Showing posts with label coconut oil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coconut oil. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 2014 Whole30 Day 13

We had a late start to the day again today, so my parents who are visiting offered to take us out for breakfast.  We went to a local breakfast spot, and I had a very large omelet stuffed to the brim with spinach, mushrooms and bacon.  And I subbed out the toast and home fries for some tomatoes.

I grabbed a nap this afternoon and when I woke up I was really hungry; heated up some leftover meat and spinach muffins and that held me over until dinner.

And dinner was fondue.  I love doing this.  It really is such a fun thing to do as a family, and our kid loves that he gets to cook his own food.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Recipe - Fried Green Tomatoes

I will admit, I have never, before tonight, had fried green tomatoes.  I've seen the movie multiple times and read the book more than once, so trying these was a long time coming.

These are straight out of Paleo Comfort Foods.  We've not had much success frying almond flour before, but these turned out really well and we popped them in the oven to keep warm after they were fried.

You'll need:
4 medium green tomatoes
1.5 cups almond flour
2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chipotle powder (I used chili powder because I was out of chipotle powder)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 large egg
1/2 coconut oil

Slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.

Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

Beat egg in a separate bowl.

Set up your breading station.

Yours can include Finn McMissile if you choose.

Coat the tomatoes in the egg, and then place into the bowl of dry ingredients and coat both sides.

Shake off the excess and set aside.

Once the oil is hot, use a fork to place the tomatoes gently into the oil.  Work in batches, so you don't overcrowd the pan.

Turn the tomatoes over when the sides begin to brown, about 2 minutes and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.  Remove from the pan and place onto a cooling rack that is set into a baking sheet.  Place into 325* degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.

Serve with some chipotle mayonnaise.  Mayo + chipotle peppers + garlic + coriander seed = deliciousness.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recipe - Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Mash

This is the perfect topping for cottage pie or even on its own.  It's incredibly easy to do and always turns out great!

You'll need:
1 head of cauliflower
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup coconut milk
1.5 Tbsp coconut oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Steam the cauliflower and sweet potato for about 10 minutes.

In a small pot, warm the coconut oil, coconut milk and oil until the oil is melted and the mixture is warm.

Place the steamed veg and liquid into a food processor and pulse until your desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Whole30 Series: Prepping for your Whole30

When I'm getting ready to do another Whole30 I always make a trip to the supermarket or farmer's market and load up on fresh and sometimes frozen veggies and fruit.  I also load up on coconut milk, ensuring that it's the kind that is simply coconut cream and water.

We have a fully stocked freezer full of pork, chicken and beef.  We generally order quarter cows and half pigs and share them with a coworker who lives in the country.  He's our 'meat guy' and I'm forever grateful to him for supplying us with these lovely animals.

I also always have at least a dozen eggs hard boiled and ready to go in the fridge at all times during a Whole30.  They're perfect portable little protein bombs.  If we're at the splash pad or the park, I'll often pack a bunch of hard boiled eggs or egg salad and have them with raw veggies.

Costco can be a treasure trove of things during a Whole30.  Canned tuna and salmon, coconut oil, lean cuts of meat, if you're not able to source from a farm, nuts, nut butters, olive oil, eggs, and produce.

I will always have a jar of homemade mayo in the fridge, too.  It's perfect for a quick lunch of tuna, salmon, egg or even chicken salad.  I love to top cucumbers or peppers with some form of creamy, mayo-y salad.

Precook some meat and have it ready to go in the fridge.  Oftentimes I'll cook up a bit of extra meat and have it leftover in the fridge for lunch the next day.  I'll also try to have some veg cooked up and ready to go or some raw veggies cut into strips.  Portable, pre-prepped food is my best friend during a Whole30.

Of course it's necessary to do a huge purge.  Get rid of temptation from the house.  I double check my cupboards and fridge to make sure it's clear of all sugary and tempting things.

It seems daunting, but it doesn't have to be.  I just take an afternoon and get everything done.  The end result is absolutely worth it.  I promise.

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