Paleo Pancakes! Yup, breakfast for dinner, babay!

Paleo Gingerbread Pancakes with shredded coconut and agave nectar.

Paleo Gingerbread Pancakes with shredded coconut and agave nectar.


I was craving some major pancake deliciousness. In my handy dandy Paleo Indulgences book by Tammy Credicott, she introduced Paleo Gingerbread Pancakes. YUM!! They were fantastic.

This was the second time we’d had them and I decided to get wise about it and put shredded coconut on them with agave nectar. Again. YUM!!

I don’t like posting recipes from a cookbook because of the copyright, and frankly, you need to go out and buy that book! It’s that good. But someone did the honors to post the recipe, so I’m going to share it that way. SHHHHH. Don’t tell.

http://melikspaleosweets.com/2012/11/26/gingerbread-pancakes/

Almond flour is not easy to find here so we put almonds in a coffee grinder and ground them ourselves. We also tried them in the food processor, in which they didn’t get ground quite fine enough but we used them anyway. The pancakes came out, errrr… nutty. But still fantastic. Enjoy!

The book comes with a recipe for cinnamon syrup. Someday we’ll try that too. 🙂

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Say “Aye” if you are a breakfast lover. AYE!!

I LOVE breakfast. LOVE. I have to force myself to not have breakfast-like foods, all through the day. Just sayin’. Lately, I have been craving nothing more than Lauren-safe pancakes and egg/veggie scrambles. To veer away from carb overload I have been sticking to daily scrambles. I believe that nearly every vegetable/meat goes excellent in a scramble, and it is much quicker than you think. We had leftover pizza ingredients (dinner party!) that I used in my scrambles for the week. YUM! Get creative!

Scramble with pizza ingredients (bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, spinach, and eggs).

Scramble with pizza ingredients (bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, spinach, and eggs).

As far as pancakes go, I tried my first heavenly, yes PERFECT vegan and gluten free pancake yesterday. All I can say is… BLISS. I encountered such a thing at Goodieville Bakery and Restaurant in Missoula, MT. It was fantastic. In the meantime, until I recreate such bliss, I use Tammy Credicott’s pancake recipe in her book Healthy Gluten Free Life. This woman is genius. Just sayin’.

I confess, I have jumped off the paleo bandwagon this week in a big way. Embarking to paleo-ville again this week, and REALLY excited about it. I’m searching http://www.paelOMG.com as we speak. Decisions, decisions.

Trying Gluten or Dairy Free? Here are some quick tips!

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Hey All!

I’ve had some people ask me about where to start when wanting to go dairy and gluten free. I wrote up a quick email to a friend with some information about it. After being completely dairy, gluten and soy free for a year, I’ve tried A LOT of different foods that fit.  Here is a quick “download” of some resources of where to start. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or inquiries!

Like I had promised here are some resources for going Gluten and Dairy Free!

Recently, I have been calling this book my bible. It contains the recipe to the best Gluten Free bread I’ve tried yet.  And we (as in me AND my husband!) have loved every recipe in it that we have made so far.  I present to you: “Healthy Gluten Free Life” by Tammy Credicott. It is AMAZINGGGG. Last time I looked it was $20 on amazon.

Another great resource is “Babycakes Covers the Classics” by Erin McKenna. This book contains really great baked goods recipes. She started a bakery in New York a while back. I went to her shop in LA, SO YUMMY. Gotta try those gluten/dairy/vegan cookie sandwiches. Mega yum.

Another awesome resource is pinterest! I find A LOT of my recipes on there. Just search “gluten free recipes” or “dairy free recipes” etc. You can find me on there as well. I have a board dedicated to Gluten, Dairy and Soy free recipes (Lauren Helland)

As far as good brands go…

Rudi’s has the best pre-made gluten free bread. You can find it at Safeway, Real Foods and Natural Grocers.

Enjoy Life makes really good stuff. They make cereals, chips, baked goods, chocolate chips (for baking!), and other miscellaneous good stuff.

Again, as far as milks go. There are a ton of different types: Soy, Almond, Hazelnut, Coconut, Rice, Hemp, etc etc etc. Soy is probably the cheapest.

As far as cheapest places to buy things…. That’s the tough one when you get into the “free” diets. It can get pricey. Some good places to look/compare prices are on www.amazon.com and www.vitacost.com. I’m always keeping a lookout for other less expensive resources.

Another great route to go is with the paleo lifestyle. Naturally, dairy, gluten, and soy free.  And you will have more energy than you know what to do with. I have also found it saves a lot of money. Purchasing the packaged “free” foods, gets really expensive. Surprisingly, I’ve found paleo to be much cheaper.

