Whole30 Day 21: Bone Broth & A Giveaway!

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One of my favorite discoveries at last November’s Wise Traditions conference was Real Bone Broth, a small company that ships (via the Wise Choice Market) frozen containers of traditionally-simmered bone broth — right to your doorstep.

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Life-changing, right?

On a cold winter’s day, nothing hits the spot like a steaming bowl of bone broth — especially when I’m feeling under the weather. Not only does it warm me from the inside out, it’s also an terrifically nutritious superfood. Packed with health-promoting minerals like calcium and magnesium, bone broth is also loaded with collagen and gelatin, making it a magical elixir that boosts both intestinal and joint health. And did I mention how wonderful it tastes? Done properly, bone broth reveals its divine depth and adds a robust, umami dimension to your soups and stews.

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I usually make my own bone broth (typically with either a slow cooker or pressure cooker), but for those who are too busy, sick, or lazy to bother, Real Bone Broth may be just the ticket. It’s like having your mommy sending you a tummy-warming hug through the mail.

I knew I had to share this great product with you, so I reached out to the owners of Real Bone Broth to see if they’d be willing to sponsor a giveaway — and to answer some questions I had about their bone broth.  Keep reading to check out my Q&A with Alexandra Rains, one of owners of Real Bone Broth, and to find out how to enter to win!

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Whole30 Day 7: Vital Choice Seafood Giveaway!

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Your mom used to tell you all the time: Eat fish — it’s good for you.

But what about all the toxins? In this day and age, where can you get healthy, sustainable seafood from a trustworthy source? Keep reading to find the answers — and to learn how to enter a fantastic fish giveaway from Vital Choice Seafood & Organics. Oh, and I have a discount code for you, too!

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Giveaway Time! Win A Lava Lake Lamb Gift Card & Sampler Pack!

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**UPDATE! The giveaway is over and the winner (Tina!) has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who entered!**

Are you as sick of shopping as I am? Wouldn’t you prefer to just sit back and win a $50 gift card to Lava Lake Lamb AND a $65 sampler pack of grass fed beef and lamb? That way, you could give ‘em both away for the holidays, keep one and gift one, or be a grinch and hoard everything for yourself. Mwahahaha!

Lava Lake Lamb produces some of the tastiest 100% grass fed lamb I’ve ever eaten — and it’s not gamey in the slightest! I can’t think of a better gift for your friends and family than healthy, delicious pastured meat. (That is, unless everyone you know is a vegetarian.)

The best thing about this prize is that you can try before you buy. The meat sampler includes two pounds of ground lamb, two pounds of ground beef, and two packages of rosemary garlic lamb sausages.

And let me tell you, these sausages are fantastic.

What’s easier than throwing some pre-seasoned meat in a pan?

Answer: NOTHING.

If you’re looking for other items to spend your gift card on, definitely try the succulent lamb shoulder…

…or lamb shanks.

Both cuts become fork-tender in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. What’s more comforting on a winter evening than a big bowl of braised lamb-y goodness?

Again: NOTHING.

(Looking for lamb recipes? Check out my Recipe Index, or whip out my iPad® cookbook app!)

Too skittish to try lamb? Lava Lake Lamb also sells wonderful grass fed beef from the fine folks at Brandon Natural Beef. Win-win! 

So, how do you enter to win the $50 Lava Lake Gift Certificate AND $65 grass fed beef and lamb sampler pack?

All you have to do is:

  1. Sign up for my newsletter by clicking here. I promise to never cram your inbox with spam or sell your information to anyone. (Learn more about my newsletter and peruse the archives over here.)
  2. Sign up for the Lava Lake Lamb newsletter here. You’ll be in the know about all their holiday sales, specials, and recipes. (Psst! The last day to order in time for X-mas delivery is 12/17/12.)
  3. Leave ONE comment at the end of this post to let me know you followed steps 1 and 2.

The deadline to enter this sweepstakes is Friday, November 30, 2012, at 9:00 PST.

(Once again, I must apologize to my wonderful international readers; Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18.)

And don’t be selfish — hit “Share This” below and tell your friends to get in on this giveaway. If one of them wins, maybe you can convince them to share the prize with you!

Good luck!

Paleo Emergency Kit & Steve’s Original Giveaway!

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If nothing else, Hurricane Sandy was a sobering reminder for the NomBomb clan to finally cobble together an emergency preparedness kit. I’m not proud to admit that if it weren’t for the disaster in the Northeast, I probably would’ve never gotten off my butt. A round of applause, please.

