Layered Chocolate Caramel Cake (Grain Free)

layered chocolate caramel cake

This Layered Chocolate Caramel Cake is based off of my Chocolate Caramel Bundt Cake and is a gorgeous, decadent dessert!

layered chocolate caramel cake 

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Layered Chocolate Caramel Cake (Grain Free)
 
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Serves: 8-10
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease [two] 8-inch round cake pans with coconut oil.
  2. To make it easier to get the cakes out after cooking, place a circle-shaped piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pans.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the cake.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, syrup and vanilla.
  5. Stir into dry ingredients and pour into greased pans.
  6. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, make the caramel glaze and ganache:
  8. Add all glaze ingredients to a large saucepan.
  9. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until temperature reaches about 220 degrees (this will take 20-30 minutes)
  10. When cake is done, let cool for 30 minutes before turning upside down onto a wire rack.
  11. Let the cake and caramel cool for about 20 minutes, and while that’s cooling, make the chocolate ganache (if desired).
  12. Melt together the coconut milk and chocolate chips in a double boiler, then set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  13. Slice each cake in ½ through the middle.
  14. Place one of the four pieces onto a large serving platter.
  15. Spread some of the ganache on top, then drizzle caramel.
  16. Layer another piece of cake, then ganache and caramel, and repeat until all 4 pieces of the cake are layered on top of each other.
  17. Top with remaining ganache and caramel, then place in fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Notes
This is so rich, you only need a small slice to satisfy that sweet tooth!

layered chocolate caramel cake

25+ Real Food Easter Basket Ideas! (Paleo-friendly)

real food easter basket ideas

real food easter basket ideas

Easter is a wonderful holiday. To me, it signifies the most important event in the history of our world: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

But just like Halloween (and pretty much every other holiday), it’s become a commercial holiday filled with junk-treats and candy. I don’t mind my kids having a bit of candy now and then. But I hate paying money to fill an Easter basket with junk that I’d rather just seen thrown in the trash. 

A few years ago I did a post called “10 Ideas for a Candy Free Easter Basket.

I thought this year, I would put together a list of Real Food Easter basket ideas–treats that are grain-free and filled with real food ingredients.

Chocolates

copycat reese's peanut butter eggs

Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs from Life Made Full

Pecan Butter Cups + Sea Salt from The Kosher Cave Girl

Homemade Chocolate from Economies of Kale

Chocolate Nut Butter Bars from Life Made Full

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups from Red & Honey

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from The Humbled Homemaker

Homemade Chocolate from How We Flourish

Dairy Free Easter Fudge from Whole New Mom

Monkey Poop from Life Made Full

Easy PB&J Chocolate Bars from Raia’s Recipes

Grain Free Thin Mint Copycats from Life Made Full

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons from Red & Honey

Copycat Almond Joy Bites from Life Made Full

Coconut Carob Cups from Candida Free Candee

Brown Butter Chocolates from Raia’s Recipes

Fruity Treats

coconut blueberry faux lara bars

Coconut Blueberry “Faux-Lara” Balls from The Kosher Cave Girl

Healthy Sour Kiwi Gummies from A Happy Healthnut

Coconut StrApple Bars from Edible Attitudes

Crunchy Treats

coconut crispy bars

Buckeye Bites from The Kosher Cave Girl

Super Easy Coconut Crispy Bars from Raia’s Recipes

Other Easter Treat Ideas

salted cinnamon walnuts

Raw Cashew Dream Cake (these could be made into mini cheesecake bites) from Revived Kitchen

Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars (uses oatmeal) from Raia’s Recipes

Browned Butter Fudge from Red & Honey

Chocolate Carob Coconut Nests from Whole New Mom

Salted Cinnamon Walnuts from Life Made Full

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge from Whole Food Mom on a Budget

Alternative Easter Basket Ideas

Maximize the Easter Basket from Healing Cuisine by Elyse

Homemade Natural Blue Food Coloring from Whole New Mom

10 Ideas for a Candy-Free Easter Basket from Life Made Full

How Do You Make a “No Junk” Easter Basket? from Kitchen Stewardship

Paleo Breakfast Burritos

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My kids aren’t huge fans of fried eggs, but they love them scrambled. And if I tell them it’s a “burrito,” they like them even more! 

These Paleo Breakfast Burritos are quick to throw together, high in protein, and a great way to start your day!

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High in protein, these Paleo Breakfast Burritos are an excellent start to your day!
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Serves: 10 burritos
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • raw cheese (optional)
  • couple teaspoons avocado or coconut oil
  • 1-2 lbs quality lunch meat of your choice (I used pastrami here)
Instructions
  1. Heat a few tsps of oil in TWO medium skillets: one over low-medium heat, the other over medium-high heat.
  2. Scramble together eggs, salt, garlic powder, cheese (if desired) and any other ingredients you’d like to add into your burrito.
  3. Add the eggs to one of the skillets and cook until done.
  4. Once they are done, scoop some into a piece of lunch meat and roll up.
  5. Gently place into the other skillet with oil and fry for a minute or two on each side, and serve promptly.

paleo breakfast burritos 

 

I Support Small Business – Hill Chiropractic

hill chiropractic

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It’s the last day in my series “I Support Small Business Week!” Today I get to share about a business near and dear to my heart, one that has helped me personally over the past 3 years. 

A few years ago, I was training for a 1/2 marathon, and I hurt my Achilles Tendon. I took a break from running for a couple weeks, but it continued to hurt. I even had a hard time driving. I researched online and was discouraged with what I read–so many runners wrote of how it was months and months before they could run again, and sometimes it was more than a year. 

I asked on my Facebook page if any of my friends knew of someone locally who could help me, and a neighbor friend referred me to Hill Chiropractic & Sports Therapy in Auburn, CA.

Seriously, Dr. Dan is a miracle worker. Even though it had been almost 3 weeks since my injury, I left that day feeling like someone had used magic on me. It took multiple visits over the course of about a month, but after a few weeks, I was out running again, and so thankful that I could be out there. 

