Paleo Pizza

On days when I work from home I am always looking for quick, easy one person lunches. A simple Paleo pizza was a perfect find.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 tapioca flour
3 tablespoon tomato sauce
1/4 cup cook mushrooms or other veggie (any of your favorite pizza toppings)
Pinch of Italian seasoning

Start by mixing the two eggs and tapioca flour in a small food processor. Next, heat a well oiled 8 to 10 inch non stick frying pan. Now, pour the mixture into the pan and let it cook over medium heat. As soon as the edges begin to brown, about three minutes, flip gently. After flipping cover the top with tomato sauce and top with veggies and Italian seasoning. Continue to cook for another 3 minutes and then gently remove from pan. Cut into slices and serve hot. Enjoy!

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Grilled Pepper Salad

It’s easy to make a main dish like any meat on the BBQ but coming up with sides that are more creative can be a challenge. This wonderful pepper dish is slightly sweet with a touch of vinegar and will pair well with BBQ chicken, steak or fish.

Ingredients:

3 Red Bell Pepper
1 Small Sweet Onion
1/4 Cup Fresh Basil Chopped
1 Tablespoon Balsamic
1 Tablespoon Honey

Start by grilling the peppers and onion over a high heat grill. Turn all of it every few minutes until all sides are black. Once everything is done, remove and let cool. Next, peel the skin, stem and seeds of the peppers. Cut the peppers into long strips and place in a big bowl. Then remove the outer layer of the onion, cut onion into thin slices and add that to the bowl. Finally, add basil, balsamic and honey to bowl then mix well by hand. Serve warm or cold.

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Mushroom Salad

I work in Kennett Sq., Pennsylvania, known as the mushroom capital of the world. I have access to all types of fresh mushrooms that are super affordable. This recipe is a nice summer mushroom recipe that goes great with a barbecue.

Ingredients:

1 container mushrooms (button or portobello)
1 tablespoon oil or coconut butter or butter
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Orange
4 cups arugula

Start by cleaning and slicing all the mushrooms. Next, heat the pan with oil or butter and add mushrooms. Sauté mushrooms over medium heat until they start to brown. Next, add pepper, red wine vinegar and the zest of the orange to the mushrooms. Continue cooking a few minutes and then add the juice of the full oranges. Cook for another min or two until juice begins to reduce and then remove from heat. Please the arugula in a large bowl. Once your ready to serve and mushrooms have cooled, add mushrooms to arugula and mix well. Serve as soon as possible.

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Grilled Eggplant Salad

With the weather warming up its becoming easy to find fresh herbs everywhere. This eggplant salad is a great side dish for a BBQ. A simple combination of grilled eggplant, fresh herbs, a touch of honey and citrus.

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
1/3 cup salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of half a lemon
8 fresh basil leaves chopped

Start by cutting the egg plant into large rounds. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and coat both sides of each round with salt. Let the eggplant sit with salt for an hour. This will remove some of the water and bitter taste. After the hour rinse the salt off the eggplant in the sink very well. Now, coat the rounds with the olive oil and place them on the grill. Grill each side about 3 minutes. You want the eggplant to be soft and have nice grill marks. Remove the eggplant from the grill and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Next, cut the rounds into cubes and place them into a large bowl. Finally, add the remaining ingredients including salt, honey, lemon and basil. I suggest heating the honey in the microwave for a few seconds to help soften it up if needed. Mix everything together and serve hot or cold. Enjoy!

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Carrots for Breakfast

One of the most common brunch side dishes is potatoes like hash-browns or some type of starchy breakfast potatoes. This recipe uses carrots to replace a common potato dish.

Ingredients:
2 jumbo carrots (or 5 medium)
1 tsp salt
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 water

Start by dicing up the carrots into small squares. Heat a large pan with the olive oil. Once hot slowly add in the diced carrots. Cook the carrots over medium high until they start to caramelize on the outside. After a few minutes when the carrots start to stick to the pan pour in the water. The steam from the water will soften the inside of the carrots. Once the water evaporates after about a minute or two place the carrots in a well sprayed or oiled baking dish. Place in a 450° oven for 10 minutes. This will make them nice and crispy. Serve hot with eggs and enjoy.

