Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

paleo slow cooker chiliHey hey friends! I’ve missed you! I hope you’re enjoying Labor Day with your loved ones!  I’ve got something VERY special to share with you! Remember that yummy chili I’ve been teasing you with on my social media accounts? Well I’m happy to say that today is the day i’m spilling all my chili secrets, woohoo! It’s perfect for Labor day weekend because it can be added to your BBQ’d hot dogs for an amazingly delicious dog! This chili is a slow cooker chili which I love because it’s a no fuss recipe, and I mean who doesn’t like that??

I used to LOVE chili growing up and would order chili cheese nachos with the fake franken food cheese almost daily in high school. All I can say is yikes! I’m glad those days are LONG gone! This recipe was actually created for the Paleo Kitchen Throw Down at Whole Foods a few weekends ago. I used it for the Chili Cheeze Hot Dog I created for the competition. I got a LOT of compliments on this chili. Some cute ladies even asked me what brand of chili I used from Whole Foods, and when I told them it was homemade they said “It’s SO good! You should bottle it, I would buy that chili!!” Of course I blushed, you would too! ;)

So what are you waiting for?? Grab your crock pot and get crackin!!paleo chiliIf you want to enjoy the chili cheeze dog just add the chili to a sliced open grass-fed hot dog, add my red pepper almond cheeze sauce And top with some kraut! Delicious by itself or on a dog!

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It’s the BEST, you’ll want to put it on EVERYTHING! We keep finding new ways to enjoy it, like on top of hasselback avocados with dairy free “sour cream” and on top of hash browns with a drippy egg!

Without further ado…

Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of organic grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can of organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can of organic tomato paste +2 cans of filtered water (1/2 cup)
  • 1 package of preservative & sugar free bacon, sliced into small pieces (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon pieces and ground beef over medium-high heat until they just begin to brown.
  2. Add onion and lower heat to medium, cover pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Uncover pan and add garlic, cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Drain some of the liquid out of the pan and transfer the mixture to your crockpot.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to your crockpot and stir them until mixed well.
  6. Set your crockpot to low add the lid and cook for about 8 to 10 hours.
  7. Spoon chili into bowls, or spoon inside of pasture raised hot dogs.
  8. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

*For Bacon,I like the Wellshire brand or pasture raised pork from my local farmer

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Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

The days have been getting hotter and hotter as summer time settles in the California valley, and sometimes those nostalgic summer treats I used to enjoy as a kid are just calling my name and begging to be recreated, you feel me?

My nieces came over yesterday to hang out and both of them follow a modified paleo diet, so I though it would be perfect to have them help me make some ice cream sandwiches. They helped me make the ice cream, which is made mainly from frozen bananas. I tried to make the ice cream easy enough for them to help me with and they did great! If you are following me on the cool new app Periscope you likely saw us make these together live! If you’re not on Periscope yet, download that baby and hop on there! It’s super fun to watch your fave people on social media broadcast live and chat with them!

For the cookie portion, I modified the recipe for my cinnamon raisin cookies I created a few years back and turned them into a chocolate chunk cookie. They turned out SO GOOD!! I need to keep some dough in the freezer on the regular because the cookies alone are AMAZING and I can’t get enough of them! I also made the chocolate chunks from scratch since I don’t really like my store bought options, but to speed up this recipe use something like Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks/Chips (if you tolerate them) or your fave clean chocolate bar and cut up into chunks. Since my chocolate chunks are homemade and more melty, I try to add them a few minuets before taking the cookies out of the oven. If you would like the recipe for my chocolate chunks, leave me a comment below and I’ll add the recipe on here!

(UPDATE: If you would like the recipe for the homemade chocolate chunks, head to my Chocolate Hearts Recipe. This is the same recipe I use to make the chocolate chunks, minus the strawberries and cacao nibs. Just spread out the chocolate mixture in a shallow pan, put in freezer to harden and chop into chunks!)

So on to what you have been waiting for, the recipe!!

Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

    FOR CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
  • 2 cups almond flour (I used Honeyville)
  • 6 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus a few pinches more if you like a saltier cookie
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of Enjoy life chocolate chunks (or a clean chocolate bar chopped up)
    FOR CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk, or a little more if needed
  • 4 tbsp Cacao powder, use less or more depending on how chocolatey you want it
    FOR VANILLA ICE CREAM
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk, or a little more if needed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean

Instructions

    FOR CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA ICE CREAM
  1. Make the ice cream first so it has time to harden (you can make this a day ahead to speed things up).
  2. Cut up 3 ripe bananas and freeze them.
  3. Place frozen bananas in a food processor and blend for a few mins., scraping down sides as needed.
  4. Add coconut/almond milk and blend until it starts to get smooth.
  5. FOR CHOCOLATE- Add your cacao powder and blend until really smooth and no chunks remain.
  6. FOR VANILLA- Add your vanilla extract/vanilla bean seeds and blend until really smooth and no chunks remain
  7. Scoop into a freezer safe bowl, cover and freeze for about an hour or until it hardens up and is thick enough to scoop.
    FOR CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
  1. While you're waiting for your ice cream to set up, make the cookies.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  5. In a small bowl add egg, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla and whisk together.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until thoroughly incorporated and combined.
  7. Add chocolate pieces and gently mix into dough, reserve a few to decorate with later.
  8. Roll dough into equal sized balls, about an inch in diameter and flatten them to about 1/2 inch thickness and place on the baking sheet.
  9. place in the oven for aprox.12-15 mins. or until the center of cookies are no longer completley soft and have browned on top.
  10. Place on a wire rack until cool enough to handle and transfer to the freezer and let harden for about 15-20 mins.
  11. Take cookies and ice cream out of the freezer.
  12. Scoop a good amount of ice cream on to a cookie and top with another cookie. I use my fingers to clean up the edges and smooth them out.
  13. Next you can add extra chocolate chunks around the sides if you like a lot of chocolate.
  14. You can enjoy them as is, or place them back in the freezer til they harden up and ENJOY!
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Carrot Cake Muffins

carrot cake muffins

Did you know that tigernuts (aka chufa) are actually not nuts, but tubers? These amazing little tubers resist digestion, so they are a perfect prebiotic to feed the good bacteria in our guts! How awesome is that?! Tigernuts are also AIP friendly, so those who are avoiding nuts will love this flour!  I love to make yummy treats with the flour and use the whole tigernuts to snack on because they’re sweet, chewy & so addictive! I also like to soak the whole tigernuts to make my own flavored horchata drinks. Growing up in SoCal I was addicted to horchata, but it was made with rice and loaded with refined sugar, SO unhealthy! Come to find out, the traditional Mediterranean way to make it is with tigernuts and not rice. So many great uses for Tigernuts!

I used Organic Gemini’s tigernut flour to make these yummy Carrot cake muffins and they were a huge hit in our house! Organic Gemini also sells yummy flavored horchata drinks and a granola. Go check them out because they have amazing products!

Are you ready for this delicious recipe? Without further adieu

Carrot Cake Muffins

Yield: Makes aprox 6 muffins.

Ingredients

  • -3 eggs
  • -1 1/4 c shredded carrots
  • -1/2 c TigerNut flour
  • -1/4 c coconut flour
  • -4 tbs ghee/coconut oil, melted
  • -1/4 c maple syrup
  • -1/4 c coconut sugar
  • -1/4 c raisins
  • -4 tsp cinnamon
  • -1 tsp vanilla
  • -1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • -1/2 tsp ACV
  • -1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • -1/4 tsp baking soda
  • -1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • -1/8 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix eggs, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla in food processor until combined.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for raisins, and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Add raisins and stir in by hand.
  5. Fill a muffin tin with liners and fill 3/4 full.
  6. Cook in oven for 25-28 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Avocado prociutto stuffed mushrooms

