August 25, 2014

Paleo Plantain Buns (AIP, Dairy Free, Egg Free)



Alright people, as I promised, I am finally jumping on the grain free bun bandwagon. I decided to share the Paleo Plantain Bun recipe with you before the Paleo Sweet Potato one. Don't ask me why. I just did. Maybe because I like these ones a little more than the Sweet Potato ones. These have a texture similar to a biscuit, and are slightly crunchy on the outside with a softer insider. They are pretty darn delicious if you ask me. They are also AIP friendly, dairy free, egg free and nut free so I hope that most of you will be able to enjoy these, no matter what your dietary restrictions. But no, these do not have the fluffy texture of a wheat filled bun. I am sure you can tell that by the photos, but I don't want you to be mislead. We are all about truth telling here on Pure and Simple Nourishment.

Now if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding last night for my good friend Alanna, and her now husband Nathan. It was held at the Summerhill Winery in Kelowna and I have to say I don't think the day could have been more perfect. The weather was amazing, the venue was beautiful and Alanna and her family and friends did an amazing job of decorating. And the food. Oh man. It. Was. Good. Alanna is a little bit of a foodie (yes just a little) so I expected this, but the venue provided an entirely organic, locally grown, and ethically raised 5 course meal that was just incredible. I am still thinking about it. Definitely the best food I have had at a wedding (and even for me and my "special needs" diet). So I just wanted to send out a quick congratulations to Alanna and Nathan. I hope the night was as special to you as it was to all of us guests.









And in other very happy news I am currently on vacation in the Okanagan. Alanna and Nathan's wedding was the perfect excuse to spend another week out here and so far (as always) it has been amazing. Sunshine everyday, amazing food, good books. And Erik even got to come out here this time which, of course, I am pretty happy about. I just started reading Grain Brain yesterday and once I am finished I will post a review here on the blog. Have any of you read it already? What did you think?

Besides using these as buns for hamburgers or sandwiches I really like eating these with my Fresh Parsley Pesto or nut butter. They also make a great breakfast by adding a little jam and a side of protein. I would love to hear what combinations you come up with. What will you top these with?

And as always I would be thrilled if you followed me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook! Enjoy the recipe everyone. I would love to hear what you think of these.




Ingredients

2 green plantains
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand because it is organic and BPA free) 
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (I use this kind
1 gelatin egg*
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 TBSP coconut flour (I use this kind
pinch sea salt

*To make a gelatin egg: Take 1 TBSP grassfed gelatin and mix with 1 TBSP cold water until dissolved, then add 2 TBSP boiling water and beat until it is frothy

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. Peel and chop the plantains
3. Add the plantains, coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut butter to your food processor and process until smooth (a powerful blender would probably also work, but I have not tested it) 
4. Transfer plantain mix to a large bowl
5. Add remaining ingredients and mix well 
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
7. Form the buns by transferring dough back and forth between hands until you have a large disc (approximately 8-10 cm in diameter and 0.5-1cm thick)
8. Place buns on baking sheet and bake for 15-16 minutes on one side and then flip with a large spatula and cook for another 4-6 minutes (they should be brown on both sides and hold together easily)
9. Remove from oven and let the buns cool on the baking sheet for 30-60 minutes before enjoying

Yield: 4 large buns

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August 21, 2014

My Favorite Paleo Pork Burgers (Paleo, SCD, GAPS)



So the weather has officially turned my friends. At least here in Calgary anyways. I am not ready for summer to be over so I sure hope it is a temporary shift. I know that some people love fall, but I am just not one of them. I would trade fall and winter weather for sun and a beach any day. It is actually on my bucket list to live on a beach one day. I sure hope I can make that dream come true. My blog may have to get a bit more successful to make that dream a reality though…  In the mean time I will just have to put up with the rain. We don't get much rain here in Calgary, so whenever we do I find myself stalking Hunter Rain Boots online… I have been meaning to buy a pair for years but have never been able to pick a colour. I know, I know, these are serious issues I am dealing with over here.

Anyways…
Why are these my favourite pork burgers do you ask? Two reasons. One, they are rather delicious. Two, they are super easy to make. These contain only 5 ingredients and take only a few minutes to prepare. I make these a lot because they take almost no time and I always have the ingredients on hand. I actually can't believe I haven't posted these here yet because I eat them that often. I guess I never really thought they were "blog worthy" since they are so simple. But I have come to realize that I am not the only one that appreciates simple, easy to prepare meals.

Now you will also noticed that these burgers are in a bun. Yes that is right my friends I created my first paleo bun recipe. I realize I am behind the times on this one… most paleo bloggers out there have a few grain free bun recipes on their blogs. To be honest I just didn't really miss them. But I finally decided it was time I joined in on the trend. These are sweet potato buns and I will share the recipe soon I promise. I also came up with a recipe for plantain buns. Do you have a preference for which one I share first? I personally like the plantain buns better because they aren't quite as sweet… but I will let you weigh in.

And as always I would love it if you followed me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!





Ingredients

2 lbs ethically raised ground pork (can be bought here
2 TBSP organic dried basil (buy here
3 TBSP organic dijon mustard (I like this brand
sea salt to taste
black pepper to taste 

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well with a spoon 
2. Form burger patties of desired size and place on a large plate or platter
3. Place plate/platter in the fridge for 30-60 minutes (this helps the burgers stick together better)
4. Grill the burgers on the barbecue until cooked evenly on both sides OR cook these in a frying pan on medium heat with 1 TBSP of bacon fat (that's how I cooked the ones in the photos) 
5. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

Yield: 5-7 burgers (depending on patty size)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Total time: 45-75 minutes

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