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AIP Mini Pizzas [AIP Friendly, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Paleo/Primal, Dairy Free]

Welcome to another personal hack of someone else’s awesome AIP friendly recipe!

Who else has had to learn to enjoy cheeseless, nightshadeless pizza while on AIP? Yeah. I though only vegans did cheeseless pizza. I thought it was pointless! But I was wrong… AIP friendly pizza is keeping me sane when all I want is a familiar, easy lunch!

I had made a bunch of leftover AIP Sandwich Rounds by Delicious Obsessions hanging out in the fridge threatening to go stale, so inspiration struck. I wanted pizza, my son wanted pizza. I had crust and a bunch of sauce and bacon. That is all.

Oo! And it fits nicely in your toaster oven!

Mini AIP Pizzas
Mini AIP Pizzas

Mini Pizzas

For The Crust:

  • One batch of Delicious Obsessions’ AIP Friendly Sandwich Rounds.
    NOTE: I HIGHLY recommend adding 1/2 tsp baking soda. The dough will some out a little lighter and in case of overcooking, it won’t come out too tough to bite through.

Method:

  • Follow instructions, adding 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for only 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and flip over to use as crust.

Put it together:

  • Flip over you rounds to use as crust.
  • Add whatever AIP friendly or paleo sauce you like. I enjoy using garlic and olive oil, AIP pesto, The Primitive Homemaker’s No-Mato Sauce, and Autoimmune-Paleo’s Cherry BBQ Sauce
  • Add whatever paleo or AIP toppings you like. Bacon and sausage is always good, but sometimes leftover meats and roasted veggies are wonderfully filling. I like to chop up leftover cinnamon pork chops with pears and top the finished product with chopped salad greens and thin sliced green onions.
  • Place in oven or toaster oven at 370 degrees F and bake about 5 to ten minutes until everything is nice and hot and coming together.
  • Enjoy!

And that’s all it is. Simple, quick, easy. Perfect for lunch or light dinner with a nice salad. Your kids will love having their own personal pizza too. The crusts can be made any size to accommodate everyone (the above is just regular “sandwich” size), and I have actually used it to make one large round crust , which came out beautifully. Another versatile dough recipe!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Creamy Pesto Sauce [ AIP, Paleo, dairy free, egg free, nightshade free, nut and seed free]

This is the “creamy pesto sauce” I made to go with the gnocchi recipe last night. It’s easy, packed with nutrition and completely convincing! I can’t take credit for it though, because all I did was add a load of blended fresh basil leaves to He Won’t Know It’s Paleo’s queso dip recipe!

Creamy Pesto Sauce:

1 batch of queso (I omitted the carrots and added a little turmeric powder)
2 to four bunches of fresh basil leaves (I used Thai basil)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Method:

– Make one batch of queso.
– Blend basil leaves into pesto consistency.
– Add basil to queso.
– Add garlic powder and black pepper to taste.
– Serve hot as a dip or sauce for AIP Gnocchi, chicken, or other Paleo pasta recipe!

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Susu’s Primal Solution to Baking Powder

Happy Sunday!

When you’re taking on a healthy, primal, whole foods lifestyle you learn a few things. You experience a few let downs. You redefine the meaning of things. One of those things is the term “natural” in the food industry. This has forced most of us humans to return to cooking and baking pretty much every element that goes into our family’s bodies. While we are glad to do this for our loved ones, we have certainly had to redefine the term “convenience”.

There is a growing number of “primal” and “paleo” baked goods recipes out there in the world wide web, and we increasingly have options for alternatives to our favorite warm memories. We are still having to make judgement calls and filter through the misguided and untested recipes that make big claims, but yield dissapointment. We educate ourselves because we know we can’t trust our health to anyone but ourselves. This makes us question just about every ingredient called for in any recipe, and one of my first reserves in our primal journey was about baking powder.

Baking powder….how could this be a “real food ingredient”? Does it come from a plant? What the crap is it, really?

There are many different brands out there with a variance of ingredients, sometimes including a preservative, but always including these three: baking soda, cream of tartar, and cornstarch.

Cornstarch!!!!!!!!! Yuck…

But before you start hyperventilating…. there is a very easy solution!

I had already been doing research on alternatives to cornstarch and arrowroot powder seems to be the most recommended. I’ve experimented with it in other recipes and it has become a household staple worthy of a mason jar in our pantry, so this was the obvious choice.

I knew there had to be plenty of recipes for baking powder already out there, so I found one that seemed right and replaced the cornstarch with arrowroot powder. The proportions are as follows…

You will need:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar with air tight seal.

