Tag: paleo

Fall Porridge

Fall Porridge

Some mornings I feel like making something a little different for the kids. They will only eat eggs for so many days in a row, and I like experimenting on them. 🙂 This porridge is quick and easy, with only a minimal amount of work required.

If you have leftover pumpkin, it’s so great to freeze in small containers or an ice cube tray for later. I’ve been keeping it around in cubes for fall.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pecans, chopped or ground

1/4 cup almond meal or flour

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup almond (or other) milk

7-10 stevia drops

Dash of salt

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup or alternative (I use Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup)

Directions:

1. In a small pot combine almond flour, pumpkin, pecans, and almond milk and simmer.

2. Add stevia drops, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir and allow to simmer for another minute.

3. Stir in maple syrup. Remove from heat.

Serve with whipped cream or a drizzle of kefir for a hearty, fall inspired breakfast or satisfying dessert.

Dairy-free Cloud Bread

Dairy-free Cloud Bread

I really love dairy. I think I’ve probably said this before. What’s not to love? It’s a delicious food group. Unfortunately, my body does not love it back. I constantly flip flop back and forth between eating wonderful, cheesy and cream-based concoctions, but when I’m honest with myself there’s no denying that my body is happier during those periods of exclusion.

So once again, here I am in grain free, dairy free, soy free land. Hey, I guess it could be worse–it could be the AIP diet again. Life is SO hard without eggs and nuts.

Here’s something I wondered this morning at breakfast: what’s one to do if they just want a simple, old fashioned sandwich while trying to eat keto(ish) and yet they’re avoiding these problem foods? I really just wanted a breakfast sandwich tbh. My husband says gross, but my mouth (and kids) say yum. Bacon, eggs, and turkey stacked into something simple and magical.

Here’s the dairy-free magic, ya’ll. It’s carbier than the dairy version, but no offense, cream cheese cloud bread, this tastes much better and somehow less eggy.

Ingredients:

3 eggs, eggs and yolks separated

Dash of cream of tartar

1/4 cup almond flour

1 tbsp almond milk

1/2 tbsp onion powder

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Separate egg yolks and whites into different bowls.

2. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat until white, frothy, and retains shape/peaks. I think of it as a meringue bread.

3. Add spices, almond flour, and almond milk to the egg yolks. Beat into a liquid.

4. Fold the egg yolks into the egg whites.

5. Spoon onto parchment paper about an inch thing. I just make small circles 2 or 3 inches wide, about sandwich size.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

These should be stored in the refrigerator. When you want to reheat them, just pop them in a warm oven for a few minutes.

 

Ham Omelette Cups (dairy-free)

Ham Omelette Cups (dairy-free)

Well, I’m 29 today. Another year older. A little more tired. A few more gray hairs and wrinkles, and so much excitement and joy. So much to look forward to in this next year.

Starting next week posts are going to switch to Tuesdays, because let’s be honest here, you’ll still need stuff to do on Tuesday to get yourself through the week.

You can certainly add cheese or sour cream to these, but they are amazing without!

Note: don’t use honey ham, it gives it a weird flavor.

 

Ham Omelette Cups

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers I use poblano and bell
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced mushroom
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 12 slices ham for lining muffin tin
  • extra chopped ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Oil or spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. 

  2. Add butter or oil to a small pan. Fry onion and peppers for a few minutes until translucent and beginning to change color. 

  3. Line muffin tin with ham slices. I sliced my ham in half because it made it easier to line the cups with halves. 

  4. In a measuring bowl, combine vegetables, chopped ham, and eggs. Mix well.

  5. Spoon or pour mixture into your ham cups.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops begin to turn golden brown. Cups should easily slide out of the muffin tin.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Coconut Whipped Cream

I (usually) avoid dairy because of my thyroid and general digestive issues with it. As such, I’ve finally concocted a substitute for whipped cream made with coconut milk/cream!

