Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

We’re about 2 weeks away from the official start of summer, but it’s 90 degrees here in the Sacramento Valley so summer has pretty much arrived! We’re basically swimming in strawberries at our house because, well, what’s not to love about strawberries?! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t adore them! You can make just about anything with them from sweet (like my Strawberry Balsamic Coconut Cream Popsicles & Chocolate Strawberry Hearts) to savory dishes, they never let you down, amiright?! These Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats are on the savory side because all I can think about in this heat is fresh juicy strawberries, avocado and seafood! It was only natural to combine them into a fun and fresh new recipe, one that will take you away to Cabo with the first bite.

I always feel like it’s summer as soon as these beautiful ruby red berries start popping up here in Northern California. California Strawberries have my heart, I remember as a kid, we used to grow them in our back yard and I always hated when the snails got ahold of them, like seriously the worst thing to discover as a strawberry loving child, all your strawberries eaten by these little pests! Luckily my grandparents lived just down the street with raised planters full of strawberries, so we never went without. My grandma always made gobs of jam during the summer, some of my fondest memories are making fruit jams in the kitchen with her. As kids my cousins and I used to slather her strawberry jam all over homemade bread and devour it all summer long! My face was always sticky with strawberry jam at grandma’s house, it was a special time and place!

Sadly I don’t have any strawberry plants right in my own backyard anymore, but I really don’t have to worry because they are available year round! California produces 90% of the nations strawberries, so cool right?  I love that I can find my beloved Organic California Strawberries at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores for just a few bucks during the peak season! It’s better than Christmas in my opinion! I picked up a big flat of them at the market to create these dreamy Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats. They’re a perfect no cook recipe to add to your list so you don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house when it’s unbearable outside!

You may not have thought that strawberries could work in a recipe like this, but I assure you that strawberries make a great substitute for tomatoes. Like tomatoes they are high in acidity and are sweet, but not too sweet! What’s great is that there is an abundance of ripe strawberries right now so they are a wonderful addition to many savory dishes instead of tomatoes.

Here are some reasons (as if you already needed them) to be loving more on these beautiful little berries!

-They are rich in Vitamin C! One serving of 8 Strawberries will give you more than an orange!

-They are lower in sugar compared to other fruits but packed full of flavor!

-These cute little berries are red to remind you they are packed full of nutrients that may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This is an important one to my family as my husband is a stroke survivor!

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 c. strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium shallow container add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/06/strawberry-ceviche-avocado-boats/

I hope you love the recipe, and don’t for get to get your 8 a day! For more delicious strawberry recipes and inspiration visit the California Strawberries Website!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The California Strawberry Commission. 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.

Quick Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These quick crispy roasted sweet potatoes are honestly one of our go-to recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can never have enough crispy sweet potatoes in the house, at least ours! What I love about this recipe is that it is super fast to whip up and oh so satisfying. Like I could lock myself in the closet and eat the whole pan by myself, oops!

The key to making these crispy is to make them really small and cook them at a really high temperature in the oven. Just keep an eye on them because we want them crispy but not burned to smithereens! That would just be a crying shame!

We love to eat these with eggs and bacon for breakfast, but they are also pretty tasty on top of a salad for lunch in place of croutons or as a side for dinner with some roasted chicken, yum! You really can do so many things with this recipe, there are infinite possibilities!

To make this recipe even easier, cut the chunks ahead of time and store in the fridge so they are ready to go when you need them! Just store them in a covered container and you are good to go at the drop of a hat. You could cook them up ahead of time and refrigerate, but they won’t be as crispy the next day. You would have to pop them back in the oven and try to crisp up once again.

If you’re a sweet potato lover and hoarder, like me, you will want to make this recipe over and over and over again. I hope you love these crispy taters as much as we do! Happy roasting!

Quick Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A generous sprinkle of dried herbs (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheets and set aside.
  2. Wash, scrub and dry your potatoes.
  3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then cut those halves into 5-6 strips.
  4. To make them really crispy cut those strips into pretty small chunks (like a little bigger than your pinky nail)
  5. Add small chunks into a bowl and toss with oil, salt, pepper and herbs.
  6. Add coated sweet potatoes to your lined baking sheets and roast side by side in a 450 degree oven for Aprox. 20-25 mins. (or until crispy).

