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Cinnamon apple butter cups

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Disclaimer: I am 12 days into my sugar detox so these taste awesome to me, but might not be a typical sweet treat for anyone else…

These are perfect after dinner treats that taste slightly sweet from the apples and like a treat because of the coconut oil and butter mixed. If you would like them a little sweeter then maybe use different apples and sprinkle with a little coconut sugar or mix honey into the coconut butter mixture. But these are great as they are to me!

Ingredients:
* 1 1/2 green apples
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 cup coconut butter
* Tbls of cinnamon — or more!

Directions:

1. Put the coconut oil and coconut butter in a bowl and microwave for about 40 seconds. Stir with a spoon so the two are combined.

2. Cut your apples into small chunks (I skinned my apples but not necessary)

3. Add about 1 Tbls of coconut oil to a pan and then add your apples and cinnamon. Cook until they are nice and soft.

4. Add your apples to the coconut mixture and stir around. Add a little more cinnamon.

5. Line a muffin pan with your cupcake liners. Spoon in your mixture. You can put one spoonful in and make about 10 or you can make them nice and full and it will make about 6. Put them in the fridge for about an hour and enjoy!

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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Cinnamon apple waffles

Who says eating healthy is boring? Well I pulled out this waffle maker that I bought last year at Macy’s for their Black Friday sale, and I think I used it once in a year! But it was $10! How do you NOT buy it?

I have messed up so many pancake recipes in the past I figured as long as the batter is thick enough, I think this will work. It did and it was great!

This recipe is made one full size waffle and one mini one, so you would need to add just a bit more if you were making 2. Probably another egg and tsp of coconut flour.

Ingredients:
* 1 banana (green tipped if your doing the sugar detox like I am)
* 3 eggs
* 2 tablespoons coconut flour
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* pinch of baking soda and pinch of salt
* 1 green apple
* 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning (or just cinnamon)

Directions:
1. Cut your apple into small pieces (no skin) and put in a small baking dish. Add the cinnamon and mix around. Bake this for about 10-15 minutes until soft.
2. While your apples are baking, put all other ingredients into a small food processor or bullet and mix until creamy. If its too liquidy, just add a little more coconut flour.
3. Pour batter into waffle maker!

I topped my waffles with a little warmed up coconut butter and then the apples. Perfect breakfast that’s super healthy and looks beautiful!

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Baked Granny Smith Apple Crumble- Sugar detox approved!

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Even though this has no sugar and is a “sugar detox approved’ treat. This is definitely a dish I will make as a treat anytime. I am headed down to see my parents and niece this weekend and I am always trying to find dishes that would be good and healthy for her to eat, this is perfect! She loved the sweet potato brownies we made, so this can be another treat we can make together. I think she has the same sugar addiction I have! This was from the 21DSD book and is great!

Ingredients:
* 4-5 granny smith green apples.
* 3 tsp Cinnamon
* 1 1/2 cups of Almond meal or Almond flour
* 1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil
* 1/2 lemon

Directions: (Preheat oven to 350)
1. Take your apples and peel and cut them into small pieces and add to a small bowl. Add about 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the apples and squeeze about 1/2 a lemon into the bowl. If you have pumpkin pie spice, you can use that too.
2. Take your almond meal and add 1 1/2 tsp or a tablespoon of cinnamon. Melt the butter or coconut oil and mix in with the almond meal.
3. Brush your casserole dish with a little coconut oil. Place your apples into a casserole dish or you can put them into individual ramikins. Cover evenly with the topping. Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes then bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping begins to brown.

What a treat!

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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

I found this recipe in the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book. I finally broke down and bought the actual book instead of googling recipes or looking for them on Instagram. Great book too! There are two books I guess, one that has all the info about the sugar detox, what food is okay- what food isn’t- and how you will be feeling each day, what sugar is in, what it does to you, etc.. Then a ton of recipes. There is another one that is coming out this month that is JUST recipes. I will probably break down and buy that one too.

So I have to say, if you haven’t tried doing a sugar detox its a great way to jump start your tastebuds. All of a sudden foods that don’t normally taste sweet start tasting really sweet and you begin to wonder if they are allowed! Like avocado’s. Or butternut squash, now that just tastes like candy after a few days on this!

Anyhow, this recipe is really yummy and has some of my favorite items- artichokes and olives! Easy prep, easy bake, and just make sure you don’t spill the turmeric or sauce on the counter or you will be scrubbing bright yellow stains away for days.

Ingredients:
* 4 Tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter, divided (Kerrygold butter is great!)
* 4 cups of canned artichoke hearts (I used one can and one jar of marinated artichoke hearts)
* 1 cup pitted olives (Mix of green and kalamata. I liked the kalamata better to be honest)
* 1/2 cup olive juice from your olive jar
* 6-8 organic chicken thighs (Trader joes has a great pack of organic thighs that don’t break the bank!)
* 2 tsp ground turmeric
* 1 tsp cumin (I put more in, but I LOVE cumin in anything)
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 tsp ground coriander
* 1/4 tsp sea salt
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 1 lemon
* 1 tsp red chili flakes (If you like a little spice)

Directions: (Preheat oven to 425)
1. Grease a casserole dish with 2 tbls of ghee or butter. Then place the artichoke hearts, olives, and olive juice inside the dish. Place the chicken thighs on top. I cleaned them and sliced off any fat there was on them. You can also use chicken breasts too if you like.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the spices together. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken. I sprinkled on one side and then turned it over and sprinkled the other side so it was completely coated. If there is any left, distribute the rest over the artichokes.
3. Cut the lemon in half and then into small slices and place a slice on top of each chicken. Squeeze the other half of the lemon into the dish. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you add those.
4. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked throughout.
5. Serve with some steamed asparagus or any other green veggie!

