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Whole30 and Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding and Cafe Mocha Chia Pudding

26 Jan

You’re chocolate cravings, and need for a healthy breakfast, are covered with these chocolate and cafe mocha chia pudding recipes!

Whole30 Chia Pudding!

Whole30 Chia Pudding!

Ingredients – Chocolate Chia Pudding (4 servings):

2 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew milk (can sub unsweetened almond, coconut, etc)

3/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup pitted pressed dates*

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method – Chocolate chia Pudding:

Add cocoa powder, cashew milk, date paste, and vanilla to your high powered blender (I used my Vitamix) or food process and blend until date is fully incorporated.  Add chia seeds and process to mix.  Dispense evenly into 4 mason jars and refrigerate overnight to set.

Ingredients – Cafe Mocha Chia Pudding (4 servings):

1 cup coconut milk (can sub unsweetened cashew, almond, etc)

1 cup leftover coffee

2 tbl. cocoa powder

1/4 cup + 1 tbl. pressed dates*

2 tbl. cashew butter (can sub almond, pecan, etc just ensure no sugar)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chia seeds

Method – Cafe Mocha Chia Pudding:

Add cocoa powder, coconut milk, coffee, date paste, cashew butter, and vanilla to your high powered blender (I used my Vitamix) or food process and blend until date is fully incorporated.  Add chia seeds and process to mix.  Dispense evenly into 4 mason jars and refrigerate overnight to set.

*Found at local Indian market.  You should be able to find pressed dates, baking dates, or date paste (as far as I can tell they are all the same) at Indian or Middle Eastern markets.  If you cannot find this ingredient here is how to make your own:  soak 1 cup pitted dates in 2/3 cups boiling water for 1+ hours (until SOFT) and then puree.

Pitted pressed dates

Pitted pressed dates

 

Whole30 and Paleo Pulled Pork Scrambled Eggs

15 Jan

Got leftover pulled pork?  You need to try this easy breakfast!  My husband and his brother came up with the idea of pulled pork scrambled eggs – so easy, so good.

Whole30 & Paleo Pulled Pork Scrambled Eggs

Whole30 & Paleo Pulled Pork Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients:

2-3 large eggs

Handful leftover pulled pork, recipe here

Kosher salt

Pepper

Method:

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat.  Add your pork and begin to sauté to warm.  Whisk your eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Add eggs to skillet and scramble with pork to desired doneness of the egg.

Paleo Veggie Scramble

2 Dec

Breakfast seems to be the most difficult meal when people want to move to a paleo lifestyle.  Americans have become so accustom to food on the go: bagels, muffins, croissants, donuts, yogurt; that when you remove the grains, dairy, and processed sugar from the equation the first thing someone will ask is “Then what will I eat??”.  You eat everything else, that’s what you eat.  Paleo is actually a very small list of “no foods” and an extremely large list of “yes foods”, it is just that the “no foods” are foods people normally eat all the time.  Paleo Made Easy contains recipes for all sorts of paleo muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc. So if you are looking for paleo baked goodies that you can make in advance and grab on the go, check it out.  If you have a little more time in the morning, or even if you want breakfast for dinner (don’t knock it until you try it) this is a very easy recipe for a delicious meal that contains the protein and carbohydrates your body needs.  Yes, carbohydrates.  You don’t need grains to get your carbohydrates and fiber, vegetables are made of carbohydrates and fiber!  This serves 4 people, or you can make it all for yourself and have leftovers for a morning when you want eggs but don’t have time to make them.  Depending on the quality of knives you have and the time it takes you to chop, this meal will take 30 minutes or less to prepare (including bacon cook time).  This reminds me, if you are interested in a paleo lifestyle, please invest in awesome knives.  It will save you an infinite amount of time and aggravation.  We didn’t go for the best of the best (Shun), because we don’t have $$$$$ to spend on cutlery, but we went with a really great set from the Culinary Institute of America (where John’s brother was trained as a chef).

Paleo veggie scramble with crispy bacon

Paleo veggie scramble with crispy bacon

Search your grocery store, you will usually find at least one brand of uncured nitrate free bacon!

Search your grocery store, you will usually find at least one brand of uncured nitrate free bacon!

That's it, just eggs, onion, pepper, hot pepper, and broccoli.

That’s it, just eggs, onion, pepper, hot pepper, and broccoli.

Paleo veggie scramble

Paleo veggie scramble

Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 hot pepper (jalapeño or serrano), diced

1 head broccoli floretts, diced

10 large eggs (preferably from naturally fed, no hormone/antibiotic treated chickens)

Kosher or sea salt

Pepper

Coconut oil

12 oz. uncured nitrate free bacon

Method:

Preheat your oven to 400°F.  Lay the sliced of bacon on a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet.  Bake your bacon at 400°F to preferred doneness, I like mine crispy which translates to 25-30 minutes.  Baking your bacon like this will ensure each piece stays flat and the excess fat drains off and away.  Dice all of the vegetables.  Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk them until they start to froth.  Heat about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat.  Add the onion, season with a little salt, and saute for 2 minutes.  Add the remaining vegetables and saute for 1-2 minutes.  Turn the heat down to medium low.  Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and continue to stir and flip the mixture until the eggs are cooked to the desired doneness.  I like my eggs cooked, but not rubbery!  So as soon as the eggs are not runny/wet I remove my scramble from the heat.  The great thing about a scramble is that you can be as creative as you want with the ingredients.  These are my go to favorites, but if I had kale or spinach in the house that would have been a great addition.  Anything goes, be creative 🙂  Just try to keep a good egg to veggie ratio.

 

Paleo breakfast hash

27 Feb

Homemade corned beef hash is something two diners in my area are famous for, but paleo it is not.  Here is a recipe for a delicious hash that abides by paleo guidelines for whenever you are in the mood to make a comforting breakfast (or breakfast for dinner).

Ingredients

1/2 lb. uncured nitrate free beef bacon (or substitute uncured nitrate free pork or turkey bacon)

1 1/4 lb. butternut squash, peeled and diced (if eating this as a post workout meal you can substitute sweet potato for all or some of the squash)

1 onion, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbl. Earth Balance soy free buttery spread (can substitute avocado oil, olive oil, or canola oil)

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. pepper

Method

Heat “butter” in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook for 5 minutes. Add bacon and squash and turn the heat to medium high.  Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the bell pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook until has is browned, approximately 5 minutes.

I served mine up with a bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic and chive omelet in a bag (recipe from my cookbook Paleo Made Easy).