Pumpkin Fritters

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I’ve grown to love pumpkin fritters…as a side dish, as a snack…sometimes even for breakfast! (Don’t judge me, they’re delicious!)

The best part is, they are super simple to whisk together and are 100% Paleo-friendly so you can munch away without any guilt.

So, I thought that as we head into pumpkin season, it was time to share this little recipe secret with you. This might just be my new favorite recipe for this fall!

Here it is…

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked (boiled or steamed) organic pumpkin, or butternut squash
1 large egg
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
1 pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Coconut palm sugar and cinnamon spice to taste

RECIPE

Place 2 cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin in a mixing bowl.
Whisk the egg and then add it to the mixing bowl. Mix the egg in well with the pumpkin.
Add the arrowroot flour, salt and cinnamon and mix again until the fritter mix ingredients are well combined.

Next, in a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin mix at a time into the pan and fry for a few minutes until the underside of each fritter becomes firm and golden brown. Then flip the fritters over and fry for another few minutes until the other side turns a beautiful brown as well.
Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil, if desired.
Continue this process until all the fritter mix has been used.

Sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon, to taste and serve warm.

How’s that for a toasty fall treat?!

Season Greetings,

Camilla

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Paleo Potato Salad

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I used to be one of those people who jealously eyed anyone indulging in potato salad at BBQ’s and picnics, in an attempt to steer clear of white potatoes and stay true to my Paleo lifestyle.

And then it dawned on me – there was a sneaky little solution that would have even the most die-hard potato salad fan pondering if anything was different – the white-fleshed sweet potato!

This is a fantastic Paleo Potato Salad option that is so delicious you’ll have to make twice as much so there’s some to share (at least if I’m coming to dinner!)

INGREDIENTS

1 medium organic white-fleshed sweet potato
1 large organic red apple of your choice
1 medium whole sweet and tangy pickle
1 medium organic onion, peeled
4 tablespoons organic, Paleo-friendly mayonnaise
1 heaped teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste

 

RECIPE

In a medium pot, bring water to the boil.
Peel the potato and cut it into uniform slices, about 1/2 inch thick.
Place the potato slices in the pot and let boil.
While the potato cooks, cut the apple, onion and pickle into small cubes, about a half-a-dime-sized, or smaller.
Once the potato is fully cooked, but still firm, remove the potato slices from the pot and allow to cool before dicing into dime-sized pieces.
Combine all the ingredients together and mix gently before adding the mayonnaise.
Toss the salad to spread the mayonnaise evenly.
Add the Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste, and give it one final mix.
Seal in a dish and refrigerate until serving.
(Can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator.)

 
This recipe makes 4 to 6 side servings.

I hope you adore this Paleo-friendly side dish as much as I do, and get your potato salad fix while benefiting from the dietary fiber and array of nutrients it offers,

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Breakfast Burrito

Paleo Breakfast Burrito
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Give up burritos? Heck no!

There’s nothing quite like a big bite into a warm Breakfast Burrito, especially on a crisp morning, or on a camping trip.

It’s my all-time favorite campsite staple, and before I head to the beautiful mountains of Colorado, I always make a few extra burritos to enjoy before I leave…and also on my return!

Here’s my super-simple, totally-swear-by-it, Paleo Breakfast Burrito Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/4 lb grass-fed, ground breakfast sausage
2 eggs
1 Coconut Wrap (we love Julian Bakery’s Paleo Wraps; you can read more about them on our Paleo Products page)
Salt and Pepper to taste

RECIPE

Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and then add the sausage.

Meanwhile, in another small saucepan, melt the other teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat, and then crack the eggs into the pan and stir into a scramble.

When the sausage is lightly brown and the scrambled eggs are cooked, scoop the sausage and egg into the Coconut Wrap.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

Fold the wrap like a traditional burrito, then wrap it in tin foil.

Next, choose your heating method:

  1. Place your wrapped burrito in a cast-iron pan on medium heat for 2 minutes, flip over and heat for about another 2 minutes, or until hot.
  2. Place your wrapped burrito on a tray in the oven, preheated to 350 degrees, for about 6 minutes, or until hot.
  3. Place your wrapped burrito on a grill over hot coals, or a campfire, and heat for 4 minutes, flip over and heat for about another 4 minutes, or until hot.

Unwrap the top of the tin foil to expose the first half of your delicious home-made Breakfast Burrito and indulge!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do,

Camilla Carboni

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Frozen Mochachino

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Who doesn’t love a tasty Mochachino to sip on happily during the summer months?

The thing is, most coffee shops make their frozen coffee drinks with genetically modified cow milk, whipped cream, cane sugar and artificial syrup. It’s hard to justify that when there’s a home-made Frozen Mochachino solution right here!

This recipe is not only dairy and refined sugar-free, it’s packed with fiber and antioxidants.

There goes the guilt…now you can really enjoy your summer! 😉

INGREDIENTS

Ice (about 6 cubes)
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee (or a shot of espresso and a little less coconut milk)
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon honey or raw agave nectar

RECIPE

In a blender or food processor, pulse the ice until finely crushed.
Add the coconut milk, coffee, cacao powder and honey/agave and pulse for about a minute, or until very well blended.
Pour into a glass and enjoy while cold.

