Making fuel for my lifestyle is a huge part of what has allowed my body to perform its best with the least struggles. I have included this section of my blog with favorite recipes I have to share a little more of my life with you, so feel free to explore your kitchen and check out what the Paleo lifestyle or just a recipe can surprise you with and what it has to offer.

First off, you are probably asking yourself, What is Paleo anyway?
The best answer to this is by Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, at his website that is full of useful information, with legitimate answers.
For me, being a human and type O blood it is the perfect diet and the most natural way for me to not struggle with asthma,  excema, infections, chronic inflamtion, diarrhea, lack of sleep, heavy mood swings, low energy and a bunch of other stuff that either I didn't know about yet, or I just would deal with not knowing any better.  Basically the diet consist of food in the form God made it, unprocessed, meat, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds.. our food has evolved but our bodies have not, which is creating a crazy amount of environmentally caused illnesses that are preventable!

Mac&Cheese Knock Off Casserole

What you’ll need:1 Cauliflower
1 Yellow Squash
2 cups Cashews
¾ cup Roasted red peppers
¼ cup Coconut milk (canned)
2 Tbs Salsa (red classic kind, or could use homemade)
1 Tbs Olive oil
2 tsp bacon grease

1 tsp Organic Chicken Boulion1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder or 3-4 cloves
to taste: sea salt,(I used trader joes smoked sea salt, it yum!)
food processor, oven, cheese grater 9x9 or 9x13 baking pan

- Pre-heat oven to 375’
- Wash and chop up cauliflower into about thumb nail size pieces
- Put cauliflower in pan with about 1 cup of water and steam for 10-15 minutes until a fork can easily enter it but not easily mash it.
- Wash and shred yellow squash with a cheese grater, set aside.
- Put cashews into food processor, pulse until fine, but not butter, add in red peppers, pulse until blended. Then add salsa, coconut milk, olive oil, bacon grease,  and garlic until nice creamy paste is made.
- Spray pan with olive oil
- drain water from cauliflower mix in with squash in a bowl (this makes the mac part) and then add the cheese paste (the cheese part).
- Evenly spread across baking pan and bake until top is crusty ( about 25-30 mins)

Almond Bombcakes!

Preheat oven to 350, or in my case, set toaster oven to 350!

in a mixer blend:
2 eggs
1 cup almond butter (unsalted is preferred)
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt

mix until evenly blended.

in separate bowl:
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2-3/4 cup chopped almonds

Combine dry ingredients with the goop until it looks good then scoop out some nice balls onto parchment paper! bake about 8-9 minutes, until just golden brown.

I use a size 30 scoop and get around 1 1/2 dozen I would use a size 40 if I had one though!

Paleo Sesame Bread!

4 eggs separated
3 1/2 cups almond flour ( I used blanched but meal would probably work too)
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teas sea salt ( or if your addicted to sea salt sprinkle some on the top before baking)
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds or any seed you want
1 teas applecider vinegar
1 teas baking SODA
1/4 teas baking powder

Preheat oven to 350'
Combine dry ingredients.
Put honey, apple cider vinegar, and yolks all together and whisk together until combined.
Whisk egg whites until they about double in size.
Mix together yolks and dry ingredients.
Then fold in egg whites.
Plop in silicone bread pan, sprinkle sesame seeds, put in oven!

Bake for about 15-20 min, until crusty brown top and knife comes out clean!

This one has Eggbite in it but sometimes for a quick breakfast I just cut some fresh strawberries on top of a slice or banana and almond butter!

Pretty much just a crustless, dairyless, quick grab quichy snack! Sometimes I eat these cold to squash a craving or just warm these up in the toaster oven, or put them in a zip lock for a hike to eat later, or place them in my sandwich!
So versatile!

