Friday, July 27, 2012

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway

Update, August 6th:
Kristen R. has been selected as the winner of this product. This give away has been closed.
Thank you to everyone who signed up!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! See below on the giveaway instructions.

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil . Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website. Click on the picture below to find out what virgin coconut oil is.

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil.

Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Please read ALL of the instructions.
*In order to be entered into the giveaway, you *must* sign up for their newsletter here.

*Next, "like" Easy Peasy and Tropical Traditions on facebook and share this post to be included in the giveaway then come back and comment here or on facebook telling me you've shared my post and why you'd like to win the quart-size sample of coconut oil.

*Follow me on Twitter @AngelaSchrader and follow @troptraditions and/or @ttspecialdeals

This giveaway is only open to the US and Canada.

That's it! I'll announce the winner on Monday, August 6th by noon. Good luck to everyone!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Sauce

My husband and kids are in love with pancakes whether it has chocolate chips inside or some sort of liquid topping such as maple syrup of a fruit sauce. My husband loves fresh blueberry sauce on his pancakes and asked me to make him some the other day and his tummy is very happy that I did.

This recipe comes together in 5 minutes or less so while you're making your pancakes, get this recipe started on the stove. You'll be happy you tried it!

Makes 3 cups
2cups fresh or frozen blueberries (any fruit will work)
1/2cup water
1/2cup sugar, I used organic cane but you can use maple syrup or white sugar instead
2Tbsp lemon juice
2Tbsp arrowroot powder (or corn starch) mixed with 2Tbsp cold water

Over medium heat, add the blueberries, water, sugar and lemon juice to a pot and bring to a simmer. Once small bubbles form, stir in the arrowroot powder mixture and stir until thickened, approximately 1 minute.

Serve over your favorite pancakes or french toast and enjoy a tasty treat!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012



So, I know everyone is doing their own meatza lately and I thought I'd jump on the band wagon and see how good this really was. A meatza is a dough-less pizza.. no pizza dough with the right ingredients = paleo pizza. It's really good and I don't ever miss the yeasty pizza dough.

If you want a protein packed, good-carb packed, super easy and quick meal, give this one a try. You can use ground chicken, turkey, lamb, veal, hambuger.. any type of ground meat and you're good to go.

Serves Two 1/2lb. patties, or Four 1/4lb. patties
1lb. ground meat - I chose hambuger meat for mine
1/4tsp salt
1/4tsp black pepper
1/4tsp oregano
1/4tsp garlic powder
1/2cup crushed tomatoes (or any clean marana sauce/pasta sauce)
cheese - if you eat cheese
1/4cup sliced onions
1/2cup cooked spinach


Preheat oven to 400degrees.
In a bowl, mix all of the spices together with the ground meat and place on baking sheet into desired shape. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Drain as much grease as you can. Next, add your toppings.. What I did was add the crushed tomatoes, onions and sauteed spinach*.
*Heat 1/4cup water in a pan on the stove, add 2-3 large handfuls of spinach and wilt, approximately 2-3 minutes.*
Bake additional 10 minutes or until cooked through.
If you consume cheese, add the tomato sauce of choice and add cheese. If you'd like, you can bake for 10 minutes then broil on low for a few minutes until lightly browned.

There's so many combinations of meatza you can do, so add whatever topping you like to eat. Olives, peppers, tomatoes, onions. Make this meatza yours. Own it. Eat it!

Eat and Enjoy your lovely paleo meatza!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

French Quarter Beignets

French Quarter Beignets
Printable Recipe

I love donuts. Any kind; any flavor; any size. As long as they're fresh, I will eat them until I get sick. My mom and I were talking about making sopapilla's and I asked her if they were similar to beignets so she brought all of her stuff to my house one night and we made some awesome pastries!

If you have the time to make these and have a good system going, you've got to try them. They are light and fluffy and crunchy and sugary and just darn delicious! And because I love Paul Deen and her sweets so much, this recipe comes from Food Network so check it out here. My mom made the batter ahead of time. The only thing she did different was half the recipe and it fed 8 of us plus she took some home for her and her husband. We ate and ate and ate. I could've eaten the whole batch and I'm not lying.

Anyway, here's the delicious recipe! New Orleans doesn't have anything on this recipe. I'll stand behind that 100%.

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups bread flour
1/4 cup shortening
Nonstick spray
Oil, for deep-frying
3 cups confectioners' sugar

Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the bread flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350degrees.
Add the confectioners' sugar to a paper bag and set aside.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels, and then toss them into the bag of confectioners' sugar. Hold bag closed and shake to coat evenly.

As Paula would say, "These are 'slap-your-mamma-good!'"

Eat and enjoy with some friends.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Watermelon Drink

Watermelon Drink

I love watermelon. I love the smell of it; I love the taste of it and I love how pretty they are when they're growing on the vine. I love artificial watermelon candy, too, and anytime it's sitting around, I'll eat it.. paleo or not!

I watched a documentary about the immune system one night and the guy said that watermelon is a great cleanser so I thought I'd give it a try. It also contains cancer fighters, proteins, healthy fats, potassium, minerals and the list goes on and on. Check out this website for truly amazing information about what a watermelon can do for you, then come back here and make this drink because it's so good!

For a single serving
1 - 1 1/2 cups chopped watermelon
squeeze of half a lime (optional)


Place the chopped watermelon and lime juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. I do not recommend a juicer because it doesn't provide the pulp/fiber/nutrients that you should consume so please use a blender or food processor.

I like to use fresh lime juice when I have it because it kicks the flavor up a notch but if you don't have it, don't worry about it. If you like salted watermelon, dip the rim of your glass in water or lime juice and then dip into some Celtic sea salt then pour the watermelon juice in and enjoy!

Nothing beats a hot summer day by eating healthy and drinking something so delicious. I hope you enjoy the benefits you're receiving by drinking watermelon juice!

Tip: I chop all of my watermelon into bite-size pieces before it's refrigerated. Once the kids are bored with it and I have some left over, I will freeze it on a single layer of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Once it's frozen, I place it in a freezer bag so I can enjoy watermelon juice any time of the year.

Be healthy, live paleo or primal and enjoy!