Paleo Apple Crisp

I must admit, I’m a little excited.  I have hit above 100 likes on facebook this weekend and I wanted to celebrate.  In my fruit bowl was a bunch of apples from the farmers market last weekend.  It was time to make something and I decided to make Paleo apple crisp.  This recipe is gluten-free and egg free!  I made it using simple ingredients in a Paleo household cupboard.  The house smells amazing and my tummy is in love!  Enjoy the recipe and keep spreading the word about Paleo Gone Sassy!!  The more followers I have, the more inspired I am to keep spreading the Paleo world!

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Paleo Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
4 apples
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 pecans
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 TBL maple syrup
1 lemon
 
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2.  Clean the apples and remove skins.  Then cut into smaller pieces.  I used my apple tool and then cut the ‘apple’ in half and then a half again.  All the pieces are the same size and will make all pieces cook equally in the oven.  Place apples in a large bowl.
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3.  Cut lemon in half and squeeze over the apples. Mix the lemon juice into the apples.
4.  Mix nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon together and sprinkle over apples.  I get my hands dirty and mix it up several times.
5.  Pour vanilla and 1 TBL maple syrup over the apples and mix together.
6.  Spray 2 qt baking dish with cooking spray.
7.  Place apples crisp mixture into baking dish.
8.  Take the nuts and finely chop them down. 
9.  Add the nuts, 1 TBL maple syrup and coconut oil together.  The coconut oil should be soft, not a liquid form.AppleCrisp4
10.  Place crumb mixture on top of the apples.
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11.  Cover dish and bake for 45 minutes.
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12.  I let it sit for 5 minutes and serve warm.  We put coconut cream on top of ours!!

 

 

Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Sometimes I have chicken broth in my fridge and I need to use it up.  Paleo egg drop soup is simple, easy and CHEAP to make.  We all need a cheap go-to meal.  This soup also makes for a great lunch.  I love how healthy this is compared to the soup I use to get from the Chinese restaurant filled with MSG and soy.  This soup uses coconut aminos.  Coconut aminos is what we use for a soy sauce replacement.  I think it tastes very similar to soy sauce.  However, I do not retain water weight with coconut aminos, as I do with soy sauce.  The onions and celery give this some texture, but can be illuminated if you do not have or like them.

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Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Ingredients:
1 chopped onion
2 celery stalks chopped
1 TBL Coconut Oil
1 TBL Coconut Aminos
1/8 tsp ginger
6 cups chicken broth
2 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
1.  Saute onion and celery pieces in coconut oil on medium heat.
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2.  Once translucent, add in chicken broth, ginger and coconut aminos. Bring mixture to a boil.
3.  While soup is coming to a boil, which two eggs together.
4.  While mixture is boiling, start stirring the pot in a circular motion.  Slowly start adding the eggs into the center of the circle.  The eggs will start to spread out within the soup.
5.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
 
 

Paleo Friendly Restaurants

I live in my own world, but occasionally need to venture out of it.  When I live in my world, I cook all the food I eat.  However, if I did this all the time I would burn out.  My husband and I eat out once a week.  This is my reward and get the night off…just kidding!  When we dine out, we have a few options.  Below you will see some of my favorite Paleo friendly restaurants and what we eat there.  In the event we venture out of our favorite restaurants, my safe go-to item is always a salad (hold the dairy and gluten items) and add protein (seafood/meat).

Carrabba’s Italian Grill:  Chicken Brian w/o butter sauce (chicken topped with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes)

Red Robin: Lettuce wrapped guacamole bacon burger w/o cheese or mayo

Smashburger: Avocado club burger (no mayo) served on lettuce

Jimmy Johns: Any sandwich wrapped in lettuce without cheese

Pizza Hut: Garden Salad

Panera:  Hidden Menu (lots of options)

 

When we dine out, I may splurge on some sweet potato fries.  That is my ‘treat’.  I have found it is hard on the go when traveling in a car for a ‘fast food’ option.  We are always looking on our phones for the closest Jimmy Johns.  That would be our ‘McDonald’s’ option on the go.  Most kids know the golden arch, mine would know the red JJ sign!  I try to plan ahead and grab items to carry us over, but it does not always work.  Plus, occasionally we just need that food break to stretch our legs and move around.