I’ve been going to Dr. Dan off and on ever since, treating everything from tight hamstrings, to IT Band issues, to neck pain. And every time I go, I leave feeling so much better than before I walked in.

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What makes Hill Chiropractic unique is their use of massage. I have been to multiple chiropractors, and never have I seen anyone use massage as part of their regular treatment. 

Right now, I’m seeing Dr. Dan for neck pain. My jaw issues have caused great tension in my neck, and sleeping upright while my mouth was wired shut seemed to aggravate it even more. This is how a typical visit goes:

Lisa (the massage therapist on staff) uses an ultrasound on my neck that looks something like this:

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This helps to alleviate muscle spasms, increase blood flow, and reduce stiffness. 

Next, she goes to work massaging my neck using THIS awesome cream that I have on hand at home. This is my favorite part. =) She is amazing. Seriously.

Dr. Dan comes in next and does some deep tissue work on my neck, and then does a quick adjustment. The appointment generally takes about a 1/2 hour all together. That’s another thing I love–I’m not being rushed out, or just quickly adjusted without warming up my muscles first. I think people can get into some major trouble with inexperienced or ignorant chiropractors, but I am completely confident in Dr. Dan and his staff to take good care of me. 

Yesterday, I walked in with a headache and neck pain that was awful, and walked out with no headache and greatly reduced neck pain!

If you are looking for a qualified chiropractor who does solid work and will help improve your quality of life, call Hill Chiropractic at 530-885-0102. You won’t be sorry! 

 

I Support Small Business – Nectar Cafe

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If you want to know what “I Support Small Business Week” is, learn more HERE.

The Nectar Café in Auburn, CA is a brand new restaurant featuring farm fresh, organic foods. Definitely my type of place. They are Paleo-friendly and offer gluten-free options for their sandwiches and wraps. 

Their menu is chock-full of amazing dishes, including wraps, salads, smoothies, and breakfast dishes. I knew as soon as I opened that menu what I wanted: 

The Thai Wrap. Napa cabbage, carrots, scallions, cucumber, cilantro, celery and avocado topped with mildly spicy Asian Almond Sauce. You can see my wrap in the first photo below.

Oh. My. Deliciousness. 

Crunchy, bursting with flavor…I just wish there was smell-o-vision here. I had my wrap on a gluten-free tortilla, and it was warm and soft, to perfection. 

The kids all had Petite Flatbread Pizzas: house made seed crust with fresh marinara sauce, walnut basil pesto, and topped with macadamia nut cheese. They loved them!

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The owner, Roy, was welcoming, warm and made us feel like we were at home. 

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If you’re looking for amazing, quality food at good prices, head on over to the Nectar Café! Questions? Contact them at: 530-820-3314. Or even better, follow them on Facebook!

 

“I Hate Myself.”

Image Credit: Good Job and Other Things
Image Credit: Good Job and Other Things

Image Credit: Good Job and Other Things

As you may or may not know, today is the first day of Lent. Yesterday, I shared my 2014 Lent Commitment

This morning, my alarm went off at 4:30. I opened my eyes and thought, “Holy cow. How am I going to do this for 40 days?!” Then counteracted it with thinking of Jesus and the sacrifices he made for me. I guessed I could muster up the strength to get out of bed. 

I came to the computer, logged in to my private prayer blog, and started writing out my prayer. I won’t bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say I prayed specifically for one of my children. I decided I would focus on one of them each day for the first week of Lent. 

This child that I prayed for, I struggle with the most. I feel like I am constantly critical of him, because honestly, he makes very poor choices. Oh, who am I kidding? He makes flippin’ idiotic decisions that I just don’t understand. Know what common sense is? Well, he doesn’t. 

That may sound harsh, but truthfully, that’s where I’m at with him. My Lent commitment makes more and more sense…

This morning was going along like it normally does before school starts. The kids were rushing around, doing chores, and this one boy I speak of was continually spurring on his siblings to irritate them. Normal behavior for a boy, I know. It comes time for him to do his spelling, and he couldn’t find his spelling book. Again. It gets old, I tell you. Very, very old. After an escalating “conversation” with him about how he needs to keep track of his things and put them in the freakin’ BIN when he’s done with them, he continued to argue with me about how it was my fault for misplacing it. Finally, knowing I was about to lose it, I told him (it may have been more like yelled at him) that his attitude just earned him 5 pieces of wood (our kids haul wood or branches when they have an attitude with us–one of the perks of living on property). 

He stomped to the front door, opened it, slammed it shut, and I heard him say, “I HATE you!!”

Now, a better person than I am would have gone into the other room, let things cool down, and then talked to him after he had hauled his wood. But, I’m not a better person.

So, I got up, went out on the porch with him and said, “WHAT did you say?!” I was ready to give him a large piece of my mind. How DARE my child say he hate me. He’s not allowed to have feelings like that.

He didn’t answer. He looked at me, realizing he was in some deep doo doo, and then said, “Nothing.”

I repeated, “TELL me. What did you say?”

He continued to stare at me. Finally he sheepishly looked down at the ground and said, “I said, ‘I hate myself.’ “

Um. What? I could have sworn he said he hated me. But after I thought for about 3.7 seconds, I realized in my haste I had only heard “I hate…” and then didn’t bother to hear the rest. 

I stood there. Stunned, actually.

I’ve heard this child call himself a “bad kid” before (and not because I have ever said that. I have told him he makes bad choices on many occasions, but I’ve never said he was a bad child), but never had I seen him so desperately hurting, and saying that he hated himself.

I realized right then that THIS was what I had prayed for this morning. I prayed, asking God to allow me to see this child through HIS eyes instead of my own. Begged him to show me what he sees so I could relate to this kid who drives me batty and honestly hurts me with his behavior regularly. 

