Category Archives: Sides

Easy Sweet Potato Savory Pudding

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Ack! It’s been another month! Forgive me ūüôā

So I’m not entirely sure what you call an unsweetened baked pudding. it’s not really a souffle, a pudding, or a custard….it’s a little of everything. Regardless, it’s beyond easy and has a wonderful comforting texture.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Can Sweet Potato Puree
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Clove, Ginger [Heavy on the Cinnamon, maybe a Tbsp or 2, and a tsp or a little less or everything else]whisk or stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Pour into custard cups or ramekins, and place in a larger baking pan. Fill half way with water (but don’t get water into the ramekins!) and bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!

Note: I’ve also made these with added fillings, such as spinach and chicken, skipped the water bath, and baked like a creamy Quiche. Equally as awesome, and worth experimenting with!¬†


Apple and Kale Salad

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  • 1 Bunch Purple Kale
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Red Delicious Apple
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 2 TBsp Apple Cider
  • 2 TBsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 TBsp olive oil
  • salt, Pepper, Cinnamons
  • 1/4 Cup raisins
  • Fall is a really exciting time for recipes. I find myself lightyears more inspired by fall flavors. Sure, Summer is full of fruits and colorful veggies, but my heart stays in the cooler months. Apple season is starting up, so I felt inspired to create a recipe based on a tried and true combination of delicious, healthy, goodness: Apples and Kale. Raisins, and a touch of apple cider, add some extra sweetness. Remember, apples are part of the dirty dozen, so always try to buy organic (and even better if you pick them yourself!)

    After rinsing the kale, I tore it into small pieces, smaller than I normally would for salad. I tossed the thick stemmy parts to my dog (optional of course), then I Tossed about a quarter of the kale leaves in my food processor, along with the apples, onion, and liquids. I pulsed until everything was very finely chopped. You can skip this step if you don’t have a food processor, but then remember to chop everything up pretty small. I poured it into the bowl with the kale, added the raisins and seasoned, and then stirred with a rubber spatula until everything was combined.


    Ultra Low Carb Herb Flat Loaf

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    I honestly love making these. It’s so easy and fun to experiment with seasonings, and it’s probably the closest I get to making¬†something that resembles paleo bread. It’s hard for me to lump this in with paleo “junk” though, because in all honestly, it’s mostly eggs and some fresh herbs. You can put the whole whopping 1/3 cup coconut flour in, or you can decrease it, but it’s not really nut flour based at all, so I still think it’s totally legit. It’s not replacing bread for me, and I’m not using it to satisfy a “bread craving”. I just think of it as an alternate side, and something fun to switch things up with sometimes. You can make your own decision on that. You can play with this however you want in regards to seasoning, and again, if you don’t tolerate dairy, and don’t want to anger the paleo police, or if you are doing the Whole 30 or Whole Life Challenge, please go ahead and omit the goat cheese.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Handfuls of Fresh Chives
    • 2 tablespoons Garlic Chive Goat Cheese
    • 1 Tablespoon Goat Butter
    • 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
    • 1 Sprig Rosemary
    • 5 Eggs

    I put all ingredients in the smoothie attachment of my Ninja Blender, and go. It makes it really easy because it finely chops and incorporates all ingredients. I don’t really know how I would do it differently, but if you don’t have a blender, finely chopping the herbs first, and mixing everything with a fork works too. Then I just pour the batter into a parchment paper lined pie pan, or square pan, and bake at 375 degrees until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cut and serve!

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    Spicy Thai Chili Cucumber Soup

     

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    This is a SUPER EASY recipe that I put together while looking for ways to use my home¬†made coconut milk. I didn’t have enough ingredients to make a recipe out of Sarah Fragoso’s new book Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine, so I decided to just make something up and improvise, while staying a little Thai-Spired. Please adjust the spiciness to your liking.¬†the amount of Thai chili I used produced a pretty strong level of spice, and I used mostly yellow/orange and some green ones. So please adjust according to your own preference. As hot as it was, the flavors were beautifully complimentary, bright, warm, and comforting.

