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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spinach, Mushroom & Onion Saute

Here is a quick and satisfying side dish.

2 onions, sliced
2 cups baby portabello mushrooms, sliced
8 oz fresh spinach
2 Tbsp coconut oil
sea salt
black pepper


Melt coconut oil in a large skillet.  Add onions and mushrooms.  Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions become transparent.  Add spinach.  Cook another few minutes until spinach cooks down.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.

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We ate ours with beef pot roast and this sweet potato casserole.  Yum!
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Just in time for Thanksgiving, my kiddos and I created this wonderful sweet potato casserole.  Our family of 6 did not leave 1 bite, so double the recipe if cooking for a large group.  I thought it was delicious because of the perfect texture and blend of flavors.  For the kiddos, it was all about the marshmallows!  There are many recipes online for paleo marshmallows, but I have never made them.  I found a bag at Hy-Vee that was allergy friendly and non-GMO that did not contain HFCS, so I decided to use these.

Sweet Potato Casserole
2 lbs peeled & sliced sweet potatoes (about 3-4)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
4 Tbsp salted butter (I use Kerrygold)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1- 1 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
1 cup marshmallows

Boil sweet potatoes for 20-30 minutes until soft.  Preheat oven to 350 while boiling.  Drain cooked potatoes thoroughly.  Add coconut milk, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, and salt.  Whip until very smooth and blended with a hand or stand mixer.  Spread mixture into a buttered casserole dish.  Top with pecans and marshmallows.  Bake 20-25 minutes until potatoes are bubbly and marshmallows are browned. 
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Peppermint Mocha

I feel very tempted and lured in by the coffee house drinks.  I usually suffer from a sugar overload induced headache when I indulge.  So, I have been working on a paleo version of some of my favorites.  Here is my peppermint mocha recipe:

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup strong brewed organic coffee
2 Tbsp good quality cacao powder (I use Dagoba brand)
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
6 drops vanilla creme stevia
pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix and process until foamy.  Transfer to a small pot and heat thoroughly. Pour into 2 large mugs and enjoy with someone special. 

This is my oldest kiddo after school.  Such a warm, comforting drink to sip on while telling Mom about your day!
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Barbacoa Quesadillas

I made some reeeeeeally spicy barbacoa meat that tasted great, but the kiddos would not eat.  I ended up freezing the leftovers in small batches.  I used some to make into quesadillas and they were yummy!  Just wanted to report that it froze well.  Barbacoa quesadillas made with these tortillas and this meat, sauteed peppers & onions, and cheddar cheese.  Topped with fresh cilantro and avocado.  

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread and French Toast

A few days ago, I made this cinnamon raisin bread recipe.  It was yummy, and the family liked it.  I had some leftover and decided to make it into french toast today.  I really liked this! It has a ton of flavor and was super easy to make.

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk (I used half almond half coconut)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp honey
butter (for frying)

Whisk all ingredients together.  Drench bread and fry in butter over medium heat. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Paleo Breakfast Bread

Here is a simple, filling, cinnamony, sweet bread to start your day.  Very portable.  We ate ours with fried eggs, but it can stand alone for a great breakfast or snack. 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paleo Cream of Chicken Soup & Fried Apples

Do you live in the mid-west?  If you do then you know it has suddenly become winter weather!  What better than a hot pot of soup?  How about CREAMY soup?  My sister-in-law tried this recipe out on her family and they liked it, so I decided to try it out on my crew.  This soup turned out wonderful and no one suspected it had cauliflower in it!  I did make a couple changes.  I added leeks to the veggies and about 1/2 tsp of granulated garlic.  I only cooked 1 large head of cauliflower and it yielded 4 cups of puree, so maybe don't make 2 heads right off the bat if one is large.

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I made these fried apples to go with our supper.

5 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
5 Tbsp salted butter (I used Kerrygold)
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Melt butter in a large skillet.  Add apples.  Fry for a few minutes and flip apples around until they begin to soften.  Add honey and cinnamon.  Mix well and continue to cook until desired consistency.    image