Monthly Archives: May 2015

Cheapskate (paleo banana hazelnut pancakes)

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I started this paleo journey, almost a year ago, I went crazy trying new recipes and buying new ingredients. My pantry had a complete makeover within about two weeks.

I had been having a tough time with breakfast-on-the-go but I had found a recipe for a blueberry-hazelnut breakfast crumble that I was dying to try.

I searched high and low for hazelnut flour. When I finally found it I was shocked at the price! The little bag I found was about $12.

At first I couldn’t bring myself to pay that much and decided to try almond flour instead.
No good.
So next up, this cheapskate tried cashew flour.
Still no good.
I believe I also tried coconut flour, and I still wasn’t happy.
I finally broke down and bought the stinkin hazelnut flour.
SO WORTH IT!
That blueberry-hazelnut crumble was so delicious!

So fast forward to 10 months later. I only made that cumble once with that hazelnut flour! Crazy, right?

Every time I opened the pantry that bag of flour stared at me.

I was feeling guilty, so I looked online for the recipe and of course, I could not find it anywhere.
So, now I have this expensive hazelnut flour just sitting in my pantry…..
I decided to Google search “paleo hazelnut flour recipes” and I found some great recipes.
I decided I wanted to try banana hazelnut pancakes. They sounded like they would be yummy and easy.

For Mother’s Day my sweet boys made them for me, and boy were they awesome!
The best part about the recipe is that all of the ingredients go into the blender and then you can pour the batter straight from the blender onto the pan, so there’s hardly any mess!

I made these pancakes again this past weekend and they did not disappoint!
I highly recommend this recipe (if you can stomach the price of the hazelnut flour! Lol!)

Paleo Banana Hazelnut Pancakes
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup hazelnut flour
Pinch of salt

Add all ingredients except flour and baking powder to blender and blend until combined. Add flour and baking powder. Blend for a few seconds until all mixed in.

Add coconut oil to pan at med temp.
Pour small rounds into the pan and cook for a few mins on each side.

I found that this batter is pretty fragile. I had to cook a little longer on the first side than expected. But even if they fall apart, they still taste great!
Enjoy!
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Recipe courtesy of www.mamalovesfood.com

The Joys of Moving (Mexican breakfast bowls)

We have moved a total of, I think, 7 times, in 15 years. To me personally, that is a lot. To some, maybe not.
This time it’s been so crazy moving. I almost feel numb to the whole thing.
It has definitely kept me busy the last few weeks, and I have hardly had time to cook, let alone blog… Anyway one of my favorite meals I’ve made this week was breakfast for dinner. Normally I would just cook some bacon and scramble some eggs, but this time I went all out. Lol.
I made breakfast bowls.
I started with a layer of fried (in coconut oil) shredded sweet potato. Then scrambled eggs. Then I added some left over grilled chicken, that was a bit dry, so I simmered it in salsa, water, olive oil, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Then I sliced some avacado on top.
It was soooo yummy! My hubby and paleojr ate it up!
Any leftover meat can be simmered this way. I’ve done pork and beef just like this. It’s also really good inside a Paleo tortilla as a taco. Or on a salad like a taco salad.
Just look for a salsa with all natural ingredients. No added sugar or chemicals.
Here’s a photo of our Mexican Breakfast Bowl Dinner. I shredded the sweet potato with a vegetable peeler right into the oil. Super easy! Enjoy!

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Life Lessons (strawberry banana ice cream)

I never imagined myself to be this healthy eater that I am now. I’ve always loved bread, pasta and pizza more than any other foods. When I was younger I ate those foods and more without a care. I LOVED fast food too. I visited Taco Bell daily once I got my license and could drive myself there after high school. Never once did I think about the affects that eating processed, carb and sugar loaded foods could have on my body.

I have always been thin, and what most people would consider “healthy”, so I never really worried about my diet. Now that I have changed the way I eat, I know that I wasn’t giving my body the fuel it needed to strive, and function at its full potential.

When you are young, nothing really matters. You eat and drink what makes you happy. Whatever tastes good. Chips, candy, ice cream, pasta, pizza, pizza, pizza. As an adult, you should be thinking about your health. You should want to be around for your family. Unfortunately, most of us don’t take this seriously until it’s too late.

A wonderful man I once knew, John Bafford taught me a valuable lesson. He was my Grandma’s companion for many years. When he was a young man, he drove semi trucks. He ate lots of junk food and never exercised. He said he would eat fast food or junk food from the truck stops every single day for every meal. He said that he never thought about how bad it was for him, and at that time, he didn’t really care.

Fast forward to John as an older man. When I met John he was a diabetic. He was extremely unhealthy, and overweight. John and my Grandmother were companions for over 15 years. He became a part of our family. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known, and my family loved him dearly.

Over the years, he suffered from many health issues, and eventually passed away due to his health.

The point I want to make about John is, he told me that he had many regrets about the way he treated his body as a young man. He regretted eating like a trucker because it made him a sick old man. He knew that his choices about eating as a young man were affecting his health and the quality of his life as an old man. He wished that he hadn’t eaten that way.

We can all learn a little lesson from John, and what he shared with me. We GET to chose what we eat everyday, and how we take care of our body. Everything you eat is a CHOICE. You can choose junk food, or you can choose fresh food.

Johns words of wisdom and regret will stick with me forever.

I know it sounds really difficult to give up soda, and junk food, and sweets, but you will never regret doing it.

The way your body feels when you fuel it with healthy, fresh, and delicious foods is incredible! Not to mention you will be healthy, and your quality of life will be better than if you eat junk.

I know people say “eating healthy is so expensive” But I have to say, doctor and hospital bills and prescriptions for diabetes and heart disease are far more expensive.

There are many small changes that you can make right now that can change your future. Take baby steps if you need to, but don’t do nothing. Stop killing yourself with unhealthy food!

Buying fresh fruits from a fruit stand is a great start. They have less chemicals, and they taste fresher too. Check out this photo that I took of two strawberries. The photo is unedited.

IMG_5694.JPGThe strawberry on the left is from a local supermarket. The beautiful one on the right is from my favorite fruit stand. Can you believe the visible difference??  The grocery store strawberry is yellow on top and the stem is small and dried out. I bought these only a couple days apart. I paid $4.99 for a regular clamshell container at the grocery store. I paid $6 for double the grocery store amount at the fruit stand.

You can see from the photo the freshness, what you can’t see is the flavor, and honestly, there is no comparison.

If you don’t think you can eat that large of an amount of strawberries, you can always freeze some. And if you decide to freeze some, you will have strawberries for this delicious Strawberry Banana ice cream recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

 

3 frozen bananas, a cup of frozen strawberries, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a half cup of coconut cream.

blitz all ingredients in a food processor for 1-2 minutes. It will be smooth and creamy like soft serve, or pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to harden slightly, then enjoy! YUM!

 

THIS POST IS IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN BAFFORD FEBRUARY 23, 1940- MAY 3, 2013