Arrowroot Powder Pizza Crust Recipe

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Most people who are paleo will tell you that at some point or another, they just really miss pizza. We’re no exception to this rule. Finding a good paleo pizza recipe, however, can be tough. It’s a lot of trial and error, and sadly, some not so good dinners along the way. Well, I happened upon this recipe from Paleo Spirit. I don’t have, and have never actually used Tapioca Starch, so I substitited arrowroot powder, since I’ve heard that they can be substituted for one another. I also always add some italian seasoning (oregano, basil, thyme, and a little rosemary) to my pizza crusts. I add the dried herbs on top of whatever liquid the recipe calls for. This refreshes the herbs so to speak and makes them a bit more flavorful. Here is a picture  of the cooked crust.

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I then topped it with some home made pizza sauce, cheese (we eat dairy) and some pepperoni. It turned out to be really tasty.

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Korean Beef

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You will have to forgive this horrid picture. Believe it or not, I am trying to improve my photography skills. Regardless, this dish was much better than it looks, and easy to make. I used a recipe that I found online http:// http://elizabethbryant.blogspot.com/2010/05/korean-beef.html, and modified it to make it paleo.

Ingredients:
I lb ground beef (I bet bison would also be tasty)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut aminos
1 TBS sesame oil
3 gloves of garlic minced*
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until it’s brown. Drain any excess fat. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and add them to the skillet. Simmer for a few minutes and serve. I served it over cauliflower rice.

*Confession….I know that fresh is always better, but I buy the already minced garlic that they sell in jars at the grocery store. 1/2 tsp is the equivilent to one clove of fresh garlic. I use this cheat in every single recipe I make. Nobody has ever noticed a difference and I save myself a few minutes of time.

Easy Beef Shish Kabobs

wpid-img_20140511_184137110.jpgThis is a little too easy to even call a recipe, and you can adapt it to whatever your mood is. When my hubby made it this particular night he chopped up some onion, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers along with the beef. He added them all to the wooden skewers (you want to let them soak for about 30 minutes before you use them so that they don’t burn) and then added some steak seasoning. He tossed them on the grill to our preferred done-ness and we ate up. I’ve also made them with marinated meat as well. The Beef Jerky recipe from Primal Palate makes a fantastic shish kabob marinade, actually. I just let the steak soak in the marinade over night before putting the kabobs together.

wpid-img_20140511_180819096.jpgIt makes for a quick, easy meal that you can cook without heating up your entire house during the summer months. 🙂

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

This was a recipe that I found on pinterest, (with no credit to where it actually came from). I made some changes to the recipe, to make it Paleo.

2lb. Chicken breast cut into 1in pieces

1 cup pineapple juice (I used the juice from 1 can of pineapples, and then added the chunks during the last hour)

1/2 cup grade B maple syrup (You can also use grade A, since it’s cheaper, but grade B is more nutritious)

1/3 cup coconut aminos

Cook in crockpot on low 6-8 hrs

If you’re doing a 21 day or 30 day detox, this recipe obviously won’t work. Between the maple syrup and the pineapple, there is still a whole lot of sugar in this dish. You could try to use less maple syrup or even try half the amount of pineapple juice and substitute water for the rest if you want.  It would probably affect the taste, though.

Garlic Jalapeno Burgers and Mango Salsa

Garlic Jalepeno Burgers

Some nights, nothing beats a good burger. For a long time, I didn’t like spicy foods, avocados, onions, or salt. As I’ve gotten older, my taste buds have changed, and now I like a much wider variety of things. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about these garlic jalapeno burgers from Primal Palate, but they were delicious. They used ground bison in the recipe, but bison wasn’t in our budget this month, so we used the highest quality ground beef we could afford. (I’d love to say that we’re all grass fed, all organic, all the time, but that would be a lie. We do the best we can with what we have). We topped the burgers with cheese, because we eat dairy, and I paired it with mango and avocado salsa from NomNomPaleo. Fruit salsa usually gets paired with fish, but we had some mangos and avocados that needed to be used. It ended up being delicious. Mango avocado salsa

Oven Baked Eggs

Baked EggsI read somewhere that you can bake eggs in the oven, and since I’m useless in the morning, I thought that this might be a good idea. I could bake some eggs, and have them ready for easy breakfasts. With that said, I thought I’d give it a try. I put a little bit of bacon grease in the bottom of each spot, and I cracked one egg into each section of this mini loaf pan I have. (I’m not sure if it’s really called a mini loaf pan. It’s more like a muffin pan, but the spaces are square). Then I popped it into the oven for about 20 minutes. The eggs were pretty good that day, but when I reheated them on subsequent days, they were pretty rubbery. I will say, though, that when topped with a sausage patty and a slice of cheese, it was a decent breakfast.  My husband didn’t seem to mind them (or maybe he did but was trying to be supportive), but I don’t think I’ll make them this way again.

Do any of you folks have any easy breakfast ideas??

