Friday, October 17, 2014

Stupid Easy Chicken

I hesitated to even post this, but it is so easy and was so good!  Who can't use a no-frills, fast meal sometimes?  Are you ready?

chicken breasts
jar of salsa

Place chicken breasts in a crock pot.  I used 4 large ones to cover the bottom of mine.  Next, dump a whole jar of salsa over them.  Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. 

I served ours with rice, avocado and cilantro.  Eat yours however you want.  It would make a great taco meat if shredded.

You're welcome.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe is definitely a keeper.  I mixed the batter up quickly in my vitamix, hand stirred in the chocolate chips (I used regular since I didn't have any mini), and used my cupcake maker to make a smallish muffin.  ALL of my kiddos liked them!  Stored the leftovers in the fridge and they are still very yummy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grain-Free Bagels

I took this recipe for a test run.  I made some in my mom's donut maker.  The others I made in small glass Pyrex dishes with small metal dipping cups in the center all greased well.  They looked like this:


They did not come out looking pretty!  The ones in the donut maker look much better.


Here are a few issues about this recipe:
1.  They did not taste like or have the texture of a bagel.
2.  My kids really liked these toasted with some butter on them.
3.  This would make a really good bread for a sandwich or toast, so next time I will just bake them in the small, round Pyrex dishes.


Salisbury Steak Supreme

If you live in the mid-west, you know it has been comfort food kind of weather!  Gone are the days of cooking whatever veggies are ripe in the garden and throwing some sort of meat on the grill.  These drizzly, gray days make a person want to hole up and read a good book.  I love to have something baking in the oven or simmering on the stove to warm the house up and fill it with aromas.  This recipe did this and was a big hit with my family.  I made 8 patties out of 2lbs of meat and only had 1 patty left (I ate this warmed up for lunch today and it was still delicious.)

I found this recipe in the latest issue of Taste of Home.  I adapted it and doubled for our family.

2 large sweet onions, divided 
1 cup almond flour
1/2 Tbsp of organic salt-free seasoning (Mrs. Dash Original would work)
3/4 tsp black pepper
dash ground nutmeg
2lbs grass fed ground beef
2 tsp arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp beef broth powder (I use Frontier brand)
1 cup cold water
3 cans mushrooms (Fresh would probably be better, but I didn't have any)

1.  Thinly slice 1.5 onions; finely chop the other 1/2.  In a large bowl, combine almond flour, seasonings and chopped onion.  Add beef and mix together.  Form 8 equal patties.  
2.  In an electric skillet or large skillet, cook patties for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked to your desire.  Remove from pan.  Cook sliced onions and mushrooms in drippings until onions are tender. 
3.  In a small bowl, mix arrowroot, broth powder and water until smooth.  Stir into onion & mushrooms.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes until thickened.  Return meat to pan, turning to coat with sauce; heat through.  Generously salt the whole dish and serve. 

I served with roasted butternut squash and green beans.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Paleo Caramel Dip for Apples

I have been trying many different dip options this Fall.  Some are too runny, some just taste "off."  This dip has been my favorite.  It is very dip-able, the flavor is good and it even packs a bit of protein!  I used refined coconut oil so it did not taste coconutty and raw almond butter so it didn't taste almondy.  It just tastes caramelly! 

1 cup dates, soaked (I like mine to soak for at least an hour)
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp raw almond butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil, refined
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients into Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth.  May need to scrape down sides and process again.  Serve with apples.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Cinnamon Icing

This recipe went up on the Against All Grain blog today.  I thought they looked great.  We made a batch this afternoon and they are good!  I really liked the icing and think I will use it on other recipes too. 

Our "Blood Moon" Pancakes

In honor of getting up early to see the blood moon and lunar eclipse, we made blood moon pancakes today.  Just this pancake recipe with our own raspberry topping.

2 cups frozen raspberries
3 Tbsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice

Simmer until thickened and serve with pancakes.