Notes

Make sure not to crowd them. Give them enough space so they can crisp up nicely!

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/04/quick-crispy-roasted-sweet-potatoes/

We Can Do Hard Things-My Infertility Journey

A few days ago, I was reminded of how blessed my family truly is. Sometimes we forget because life just makes us busy and we don’t always take time to reflect on how far we’ve come. This morning as I was reciting affirmations and reading out loud the things I’m grateful for, I realized I needed to share my thoughts and journey on here. On Valentine’s Day my husband and I did what most couples do, we exchanged cards and gifts and we enjoyed a night in together. But what stuck out the most wasn’t the flowers, or the chocolate, or the wonderful meal we had together, it was a short but beautiful note that my husband left in my card. In the note he reminded me how we moved into the house we now live in on Valentine’s Day, nearly eight years ago and that he never would’ve thought that we would be sharing so many amazing memories together.
Valentine's day card
 At that time we had just moved into our home after my husbands traumatic brain surgery and stroke.  We had been living with his mother for about a month after we were released from the hospital and rehabilitation center. It wasn’t our fanciest most romantic Valentine’s Day, we barley had any furniture in our new house. A card table with a few chairs to eat meals at together, a bed and a couch. It wasn’t much, but it was ours and we felt blessed to be on our own again. In a place we could be alone and call home. It was a trying but somehow sweet time in our young marriage. When you’re helping your husband with common daily tasks most people can do on their own It really makes you appreciate good health and independence. We really leaned on each other during this time. It also created for us a special bond early on in our relationship. I will always be grateful for that bond, because it has gotten us through some really tough times.matt brain surgery and stoke- leaving kaiser in wheelchair
 I had just lost my job due to the recession and my husband had to dissolve his business as he was unable to work at all. It was sometimes hard to envision what the future would hold for us as a family, but somehow we clung to our faith. A few years later I was diagnosed with an extremely painful and debilitating autoimmune disorder, endometriosis, and underwent surgery to remove as much as possible. Another wrench was thrown into the mix, and at times we felt alone and confused while other times so loved and blessed. I think it’s just natural to go through these emotions. To say that I was always positive about the future wouldn’t be honest, I had moments of doubts and moments where I felt like God was truly taking care of things. The times I felt the tender mercies of my maker, really enlarged my heart and whispered that something great was at hand.
We can do hard things-my Infertility Journey
It’s been almost 10 years since we started trying to get pregnant. A few years after I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I started my Paleo journey along with natural healing methods. I tried accupuncture and was working closely with my acupuncturist to increase my chances of fertility. After about a year into the process I just decided to take a bit of a break from it all, it was wearing on me and I just needed to not put so much pressure on myself. I was grateful for the time we had to rebuild our lives together and trying to see the gift that it was to not have children at this point in our lives. With the celebration of my 36th birthday last month and a lot of prayer and planning with my sweet husband, we decided to not go the completely natural route this time. We feel that at some point in the next couple of years another surgery for him will probably occur, we may have more time, it’s just never known exactly when that will arise. With that and my age we have enrolled in an infertility program.
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These are my fertility flowers, I have decided to keep them in my home as a reminder that beautiful things are to come. I will continue to replace them every week or so to keep me focused on the good things life has to offer. When you see a bouquet of flowers in my future posts, you can probably guess I am going to update you on our infertility journey. The ups and the downs, the triumphs and diapointments, because it’s all a part of this life. We take it as it comes, because we can find the good in anything that comes our way. We just have to open our eyes and our hearts.
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 I have started doing multiple tests and one of them showed that a surgery for me to repair some things in order to get pregnant may be necessary, so doing things 100% natural may just be out of the cards for us. I may not have been ok with that a few years ago, but today I am a peace with it. I have put so much time and energy into healing naturally, it really has put me in a much better place to become pregnant, God willing.  We are diving in and are scared and excited all at the same time to see where things go. If needed we have decided that we are open to IVF, it’s just unclear if we need to go that route at this point. And if we never get pregnant, sure it will be hard, but we are willing to accept that and continue our plans for a family, whatever that means. Adoption has never been out of the question for us, we are excited to build our family whatever it takes.
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I’m trying to be gentle with myself this year, I hope that whatever struggles you are dealing with that you will be gentle with yourself as well. There is so much love and beauty in this world. Please know that I am here for you whatever hard things you may be facing, your stories and perseverance give me hope and propel me forward. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I will continue to update you along the way. We can do hard things, they help us grow stronger and keep us humble. May you find the blessings of this day and have a grateful heart, it truly is the key to happiness!
All my Love,
Kendra