Are you looking for a delicious appetizer for your Oscars party this weekend?! Well look no further because I’ve got you covered on this one! These earthy little morsels get a facelift in this recipe after you slather them with a healthy dose of olive oil, bake them, stuff them with a creamy avocado filling and add some salty, crunchy prosciutto to the mix! Holy drool!

olive oil mushroom caps

This appetizer packs an amazing punch of flavor and is so cute to boot! Who doesn’t love crispy pork on top of everything? I mean, they even make bacon flavored ice cream because it rocks! Ok, well maybe if you’re Vegan, but even they miss pork because they make bacon flavored coconut and veggies! Once you pop you really cant stop with these babies, but you don’t have to worry because, unlike Pringles, they’re good for you, shhh!

These could also easily be made into a meal by using portobello mushrooms instead of the baby bellas and be equally if not more delicious! So, give them a go and let me know what you think!

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Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • -8 oz. pack of baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
  • -1 large avocado
  • -1/2 cup baby spinach
  • -2 to 3 pieces of prosciutto
  • -1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • -1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
  • -1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • -1 tablespoon olive oil (for baking mushrooms)
  • -1/2 clove of garlic
  • -2 teaspoons onion powder
  • -1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • -1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Fold pieces of prosciutto in half and bake on lined baking sheet for 5 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes on the other side. If it still isn't crispy enough, set oven to broil and cook for an additional minute. Set aside to cool.
  3. Remove mushroom stems. Gently rinse under cool water and pat dry with paper towel. Place mushrooms gill side up on lined baking sheet and use a basting brush to coat caps and sides of mushrooms with olive oil.Sprinkle salt on each mushroom if desired and place into 425 degree oven for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove mushrooms from oven and dump out any moisture that collected inside the mushrooms while baking. Gently pat each mushroom dry with a paper towel. Set aside to cool.
  5. Slice avocado and remove pit. place avocado flesh into a high speed blender (I used a vitamix) or food processor along with baby spinach,lemon juice, basil leaves, parsley, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and blend until smooth.Taste test and adjust flavor as needed.
  6. Crumble your cooled prosciutto into bite sized pieces and sprinkle a tiny inside your mushrooms. Scoop avocado filling mixture into each mushroom topped with more crumbled prosciutto pieces. Garnish with dried cilantro, flavor god everything spice mix and almond flour.
  7. Serve and Devour!

Notes

To make this AIP friendly, omit pepper and almond flour garnish

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Apple Cinnamon Paleo Rawnola Recipe

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Sometimes a girl needs a little granola in her life if ya know what I mean? Luckily this recipe is for a gluten free, grain free, processed junk free “granola”, or as I like to call it…rawnola. The apples add a sweetness to the mix so sugar isn’t needed. If you don’t like some of the nuts listed, sub them out for others you do enjoy. This recipe is practically fool proof, so have some fun and get creative!

While this mix really is super simple, it can be added as a topping to SO many things, taking them to that next level!  I love to use this paleo rawnola on top of my organic apple sauce for a yummy no sugar added Whole 30 treat. I also enjoy it as a cereal and sometimes add fresh organic apples (maybe even some raisin) and pour some coconut milk on top. You can also use this yummy gluten free & grain free rawnola as a topping on ice cream, coconut/almond yogurt, or a smoothie. This is a raw “granola” with no added sugar, but you could easily toast in the oven a bit and even add some honey or coconut sugar to the mix if you would like it sweeter. Happy rawnola making my friends!

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Rawnola Recipe

Ingredients

  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw almonds
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw pecans
  • -1/2 cup unsalted raw walnuts
  • -1/4 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
  • -1 c. dehydrated apple chips (I use bare organic or homemade ones)
  • -2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • -pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor/ blender.
  2. Pulse in food processor/blender a few times until mixture is your desired consistency.
  3. I like mine a little chunky so I try not to pulse more than 4-5 times.
  4. Place in an air tight storage container and enjoy!
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