It’s so simple and yet every bit as good as a coffee shop Frozen Mochachino!

Enjoy,

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Explained

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A message from Camilla and Melissa

We love to have guest posts and we’re so grateful that others want to share their stories, creations and experiences with all of us. Every individual is entitled to their own health beliefs and we respect everyones wishes. While some of the comments in our guest posts may not be reflective of a true “Paleo Diet”, it is our hope that the common goal of a healthier life will help to guide you in your own health choices.

We are excited to present The Paleo Diet Infographic courtesy of Life Health HQ!

paleo-infographic

 

About Life Health HQ

The Life Health HQ blog has published a new infographic explaining the paleo diet and why so many folks have switched over to paleo eating. The Paleo Diet Infographic uses fun visuals to provide a general overview of the theory behind paleo eating, what foods can and cannot be eaten on the paleo diet, and the nutritional benefits of going Paleo.

Feel free to share this infographic on your own blog or on social media…more power to Paleo!

Pork Stew

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Traditionally, stew takes hours to cook. But who has time for that?!

This Pork Stew recipe is made stir-fry style with fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and spices, and utilizes natural apple sauce to create a stew-like gravy.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 pound pork, sliced into strips
1/4 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup onions, chopped finely
1 tablespoon jalapeños, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano spice
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the pork strips to the pan, season with the oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pork Stew Preparation
Once the pork is almost fully cooked, add the tomato, onion and jalapeño, before turning the heat up to medium-high.

Allow the tomato and onion to soften while the meat soaks up the flavor.

Pork Stew Dish
Last but not least, add the apple sauce to the dish and continue to cook for another minute or two, stirring continuously.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Steak and Blueberry Salad

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I can’t get enough of salads on summer days, so I’m always looking for new taste combinations and ways to pair protein with antioxidant rich fruits.

In this summer salad, cooked steak provides substance, while the sun-dried tomatoes and blueberries compete for attention, creating a taste sensation that’s both hunger satisfying and delightful!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound cooked steak, warmed and cut into thin strips
1 cup mixed greens of your choice
1/8 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/8 cup blueberries
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar for dressing

RECIPE

On a dinner plate, lay the steak strips out to form the bed of the dish.
Top with the greens and then decorate with sun-dried tomatoes and blueberries.
Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and enjoy while the steak is still warm.

Here’s to simple yet decadent salad dishes!

Camilla Carboni

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Pear and Prosciutto Salad

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For those times when you need to plate up a something delicious to serve for unexpected guests, or you just feel like treating yourself to a gourmet salad lunch with a crisp glass of Chardonnay, this is the go-to recipe!

Super simple, yet elegant, this summer salad pairs the gentle, slightly sweet notes of pear with the slightly salty taste of cured Prosciutto.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mixed greens
1/2 ripe pear, chopped
1 to 2 slices of Prosciutto, cut into bite sized strips
Balsamic vinegar for dressing

RECIPE

On a salad plate, toss the mixed greens of your choice, before topping them with the chopped pear and Prosciutto strips.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar…and just like that you’re ready to enjoy a decadent summer salad!

Camilla Carboni

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Mediterranean Gnocchi

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Sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a pasta-like meal, and thanks to Cappello’s, it’s now easy for the Paleo Community to do just that.

Cappello’s is a Colorado-based company that specializes in grain-free products. They make delicious Paleo pasta, pizza and cookies and their products are now readily available in most health stores (in the freezer section), as well as in bulk online.

Occasionally I’ll have a craving for a simple Mediterranean meal – the kind I used to indulge in regularly before I began following a Paleo lifestyle – and this recipe always proves to cure my nostalgia…

INGREDIENTS

Cappellos Gnocchi

1 pack Cappello’s Gnocchi
1 flat teaspoon coconut oil
1 tomato, chopped
1 sprig green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil

RECIPE

In a small pot, bring water to the boil.
Add 1/2 pack Cappello’s Gnocchi and boil for about 5 minutes (or until the gnocchi floats to the surface), stirring often.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the tomato, onion and garlic to the saucepan and cook over low heat until the gnocchi is ready to serve.
Drain and plate the gnocchi, then top with the tomato-onion-garlic mix and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy while piping hot!

Camilla Carboni

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Salmon Pate

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Pate has always been a favorite of mine to serve at dinner parties. It’s an easy to make, but gourmet-looking-and-tasting treat, that pairs well with dipping vegetables.

Inspired by my Mum’s Tuna Pate recipe, I decided to try a salmon version that incorporates Cucumber Dressing for a fresh and light flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Cucumber Dressing
1/4 cup cooked salmon
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lime
Salt and Pepper (optional)

RECIPE

Place the Cucumber Dressing, salmon and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste and then serve chilled.

The recipe makes an individual serving.

Bonus: This pate recipe also makes a great topping for a salad or atop a slice of Paleo Rosemary Bread.

Camilla Carboni

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