Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cheese please (cauliflower tater tots)ย 

I finally tried a new recipe today! Actually I modified a regular recipe to be paleo friendly and I’m pretty happy with the result. 

For some reason I am fascinated by all the different dishes you can make with cauliflower. I buy one every time I go to the store.

First we started with cauliflower rice. There are many different versions of cauliflower rice. Coconut cauliflower “rice”, steamed cauliflower rice, chicken bacon “rice” bowls, and even fried “rice”. 

Then I added cauliflower pizza crust into the mix. I’ve made almond flour pizza crust too, but my little family actually enjoys the cauliflower version better. Pretty awesome! 

Today I decided to make cauliflower tater tots. These are not 100% paleo because they do contain cheese, but occasionally I allow myself some grassfed or high end cheese. I keep dairy as a treat and do not eat it often, but I don’t seem to have a reaction to it, so I eat it occasionally. 

Some people have major reactions to dairy and so they avoid it. Not only do some people have digestive issues with milk and other dairy products, but some people have acne caused by dairy. 

confession: Every week, I buy a half gallon of organic, non gmo, whole milk for paleojr. He is still in the growing stages of his life, and I believe the calcium in milk is important for him. I do my best to buy milk from pasture raised cows because grain fed is very far from paleo, considering we do not eat any grains, for multiple reasons. So grass fed cows milk is preferred. 

Did you know…..humans are the only mammals that drinks another mammals milk? 

Did you also know that we are the only mammal that continues to drink milk after infancy? 

Interesting, right? 

Anyway, enough about that, let’s get to the recipe! Hope you enjoy these little nuggets as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚

Cauliflower Tater Tots

2 cups “riced” cauliflower

1 large egg

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup grass fed shredded cheese (mozzerella or cheddar will work)

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup minced onion

1/4 cup minced cilantro

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper 

Dash of olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. Rice cauliflower in a food processor then microwave for about 3 minutes. 

Combine all ingredients including cauliflower in a large bowl.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Scoop tablespoon sized scoops into “tots” in your hand then place on sheet about one inch apart.

Bake for 20 minutes flipping over halfway through. 

Enjoy! 

  

Celebrate!!! (Sweet Potato brownies)

I have been absolutely terrible about blogging. I feel so lame about it too. Once again, I apologize.

We have been keeping busy enjoying summer break. Traveling and updating our new (to us) house. So, I’ve been a bit distracted.

This past week I celebrated 1 year paleo! 365 days!!!! Wahoo! Time absolutely flew by for me. 

I think my last blog post touched a little on how my journey started. We were in lake Chelan, Washington with some friends who eat mostly paleo and do crossfit,and that was the beginning.

Well, completely unplanned we ironically ended up spending the exact same weekend there this year with the same friends, in the same house. So cool!

It was such an awesome way to reflect on my year that has just passed. I enjoyed sharing tips and tricks that I have learned over the past 12 months with the people who inspired me ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I am a huge lover of sweet potatoes. White and orange. Both are delicious and so versatile. One super easy way to make them, which I shared with my WA friends, is to fry them in coconut oil after shredding them with a vegetable peeler. Use them  as a hash with eggs or as your “rice” for a bowl. You can pair with any meat and veggie and it is yummo! 

Just to show how versatile a sweet potato is, tonight I made a breakfast egg dish with a sweet potato hash inside AND sweet potato brownies. Both are so yummy, and also so completely different from each other. Savory and sweet, both from a sweet potato…..pretty awesome!

So since this is an important week, and since I haven’t yet mastered a paleo cake or cupcakes yet, I am celebrating my 1 year accomplishment with BROWNIES ๐Ÿ˜ yum! And so can you! Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Brownies

1 baked mashed sweet potato

3 eggs whisked

1/3 cup raw honey 

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips (or other 72% or higher chocolate chips)

3 tablespoons coconut flour

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Bake sweet potato for 30 mins at 425 

Peel and mash then add all wet ingredients to the bowl. After combined add dry ingredients.

Grease 8×8 dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 

Mmmmmmm.