The Best Paleo Hamburger Buns

One of my favorite long weekends of the year is finally here and I wanted to make it a special one! Memorial day is the perfect time to bust out the grill and impress your loved ones with a delicious meal! Last year I made it special by serving my Easy Chicken Pesto Kebabs and honoring the memory of an incredible individual.

Most of the time I use veggies in place of buns when barbecuing, but on special occasions I like to bust out a grain free bun that reminds me of me of my gluten loving childhood. There’s something so nostalgic about a seedy carby bun topped with a juicy burger, slippery sauces and all the trimmings!

This bun recipe is one I have been serving for awhile now, but just haven’t shared yet. My nieces who eat a modified paleo diet request them for birthday parties and really enjoy them, I wanted to pass on the goodness so you can enjoy them with your family too! Not only are they grain and gluten free, but nut free as well. A lot of paleo bread recipes contain nut flours but this one uses cassava flour making it a nut free alternative for my friends out there who can’t have them!

If you need ideas of what else you can make so these cuties don’t seem so lonely, My Patriotic Coleslaw and Red White & blue strawberries would be perfect to serve along side some tasty hamburgers inside these yummy buns. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also whip up my Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches for unforgettable summer dessert! What better way to usher in summer than with all the fun BBQ foods YOU can enjoy?!

The Best Paleo Hamburger Buns

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-5

Ingredients

    Hamburger Buns:
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 cup pastured lard or bacon fat, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    Topping:
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all hamburger bun ingredients to a food processor, mix until well combined and a ball of dough forms.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and divide dough into 5 equal sized pieces for average sized burgers or divide into 4 equal sized pieces for larger burgers.
  4. Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten and form into a bun shape with your hands.
  5. Place each dough bun onto the lined baking sheet, brush egg wash on tops of buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 mins. or until center is cooked through, can broil on high for a few mins. to brown tops if desired.
  7. Slice in half and serve.
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Carnitas Sweet Potato Street Fries

Wow! This recipe has been a long time coming as so many of you requested I share it after teasing you for months on my instagram stories with it! I already had my Easy Instant Pot Carnitas recipe up, but I started making it this way pretty regularly on the weekend for Matt and I to grub down on, and…well…I wanted to pass on the love! When your husband tells you that you make sweet potato fries better than any restaurant, you pay attention! Then when he asks you for your secret, you know you have to pass on the goodness! Not to mention it is whole30 friendly, praise the food gods! You can make my Easy Classic Guacamole to top it with or just use store bought, although homemade is always better IMO!

I could tell you ALL the problems I had trying to take the photos, download them to my computer and then get the blog post up in time for Cinco De Mayo, but I won’t bore you with that story, lol! All I have to say is that when I run into that many problems getting a recipe up, I know that it”s going to be a good one! So with out further ado, here is the recipe sure to bring a fiesta to your weekend, whether you celebrate Cinco De Mayo or not!

Carnitas Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

    For the Sweet Potato Fries:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed & dried
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For the Chipotle Aioli sauce:
  • 4 tbs mayo
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Make the recipe for my Easy Carnitas , shred and refrigerate, crisp up in the oven just before serving.
  2. Make the recipe for my Classic Guacamole and refrigerate for later.
  3. Make the chipotle aioli sauce by adding all ingredients to a bowl and mix together well, refrigerate for later.
  4. Set oven to 425 degrees
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice sweet potatoes in half and then those halfs in half. Slice in to 1/4" strips and then into equal sized pieces. The smaller and more uniform you make them, the crispier and more evenly cooked they will be.
  7. Place an equal amount of sweet potato fries on both lined baking sheet, drizzle each pan with 1 tbs oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Mix well with hands, and make sure to give each fry enough space to crisp up, don't crowd them.
  9. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15 mins. and then flip. Check in 5 min increments from then on until fries are browned and crispy. Should take between 20-30 mins depending on how crispy you like them.
  10. Let cool until you can safely handle them . Add to serving plates, top with the crispy carnitas, guacamole and chipotle aioli sauce. Garnish with any other toppings you love and enjoy!
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Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Easy peasy guacamole for any day of the week! Because what is life without Guacamole?! As a native Californian if you don’t know how to make guacamole, people give you the stink eye, lol! This is such a great dip for grain free chips or veggies. I love to add to my Jicama Street Tacos or top on my Carnitas Fries for some extra goodness! This recipe is paleo and Whole30 Friendly too!