Paleo Cookie Dough For Fall

Ever have a sweet craving?  I occasionally get them and this recipe is AMAZING for them.  It is also a great desert to share with others whom are not Paleo eaters.  I would recommend only eating 1 or 2 in a day.  They are high in natural sugar, but still…sugar is sugar!

Also, if you have never used dates before.  They do have pits inside them when you buy them fresh.  You will want to remove the pits before putting them in the food processor.

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Paleo Cookie Dough

Ingredients
1 cups cashews
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup fresh dates
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
 
Directions:
1.  Place the cashews in a food processor and pulse until finally ground.
2.  Add almond flour, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in with cashews in the food processor.
3.  Place the dates into the food processor mixture and pulse.  Continue to pulse the mixture until it is well blended.
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4.  Add the vanilla and 1/2 cup coconut  and pulse one last time to mix it all up.
5.  Take the remaining 1/4 cup coconut and place in a bowl.  
6.  Using a TBL or cookie scoop, scoop out the mixture one at a time and roll into a ball.  Then roll the balls into the coconut mixture. 
 

This mixture makes between 18-22 balls.

 

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Then and Paleo Now

WOW!  I hear from people how I look different, but in my eyes I’m the same.  Well, I was getting ready for a new school year and pulled out my sign to identify me and the picture was from 2 years ago.  I thought I would just use the old picture, until I looked at it!  The girl in the picture didn’t resemble what I see in the mirror now.  She was puffy all over.  Needless to say, I did take a new picture.  Below you can see the comparison.  I finally get why people are commenting, this now makes sense (for the visual learner in me).  Of course, I love explaining my journey and spreading information about the Paleo world!!

 

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However, I must say I wouldn’t be here with out a supportive husband (who was forced to come along for the Paleo ride and is now hooked), co-workers and friends.  My friends know and support my ‘crazy’ eating habits.  Although, they may joke with me about it…they are always aware of my options and double-check to confirm I can eat a normal meal when we go out.  My ‘normal’ go-to meal when out with friends is a burger without the bun placed on top of lettuce.  Almost any restaurant will have burgers on the menu, I love the questions/looks I get when I say no bun.  Find your easy ‘go-to’ item, I use to pick salads with chicken breasts for a while, got sick of it and changed it up to the burger and the burger has stuck!

On another strange note, last weekend I climbed up six flights of stairs to begin my workout with a 20lb weight in each hand.  At that moment, I realized my body had hauled that weight around on a daily basis before and I was DANG!  I want to emphasis the importance of feeling happy and healthy.  I have found this and know every person can too, it takes time and determination.  I know I often became frustrated and realized tomorrow is a new day.  Don’t sweat the small stuff because in the end it is small, one little mess up doesn’t mean you need to mess up the whole day!  Persistence will pay off in the long run, just give it a chance to show you!

 

Paleo Chicken Salad

Sometimes I just want to be lazy and grab a meal to take home.  My quick favorite meal to grab is a rotisserie chicken.  However, my husband and I can only eat half a chicken and then I find myself creating with the leftovers.  First, I cut up the chicken to use in a new dish.  Then, I make homemade chicken broth.  I sometimes think to myself a rotisserie chicken is more complex than a crockpot meal.  Tonight I decided I would use the cut up chicken to make a Paleo chicken salad.  We eat the chicken salad on salad greens or wrap it up in lettuce.  Occasionally, we do not have lettuce and eat it plan out of a bowl.  Tonight, my husband hit the jackpot and will get his lunch served on lettuce greens tomorrow!

I love Vegenaise.  We buy the soy-free option.  We use it as a mayonnaise replacement.  My husband was never a mayonnaise or miracle-whip guy, but he LOVES Vegenaise.  However, I recently found Vegenaise dipping sauces at the health food store.  These come in a smaller jar and they are full of flavor!  We LOVE the chipotle and roasted garlic flavors.  If you use a flavor in this recipe, place 1 TBL into the 1/3 cup measuring cup and then fill remaining with the original Vegenaise.  I used the chipotle dressing tonight.

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Paleo Chicken Salad

Ingredients:
2-3 cups cooked chicken cubed
1/3 cup Vegenaise
1 stalk celery diced up
1/4 cup diced up onion
salt to taste
 
Directions:
Place all ingredients into the bowl and stir up the mixture.  I let it sit for 15-20minutes on the counter to allow the flavor to mix.  Then serve on salad greens, wrapped up in a lettuce shell or alone.