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Grub, Caveman style.

25 Oct

Grub, Caveman style.

My kids have had the last two days off from school which allows me more time to cook a decent breakfast. Yay! Today we had over medium eggs, sweet potato hash and turkey bacon.

Sweet Potato Hash:

-Large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
-1/2 cup of a diced yellow onion
-Coconut oil or Olive oil for cooking
-Salt and pepper

Wash, peel and cube your tator into about 1/2 inch size cubes. Next, throw your potato cubes into a microwave safe bowl and heat until soft, about 1 minute. While your spuds are in the micro, heat a skillet on medium heat and add about a tablespoon of coconut oil and toss in your diced onions. Cook the onions a few minutes until translucent and then add the sweet potatoes. Stir the spuds around to make sure they are fully coated in the oil so that they will get a nice crisp. You may need to add more oil later on if it looks like the potatoes are drying out. Add a dash of salt and pepper and cook until the sweet potatoes are crispy and golden.

This hash is a great recipe base for many other recipes. When I am cooking for myself and not my picky veggie eaters, I will sometimes add green and red bell peppers with mushrooms to make a Southwestern hash. You can also cook real bacon first and then crumble it up while the hash is cooking in the bacon grease. Cooking it that way is seriously amazing! Make sure you are using high quality ingredients and nitrate free bacon when you can. Serve these babies up with scrambled, fried or over easy eggs and you have a healthy and hearty breakfast. Enjoy!

The 2 minute Paleo Blueberry Muffin (If cavemen had microwaves)

24 Oct

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I discovered this nifty little recipe a while back from Delighted Momma. It is great for a quick breakfast or if you are craving a little carb pick me up after dinner 😉 The approximate carb count for this about 22 grams. I will admit I was a little afraid of this recipe at first. Could something thrown together that quick and cooked in the micro really taste good and actually LOOK like that? The answer is YES! 

What you need:

  • 3 tbs of almond meal
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 2 tbs of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs of bluberries
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder

Directions:
Add all dry ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and then add the liquids. Mix everything up together and microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes. I checked mine after 1 minute to see how things were looking and it took mine about 1.5 minutes but it probably depends how powerful your micro is. If you have an aversion to microwaving things (some do!) you can bake for about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Goulishly good Halloween treats that won’t rot your insides!

23 Oct

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I have been looking for some creative gluten free and or Paleo Halloween goodies lately and I thought I would share a few of my faves. My kids thought these were awesome and thoroughly enjoyed the banana ghosts 😉 

1. Dark chocolate popcorn balls (Gluten and Dairy free)

2. Guac Eyeballs

Fill hard boiled eggs with guacamole and use Sriracha hot sauce to draw squiggley blood shot lines. Top with a pimento filled green olive and you have a perfectly gross eyeball.

3. Bananna Ghosts and Pumpkin Oranges

Cut bananas in half and use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips to create a ghostly face. Peel small oranges or Cutie oranges and then top with a small celery stalk.

Time for a 3:00 pick me up! Guilt free chocolate chip cookies.

23 Oct

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chips
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
 
2. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients (except the chips) together. When combined, gently fold in chips to incorporate.
 
3. Using a regular spoon, spoon about 2 TBSP worth of batter onto the cookie sheet, about 1.5 inches about. The batter is loose, but it actually does not spread a lot.
 
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (until just slightly firm). Remove from oven and let cool for another 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. This is important to make sure they “set up” right.
 
5. Remove cookies from sheet and allow to finish cooling on a cookie rack. Store in an airtight container.
 
Delish! Enjoy with a glass of coconut or almond milk.

Paleo Roast turned amazing Chili!

27 Aug

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So I found this new recipe blog, Civilized Caveman Cooking, and they have some really awesome stuff going on over there. Last night I tried a roast recipe from them and it was so good! Somehow mine did not quite turn out like a roast per say, but it ended up making a dang good chili. So here goes…

Ingredients
  • Chuck roast
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of your crock pot with your mirepoix (onions, carrots, celery)
  2. Place your roast on top of your vegetables
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix your tomato sauce, red wine, garlic, and spices in a bowl and mix well
  4. Pour your sauce over your meat
  5. Cover your crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours
  • After the meat was done cooking which thankfully was just in time for me to get home from a brutal CrossFit WOD, I shredded the meat and mixed it all around with the tomato sauce, onions and carrots. Too exhausted to make a green veggie to serve on the side of this tasty little dish, I realized that the roast mixture was a perfect chili consistency. So, I heaped a giant pile into a bowl and added some extra sauce and a dash (just a tiny, sinful little dash) of cheddar cheese on top. Viola! Dinner is served ;0

Original recipe adapted from Civilized Caveman Cooking

Paleo Nut Butter Brownie Bar

27 Aug

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This recipe changed my life. Seriously…since learning my body can’t tolerate any type of grains, I thought my days of fluffy, melt in your mouth sweets were over. Then I came across this baby. It has no added sugar or flour and yet it still tastes like a freakin brownie! It’s amazing. Obviously it’s not going to be like cheesecake factory amazing or cupcake a la mode amazing, but come on, for Paleo it’s pretty damn good 😉 Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups almond butter
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix the nut butter, honey, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Be sure to really mix the ingredients well, since chunks of egg or baking soda could easily hide behind the nut butter.

Bake in a 9×13 dish at 300 F degrees for 25 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden brown for a bar texture. If you are looking for more of a thicker, gooey brownie texture, bake in a 8×8 brownie dish for 35 minutes or so or until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean.  I always make this recipe in the brownie dish, because it is beyond amazing.

Original recipe adapted from Salted Paleo.

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What’s Your Motivation?

23 Jul

What's Your Motivation?