Garlic Herb Bread | PALEO

 While coming up with original Paleo/Whole30 approved dishes is one of my favorite things to do~ there's always going to be something extra exciting about Paleo-fying a non-Paleo food.  & The first thing that comes to mind when I think absolutely not Paleo?  Bread.

My mom used to make the most amazing bread in the bread maker when I was growing up.  She's known for always adding "extra" ingredients to recipes she'd find... like yogurt to the waffle mix, oats to the meatloaf, and spices & cheese to the bread.  The recipes always turned out different, but so tasty, and you knew it was Mom who made it.

This recipe was inspired by that cheesy, herby, garlicky bread-- but without the cheese.  It somehow takes on those same flavors, while keeping the perfect "bread" texture.  Not too spongy, not too dense.  Just Paleo-fied bread magic!

I was inspired by a recipe for Orange Cranberry Bread from Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers.  I used her ratio of eggs to butter to coconut flour, and came up with my own savory version with those garlicky herb flavors I knew I would love.

Use this for an open face "sandwich", spread it with some ghee, or dip it in your favorite chilis & soups.  I personally think it would be the perfect dipper for my Simplified Seafood Stew (Cioppino).

Apple Berry Crumble | PALEO

I know I've been bugging you all lately on Instagram & Facebook with several requests for your feedback & input...  I hope that's okay!  I just truly value the opinions of each of you who are reading my blog.  

Because as much as all of my recipes make me happy... I already have the recipes!  So I want to make sure I'm putting out what you want to see, when you want to see it.  So, by popular demand, the next recipe I have to share is this "Apple Berry Crumble".

It's the perfect way to get your "pie fix" without giving your stomach a pie fix... if you know what I mean.  Like it tastes delicious and warm & bad for you just like a good pie should... but it's not.  :)

I kept the filling simple with plain ol' apples & berries, then topped it with a quick & easy crumble topping that gives it that sweet pie crust vibe we all love.

I hope you enjoy this simple & delicious dessert as much as we have.  Our first one lasted less than 24 hours (dessert & breakfast!)  :D

Hash Brown & Sausage Breakfast Casserole | PALEO

The holidays always get me thinking deep thoughts...  About family, priorities, being thankful for what I have, choosing the perfect gifts to remind my loved ones that I care, and breakfast casseroles.  :D

It seems like most families have their old school go-to breakfast casseroles that are light on the eggs, heavy on the cheese and white bread.  & While I'm sure that's tasty, I wanted to change this up:  Paleo style.  Still easy, filling, & enough to feed a crowd, but without the whole bread/cheese scenario~  & I thought frozen hash browns were the perfect replacement.

I also wanted something that could be assembled the night before, then baked in the morning.  Because, say it's Christmas morning.... Who's wanting to brown some sausage & cook hash browns?  (Not me.)  I'll be the one with the coffee watching a Christmas parade on TV, checking out everyone's Christmas gifts, while this bad boy bakes in the oven.

So, whether you're looking for a healthy recipe to kick off your weekdays, or feeding your family on Christmas morning, give this a try!  It's as delicious as it is simple to prepare.  Enjoy, & make sure to read all of my "notes" for tips & suggestions!

(PS:  I now have a "print" button at the very bottom of my blog posts, where you can delete photos/ramblings, and print the recipe!  Check it out!)

Cinnamon Roll Freezer Fudge | PALEO

I am here to bring you the easiest no-cook, no-bake Paleo-approved dessert recipe ever... & it only has 4 1/2 ingredients.  (because that's just not fair to count sea salt as a whole ingredient)

It's sweet, rich, fudgy, and literally tastes like an actual Cinnamon Roll that transformed itself into a fudge consistency that melts in your mouth.  I don't know what else to tell you about it, besides.... it's time for you to make it.