    • 6-7¬†whole Thai chilies – tops removed
    • 2 cucumbers, sliced thick
    • 1″ piece of fresh ginger, skin removed,¬†and sliced with the peeler into soup
    • 1/4 cup bell pepper and onion slices
    • 2 bunches or more of fresh basil
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 quart¬†full fat coconut milk
    • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
    • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (Optional)

    Add all ingredients to a pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.


    Green Gazpacho

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    I love gazpacho, especially in the summer. It’s super easy to make, and served cold, so it’s perfect for a hot day. It’s also a great way to get a bunch of veggies into your day! Traditionally gazpacho is made with pieces of bread included in the mixture, and I’ve seen gluten-free versions made with rice, however I don’t think you need it, and instead I added an avocado for some creamy richness. Most gazpachos are tomato based, and this one DOES have tomato included, but I used a yellow, and a green heirloom variety, so it stayed a nice green color. I also went heavy on the other veggies, so it really was vegetable based rather than tomato based.

    • 1 red onion – quartered
    • 2 large tomatoes – red, yellow, green heirloom, doesn’t matter, quartered¬†
    • 8 large radishes – halved
    • 2 bell peppers – seeded and quartered
    • 2 cucumbers – halved lengthwise and cut into thirds
    • 1 avocado
    • 1 bunch celery hearts
    • A generous amount of basil and mint (I used A Lot – but season to taste)
    • Some oregano, thyme, and cilantro (season to taste)
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lime juice
    • salt, pepper

    After lightly prepping the ingredients, the rest couldn’t be any simpler! Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend!

    Please note, if you don’t have a high powered blender like a Ninja Kitchen Systemor a Vitamix, you might have too chop things smaller. Chances are you will have to blend a little anyway to make room as you go.

    Blend until everything is liquefied and well combined. Chill and serve.


    Carb Nite Baked Triple Sweet Potato Frites

    Yeah Carb Nite! As I mentioned in my last post I am following the Carb Nite Solution by John Kiefer, and tonight is my “Carb Nite” – glorious. Now, I am not binging on donuts, pizza, and scones like some people, and am keeping it pretty much paleo. I am allowing myself white rice, since it’s pretty harmless (Phase One: SUSHI ) and have recently added some full fat dairy as I mentioned previously that I’ve discovered that I can handle goat milk pretty well (Generally, I will consume it in the form of full fat goat milk kefir and some goat milk cheeses) so I found this brand of GOAT MILK ICE CREAM which will definitely serve as an occasional “Carb Nite” indulgence (Phase Two: Figs and Ice Cream) ….I figured it was a holiday…. Oh man.

    Just to get side tracked for a second, let me tell you about ice cream. This past year and a half, if I had Ice Cream (Rare Occasion) it was Larry and Luna’s Coconut Milk based Ice Cream. Which is absolutely awesome. But holy cow, this Goats Milk Ice Cream by LaLoo’s is A-MAZE-ING. I don’t particularly like that it has carrageenan in it, but considering this is going to be a very occasional treat, it’s not the worse thing in the world. The two flavors I bought were the Dark Chocolate, and the Vanilla Snowflake. Absolutely lovely and rich in flavor and the level of creaminess in the texture is just not something you are going to find in the coconut based ice creams. Easy on the digestive system and delicious….I’m totally sold.

    Anyway this post is not about any of that. Well I guess it is, but mainly it’s about Sweet Potatoes (Phase Three: Sweet Potato Fries!!!!)

    I’m big on homemade food, and getting rid of processed artificial crap, but sometimes you don’t want to chop up a million sweet potatoes. Sorry folks, unless you know of a brand I don’t, I’m pretty sure a bag of simple sweet potato fries doesn’t exist. All the ones I’ve seen have crap oils and weird seasonings. That’s OK, who needs the freezer section anyway. I decided to just suck it up and make them myself.

