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Grain-free, low-carb, high-protein pancakes

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

I admit fully that I took this recipe from my mother-in-law. And it’s great! :) I love when people I love are health conscious. 

Just like my last post, I’m on a hunt for quick and easy food that won’t leave me too full (This little unborn baby is taking up large amounts of my trunk.) but that are still nutritious. 

I HAD been staying away from dairy for the most part, and – besides my daily Greek yogurt – I still steer clear of it the rest of the day. BUT this recipe is delicious. And I need more opportunities to shove fat into my diet to keep baby brain at bay. 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Eggs and cream cheese? That’s it? Yep. I did whipped cream cheese since it needing whipping anyway. Full fat, duh. 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Put 4 eggs and approximately 4 oz. of cream cheese in my ninja processor and waited for the smoothness. You can add in vanilla extra or berries or chives or whatever the heck you’d like. But these taste great plain!

magnetic laundry system

Oh, and while I was cooking, I had a load of laundry going using my new magnetic laundry system. NO detergent required. So environmentally perfect! Another lovely gift from my mother-in-law. I had been using soapstones, which were working well, but this is more of a permanent, less annoying switch. Worth the investment!

Central New York half moon cookies Utica

And another thing worth celebrating? My two-year annivesary. We bought half-moon cookies from Holland Farms, which is what we had instead of cake at our wedding. The one of the left is his carrot cake, and mine is the vanilla bottom half-moon. I could eat them all day. But, I won’t, because – gluten. 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Back to pancakes! Pour it into a skillet or griddle (very runny) with a little coconut oil or ghee and let it sit like you would a normal pancake. Bubbles will form. You can use a mini spreader to pop up the corners a bit if you’re using a skillet like I did. 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Then grab a giant spatula to flip! And let it go a few minutes on the other side. 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Mine are a little puffy and not as crepe-like because I used a lot of batter in a little skillet, but you can make them in any size or thickness you would like! Play around. Add some pure local maple syrup to it and you’re in heaven. Like this little guy below. 

cats have it made

That’s it! That was my Saturday breakfast! 

Curry eggs

This was last weekend’s fine breakfast! Curry sauce eggs I made using leftover sauce from my Basil Curry Chicken recipe. Fantastico! What’s your go-to high-protein, low/no-carb breakfast? 

Grain-free high-protein cream cheese pancakes

Low-carb, grain-free, high-protein cream cheese pancakes
Serves 2
A quick and easy 2-ingredient recipe for a grain-free breakfast that will leave you full all day. Try adding in some chives or toss some berries on top depending on what you have in your fridge. So yummy!
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese (I used whipped full-fat)
  3. Optional: vanilla extract, berries, maple syrup, chives, other finishings.
Instructions
  1. Blend eggs and cream cheese (and any flavor options!) in blender or whip with beaters until creamy.
  2. Let sit while you heat a griddle or pan. Add butter or oil to pan.
  3. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side.
  4. Add whatever toppings you'd like!
Adapted from Mom-in-law
Adapted from Mom-in-law
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Battle of the breads: Which Paleo bread will rise to the top?

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

I’ve been on a hunt.  A hunt for the most gluten-y tasting sandwich bread that is actually Paleo. Darn near impossible, I know.

Up until now I’ve been happy with the store-bought gluten-free version of bread. But, now that I’m trying to avoid preservatives and almost all grain, it just wasn’t cutting it. 

The problem: recipes on Pinterest don’t always work and Paleo ingredients aren’t cheap.

So, I decided to be judicious and try four different recipes that weren’t  too expensive to make. All four actually worked out to be less than the store-bought loaves I usually grab, so a step in the right direction!

I had to pull myself away from this guy to start the day and start the baking…

Shelties have the best smiles

I know, tough, right? :)

First up: a recipe from Purely Twins.  The only ingredients are plantains and eggs, so I thought I would start with the easiest one. 

The photos on the website looked spongy, but normal. 

Eh. I’m not sure what went wrong, but mine came out gritty. Perhaps it’s the fact that it calls for 7-8 oz of plantains, and mine were just cut up really small but not smushed? It didn’t specify how to cut or measure them exactly. 😉

There’s also a video on the page, but I hate watching video tutorials. Who has the time? 

