Bacon is really just a paleo word for “spoon”.

I bought another toy.  It always bothers me when I cook bacon in a skillet, and it curls up and sometimes rolls back on itself after it starts to cook. I stumbled upon a bacon press and figured, “Why not?”  So…I used it yesterday, and utilized my bacon as my egg salad “spoon”.  It was nothing short of heavenly. Nice and flat, too!

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Basil Egg Salad

After making my easy peel hard boiled eggs, I figured that making egg salad was a logical next step. I had some amazing fresh basil, and this was a magical fit. It was easy, and awesome. The amount of mayo you use really depends on your tastes in texture. I prefer a creamy egg salad, so I go with about 3 Tbsp. I also say this about salt content. It really is up to your own personal tastes.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2-4 Tbsp paleo mayo
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil
  • black pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste

Combine all ingredients. Add more mayo, salt, and pepper to your own tastes. Enjoy with bacon :)

Paleo ICE CREAM!!!

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I bought a toy! Yep. An ice cream machine. My wonderful niece bought me a paleo ice cream cookbook for my birthday, so since I am lazy, I figured it was a sign to buy an ice cream machine.  Thankfully, I had a gift card that was a decade old, and this was the perfect use for it.

My son made it a whole four days at school before coming down with something, so I figured ice cream on a sick day would be pretty great.  I figured wrong. Apparently, my son doesn’t like a strong coconut taste which is what you get in most paleo ice cream recipes.  I think that part of the problem is that we chose a chocolate chip ice cream, and there was really nothing to mellow out the coconut flavor. I have done a lot of baking that my son loves that has included coconut milk and coconut flour; I just think that this was too strong for him. I don’t love a strong coconut flavor either, so we will try another flavor next time. I did modify the recipe a bit to calm the vanilla flavor and also add some creaminess with the egg yolks. I would absolutely recommend this if you like the coconut taste in general. Texturally, it was perfect.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk (trader joe’s has it without added ingredients)
  • 3 Tbsp honey or grade B maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

In a pan over low heat, combine all ingredients except for the yolks and chocolate pieces. Cook for about 10 minutes and remove from heat.

Whisk egg yolks until fluffy. Temper by slowly spooning in the warm milk mixture until completely combined. Be careful not to add too much of the warm mixture or else you will end up cooking your eggs.

Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least six hours.

Use the mixture in your ice cream machine following the users guide for that machine.  Add chocolate chips when the ice cream is almost done.

Paleo Jerky and Spicy Cucumber Chips

My awesome friend, MG, is guest blogging for me.  YAY!!!

Road trip!!!!!

Generally, there is a ban in my house on buying anything else for my kitchen. Especially gizmo’s. I mean really, who needs all these things? (stick blender, mandolin, and now…dehydrator??) Well, I do! (at least I keep telling my husband that ) However, my last kitchen gizmo injured me (word of warning, be CAREFUL when using a mandolin) so my husband is super wary of any recipe that requires me to use a mandolin, or frankly, just storing yet ANOTHER thing in the kitchen. But alas, I am about to go on a trip, and have a TON of vegetables leftover from my crop share. So on my search of what to do with them so they don’t go bad, I decided that what could be better than turning something into a chip? Seriously, what can be bad about that?

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Spicy cucumber chips – Seriously delicious
4 cucumbers – with skins (sliced evenly, use the dreaded mandolin)
2 tbs. spicy olive oil (paid about $9)
sprinkle of salt.

Rub the cucumbers with the spicy olive oil, lay out on the dehydrator trays, lightly salt. That’s it!! Want it super low calorie, leave out the oil! These chips were amazing!! You can switch out the cucumbers for two bunches of Tuscan Kale, and those are super delicious as well.

With this new kitchen gizmo, I have to find something else to do with it before I go. What else can I throw in this thing with 1 day left before I leave? Jerky of course! (We are talking the perfect trip food!!) and finding a Paleo Jerky is not so easy. Especially Paleo Teriyaki Jerky! I adapted the recipe from here: http://www.nwedible.com/beef-jerky

Spicy Teriyaki Jerky

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2 lbs of grass fed London broil (cut to ¼ inch slices)

Marinade:
1 cup coconut aminos
3/8 cup palm sugar
1 tsp five spice powder
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp ground cumin (optional)
2 tbs. crushed red pepper (optional)

Combine all marinade ingredients together and mix well. Add the flank steak to the marinade (I prefer doing this in a zip lock bag) and let it marinate from 3-24 hours. (I did it for 4, and it came out great) Lay out on the dehydrator, and run for 4-6 hours. Once it’s done, let it cool completely before storing. That’s it!! If you don’t like cumin, I recommend leaving it out, since it was a strong flavor in this. I don’t think it would be lacking without that in it.

Welcome to my new obsession! Spiced apples!!!

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Truly, I could eat these forever! They are such an amazing snack/dessert/side dish. Absolutely mouth watering!!!

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Welcome to my new obsession!  Spiced apples!!!

I was looking for a quick sweet hit, and this was absolutely amazing!!! I feel like I’m eating pie filling and I am bound to try to see if I can do more with this. Pie, crepes…the possibilities are endless and it is SO easy!

I left the skin on to add to the nutritional value of the recipe.

Ingredients:

One LARGE honeycrisp apple, chopped

1 Tbsp ghee

1 Tbsp grade B maple syrup

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a skillet, cook all ingredients over medium heat for about ten minutes. I even let my apples brown a bit. It was awesome!

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The Spoils of Dashed Hope

Yes, there are spoils! Oh the money we will save getting rid of our storage space full of baby items stashed, organized, and cherished. There is also the monetary gain from the yard sale to get rid of it all. Since my little pug needs surgery on Tuesday, this is at least a little bit of money to go towards it. As you can see from the picture, he was faithfully guarding the cash box.

The whole day was pretty smooth with the exception of the wackadoo granny with baby rabies who wanted my phone number in case she couldn’t figure out how to use a swaddle.

My furbaby fiercely protecting the cash box at the yard sale.
My furbaby fiercely protecting the cash box at the yard sale.

This was a monstrously huge step for me. Letting go of all of these things that used to be my baby boy’s seemed impossible a year ago. I found that the key was to work fast and not look too closely at anything. It felt like every piece in those boxes was a key that unlocked a plethora of memories. I did have a bin or two of things I just couldn’t let go of, and there were a few things I just stared at and cried about for a moment.  The teeny tiny shoes that my husband gave me a hard time for buying because they so clearly would never fit a walking or even a crawling child. There was the stuffed caterpillar with the round yellow face that was the object of my son’s first non-gas grin. He would coo at it with his gummy smile and flirt with it. First, I cried at it, then I smelled it, and then I placed it in a box to be stashed away for the next 20 years or so.

I won’t lie, it was REALLY hard. It was also really time for some closure. Getting rid of the storage space that housed all of this baby stuff is money and space saved. We are one more step forward in the process of moving on.