Monday, November 24, 2014

The BEST Paleo Stuffing

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this year with my extended family in Wisconsin in a 5 bedroom farm house. It was so quaint and perfect! And to top it all off, we had a PALEO Thanksgiving!!! Everything was grain-free, refined sugar-free and lactose-free (I used butter in the pie crusts, but you can sub coconut oil for sure)

My husband has never liked stuffing BUT he said he LOVED this stuffing!! I couldn't believe it!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paleo Pumpkin "Cheese"cake

I made this recipe without any modifications.  It was easy and came out perfectly. If you are using the "graham cracker" crust, you can make this Paleo by using coconut oil or ghee instead of butter.... I used butter because who doesn't like a buttery/flaky crust :) 

Paleo Berry "Cheese"cake

The only changes I made to this recipe were to use frozen berries instead of just strawberries.  It was easy and came out perfectly. If you are using the "graham cracker" crust, you can make this Paleo by using coconut oil or ghee instead of butter.... I used butter because who doesn't like a buttery/flaky crust :)  I will be doing a strawberry one this week!! 

Getting Lazy

So, I have not quit baking or cooking.... but I've gotten very lax about posting recipes, and I'm not really doing a whole lot of "inventing" lately, so I have been making other people's recipes. I will share them as I find really good ones! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Prep time: 3min
Cook time: 40min at 400F

2lbs Frozen Brussel Sprouts 
1lb Uncured Bacon, chopped or whole (I get mine from Trader Joe's that's already in pieces) 
Salt and Pepper to dash on top

Preheat oven to 400F.  Place frozen brussel sprouts on pan and then top with bacon. Sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Place pan in the oven.  Rotate brussel sprouts about every 10-15min while cooking so that they get covered in bacon grease and cook evenly. Remove from oven and serve. 

Easy Chicken Pepperoni Salad

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 4hrs
Serves 4

8 Chicken Thighs
3oz Applegate Uncured Pepperoni, sliced up 
1 Small Can Tomato Paste
1C Chicken Broth 
2T Italian Seasoning
1/4t Pepper
3oz Applegate Uncured Pepperoni to put on the salad
4 plates-worth of salad (I like Trader Joe's Organic Herb Mix) 
1C Cheese (Parmesan, Swiss, Cheddar, you pick) 

Mix the tomato paste, broth and seasonings together in a bowl. Put the chicken and chopped-up pepperoni in the bottom of the crockpot. Cover with the sauce. Turn on low.  Cook for 4 hours. Plate the salad, place 3-5 slices of pepperoni on top of the salad, smother with chicken from crockpot and then top with the cheese. Enjoy! 

Paleo Strawberry Donuts with Strawberry White Chocolate Glaze

Author: Danielle Walker 
Recipe Here!

These took a fairly long time to prepare only because of all the steps, but they were very easy to make! Highly recommend.  You could also make the strawberry batter and make a cake or cupcakes too! This is a wonderful recipe! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Strawberry Italian Meringue "Frosting" - Super Easy and Delicious!!!

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - Original Recipe


  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons strawberry preserves (freshly pureed strawberries will work too)


  1. Bring your honey to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites and lemon juice until frothy and you can just begin to see trail marks from your beaters. When you lift out the beaters, you should see soft peaks.
  3. With the beaters or mixer running, slowly pour in the boiling honey in a steady stream. Continue beating for 6-8 minutes, until the meringue is cool to the touch.
  4. Gently fold in the strawberry preserves. Put the frosting into a piping bag for a pretty design, or spread onto cupcakes with a knife.
  1. For easier separation, separate the whites from the yolks when they are cold.
  2. Meringue will not stiffen if you use a dirty bowl (usually because of leftover oil) or let any of the yolk get in with the whites
  3. Over beating will cause the meringue to fall. Stop once you can lift the beaters out and see stiff peaks.
  4. The frosting needs to be piped immediately and is best served immediately as well. Once it’s on the cupcakes though, it will hold up in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Paleo Cashew Butter Bread

Prep Time: 5min
Cook Time: 45min
Adapted from Jeff Nimoy's "The Paleo Bread Search is Officially Over!"

1.5C Cashew Butter
5 Eggs
1.5T Lemon Juice 
3/4t Baking Soda 

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Line entire 9x5x3 or slightly smaller loaf pan with parchment paper. Yes, the whole thing; just fold over to get it all the way up the sides. It doesn't have to be neat, just flat.  No need to grease the parchment paper.  Pour batter into parchment lined pan.  Bake for 45min. Remove from pan by holding onto the parchment paper and set it on a cooling rack.  Cool completely (up to 3 hours) and then wrap in paper towels and place in gallon sized ziplock and store in frig.  You can cut into it with a serrated knife as soon as you would like after it's out of the oven and enjoy it hot. It is great for grilled cheese, toast, sandwiches, etc. You can also use almond butter. I just really wanted to try cashew butter to get a different taste! 

