Tagged: Paleo

Cauliflower Mash

One of my very dear friends returned to Canada for a visit. It has been three years since I last saw her, and needless to say, we spent lots of time catching up and feasting!

PicMonkey CollageSending my buddy off with a delicious meal of Taiwanese food

I ended up eating a lot of foods that I could no longer tolerate since adapting some healthier eating habits, but it was still pretty neat to sample all the foods that I used to love to eat since I normally don’t have this opportunity.  As much as I enjoyed these two weeks of feasting, I’m looking forward to introducing cleaner, simpler foods into my diet again!

Those of you who have been following my blog will probably remember that I’m a terrible cook. Normally, my cooking is done by my wonderful boyfriend, who loves to fill my belly with lots of food. However, on days where I don’t get to see him I’m left to do the cooking on my own. When that happens, I tend to choose the simplest recipe possible, because anything that requires too many steps gets me frustrated and I lose interest in cooking altogether. This cauliflower mash recipe is perfect because all that is required is steamed cauliflower, seasoning and kitchen equipment to whip it all together!

The recipe is from my favorite Paleo blog, nomnompaleo. I’ve always found the whole Paleo approach very hard to understand, but it wasn’t until I came across Michelle’s blog that a lot of my confusion was cleared up. I always find her posts entertaining and easy to follow, plus the graphics are always so cheerful, every time I check out her recipes I feel this urge to cook!

FullSizeRenderI can’t wait for lunch to come!

My mash turned out a little lumpy, because I couldn’t find my food processor, and had to settle for my ancient blender, but overall, I’m amazed by how much this cauliflower resembled mash potatoes! I am pretty certain if someone put this in front of me without telling me what it is, I would be tricked!

Happy cooking! 🙂

Paleo Quick Fix: 1 min Bread

Okay I lied, it’s more like a minute and 30 seconds, but who cares!

I came home today starving, and it didn’t help that someone left an opened box of Ferrero Rochers in the kitchen (Did I also mention there was also a box of Ferrero Rafaello too?).
If no one would give me dirty looks, I would seriously breathe through the entire box, but my self-control seems to improving these days, so I skipped the chocolates and headed straight for the pantry with the intention of making some lamingtons, once and for all.

BUT I didn’t make them AGAIN, only because I didn’t have enough eggs. I was actually going to make some bread, but some clicking around led me to this wonderful recipe: Paleo Breakfast Bread.
It’s so quick and easy to make, I literally walked upstairs to grab my camera, and by the time I returned to the kitchen my stuff was done.

I didn’t follow the recipe entirely, because I wanted to play around the the flavors to see what I could come up with.

During my first attempt, I added 1/2 tsp cocoa powder along with 1/4 tsp of espresso powder, but it didn’t taste very good because I added too much cinnamon and it became too over powering.

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A dry mess, yikes!

My second attempt was much better: cinnamon was eliminated, I upped the amount of coconut sugar to 2 tsp, added 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, along with another 1/2 tsp of espresso powder. It tasted so much better!

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Yummy!

Have you guys tried this before? If so, do share your experiences!

Happy Baking! 😀

Paleo Garlic Bread

I love bread.

The soft, fluffy, chewy texture of freshly baked bread drives me absolutely crazy! My cravings for bread have gone away already, but sometimes, I just miss that texture so much, so what should I do? Luckily there is such a thing as Paleo friendly bread, and a quick search on Google led me to this wonderful Paleo Garlic Bread recipe by Kelly from AGirlWorthSaving.net.

I followed the recipe for the most part, but ended up having to add more tapioca flour than what the recipe calls for, mainly because I wasn’t following the instructions, and didn’t watch the video that shows you how your dough should look like. Plus, after adding the tapioca flour and garlic powder, I was so distracted by the tv I didn’t mix the concoction properly, hence my dough ended up a little on the greasy side.

I honestly thought I would have to get rid of my batch of bread rolls because they looked pretty hopeless before I popped them in the oven, but they turned out alright for a first attempt!

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What do you guys think?
Despite how ugly the dough looked, I was surprised by how delicious they were. The outer layer was crispy, while the inside remained soft and chewy. The garlic flavor was quite faint when I ate the bread roll, probably because I used garlic powder (and probably not enough!), but there is definitely an obvious garlic aftertaste!
I can say for sure I will make these again, hopefully with proper mixing techniques!

Happy Baking! 😀

Blueberry Lemon Muffins: A “Practical Paleo” Recipe

As mentioned in my previous post, the boyfriend picked up a copy of “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo a few months ago, when we decided to give the Paleo diet a try.

We have looked through a few Paleo books, but always found ourselves referring back to Practical Paleo, because of how useful the book is. Even though it’s seriously exploding with information, the writing style and lay out of the book, makes the whole concept of the Paleo lifestyle a lot easier to understand.
The thing I love the most about this book is the tear out shopping guides available at the back of the book and online.

When I go on weekly grocery runs, I always find myself wandering around aimlessly, throwing random items into my shopping cart because I didn’t know what to get. I’m a smarter shopper now that I have this handy guide. I would always refer to the shopping guide when I make my grocery list to ensure I always buy enough of all my necessities for the week.

There are many drool worthy recipes in the book, but what really caught my eye was this one: Blueberry Lemon Muffins. I have to say I was pretty excited when I found out there was such a thing as paleo friendly muffins, because I thought the paleo diet meant I had to say good bye to these delicious treats forever!

I have made these muffins MANY times, and they have consistently turned out great!

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Check out the blueberry goodness!

Did you guys pick up a copy of this amazing book yet? If so, what recipes have you tried?

Happy Baking! 🙂