Category Archives: Snacks

Easy Sweet Potato Savory Pudding

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

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! 

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Cocoa Coco-Cookies and Taddy Almond Roons

These are SO EASY, and you can make them as sweet (Or not sweet) as you want. Great for parties or holidays. The cocoa ones could use the maple syrup to counter the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa powder, I tried them without the sweetener, and they were bitter, and less of a cookie. These take minutes to prepare. and it’s easy to make a big batch.

  1. Mix the ingredients together.
  2. Scoop with an ice cream scoop onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet
  3. Bake at 375 degrees (Pre-Heated) until coconut starts to get a nice golden brown on the edges and cookies are held together and set.
  4. You can keep them round like macaroons, or flatten them more like a cookie and garnish with a nut.

Cocoa Coco-Cookies

 

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour

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Taddy Almond Roons

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • Pinch of salt

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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.


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.


Paleo Wing Fest!

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Top Center – Plain with Caveman Bob’s BBQ Sauce. Bottom Left – Sesame Ginger. Bottom Right – Hot Wings.

It all started when I was hoping to pick up a bucket of tasty buffalo wings from Whole Foods. They have this awesome bucket of un-breaded wings, with nothing artificial, and simple ingredients like vinegar, cayenne, and other pepper. The only ingredient that is not great is canola oil, but all things considered, I consider them a fun treat when I’m feeling lazy, or we have Mike’s brothers over….because who doesn’t like wings! Anyway, I got there, and sadly they were out of wings. I was totally at a loss for dinner, and hungry. I ended up leaving empty-handed, and dropping into Wild By Nature up the block from my house, to see if they had anything worth eating. I was in the meat aisle, and that’s when I saw them…..WINGS! Well, they were mini chicken drumettes, and little wings, raw and ready for my magic. That was it – I was going to make my own wing fest!

I used 4 lbs  of chicken wings and drumettes – Mike and I ate almost all of them between the two of us. Maybe we were just hungry, but when In doubt – buy more!

To start, Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees while you dredge your wings – I Dredged them  in a combination of coconut flour and  arrowroot flour, seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. I didn’t use egg or anything, just combined the ingredients in a bowl. added the wings, and stirred until they were all covered.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stir/flip gently, and bake for another 20-30 min until golden brown. I used two racks so every 15 min I rotated the pans from top to bottom/ bottom to top.

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While they were cooking, I got the sauces ready. I made three varieties, but can only take credit for two. I made a sesame ginger (The shining star of the night) – and a hot wing. The only complaint I have about the hot wings, were that they weren’t “saucy” enough. They had great flavor, but it wasn’t dripping with buffalo sauce. That’s just a preference though. There have been plenty of times I’ve gotten wings in restaurants that had barely any sauce and the flavors seemed more “baked in”.  For the third flavor, I kept the wings plain – and drizzled Caveman Bob’s BBQ Sauce on top…. That stuff is finger lickin’ good!

For both sauces – Heat ingredients in a saucepan over low-med heat. Stir gently and constantly, and be careful that it doesn’t burn.  Just cook long enough that it’s simmering and warm, and everything is combined. 

Hot Sauce

  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3-5 tbsp hot sauce/Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (Omit, or add dates or pureed fruit for WLC)

Sesame Ginger sauce

  • 3-5 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3-5 tbsp sesame oil
  • Lots of ginger powder
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey (Omit for WLC)

Take the wings out of the oven, Toss in a bowl to coat wings with sauce, then return to pan and bake for another 10 min.

The next night, I made some chicken legs the same way I made the wings, using the sesame ginger recipe. They came out just as awesome.

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Bacon Quail Nests

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  1. Bacon
  2. Sauerkraut
  3. Quail Eggs

That’s it….three ingredients. These are super easy, super fun, and holy cow good. I just thought they would be fun, but the combination simple ingredients, just worked amazingly well. Originally I was going to make Cuckoo Nests, and stick an olive in there, but the quail eggs were bigger than I imagined, and so I decided to keep it simple. Bacon Nests….Need I say any more than that to get your attention. These would probably go over great at a paleo dinner party or gathering!

There are websites that teach you how to make much prettier bacon nests than I did. I literally just wrapped, and overlapped them around overturned muffin cups and baked until crispy. It wasn’t perfect, but weaving and carefully cutting slices to size was just not going to happen. This was one of those “I really don’t have patience to go slow” times. Anyway, they came out better than I expected when I put them in the oven. Like usual I used Applegate bacon (Use US Wellness if you’re doing the WLC), two being pork and two being turkey. I was actually amazed that they held their bowl shape as much as they did.

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Quail eggs. This was my first time using them. I found a carton of 18 at the Asian grocery, and was excited to try them. I have had them before, usually in yakitori form at various Japanese restaurants, but I had never cooked them myself. I found this website to be a great guide. Peeling them was the same as a regular sized egg, but it made me feel like a giant. As long as you break that shell/egg membrane, they peel easy. They are super pretty, and the inside of the shell is a pale blue/green. Once I peeled them all, I gave them a quick rinse, and set them aside.

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Then, it was time to assemble. All you have to do is place a spoon of sauerkraut in each bacon cup, and then arrange 2 or 3 eggs on top. That’s it! The flavor combination was perfect. I only wish I had more bacon so I could have made more!

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Over-Ripe Banana Bites

So, I had these two bananas hanging out with me for awhile and they got VERY ripe. They were, had to be 85% black on the outside. So I decided to buckle and use them for a “baked thing”. It’s really not that hard to make, and apart from the 1/2 a cup of nut flour, there’s nothing really questionable. I’d say these would make a good breakfast accompaniment. They are actually pretty mellow in flavor, they aren’t like WOAH BANANA! They are more subtle, with just a hint of sweetness,

Ingredients:

2 over-ripe bananas
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cashew meal
6 Eggs
1/8-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa nibs
1/4 cup light coconut milk
2 TBsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice

combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix together, mashing the bananas with a spoon or fork. use a hand blender or immersion blender and blend until smooth. line a large muffin pan with cupcake cups and fill each about 3/4 of the way up. Bake at 375 until they are set and start to turn golden brown.

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