Paleo Wrap Review

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Ahhh…Paleo.

We do not have a good relationship. If we’re talking the meat and vegetables, fruits and seeds kind of Paleo diet, I have no problem with it. But when we start baking things out of coconut flour and almond meal, it all starts going down hill for me.

I’m still learning and experimenting, so I won’t poo-poo the Paleo diet completely, but if you thought going gluten-free was challenging, you’re in for a real treat (enter sarcastic tone here).

So on we go.

Disliking this Paleo-ish adventure I’m on doesn’t stop me from experimenting and trying new things. I ran across these Paleo Wraps (Paleo Inc.) on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and thought, “what the heck, I’ll give them a try.”

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They are $10.99 for 7 wraps. That comes out to $1.57 a wrap. If you have a large family ( I do not) of let’s say 2 adults and 4 children, that means you’re going to spend a total of $18.84 for each of you to have 2 wraps. Which of course you would have two or more each if you were making spring rolls or tacos, or that type of meal. I find $19.00 for a family of 6 to have two wraps each, steep. Add the inside ingredients and side dishes and that’s a pretty expensive meal for the average family.

Upon opening them, I was a little shocked to see their lack of moisture and pliability.

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They’re extremely thin and kind of remind me of spring roll wraps but not as dry and you don’t have to re-hydrate them. But similar in texture and feel. They smell strongly of coconut which was of no surprise because the ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, and coconut oil.

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Very thin.

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The first taste test revealed a sweet and strong coconut flavor. Again, I wasn’t really surprised considering the only ingredients are derived from coconut.

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There aren’t any directions on heating the wrap on the back of the bag, just a recipe for a ground beef breakfast wrap where the wrap is not heated or toasted. I was curious to see if it would become more pliable and desirable looking if I browned it in a pan like a regular flour tortilla.

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The good news is that the wraps do brown. The bad news is that they become crisp very quickly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. When I tasted the wrap it was crunchy and I immediately thought it would be quite tasty with some dairy free butter melted on top and cinnamon sugar.

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For a sandwich wrap though…I would have to start over. With the flame on 4 I very quickly, maybe for 3-4 seconds browned the first side.

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Then flipped, and browned for only a couple of seconds.

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I removed the Paleo Wrap from the pan and spread olive oil mayo and spicy brown mustard over it.

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Then added lettuce, avocado, red onion, home roasted turkey breast, tomato, and bread and butter pickles.

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The butter pickles are Bubbie’s brand. My absolute favorite. I ate almost a third of the jar while taking photos. My ankles will not be pleased with the salt this evening.

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Once I rolled up the Paleo Wrap, I could pretty much tell it wasn’t going to turn out like I had hoped. Just a bit too stiff. When picked up to take a bite, the wrap doesn’t form around the inside ingredients so has to be held tightly in order to keep things inside.

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But still on the somewhat tasty side. Which I think is probably based on 75% of me just wanting something that resembled a real wrap and 25% of really being “tasty”. The ingredients inside the wrap masked the sweet coconut flavor pretty well, which was surprising.

Had I not toasted it, it may have held together a bit better but definitely would have been less appetizing looking and tasting. Toasting it brought some of the oil to the surface which made it seem more like a food item. Without being toasted, my opinion is that the texture and color just falls too far over into the non-food, unappealing category. Kind of like blue jello or that hideous colored ketchup if you know what I mean. It’s still may be ketchup and jello, but something in your brain when it sees that it’s blue is telling you, “don’t eat that!”.

The wrap below is straight out of the package. It does roll, but has to be held together to stay in that form. It’s also possible that if you were to fill it with chopped, smaller items, even if the wrap was toasted, it may stay together a bit easier.

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So here’s my overall vote:

Appearance:

3 out of 5. It doesn’t look like food, but neither do spring roll wraps so I’ll give them a break in this category.

Texture: 

Uncooked I will give it a 1 out of 5. I liked that it softened from the ingredients inside, but didn’t become soggy.

 Toasted I will give it a 3 out of 5.

