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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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Chocolate coconut banana pudding

Chocolate-banana2This is really similiar to the one I posted a few days ago…

I changed the recipe in this one a little bit so there is no added sugar (honey).

* 1 Can of Coconut Cream
* 1 banana (this is taking the place of the honey)
* 2 TBLS unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2 TBLS nut butter (Almond, sunflower seed, cashew- your choice)

Add to a food processor and blend until creamy smooth and no banana chunks. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

After you refrigerate, just add cut up strawberries, blueberries, and shredded coconut! Satisfies any sweet tooth or dessert craving.

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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Paleo Burgers

A picture is worth a thousand words… And here are a few: Get.In.My.Belly!

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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Bacon, Mushrooms, Artichoke hearts, and Spinach

chicken-breastThis is kind of a left over type of meal. Just see what you have left in the fridge after your week of meals, sautee it all together, and then stuff it into the center of a chicken breast! Serve with a side of roasted brussell sprouts and you are good to go!

Ingredients:

* 2 chicken breasts
* 4 slices of bacon- chopped up
* 2 cloves of garlic
* about 6-8 oz of chopped mushrooms
* Half a jar of artichoke hearts chopped up
* couple handfulls of spinach

1. Chop up your bacon into bite size pieces. You can cook the bacon and then chop, but I think its easier this way. Cook until nice and crispy and take out of pan and onto a paper towell.

2. Keep the bacon fat in the saucepan and add your chopped garlic. After just a minute, add your chopped mushrooms and cook unitl soft. Add your chopped artichoke hearts. Throw in your spinach and when the spinach is wilted and everything is combined together your ready to stuff!

3. Take your chicken breasts and cut them in the middle so you create a pocket. Stuff the mixture inside and then close them with toothpicks.

4. Cook at 375 for about 30 minutes. That’s it!

5. Serve with any vegetable- I prefer roasted brussels. I would have put bacon in the brussels but its already in the stuffed chicken. But if you dont mind bacon overload- throw that in with the brussels. Delish!

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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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 Flank Steak with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

PineappleAnother winner! I am on a roll. This one is easy and would be great to make up the salsa ahead of time and bring to a BBQ on a nice summer day. This can really go over anything, and would probably be really good on some fish too!

Ingredients:

* 1 lb Beef Flank Steak (I did a 1 1/2 lbs, smallest I could find!)
* Marinade of your choice. (I just marinated mine in a little soy sauce and honey, salt and pepper. yes I realize soy isnt 100% paleo, so marinate how you like!)
* 5-6 slices of pineapple. You can use canned pinapple, I had some fresh slices from good ol’ Trader Joes
* 1 large red bell pepper, diced
* 1/2 red onion, diced
* a big bunch of cilantro chopped up. I won’t say how much because the more the better in my opinion!
* Juice of one lime

I made the salsa first and then grilled my steak. I guess you could do either way, but if you do the steak first just make sure not to cut it for about 10 minutes.

1. Grill your pineapple rings or slices for about 2-3 minutes on each side until nice and tender

2. Cut the pineapple into small chuncks and place into medium sized bowl.

3. Add your diced red pepper, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Mix together and let sit while you cook your steak.

4. Grill your steak for about 5 minutes on one side, and then about 3 minutes on the other side. Mine was a tad bigger so I turned it over a few times.

5. Remove to a plate and let sit about 10 minutes. Slice into thin slices, add your pineapple salsa on top of your slices and enjoy!!

(UPDATE! If you have leftovers and aren’t super paleo strict… buy the pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and this makes a perfect leftover pizza. Just spread out the pizza dough, some pizza sauce, add the leftovers with the steak chopped up, and bake for 15 mins. Best leftover meal there is!)

(I hope you all enjoy my new and improved pictures of the meals…I was told they may sound delicious but some pics make the meals look like blobs of food!)

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo Lemon Artichoke Pesto Chicken “Pasta” with Spinach too!

artichokesWow, was this good! It tastes almost creamy but there is really nothing bad at all in this dish. No dairy or cheese, but almost feels like it should have some in it. Super healthy and has to be one of the top dishes I have made. This is a repeater for sure. I used ribbons of zucchini as my spaghetti but you can also use spaghetti squash or any type of stringy squash.

Indredients:
* 1 lb chicken cut up into little pieces
* 2 large zucchini’s. I used a curly peeler that makes them look like spaghetti
* 1 jar of artichoke hearts.
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1/2 cup Italian parsley
* 1/2 cup fresh basil
* 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
* 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil
* 4-5 tablespoons of vegetable broth
* 1/2 lemon juice
* 4 large handfuls of baby spinach
* salt/pepper

1. First thing I did was sprial cut the zucchini. Get a pot of water going and have that start to boil. Set aside for a while. You DO NOT want to overcook your spaghetti “noodles”. If you do, they will become mush. So this is the last thing you do.