    I decided to make things a little more fun, and used three different varieties of sweet potatoes: Japanese, Garnet, and Hanna

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    As for the recipe, I cannot take any credit beyond that. These are pretty much verbatim from THIS recipe on NOM NOM PALEO‘s website. For the seasoning I used Salt, Pepper, and Paprika as described in her recipe, but added cinnamon as well. They came out amazing, so I highly recommend you check out her recipe and make them.

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    Ultra Low-Carb Paleo Herb “Biscuits”

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    Recently, I started following the “Carb Nite Solution” by John Kiefer. I met him at the Universal Fitness Expo earlier this month (Along with The Paleo Coach
    author Jason Seib of EPLifeFit – Everyday Paleo Podcast fame…. Super…Flippin’ …Awesome) – Anyway, I was talking to both of them, and particularly Kiefer about my current fat-loss goals.

    At this point, I feel great, I’m sleeping well, I have energy, and I’m pretty darn happy with how I look. By comparing myself to pictures and using largely inaccurate calculators, I would guess I’m around 27% body fat…but healthy. My diet is dialed, I’m not over training, and I’m sleeping well, so I decided as long as I feel good I don’t want to do anything too drastic for largely aesthetic goals. That said, I would LOVE to get myself down to the 22-25% range. Enter the Carb Nite Solution

    In a nutshell, I am eating Ultra Low Carb ( Under 30 grams) for 5-10 days, and then having a “carb nite” on which I load up on carbs (keeping it paleo, mostly, so sweet potatoes, white rice, fruit, winter squash) over a 6 hour period to jump start some hormonal thing that’s supposed to help me lose the pesky fat that’s hanging on. Seemed easy enough, and not too drastic of a change for me, so I’m giving it a go. Currently I am on my second week of ultra low carb.

    So….Food.

    I wanted something a little different to have as a side to my salmon. I decided to make egg-y biscuit things. Simple, not overloaded with nuts, and tasty! best of all, they are safe for my Ultra Low Carb Days! For flavor, I wanted to utilize the abundance of fresh herbs growing in my garden. I picked a few sprigs each of thyme, basil, sage, oregano, and chives, and a sprig of rosemary.

    Ingredients:

    • Fresh Rosemary
    • Fresh Thyme
    • Fresh Oregano
    • Fresh Basil
    • Fresh Sage
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 – 2 Tablespoons Goat Butter (Or regular butter if you can handle it)
    • 1/4 – 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
    • 3 Tablespoons Ground Flax Meal
    • A pinch of Salt and Pepper

    Now, I guess you could mince or chop all those herbs by hand, but I was totally not about to sit there forever chopping. I decided to utilize my Ninja Blender. I actually used one of the single serve smoothie cups, and threw the herbs in whole with the 4 eggs and butter. A few seconds later and the eggs were thoroughly beaten, and the herbs were minced and evenly distributed. Afterwards, I simply poured the egg mixture into a bowl, added the dry ingredients, and mixed until everything was combined into a moderately thin batter. I poured it into a baking pan lined with parchment paper, and baked at 375 degrees until it was set and golden, and a toothpick came out clean (about 20-30 min). The parchment paper makes it super easy to remove, and makes clean up simple.

    Oh and just a note about goat butter. It’s not that easy to find, I get it at Whole Foods, but it’s a little pricey. I just decided to use it, since I recently learned I can handle goats milk dairy pretty well, without digestive upset. I’m still trying to figure out if it causes any other inflammation, but if anything, it seems to be small enough, that if I don’t go crazy, I should be able to enjoy goat milk products occasionally without guilt. It’s going to take a bit more testing, going off it again, going back on, before I know for sure. In any case, you can use cows milk butter if you can handle dairy, or omit it altogether.


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