Monday, January 28, 2013

Store bought paleo bread

Guess what Costco has, BREAD! I personally haven't tried it yet but the girls really dig it in french toast and sandwiches. As soon as this food challenge is over I'm making some for me, and maybe Andy ;).  It comes in a  two loaf pack for a little over $8.00, not a bad deal. Blake says he likes the homemade almond bread better, but for our house this works in a pinch.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Branden has been asking for month for me to find a clean lasgna recipe becuase he misses it so much, so here it is, and it's amazing!!!!
    1/2 c almonds
    1/2 thinly sliced onion
    2 cloves garlic
    3 tbsn oregano
    1/8 tsp nutmeg
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/2+ c water
Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. I should have gotten a picture of that texture for you but I was so eager I forgot. It should look like a ricotta cheese.
1 lbs ground beef browned
1 can clean speghetti sauce
4 large mushrooms, sliced
2 large zuchinnis, thinly sliced (mandolins work great for this) These are your noodles
fresh spinach leaves
Brush the zuchinni "noodles" with a light coat of olive oil and grill. I used my broiler pan and my oven at 375 but on the BBQ would be so much better.
With all your ingredients start making your layers in an oven safe baking dish. Beef, spinach, mushrooms, zuchinni noodles, and than smear the "cheese" on the "noodles" and cover with a layer of sauce and start all over until your pan is full, ending with the sauce on the top.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-30 minutes and serve. It is by far best hot but still great as leftovers.
You need to try this one you're going to love it, kid tested and approved!!!

 Another great this with this cheese is with the left overs I made an omlette the next morning. Spinach, onions, mushrooms and almond cheese it was so good!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shepards Pie

If you haven't noticed yet there is another food challenge going on this month, and there will be another next so come prepared. In order to help those of us on the challenges stay focused I am going to try and provide all of us with some new options (more often) for meals.
Today's addition is one I've been wanting to do for a long time and really have had no excuse as to why I haven't.  We tried it with sweet potatoes and yams, I preferred the sweet potatoes, better consistency  and flavor (in my opinion) but overall this recipe was a keeper in our household.


Ground Beef (we used 1/2 of a Costco package)
3 handfuls+ diced baby carrots
6 stalks diced celery
 1 diced sweet onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 C. beef broth
4 large sweet potatoes (or yams)
coconut oil
4 large sliced mushrooms
oregano, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper


Scrub and cube the sweet potatoes and put in a pot and a steamer and steam until tender. You can do this in the microwave as well, I just like the consistency of the steamed vegys better. When they are steamed, mash to your liking. I like it smooth and creamy so Andy had to mash for awhile :) 
Set oven to 400 degrees.
While the potatoes are steaming, heat coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add garlic, onions, celery and carrots, cook until tender. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, put aside.  Add the ground beef to the pan add all the spices to your liking ( I do about 3-5 shakes of the bottle with each, I know not very helpful I'll try to remember to measure next time.) Cook until fully browned.
Mix vegys and meat together and spread out in a baking dish, cover with beef broth. You can choose to boil the broth with some coconut flour if you would like, some say it thickens it, however, I think it changes the taste and texture, I wasn't to fond of it. Cover the top with the mashed potatoes (this is very sticky so push a little into the meat mixture to get the potatoes to stay in place.) Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the broth starts to boil and the potatoes look slightly browning on the edges.
we didn't even wait for it to cool we dug right in, everyone loved it!!!1