And I did. For that small moment in time, I saw this child through God’s eyes. And I saw myself. You know what else I saw? A sinner. Yup. And I remembered I am no better than him. He’s a child, for goodness sake. Why am I expecting him to act like a mature adult? I realized if Jesus had been standing in our home during our interaction, I never would have acted like I did. I would have turned to Him in desperation, asking Him to help me. I didn’t even ask God what I should do during our little hissy fit toward each other. I just felt myself getting angrier and angrier and it didn’t even cross my mind that maybe I should turn my eyes above instead of straight ahead. 

Yes, this boy pushes my buttons. Yes, he makes me want to climb up on the roof and hide. But he also has an amazing heart, he wants to do the right thing, and he has obvious gifts that I know will eventually be used for God. It’s not my job to change him or force him into the perfect round peg hole that I’d like him to be in. It’s just my job to protect him, encourage him, discipline him when needed, and most importantly, to not be a hypocrite. Why would my son want to follow Jesus if he sees his mom “representing” him in this way? Ouch. The truth hurts. It really does.

I almost didn’t write any of this down. You know, it doesn’t reflect well on me. But, as I’ve said before, I’m all about authenticity. And I want you to know, I failed miserably today. Actually, I’ve been failing miserably quite a bit for my whole life. But that’s ok. His mercies are new every morning. Tomorrow is a new day. This afternoon is a new moment. I am a work in progress, and I’m ok with that. After all, if I was perfect, it would mean I would have nothing to work on, and I’d be dead. I’d rather be alive and a little bit broken.

I apologized to my son for letting my anger {again} get the best of me. I told him I was not a good example of Jesus and that I was sorry I misrepresented him. He smiled, gave me a big hug, and said, “Can I have a snack?”

I Support Small Business – Abbi’s Grooming

Abbi's Grooming

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If you want to know what “I Support Small Business Week” is, learn more HERE.

I used to take our dog to PetSmart to get groomed. Nothing wrong with that. They did a fine job, no real complaints. 

But, I found out there are small dog grooming businesses in our area, and we wanted to support them! 

The one that seemed to have the best ratings and was close to our house was Abbi’s Grooming in Lincoln, CA. Abbi’s Grooming was named after a sweet Shih Tzu who sadly recently passed away from cancer. Jenissa has owned this business for 5 years, although she has worked at the grooming studio for 8 years!

Abbi's Grooming

Walking into Abbi’s Grooming, I could tell that the owner loves animals. A wall filled with photos of her four-legged clients sealed that deal. 

Our dog, Babe, was welcomed with open arms. 

It had been months, and I mean months since Babe had been groomed. Poor dog. Being a 6th child is difficult. Her nails desperately need to be cut.

Jenissa did a fantastic job of cleaning up our sweet Babe, making her smell nice, and trimming up her nails so she didn’t keep getting them snagged everywhere. I seriously wanted to bury my face in her fur after we picked her up, she smelled so good. 

Abbi's Grooming

Adorable, right? Look at the cute bandana that came with her grooming!

Her coat smelled amazing for a full week. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a dog smell nice for that long. It was wonderful!

If you’re local and looking for a place to get your furry pet groomed, definitely give Jenissa at Abbi’s Grooming a call. You can reach her at: 916-434-0111, or follow Abbi’s Grooming on Facebook. You’ll be well taken care of!

 

 

My 2014 Lent Commitment

2014 lent commitment

2014 lent commitment

Sometimes we need to sacrifice. 

I think we grow the most when we are willing to go outside of our comfort zone.

It gives God room to work in us.

As I’ve said before, I’m not Catholic, but I have found great joy and satisfaction in participating in Lent. I don’t typically “give something up,” per se. I usually spend a few weeks praying about what God might have for me to work on, and then plot out my plan of how I will accomplish this. I don’t like to be vague–I like to be very specific.

A few years ago, I committed to getting up at 4:30 every morning to pray for Superman’s healing. Going back and reading my prayers (I created a private blog that only I can see–it’s easier to write out my prayers, and they “flow” better) brings back those feelings of desperation, yearning, pleading for the Lord to hear me. Boy, did He come through for us. 

And this year, I prayed long and hard about what it is that I should focus on for 2014. And it’s something similar.

This year, I am committing to get up at 4:30 every morning during Lent to pray specifically for my relationship with my kids as well as their futures.

I love my kids. I really do. But I struggle with them sometimes. A few of them more than others. Do you have that one kid who can push your buttons like nothing else? Well, even if you don’t, I do. 

I want my kids to grow up and have healthy, fun, solid relationships with me. Don’t get me wrong–I want them to “leave and cleave,” so-to-speak, but I want them to feel like they can always call mom for a bit of encouragement or to spoil the grandkids. And right now I feel like they may not always want to do that. I think I need to work on my softness. 

I pray for our kids’ futures ever night. Usually it’s a quick “help them to have strong relationships with you, God” or “please be preparing spouses for them,” etc. 

But separating out a designated time each day to pray deeply for their futures is something I feel I need to do right now. 

So, that’s what I’m going to do. 

You may wonder about my kids, and whether they participate in Lent. 

I’ve asked each of our kids over the past week to think and pray about what God might want them to work on for these next 40 days. I’ve let them know none of them are required to participate in Lent, but for those that do, they will each get a chart to mark off each day, and then on the last day, we will have a family celebration to recognize everyone’s efforts. I don’t expect perfection, just progress. 

I showed this little video to them, and thought it was so sweet. A reminder of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days:

 

So, how about you? Are you making a Lent commitment this year? 

 

I Support Small Business – Baagan Vegan Cafe

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Finding good restaurants is hard. Finding restaurants that serve quality food is even harder. 

We’ve been fans of this place for years. If you’re not vegan, don’t let the name scare you away! Baagan is full of healthy, Paleo-friendly and gluten-free options! It’s located in Roseville, CA, and is easily accessible for anyone in the area!

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Angelique is the co-owner and marketing director of Baagan (her co-owner is Rajbir Randhawa) and has done an amazing job of making this little cafe welcoming, fresh, and delicious! They use quality ingredients and we always feel like we’re just going to a friend’s house when we eat there. 