For a holiday gathering, an "I need something sweet, or else" moment, a recipe to impress your friends, or even breakfast:  this is it.  It's clean, simple, Paleo-approved, actually good for you, and even vegan.
I can't wait to mix up some other flavors!
Let me know what you think in the comments below, and tag me in your social media pictures!  Enjoy, and try not to eat it all in one day!  :D

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | PALEO

Next up on my Paleo-fied recipe list:  this Cashew Chicken!  I know I've been tempting you with it over on Instagram & Facebook... but I just couldn't wait to show off the pictures, in hopes that you would somehow realize how amazingly delicious this is.

I was inspired by this:  Crockpot Cashew Chicken Recipe found on Pinterest.  & By "inspired" I mean that it totally made my mouth water & stomach turn at the same time.  Because it looked SO delicious... but the ingredients.  Oh, the ingredients...  I know I'm probably sounding like a snob, but when you know the magic that a few clean, simple, real-food ingredients can do~  it's hard to justify ketchup, corn starch, canola oil, and two types of sugar.  Plus, enough soy sauce to make your fingers swell for days.  So while probably tasty~ just not worth it.

This version takes the same idea & flavor profile, and cleans it up to Paleo standards, with no wheat, soy, or refined sugars.  What's left behind is a sweet Asian-inspired sauce with a light heat & tons of bold flavor, in a recipe that will feed you for days.

To top it all off, this is one of the easiest recipes I've ever made, and is Whole30 adaptable by simply leaving out the honey.  Quickly pan-fry your chicken (or not, see below), toss a bunch of stuff in the pot, and let it slow cook away... Come home to dinner that tastes like Asian takeout.  :D

Easy, delicious, and healthy... You must make this!  Then come back & comment your review below!

  • Double the sauce recipe if you like things 'saucy', or if you will be serving this over some sort of rice.
  • Add cashews during the last hour if you like them more crunchy.
  • Skip step one (coating/pan-frying the chicken) if you're pressed for time or just want to keep things simple.
  • Serve over steamed stir-fry veggies (we love the frozen blend from Whole Foods' 365 brand), cauliflower rice, or white rice (if you do grains).

Chicken Bacon Pizza with Garlic Cream Sauce

If you've ever tried the Chicken Bacon Artichoke "Delite" thin crust pizza from Papa Murphy's... or anything similar... you know that it is a little slice of heaven on earth.  I haven't had that pizza in ages, but had a sudden, serious craving for it.  

non-Paleo inspiration from the Papa Murphy's website ;)
So, I put my "Paleofying" skills to work, and came up with a healthy dupe!

My pizza sauce inspiration came from the "Alfredo" in my Paleo Chicken Alfredo Pasta, where I used a cashew base.  The result was a creamy, dreamy, garlicky sauce that was perfect for this pizza.  I then used chopped chicken, spinach, & crumbled bacon to top it off and make it extra filling.

As far as crusts go, I don't have a "perfect Paleo pizza crust" of my own quite yet.  I do have a really good Cauliflower Pizza Crust if you're into that, but I was looking for more of a traditional thin crust to make this pizza feel like the real deal.

I did my research & came across this Pizza Crust Recipe from Paleo Spirit.  I followed her recipe, substituting arrowroot flour for tapioca (since that's what I had on hand), and I was really impressed.

If you're not into the idea of making your own or buying specific flours just for pizza crust use, I would highly recommend the "Paleo Pizza Crust" from Julian Bakery.  I have a full review of it HERE if you want all the details.  The Julian Bakery products have been hit or miss for me, but this one was a big hit.

This pizza would be perfect for a lunch, appetizer, or dinner with a soup or salad.  The perfect comfort-food dupe for my thin crust pizza lovers!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  & Don't forget to check out my "notes" at the bottom of the post for tips.  :)

PS:  I did not add artichoke hearts but think they would make this pizza even more amazing!

Friday Five: Holiday Desserts | Paleo

It's been awhile since I've done a recipe round-up post, so I thought this Friday would be the perfect time.  With the holidays in full swing, I've been excited about making the occasional Paleo dessert.  It's a fun way to satisfy your sweet tooth without triggering a food sensitivity or feeling too guilty. 

Now, all desserts in moderation of course (even Paleo ones)... but it is the holidays after all!

