Monday, September 30, 2013

Amazing Lactose Free Cream Cheese Icing (Honey-sweetened)

Active Prep Time: 10min
Inactive Prep Time: 24hr
Ices a 9" double layer round cake or 24 cupcakes

64oz Plain Full Fat Yogurt (or if you can have lactose, just replace the yogurt with 2C Cream Cheese)
2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter, room temp
1/2C Honey (Taste your icing to use more or less – just add it slowly. You don’t want an overwhelming honey taste)
2t Vanilla 

Strain your yogurt in the frig for 24 hours in a doubled-over cheesecloth or flour sack. If you need a visual, check this website out! After the yogurt is strained, beat 2C of your “cream cheese,” room temperature butter, Honey and Vanilla with a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Refrigerate (if needed) until it is a good spreading consistency. Ice cake!

Paleo Carrot Cake

In Large Bowl Combine ->
   3C Blanched Almond Flour
   1t Salt
   1t Baking Soda
   1T Cinnamon
   1t Nutmeg
In Small Bowl Mix ->
   5 Eggs
   1/2 cup Honey
   1/4C Coconut Oil melted
Mix these ingredients into the small bowl of wet ingredients ->
   3C Carrots, Finely Grated
   1C Raisins (optional)
   1C Walnuts, chopped (optional)

Incorporate wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into 2 round 9” cake pans. Grease it well and place parchment paper on the bottom so that it will come out cleanly. Bake at 325F for 35 minutes. Cool to room temperature on wire racks and spread with my Amazing Lactose Free Cream Cheese Icing that is sweetened with honey. *Do not ice while even slightly warm or the icing will melt everywhere* Store in the frig until ready to serve or serve right away. (I think it does better when cutting when it has been refrigerated) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Paleo Crunchy Fried Fish

Prep Time: 10min
Cook Time: 8min
Serves 4

1lb Tilapia Fillets
2 Eggs
1C Almond Meal or Almond Flour (I used meal) 
1t Oregano
1/2t Salt
1/2t Garlic Salt
1/2t Onion Powder
1/4t Ground Black Pepper
Coconut Oil or Grapeseed Oil for frying (about 1/2C or so) 

Rinse thawed fillets in cold water and set on plate. Whisk eggs in one bowl and dump almond flour/meal with salt in another bowl. Dunk fish in egg and coat in flour and then place on a plate. Fry fish in your oil for a couple minutes on each side until brown and crispy. Enjoy!! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Paleo German Chocolate Cake

This is Chelli - one of my biggest fans. She inspired me to start this blog. She is a constant source of encouragement and motivation in many areas in my life. This is a pic of her digging into this cake. I think we ate half of it together. Couldn't stop. So good. 

Cake Ingredients:

3/4C Coconut Flour
1/2C Cacao Powder
1t Salt
1t Baking Soda
10 Eggs
1C Coconut Oil
1 1/2C Honey
1T Vanilla Extract

Cake Instructions:
In a small bowl, combine 3/4C coconut flour,1/2C cacao, 1t salt and 1t baking soda. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, blend 10 eggs, 1 C coconut oil, 1 1/2C honey and 1T vanilla.  Add dry ingredients into large bowl and continue to blend.  Oil a 9x14 pan with coconut oil and dust with coconut flour.  Pour batter into pans and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely then spread icing on top.

Icing Ingredients:
1 Box (7oz) Creamed Coconut                                                        
4T Honey
4T Coconut Oil
1/2t Salt
2C Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Shreds
2C Toasted Pecans

Icing Instructions:
Melt 7oz creamed coconut, 4T honey and 4T coconut oil (or butter if you choose) until just soft. Add 1/2t salt. Toast 2C unsweetened coconut flakes and 2C pecans (on rimmed baking sheet at 350F for 5min or until coconut is brown) and then chop toasted coconut and pecans into smaller pieces in a food processor. Add to melted ingredients. Stir until all combined. Smooth mixture over top of cake.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Paleo Slaw

