Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone. Wow, two weeks away on vacation and you almost forget how to type a blog!

Lots of great Christmas presents were received this year for this family. I received the Spiral Slicer I was coveting. As well as two terrific Paleo Cookbooks! Stand by – Reviews are coming of all three!

A recipe will be up later today too. Sorry to keep you in suspense, but life has been beckoning since our return. Stay warm America!

Paleo Crockpot Cabbage and Ham Soup

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I was looking for a hearty soup to make today to keep my cold Florida body warm.  (It was in the 50s today!)  This was super duper easy and used one of my favorite appliances – the crockpot!

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Ingredients:

1/2 head of cabbage

7 cups chicken broth (boxed, canned or homemade)

1 zucchini, diced

1 head of broccolini, chopped

20 mini carrots

1 ham bone

1 ham steak, chopped into bite sized pieces

salt, pepper

1 bay leaf

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.  Add bay leaf for two hours, then toss out.  Cook on low all day.  Approx. 6-8 hours.Image

Leftover Spaghetti Squash Paleo Surprise

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Had a delish leftover idea tonight.  Sometimes when I use spaghetti squash for a recipe (i.e.: to make a crust) I end up with leftover squash.  Yesterday was such an occasion.  I found the little Tupperware container looking lonely in the fridge today.  Snack time!

I added butter and cinnamon and then warmed it up in the microwave.  Easy peasy.

Spaghetti Squash Leftovers

I hear the angels giving a Hallelujah.  It was creamy, savory and so-so satisfying.  

Give it a try.  It is worth making a whole spaghetti squash just to try this technique.  Your belly will thank you.

 

Paleo Sausage Quiche

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This delicious spaghetti squash crust quiche was really a surprising favorite. My husband said he was skeptical but ended up going back for thirds. He likes it, he really likes it!

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Ingredients:
1 large spaghetti squash
2 button mushrooms
1 green bell pepper
1 red onion
6 mini zucchini
1 lb bulk ground sausage
8 eggs
Coconut oil
Seasonings (salt, pepper, Italian seasoning blend)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees while you chop all veggies into nice small cubes.
Once preheated, cut squash in half lengthwise and place on foil lined baking sheet.  Place cut side down.

Bake for 25-40 minutes depending on size. Check for doneness by squishing the outside. When it gives slightly, remove from oven to cool.

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Place sausage and veggies in hot skillet to brown. Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning blend to taste.

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Spread a thin layer of coconut oil in the bottom and sides of a glass pie pan. Shred cooled spaghetti squash with a fork and add to the bottom and sides of the pan to form the crust.  Press in well.

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Add sausage and veggie mixture on top.  Then add 8 beaten eggs.  Season with salt and pepper.

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Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.  Eat while piping hot!

*I was able to make one nine inch quiche and one 4 1/2 inch quiche with the ingredients above.

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Recipe Review: Paleo Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

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This coffee cake is a breakfast dream come true!  Even my husband gobbled it up!

So, hat’s off to Paleo Dulce for producing this amazing treat!

Grab the recipe here:  Paleo Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple Streusel Cake

Frankly, it was so delish it doesn’t need the icing (although that rocked too)!

I made this in a bundt pan and then sliced and froze them in individual servings.  It is terrific for a breakfast on-the-go or a sweet little treat.  I even like to eat it frozen.  Isn’t that weird!?  🙂

 

 

Recipe Review: Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie Tart

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This dessert was my crowning achievement on the Thanksgiving dinner this year.  I cannot even say how amazing this was.  Pecan pie gooeyness with chocolate bursts and a flaky crust.  Nothing could say “Thanksgiving” better for me.

Three cheers to Paleo Fondue.  The crust recipe can even be made separately so that you can try other kinds of paleo pie treasures.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Tart

Don’t miss this surefire hit for your next holiday gathering.  Or for a Sunday dinner, or Tuesday afternoon, or Friday morning.

Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie Tart

 

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Smoothie

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Do you have a small container of pumpkin sitting in your fridge?  Leftover from making pumpkin pie, perhaps?  Well, I did and decided to whip up a little pumpkin goodness for my breakfast this morning.

It had all of the wonders of pumpkin pie, without the crust.  Trust me, you’ll like it.  Liquid pumpkin pie… mmm…

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not canned pumpkin pie mix with additives)

1 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 Tbsp honey

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp each ground ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

Ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Sometimes I find that ground cloves (despite going through a blender AND already being ground) still have hard bits in them.  So, you may want to run the whole thing through a sieve and into your glass before consuming.  It’s not too fun to be picking brown bits out of your teeth all day.  Or, crunching down on one.