You basically just add the magical mixture of some pretty simple to find items and you will be in guacamole heaven! It’s easy peasy limey squeezy!

Easy Peasy Classic Guacamole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium avocados peeled & de-seeded
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced jalapeño (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime juice on top along with salt, pepper & cumin.
  3. Use a fork to mash avocados to the consistency of your liking.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño & garlic.
  5. Serve with chips, veggies or along with your favorite meal!
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#WhatSupp My Favorite Supplements

I often get questions about what supplements I take, why I take them and which ones are my favorite. While I believe that we can get most of what we need from eating a nutrient dense real food diet, there are just some things we may need to supplement to help us feel our very best. 

Over the past 5 years of changing my diet I’ve felt the shift in my overall health, I have more energy, less bloating and inflammation. Quality food and supplements have been a very crucial element of this as well as a healthy lifestyle that decreases stress.

But, not all supplements are created equal. Walk into any health food store and you will see aisle upon aisle of vitamins, supplements, minerals and elixirs. It can make you a little dizzy trying to find what’s right for you. And it can be hard to easily spot supplements that are non-GMO, free of gluten, soy and dairy unless you do some research.

While I believe it can be really helpful to see what others are using and why, I also believe it’s very important to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement. We are all so different and what works for me, may not work for you or be what you need to thrive. It’s also important to note that some supplements are meant to be used temporarily, while others might be ones you take for a longer period of time. 

Here’s what I’m taking right now:

Collagen– I take this daily for gut health, joints, healthy skin, teeth and nails.

Magnesium– Most of us are deficient in this and don’t get enough in our diets. Helps with things like stress, anxiety, muscle cramps (great for those with endo), depression and insomnia.

Vitamin D3– Most of us are deficient in vitamin D as well as we don’t get enough sun and often wear sunblock when outside. Good for immune function, bone and brain health.

B-12– I’ve always been low because of endometriosis. Great for energy and it helps strengthen the nervous system.

Pre-Natal– We are trying to concieve so I supplement with a high quality pre-natal vitamin.

Turmeric– It’s an anti-inflammatory helpful for pain (great for those with endo) and skin health.

Charcoal-I only take when needed, helps when I accidentally ingest gluten or have any food sensitivities.

Check out this helpful Guide from New Hope Network it talks about how to build your supplement regimen with your doctor, questions to ask retailers and goes over some common supplements for different stages of life. I hope you found this helpful!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by New Hope Network’s Inside the Bottle and its partners in high-quality nutrition: Natural Factors, NatureWise, NeoCell, Orgenetics, Sabinsa, SoftGel, Trust Transparency Consulting. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Paleo Chocolate Crepe Cake

Happy happy heart day loves! I like to think of today as the day to be a little more kind to ourselves and others. It’s not just a day to celebrate with a romantic lover, because that isn’t the only person we should be extending love to on this beautiful holiday. I’m so happy to see more things like gal-entine’s day & pal-entine’s day being embraced and gaining popularity! I would like to add to that self-love-entine’s day 😉 A day to treat ourselves with all the love and care we deserve because you can’t pour from an empty cup, you feel me?  As one who spends quite a bit of time being a care giver, I can’t stress this enough. Whether you’re a mother, father, college student, care for an elderly parent or disabled spouse…we all need to make sure our cup is full so we can spread the love!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to practice self-love or self-care:

1. Take time to rest, relax and recharge.

2. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself right now.

3. Get out in nature and take in all the beauty around you, don’t forget to look up and express gratitude.

4. Buy yourself fresh flowers and place in a spot you pass by often.

5. Treat yourself to a bath, massage, manicure anything that will focus attention on caring for you.

6. Shut off your cellphone for a few hours and meditate or read a book, no emails or social media allowed.

7. Take yourself on a date & try something new like a cooking class, a dance class, yoga or painting.

8. Find a good way to blow off some steam, exercise, turn up the music and sing as loud as you can, dance like no one’s watching.

