Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pizza Bites

NOTE:  We have recently started making these in the microwave - instant snacks.  We just put the pepperoni on a plate, top with the sauce and cheese and 35 seconds in the microwave is pretty darn delicious!!

This is one of my favorite new things ever.  We've made them two days in a row and this is just the beginning - the kids are begging for more.  This is not a meal - definitely a snack.    So good.  And the best part is that everyone in the family can add the toppings they like - kids only like cheese, good.  Mom and dad like green pepper, mushrooms and goat cheese, good.  Everyone's happy.

Preheat oven to 400.
Step 1.  Lay pepperoni out on a baking sheet (I doubled up the pepperoni so they are a stack of two).  Bake for 4 minutes, flip the peps and bake for another 4 minutes.

Step. 2.  (You want them black and crispy - these were not done enough).  Top with your favorite toppings.  We added a spoonful of pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Mmmmmm.....

Step 3.  Return to the oven until toppings are warm/melted.  These were in for another 4 minutes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chicken, Shiitake and Bok Choy Stir Fry

I found this amazing recipe on the CrossFit Santa Cruz Central website.  We have made this three times.  This week.  It's amazing and delicious and I'm happy to share it here.   (So Easy!!)

You will need:
1 pound of chicken breasts cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp coconut oil
4 baby bok choy
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
18-20 sliced mushrooms (shiitake or other premium mushrooms)
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup coconut aminos, divided

1.  Marinate chicken pieces in 1/4 cup coconut aminos for at least a half hour (up to 8 hours)
2.  In large skillet or wok, heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil over med/high heat.  Add chicken and saute until browned.  Remove from pan and set aside.
3.  Add another 1 Tbsp coconut oil to pan and saute garlic, onion and ginger.  After a couple of minutes, add bok choy and mushrooms.  Saute until soft.  Slowly add remaining coconut aminos.
4.  In a separate frying pan heat sesame seeds over med/high heat until they are browned.
5.  Add chicken and sesame seeds to veggie pan and stir until well mixed.   Enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

These bite sized tomatoes make eating veggies so much more fun
You will need:
30 cherry tomatoes
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 large clove garlic, quartered
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
very small narrow spoon

1.  Slice off the very top of each tomato.  Cut a thin slice off the bottom so that it stands level.  Scoop out tomatoes from the top using a very small narrow spoon.  Turn upside down on paper towels to drain. 

2.  In a blender or food processor combine 1 cup basil, the parsley, pine nuts, garlic and pepper.  Cover and blend or process with several on/off turns until a paste forms, stopping machine several times and scraping the sides.  With the machine running, gradually add oil and blend to the consistency of soft butter.  Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the goat cheese.  

3.  Spoon cheese mixture into a small ziplock bag.  Snip a very small hole in one corner of the bag.  Squeeze the cheese mixture into the tomato shells.   Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

We Are Still Eating

Sorry for the lack of posts and recipes.  The thing about eating a primal diet is that it doesn't have to be very complicated.  When you are eating clean, real food, the preparation becomes pretty easy.  Cut up some veggies, grill some meat.  Avocados always on the ready.  So we tend to eat a lot of the same food every week.  That's not to say we are getting bored with it - the food we eat is delicious and we usually end our dinner saying that we could not have eaten food that good if we had gone out to eat.  But we are keeping it pretty simple.

I did find an AMAZING website that I wanted to share with you for when you are looking for something new or more impressive to make for company.  It's called the Food Lovers Primal Palate and it's like a food magazine for primal recipes.  The pictures are mouth watering.  We tried the chicken thigh recipe last week and my kids were begging me to make it again.  It's a great resource.

Also, Costco is selling chicken and turkey meatballs that are gluten free (the do contain cheese) and only 2 grams of carbs in three meatballs.  We are going to be trying them tonight on lettuce wraps with a low-sugar marinara sauce.