Paleo Mayonnaise – SO VERSATILE!

I was never a fan of mayonnaise.  I was, however, a massive fan of ranch dressing and dip.  When I decided to be Paleo, I missed ranch.  I substituted this recipe for everything.  It took me a long time to get this right. Now, I use it for everything – from chicken salad to just plain salad dressing.

Ingredients:IMG_8020

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Pepper
  • 1/2 t Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1 C Grapeseed Oil

Directions:

  1. Place the first 5 ingredients into a food processor for 20 seconds.
  2. Slowly pour in the Grapeseed Oil into the top while the processor runs.
  3. Refrigerate until gone.

This literally takes under 1 minute!!

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Savory Stuffed Butternut Squash – GF, DF, EF, LF (AKA – PALEO)

The Good Half

So I found this AMAZING recipe for Sausage Stuffed B-Squash last week and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I loved the inspiration this recipe gave me.  It looked like something this crisp autumn weather wanted me to eat and I couldn’t wait to make it my own!

I gathered my Ingredients:

Fresh Veggies!

Fresh Veggies!

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, minced
  • yellow pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lbs pork sausage
  • 1t rosemary
  • 1t thyme
  • 1t sage
  • 2T bacon fat, or other fat

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

    Lovey Loves to help!

    Lovey Loves to help!

  2. Half and deseed the squash. Place meat down (flat edge) into a shallow pan that has about 1/2″ of water in it.  Cook squash for 40-55 minutes.
  3. While the squash is cooking (I called it the f@$@%&$ gourd most of the evening), saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms and pepper.  Add in the sausage when the liquid is almost gone.
  4. When sausage is cooked, remove from heat and cover to keep warm until gourd is done.
  5. When gourd is done, it should scoop easily from itself, scoop innards out and put into the sausage/
    The Good Half

    The Good Half

    veggie mix. Mix well.  Take strong care not to mutilate the gourd (this is about the time I really started calling it names).

  6. If you didn’t mutilate the gourd, like I may have, you can spoon the stuffing back into the gourd.  If you did mess up the gourd, that is OKAY!! Just spoon the stuffing into any casserole pan that will hold it.  I happened to have one half of a gourd and I also had to use a small Pyrex dish.

DIY Galaxy Shoes! They’re Out Of This World!!

Out of this world!!

10491201_10153099803585505_5921488610820491047_nLet me introduce Sissy! She is an artist. So much more craftier than anyone else in my family.  Her world is full of color. Her room is a Caribbean Blue, her eyes are an Emerald Green and right now her smile is Pink and Purple (thanks to braces).  With her being the crafty one in the family, she LOVES Pinterest. She saw some pictures of Galaxy Shoes and she begged me to go get the paint, since she had a pair of black shoes just lying around.

BEFORE

BEFORE

We collected the paint and supplies (jewels, shoes, something to cover my table, paintbrushes) and went to work.  Sissy did most of the work. First we

Supplies!

Supplies!

painted them in splotches of Pink, Purple and Blue.  Then we blended the splotches together so it looks like they are supposed to be there. When we were finally happy with the way the colors looked, we added stars and galaxies.

Sissy was very happy the way her shoes turned out!

After

After

Deviled Eggs? We Prefer Heavenly Goodness Eggs!!

Who lays the Golden Eggs?

Growing up, I was never a fan of Deviled Eggs. I didn’t like the yolk part of a hard boiled egg, I didn’t like the way it smelled, I didn’t like the color.  As I mature, <COUGH> I find that I DO like hard boiled eggs.  While at a wedding this summer I tried a deviled egg.  It was LOVE!! I called My Guy Bri immediately to tell him just how wonderful I thought this small golden treat was.  He was ecstatic because that meant I would make them.  Well, make them I did!

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Let me say in advance that I make my own Mayo.  I’ll put the recipe for it. It seriously only takes a few minutes (less than 5) to make and it keeps for at least 10 days.


Paleo Mayonnaise Recipe

  • 1 egg
  • 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/2 t stone ground mustard
  • 1 C Grapeseed Oil (you can use Olive Oil, or any other kind of oil you are comfortable with)

Directions:

  1. Put first 5 ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix for 30 seconds.
  2. Slowly add in the Oil.
  3. Enjoy!

