Paleo Cinnamon Roll Recipe Review

I know I mentioned before how we used to not think too much about what our children ate, as long as it wasn’t too bad for them and they were able to get full. But now that our mindset has changed, it is still hard to get the thoughts of cinnamon rolls and monkey bread out of the mind of my daughter as she still thinks about the tasty packaged food that we used to partake in multiple times a week. One thing that I hadn’t found as a good option was a good Paleo cinnamon roll recipe. There is the anti-paleo gluten free cinnamon roll recipe that I use from time to time that uses the Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Dough mix as the base, but it obviously isn’t ideal. I somehow came across a recipe for Paleo Cinnamon Rolls sometime back and decided to give them a shot. It was from an email newsletter that my dad had forwarded to me since he knew this was one recipe I had been looking for. I am very happy with the results. Unfortunately it isn’t on the site and I don’t feel comfortable posting it since it is part of an overall book, but I’ll link to the site and to the site that sent out the original newsletter in hopes you can find the recipe.

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I know it isn’t perfect, but goodness they were tasty. Again, not the exact same as the cinnamon rolls we used to get, but very tasty and the kids thought they were in heaven!

The next time though, I need to remember to roll them tighter so that I don’t have them fall apart at the bottom like you can see in the pictures. Leaving room in between layers does not do well for shaping the Roll.

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Paleo Hot and Sour Soup Recipe Review

We love oriental food in our house. We love thai, japanese, chinese, we even had some korean food a few weeks ago that was very tasty. But there is something accessible and comforting about standard chinese soups. My favorite is egg drop soup, and my wife loves hot and sour or wonton soup. A few nights ago, she said, “I sure wish that we could go get chinese food, I would love some soup.” So, me being the loving husband I am, I started looking over the internet for a soup hot and sour soup recipe we could have. Mind you, this was at around 8:30pm when the kids were in bed, so this was not a planned meal in the slightest, yet somehow we had almost all of the ingredients for some Paleo Hot and Sour Soup, with a few substitutions.

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I told my wife, “It will take about 30 minutes to make, or I can go get some soup which will take an equal amount of time, and we already have everything”. I was off by about 30 minutes, but i’m sure this tasted better than anything from the store.  We both really liked it. We did not have bamboo shoots, pork, sherry or red wine vinegar, so we left our the bamboo, substituted chicken strips, and used rice vinegar, and it came out fantastically. We normally make a Tom Kha soup when we do oriental because the kids like it so much, but my wife thought this was better overall. The kids and I still like the Tom Kha better, but it was a nice change of pace, and I definitely will be keeping the recipe handy for future use.

Paleo Pals Anytime Cookies Review

My daughter is almost 5 years old and for the first 4 years of her life, we allowed her to have a lot of sweets and a lot of standard fare, but this past year we have really tried to focus on nutrient density in a lot of her foods, and if the food doesn’t have a nutritional benefit, then we try to stay away from it. I know this is hard for her as she has seen both sides of the fence, so I am trying any way I can to get her to understand why we are making the choices that we are. And one of the ways I am doing this is by introduction kid oriented Paleo books, Eat like a Dinosaur and Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship.

In each book, there is a good assortment of recipes specifically for kids, where they can help with most of the steps for preparation. My daughter especially loves the Paleo Pals book because it is about super heroes and has lots of good recipes. One of the recipes is a cookie called an Anytime Cookie that is made of whole foods, and isn’t overly sweet. So it truly can be consumed anytime without fear of blood sugar drops hours later.

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They really didn’t take much time at all to put together since it was just a mix and cook process. I really thought they were good, and the rest of the family did too. Now, the next day they weren’t near as good because they were a little mushy from the moisture trapped in the container. Still had the same flavor, but the texture turned my kids off as it was too squishy to be a typical cookie. We actually had these and some bacon for breakfast while we ran out to yard sales.

We will definitely make these again, but I need to try and find a way to keep them crunchy, as I think this would make it an even bigger hit with the little ones.

