Chillin and Grillin!

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There is something about summer that makes us never want to eat anything but BBQ! I love being outside and chillin with my dog max (follow him on instagram @dogmaximusprime) and my hubby. Who doesn’t love the smell of dead animal and veggies roasting on the grill! Add a Corona to the mix and you’re set for one amazing meal!

For this meal, Shaan spiced up the ribs with garlic, pepper, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder and sea salt. He left them in the fridge overnight to soak up the spiciness!

The veggies I cut peppers in half and threw them on the grill. For the asparagus I lightly coated with olive oil then garlic powder and pepper.

It turned out delicious!

Another Paleo Breakfast Casserole

It’s time for another breakfast casserole. I make these weekly so we have breakfast made and don’t have to worry about making food during the week. Being prepared and having your food prepped for the week makes it so much easier to eat clean!

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For this recipe I used the following:

  • Olive oil (to coat the pan)
  • 3 hand-fulls of spinach
  • 1 yellow onion, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper and 1 green pepper all sautéed in oilve oil
  • 3 pieces of Applegate Farms organic turkey breast
  • 16 eggs
  • 1 clove elephant garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ancho chili pepper

Putting it together:

  1. Coat the pan with olive oil
  2. Spread the spinach across the bottom
  3. Pour the onion and pepper mix and spread evenly
  4. Add the turkey cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  5. Pour the egg, garlic, pepper mixture on top
  6. Crack a few eggs on top
  7. Throw it in the oven. Cook at 350 for about 35 minutes or until cooked through.

Enjoy!

Portobello Paleo Burgers

Tonight we made Paleo Portobello mushroom burgers for dinner and wow these were AMAZING!Image

 

For the burgers-

  • 3 lbs grass fed beef
  • 2 cloves elephant garlic-minced
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper

Mix together with your hands and form into patties.  Cook on the stovetop or grill.

For the veggies we used:

  • Portobello mushrooms (for the bun)
  • Red, yellow and green peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • Romaine lettuce

We also put mustard and ketchup on the burgers. YUMMY!

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The best paleo bread

I don’t usually like Paleo bread but I tried a recipe tonight from Paleo Comfort Foods and I love it! Put a little honey on it and its even better. Or….maybe some almond butter and honey, yum!

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This recipe is from my FAVORITE book, you should buy it- Paleo Comfort Foods.

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups of almond flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 large eggs
1 Tablespoon honey
3/4th teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
combine all dry ingredients
in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add honey and vinegar.
Pour the batter into a well-greased loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes or so, or until bread is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

I also made the shrimp and crab bisque recipe from their book…it took some time but it was worth it! Its not the prettiest color but it sure did taste good. And…I love the ninja cooking system!

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Paleo Breakfast Casserole

Instead of the breakfast muffins I made a casserole to last us the whole week for breakfast. I am loving having breakfast cooked and ready to go in the morning, it saves SO much time! See the recipe below…

Ingredients:

  • 16 organic eggs
  • hot sauce (as much as you like)
  • pepper
  • fresh garlic (I used about 6 cloves because we love garlic)
  • Peppers (1 orange, 1 green and 1 yellow)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 5 pieces uncured nitrate free ham (found at Sprouts)
  • 2 hand-fulls of spinach

Method:

  • Sautee the onions and peppers in bacon fat.
  • Grease a 13×9 pan
  • Pour onion-pepper mixture into pan
  • Add ham on top
  • Add some spinach
  • Pour egg mixture on top (egg, hot sauce, pepper)
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (until the sides start to brown and the middle is cooked through- check with a toothpick)

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Lots of yummy smells in the kitchen today!

Morning Glory Muffins are one of my most FAVORITE paleo things on the planet! 

The recipe comes from my favorite PALEO cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods.paleo comfort foods copy

The writer of the book also has a blog (click here) where she has the recipe for these delicious little treats. I also copied/pasted it below.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1/2 cup coconut or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a standard-sized muffin pan.
2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add carrot, apple, coconut and raisins and combine well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and vanilla extract together.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix very well. The batter will be very thick.
5. Spoon the batter out into muffin pan and place on upper or middle rack of your oven for 40-50 minutes.
6. When a toothpick inserted into the top of a muffin comes out clean, the muffins are done.
7. Cool muffins in the pan for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

**If you are looking for variety, sub out currants or chopped dates for the raisins.  You can also add a little orange zest to give them a bit more citrus flavor.

Check out my pics below to see how they turned out….soooo good!

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Another treat I made (with the help of my husband), spiced nuts to snack on during the week.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • chipotle chili powder (to taste)
  • cumin powder (to taste)

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Put parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Mix and spread nuts evenly over parchment paper
  • Add olive oil and about 1 Tbls of each spice
  • Mix with hands until all nuts are evenly coated
  • Put in oven for 10 minutes
  • After ten minutes stir nuts and let cook 3-4 minutes more
  • Take out, try a nut- if need more spice add more
  • Let cool at least 10 min on baking sheet
  • Put in little baggies to take to work (I like the snack size baggies, then I won’t eat too many!)

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Kitchen Window Herb Garden- DIY

I have had this kitchen herb garden on my to do list for a few months.  Last weekend we were finally able to get it put together and it looks great!

I bought the herbs from Sprouts, they were 3 plants for 10$. The herbs I bought: peppermint, mojito mint, orange mint, italian parsley, oregano and rosemary. I’ve already used some parsley and oregano in the Italian red sauce I made last week (I will post the recipe, it was SO good). I am excited to make mojitos with the mint and also some yummy peppermint tea!

Check out the way we hung the plants. I got the little pot holders at Home Depot for 20$ (3 pack)

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On the left rosemary, parsley and oregano. On the right mojito mint, peppermint and orange mint.

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Here they are getting some sun.