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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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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 Cinnamon Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

111 Easy Peasy recipe. Just throwing together some extra ingredients I have since I am baking other things at the moment! I saw this on instagram from “Taylor made it Paleo” and it looked good, so I just added an extra ingredient to the mix and baked them.

These are pretty yummy. I think I need to invest in some silicone muffin tins because these certainly stuck to the bottom of the paper and I wasted some when I could have eaten it! So I would suggest either using silicon muffin liners or possibly spraying a little non stick spray into the cupcake liners.

Ingredients:

* 2 bananas
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 tbsp. honey
* 1/2 cup almond flour
* 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter
* 1 tbsp. cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor except for the chocolate chips. Add those in after the mixture is smooth with a spoon.
3. Fill your cupcake tins about 3/4 full
4. Bake for about 15 minutes

Enjoy!!

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Slow Cook Paleo Sesame-Orange Chicken (Over Coconut Cauli Rice)

sesame-chicken-26-600I just bought a new Paleo cookbook called “Against all grain” and just started looking through and deciding which recipes to make. This one looked good and for the most part, I had most of the ingredients in my cabinet. I love the cookbook. The pictures are to die for and the recipes look really great. Some a little more complicated then I usually prepare, but I know the end result will be fantastic. This one turned out really delicious. I have never cooked with coconut amino’s before, so there is a taste in the dish that I didn’t quite recognize, and I figured that must be it. It’s in the soy sauce family, so if the taste of coconut amino’s bothers you and you don’t mind using soy sauce, that could be a good alternative. I also realized I quadrupled the amount of ginger you are supposed to put in… so that may be why it had a bit of a kick!

But honestly, anything that I can throw in a slow cooker or crock pot and ignore for a few hours sounds like a good recipe to me! Bonus points if it stores well in the freezer in a vacuum sealed bag. I’ve been reading so many vacuum sealer reviews, the one I have is clearly outdated.

Ingredients:
*2 lbs boneless organic chicken thighs
*1/3 cup coconut aminos
*1/3 cup honey
*2 tbls orange juice
*2 tbls tomato paste
*1 tbls toasted seasame oil
*2 tsp minced garlic
*1/2 tsp ground ginger
*3/4 tsp sea salt
*1/4 tsp black pepper
*1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
*Garnish with toasted or plain sesame seeds and green onions

1. Place the chicken at the bottom of the crock pot and turn on low heat.
2. Place all the remaining ingredients (minus the sesame seeds) in a food processor or whisk together. Pour mixture over the chicken. Make sure to turn the chicken around so all of the chicken is coated.
3. Cook the chicken for approximately 4 hours.
4. Remove the chicken and cut into pieces
5. Take the sauce that was in the crockpot and transfer to a small sauce pan. Cook for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat until the sauce thickens
6. Pour over your chicken and sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Coconut Cauliflower rice

Ingredients:
* 1 large cauliflower
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 white onion chopped
* 2-3 chopped pieces of garlic
* olive oil

1. Place your cauliflower in broken up florets into your food processor until it is finely ground into ‘rice’ size.
2. In a frying pan, put about a tablespoon of olive oil and then your onions and garlic.
3. When they start to cook just a bit, add your cauliflower and your shredded coconut and cook until combined and everything is warm. Don’t cook too long, just enough so everything is nice and heated to put under your chicken dish.

ENJOY!~

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Chili with Butternut Squash

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This dish is super easy. Really the only thing you need to cook is the meat and the onions and then throw all the rest of the stuff in to simmer for a while. Super good! It’s nice to stock up on all the canned goods and every so often when you don’t know what to have for dinner- just throw this together and it is yum yum! ALso, add a can of kidney beans to the dish too if you want some extra bean protein. Makes it heartier too!
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb sausage (squeeze out of casing)
  • 1 small white onion
  • 4/5 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 1 small can green chilis
  • 1 package butternut squash (from trader joes)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp red chili flakes

In a saucepan combine the meat, onions, and spices until the onions become transparent. While that is cooking, put your butternut squash in the microwave for about 5 minutes. After that, add everything else to the pot and that’s it! Let boil, then let simmer for about 20 minutes and you are done! How easy is that! Top with some avocado or if you aren’t paleo, some cheese and enjoy.

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Favorite paleo deserts

I am dying to make a paleo treat right about now but I’m on day 7 of 21 sugar detox. Well I kind of had a malfunction yesterday but I was working an event held at an expo center. Silly me forgot to pack a lunch so I was forced to figure out how to eat well with basically fairground food. So let’s just say it was bad for me but probably better than 99% of the people there!

Anyway… I’m down 4 lbs and feel good. Yippee!

So holiday time is near and these are my absolutely favorite paleo treats. I mean its next to impossible to avoid all treats during the holidays so at least you can try to have some alternative options when possible. But there is really no getting away from eating like a half dozen of Joe’s mom’s Christmas cookies. Those things are insanely good!

I have posted all these recipes on this blog before so just type the names in the search bar and they will pop up.

Favorite #1- Two tone nutty fudge. These are amazing. So rich and delicious. They have coconut oil in them so just make sure they stay cool so they don’t get too soft.

Favorite #2- Coconut peppermint patties. I actually think these are tied for #1. Keep these cool too. But these treats everyone likes!

Favorite #3- Triple chocolate truffles. These are great to serve at a party. Really cute and super tasty!

Favorite #4- Pumpkin pie cheesecake. I ended up making these into mini cheesecakes for Thanksgiving last year. They were a hit! (The cheese is actually cashews) delish!

I know I will be making a few of these soon but wanted to share for others to enjoy who don’t abuse sugar like I do!!

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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Desserts

 

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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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