Perfect Hard Boiled Egg with Easy Peel

  • 6-12 eggs
  • water

Directions:

  1. Place eggs into a deep pan
  2. Fill with water until tops of eggs are covered
  3. Put on high heat to boil
  4. Bring to a boil and remove from heat and put a lid on it.
  5. 15 minutes, drain and put in a large bowl and pop in the fridge overnight.
  6. When peeling, tap top and bottom then blow through the narrow end.
  7. Roll egg so it gets cracked all around and begin peeling under a slow stream of cold water.

Now that you have your Mayo and Hard Boiled Eggs peeled, you can continue on to these delicious Golden Beauties!

Lovey Likes to Mix

Lovey Likes to Mix

Ingredients:

  • 6-12 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • White Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Bacon (Crumbled)

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon!!! 4 Slices is plenty for a dozen eggs.
  2. Cut eggs in half (long way) and use a spoon to remove yolk, set into a medium bowl.
  3. Mix, using a fork, egg yolks with vinegar (1T for a dozen, 1.5 t for 6), Mustard (1 T for a dozen, 1.5 t for 6), bacon, salt & pepper to taste, Mayonnaise until consistency is correct. Smooth but not too stiff or too runny.
  4. Once smooth, spoon into egg halves. If you want, you can put mixture into a baggie and snip the corner and push the mixture into the eggs.
  5. Sprinkle with Paprika and enjoy!

    Who lays the Golden Eggs?

    Who lays the Golden Eggs?

Why I Eat Paleo And Not Crap…..

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My Guy Bri ❤ and Me

I get asked often if I’m Paleo to lose weight.  The answer is no. I also get asked if I’m allergic to Dairy, Gluten or Legumes.  The answer is NO.  Then why would I put myself through the (what must seem to others) torture of a Paleo Diet?!???  The answer is, it helps my pain.  Then the conversation continues to people asking me what causes my pain. The answer is I DO NOT KNOW.  My doctors DO NOT KNOW.  Even with their lack of knowledge, the prescribe me medications.  I’ve been labelled as having Fibromyalgia.  There is no test for this, it is a process of elimination.  Nothing else seems to be causing the pain in my muscles and joints, sometimes so severe that I hardly leave my bed, so it must be this phantom disease called Fibromyalgia.  There are treatments for this disease, although NO CURE.  I can take pills to alter my brain function, pills to alter my nerve function or I can change my diet.  I opted to change my diet. I started October ’14.

Lovey Levin and Mom

Lovey Levin and Mom

I started by cutting a little bit of the “offending” food at a time. So in October, I gave up Gluten.  That wasn’t hard for me because my son, Lovey Levin, was still GF at that point. In December, I gave up Dairy.  That nearly killed me. I can almost guarantee that the majority of my diet was cheese.  I shit you not!  I put cheese on everything, with almost every meal.  February, I cut all Grains and Legumes.  SHIT HIT THE FAN, literally…. I was on the toilet more often than not.

Rosie and Me

Rosie and Me

The good news was that my pain was gone.  That said, I was going #2 so often that I was becoming dehydrated.  My fingers would swell. I went back to my doctor and had to go through an Upper and Lower GI exploratory.  It turned out that I had some kind of distress in my intestines.  They prescribed another medication.  I declined.  I added some rice back to my diet.  My #2 problem miraculously went away.  No medication needed.

So now I have my diet set so I can eat well and have no pain.

My Boo Drew and Me

My Boo Drew and Me

I still don’t eat white potatoes, I take it easy on tomatoes, I DO eat rice and my pain level has been reduced by 85%, easily!  My family has been great about meeting my needs.  They are more than willing to be guinea pigs to my recipes and my attempts to modify our regular recipes.  We’ve had some nasty, horrible duds; mostly it’s been great.  I don’t buy things that come in a box; things that are overly processed or prepackaged.   My family is eating healthier because I got sick. I am healthier because I got sick.  I managed to lose over 60 pounds through diet and exercise (which I can now do, because the pain is so much less). There’s always a silver lining!

Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops – Are You KIDDING Me?!?!

One of the things I’ve missed since going Paleo is Mushroom Soup! You can make so many things awesome with a great Mushroom Soup. So I really wanted to make Pork Chops (the really thick yummy kind) awesome with some kind of mushroom soup.  I scoured the internet drooling over so many recipes until I found this one from Fast Paleo. It was so easy and it tasted amazing!! My family said that this one is definitely going in “THE BOOK” of fabulous food! I altered the original recipe a bit, because I don’t know how to follow a recipe…. sorry 🙂


Ingredients:

  • 4 thick pork chopsIMG_7639
  • salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary to season chops
  • coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 T minced garlic
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1 C coconut milk (if you are using canned, I recommend mixing the whole can up really well, then pouring out 1 C for this meal)

Directions

  1. Season the chops with Salt, Pepper, Thyme and Rosemary – I put on a pretty good coating.
  2. Medium / High heat, melt coconut oil and fry the pork chops 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan.
  3. Saute onions and mushrooms for 5 minutes, add garlic and saute for another 3 minutes, add oregano and saute until most liquid is gone.IMG_7642
  4. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low / medium and add pork chops back in the pan. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in coconut milk, turn the heat back up to medium / high, bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce is reduced by a third to half.

I had a side salad with this for myself (I’m the only one who is Paleo) and my family had some pasta and a salad.

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Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23 g 35 %
Saturated Fat 16 g 81 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 57 mg 19 %
Sodium 279 mg 12 %
Potassium 747 mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 24 g 47 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 13 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 18 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

MMM! Fajitas are BANGIN’ (Paleo and Vegitarian)

My family has always loved Veggie Fajitas.  I miss having the tortilla with it, I REALLY miss it! So I scoured the internet to find a Paleo Wrap recipe.  I found one that looked promising at Stupid Easy Paleo and I was excited to try it for dinner.  I will admit, these wraps did taste much more like a crepe rather than a tortilla, but it DID do the job!  The original recipe makes 10 wraps, I halved it and was able to make 4 wraps.  I used a 10″ pan.

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Look at the Goodness!


To make the Paleo Wraps/ Tortillas/ Crepes, gather the ingredients:

This is a half recipe

  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C arrowroot Flour
  • 2 T coconut Flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • pinch of saltIMG_7628

Directions for wraps:

  1. Whisk oil and eggs in a bowl
  2. Add half of the arrowroot flour until smooth, then add the other half of arrowroot flour, whisk until smooth
  3. Add coconut flour, baking soda and salt – whisk until lumps are gone.
  4. Heat a frying pan (whatever size you want your wrap) on medium/high heat.
  5. Pour or ladle (ladling is so much easier) mixture into pan, and tilt pan around to spread.  It will take IMG_763045-60 seconds for the first side to be done (you’ll notice the edges of the wrap come away from the pan).
  6. Flip it 45-60 seconds and it should be done.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  8. If you don’t finish them all in one fell swoop, you can store them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week

If you want an idea with what to fill this tortilla with, you can try our veggie mix! It’s super easy and excitingly flavorful.  We use:

  • carrot slices
  • broccoli florets
  • cauliflower florets
  • red pepper, sliced
  • green pepper, sliced
  • mushrooms, quartered
  • onions, sliced
  • minced garlic
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • chili powder

Then to make (once you do 7 days of chopping and slicing)*

  1. We cook one at a time to al dente, with just olive oil.  You may add some water to speed up cooking via steaming.
  2. Place cooked food in a holding dish in the oven.  Set oven to “warm / hold”
  3. When they are all cooked, place all items back in the pan and add cumin and chili powder to taste.

My family likes Goya Yellow Rice mix with this meal.  It doesn’t have Legumes, Dairy or Gluten.


I top my filled tortilla with a little homemade Paleo Mayonnaise.  It fills the void that Sour Cream used to fill.IMG_7632

Nutrition Facts for paleo wraps
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 12 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 20 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 212 mg 71 %
Sodium 193 mg 8 %
Potassium 67 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 16 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 5 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 8 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.