Here’s some of what I stuck in a big, sturdy plastic bin, and why:

  • Bottled water. I broke open a case from Costco, and stuck some of ‘em in our chest freezer so I’d have some ready-made, dual-purpose ice packs to keep our meat cold in the event of a power outage.
  • A case of canned beef. To be honest, I have no idea what this meat tastes like, and it’s not exactly the highest-quality stuff. But hey — the only ingredients are beef and salt; in the event of a major emergency, this stuff will suffice. You can even stock up on canned bacon if you want. Still, I kinda hope I never have to break open these cans.
  • Macadamia nuts — partly because they’re low Omega-6 nuts, but mostly because I don’t think I could live without them.
  • Coconut flakes, coconut oil, and coconut butter. I’m cuckoo for coconut.
  • Almond butter in single-serve packets. Easy, on-the-go protein is a must — especially if you find yourself on the run from zombies.
  • Canned fish (sardines, tuna, and salmon). Whether they come packed in olive oil or water, these portable, shelf-stable fishes are fantastic snacks.
  • Freeze-dried fruit. Super-light and easy to store.
  • Canned organic sweet potato purée — just don’t forget to pack a can opener, too!
  • Kale chips and SeaSnax. The world may be collapsing all around you, but face it: You’ll probably still want to munch on something crunchy. 
  • Ghee. We all love using ghee as a cooking fat, but did you know that you can also eat it straight-up with a spoon? Call me weird, but I enjoy its sweet, nutty flavor.
  • Dark chocolate. Duh.
  • Assorted jerky (beef, tuna, and chicken) and PaleoKits. Henry makes a mean jerky with a deli slicer and a food dehydrator, but when it comes to prepping for a Worst Case Scenario, we’re turning to the pros. 
Yeah, we also packed up a bunch of batteries, a first-aid kit, and a solar-powered (and hand-crank) radio+cell phone charger+flashlight thingamabobber. But this is a food blog, so I won’t bore you with details about the non-edible items in our emergency kit.
Need more tips about preparing for Mother Nature’s next smackdown? Check out these posts over yonder:

What? You need even more of an incentive? How about a discount code for purchases from Steve’s Original? Just use the coupon code nomnomgiveaway between now and November 14, 2012 for a 10% discount off your online purchase!

Yes — you read that correctly — I said “giveaway.” For you lazy sons o’ guns who don’t want to bother shopping in preparation for the apocalypse, you can enter for a chance to win a cool batch of shelf-stable goodies from Steve’s Original.

Y’all know about Steve’s Original, right? Not only does the company make some of the yummiest jerky and Paleo snacks known to humankind, it also funds Steve’s Club — a not-for-profit organization that supports inner city youth through exercise and nutrition.

And if that doesn’t convince you, let me just say this: PALEOKRUNCH.

Seriously, I love this stuff and I know you will (or already do), too!

So — what’s up for grabs?

One of my lucky readers will win a Steve’s Club Sampler which includes:

  • 1 Grassfed Small PaleoKit
  • 1 Coconut Small PaleoKit
  • 1 GF PaleoStix
  • 1 GF Just Jerky
  • 1 GF PaleoStix with Spinach
  • 1  PaleoKrunch bar
  • 1 PaleoKrunch Cereal Cinnamon
  • 1 Ginger Cilantro Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Maple Mustard Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Tomato Balsamic Dressing PaleoChef
  • 1 Mixed Berry PaleoChef
  • 1 Peach BBQ PaleoChef
  • 1 Dried Blueberries
  • 1 Dried Strawberries
Phew! That’s a lot of tasty rations, right?
**UPDATE ON 11/13/12: THE CONTEST IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO STELLAR_PUNK!**

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win this prize package:

  1. Sign up for the Steve’s Original newsletter at the bottom of the company’s homepage;
  2. Like the Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan page; and
  3. Leave just ONE comment at the end of this blog post letting me know you followed the directions by Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 9pm PST.

(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)

And don’t be selfish — hit “Share This” below and tell your friends to get in on this giveaway. Sharing is caring, right?

Remember — everyone wins because you can save 10% on all of Steve’s goodies by using the coupon code: nomnomgiveaway between now and November 14, 2012. So stock up your emergency kit NOW!

Good luck! 

Giveaway Time! Win A MILKimchi Sampler & T-shirt!

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**UPDATE ON 10/19/12: THE CONTEST IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO ANN K.!**

Think you can get your fill of probiotics only from yogurt and sauerkraut? Think again!

