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Month: October 2017

5 Weeknight Meal Plan

5 Weeknight Meal Plan

Make a Plan!

How many of us struggle to have enough time to cook? I know I do, and I love to cook. But, honestly, I want to spend the least amount of time cooking that I can because I have a lot of other things I want to do, and there are only 24 hours in a day. Plus, dinner time is probably the worst time to try and cook, especially if you are coming home from work and have kids that want your attention right when you get home.

So, let’s get it done in a few hours, clean the kitchen ONCE, and then mostly have to just reheat throughout the week. It saves SO MUCH TIME!!!

Meals

Meal 1: BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with cauliflower

Meal 2: Nacho Night with smoothies

Meal 3: Almond Flour Chicken with sweet potato and carrots

Meal 4: Steak with mashed potato and broccoli

Meal 5: Rotisserie Chicken with gluten-free pasta and unsweetened applesauce

Watch Noah and I meal prep here! 

This week it is 5 weeknight meal prep. These meals are gluten-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free (can also be made dairy free).
I hope you and your family enjoy the meals and time saving ideas as much as Noah and I enjoyed making these together. As I say in the video, if I can do it with a toddler, you can definitely do it! It got a little crazy in this one, but we definitely has some laughs and some fun!

Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Happy Fall!

My house is full of pumpkin lovers. So, we start pumpkin season early and keep it going. On weekends, I love to make fun breakfasts for my family, and this one was a hit. It is a mix of other bloggers’ recipes and my own spin on things. Enjoy!

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!

Ingredients

Donut (original recipe)

Icing (original recipe for pumpkin butter)

  • 8 oz cream cheese (can use dairy-free)
  • 8 oz pumpkin butter (make from link above)
  • honey to taste
  • dusting of pumpkin spice

Directions

  1. Make the donut recipe from the link above.
  2. As the donuts bake, mix together the pumpkin butter.
  3. Take 8 oz of the pumpkin butter, and mix it with 8 oz of cream cheese and honey (to taste).
  4. Once the donuts are done, spread the icing on the donuts.
  5. Sprinkle the tops with more pumpkin spice.
Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Trick-o-Treat!

Kids get so excited for Halloween, don’t they?!?! The costumes. The decorations. THE CANDY. It is a ton of fun, but the amount of sugar can give a parent anxiety. Plus, when you have a child that has a food sensitivity dealing with school parties can be a challenge since they can’t have what’s provided, but you don’t want them to feel left out.

Noah and I had a blast making chocolate covered popcorn and chocolate pudding graveyard cups. These are easy, healthy, and delicious treats that are great for kids parties and replace some of the more typical sugary options.

Watch Noah and I make the recipes!

Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients

  • Popcorn cooked in coconut oil and sea salt
  • Stevia sweetened chocolate (i.e. Lily’s chocolate chips)
  • Halloween themed treat bags

Directions

  1. Spread popcorn on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Boil water in a pot on the stove. Place a heat safe bowl over the water.
  3. Dump the chocolate chips in the bowl, and stir until melted.
  4. Take the chocolate chips off the heat.
  5. Drizzle using a spoon or form over the popcorn.
  6. Set the baking sheet in the refrigerator so the chocolate can harden.
  7. Fill the treat bags with popcorn, and close with twist ties.

Graveyard Cups

Original pudding recipe found here.

Original brownie recipe found here.

Ingredients

Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp maple syrup
  • tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Brownie

  • ¼ cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • ½ cup  coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 gelatin eggs (2 TBSP gelatin + 2 TBSP room temperature water + 4 TBSP boiling water)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cassava flour
  • ½ cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips

Other Supplies

  • clear plastic cups
  • Halloween toppers

Directions

Makes 4 servings.

  1. Cook brownie and pudding. **Refer to above links for the original recipes for cooking directions for the pudding and brownie. The only difference is that I used a gelatin egg instead of a flax egg for the brownies.
  2. Once the pudding has set and the brownie has cooled, start layering each into the plastic cups.
  3. Place a thick layer of pudding into the cup. Then, crumble some brownie, and add a thick layer of brownie over the pudding.
  4. Repeat the pudding and brownie layers one more time.
  5. Top the cup with a cute or scary Halloween topper.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chocolate Pumpkins

Chocolate Pumpkins

Halloween Treats!

Kids get so excited for Halloween, don’t they?!?! The costumes. The decorations. THE CANDY. It is a ton of fun, but the amount of sugar can give a parent anxiety. Plus, when you have a child that has a food sensitivity dealing with school parties can be a challenge since they can’t have what’s provided, but you don’t want them to feel left out.

So, Brynn and I created these fun AND EASY pumpkin chocolates that would be great as a Halloween treat, especially for school parties. They are refined sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. Woohoo!! Plus, they are super cute and delicious.

Watch Brynn and I make the recipe!

Ingredients

  • Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate

Directions

  1. Get a silicon baking mold that has pumpkin shapes. This is the one I used.
  2. Get a pot of water boiling on the stove, and place a heat safe bowl over top to create a double boiler.
  3. Pour your chocolate chips into the top bowl. Stir until melted.
  4. Pull the chocolate off the stove once it is melted.
  5. Take a spoon, and spoon the chocolate into the pumpkin molds.
  6. Once complete, lightly tap or shake the molds to flatten the chocolate.
  7. Place the mold sheet onto a baking sheet and set in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. It will take about 30 minutes.
  8. Once hardened, enjoy your chocolates, or place in cute bags to take to your party.
Paleo S’mores

Paleo S’mores

S’more Love

Brendon, my husband and I, have a special place in our hearts for s’mores. For our honeymoon, we went to Hocking Hills National Park and stayed in a remote cabin. Each night, we made a campfire, cuddled in a blanket, and made s’mores.

Since coming back home, we have a bonfire at home and love making s’mores as an at home date. However, regular s’mores are full of sugar and my stomach doesn’t really like that.

So, I devised a recipe to have healthier s’mores so we can still enjoy our nights together or with the kids.

Watch Noah and I make the recipe (and make a huge mess)!

Ingredients

Graham Crackers

Fine the original recipe here.

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Golden Barrel Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature or 1 gelatin egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Marshmallows

Here is where I found the recipe.

  • 1 cup filtered water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed powdered gelatin*
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Arrowroot starch or tapioca to coat the outsides of the marshmallows*

Chocolate/Fillings

  • chocolate bar sweetened with stevia (Lily’s chocolate bar)
  • nut butter

Directions

Graham Cracker

  1. Put all ingredients except gelatin egg into the blender. If you are using a regular egg, just add it to the blender.
  2. To make gelatin egg, put 1 TBSP gelatin with 1 TBSP room temperature water in a bowl and mix until completely incorporated.
  3. Add 2 TBSP boiled water to the mixture and fully blend.
  4. Add the gelatin egg to the blender.
  5. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment to 1/8-1/4 inch.
  6. Cut the crackers with a pizza cutter and poke holes in the crackers.
  7. Bake at 300 F for 25 minutes.

Marshmallow

  1. Follow the instructions found here.

Putting Your S’more Together

  1. Set your oven to broil.
  2. Cut your marshmallows.
  3. Place two graham crackers on a baking sheet.
  4. Place one marshmallow on one of the graham crackers.
  5. Set a square of dark chocolate on the other graham cracker.
  6. Broil for 15-20 seconds.
  7. Sandwich your s’more together, and enjoy!

Where You Make the S’mores

  • Camp out – make a bonfire
  • Indoor S’mores – cook in the oven