Breakfast Bake

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The morning can be so busy that sometimes it’s good just to be able to get your breakfast going and let it cook itself. This breakfast bake is the perfect dish and it will give you, your time back in the morning. Prep takes about 10 minutes and then you can let it bake while you’re preparing for your day.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon coconut oil for greasing
1 cup shredded sweet potato
3 eggs
6 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 slices pre-cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 pound sausage

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Grease oven safe dish. (Dish should be about the size of a small plate and have a cover)
In the oven safe dish whisk together 2 eggs and 4 tablespoons of coconut milk.
Add garlic, onion, salt and pepper to eggs, combine throughly.
Add shredded sweet potato and bacon to eggs.
Add sausage in small chunks, combine throughly.
In a separate bowl whisk together 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk. Pour over mixture in oven safe dish.
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Cover oven safe dish and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove cover and bake for 5 minutes, or until top starts to brown slightly.
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This breakfast will fill you up and fuel you through your day. It will also save you time when you’re trying to get ready.

Have A Good Day!

Melissa Van Dover

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Shrimp and Pear Skewers

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You may have noticed by now that I’m a big fan of appetizers! Anything small that can be munched on in-between meals or before a delicious dinner is right up my alley, and this shrimp and pear skewer appetizer is no exception.

The below recipe makes 1 skewer. Double, triple or quadruple as desired!

INGREDIENTS

2 x 1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 shrimp
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
¼ pear, sliced into 4 thin strips
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

RECIPE

In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the shrimp and garlic and cook until the shrimp are firm (about 4 minutes on each side), then remove from the heat.
In a small saucepan, heat the other tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the pear strips and agave.
Stir gently to caramelize the pear in the agave nectar and cook until the pear is soft (approximately 1 minute.)
Using a wooden skewer stick, skewer one shrimp, followed by two pear slices, another shrimp, the last two pear slices and then the final shrimp.
Serve hot.

Easy and impressive 😉

Camilla Carboni

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Simple Taco Seasoning

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Tacos are one of the simplest dishes to make when you’re in a hurry. However, often times pre-made taco seasoning can be filled with unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. Thankfully, homemade taco seasoning is simple to make and can be stored for future meal prep.

Here’s a simple and quick taco seasoning recipe. Make your life easy by making multiple batches and storing for future meals.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (substitute paprika if no spice is desired)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Mix it all together.

We told you it was simple! Use this seasoning for tacos, fajitas and even barbecue rub. It’s also a great back-up for when you run out of your pre-made seasoning because you most likely have these spices already stocked in your spice cabinet.

Happy Cooking!

Melissa Van Dover

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A Gourmet Fish Topping

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Fish is one of the most nutritious meals you can give your body. However, sometimes with fish we can get a little bored because we tend to repeat recipes that we know. We do this because fish can be one of those intimidating dishes to make. Don’t worry though; we have you covered with this great fish “marinade” which is really more of a topping. I prefer it on salmon but it goes great with most fish.

INGREDIENTS

1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (Plaeo Leaps has a great recipe to make your own, take a look here)
1 tomato
2 basil leaves

*note: this is good for roughly two small fillets, you may need to double or triple this recipe depending upon how much you’re cooking.

RECIPE

In a small bowl mash together garlic and salt. You may need to use a spoon to grind the two together, you will end up with a mash consistency mixture.
Add mustard to mixture, combine thoroughly and place aside.
Wash and slice tomato, you’ll want the tomato to be thin, no more than 1/8” thick.
Wash and slice basil into strips.
Taking fillets, spread mustard mixture over top evenly.
Place tomato slices on top of fish, covering whole fillet. The tomato layer should only be one slice thick (do not place tomato slices on top of each other as this will cause fish to cook unevenly).
Cook or grill fish until fillet is cook through. (Temperature and length will depend on your fish and cooking method, because you are layering the mustard mixture and tomatoes on top of the fillet it may take a few extra minutes to cook all the way through).
Place fresh basil on top of fillets and cook two additional minutes.
Remove and serve.