Still edible though! Just really thin. Perhaps they’re meant to be put on a cookie sheet and not in a bread pan? 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Well, looky here. Look what tastes great with some maple cream. :) You really could put maple cream on anything and it would work miracles. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

The butter we will save for another one. :)

Next up: a recipe from Paleo Grubs

This one is a more traditional recipe. Flaxseed meal, almond butter and coconut flour. I’m a bit hesitant of coconut flour-based recipes though because they can be overpowering and sweet. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

It’s thicker than the last one and without a weird texture. Moving in the right direction! :)

It is a little on the sweet side though and it didn’t rise very high and it had  a  crackly surface. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Looks like a turkey, doesn’t it? Weird. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

How about some Irish butter to offset that sweetness? Worked like a charm! It’s tangy-ness is the perfect balance. (Nosh nosh)

Still, not worth the hassle to make it all of the time. I can’t ALWAYS douse it with butter. 

Third on the docket: a recipe from Guilty Kitchen.  It’s pretty much the same as the last one. But different. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Not as cracked top. A little firmer and a little less sweet.

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

It rose a little higher, too!

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

Here’s how the first three stack up in a row. You can tell that the third one definitely has an edge on looks and size. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

This one calls for some homemade strawberry chia jam! Yum! Divine! This one has top points. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

One for me, one for the hubs.

And last on the list: a recipe from The Seasoned Homemaker.  Again, very similar ingredients, but this one required a little more leg work with whipped egg whites and a pan of water.   (Oh, how very long it took to fill a pan with water and stick in the oven.) :)

It also used milk kefir, which I’d never bought before–because of the whole trying-to-cut-back-on-dairy thing. But, it’s fermented so I bought some. So tart!

A little darker than the others. 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

It was a little sweet, so I thought I should add some goat cheese and level it off. Divine! 

I think this one would work for non-sandwiches just fine!

But, the third one wins for overall flavor, texture and usability! 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will rise to the top?

I might attempt, on another weekend, a rice flour-based bread to get even more into the sandwich-like realm, but then I’d be putting a grain in my mouth. :) Naughty! Perhaps necessary, though, for sandwich sanity. 

These four (now in the freezer!) will keep me busy for a while though. I’ll be using one of them this week for sure with some tuna salad for my lunches! Yay!

Now, I’m hungry. Maybe I’ll make an extra one for me as a treat for getting my lunches ready. :)

Anyone have some healthful sandwich bread recipes that don’t call for corn or wheat? Please feel free to share! 

Battle of the Breads: Which Paleo recipe will "rise to the top"?

 

 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy breakfast)



Spicy and healthy eggs a diavolo

Oh.my.word. this is good. The original recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, which is by far my favorite Paleo cookbook. Really imaginative and out-of-my-comfort-zone recipes. Worth it! 

So, I already had breakfast when I decided to make this because I was binge photo taking for my blog. But, I ate it all–and wanted more. :) 

If you are in a breakfast rut, MAKE THIS NOW! You could modify it to make it even easier, but it was over and done with in under 20  minutes and most of the time wasn’t active, so you can sip your coffee and pet your menagerie like I did while it’s in the oven. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Even the dog was jealous of this meal. He’s intense. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

For your mise en place, gather some chopped onions. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Then just add some ghee to a skillet. Start those onions sizzling! 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)When the onions are soft, add in a protein. I used a local gluten-free sausage (Dino’s). Right about now, the smell will kill you with hunger pangs. The kitchen was heavenly.

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Add in some pasta sauce. We had some Newman’s Own in the larder that needed using, so I did that, but if you want a sugar-free, Paleo-fied one, you can always just mix some tomato paste, tomato sauce and spices in a little bowl and pour that in. 

If you’re like me and like things hot, this is where you add in the red pepper flakes. Lots and lots! Any other spices you want to add in can go in here. I know a lot of people enjoy nutmeg in saucy items–or nutmeg in everything. I’m a big fan of smoked paprika, but this dish doesn’t need any of that. Its simplicity is beauty.

