Primal/Paleo Recipes for the Ex-Bread Addicts of The World

Berry Swirl Cake

Maisie turned 3! I went back and forth on what to do about a cake. Should I order one or make one? Gluten free or regular? So many choices! In the end I decided to go with gluten free. I just couldn’t  justify making something for my kids that could make them sick. I tried a gluten free baking mix and it was GROSS! I scoured the internet and came across one that looked good. I whipped up a test version and everyone gobbled it down! Owen begged me to make one for his birthday, which is 7 months away. I wanted something that would taste good to the non-paleo eaters at the party. I think I succeeded! Clayton said it was good and I know he wouldn’t lie to me! 🙂 Cael and Owen said it was awesome and the birthday girl slowed down enough to get a few bites. I thought it was good. It has a lot of almond flour so I probably would only make it occasionally. The non-paleo eaters said it was really good, hopefully they weren’t lying just to spare my feelings! 🙂

The first time I made it I used strawberries and the second time I used blueberries. 

http://cleaneatsinthezoo.com/index/2012/02/07/vanilla-raspberry-swirl-cake/

Enjoy!

Ok all you tomato lovers out there, this recipe is for you! 4 out of the 6 of us love tomatoes so this was a big hit! I can’t wait until the summer when you can get big, red, juicy tomatoes at the farmer’s market! Also, this will be the second year in a row we have had a garden. I guess I should say Clayton has a garden. I was pregnant last year and wanted nothing to do with the garden. Lets just say my motherly instincts did not extend to the plot of weeds growing in the backyard. Please do not ask my husband if I am a pleasant pregnant person, he will surely not tell the truth……

This recipe is inspired by a pic I pinned on pinterest. Of course I didn’t actually use the original recipe because…..ummmmm….because I never do. 🙂 This drives Clayton crazy because I can never make the same thing twice, hence this blog to keep track of recipes!

Ingredients
tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch slices
Shredded cheese- any kind you want! I used Parmesan and a mixed Italian blend.
chopped fresh basil or dried basil
chopped fresh oregano or dried oregano
Salt
pepper 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 450° F.
Place tomatoes on a baking sheet.
Top with cheese, sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Drizzle each tomato with butter.
Bake until the tomatoes are tender and cheese is browned, about 10-15 min.

I forgot to get a pic when they were done. But they were beautiful, for a tomato. 

My pics aren’t loading….will try later.

This chicken was really good! Even the kids loved it! It’s pretty simple too.

Ingredients
3 lbs of bone-in chicken (I used 10 chicken leg quarters and tripled the recipe.)
2 cups buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, bruised and skins removed
1 tablespoon crushed peppercorns
1 tablespoon of sea salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1/2 stick of butter

Directions
Place the chicken in a large freezer bag, and add the buttermilk.
Add the bruised garlic cloves to the bag with the crushed peppercorns and salt.
Sprinkle in the ground cumin and finally add the maple syrup, and then squish everything in the freezer bag around to mix the marinade and coat the chicken.
Leave the buttermilk marinated chicken in the fridge ideally overnight or out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Take the chicken pieces out of the bag shaking off the excess marinade, and then arrange them in a roasting tin lined with foil. Lightly sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and cumin.
Drizzle butter over chicken and then roast in the oven for about 40-50 minutes, or until brown, even scorched in parts, and juicily cooked through.

So there ya go. Now go get some chicken and get cookin!

Fruit Pizza

I posted a couple days ago that I was going to make a fruit pizza…..and I DID!

I think it turned out awesome! I ended up using a different crust though. The one I originally posted used almond flour and I wanted to use coconut flour.

Here is the crust recipe I used. This is the frosting recipe I used.

Here is a pic of the crust before baked it, the finished product and my helper, Maisie.



I made Paleo Almond Joys for Clayton for Valentine’s Day. 

http://www.health-bent.com/treats/paleo-almond-joy

I subbed a tablespoon of honey instead of the sugar! Enjoy!

Oh and I know my pictures suck and I’m okay with that.


Primal Hot Chocolate!

Oh yeahhh! This is what I am drinking today.It goes perfect with the cold weather. Now if we could just get some snow…..

Yep. That’s right. No candy. Now I didn’t say no sweets, though. Of course there will be sweets! I am going to make Primal Fruit Pizza. If you have ever had the regular version of this stuff, let me tell you, it’s AMAZING! Sugar cookie crust, creme cheese icing and tons of fruit.

For the crust I am going to use this recipe for butter cookies from Elana’s Pantry . Instead of making individual cookies with it I am going to press it down on a pizza pan covered in parchment paper.

For the frosting I am going to use the recipe below.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
16 oz cream cheese softened to room temp.
Honey (I will start with a teaspoon at a time and stop when it is just slightly sweet)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix it up using a mixer.

After spreading the frosting on the cookie crust I will top with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, grapes, etc. I will not be using kiwi because I am allergic and have no desire to look like I had collagen injections in my lips. Clayton might enjoy that though. After all it will be Valentine’s Day.

There ya go. A Primal Fruit Pizza. Hopefully I will get some pics to post. Also, Thursday is Maisie’s 3rd birthday, so cake recipes to come!