Lazy Slow Cooker Frittata-Whole30 Friendly

Slow cooker frittata recipe

I call this the lazy slow cooker frittata because for one, the recipe is easy enough to whip up while reclining in your lazy boy and second, it’s even easier to clean up! I use parchment paper to line the inside of my slow cooker and there is literally no mess left afterwards. I don’t know about you, but a crusty slow cooker is something I dread! My elbow grease ran out in 2016, lol!

Don’t worry about putting the parchment into your slow cooker, it’s heat resistant. Just don’t make the mistake of using wax paper because that stuff will melt and possibly even ignite, leaving you with an entirely new kind of mess to clean up! We do NOT want that happening, ok?! Ha ha, you’ve been warned!

Slow cooker frittata-eggs in ceramic holder

This recipe is one I posted to the Whole30 Recipes feed on Instagram when I was guest hosting in the fall. It’s taken me forever and a day to get it up here, and I have a few more coming your way. I love to make this in the evening and then slice it up in portions, and pop it in the fridge or freezer for an easy re-heat meal anytime! I even like to eat it cold with some slices of ripe avocado on top, a little cilantro and then dipped in a delicious sauce.

It’s perfect to free up the oven too if you are doing a lot of meal prep in the kitchen. I like to cook this while i’m making meals for the week ahead! Nothing better than a set it and forget it dish! This would also be great to make for Sunday brunch with a side of crispy potatoes, or for breakfast when you have company coming to stay. They would definitely love you forever ever! Don’t forget to click the little red save button in the top righthand corner so you can save it on Pinterest for later!

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Lazy Slow Cooker Frittata

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 9 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 10 strips of bacon, torn into pieces
  • 1 cup of greens (I used spinach & chard)
  • 3/4 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped (I used the mini ones)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Line your crockpot with parchment paper. (This makes life so much easier, you'll thank me later)
  2. Cook bacon and set aside to cool.
  3. Chop veggies and set aside.
  4. When cooled, tear bacon into bite-size pieces.
  5. Add eggs to a mixing bowl and whisk along with the coconut milk and spices.
  6. Add bacon and veggies stir to incorporate.
  7. Pour your egg mixture into parchment lined crockpot.
  8. Set crockpot to low and let it cook for 2 to 3 hours or until the middle is done.

Notes

*I used a 6 quart slow cooker, adjust cook time for your individual slow cooker.

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/01/lazy-slow-cooker-frittata/

 

Whole 30 Chicken Veggie Poppers

Chicken veggie poppers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fun blogger’s retreat in gorgeous Monterey, California. We toured an incredible strawberry farm and ate the most delicious food all made with, you guessed it, strawberries. I cannot wait to share with you what I learned! Stay tuned for that post soon!

While I was there, I was able to reflect on why I eat the way I do, and the healing that has come from years of eating real foods that make my body feel so good. I started my paleo journey with a Whole30, that soon turned into a love of making and eating food the way it was intended to be eaten, preservative & chemical free.

The whole30 really changed my life and I will forever be grateful for that gift. That is why I just adore creating whole30 recipes. They are simple yet so flavorful and they give me the energy I need to get through the day without crashing.

I have gotten so many compliments on this recipe. While I don’t have kids, many moms tell me that their kids LOVE them, and that makes my heart sing! They’re the perfect finger food and once you pop, you can’t stop (I had to) They’re seriously the funnest thing ever to eat!!  They make me feel like a kid all over again, and I love that so, so much!

