Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise (a coupon!) - Coconut Contentment

Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise

My dearest blog readers it has been far too long.  I must confess that I am not very good at moving.  Many of you know that this past summer my husband and I moved to a new apartment. In the midst of the transition and unpacking I did not blog for a month or two.  Well friends – we moved again! And this time for good :) We bought our first home right here in downtown Nashville area.  We are so thankful – but man moving is tough and a quite a busy process!  And certainly no good for blogging.

If you’re like me, in the midst of busy seasons you love convenient meals or snacks.  And let’s be honest, when it comes to Paleo snacks that you don’t have to prep, like plain nuts, raw veggies, or a piece of fruit, they can become super boring.

Thankfully I stumbled upon Paleo Scavenger Granola.  In the midst of the busyness and boring snacks – this perfectly chewy and slightly crunchy granola made by the wonderful Brittany of Paleo Scavenger has become a true treat!

Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise (a coupon!) - Coconut Contentment

Brittany graciously sent me a couple bags of her granola to try – Cherry and Original.

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As soon as I opened the box of granola I read the ingredients on the back of each pack (is anyone else OCD about ingredient reading??). It was exactly what I hoped for – just real food.

Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise (a coupon!) - Coconut Contentment

I love the simple ingredients Brittany uses – nuts, coconut, coconut oil, honey, dried fruit, and vanilla. That’s it! And that’s the way it should be.

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But even better than the ingredients is the taste!  The vanilla, honey, and coconut oil just create this perfect coating of goodness over the nuts and coconut.  I also love the texture – each bite is delightfully chewy with bits of crunch.  You could actually eat this in public and not sound like a horse.

I honestly cannot decide which is tastier – the Cherry or Original.  I love the tartness that the dried cherries add, but I also love the versatility of the Original – you could top it or use it as a topper for almost anything!

Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise (a coupon!) - Coconut Contentment

What first really grabbed my attention and led me to want to try this granola are these words: “locally-made,” “small batches.” and “handcrafted.”  I knew that if these words really did define Paleo Scavenger that the granola would be quality.  I have found these words to be true – this granola is certainly quality.

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I love this “Craft Movement” that has begun in which entrepreneurs decide that they are going to provide a consistently well-made product without taking shortcuts.  In a world where many businesses are looking for the easy way out and settling to produce products that are inexpensive, but are just no good – I’m thankful for the people that take what is often the much harder road.  Supporting businesses like Paleo Scavenger helps to support people who are really trying to do a good job.

The owner and creator of Paleo Scavenger Granola, Brittany, has an awesome story.

After earning her MBA in Entrepreneurship Brittany had a couple options – such as stay in her national account sales role in a great  food company or continue with the launch of a tech company she had started. She decided against the tech company start-up, but still had the “itch” to do something! So she decided to leave her corporate job behind and start Paleo Scavenger Granola.  What inspired her to do so?

“About two years ago, as I was training for a half marathon, I started eating a Paleo diet because of its many health benefits (i.e. more energy, faster recovery, etc.), but it was challenging to find Paleo-friendly snacks. So instead of searching for Paleo snacks at the store, I began making my own. I carried my granola with me in sandwich bags for a quick, easy snack any time of day. As I shared it with family and friends, many suggested that I package and sell it.  If I’m having this problem, then others must be too. At least that was the thought. So, with my several years of experience in the food industry, and the start-up energy fueling me… I decided to quit my corporate job and go for it!”

-Brittany

Paleo Scavenger Granola Review and Surprise (a coupon!) - Coconut Contentment

So now that you’re drooling and really believing in the wonderful mission of Paleo Scavenger to produce quality granola… I have a surprise for you! :)

For all of my wonderful readers – If you head to Paleo Scavenger’s website: paleoscavenger.com – and purchase her granola this week (12.15-12.22) you can get %15 off!  Just enter the code: “COCONUT” when you check out.

And if you order quickly you will get your granola in time to give it as gift this Christmas! This a great way to introduce a grain-free diet to your friends and family.  It’s also a great gift for anyone you know who follows a grain-free diet already.  Of course – you should also get yourself a bag or two! This stuff is awesome. So hop on the handcrafted train with this gracious deal of 15% off :)

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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (Paleo, AIP)



It is officially the Season of Soup.

November has brought us beautiful, cool Autumn days.  During this time of year there are few things better than coming home to a warm and hearty soup after being out in the cold.  Ryan and I will often eat soup once a day or every other day during this time of year.  It’s perfect to heat up for lunch or to have for a simple and easy dinner.

So for the second recipe in my Slow Cooker series I want to share with you my simplest Chicken Soup recipe.  You easily throw it in your slow cooker before you leave for work or to run errands.  There are several options for how to cook it, including a stove top method which requires only one hour of cooking time.

This soup can be adapted to fit whatever is in your fridge – use what you have, and substitute any other vegetables – such as winter squash or turnips.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (Paleo, AIP)

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Prep: 15 minutes          Slow Cooker: 3-8 hours or Stove top: 1 hour           Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds uncooked chicken breasts/thighs
  • 1 pound diced carrots
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes cubed (I love white sweet potatoes!) or 1 pound parsnips diced
  • 6 ribs/stalks celery chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves diced finely
  • 2 to 3 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chopped kale or collards.
  • 6 to 8 cups Chicken Broth/Stock
  • Optional: 1 to 2 tbsp dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)

Directions:

  1. Grab your slow cooker or giant stock pot.  Add all of ingredients except for the broth.
  2. If you like a thicker soup, add just enough broth to barely cover the ingredients.  If you enjoy a more broth-y soup add the full amount of broth.
  3. Slow Cooker: 7 to 8 hours on low, 3-4 hours on high. Stovetop: Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and reduce to simmer (low) – leave for one hour.
  4. Once the soup is finished cooking (chicken is cooked through and veggies are soft) remove the chicken and shred or chop it.

We love this served with my sandwich bread toasted with a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle sea salt (wonderful butter substitute). We also enjoy some sort of biscuit or “cornbread” with this soup.  My favorite Paleo “cornbread” is by Glutenfree Fix – I used her mini “Corn” Dog recipe to make these sweet little muffins, but left out the hotdogs :)

Enjoy! 

Weeknight Slow Cooker Soup (AIP, Paleo) - Coconut Contentment

To see the first recipe in my Slow Cooker series head here: Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  To purchase my favorite programmable Slow Cooker for $49 head here: Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

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