Taste: 

I will give it a 4 out of 5. I think taco ingredients would completely mask the coconut flavor and that the texture of the wrap (very lightly toasted) would work nicely. The only ingredients are coconut, so it is sweet and tastes like coconut. Toasted, even to the crisp point, I think it would be very tasty with some fruit sauce and whipped coconut cream, or like I mentioned above, melted dairy free butter and cinnamon sugar.

Green Tea Golden Milk

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Have you tried golden milk? It’s an amazing gut healer and anti-inflammatory.

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Lately, I’ve been drinking green tea with half a lemon and medicinal honey first thing every morning. It’s a fantastic liver tonic (gets things flushing through your liver) and a refreshing way to start the day. I neglected to grab lemons at the store yesterday so decided to switch it up a bit this morning.

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I’ve just recently started using hemp milk. It took me a long time to embrace anything other than almond milk for drinking. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say? The great thing about hemp milk is that it’s thick and rich, unlike almond or rice milk. So when you make this wonderful green tea golden milk, you’ll feel like you’re having something dessert-ish and special, when you’re really not because you’re loading up on the perfect ratio of omega 3’s and 6’s, plant-based protein, SDA, GLA, and amino acids. And that’s just in the hemp.

The cinnamon’s scent alone boosts brain function (a good thing at the beginning of your day) and ingesting ground cinnamon balances blood sugar. Turmeric is absolutely packed with incredible health benefits. It’s a major anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, lowers your risk of brain diseases, heart disease, and cancer when consumed on a regular basis. 

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Manuka honey is a medicinal honey from New Zealand and naturally fights bacteria. It also stimulates your immune system, promotes digestive health, and is also a proven anti-inflammatory.

Organic Coconut Oil also has a large list of benefits. It’s great for gut health, it’s a healthy fat, it kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It can improve your cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease.

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Have you ever watched the video of the doctor whose husband has Alzheimer’s Disease? She started him on coconut oil and tracked his progress. It’s amazing. It’s an absolute must watch.

And of course, last but not least, green tea. I use decaf because caffeine and I don’t get along. It still has just as many benefits without making me feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin. Green tea burns fat, improves brain function, kills bacteria, lowers your risk of diabetes, and lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

So there you have it.

A simple, amazingly healthy, naturally medicinal, positive, start to your day.

And when you start your day off on such a positive note, it makes it perfectly acceptable to have leftover gluten free, dairy free, pizza for breakfast.

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Green Tea Golden Milk

* Makes 1 Serving

1 1/2 Cups of Hemp Milk

1 teaspoon of Organic Ground Turmeric

1 teaspoon of Organic Ground Cinnamon

1 Organic Green Tea Bag (I use decaf)

1 – 1/2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey 400+

1/2 teaspoon of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Bring the milk, turmeric, and cinnamon almost to a boil while whisking until fully incorporated. Once the sides of the pan begin to bubble, reduce the heat to keep a consistent tiny simmer, but do not boil. Add the tea bag. Gently stir for about 5 minutes allowing the tea bag to steep.

Remove from heat, remove the tea bag and squeeze. Add the honey and coconut oil and stir until incorporated.

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A Walk In The Park & Chocolate Pots De Creme

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How was your weekend? Hopefully it was filled with fun and relaxation. We originally had plans for company but had to cancel because I’ve been feeling under the weather. I couldn’t muster the energy to entertain a house full of people. Typically unlike me because I love that kind of thing, but Lyme Disease changes the rules now and then. I’ve had to learn how to reconsider plans and be honest when I don’t think my energy level is up to certain activities. Doing that without feeling weird and guilty is harder than you would think!

Nishinomiya Japanese Garden ~ Manito Park

Nishinomiya Japanese Garden ~ Manito Park

When I’m having an illness flare up, energy is hard to come by and being bombarded with flu-like symptoms and joint pain make it difficult to visit or do anything but mill around the house and rest. But thankfully, by Sunday I was feeling a little better and wanting  to get out of the house for some fresh air regardless of some lingering symptoms.