9. Hang out with a friend, think of someone who brings positivity into your life and spend some time with them in person or on the phone.

10. Let go of things that no longer serve you, unhealthy food, habits, perfection, toxic people….stuff you’ve been hanging on to but no longer need.

These are just a few things, but you get the picture, focus on you and what will fill you back up so you can give more of yourself to others <3

I created this fun chocolate crepe cake which is small enough to celebrate this lovely day with yourself or with someone you love. I created it using products from one of my favorite places to shop —-> Vitacost They have so many paleo friendly goodies I love to stock my pantry with! If you don’t already know by now, I am obsessed with vitacost.com. They also have lots of goodies to shop for that aren’t pantry items like THIS or THIS, things you could use to pamper yourself with! Wishing you all the best day ever, no matter how you chose to spend it!

Paleo Chocolate Crepe Cake

Ingredients

    Crepes:
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Redmill Superfine Almond Flour
  • 3/4 cup Thai Kitchen Organic Lite coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup Otto's Cassava flour
  • 1/3 cup Navitas Naturals organic cacao powder
  • 5 organic eggs
  • 2 tbsp Vitacost organic maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp melted grass-fed butter/ghee plus more for greasing pan
  • 1/2 tsp Redmond Real salt
  • 1/2 tsp Frontier Co-Op Vanilla
    Cream:
  • 2 cans of 13.5 oz. Native Forest Organic Classic Full Fat Coconut Milk, cream from top of can only
  • 2 tsp Vitacost organic maple syrup (optional)
  • pinch of salt
    Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life Mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Thai Kitchen organic lite coconut milk
  • **St. Dalfour organic raspberry sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all crepe ingredients in a high speed blender and blend about 1 min or until all ingredients incorporated. Give the batter 5 mins. to rest.
  2. While batter is resting, heat a greased small 7 inch frying pan on med-low heat.
  3. When pan is nice and nice hot, pour 1/4 cup of crepe batter into the pan and rotate pan quickly with your wrist to coat a thin even layer of batter on the bottom. Cook about 1-1.5 mins on the first side until edges start to crisp up & lift easily. Very gently flip the wrap to the other side & cook about 30-45 seconds more.
  4. Repeat until all batter is gone. Grease you pan as needed in between crepes.
  5. Add each cooked crepe to a plate to cool. You can use parchment paper between each crepe so they don’t stick to each other while cooling.
  6. Add all ingredients for the coconut cream together in blender or hand mix in a medium bowl just until blended and no lumps remain. Can refrigerate for a few mins. to let it thicken back up.
  7. Add 1 cooled crepe to a cake stand or serving plate, add a dollop of coconut cream and spread out evenly over the crepe, add a few teaspoons of raspberry sauce and spread in the center, repeat the steps until the very last crepe is on top. Place in the freezer for 25-40 mins. to set while making ganache.
  8. Add chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl. Boil coconut milk and pour on top of chocolate chips. blend together until smooth. Place in fridge to thicken up while waiting for crepe cake to set.
  9. Add ganache to the top of cake and spread all over. Slice cake and eat right away or let set up in freezer for about an hour and serve.

Notes

**Make sure to refrigerate your full fat can of coconut milk for at least 8 hours or overnight to get it nice and thick

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Everything But The Bagel Kale Chips

Call me old school, but I still enjoy a good kale chip. The crunch factor is unparalleled, but then you add in my favorite seasoning of 2017 and now also 2018…we’re in business! Everything But The Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes is having it’s time in the lime light right now, and for good reason! It’s DANG good! Sprankle that stuff all over the place like glitter, it makes everyone happy!

I thought this recipe would be a great appetizer to take to a Super Bowl Party, and if you want to make things a little more interesting, water down some Kite Hill dairy free cream cheese and drizzle that all over these bad boys, I dare ya! Well maybe not until right before you’re gonna eat them, otherwise they might turn into a soggy mess ha ha! But bagels and cream cheese, well they just belong together! Unless you’re doing a whole30, then you’ll just want to eat them as is 😉

I remember when I worked in a supermarket deli in college, we used kale to dress up the cold case filled with all the macaroni and potato salads lol! This was when Kale was very very un-cool, never in a million years would I have ever  thought it was edible, and delicious at that! No one I knew was actually eating the stuff, It’s funny how things change! Now I’m washing kale and dressing it up only to romance it later while watching Netflix 😉 It’s a good thing!