I also think the holidays are a great time to show up at a family gathering with something "Paleo-fied" to share with your friends & family.  It's a great opportunity for them to get a taste of Paleo without having to buy the ingredients or make anything themselves.  & It can show them that healthy eating doesn't have to be gross or scary!  :D

Let me know if you've tried any of these recipes, or if you have others to share.  Would love to see what Paleo desserts you guys have enjoyed.  Also, if you have a "request" for a dessert I should Paleo, leave it in the comments below or send me an email!  I'm always up for new ideas.

Happy Holidays everyone!

(**Click the dessert title to be taken to the full recipe!**)

This giant cookie pizza is made with super simple ingredients, and is completely flourless! 

These bars have risen to fame quickly on my blog, and for good reason!  Layers of rich chocolate, creamy coconut, and pecans give these a "7-Layer Bar" vibe with the taste of German Chocolate Cake.  

Hash Brown Waffles | Paleo/Whole30

My aunt & uncle gifted me a waffle maker for my birthday this year (something I had been wanting for awhile), and I've been itching to pull it out & put it to good use.

After recently finishing a Whole30, I wasn't looking for something sweet to drown in maple syrup~  but thought it would be fun to test out something more savory.  I decided on these "hash brown waffles", and absolutely love how they turned out.

I have issues when it comes to cooking regular old hash browns in a pan... They never turn out quite right for me.  The waffle maker, however, made hash brown life easy.  

The hash browns look adorable, like fluffy potato-ey waffles... but taste like the perfect hash brown with a soft inside & crisp outside.  Seriously the best thing I've ever put beneath a fried egg.

To see these waffles in action (and me in my awkwardness...) head over to YouTube, and watch the video!  :)

Let me know if you give these a try!  I think they would be a fun addition to lunch or dinner too.  Enjoy!

All-American Crockpot Chili {Paleo}

Updating an old favorite from 2013 that has been a go-to dinner for us for years now.  It's super simple to prepare, and makes your house smell amazing:

One of my all-time favorite cold weather meals is chili. Nothing warms you up like a warm bowl of chili, eaten on the couch while wrapped in a blanket. You can, of course, go for the kitchen table like a civilized person... but the couch is really where it's at, just sayin'.

No matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, you've got to try this one out. I love the heat (both temperature & spice-wise) of the chili, that's balanced out with the sweet hint of coconut sugar & the cool creaminess of the avocado on top... So good! 

Chili doesn't have to be packed with legumes either... It's very easy to do it Paleo-style. With all of the flavor this recipe punches, I don't miss the beans one bit.

This recipe is free of dairy, gluten, legumes, soy, and refined sugar, and also happens to taste amazing. You've got to try it! It would be great for game-day when serving a crowd, and is super convenient to toss in the crockpot overnight or while you're at work. This makes for some great leftovers, too~ it tastes even better reheated the next day.

Let me know if you try it out, & enjoy

Ooey Gooey Almond Joy Cookie Bars (PALEO)

One of my new favorite pastimes is scrolling through the "food/recipe" section on Pinterest.  So many recipes, so many calories, so many unfortunate ingredients.

Yet, these are the recipes that always inspire me the most.  Because I want to taste that Crescent Dough Pizza Pinwheel, and that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting... but I also want it to be Paleo.  Is that so much to ask?

Well, I figured taking matters into my own hands was my best bet;  especially when it came to these Peanut Butter Gooey Bars I saw from "Crazy for Crust".  The chocolatey goodness oozing out of the middle reminded me that I had Enjoy Life chocolate chips in the pantry, and a really good cookie recipe (I'm looking at you Paleo Pizookie), and that I could actually make something like this...

So I got to work subbing all of my Paleo favorites like coconut milk for condensed milk, almond butter for the peanut butter/bleached flour combo, maple syrup for brown & white sugar, etc.~  & this is what I came up with.  I layered it all in a dish, crossed my fingers, and... it worked.

Now: try it, and taste this ooey gooey deliciousness for yourself!  You will not regret this!  & If you find yourself feeling bad about eating the whole dish... remind yourself that the ingredients list could be much worse.  ;)