The Japanese Gardens symbolize a friendship between our home town and Nishinomiya Japan.

The Japanese Gardens symbolize a friendship between our home town and Nishinomiya Japan.

Lyme flare ups can last anywhere from a couple of days to weeks, to months, and for some people, even years. It’s unsettling, because it’s not like the flu or a cold which you’re pretty much assured will be completely resolved in a week. So when I have a flare up I have to try really hard not to listen to that panicked voice that tries to tell me I could feel like that forever.

There's a huge Koi pond in the middle of the Japanese Gardens.

There’s a huge Koi pond in the middle of the Japanese Gardens.

Luckily, I also have that other voice that has the need to fight it and only give it enough acknowledgement for a very hot shower, some essential oils for nausea, and a potent anti-inflammatory. Maybe some vertigo stretches and possibly a neck massage from my husband. Then I give it the middle finger, and I plan something to do. Even if it’s just that I muster enough energy for a small walk with the dogs to get some fresh air and remind myself there’s a world going on outside of my head.

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People with chronic illnesses often have some level of feeling sick and gross every day. I am in that boat, but I’ve gotten used to it and unless I’m having a major flare up, I can usually get past it and typically no one is the wiser. Once I got up and moving on Sunday and drank one of my favorite healthy smoothies, I had talked myself and my husband into a relaxing and beautiful walk at Manito Park with the dogs.

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I realized when we moved to NH that I took pictures of all kinds of local, interesting, places, but had very rarely done that in our home town! Nothing like moving away for a couple of years to help you to appreciate the beauty in your own backyard.

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I’ve found that a chronic illness also helps you to appreciate all kinds of things that are so easily taken for granted. Even the tiniest of things, like a walk in the park and this beautiful scenery.

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So anyhoo, we’re still having absolutely fantastic weather for September. 89 degrees! I can’t remember a time when we had consistent summer weather throughout September. It’s been a wonderful, long, season. And thoroughly enjoyed I might add, without the horrific bug population we had in New Hampshire.

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At the park we strolled, and looked at flowers, and smelled the roses in the rose garden.

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Without even bending down to smell the roses the entire garden was filled with all types of heady scents.

My iPhone does not do it justice.

My iPhone does not do it justice.

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We strolled, and smelled, and soaked in the late summer sun…and  tried to keep the dogs from chasing squirrels. Romeo at one point didn’t even care that he was on leash. Good thing he has a strong neck and Tony has a strong shoulder. After that episode the extendo leash became a short leash.

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A small outdoor cafe to grab a snack or a bite to eat for lunch.

A small outdoor cafe to grab a snack or a bite to eat for lunch.

The other half of the park which includes an enormous duck pond, picnic areas, and play areas for children was being worked on. The pond was being drained and reinforced. We’ll have to show you pictures of that area next spring.

Here’s a picture of the pond I found online.

Photo courtesy of Sondahl.com

Photo courtesy of Sondahl.com

Even the storage cottages are beautiful.

Even the storage cottages are beautiful.

There’s a large greenhouse which does not allow pets so I couldn’t take you in there on this visit. It’s really something to see and experience. They have all types of flowers and plants and there are even plants that have been there since I was a child. They decorate for the holidays and do seasonal flowers as well. And the smell…just heavenly. I’ll have to make sure to post pictures during the holidays.

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Here’s a peek into the greenhouse I found online.

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A very large perennial and butterfly garden.

A very large perennial and butterfly garden behind the greenhouse.

After the beautiful stroll through the park we went to a local grocery store/deli/cafe in that same are of town for a few groceries and some soothing hot soup and antipasto salad for lunch. We ate in the car because we certainly could not leave the dogs in the car in the heat and we were so hungry I forgot to take pictures of the food! Once home the husband went straight to the television to watch the Seahawk’s and Broncos play and I tried to figure out something easy we could have later for dinner and dessert. Dinner was flat bread pizza made with Chebe Focaccia Mix. So good and easy. I order it by the case on Amazon. They sell GF DF (and they are Paleo), mixes.  If you go to the recipe area on their website you can find all kinds of delicious ideas and ways to tweak their recipes to fit your needs.

