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Sweet Potato Nachos

March 25, 2015

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These nachos are quickly becoming a family favorite! There are countless ways to make/top the sweet potatoes to make your perfect nachos.

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First the Sweet Potato Chips.

For 5 of us, I use 2 – 3 sweet potatoes, depending on size.

I use the mandolin to cut mine really thin. Then melt about 1/4 cup coconut oil. This will depend on the amount of sweet potatoes you are doing! Put the cut up slices in a big baggie or bowl and poured the oil over them along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then tossed it all together so they were coated. Line them up on parchment paper covered cookie sheets.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

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The Toppings are endless!
I like to do ground beef and bacon with Taco seasoning, a little lettuce, tomatoes and topped with a guac!

If you consume black beans, those would be great! My boys add black beans to theirs!

Any shredded meat would be perfect for this too!

ENJOY!!!

Bone broth with Chicken feet

March 23, 2015

I am back! Sorry for the lack of posts over the past several months. I spent time focusing on my health (healing and living with Hashimotos) and raising my family! But I am back and excited to share some great recipes with you! Just bare with me as I get back into the habit of blogging!

Today let me share with you my recipe for Bone Broth.

I know, I am not the first to blog about bone broth. It has been in the news the past several weeks, even months from celebrities coming out that they consume it to the walk up shop in New York that only sells broth! It has been all the rave!

I started making my own {mineral rich} bone broth which is not the same as my stock in December and have been drinking it ever since. I drink a small amount, 3 times a day and am working on internal healing, which I feel the broth has begun to help!  A friend gave me a connection with a local farmer to purchase Chicken Feet {I know, may be gross to some!} but chicken feet help the broth gel.

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Check out Wellness Mamas post on bone broth, here, for benefits and uses!

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The Ingredients:

Carcasses from 2-3 chickens (I also add in a small pouch of chicken feet)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
4-5 carrots, washed and cut in half
6-8 celery stalks, washed and cut into thirds
6-8 cloves of garlic
1 package of mixed herds (parsley, thyme, basil, etc)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1 gallon cold water (enough to cover the ingredients)

The Directions:

1.    Place chicken carcasses {and feet!} into a crockpot.  Add enough water to cover the bones and the apple cider vinegar. Add the vegetables, garlic, salt and bay leaves to the pot.
2.    Cover and set on high and stir once or twice in the first few hours, and then turn crockpot down to low and stir at least a couple of times over the next 12-24 hours.
3.    Strain all the ingredients by pouring bone broth from one pot to another through a colander or strainer. Let cool for 20 minutes before transferring into ice cube trays or into a mason jar for storage.

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I add about 1/2-3/4 cup of broth into my mug. Sometimes it is necessary to add more salt before consuming. I try to not over salt while making the broth, since salt can always be added :)

ENJOY!!!

Weekly Menu

March 31, 2014

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

Hubby and I started a 60 day clean eating Paleo Challenge. We have completed week 1 and I am feeling great!

Here was our last week Menu.

PREP – I cooked seasoned ground beef, seasoned ground pork and Jerk Chicken breasts for lunches and easy grabs!

Monday  – Sloppy Joes (new recipe!) Boys enjoyed English Muffins from Against All Grains book and Adam and I had sweet potatoes topped with Sloppy Joes
Tuesday – Chicken Soup (Chicken, Carrots, Onion, Celery, Chicken Broth, herbs)
Wednesday – Breakfast for dinner (Eggs, Avocado and Bacon) *I had sautéed vegetables with mine
Thursday – Coconut Chicken and Butternut Squash Hash
Friday – Hash, fried eggs, Avocado
Saturday – OUT
Sunday – Steak and baked vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, carrots)

Menu for this week:

PREP: Hard Boil Eggs and Grilled Chicken for lunches and easy grabs!

Monday – Sweet Potato pizzas
Tuesday – Steak, green beans and I am thinking about trying Plantain Mash
Wednesday – Tilapia wrapped in bacon and Brussels
Thursday – Taco night
Friday – Sunday – Hubby and I will be out of town. So we will just have to see! :)

Spinach Lasagna

February 20, 2014

Last week, my family and I enjoyed Spinach Lasagna. Usually, I make the lasagna with zucchini or with eggplant but this time I used Against All Grains tortillas. Which I am obsessed with!!! IMG_8900The Ingredients:

1 batch of tortillas from Against All Grains. 
1lb ground beef
1 jar of tomato sauce
Italian seasonings (I used garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, basil)
Raw Spinach (use as much or as little as you want)
If you can handle dairy use raw cheese or ricatta cheese

The Directions:

1 – Make the tortillas

2 – Make the meat sauce.

Brown meat. You can add onion and garlic, if you choose. I was just out this time! After the meat is browned, strain and add seasonings and sauce.

3 – Build that lasagna.

In a glass 9X13 dish, add a TBSP of sauce and spread around. Lay down your first row of tortillas. (I kept my in the circle shape but feel free to cut into more of a noodle shape!). Row 2 – add some meat sauce. Row 3 – add a layer of raw Spinach. If you are adding dairy, not necessary but if you are, that would be row 4. Sprinkle a little cheese or ricotta.  Repeat until you are all out of tortillas.  I had three full rows and topped my lasagna with very little raw cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 18, 2014

These cookies are my all time favorite! I have made these bad boys every week for the past 4 weeks! Boys are addicted too! IMG_8803The Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs, room temp
1/2 cup palm shortening
1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can also use coconut Sugar)
1/4 cup honey
1 TBSP & 1 tsp Vanilla

Dry Ingredients:
3 cups Almond Flour
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

The Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor mix eggs and palm shortening, until smooth. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix again, until smooth.

Add all the Dry Ingredients, except the chocolate chips and mix for 30 seconds or so. Scrap the edges down and mix again.

Mix in the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips in by hand.

Scoop the cookie dough and place onto a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper. I use a small cookie scooper. After scooping the dough out, lightly press down the balls.

Bake for 12 minutes.

ENJOY!!!!

Weekly Menu

February 17, 2014

Picture 3Here is our Menu for the week!

Monday – Chicken soup and Salad
Tuesday – Steak, Mashed Carrot & Cauliflower and Asparagus
Wednesday – Crockpot Chicken lettuce wraps
Thursday – Chili this week I will add sweet potato. (Cook and add to food processor and mash!)
Friday – Salmon Patties on Sweet Potato buns

Recipe coming tomorrow! ENJOY and have a great week!!!

Weekly Menu

February 12, 2014

Picture 3Bonus – Here are two menus. I forgot to post the past couple of weeks. We had a terrible sprained ankle incident and I misplaced my notebook with my menus!

Sunday –  Superbowl Sunday – Appetizers
Monday – Chicken Strips and Onions and Peppers
Tuesday – Ground Beef and Spinach
Wednesday – Salmon with Parsnip and Carrot Rounds
Thursday –  Chicken and vegetable soup
Friday – Egg Casserole (Green Peppers and Sausage)
Saturday – Birthday Party
Sunday –  Chicken and vegetables
Monday - Chili loaded with vegetables (I added chopped zucchini this time)
Tuesday – Chicken and Noodles (working on a recipe!)
Wednesday –  Lasagna with Against All Grains crepes as noodles
Thursday –  Steak and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Friday –  Taco salad night
Saturday – haven’t decided! Maybe a date night!!!

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