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Banana Pumpkin Pancakes

8 Feb

A new breakfast staple in my house is banana pancakes. The first recipe I saw for these called for 2 bananas/2 eggs/ 2 tablespoons of almond butter. They were delicious but my batter wasn’t a consistency I liked. They were delicious though, like banana nut bread!  I saw another recipe that called for 1 banana/ 2 eggs. I decided to try this one and I like it much better! A few days ago I saw a can of pumpkin in my cabinet and decided to play with the recipe.  As with everything I seem to make, it’s super easy, kid-friendly, and oh-so-delicious!

1 can of pure pumpkin

2 bananas

6 eggs

1 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

a thumbs worth of butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender. This makes A LOT. I portioned it into 4 equal containers. Each container made me about 8 to 10 small pancakes.

pumpkin banana pancakes1

Now heat up your skillet on medium heat and add some fat. You could use butter, I used coconut oil.  I use just a regular spoon and use 2 spoonfuls for each pancake.

pumpkin banana pancakes cooking

Takes just slightly longer than regular pancakes to mostly cook through. Give it a few minutes and when there are bubbles around the edge and the middle part will be kind of “solid” looking as opposed to liquidy. Flip over and cook another minute or two. Done.

pumpkin banana pancakes

Garnish with berries and serve. For syrup use a touch of local raw honey or a good quality maple syrup (check the label, there shouldn’t be anything but maple syrup in it!!) Your kiddos will be happy because they get pancakes. You’ll be happy because they’re eating whole delicious food!

Here are some regular banana pancakes I made a while back. 2 bananas and 4 eggs. It made A LOT of pancakes, at least 20. You could half it and save some for another meal or cook them up and store them in the fridge for snacks or a really quick meal for the kids.

kiddos pancakes

Gigi is having fresh blueberries with hers.(non-messy version)  For Hunter I heated up some frozen berries for about 3 minutes and it made a compote, no added sugar, the fruit is sweet enough! No syrup needed!

Do you make a version of banana pancakes? I’d love to hear your different recipes or if you try this one, please let me know what you think.

Pizza! Pizza!

7 Feb

Alright folks I have attempted two different pizza recipes this week, all primal, gluten free, and of course DELICIOUS! First one I made a few days ago when Hunter requested pizza for dinner, as I have said before, he has a little trouble with the primal thing, especially in the grocery store, which was where we were during this conversation. 6 year olds just don’t understand that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which are awesome, just aren’t that good for you. Hell, I have a hard time understanding this myself.

I have been meaning to try this recipe for a pizza crust made with cauliflower for a while so it seemed like the perfect night. It turned out okay. As far as flavor goes, it’s great. However don’t be expecting an imitation for the consistency of a bread dough.

1 head of cauliflower

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 egg

italian seasonings of your choice, I used basil and garlic powder, about 2 teaspoons of each. Oregano would be equally delicious.

Pizza sauce preferably homemade or hopefully one without added sugar or other nasty ingredients. I’ve only managed to find 1 store bought one at Target that fits that bill. Giada de Laurentis Marinara with artichokes. It’s sooooo good too.

Toppings of your choice

Preheat your oven to 450. Cut your cauliflower into pieces and use a food processor or blender to get a grainy texture. I tried to use a cheese grater at first and this was laughable so I put it in the blender a little bit at a time. It’s very moist so kind of a pain. I would definitely recommend using the food processor if you have one but don’t over do it or you will puree it. Once you’re finished with that put it in a bowl and microwave for about 8 minutes. Add your egg and seasonings and mix until combined. Spread a bit of oil onto your cookie sheet or pizza pan and transfer your “dough”. With your hands work it out onto the pan evenly just like you would a crust. Brush with olive oil. Bake this at 450 for about 15 minutes.

cauliflower pizza crust

Add your sauce, toppings, and cheese. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes until cheese melts.

We had pineapple and olives.

Hunter pizza Hunter eating cauliflower pizza

He had to eat it with a fork but as you can see he loved it! Kid approved, healthy, paleo option for dinner!

We all start somewhere…

2 Feb

It’s day one of my whole 30. I’ve started contributing post to a wonderful sight http://greenokla.com/. I’d like to be able to share my recipes and insight with even more people!  If you would like to check out my latest recipe, it’s featured on their site. http://greenokla.com/2013/01/chicken-alfredo-with-roasted-broccoli-and-spaghetti-squash/

I really want to get on track with my paleo/primal lifestyle. Eliminate the junk that keeps sneaking in. I decided to do a Whole 30 for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to write about it and 2. I’ve really been wanting to do it for a while. It’s a month of a pure eating clean. Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. No bread, no dairy, no sugar, no cheating! When I eat a little sugar here, or a piece of bread there, I’m usually fine. As time moves on it becomes a little more often and I start noticing changes. Aches and pains, swollen feet and hands, not sleeping well, constantly fatigued, and just a generally sense of blah! I’m excited to feel better, lose a few pounds, and create amazing  recipes using the Whole 30 concept. Sometimes I lack discipline keeping to things and it’s something I’d really like to change. I want to do the whole 30 to prove to myself I can. I want to write about it to hold myself accountable as well as share with you all my challenges and triumphs. My introduction will be published on site tomorrow morning, I know you can’t wait for that! I’ll also being doing daily-ish blogs here, about what I ate and how I feel.