Notes:

  • I think I usually triple the batch, but it depends on the size of your jar.
  • There should be no problem with it expiring on you :).
  • Don’t forget to label it!

And there you have it. One less worrisome ingredient for your baking adventures.

Let’s be honest, though. It feels really good to have another item in your pantry that’s “homemade”, doesn’t it? You know it does…

Happy baking!

Susu’s Stress-Free Mayo

Ah, mayo. The tang. The versatility. The gosh awful stress of making it yourself!!!

Well, no more! First, a history…

If you’re like me you read ingredient labels and if you like mayonnaise you know there isn’t any store bought mayo out there not completely full of crap! So, if you’re like me and on a whole foods primal journey, you figured that,like everything else, you’ll just make it yourself! No big deal!

HAH!

I’ve seen all kinds of recipes and blog posts and methods on making this scrumptious staple and almost every time it broke. I tried it in the blender and the food processor, I tried different recipes and was very precise. No luck. I had nearly given up until I tried Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s method of using a immersion blender in a mason jar. This version worked well, but I hate having to clean off of the blender (in my mind I’m wasting precious yumminess!). Then I remembered an episode of French Food At Home where the hostess made a mayonnaise dip completely by hand. She didn’t even really measure anything. So, being the “soul cooker” that I am, I decided to gather the ingredients I knew were usually in mayonnaise and wing it with a whisk. Now, I’m not a huge fan of step by step pictures for every recipe post, but this is mayo we are talking about here…. it helps to have a visual.

So, I decided to go with one egg yolk because I wasn’t convinced this would really work after being let down so many times. I didn’t want to waste two, which is what most recipes call for.

Mayo Ingredients
Mayo Ingredients

I added the yolk, a cap full of apple cider vinegar, a splash of lemon juice, a squirt of dijon mustard, and a liberal amount of salt (after all, a lot of oil goes into it). If I were to guess I’d say it was about a tsp each.

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Whisk it all together thoroughly and allow it to sit until the mixture is room temperature, allowing the acids to work on the raw yolk.

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When you come back to it, it will most likely have thickened up…

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Whisking it old school

Now the fun begins. Take your bottle of avocado oil and “pulse” a little into the mixture, whisking immediately until smooth and completely incorporated.

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Continue “pulsing” and whisking, but make sure each “pulse” of oil is completely incorporated before adding the next one. It doesn’t have to be a drop at a time, but it is important to make sure it is well mixed before adding more.

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So you’re pulsing and whisking, pulsing and whisking, pulsing and whisking, and then… what’s that? The laundry is ready? Well I better go take care of it!

So you go take care of the laundry and you get distracted for the next 20 minutes and then you realize: “crap! My mayo!”

You rush back to the kitchen and you find this…

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See? It’s fine.

Actually, it’s thickened since its been sitting there.

I love doing it this way because not only is it easy and has less clean-up, you also don’t have to worry about it sitting too long or breaking on you when duty calls. I often start making mayo while I’m cooking and take breaks from pulsing oil to stir something else, go change a diaper, whatever. It’s not something that requires a ton of arm strength or full concentration. Somehow, this makes it even more delicious!

Keep pulsing oil and whisking it in and you will see it become whiter and thicker…

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Almost looks like store bought crap, right? Well, it’s way better than that!

Each batch I make usually takes about 1 cup of oil, but you can add as much or as little as you would like. Remember that this will continue to thicken on its own when it sits there, even in the fridge, so if to you it’s “just about right” it may be a good time to stop.

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Ta-da!

Taste it. If you need more salt, gently whisk it in. Make your adjustments before storing in the fridge.

You see?

No measuring. No mess. No precise pouring or blending. Works every time.

No stress.

Delicious.

Here is the breakdown…

You will need:

  • 1 egg yolk in a medium sized mixing bowl
  • Avocado oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Redmond’s Real Salt
  • Lemon juice (yes, I knooooooow, I should only use fresh…)
  • Dijon mustard (mind the ingredients, now…)

Method:

  • I don’t measure. Place egg yolk in bowl and add a cap full of apple cider vinegar, an equal amount of lemon juice, a squirt of dijon, and a good amount of salt. If I were to guess I would say that I use about a tsp each of salt, lemon, Dijon, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Whisk all of these together thoroughly and allow to sit until it reaches room temperature. It will have thickened.
  • Begin “pulsing” a little oil into the yolk mixture and whisk thoroughly. You don’t have to wear yourself out, but act quickly and make sure all the oil is whisked in completely and “holds” before adding another pulse of oil.
  • Continue “pulsing” oil and whisking it in until the mayo has thickened and whitened and the consistency is “just about right”.
  • Taste test and add salt if necessary.
  • Transfer to a jar with a tight seal and store in fridge.

