May 20, 2013

Sautéed Bacon and Kale with Blackberries (SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Meat)

I actually made this dish the first time a couple weeks ago and then again in Vegas so it was tested on the boyfriend and approved by at least him! But how could something involving both bacon and blackberries not be good? If you disagree with me I don't think we can be friends. Im kidding of course. Kind of...

I am sitting in the airport terminal waiting for my flight back to Calgary. I am not eager to get on that plane let me tell you! I could take a few more 35 degree days in the sun. But I am smuggling back some  Kerrigold butter and grassfed gelatin in my bag so I am a pretty happy girl. Yep that is what I am bringing back from Vegas... butter and gelatin. I sure know how to have fun. Ok there may be a couple pairs of shoes and a dress or two in my bag as well... I can't lie...
But enough of my rambling
Time for a recipe! This is great as a side dish. Or for breakfast. Or as a snack... Basically it's a multipurpose recipe.. if such a thing exists.

Sautéed Bacon and Kale with Blackberries (SCD, Paleo, GAPS) 


Ingredients

1 large head of green kale
1 medium sweet onion 
1 cup blackberries (or 2 small packages) 
1 package of bacon 




Directions

1. Place large frying pan or skillet on medium heat
2. Add bacon to pan and cook until desired consistency
3. While bacon is cooking wash your blackberries, kale and chop your onion
4. Once bacon is desired consistency add blackberries and onions to pan
5. Cook until onions are clear
6. Add kale to pan (just tear it off and place right in) and cook for a couple minutes until kale is softened 
7. Enjoy!!



** Note: If you want to try and save some of your bacon fat I would remove it from the pan before adding the onions and blackberries. I just cooked everything in the fat so it is that much more delicious but I know some of you rely on your bacon fat for cooking so I won't judge you if you remove some of it from this recipe. 

Well what do you think of this one? Will you try it? 

I hope everyone is having a good long weekend! 

May 17, 2013

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

So I have been away in Vegas this week so I don't have a recipe of my own to post for you but I will share some of my favorites from around the web this week. Some of these just look way too good not to make! Which ones will you try first??

Coconut Butter Cups from Sweetlyraw 



Now you all know that I definitely do not follow a raw diet. However, raw desserts do make a regular appearance in my kitchen because most of the ingredients used are SCD friendly - and even if they aren't they can be easily tweeked (ie. using honey instead of agave nectar). One of my favorite raw dessert blogs is SweetlyRaw. These coconut dessert cups are just one of the many delicious items you can find on this blog. When I first found this blog I spent a lot of time going back through the archived recipes...so many good ones to choose from! 


Grain Free Apple Walnut Pancakes from Seasonal and Savoury


Now I know there are a ton of grain free pancake recipes out there but this one just sounded too good not to share. I haven't made them yet so I really have no idea if they are tasty or not... but just look at them... how could they not be good?? Pretty much anything with apples in it is good in my books. If you make these let me know how they are! 


Paleo Pumpkin Chili from HealthBent 


Doesn't this look good?? Well to me it does! This chili recipe incorporates cocoa powder which I know sounds strange but trust me is delicious! Now I know cocoa powder isn't SCD legal so I apologize to those out there who won't be able to add that ingredient. And I have to say that the addition of avocado cream to this is genious. Who doesn't love avocado? 

Almond Butter Chocolate Cups from Mommypotamus


So it is a week for dessert cups apparently! Here is another recipe from Mommypotamus. If you haven't checked out this blog already I urge you to do so! Not only are the recipes great but the health information that is shared on this website is awesome! 
Now I know those of you who are pure SCD are cursing me right now because this recipe is again not SCD legal.. I will be making this one with honey instead of maple syrup but I don't think there is any substituting the cocoa powder... unless you made these with coconut butter instead (I can try it and let you know how it goes!) 

Alright folks well that's all for now... I am still in Vegas and sadly getting ready to come home and back to reality. Not ready for that I must say!

Let me know what you think of this weeks recipes! If you make any of them let me know! 

And as always feel free to ask me anything!




May 10, 2013

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

So I don't always have time to post my own recipes so I have decided to start a new regular series called Weekly Recipe Wrap-up. What this is is the recipes that I have come across during the week that look just way too tempting not to share. I follow way too many food blogs and am always pinning new recipes so now I will just put that effort to good use by sharing them with you as well!

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up 

Somoa Donuts on PaleoOMG (recipe courtesy of Jenni from the Urban Poser


Now the Enjoy Life chocolate chips used in this recipe are definitely not SCD friendly. Unfortunately chocolate isn't allowed on the diet. However if you tolerate them then go ahead! If I were to make these I would probably try making a chocolate sauce with real cocoa which I seem to do okay with. If I make these I will let you know how it goes! 