For me the first day, even days, are always the easiest. It’s a few days in it gets really hard for me. I did have one moment of Ehhh tonight. I bar tend at a mexican restaurant and it’s not uncommon to snack on chips and queso/salsa and it really sounded good tonight.  (disclaimer: if my boss is reading this, then it’s very uncommon, in fact I never, ever snack on anything during work. That would be against the rules, which I would never break any of. And also your butt looks nice in those pants.)

Also a co-worker of mine, a particular favorite, got a promotion! I’m so happy for her! I immediately thought ” We need to have drinks and celebrate!” No booze on the whole 30 thought. Booooo! So instead of talking about what all I can’t have, let me tell you what I did have. Some pretty amazing stuff here. Sorry there aren’t any pictures. I failed on that. I didn’t really think about it but I will do better tomorrow, promise!

First thing, I wake up have 2 cups of coffee, do my morning chores. I like my coffee black, so this isn’t a tough one for me. I occasionally add half and half, but it’s definitely something I can live without.

Next up, a green smoothie. I prepackage a sandwich baggy stuffed with spinach and kale, get as much air out as I can, and freeze for the week. I add one of those to my blender, add some frozen pineapple, mixed berries, dark cherries, 2 kiwi, and grate a thumbnails worth of ginger. I brewed a cup of green tea prior and after letting it cool, added that as well. I blend on high for a minute or 2. I let it really mix and liquify everything well. Drink up! The above recipe will make about 5 cups of smoothie. I split it pretty equally between my 2 kids, myself, and my lady love Jo Anna, who I was lucky enough to get to spend time with today.

Snacky Snack: Handful of grapes I was feeding the baby  child.

For “lunch”  This happens around 4pm. I work at 5pm most days so if I don’t eat before I find myself eating at work, which is not paleo or waist friendly. Today I cooked up something amazing, simple, and delicious. There were 7 ingredients, that’s including the salt and pepper. You’ll also need olive oil, chicken, garlic, broccoli, lemon. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep and about 20 minutes in the oven. This one is a keeper!

1. Turn oven on 400F

2. smash and chop your garlic

3. cut your broccoli and chicken into bite size pieces

4. toss chicken, garlic, and broccoli in olive oil

5. season with salt and pepper

6. cook for 20 minutes

7 . squeeze lemon over your lunch, add a bit more olive oil and toss again

8 . Enjoy!

I also had a few cups of green tea including one right now. It was a pretty good day. I look forward to making the chicken and broccoli again. I probably will be making it a lot actually. I love simple recipes that only use a few ingredients and are quick!

Hope you enjoy following me along my journey!

I love bacon!

14 Nov

Yesterday I woke up with a very strong craving for bacon! I hightailed it over to the natural grocers to stock up on Applegate Farms bacon, the absolute best nitrate, gluten, casein free, uncured piece of meat you’ll ever put in your mouth. To top if off, I got to see the beautiful, intelligent, super awesome Holly Basey who was hanging around the store.  When I got home I was fully intent on just cooking and eating a bunch of of bacon, a la carte. Don’t judge, my love affair with bacon should be obvious by now. I realized I had some jalapenos that were a few days old and needed to be used and some cream cheese, so I decided to whip these babies up.

You will need:

4 medium sized jalapenos

2 oz cream cheese

2-4 T. green onions, depending on how much you love them, for me it’s a ton

8 slices of bacon, the good kind

First, cut the stems off your jalapenos and cut them lengthwise. De-vein and de-seed them. I will suggest using gloves here but I usually don’t. I use a spoon  to get the guts out and wash my hands well immediately. If you’re going to make any more than this though, please use gloves. Jalapeno hands is a real thing and it’s VERY painful, trust me, you don’t want to mess around with it.

Turn your broiler on high. Place the jalapeno halves, face down on a cookie sheet and place under broiler for 1 to 3 minutes. the top will start to brown. You just want to soften them up a bit. Take them out of the oven, and off cookie sheet to cool.  While the jalapenos are cooling grab some green onions and about 2 oz of cream cheese. Mix together and stuff each jalapeno half with some of your mixture.

