Steak Bites and Mixed Vegetables

This is a quick and easy solution to the “what to make tonight” question. I picked up a couple of nice steaks but since our BBQ is out of commission I had to find another solution for yummy steak.
Ingredients:
3/4 cups of almond flour
2 good steaks(I like rib)(you can use cheaper cuts for this)
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup broccoli stems and florets

1/2 red pepper & yellow pepper
1/2 cup of diced kale

1-2 tbsp of healthy cooking oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Preparation:

Dice onion and cook on medium in your choice of healthy fat.
Slice and chop vegetables into small pieces. When onions are soft add crushed garlic and vegetables and cook until almost soft. Set aside and use same skillet for steak bites.

Combine almond flour and spices to make coating for steak bites.
Cut steak into smallish pieces( my kids really eat it when smaller pieces)
Make sure to trim off any unwanted pieces.
Coat in almond flour and spices.
Cook in healthy oil on high to get meat seared.
Cook in smallish batches.
Once all finished, serve on mound of vegetables.
Enjoy!

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Review of Meat Bagels

When my daughter asked me to find a recipe for bagels, I really didn’t think this would be one that I might try. After stumbling across this recipe and seeing the pictures, I envisioned how tasty it might be with a big slice of those Shirley’s Greenhouse tomatoes! Yum!

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I thought this sounded so good and my mouth was watering while I read through the recipe.
This worked out really well. I think that cutting the bagel works better when it has been cooled, so it might be weird to eat it cold, but so worth it.
We loved it and I hope my kids love it too.

Paleo Trail Mix Bar, by Danielle Walker

This is an amazing recipe. I made it for the first time 2 weeks ago and I have had to make 3 batches so far. They are literally eating it up!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 cup almond butter

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tsp of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of pecan halves

3/4 cup of cashews

1/2 cup of raw almonds

8-12 smallish pitted dates soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup of raisins(I used apricots for the latest batch)

2 tablespoons dried, unsweetened cranberries

1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces(optional)

Method:

  1. Line a 9X13 in. baking dish with parchment paper
  2. Place the honey, almond butter, oil and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the pecans, almonds, cashews and dates in the food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the coconut and pulse a bit to combine.
  4. Remove the honey mixture from the stove and stir in the nut mixture. Add the fruit  and chocolate(if desired)of your choice. I will change this depending on what is trending in the house when I am making or what I have on hand.
  5. Spoon this mixture into the baking dish, spreading it out with a spatula.
  6. Place a piece of parchment paper on top and press mixture so it is spread evenly into the baking dish. Pack it down and place in freezer for 2 hours. Remove top parchment paper.
  7. You should be able to cut into 12-16 lovely little snack bars, ready to fill the hungry bellies of your healthy family.

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http://bit.ly/1l73BVu

This is a very healthy, but tasty recipe that is a nice treat as well.

I always change recipes to suit my situation. So for this one I use apricots, almond butter and no chocolate. It is plenty sweet already and a favorite snack.

I hope that you enjoy these as much as my children do.

Pain Must Mean Glutening, Right??

If you are eating gluten free food and being very careful, you are safe and keeping healthy right?

Not necessarily so!

I know this may come as a shock and many of you reading this, might not want to hear it.

Many celiac people have no outward symptoms! They are only safe as long as there is NO gluten whatsoever.  So you may be one of those people and you may not realize that your small intestine is being damaged when you are eating at a restaurant or having something with only a little gluten in it.

Here are some quotes and some links that may shed some more light on this issue.

One of the important conclusions made by the research group is that the possibility of celiac disease should be strongly considered in people with other autoimmune disorders, even if those people do not show gastrointestinal symptoms traditionally associated with celiac disease.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/21533/1/Most-People-Diagnosed-With-Celiac-Disease-Show-No-Symptoms/Page1.html

People with celiac disease may have no symptoms but can still develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition—which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other problems—liver diseases, and cancers of the intestine.

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

Why Go Gluten-Free If Your Celiac Is Silent?

It can be tough to go and stay gluten-free if you don’t notice gastrointestinal symptoms from your condition. There’s no doubt that eating gluten-free can be complicated and difficult, andcheating on the gluten-free diet is pretty tempting if you don’t suffer from symptoms.

However, there are two reasons to stay gluten-free even if you don’t notice major symptoms from gluten ingestion.

The first is to safeguard your long-term health. Cheating on the diet can cause some pretty significant health problems, including malnutritioninfertilityosteoporosis and potentially even certain cancers.

Even cheating once or twice a month can prevent your intestines from healing and perpetuate the immune system response, so eating gluten occasionally is almost as bad as eating it constantly.

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http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/Silent-Celiac-Disease.htm

I know for many people, it is not popular and it was the same for us when the diagnosis came in. We were less than excited about not being able to eat at restaurants or have family get togethers, the way we used to.

For the first year or so I worked very hard at finding workable solutions for celiac’s to be able to dine out and find convenient ways to get fed. What I realized is that it is not worth the risk. Eating something from a restaurant or from a kind family member is not worth the long term risks, if you are not 100% sure.

If you knew that you could do something to prevent an auto-immune disease like MS or arthritis in the future, wouldn’t it be worth it?

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I think the answer is easily yes.

Easy Baked Chicken

This is so simple, tasty and your family will love it!
I like to do chicken legs cause the kids like them, so I make enough so there is extra for a few more meals.
You can do whatever cut you like, but I suggest using the skin as it makes nice crispy skin.
So simple…
Put chicken in an oven-safe dish and give it a light coating of good olive oil. Generously season each piece with sea salt and as an option, I did fresh rosemary today.
Bake on 450 for 20 minutes, then turn down the oven to 375 and finish with 60 minutes.
I typically turn the chicken once about halfway.
It comes out golden brown and very juicy! I hope you love this easy chicken as much as we do!

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