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Dried Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Who doesn’t like a plate full of hash browns? Browned just right with some salt and oil, they’re tasty served alone or paired with another food like eggs or bacon. Awesome fact: Sweet potatoes and yams are in a different family (family Convolvulaceae) than regular potatoes (family Solanaceae), which means they are acceptable within the ‘no nightshades’…

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3 New Flavors for Turkey Jerky

I posted my recipe for ground Turkey Jerky back in August, and since then I’ve kept a constant supply around for snacks on the trail and in town. With the recent weather shift into autumn, the nights are colder, and all the herbs out in my container garden are starting to slow down. It’s time to harvest most of…

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Egg-cellent Dehydrated Eggs

AIP NOTE: Eggs are not AIP compliant. I have reintroduced them successfully and include them on a limited basis in my diet. If you are on AIP, avoid eggs until the proper time for reintroduction. Dehydrated eggs. You may have heard they are hard to make, or even impossible… well readers, that’s just an invitation for this…

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The Gift of the Present

Ever notice that what you need falls in your lap when you don’t expect it? When the backpack trip last week got cancelled, I decided to take full advantage of the free classes being offered at a yoga studio opening nearby. What came out of that week for me was a big surprise. I’ve fallen back in…

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Dried Capers – A Zingy Treat!

A few days ago I posted a recipe for dried plantain chips, where I mentioned that I’d be posting a couple easy trail food items before sharing the full-meal recipes from the backpack trip I prepared for last week. Here’s an item that makes my taste buds really happy. It’s a strange food to some – and one I’ve never liked until…

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Dried plantain chips: Can’t get enough!

Autumn is such a transition time. While we bask in the glow from awesome summer outdoor missions, we also have to let go of the glorious summer weather, and accept that some items on that tick list will have to wait till next year. I don’t throw in the outdoor adventure towel come autumn, but it is hard to…

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Gobble Up Some Turkey Jerky!

Ground turkey jerky has become my favorite munching snack. It’s high in protein, lightweight, and so, so tasty! It’s so good, I eat it on the trail and at home. I think jerky is fun food… a good jerky has enough spice that it bites back a bit. It makes you want to go, “ARGHHH!” and make pirate faces. Go…

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Keep Those Gummies Cool!

So if you’re an avid paleo or AIP eater, it’s likely you’ve experienced the benefits of bone broth. What’s so special about bone broth? It’s chock-full of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, in forms your body can easily absorb. It contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, compounds known to reduce inflammation, arthritis and…

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Setting Limits and Expanding Boundaries

I’ve been ramping up to this post for a while now. I just needed a kick in the butt, and today I got it. Today I had a hard hike. The actual hike wasn’t hard, but my body thought it was. This is the kind of stuff I want to write about! If you’ve read…

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Simple Kale and Chard Chips

I waited a long time to try kale chips. My bad. This is some seriously munchable goodness, and adds some much-needed green food on the trail. See, I didn’t grow up in a house where steamed greens were eaten. It was salad, carrots and green beans, midwest style. I had my first kale at a potluck…

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The Tooth – An Easy Alpine Classic

Move to Washington as an alpine climber, and someone will ask you to climb The Tooth. It’s a showy pinnacle on a ridge above Denny Creek near Snoqualmie Pass, and sports an easy approach and a fun three-pitch summit of solid 5.4-ish rock. Early season the approach has a great snow climb, or later on, a…

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Rosemary Garlic Plantain Crackers

This recipe is taken directly from Mickey Trescott’s Autoimmune Paleo blog. Her recipe bakes the crackers in the oven. I’ve made these savory, tasty crackers a bunch of times, and wanted to try them out using the dehydrator to see if they were any different. So I made a batch, split it in two, baked half…

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Yam and Sweet Potato Chips

Some of my favorite foods are yams and sweet potatoes. My day isn’t complete (and my body complains) if I don’t eat some – every day. Being that we don’t get grain carbs on the paleo and AIP diets, these awesome tubers are a real life-saver in the carbohydrate department. Yams are high in vitamin…

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Granite Mountain Hike

When you drive up the I-90 corridor out of Seattle, you are surrounded by a wide selection of options for hikes and scrambles. Being that it’s so close to sprawling Pugetopolis, these hikes tend to be really crowded, especially on weekends. Coming from southwest Colorado where many of the hikes and peaks are harder to access, I’m amazed…

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Coconut Date Bliss Balls

These are at the top of my list of tasty, high-energy, go-to hiking snacks. They travel well at moderate to low temperatures, can be stuffed in a baggie in your pocket or pack, and taste good no matter what. If crushed, you have a tasty bag of coconut date goodness. Avoid high temperatures – the…

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Tangy Salmon Jerky

This was one of the first recipes I tried when I started hiking again. The inspiration for it comes from a blog called Gutsy. My recipe has strong lemon and a nice salty finish. Tangy, salty jerky makes for a great trail snack! If you prefer less lemon, just sub in some water. Living in the Pacific…