Bagaan Vegan Cafe

I ordered an Indian Curry Panini on gluten-free bread. The kids had PB&J sandwiches. The flavor. Oh, the flavor. 

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If you live locally, you must try Baagan. And I highly suggest the Indian Curry Panini. It is, however, a seasonal item, and they recently replaced it with a Butternut Squash Panini. I recommend trying whatever seasonal items they have when you go in!

Even though we didn’t order dessert on this visit, there are some amazing, healthy dessert options. Check out their menu to see mouth-watering blended drinks, smoothies, and soft serve flavors. Seriously, they are SO good.

Sure, you could go to a fast food restaurant and get your food faster and probably a bit cheaper (although I would argue that the prices here are competitive and will fill you up longer than a fast food meal). But supporting small restaurants like Baagan makes a statement. Continually put your dollars into small restaurants like this, and more and more places like this will pop up.

I want to do everything I can to ensure my kids have options like Baagan to eat at when they’re teenagers. When they have their freedom, I want them to pick a place like Baagan to go grab a quick lunch instead of a place like Taco Bell. 

Interested in trying Baagan? Check out their website HERE, follow them on Facebook, or call them: 916-771-2117.

I Support Small Business – Lincoln Florist & Gifts

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I have to admit, I’m a Target girl. I love the store. It makes me happy going in there. But I had a moment the other day. I thought back to the days of small town America, when you went to Smith’s Hardware for your home improvement needs. Or you wandered down to the corner store to pick up a few things for dinner. 

I’ve said before sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I treasure small town charm. I truly enjoy supporting small businesses, even though the convenience of big box stores often takes over.

So I decided to make a change for a week. I’d do my best to use local small businesses to meet my needs. 

And so “I Support Small Business Week” was born.

Each day this week, I’ll be featuring a local small business, one that we love for various reasons. I challenge you to do the same. If you can, try to find one local small business you can support this week. Then tell them why you’re doing it! And come back here and tell me where you went!

First up is Lincoln Florist & Gifts.

Lincoln Florist and Gifts

We went to Lincoln Florist & Gifts to get flowers for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It’s always hard shopping for Nana. This year, we decided we would get her a bouquet of flowers. Not just any bouquet, though. Each of the kids decided to pick out a special flower and add it to the bouquet. 

Walking into Lincoln Florist & Gifts was like taking a step into The Secret Garden. The scent of flowers filled the air. My kids were mesmerized by the beautiful arrangements and decor. I felt happy to be there, instead of the flower department at the grocery store, which is where we would normally go for flowers. 

Each of the kids picked out his or her flower, and then one of the {incredibly helpful} store employees said she would find some “filler” flowers and put them all together. 

The arrangement turned out beautifully.  The owner, Jennifer, was so helpful and kind. She didn’t even know until I was about to leave that I was planning on featuring her business on my blog, and she still treated our family with the attentiveness you just wouldn’t see at a big box store.

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 Nana was very happy with her flowers!

imageHere she is getting her “cake”: 

lincoln florist and giftsSupporting a small business like Lincoln Florist & Gifts is rewarding. It sets a good example for your kids, letting them know that you value people, not just convenience. 

Thank you to Jennifer for a wonderful experience! We will definitely come to your business again! 

If you’re interested in ordering flowers from Lincoln Florist & Gifts, you can do so through their website HERE or call Jennifer at 916-645-2303 or 800-440-3569. Follow them on Facebook for all the latest news!

Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (Dairy/Gluten-Free)

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The Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. 

It’s an Easter tradition here in America. 

Unfortunately, just looking at the ingredients in these babies gives me a tummy ache:

Peanuts, sugar*, dextrose, vegetable oil (cocoa butter, palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil), chocolate, nonfat milk, contains 2% or less of milk fat, lactose, salt, whey, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn syrup*, soy lecithin*, cornstarch*, glycerin, TBHQ & PGPR**, vanillin. 

*GMO ingredients
**PGPR stands for Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate and is a chemical used to replace the expensive cocoa butter that is normally found in chocolate. TBHQ stands for Tertiary Butylhydroquinone and comes from petroleum and is related to butane (often used as a preservative).

Really, there’s no need for all that junk.

I came up with a Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg recipe that will knock. your. socks off! And with only 6 ingredients (ones that you’ll actually recognize, too), your tummy will thank you.

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Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (Dairy/Gluten-Free)
 
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Ditch the nasty processed, questionable ingredients in Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and make these “cleaner” copycats!
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Serves: 18 eggs
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  1. In a bowl, beat together the peanut butter, 3 TBSP butter (or coconut oil or palm shortening), almond milk (or coconut milk) and coconut sugar.
  2. Cut out a piece of parchment paper and place it on the bottom an 8-inch round dish or pan (I just used a stainless steel skillet). You could pretty much use anything here that’s about that size.
  3. Spread the mixture on top of the parchment paper and place in fridge to chill for at least a ½ hour.
  4. While that’s chilling, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  5. Once they are melted, stir in the 2 TBSP palm shortening.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. When the peanut butter mixture is chilled and able to be handled, turn it over onto a cutting board covered with parchment paper.
  8. Using a small round lid or small cookie cutter, cut out circles, and mold them into more of an “oval” shape. I used this medicine measuring thing, and it worked perfect:
  9. If the mixture gets too soft, put it back in fridge for a bit to harden back up.
  10. Dip in chocolate that has cooled off a bit, and place back onto plate covered with parchment paper.
  11. Chill for another ½ hour or so, until the outside is hardened.
Notes
Note: If you want to eliminate the palm shortening from the melted chocolate chips, you can. The chocolate, however, will go on thicker, and be harder than it is with the palm shortening.
For best results, store in fridge.

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Discouragement, Defeat and Satisfaction

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Today was my first day back teaching a “full” day of school–Since a few weeks before my surgery, I’ve had a wonderful college gal coming in 2-3x/week to help with school, and my mom and sister helped out last week. I have to be quite honest–the past few days I have been in quite a slump emotionally. I have felt discouraged, defeated and the pain in my jaw has been frustrating. I’ve felt limited and aloof to my kids and a sense of a heavy heart. I want to eat food. Like, normal food. Steak. Pizza. A big ol’ freakin’ hamburger. 

