MMMM… Granola

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I love granola. I LOVE granola! It’s so good. However oats are not currently in my diet right now. Sad but I have been seeing recipes out there for paleo granola and then I ordered some paleo krunch cereal and I loved it but it’s a little (lot) out of my price range so I figured I could make some and save some dollars. I tweaked and tweaked until I got the right combination but I am but out a small disclaimer.

1: Paleo granola is expensive to make since it has tons of nuts and higher priced ingredients in it.

2: Paleo granola is highly addicting causing it to last only a few days and then you are wanting more. Lots more.

3: Paleo granola is high in nuts so a little goes a long way.

After a few months of eating it I now allow myself a handful a day. Sometimes two but at first I was eating 1 -2 bowls a day. It is that good so try it and tell me what you think.

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Paleo Krunch Cereal

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/4 c honey

1/4 c pure maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c. raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds

1 c. almond flour

1 c. unsweetened coconut

2 c. raw chopped almonds

2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 F Whisk first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Combine well. On a baking sheet with small sides spread a thin layer of the mixture. Place in oven for about 10 minutes take out and mix around a bit and place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes. You just want it toasted, once it looks nice and toasted take out and let cool for 5 minutes. I keep it in an air tight container in the pantry.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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This is one of the most requested breakfasts at our house. Orange pancakes. The kids and I love them and my husband says they are the best paleo pancakes I have made which is awesome. *Note He still loves my old buttermilk pancake far better but those only come out on super rare occasions.

Since going Paleo in September I have been looking for a good pancake recipe because they are a weekly staple in our house. I had tried them with almond flour and coconut flour but for me they consistency wasn’t great. I tried the all banana recipes and it was overwhelming for us. So one day I tried sweet potato puree and banana and it was great. To make them a little more pancake looking I make this in my food processor. You could do it in a blender or by hand but make sure you really mash the sweet potatoes and bananas or you’ll have chunks in your pancakes. I like to make a double batch and the leftovers are great for on the go snacks.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

This recipe feeds my family of 2 adults and 2 little kids. You can easily double this recipe but if you double it I would only do 6 eggs.

1/2 c. sweet potato puree

1 ripe banana, mashed (2 Tbs.Real Maple syrup)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon (or more depending how much you like cinnamon)

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbs. melted ghee, coconut oil, or butter Plus some for greasing the griddle or pan.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash a sweet potato and poke it all over with a fork. Put in the oven and bake til done. Depending on the size it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Take out of oven and let cool.* I usually cook a couple and puree them and freeze the puree so I can whip these up quick.

Preheat griddle to 375 degrees and grease. Once cool take the sweet potato, cut it in half and scrape the insides out into a food processor and puree til smooth.  You’ll need a half cup of puree. You can freeze the rest for later. Blend or whisk the sweet potato, banana, eggs, and vanilla together til smooth. Add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and melted oil and blend til well mixed.

Once the griddle is heated pour batter onto griddle. Let cook for a few minutes. I wait until bubbles have formed and pop to flip them. Then cook the other side. Serve.

My family likes them with maple syrup. I love them with homemade almond butter and sliced bananas. Leftovers? Freeze them and they reheat really well.

How to: Roast Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. I have always loved tomatoes. I like them sliced, diced, broiled, or baked. Sauced, blended, and marinated. I do not, however, like tomatoes in January. They are typically bland, pale, and blah. In my Bountiful Basket the other week there were some tomatoes in there and instead of throwing them out I remembering seeing a recipe for marinara sauce using roasted tomatoes. Now to figure out how to roast them. It was easy to research tons of ways ut I wanted a very simple way with simple ingredients and here it is.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut the tomatoes in half and take the core out of them. Lay them out on an foil-lined pan.

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Drizzle some olive oil over tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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You want them to be nice and roasted. Sometimes mine get a little brown on top. That equals yumminess. Take the tomatoes out of the oven and you’re done.

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Now you can use these any way you want or you can freeze them until you need them.

Now you can enjoy the goodness of using your bland tomatoes but I can’t wait until summer and I can try it out on ripe ones.

I love soup: Beanless Chili

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I am not a huge fan of Winter. It’s ok but I would be fine if it last 2 weeks and then went back to a perfect spring, even a fall day but winter is here and has been for awhile. Instead of get annoyed (well more annoyed) I turn to one of my favorite things… soup!