I think the great thing about them, is that everything is packed into one delicious bite, the protein, fat & veggies! That way you don’t have to worry about you or you little ones eating everything on the plate, because you get it all in each bite you take! How awesome is that?! Finger lickin, chicken good!!

I’m so excited to finally have this recipe on the blog!! It’s one of the many recipes that I have shared on my Instagram, my Facebook page as well as the Whole30 recipes social media pages. I am slowly getting all my Whole30 recipes on here so you can find them easier and also pin them from here to Pinterest. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my little family does…the cat even likes them 😉 Total score!

Chicken veggie poppers-Whole30

Ingredients

    For the poppers
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 2 tbsp. of sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced & sautéed
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill (can use dried)
  • 1 tsp. coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking
    For the garlic dill aioli sauce
  • 1/4 cup of homemade mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried dill
  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Line a pan with foil and grease with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Set aside.
  4. Grate zucchini and carrots in a food processor and set aside.
  5. Wash chicken and pat dry.
  6. Put chicken thighs, grated zucchini, grated carrots, green onion, dill, sautéed garlic, cumin, Coconut aminos and salt-and-pepper into your blender/food processor and grind up together for a few minutes until all ingredients are Incorporated.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of your meat mixture onto your greased baking sheet and use hands to flatten and mold a bit.
  8. Brush tops of chicken poppers with oil.
  9. Bake at 400° for approximately 25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  10. You can broil for an additional 3 mins. If you want them to brown up a bit more.
  11. Serve with a side of guacamole, salsa or an aioli sauce. I like mine with a garlic dill aioli.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/06/whole30-chicken-veggie-poppers/

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Easy Homemade Paleo Mayonnaise

Paleo Mayonnaise

When I first started cutting out as much processed junk as I could, mayo became one thing that was kinda hard for me to part with. I grew up on Best Foods mayo and it was kind of my thing. Like, I’m almost positive I was born with a jar of it in my hand. I grew up making potato salad and tuna salad at least once a week, so you can see why processed mayo was seriously my best friend, It was cheap, easy and creamy! But, I knew I had to give it up because it has processed oils, especially soy, something I HAD to cut out for sure because of my problems with endometriosis. Not to mention it contains preservatives, um, no thank you! My recipe for mayo is packed full of good healthy fats and protein minus the nasty additives. Say hello to easy homemade Paleo Mayonnaise!

When I began making it on my own, I only had a basic counter top blender and I used the slow drizzle method. Now don’t get me wrong, this method works perfectly fine (you can even do it by hand, hello arm cramp) and many people make it this way. But once I realized it was SO much easier to make it with an immersion stick blender, those days became a thing of the past. It takes literally seconds instead of minuets to make, and this method makes it much harder to mess up.  Watch the video to see just how simple it really is! Now go get your mayo on, and slather that creamy goodness all over everythang! Because fat is the new black, oh yeah! P.S. this mayo is also Whole30 friendly and will save your life when doing one because you can use it as the base for many sauces!

Homemade Paleo Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, room temperature (preferably organic & pasture raised)
  • 1 cup avocado oil or light tasting olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Crack egg into a tall narrow container, like a mason jar.
  2. Next add your dry mustard, vinegar and oil.
  3. Let all ingredients settle for a few seconds.
  4. Put your immersion/stick blender into the jar just over the yolk. Make sure blender is touching the bottom of your container.
  5. Start your blender and wait about 15-20 seconds until you begin to see the bottom portion start to emulsify.
  6. Slowly begin lifting your blender upward and continue to move up and down to make sure all the oil gets blended in.
  7. If using as a base to make flavored mayo or sauces I usually leave out the salt, but if you're just using as plain mayo, add salt & blend until desired taste is reached.

Notes

*To make chipotle mayo/aioli add salt, pepper and chipotle powder to taste.

