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Primal Ultra Low Carb Sausage & Egg Cheesy Biscuits

CheesyjalapenobiscuitsOne of my favorite recipe books is Transforming Recipes, and it is meant as a low-carb cookbook with health and fitness in mind. Some of the recipes from the book are on Kiefer’s site, athlete.io, but some aren’t, and the book has a lot of options. The authors actually just put out an ultra low carb dessert recipe book as well, though I haven’t checked it out yet.

But one of the things that I really like from the book is their Ultra Low Carb Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits as breakfast food. I remove the Jalapeno and onion powder since it is a breakfast food, but goodness it is tasty.

So, the first step is to make your biscuits. I used butter instead of coconut oil, and like i said above, I didn’t put in the jalapeno and onion powder. I also used Dubliner cheese instead of cheddar, and love the flavor it gives. It does use butter and cheese, so this is not hardcore paleo, but for those of us who are a little more realistic, and who can do dairy without issue, it’s a good option.  It made 6 biscuits for me, which is enough for myself and some for later.

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Now, as for the goodness on the biscuit itself, I do a pound of sausage typically in even portions to go along with these 6 biscuits, which allows for the sausage to stick off the sides like your sausage should. Then I took 4 eggs and 3 egg yolks and did a hard scramble to allow it to sit in the pan and harden. This way I could fold it onto the biscuits for later without little pieces of scrambled egg falling in my lap.  These biscuits do form quite well, and rise a little bit, so when you cut through them, they will cut pretty well and be pretty fluffy compared to most paleo biscuits that tend to fall apart on me.

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What you don’t see is that i also added some tomato, and you could add some paleo mayo and shredded lettuce for a divine breakfast if you want.  My plan is to freeze them like the picture above, with sausage and egg already prepared, and then heat them up on days when I don’t have time or don’t feel like fixing something, kind of like I do with the Ultra Low Carb Pancakes.

 

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 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.

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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Paleo Glazed Blueberry Biscuits Review

blueberrybiscuittrayI have said before that I am not a cook, nor do I play one on TV. But I can follow instructions and typically have things come pretty close to the recipe, even if it isn’t perfect.

blueberrybiscuitsflatThis, on the other hand, is not even close. Do you see how flat these things are? And how the color is completely off too. These are not your typical biscuits. I wanted this recipe to work so badly because these Glazed Blueberry Biscuits are a copycat recipe to emulate Bo-Berry biscuits from Bojangles, one of my favorite treat foods of all time.  Plus it only had a few ingredients in it and the picture looked really nice too. But now I think that the the picture is of someone else’s dish, and not the author’s because I was away off.  I used coconut sugar since I am Paleo, as they say in the recipe, so that is probably why the color is so brown versus more of a white. But there is no reason for them to be this flat when compared to the recipe.  I thought they tasted pretty decent, but the rest of the family couldn’t get past the presentation of the brown blobs with sugar on top.

I think I’ve determined that coconut flour bread recipes just aren’t ideal unless there is another flour in the mix as well.  So, from here forward I’ll likely look for recipes that have a mix of coconut and almond or something else to see if that makes it a little more wheat-like. I have tried banana bread with it as well, and while it works decently, it still isn’t quite as smooth as gluten-containing bread.
I definitely won’t be doing this again anytime soon, though I think if I could get them to rise a bit more and not be so spongy, it might be more likely.

Paleo French Toast Review

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This was my breakfast.

Are you jealous? You should be. I was stuffed after this, and it was so nice. I follow quite a few paleo products and blogs both on my personal facebook account and the PaleoKB facebook page to see what is new and exciting in the world of Paleo and Health, and two of those are Julian Bakery and Paleo Bread. They post recipes on how to use their products, so I thought I would try the Paleo French Toast that they had recently posted.

It tasted pretty blasted good, I must say. I used the coconut flour bread instead of the honey bread, and opted for lots of butter instead of maple syrup to not have such a sugar spike that early in the morning, but it still turned out really well.

Now, the problem I have with their bread, both the coconut and almond flour versions, and I don’t know if it is the psyllium husk or what, but I think the high amount of fiber in the meal hits my stomach pretty hard and within about an hour, I have to take a break and find the facilities. But I don’t think that is typical, and the flavor was pretty good, so I would say try it and see if it works for you and see how it affects you.  I really enjoyed this meal, but it did not like me near as much, so I doubt I will do this one again anytime soon.