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Once it’s good and cooked down, put it in an oven-safe bowl and create a little bowl in the meat mixture. If you add a lot of sauce, this could be difficult, but delicious. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in a pocket, but it looks cute. Just plop an egg on top if you need to. 

Pop it into the oven for a bit. 10-15 minutes. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

It comes out looking like this. Oooh yeah. A little runny center. Ahhhh, as I type this, I’m ready to make it again. 

Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

You can eat it like a purist and not scramble it all up, but that delicious yolk demands some spreading.

Then chow down and try not to make everyone else in the house jealous. Or you can make them some, too, I guess. Sharing is caring.

But if you wake up 3 hours before a husband–and don’t have children–breakfast doesn’t need to be shared. :) Spicy, lovely eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy)

Eggs a diavolo (quick and healthy breakfast)
Serves 4
A quick and healthy breakfast that you can make for yourself or for the whole family. This recipe feeds 4, but you can modify it to only feed yourself! :)
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs. ghee (or any fat)
  2. 1 onion (diced)
  3. 1 pound sausage (or any protein)
  4. 2 cups pasta or marinara sauce
  5. 1 tbs. red pepper flakes
  6. 4 large free-range eggs
  7. pepper and salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  4. Add the sausage, breaking it up. Cook until no pink is left.
  5. Season with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.
  6. Add the sauce. Cook until simmers.
  7. Divide the mixture into oven-safe bowls or ramekins.
  8. Make a well in the center of each. Crack an egg into them. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake until the yoke is cooked to your liking. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
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5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

 

These were a huge hit at work! And with me. I devoured this. Like little magic balls of bitter chocolate. 

The original recipe came from The Smoothie Lover, but I took out the egg. Why? Because I ran out.  So, if you have the egg, I suggest you follow their recipe and add in that one egg. :) More protein! But, then it makes it 6 ingredients. The first time I made this recipe I used the egg, so I was really nervous to make them without. But still delicious!

Monsieur Cupidon celebrates his birthdayThis little guy recommends eating this with a tall glass of Cabernet. I agree.  He knows what he’s talking about – as his name is Monsieur Cupidon and he’s a wine and chocolate expert. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Here it is. The full ingredients. Not much to it, is there? Two avocados, coconut sugar, dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips and baking soda. And the egg if you want it. I didn’t taste a difference, really, so pop that egg in!

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Blend the avocado and coconut sugar. I used the food processor bowl of the Ninja. After you do this, blend in the egg if using. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Mix in the dark cocoa powder and the chips. Use a mini cookie scoop to portion them out. 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

Eat, drink and take a nap! Lucky cats just sleep all day. :) 

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies

5-ingredient dark chocolate avocado cookies
Serves 18
A healthful and rich cookie dream!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. the flesh of 2 small ripe avocados (3/4 cup)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar (low glycemic index!)
  3. 1 egg (optional)
  4. 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (local co-op has high quality and low price)
  5. 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used 90%, but anything above 75% will work.)
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using any kid of mixer you have, process the avocado and the sugar. (Optional egg would be added here.)
  3. Mix in the cocoa and baking soda.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, place a small amount on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (I did 10.) or until cookies aren't so darn gooey.
  7. Cool before eating.
Notes
  1. You can use banana instead of avocado, but the avocado adds healthy fat!
Adapted from The Smoothie Lover
The Blissful Blueberry http://blissfulblueberry.com/

Sweet Potato Mania: Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Frittata

Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Frittata

The sweet potato-ness continues! Mostly because I had some leftover potatoes from the salmon recipe. :) Also, I needed a recipe that I could make rather quickly–as we have a new addition to the household…

Hobo takes a whiff of the rescued kitties

We found these two crying under our neighbor’s shed that backs into our yard. One had come out and was crying loudly enough for us to hear as we were out playing with the pup. My husband was about to take off for an overnight work trip, so it all happened very quickly. His ride shows up, I grab kitties, he puts them in a tote, and off he goes. With me, the kitties, and the puppy staring off into a long day.

