Friday, December 30, 2011

Primal Vanilla Pancakes

These are from The Food Lover's Primal Palate. SO good!   Keep the heat lower than you would with flour pancakes.

Primal Vanilla Pancakes

1 cup coconut flour
16 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Blend all ingredients EXCEPT coconut flour in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Eggs should be frothy.  Add the coconut flour and mix till well blended and smooth. Let stand a minute to thicken. Adjust consistency with additional water or flour as you prefer. Cook on a well buttered pan (seasoned cast iron is perfect!) till done. 

Almond Flour Pancakes

These were really good.  Cook them at a lower temperature than a wheat flour pancake and know that they will not get dry on the edges or bubbly across the top when they are ready to turn.  Watch carefully!

Almond Flour Pancakes

6 cups almond meal
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter or oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla, optional
1/4 cup honey or other sweetener
Additional almond milk or water to thin to desired consistency. 

Mix all ingredients together and cook on med-low heat in buttered cast iron or on a griddle. Flip when browned and continue cooking till done.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Herbed Pepper Rub

I found this at There, it was used on a pork loin and that's how I used it the first time. It's also good on other meats.

Herbed Pepper Rub

2 Tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp basil
2 tsp rosemary
2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

Combine and rub generously on meat. Cook as desired.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Primal Cheesy Garlic Quick Bread

I am missing garlic bread, so searched out some internet recipes and came upon this one. It's from Tropical Traditions.

Primal Cheesy Garlic Quick Bread

6 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp honey (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut flour
black pepper to taste
flax seed meal if desired (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 -1 tsp garlic powder (to taste)
1/2-1 cup shredded cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Blend all ingredients except cheese with whisk until there are no lumps. If the batter is a little dry just add a tablespoon of water as needed. It should be a pretty moist, almost pourable batter. Stir in cheese. Pour into greased bread pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until done (toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Oh, these are so good! They are from The Food Lover's Primal Palate.

Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

3 large sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp EACH salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. Wash and dry potatoes. Cut into spears. Combine spices in a bowl. Lightly coat with olive oil, then dust with spices. Place on baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

1:1 Breakfast Sausage Spices

Here's a handy breakfast sausage recipe for one pound of meat. Use ground pork, beef, turkey or whatever other meat you'd like.

1 pound meat

Mix in:

1 tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp fennel
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chorizo Sausage

I loved my father-in-law's chorizo and eggs on Saturday morning. One day I looked for chorizo in the store to make it myself. BLECH! Have you ever READ that ingredient list?! I haven't had chorizo for years now, but recently stumbled across this recipe from The Homesick Texan. Chorizo will be on my breakfast plate again soon! I like many, many recipe from The Texan's site. Make sure to go visit!

Homemade Chorizo

1 pound of ground pork
3 dried guajillos
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 medium onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons salt

Rinse the dried guajillos, and then remove the stem and seeds. Heat the chiles for a couple of minutes on each side in a cast-iron skillet on high heat. Let soak for half an hour in water.

After chiles are moist, drain the water and place the chiles and vinegar in a blender, also adding the diced onion and chopped garlic. Puree until a smooth, bright red paste is formed (can add a splash of water or vinegar if it's too dry to blend). It will look like ketchup.

Add the chile puree to the ground pork, along with the rest of the spices. Mix well. To test the flavors, pinch off a small piece and fry it up in a skillet for a minute or so. Taste it and add more spices if needed.

You can let it sit for a few hours so the flavors will meld, but I find it’s delicious just after making as well. Will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, and it freezes nicely.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

These are an excellent, filling, nourishing breakfast. Even my coconut-haters will eat these and enjoy them. They are from Nourishing Days.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

12 eggs, room temperature
3 cups milk, goat, cow or coconut can be used interchangeably
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 cups coconut flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp sea salt or fine kosher salt

Preheat griddle to medium high. Beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Add in milk, vanilla and honey. In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Stir wet ingredients into dry just until moistened.

Grease your griddle with butter. Spoon out a couple of tablespoons of batter onto griddle. Keep pancakes small. When top is bubbled and edges are dry, carefully flip. Cook a few more minutes till done. Serve immediately with jam, honey, syrup or fruit.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Best Homemade Cocoa

This is my favorite-of-all-time hot cocoa, but tastes great cooled and served as chocolate milk as well. It has no powdered milk in it which I LOVE. It tastes rancid to me, so no mix using it tastes good.

The Best Homemade Cocoa

1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
8 cups milk

Heat the cocoa, sugar and water together for 1-2 minutes, till cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Add milk and heat until warm as you desire. Add some vanilla extract if you wish. Serve hot or chilled.