Coconut Whipped Cream

A dairy free whipped cream alternative

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Coconut cream Coconut milk will work, make sure that it's a brand that has solids on top or has been refrigerated to produce this effect
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • Stevia drops Or another liquid sweetener to taste
  • 1 Pinch Tapioca starch

Instructions

  1. Open coconut milk. Scoop solids into a bowl (or bullet cup). A little bit of the coconut water is fine, but be careful not to add too much or it won't emulsify properly and will separate.

  2. Add sweetener, vanilla and tapioca starch. Blend or whip. This should form a nice, thick consistency.

  3. Taste and enjoy.

The Moderation Problem

The Moderation Problem

You know, when it boils down to it everyone is a little different. We’ve got different interests, different personalities, different bodies. And no one body composition is exactly the same as another.

So here’s the problem: I’m learning that I can’t do moderation. Worse, yet, I’m seeing that my girls can’t seem to, either.

People always say, “A little won’t hurt, you can make an exception!” They tend to think that the grain-free diet that we follow is extreme and that we’re somehow depriving ourselves by not indulging in a little piece of cake or pasta now and then. I’m here to tell you that we’re not.

Sometimes I do give in to the peer pressure, because here’s the God’s honest truth: I love sugar. I’m a full-fledged addict and once I get a bite I can’t stop. That’s the big problem–it is an addiction, and one that is encouraged. Sometimes, when someone presses me to eat a piece of fudge or some ice cream, I do, and when I do, I binge hard. I almost never intentionally eat wheat–it just causes too many problems–but sweet, delectable sugar, man. It’s the temptress that rears her head all too often at holidays, birthday parties, and family gatherings.

Almost anything sweet is a trigger food. I can’t eat a piece, I eat the cake. I emotional eat. I boredom eat. Today I had most of a (fudge sized) tray of no-bake, low carb cheesecake and watermelon, and it wasn’t that bad but I’m still disappointed because once I tasted the cheesecake it was gone. If I indulge, I’m generally off the proverbial wagon for a month or two. It’s been a terrible cycle and that, my friends, is why I never lose weight–I have some chips and fruit at Thanksgiving and I can’t stop myself until after Christmas.

It’s just awful. I have two daughters under the age of two that seem to have the exact same eating patterns as me. They just love to gorge, and they’ll eat almost any time, even when they aren’t hungry. My poor babies.

I have to end the cycle. Some of us just aren’t capable of moderation, and that’s okay. Some people can eat a cookie and only one cookie, and some of us will eat the entire batch. For those of us who can’t just have one, it’s best to just refrain. I feel better and stronger when I can face the temptation with confident resistance.

Yo ho, yo ho…

 

Keto-cocoa

Keto-cocoa

 

We are getting ready to go on our anniversary camping trip soon, and camping and cocoa seem to go hand in hand. With all the allergy and intolerance problems that my family has, the quest for good hot chocolate has been a long, drawn out one. After much trial and error, however, I have finally found a winner! This recipe–originally invented for my husband, toddler and I–is both delicious and low carb as is. Of course, you can always experiment with ingredients until you find something that works for you.

Keto-cocoa

Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine chocolate
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Almond milk Or milk of choice
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 10-15 Drops Liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, cocoa powder, sweetener and salt in a small pot over medium heat. 

  2. Slowly whisk as mixture heats up. Whisk periodically until combined. Stir in vanilla.

  3. Remove from heat, poir into mugs and enjoy. 

 

Modification ideas:
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbsp gelatin
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp butter
Marshmallows
1 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream

Admittedly I’ve never really measured all the ingredients for this–I just eyeball it until it looks right. We pour this into giant mugs and a Pura Kiki sippy cup for my daughter, so the servings vary. Any of the above modifications could be added for an additional kick. This is a great way to sneak in some extra fat with the addition of oil, cream or butter. Heck, I’ve even used this to give my daughter medicine. It’s just such a fun winter treat and it feels great to have a guilt-free version that I’m eager to whip up for family and friends. I hope that you love it as much as we do!