Whats This?

This recipe blog is an extension of my original blog Motivation... Determination... Drive. Having been asked numerous times what is involved in paleo eating and the simple question "so... what can you eat?" I have decided to put this collection together. Some of the recipes will be original, and some will be modifications (or replicas) of recipes I have found in cookbooks books or on line. Every recipe listed will be something I have tried, nothing that I think just looks good and want to attempt. As a disclaimer, I will not take credit for those found at other sources, if you are to use one listed with a link attached please give credit to the original site. Thank You and happy eating!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Balsamic Roast - Crock Pot Goodness!

This is hands down my favorite crock pot recipe at the moment, I am a HUGE balsamic "anything" fan so combine it with chuck roast and mushrooms and I am totally hooked. We got the recipe HERE doubled it and added mushrooms. I cant wait for the leftovers!!


*Disclaimer: White Wine is considered paleo in moderation. If doing a Paleo Challenge check the "rules" of your challenge to be sure that it is allowed in moderation or risk losing points.*
What you need:
2 Lb any roast (we used Chuck Roast)
1 Large White Onion, sliced
Mushrooms (sliced in half, this was our addition)
8 Ounces Tomato Sauce (we used Natures Place Organics)
1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tbsp White Wine (we used pinot grigio)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Rub: Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika

*When we made this we used a 4lb Chuck and doubled everything except the onion.

What you do:
- Mix the rub and season all sides of the beef
- Heat coconut oil in pan on medium heat
- Sear each side of the beef for 3-4 minutes
- Place sliced onions on bottom of crock pot
- Put seared meat on top of the onions
- While pan is still hot deglaze with water and wine
- Spread mushrooms over the meat
- Mix together balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce with a whisk and pour over meat and veggies
- Pour deglazing liquid over meat and veggies
- Set on low for 8 hours


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paleo Butternut Squash Lasagna

This one comes from http://www.health-bent.com/beef/paleo-butternut-squash-lasagna (we took out the red peppers because I am not a fan, we used a cup of stewed tomatos instead)
What you need:
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casing removed
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 15 oz can organic sauce
- 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
- 1 c stewed tomatos
- Basil
- 1 small butternut squash

 

What you do:
- Preheat oven to 400
- Crumble sausage and brown with onions and garlic




- Peel and cut the ends off of butternut squash, cut in half
- Slice squash into long (lasagna noodle) strips
- Combine sauce, olive oil, tomato and basil and mash in food processor
- Layer bottom of 9 x 9 pan with sauce (we used a 13X9 pan and doubled the recipe)
- Layer squash trying not to overlap to cover bottom


- Layer Italian sausage
- Repeat until everything is gone (leaving enough sauce for the top)


- Bake 45 minutes
- Let stand for 45 minutes before serving


Paleo Chicken Fingers


This was found at http://fedandfit.com/2012/01/13/paleo-chicken-fingers/ ... they were PERFECT for the first quarter of the Pats game!! We want to figure out how to get them a little crispier, but the breading had great flavor!! Good Stuff!! 

We served them with Tomato Mayonnaise.

What you need:
3 chicken breasts cut into strips
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tsp paprika
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp pepper


What you do:
- Preheat oven to 375
- Line a baking sheet with and place wire baking racks on top
- Wisk eggs in small bowl
- Mix almond meal, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, sea and pepper in a small bowl
- Coat chicken in mixture
- Dip in eggwash
- Second coat in almond meal
- Put on baking rack
- Bake 20 minutes
- Turn up to 400 deg and bake an additional 5 minutes
- Let stand 10 minutes, than serve!
 






Paleo Pumpkin Goodness Bars

We love pumpkin, so these were PERFECT!! Found this gem here… http://fastpaleo.com/paleo-pumpkin-goodness-bars/


*Disclaimer: Honey is considered Paleo in moderation. If doing a Paleo Challenge check the "rules" of your challenge to be sure that it s allowed in moderation or risk losing points.*
What you need:
2 Cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 can pumpkin puree
1 tsp pure vanilla
2 eggs
2 handfuls of crushed pecans


What you do:
- Preheat oven to 375
- Heat coconut oil and honey on low heat (or in the micro)
- Combine everything but the nuts and mix until 

 
- pour batter into 8x8 pan (I would suggest lightly greasing it with coconut oil)


- Sprinkle nuts over 


- Bake 20-30 minutes
- Let cool than refrigerate


Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

Original recipe comes from Robb Wolfe, http://robbwolf.com/2011/04/21/recipe-paleo-banana-bread/, I tried it first as a loaf, but prefer the muffins. This makes 15 muffins.


*Disclaimer: Honey is considered Paleo in moderation. If doing a Paleo Challenge check the "rules" of your challenge to be sure that it s allowed in moderation or risk losing points.*
What you need:
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup flax seed meal
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup pecans
- 4 really ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla

 
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 375
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
- Mash bananas in a food processor or masher
- Mix all wet ingredients together with bananas in a separate bowl from dry

 
- Make a well in the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and fold together

 
- Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
- Fill each muffin about 3/4 of the way up

 
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until toothpick is clean)



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jalapeno and Garlic Burger

What I like about these is the ZIP that the burger has from the jalepeno... and the garlic flavor is just an added bonus. You can dress this one any way you want!! Its gooood!!

What you need:
- 1lb Ground Beef
- Sliced jalapenos (as small as you want and as many as you want)
- 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1/3 Cup Almond Flour
- Salt and Pepper
- Optional Toppings, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado, Portabella Mushrooms

What you do:
- Mash beef with jalapenos, garlic, salt, pepper and almond flour until mixed well
- Heat skillet to Medium
- Cook burgers to preferred doneness
- Garnish with your choice of topping!

This one has a portabella mushroom bun and sun dried tomatos...



This one has a side of asparagus and mushrooms and it is garnished with avocado and sun dried tomato...



Strawberry Muffins

This is lovely treat was brought to the gym this morning for all of us to try! They were absolutely delicious… yummy sweetness from the strawberries. Definitely a MUST TRY recipe!!

The original recipe is from... http://www.elanaspantry.com/strawberry-cupcakes/


*Disclaimer: Agave is considered Paleo in moderation. If doing a Paleo Challenge check the "rules" of your challenge to be sure that it s allowed in moderation or risk losing points.*

What you need:
½ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
½ cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine dry ingredients in large bowl
- Combine wet ingredients in small bowl
- Add wet into dry slowly and mix with mixer
- Fold in Strawberries
- Fill 8 (lined) muffin cups
- Bake 20-25 min

Paleo Coffee Cake

I got this recipe here… http://paleoninjas.com/2011/09/06/paleo-coffee-cake/, I made it for Christmas morning at my parents house. It came out ok... I know I want to heat the coconut oil a little less for the topping next time... practice makes perfect on this one!

*Disclaimer: Honey is considered Paleo in moderation. If doing a Paleo Challenge check the "rules" of your challenge to be sure that it s allowed in moderation or risk losing points.*

What you need:
Cake
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Topping
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tbsp honey

What you do:
- Preheat oven to 325
- Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl
- In smaller bowl mix wet ingredients
- Slowly mix wet into dry
- Pour into 8X8 pan greased with coconut oil
- Mix topping ingredients, and swirl with a knife into cake
- Bake 25-20 minutes