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Coconut Lemon “Lara” bars

I just discovered larabars. Like last week. Where on earth have I been? They are great! The ones I liked the most were the cashew date and the apple pie. So this recipe is more along the lines of the cashew one, but just add dried apples and they would would be your apple/date bars. I’ll try that next batch.

Ingredients are simple. I got this off a site called ‘bites for babies’. Go figure. I’m making baby food. I just added and took away a few things from hers like honey. I don’t know why you would want to add a sweetener to these, the dates make them plenty sweet enough!

Joe loved them and he is usually my seal of approval. Said they tasted like lemon meringue.

Ingredients:

* 1 cup packed dates (make sure to take the seeds out. I forgot and food processors really don’t like them)
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup cashews (either roasted or plain. Not salted)
* 3 TB almond butter
* 1 TB coconut oil (not melted)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/8 tsp sea salt
* zest of one lemon
* 1 TB squeezed lemon juice

1. Add all ingredients to your food processor and blend away!

2. One you have your desired consistency transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Smooth the ingredients so they are about 1/2 inch high. You can make it nice and even by pressing it down with an extra piece of parchment paper, also rolling the sides up.

3. Refrigerate about 2-3 hours until they are hard enough to cut into pieces. Wrap each one up in Saran Wrap and keep in the fridge until you have a sweet tooth or need a little burst of an energy bar!

(The picture is actually 2 batches. I bought a pound of dates and that ended up being about 2 cups so figured just make another batch- made about 14 bars)

I realize these shouldn’t be eaten everyday and in case of emergencies… But I like to have something on hand in my house in case this is something I NEED! Even half a bar is pretty satisfying.

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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Lunch, Sides

 

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Homemade Coconut Butter

flakesHow crafty am I today? Yes, I made homemade coconut butter. What do you do with coconut butter? Anything you would do with a chocolate sauce or peanut butter. You can put it into smoothies, eat it out of the jar, warm up and drizzle over fruit, combine with a little cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey- refrigerate and you have a yummy treat. Really anything you want to do with it.

Why is it good? Well according to this book: “Eat Fat, Lose Fat,” it is “a proven antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agent that’s also found in mother’s milk. Converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin, it helps you defent against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system, protecting you from a wide range of diseases.” So there ya go! It’s a great immune booster so if you get sick a lot or even get those nasty cold sores on your lip- this is perfect to have. And it tastes like a treat but less then 1 gram of sugar.

Oh, its also gluten free, vegan, and of course… paleo!

Probably the easiest ‘recipe’ there is known to man.

Ingredients:
* Organic Coconut Flakes
* Food Processor

That’s it! I was amazed at how easy it is to make this stuff! Just put the bag into your food processor and put on high for about 8-9 minutes. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the sides every so often.
When your done, just put in a jar and seal it. Store at room temp and enjoy however you want!

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Sauces, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo (and sugar detox) Banana Bread

banana-bread-oh-1732689-x_1_I think when I am on these kind of diets, I end up cooking so much more then when I am just doing some regular eating routine. I think because NOTHING is quick, so I always feel like I am in the kitchen. There is no easy snack or meal when you are not having anything processed so days off, what do I do… cook! I also don’t want to be starving and there is nothing around to eat then I eat some crap food on accident! I am also pretty stoked about cooking though because my soon to be Mother in Law got me a full set of All Clad pots and pans for Christmas. Talk about a awesome present! Those are my dream pots. Did you all know they come in individual black satin bags? Yeah, pretty fancy. So love her, love my pans, happy girl.

Okay, so saw this from Civilized Caveman, which was featured on the Sugar Detox FB site. So its in the oven right now, waiting for me to try it. But I couldnt stop licking the batter off the spoons, so I have a feeling this is going to be good. Whenever I made breads of anykind it seems like I use a ton of Almond meal, but this one has none. You could add some things to this to make it really yummy, like nuts or blueberries, or chocolate chunks would be amazzzing. For now, just strict banana bread. There are no sweeteners at all in this, except the banana- which I used not quite ripe ones too.