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/05/easy-homemade-paleo-mayonnaise/

 

 

 

Paleo Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

chocolate hearts with strawberries

You can’t go wrong with chocolate for Valentine’s day, and if you make said chocolate from scratch, your valentine will be super impressed and all that mushy stuff, wink, wink! This Paleo chocolate hearts recipe is really easy to whip up and requires only 5 ingredients, plus a pinch of salt. If your looking to make something that isn’t complicated and looks like it was purchased from a fancy chocolate shop, I got you covered! Impressing people with simple homemade treats is right up my alley!

chocolate hearts with strawberries stacked

Before we go any further, I feel I must confess. I was that girl. The one who used to eat my weight in store bought waxy chocolate. Man am I glad those days are over, what was I thinking? I was eating fake chocolate and I didn’t even know it, GROSS! How come someone didn’t warn me sooner, shove a piece of REAL chocolate in my mouth and say, “you’re welcome!” ?? Well if they had, I’m sure I would have started singing “A whole new world” from Aladdin, lol! It only took 30+ years, but I’m never going back! Raw chocolate is where it’s at!

chocolate hearts with strawberries bite sized

These raw chocolate hearts are the healthi-fied (is that even a word?) version of the chocolate hearts you find in the stores but you won’t even notice because they taste so naughty. They’re made from raw, pure ingredients so you reap all the “love” and goodness from that! Coconut oil is packed full of healthy fats and raw cacao contains of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and so much more! You can thank me later 😉 Happy Valentine’s day!!

*These are made with freeze dried strawberries, so you can make them any time of the year! Feel free to switch up the ingredients. There are too many yummy combinations you could use such as coconut, raspberries, banana, nuts, mint, etc.

Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bite sized chocolates

Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao powder together.
  2. Grease a bite sized heart mold.
  3. Add a few bits of crushed freeze dried strawberries & cacao nibs to the bottom of greased mold.
  4. Pour mixture into greased mini heart mold, add remaining strawberries & nibs on top & cover.
  5. Place mold in the freezer to harden, takes about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop hearts out of the mold and enjoy!

Notes

Try to use a flexible mold, makes it easier to remove. Also, hearts will melt at room temp. so don't leave out. Store in fridge/freezer until ready to serve.

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/02/chocolate-hearts-strawberries-raw/

Iced Gingersnap Cookies

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You guys, you guyyyyssss!!  This is seriously one of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. It’s so perfect for “THE most wonderful time of the year”. It has all the yummy nummy warming spices and it tastes amazing with a hot cup o’ cider or cocoa. I created this recipe last year around the same time and posted the recipe to Instagram but not to my blog. It was rather frustrating because every time i wanted to make the recipe, I had to scroll through my feed to find it. I like having it here living on my blog so that I can easily refer to it whenever I want 😉

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This recipe really reminds me of my grandfather. For those of you that don’t know, my grandfather and father owned bakeries up and down the California coast. Baking runs in my blood, but even though I don’t bake exactly like I used to or eat cookies all the time (like I used to) it’s nice to know I can have an occasional treat that brings back many fond memories. Homemade cookies always bring back memories, it was one of the things he always had in surplus inside cookie jars strewn throughout the kitchen. Especially this time of year, we ALWAYS had a cookie (or 3) in our hand!

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My grandfather passed away 7 years ago on the same day my husband suffered a stroke, a story I will leave for another time. But, shortly after he passed we moved into his home, and we haven’t left. I still feel him here, watching over us, it’s a comforting feeling. I feel like he’s still teaching me. Whenever I have an ah ha moment with paleo baking, I feel like he has something to do with it 😉 I used to bake in the same kitchen along side my grandfather and I have many many good food memories in this kitchen. Every time I make these cookies I feel as if he is standing behind me, proud to know that in some way I am carrying on the family tradition of baking and sharing recipes. He was always sharing recipes with others.

