Thursday, January 24, 2013

Raw Kale Chips

I've just recently cracked open Brad's Raw Leafy Kale.  I bought these at Whole Foods.  They are kale chips that are vegan, not baked and not fried (Dehydrated) and I bought the Nasty Hot! flavor.  They are actually really good.  They are made with a spicy version of cashew cheese on them.  We need to keep working on our cashew cheese recipe to get it right.  They are a great crunchy snack.  I know a lot of people make their own kale chips by baking them in the oven.  We own a dehydrator so I hope we can try making these.  You lose less nutrients when you dehydrate. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Best paleo choc chip cookie

This is the second paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe I tried and it is the one we like the best.
It's amazing that is doesn't have a lot of dry ingredients and it makes a cookie.
I found the recipe here

Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey (or 1/2 cup if you like it a bit sweeter)
1 egg
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I have dairy and soy free ones from Whole Foods)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Oil baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
3. Stir together first 8 ingredients. Mix well. Make sure honey is fully incorporated.
4. Add chips and coconut.
5. Scoop with a cookie scoop onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yield: about 20 cookies with a level 2 Tbsp. cookie scoop

Sunday, January 6, 2013

What's for Dinner?

Now that we have been back for a week I'm getting back on track with cooking at home.

This week we had a lot of bean free chili.  I used lean hormone free ground meat and then I used antibiotic free range ground turkey too. 

We also had an Asian flavored flank steak stir fry.  We tried kelp noodles for the first time and they are awesome.  We use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and we used the juice of an orange.

The last bowl of roasted red pepper pumpkin soup was consumed!  It was from the pumpkin we roasted over Veterans Day.  We had pureed the pumpkin and froze a lot of it.  It made two huge batches of soup.  We use almond milk to make our soup creamy.

Yesterday I slow cooked some pork tenderloin in a green enchilada sauce my husband made out of our garden peppers.  It was really awesome and we have an even bigger can of the sauce waiting in the pantry!   We made tostadas.  I bought some blue corn tortillas (I know not exactly paleo), daiya dairy and soy free pepperjack cheese (yes I realized after I bought it that it says it may contain tapioca), spinach was on sale, guac, and topped with some hot salsa.  My husband and I both thought this was the best meal ever.  I guess it has been a long time since we had anything like a taco :)

I've been snacking on bananas or apples with almond butter.
Yesterday I had a banana with almond butter and some of my soy free mini chocolate chips.
I did buy some new snacks to try from Whole Foods.  I bought some spicy kale chips and some sun dried tomato flax crackers.  They didn't have the larabars I can eat.  I eat the pecan and date bar the most often.  

Dinner tonight though is a whole roasted chicken, roasted parsnips, steamed broccoli, and a sweet potato mash with some chopped nuts on top. 

We dont have tons of leftovers in the fridge right now and it'll be a full work week.
I do have leftover pork and taco toppings.  I can have a salad topped with that for lunch.
I will have leftover chicken and broccoli too.  I think I should make some chicken soup.