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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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Butternut Squash and Root Celebration

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Here is a super easy and flavorful side dish. For a vegetarian option, omit the turkey bacon. You can also use regular pork bacon, but I tend to use Applegate Turkey Bacon because Mike doesn’t eat pork. Once again, the food processor (Yay Ninja) comes in super handy, and makes all the chopping a breeze. Just a little peeling and light chopping, and then the food processor, makes this a quick side dish for a busy weeknight.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a Butternut Squash Cubed
  • 1 Sweet Potato Cubed
  • 2 Carrot
  • 1 Parsnips
  • 4 Stalks Celery
  • 1 Onion
  • 6-7 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Light Coconut Milk
  • Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Salt
  • 3 slices Applegate Turkey Bacon

Prep:

  1. Add all the vegetables to a food processor and pulse until they form small-medium cubes. You might have to do this in a few batches, depending on the size of your food processor.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium-medium high heat and add the veggie medley, as well as the coconut milk, and seasonings. Stir and cover.
  3. After a few minutes add the Turkey Bacon, breaking it up into small pieces with your hands.
  4. Cook, Stirring occasionally, until everything is cooked through and tender.

Like a Ninja! : Homemade Cashew Butter, and a Smoothie to try out my new Ninja Kitchen System!

Please note, I am in no way affiliated with Ninja, or any of the brands mentioned in my blog posts. I also do not get any money from you going and buying their products. I’m just sharing my own personal experience.

How have I gone this long without a blender/food processor? I have no idea. I’ve been using a hand blender for select things up until now, all while looking enviously at high powered Über blenders like the Vitamix, while sobbing at the price tag, and waiting for the day that I could bring one home. Then yesterday my parents decide to get me the Ninja Ultra Kitchen System 1200 for a gift, to congratulate me on another successful challenge completed, and for all my healthy efforts and success. Best – Parents – Ever! It’s not a Vitamix, but it’s seriously an awesome and waaaaay more affordable option. I couldn’t wait to try it out! It comes with a 72 oz Blender, a 64 oz Food Processor/Dough Mixer cup, and 3 single serve containers. My brain was racing with possibilities all the way home. Here’s a link to the Ultra Kitchen System on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Ultra-Kitchen-System-1200/dp/B00FROKCI4

If you are a member at Costco, it’s also available there for considerably cheaper.

http://www.costco.com/Ninja%C2%AE-Ultra-Kitchen-System%E2%84%A2-.product.100056570.html

The first thing I wanted to try, was making my own nut butter. In my house we LOVE Artisana’s Cashew Butter, but it’s definitely a luxury at $15-$19 a jar. We picked up some Raw Cashews at Trader Joe’s and decided to start with that! Then, being that I’ve never made nut butter from scratch, I did some research on the inter-webs.

In the end, I soaked the cashews for 3-4 hours, drained the water, and put them in the processor still a little wet. I didn’t dehydrate them or roast them first like some of the blogs. I also decided not to add any extra oil. The only ingredient I added was a little sea salt at the end. It wasn’t as sweet and creamy as Artisana, but I think it was pretty awesome for a first attempt! It definitely has a creamy smooth texture, and a nice flavor. I think it came out lovely, especially considering how EASY it was.

Raw Cashew Butter

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s raw cashews (Soaked)
  • A few shakes of sea salt

The first link I listed outlines the process pretty well. You really just have to keep processing until it gets creamy. It takes longer than you might expect, and it definitely goes through different stages. It’s the same process for making nut meal and nut flour, but you leave it in longer to get nut butter.

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This morning, I decided to try the single serve containers, and make smoothies.The containers are built well, and have a clear “Max Fill” line. The top with the blade screws on securely, and when you’re done, they also have tops with a hole to drink out of, so you don’t even have to take it out of the container. They are also super easy to clean.

Nutty Cocoa Berry Smoothie:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (approx.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (approx.)

I put everything into the containers, starting with the coconut milk.

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Then I hit the “Single Serve” button until everything was blended.

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That’s it, super easy! I am so psyched to try more things in this. It’s a really solid machine and performs wonderfully.  It’s new, so time will tell how long it lasts, and how it handles in the long run, but I definitely am prepared to keep testing it!

While I was making the smoothies, I also got the rest of breakfast ready. I cooked some Portabella Mushrooms on the griddle, and topped them with heated Applegate Herb Turkey, Applegate Roast Beef, and Two Eggs. YUM! (Note, I know the Applegate roast beef is compliant for the WLC, but the Herb Turkey has Carageenan so it is NOT compliant)

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Simple Pleasures

Sorry for the lack of quality updates, life has had me running in circles, and going crazy! I’m still eating compliant to the WLC but I’ve been just “whipping things together” and “winging it” most days. I have a few posts lined up, but I’m going to apologize right now for going back to iPhone photos. I’ve just barely had time to put anything together, and when I want to take a few quick pictures for you guys, It’s usually nearby. The first thing I wanted to share with you, is a dinner I put together one night last week. I know it’s no longer summer, and hot dogs are not what you really think of when It comes to eating healthy, but in a pinch I really love Applegate Farms brand hot dogs (Specifically, The Great Organic Beef Hot Dog…and the Chicken variety as well) , and if you look at the ingredients (No nitrates, no junk, no preservatives, no sugar), they’re WLC compliant! So whether you consider this a “Processed Food” or not, they’re great for a no frills, super quick, dinner or a summer BBQ.

Ingredients: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic Paprika, Celery Powder. Spices: Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Mace, Ginger, White Pepper

And buns? Who needs buns when you have some nice leafy kale! Add a little organic and WLC compliant mustard, or some Tessemae’s Paleo BBQ sauce and you are good-to-go!

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As a side dish, I made a salad using Raddichio, Red Cabbage, Big Tomato Slices, Leeks, Capers, Olive Oil, and a squeeze of Lemon Juice. Simple, Raw and Delicious!

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So, I’ll have some recipes coming up soon, but in the meantime, this is just a reminder that you can keep it really simple, and still be healthy, on those hectic nights that cooking is just not an option! Still better than eating out!

 

 


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