My biggest advice is to religiously read labels when looking at packaged foods. Even when you don’t think dairy and gluten are in them. You will be really surprised. It’s amazing what companies put in packaged food! Sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Some tricky ones that I have learned….

Dairy = whey and casein (not eggs).
Gluten = Whole wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, farro, durum, bulgur, semolina

This can get really overwhelming. So I would try to start small, instead of cutting both out cold-turkey. I tried to cut out dairy cold turkey and it made me “relapse” for about a year, until I was completely tired of feeling like crap.

Good luck. And don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. Even as simple as wondering if you can eat a certain food or not. I promise you will feel SO much better. I’m here to help my fellow “free” eaters!

xoxo

Quick lunch idea! Green Tuna Salad!

I struggle with coming up with  good lunch ideas, ALL THE TIME.  I have been craving tuna lately, but have had a hard time finding tuna without added soy, YUCK!!  I FINALLY found some! Thank you Natural Grocers!

 

I’m going to call this one Green Tuna Salad because it is tuna with a bunch of yummy green stuff! Don’t worry… it doesn’t turn out green… haha!

 

Green Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

2-ish cups of green something (green lettuce, spinach, romaine, etc)

1-can/pouch of tuna (preferably wild and soy free!)

sliced cucumber cut into quarters

sliced celery

Some Vegenaise (soy free)

Some salt, pepper and garlic powder

(like my units of measure?? :-))

 

Process:

Drain and mix the tuna with the vegenaise or other mayonnaise replacement. Add the vegenaise to your preferred consistency.  Slice/quarter up the cucumber and slice the celery. Cut up and add as much as you see fit and mix. Add salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste.

Cut up your greens and add to the bowl. Slice up the 1/2- avocado, put over greens. Then put tuna salad on top of that. And enjoy!

 

Baby, it’s cold outside! Paleo Sweet Potato Beef Stew please!

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I LOVE stew. Need I say more? It’s easy to prepare, you essentially don’t have to do anything to cook it (thank you Crockpot!), and it is hot and ready when you get home.  And did I mention it is DELICIOUS? It brings me back to the days when we would go to grandma’s house and she would be cooking stew. So simple, but so good. 

On my continued journey through paleo-land, I wanted to use sweet potatoes instead of your traditional white potatoes. Best decision ever.  Next time around, I’m going to have to add more sweet potatoes and carrots because ZOMG were they delicious. I manipulated this recipe a bit: http://rivernorthpaleo.blogspot.com/2012/11/slowcooker-sweet-potato-beef-stew.html

I didn’t cook the meat before hand, just out of laziness (to be honest). And it still turned out tender (maybe slightly chewy) but still really good. And I used coconut oil instead of ghee.  I may have added more veggies than the recipe called for (and upped the spices), with great success. HIGHLY suggest this one! Enjoy!!

I heart you Domestic Man! Eggplant Pizza!

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Since I have recently delved into the unknown world of Paleo, I have been in search of good resources. I have to say, The Domestic Man has been one of my favorites thus far! He has oddball recipes (that really goes together??) that are awesome!

I was majorly craving pizza, after the infamous lunch meeting at work where Papa John’s was the meal of choice. So I went searching to find a Paleo (or as close to Paleo as possible) recipe that may fulfill these cravings. And so I came across Eggplant Pizza. Domestic Man to the rescue!

Only modification was I used Daiya dairy-free cheese and mozzarella goat cheese. Don’t think these are strict Paleo, but I was okay with it!

I have once again attached the link for these gems. Enjoy!

Eggplant Pizza by The Domestic Man: http://thedomesticman.com/2012/07/03/eggplant-pizza/

Spagetti Squash with Avocado Cream Sauce

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All I can say is yum! And my waistline is pleased as well! Spaghetti squash is fiber-rich and far less calories than regular pasta. That is approximately 42-calories per cup versus the 221-calories in a cup of regular pasta.  And you can top it with whatever you would regular pasta. Plus it reheats well. I am having this dish for lunch this week. Delish!

The spaghetti squash takes about 1.25 hrs to cook (including preparation time). But it is WELL worth it. When reheating, just heat the already cooked squash first, then add the avocado cream sauce. Avocados don’t do well microwaved.

This recipe is paleo, clean, and vegan friendly. AND it tastes great! Can’t resist now can you? I found this recipe on http://www.sweetlyvegan.com.  I will just share the link with you because I don’t see any sense in reinventing the wheel!

Link to cook the spaghetti squash: http://sweetlyvegan.com/2011/08/30/spaghetti-squash-pasta/

Link for the avocado cream sauce (double yum!): http://sweetlyvegan.com/2012/01/26/spaghetti-squash-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

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