Last night I broke down crying to Superman, slumped in his arms. I didn’t even know why. I just knew my mouth hurt, the arch bars were ripping holes in my cheeks, and I was hungry. And I didn’t want to be near our kids because I felt like I was going to just melt into a puddle of tears if they looked at me sideways. 

Today I realized a big part of the reason why. Aside from the fact that I think I’m lacking in proteins and fats right now which is affecting my mood, I haven’t had much purpose these past few weeks. My purpose has been to heal as much as possible. It was hard letting Superman take care of me. I felt guilty for the burden I was. Even though he told me it was a privilege to take care of me (have I ever mentioned how much I love him??), I still felt like I was failing somehow knowing that he had to care for me, figure out what to feed the kids for each meal, and keep the house up. This, my friends, is a complete lie. It’s what Christians in some circles might call “from Satan.” These words of discouragement are not from my God. My God is a light, a beacon of hope, the One who carries my burdens. He does not burden me with lies such as “you are a burden,” “you are failing,” “you are not trying hard enough.” He is the author of truth. And the truth is, my marriage is sanctified, set apart, and my husband is to treat me as Christ treated the Church…with unconditional love, understanding, and service. Likewise, I would do the same for him, and honestly, find pure joy in serving him, nursing him to health. Allowing these thoughts to float through my brain is denying my husband the blessings of caring for his wife. And it’s denying God the joy of softening my heart and my pride.

Sitting down this morning to teach math to my boys, I felt my heart well up with that old sense of pride and fulfillment in what I do. And I was struck with something: I really enjoy homeschooling. There are times where I absolutely despise it. There are days when I want to pack up my kids in the car, drop them off at a school, any school, and return 8 hours later to pick them up. But today, today I realized that just like any teacher, I have days filled with accomplishment and days filled with discouragement. I think it’s normal. Right?

Sure, I don’t have a “job” or get paid for what I do (although I wouldn’t turn someone down if they wanted to pay me for teaching our kids! wink, wink). But I find serious satisfaction in teaching our kids, having them learn from me, and knowing that I’m investing in something that will return very high dividends. I may fail at a lot of things, but I think our kids will grow up knowing that I did my best, and put in as much time as possible. At least I hope they do. 

So, that’s how I’ve been feeling. 

And so I say: If you’re listening to those lies, kick ‘em to the curb. 

You are not a failure.
You are not a burden.
You are not a loser or a waste or worthless.

You are loved, adored, and filled with potential. 

You are right where you need to be in order for God to meet you. Are you ready?

 

Clean Sesame Chicken

Clean Sesame Chicken

I love Asian-inspired dishes. 

This Clean Sesame Chicken is easy to throw together, but tastes like it’s from a restaurant!

Clean Sesame Chicken

Clean Sesame Chicken
 
Easy to put together, but tastes like you spent a bunch of time on it!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the chicken:
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup avocado or coconut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (I get mine at Whole Foods)
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1.5 TBSP toasted sesame oil
  • 5 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 5 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 TBSP tapioca flour
  • Optional for topping:
  • green onions
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the chicken. Add the chicken and stir together.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok with the avocado or coconut oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken, only stirring a few times, so it can crisp up on the outside.
  4. While that’s cooking, make the sauce by whisking together all the sauce ingredients.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through and golden brown, pour the sauce over the top.
  6. Toss with the chicken and cook for a few minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Remove promptly and top with sliced green onions, if desired.
  8. I served mine over rice, but you could serve it over cauliflower rice!

Clean Sesame Chicken

 

Clean Sesame Chicken

Mini Crustless Pizzas

Mini Crustless Pizza

I was going to make my Primal Crustless Pizza tonight, and then I thought it would be fun for each of the kids to have their own “mini” pizza. So, that’s what we did! 

Mini Crustless Pizza

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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the meat and spices (your hands work best here!).
  3. Form meat into *flat* patties. (I used THIS to help)
  4. Place onto a broiler pan so the grease can drain
  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven (drain excess grease if desired), and add sauce and toppings on top of meat, turn oven to BROIL, and broil for another 5-7 minutes, until top is bubbly and meat is done.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before eating.
Notes
Note: Your cook times may vary depending on the thickness of your meat. Keep an eye on it while it’s cooking to adjust the times if necessary.

 Mini Crustless Pizzas

Simple Skillet Brownies (Grain & Dairy Free)

Simple Skillet Brownies

These are so easy. I mean, like really easy. You could whip these up when someone is coming over unexpectedly. 

You could have them waiting on the counter for your hungry little munchkins after school. 

You could just make them for dessert. 

Or, you could make them for no other reason than to just eat some chocolate. 

Simple Skillet Brownies

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Simple Skillet Chocolate Brownies (Grain & Dairy Free)
 
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Serves: 8
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with coconut oil.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the eggs, syrup and coconut oil.
  5. Stir in the almond flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir in melted chocolate chips.
  7. Pour mixture into skillet and sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cook for about 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Simple Skillet Brownies 

How to Cook Sous Vide in the Crockpot

Sous Vide in the Crock Pot

Sous Vide in the Crock Pot 

Do you know what cooking sous vide is? It’s French for “under vacuum” and is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times at lower than normal temperatures. I got to do a trial run with a sous vide machine as part of a cooking contest last year and made this amazing Bacon Beef Broccoli Fusion. I loved the Sous Vide Supreme, but at $400, it’s just not something that is feasible for most people, and I wasn’t motivated to create recipes with it knowing that most people wouldn’t be able to replicate them. I’ve seen posts on how to make your own sous vide machine, but honestly, it looks overwhelming. So, I thought the next best thing would be to come up with something I could do in the crock pot. 

The problem I have with chicken breasts in the crock pot is that they almost always come out dry. Even if I cover them in liquid before cooking, and cook on low, they still come out dry. I have yet to find a recipe using boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot that isn’t dry. 