Ingredients:
* 4 banana’s. For sugar detox- use banana’s that arent quite ripe.
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup of any kind of nut butter. I used sunflower seed butter- because its amazing.
* 1 tbls cinnamon
* 4 tbls grass fed butter (melted) Or coconut oil
* 1/2 cup of coconut flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* pinch of salt

1. Mix all your wet ingrients together in a food processor or with a hand mixer (Bananas, butter, nut butter, eggs, vanilla)
2. Combine your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt together in the mixer. Combine until nice and creamy.
3. Grease a bread pan 9×5 with butter or coconut oil and pour the ingredients in the pan.
4. Cook at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
5. Slice up and enjoy with butter, honey (not I!), or plain!

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Paleo Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes”

cauliI can’t believe I have never made these. They are so easy and I almost fooled Joe into thinking they were actually potatoes! I made his favorite dish tonight. Meatloaf, mashed “potatoes” and green beans with cherry tomatoes and bacon. The green bean recipe is on here somewhere and I need to post the meatloaf still. But this side dish could almost fool anyone!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chives
  • tablespoon of butter
  • salt/pepper

1. Take the cauliflower and cut it into little pieces. Throw that along with the garlic cloves into a steamer pot and steam until really tender.

2. Put your steamed cauliflower along with your garlic into a food processor along with the butter, salt and pepper. Blend until creamy smooth.

3. Transfer to a bowl and add your chopped chives and you are good to go!

I was surprised how similar they taste to regular mashed potatoes, same consistency and wtih the garlic and butter- same taste!

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Sides, Sugar Detox approved!, Veggies

 

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Paleo Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Bisquits

chivesI am a cooking queen today. I made 2 side dishes, a new chicken dish, and a dessert today. Plus I want to try to make a paleo pumpkin cheesecake, but I will wait till Wednesday to do that. That way we can bring to Thanksgiving and not eat it all here. Hopefully it taste good and people actually like it! I will post after I make that one too.

These bisquits were pretty easy to make and are a great side dish at dinner when you are missing a roll, bread, or bisquit. These would be amazing with some grated chedder cheese added, but I decided to go strict and see how they turned out. Really good!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes or yams (So about 2 cups mashed)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 6-8 strips bacon, cut into small pieces
  • leftover fat from bacon
  • 3-4 tablespoons chives
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bake the sweet potatos about 30 mins at 350. Till they are nice and soft. When those are done, peel the skin away and mash them up into a large bowl. Add your eggs and mix well. Make sure to mix together completely or when you add your bacon fat they will turn into scramble egg mash!

Slice up your bacon into little pieces and cook until nice and crispy. Set aside on a paper towel to drain. Add the bacon fat to the sweet potato mixture and mix together well.

Now add your dry ingredients, coconut flour, baking soda, salt and pepper. Mix together well and add chives and bacon and mix all ingredients together again.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use a large spoon to drop your bisquits on your sheet. Try to make them all the same size so they cook evenly.

Cook in over at 400 for about 22-27 minutes.

Let rest a bit and then enjoy!

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Sides

 

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Paleo Pumpkin Banana spice muffins

I’m back! Been a while since I posted anything new so this week I am going to post at least 4 new dishes. Starting with a treat, that is not so much of a treat since it came off the 21 day sugar detox plan. So its pretty damn healthy. I did put in some raisins (such a rebel) which makes it not sugar detox free, but certainly makes it paleo and WLC okay! This Whole Life Challenge thing has been much more of a challenge then the Sugar detox or the Paleo challenge. Not sure why… maybe just lazy to stick exactly to the rules? I keep screwing up on minor things. But I still have 6 weeks to go so its Monday and the start to a new week- I am ready!

Okay, back to the muffins…

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanille extract
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup raisns
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the eggs, oil, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and banana in a food processor. If you dont have one by now, your seriously missing the cooking boat. Go get one.

When they are all mixed together sift in the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix together and then add the raisins and carrots.

Grease your muffin pans and scoop enough to hit the top of the pan, about 1/4 cup each. Cook for about 30 minutes in the oven and your ready to go! Eat them for breakfast or just for a little treat.

