Southern Biscuits

By now you have probably heard about Otto’s Cassava Flour.  If you have not heard about it, you may have seen it popping up on Instagram.  Cassava flour is made from the yucca.  This flour is a 1:1 match with regular gluten flour.  I recently just got my hands on a bag of it and on my goodness, I am not sure why I waited so long to do so.  This is the type of flour I would use for special occasions.  The two reasons I say that are (a) it is on the higher end for carbohydrates, but great for a day when you have pushed to your personal best at the gym and (b) it is a bit costly and I could justify it for something special (ex: Christmas cookies or biscuits and gravy).  To be honest, I have craved some pre-paleo items and this flour will come to the rescue on those cravings and this is how my southern biscuit recipe was created…

When mixing this recipe together in step four, I started with a wooden spoon.  However, at some point the spoon just pushing around small dough clumps.  This is when you will want to get your hands into the dough and help it form together.  After all, getting your hands dirty is all part of the biscuit making party!  However, too much kneading will cause your biscuits to lose the flaky feel when baked.

Southern

Southern Biscuits

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cassava flour

1 egg

2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp honey

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut/almond milk

4 tbsp butter

1 tsp salt Continue reading

Mofongo

Have you ever heard of mofongo?  It’s this amazing combination of fried plantains (my new favorite food) and pork rinds mixed together.  My oh my, I do not think you have lived until you have made mofongo.  Do not let the unattractive balls turn you away!  This recipe is simple and easy to create, not to mention….the party it will create in your mouth!!

For the recipe, I have used avocado oil or coconut oil as my fat of choice for frying the plantains.  I enjoy those two oils because I find they are mild in taste and allow the plantains and pork rinds to carry their own flavors and not be covered by an oil taste.

When picking out your pork rinds, please read labels.  I have been surprised by the number of ingredients I can not pronounce listed.  I try to stick to clean and simple pork rinds.  I have found a local hispanic market which makes them fresh in town and I have purchased online  from US Wellness Meats.

Mofongo

Mofongo

Ingredients

1 green plantain

1 tbsp FlavorGod garlic lovers seasoning

2 tbsp avocado oil

1/4 cup crushed pork rinds

1/4 cup fat of choice (for frying)

salt for taste Continue reading

Ranchero Sauce from Down South Paleo

Recently in the mail, I received the Down South Paleo cookbook from Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo.  This cookbook is stuffed full of delectable southern recipes from blondes to fried chicken to grits.  Browsing through the cookbook, I got stuck within the desert section.  Something about her blondes caught my eye and next thing I knew, I am in the kitchen creating a pan.  Keep in mind this happened after a long week of travel and pure exhaustion.  However, whipping up a batch was simple and easy…not to mention the pure satisfaction of sitting on my sofa enjoying one catching up on my Hallmark Channel DVR movie!

I’ve decided to share the Ranchero Sauce from her cookbook because it is easy to create and tastes amazing. I think often we forget eggs can be used within a meal outside of breakfast.  We have created this sauce a few times, first as a breakfast creation and then as a dinner option.  I love the heat the sauce provides (not too much but not too little).  I have even made a batch of sauce to take on our camping trip and stored it in the color over night for a great Saturday morning treat!

Jennifer recommends creating the sauce, placing it on top of eggs and tostadas/lettuce.  We have also placed the eggs on top of tostones.  Any option is amazing because the sauce is what makes the meal!

This cookbook is great for the novice to experienced chef cook.  She takes many meals which I thought were off limits due to dietary restrictions (gluten/dairy) and makes them with all natural nutrient foods.  Interested on getting your hands on this amazing cookbook?  Not only is Jennifer’s cookbook awesome, so is she!  Jennifer is going to send one lucky winner a copy of her cookbook.  Follow along on my Instagram page for the giveaway (running 8/22-8/23) details.

ranchero

Ranchero Sauce

Ingredients

1 onion diced

1 tbsp. avocado oil (or preferred cooking fat)

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ tsp cayenne

8 oz crushed tomatoes

2 cups chicken stock

¾ tsp cumin

Pinch of salt if desired Continue reading

Raspberry Waffles

Life has been crazy, but in a great way!  I love summer because it is a time to reconnect with friends.  Our weekends have been consumed with creating new memories, lots of laughter and food!  It seems when the weekends roll around, we are enjoy breakfast to its fullest!  These raspberry waffles taste amazing and are easy to make.  I recommend creating this dish when you are hungry for some hearty waffles, and I do not mean this has to only be a morning food item!  We have created these waffles for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack.  As you know, simple is my motto!

I tend to not make my waffles too sweet because we top them with maple syrup.  If you are going to serve these alone without and maple syrup, I recommend doubling the honey in the recipe.  This will help give them more of a sweet savory taste.

 Raspberry Waffles Continue reading

Pork Belly with Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

First off, I LOVE bacon!!  I could have bacon with every meal.  Pork belly is BACON!  This means, I’m in love with pork belly…although it does not sound as appetizing as bacon.  While shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, we stumbled upon fully cooked pork belly in the meat sections.  We only bought one box and now we are regretting it, with the closest Trader Joe’s being over an hour away.

I love mixing salty and sweet together.  This recipe does just that!  Pork belly is salty and the chocolate raspberry sauce is sweet, when those two merge together it’s a firework in your mouth.  You will be left wanting more and more and then all of a sudden…it is gone (true story)!!

The key to this recipe is time.  You can not rush the sauce because it will only burn and clump.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly with Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

12 oz pork belly

1 cup raspberries

1/3 cup ENJOY dark chocolate morsels

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup Continue reading

Blueberry Jam

I have been known to have a sweet tooth.  However, I can identify when some food is very sweet and has too much sugar in it.  I often find jelly/jams from the store are full of sugar and I never get to truly enjoy the fruits natural flavors.  This recipe is easy to make and quick to devour!

Please don’t forget jam is not just for bread!  I love adding jam to my cereals.  It changes the taste of the item and provides a new taste of excitement.  I recommend you give this a try with my blueberry jam!!

Blueberry Jam Continue reading