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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Spinach Sausage Egg Bake

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I saw this really good looking recipe for a zucchini sausage egg baked thing and thought how good it looked. So on my Sunday shopping to Trader Joes, I wrote everything down I needed for the week making sure to get what was in this dish. I get home, and what do I forget? The main ingredient of zucchini! So I ended up making up an entirely new recipe with items that I bought and substituted the zucchini with spinach. It’s in the oven now, but it looks really good!

Ingredients:

*1/2 red onion

*About a cup of chopped mushrooms

*2 uncooked spicy sausages

*Huge handful or two of baby spinach

*About 10-15 cherry tomatoes cut into small pieces

*5-6 eggs

Directions:

1. This is pretty easy. Chop up the onions and mushrooms and sauté in ghee or butter. When those are slightly cooked, add the 2 sausages- make sure you squeeze them out of the casing and then chop up so it looks like ground beef. When everything is cooked well together add your spinach until just wilted. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

2. Pour your mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Add the cherry tomatoes on top and then whisk your eggs together in a bowl and pour on top of everything. Add parmesan cheese to the top if you want for an extra kick of flavor.

3. Bake for about 25-30 minutes and enjoy! I am going to put mine directly in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s breakfast.

If anyone makes this and would like to use zucchini instead, shred about 4-5 zucchini’s and add to mixture instead of spinach. Or leave the spinach in, might be even better!

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo zucchini boats

Zucchini boats! Yum! I haven’t posted many recipes on here lately because I’ve actually been using a ton that I have already created that are on this blog. So here’s. little something new and easy that’s very simple to whip up.

Ingredients:
*6 large zucchini’s (depends on how many you are feeding. 2 per person seems good)
*1 lb ground beef
*1 cup chopped mushrooms
*1/2 red onion chopped fine
*1-2 cloves of garlic
*low sugar spaghetti sauce
*Some oregano, salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Start by chopping your vegetables and sauté them in a little olive oil.

2. With a melon ball scooper, take out the insides of the zucchini’s. I cut a small slice on one side and then scoop from there. Chop up all of the insides and add to the sauté pan. Add oregano and some salt and pepper.

3. While veggie’s are cooking, add in your ground beef and cook until done. Drain any of the excess fluid.

4. Add about a cup of the spaghetti sauce to the mixture and let simmer.

5. If you want your zucchini boats to be a little softer, then you would put then into boiling water for about 2 mins. I didn’t and they came out a little crunchier which was still delicious.

6. Now fill your zucchini boats with the mixture and put inside a casserole dish. Top with more of the spaghetti sauce and bake for about 15-20 mins at 350.

7. Serve with a quick side salad and you’ve got yourself a great meal!

I’m thinking this can be done more Mexican style too, ground beef with seasoning, salsa on top, etc. I’ll try that way next. Enjoy!

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Beef, Dinner, Lunch, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Breakfast egg cups

When I eat healthy I wake up STARVING. Stomach growling, the whole 9 yards. So it’s 7am and I’m making egg breakfast cups. Basically the same breakfast I eat every morning into a nice little muffin cup. This is a good raid your fridge for leftover stuff meal too.

Ingredients:

* 2 slices of turkey bacon. Cut in half and then cut each one into thirds. They line the outside of the cups.
* 4 eggs
* some spinach
* chopped tomato
* chopped mushrooms
* seasoning

I lined the bottom of the muffin pans with spinach, then out the slices of turkey bacon to line each one. Fill with chopped tomato and mushrooms. Beat 4-5 eggs together and pour on top.

Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.

I put a little avocado on top and they were great!

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Banana spinach smoothie

imagesCA73IYNZDo you ever just get sick of eating? Like you know you have to, you get hungry, but it gets so tiring sometimes to come up with lunches or breakfasts! I think I am going to look for some good smoothie recipes that I can have in place of a regular breakfast or lunch. Easy-quick.

I just added a bunch of stuff to this one and it turned out really good. Not sure how nutritious it is, but it also certainly isn’t bad for you!

Ingredients:

* 1 banana
* 1 cup of spinach (or handful)
* 1 cup of coconut water
* a spoonful of sunflower seed butter
* a couple spoonfuls of that coconut butter you made a few days ago (see post below!)
* a spoonful of cocoa powder
* a few ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away!

Okay, I made another one, this time with some blueberries and protein powder and tracked how many calories this will be. I am condisering this my lunch by they way. Not a snack!

* 1 banana
* 1/2 cup spinach
* 1 tablespoon chia seeds
* 1/2 scoop protein powder
* 1/2 cup blueberries
* 1 spoonful sunflower seed butter
* 1 cup coconut water

All together this comes to 423 calories. Take out the sunflower seed butter and it is 323. I think that part needs to go! But overall most of the calories come from the banana and protein. Not bad!

 
 

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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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