From the country that brought us Gangnam Style comes one of my favorite fermented foods — KIMCHI! And my favorite purveyor is  Mother In Law’s Kimchi (MILKimchi), which hand-makes and packs this tangy and spicy condiment in New York City.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the benefits of probiotics and know that one of the keys to good health is keeping your gut happy. There are trillions of bacteria in your GI tract, and it’s important to make sure you’ve plenty of “good guys” to keep the “bad guys” from overrunning the joint. (I’m not gonna get all science-y on you, but if you want more information about the microbiome in your guts, check out this post by Chris Kresser or read Diane Sanfillipo’s Practical Paleo.)

Most people — Paleo eaters included — don’t ingest enough fermented foods. For the past few months, I’ve been downing lots of kimchi, the national food of Korea. I love the fiery tartness it adds to my favorite grilled meats and frittatas.

If you’re a home fermenter or aspiring kimchi maker, the upcoming cookbook from Lauryn Chun, the owner of MILKimchi, is an excellent resource.

Me? I’m too lazy to make my own, but I’ll happily stock my fridge with the different varieties of MILKimchi. Wanna try some?

It doesn’t matter if you’re already a huge kimchi fan or not — if you’ve got taste buds and a GI tract, this giveaway is tailor-made for you. What’s up for grabs?

A cute T-shirt that announces your love of probiotics…

…and a sampler pack of MILKimchi’s three most popular flavors.

Here’s a description of the kimchi from the fine folks at MILKimchi:

Napa Cabbage Kimchi is handmade using napa cabbage, the finest chile peppers, natural ingredients and no preservatives. Spiced with an authentic recipe of specially selected chile peppers, the kimchi has natural depths of flavor that combine spicy complexity and savoriness. Natural fermentation makes it a healthy probiotic food that is good for your digestion. Our most popular flavor.

Muu Daikon Radish is made using fresh daikon radishes mixed with our special blend of chile peppers and all natural ingredients. Fermented to the ideal point where it maintains a pleasant crunch coupled with a complex chile-pepper punch, it makes an ideal complement to grilled meats, noodles, or rice. Comes cut in bite-size cubes.

Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi has all the zest, spice and flavor of our Napa Cabbage Kimchi but was made without using any shellfish. Hand-made using all-natural products, the Vegan Kimchi is a raw, fermented food that’s filled with natural probiotics that aid digestion.

How do you enter the giveaway?

  1. Like the MILKimchi Facebook fan page
  2. Like the Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan page
  3. Leave just ONE comment at the end of this blog post letting me know you followed the directions by Thursday, 10/18/12, at 9pm PST.

(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)

Good luck and good gut!

Giveaway Time: A Trio of Cookbooks!

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**UPDATE ON 10/9/12 @ 10:15 pm: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO CICHLISUITE!**

I’m going to let you in on a secret: When I’m too lazy to take food photos and throw together a new blog post, I host a giveaway. Win-win! (Well, unless you don’t actually win.)

Kidding aside, one lucky reader will receive THREE great cookbooks that run the gamut from Whole30-approved to not Paleo at all (but awesome nonetheless!).

First up: My pal Melissa Joulwan's ridiculously great Well Fed.

I’ll say it ‘til I’m blue in the face: Well Fed is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Your life isn’t complete ‘til you’ve tasted her Bora Bora Fireballs or The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat. Mel’s book is crammed with so many great tips, antidotes, and tantalizing dishes that you won’t even notice that you’re eating Whole30-compliant meals. If you haven’t gone Paleo yet, Well Fed’ll convince you to make it a lifestyle.

Next up is Tammy Credicott’s new cookbook, Paleo Indulgences

I rarely make or eat dessert these days — “Paleoized” or otherwise. But when I’m in the mood for some sweet off-roading, Tammy’s been a great source for foolproof recipes that deliver the goods without the usual gluten gut punch. I made her blueberry crumble muffins the other day, and my decidedly non-Paleo parents inhaled ‘em. Not in the mood for sweets? There are plenty of savory indulgences in her cookbook, too.

Last but not least: Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home.

This cookbook wasn’t written for Paleo eaters, though you’ll find plenty of Paleo-friendly recipes in there. I’m including this gorgeous hardcover ‘cause it’s beautiful and inspirational, and authored by one the best and most acclaimed chefs in the known universe. I mean, the guy’s the only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants.

Beginning in the late ’90s, I’ve enjoyed mind-blowing (and wallet-blowing) meals at all of Chef Keller’s restaurants, from The French Laundry (in California’s wine country) to Per Se (in New York City). Ad Hoc's one of their more casual cousins, but it's equally worthy of an off-the-rails splurge. Don't believe me? Just ask Mrs. Whole9 (a.k.a. Melissa Harwig), who visited Ad Hoc earlier this summer.

