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Gluten Free “Shake and Bake” Drumsticks

Gluten Free “Shake and Bake” Drumsticks

shake bake chicken leg drumstick protein gluten free protein poultryThings we don’t eat…breading, rice, pasta, white bread, white refined sugar, etc..That doesn’t mean I don’t miss certain foods. I was missing “shake and bake” chicken legs the other day. I don’t miss it anymore because of this recipe. It tasted just like “shake and bake” like when I was a kid but much healthier and gluten free. Score!

shake bake chicken leg drumstick protein gluten free protein poultryYou can do this 1 of 2 ways. You can do the traditional way with putting all of the “shake and bake” in a gallon size plastic bag or put the ingredients in a shallow baking dish and roll it around. I opted for the baking dish and used a spoon to scoop the “breading” onto the drumstick.

shake bake chicken leg drumstick protein gluten free protein poultryThese turned out extremely “shake and bake” like. It was really easy, I had all the ingredients available because I always keep coconut flour on hand. It’s one of the 39 Things I Keep Stocked at all times.

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Gluten Free "Shake and Bake" Drumsticks
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 3 or 4
Ingredients
  • 6 - 8 drumsticks
  • ¼ coconut flour
  • ½ cup ghee or grass fed butter
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoon chopped onion flakes or dried onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Optional: place a cooking rack (like the ones used for cookies) on top of the lined baking sheet. This way your "breading" will be crispier all around but it's not necessary.
  4. In a medium baking dish or a gallon size baggy, combine coconut flour, Parmesan cheese, onion, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine everything well.
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt ghee or butter and add in Dijon mustard, whisk to combine well.
  6. Dry drumsticks with a paper towel. This will help the ghee/Dijon mixture stick better.
  7. Brush each drumstick with the ghee/Dijon mixture. I used a pastry brush but then ended up using my hands because I found I was able to cover each drumstick more thoroughly.
  8. After brushing the ghee/Dijon mixture on drumstick, roll in coconut flour mixture or put chicken leg in plastic baggy and shake around until covered. I laid the drumstick in the mixture and used a spoon to cover the top and sides. Either way works.
  9. Place each drumstick on baking sheet or baking rack.
  10. Bake for 1 hour.

 

Honey Lime Tilapia Filets – Paleo, Gluten Free

Honey Lime Tilapia Filets – Paleo, Gluten Free

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I had some frozen tilapia filets in the freezer and really wanted fish tacos (in lettuce cups of course). This is probably the best tilapia dish I’ve ever made. I wish I had made more because It was so tender and delicious. The hubby is eating it right now and is very happy.

paleo breaded honey lime tilapia protein fish gluten freeThe breading was super easy to make and worked like a charm. I promise, super easy. The easiest paleo, gluten-free breading I’ve made so far. Of course it’s no “kentucky-fried-extra-crispy-fat-laden-grease-filled-heart-attack-waiting-to-happen” breading. It’s the perfect amount of breading. Plus it’s light, paleo and gluten free.

We ate ours in butter lettuce cups sprinkled with sweetened shredded coconut and squirted a lime over the whole thing. Happy mouth, so good.

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Paleo Breaded Honey Lime Tilapia Fillets
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein, Gluten Free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tilapia filets (thawed if frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
  • *optional: sweetened shredded coconut
  • MARINADE:
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ Tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • BREADING:
  • 1 cup almond flour/meal
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Instructions
  1. In a flat baking dish whisk all marinade ingredients together.
  2. Place tilapia filets in marinade and completely cover. Cover container and put in fridge for at least an hour to 24 hours. I marinated mine overnight.
  3. When ready to cook the tilapia, prepare breading. Combine all breading ingredients in a flat dish like a pie pan so you can dredge the filet through the mixture.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet.
  5. Take marinated filet and dredge it through the breading mixture, covering filet completely. Place in skillet. Repeat with other filet.
  6. Cook tilapia on medium for 4 - 5 minutes then flip carefully and cook for another 4 - 5 minutes.
  7. The tilapia should be slightly browned and the fish should no longer be opaque.
  8. Serve with a slice of lime and sprinkle with optional sweetened coconut shreds.

 

I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

In my journey and constant research on healthier living, I kept seeing this stuff called ghee while researching grass fed butter information. We started using grass fed butter but had not yet jumped on the ghee wagon.

Last weekend at our local grocery store that has the most extensive organic, healthy food section we found a jar on the shelf labeled GHEE. Did you read that? Jar on the shelf! I had to check this out for myself.

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine. It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat. 

Ghee is a simple word for ‘clarified butter’ actually. If you have ever ordered lobster or crab legs at a reputable restaurant, you were most likely served a little cup of clarified butter. That very golden, translucent and rich butter in a cup. So guess what, you’ve probably had ghee before but just didn’t know it.

Ok so we know what it is but why should you care? Read below for the Top 10 Reasons to get to Know Ghee.

I bought the exact brand below, Purity Farms. It’s paleo, lactose and casein free, kosher, non GMO, organic, pasture raised (grass fed) and salt free.