Don’t forget to remove the stems when you make your chips, otherwise you’re in for a scary surprise and I doubt you’ll ever make kale chips again. Which is sad because they really are MuY DeLiCiOsO!! Especially My Everything But The Bagel Kale Chips, they really do steal the show! Don’t forget to double the recipe if you’re making them for more than 3 people, you don’t want any hungry people on your hands! Happy munching and crunching!

Everything But The Bagel Kale Chips

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Category: appetizer

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, about 7 cups
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets.
  2. Wash kale, dry with a towel to remove moisture and then remove the stems.
  3. Try to break leaves into equal sized pieces.
  4. Add to a large bowl and toss with oil, lemon juice and seasoning.
  5. Lay kale leaves in a single layer on both baking sheets, giving enough room for them to crisp up instead of just steaming.
  6. Bake for 5 mins, rotate pans and cook for another 10 mins. or until slightly browned. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  7. Remove from the oven to let cool, they will crisp up more as you let them sit for a few minuets. Eat fresh or store in an airtight container for a few days.
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Paleo Hummus

 

Hummus used to be one of my most favorite things to eat on a daily basis. I would eat that stuff like there was no tomorrow! The first time my father in law served it with a big glug of olive oil, toasted pine nuts and jerk seasoning…man oh man was I hooked on that combo! The creaminess and the crunch made my knees week!

So I decided to create this fun paleo and whole30 friendly version of hummus without the beans. It would be fun to serve or bring this to a Super Bowl party! I love adding all the topping to make it look pretty, plus it gives it great flavor! I used Primal Palate’s Jerk seasoning which gives it some pizzaz! Serve it with some fresh veggies and you’ve got a winner!

Paleo Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, steamed (aprox. 4 cups)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-4 tbs tahini, adjust to your liking
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse cauliflower and break into smaller pieces. Place in a steamer and steam until tender, Aprox 10-15 mins.
  2. Add steamed cauliflower to a high speed blender along with cloves of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, cumin and salt & pepper. Blend until combined and creamy.
  3. Add to a bowl and top with desired toppings. I used roasted pine nuts, Primal Palate's Jerk seasoning, fresh herbs and a glug of extra virgin olive oil.
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Mini Purple Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Cream Sauce-Whole30

What’s cuter than mini purple potatoes? How about mini hasselback purple potatoes? They’re so cute they almost look like little gnocchi…awww! I paired them with a creamy, coconut-based garlic sauce that makes them a scrumptious side dish for any dinner. The best part? The ingredients used in this recipe make it perfect for those of you doing a Whole30 reset! It’s so delicious though, it’s great even if you’re not doing whole30! I suggest serving this along with my Chicken Veggie Poppers for an amazing meal!

The creamy sauce pairs really well with these crispy little potato morsels. It contains no cheese, but the acid from the citrus and nutritional yeast give it a flavor reminiscent of a cheese sauce. When slicing up the potatoes to give them their little stripes, I find that a few chopsticks or pencils on either side of the potato help to stabilize it and helps you avoid making the mistake of slicing all the way through. Carefully cut vertical slits into each potato about every 1/8″, you want to make sure a small portion of the bottom is still attached so they don’t fall apart!

They are best eaten directly after cooked while they are still warm. After cooking, you can mix the sauce in more with the potatoes to make sure each one is covered in goodness. You can find the RECIPE HERE!

This recipe was a collaboration with my friends over at Vitacost! If you don’t already know by now, I love stocking my pantry with all of Vitacost’s goodies. They always have the best deals on all the products I’m looking for with prices beating my local stores! I love that I can shop from home and I get my order 2 days later, which is super duper speedy! I hope you love this recipe and don’t forget to pin the image above so you can add it to your menu soon!