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Breakfast, Sides

 

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Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

This is a great side meal. My friend made these the other night and they were super tasty so I decided to make a batch during lunch for the hell of it. Its just way too easy not to try it.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoe’s
  • Bacon
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt to taste

Slice up your sweet potatoe, cut the bacon into little pieces, sprinkle with cinnamon and a little sea salt. Lay out on a baking sheet and cook at 35o for about 15-20 minutes until tender. Voila! I hear if you put them into tin foil, wrap them all up, and throw them on the BBQ, its even better!

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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Sides

 

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Zucchini sausage pesto rolls

Day 11! Okay, we’ll I kind of cheated on the sugar detox yesterday but it was conscious decision and not a crazy craving. It was this magnificent piece of cheesecake which I only ate half, and I took the smallest little bites so it lasted like an hour. Yum. BUT, my stomach felt like shit and I got a sugar high right before I had to stand up and speak to about 40 people. I totally spazzed out and forgot what I was going to say and reverted to the scared of public speaking Kari from years ago. That sucked. I blame the cheesecake. But whatever, that’s after 11 days no sugar, no fruit.

Okay, on with today’s meal! I made this tonight for dinner and I either should have made a salad, side, or more. These should definitely be used for an appetizer. I saw this on paleOMG today and had to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini (about 2 or 3)
  • Italian sausages (I got the spicy chicken sausage from Whole Foods)
  • Fresh made pesto sauce

Cut the zucchini’s with a mandolin or about 1/4 inch thick. Spread on pan (or grill would be much better) and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. I broiled them until they were tender and a little brown from broiling.

Put the sausages in a frying pan and cook them for about 10 minutes. Flip over when one side is brown and cook the other side.

Make your pesto sauce (basil, olive oil, garlic, a few walnuts)

Take your pesto and spread it on the zucchini strips. Take your sausage and cut it into 1 inch pieces and roll them up with the zucchini strips, pesto facing the sausage. You can put a toothpick in them or just set on the side that was last to be rolled. Enjoy!

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Coco Monkey Smoothie

Thank god I discovered this. I got this from the 21 day Sugar Detox book of recipes that are okay, and this is the best. I only wish I could have one at every meal. I didnt put any coconut cream concentrate in mine and it was still delicious but I can’t wait to try it when I get that creamy delishesness in my house. I made this after searching around my cabinets and found my handy dandy magic bullet blender. I forgot I had this and now I cant wait to start using it more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water (no other added ingredients)
  • 1 frozen banana (with green tips so not quite ripe)
  • 1 tbls almond butter
  • 2 tbls coconut cream concentrate (optional)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients in the blender or hand blender and enjoy. So good I want another! As you can see I didnt have the patience to put in a regular cup or even wait to drink before taking a picture!

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Breakfast, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Cucumber/Avocado salad with lots of other goodies!

So day 4 now of this sugar detox. I dont seem to have a ton of cravings, but all I want to do is eat! Well there isnt a whole lot to eat unless you make up snacks to chow down on when in need. I saw that you could eat a few root chips on this plan, well never- I repeat- never put the bag in front of you. Take a handful or so, or the whole bag disappears quickly. I stopped myself before finishing out of guilt that my boyfriend would come home and see this bag empty.

This salad is just full of a bunch of stuff from my fridge. Threw it all together and made up a dressing to toss on top and it was so good. Pair that with some stuffed mushrooms and I had the perfect lunch with enough left over to snack on.

In Salad:

  • Persian cucumbers chopped up (any cucumber would do, these were just cute and cheap at TJ’s)
  • Cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • Jicama in little pieces
  • 1 avocado diced
  • some cilantro
  • some red onion chopped up

Dressing

  • Some olive oil
  • A tad of balsamic (had to be careful here because sometimes this is packed with sugar)
  • squeeze of a lime
  • salt and pepper

Chop up all ingredients, toss in a bowl, add dressing. BAM! Enjoy.

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Lunch, Salad, Sides

 

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