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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Rice Pancakes

I think I have 10 to 15 different recipes for pancake and waffle batter. This one is a little more unique I’m using cooked rice as the base. This recipe taste a lot like rice pudding and is a unique morning treat. Some Vietnamese bakery items are sort of similar to this.

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup cooked white rice
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Start by breaking up the cooked rice in a food processor. Add all the remaining ingredients except coconut oil and continue to blend in the food processor for about one minute until a thick paste is formed. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes and it will begin to thicken up. Place the coconut oil on a large pan and begin to melt over medium heat. Now carefully place large spoonfuls of the batter on the pan to form nice small pancakes. Flip the pancakes after about two minutes and cook the other side for about two minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup or honey.

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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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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

My bakery makes the best gluten free baguettes in the world. I am always looking for new ways to serve them. We make bruschetta all the time but wanted to mix it up. This recipe is like a cross between bruschetta and caprese salad.

Ingredients:

2 Large red firm tomatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Bunch basil leaves  (about 3/4 cup loosely packed leaves)
10 oz Mozzarella
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
1 Gluten-Free Baguette (click here to get my favorite)

Start by cutting the tomatoes in half and removing seeds. Chop each half into small pieces and place in a bowl. Next, cup mozzarella into similar sized pieces and add to the bowl. Now add the oil, salt and sugar to the bowl and toss. Finally, chop the basil up and add to the tomato’s. Mix everything together and serve with a toasted baguette. Enjoy.

 

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Whole 30 Power Lunch

As my Whole 30 adventure continues I am coming up with fun new lunch items. I was craving a good egg salad sandwich and this is what I came up with.

Ingredients:
1 Avocado
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
2 Tablespoon Mayo (see my paleo version)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch pepper

Place the peeled eggs in a bowl and mash with fork. Add mayo, salt and pepper to bowl and mix. Next, cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Gently spoon out the inside of each half of the avocado in one piece and place aside. Then fill the each half with even scoops of the egg salad. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Regular potato pancakes are very traditional in my family. I like sweet potatoes way more than regular potatoes plus when you try eating Paleo that’s the only way you can go. This is a full potato pancake recipe that is 100%.

Ingredients:

4 medium sweet potatoes
1 onion
1/2 cup tapioca flour
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
Lots of olive oil for frying

Start by cleaning and peeling the sweet potatoes. Grate potatoes into a large bowl. Next, chop onion fine and add to bowl. Add eggs, salt, tapioca flour to the mix. Combine everything well by hand. Start to heat a good amount of oil in a large sauce pan. You want to fry the pancakes well so you need enough oil that they’re all completely covered. Now using either a quarter of a cup measuring cup or a ice cream scoop measure even pancakes. Flatten the pancakes lightly and gently place in the hot oil. Cook each side until crispy and golden brown then remove. You will need to do a number of batches in order to finish the mixture. Before putting in a new batch clean the oil with a spoon to remove any small pieces that may burn. Serve hot with applesauce.

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Sun Butter Bars

I work at a gluten-free bakery that is also nut free so I’m always looking for new nut free treats that we can make. Everybody loves Reesie’s cups and peanut butter pie so I want to do something similar that was nut free and gluten-free.

Ingredients:
1 bag chips chips
1 cup salted butter
1 cup sunflower seed butter
2 cups crushed gluten free chocolate chip cookies. (Easy to do this in a food processor)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup powder sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Start by melting butter and pouring into large mixing bowl. To butter add sun butter, salt and vanilla. Mix well then slowly add brown sugar, powder sugar and cookie crumbs while stirring. Mixture should get thick. Pour into a baking dish and let cool in the
fridge for and hour. Next, melt chocolate chips and gently spread on top. Allow to cool again in the fridge for another hour. Cut into bar and serve.

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Tropical Green Monster Smoothie

I drink a green smoothie almost everyday changing the recipe all the time. With a smoothie bar at work I have plenty of things to play with. William-Sonoma is doing a “not your typical smoothie project”.   They asked me to share a heathy smoothie recipe that was a bit out side the box. My favorite smoothie fit the request perfect and I decided to share. This smoothie recipe is gluten free, paleo, nut free and vegan.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen spinach

3/4 cup frozen mango

2 tablespoon sunflower butter

Simple place everything in blend and blend very well. Using frozen fruit and spinach is the trick to making the smoothie smooth and creamy. With frozen ingredients their is no need for any ice. My favorite blender is a vita mix and it tends to be the best at blending frozen fruit. Sunflower butter adds the protein you want in a smoothie with a unique flavor. Sunflower butter seems to be a bit more subtle in flavor then other nut butters.

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