2. In a saucepan add some olive oil, or butter. Melt down and then add one of your diced garlic pieces. When that just starts to become fragrant, add your artichoke hearts and cook these until they turn a tad brown or cooked well.

3. Add your walnuts, olive oil, clove of garlic, and vegetable broth in a food processor and puree until smooth. When the artichokes are done cooking, add them to the mixture and puree well.

4. Add your parsley, basil, and 1/2 juice of a lemon and mix until creamy smooth. If you like chunky artichokes in your sauce, then leave a few of those out and add at the very end, just chopping a little bit. Taste and if you like more of a lemon flavor, then add more lemon. Make sure to add a dash of salt and pepper to the mix as well!

5. Take your chicken and cut into small pieces. Add a little more olive oil or butter to your saucepan you cooked the artichokes in and cook your chicken until just brown on the sides. When your chicken is almost cooked, now is the time to drop your zucchini spaghetti into the water. Only leave in for a few minutes until soft. Think al dente, even though it isnt real pasta.

6. Add about 1/2 cup of the artichoke mixture to your chicken along with about 4 large handfuls of spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted and become soft.

7. Add in your cooked ‘spaghetti’ and the remainder of the sauce to the saucepan. Mix well together until everything is combined.

8. Serve with a little fresh basil on top and one of the remaining artichoke hearts.

ENJOY!!

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Coconut chocolate mousse cups

cocoa2I know the hardest time for me when doing a food challenge is around 8pm at night when the sweet tooth starts to wake up. Doesn’t help we just got back from Hawaii and Joe brought home about a million boxes of chocolate covered Carmel macadamia nuts! Get them out of my house!!!

So I figured for the first week or so while the sweet tooth is strong, I will try a few dessert dishes and just keep the portions to a minimum.

This one is great! You can make with a crust, but I thought a light mousse would be a perfect night treat.

Ingredients:

* 1 (14oz) can of coconut milk extra thick. Trader joes has a great one that is super thick. If you just get the regular then put in the fridge overnight so it’s hardened a bit.
* 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed butter (or the nut butter of your choice)
* 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon on raw honey
* 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (I didn’t have any but I did have coconut nectar!)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* sprinkle of enjoy life chocolate chips and sprinkle of shredded coconut to garnish

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and purée until well combined. (minus chips and coconut)

2. Place mousse ingredients into 4 ramekins and place in refrigerator for about 1-2 hours until set.

3. Sprinkle with coconut chips and coconut and enjoy your mousse!

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Sweet potato mushroom steak hash

sweet-potato-1Okay! Day 1 of my 90 days of Paleo in the bag! I wanted to find some new recipes to make these next few months so I just googled ‘best paleo meal’ and this recipe came up. I wouldn’t say it’s the BEST ever but it was really good plus super easy to make.

Ingredients:

*1 lb of steak (I just used stir fry meat from whole foods. Pretty reasonably priced for grass fed!)
*1 large sweet potato
*1 large onion cut into smallish pieces
*2 cups or so of sliced mushrooms. The more the better in my opinion!
*1-2 Roma tomatoes
*garlic powder
*parsley
*olive oil

1. Start out by marinating your meat for a while. I just tossed it with some olive oil, garlic powder, parsley, and some Thai salt and pepper. Any seasoning or salt would work. I just did that in the morning but it can be done immediately before cooking too.

2. Cut up your sweet potato into little cubes and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and a little parsley. Put on a baking sheet and roast for about 30 mins or until nice and crispy.

3. In a large saucepan add some olive oil and add your onions. Cook them until transparent and then add your mushrooms. Cook until almost done and then add your chopped steak.

4. Cook the steak until how you like it and about 5 mins before the sweet potatoes are done, toss them in with the mixture. Stir together and taste! May need a tad more seasoning so I added some of this Thai salt we have. So good!

5. Chop up your tomatoes and add at the last minute on top and serve! That’s it!

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Beef, Dinner

 

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About to go Paleo again!

So I took a few months off… And I gained weight and got my poochey tummy again. I’m on vacation now, so that doesn’t help! When I return I am doing a 3 month paleo challenge. I would love to hear anyone’s favorite recipes so I can start to get creative in the kitchen again!

Before and after picture will come after the 90 days is up, or if I’m feeling brave then I will put the before pic up sooner than that.

Here we go! Starting April 1st ending June 30th!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Breakfast

 

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