Paleo

EXPO WEST! My Top 5 Favorite New Discoveries!

This past weekend, I finally got to experience all the amazing madness that is Natural Products Expo West otherwise referred to as Expo West.

It’s a four day convention at the Anaheim convention center where just about every natural product line comes to showcase their products and debut new ones to wholesalers, health practitioners, retailers, bloggers/influencers, press, distributors etc.
Now, imagine Disneyland on the most crowded day where it’s packed with people but instead of children excited to meet Mickey & Minnie, it’s grown ups excited to EAT.

Dark Chocolate Custard Pie With A Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Paleo)

I’ve been on a Christmas movie watching, cozy robe wearing, what-new-thing-can-I-bake today kick and I’m not mad at it.

Ever since I made a replica of Rachel’s Thanksgiving Trifle for Thanksgiving this year, I’ve been thinking about how to make a paleo custard that is satisfying but not full of refined sugar.

I loved the idea of a chocolate chip cookie pie crust and a dark chocolate custard filling for the ultimate treat! So I figured, why not try it? At the very least,  it had to be better than putting meat in a trifle right?!

Simple and Not Too Sweet Acai Bowl (Paleo + Vegan)

I love me a good Acai bowl! They are filling and often filled with good for you ingredients.

BUT a lot of the ones you can get at smoothie shops are PACKED with sugar. And while fruit is delicious, fructose has a very similar effect on your blood sugar that regular sugar does, so a bowl made with fruit and then topped with more fruit will still give you that blood sugar spike and crash!

Pumpkin Chocolate Marbled Freezer Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

Yes, I’m posting two fudge recipes back to back.

and I’m not mad about it. I don’t think you will be either.

After finishing off a batch of the chocolate freezer fudge during last weeks heat wave AND simultaneously seeing the rest of the country posting pumpkin recipes and photos allll over the place, I found myself both craving the freezer fudge AND all things pumpkin.

I had a lone can of pumpkin left in my pantry another batch of freezer fudge with pumpkin was really the obvious choice.

Mango Avocado Crunchy Slaw Salad (Paleo & Vegan)

I just started back up at work after three months off and I try to pack my lunch as often as possible. Usually on Sunday nights, I make a big batch of roasted veggies and a protein or two and throw them on top of some lettuce each morning and call it a day. It’s simple and filling and since I’m a creature of habit, it almost always does the trick.

BUT sometimes, salads are… BORING. And dark leafy greens is really not what I’m after. Ya know?

But I know when I eat a big sandwich or the big giant bowl of Gluten Free Pad Thai from P.F. Changs when the office orders from there, I’m usually ready for a nap about 30 minutes after lunch.

So to resist the salad boredom AND the post sandwich slump, I’ve been working on a few new recipes that are easy to whip up and a little bit different.

Enter this Mango

Grain Free Pita Bread! (Paleo + Gluten Free)

This Pita Bread takes 10 minutes to make from start to finish and is gluten, grain + dairy free!

When I was in High School, I worked at a Greek diner.

Or maybe I should say I worked at the Greek Diner.

If you grew up around Metro Detroit, Leo’s Coney Island was the place to eat. You grew up going with your family and then in middle school when you were first itching to hang out in public places without your parents, they would drop you off there (and then you would call them from the pay phone to come pick you up) and then in high school you would hang out there after school and start just about every weekend night eating there. Basically it was the food that fueled your youth.

And at some point, I was probably your waitress.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

These cookies are incredibly easy to whip up and even easier to eat! Totally free of refined sugar but full of delicious chocolate chunks! 

You guys. I’m experiencing a bit of a break through over here. Oprah always called it an a-ha moment, others an epiphany. But By George, I think I’ve got it (yes I just said that).

I’ve finally figured out what takes chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

No matter what batter you’re using, everyone wants a cookie with gooey melty chocolate goodness and after baking them for countless years and trying recipes of every kind from gluten-free to gluten-filled, grain-free to vegan and everything in between, the key to making your chocolate chip cookies the envy of all other chocolate chip cookies?

Crunchy Pistachio Crusted Chicken Fingers! (Grain Free)

These Super Simple Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders are crunchy in the best possible way! And they are grain/gluten and dairy free! 

If there’s one nostalgic food I’ve always loved, it’s chicken fingers. As a kid, I didn’t get to eat them that often because well, parents. And so they quickly rose to the top as one of my favorite foods- the crunchy chicken paired with bbq sauce? Well really in my world I lived by (and still do)  “All sauces welcome.” Bbq, ketchup, honey mustard, ranch- you name it I wanted to dip those bad boys into ALL the things. Well, except for Bleu Cheese Sauce. Thanks but no thanks on anything with Bleu Cheese. That’s going to be a hard pass.

5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Have you guys heard about this place DO (pronounced Dough)  in New York City? It looks absolutely UNREAL. It’s full of all different kinds of edible cookie dough and they even have a couple of gluten free, grain free and vegan options! The lines have been absolutely ridiculous. I know someone that went and said the line was 2 and a half hours long.

For COOKIE DOUGH.

Pretty sure the only thing that would make me wait 2 and a half hours for cookie dough is if the Backstreet Boys were spoon-feeding it to me while simultaneously serenading me when I got to the front of the line….