Easy Butter Chicken from GI 365


GI 365 is a new blog to me. But I have already added it to my favourite list. Doesn't this chicken dish look delicious! Now I haven't eaten butter chicken in years... but if this comes at all close to the regular dairy filled version then I will be a happy gal! 


Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from fresh4five 


This one is for all you bacon lovers out there! It goes to say that if you are paleo you probably eat your fair share of bacon. So why not combine your pork with your chicken? It actually looks really easy to make so I could easily see this one becoming a staple... And if you haven't heard of the fresh4five blog you should check it out. It's a good one. I promise. And we all know I would never lie to you.

Coconut Panna Cotta from DeliciouslyOrganic



This recipe for coconut milk panna cotta comes to you from DeliciouslyOrganic.
This is another blog I highly recommend you check out if you haven't yet! Carrie posts pretty regularly and everything always looks delicious! Not all her recipes are GAPS or SCD friendly so be cautious but for those of you out there that tolerate the full paleo diet then you will appreciate this website!

Ok everyone that is my weekly wrap up for this week! Let me know what you think about these recipes! Would you like to see these posts more often?? Seriously let me know! And if you have any other things you are wondering about that you would like me to talk about just past it on and I will see what I can come up with.

Happy weekend everyone!   

May 04, 2013

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Bars with Gelatin (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Dessert, Gelatin)




Post call blogging. Yep that's what I am doing today. So I am going to keep this short and sweet to prevent any rambling caused by my lack of sleep delirious state.

This recipe has many great and healthy ingredients including pecans, apples, honey and cinnamon. But there is one special ingredient that I snuck in here that you would never know about is grassfed gelatin! Yep I have been trying to incorporate this food into as many things as possible lately. Did you know it is considered a superfood? It has so many health benefits, which you can read about in my post here. In this recipe it helps give the apple layer a less runny consistency, and acts as a binder. It's such a versatile ingredient. I use it in so many things!
I was first introduced to using grassfed gelatin by Lauren from Empowered Sustenance. If you haven't checked out her blog yet you should. She's great, and maybe a genius (have you seen her recipe for cauliflower wraps??). Yep genius.

Ok enough talking. More eating. I hope you like this one! Let me know what you think.
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Until next time, happy eating everyone!



Ingredients


Apple Filling

5 cups of apples, chopped and peeled (these will shrink when you cook them- you will need 3 cups of cooked apples so the 5 cups is just an estimate) 
1 tbsp ground cinnamon (find it here
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (I use this kind
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (or orange for a different flavour) 
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp grassfed gelatin (I recommend this brand)




Crust

1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 1/2 cups ground pecans/ pecan flour
1/4 cup grassfed butter or coconut oil (Try this kind or this one
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp organic vanilla extract (This brand is great) 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp baking soda (I use this kind
1/4 tsp sea salt 

1/3 cup almond flour or shredded coconut
zest from 1 orange 



Directions

1. Peel apples and cut into slices
2. Fill a sauce pan with a thin layer of water and place on medium heat on the stove
3. Fill sauce pan with chopped apples and cook for 15-20 mins or until apples are soft
4. Sprinkle apples with ground cinnamon while cooking
5. While your apples are cooking start the crust by adding almond flour, pecan flour and butter/ coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl
6. Heat bowl for 45 sec on high to melt the butter
7. Add the remaining crust ingredients to bowl (except for the additional 1/3 cup almond flour and orange zest) and blend with a pastry blender  
8. Preheat your oven to 350 F
9. Take approximately 2/3 of your crust mix and press into the bottom of an 8x8 pan so that you have a layer about 1cm thick
10. Place pan in oven for 10 minutes or until crust edge turns golden brown
11. Once apples are soft enough remove 3 cups worth and place in a large bowl (try to limit the amount of liquid that you get)
12. Add vanilla, honey, lemon juice and gelatin to apples and blend with a pastry blender so that apples become further chopped and gelatin dissolves
13. Once the bottom crust is done, remove from oven and cover with your apple layer
14. Add 1/3 cup almond flour and orange zest to the remaining crust ingredients and blend with a pastry blender. You should get a more crumbly texture at this point (add a bit more almond flour if you don't)
15. Top the apples with your remaining crust ingredients
16. Place in oven for another 10 minutes or until the top layer becomes a golden brown 
17. Let the dish cool for a few minutes before enjoying
Optional: Top with SCD legal yogurt
Optional additions: Instead of using an additional 1/3 cup almond flour to make the crust more crumbly you could use 1/3 cup shredded coconut for a different flavour