Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer Love

I love Summer.  

I spend as much time outside as possible so its hard for me to justify spending a lot of time in the kitchen creating new recipes.  So if i t ain't broke, don't fix it.  Below are some pictures of recipes I have gotten from other fantastic blogs.  Some are recipes that I have expanded on or tweaked to meet my creative or dietary needs.  :)  I really am loving my Paleo diet lifestyle.  I truly don't even miss break of pasta anymore at all.  Not to say that it wasn't tough to get over the starchy, sugary, serotonin laden hold they had over me.  It was tough.  But I am soooooo much healthier and feel soooooo much better eating a Paleo diet. 
In all of the recipes that call for almond flour I only use Honeyville brand almond flour. Be sure to use the flour and note if you try to substitute with almond meal you will not get the same consistency you are hoping for. Almond meal has a grainy texture.  You will have tiny bits of almonds in your baked goods. Some of you might like that but if you are looking for a flour substitute always get almond flour not meal. 
Here are some of my favorite blogs that I follow religiously:
Real Sustenance
Against All Grain
Urban Poser
The Gluten Free Homemaker
Civilized Caveman 
These are some of the recipes I've made from the Against All Grain blog and the Real Sustenance Blog.  These ladies have it all together and their recipes never fail.  Right now I have more pictures of Real Sustenance recipes but look out because I recently received my Against All Grain Cookbook and I have many, many pages marked.  Buy the Against All Grain Cookbook here.

Real Sustenance Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Bread Cupcakes

Real Sustenance Grain Free Thick Crust Pizza (mine made as Buffalo Pizza)

Real Sustenance Strawberry Chocolate Chip Powdered Donuts

Hopefully as I continue blogging the picture quality will get better.  We just bought a new camera so I'm trying learn.  So much stuff to do and work a full time job also.  Too bad I have to work so I can have fun in my kitchen.

Below is a picture of my packing for our family vacation.  I took my favorite mixes with me so I didn't have to be left out of any of the yummy meals we made.  This little extra bit of prep time was well worth it.  In fact I've decided to make a couple of these for those busy work nights when I just feel too tired to cook.  I made notes on the baggies of what wet ingredients needed to be added. and the cooking instructions and TA-DA I have food that will nourish me and not make me ill at my fingertips. 

I hope you try some of the recipes above.  They are delicious and husband approved and being husband approved means a lot in my household.  

Vacation Paleo Mixes packed up and ready for the road.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Venison Meatloaf Muffins - Paleo - Gluten and Egg Free

Meatloaf is one of our all time favorite meals, especially now that I know how to make it Gluten Free and Paleo. Replacing the bread in my gluten free, paleo meatloaf has taken a lot of trial and error. (More error than success). We always make our meatloaf with ground venison. Our entire family hunts whitetail deer here in Illinois so we use a lot of vension meat in our homes.

Venison Meatloaf Muffins @

Now don't get all sad and weepy because we hunt deer. The deer in our area are highly overpopulated. In fact our family farm looses fields of crops year after year to the deer herd. I'm not joking. Plus the meat is very lean and good for you. So if you come to my house and you are getting served a dish with what looks like ground hamburger 99% of the time you will be eating ground venison. You've been warned. LOL
I love using my muffin (cupcake) pan for these because they cook in about 15 min and your meal is ready to go.

Raw meat doesn't look so great photographed does it?

Venison Meatloaf Muffins
2# of ground Venison meat (you can use all hamburger or a combo or ground pork or turkey)
1# of ground Hamburger (venison is lean and needs some fat added to it for moisture.)
2 Celery stalks - small diced (my secret ingredient - I love the slight crunch)
1 medium onion - chopped or diced
1 large garlic clove - diced
3 Tb Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
4 Chia Eggs
Coconut Sugar (optional)
2 - 12 cup muffin (cupcake) pans

Heat your oven to 350 degrees

Combine all the ingredients together except the Coconut sugar. Mix well. Using regular muffin pans (mine are 12 muffins to a pan and not non stick). Here is where I add the Coconut Sugar. This create a sweet dripping sauce after the meatballs are cooked that is absolutely devine poured back over the meat after baking. Sprinkle the coconut sugar into the bottom of each muffin well. This takes approximately 1/2 to 1 tsp of coconut sugar.

You do not need to add any oil to the muffin pans as the fat from the hamburger will keep them form sticking.

