You scream, I scream, We all scream for ice cream…
Tonight I had to have it. There was no way around it. It was either I make my own or I was falling off the wagon tonight! Lucky me tucked into the back of the freezer was a bag with a frozen peach and a banana in it! Yes this, a little coconut milk, ice cubes, and a few leaves of basil is all you need for a decadent ice cream that will fufill that sugar craving! This recipe is quick and easy even your kids will love it!
Ingrediants (Makes Three 1 cup servings)
1 Frozen Peach*
1 Frozen Banana*
2-3 Basil leaves destemmed (omit if you do not like basil)
1/2 cup coconut milk
5-6 ice cubes
Add all ingrediants into your food processor. (I used our vitamix on the frozen setting.) Make sure to stop processor and scrape sides frequently. Blend till mixed well. Serve!
*The key is well frozen fruit. I suggest leaving fruit in freezer for 24 or more hours.
One of the veggies I’ve always poo pood is zucchini! If you’ve been following my posts you know my first thought when I hear zucchini is a mushy smooshy mess that you get when you saute zuchini with butter (which I grew up eating Yuck!). Over the years though I’ve grown to love zucchini sticks raw with a little ranch dressing! Especially because we have had an abundance of them in a garden the last few years! The next best thing to eating it raw is my Zucchini Fries! These are tasty, perfect to pair with a burger or hot dog, so quick and easy to make and the dipping sauce adds that little extra kick to spice things up!
Ingrediants for Fries (serves 3-4 people):
3-4 average size zucchini cut in them into 4″ long sticks. I usually cut them in half the long way, cut them in half again, and the cut the fries usually 3-4 fries from each of the quartered sections
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 tsp smokey paprika
2 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Seasoning
Directions for Fries:
1. In large bowl place zucchini fries and drizzle with olive oil making sure they are coated well
2. In small bowl mix all your spices so you can evenly coat zucchini
3. Sprinkle spice mixture over zucchini tossing zucchini gently so you coat all sides
4. Place zucchini on grill (you want your grill to be between 350-375 degrees)
5. Cook on each side 2-3 minutes (the longer you cook the more “soggy” they will become so you don’t want to overcook) I prefer mine to still have a little crunch to them!
Dipping Sauce-Using my homemade mayo I usually take about a cup of mayo add 1 1/2 heaping tbsp of Chipotle seasoning (you can use less depending on what your taste buds like), and add in a diced up whole Jalapeño (with seeds removed). Mix it together really well and let sit in the fridge 1-2 hours before serving so the seasoning has time to really soak in. I usually make this a day or so ahead of time. We use it for everything dipping sauce, burger topping, coating for chicken, it has so many uses as it’s so tasty!
So what do you do when organic cherry tomatos are buy one get one free??? Make salsa of course! Thank you to my amazing sister in law Joy for her super yummy fresh and healthy recipe!
2 cartons of cherry tomatoes
2 large jalopenos (deseeded)
2 large cloves of garlic
2 tsp apple cidervinegar
1/2 medium sweet onion
1 tsp hot chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hand chop all fresh ingredients I use a Pampered Chef hand chopper and do each ingrediant individiually and add it to a bowl. Chop to the consistency you like. I prefer my salsa to be very fine no large pieces. Pour in vinegar, chili powder and cumin. Mix all together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill in fridge 30 minutes allowing ingredients to marinate together. Serve over your favorite veggies!
I had a cheat night and had a half of a half of baked potato covered with salsa along side some yummy meatloaf and purple cauliflower!
Of course we all know typical pasta is not paleo but I have been craving seafood fra diavolo badly! My local grocery store had wild caught squid the other day so I scooped up all of it to create something spicy enough to fill the need for a spicy seafood dish but also quick and healthy. Last weekend was also the start of the winter farmers market here in town so I had two great Spaghetti Squash to use as my “pasta”! This recipe fed 4 plus 2 left over servings for hubby and I to take for lunch tomorrow!
Garlicky Red Pepper Seafood
1lb uncooked wild caught squid (tubes and tentacles but use which ever you prefer)
1lb cooked shrimp (de-tailed I hate pulling tails off while your eating!)
4 heaping cups of spinach (this will cook down so feel free to add more if you like)
1 large garlic clove minced
1/4 large sweet onion finely chopping
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
4 tbsp olive oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”
2 medium cut in half and deseeded
Directions for Squash
1. Preheat oven 425
2. Season flesh side of squash with salt and pepper
3. Place flesh side down on thin layer of water on baking sheet
4. Bake 40 minutes
5. Using fork gently scrape flesh into bowl
If you are good at managing your time you can start prepping your seafood while squash bakes or just keep it in the microwave on warm until you need it.
