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

Pork Chops with Fig Compote

 

I use my pork chops with fig compote recipe when life is crazy busy, but I want a good home cooked meal.  As I get older, I have found cooking to be a great stress reliever.  Even just five minutes in the kitchen helps me to relax.  This dish gives me more than five minutes in the kitchen, perhaps ten!  However, it is a dish you taste and think I have spent and evening creating it!  I love the salty taste from the pork chop paired up with the sweet taste of the figs.

Life just does not slow down around here!  I keep sayings, “If only there was another hour in the day”.  However, between you and I…I would fill that one hour and want another!  I would be like the character in the story “If you give a moose a muffin” because I think I would just keep asking for another hour to go with it!  Have a great weekend and enjoy every minute of it!
Pork Chops with Fig Compote

Ingredients

2 pork chops

4 figs – thinly sliced

3 tbsp. avocado oil

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp. fresh cut sage

Salt and pepper to taste Continue reading

Bagels from the cookbook Without Grain

When I got the cookbook, Without Grain by Hayley Barisa Ryczek (who blogs over at Health Starts in the Kitchen) I was participating in the 21 day sugar detox.  I browsed the cookbook, but knew I would have to wait to start cooking from it.  Well, my mother always said, “Good things come to those who wait”.  Needless to say, she hit the nail on the head…this cookbook is OFF DA CHAIN!  Now, I’ve tried to make several bagel recipes, but they lack the texture I desire.  I want the dough texture I miss and yet the taste of chewiness too!  Hayley’s recipe for bagels on page 50 is the best I have ever found!  I say this because I forget I’m not eating a grain free, gluten free, wheat free bagel.  This bagel is legit and will have you jumping for joy because it will taste just as you recall bagels do!  Oh..did I mention Hayley is AWESOME and letting me share her recipe with you?  Now if this recipe doesn’t make you run and buy her cookbook for more awesome ones, I’m not sure what will!

A little secret I’m going to let you in.  See the bottom left corner bagel?  It my was first attempt at creating the shape.  I did not use enough tapioca flour on my hands to create the shape.  I was too nervous I would ruin the bagel with too much, do not be nervous like me!  I found the flour stuck when needed to and the rest dusted off my hands onto the mat.  Another trick, I used a slotted spoon and did one bagel at a time.  I rested the slotted spoon under the bagel until it started to float and then lifted the spotted spoon up and out came the bagel, which slid right onto my baking mat.  The baking was easy and I followed all her directions, step by step.

Let me talk for a second about Hayley’s cookbook, Without Grain.  I have made three recipes from her cookbook, first was the bagels (they got me hooked).  Then I followed with her classic meatloaf (it got two thumbs up from the husband).  However, her Indian Butter Chicken also received two thumbs up from my husband!  Needless to say, her cookbook is easy to follow and develops amazing recipes!

Bagels

BAGELS

From the Cookbook, Without Grain

Yield: 6 to 8 bagels 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

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

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