Sausage Spinach Quiche

 

I LOVE quiche!  So light, and yummy!  I remember my Mom serving it with a bowl of warm soup on a cold day!  It’s been a bit chilly here in northern Virginia for springtime!  So this was just the thing.  We’ve had the heat turned off since it warms up in the afternoons…usually!  But last night it was in the 30s!  So the house wasn’t quite so warm this morning!  Even by this afternoon I needed something to help heat things up!  I tried drinking a cup of warm tea, but it wasn’t enough to warm me up! Continue reading “Sausage Spinach Quiche”

Baked Reuben Dip

Here is another non-paleo meal because of the diary.  We do enjoy our fair share of raw dairy! All of us are lovers of all things made from milk!  Cream cheese, any cheese, yogurt, milk kefir, cottage cheese, you name it we probably eat it! 😉   Continue reading “Baked Reuben Dip”

Pupusas

We have definitely let corn sneak back into our diets.  I’m feeling a bit guilty about it, but also  really enjoying it.  However, I’m realizing just how much we are eating (corn chips, corn tortillas, corn bread, etc) and I’m determined to at least cut back.  Corn isn’t on the paleo diet, and I definitely prefer not to eat it.  I say that as I post a recipe for pupusas! Continue reading “Pupusas”

Cabbage and Spam Errr… I mean Ham!

I remember as a kid this was one of my Mom’s favorite meals, and as kids we LOVED eating all the spam out of our dishes, but would have to choke down the cabbage! Continue reading “Cabbage and Spam Errr… I mean Ham!”

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Being that hubby is Asian, he has the strong preference of eating rice three times a day!  That is NOT an option any more.  Poor man.  I can’t imagine! Last year I posted about my hubbies significant health issues and diet changes that ensued.  We have continued with the changes and have added additional restrictions as we’ve been dealing with our kids allergies as well.   Continue reading “Cauliflower Fried Rice”

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Savory Apple Gravy

This is such a great recipe to prepare the night before and let it cook all day while I’m out!  For especially busy days this is one of our favorites.  It also provides lots of leftovers for lunches. Continue reading “Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Savory Apple Gravy”

Grain Free Pizza

Since we have been ridding our home of grains one of the foods we have all mourned the loss of is pizza.  It was a super simple relatively healthy (especially if homemade) dinner that we all enjoyed and all kids would eat with gusto.  Besides, what American family doesn’t enjoy pizza?

The more we missed it the more I was on a rampage to find a substitution.  And a few we have found!  The following two recipes are not mine at all and I don’t even attempt to claim them!  One is made with cauliflower and the other eggplant.  I never would have told you it could be done if I hadn’t done it myself.

These recipes do take some time, but they are simple and easy to follow and it’s well worth the effort.  If you have a [amazon_link id=”B00004S9EM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]cuisenart[/amazon_link] it makes quick work of the process.  Most of the time is in waiting on the crust to cook before it can be topped and rewarmed. These crusts do well as left overs as well!  I reheat it in the toaster oven (since we have no microwave) and they are crispy, warm and delicious!  I will say these crusts are more comparable to a thin crispy traditional crust… no where near the same as deep dish… so if that is what you are going for, read no further… pass and move on!  Sorry to disappoint!

Another things I’ve done is purchase a few cauliflower or eggplants and process them and freeze in the amounts needed for a crust.  Which makes it super easy to mix up in the future.  You will need to squeeze out the extra water before mixing it up, but it’s a minor extra step!

A few weeks ago I made both of these for dinner with friends who can be foodies and definitely enjoy good food.  They eat pretty healthy, but not paleo or gluten free or dairy free or any of those.  With that said I was a little nervous making a paleo meal we thought was good. It was a hit!  I was relieved and it gave a boost to my belief that these really are good recipes!

Here they both are!  Give it a try!

GAPs-allowed Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This recipe is from Deliciously Organic.  Check out Carrie’s blog for some other great recipes!

(This crust does have cheese in it and my diary free little girl couldn’t enjoy it…. but not to fear… the other pizza was dairy free!)

Makes four 8″ pizzas

Ingredients:
4 cups chopped raw cauliflower
1 cup [amazon_link id=”B0006ZN538″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]almond flour[/amazon_link]
3 cups shredded Fontina cheese
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon coarse Celtic sea salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place all crust ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until pureed.
  • Spoon mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, dividing into 4 servings.
  • Using a spatula , spread each serving of cauliflower mixture into a 10″ round (about 1/4″ thick).
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and spread 2 heaping tablespoons of marinara on the crust.
  • Top with Fontina and any additional toppings.
  • Bake for an additional 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and just turning golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggplant Pizza Crust

This recipe was from The Food Lovers Primal Palate.  Check out Hayley and Bill’s blog for other great recipes.

Ingredients:
1 whole eggplant
1 egg
1/4 cup [amazon_link id=”B000EDBQ6A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]flax seed meal[/amazon_link](or just grind up some flax seed in a coffee grinder)
1/4 cup [amazon_link id=”B0006ZN538″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]almond meal[/amazon_link]
Salt and pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to lightly grease the parchment paper)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grate eggplant with a cheese grater. (The skin didn’t seem to want to grate, so we didn’t use it. It also helped to cut the eggplant into large chunks.)
  • Pour grated eggplant into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in flax meal and almond meal.
  • Whisk egg in a smaller bowl and add to batter.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix all ingredients until evenly combined.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, pour batter.
  • Smooth batter out with hands into a thin layer (around 1/8″).
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked enough to flip.
  • Remove from oven. Lightly grease another piece of parchment paper, and place on top of crust, carefully flip the crust and then slowly peel off the parchment paper from the bottom side.
  • Brush the flipped side with olive oil.
  • Bake opposite side for about 15 minutes, and remove from oven to apply toppings.

Notes on the Eggplant crust:

  • Baby girl can’t have dairy so I made her pizza with no cheese and it was still quite good!  Try it sometime… not completely necesary to enjoy pizza although I will say I prefer it with!
  • Also baby girl can’t have egg whites, so I made a smaller crust for her that had just egg yolks.  This crust can be made with no eggs and just increase the flax meal by a little bit.

We eat pizza a lot of different ways, but here are some of our favorite toppings!

Our favorite ingredient list:
Meat:

  • Pepperoni – prefer to use Applegate or some other nitrite, nitrate free version
  • Ham – I often use left over from another dinner, chop it up and throw it on top!
  • Bacon
  • Chicken
  • Sausage

Cheese: GREAT, but not necessary

  • Motzorella
  • Goat cheese – really good with green olives!
  • Feta cheese – with kalamata olives… Mmmmmm

The other stuff:

  • Pineapple
  • Olives – black or green
  • Sauteed onions and mushrooms
  • Red or orange peppers
  • Sauteed spinach – really good with sausage
  • Fresh Basil
  • Roasted garlic – especially good with onions
  • Capers

How do you make your pizza?  Have you tried one of these crusts before?  Let me know what you think!