Seriously it’s amazing how many things you can fit in one bowl or how many veggies you can add or different flavor combinations, It’s quite impressive. This beanless chili is one of my favorite recipes because it makes a lot that I get left overs for days. (Another one of my favorite things.) I’ve had this for breakfast this morning with some avocado and fried egg. So good! The kids like it with sour cream, cheese, and Juanita’s tortilla chips.

It’s one of the meals that we all get really excited for.

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Beanless Chili

everyday paleo

2 lbs ground beef

1 lb  spicy italian pork sausage

7-10 celery stalks diced

6 carrots diced (optional)

1 white onion diced

6 cloves of crushed garlic

4 Tbs olive oil

1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes

16 ounces of chicken broth

2 big pinches of sea salt

2 Tbs. dried oregano

2 Tbs. dried basil

1 Tbs.cumin

3-4 Tbs. chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)

Saute veggies in olive oil for about a minute and add meat and brown.  Season the meat mixture with all the spices.  Add the tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer for 35 minutes.  Taste and add more seasoning if desired.  If you are feeling a little frisky, eat this awesome chili with a dollop of sour cream and some crushed corn chips.  If you are keeping it 100% paleo for the big day, it’s good just like it is!!

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork… Yummy!

When we were first married we lived in West Jordan, Utah. My husband was a football coach and teacher at a local high school. I loved living in West Jordan because it is heavily populated with Polynesians and that means two things: Family and Great Food!

Before every home game the parents would make this huge ridiculous meal for the boys and coaches and I was luckily enough to eat some of the food. Delicious. One of my favorite things was the kalua pork. Simple but so flavorful. I had all but forgotten about it until I came a crossed it on NomNom Paleo’s website and now it is a staple. I like to make a 5-7# because we can have it so easily for leftovers. It is good on it’s own. I’ve had it with scrambled eggs. Nachos (for the kids). In soup. Breakfast burritos. It’s very versatile. Very delicious. Very easy.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

5-7# boneless pork butt (I get mine at Costco)

Himalayan Pink Salt (NomNom uses Red Salt but I haven’t ordered it yet so… pink it is)

3-5 strips of bacon

3-5 cloves garlic (optional)

Lay the bacon on the bottom of your slow cooker. For every 1# use 3/4 tsp of salt.Sprinkle and rub salt all over your pork butt. Place cloves of garlic in the butt too. I took my knife and made holes and shoved some in. Place it your pork in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Take it out of the liquid. Shred it. Drain most of the liquid it’s very salty so you don’t need a ton. Then I throw my pork back in the crock pot and serve it out of there.

 

Sides: I love this with cauliflower faux-tatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. Yum!!

Sweet Potato Fries

 

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I have found love and it comes in the form of this.

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I’ve been eating them mashed, diced, fried, and noodled (is that a word?). They are amazing. Every Monday I julienne two and par cook them in the microwave and stick them in the fridge to use whenever I want.

Lately I’ve been melting some coconut oil and adding some spices and frying them up. So good. Try it.

Sweet Potato Fries

1/2 cup julienne sweet potatoes, par-cooked

1-2 tbs coconut oil

cinnamon

cumin

salt

Heat up the coconut oil in skillet over med-high heat. Take sweet potatoes and toss them in a bowl with the spices til well coated. Dump in skillet and let cook. This is the hardest part just let it cook. Don’t meed with it for a few minutes. then rotate. Do it til all sides are cooked. Throw on to a plate and dig in!

Day 15-17

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Day 15

Workout: Cleans, Hand Release Push Ups, MB Sit Ups

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge and eggs

Lunch: Roast beef and veggies

Dinner: Chicken and green salad

Day 16

Workout: Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Burpees

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge

Lunch: Chicken and green salad, cauliflower rice

Dinner: Kalua Pork, applesauce, and roasted vegetables

Workout: Cleans, Thruster, Push Press, Back Squats,  Pull Ups, Ball Slams, Push Ups, Air Squats, Sit Ups= Death!

Snack: Beef Jerky, 1/2 banana with almond butter, a little sweet potato

I’ve decided that I am only going to have nuts once a day. I think I’ve been eating them a lot and they are starting to replace mindless snacking (which is a no-no).

Day 17

Rest Day

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (My only nuts for the day)

Lunch: Kalua Pork, Roasted Veggies

Snack: Beef Jerky, Dried apples and bananas

Dinner: Bean-Less Chili (Everyday Paleo)

Oh man was I excited this was a rest day. After my surprise two a day workout yesterday (Thanks to my coach) I was exhausted and so sore. All I wanted to do today was lay on my couch. I did get some cleaning done but it was definitely a lower energy day.