Now make your mini meatloafs by either rolling them in your hands or using an ice cream scoop. Do not overfill your muffin wells. If you overfill them the grease will spill over making a real mess in your stove. (I know from experience) Add your meatloaf mixture to each of the muffin wells. You should need 2 muffin tins and have 24 mini meatloaves when completed.

If you are a ketchup person nows the time to add a little ketchup to the top of your meatloaves. I do not use ketchup if I am using coconut sugar on the bottom. This time I made a pan with coconut sugar and a pan with ketchup.
Add Ketcup either before or after baking, it's up to you.

Bake for 14-18 minutes at 350 degrees. The meatloaf muffins will be golden brown and the fat from the hamburger should be bubbling. Remove the muffin tins from the over and allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

These meatloaf muffins are just as good the next day as left overs.

This recipe can also be made in a standard loaf pan if desired it just takes longer to bake (about an hour). The beauty of using the muffin pans is the speed in which they cook and are ready to eat.

Severe these beauties up on some mashed potatos or same "faux potatos" (mashed cauliflower would be yummy) and drizzle the coconut sugar drippings over your plate and enjoy!

 I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vintage - Pink Pyrex Mixing Bowls - Love

I love my vintage Pyrex mixing bowls.
I just found these pink beauties last weekend while shopping at a resale shop, or if you're more sophisticated than that an antique shop.  Either way about it is their old, their used and now their mine.  :)  Pink Pyrex is hard to find around here and especially complete items, like this set of 4 bowls or bakers that still have the original lids.  So when I found these last Saturday I was on cloud 9.  And i've already washed them and put them to use in new recipe development.  Come back to see what these sweet finds help me create.

Aren't they cute?  That's rhetorical buy the way.  LOL right now they are holding some precious goodies from our home garden.  Green and Yellow Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Tomoatos.  We got our garden in late this year so our veggies are just now cranking out their fruits. I love my home garden.  I know exactly what has been used on these crops and God willing we'll have enough to store for the winter. 

So the next time your out and about "antiqueing" and you see some pink pyrex you can think of me and how thrilled I would be to see them on the shelves.

I'll be back soon with a couple of new recipes for everyone. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vacation - Memories for a lifetime

What is there in the world if you don't have family?  This is a rhetorical question because I don't know the answer to this.  We just experienced our first ever whole family vacation and celebrated our parents 49/50th Anniversary in Yellowstone.  I will never be able to thank my mother enough for coming up with the idea.  It took a lot of planning but was worth every minute. 

On top of Rendezvous Mountain.
We all stayed in one huge house and cooked breakfast and suppers most days to save on expenses.  We a whole bunch of fun things together.  We went on a chuck wagon ride where a steak meal was provided along with a real cowboy singing to his guitar.  We went to rodeo.  Some of us went white water rafting and the others took a scenic float trip down the Snake River.  We rode a tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and probably the most fun thing we did was we hired a private bus tour of the lower portion of Yellowstone.  I cannot even begin to put into words how amazing our bus tour was.  Our guide was fantastic and everyone, young and old enjoyed his information.  I'll get his information and post it here. 

So what does the only Gluten Free/Paleo person do for meals with a group of 15 mouths to feed.  She packs everything she could need but within reason. 

I made my own trail mix with almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, coconut chips and dark chocolate to have to snake on.

For the meal I was responsible for I served Pork Chops with Green Beans and Baked Potatoes.

For Breakfast I pre-mixed my favorite pancake recipe from Real Sustenance Extra Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes.  Just leave out all the wet ingredients and write them and the directions on the front of your baggie and you are ready for vacation. 

My Paleo pre-mixes ready to go on vacation.
I also packed a pre-mixed pizza crust and pre-mixed biscuit recipes just in case someone got the urge to order pizza one night I wouldn't be forced to choose to eat only veggies or stress my intestinal system by eating real totally unhealthy pizza (which still smells amazing to me). 

The best thing you can do for a Gluten Free vacation is make sure you take care of you.  Never count on others to remember your dietary needs.  You might not like their choices if they did anyway.  Throw in a couple of treats so you don't feel deprived, where it's your favorite GF candy bar and making some cookies to take with you for your own little piece of indulgence, try to plan for this so you don't go down a slippery slope of gluten laden snacks.  I made a double batch of my Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread for just that occasion, and I had plenty to share.  Recipe here.

Almost the whole family