Walnut Crusted Wasabi Salmon

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 As a fair warning, this recipe was something that I found on the internet, as a not paleo recipe. I had it written down, but didn’t try it until after we were paleo. I made a few easy changes to make it paleo. I’m not sure where the original recipe came from. I’m really not trying to be shady. I promise. (If anyone knows where it came from, let me know, and I’ll be happy to link it.)

Walnut Crusted Wasabi Salmon
-Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 tsp wasabi powder

2 tsp coconut aminos

4 pieces of fresh salmon, 3 oz each

4 oz finely chopped/crushed walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix wasabi powder and coconut aminos in a bowl.

Add the salmon and allow to marinate for 20 minutes.

Coat both sides of salmon in the crushed walnut pieces.

Bake salmon for about 20 minutes, or until it’s reached your preferred level of done-ness.

Eat

Paleo, there’s an app for that….

While it’s not very cave person like, we live in a world full of technology. In some ways, it’s a tremendous burden, keeping us always connected to the outside world, and preventing us from just being in the moment, but in other ways, it’s so unbelievably helpful. This blog, for example, is a direct result of technology. There are also a wide variety of smart phone apps that can help make navigating paleo much easier.

myKitchen from the Food Lover’s Primal Palate This app has loads of their recipes that you can search and save. You can create meal plans, menus and generate shopping lists. There is an ad when this app loads, but that’s because it’s free.

Caveman Feast from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations
This app is beautiful, has a lot of recipes that are broken down by category. You can save recipes, but there isn’t a search feature on this app. I paid $.99 for it, but I think it’s regularly $2.99

This next one isn’t a paleo app, but it’s a great app if you cook. It’s called KitchenDial, and it’s an app to figure out how many of one measurement are in another measurement. For instance, if you need to know how many cups 7 tablespoons is, or how many tablespoons are in an ounce (or 10) of something, this app will answer that for you. It’s also free, and so helpful.

There are a bunch that I don’t have that look really helpful, like the Fast Paleo app for $.99, or the NomNom Paleo iPad app for $5.99.

I love having these recipe apps on my phone because sometimes, I forget to write something down on my list, or I forget my entire list at home when I go to the store. Other times, I get to the store and something is on sale, so I change the menu, or I think that I can just buy a bottle of salad dressing, but when I look at the ingredients in them, decide that it’s better for me to make my own. These apps keep me from having to make two trips. Are there any apps that have made your lives easier?

Banana Bread Coffee Cake

I’m not a morning person at all. I’m that person who can barely function enough to set the coffee maker without injury in the morning, so I do it the night before, so that all I have to do in the morning is stumble into the kitchen and push one button. (I could program the darn thing to eliminate that step, but there are too many steps involved in that for my brain to process…..) When you add in a baby that needs to be changed and fed, dogs that need to be fed and let outside, easy is the name of the game for me. Generally, I will hard-boil a bunch of eggs for the week, bake some bacon in the oven, and breakfast will be eggs, bacon, a piece of fruit if we have any, and coffee. The problem, however, is that I don’t really enjoy hard boiled eggs. I get sick of eggs in general, after awhile. Eggs were, in fact, the only food that I could not have during my entire pregnancy. It didn’t matter how I made them, they just didn’t work for me. With that said, I’m always in search of something that I can make ahead of time that I can just grab and eat in the morning. So, when this recipe for Banana Bread Coffee Cake from Taylor Made it Paleo came across my news feed, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Banana Bread Coffee CakeThe result was good. Different, of course than what you come to expect from Coffee Cake, since there’s not a crapload of brown sugar crumbled all over the top, but my husband and I enjoyed it. It was easy for me to grab a piece to eat, with my coffee in the mornings. Although, I wasn’t sure how to store it, so I just stored it on the counter. I do think that next time, it should be stored in the fridge, since it got kind of funky pretty quickly. 😉

 

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's ChickenI love General Tso’s Chicken. It was always my go-to dish whenever we would order Chinese Food back in our pre-paleo days. When I heard that there was a recipe for it in Gather, it was just one more reason for me to get the book. The recipe is a bit complicated though, so I hadn’t gotten around to making it yet. However, I thought I would give it a shot. I made it, and the shrimp fried cauliflower rice, but I substituted leftover Chinese Barbeque Pork in place of the Shrimp in the recipe.

To minimize the amount of work at dinner time, I chopped as much as I could ahead of time. I did this during nap time, figuring that it would be easier for me to get dinner made if I had a few things done ahead of time. It did help, but as soon as I turned the sauce on, the baby started crying. I didn’t want to risk burning the sauce, so I just turned it off. It turned into a giant goopy mess. I was able to thin it out by adding some of the oil back into the sauce, but it was still frustrating. I thought for sure I had ruined dinner. I actually ended up really frustrated over all trying to get this recipe made, and take care of the baby. As delicious as this recipe was, it’s just not new mom friendly at all.

Prep Cauliflower Rice