I still look at Henry's photo of Ad Hoc's famous fried chicken (taken in the summer of 2009 using our old point-and-shoot!) and fondly remember the days when I'd fall headfirst into this platter of awesomeness:

Ready to join Cookbook Hoarders Anonymous with me?

Simply leave ONE comment at the end of this post by Tuesday, 10/9/12, at 9 p.m. PST letting me know your all-time favorite cookbook. Yep — that’s all you gotta do to enter for a chance to win this prize package (worth $110)!

(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)

Good luck, and be sure to tell your friends!

Giveaway Time! LunchBots Clicks & Dips!

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**UPDATE: The contest is OVAH and the winner has been contacted! Thanks to all for entering the giveaway!**

As the family lunch-packer, I’ve tried every conceivable compact food storage container on the market — from plastic boxes to glass containers. For years, our kitchen was stocked with stuff I hoarded from Tupperware parties, but after learning of the dangers of plastic, I immediately replaced them all with Snapware glass containers and stainless steel LunchBots

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Recently, my friend Jackie — the creator of LunchBots — gave us a few sets of her new LunchBots Clicks. It was love at first sight. These stainless steel containers are completely leak-proof, lightweight, stackable, and dishwasher-safe. I was so head-over-heels that I immediately bought complete sets for the most important cooks in my life: my chef sister, my mom, and my mother-in-law.

Wanna try them out, too?

Thanks to LunchBots, I’m giving away a set of two small LunchBots Clicks

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…and a set of three LunchBots Dips!

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If you’re looking for a way to get your cave-children to eat more fruits and veggies at school, pack them a dunk-worthy sauce in a LunchBots Dips. (Or, if you’re like me, you may just want to use the Dips to portion out your macadamia nuts or dark chocolate chunks…)

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Like the Clicks, the Dips are easy for my kids to open and close. They’re completely leak-proof, too.

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Still scratching your head about what to pack in your LunchBots containers? Take a peek at the week of packed lunches that Jackie and I put together:

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Okay — ready to try your hand at winning these babies?

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  1. Like LunchBots Fan Page on Facebook!
  2. Like Nom Nom Paleo Fan Page on Facebook!
  3. Subscribe to my email Newsletter!
  4. Leave JUST ONE comment at the end of THIS POST no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 9 p.m. PST, confirming that you followed Steps 1 through 3. (I’ll be checking, so no cheating!)

Simple, right? I’ll pick a winner at random, and Jackie’ll send you the goods. Unfortunately, you have to be a U.S. resident to enter. (Tumblr’s rules, not mine. Sorry, international fans!)

Good luck!

Giveaway Time! Cast Iron Skillets & Accessories!

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**UPDATE 7/11/12: The giveaway is OVAH! Congrats to Dustin K.!**

Ready for another giveaway? This one’s simple and straightforward — you won’t have to jump through any hoops to enter — ‘cause I just want to thank you for making the Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app a success!

I recently promised that once the latest version of the app received 100 ratings/reviews, I’d sponsor a giveaway. And the last time I checked, there are well over 100 five-star ratings for version 1.3 on the App Store! (BTW, keep those ratings/reviews coming!) We’re thrilled that people are enjoying it — including those who are just discovering Paleo through the app.

Although we launched this little self-financed venture back in April with zero PR and no marketing plan whatsoever, we’ve managed to get fantastic (and unsolicited!) reviews from national publications like The Daily and 148Apps. So far, the app has also received glowing write-ups from luminaries in the Paleosphere like Paleo Parents, The Food Lovers’ Kitchen, Melissa Joulwan, and others. But our main support has come from readers like you, who have spread their excitement about the app on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, email, and even IRL (gasp!). Even now, more than two months after its launch, Nom Nom Paleo is (inexplicably!) one of Apple’s top paid Lifestyle apps for the iPad.

To thank you, I’m hosting a giveaway where you can win my favorite pre-seasoned cast iron skillets: a 6.5-inch, 8-inch, AND a 12-inch. Yes — ALL THREE.

Plus: a pair of my favorite heat-resistant gloves!

And a stiff brush to scrub the skillets clean! 

(Remember? I’ve got a post on how to take care of your skillets right here.)

The rules are easy to follow: Simply leave ONE comment at the end of this post by Wednesday, 7/11/12, at 9 pm PST. This contest is open to both U.S. and international readers. I’ll pick one winner at random and that’ll be that!