Primal/Paleo Bacon Pancakes Review

Bacon PancakesThis is one of our favorite recipes for breakfast. It is just so blasted good. I mean, who wouldn’t want something called Bacon Pancakes?

Now, I will put a caveat in this that these aren’t necessarily pancakes, more like fritters. But either way they are fantastic. I typically put some sort of creamy substance on top like Paleo Mayo, or you can put something like sour cream instead, and then add just a little bit of sriracha to spice it up. And we use green onions instead of chives.

Mark recommends using a biscuit cutter to form them into a perfect circle, but I don’t think anyone cares if it is a perfect circle when they are shoveling the goodness into their mouth.

What he has on his site is truly enough for 2 if you aren’t too hungry or plan to have something sooner than later in the morning, but it is a lot of food for 1 person to eat. So your best bet may be to make a batch to taste test and see if you and your family like it, then if you do, double it so everyone can eat up, or just have leftovers.

Either way, this is a fantastic breakfast that will be a hit, as long as you like bacon, and really, who doesn’t?

 

Anti-Paleo Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Every couple of months, I will make these cinnamon rolls and they, obviously, go over extremely well. 20140607-092354-33834103.jpg
These cinnamon rolls are gluten free, but far from Paleo considering the amount of sugar and the ingredients in the mix I use. But sometimes you just have to give in and, if you know there aren’t going to be lasting repercussions, go for it.
These are made with the Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix using the recipe here or on the packaging. I try to use Paleo ingredients where I can with coconut milk to help with the icing and coconut sugar for brown sugar. But with food allergies in the mix we still have to use earth balance butter and Ener-G Egg Replacer where real food options would be much better and easier.
If you want to indulge , don’t want to stay strict Paleo, and don’t plan on being productive the rest of the day, these are awesome, and will definitely be a hit.
They are so good, but will likely spike blood sugar, so expect a drop later in the day. At least try to eat some good fat with it to help offset the blood sugar imbalance and give you energy once the carbs and sugar are burned off. Eggs would be a good choice.

Paleo Breakfast Sushi Review

I love sushi.

When My wife and I were dating, on one of our first dates, maybe even our first, I had her try sushi for the first time, and she absolutely craved it from then on. We don’t do sushi near as much as we used to just because of the cost of getting good sushi, plus with kids you don’t get to go out to good sushi places often either.

When we were a young married couple, we tried to make sushi. The bad part is that we tried to make it on a Friday night, after work, with no experience. We had all of the tools, which we had received as a wedding gift, but none of the knowledge. We didn’t realize that this would be such a long process. By the end of the night, we were both starving, angry, and never wanted to try that again, at least not on an empty stomach after work.

While not near as pretty, this Breakfast Sushi recipe is really fantastic! I got a pouch of salmon along with 5 eggs and an avocado, rolled it up in a few pieces of seaweed, put some green onion on top, and dipped it in some tamari, and absolutely loved it. This will definitely be making a reappearance in my breakfast rotation. It took a few more minutes than just doing scrambled eggs, but only because this was the first time, and I was disorganized. It really was a very quick breakfast once everything was out that I needed. I will say that I need to sharpen my knife because I had to poke a hole in the seaweed so that it wouldn’t just crush the spot I was trying to slice through.

The next time I will probably put the green onion on the inside because it kept falling off of the top, and if you like green onion, you know that you want some of that in every bite.

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Paleo Ultra Low Carb Almond Flour Pancakes Review

Every so often I will fix these Ultra Low Carb Almond Flour Pancakes from athlete.io and they truly are really good. I typically add both a little bit of honey and some vanilla, plus I load the butter on top. I have been meaning to double up the batch and freeze them for work mornings but hadn’t gotten around to it. So this morning I made an effort while the kids had their gluten free bisquik pancakes to do so. Pancakes and bacon are a weekly occurrence for us, so it’s nice to have a cleaner version for those days I want to feel my best. I don’t put syrup on, but instead simply add a nice pat of Kerrygold butter to the top and let that melt to create a nice sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm my blood sugar later. 20140601-093242-34362381.jpg