Paleo Cassava Flour Bread

For those of you who don’t know what cassava flour is, it’s basically the best thing of all time. It’s paleo, nut-free, grain-free, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, and can be subbed 1:1 for regular wheat flour.

Okay. AMAZING.

So I’ve been very much enjoying experimenting with cassava flour recipes and it dawned on me this morning that I hadn’t even tried making bread with it yet?! What’s wrong with me! I really miss bread in my diet but I don’t miss how achy and gross it made me feel sooooo if I could have bread without the aches and pains, this could be life changing.

So since bread can be pretty tricky, I decided not to go out and waste a bunch of flour trying to make my own recipe from scratch right off the bat. Insteaddddd, I found this amazing recipe on Paleo Hacks and it came out PERFECT!!!!!!!

So no this isn’t my recipe, but bless you Jennafer Ashley for blessing us with your beautiful bread. You can get her recipe by clicking rightttttttt here.

Have a great Tuesday everybody!!

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The Bread-less Breakfast BLT

Ok so I absolutely DIE for a good BLT, but as I get older I find that the more bread I eat, the less my joints work. Sounds weird, but I’m telling you every time I eat bread I ache in my knees and all the places where I’ve broken bones.

So naturally, like I do with most things that don’t make me feel great, I decided to do something about it and create a BREAD-LESS breakfast BLT that’s just as amazing and delicious and easy but doesn’t make me feel like a 100 year old woman.

And the best part about this is it’s so freakin easy to make! You don’t even need to eat it as a sandwich. Chop up those tomatoes and eat it as a breakfast bowl! The deliciousness is endless. So next time you’re craving a BLT and have 10 minutes to spare, make this bad boy. You’ll thank me later.

The Bread-less Breakfast BLT

  • Servings: 2 BLTs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced into about 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 2 slices bacon, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your bacon and cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel and add the eggs to the same pan with bacon grease. Scramble the eggs and stir occasionally until the eggs are cooked.
  3. Layer your eggs, bacon, and avocado onto your tomato “buns,” season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

So last week I was in Banff with my lil momma bear and she had never been there before (and if you haven’t either, please make a trip, it’s life changing) so I was taking her to all my fave stops. Besides the hiking and nature and cute little shops, there are two restaurants I absolutely adore. The first is a Cajun diner called Tooloulou’s that I love going to for breakfast because they have just about everything you could possibly imagine and more and it’s all so good. And the second restaurant is called Block. It’s teeny and has an ever-changing menu and kinda just have a cozy home-y feeling to it which adds to the charm for me.

Anyways, long pointless story short, when we were at Block last week I had some lettuce wraps (which I don’t normally eat very often) and they just absolutely blew my mind SO I’ve been on a lettuce wrap kick this week and and very happy about this recipe. Honestly I’m thinking about making lettuce wraps a weekly staple now just as an excuse to make this dang peanut sauce HOLY MOLY is it good on everything.

So get you ground meat cookin’ and in no time you’ll be in lettuce wrap heaven with me. Enjoy!


The BEST Lettuce Wraps with Healthy Peanut Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef and pork mixture
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup bone broth (or any other broth you have on hand)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Peanut Sauce:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bunches romaine lettuce, separated into leaves
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 lime, sliced

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the meat and cook until cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet on medium heat, add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Then add the onions and saute until they just start to get soft, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining veggies and saute for another 5-7 minutes, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 3-5 minutes, or until it thickens. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once the veggies are tender, add the meat back in the skillet with the veggies, then add the bone broth and coconut aminos and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  5. Serve by adding the filling to the lettuce leaves, then topping with peanut sauce, sesame seeds, and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!


The Easiest Pickled Veggies

Okay you guys. If you all are mostly plant-based eaters like me, I know you have the same struggle I do of using all my veggies up before they go bad in the fridge. Whenever I’m grocery shopping, I’m always SO over eager to buy allllllllll the veggies (I can’t help it, I love them all) and inevitably I end up with some unused little guys in the bottom of my crisper drawer feeling left out and worthless.

BUT. I’m putting an end to the unloved veggies right freakin’ now because ya know what you can do with those stragglers right before they’ve reached the end of their shelf life?

PICKLE THEM.

That’s right people!!! Pickled veggies are like the easiest thing ever andddddd did I mention the gut health benefits? Uh, ya. Happy gut galore here guys. Since pickling is a form of fermentation, during the pickling process good bacteria breaks down the cellulose and natural sugars thus creating probiotics. AND you get the health benefits of whatever veg you’re pickling, too, whether that be vitamins, antioxidants, preventing blood sugar spikes, you name it. Pickling also keeps the food from spoiling so it saves you lots of moolah since you don’t have to waste those veggies that were otherwise destined for the trash can.

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you that pickling is something you just HAVE to do now, you may be asking, “But Bailey, what the heck do I do with my pickled veggies?”

Good question. While I personally think these guys are good enough to just be eaten straight outta the jar, they can also be used as the ultimate topping. Throw ’em on a sandwich, in a salad, or even in tacos (or whatever you’re eating that could use a trip to flavortown) and BOOM instant deliciousness. You can even use the leftover brine as a tasty, vinegar-y salad dressing! I’m telling ya, the options are endless here. There’s no down side.

So head on over to that fridge, pull out those leftover veggies that are being neglected, and get to pickling!!! You’ll be a pro before ya know it. Happy pickling my peeps!

The Easiest Pickled Veggies

  • Servings: 4 Jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 4 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup dill
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 sterilized mason jars
  • 4 cups total of whatever veggies you’d like to pickle (I did 1 cup each of radishes, carrots, red onion, and cauliflower)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring the vinegar, water, honey, and salt to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, split the red onion, mustard seeds, peppercorns, dill, and garlic cloves evenly amongst your jars. Then fill them with your veggies.
  3. Once the salt and honey has dissolved, pour your brine into the mason jars and seal. Place them in the refrigerator for at least a week before using.


Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

oat flour

You guys.

I LOVE oat flour.

I’ve been using it as a flour substitute for absolutely errrythang lately from Banana Pancakes to Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies to Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts. Not to mention some recipes coming soon like Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (stay tuned for these bad boys).

I love the oat-y, nutty flavor that oat flour gives to things, but what makes it even better is how freakin’ healthy it is for you! Oats are packed with fiber, healthy carbs, a surprising amount of protein, and tons of other nutrients. Andddddd, it takes your body longer to break down oats which:

1. Helps you feel fuller longer

2. Won’t spike your blood glucose levels

3. Will give you long-lasting energy throughout your day

So yeah, I’m a big oat fan.

So why not use oat flour for everything?! AND you don’t need to be buying already made out flour from the stores because all they’re doing is jacking up prices for some blended up oats. No thanks. Just make your own!! It takes two seconds and all you need is a blender.

YOU GOT THIS.

And don’t forget to tag me in all your oat flour creations so I can try them too!!!! Have a lovely Monday y’all.

 

 


Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

  • Servings: about 3 cups flour
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you’d like)

Directions

  1. Add your whole oats to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your oats are a fine powder.
  2. This step is optional: If your blender isn’t super high-powered or you see little oat chunks in your flour, you can pass your oat flour through a fine sieve.
  3. Store the fine oat flour in an airtight container and store the chunks that your sieve catches in a separate container (hint: you can use these to make delicious instant oats!)