Super Power Cookies

How did I come up with the name “Super Power Cookies” you might be wondering.  I had special help in my kitchen today with a 3-year-old who LOVES Batman.  We all know Batman has super powers and it is because he puts fruits and vegetables in his cookies!  Not to mention, my little 3-year-old friend LOVED these cookies (or maybe the chocolate chips had something to do with it too).

There is a secret ingredient in these cookies which gives them a great hidden taste…cayenne pepper!  Cayenne pepper is great for your digestive tract.  You don’t need a lot, a little will go a LONG ways!

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For this recipe I shredded the apples, carrots and zucchini.  However, I did go one step further and minced them up after shredding.  My little friend said the fruit and vegetables were too long from shredding for cookies and mincing them up helped him grasp the concepts we were making “Super Power” cookies.  You will need to find your super hero preference!

Super Power Cookies

 

Super Power Cookies

Yields 24 cookies
 
Ingredients
1 cup of almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix.
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3.  Using a cookie scoop, place 1 tbsp cookie batter on the oiled pan.
4.  Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes (until soft).
5.  Enjoy your new Super Powers!

Store your Super Power cookies in the refrigerator. 

Banana Waffles

I have finally perfected my banana waffle recipe and what better day than a Saturday to do it on!  We have a busy day planned (included a nice bike ride into town) and a filling breakfast is just want we need!

I can not say enough great things about our VitaMix.  If I could have only one kitchen gadget in my the VitaMix would be it.  I placed all the ingredients in the VitaMix and let it blend it up!  It works great because it also has a spout to pour the batter into the waffle machine.  I am talking easy preparing and clean up!

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Banana Waffles

Ingredients
4 eggs
1 banana
1 tbs raw honey
1 tbs vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs tapioca flour
2 tbs coconut flour
a pinch of salt
 
Directions
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute.
2.  Allow batter to sit for 3 minutes and thicken.
3.  Pour your batter into a waffle machine.
4.  Cook on medium-high for about 3 minutes.
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Paleo Misconceptions And My Thoughts

I sit here looking outside to see the beautiful sun.  I take a minute to think back a year or two..and wow have things changed for my husband and I’s lifestyle.  Most importantly, is how we changed our food habits and the amazing benefits our body has received from going Paleo.  There are several Paleo misconceptions out there and I want to clarify a few.

First, people think I eat weird food.  No, I don’t eat weird food, I eat food which fuels my body.  Going Paleo has taught me a lot about what my body needs to work properly.  When I look at what I eat…I eat fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts and coconut milk.  Going out is easy and I find I gravitate towards simple versus complex.  If something is complex, it often makes for more confusion with a waiter.  Simple is…a burger (no bun or cheese) add tomato, pickles and lettuce.

Second, Paleo is not a diet, but a lifestyle.  A diet is short lived and often you stop at one point.  My husband and I have been Paleo for 18 months now.  However, we are 95% Paleo.  Occasionally something sneaks in and should not be consumed.  My body reacts and now I think about how I will feel if I consume dairy or gluten prior to in taking it.  My body is very sensitive to gluten, you can read about it here from a past blog post.  Dairy just makes me feel sluggish.  If you want to feel great and function in your body, why would you want this to be short-term?  I recommend, making it a lifestyle commitment.  Clean out the cupboards and do not look back!

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Third, deserts are allowed!!  Living a Paleo lifestyle has made my taste buds very sensitive to sugar.  However, every Sunday I make a sweet treat and cross my fingers it makes it until Friday.  Often our deserts survive until Wednesday and then I prepare a batch of cookies.  Our sweet treats are flavored with maple syrup or honey…natures natural sugar.

Fourth, hard work and dedication does pay off.  Living a Paleo lifestyle has helped tone my muscles and decrease my fat.  I am down close to 60 pounds and have went down 6 pant sizes.  The number on the scale has only budged a few pounds in the last 4 months and I’m ok with this.  I have learned the number doesn’t define you…pushing until you can push no further does.  This means…muscles are growing and my passion to beat my personal goals keeps happening!

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Fifth, have a support network on your side.  I’m fortunate to have three important people by my side.  First would be my husband who got on board because I told him he could eat what I cook or cook for himself.  Needless to say, his cooking abilities are low and he jumped on board.  He has a special wand, waves it when he walks in the door and meals magically appear on the table…wink wink.  Next would be my trainer, whom I now call my friend.  She pushes me nutritionally and physically.  However, her pushes are never because she says so, rather to think outside the box.  She’s also my walking book of health food options and I like to pick her brain weekly, ok maybe daily.  Last would be a co-worker and friend.  She always provides the positive outlook to things and reminds me how far I have come.  She is also one who doesn’t say anything to all the weird things I eat, just gives me a facial expression.  However, find your support network and success will follow.  Leave those behind who urge you to ‘break’ your Paleo eating habit.  In the end, they are jealous of determination and success!

Sixth, eating Paleo is not expensive.  We gave up items ($5 fancy coffee) and put it towards healthy items.  We are aware of the dirty dozen fruits/veggies and pick wisely when going with an organic option.  You will find me shopping ALDI in the organic area because the prices are almost half of grocery store chains.  Know what your community has to offer, we do participate in a CSA during the summer and shop the grocery story/Co-Op during the other months.  We have found buying a pig or grass-fed cow, is cheaper than purchasing from the grocery store.  However, this does need storage space.  I recommend buying local when possible.

Seventh, staying on track is hard.  Honestly, once you are on board for living the Paleo lifestyle…staying on track is easy.  To motivate me, I follow several blogs, Facebook pages and instragram pictures to remind me eating this way is FUN!!  I also like reading about their successes.  Some of my favorite people are: Paleo Parents, The Paleo Mom, Taylor Made It, Civilized Caveman and PaleOMG.  Several of these people have cookbooks and create great dishes!!

