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Review of Blueberry-Chia pudding

I was looking for another recipe for breakfast type things and found this the other day.

Well, I was so excited to try this recipe, I made a batch right away. I really was hoping that I could use some of these lovely ingredients to create something that my children may have another option. With cutting out all grains and sugar, I really thought they would like it. Well as you can imagine, they didn’t even want to really try it:(
I took some to work with me and my co-workers loved it and so did I! I am looking forward to making it again and this time I will relax and not expect the children to even try it again. If you are so inclined, my guess is that you will love it as well. Happy cooking:)

Ingredients
2 cups frozen blueberries
⅔ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used plain almond milk)
5 large dates (soak in hot water beforehand if they are tough)
½ of a frozen banana
½ cup chia seeds
Instructions
Combine the blueberries, milk, dates and banana in a blender; process until smooth.
Transfer blueberry mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight (stir every 5 minutes during first 30 minutes) until thickened.
Eat!

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CSC(as in KFC)Paleo “fried” chicken thighs

My kids fondly refer to this amazing recipe as Craig’s Squishy Chicken! As with many great recipes, I accidentally found the best way to prepare this.
I was in a hurry one day to make one of my new, favorite chicken dishes. I had been breasding chicken thighs with seasoned almond flour, pan-frying them, then finishing in the oven. This worked fine, but on hot days it is one of the last things I want to do. So, I’m short of time one day that we want to go to the pool.
I quickly assemble the almond flour coating and literally throw the chicken in. I decided to try it all in the oven since I was so short of time.
About 45 minutes later I had a dish full of golden brown, delicious chicken.

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Make your own with this recipe!

I like to make enough for a few days.

2 lbs of the best boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup of almond flour
2 tsp of dry mustard
2-3 tsp of garlic powder
2 tsp of Alaea Red Hawaiian Salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp of EVOO

Cover chicken in the almond coating and place in an oven safe dish. Drizzle chicken with a little oil.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. When nicely browned take it out and enjoy all the praise. Most people wouldn’t even know this has no grains!

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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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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.

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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Paleo Chocolate Cake

I have been looking forward to try this cake for quite some time and my wife’s birthday seemed perfect to try it. It is important to not give up, but with partial success, continue to make it better and try it again. That is my case with this recipe.

It could have been great and it bugs me so much that I wasn’t able to make it as pretty and as tasty as I envisioned it!!! I’m mad at myself for not doing as well as I should have and for being mad about it. I know better. It really shouldn’t bother me. My family DID eat it, so it couldn’t have been that bad??

I have learned and hopefully you can take this lesson. Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out as planned! When you are doing something like “the Birthday cake” there is alot of expectation and pressure. Oh well.

Next time I would: #1. grind the almonds more finely

#2. adjust cooking time(I bought new pans just before this)

#3. try not to be so rushed

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Overall, it tasted great, but the almond flour was coarse and not as fine as I would have liked. I like to buy the sliced almonds because I can grind as I need, then it is fresher.

Remember if you are new to baking without grains it is different and I feel I have to learn it all over again. Go easy on yourself and “just keep swimming”.

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Sausage Leek Frittata Crockpot Recipe

We had a good friend coming for breakfast and I have been wanting to try this recipe for a little while. I had made pancakes the night before(that rock!)so I also wanted this to have as well. Next time I will plan better, as recipe says to cook for 6 hours. Well if your planning to eat fresh, how do you arrange that for breakfast???
I rushed it and cooked it on high for 2.5 hours. Fantastic!!
This was delish. I did add a bit of coconut milk and used my favorite organic chicken sausage, but that is what you have to do! Make it your own!

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

I am continually looking for things that I can make that my celiac daughter will like and is ok for a gluten free, grain free, dairy free little girl(she would argue that). Well awhile back I found this yummy looking recipe for chocolate truffles that were made with chocolate and avocado. I was intrigued so I had to try them.

Daughter #1(the celiac) wouldn’t try them(she is concerned about feeling ill and refuses to try many new items), but #2 was tres excited about this treat.

I muddled through the recipe one sunny afternoon and I was very pleased with the results. Daughter #2 was also very happy with them, as were numerous co-workers that I had to share this with. It really is amazing, how wonderful and decadent they taste(pssst! these are almost healthy).

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
makes 12

Ingredients:

6 oz. dark chocolate (I used 67% chocolate chips)
1/3 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling (optional)

Directions:

Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over my small saucepan for this.) Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.

Try them out. I think you will really enjoy them and they are guilt free as well.

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Damn healthy smoothie recipe

After seeing Joe Cross in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,  I have decided that I need to add alot more vegetables to my diet. Since I have a very sedentary job(12 hours in one spot), I figured it would help there as well.  I will have smoothie for 2 meals per day and a good paleo meal for the other one. I have been doing this for over a month so far and I feel great. smoothie

Anyway, I wanted to share the basis of my smoothie that I make everyday for the whole family.

I also find that my children love this and I try to give them 2 serving of the smoothie everyday, but in addition to their meals not as a replacement.

The first thing that has made this process, so much better, is that I got a Vitamix a few months ago and it makes smoothies actually smooth, compared to the blender that I used to use. There is no comparison.  Whatever you use, just use the best one that you can afford.

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Remember that the ingredients are always changing and I experiment, but stick to some basics. I change it up so that we don’t get sick of having them so often.

Ingredients of today’s smoothie:

2 ripe bananas

2-3 stalks of swiss chard

1 good handful of fresh spinach

1 cup of carrot juice

1 cup of orange juice

a splash of pineapple juice

a few micro greens(right now I have lentil sprouts)

6 mini organic carrots

1/4 cup cantaloupe

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1/4 cup of frozen mango

1/4 cup of frozen peaches

1/4 cup of frozen strawberries

Blend until super smooth and then enjoy for as long as it lasts!

As I mentioned, I switch things up all the time to keep it fresh.

Things that you can consider:

Kale, apples, coconut milk, broccoli, oranges, celery, ginger…

Explore, experiment and enjoy!