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Egg Frittata December 29, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast,Main dish,My Favorites,Recipe — Crista @ 9:56 pm

Previously posted as Paleo Quiche and modified from http://paleomg.com/caramelized-onion-frittata/, I made this for a Christmas Eve brunch but with a higher egg ratio than the original recipe called for, and it was a HUGE hit with the extended family. My parents liked it so much that I ended up making another one for Christmas morning, and I enjoyed the single piece that was left reheated a couple of mornings later. Will definitely be making it again soon, especially with another paleo challenge around the corner.


1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
8 large (or 9 medium) eggs, whisked well
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp coconut or olive oil
1/2 cup turkey bacon, pre-cooked and chopped
2 white mushrooms, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking dish with 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter. Heat 1 tsp coconut or olive oil in small frying pan and add onions; cook to preference (browned/caramelized is my preference). While the onions are cooking, chop bacon and mushrooms, and whisk eggs in glass measuring cup. Distribute bacon evenly in greased baking dish and pour eggs on top. Sprinkle evenly with mushrooms. Once the onions are done, place them on top of the egg mixture, covering evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes of until your eggs are completely cooked through in the middle.

large frittata


Sun Butter Kiss Cookies

Filed under: Dessert,My Favorites,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 9:41 pm

Adapted from: http://glutenfreegirl.com/yum-yum-peanut-butter/

These are a gluten-free, nut-free cookie, and if dark chocolate kisses are used, basically paleo too (though some may question the coconut palm sugar)…and they are delicious! They got mixed reviews from the non-paleo crowd around here, and you definitely have to like the taste of sunflower seeds/sun butter to enjoy them, but if you do…they are a winner! If you don’t and provided you don’t have any nut allergies to deal with, you can always try making them with almond or cashew butter. Either way, they’re also packed with protein.

1 cup of smooth sunflower seed butter (or nut butter)
1 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder

Mix all the ingredients by hand in a medium bowl. Roll the cookie dough (it will be sticky) into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap chocolate kisses while the cookies bake. Remove cookies from oven and place a kiss in the center of each cookie. Place on cookie rack to cool. Makes 15-20 cookies.

sun kiss cookies


Roasted Asparagus

Filed under: My Favorites,Recipe,Side dish,Veggies — Crista @ 9:34 pm

Adapted from: http://www.paleoplan.com/2009/11-22/roasted-asparagus/

Ended up making this for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner since it was a definite hit — also simple and delicious (especially with butter)!

1 large bunch of asparagus (about 20 spears)
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
2 tsp dried basil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and remove the tough ends of the asparagus. Place in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. Drizzle the oil/butter and basil over the asparagus and toss together until well coated. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 250 degrees for 15 more minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


Paleo Guacamole

Filed under: Appetizer,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe,Snack,Veggies — Crista @ 9:28 pm

Adapted from: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/7758558628/guacamole

Simple yet delicious! Chips optional…try sliced carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, or green beans. Healthy perfection!

4 ripe avocados
Juice from 1 lime
1 small tomato, minced
1 tsp garlic powder
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the minced tomato, salt, and lime juice. Pit and peel avocados. Take half of the flesh and mash it in a bowl with a fork. Pour the lime mixture into the bowl and combine with the mashed avocado. Dice the remainder of the avocado flesh into chunks and gently incorporate into the mixture in the bowl. Add freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.

Guac and veggies


Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Filed under: Appetizer,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe,Side dish,Snack,Veggies — Crista @ 9:24 pm

Adapted from: http://paleosimplified.com/oven-roasted-bacon-wrapped-asparagus/

I made these to go along with the bacon-wrapped mushrooms, and they are similarly delicious! Again, I recommend pre-cooking the bacon. Can be made with turkey bacon as well, but definitely best when pre-cooking the turkey bacon.

1 bunch fresh asparagus stem end removed, rinsed and dried
1 package organic nitrite free, uncured bacon

Preheat oven to 400° F. Wrap each asparagus with ½ slice of bacon in a spiral fashion from the bottom to the top leaving the flower exposed. Secure with toothpick if necessary. Place on wire wrack on top of a drip tray or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil to catch the grease (sprinkle with salt to help absorb the grease). Roast for 10 minutes. Turn with tongs and cook for 10 minutes more, until bacon is nice and crisp. Serve immediately.



Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Filed under: Appetizer,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe,Side dish,Snack,Veggies — Crista @ 9:20 pm

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-mushrooms/

I made these a few times over the holidays, and they will certainly be made again in the near future. Delicious! I recommend pre-cooking the bacon to eliminate some fatty greasiness, and also placing them on a wire rack with drip tray (line with tin foil and sprinkle with salt to avoid smoking) to cook.

1 package whole mushrooms, sliced in half
1 package organic nitrite free, uncured bacon, cut in half depending on length

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap each mushroom half with a strip of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the mushrooms on a medium baking sheet or wire wrack as referenced above.

Bake approximately 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bacon is evenly brown. Serve hot.



Upside Down Buttered Turkey

Filed under: Main dish,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe — Crista @ 9:16 pm

Found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/upside-down-turkey/detail.aspx

This one’s not so very paleo given the amount of butter involved, but it is one delicious way to make a turkey!

18-lb whole turkey
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cup water
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Place turkey upside (breast) down in a roasting pan. Insert ¼ – ½ cup butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in several pieces around the turkey. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour water into the pan. Cook covered in preheated oven 5-6 hours until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F, approximately 4-5 hours for an 18-lb turkey.



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