I had no idea what to do with them so I started calling local shelters and posting the dilemma on Facebook. Apparently, Central New York is in a “Kitten Crisis,” so every place was too full to take them and Animal Control told me right up front that they would have to “get rid of them.” :( Oh, no. I will not take part in that.

Kitten formula

I realized I would quickly need to help them survive  on my own, then, and went to the store and picked up replacment milk for them and a mini bottle. Freakin’ cute.

Hobo isn't sure what to do other than  run

Armed with a heating pad, some old blankets, and the faux-mother’s milk, I followed the directions carefully and went about practicing for motherhood. Exhausted, but amused. The puppy isn’t quite sure what to make of them still–although he does enjoy licking the spilled milk off of them. Great! Replacement mothering! He does seem to want to paw at them and knock them over though–gently, he knocks them over gently…just to see what happens. I watch him like a hawk.

So, yeah. That happened and when the husband came home the next night, I needed a quick way to feed the hard-working boy. Hence, this quick frittata.

After reading the book, The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders, by Shepherd and Gibson, and, after doing some preliminary research, I decided that this could be the answer to my stomach and skin issues. Fingers crossed! Another reassuring part? Beer and cheese came back on the table. Phew! Yes! Score! Woot woot! Goodbye gluten- and dairy-free diet, and hello gluten-free (except beer) and lactose-free life! Low-FODMAP living, here I come! I think the most difficult part will be no onions, garlic or avocados. Eep. They’re my favorites. And they’re in everything.

Hobo watches over the kitties

With the dog acting as kitten guardian, I went to work on this delicious and easy meal from Shepherd’s book. It’s the first recipe in the casserole section. Oh, how I missed casseroles. Gooey, yummy squishiness of heaven.

Start off with the delicious mix of eggs and cheese

About halfway through prepping the meal, I had to check on the kitties to make sure Hobo hadn’t tipped over the tote and devoured them. Safe. And he was sleeping by the side of the tote. Adorable! Also, odd. He usually stays near my feet as I cook in case he can catch some drippings. :)

I added more spinach than the recipe called for

Difficult to mix spinach.

So obsessed with sweet potatoes

Too much spinach?

I don’t think it has too much spinach but, goodness, me! I can’t even see the rest of the meal in there. :) If I didn’t need to cook the sweet potatoes first, I think I would have liked to cook down the spinach just a tad to get it wilted and less offensively overtaking the meal. But, less cooking means more nutrients!

Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Frittata

With just a little wiggle check. It was ready for consumption! I missed cheese. Now, I want nothing but cheese. And blue cheese offers the perfect amount of sassiness in a meal.

I will definitely make this again. It’s a sure winner. Fast and easy. I might even play around with the ingredients. Sweet peppers instead of sweet potatoes. Sharp local cheddar instead of blue cheese. Kale from the garden instead of spinach. We always have plenty of eggs in the house because I have two sources of farm eggs at work. The bright-yellow yolk and extra thick shells are unbeatable in local farm eggs. Makes you think you are being extra healthy–and I love supporting the local community.

My husband might have said he really loved this, or he might have asked how the kitties were doing, or we might have devolved into Jeopardy watching. Not sure. I just know I love it. I hope you will, too!

Sweet potato, spinach and blue cheese frittata

Sweet Potato & Blue Cheese Frittata
Serves 4
A quick and easy meal that is great for any time of the day.
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (or fat of your own preference)
  2. 2 small sweet potatoes, diced
  3. 2 overflowing cups of baby spinach leaves
  4. 1 cup lower fat crumbly blue cheese
  5. 8 eggs
  6. coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a 7-inch skillet (needs to be ovenproof!) over medium heat. Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook for approximately ten minutes, or until tender.
  3. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl. Add the spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour into the pan with the sweet potatoes and bake for 20 minutes (or until the center firms up--give it a wiggle test).
  5. Remove from the oven. Let it stand a few minutes while preparing plates and drinks. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from The Complete Low-FODAMP Diet by Shepherd and Gibson
Adapted from The Complete Low-FODAMP Diet by Shepherd and Gibson
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