Sunday, February 15, 2015

Well Hello, Random Assortment of Recipes!

Welcome back into my life.  Yes, I've been out of the loop on here for a long time. There have been a few people asking me when I will post recipes again. SO here ya go. Today I am just typing up a random assortment of noms that you may want to try out sometime.

I am warning you though...I am not one for exact recipes as I have always been like that, my goal is to get better at taking notes.  If I try a new recipe from a food blogger I try to stay true to the recipe.  However, I don't have the ingredients sometimes so substitutes are usually in place.  But that's life and whatever, it usually ends up tasting good anyways ;)

The Best Breakfast Sandwich (Gluten Free/Paleo)

This sandwich is great anytime of the day. I mean come on, who doesn't love a bacon, egg, and cheese?

1 Tb. butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 c. almond meal
1/2-1 Tb. coconut flour
dash of salt & pepper
dash of garlic powder

1 egg
2 slices of bacon
1-2 slices your choice cheese

Mix together all ingredients for the biscuit, place in a ramekin and microwave for 2 minutes. Let cool. 

Cook the egg and bacon to your liking.  Turn ramekin over to get the biscuit out, cut in half.  Top one side of the biscuit with a slice of cheese, then egg, then other slice of cheese, bacon, and finally the top of the biscuit. Option: top with hot sauce because it's amazing. Enjoy!

Breakfast Hash (Gluten Free/Paleo)
This hash is easy and fabulous.  It is a great addition to eggs in the morning!

4-5 slices of bacon
3-4 parsnips, sliced and diced
3 carrots, sliced and diced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
salt to taste

Cook bacon in the pan until fully cooked (this is probably the only time I cook bacon in the pan).  Baking bacon is SO much better...thanks to a friend who taught me this magical way.  Anyways, once the bacon is cooked add the parsnips, carrots, and onion to the pan as well as the remaining seasonings.  Cook and stir for about 15 minutes, add the bacon at the end before serving. ;)

Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Gluten Free)

This crust is very easy, I promise.  Just a few steps for magical pizza crust.  

4 cups cauliflower (chopped into florets, steam for 5 minutes, then process in food processor until rice shaped)
1/3-1/2 c. of goat cheese
1 egg, beated
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
dash of salt and pepper

After preparing the cauliflower place in a dish towel and squeeze as much water as possible out as you can! This is very important to do!!!!  Then place riced cauliflower and remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix until all combined. Grease a large baking sheet and place mixture onto sheet. Form into a even level pizza shape.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.  Place toppings of your choice onto the crust and bake for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted! Slice and serve!

Homemade MAYO 

Although it may seem a bit scary I promise it isn't. Mayo is simple. Period. Just do it.

1 cup avocado oil
1 pasture raised egg, room temperature
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Dash of salt and pepper
Optional: 1 tsp. hot sauce

Place egg and other seasonings besides oil into the food processor and process until combined.  Slowly pour oil through the top opening while the processor is on.  Continue until all oil is used and mayo becomes a creamy consistency.  Place mayo into a mason jar and store in fridge, usually lasts a week. I use this to top burgers or salmon :)

My Favorite Juice Recipe!
Sometimes I just crave juice, so if that happens I make this simple juice.

1 Gala apple
3 large carrots
3-4 stalks celery
2 BIG handfuls of spinach
1 small piece of ginger

Juice all veggies using your juicer and enjoy.  The worst part is the clean-up, yup...

Power Balls (Gluten Free)
I love having easy snacks available during the day.  Something small and slightly sweet is always a good thing. Yum.

1/2 c. almond or cashew butter
3-4 Tb. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. almond flour
1/4 c. coconut flakes
3/4 c. gluten free oats
2 Tb. xylitol or sweetener of choice 
1/4-1/3 c. chopped chocolate of choice

Place all ingredients together in a bowl and mix until combined.  Spoon into tablespoon sized balls and place on a small cookie sheet.  Place balls into fridge to chill and store.  Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy some of these and hopefully I'll get on here more often with updates.  Have a lovely rest of your weekend :)

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