Sunday, November 3, 2013

Brussels Sprouts Slaw

When was the last time that you said man I can't get enough of those brussels sprouts??? Well probably NEVER!  I have tried a million different ways to make something out of brussels sprouts and not once did I enjoy a single bite until I came across this gem of a recipe.  I could eat this dish all day long but for my digestions sake (in the cabbage family if you know what I mean) I won't go there.  I do highly recommend this dish for the Holiday's.  The first time we made it was last Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit.  This is a simple and quick recipe from Paleo Magazine that will take you about 30 minutes total to make.  If you make a huge batch you will have some awesome leftovers...try warming it up in a pan and throw a couple of eggs on top...instant complete breakfast.  Enjoy!!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Paleo Banana Almond Muffin

Well...you know you've neglected your blog and followers when you get a message on your iphone from facebook that says..."What's new with the Gluten Free Connoisseur? Write a post now."  Has it really been over 3 months since I wrote last.  Sooo you want to know what's new FB?  My baby turned One in June and life just got busier as you mom's know.  I will try my best to get back into the blogging groove because I love to share awesome recipes, and this is a keeper!

Continuing to improve on my Paleo (grain free) muffins I believe I hit another jack pot because all three of my boys were eating these ones up!  I have to admit I had to sprinkle a few mini dark chocolate chips on some so that my four and six year old would eat them and they did.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Paleo Broccoli Slaw


Have you ever wondered what to do with the stocks of broccoli?  When you buy organic broccoli, nine times out of 10 the stocks are bigger then the florets.  I've always just cut off the tops for eating and thrown away the stocks.  I didn't think we could eat those parts as I thought it would be gritty and tough but come to find out that you can eat it after all!  I thought I would experiment the other day and so I cut off the bad parts and used my peeler to peal off a layer.  I then used my cuisinart with the cheese grater attachment to shred it to the perfect slaw consistency.  I made this for my family over the holidays and they all loved it so it is blog worthy!  If you are on the Paleo challenge you will need to omit the cranberries and replace the agave with 1/8 to 1/4 cup of apple butter.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paleo Pizza day at Montessori


Inspired by Everyday Paleo and requested by the USVI Montessori school!  When I was asked to come teach the teenagers how to make a gluten free pizza, I couldn't have been more excited to share how easy it it is to prepare gluten and grain free foods.  Kids need to know that eating gluten free is just the first step to cleansing the body of gluten and reducing inflammation.  They are on the right track working with Jane to understand how good food can improve your health and wellbeing.  I took this opportunity to introduce a little Paleo into there cuisine vocabulary.  It was exciting to see how much they all enjoyed decorating their pizzas and tasting the difference between GF and Paleo crust made with almond flour.  Not sure what the final vote was on which they liked better but I know from their immediate response that they sure did enjoy eating them.

As I mentioned to the students, cooking is an art so have fun with it and get creative.  If you are missing an ingredient look in your kitchen and you'll find something that will work just as good, for instance, if you don't have or like yellow squash maybe you have an eggplant instead or if you don't have fresh rosemary use oregano.  This may look like a lot of ingredients and steps but it should only take you about 20 minutes of prep time and 40-45 minutes baking time and it is well worth it!!  Have a Pizza making party with all your friends... Tons of fun guaranteed!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Anything Goes Meatballs


We came across this recipe the other day while searching for something to do with the ground chicken in my fridge.  Of course Elana's Pantry never lets me down... Not only was this absolutely amazing with the ground chicken but then a few days later I made the same thing with grassfed ground beef.  So simply delicious!  I threw together my own simple tomato sauce and served it over sautéed shredded zucchini and yellow squash as our "pasta".  Pure Awesomeness!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Brent Burgers with Roasted Butternut Squash


Some of my best memories as a child are about my big brother Brent.  He was 8 years older than me and soooooo super cool in my eyes.  He always took care of me when my older sister was beating up on me which meant he would beat up on her. :) He could consume an entire box of Lucky Charms in one sitting while we begged for more.  He played just about every instrument but his favorite was the guitar and on many nights I would fall asleep to the sounds of him strumming below my bedroom.  He was a CAPT in the Marine Corps and flew UH-1 helicopters... his passion in life!  And occasionally he would make the most awesome burger... his secret ingredient... sunflower seeds.   Super simple and super delicious!  

Tonight's dinner is for you Brent!  I will always love you and miss you!!