Zucchini Pizza

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Well, let’s be frank, it’s not pizza.  It is wonderful deliciousness though.  The spices were spot on!  So, while the kids have Dominos you and your other half can eat Paleo.  🙂

Ingredients:

4 zucchinis (whole)

1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (or marinara)

1 package pepperoni

Italian spices (mine is in a grinder)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Boil the whole zucchinis for about 5 minutes.  Yes they are whole, they will get cut up after the boiling process.  Once these are done, cut them in half and scoop out the centers.  This makes room for the sauce.  You will then combine the “scooped goop” with your tomato sauce.  Carefully ladle it back in the zucchinis (which are placed on a foil lined baking sheet).  Put your yummy pepperoni along the top and bake for 20 minutes.  Add the Italian seasoning to the top and serve fresh from the oven.

Super quick and easy for a busy weeknight.

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It’s a Paleo Hannukah – Christmas- Holiday Extravaganza! Part TWO!

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Couldn’t get enough of my holiday faves?  Well, you are in luck as I have 5 more fantastic finds for you.

6.  Pasta.  Really, is any other explanation necessary?

Cappello’s Gluten Free Pasta

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Again, crazy expensive.  But it is the holidays, so live a little.  I know I could go for some lasagna about now.  How about carbonara?  Oh my… that does sound festive.

7.  A Vegetable Slicer that makes fun pasta shapes.

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer

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This is the Holy Grail for Paleo followers.  It takes sweet potatoes or carrots even and spiral slices them into spaghetti shaped goodness.  Then you top with your marinara sauce or other equally fantastic concoction and you can fool yourself into believing you are eating pasta.  Well, I know that sounds snarky, but it’s not like you don’t know what you are eating.  It is as good a replica as I know though.  So slice up and enjoy!

8.  Fish Sauce – No it’s not made from Nemo, just his buddy the anchovy.

Red Boat Fish Sauce

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I am told it is the most authentic fish sauce on the market.  Now, I am no connoisseur of fish sauces.  I hadn’t even used it to cook before going Paleo, but it is mighty tasty in your Asian dishes.  So try it in your curries or in your salmon cakes and chow down.  By the way, this link gets you two bottles.  That’s right, two for one baby.

9.  Shortening.  Are you a baker?  Then you need the goods.

Spectrum Organic Shortening

Organic Shortening

Try this for frying up sweet potatoes, making a gluten-free pie crust or even an almond butter cup.  It is a GMO-free version of your grand-momma’s Crisco.

10.  Save the best for last?  It’s quite possible with this cookbook.

Nom Nom Paleo:  Food for Humans Cookbook

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Now this one isn’t even available until December 17.  However, I received an advanced sample of this book and boy oh boy.  It LITERALLY knocked my socks off.  It is not only gorgeously photographed, but it is loaded with them.  I think there is no such thing as too many food photographs.  Plus, the adorable Michelle has her cute caricature in comic style throughout as well.  I really can’t say enough good things about this book.  Just buy it.  It is much easier than arguing that you don’t need another cookbook.  I will prove you wrong on this one.

Besides, I need to go.  My feet are cold.

It’s a Paleo Hannukah – Christmas – Holiday Extravaganza!

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Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your Paleo loved one?  Well, look no further.  I have compiled a list of my favorites for every Paleo lover on your list!

1.  So number one is a biggie.  But, hey, go big or go home, right?

Vitamix 5200S

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This thing is ridiculously amazing.  My husband and I sat spellbound while the QVC spot aired.  Yes, it is incredibly expensive.  Yes, it seems like money like that should go to something more important (i.e.: boring) like… say… tires.  But, man if you can swing it.  Do it.  Your family will all be eternally grateful.  (Ok, well I would be if it was me doing the receiving.)

2.   The Paleo Bible.  Ok, well not THE BIBLE, but a handbook you should live with.  You know, maybe you need two copies.  One for your purse and one for home.

Practical Paleo

Practical Paleo

Amaze-ball recipes, plus meal plans.  I mean, who in this day and age doesn’t need meal plans?  Seriously.  I barely have time (or the brain power) to remember to defrost food.  I NEED a meal plan.  Diane gives you 30 days people.  Plus tear out guides.  That is one of my favorite parts…. tear outs.  It’s like a bonus gift.  Off topic – don’t you love the tear outs from Rachael Ray’s magazine?  *smile*

3 and 4.  Flours.  Yes, flours.  And, you need more than one.  When baking especially, it is great to have the variety.

Organic Coconut Flour

Organic Coconut Flour

Blanched Almond Flour

Blanched Almond Flour

So every time I get a new recipe it seems like I need a new type of flour.  Do everyone a favor and just buy both of these.  They cover the majority of things.  And, besides, you never know when I’ll need to come borrow a cup of flour.  It’s not like I can pick this up at the corner 7-11.

5.  Soy Sauce Replacement – Yes, there is such a thing.

Coconut Aminos

Coconut Aminos

This stuff is seriously da-bomb.  If you want to make Asian food of any kind, this is the stuff.  You will use it more than you think on anything from stir fry to spare ribs to beef jerky.  Of course, you may still need to head to the Asian market for the moqua and opo.  Yes, those are real vegetable.  Google it already!

Stay tuned for 6 through 10.  It’s near cocktail hour and I could sure use a swizzle stick about now.