Active Prep time: 15min
Inactive Prep Time: 60min
Serves 8

Veggie Ingredients:
  1 Large Cabbage Head 
  2 Large Carrots 
  2 Bell Peppers
  OR you can substitute all the above veggies for 2 pre-made coleslaw bags
  1/4C Honey
  1/2C Apple Cider Vinegar
  1/3C Grapeseed Oil 
  1/2t Dry Mustard
  1/2t Celery Seed
  1/2t Garlic Powder
  1/2t Salt 
  1/2t Black Pepper

Shred/grate all veggies or buy 2 bags of pre-made coleslaw. Add all dressing ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and coat the slaw, cover and place in frig to chill for 1 hour. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Who needs pasta when you have Spaghetti Squash?!?

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 60min
Small squash serves 2/Large squash serves 3

1 Spaghetti Squash
Enough Olive Oil to be brushed on squash
1C Water

Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Brush entire inside of squash with olive oil. Place rind side up/squash side down on a foil lined baking sheet (this makes for amazingly easy cleanup - you'll thank me after you don't use it and have to soak your pan overnight and then scrub your heart out).  Pour 1C water on the bottom of the foil-lined baking sheet. This will help to steam the squash and discourages drying/burning of the squash. Place in preheated oven at 350F for 60min. Remove from oven once cooked. Use hot pads and a fork to remove the "spaghetti." It should come out easily and it will look like strands of pasta. It is a fabulous substitute!! Enjoy!


Monday, September 16, 2013

3 Minute Prep - 3 Ingredient Cookies

Prep time: 3min
Cook time: 15min
Yields 6 Small Cookies

Ingredients: As easy as 3-2-1 
3T Coconut Flour
2T Coconut Oil 
1T Honey

Mix all ingredients in bowl and scoop using 1/2 Tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet. Cook in a preheated oven at 325F for 15min. Cool and then remove from tray. Enjoy! 

Coconut Candy

Active Prep Time: 5min
Inactive Prep Time: 15min
Yields: 20 pieces

1/8C Honey
1/2t Vanilla
1/3C Finely Chopped Pecans
1/8t Cinnamon

Make sure Coconut Cream Concentrate is warm and mixed together. You can place bag in warm water and squish with hands. If you are using Tropical Traditions brand, you can melt in a small sauce pan.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a fork.  Roll "dough" into about an inch thick roll on a piece of parchment and roll it up. Wow, I used the word roll too many times. Place roll in freezer for 10-15min. (there I go again) Remove and then cut into pieces about 1/2" thick.  Makes 20 pieces of candy. Store in frig in a ziplock bag. 

Easiest Way to Cook Bacon - NO CLEAN UP!!!!

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 20min

Line a pan with foil. Lay out bacon side by side. Stick it in a  cold oven. (must be cold, not preheated) Set the oven to 400F and cook for 20min for chewy bacon and 25min for crunchy bacon. The bacon comes out perfect EVERY time. Pull it out of the oven and lay bacon on paper towels (or if you are like me, don't blot the fat and serve right away!) For clean up, just let the grease cool and fold up foil and discard or pour in a container and refrigerate to use for later. Put the pan away! No washing and no splattered grease everywhere! Voila!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dreamy Paleo Macaroons

Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 20min

1C Coconut Cream Concentrate (find at Amazon or Whole Foods and most likely Central Market) 
2/3C Honey 
1 1/4t Sea Salt
2C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut 

Mix coconut cream concentrate, honey and salt with spoon. Then pour in coconut shreds and incorporate (Shhh!! I use my hands!! Calm down, I wash them). Use a Tablespoon to scoop and plop onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Feel free to put them close to each other because they don't spread much at all.  Bake at 300F for 20min.  They will take on a beautiful golden brown color. Do not store these in your frig. They are best on your counter..... or fresh out of your oven! I've made these twice this week. Enjoy!!

