Monday, February 20, 2017

Clean Eating Applesauce Pancakes


I don't sleep much at night.  Our almost one year old is an epically horrible sleeper - most nights he wakes up every hour to hour and a half.  Ugh.  Praying this "phase" will end soon...does 6 months count as a "phase"?


You know what gets me up in the mornings?  I mean besides my whining baby : )?  Pancakes.  Pancakes are powerful motivators!  I start my mornings off like a zombie, but after my pancake fix I am good to go.  I usually rotate between this recipe and my paleo pumpkin pancakes recipe.  Let's just say, I spend waaay to much on maple syrup these days...someone plant me my own maple tree please! : )

What do you eat for breakfast?  I'm curious as to what other people eat!  I know I am a creature of habit and eat the same thing for breakfast for months, then switch to something else that I eat for months...and so it goes on and on!  Plus, I never get comments on my blog...haha - just comments in person or on facebook from people saying they tried something...let me know if my comments section still works by letting me know what you eat for breakfast!


Clean eating Applesauce Pancakes
adapted from Fit Foodie Finds website

4 eggs
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce*
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS honey or maple syrup

Whisk eggs in bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth and combined.

Heat a skillet pan or griddle.  Coat generously with coconut oil or butter.  Spoon batter onto pan, about 3-4 TBS worth.  At this point I sometimes sprinkle nuts or coconut onto the batter.  Cook 2-3 minutes until bubbles form and flip quickly.  Pancakes are fragile - so just be brave and flip!  Cook for additional 1-2 minutes on other side.  Remove from pan.

Serving ideas: Whipped coconut butter, chopped nuts, maple syrup or honey, applesauce.  Also, these taste great cold.  I like to use leftovers for snacks on the go during the week - high in protein!

*I have used homemade and store bought applesauce with good results for both!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lava Cakes

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Today is St.Valentine's day.  I am not a Valentine's day fanatic, and hate the over commercialization of the day...but...like most girls I still appreciate flowers and a nice card : )  My mom would make us watch the movie of St. Valentine every year on Valentine's day...some would think watching a movie about a martyr would suck the love out of the day, but really isn't that what love is all about?  Laying your life down for someone you love?  Real love is self-sacrificing!  Questioning whether you are loved or not today?  YOU ARE SO LOVED!  Jesus lay down his life for YOU!  Ultimate self sacrifice right there.


On to the food...which is why you are here : )

You know what is a funny word?  Ramekin!  My husband is so proud that he now knows what this word is!  I have quite the assortment of random ramekins in my kitchen.  I use them for everything.  Baby food bowls, small servings of granola, little sauce dishes, salsa, hummus - they are awesome!  The best thing I use them for is making LAVA CAKES!

Are you looking for something quick, easy, and delicious to make for your valentine today?  THIS IS THE RECIPE FOR YOU!

Andrew and I never need an excuse to make these...we make them every other week.  They are sort of fancy, but sort of comfort food level.  I have tried a few recipes for lava cakes out, but this one has been our favorite, and happens to be the easiest too!  Each recipe makes 4 lava cakes - so we eat 2, then eat 2 the next day cold or reheated.  I can't decide if I like them better hot or cold!  If you get invited to our home for dinner there is a good chance we will serve you these for dessert.


Lava Cakes
adapted from the Chef in Training Blog

4 oz. or 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (You can also use milk or dark chips if that is what you have)
½ cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 Tablespoons flour
Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Spray 4 small (6-8 oz) ramekin dishes* with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.
In medium saucepan over medium heat combine butter and chocolate and heat until just melted. Whisk until smooth and combined.  Add powdered sugar and whisk in evenly.
Add eggs and egg yolks and whisk in until well combined.
Whisk in flour until well combined.
Pour and distribute batter evenly in the 4 prepared ramekin dishes.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-13 minutes until edges are firm and center is soft, but not super jiggly.
Let cool for 2 minutes. Using a knife, gently pull cake away from the edges then invert onto plate or serving dish.

*If you don't have ramekins you can use muffin tins, they are just a little bit harder to get out without falling apart...or if you have oven safe mugs you can use that too.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli Casserole


My husband is reading a book about different personalities and he asked me to take a quiz to see what type I was.  I love these kinds of questionnaires and usually answer very quickly.  This time it was different.  For every question he asked me I had to stop and say, "I used to be like that, but post baby I am now like this."  I was shocked to see how that answer applied to most of the questions.  For example, one question was: "Are you more submissive, self-sacrificing, sociable or strong-willed?"  Pre-baby I would say strong-willed, post-baby I would say self-sacrificing.


I had to stop and laugh as I realized how much I have changed since becoming a mom.  I don't feel like I have lost myself or who I am, I really think that I am just too exhausted and tired to be that person I used to be.  Most days I'm too exhausted to make basic decisions...paper?  plastic?  Who cares!  Just get the groceries into the bag so I can bring my cranky baby home!  Haha the mom life!