Eighth…Paleo people only eat nuts, fruit, vegetables and meat.  This is true, but do you know how many dishes you can create with them?  I love to create elaborate dishes which don’t contain gluten or dairy…people can’t imagine how dishes taste without cheese or bread.  But my question back is…do you know how your body would run without them in your gut?

Ninth…Paleo people can’t go on vacation. I disagree, this past Spring Break my husband and I cruised on Royal Carribean and living a Paleo lifestyle was easy.  You can read about it here.  Planning is the key to success.  If you have a plan, success will follow.  I do have a few favorite pre-packaged items always with me in the event I need to eat on the road.  A few favorites: Paleo Steve items, Justin’s Almond Butter, and KIT Bars.

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Tenth…Living a Paleo lifestyle is hard.  I think it is easy, but it took me time to find this out.  We toyed with Paleo for close to 4 months, prior to digging in deep and gutting our cupboards.  You are in control of your body and only you can control what you put it in.  Each person has their reason for going Paleo and for me it is because eating clean has results and I have seen them on myself first hand.  If you are considering Paleo, send me an e-mail and I would be happy to give you some reading material suggestions. I had to read about “Paleo” before starting it and committing to it.

 

You can find me on Instragram here or on Facebook here.  I post more on Instagram because I feel a picture speaks a million words!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Happy Father’s Day to all the men out there!  I know Guinness and Kaiya love their daddy very much.  They appreciate all the extra back scratches and walks he gives them (oh and the slipping of extra treats).  This holiday is known for grilling!

I’m guilty…I’m spending a lot of time on Instagram lately.  I feel it is easy to snap a picture and see it, versus type information in on my blog.  If you don’t follow me on Instragram, click here and starting following me!  If you make a Paleo Gone Sassy creation, I would love to see it…just tag me (see how simple this Instagram thing is)!!!

Those who know me, know I like perfection.  This recipe took me a few tries to perfect because the asparagus was not cooperating with me.  Needless to say, I have perfected this recipe and it is ready for sharing!! I want to let you know, this recipe can be done in two steps.  I have cooked the asparagus prior to guests arriving and then created the ‘sandwich’ and then threw them on the grill.  You can make this dish prior to guests arriving, but I would not let it sit out longer than an hour uncooked.

For those who do dairy, you can substitute the goat cheese for cream cheese.  In our house we do Kerrygold butter and goat cheese as our ‘dairy’ options.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Ingredients
12 asparagus pieces
6 pieces of prosciutto
1/4 cup of goats cheese chevre
 
Directions
1. Bring a pot of water to boil.
2.  Place asparagus in the boiling water and cook for 8 mins.  You want it soft, but not limp.
3.  Drain from water and place them to the side.
4.  Cut your prosciutto ‘sheets’ in half.  Six pieces will turn into 12.
5.  Place 1 teaspoon of goat chevre on prosciutto and spread with a knife.
6.  Roll the asparagus up in the prosciutto with goat cheese and create a ‘sandwich’.
7.  Warm your grill to medium heat for 5 minutes.
8.  Place the asparagus rolls on the grill and cook 2 minutes for each side.
 
Enjoy this great salty and crunchy item!!!
 
 
 
 

Paleo Shortcake Recipe

I think I have died and went to strawberry shortcake heaven with this new Paleo shortcake recipe!  Oh my goodness, fresh Michigan strawberries on top of shortcake…yummy!!!  My mouth is watering and I’m trying to hold back and not have 2, 3 or 4 in one day!

When I crave whip cream, I grab a can of coconut milk and place it in the refrigerator.  After a couple of hours, it becomes hard just like whip cream.  I will be honest, I normally keep a can of Trader Joe’s coconut milk in the fridge all the time!  I use it as a whip cream substitute or as a healthy fat cream in my drinks.

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Paleo Shortcake Recipe

Ingredients
6 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp tapioca flour
pinch of salt
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place all liquids (vanilla, eggs, apple sauce, coconut oil) in a bowl and whisk by hand.
3. Add the baking powder, a pinch of salt, tapioca flour, coconut sugar and baking soda to the liquids.  Whisk until nicely blended.
4. Sift the coconut flour into the mixture.  Use a whisk to blend it together.
5. Place mixture into muffin tins or muffin top tins.
6. Bake for 12-15 mins for muffin top tins or 15-18 mins for muffin tins.
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For Toppings:
-Coconut Milk in a can as whip cream
-Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
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Rhubarb Chocolate Chip Cookies

This weekend while at the farmer market, almost all the farmers had fresh rhubarb for sale.  For those who are unfamiliar with rhubarb, it is a very tart vegetable…well in 1947 it became a fruit.  So I will let you have a debate about it in your house…is it a fruit or vegetable?

Rhubarb chocolate chip cookies are a delicious soft yummy cookie with an almond butter base.  I love using almond butter as a base for cookies because of the nutrients from the almonds and the healthy fat it provides.  Also, these cookies are gluten free and dairy free!!

In our house, I feel our taste buds have changed over time with living a paleo lifestyle.  You may want to increase the 1 tb spoon coconut sugar to 2 tb spoons, if you like your cookies sweet.  I taste the batter as I make it; however, my eggs are farm fresh and I have eaten them raw.

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Rhubarb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup rhubarb puree
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tb coconut sugar
1/3 cup ENJOY small morsels
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
3.  Scoop 1 tb of batter onto a cooking sheet.  These cookies bake up and side ways too.
4.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5.  Share with your favorite peeps!!