for a fucking week because I’m busy making food, taking photos, blogging, connecting with people on the internet who suffer from autoimmune disease, and working a fulltime job. Oh, and I’m watching New Girl because no matter what people say, Zooey D. is a queen.
Anyway, here’s a recipe I’m REALLY excited about. Roman (my husband) and I went out to a fancy dinner the other night at Hop Alley in Denver and I had some BONE MARROW FRIED RICE. What? That’s a thing? Yes, yes it is. It was SOOOO freaking delicious, but my digestive system was off for a week after eating grains. I decided to give it a try at home using AIP ingredients and it turned out pretty darn good. If you’re not AIP, crack an egg in there and you won’t regret it.
- 1-2 pig femur bones for marrow (ask your butcher to cut these in half - -the more marrow the better!)
- ½ cup red onion
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup diced mushrooms
- 1 cup fresh peas
- 5 cups cauliflower rice
- 1 egg (optional)
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place bones in cast iron skillet
Bake bones in oven for 20 minutes
Once marrow browns, remove it from the bones onto cast iron skillet ( aim for about 3 TBSP)
Put bones in the freezer to use for broth later
Turn heat to medium-low heat and sauté onions until translucent (about 5 minutes)
Add carrots and peas and sauté another 2 minutes
Add mushroom and cauliflower, sauté another 2 minutes
Add coconut aminos and garlic, stir, and place lid on skillet, check back in 3 minutes
Taste test cauliflower intermittently to see if it’s the texture you like (I prefer mine al dente)
If adding an egg, create a hole in the mixture, crack egg into it, whisk it up, and let cook for about a minute, then stir scrambled egg into the rest of the mixture
Salt to taste