French Omelet

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As the season changes and the morning air gets crisp, there’s something magical about decadent breakfasts…and better yet, breakfast in bed!

This omelet recipe combines fresh tomatos and herbs, with eggs and coconut milk, in a French style, creating a healthy, decadent home-style breakfast option that anyone can whip together.

The below recipe makes one omelet:

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Sprinkle of mixed herbs
A pinch of salt and ground black pepper
4 cherry tomatoes, cut into 4 pieces each
1 teaspoon grated grass-fed cheese (optional)

RECIPE

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until well mixed.
Add the coconut milk, mixed herbs, salt and pepper, and whisk.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan, over medium heat.
Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat until the edges start to get firm.
Using an egg lifter, pull the egg mixture towards the center of the pan from the outside edge inwards, starting at one point on the circumference and moving all the way around.
Continue this process until the egg is thoroughly cooked, yet soft.
Flip once for a few seconds.
Plate, sprinkle with the chives, parsley and fresh tomato, and decorate with grated grass-fed cheese, if desired.
Enjoy while hot.
“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?”
– Anthony Bourdain

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Pasta Bolognese

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It’s hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t love Italian, but when you’re Paleo, it often means making your favorite Italian recipes Paleo-friendly at home. This recipe was created for that exact purpose – to satisfy cravings for traditional Italian, in a Paleo-friendly way.

Growing up, we’d always enjoy Spaghetti Bolognese: pasta with a simply meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. Today, I can’t resist having this childhood favorite at least once a month, and thankfully Cappello’s almond-flour pasta makes this possible.

Let’s dive straight into the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 lb ground beef
2 servings of home-made Marinara Sauce
1 pack Cappello’s Fettucine (available in most health food stores)

RECIPE

In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Place the ground beef in the pan to cook, stirring often.
Once the meat is light brown, add the pre-made Marinara Sauce, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. This forms the home-made Bolognese Sauce.
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In a medium pot, bring water to the boil and then add a pack of Cappello’s Fettucine.
Allow to cook in the boiling water for 45 seconds to a minute, stirring a few times.
Strain the pasta, plate it and dish a generous scoop of Bolognese sauce over the pasta before serving hot.
Top with ground black pepper, as desired.

Who says you can’t enjoy Italian and still be 100% Paleo?!

Camilla Carboni

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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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Orange Glazed Ham

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There’s just something about a juicy ham during the festive season and we’ve discovered that there really is no need for store bought glaze dripping in refined sugar when fresh oranges, coconut palm sugar and grass-fed butter make for a perfectly delicious glaze concoction!

In this recipe, my good friend Samantha and I used a natural, antibiotic-free and hormone-free spiral-cut ham that was pre-smoked. (Check the ingredients list to ensure there aren’t any Paleo-unfriendly items sneaked in). We then paired the ham with a homemade citrus marinade, which tenderizes the meat and aids the body with the digestion of the ham. It turned out fabulously! Here’s how we did it:

Orange Glazed Ham Cooked

INGREDIENTS

7-10 lb spiral cut, smoked ham
4 oranges
4 cups pure orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cloves
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

RECIPE

Place your ham (fresh or frozen), in a large oven-compatible dish.
Mix 3 cups of orange juice, the nutmeg, cloves and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Slice the oranges and soak the slices in the marinade for about 10 minutes, before removing the slices and placing them aside for later.
Pour the marinade mixture over the ham, completely drenching it.
Using toothpicks, pin the marinated orange slices to the surface of the ham, then cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the refrigerator to marinade for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the foil and place the dish in oven for about 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, mix the last cup of orange juice with the coconut palm sugar and melted butter.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, remove the dish from the oven, and work the orange juice, coconut palm sugar and butter mixture into each spiral fold of the pre-sliced ham, pouring any excess over the exterior of the ham before placing the dish back in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until well cooked.
Remove the glazed ham from the oven and serve warm alongside your choice of vegetables.

May that add to your 2015 festivities!

