Oatmeal Without The Oats

Well it seems winter is here is Michigan now.  The snow is falling from the sky and the Weather Channel has issued an advisory, only to end it early.  I’ve come to realize if snow is going to fall from the sky, we will get some sort of advisory.  Seems a few snow flakes can’t fall without an advisory being issued.  Not really sure what the purpose is for an advisory if they are going to be issuing them constantly, kinda like the little boy who cried wolf.

With cold weather brings a desire to eat comforting food. I loved oatmeal growing up as a kid.  My dad use to make it on Saturday’s and fill it with green apples, raisins and sugar.  This recipe is very versatile and can be used as a base to lots of great toppings!  As I have grown up, I come to love adding dark cherries to mine.  The options really are endless…
Oatmeal Without The Oats

Oatmeal Without The Oats

Servings: 14

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

1 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup golden flax seeds

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tsp maple syrup per serving Continue reading

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.

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

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.

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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

Smokey Steak Marinade

Spring is here!  I’ve seen the birds flying in the sky and we have started to open our windows to allow fresh air in!  I’m also starting to smell neighbors cooking on their grills!  I love the smell of charcoal and bonfire smoke.  The smell of bonfire smoke takes me up north were we spend our time sitting around the bonfire chatting or laughing!  If there is a silence among us it is because we have spotted a shooting star!

Often we are the type of family who just throws a piece of meat onto their grill and calls it great!  Occasionally, we want our meat to marinate and take on a taste of herbs and spices.  This recipe for smokey steak marinade has a great taste with the lemon and smoked paprika, each ingredient it complimenting one another and leaving for a party in your mouth!!

Smokey Steak Marinade Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts is one vegetable I use to hate.  Like HATE!  About five years ago we hosted Thanksgivings and my brother requested brussels sprouts.  Well, being the nice sister I made him a batch.  Yep, that batch was all his!  He was on cloud nine while we all enjoyed the Thanksgiving junk.  Needless to say, brussels sprouts have made an appearance the last two years at Thanksgiving and we are all chowing them down!  This is just another example to try, try, try food over and over.  Our taste buds are constantly changing through our life.  Living a Paleo lifestyle, I could not image a week without brussels sprouts!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Continue reading