Friday, January 31, 2014

Cheddar Taco Shells


Since going "gluten free", I'm also limiting my exposure to all grains including corn (which by the way is almost always GMO-Genetically ModifiedOrganism, nasty stuff!).
I love me some crunchy taco shells, which are typically corn. Hmm, what's a girl to do?
Well, this girl right here got on Pinterest (ahhh-ha!)! Fried cheese molded into the gape of a taco shell or a bowl or a heart? Sounds great to me. It's like eating the slightly burnt cheese on dare I say it, PIZZA (my long lost love...lol!).
So here is this super simple way to cut gluten/grains/corn out of your taco night.

Ingredients:
Cheese (cheddar or pepper jack works best)
Pan & spatula
*yup that's it!
I would suggest using a non stick griddle type of pan, it is much easier to work with.
Directions:
Plop shredded cheese on a hot griddle/pan, cook until brown then flip. Once both sides are browned, lay over a wooden spoon that is laying across a pot/pan to shape the "burnt" cheese into a "taco" shell shape.
Let cool, then fill with your favorite taco/fajita filling!

So, super simple or what?

Ole'
Have a great day,
Stacey 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gluten, nut & sugar free pancakes!


It's no surprise how much I miss breakfast, I do not however miss the way I felt eating a traditional breakfast. I felt bloated, heavy and it was very easy to gain weight eating like that.
This is a variation of another pancake recipe post I did a while back using almond flour, you can view that here.

If you love pancakes, but not the way you feel after eating then, go ahead and give this a try!

Ingredients:
1 banana
2 eggs
1 scoop vanilla protein (we use & trust only Shaklee)
1tsp baking soda
Nutmeg & cinnamon to taste

Toss it all in a blender and blend it good!

Get a griddle good & hot. Use coconut oil to "grease" the griddle.
Cook on med/high heat. Flip once edges are browned.
Serve with REAL maple syrup or make a healthier version using maple extract  & agave or honey.




*Tip: add your favorite fruit such as berries or dark chocolate chips!

Hope you enjoy these!
Have a great day,




Monday, January 13, 2014

Homemade Caesar Dressing


Homemade Caesar Dressing

Ingredients:
4 cloves of garlic
2/3 c. red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too!)
1 1/3 c. olive oil 
1 tbsp Soy Amino (we use Bragg's brand instead of soy sauce)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
sour cream or greek yogurt (to taste and thickness)
Just mix everything in the blender and enjoy!

* This is best if mixed n blender, however if you do not have a blender, just chop that garlic into the smallest pieces ever anthem chop it some more (or use garlic powder), them add the rest of the ingredients and mix the "you know what" out of it until blended & creamy!
Please let us know how you liked it.

Have a great day,
Stacey



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Homemade Italian Dressing



Homemade Italian Dressing

Ingredients 

1-2 TBSP homemade Italian Seasoning (you can see that post HERE)
1/4 C vinegar (we use Bragg's apple cider)
1/2 C Olive Oil (we use Bragg's brand)
3 TBSP water

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together or use a salad dressing mixing carafe 

This Dressing is great on a salad or even as a marinade for chicken, pork, seafood or beef!

Variations:
Creamy Italian/Ranch: Add sour cream or greek yogurt to make creamy italian dressing. 

Asian flavor: use sesame seed oil instead of olive oil, add 1 TBSP soy amino (Bragg's instead of soy sauce-soy sauce contains unwanted gluten!), toss in sesame seeds!

We also love this homemade version of Caesar Dressing as well.

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Homemade Caesar Dressing

Have a great day!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Warm {protein} Mocha Latte

YES! YES! YES!
Finally a healthy version of this loved treat!
This version also contains 24 grams of plant based protein and less than 300 calories. Compare that to a Starbucks vent mocha (over 400 calories& 17g protein-from milk) or a Dunkin Donuts mocha latte (almost 400 calories & 14 g protein -from milk). 

This protein also is packed with a fat fighting, metabolism boosting ingredient no other warm/hot drink will have....LEUCINE!
Leucine is an amino acid that helps to maintain and build muscle while losing the kind of weight you don't want, FAT!

So, low in calories, high in the right kind of lean body building protein and SUPER yummy!
Sounds like a winner to me.

Just a few steps away from this delish treat....


STEP#1
1 scoop of each CAFE LATTE and CHOCOLATE protein powder
We use & trust only the Shaklee protein for many reasons, we talked about it HERE. For anything warmed, heard, baked or cooked it is important to use a protein powder that has been designed to be heated. If you do not, it will clump, taste nasty and will actually lose any nutritional benefit upon heating. 

STEP #2
Mix/blend well
(we use blender bottles like this one)

STEP #3
Either warm in a pan on stove or in microwave until slightly warm. I would suggest the stove top to better control the temperature and it is safer than using microwaves.  If you use the microwave, pop it in there for 40 seconds at a time until it is at the desired temperature.

STEP#4
Top with whipped cream if desired & ENJOY!

*if you desire a stronger version of this treat, you can always add hot brewed coffee to the mix!

What is your favorite warm or hot beverage?

Stay warm my friends,





{grain free} Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares





Have you had a massive craving for an awesome chocolate chip cookie? If you are living grain free or reduced grain, this recipe is to DIE for!
Super Simple recipe, easy to add in other nuts if desired.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares
-Grain, sugar & dairy free-

2 1/2 cups Almond Flour (we used Trader Joe's brand)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
2 eggs (room temp is best)
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life-dairy free)
In a bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, salt & baking soda.
In another bowl combine remaining ingredients except chocolate chips: coconut oil, honey, coconut sugar & vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, then add chocolate chips.
Flatten on parchment paper on baking sheet or stone. 
•Tip - use another sheet of parchment paper to flatten out dough, use a rolling pin too!

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven an allow to cool 15 minutes. 
•Tip - use a pizza cutter to cut into squares easily.
Cut into squares & enjoy!

What's your favorite type of cookie or bar?

Have a great day,