This is one of the best ways to prepare fish for individuals who are not big fish eaters. It cuts down drastically on the “fishiness” of fish. For those of you who like fish, you’re in for a great treat.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pesto Simmered Portobellos and Tomatoes

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This recipe is a simple yet delicious side dish. For those of you that have completed the Paleo Cleanse, you’ll also notice that it is similar to our Grilled Portobello Pesto dish. While I often serve this as a side dish it’s also a great option if you don’t feel like meat or have to serve someone who does not eat meat.

INGREDIENTS

Salt (optional)
1 cup of basil leaves
1 clove of garlic
1/8 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Portobello mushrooms
2 tomatoes

RECIPE

In a food processor place salt, basil, garlic & pine nuts.
Process mixture while streaming in 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Clean gills out of Portobello mushrooms, wash and slice mushrooms into strips.
Wash and cut tomatoes into slices.
In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
Place mushrooms and tomatoes in frying pan and cook, flipping occasionally.
After 5 minutes add pesto mixture to mushrooms and tomatoes.
Continue to cook for about 5 more minutes or until mushrooms and tomatoes have reached your desired tenderness.
Remove from heat and serve.

This recipe is simple to make but it tastes gourmet. As a fun side note, you can make extra of the pesto and store if for other recipes that you’re planning to make in the coming week.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie was always a favorite of mine growing up.

I have fond memories of devouring spoonfuls with my Grandmother, followed by a lazy evening watching old comedies or attempting to complete crossword puzzles. We were like two little old ladies! It was fabulous.

Years later, I have finally recreated my Gran’s wonderful recipe and made it Paleo, substituting the white potatoes with sweet potatoes, and the peas with broccoli florets.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…

INGREDIENTS

2 large sweet potatoes or yams
1 teaspoon coconut oil or beef tallow
1 pound grass-fed, ground beef
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup grass-fed butter
Salt for seasoning
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped into pea-size florets

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel and slice the sweet potatoes and put them on to boil or steam.
In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the ground beef to the saucepan and cook until evenly browned.
Sprinkle the meat with the oregano and onion powder, then add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and stir.
Drain the sweet potatoes after about 20 minutes, or once fully cooked and soft.
In a medium mixing bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with the butter and add salt to taste.
Then, in an 8 x 10-inch oven-safe dish, pour the meat mixture evenly across the bottom and then top with the raw broccoli florets.
Layer the sweet potato mash on top of the broccoli.
Place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy it while it’s hot!

Camilla Carboni

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Coconut Shrimp

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During my days living in Hawai’i I ate a fair amount of shrimp. Those shrimp shack takeout stands make a wonderful plate lunch, enjoyed with the sound of the ocean in the distance. But the best thing of all was the story behind the only shrimp shack that was run by a woman on the Island of O’ahu, Big Wave Shrimp.

It had been her life long dream to run her own business, but it wasn’t really heard of to do so at the time. Luckily she had a very supportive husband who spent all his savings buying her a truck to turn into the Big Wave Shrimp shack. Many years later, the truck still operates on the North Shore, serving up plate after plate of her famous coconut shrimp to locals and tourists alike.

With that I have set myself up for a challenge–and I don’t proclaim to beat her recipe by any means–but this is a little taste of the coconut shrimp flavor I so vividly remember.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/2 cup cooked shrimp (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons coconut milk (canned and full fat)
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Black pepper (optional)

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the garlic and stir before adding the shrimp.

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Continue to cook on medium heat until the shrimp is thoroughly heated, then sprinkle the shredded coconut over the shrimp and cook for another few minutes, stirring often, until the coconut begins to brown.
Add the coconut milk, stir and let simmer for a few minutes before sprinkling with crushed black pepper, as desired, and enjoying warm.

Enjoy it and Mahalo,

Camilla Carboni

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