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I found this great post by lahealthyliving.com about ghee and what makes it’s so awesome. Here are their Top 10 Reasons To Get To Know Ghee

  1. Outstanding Cooking Oil. Ghee’s smoke point is 485°F which makes it an excellent cooking oil.  Unlike butter, ghee can tolerate high temperatures.
  2. Supreme Taste.  Ghee has a more creamy texture and nutty flavor than butter since most of the liquid is skimmed off during the clarification process.
  3. Long Shelf life. Because of its low oxidation rate, ghee can be kept unrefrigerated for a long time.
  4. Easy to Digest. Ghee aids in a healthy digestive process as it stimulates the secretion of stomach acids thus increasing the absorption of nutrients.
  5. Boosts the Immune System. Modern research found that ghee also contains phenolic antioxidants which boosts the immune system.
  6. Lowers cholesterol. CLA ( conjugated linolenic acid) contained in ghee, not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. (source)
  7. Improves Eyesight. According to Ayurveda practitioner, Dr. Vasant Lad,  eye disorders such as glaucoma, can benefit from adding ghee into the diet. Ghee improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A.
  8. Body Detox. Ghee is the perfect tool for body detox. Ghee penetrates the body tissues dissolving any toxins found in them. Then it gets rid of the toxins in the body through the intestines.
  9. Anti-inflammatory. Ghee has been proven to reduce leukotriene secretion and reduce prostaglandin which are both responsible for  inflammation.
  10. Aids in weight loss. Due to the conjugated linolenic acid contained in Ghee, it aids in weight loss (especially belly fat). Being easily digestible, it helps to develop a faster metabolism.

So now we have an opened jar of ghee sitting on our counter. I love cooking with it. It gives foods a richer taste. I also cook veggies in it and because of the properties, allows the body to absorb more of the goodness of the organic vegetables we eat.

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Our eating philosophy is to consume as much “whole foods” as possible into our diet. Seems like every week we are finding a food in a more natural state and incorporating it into our lives. Why don’t more people use this and why aren’t people talking about it, constantly?

Well I say “WELCOME TO FAMILY, GHEE”.

 

 

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OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes

OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes

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I’m calling these OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes because WOW Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes just sounds silly right? I didn’t know what to call these to express how incredibly good they are.

Monday I made my Black Bean Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and had the leftover sweet potato from scooping out the innards to make room for the quinoa mixture. Not wanting it to go to waste, I found an awesome recipe to use it for.

paleo sweet potato pancake egg protein vitamin healthy breakfast

Sweet potatoes are so nutritious, full of fiber and sweet that it would be a shame not to use the extra flesh. So I stumbled on this extremely simple, I mean EXTREMELY SIMPLE sweet potato pancake recipe and went from there. Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving anymore.

I combined the cooked sweet potato, egg and a little bit of cinnamon in my food processor. I pulsed it until pureed and was ready to give it a go.

ghee butter clarified paleo Ayurveda vitamin dI melted a little ghee in a medium size frying pan and spooned 4 tiny scoops of the batter, cooked on low for a several minutes (about 5 or 6 minutes) until I could tell that the edges were getting browned. Then VERY carefully flipped the pancakes over. They are fragile so be gentle when flipping. I continued cooking them on the other side until browned (about 4 minutes). I put these little bad boys on my plate, drizzled a very little bit of organic maple syrup and could NOT believe my mouth.

paleo sweet potato pancake egg protein vitamin healthy breakfast

I was literally walking around the kitchen saying WOW…WOW…WOW. They were unbelievable good. I cannot say it enough, these are SO MUTHA LOVIN’ GOOD! I cannot believe that I didn’t try this sooner.

(Note to self: Try this with pumpkin puree? Hmmm.)

There is nothing not to love about these pancakes (unless of course you don’t like sweet potatoes). They are sweet, have fiber, lots of vitamins, protein from the eggs and Paleo. I am actually keeping this puree in my fridge so that I can have some of these little gems any time I want over the next few days. As a matter of fact I think I’m having these for dinner.

*Update: I had these for breakfast again today with the left over puree and they were just as awesome as they were yesterday!*

OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes
 
OMG Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes
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Recipe type: Paleo
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potato, baked and skin removed (about 10 -12 ounces)
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • **This will make A LOT of little pancakes so if you are only making enough for 2 people, cut the recipe in half**
Instructions
  1. **You can bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, cover and keep in fridge. If you don't make them ahead of time, the directions are listed below.**
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Poke several holes in sweet potatoes.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 55 minutes or until very soft.
  5. Let cool for about 20 minutes so you can handle them without burning yourself.
  6. Once cooled remove skin.
  7. Put sweet potato flesh, eggs and cinnamon in a food processor and puree.
  8. In a medium frying pan, melt oil on medium heat (I used ghee but you can use any oil you prefer. If you don't have ghee, use coconut oil as both have a higher heat tolerance are are less likely to burn).
  9. Spoon small amounts of your mixture into the pan. I kept mine small so they were easy to turn since they are fragile. Plus they are a great size for little fingers if the kiddies get to enjoy these.
  10. Cook on low for around 5 – 7 minutes on the first side. You should be able to see the edges turning a little brown and they should slide around on the frying pan pretty easily.
  11. Gently turn (very gently) and cook for approximately 4 minutes.
  12. Mine turned out browner than I thought they should be but to my surprise did not taste burnt at all so don't worry if yours come out browner than you think they should be, they will still be delicious.
  13. You can drizzle with a little maple syrup if desired but these are so sweet and tasty that I barely needed any syrup at all.

 

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