Paleo WOAH Mint Chocolate Brownies

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 25min

16oz Creamy Roasted Almond Butter
2 Room Temperature Eggs (You can use cold but it makes the batter stiff) 
1C Honey
1T Vanilla Extract
1/2C Cocoa powder
1/2t Salt
1t Baking Soda
10 Trader Joe's Honey Mints cut into quarters

In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender. Blend in eggs, then blend in honey and vanilla. Blend in cocoa, salt and baking soda. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Pour batter into dish. Cut Trader Joe's Honey Mints into quarters and push them into the batter as shown in photo. Bake at 325F for 25min. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cheesy Broccoli Quiche Bites

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 35min
Yields: 18-20 "bites" 

16oz Frozen Chopped Broccoli, thawed (make sure it's chopped and not whole florets ) 
3 Eggs
1C Almond Flour
1 1/2C Aged Cheddar Cheese
1t Herbs de Province
1t Basil
1/2t Garlic Salt
1/4t Sea Salt
1/4t Pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Form into small patties 2" in diameter. Place on parchment and cook in preheated oven at 375F for 25min and then flip the "bites" and cook for another 10min. The "bites" will be golden and yummy! Consume!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

To-Die-For Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 7-10min
Yields 30 Cookies

Mix these ingredients in large bowl:
2 1/2C Blanched Almond Flour
1/2t Salt
1/2t Soda
Mix these ingredients in small bowl:
1/2C Honey
1/2C Coconut Oil
1T Vanilla
Pour wet into dry and mix with spoon/spatula and then fold in 1/2C Paleo Chocolate Chips.  
Use a Tablespoon to plop them on parchment paper and bake in preheated oven at 350F for 7-10min. Cool completely before removing form tray. You can harden them more in frig or freezer. They are gooey and yummy. Enjoy!!

Freakin Amazing Grain-Free Pasta Alfredo with Paleo, GAPS, SCD Options!!

Get ready for this!! Jeremy said that this tasted just like alfredo!!!  It is very low fat and tastes amazing!! I use a 100% buckwheat noodle. It is used in many Japanese dishes. Buckwheat is actually not a grain, it is a seed and has a low glycemic index and it is high in protein! I buy mine at Whole Foods but you can also *Prime it* from Amazon. Oh how I love Amazon.....

Prep time: 30min
Cook time: 8min for the noodles
Serves 4

1 Large Head of Cauliflower (Bring water to boil and then boil cauliflower for 15min and strain)
1 Ripe Avocado
3/4C Hot Water
4oz Aged Cheddar Cheese
3T Butter
3T Plain Yogurt
1T Herbs de Province
1t Garlic Salt
1/2t Black Pepper
16oz Eden Selected Buckwheat Soba (If you get any other brand, watch out!! Because many are not 100% buckwheat. They throw in wheat flour into the mix!!)

Cook cauliflower as stated above and place all above ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. This is super delicious! Get ready!!

Boil water and cook 16oz 100% Buckwheat Soba for 8min. Strain and then mix with your alfredo. Then serve. I also put in red bell peppers and peas and topped with fresh cracked pepper for grins. It was delicious!! Enjoy!!

For a strict PALEO version of the alfredo, visit this site and substitute Cashew Cream for the heavy cream. You can also do spaghetti squash instead of Soba if you are limited in that respect for GAPS, SCD.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paleo Tortillas


Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 10min
Yields: 7 five-inch tortillas or 3 eight-inch tortillas

6 Egg Whites
3.5T Coconut Flour 
4T Liquid (Yogurt/Almond Milk/Coconut Milk) 
1/2t Salt

Mix all of the tortilla ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk. Heat your skillet and fry them up with olive oil/coconut oil/butter/ghee! I did one at a time with 1/8C of batter and poured it on the pan and immediately started gyrating the pan to thin out the tortilla.  Cook on the first side for 45-60 sec and then the other side for 30-45 sec. Flip carefully. I perfected the flip by tortilla #3 or so... LOL.  

If you want to spice things up, add to the batter 1/4t Chili powder, 1/4t Cumin, 1/8t Chipotle Powder and 1/4t garlic salt for Mexican Enchiladas or Tacos. You can also fry them for longer and add 1/2C Grated Cheddar Cheese to the batter to make crunchy tostadas!!

For crepes, you can add to the batter a squeeze of Honey and 1/2t Cinnamon. Spoon your fruit in and top with whipped coconut cream!!  

The possibilities are endless!! Enjoy!