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These cookies really taste like the real deal, you almost forget that they are paleo friendly.  So i’m sharing this recipe with you, in hopes that it brings back some fond memories for you too. Memories of when life was a little more carefree. When you could have a cookie and just celebrate without worrying about what’s in it. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Iced Gingersnap Cookies

Ingredients

    For the Cookie:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup cashew flour
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
    For the Icing:
  • 4 tablespoons coconut butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

    For the Cookie:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together almond flour, cashew flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, spices, zest, salt and baking soda until combined.
  4. In a small bowl mix together melted coconut butter and oil (cooled), egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice, honey and whisk together.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  6. Toss into a food processor and continue to mix until combined well and a nice ball of dough forms. (you can mix with your hands if you don't have one, it will just take longer)
  7. Roll dough into equal sizes (about 1 inch in diameter) with your hands and place onto lined cookie sheet.
  8. Flatten each cookie to about ¼ inch thickness (if you like your cookie crispy flatten to 1/8 inch) with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a flat cup (greased).
  9. Place in the oven for 10-15 mins. or until the center of the cookies are no longer completely soft. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Let cool on a wire rack before icing.
  10. When cookies have cooled, slather with icing.
  11. If icing is still too wet, place iced cookies into fridge until the icing hardens.
  12. Sprinkle the top of iced cookies with cinnamon, if desired, and enjoy!
    For the Icing:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Place bowl in the fridge for a few mins. to harden up into a spreadable icing consistency.

Notes

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/12/iced-gingersnap-cookies/

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Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

 I have been craving pumpkin marshmallows for sometime now. I know, weird right?! Not pumpkin pie, or pumpkin bread like normal people do…but pumpkin marshmallows, haha! Such a random craving but one that needed to be satisfied!  So I dreamed up this delicious clean version because while Kraft’s pumpkin shaped marshmallows are cute, that franken food just won’t cut it!
aaa-pumpkin pie marshmallow 3 copyEnter, delicious real food marshmallows with ingredients you can pronounce, what the heck is tetrasodium-pyrophosphate anyways?!? Anyone? Anyone?? Kinda creepy! It takes a little extra time to whip these babies up, but they are definitely WORTH IT!! Even though these are a fall recipe, I think I will be making them all year round. I just love all of the yummy warm spices mixed in, they make these marshmallows super special! They’re even made with Vital Protein gelatin which is my absolute favorite! It dissolves so easily and is made from pasture raised beef to boot!

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aaa-pumpkin pie marshmallow 4 I have been creating multiple desserts in my head specifically around these pumpkin marshmallows, which I will be sharing with you soon!  I’ve also been hiding them from my husband (shhh!) To say I’ve become obsessed would be a major understatement!! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!aaa-pumpkin pie marshmallow 2

 

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons Vital Proteins Gelatin
  • 5 tablespoons of pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix (see notes below to make your own)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (can sub vanilla extract)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Arrowroot powder for dusting

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment. Grease pan and lightly dust with arrowroot powder. Set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer, add 3/4 cup (reserve the remaining 1/4 cup for later) of water and 3 Tbsp of Vital Proteins gelatin. Mix together and set aside to set up while you prepare the other ingredients on the stovetop.
  3. In a pot combine remaining filtered water, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, honey, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla powder, and sea salt. Bring mixture to a boil over med-high heat. Keep an eye on it as it will get foamy and can boil over easily. Boil for about 10-15 mins.
  4. Using your stand mixer and whisk attachment (A handmixer is fine, just takes a bit longer) turn mixer on medium-low speed. Slowly pour the boiled mixture into the gelatin mixture on the side of the bowl. When done incorporating, Turn mixer up to the highest speed and mix for approximately five minutes. After five minutes stop the mixer and check the consistency. If the mixture is cool to the touch, light and fluffy and falls off the whisk slowly, it's ready.
  5. Quickly pour mixture into your lined pan and smooth with a spatula. Lightly dust top of marshmallow mixture with arrowroot powder.
  6. Cover dish and let marshmallows firm up in the fridge or on your counter. Takes about 3-4 hours.
  7. When marshmallows are firm, use a knife and slice into small squares. Mix a bit of arrowroot and pumpkin spice mix and lightly toss marshmallow squares to coat all sides. Shake off any excess and enjoy right away, or store in an air tight container for a day or freeze for later use.

Notes

To make Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix:

In a small bowl, mix, 3 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves.Transfer to an air tight container.

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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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