Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dinner this week...

I meal plan/grocery shop every Sunday for the week and this week I decided to give it a theme =] 
It's Civilized Caveman week.
The Civilized Caveman has been a huge resource for me.  He constantly posts yummy looking pictures and I thought instead of drooling over his recipes, I'd put them to use myself. I'm excited! I'm making one of his dishes for dinner almost every night this week.

Monday: Grilled Shrimp Scampi ( This was last nights dinner and it was SO yummy! The shrimp was perfect!)
Tuesday: Lemon Garlic Crockpot Chicken with oven-roasted cabbage and carrots.
Wednesday: Beasty BBQ Baby Back Ribs with collard greens and a side salad.
Thursday: My hubby has duty and won't be home for dinner so the girls and I will probably just have leftovers from one of the previous nights.  If there are any ;)
Friday: Jalapeño Dijon Grilled Chicken with cabbage slaw.
Saturday: Apple Dijon Burgers w/ roasted asparagus and sweet potato fries.
Sunday: Coctel de Camaron (This is my recipe. Hubby's been working hard training for the Open and this is his favorite so I thought I'd be nice and make it for him <3)

At some point, I'm also making these.  
I thought about making them for breakfast one morning, but I think they'd be delicious for dessert too!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Coconut Spice Muffins

These are dangerous!
And by dangerous, I mean dangerously delicious.
I came across a Chai Spice Coconut Flour Cupcake recipe by The Urban Poser and was immediately drawn to the word Chai.  Yes, please!
Anyhow, this is adapted from her recipe. I only left out one ingredient.
I will definitely be making these again and again!
Mine didn't turn out as cupcake like as hers looked in her photo so I've dubbed mine "muffins" ;)
I can't wait to have one with a cup of coffee!


Coconut Spice Muffins
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1/4 Tsp. Ground Cloves
1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp. Kosher Salt
1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
5 Eggs
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
1/2 Cup Raw Organic Honey
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking cups with cupcake liners. 
2. Sift together dry ingredients in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. I mixed them on high with a hand mixer until they were really well combined.
4. Reduce speed to low and mix in the dry ingredients while continuing to beat. 
5. Once the mixture is well combined, pour into your cupcake pan filling each about 2/3 of the way.
6. Bake for 25 minutes.
7. Let cool.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Paleo Pizza

I am VERY happy with how this turned out.  There are a few things I think I *might* want to try differently, but I'm a little nervous because overall I'm very pleased with the results as they stand. 
I tried looking up cauliflower crust recipes, but all the ones I found called for mozzarella cheese so I winged it and came up with this.

Zucchini grated and covered with a paper towel to absorb moisture.

Pizza crust ingredients in the food processor.

What it looks like when it's done.

Spread out and ready to go in the oven.

Just out of the oven.

Pizza sauce and zucchini over all of it.

Topped with everyone's favorites and ready to go back in the oven.

All done and ready to be devoured.

Nom nom!

Paleo Pizza

For the Crust:
1 Head of Cauliflower, Steamed (should yield about 2 cups if grated first)
1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Melted
1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning

For the Toppings:
Pizza Sauce (I used a mixture of tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and basil)
3 Small Zucchini, Shredded/Grated
White Mushrooms, Sliced
Pineapple, Chopped (I only put this on half for my girls =]) 
Prosciutto 
Red Onion

You can use whatever toppings you like, these are just the ones I used.

1. Shred/grate your zucchini and spread it out on a cutting board or something similar, cover with a paper towel and set aside. If you can do this an hour or two before you start making your pizza it would be best.  

2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and grease a baking sheet/pizza pan with a little coconut oil. I placed a piece of parchment paper on my pizza pan just in case it would stick.

3. Put your steamed cauliflower, almond meal, eggs and melted coconut oil in a food processor and blend the mixture until it looks like the photo above.  I put my cauliflower in the food processor right when it was done steaming so it was hot.  This is one of the things I might toy with. I was worried my eggs would start to cook, but they were fine.  Also, I think the baking time might be less if the cauliflower was cooled when I mixed everything, but again something I might mess with in the future. 