I decided to use the concept of sous vide, but without the expensive contraption.

First, you’ll need a programmable crockpot, one where you can set the temperature. I have this one: Programmable Crockpot.

Next, you’ll need one of these: Vacuum Sealer.

Lastly, you’ll need some of these on hand: Vacuum Seal Bags. Make sure they are this type or another type that are able to be used to high temps. 

Here’s what I did:

Put about 3 breasts (depending on how big your seal bags are) in a bag. Sprinkle with whatever spices you want. In this case, I used garlic powder and salt.  Seal the bag according to the vacuum sealer directions. Place in crock pot, and cover completely with water, making sure there is an inch or two of water (at least) over it. Set your crockpot to 140 degrees (make sure the probe is in), and let it do its thing. I had mine cook for 5 hours, but the ideal would be 1 to 4 hours.

Carefully remove from crock pot and take out of bag. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then shred or chop and top with your favorite sauce, or use in your favorite recipe. I dumped my favorite BBQ sauce on it, stirred and voila! 

The result? Moist, succulent chicken ready to put into whatever dish you desire! No more dry meat! 

You can check out recommended cooking times and temps HERE.

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Diary of a Jaw Wired Shut

after surgery

Here’s my video diary from Day 9. Check it out: 

Pre-Surgery

before surgery

I slept well last night, and didn’t feel nervous about today at all. Just ready to have all these jaw issues behind me. Haven’t eaten since about 7 p.m. last night. Got to the hospital at 10:15 for a 12:00 surgery time. I was all checked in and in my cool hospital gown by 10:40. They had a hard time getting my IV in, and after 3 attempts, ended up giving me some local anesthetic to numb the area, and then finally got it in on the 5th try. By about 11:45, I was starting to feel nervous about the procedure. All the “what ifs” started blazing through my mind: 

What if I throw up when I wake up and my mouth is wired shut??
What if something happens to me while I’m under anesthesia??
What if the surgery isn’t successful?

My heart started to race, and I seriously felt like bolting. If Superman had been there, I probably would have begged him to take me home. Instead, I called him (he was out with our two oldest spending the day with them) and started crying. I wanted him there with me. He talked me down a bit. I hung up still feeling like I was going to throw up from my anxiety.  A nurse came to check on my periodically, and I told her I was feeling nervous. At a little before noon, the surgeon came in and said my surgery would be delayed about 45 minutes. That about put me over the top. I wanted outta there!  After the nurse came in again and I told her I was feeling scared, she came back a few minutes later and said, “I brought you some happy juice!” A.K.A. Valium. I felt relieved. She must have given it to me then, because I don’t remember anything after until I woke up. 

Post-Surgery

after surgery

I woke up to the nurse saying, “Shanti? Shanti? What’s your pain level, honey?” I felt something stinging my nose and throat, and assumed that it was the breathing tube. They told me ahead of time that they would keep it in until I was stable because I have a history of vomiting after anesthesia, and they wanted to make sure all the blood was sucked out of my stomach first. I didn’t feel my jaw at all. I just gave her a thumbs up. After a few minutes, though, my throat was very uncomfortable and I was starting to feel pain in my face. I held up 5 fingers to indicate my pain level, and she gave me a little more pain meds. After a bit (I have no idea how long), I asked if they could remove the tube yet, and so after making sure all the contents of my stomach were emptied, they pulled out the tube. A huge splatter of blood came spurting out. It was not a nice feeling, but it was nice once it was out. 

Not long after (I think–again, time was very warped here) Superman and the boys showed up. The doctor wanted to make sure I didn’t feel any nausea before they discharged me, so we waited a bit as waves of nausea kept hitting me. After a bit, it was time to go. Superman helped me get dressed, I went potty, and they wheeled me out to the car. By the time I got to the car, I was feeling like throwing up again, so we just sat in the parking lot for a few minutes until it subsided. Unfortunately, we were heading home during rush hour traffic, so it took us a lot longer to get home.  Once we were home, Superman immediately helped me into bed, and got all my meds set up to get me through the night. 

Day 1

Day after surgery

First of all, thank goodness for Vaseline. I seriously don’t know what I would do without that stuff. My lips are all cracked and chapped, and I can’t lick them, so Vaseline is my friend.

Last night was one of the most difficult nights I’ve ever had. Probably Superman, too. I woke up nearly every hour having to go pee from all the fluids they had pumped into me during surgery. The pain was awful. It was like a bomb had exploded on the right side of my face and the pressure was so intense. Superman had to help me out of bed every time, and would give me my meds as needed. He did an amazing job of nurse. I kept worrying about how he was going to be the next day, having to take care of 5 kids after being up all night with me.  Today was pretty much a blur. My face looks like a chipmunk. Superman started a log of all the meds I needed to take and how much I was eating to make sure he didn’t miss anything. All I know is that I made it to the end of the day, and had consumed  228 mL of food. I felt like that was a LOT. I had been drinking some food/smoothie every couple hours. When Superman tallied how many ounces 228 mL was and found out it was only about 8 oz, he said I was going to have to step it up the next day big time. I kind of didn’t like him for that. I really don’t have an appetite and have no desire to eat.  We had to drive all the way back to the surgeon’s office (about 45 minutes away) for an x-ray. I wasn’t very happy about that.  My pain was managed today with Children’s Ibuprofen and Hydrocodone. Here’s a picture of the log from today:

med log day 1

 

I’m going to try sleeping on the couch more upright tonight. I think even though I was elevated in bed last night, I wasn’t sitting up enough.

Day 2

naomi 7th bday

Today is my older daughter’s 7th birthday. I felt bad that I couldn’t decorate the house, but I did manage to put a few signs up for her before I went to sleep last night. My sister is taking her to a play today, so at least she has something to do.  Face is still swollen, pain is still very intense. It feels like I have a huge wad of something stuffed into my cheek. I still haven’t brushed my teeth yet, but think I’ll try later today with my princess toothbrush. The arch bars on my teeth are uncomfortable against my lips and cheek (I still am numb on the right side where they cut me open).  My friend brought us homemade soup and some goodies for the kids. I blended it up, and it was so good!

