fall gluten-free

The New Year is the ultimate fresh start but I think the Fall reset that September brings is much more welcomed. Crisp, fresh air invigorates the spirit with the urge to get back into routine. I am a big believer in a reset, which is defined as setting again or setting differently, so much so that I created a 21-day online seasonal reset.

But I don’t believe a reset is about correcting your bad habits from the season (or years) before because when this mindset is adopted we tend to attach our worth to our habits or the foods we eat. We are not “bad” if we ate bad foods and did bad things. A reset is an opportunity to set differently if you are not happy with how you feel physically and emotionally.

Eating with the seasons is the perfect opportunity to switch up your routine. This is also a great way to sync up with the natural rhythms of Mother Nature and this is powerful whether you are into energy or not. Choosing seasonal foods puts the most nutrient-dense foods onto your plate so you will benefit from an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which is perfect if you have been feeling really tired and BLAH.

To get you into the Fall spirit (because, hey, I hate leaving Summer behind too!) I am sharing two recipes straight out of my Fall reset that begins on Monday September 18th. Other than banishing the BLAHs the two most important things I required when creating this gluten, dairy and sugar-free meal plan for you were to ensure you would not go hungry and keep your tastebuds happy. The food in this detox is meant to be enjoyed as much as it is nourishing.

 

 

Beef Stew
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  2. 6 carrots, sliced diagonally
  3. 6 celery, sliced diagonally
  4. 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  5. ¼ tsp pepper
  6. 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  7. 2 sweet potatoes, medium diced
  8. 20 mini potatoes, halved (or 2 regular potatoes)
  9. 1½ cartons of broth, depending on the consistency you like
  10. 1 can tomato paste
  11. 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
  12. 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  13. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  14. 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  15. 2 bay leaves, remove once soup is finished
  16. 1 (1 lb.) packages stewing beef
  17. avocado oil
  18. 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In your soup pot, start pan frying the stewing beef in a little avocado oil
  2. Keep turning, so the meat browns on all sides. Add a little salt and pepper
  3. Once the meat is nicely browned all over, place it in a separate bowl for now
  4. Start sautéing the onions in the same pot that the meat was cooking in. You may need to add a splash of water if it is too dry
  5. After 5-10 minutes add the garlic, salt and pepper
  6. Continue cooking a little longer
  7. Now add all the remaining ingredients, except the parsley
  8. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes
  9. Once the meat and vegetables are cooked, turn off the heat and let sit for longer (if time permits)
Notes
  1. This recipe makes quite a bit, which is perfect for leftovers. It tastes even better the next day after the flavours have married.
Jessica Stopard http://jessicastopard.com/
fall grain-free
Pear & Fennel Salad
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pear, thinly sliced
  2. ½ fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  4. Himalayan salt
  5. pepper
  6. 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  7. ½ cup walnuts, raw and unsalted
  8. 3 tbsp hemp hearts, per serving
  9. extra virgin olive oil
  10. DRESSING
  11. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  12. 2 tbsp lime juice
  13. 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Slice the fennel bulb as thin as possible
  2. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the fennel, along with the lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  3. Mix and set aside for about 20-30 minutes for ultimate flavour
  4. Mix together all the dressing ingredients
  5. Place the greens on a plate followed by the fennel, pears and parsley
  6. Add the dressing
  7. Sprinkle on the hemp hearts and walnuts
Notes
  1. Pears are the Fall sister fruit to apples. Rich in fiber and low on the glycemic index, pears keep you satisfied and support stable blood sugar levels. If you have really strong cravings or can’t go 3 hours without feeling jittery, irritable or ravenous, you likely have some blood sugar instability. Including fiber and low GI foods, like pears, into your diet will help reduce these uncomfortable effects and overwhelming cravings.
Jessica Stopard http://jessicastopard.com/
fall detox