Friday, October 4, 2013

Harvest Casserole

Approx. 6 cups of sliced apples (you can leave on skins; I use a food processor)
1 medium-large squash, baked or microwaved and scooped out of skin
1 package of bacon, fried in pan until crispy
4 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
Pecan halves

Using a rectangular casserole dish, place a layer of apple slices on the bottom, enough to cover the bottom well.  Sprinkle with a thin layer of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Spread the cooked squash over the apples.  Sprinkle with thin layer of salt.  Crumble the bacon evenly over top of squash layer.  Add one more layer of apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Saute in olive oil or coconut oil on medium heat the minced garlic and chopped carrots until carrots are just done.  Then spread over the layer of apples in the casserole dish.  Sprinkle with salt.  Scatter pecans on top.  Drizzle honey lightly over top layer.

Bake uncovered at 350 degree for 45 minutes.

Iced Peanut Butter, Nutmeg Almond Milk

Blend together:
-2 tbsp natural peanut butter
-2 cups almond milk
-3-4 large ice cubes
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-coconut sugar or other sweetener to taste


Friday, May 17, 2013

Cream of Quinoa

Since quinoa is a seed, it is paleo!  This makes a wonderful grain-free breakfast that is like grain (and I didn't think I liked quinoa before this--the blending really made a difference for me).  This is pure comfort food for the paleo dieter--and it's simple (my motto)!

Cream of Quinoa

Makes 1 serving

1 cup coconut milk or other milk substitute
1/2 cup quinoa
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
Brown sugar (or sugar substitute with molasses) to taste
Frozen or fresh berries or other fruit
Chopped nuts (I used almonds)

Mix together milk, quinoa, salt, and sugar and bring to boil in a saucepan. Let simmer with lid on for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  For a creamier, non-seed-like consistency, blend in a blender with the butter before it is very thick and then finish cooking.  (You know it is done when it is pudding thick.)  Transfer to bowl and top or stir in chopped nuts and fruit.  Enjoy!