10-12 eggs
1 cup chopped kale
3-4 green onions
1 or a half of a yellow onion
1 zucchini or yellow squash (get crazy and have both!)
3/4 cup broccoli
1 cup cooked sausage, or cooked and crumbled bacon (or go vegitarian and skip these)

1 tsp oregano
some fresh basil
2 crushed garlic cloves
fresh cracked pepper to taste
some sea salt to sprinkle on the tops

Pre heat oven to 350'
Chop up all the veggies pretty fine, or put them in the food processor but take them out before they become a butter!
Whisk all the eggs together with pepper until yoke and white are well combined
Mix in all the veggies and meat with spices.
Spoon out into silicone muffin cups to about 1/2 full.
Cook until middle is solid.
Let cool then pop out into a Tupperware and they store in the fridge all week for sack lunches!
I make about 4 jumbo muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Holiday Treats!

Paleo granola

Preheat oven to 350'

1 cup sunflower seeds, no salt
1 cup whole or sliced almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup almond flour
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup organic Raisens
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cherries
(cut in halves)
1 handful sesame seeds
(optional) 2 Tbs carob powder, cocoa powder good too!

Wet ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 heaping tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
2 heaping tsp vanilla extracts

Oiled cookie sheet

Mix up all the dry ingredients, in a big bowl, set aside.

In a sauce pan on medium low bring ingredients to a boil. Take off heat and pour into bowl of dry mix and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Press evenly onto oiled cookie sheet, bake for about 25 minutes. The granola will seem a little gooey still but let it cool, and break into whatever size pieces you like your granola to be in!

Paleo candy.... whaaaat?...

Paleo Sunflower butter cups dark chocolate

1/2-3/4 cup raw honey to taste ( using half
1 cup sunflower seed butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs organic butter or ghee ( if you use ghee add a pinch of salt)
11 oz of dark chocolate

        I used 10 oz of 65% and added about 1 oz of 100% cocoa.

Double boil the chocolate with the butter. In some recipes they have you microwave the chocolate but I don't think it's worth saving the 10 minutes because you have a way higher chance of blooming your chocolate, you have to temper it just right, and it's way easier to do that over the stove.

Take spoonfuls of chocolate and put into silicone muffin cups. While the chocolate is still warm and mobile, hold up and tilt each cup while rotating in a full 360, to lightly coat the sides about halfway up.
Place in freezer to set.

Mix up honey, sunflower seed butter, and vanilla until well blended. Roll into balls and flatten to make little disks. Place disks into cups, cover with chocolate, and put in the freezer again to set.

Once set, about 10-15 minutes, pop out of the silicone, place candies into cute paper cups and enjoy!

Coconut-Milk Caramels

Prep time- 5-10
Cook time- about 45 minutes

Grease 9x9 pan with coconut oil or lightly with butter.

1 14 oz can of coconut milk
1.5 cups of brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbs vanilla
Pinch of vanilla beans if you have em
(Optional) Pinch of sea salt

Candy thermometer- is pretty important for this project

Also have a bowl of ice cold water with a spoon right by the stove.

In a good thick medium-large sauce pan put coconut milk, brown sugar, 1/4 cup organic butter and melt down on medium-high heat constantly stirring. As it starts to boil up turn heat down so that it is still boiling but not boiling over. Have the candy thermometer in the side of the pan but just have in mind it will take about 30 minutes for the thermometer to even look like its moving.

When the caramel gets up to about 237' it starts getting hot really quick.

When the caramel hits 240', while stirring, take a tiny bit out on the spoon and put it in the cold water to cool. How the caramel is in the cold water is how it will set, you don't want it too soft and you don't want it to be concrete. Usually right at 245 degrees is perfect, right when it hits that I tun off the heat and I put the vanilla and the vanilla beans in there.

Pour it into the 9x9 hot, let sit ... usually overnight, or until completely cooled.

Use a pastry scraper and cut out one strip at a time, about ten, then cut the strip into desired size candies. I do about 10x10 to get 100 candies in a batch.

Cut 3x3 wax paper squares and wrap em up individually.

HAVE FUN!! leave a comment and let me know how it went!

Ever miss that warm hearty oatmeal breakfast? 

Man, I sure do, I used to eat oatmeal religiously before snowboarding, it was so yummy and I love have something warm in the morning. Now I have something even better...

Super easy and affordable too...