Our little guy decided around 6 months that sleep was for the weak.  He wakes up every 45 minutes to an hour most nights - it is ridiculous!  I am not quite sure how I make it through the nights or days...oh well, one day he will sleep!

As you can see from my recipe posts I flip flop between healthy and not healthy recipes...I like to maintain a balance : )  This recipe was super easy and a keeper!  My husband really liked it too!


Paleo Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
adapted from Grassfedgirl blog

2 TBSP coconut oil, divided (or any oil you like to cook with)
4 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
1 onion, diced
salt and pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 cups cooked chicken, or 4 chicken thighs cooked and chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup full fat coconut milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan or casserole dish with 1 TBSP of the coconut oil.

Steam the broccoli until just barely cooked and set aside.  (I did this by placing it in boiling water for 3-4 minutes and then draining it)

Cook the chicken thighs.  I heated a little bit of oil in a frying pan and added the chopped chicken thighs into the pan.  I seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne - or a cajun spice blend.  Cook until cooked : )  Remove from pan. Or if you have leftover chicken from something shred it up!

Cook the veggies.  In same frying pan melt the remaining 1 TBS coconut oil and brown the onions.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the mushrooms and saute until cooked.  Transfer the onions, mushrooms and chicken into the baking dish and distribute evenly.

In a bowl whisk together the chicken broth, coconut milk, eggs, nutmeg, and more salt and pepper.  Pour over the chicken/vegetables in the baking dish, spread evenly.  Place in preheated oven and bake 35-40 minutes until done in the middle.  Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

We found this dish to be filling, but if you need it to be a little more carby feeling you can serve it over some quinoa or rice.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sticky Seed and Nut Trail Mix


Let's talk about Kind bars.

Who doesn't love them?

So chewy and delicious.

So...expensive!

And...I decided to try and make some of my own, but a paleo version.  Good news is they taste great!  Bad news is they fall apart.  Good news is - you can usually make a bad outcome okay with the right perspective :)



This is so yummy...I've been munching on it all day.  Only down side is those darn little pesky chia seeds that get stuck in weird places in your teeth...but I can live with that : )

Sticky Seed and Nut Trail Mix
adapted from Primal Bites Blog

1 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
3 TBSP sesame seeds
3 TBSP chia seeds
2 TBSP coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper and then grease the parchment paper.

Place the almonds and walnuts/pecans in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped (or just chop the nuts the good old fashioned way)  In large pot on stove top melt the coconut oil and honey together and stir until smooth.  Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot and mix until thoroughly combined.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before breaking up the mixture into large chunks.  Store in airtight container.

* If you want to make these even more delicious add some chocolate chips...but then they aren't so good for you anymore : )






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chocolate Lava Cookies


You know those decadent molten lava cakes you see on many restaurant menus?  Yeah, this is the cookie version of that...you are most welcome. : )

As you can tell from my recipes that I post we have a healthy food/cookie diet in our household...I like to call it the "healthookie" diet.  We avoid most dairy and many grains, we don't do processed food, we eat our greens, our vegetables, our fruits, our proteins and our vitamins...but we also eat our cookies.  Oh the cookies.  Some days I wish that I didn't know how to bake, but then I laugh and realize that is absurd...my love language is "cookie" and if I took that away I would not know how to communicate love to others.  Can you imagine?  I would be trying to tell my husband that I loved him and so I would send him to work with a box of carrots...how depressing is that?


Good news...FALL is almost here!  Top season of all times!  We got married in the Fall, and that was a good decision...the marriage part and the Fall part.

Fall means colder weather, and colder weather means you need extra fat on your body to stay warm...here enters the chocolate lava cookie.  Eating cookies is cheaper then a new cold weather wardrobe...you are most welcome again. : )

These pictures don't do these cookies justice.  I waited until they cooled to take the pictures, and by that time the gooey molten centers had solidified.  They still tastes amazing, but they taste divine if you eat them warm.


Chocolate Lava Cookies
From the Guittard chocolate chip bag : )

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
3 TBS butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Melt chips and butter over double boiler until smooth but thick.  Set aside to cool.  In mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla on high until pale yellow and thick about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in cooled chocolate mix on low speed. Scrape bowl and mix again.  Add flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Scrape bowl and mix again.  Cover dough and refrigerate 15-30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scoop 8 - 2 inch mounds onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake 8-12 minutes until crusty on outside but soft in the center...do not over bake!  Cool a few minutes and eat warm.