4. Pour mixture onto your baking pan and pat into a circle.

5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and bake for 20 minutes checking occasionally to make sure the edges aren't burning. I removed the parchment paper after 15 minutes because I wanted the bottom to crisp up too. It slid right off.

6. After it's done baking, it might be a little "mushy" feeling still, but that's okay since it'll be going back in.  Top with your pizza sauce (pesto would be really good too) and zucchini then whatever other toppings you want.

7. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

I would love feedback on this from anyone who tries it. I'll definitely be making it again this week!




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Paleo Frappuccino

This is adapted from Intentional Consumption's recipe which can be found here:

Paleo Frappuccino


3/4 Frozen Banana
6 Ice Cubes
1 Cup of Cooled Coffee
1/2 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
1 Tsp. Organic Unsweetened Coco Powder
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. Raw Organic Honey
Cinnamon


1. Blend all the ingredients, minus the cinnamon until the desired consistency is reached.
2. Sprinkle with cinnamon after it's poured in your glass. 


Enjoy! 

Turkey Lettuce Wraps





Turkey Lettuce Wraps

1lb. Ground Turkey
Lettuce of your Choice (I used ice burg, but butter, romaine, anything will work great)
1 Tsp. Each of Cumin, Paprika, Garlic Powder and Ground Black Pepper

1.  Brown the turkey in a pan. Once it's cooked all the way through add your spices and combine.
2. Scoop into your lettuce cups and top with chunky guacamole.

Easy, right?!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chunky Guacamole

We're having turkey "taco" lettuce wraps tonight which obviously means guacamole is involved =]


Chunky Guacamole


2 Avocados
1 Large Tomato (or 2 Romas since those are smaller), Diced
1/2 Medium Red Onion, Diced
Jalapeño, Diced (we like spicy food so we leave the seeds in, but you can remove them if you prefer)
2 Tbsp. Cilantro, Chopped
1/2 Lime, Juice of
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Salt


1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the avocado into a bowl and begin to mash with a fork. 
2. Once it's smashed pretty good add the rest of your ingredients.
3. Combine well and enjoy!


If you like creamy guacamole you can easily add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend to your hearts content. Deliciousness!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Ultimate Guide to Eating Paleo (Infographic)

More Health and Fitness News & Tips at Greatist.

Didn't cavemen die at 30?!

You know the question's crossed your mind.  When I first started on this journey it crossed mine too and luckily I stumbled upon FITBOMB's Q&A section that helped me make some sense of it all. Here is a direct copy from his site with some awesome info... Please let me know if any of the supportng links are broken and I'll help you find them.


PART 5: MYTHBUSTING


Q: Didn't cavemen die by the age of 30 or something? Doesn't this suggest that their diets were crap?


A: Prehistoric humans certainly had shorter lifespans on average. (But only by about 10 years, actually.) What drove down their average number of years on earth? Hmm. Let's see: High rates of infant mortality, zero medical care, a perilous existence in the wild, predators, accidents, trauma -- the list goes on and on, though it probably doesn't include Type II diabetes. (I wonder how long we'd last if we were dumped in the middle of the woods without our cell phones and pants. I'd give myself a day and a half. And that's only if I had a good book and a Snuggie with me.)

Look: If 40 out of 100 cave-babies died before reaching the age of 10, even if every one of the survivors lived past the age of 60, the average age expectancy of the group will fall under 40 years.

The thing is, plenty of studies have been done about the longevity of modern day hunter-gatherer societies. As Loren Cordain has written:
In most hunter-gatherer populations today, approximately 10-20% of the population is 60 years of age or older. These elderly people have been shown to be generally free of the signs and symptoms of chronic disease (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels) that universally afflict the elderly in western societies. When these people adopt western diets, their health declines and they begin to exhibit signs and symptoms of "diseases of civilization."
In fact, societies that adopted widespread agricultural practices have shown "a marked decline in health indicators," from shortened stature and degenerative bone conditions to skull deformities, dental problems, and increased infection risks. When agriculture was introduced to human societies, average life expectancy actually gotshorter, not longer.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Paleo Banana Bread

Holy YUM!!
This is adapted from The Food Lovers' Primal Palate recipe in their Make it Paleo book.
You can buy it here...

Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion


...and I HIGHLY recommend you do so!! I cook from it several times a week and have yet to make something I will not be making again.


Paleo Banana Bread


1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
6 Eggs
1/2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Ripened Banana


1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease your loaf pan with coconut oil.
2. Sift coconut flour into a large bowl along with the salt and baking soda.
3. In another bowl, beat the eggs, banana and vanilla then add to the dry ingredient bowl and continue mixing until well combined.
4. Melt the coconut oil and add it to the mixture. 
5. Once it's well combined, pour into your loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. 


Then enjoy!!


You can check the doneness at 40 minutes. If the top isn't quite set, let it go the extra 5.

Green Smoothie

I've been toying with different variations all week and this is by far my favorite and the one I'll be making from now on. 


Green Smoothie

6 Ice Cubes
2/3 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (I used canned)
1 Cup Almond Milk
2 Cups Organic Spinach
6 Strawberries

Put all ingredients in the blender and and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

I can't wait to try this with other berries. My strawberries were small and not that pretty looking and it still turned out great. This had such a good coconut/banana flavor. Super yummy!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Coconut Flour Bread

This was probably the easiest bread recipe I've ever made.
It's definitely a different texture than regular bread, but it's tasty!
At first bite I thought it was a little dry, but that's to be expected given the ingredients.
I really enjoyed it!

This recipe is from Chocolate & Carrots and can be found here:


Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cilantro-Lime Slaw

This slaw is so good!! I make it once, sometimes twice, a week and we never have leftovers. I keep increasing the batch size and even that doesn't seem to help out the lack of leftovers ;)
I remember seeing a recipe similar somewhere and couldn't for the life of me find it again when I wanted to try it for the first time so I just kind of winged it.
We LOVE it!!!



























Cabbage Slaw

One Small Cabbage, sliced thin
10-12 small radishes (I actually used 14), sliced with a mandolin
6 Green Onions, sliced
3 Tbsp. Cilantro, Chopped
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
Salt & Pepper, To Taste

Combine the cabbage, radishes, green onions and cilantro in a big bowl. Add the olive oil (I used EVOO in this batch, but have also used pure olive oil and prefer that) and the lime juice.  Season with salt & pepper and combine.

Enjoy!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stuffed Bell Peppers [Turkey Sausage and Cauliflower]


IStuffed Bell Peppers [Turkey Sausage and Cauliflower]

4 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Head of Cauliflower
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, Divided
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
1 Large White Onion, Diced
13 oz. Turkey Sausage
Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper, To Taste

Preheat oven to 375.
1. Grate the head of cauliflower using a cheese grater and set aside. 
2. Trim the bottom of the bell pepper so that it's flat and they can stand in the baking dish. Cut the top of the bell pepper off and remove the seeds. Place the bell peppers in a greased baking dish. I greased mine with a little coconut oil.
3. Then take your caps and remove the stem and any membrane. Dice what's left of the caps as well as your onion. I diced mine pretty small.
3. Heat 1 tbsp. coconut oil in a large pan and add your diced pepper caps, white onion and minced garlic clove. Saute until softened and then put the mixture in a separate bowl.  We'll be using it soon.
4. Heat your last tbsp. of coconut oil and add your sausage to the pan. Break it apart as it browns.
5. Once the sausage is lightly browned, add your grated cauliflower to the pan. Stir the mixture and saute for 2-3 minutes. 
6. Add your green pepper, onion and garlic mixture the the pan and mix evenly. Add salt and pepper and let the mixture heat through. Stirring occasionally.
7. Pack the hallowed peppers with the mixture. I used a spoon.
8. Bake for 40 minutes.
9. Serve hot.

I had some left over mixture so I stuffed some mushrooms that I had in the fridge, but you can easily bake what's left in a small ramekin or anything else you can think to stuff. =]

Enjoy!




Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blueberry Espresso Brownies

I made these today and they were yummy!

I added/left out a few things, but I think I'll try them again in the future and follow the recipe as it's suggested.

Here is a link to The Civilized Caveman where I got the recipe.


The differences I made were 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (recipe calls for 2, but I ran out) and I added a 1/4 cup of coconut flour which I think made them a little too "cakey" to be considered brownies, but they were still delicious.