Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Paleo Chocolate Cookies

Photo: Chocolate walnut cookies ( gluten free, soy free and dairy free)

In a baking mood.... bread or cookie ! Finally decided on cookies. I am really not good at baking cookies.. They often came out over baked.  And .. I over baked this one too. But it still taste pretty good. The BF had 4 pieces when he came back from work... so I guess it is good ;)

Adapted the recipe from Elana's pantry for this.  Instead of grapeseed flour, I added unsweetened cocoa powder. Also, I added walnut instead of chocolate chips.. for the basic reason that I do not believe that chocolate chips are Paleo ( even though some Paleo fanatic claimed it is )

(Modified version. Refer to Elana's pantry for the original recipe )
2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoon of honey ( the BF feedback : 4 tablespoon would be awesome if you have sweet tooth)
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry Form ½-inch 1-inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes
5. Cool and serve


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Turkey Burger

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An adaptation of  grilled turkey burger from Runner's world, this recipe is so simple and yet so good. 4 ingredients is what is takes to make a good burger :). Instead of grilling, we cooked it over an iron cast skillet. The original recipe included a sauce but we decided to  do away with the sauce and had it with green beans and tomato.( check out the original recipe or the sauce)

It makes good leftover too. We had it for dinner last night and gosh... it seems to be more flavorful.
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary ( we used dry rosemary)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Olive oil cooking spray

1. In a bowl, mix turkey and rosemary.
2. Divide into four portions and form into one-inch-thick oval patties.
3. Season patties with salt and pepper; spray with olive oil.
4. Place on grill. ( we cooked it over a skillet)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Microwaved Mug Cake


This is one recipe which we discovered due to "desperate craving". We came back from dinner at a friend place and were both sitting on the couch.. craving for some treats. There were none at home :(

Google did not fail us that night.... googled and found numerous recipe for microwave chocolate cake. I randomly chose one and showed it to the BF. And Bingo... he was in the kitchen baking one.  I was skeptical at first as I am a firm believer that cakes need to be bake in proper oven.. mircowave does not do the job. I was wrong. The recipe was yummy that the BF has since made it 3 times.... and I am sure more in the near future

1 small ripe banana
1 1/2 Tablespoons almond butter(or any nut butter)
1 egg
2 heaping Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons sweetener(We used honey.. 2 table spoon or more)
Chocolate chips, walnuts, dried fruit, or other mix-ins(optional)

1. With a fork, mash the banana into a smooth puree.
2. Mix the almond butter, egg, cocoa powder, and extra sweetener if using into the banana puree until it forms an even batter.
3. Fold in any mix-ins into the batter that you’d like.
4.  Pour the batter into a mug or other microwave safe container.  Microwave on high for 2 and 1/2 minutes until the center is set. Carefully remove the mug from the microwave and enjoy hot, cold, or at room temperature.


Friday, July 6, 2012

No Bean Chili (Rib-eye Chili)

Chili with a twist ! No beans, no ground meat.. just plain old bacon and Rib eye. Nothing can possibly go wrong with bacon and Rib eye , right ?

Asked the BF to choose a recipe to make dinner.... and bingo he picked this winner from  our cook book (Cast Iron Skillet Flavors) ... . Had to trust this boy when it comes to FOOD !

3 slice bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoon cumin
2.5lb rib-eye, cut  into 1/2 inches
3.5 cup of water
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon of cornmeal ( we use coconut flour)
1/4 cup of sour cream for garnish

1. Cook the bacon till crisp
2. Add the onion and garlic and cook till onion is soft
3. Add paprika, cumin and chili powder, stir for 2 min
4. Add beef, water and oregano
5. Simmer for 2- 2.5 hour till beef is tender
6. Add salt and pepper
7. Stir in the cornmeal, stir for 5 min or till thicken
8 Serve with sour cream ( we omit this since we are on Paleo)


Pot Roast

Pot roast stuff with bacon.. who can resist this ! I saw the recipe at the Civilized Caveman blog and knew that I had to try this !

It is great to have a pot roast recipe that does not use tomato sauce as a base. I had a hard time looking for a recipe that does not use tomato as a base. I knew I had to make this when I saw the recipe.

The BF and I agreed that the recipe is a keeper. Further, it makes good leftover.  We had left over last night and gosh.. it tasted even better !

3lb Chuck Roast
1 White Onion, sliced
3-4 Slices of bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
 6 Garlic cloves halved
 2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/4 EVOO
1 Tbsp Smoky Paprika
1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
1 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Thyme
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1.  Using a thin knife create about 12 holes deep into the meet about 1/2 inch wide, you need to be able to fit some garlic and bacon in the hole
2. Now place bacon and garlic in each hole
3. In a small mixing bowl, mix your Sea salt, paprika, parsley, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, EVOO, and red wine vinegar and mix well
4. Rub your spice mixture all over both sides of your roast
5. Line the bottom of your crock pot with your sliced onions and whatever left over pieces of bacon you have
6. Place your roast on top and cook on Low for 7-10 hours. Remember chuck roasts are tougher cuts of meat so the longer it cooks the better