Line up of my favorite breads:
#1 Best Low Carb Bread
#2 Paleo Cashew Butter Bread
#3 Bread!! Say Whaaa????

Friday, March 28, 2014

EASY and AMAZING Eggplant Parmesan

Let me start off by saying that I made this for my sister to help her go into labor (and it worked) Also I want to add that my Dad was also going to eat dinner with us. He is on very sodium restricted diet, and he doesn't enjoy what he eats a lot of the times because everything is so bland and tasteless.  I even left the salt out and he proceeded to tell me after the meal that this was hands down the BEST eggplant parmesan he had ever had!! Can I just tell you how happy this made me?!?!? Ok, onto the recipe....

Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 45-50min (a lot of the prep can be done while the eggplant is baking) 
Serves: 4-6 depending on serving size 

3 Large Eggplants 
EVOO to brush on the eggplant (~6T) 
   3C Tomato Sauce, plain (preferably BPA free canned sauce or you can find sauce in glass containers    at Central Market or Whole Foods) 
   2T Dried Oregano
   1T Dried Basil
   2t Garlic Powder 
   1t Onion Powder 
   1/2t Sea Salt 
   1/4t Pepper 
2 1/2C Grated Parmesan (preferably from a brick but you can get it already grated (it has cellulose added if you buy pre-shredded) 
Optional, fresh basil garnish after cooking.... highly recommended! 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Wash and slice your eggplants (leave the skin on).  Place eggplant side by side on your baking sheets and brush each side LIGHTLY with EVOO.  Bake for 15min and then turn the eggplant slices and bake for another 15min.  While the eggplant is cooking, mix the tomato sauce and all the herbs/seasonings in a bowl.  Grate your cheese.  Grease another baking dish (I used an 11x14) with olive oil. Use a spoon and cover the bottom of the pan with a light layer of your sauce. Once the eggplant is done, pull it out of the oven and layer a single layer of the eggplant in the baking dish. Then spoon a layer of your sauce, then sprinkle a layer of cheese.  Do this until your eggplant is used up.  I would layer sauce and cheese lightly and then at the end, you can dump the rest of the sauce and cheese on top.  (Throw it back in the oven for another 15-20min until everything is melted and bubbly. Remove and garnish with fresh basil if desired and serve hot.  Enjoy!! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 10min
Yields: 14-16 cookies 
Adapted from Danielle Walker's Nut Free "Peanut Butter" Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4C Butter
1/4C Natural Peanut Butter
1 Egg at room temp
3T Honey 
2t Vanilla Extract
2T plus 2t Coconut Flour
3/4t Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 pans with parchment paper. With a hand mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter and room temp egg for 1 min on high.  Mix in the honey and vanilla. Then mix in coconut flour and baking soda.  Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula or a spoon. I used a little less than a tablespoon of dough when I was scooping them on to the pan.  Since you are using 2 pans, keep a close eye on the cookies as the trays will cook unevenly.  Or you could just cook one pan at a time. Your choice. Enjoy!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Amazing Grain-Free Parmesan Fettuccine

I mean, come ON!!! These taste JUST like REAL NOODLES!!!

Prep time: 7-10min
Cook time: 7min
Serves 2-4 depending on portion sizes

1 bag of Explore Asian Mung Bean Fettuccine Noodles (only mung beans and water - 25g Protein/Serving and 11g Soluble Fiber/Serving) 
4oz Aged Parmesan, shredded
1-2T butter or EVOO
Boil 8C water. Once boiling, through your noodles in.  Cook for 7min and then strain water.  Place noodles back in pan and coat with your choice of butter or EVOO.  Serve onto plates and then sprinkle with grated parmesan.  

As I was eating the pasta, I thought, "I wonder how it would taste with TessaMae's Paleo Zesty Ranch Salad Dressing on it?" I poured some on top of the pasta and Oh My Goodness... We have a keeper, folks!!!! This picture is my second serving with Tessa Mae's dressing! 

I find both the Explore Asian Mung 
Bean Pasta and the Tessa Mae's 
dressing at Whole Foods.  