Camilla Carboni

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Guest Post by Louise Hendon: Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew “Cheese”

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We love to have guest posts and we’re so grateful that others want to share their stories and experiences with all of us. This is a guest post from Louise Hendon at PaleoMagazine.com, and we think you’ll love this recipe…who can resist bacon-anything anyway?! Louise Hendon just released her new cookbook, which comes with some amazing recipes and a bunch of awesome bonuses – click here to check it out!


Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew “Cheese”

By Louise Hendon

One of the last foods I gave up when I went Paleo was cheese. My husband and I both loved cheese, and I’d guess that almost half of our dishes contained cheese of some sort.

We used to make these bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese, but now that we don’t eat cheese any longer, we had to find a new way to make this recipe. (We didn’t really NEED to find a Paleo way to make it, but we just couldn’t resist).

You wouldn’t imagine it, but the cashews actually turn out quite well as a substitute for cheese. I certainly never imagined it would turn out this well.

The only problem with this recipe is that 16 dates probably won’t last very long for you…

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes (however, cashews should ideally be soaked overnight before using)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 4 dates

INGREDIENTS

16 pitted dates (small) (scale up the cashew and coconut oil amounts for larger dates)
8 slices of thinly sliced bacon (cut each slice in half to create 16 shorter slices)
1/2 cup (60 g) raw cashews, soaked overnight (omit for AIP)
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coconut oil
1/2 cup (118 ml) water

RECIPE

Place the raw cashews into a bowl of room temperature water so that it covers the cashews, drape a paper towel or tea towel over the bowl to prevent dust settling, and soak overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C).
Place the soaked cashews, 1/2 cup fresh water, and coconut oil into a blender and blend until smooth.
Slice each date along one side so that it opens up and fill each date with the cashew ‘cheese’ and close it up. Wrap one of the half-slices of bacon around the date and place on baking tray with sides (as the fat from the bacon tends to run).
Bake for 20 minutes before flipping the bacon-wrapped dates over (with tongs).
Bake for another 10 minutes (i.e. for a total of 30 minutes).

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Louise Hendon is the co-founder of PaleoMagazine.com and author of the Essential Paleo Cookbook. Apart from cooking a little too often, she really loves hiking and playing with her Shih Tzu named Karma.

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Guest Post by Tarah Chieffi: Selecting The Best Foods For Your Paleo Pregnancy

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Tarah Chieffi brings a great deal of knowledge and personal experience to the Paleo community which we so greatly admire. As the Founder of one of our favorite Paleo Blogs, What I Gather, and the Author of the latest Paleo Pregnancy book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book (which we are so excited to have just received in our mailbox!), Tarah shares Paleo resources and recipes with thousands of fellow Paleo fans and we are so honored that she wrote this Guest Post exclusively for The Paleo Pact.


Selecting The Best Foods For Your Paleo Pregnancy

By Tarah Chieffi

If you are familiar with the Paleo Pact girls and their book, PALEO Cleanse, then you are well aware of the benefits of eating a nutrient-dense Paleo diet. Eating real food and cutting out all of the “fake” food is what brought me to love Paleo in the first place; I knew that everything I was eating was full of nutrients and contributing to my overall health. You certainly can’t say that about an extra value meal from the fast food drive thru!

During pregnancy, though, there are certain nutrients that become even more important because of the roles they play in your baby’s growth and development. These include folate, calcium, vitamin A, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, among others. Following is a list of my favorite pregnancy superfoods and some tasty ways to work them into your diet.