Make the mix according to the directions (minus the cheese), add a Tablespoon each of dried oregano, basil, and a couple teaspoons of dried garlic. Roll out flat onto a pizza pan. Pre-bake the crust for 12 minutes, add your favorite toppings, and bake for 20 minutes.

Make the mix according to the directions (minus the cheese), add a Tablespoon each of dried oregano, basil, and a couple teaspoons of dried garlic. Roll out flat onto a pizza pan. Pre-bake the crust for 12 minutes, add your favorite sauce toppings, and bake for 20 minutes. Our toppings were tomato paste with herbs, vegan pesto, Diaya cheddar “cheese”, spinach, crumbled sheep feta, GF DF spicy sausage, red onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, goat mozzarella, and GF DF pepperoni.

Dessert was the most simple chocolate pots de creme ever. I mean seriously, maybe 7 minutes prep and then two hours to set in the fridge.

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I adapted the Food Network’s recipe for Chocolate Pots De Creme to fit my allergen needs. I love how versatile coconut milk can be. This pudding turned out incredibly creamy and rich.

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I was amazed by the whipped coconut cream. This is the first time I’ve used this brand, and it whipped up exactly like regular heavy cow’s cream. In the past when I’ve tried to make coconut whipped cream it’s been a struggle to get it to hold together.

This is a picture of the whipped cream on the 2nd day. It settled only a tiny bit and was still fluffy and creamy. So impressed with it!

This is a picture of the whipped cream on the 2nd day. It settled only a tiny bit and was still fluffy and creamy. So impressed with it!

There’s a lot of little things in life out there waiting to be appreciated that we often take for granted. Even when you’re feeling under the weather it’s possible to focus on the positive and enjoy whatever little adventures the days bring.  I’d say that even though our weekend hadn’t ended up as planned, it still turned out to be enjoyable and delicious.

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Chocolate Pots De Creme

1 -10 ounce Bag of Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life)

3 Cups of Full Fat Coconut Milk (Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk-Classic)

6 Large Organic Egg Yolks

5 Tablespoons of Coconut Crystals (or granulated sugar or powdered sugar but it won’t be low glycemic)

1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso granules (I use decaf)

1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt

Place the chocolate in a blender. Whisk the milk, 3 cups of coconut milk, egg yolks, coconut sugar, coffee granules, and salt in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spatula and almost boiling, 5 to 6 minutes.

Immediately pour the milk mixture over the chocolate in the blender. Let it sit for about 3-4 minutes. Cover and hold the lid with a thick kitchen towel; blend until combined and smooth. Divide the chocolate mixture among ramekins or small cups and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

For the Coconut Milk Whipped Cream: 

Two cans of Full Fat Coconut Milk (I used the Native Forest) Refrigerated for at least 2 hours

2-3 teaspoons of Coconut Crystals 

1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

Open the cans of coconut milk carefully and scoop out ONLY the solid coconut at the top of each can into a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Mine went about 1/3 of the way into the can. (Save the coconut water for smoothies!) Turn the mixer on medium high and whip until it starts getting thick. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip until the sugar is melted, maybe one minute or less. I put leftovers in the fridge and it remained set up and hadn’t separated at all the next day when we had a second helping. This is perfect for making ahead when having guests. 

Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s that time of year when spicy comfort foods start making their way into the kitchen. Although, we’re still having warmer weather than usual, we’ve started having chilly mornings and evenings.

So chilly in fact, that rather than give up our evenings on the back patio, we purchased a fire pit. Now we can enjoy the chilly evenings and extend patio sitting hopefully well into the end of October…maybe even into November if we’re lucky and willing to bundle up.

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I was feeling under the weather Tuesday and Wednesday and didn’t do much but run an errand or two in the morning Wednesday. That tuckered me out so I spent the remainder of the day horizontal on the couch, drinking tons of water and watching movies with the husband. I’m only good for that for about one day unless I’m feeling really terrible. Then I start to feel antsy and the to-do list starts creeping in outweighing the need for rest.

