Chicken Pad Thai

Pad Thai has always been one of my favorite meals!  I love the combination of sour and salty.  My recipe is fast and easy!  We make it for a quick-lunch or a fast meal on a busy week night.  Be forewarned, your wok will be filled close to the top with this recipe.  However, it will only take a few minutes and next thing you know, it will all be gone!

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai


2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thigh (thinly sliced)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 egg whisked

12 oz bean sprouts

8 oz purple cabbage (thinly sliced)

1/2 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)

1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

1/4 cup fish sauce

2 tbsp coconut aminos

1 tsp sriracha sauce (omit for no heat)

1/4 cup thinly sliced cilantro

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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!



From the Cookbook, Without Grain

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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 Biscuits


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

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Caramelized Onion Mini-Meatloaves

Bring on the 21 day sugar detox!  You can find more information about the detox from their website.  I’m ready and so is my body!  I did this back in September and had great results! You can read my post from when I completed it here.  The key to success in my opinion is planning.  Oh and maybe support!  My sister-in-law is jumping on board for this round!  Needless to say, we have exchanged a few texts this weekend on our meal planning!!


I’ve got all my meals planned out and I’m happy to report all my prep/cooking is complete!!  You can find a picture of my meal plan this week on Instagram or Facebook. Today, I will be enjoying the afternoon outside in the snow!  Yes, the snow has finally fell from the sky in the Great Lakes region.

The key to the caramelized onions mini-meatloaves is the caramelized onions.  They provide amazing taste!  This recipe will melt in your mouth.  You can turn this recipe into a large meatloaf or meatballs.  I choose mini-meatloaves because I wanted something easy to make!!

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Holiday Brunch Recipes Paleo Style


To some people opening presents is the highlight to their Christmas morning, but to me it is the food which follows.  I love indulging in yummy Paleo treats!  This year I’ve been working with my mom to create the menu of endless options…below are a few of my favorite recipes.  You may find you want one at your table too! Continue reading

Spicy Chicken Meatballs

Recently, we purchased half a pig from Bear Foot Farm Natural Meats.  I’ve purchased from them locally at the farmers market, but the true savings come when you buy in bulk!  We are now stocked up on several sausage flavors, hocks, pork chops and ALL NATURAL BACON!!  All their meats are processed without MSG and I love how dedicated they are to their farm and the health of animals!  You can see below a picture of them supplying fresh water on a cold winter day!


This recipe was made around their Spicy Pepper Sausage!  However, if you don’t buy directly from them, you can add 2 tablespoons of hot sauce to regular sausage.  The fat from the sausage gives them great texture and flavoring.  Without the pork sausage, these meatballs would be dry from the chicken.

When creating this recipe, I like the chicken and pork to flavor together.  I normally make the mixture early morning and let it set and marinate for about 5-6 hours in the fridge.  Then I pull it out and start baking!

spicychickenmeatballsSpicy Chicken Meatballs

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 lb three pepper sausage (see above)
1 egg
1.  Place ground chicken, egg and sausage together in a bowl.  Using your hands, squeeze the mixture together until you can no longer tell what is chicken or pork.
2.  Place in fridge for 5-6 hours to marinate together.
3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4.  Form your balls using a cookie scooper or tablespoon.  I prefer our meatballs to be 2 tablespoons in size.
5.  Place meatballs on a cookie sheet and then on top of a 9×13 pan.
6.  Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.