Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is a weekly staple in my house. My hubby, Nick, loves my Cinnamon Raisin Chia Pudding and eats it as dessert, breakfast, and sometimes even as a snack

I love to try new versions of stuff we like. Nick doesn’t like or eat chocolate, so he won’t like this new version, but I love it and you will, too!

I’m not your typical chocolate lover but as a flavor combination, coconut and chocolate is so good! Let me know what you think=)

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  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand because it’s dairy-free.)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/8  teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients and let chill in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. (Stir a couple of times in the first couple of hours to make sure that everything is combined.)

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Eggs and Sweet Potato Hash

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t love to eat breakfast. But you also know, that I am eating breakfast these days, for the health of it. And this, THIS, has become a weekly favorite.

Grated sweet potatoes, a couple of spices, and eggs is all you need for this super easy, delicious and healthy breakfast.  It’s so good!

Eggs and Sweet Potato Hash

  • 2 tablespoon avocado oilIMG_20180223_082207
  • 2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and julienned/shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 or 4 eggs
  • green onions (optional)

In a cast iron (or not, I just love cast iron) skillet, heat on medium and add the avocado oil. In a food processor or with a cheese grater, turn the sweet potatoes into hash browns. Add the potatoes to the hot oil in one layer. Next, add the spices. Do NOT stir! Let heat about 5 minutes, without touching the potatoes (except to lift slightly with a spatula to test for doneness.)

Flip the potatoes and brown the other side, about 5 minutes. Then stir them and finally, create circular spaces for your eggs. Crack the eggs into the “holes” and let cook. I like runny eggs with this recipe, but you could do scrambled if you prefer. Cook until the eggs are done and serve.

This meal takes a little prep work but it is so delicious and it warms up well, too. Yum!

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How To: Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs can be hard to perfect, and I know, because it was hard for me to perfect them. It took many times, under and over-cooked eggs, but I finally got it.

And now you want to know, too? Of course you do! So, here it is:

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  • 5 eggs
  • water

Use a medium-sized pan and add the eggs and water to fill the pan. Heat to boiling, cover, and remove from the heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.

When the 20 minutes is up, drain the hot water and add cold water and ice cubes to the pan. Let cool and they’re done! These eggs come out perfectly hard-boiled and are great for so many things.

I love adding hard-boiled eggs to salads, and they are great to eat if you’re in a hurry. You can use them for deviled eggs and egg salad, too, and recipes come out the best when you make the eggs this way.

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Paleo Swedish Meatballs

Who loves Swedish meatballs? I do, I do! And these are so good, really easy and one of my all time favorites!

I eat them alone. Nick likes them with noodles or rice. Heck, you could even make a Swedish meatball sub sandwich with them if you wanted to! I hope you love these as much as me, they are truly a comfort food and the flavor is just scrumptious.

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oilIMG_20180225_104118
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Almond Flour (or breadcrumbs of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

In a large skillet pan, add the avocado oil and heat on medium. Mix the ingredients together with your hands, in a bowl, and add small, equal-sized meatballs to the pan. You want to give each meatball its own space, so that it can brown up. You will finish cooking them in the sauce so brown the outsides for about 5 minutes and remove from the heat. Set aside. Do not remove the grease from the bottom of the pan!

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Using the leftover grease from the bottom of the pan, whisk in the tapioca starch. Heat for 2 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients. Heat 5 minutes before adding the meatballs back into the pan. Once you add the meatballs back in, simmer together 10 minutes and serve.

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Honey Chicken Chinese Dinner

I love homemade Chinese food. It’s easy and quick to pull together and healthier and more fulfilling than take out. Plus, if you don’t have good Chinese near you (we def don’t,) than not only is this the best option, but the only option.

But, honestly, this recipe is so good. I made it, I ate it and it was awesome. Nick thought so, too, and so will you. Enjoy!

Honey Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut up into 1 inch piecesIMG_20180216_142624
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 scallion, chopped (to sprinkle at the end of cooking)
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca flour

In a medium-sized bowl, mix your chopped chicken, 2 tablespoons tapioca starch and a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a medium skillet on medium heat with the avocado oil and add the chicken to the pan. Cook about 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Add the carrots and cook an additional 2 minutes.

In a separate pan, add the sauce ingredients together and whisk to combine. Add the sauce to the chicken and carrots and let cook about five minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. 

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Homemade Western Dressing

If you know me, you know I love soup and salad. You also know I stay away from gluten and I don’t like soy. You know what else I don’t like? Store salad dressings. So, what to do?

Of course, I want to make my own. Like everything else, I figure, why not make a dressing exactly how I love it and also homemade and healthy. (Which is so different from the stuff you buy at the store!)

Also because, as a Midwest girl living on the east coast, with a BFF that lives on the west coast, I can tell you it is very hard to find the delicious, rich western dressing that I grew up loving. But, alas, you don’t have to look for it any longer because now you can make it. It’s so easy, so good and takes only a couple of minutes.

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  • 2/3 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper

Just mix everything together and chill.

The taste is spot on, and there’s no soy, no high fructose corn syrup and no chemicals! If you like western, this will be your new fave. I hope you love it as much as I do.

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Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip Balls

When it comes to sweet or savory, I’m a savory fan all the way! Can anyone relate? Who else prefers a salty, snack to an indulgent, sweet treat?

I do like certain sweet combinations though, and coconut and chocolate is one of the best. These sweet no-bake balls are so easy and quick to stir together and you can make them and eat them, all in under an hour.

Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip BallsAlmond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip Balls

  • 1/4 cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut shavings
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips ( I use Enjoy Life (dairy-free and soy-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or Vegan alternative)

Mix the ingredients together and form into small balls. Place into a glass pan and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

These come together in no time and they are perfect for your sweet tooth. (I used butterscotch in half the recipe for my Hubby and he said those were awesome, too!)

Recipe makes about 8 balls.

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Egg Drop Soup

When I was younger, my mom always had things to help us feel better if we felt sick. For some it’s chicken noodle soup, for me, it was her egg drop soup. My moms version was Chicken Ramen, cooked to the package directions, with an egg dropped in. I remember this fondly and although I don’t eat Ramen anymore, her soup is what inspired this dish.

I have created a healthy, chinese-y soup that is done in under 5 minutes and so good. This soup is the easiest and quickest, you will want it all the time.

Egg Drop Soup

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  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid aminos
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • large pinch of salt and pepper

Add the chicken stock to a medium-sized sauce pan, along with the sesame oil and coconut aminos. Bring to a boil. Add in the eggs and stir. Add the salt and pepper and turn off the heat. It’s done, serve immediately.

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Oven-Roasted Diced Potatoes

I like potatoes and I’ve been wanting a new roasted potato recipe for a while. I tried this recipe tonight and it was so yummy and came together in no time.

Use parchment paper for clean-up that’s easy and quick. With only six ingredients, most of which are likely in your pantry, you’re gonna love this dish.

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  • 3 small baking potatoes, cut into diced-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried parsley

Grease a baking sheet with one tablespoon avocado oil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a separate bowl, combine one tablespoon almond oil, seasonings, and potatoes. Mix well to incorporate and pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes begin to turn brown. Yum!

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