Pecan & Apple Muffins

These pecan and apple muffins got me through the last week of the 21 day sugar detox.  They kept me sane when I had a craving for bread.  Well, perhaps I thought I stayed sane…the verdict may still be out from my husbands stand point.  For those who are not looking to remove sugar from your diet, these are awesome!  They taste like a bite of apple pie all tucked into a muffin!  The spices blend them all together and remind me of a fall day or spiced Chai!

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Ingredients

1 – green apple

1 tbsp ghee

6 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup maple syrup (omit if doing 21dsd)

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Take the green apple and remove the peel.  Cut the apple down to have small squares (slice the apple thinly horizontal and then slice small lines vertically).

3.  Place a small skillet on medium heat and add ghee to the pan.  Allow the ghee to melt down.

4.  Place the apple squares into the pan and slowly cook them down until soft, but not mushy (about 5 minutes) and remove from heat.

5.  Get out a large bowl and whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

6.  Stir the coconut flakes and pecans into the egg mixture.

7.  Sift the coconut flour into the egg mixture and stir the batter all together.

8.  Fold the cooked apple pieces into the batter.

9.  Place batter into muffin liners within the muffin pan.

10.  Bake the muffins for 15-18 minutes.

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Five days out of the week, I create a great protein coffee drink.  However, those two other days….I love to spend more time making an amazing breakfast!  We love bacon, eggs and hash on those days.  Cabbage hash is one of our favorites.  I love adding different items to a cabbage hash ‘base’.  Often we add fresh mint to create a great taste in your mouth as you chew it.  The mint also leaves behind a great small hint of the taste. Normally we have a later morning breakfast, a decent afternoon snack and then a great meal on Saturday and Sunday’s.  I guess when time is not consumed with responsibilities, one has more freedom to decide what they want to do and eat.

Completing day 13 of the 21 day sugar detox.  I must say, I’m enjoying this journey and feeling healthier from the inside out.  I know my system is very sensitive to sugar.  Unfortunately, my body retains an obscene amount of water (about 4lbs) for 48 hours when I indulge with a sweet treat.  My body needed a chance to recover for longer than the work week and heal.  I decided to go one phase 3, which is no dairy.  I have always admitted I’m 80/20 Paleo.  I allow for the occasionally dairy items as treats when we go outside our house for parties or dinners.

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Ingredients

4 cups thinly chopped cabbage

1 cup chopped white onion

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint

3 tbsp coconut oil

salt and pepper to taste Continue reading

Clam Chowder

This recipe is off the hook and it is dairy free!  I have created a dairy free chowder base using creamed cauliflower.  My husband was very impressed with how well this recipe turned out.  Now he wishes restaurants would sell it as a dairy free option!  This recipe is perfect for a cool fall day or a blustery winter day.

ClamChowder

Clam Chowder

Ingredients

4 cups chicken broth

1 head of cauliflower

2 cans of clams in water

1 large leek thinly sliced

5 strips of bacon

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped jicama

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp dry ginger

1/8 tsp ground cayenne

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce if desired Continue reading

My Meal Plan for the 21DSD!

This holiday weekend was a blast!  I swear three day weekends go quicker than a two day weekend! We were able to visit with our college friends at a Capitol Event wedding in downtown Detroit (Congrats Lo & Fredo)!!  At the end of the day, I think my husband and I clean up pretty darn well, if I do say so myself!

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I have decided to jump onto the 21 day sugar detox this month.  I have fully enjoyed the summer and have no regrets.  However, I feel my system needs a reboot and when I did the detox back in January, this program really helped!  I found I could push harder at the gym, was craving less and retaining a lot less water.  This said…bring on the next 21 days…cause I’m excited for my weekly menu I’m sharing with you below!! Continue reading

Apple Pie Pancakes

Holiday weekends are great for spending a little extra time in the kitchen.  I love mornings when I have time to create dishes.  Apple pie pancakes are a fall favorite in our house.  I find it fitting to make them this weekend for two reasons (1) it’s a holiday weekend and (2) it’s September, which is the month to kick off the opening apple orchards!  I love fall for the fresh apples and crispy cool evenings.  This weekend marks the kick off for fall.  The only sad part about fall is the ending of summer.  We have enjoyed our summer and among it, picked up a new addiction…wake surfing.  However, every season sport has to come to an end and wake surfing is wrapping up.  I’m thinking I’ll put a bow on that activity and unwrap it over Memorial Day weekend next year!!Apple Pie PancakesApple Pie Pancakes

Ingredients

1 apple chopped

4 eggs

¾ cup almond flour

1 tbsp. coconut flour

1 tsp apple pie spice

¼ cup pecan pieces

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp baking powder

2 tbsp. honey

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup fat of choice (ex. butter/coconut oil) Continue reading