Before I start yammering about how awesome Tammy Credicott’s new book is, let’s get a few facts out of the way so all of you skimmers know what you’re in for:
- This is a call for entries to our Annual I Eat Food Healthy Halloween round-up, info below
- This is a review for Paleo Indulgences, to include a GIVEAWAY of a SIGNED copy, info to enter is below
- There is a shared, not available any where else, Coconut-Milk Caramels recipe perfect for Halloween from Paleo Indulgences for all of you nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free candy craving paleos
A Healthy Halloween Recipe Round-Up
It’s time for you to send us your links to recipes around the web for the I Eat Food Healthy Halloween Round-Up! Last year we had a bunch of awesome entries. Frankly, it makes me want to get into the kitchen again right now to recreate some of those yummy dishes! We’re SUPER excited to see what people will make this year!
You want to enter? Here are the rules… pretty simple:
- Place the above banner in your post
- Create a tasty & fun recipe with the spirit of Halloween that is grain, legume, dairy* and refined-sugar free
*Butter and cream are OK but it would be great if an alternative is offered
- Send us the link to your post through this contact form no later than 8PM EST October 24th (two weeks)
Your post will then be linked with a photo from your post in a round-up, like the one last year, on October 25th – that’s it!
Book Review: Paleo Indulgences
So, if you haven’t notice yet (because maybe you were in some electronic-vortex-of-doom-ala-Revolution), we get a lot of books to review. We look at all of them, and those that we’re not enthusiastic about don’t make the site. Sometimes we give a bit of a summary for books we think you’d like to know about. But, it’s pretty seldom we get a book from someone we don’t have a personal relationship with that we want to do a full review on, including recipe making and photo shooting with the boys.
Paleo Indulgences, however, broke our rule.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this book to be half as much as it is. I knew I’d love that it takes a fun approach to making Paleo a sustainable lifestyle – including sections cutely named The Bakery, The Candy Counter and The Ice Cream Shop. What I didn’t know is that there’d be Today’s Specials and Restaurant Recreations section with tons of savory recipes, including two we tried and loved – Onion Rings and Mandarin Chicken (which we served over our Fried Caul-Rice from ELaD and had seaweed salad as a side).
Having never met Tammy or seen her recipes before (we don’t own The Healthy GF Life, her other book), I was pleasantly surprised by the photography and layout of the book. I don’t think the cover does it justice at all (sorry Tammy!), I think there are some GORGEOUS photos that would’ve made a better cover… oh well. Guess that’s why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!
Now, like most Paleo/Primal recipe books Paleo Indulgences does include some dairy. But, unlike most Paleo books I found a high number of nightshade-free, egg-free, nut-free recipes. My understanding of Tammy’s story and family is that they too have a tailored home with food intolerances, so her recipes seem to reflect that adaptation.
I was thrilled when I came across the following recipe and it was something I could have! Tammy graciously agreed to let me share with you all, in the hopes it will entice you to go buy the book – so, if you want more (like Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Maple Sauce or Bacon Burgers with Maple Pancake Buns or Cinnamon Swirl Rolls) it will cost you less than $20 on Amazon and the $10 e-book version will even give you immediate access!
Ingredients for Caramel
- 1 C (200 g) coconut crystals (this is what we used)
- 1/4 C (60 mL) coconut nectar (this is what we used)
- 1/2 C (120 mL) full-fat coconut milk (this is what we used)
Ingredients for Coating
- 1/2 C (80 g) chopped dark chocolate (this is what we used)
- 1 oz (28 g) unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped (this is what we used)
- Make the caramel: Place all the caramel ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir to combine.
- Heat over medium-high heat, and boil mixture until it reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let sit until the caramel is soft and pliable but cool, about 20-30 minutes.
- ♥ Roll the caramel into balls by the teaspoonful and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- ♥ Make the coating: Place all the chocolate in a double boiler over gently simmering water and stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until completely melted and smooth.
- ♥ With 2 forks, dip each ball of caramel into the chocolate, tapping off any excess on the side of the bowl. Place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet to set. You can refrigerate to speed up the process. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
- STACY’S SUGGESTION: Add a finishing-salt to the chocolate before it hardens for a salted caramel taste – SO good!
Tammy is giving away a SIGNED copy of Paleo Indulgences to a random winner! To enter, leave a comment telling us why you want to win it or what you’re looking forward to most, after you’ve completed as many of the steps below as you’re able – note them in your comment!
- “Like” Paleo Indulgences on Amazon
- “Like” The Healthy GF Life on Facebook
- Follow Tammy on Twitter @HealthyGFLife
- Like & Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
Please read and follow the above instructions, we usually pass-up about 5 winners before we get to someone who actually followed directions! For ideas on why you want the book, you can see LOTS of the inside through Amazon here. We’ll pick a random winner one week from today – giveaway closes, October 17th with winner announced on the 18th.
Don’t forget to send us the links to your Halloween themed recipes for the I Eat Food Healthy Halloween Recipe Round-Up!