Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin "Oatmeal"/Porridge

Reminding you of the days when you use to eat oatmeal! My husband said it reminded him of the yam souffle I make every Thanksgiving which is super tasty but unhealthy. This on the other hand is super healthy and tasty! Lets be real, it tastes more like porridge than oatmeal, but i am calling it oatmeal because it gave me the fix I was looking for. My family couldn't get enough.
  1. 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  2. 1/2 cup coconut cream
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 4 dates
  5. 2 eggs, beaten (optional)
  6. heaping 1/4 cup pecans
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  10. 4 oz of unsweetened applesauce or 1/4 cup 100% apple juice

Place dates and 1/4 cup of water (or apple juice if you are not using apple sauce) in blender, and let the dates soak for a while. Blend pecans in food processor or blender. Add shredded coconut and blended pecans to the bottom of a saucepan and stir until the coconut flakes are slightly toasted. Once toasted, add the pumpkin, coconut cream, (and apple sauce if using) and warm over low-medium heat. stir until combined. Blend the dates and water/apple juice until smooth and add to pumpkin mixture. Once the pumpkin mixture is starting to bubble add the beaten eggs and keep stirring for a few minutes while it thickens. turn off the burner. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings such as sliced almonds, pomegranates, and unsweetened coconut flakes. I like it with raisins and unsweetened coconut flakes too!

Paleo Apple Puff Pancakes

6 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 apples, cored, and sliced
4 tbsp coconut oil

apple coating
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scoop your 4 Tbsp coconut oil in a 9x13 pan and set aside. Don't worry about melting it or spreading it.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg over sliced apples and mix until well coated.

In a blender mix eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup. Blend until smooth.

Place 9 x 13 pan with coconut oil into the preheated oven for a few minutes. Remove and add apples that have been sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Bake apples for 3-4 minutes and remove before the apples brown. Pour mixed batter over apples. Place pan back in the oven on a lower rack and bake for 20-25 min. Remove from oven, and serve with maple syrup.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup topped with Bacon

1/2 lb bacon (whole30 approved of course i.e. no added sugar of any kind)
1/2 onion, chopped (can substitute onion powder)
3 medium sized potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered 
32 oz chicken broth
1 can coconut cream
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons creole seasoning (or just sprinkle on top of each bowl of soup to taste)
4-5 cups fresh broccoli florets, cooked and drained
salt and pepper to taste


Cook bacon in a large saucepan according to the directions on package and then remove pieces unto paper towels to soak up grease. Leave the grease in the pan and saute the onions in the bacon grease for up to 5 minutes until they are tender. Cook and stir for a minute, and then transfer to a large stockpot. Slowly add in the chicken broth and stir to combine. If using onion powder, reserve 2 Tablespoons bacon grease and drain the remaining grease. Add the two Tablespoons grease back to the pan. Pour in chicken broth and onion powder, and stir to combine.

Add the potatoes and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-30 minutes until nice and tender.  Next use a potato masher if you like chunky soup, and leave large pieces of potato. If you like creamy soup like me, place 1/4 of the soup mixture in your blender (it blends up quickly in my vitamix) at a time, and blend until you get your desired consistency. You can mix it all in your blender or have a combo of creamy soup with chunks of potato. You can blend some of your cooked broccoli during this step as well, but I wouldn't blend more than 1/2. I didn't even blend the broccoli in ours b/c we love the chunks! Once you are done blending, add soup back to the pot, and stir in coconut cream, cooked broccoli, the nutritional yeast, and creole seasoning.  Simmer for a few minutes. Turn of heat and pour into bowls. Top each bowl with crumbled bacon. I used one piece of bacon per bowl.   Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve with toppings of choice!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Orange Banana Dreamsicle Smoothie


1 cup almond milk
large handful of spinach
1 ripe banana
2 oranges

1 Tablespoon honey

Directions: Blend until smooth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sweet Chicken Zoodle Soup


1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leafs
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
6 cups chicken broth
sea salt and black pepper to taste
about half of a sweet potato, peeled and spiralized into noodles

  1. In a large stockpot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and sauté the carrots and garlic, until tender (about 5 min). 
  2. 2. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 min.
  3. Stir in sweet potato noodles and allow to cook for another couple minutes.
  4. Turn off heat, remove bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Potato Hash Brown Waffles

2 sweet potatoes, grated
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
3 eggs
3 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well combined.
2. Cook in batches on your waffle maker like you would with a regular waffle, but keep the waffles on the thinner side or they might not cook all the way through.
3. Remove from waffle iron and top with scrambled eggs and bacon. Drizzle some maple syrup on top (skip this step if doing whole30) and enjoy!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Orange Julius Smoothie

3/4 cup water
4 oranges, peeled
2-3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 avocado
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
handful of ice


Fill high speed blender with water and dates. Let the dates soak for 10 min or so and then throw in all the other ingredients except the ice. Blend until completely smooth. Add the ice and blend again until smooth. Enjoy!

Loaf of Pizza


1 cup egg whites
homemade tomato sauce **posted my quick recipe below**
favorite toppings (Chicken, spinach, sun dried tomatos, pepporoni, olives peppers, etc)

Heat Oven to 400 degrees and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil. Pour your egg whites in the loaf pan and bake for 13 minutes. Top with tomato sauce and your favorite toppings an then broil for 5 minutes! So fast, cheap, easy and honestly delicious!

**homemade tomato sauce**

6 oz can tomato paste
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
sea salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and thats it! You are done. Easy Peasy!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Banana bread mug cake

1 very ripe banana
2 heaping Tablespoons almond butter (2 exact Tablespoons would work just fine. I just don't level my Tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (optional)
Dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey (optional but makes it so moist)

Combine all the ingredients into a mug and mix until smooth. Nuke it in the microwave for 2 minutes, but watch for overflowing! It will start to rise and overflow throughout the 2 minutes. When you notice it start to rise out of the mug, pause the cooking and wait for it to deflate before continuing to nuke it.

Easy Peasy! You could add enjoy life chocolate chips for an even tastier version! I like to top mine with ghee and drizzled some honey on top, or spread some just fruit jam on top.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Italian Chicken Soup

 2 large or 3 regular sized chicken breasts
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp minced garlic
2 -2 1/2 T italian seasoning
1 teaspoon basil
add any additional veggies of choice

Throw all the ingredients in your crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mini German Apple Pancakes


4 eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 T coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 apples cored and diced (1 reg size and 1 small -2 regular sized would be too much)
2 T coconut oil
2 T raw organic honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/8 cup lemon juice
crushed pecans

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.

In a small bow, mix the coconut flour, nutmeg, and baking soda. 

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir or beat well to combine. Set aside.

In a small frying pan, heat coconut oil and honey. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Once combined, add apples and saute until apples are nicely coated. Turn off heat.

Evenly divided your batter between 10 muffin tins, greased with coconut oil. Then evenly divide your apple mixture on top of the batter of each muffin. 

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 425 and then reduce the heat to 375 and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with pecans and enjoy with some maple syrup!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Chocolate Almond Butter Pancakes

My husband isn't a fan of banana pancakes. Crazy, I know. These pancakes are made with applesauce instead of banana and they were a huge hit. My hubby loved that they were so moist. 

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 T cocoa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon honey or 2 teaspoons coconut sugar

Directions: Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Cook pancakes on a skillet over medium high heat. Flip when edges are firm (about 4 min or so on each side). Serve with fresh fruit, almond butter, and chocolate maple syrup.

Makes 10 pancakes

Chocolate syrup:
1/4 cup maple syrup combined with 2 teaspoons cocoa. Heat syrup in microwave and serve over warm pancakes.