The dough is very sticky and spreads quite a bit while baking.

The dough is very sticky and spreads quite a bit while baking.

Thankfully, once I got up and moving this morning, I realized I was feeling much better. Still clunky, but not nearly enough to endure another horizontal day.

They'll puff in the oven, flatten toward the end of baking time, and then crackle on top.

They’ll puff in the oven, flatten toward the end of baking time, and then crackle on top.

I managed to roast an organic turkey, put the sliced meat in the freezer for sandwiches and turkey pieces in the freezer for soups. Then I wrestled with the carcass and put it in the crockpot for bone broth which will simmer for 24 hours. It’s so good for you, it’s worth the wrestling and once you get it taken apart and into the crockpot, it’s easy peasy from there.

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Once that was done and the dogs and I had filled our tummies on little turkey pieces (and that salty skin of course…SO good), I was craving a cookie…which of course, we didn’t have. The only sweet thing I have in the house is a bag full of dairy free chocolate chips and maybe a bag of prunes. Not liking the sound of prunes as my sweet snack I mustered the energy to bake a quick batch of these fabulous Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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A productive and tasty day and not too bad for coming off of a couple of sick days.

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Enjoy!

Lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies 

This recipe was adapted from gourmandeinthekitchen and is gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees, makes 15 cookies

1 Cup of Organic Cashew Butter (or any nut butter)

3 Tablespoons of Unsulphered Molasses

2 Organic Eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons of Freshly Grated Ginger (peeled)

3/4 Cup of Coconut Sugar

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 1/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of Ground Allspice

1/2 teaspoon of Iodized Sea Salt

2 Grinds of Fresh Pepper

1/2 Cup of Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips 

Mix the cashew butter, molasses, eggs, and ginger in a stand mixer until fully combined and smooth. In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, soda, cinnamon, allspice, sea salt, and pepper. With mixer on low, mix the dry with the wet ingredients just until combined, scrape down sides. Add the chocolate chips and beat on medium high for 10-15 seconds until combined. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto parchment covered baking sheets. 7-8 per sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until edges are just barely beginning to turn golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

Pumpkin Spice Buckwheat Bake

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This recipe is adapted from my sister-in-law, Alysia’s recipe for Buckwheat Bake.

She adapted hers from a friend’s recipe.

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It’s made with buckwheat groats. You just simply grind them into flour in your blender. I’m not sure why they don’t just use buckwheat flour…I’ll have to ask her that the next time I see her. It does have a different color than the buckwheat flour I have in my pantry. Buckwheat flour when cooked takes on a bit of a purple-ish hue, these buckwheat groats do not. But I must say, there was something very satisfying about making my own flour. I have a Vitamix so it went from seed to flour in under 20 seconds.

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You grind the flour, add the salt, water, and chopped nuts before you go to bed. Stir, cover, and let it do its thing while you get your rest. That’s why I don’t have any prep pictures for you. I thought I’d spare you the terrible late night lighting.

Have you read up on why it’s so important to soak nuts? It’s enlightening. For those of you who have issues with nuts, that could very possibly be a thing of the past if you soak them.

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I’ll be honest, I had my doubts about this recipe. So far I have not been very impressed with grain free baking.

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But this has me surprised and excited…and relieved that it is absolutely delicious! And also very good-looking without being doctored up. So many grain free recipes I’ve run across, I can tell they’re being doctored with other items to hide the unsavory texture or color.

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There’s all kinds of sneaky secrets in food blogging and photography. That’s annoying to me and you can always count on me to be honest with you. This is SO versatile. You can add any type of nut, coconut, grated carrots, probably grated zuchini…sweet potato, all different kinds of spices and dried fruits, chocolate, banana, garlic, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes…the options are endless.

It also has me wondering if you can bake it in two bread pans, slice it, and bake it again for biscotti…hmmm…or made in a french bread pan with savory add-ins as more of an artisan baguette…an interesting idea for later.