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Paleo Flat Bread

I am trying hard lately to stick to a Paleo diet as much as possible. Sometimes you just crave bread so I needed a paleo recipe. This recipe worked out pretty well and it was easy.

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup almond flour
1 Cup tapioca flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 almond milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used a fancy sea salt)

Start by mixing together almond flour tapioca flour and baking soda in a large bowl. Then add the milk, egg and half the salt. Mix together well and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. Pour the batter into a well sprayed 3 x 8 baking dish. The bread does not rise much so the sides of the pan do not need to be high. Sprinkle the top with a little bit of the salt. Feel free to add any other flavors like garlic powder, rosemary anything you would like. Bake for 25 minutes at 350°. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Pot roast is a big deal in my family. Everybody has their own recipe but I want to come up with something a little different. It’s common in my family to add bottle wine to the gravy and some flour to thicken it up. I wanted to make a recipe for the slow cooker that was also Paleo and whole 30 friendly. The biggest changes I made was using vegetables to sweeten the gravy and also thicken the sauce at the end.

Ingredients:
3 meat (Chuck roast is a good cut for this)
1 onion sliced thin
4 cloves of garlic sliced in half
15 oz chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 carrots cut into rounds
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon garlic powder

Start by heating a large pan with olive oil. Once the oil is hot and onions and garlic. Sauté the onions and garlic until they begin to become translucent around 3 to 4 minutes. Next season the meat with the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley. Place the meat in the pan to brown each side. That should only take about a minute, you’re only searing the outside not cooking the meat. When the meat is finished remove and let it rest on a cutting board. To the onions and garlic in the pan add chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquid to a boil making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you cook. While the liquid is cooking down you can start to prepare the slow cooker. Place the cut up carrots at the bottom of the slow cooker. Then put the meat on top of the carrots. Finally pour all the liquid with onions and garlic that’s in the pan on top of the meet. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for eight hours. Sliced thin and serve.

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Secret Shrimp

This recipe has become a weekly repeat in my house. Shrimp recipes are best kept super simple. Just
need the right texture, big flavors and fast cooking.

Ingredients:
1 pound large shrimp peeled and cleaned
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon old Bay seasoning in
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 tablespoons olive oil

Start by rinsing the shrimp in a strainer then place the shrimp in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl mix the smoked paprika, old bay and cornstarch together. Add the seasoning mix to the shrimp slowly continuously mixing as you go. Make sure to cook all the shrimp evenly in the process. Now, add the olive oil to a large flat pan and begin to heat. Next, gently place each shrimp on the pan being careful not to let the olive oil splash. Cook the first side for about a minute or two and then flip cooking the other side for about another minute. Once the shrimp are pink and starting to brown they are done, it’s important not to over cook the shrimp. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable. You can do tons of creative stuff with it and really infuse any kind of flavor. I wanted to try to come up with something that would match barbecue smoky flavors similar to what you look for in baked beans and this worked out great.

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water

Start by cutting the cauliflower off of the stem so you have smaller florets. place the pieces in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and toss well. Now add the salt and paprika and continue to mix together. Make sure each piece is evenly coated with seasoning. Spread cauliflower on 1 – 2 baking sheets. Roast at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove sheets, flip each piece and carefully sprinkle water on top. The water on the tray will allow everything to steam a bit. Place sheets back in oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve warm, enjoy!

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Cuban Sandwich

The best part about my job is coming up with fun cafe specials. It’s a game using ingredients on hand to build new creations. I use to get good cuban sandwiches all the time before going gluten-free. This gf version is just as good!

Ingredients:
1 gluten-free hamburger bun (my favorite are here http://www.onlinebakery.co)
2 thin sliced ham
1/2 tablespoon mustard
1 slice provalone cheese
1/4 pickle chopped fine

Start by spreading mustard on both sides of the bread. Then add ham onto the bottom layer of bread. Next add cheese and then top with pickles. Place the other half of the bun on top and heat in a panini press or on a grill pan until cheese is melted. Enjoy hot!

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