In a sauce pan put
1 serving of apple sauce, unsweetened, I like the chunky apple sauce and the crunchy almond butter, for more of an oatmealy texture..
1/2 the above amount of almond butter, or more if you want
some cinnamon
1/2 banana crushed, if you have one, optional

stir and warm up on low... don't let boil though, pull it off right before.

Add some raisons, walnuts, or whatever your favorite oatmeal toppings are.

See you on the hill.... and eat my pow spray! haha!

SO nervous! My Boyfriend and I got invited to a make your own pizza birthday party for his good friend Ty. PIZZA! AH.. I love and hate it! such a weakness so usually I just steer clear!
I decided to just bring some ingredients for a Paleo Pizza Crust, that I got from Sara Fragrosa's blog,

These are family friends so I could make myself at home...

I asked grandma if I should do a half batch but she encouraged me that others would wanna try it so full batch here I go...

EverydayPaleo Pizza Crust

2 cups almond meal
2 eggs
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 Tbs olive oil
1 heaping tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbs fresh chopped rosemary (the best part of it!)

Mix it all up well and spread it onto a oiled pizza dish... don't roll it.. just hand pat it out. 

I baked it, in the pre-heated for the party, 500 degree oven for ten minutes--BEFORE putting any toppings on it.

I let it cool for a little bit then put grandma's homemade marinara and homemade Italian chicken sausage, joined with; some spinach, mushrooms, thinly sliced onions, with some cold sliced avocado on the whole thing.. Half the pizza had some yummy pepperoni and some crumbles of goat cheese with everything else!

I found out I thought it need some extra marinara for dipping but maybe its just cause grandma Lori's marinara was so dang good!

Everyone liked the pizza and was surprised how good it was! I was stoked and satisfied after-wards! Gave some new ideas away and shared my lifestyle with friends! 

I did have a couple bites of Emma's Carmel Apple Pie, I can't say no to her lil cookin's, she made it special for her brother, and it was special!

Thanks for inviting me to your birthday Ty!

I've been wanting to try and make a paleo cake and just got this carob powder when I got invited to come celebrate my buddy Donn's birthday. Donn and his wife Alex are paleo so it was the optimal excuse to try out a cake!

Paleo Carob Cake

2 3/4 cups almond meal
1/4 cups coconut flour
1 tsp sea salt
4 -5 heaping* Tbl carob powder
  Combine in bowl, mix well, so that all the particles of each ingredient have a buddy from every other ingredient.
Wet stuff-
Almost* 1/2 cup apple sauce
About* 1 cup honey
2 lil eggers
Almost* 1/2 cup almond milk
* = eye it, feel it out, practice being Italian, work on chef skills, almost= not quite, about= lil more or a lil less;)
Coat a cake pan of choice pretty heavily with coconut oil, then flour it with some arrowroot powder. ( this is to make sure you can pop it out when you wanna eat it instead of scraping it off!)
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix em up, with out forgetting about the dry wall-flowers in the corner of the bottom of the bowl, get them all muddy too!
Bake at 350, until a knife comes out clean...
For the sauce I just cooked some frozen raspberries, with a tsp of lemon juice, and a hand squeeze of honey. It was delicious, them berries could really just be naked on there too!
Pull out the cake at about 35 minutes, let cool, put in fridge for snackers, desserts, or to combat cravings!
Everyone at the party loved it! It just added to what a fun one we were already having playing a new classic, Apples to Apples:)

Blueberry Paleo Muffins

Making up a recipe at my boyfriends house, should be alright actually, we have most of what we need.
2 cups almond flour
3 Tbs coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup apple sauce, (saw this in the fridge, thought it might be yummy)
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbs almond milk
Oh, and some blueberries, however many look like a good amount to ya.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until you can press down on them a little and they puff back up where you pushed down.
They're easy, just don't burn em, that's a waste. They're a total experiment, maybe cavemen had recipes but I couldn't really see them makin these, but the goal in the experiment is to get them so that anyone would eat one and like it.
Muffins are perfect for a pocket snack stash or just for having in the fridge for when your craving some baked good.Mmmmm!!!

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