My nose was really stuffed up today, especially this evening. I have a ton of mucous in my throat, and I just can’t seem to clear it. Let me just say that trying to get a good cough out while you’re wired shut is not the most comfortable thing in the world. Thankfully, Superman went out and bought me some Afrin (which I absolutely hate, by the way, but was more than willing to do in this instance) and a humidifier with this awesome Vick’s Vapo Steam. I’m sure there are some essential oils that would have worked well here, but honestly, I don’t know enough about them yet, and I had no energy to try to find out what I could do.

Today I drank 462 mL of food! That’s about 15 oz. I was proud of myself. =)

Day 3

3 days after surgery

Superman told me that each day I need to beat the previous day’s amount of food. I told him I don’t think that’s very nice, but I get it.  We ventured out to my in-laws today. We hung out there for a few hours. It was nice to get out of the house, but by the time we were done, I was ready to be home. It’s amazing how exhausted I can get from doing absolutely nothing. 

Today I drank 510 mL of food! That’s about 17 oz.

Day 4

The kids have been so patient with being house bound. We wanted to do something nice for them today. They were all in need of new scooters, so we took a trip to Walmart and got them each a scooter, then went to the empty parking lot next door and let them ride around for awhile to get their energy out. I drank about 1/6th of a McDonald’s Frappe. Even though I know nutritionally it’s not the best, it tasted really yummy. =) Pain level seems to come and go. I’m still taking my Ibuprofen every 3 hours during the day, and then pain meds once before bed, and once during the middle of the night.

Today I drank 730 mL of food! That’s about 25 oz.

Day 5

syringe photo

Still sleeping on the couch. I miss lying down. I kind of had a pity party today. I’m hungry for some real food. After posting on Facebook about how I miss food, I felt ashamed that I was even complaining. I’m lucky this is just a temporary situation. SO many people have it worse than me. I have no reason to complain. I’m thankful to be alive, to have another day, to have the hope that this surgery will fix my problems. I’m trying to focus on that.

Today I drank 760 mL of food! That’s about 26 oz.

Day 6

6 days after surgery

Swelling’s gone down considerably. I still have no idea what the incision looks like. I can’t smile yet, and if I accidentally do, it hurts like a mother. It feels like my cheek is being ripped from its skin. So, I try to stay serious. But being married to Superman makes that a little bit difficult. He makes me laugh.

Today I drank 800 mL of food! That’s about 27 oz.

Day 7

7 days after surgery

Still not sleeping well, but I just got up once for pain meds last night. My mom came over to help again today, and it was so great having her here. She did math with the boys, read to Gracie, and did art with all of them. She brought lunch again without me asking (a God send!) and just helped around the house. Sometimes a girl just needs her mommy.  The swelling is much less today. I’ve been taking my Ibuprofen every 3-4 hours throughout the day, even though I don’t “have” to anymore. It seems if I go more than 4 hours, the pain is just too much. Hoping tomorrow will be better!  Going to attempt sleeping in my own bed tonight. I’ll try taking a full dose of pain meds before I go to sleep instead of the half dose I’ve been doing all along and see if that helps me make it longer without waking up. 

Yesterday I noticed a yellowish-green bruise at the bottom of my neck, in front (see pic above). I hear it’s from the blood draining from the incision site.

Today I drank 900 mL of food! That’s about 30 oz. 

Day 8

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That’s me “smiling.” =) I know it looks like I’m purposefully kind of pursing my lips, but honestly, that’s as wide as I can go without it feeling like my cheek’s ripping off. 

Didn’t sleep much last night. Being in my own bed was nice, but I just wanted to turn over and sleep on my belly. However, I did make it through the night without taking any pain meds. Woke up this morning to a splitting headache and cramping jaw pain, but at least I made it through the night! My sister came over today to hang out. She did a Spanish lesson with the kids and made them lunch. It was nice to have her here!

Today I drank 1060 mL of food! That’s about 36 oz.

Day 9

I think I’m clenching my teeth at night. I’m waking up 10-15 times a night with fire in my right jaw. As I sit there, the pain subsides, then I fall back asleep and not too long after, it happens again. I’m looking into some ways to work on this. I feel like my neck needs to be adjusted. It’s so stiff from sleeping sitting up for the past week, and I’m sure the tension from my jaw doesn’t help. I’ve been using peppermint essential oil to help with the pain for that during the day.

I made it through the night last night without taking any pain meds again. I took 10 mL of Hydrocodone and 10 mL of Ibuprofen before bed. This morning, I just took 10 mL of Ibuprofen. Hopefully that will keep things under control for awhile. 

My pain has kind of evolved into shooting, throbbing pain. Hoping that this is just the next phase of healing, and tomorrow will be better! We ventured out to church today. It was nice to get back into our normal routine and to feel like I’m kind of normal again. =)

Tonight I’m trying something different. I’m going to try taking a Travacor and a Kavinace, as well as use peppermint essential oil on my jaw and lavender essential oil on my pillow. Lastly, I put a warm rice sock on my neck for about a 1/2 hour before bed. We’ll see if this helps with my clenching tonight! 

Today I drank 1020 mL of food! Not quite as much as yesterday, but still pretty darn good.

Only 2 more days until I get my wires off!

Day 10

Guess what? Last night was the first night I didn’t wake up every hour (or more!) with pain in my jaw! I’m not sure if it was the lavender essential oil or the Travacor and Kavinace or just consciously trying to relax my jaw before I fell asleep, but all I know is it worked! I finally got some sleep without jerking awake all the time! And, I didn’t even take pain meds last night!

Tomorrow morning I get my wires taken off, and rubber bands put on. I’ll update after that happens!

Holistic Nutrition and Permaculture–a Guest Post from Realeyes Homestead

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Hey there! I’m Brenda, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Are you thinking about learning more about holistic nutrition? Awesome! That’s why I’m here! :)

What is Holistic Nutrition?