Notes:

  • I prefer to only use avocado oil because of its mild flavor. Many recipes call for a combination of oils, and while I love real extra virgin olive oil, I don’t trust “light olive oil” and the consistency and taste is usually on the runny/oily side when you choose olive oils.
  • I like my mayo on the tangy side. Feel free to adjust the dijon, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar to your preference. You may want to start with half the amount shown in the picture.
  • If you need to make a bigger batch just add another egg yolk in the first step and adjust the other ingredients accordingly. Add your avocado oil until is reaches the right consistency.

More than  a sandwich spread…

We are a primal household and we don’t eat sandwiches anymore. If you’re needing your mayo fix and need some ideas on how to incorporate it, try these on for size…

  • Use as a veggie dip, plain or with spices
  • Deviled eggs
  • Ranch or other creamy salad dressings/dips/sauces
  • Spread inside thin meat slices and make roll-ups
  • Mix with homemade paleo sriracha to use as a dip or in recipes
  • Great on eggs or other meats
  • A nice big spoon full of this healthy fat-packed creamy deliciousness can help curb cravings and sooth hunger pangs when you’re having a snack attack

I hope this is a help to those of you who love mayo, but like me were having trouble getting it right. Who would have thought that, once again, the old-fashioned way was the easiest way? I think once you give this a try you will have no problem never, EVER going back to the store bought crap. Even if it claims to be “made with olive oil.”

UPDATE:

Check out this recipe and many other real food recipes on this week’s edition of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday!

Susu’s Coffee or Tea Bulletproof Protein Creamer

Alright! First official blog post!

Today I’d like to share my newest creation: a dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, whole foods creamer packed with healthy fats and protein to get you on your way in the morning.

The reason I came up with this is that as a WAHM (Work At Home Mom) of a 2 year old and 10 month old I often have trouble getting to eat as much as I need to, especially in the mornings. At the very least I needed a quick mini-meal that could keep my blood sugar level and give me a boost that lasts. I’ve been tentative about making a raw egg protein shake or adding a whole egg to my bulletproof coffee for fear of making egg drop sludge. Thus the the protein creamer was born!

You will need:

  • 1 14oz can of coconut milk
  • 8 to 12 egg yolks whisked together in medium mixing bowl
  • 1 tsp Redmonds Real Salt or pink seal salt
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp grass fed butter
  • Option: flavorings, to be discussed later

Method:

  1. Pour coconut milk into a small saucepan and heat to the point where it just begins to steam, stirring with whisk.
  2. Remove from heat and pour a few drops of milk into the egg yolks, whisking immediately to begin tempering the yolks. Continue adding a few drops at a time until about half the milk is added, then slowly pour in a stream and whisk continuously until all the milk is incorporated into the yolks.
  3. The mixture will be hot and now is an ideal time to whisk in your butter and salt until blended and creamy.
  4. Flavoring: while the creamer is still hot you will want to whisk in your preferred flavoring. The first time I made this I used a couple tbsp of my homemade chocolate date syrup, which was fantastic for coffee. Since fall is nearly here (seems to be taking its time in NC!) I think the next time I make this I will add a couple tbsp of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter (the only reason I buy it is to add to coffee!) for an awesome (and fearless) pumpkin spice latte. If you are a big fan of vanilla, you could add some vanilla extract or paste and little natural sweetener like stevia, honey, maple syrup, or an unrefined sugar like date or coconut sugar/syrup. Some may prefer to cook a vanilla bean in the milk during the first step. Sweeteners can obviously be omitted as you like. Keeping your creamer plain will allow for more variety day to day. Tea Drinkers may enjoy the above flavors, but there are some great variations you could make. Vanilla is always a great option, but chai spices can be infused crushed in the milk during step 1 and then strained, or you can add the powdered spices to your finished product with a little honey or natural sweetener. Turmeric is a surprisingly wonderful flavor packed with benefits and pairs well with other spices (like chai). I would love to know your suggestions in the comments!
  5. Allow to cool completely before storing in a bottle and keeping in the fridge. I would think this should last about a week or so.

Now, let’s talk use:

We all know the benefits of bulletproof coffee or tea, so I’ll just explain how I use this creamer in my daily cup.

  1. Brew your hot coffee, and while that brews…
  2. Add your creamer, a tbsp of coconut oil, and/or a
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