Monthly Archives: December 2014

It’s been a while….(chocolate chip cookies)

Well, time has just flown by these past two weeks. Wrapping gifts, shopping, working crazy retail hours, taking and editing photos, addressing cards, cooking dinners, and Celebrating Christmas!!! I really wanted to blog, but I just couldn’t find the time…sorry! I promise I’ll get back into my routine.
Things have been busy, but very fun!
I hope you all had a great Christmas too. What a wonderful holiday to reflect and appreciate all that we have, and to enjoy the people around us!
Today is the 28th of December and our house is starting to feel normal again. Almost all of the wrapping paper is in the trash and I can actually see the floor. Toys and clothes are put away too (well, almost) I’m sure you feel the same way. ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyway, with all of the holiday cooking and baking happening this time of year I decided to hunt down a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie recipe.
I bet your thinking all I ever blog about is dessert! Haha! I do love a good dessert. And I’ll share the recipe I found at the end of this blog, I promise. But what I really want to say, and what has really worked well for me so far with paleo is, think about a food that you enjoy eating. Something that you want for dinner this week. Google search that food with the word paleo in front of it, and you’ll be amazed what you find. For example: paleo pancakes, paleo cookies, paleo spaghetti, paleo stirfry. You can be as specific as you want. You can just type paleo chicken, or paleo soup. Sometimes I’ll just type “paleo breakfast ideas”.
Flip through your search results, find a recipe that sounds good to you, or try something new.
Not every recipe will be your favorite, some you might never EVER eat again, but some might be your new favorites! It’s fun and exciting, and HEALTHY! Don’t give up! Recipes don’t always turn out. I tried 5 different pancake recipes until my son and I found one that we both loved. And now we make them all the time. They are delicious, and super easy!
If you don’t like what you cook, throw it away, scramble up some eggs and cook some bacon! Who doesn’t enjoy a little breakfast for dinner?? I know I do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375
Combine all dry ingredients except chips
In a med bowl using a hand mixer combine eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup
Slowly combine dry into wet with hand mixer
Melt coconut oil then mix in
Once combined stir in chocolate chips
Scoop tablespoon size drops onto parchment lined sheets and bake for
About 15 mins
Enjoy!
I found that I liked these kept in the refrigerator, but they can also sit at room temp in an airtight container. Yum! IMG_4926-0.JPG

Yum yum paleo! (Pizza spaghetti pie and double chocolate cookies)

The past week has been crazy, as usual, this time of year. Our house is all decorated for Christmas. I have a few gifts purchased and wrapped, but still quite a few to buy. Work is insane right now. Working retail is usually kinda fun, this month is just plain crazy!
I’ve tried a few new recipes recently. There is so many great paleo recipes out there! I really love www.paleomg.com
Julie honestly has the best recipes! Since we aren’t eating processed foods or sugar I try to bake cookies or muffins once a week to keep me on board.
This week I made Julie’s double chocolate cookies and her pizza spaghetti pie. Both were AMAZING!
If you don’t follow her yet, I highly reccommend it. She’s on Instagram, as paleomg, and www.paleomg.com, and she has her own cookbooks.
Since my house has been eating paleo for a while now, our pantry is pretty much converted to paleo. Most of the time I have everything her recipes call for. (See last weeks blog for basic pantry items)
So let me just say this, the pizza spaghetti bake is delicious, and when it’s baking it smells just like pizza!! One of my all time favorite foods! I ate it for dinner with my family, and then packed it for lunch every day until it was gone, which was a very sad day….I will be making it again really soon!
The double chocolate cookies were equally as delicious. The crazy part for any non paleo or new to paleo peeps, there is absolutely NO flour in them! So crazy!
My grandma was here for thanksgiving and watched me bake some paleo cookies and she could not believe it. She had never seen cookies made this way. She was a bit confused about some of it, but she did love the cookies I made! ๐Ÿ™‚
It is starting to feel like paleo is the norm around here, and I really like it!
Here are the two recipes that I cooked this week. Both are from www.paleomg.com check it out!
Double chocolate cookies
1 cup thick almond butter ( I used trader joes brand)
1 cup coconut sugar
1 egg, whisked
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl mix almond butter and sugar until combined then add egg
Add cocoa powder 1/4 cup at a time (best to use your hands at this point)
Add remaining ingredients until combined
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop tablespoon size balls and slightly flatten.
Bake 13-15 mins
Let cool at least 5 mins before removing from pan
Enjoy!!

Pizza spaghetti pie
1 large spaghetti squash
1 lb Italian sausage
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 cup spaghetti sauce ( no sugar added)
1 tsp dry basil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
Any pizza toppings you like ( I used olives, uncured salami, and chopped bell pepper)
First cut spaghetti squash in half
Place face down and bake at 400 for 25 mins or until soft then remove from oven
Turn oven down to 350
Brown sausage with onions in a pan
Once squash is slightly cooled, using a fork remove threads from spaghetti squash and put in an 8×8 baking dish
Add sauce, salt and pepper and basil to sausage in the pan. Cook for a few mins then
Add sausage mixture to squash
Whisk eggs and then mix with squash and sausage until eggs are completely mixed in. Add any other ingredients you like then bake for 1 hour
Let cool at least 5 mins before serving
Soooo yummy!

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Busy Bee (with tips and tricks)

Wow! Things sure have been busy around here! The days between Halloween and thanksgiving just flew by! I’m way overdue for a blog session, My house is a MESS, my Christmas tree is half decorated, and I can’t remember the last time I cooked a full meal.

The holidays are always a little crazy for me. My work schedule gets nuts working retail, and it seems like every evening there is something going on.
I think most people fall off track a little this time of year. My cooking routine was definitely interrupted, but I made it through Thanksgiving on track with paleo which was awesome.
My sweet sister made a paleo yam casserole that was delicious, and I made my favorite side dish , roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, and some paleo pumpkin cookies with coconut whip cream for dessert. All of which helped me from falling off the wagon.

Today I’ve decided that instead of posting a recipe I’m just going to simplify and give you a few of my favorite simple paleo tips.

First, my favorite staples in my pantry are:
Almond, Coconut, and Tapioca flour
Unsweetened cacao powder
Enjoy life mini chocolate chips
Pitted dates
Coconut sugar
Canned coconut cream and milk
Shredded unsweetened coconut
Raw honey
Cinnamon
Vanilla extract
Pink sea salt

My favorite snacks are:
Bananas dipped in creamy almond butter
Sliced avacado with a little salt or crumbled bacon
Trader Joes fruit bars (2 ingredients)
Strawberries
Apples
LARABARS
Hard boiled eggs
Dang coconut chips (sea salt caramel)

My absolute favorite kitchen tools:
My food processor (I felt like such a grown up when I bought it. It saves SO much time! Don’t know how I lived without it!)
Parchment paper (never used it before paleo, but it is AWESOME when I bake cookies!)
Julienne peeler (great for zucchini “noodles”)

My new found love:
Fresh eggs
Since I cook and bake almost all of our food, I go through eggs like never before.
I have a good friend that has chickens and she gives me fresh eggs. They are so delicious.
If you ever have the opportunity to have farm fresh eggs, or raise your own chickens, I highly reccommend it. Fresh eggs taste so good and have almost a creamy flavor. You’ll never want a store bought egg again. They are beautiful, and I’m hooked! Yum yum!

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