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My sister-in-law adds syrup, nuts, raisins, and cinnamon to hers. Her friend is more of a purist and prefers hers plain.

What I love about it is that it can easily be made sweet or savory.

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The texture reminds me a little of carrot cake. Dense but not too dense, a nice crumb, but doesn’t fall apart the minute you touch it like many grain free items.

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And for you non-grain purists, please remember that Buckwheat is related to sorrel and rhubarb and comes from the seeds of a flowering plant. It is not a grass and is therefore, not a grain. A fantastic option for grain free eating. Hallelujah and amen. No coconut flour or almond meal  here.

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Pumpkin Spice Buckwheat Bake

The night before you want to make the buckwheat bake:

2 1/2 Cups of Organic Buckwheat Groats, ground into flour

3 Cups of Filtered or Bottled Water

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt

1/2 Cup of Organic Walnuts, chopped

Grind the buckwheat groats in a high-speed blender until it turns to flour, pour it into a large bowl and add 3 cups of water, sea salt, and chopped walnuts. Stir to combine and cover with plastic wrap.

The next morning: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 Cup of Organic Ground Flax

1 Cup of Organic Raisins

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Cup of Coconut Sugar

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 1/2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

Add everything into the wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon. Spread batter into a 9×13 inch baking dish and cook for 23-29 (it will vary depending on the ingredients you use) minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Serve with dairy free butter and organic, raw, honey.

Product Review ~ Grain Free Cookie Dough & Pasta

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A few weeks ago I was milling around on Pinterest and out of the gazillion things I looked at, I just happened to stumble upon Capello’s Paleo Pasta and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  I could not believe I had never heard of them. They didn’t pay me, or ask me to do this review so rest assured, nothing is going to sway my opinion.

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Now of course, just stumbling on a grain free, fresh pasta that didn’t involve a vegetable and something I had to create myself, made me do a happy dance. And cookie dough for the husband too?

I’m sold.

So I told my husband all about it and the second he heard chocolate chip cookie dough he said, “order it”! And that was even despite the price…which I’m going to tell you right up front, is going to make some of you gasp. Unless you live in an area where you can find it in your local store and then you can probably just purchase one item at a time and not have to pay shipping.

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But before we get into the financial nitty-gritty, let me just give you a little of the what’s what on their products. They sell fresh Paleo pasta and cookie dough – fettucine, gnocchi, lasagna noodles, and chocolate chip cookie dough. They ship it straight to your house (for a fee of course) in a neat ice box container to keep everything fresh and safe. They ship all orders on Mondays only, so keep that in mind.

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They also enclose a UPS return label so you can get the box back to them.

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All of their products are gluten-free, dairy free, grain free, soy free and peanut free, and the cookie dough is all that and vegan. The egg free among us will be happy to hear that.

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Here’s the rough part.

The cookie dough is $43.05 for three 12 oz. rolls. Ouch…I know. That’s $14.35 a roll (not including shipping) and works out to about $1.30 a cookie. The package says it makes 13 cookies, but I’ve used two rolls and with each roll I was able to get 11.

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The Husband Cookie Dough Vote:

C- for Texture

C for Taste/Flavor

 His opinion was that he doesn’t care for the uneven flavors. He said every few bites he bit into a chunk of salt similar to the size of sea salt, the almond flavor is overwhelming, and he didn’t care for the texture. His words were, “they aren’t even close to being as good as yours”.  Mine aren’t grain free.

My Cookie Dough Vote:

 A+ for Convenience

B- for Texture

C- for Taste/Flavor when they’re warm

B for Taste/Flavor when they’re completely cooled

I do agree with Tony’s salt comment. I ate two leftover cookies last night and had several pieces of salt. But, I don’t know. Maybe I’m just happy to have a cookie that I didn’t have to figure out how to make from scratch. I would probably continue to purchase them if they weren’t so crazy expensive just for the simple fact that I find them to be tasty enough and so incredibly easy. But the price for me…difficult to justify.

