Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sugar-Free Coconut N'Oatmeal

I've made about 3 different versions of this paleo porridge; I often come back to it when I'm craving something warm in the morning, but want to avoid any kind of added sweetener.

A little too much coconut can not only dominate the flavor but also make paleo hot cereal (literally) a little too hard to swallow.

Sugar-Free Coconut N'Oatmeal

3/4 cup coconut milk or water
3 tbs. coconut flour
2 tbs. ground flax
pinch of salt
1 egg
oatmeal toppings of choice (I used blackberries & cinnamon)

Heat liquid, coconut flour, flax and salt in a small saucepan. When it comes to a boil, cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Remove pot from heat and crack in egg, stirring immediately. Return to low heat and cook, stirring often, for another 2 minutes. Texture should be thick and porridge-like.

Serve with oatmeal toppings of choice.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Paleo "Egg Roll in a Bowl"

I will totally admit I wanted to make this recipe for the name alone. I'm a sucker for a foodie rhyme, and was totally obsessed with egg rolls as a kid. I can't honestly say the last time I ate one, though, so was looking for a suitable substitute.

There are a few recipes online dubbed "egg roll in a bowl," but I went with the most basic one as a starting point. This was so ridiculously easy to throw together that the caveman didn't believe me when I said I made us lunch as quickly as I did.

I used ground pork for my protein because I think it offers the most authentic egg roll flavor. Next time I'm going to get really crazy and include some chopped water chestnuts for crunch. Mushrooms would taste delicious in this too!

Paleo "Egg Roll in a Bowl"

1 tsp. coconut oil
1 lb. ground pork
5 minced garlic cloves
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1 tsp. freshly minced ginger
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 10 oz. bag coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
sliced green onion & sesame seeds, to garnish

Melt coconut oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat.

Add pork and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon to break up.

Combine garlic, coconut aminos, ginger, vinegar and sesame oil in a small bowl.

Add sauce to browned pork and stir. Reduce heat and cover; cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paleo "Almond Joy" Coffee Creamer

So we didn't get quite the blizzard that was predicted for Connecticut, but I still spent plenty of quality time home with my kids earlier this week. I have always associated snow days with hot cocoa and baking. How can you beat it when your kids come in freezing and soaking from a snowball fight?

I made this creamer to enjoy in my own mug of espresso, then poured a little into the hot cocoa I made for them. YUM.

I didn't go heavy at all on the sweetener here, so really the main flavor is almond. Extra delicious if you have the time to toast a little shredded coconut to sprinkle on top (it's in my mug but kind of hard to see in the photo).

Paleo "Almond Joy" Coffee Creamer

2/3 cup canned coconut milk (open can upside-down and use the thick part)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
natural sweetener, to taste (I used granular stevia)
2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbs. water

Combine coconut milk, almond milk, extracts and sweetener in a mason jar or other jar with a lid.

Put cocoa powder in a small bowl. Heat water to boiling (I use an electric kettle) and pour over cocoa powder. Still until it forms a paste.

Drop paste into jar with other ingredients. Place lid on jar and shake vigorously to combine.

Taste for sweetness and use as you would regular coffee creamer.