Maple Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Review

We have a method for making brussel sprouts, but sometimes you want to see what else is out there and see if you are missing something. We love the brussel sprout recipe that we use, but wanted something new. So we came upon a Brussel Sprout recipe that uses bacon, dijon mustard, and maple syrup.

maplesproutsWe liked this recipe. I liked it more than my wife. My wife really likes the one we typically use, so it’s hard to change her mind on things like that. My daughter on the other hand said “Is there bacon in with the brussel sprouts?” as soon as she saw it and gave out an excited yell. She loves her bacon.

We added just a little bit of garlic powder to the sprouts, which we thought was a nice addition to an already tasty dish.

 

Paleo Toasted Ravioli with Yucca Batter Recipe Review

I remember having my dad buy huge cans of ravioli when I was younger as that was one of the few things I could fix on my own that I really liked eating. So I pretty much lived on Chef Boyardee when I got home from school. But since going Paleo, ravioli hasn’t really been on my radar. But I saw a great recipe for toasted ravioli on Predominantly Paleo that peaked my interest.

I know i’ve said it before, I am not a chef, so many times, flavor totally trumps the way a dish looks for me. This is one of those times.

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Now, while they don’t look too bad, the size was our main issue. Rather than having little bite sized raviolis like the original recipe, we had palm-sized raviolis that were filled with goodness.

We really liked this recipe. Again, it didn’t turn out exactly like we wanted since our sizes were significantly more than the original, but the flavor was fantastic! Plus, dipping it in tomato sauce added a lot of flavor and juiciness that you would expect to get from an Italian dish.

And it was very interesting using Yucca batter for the first time. For those of you who don’t know, Yucca is a root, similar to potato or something else that is crazy looking and typically avoided in the produce area of your grocery store, shunned to the corner with ginger and horseradish root.

You chop and boil the yucca root, then put it in a blender to mash together with oil, and it actually turns into a type of dough. How Jennifer at Predominantly Paleo figured this out is beyond me. But it is really a great grain-free option that works very well. We plan to do a lot more with her yucca recipes as it’s a nutritious way to make dough for things like this.

A couple of things I will do differently next time are make the raviolis smaller, obviously, and in the middle of yucca root is a spine that you have to pull out after it is pulverized or boiled, and I may see if I can “core” it instead to make the whole process work a bit better, because it is a pain to remove it out of the existing batter that has small pieces that may get missed and the kids may find while eating. Not a good combination at all.

Paleo Monkey Bread Review

So, pre-Paleo, Monkey bread was a standard at our house. We would have it around once a month, and our entire family would engage in the tastiness that is Monkey Bread. Unfortunately a typical Monkey bread recipe calls for 3 cans of standard biscuits broken into pieces. Obviously that isn’t going to fly in a Paleo diet where you are trying to use real foods, plus the vast amounts of gluten would likely cause me to not feel good for a couple of weeks afterward!

So, what did I do? I combed the ‘nets to find a Paleo Monkey Bread recipe. Luckily I didn’t have to look far since Paleo Parents had one ready to go.

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This was something we have done without for some time, but will now be available to us when we want it. It was really fantastic and we were really happy with the results. The kids thought it was awesome. It is not health food since it does have a combination of dates, honey, and sugar, but it is a much better option than the original version. I told my wife it was kind of like eating dark chocolate when you are used to the standard milk chocolate. It’s very tasty, and very rich, just not as mouth-puckeringly sweet.  We even did the no-egg version noted below the recipe of using coconut milk and baking soda for the fluffiness and it was fantastic!

One thing I will do differently next time is, in steps 7 and 10 call for you putting the “icing” mixture on the bottom of the pan, and then put more on top of the bread mixture. I will probably put it between the various levels of batter to give a more even taste. Otherwise you might end up with a caked mess that is of no use to you in the bottom of your bundt pan even after your bread has come out, kind of like I did.

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