Besides one minor 8 page paper, school is done and over with for the semester. So to celebrate, I made a batch of delicious paleo pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for my sweet 80 something year old poetry professor. I was in a bit of a hurry, so an instagram picture is the best I could do. I usually hesitate to post a recipe without at least halfway decent pictures, but I really wanted to share this one! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten, grain and dairy free) Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour/meal
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup almond butter or sunbutter (sunbutter for the win)
1/4 cup honey
1 T maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup chocolate chip (dairy free, gluten-free)
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Blend thoroughly, that baking powder can be clumpy! Prepare a muffin dish with muffin liners or spray with non-stick spray. Pour the batter in evenly…mine made about 9 muffins. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until they’re firm and golden brown. (I honestly can’t tell you exactly how long I cooked mine for, because I kept wanting them to be a little more crispier but it’s probably ended up more towards 45 minutes than 40. Definitely try 40 first, everybody’s oven’s is a little different I think:))
These came out super moist, light and fluffy. Even though it’s May, I will never get tired of smelling pumpkin in my apartment. I just wanted to light the pumpkin candle I STILL have sitting by my couch and drink some warm archer farms pumpkin flavored coffee. Is it Fall yet?!
No rice? No grains? No problem! I’ve got a solution for your spicy southern cravings. This dish was incredibly easy, low carb, gluten/sugar free and just plain delish!
Spicy Paleo Jambalaya (for one)
1/4 head of cauliflower
1 Applegate Cajun sausage link
2 oz shrimp
2 T chopped onion
1 T Coconut oil
Chop off the stems of your cauliflower. If you’re making this recipe for the whole family, use the whole head of cauliflower, it can serve 4-6 people depending on how much you use. I used the whole head and am saving the rest for other meals this week. After chopping off the stems, place the cauliflower in a food processor or magic bullet and pulse until the cauliflower is the size of rice. Set aside your “rice” and throw your onions in a skillet, on medium-high, with the coconut oil and saute them until translucent. Toss in your sliced sausage link, shrimp (I’m assuming you know it needs to be thawed) and as much of the seasonings as you want. I never measure mine; I just put in a generous amount of each. Let the meat and onions sizzle for a few minutes; add more coconut oil if necessary. When the meat is done, add your cauliflower rice to the skillet and let it heat up and soften for just a few minutes. Feel free to add any and all vegetable to this dish! I bet some steamed carrots and broccoli would be outta this world.
Sorry, couldn’t help myself. That commercial always gets stuck in my head.
Buying 8 pounds of longhorn was a marvelous idea. Now, when I’m feelin like some lean red meat, all I do is mix them with different spices and make major muscle-building burgers. And they taste pretty fantastic. I found an Indian-inspired seasoning in Practical Paleo and then mixed in my own ingredients to make these burgers. Hope you give it a go!
Curry Burgers (makes 4 patties)
1 pound lean beef
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 T curry
1/2 T paprika
1/2 T cinnamon
Dash of sea salt and pepper
Mix it all in a bowl and cook on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes on each side. I like mine a little pink in the middle but if you want it cooked through more, feel free to leave it on the stove a bit longer. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!
Note to self- time to step up my photography game. Need some new plates and place mats:)
How many of you guys love to start your day off with a warm mug (or two) of coffee? Or drink coffee before your workout for that extra energy? I know most of you love your a.m cup of joe but can’t get used to drinking it black, or have a hard time parting with your coffee creamer. Unfortunately, the calories from coffee creamer add up throughout the day, plus it’s fat AND sugar loaded. Many are flavored unnaturally and contain absolutely no health benefits, but yet it’s so hard to shake the nasty habit. Well well well. There’s FINALLY an answer to this nagging problem.RIPPED CREAM….get RIPPED by drinking coffee! *All Natural
*5 grams of protein
*11 Amino Acids
*50% RDI Vitamin D3
I was lucky enough to get to review this coffee creamer and I have nothing but good things to say! For those of you that don’t have an easy time eating a lot of protein for breakfast, this “cream” is a great way to get in that extra dose in. It’s convenient, fast, and it provides immediate protein for your muscles first thing in the morning. Though it’s only 5 grams of protein per serving (2 tbs), you could consume it several times throughout the day and your daily protein consumption will easily increase. It contains 10 grams of carbs per serving as well, which I actually like because my carb intake is lower now (because I no longer eat grains) and this is another way to get some extra energy. Even if you’re on a low carb diet, this product should not inhibit any results. Not only is it a ridiculously smart solution to so many coffee cream lovers, but it also tastes delicious. The chocolate is really subtle but gives my morning coffee the flavor of one of those Starbucks mocha-java-frapps minus the fat and sugar. Totally guilt free and it actually helps you work towards your goals. The vanilla makes a wonderful combination with my medium roast coffee because it tastes so much lighter and fresh. I absolutely love vanilla so I was SO excited to be able to drink it in the mornings!
The coffee creamer comes in a little pouch perfect for traveling or keeping it in an office desk. I was wondering what else I could put this stuff in…protein shakes? Bars? Egg whites? Protein pancakes? The possibilities are endless. Anyways, I’m so excited to have this now instead of always having to drink my coffee black! Follow @RippedCream on Twitter and check out their products here!
What did I enjoy my protein coffee creamer with this morning, you ask?
Oh you know, just a coconut pancake loaded with BACON. Well turkey bacon but it was bacon nonetheless. New coconut protein pancake recipe will be posted soon too. This may be my favourite protein pancake recipe yet and it’s grain-free and totally paleo;)