  • EGGS: If I had to choose one pregnancy superfood it would most definitely be the incredible, edible egg. There is a reason eggs are referred to as nature’s perfect food. They are packed with protein, choline, selenium, B vitamins, and they are one of the few food sources of vitamin D. Need I go on? I don’t think there are many new ideas under the sun on how to use eggs, but I can tell you they are spectacular in my Garden Veggie Omelet, an exclusive recipe straight from my new book that you can find at the end of this article.
  • BEEF: A good source of protein, B vitamins, zinc and selenium, beef should definitely be on your pregnancy plate. Take the time to search out quality sources of grass-fed, pastured beef for the best nutrient profile because happy cows make happy hamburgers, stir fries and pot roast. Ready to take it a step further? Although there are warnings about consuming too much liver during pregnancy because of the high levels of vitamin A, one or two servings a week is perfectly safe and provides even higher vitamin and mineral levels than muscle meat.
  • AVOCADO: One avocado contains about 20% of your daily folate needs during pregnancy, a level that can be difficult to meet through food sources alone. You can blend half an avocado into your smoothie, whip up a batch of guacamole or serve it up on the side of your favorite omelet, like my Garden Veggie Omelet.
  • BERRIES: Need a sweet treat? Berries have it all – fiber, vitamin C, folate and those ever-important phytonutrients. Strawberries are one of the stars in my California Salad, but you can also top a bowl of creamy banana soft serve with sliced strawberries or throw a handful of mixed berries into your smoothie (along with that avocado, perhaps).
  • BROCCOLI: Move over, oranges. A cup of broccoli provides almost all of your daily vitamin C needs and is also a good source of calcium and vitamin A. Broccoli is delicious eaten raw with salsa or guacamole and it is also a wonderful roasted with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper or as an addition to stir fries.
  • WALNUTS: Walnuts are a good source of plant-based protein, certain B vitamins (including folate), omega-3 fatty acids, copper and manganese. There are a lot of fun ways to use walnuts besides grabbing a handful every time you open the cupboard. You can mix them with berries for a true superfood snack, add them as a crunchy salad topping or roast them with veggies, like in my Roasted Green Veggies and Grapes recipe.

If you are ready to learn more about how a Paleo diet can help you meet your nutritional needs during pregnancy, check out my new book, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book. With exercise recommendations, breastfeeding support and advice for recovering from childbirth and adjusting to motherhood, The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book is the guide a mom-to-be needs to navigate a Paleo lifestyle during pregnancy. To top it all off, I’ve included over 100 recipes and a four week meal plan to set you on the path for a happy, healthy pregnancy. You can order the paperback and Kindle versions now on Amazon or find it at Barnes and Noble in stores or online.


 

Tarah ChieffiTarah Chieffi is an author, freelance writer, blogger at What I Gather and holistic nutrition educator in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. Tarah’s passion is working with pregnant women, new moms and families to achieve health and happiness through physical fitness and a “real food” lifestyle.

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BONUS RECIPE from Tarah Chieffi

Garden Veggie Omelet

Serves 2

Garden Veggie Omelet

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup chopped spinach
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green onion, diced
1 avocado, sliced

RECIPE

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add ghee or coconut oil to pan.
Crack eggs into a medium bowl. Add water, salt, and pepper. Whisk well.
Pour eggs into pan. When eggs begin to set around the edges, use a spatula to push cooked eggs toward the center of the pan, and tilt skillet so the uncooked eggs can spread to the bottom of the skillet.
When eggs are almost set, sprinkle spinach, cherry tomatoes, and green onion evenly over half of the omelet.
Use a spatula to fold the omelet in half. Cook for 2 minutes, until eggs are fully cooked.
Serve with sliced avocado.

Meatball Marinara Wraps

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Maybe it’s the Italian portion of my heritage that makes me crave meatball wraps, or perhaps it’s just another great excuse to indulge in homemade Marinara Sauce!…

This recipe is really very easy, yet tastes like it came straight out of a Tuscan kitchen. So not only is it a quick-fix and packed with vitamin C, natural immune boosters and omega-3, it makes for a perfect family dish or dinner party indulgence.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 pound grass-fed beef
1 tablespoon honey or raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Mouth-Watering Marinara Sauce
Oregano, for seasoning
Coconut Paleo Wraps
Coconut Paleo Wraps

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine the grass-fed beef, Italian seasoning and honey or raw agave nectar with your hands.
Form the mixture into meatballs about an inch in diameter and then place them in the medium sauté pan to cook for approximately 6 minutes over medium heat, turning occasionally.

Meatballs
Prepare the Marinara Sauce as directed in the Mouth-Watering Marinara Sauce recipe.
Once the meatballs are cooked, scoop them into the coconut wraps, top them with Marinara Sauce and season them with oregano before serving hot.

This recipe makes a great main meal for two.

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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