I made the fettuccine noodles with sautéed veggies for us for lunch. This is the packaging. They can be refrigerated or frozen upon arrival and of course, need to be thawed in the fridge before cooking.

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The fettuccine noodles are $44.00 for four 9 oz. packages. That works out to $11.00 per package…or about $1.22 an ounce (again, without shipping added). The package says they only need to cook for 45 seconds and cooking time begins the second they hit the water.

At 45 seconds, they were VERY aldente. Kind of crisp in the middle in fact, and had a bit of a moosh along with the crunch. So rather than waste $11.00 worth of pasta, we slipped them back in the hot water and let them cook for about 5 minutes tasting along the way to make sure they weren’t getting overcooked. They softened a bit and the “moosh” was no longer evident. But still more aldente than I think a good pasta should be. There’s that fine balance, and we just couldn’t find it.

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We topped it with sautéed vegetables and leftover crumbled bacon from breakfast. Then, finished with the remainder of the fantastic goat’s milk mozzarella I told you about and sliced garlic french bread I toasted under the broiler.

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The Husband Pasta Vote:

B for Texture

B for Taste/Flavor

He said the 45 second cooking time was, “bogus” and that he really didn’t mind the texture, taste, or flavor. He feels this wasn’t a fair representation for some reason, and would really like to try it with spaghetti to see what it’s like. And we have 3 packages left (or $33 worth), so that won’t be a problem.

My Pasta Vote:

D- for Texture

C for Taste/Flavor

I think the texture was hard to get past. Maybe had the noodles been just a bit thinner? But the thickness combined with the somewhat uncooked texture, really threw me and I didn’t finish my meal. I was happy that they didn’t have an overwhelming flavor of almond flour, but disappointed that they didn’t really have any flavor at all.

When we try the pasta with spaghetti sauce, I’ll do another review and let you know. Sometimes, spaghetti sauce just makes everything better!

Vegetable Hash with Eggs

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Good morning!

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Anything exciting, or are your week day breakfasts always the same?

Or maybe you do the big no-no and skip breakfast altogether?

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I’m getting burned out on breakfast. I try to switch it up like I did today, but otherwise, I have a few things I rotate.

Saute diced sweet potato and onion, sliced mushrooms, and chopped kale in olive oil.

Saute diced sweet potato and onion, sliced mushrooms, and chopped kale in olive oil. Of course, you can add any vegetable or potato you like.

Vegetable & fruit smoothies, buckwheat & coconut flour pancakes with bacon, leftover dinner, scrambled eggs with maybe a piece of fruit or sausage, and hot buckwheat cereal with walnuts, cinnamon and chopped apple. Sometimes muffins or a sweet bread but I rarely make those. I miss the days of just peanut butter toast and tea. Simple and satisfying. I’ve been on a trial run of no grains, which has not been fun. And peanut butter is a major inflammatory so I try not to eat it very often.

Season with dried thyme and add a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach.

Season with dried thyme and add a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach.

I need to come up with some other options because lately I’ve been walking into the kitchen completely bored with even the thought of breakfast, or any meal for that matter.

Once the spinach is wilted, season with salt, pepper, and a grated clove of garlic.

Once the spinach is wilted, season with salt, pepper, and a grated clove of garlic.

So if you have some fantastic and fresh dairy free and gluten free ideas for me, I would love to hear them!

Scoot everything to the side, drizzle the open space with olive oil and add a couple of eggs.

Scoot everything to the side, drizzle the open space with olive oil and add a couple of eggs.

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Swirl them around a bit.

Swirl them around a bit.

When they start to cook, slowly add in the vegetable hash.

When they start to cook, slowly add in the vegetable hash.

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Toss until the egg is cooked.

Toss until the egg is cooked.

Well, off I go to start my Monday. Cleaning and laundry are on the agenda today.

And hopefully a good bread or two. We’ll see!

Season with salt, pepper, and a bit of fresh or dried parsley.

Season with salt, pepper, and a bit of fresh or dried parsley.

Have a great week and remember to share your favorite breakfast recipes!