Directions for Seafood
1. In mixing bowl place squid season with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp garlic powder mix well
2. Warm 2 tbsp olive oil
3. Once warm add garlic and onion (they should sizzle a little when they hit the pan thats when it is warm enough but be careful not to over cook your garlic) the onion and garlic are done when they become fragrant
4. Add seasoned squid and sauté 1 minute (this cooks quick and you don’t want it to be rubbery and over cooked)
5. Add shrimp to squid sauté 1 minute (shrimp in my recipe were precooked so I just needed to warm them but if you use raw throw them right in with squid initially)
6. Add spinach, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp garlic powder and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp dried basil and sauté and continuously stir till spinach is wilted approx. 3-4 minutes
7. Serve over your spaghetti squash
Last time I attempted a crab cake recipe it was a complete disaster. We ended up with flaked crab over a salad as my cakes ended up in a million pieces. So I’ve been scouring the internet for a tasty recipe that I could convert to paleo/primal. My base recipe is from Paula Deen with substitutions to fit our lifestyle and tweaks to the cooking process.
The cakes I came up with held together well. They had wonderful taste and were full of large chunks of crab meat! They easily browned on both sides and came out picture perfect. These cakes paired with a homemade Chipotle Aioli added a zing to the sweet crab meat.
1lb of fresh picked crab
2-3 celery hearts chopped thin (I prefer the hearts flavor to the outer stalks)
1 clove of garlic minced
2-3 shallots minced
2/3 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup almond flour
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp grass fed butter
1 tbsp dijon mustard
3 table spoons cream
1 egg whisked
1. On stove top melt 1 tbsp of butter sauté garlic, celery, and shallots till fragrant
2. Pick through crab meat for any excess shell and season with salt and pepper
3. Mix almond flour, coconut flour, and cayenne pepper in bowl put to side
4. In another bowl mix cream, dijon mustard, and egg put to side
5. Once your garlic, celery, shallot mix is sautéed add your crab meat, your cream, mustard, and egg mix, and half of your flour mixture and stir till combined-you can add additional flour mixture if needed but don’t add too much or your cakes won’t stay together they should be slightly moist
6. Remove from heat and form mixture into 8 cakes
7. Using the left over flour mixture lightly coat the outside of your cakes (you may have leftover)
8. Refrigerate until ready to cook
9. When your ready to cook heat skillet over medium heat and melt the last 2 tablespoons of butter
10. Cook each cake 3 minutes per side covering skillet with lid while cakes are cooking on each side
11. Remove from skillet with a wide blade spatula and serve!
So we have been having Fish Fridays in our house. I found a nice plump cod filet that I just couldn’t pass up last week. Fish is super healthy and can be so flavorful! It’s simple to bake and can be heavily dressed with herbs or simple with just some salt and pepper. I needed something equally as yummy to go with the nice Red Pepper Cod I planned to cook up. While out shopping for the fish I came across Brussel Sprout stalks! I love buying the full stalks definitely more product for your money. Just pull right off and take off the outer leaves. A fun activity to involve the kiddos too! So I ended up creating a new side dish with things I had around the kitchen and the Brussels as I needed a change up from our typical garlic roasted brussels.
My Parmesan Lime Brussel Spouts are delicious! These come out tangy with that nice crispy roasted taste. The tart lime and the saltiness of the parm is a perfect blend!
Full Stalk of Brussel sprouts pulled from stem, outer leaves pulled off, and halved
1/4 cup Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Juice of two small limes (roll first on counter to get the most juice from them)
Fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp of EVOO
1. Preheat over 350
2. In mixing bowl toss your brussels with oil and lime juice so brussels are coated well allow to sit for 10 minutes
3. Next mix in your grated parm with brussels try to evenly coat
4. Sprinkle and then stir in the black pepper with brussels to your taste
5. Place on foil lined baking sheet and place in oven
6. Bake 30 minutes stirring brussels at 10 minutes and 20 minutes so they cook evenly. (Brussels at 30 minutes should be fork tender I prefer softer brussels but adjust the time to meet your level of crunch needed)
(I usually bake my cod filets for 20 minutes so this recipe works out well to get fish ready first 10 minutes of baking and then finish baking brussels and fish the last 20 minutes)
I’ve been craving Ahi Tuna Steak lately. I love Ahi. When cooked right it just melts in your mouth. Fresh Ahi just needs a little seasoning and a sear and its done. A super quick and healthy meal. But I’ve spiced up my Ahi with a chili ginger marinade!
I have a few fishy rules I try to follow…
1: Always ask how fresh your fish is (make friends with the person behind the counter and find out what day they get their fresh fish shipment, where it came from, and try to buy the same day it comes in)
2: I prefer Wild Caught when available (there are mixed reviews about whether wild caught is the best so do some research about the type of fish you are buying and whether wild caught vs farm raised is better)
3: Fish should not STINK like fish (yes it will have a smell but it should not be overly fishy it should smell like the ocean)
4: If your not going to eat your fresh fish same day or the next freeze it don’t let it sit in the fridge too long. I prefer to freeze my own fresh fish rather then buying frozen as I can never be 100% sure of how it was packaged and how long it took to get packaged.