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Best Low Carb Bread

Prep time: 15min
Cook time: 45-55min
Author: Maria Emmerich

My friend, Kristen M, made me this bread this last week when we were grieving the miscarriage of our twins.  It's amazing to have a friend who eats the same way just bring me this amazing dinner without me having to go through what I do and don't eat. She put these little mini loaves in with the chicken noodle soup and needless to say, I am hooked. I ate all 4 of her loaves and now I've made the recipe 2 more times.  I will say that it is quick to make but it is easy to get different results. Maria suggests that you weigh your ingredients (I don't have a scale, so I'm just really careful at leveling off my measuring utensils)  I have used coconut flour and egg white variations but am looking forward to trying her almond flour variation.  My favorite thing to do with this bread is to eat it with grass-fed butter (yes, y'all, it tastes different!) or butter it up and fry up a grilled cheese sandwich with raw aged NY cheddar from Trader Joe's.  

To my fellow Paleoneons/SCDers, this bread has not seemed to bother me with the psyllium powder or baking powder.  I bought baking powder that is non-GMO and gluten free.  Also, here is an article on psyllium husk/powder (yes, it makes a difference which one) as I was not that familiar with it. Read up! 

I also wanted to mask the coconut flour flavor, so I added some of my favorite seasonings to the dry mixture before you add in the wet ingredients. 

Suggested Spice Blend: 
1t Dried Oregano 
1t Dried Basil 
1/4t Garlic Powder (or you could do Onion)
1/4t Chili powder
Pinch of Ground Cayenne 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pan-Seared Cinnamon Bananas

Prep time: 3min 
Cook time: 3min
Serves 2

2 Bananas, sliced
2T Butter 
2T Honey or Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2t Cinnamon 

While the butter is melting in the pan, slice your bananas.  Once butter is melted, place bananas in the pan and coat with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon and sweetener on top of the bananas and stir to coat.  Serve by itself or over coconut ice cream if your diet/health permits! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Salad Ideas

Herb Mix
Walnuts and Pecans
Bleu Cheese
White Balsamic Dressing

Herb Mix
Bleu Cheese
White Balsamic Dressing

White Chocolate Candies

Prep Time: 8min
Chill Time: 15-20min

6T Cacao Butter, melted
1T Cashew Butter
15-20 Drops of Stevia
1/8t Vanilla
Pinch of Salt 

Melt Cacao Butter in pan on stove, take off the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients, pour into candy molds and freeze! That simple! 

Chipotle Peach Chicken

Preheat time: 15min
Prep Time: 5min
Cook Time: 12min

6-8 Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
2t Chili Powder
2t Garlic Powder
1/2t Ground Coriander
1t Sea Salt
1t Cumin
1/2t Chipotle Powder
1/2-3/4C Naturally Sweetened Peach Jam/Jelly 

Mix seasonings together in a bowl. We have an electric grill, so I just set it on high (it will take about 15min to heat up) Once it's fully hot, place chicken on grill and sprinkle with seasonings on top.  Grill 6 min on one side and then flip to other side. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on top of the second side. If you have left over seasoning, you can save it in a bag. Warm your jelly/jam in a pan or microwave until it gets a little runny. After about 4 min on the second side, take your jelly/jam and brush it on the chicken. Turn your chicken and do the same on that side.  Grill for another 1-2 min and you're done! Serve the extra jelly/jam on the side at dinner if you have dippers :) Enjoy! 

Paleo White Chocolate Fudge

Prep time: 10min
Chill time: 30min
Author: Lauren Geertsen - "Ever since my ulcerative colitis diagnosis six years ago, I constantly learn how diet, emotions, and lifestyle fit together as the key to healing chronic disease. For five years, I tried to use medication to manage my colitis, but the traumatic side effects pushed me to reevaluate my complacent attitude. After reading and researching the healing power of nutrition and mind-body medicine, I realized I could cure myself… but only with complete dedication and determination."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 3min

Mix following ingredients together and place in spice container: 
1T + 1t Chili Powder
1T Paprika
2t Onion Powder
1t Sea Salt
1t Garlic Powder
1t Ground Cumin 
1t Dried Oregano
1t Dried Cilantro
1/4t Pepper
1-2 Pinches Ground Cayenne Pepper (optional) 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Paleo Protein Frappucino - Magic Bullet Style

Fill Magic Bullet 3/4 full with ice 
3/4C Chilled Coffee 
1/4C Coconut Milk (full fat canned or Silk brand in the refrigerated section) 
1 Scoop Plain Whey Protein Mix (I use Bluebonnet Original)
1oz Unsweetened 100% Chocolate (Bakers or Ghirideli) 
3T Honey 

Instructions: blend, enjoy, repeat