Now comes the fun part. Wrap each one with a slice of bacon.

Place them back under the broiler for about 3 minutes, leave the oven door cracked open. The ones in the back get a little more done so to get them to cook evenly after 3 minutes turn the cookie sheet around. Cook for another 3 minutes. Shut the oven door and turn the broiler off. Leave them in the oven for about 3 more minutes. Take them out and let cool. I use tongs and place on a paper towel so some of the grease gets soaked up.

Get in my belly!

Red, white, and BACON (green beans)

16 Oct

I’ve been hip deep in laundry all day. I did have a nice lunch with a lovely lady, but besides that I’ve literally cleaned since I woke up today. Not much  to show for it, but I did stay busy! By the end of the evening, I was famished. When you’re eating paleo you can’t run up to a fast food joint and get a nice piece of primal meat, and let’s face it fast food salads suck! I didn’t have a lot of ingredient choices, hadn’t planned on anything, and needed something quick. The other night I made breakfast for dinner for some friends (yes!) and I bought an extra package of hormone, nitrate free bacon from the market. Honestly, my first thought was, I’m just going to cook up this half pound of bacon and go to town! Don’t judge me! Then my common sense took over and I decided to have a veggie with it. I keep these steam-able packs of broccoli, carrots, and peppers in my fridge at all times for an easy side dish. However when I reached in to grab it, I noticed a nice big bag of green beans calling my name. And let’s be honest, what goes better with green beans than bacon? Chop a little onion and some garlic and you have a well rounded primal meal in under half an hour. Here’s my ingredient list and step by step.

1 bag frozen green beans

1 red onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced and chopped

1 8oz hormone, nitrate free bacon (I use Applegate Farms)

Follow stove top cooking instructions for the green beans. Super easy, takes about 15 minutes, you just add  a cup of water, bring to a boil, turn to heat down to a low setting, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
While your beans are cooking, fry up your bacon just until it’s soft. I’m not going to lie at this point I ate at least 3 pieces of the bacon, just to test it out mind you.

Set the bacon on a plate with paper towels or napkins to soak up the grease, or you could use coffee filters if you keep forgetting to buy paper towels like me. When it cools chop into bite size pieces.

Drain most of the grease out of your pan, keep a tablespoon or so to saute your onion and garlic in. Saute them on medium heat. When your onions are clear add your bacon back in and the green beans. Don’t bother draining the water from the green beans. I simmered everything together about 15 minutes to let all the flavors meld together.

DELICIOUS

I ate this for dinner, but you could absolutely make as a side dish for a larger dinner.

Updated the photo to a larger one by request and I also would like to mention that while you’re shopping for your hormone and nitrate free bacon, please make sure there is not sugar added to it. Almost all store brands have sugar listed as one of the first ingredients. I can promise you, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Bacon is always delicious, but much better for you when you buy the quality product without the nasty add ons.

A fresh start!

2 Oct

As most of you know, I LOVE to cook. I don’t always cook healthfully, but that’s what this blog is about, to help hold me accountable and offer my simple, fresh recipes. This is my second attempt to go primal/ paleo. Basically I want to cook and make delicious food with whole food only. My most important goal is to be healthy and raise happy, healthy children.

With all that said, my first recipe is one of our households favorite. Taco Salad.

a few tablespoons of olive oil

1 whole onion, any color, diced

1 of each- red, yellow, green bell peppers diced

1 can of diced tomatoes and chiles, any size or variety will do

4 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 cup of diced carrots

2 heads of romaine chopped

2 lbs of lean grass fed, hormone free ground beef

1/2 cup of beef stock

For the taco seasoning

I use my own blend of seasonings instead of the packets for 2 reasons. First off there are no preservatives or sugar added and secondly I can adjust heat, salt, smokiness, etc… This is the amount I use for a mild taste and the 2 lbs of beef.

1 T. chili powder

3 tsp paprika

2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Let’s get cooking!

On medium heat add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add your garlic, onion, peppers, carrots. Saute on med-low heat until your onions are transparent. Add your can of diced tomatoes and heat through. If your pan is large enough you can add the meat right in, turn up to med-high heat and brown the meat. When the meat is mostly brown, add your 1/2 cup of beef stock. You could use water, chicken stock, or any kind of broth here as well. It’s really just to add flavor while your meat simmers. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. At this point you’re pretty much finished. Add to a bed of romaine lettuce and garnish as you please. Sour cream and a touch of pepper jack cheese really hits the spot. I also added a sprinkle of chopped green onions to mine.

ImageImageEnjoy!

Let me know what you think. Don’t be afraid to play around with it and make it your own.

Much Love! Jessica

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