The word holistic means “relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. When practicing holistic nutrition you do just that; take into account the whole person and his or her lifestyle. We don’t just look at what you are eating. We also want to know, are you getting enough sleep? Are you under a lot of stress? Are you burdened with toxins? Do you have a genetic predisposition? But also, yes, how do you prepare your foods? Where are your foods coming from? etc. Most holistic nutritionists provide individualized nutritional therapy. We commit to the concept of bio-individuality; everyone is unique, we can’t treat everyone the same

Major Lifestyle Changes!

There are many different reasons you may be led into a holistic nutrition lifestyle. Some choose to follow it because of health issues. Others do it after they get disgusted from reading truths about our food industry and want to take preventative measures. Whatever your initial reason is, all of us that have transitioned to properly prepared whole foods know that it is exactly that, a transition. Many people are able to learn the basics of a properly prepared whole foods diet without the help of a Holistic Nutritionist. There are so many wonderful blogs out there now, it’s incredible! However, help may be needed especially for things like elimination diets for food intolerances, blood sugar support, detoxification, fermentation methods, digestive issues, skin issues like eczema, and so on. 

The standard American diet (SAD) is comprised of packaged, ready to eat, processed foods. Unfortunately these foods are extremely convenient and are sold everywhere. They’re easy.  I get it, it is hard to all of a sudden switch over to cooking all your meals from scratch and scavenging for good quality ingredients. Let me tell you, it gets easier. Just like most things, you develop a routine and figure out your new stomping grounds for food. Also, weekend batch cooking is a must along with having your freezer packed with ready to warm frozen dishes. My crockpot has become one of my best friends! 

We are proud of being holistic minded foodies!

My partner Levi and I are proud of being health minded eaters and want to teach others how to do it themselves. Levi is a permaculturist (quickest way to describe it is a holistic farmer). We are joining my love for holistic nutrition and his love for permaculture on our farm Realeyes Homestead. We thought the name was fitting after we opened our eyes and realized the truths hidden from us by the pharmaceutical industry, industrialized farming, and many conventional medical organizations. 

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On our farm we are learning how to produce nourishing food while simultaneously healing the ecosystem and educating others to do the same! The goal is for Realeyes Homestead is to be a realization and eye opener; a model and demonstration site for the community. We will host workshops on various nutrition and permaculture topics on the farm. We can have all the brilliant theories in the world, but it doesn’t compare to a living, thriving model that visitors can physically walk through, smell and touch.

As we build our farm we will be sharing our experiences and resources on our website and hope to be a source of information and inspiration. We also plan to eventually have online workshops on holistic nutrition and permaculture. We don’t pretend to be know it alls; we THRIVE on feedback. And whether you live in Michigan or Bermuda we have much to offer you so stay tuned!  

Levi and I are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise seed money to kickstart our projects. If you support the local, natural foods movement or would benefit from our blog posts please support our cause

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If you would like to learn more about Realeyes Homestead feel free to visit our site and Facebook page.

40 Paleo Meals Prepped in 10 Minutes or Less!

40 paleo meals prepped in 10 minutes

40 paleo meals prepped in 10 minutes

Food prep is always overwhelming to me. I tend to be a procrastinator, so I need meals that are quick to put together. I don’t mind sticking something in the oven for a few hours, or having something simmer on the stove for awhile, but it’s the prep work that I like to have simple and quick. I’ve put together a list of 40 Paleo meals that can be prepped in 10 minutes or less. Simple = happy mommy.

Pork 

Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin

5-Minute Prep Crispy Honey Pork Tenderloin from Life Made Full

Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin from Life Made Full

Easy Slow Cooker Maple Pork Orange Shoulder from Rubies & Radishes

Chicken & Turkey

crockbpot chicken fajitas

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken & Sweet Potatoes from Life Made Full

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Rubies & Radishes

Curried Chicken Salad from The Provision Room

Favorite Roast Chicken from Raia’s Recipes

Curried Chicken Salad from Deductive Seasoning

Cashew Chicken Salad from Just Enjoy Food

Crockpot Chicken Tacos from Just Enjoy Food

Quick Indian Spiced Chicken from Real Food Whole Health

Creamy Crockpot Chicken with Kale from Just Enjoy Food

Balsamic Orange Chicken with Rosemary from Real Food Whole Health

Pesto Baked Chicken with Goat Cheese from Just Enjoy Food

Sage Rubbed Turkey Breast from A Happy Health Nut

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken from Economies of Kale

Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce from Just Enjoy Food

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Verde from Rubies & Radishes

Gluten Free Chicken Picatta from Real Food Whole Health

Fish & Seafood

shrimp and poblano peppers

Easy Peasy Mahi Mahi from Life Made Full

Easy Baked Cod from Raia’s Recipes

Shrimp and Poblano Peppers from Life Made Full

Beef

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Beef Slaw with Creamy Sunflower Sauce from Paleo in PDX

Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs from A Happy Health Nut

Easy Slow Cooker Taco Meat from Rubies & Radishes

Eggs

broccoli frittata

Banana Bacon Frittata from Real Food RN

Kale Omelette from Economies of Kale

Breakfast Tacos-Mexican Style from Real Food Whole Health

Broccoli Frittata from Life Made Full

Soups

slow cooker thai coconut soup

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Soup from Happy Mothering

Brussels Sprout Egg Drop Soup from Little Owl Crunchy Momma

Creamy Squash & Apple Soup from Raia’s Recipes

Autumn Soup from Little Owl Crunchy Momma

Greek Lemon-Chicken-Egg Soup from Real Food Whole Health (eliminate rice to make Paleo)

Other

chicken curry

Creamy Garlic & Basil Zucchini Noodles from Real Food RN

Bacon, Onion & Brussels Slaw from Real Food RN

Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins from Real Food Whole Health

Homemade Sausage from Wellness & Workouts

Easy Slow Cooker Curry Two Ways (Beef or Chicken) from Rubies & Radishes

Looking for a slow cooker?