Monday, August 29, 2016

Paleo Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Gosh I love being a mom.  Every time I look at my sweet baby boy my heart swells with pride, he is such a fun baby and he makes me smile so much.  Sometimes we look into the mirror together and I don't even care that I look like a mess and my hair is all frizzy and crazy and I haven't had time to shower yet.  His smile is so big it doesn't matter what mama looks like...not to say that I don't shower and I don't take care of myself because I do, but there are some days that we stay home and play, take long naps, eat, sing songs, and laugh and cry all day.  He's teething and it's crazy how fast the days can go by and somehow it's like we haven't really accomplished that much, but I know we're accomplishing a lot because we are raising a little baby boy and that is a huge accomplishment.



It's funny and kind of annoying that sometimes you're the only thing that can make your baby stop crying and make him happy, but then it's oddly satisfying that you are the only one that can make him stop crying and make him happy.  It's just an awesome bond to have with this kiddo, and I'm looking forward to raising him -  it's going to be a fun adventure.  



Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a mom.  My mom has a picture of me when I was probably about two or three sitting in my little kid rocking chair trying to nurse my little dolls.  I've always had a maternal instinct and just always want to have my own little family.  I never really got too far in my career, mostly because I never wanted one.  Call me old fashioned, but being a stay at home Mom has always been my end goal.  I'm blessed to have an awesome partner in this parenting adventure that makes that possible for me.  He is such an amazing Papa to our little buddy.  



Recently I had a dear friend from college come down and visit.  She said it was her vacation,  and I responded that it was my vacation too.  It was a real treat to have her here - she is such a sweet soul and so good with babies. Anyway she is on a real strict diet,  kind of like the whole 30/ Paleo.  Every morning she woke up and made us an amazing breakfast.  She is into high protein pancakes made with banana and egg, and they are amazing.   Then on another day she tried a new recipe of paleo pumpkin pancakes. Yummy.  Pumpkin, egg and some spices - it is easy and delicious!  It has no dairy or gluten, and it's filling and awesome.  We had leftovers and they were great reheated in the toaster the next day.  They are also portable too if you need take them on the go - you could spread some almond butter on them and make a sandwich with him.  They are really good and these are definitely going into my breakfast rotation from here on out.



Was that enough alliteration in the title of this recipe for you?  I know it isn't Fall yet, but I decided to jump the gun on this one : )

Paleo Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Makes 8 pancakes, serves 2 adults
Adapted from the Practical Paleo cookbook

4 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS maple syrup (optional)
1 1/2 tsp ground flax seed*
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 TBS melted coconut oil or butter
Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Whisk eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and maple syrup together.  Add the spices, salt, baking soda and whisk.  Add melted oil or butter and whisk until smooth and combined.

Grease skillet with coconut oil or butter.  Spoon batter in 1/4 cup increments onto pan, sprinkle with chopped nuts if using) once bubbles form on the surface flip to finish cooking.  Serve with maple syrup and coconut butter or butter : )

*This is a change to the original recipe I posted - I found the ground flax seed made the pancakes thicker, less spongy, and more substantial feeling.








Thursday, July 14, 2016

White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Oat cookies


Being a mom is an emotional roller coaster.

A few weeks ago I felt like I had a clingy baby and couldn't do anything without having to hold him in the process.  Many days he would only sleep if I was holding him.  He was waking up on average 2-3 times a night.  I was often frustrated about this.

Then one day he decided to grow up.

Just like that.  He turned 4 months old and became an adult baby who doesn't need his mama as much anymore : (  He rolls over, sucks his thumb, puts himself to sleep, won't sleep if I'm holding him, and is basically a professional baby now.  Now this frustrates me too, but at least he still needs me to feed and change him!

Haha...sometimes you just can't win!

I am proud of my little guy, and every time another developmental light bulb goes off in his head it makes me so happy.  The days go by quickly and I am really making a conscience effort to not get frustrated when the house needs to be cleaned, or my to-do list is getting neglected.  To me, the most important thing is to really savor these precious moments with our little guy, and to take as many opportunities as possible to play with him, to watch him, to cuddle him and to love him.  I know that in a blink of an eye he will be graduating college, and I just want to enjoy this special time with him.  Mama and Charlie one-on-one time...my heart is full : )


When super baby is napping I'm usually in the kitchen making something.

When I'm in the kitchen I'm usually making cookies.

When I make cookies they are usually fattening but delicious.

Totally.worth.it.

I was in the mood for a non typical cookie and decided to try a new recipe out.  I found this one on all recipes, but altered it a bit to my liking and to my pantry.


White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Oat cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

In mixing bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Scrape bowl and beat again.

In separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk to combine.  Then add the oats, cranberries, white chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Stir to combine.

Add dry ingredients to the wet and beat until combined.  Scrape bowl and beat again.

Using a small ice cream scoop or TBS. drop onto parchment lined baking pan pretty close together.  freeze for 1-2 hours.  remove from freezer and space out more on pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  DO NOT OVER BAKE unless you want a dry crispy cookie.  If you don't plan on eating all of these cookies at once you can scoop the batter onto parchment and freeze, once hardened place in ziploc bags and bake directly from the freezer as needed.