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Paleo Supergreens Hummus

Before I went Paleo I could literally eat my weight in hummus. It was my absolute favorite thing to dip chips and veggies in. I remember my father in law used to serve it quite often topped with pine nuts, a glug of extra virgin olive oil and a generous sprinkling of jerk seasoning. The first time I had it made this way, my knees went weak and I fell hard! The following few years my hubs and I would buy the big tubs of it at Costco and doctor it up this way! When we cut it out I really missed it. But I’ve found a way to make something that tastes similar with a slight twist that’s just as delicious, minus the beans plus a little superfood boost!

I used steamed Cauliflower as my base and added loads of roasted garlic to it. If you’ve never made roasted garlic, you’re definitely missing out! it’s so simple and tastes amazing alone and in so many recipes! Traditional hummus recipes use tahini which is just a paste of sesame seeds along with lemon juice and garlic, so I felt I could achieve a similar taste here. There are many variations, some even add spinach to the recipe, so I thought it would be fun to boost the nutrient content by adding some of my favorite super greens blend!

Now before you question my decision to add in PaleoValley Supergreens, hear me out first. I only added a few teaspoons and it added a wonderful natural sweetness to the dip. It’s pretty much a hidden ingredient which no one will even notice, pinky promise. It adds a bit of sweetness to the mix and creates the most beautiful festive green color. Perfect to serve at any holiday party! I love the fact that my friends and family will be secretly eating sea kelp, broccoli, turmeric and reishi mushroom.

I am falling in love with all of PaleoValley’s products! I adore their beef sticks, full of good for you probiotics, and now I’m adding the super greens to everything I can! I mix it in my smoothies, soups and baked goods! If you’re interested in trying out Paleovalley Supergreens, or any of their other incredible products, just use the code “paparazzi at checkout from now until Dec 31, 2017, and get 30% OFF site wide on the Paleovalley website!

Paleo Supergreens Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, steamed (aprox. 4 cups)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more for roasting
  • 2.5 tbs tahini
  • 2 tsp Paleovalley Supergreens
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice off just the very top of garlic head. Place into foil and add just enough olive oil until it fills up completely, slightly spilling over the sides.
  2. Wrap the garlic head with foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 30-35 mins. or until it becomes fragrant and tender. Remove from oven and set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Rinse cauliflower and break into smaller pieces. Place in a steamer and steam until tender, Aprox 10-15 mins.
  4. Add steamed cauliflower to a high speed blender along with 10 cloves of garlic (retrieve by gently squeezing them out of their skin), lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, Paleovalley Supergreens, cumin and salt & pepper. Blend until combined and creamy.
  5. Add to a bowl and top with desired toppings. I used roasted pine nuts, TJ's onion salt and smoked paprika for some festive color.
  6. Use you favorite veggies or grain free crackers to dip to you hearts content!
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Paleovalley. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Paleo Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I figured since it’s December it’s finally acceptable to start posting all the cozy winter drinks, even if it’s still not that cold in California compared to the rest of the country. I mean it was 40 degrees when I woke up this morning and I kinda felt like I was going to die, ha ha! Well not really but I have become wayyyy too acclimated to California weather after living in basically the North Pole (Idaho) in college.

I remember the very first time I busted my arse slipping on ice while walking to class and having my nose hairs freeze to icicles only to instantly defrost once I walked into my classes, yikes! Oooh the fond memories of living in the arctic lol! I was a California girl through and through though, no matter how long I lived there I still was the crazy girl wearing flip flops in the snow. One thing that got me through the brutal winters there was hot chocolate, lotttts and lotttts of it!!

I wish I had this peppermint white hot chocolate recipe when I was there, I think it would have been the perfect drink on those blustery days! It has such a creamy, buttery flavor with a wonderful pop of peppermint that just makes it outta this world yummy! You can find the RECIPE HERE! You could also add my homemade marshmallows to make this hot chocolate epic!

I had so much fun creating this recipe with my friends over at Vitacost, they always make my shopping experience amazing! So many great paleo options to shop on their site with deals every day and SUPER fast shipping, like Amazon Prime fast you guyssss! I hope you make a mug of this belly warming drink to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.