Loco Moco

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The Loco Moco is a Hawaiian breakfast dish, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The traditional dish is thought to have originated on the Big Island in 1949 and consists of a bed of white rice, topped by a hamburger patty, which is then topped with an egg and served with a generous amount of brown gravy.

In this Paleo-friendly version, Cauliflower Mash replaces the white rice and a coconut milk-coconut amino sauce provides a healthy alternative to gravy.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 pound breakfast sausage (I like the pasture-raised sausage meat from Corner Post Meats)
1 large free range egg
+ Pre-made Cauliflower Mash, re-heated

RECIPE

In a small sauté pan, melt 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil over medium heat.
Place the sausage patty in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until your desired preparation is reached.
Meanwhile, in another small sauté pan, melt the other 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat and cook the egg, sunny side up.
Once the sausage and egg are ready, scoop a bed of Cauliflower Mash onto a plate, then place the patty on the mash and the egg on top of the patty.
In a small bowl, mix the coconut milk with the coconut aminos to form the “gravy”.
Pour the “gravy” over the egg and serve while warm.

As the Hawaiian’s say, ʻohoiho (enjoy)!

Camilla Carboni

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Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie; in fact it’s basically my whole family’s favorite pie. When I set out to make an egg-free, paleo pumpkin pie I went through a few rounds of pies before I finally got it perfect. On my finally pie, the one where I knew I’d figured it out, I ate a slice before I went to bed convinced that it would be there for breakfast when I woke up.

It wasn’t. The culprit? My brother! I was not happy…he ate the whole pie while I was sleeping! Thankfully it was easy enough to whip up another one.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for egg-free, paleo pumpkin pie.

INGREDIENTS

15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3/4 cup coconut milk (remove the cream from the can first adding it to a measuring cup then add remaining liquid until you have 3/4 cups needed for the recipe)
1 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoon tapioca flour
gelatin egg (1 tablespoon gelatin, 1/8 cup hot water)
1 pie crust (our coconut pie crust goes great with this)

RECIPE

In a food processor combine everything except the gelatin egg and pie crust.
Pour mixture in a saucepan and heat over low heat for 10 minutes. (you can expect to see an occasional bubble and steam but you do not want a stream of bubbles)
In a small bowl whisk together gelatin and hot water. (add gelatin to water quickly while whisking)
Add pumpkin mixture and gelatin egg to food processor, process until combined.
Pour mixture into pie crust and place into fridge.
Let set for 2 hours.
Serve when ready.

This pie is simple to make and after your first time or two you won’t even need to think about it. Not to mention that when I make this I only usually need to pick up pumpkin as I have everything else in my house, you probably have most of the ingredients too.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Cauliflower Mash

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Miss mash? You’re not alone and we have you covered!

White potatoes are not considered Paleo-friendly (at least not in the stricter schools of Paleo) as they are not easily digestible by the human body (are considered antinutrients) and break down into sugar. Dr. Loren Cordain writes about this in detail in his interesting post titled, Why Potatoes Are Not Paleo.

In this recipe, mash is recreated using cauliflower, which boasts large quantities of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber, and tastes just as good!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups raw cauliflower, cored and cut into 1/4 inch florets
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dozen black peppercorns
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (optional)

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the cauliflower florets, the coconut oil and the salt and pepper in an oven-safe dish and place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender enough to have a skewer poked through it.

Cauliflower Mash Preparation
Remove the dish from the oven and allow the cauliflower to cool for a few minutes, before placing it in a food processor, together with the coconut milk (and butter, if you desire a creamier finish).
Pulse for about 1 minute or until smooth.
Plate and enjoy alongside protein and vegetables.

This recipe makes 1 serving.

Camilla Carboni

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The Pasta Alternative

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We always receive questions on substitutions from our readers, which makes sense because if you’ve found something you really like you don’t want to give it up. One request in particular that we receive regularly revolves around options for paleo approved pasta.

Many people will automatically assume that because you’re paleo you can’t have pasta…pasta is generally made out of wheat after all so it makes sense. Not to worry though, there are many alternatives for pasta that are paleo approved.

Here are the top options you have for paleo approved pasta.

  1. Spaghetti Squash- it’s easy to cook and when it’s done it’s a perfect replacement for pasta. You can also use it as lasagna noodles by layering the squash and creating it’s own layer to act as a traditional lasagna noodle.
  2. Zucchini- If you have a spiral slicer or salad shooter you can make noodles out of zucchini. It’s similar to the spaghetti squash but it another great option.
  3. Make it yourself- if you’re up for the challenge there are tons of recipes out there to make you own pasta with coconut or almond flour as replacements for traditional pasta flour.
  4. Buy it- If you’re looking for a more hearty pasta but don’t have the gumption to make it yourself you can find what you need at the local health food store. We buy a brand of pasta called Cappellos Pasta, they use paleo ingredients and it’s delicious.

These are some of the top options for paleo pasta alternatives that you can use when preparing meals. We encourage you to try them all, you may find that you regularly use more than one option in your meals.

As a side note, make sure to read the instructions when cooking your own or store-bought paleo pasta. The cooking times can vary greatly from what you may be accustomed to with traditional pasta.

Happy Experimenting!

Melissa Van Dover

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