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9 Paleo Oatmeal Alternatives

Letting go of oatmeal was a painful break-up. I had a special closeness to my morning oatmeal. That bowl of comfort I’d lean onto for support to begin my day. As I transitioned to a mostly grain-free diet I developed recipes that tricked my brain into thinking it was enjoying oatmeal. Sweets define breakfast in our modern diet. Cereal, muffins, croissants, bagels, granola, protein bars and oatmeal are all just excuses to eat sugar for breakfast. Breakfast should be a complete meal just like lunch and dinner. It needs protein, fat, and carbs to fuel your morning. I am 100% guilty of succumbing to eating dessert for breakfast. Back in my lacking nutrition years, I’d start my day with a vegan cinnamon scone and a decaf soy latte. Then I graduated to oatmeal. And I made it fancy, adding cocoa powder, raisins, peanut butter and lots of honey. No wonder Read More

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Crispy Potato Crust Breakfast Casserole

Sunday night is meal prep time for the week. I get anxiety when I have to buy meals from a cafe or restaurant. I like knowing what’s in my food. That’s the control freak in me. I don’t agree with the majority of common ingredients out there and I feel uncomfortable when I have to play twenty questions with a server. Since I’m on this body healing journey, compromising my health with a lunch cooked in canola oil really sets me back. To prevent that from happening I put  aside designated cooking time. Sometimes that’s only 30 minutes but I’m impressed with how much I can accomplish. This casserole took about an hour and saved me at least 20 minutes each day this week. So worth it! I love the vegetable combination in this dish. Asparagus, onions and mushrooms work so well together. My husband loathes mushrooms so I try to add Read More

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Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet potatoes quickly became a breakfast staple when I embarked on this new food journey. I cooked up four or five pounds the other day and have been on a mission to use them in new ways. The lack of bread-like foods is becoming taxing and I needed some substitutes before I ate an entire loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. So I asked myself how I could turn sweet potatoes into a bread-like consistency. There had to be a way, right?! Yes! Pancakes. Most paleo pancake recipes call for almond or coconut flour. I’m trying to steer clear of nuts and coconut flour just seems like an unnecessary filler. So in my attempt to leave these out, I played around with some ingredients and made it happen. Pancakes with no flour! Makes 3 to 4 servings. 3 eggs 1 cup mashed sweet potato 2 tbsp coconut butter (make this by food Read More

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Sweet Potato Muffins

I woke up with a burning desire to bake. On Sunday morning I literally leaped out of bed. My adrenaline was pumping in anticipation of my kitchen creation. I began throwing things out of the pantry faster than my brain could process. Since I have a tendency to create before I think, I took a step back and surveyed everything on the counter. The recipe I was dreaming up used several farm fresh eggs and it would have been tragic to waste them. A few years ago I was having a business breakfast with a colleague and they ordered an egg white omelette. Our waiter brought it over and my colleague spotted the yellow tint before it was placed in front of him. He immediately turned it away and asked for a new one without the yolks. He wasted an entire omelette! How?! My stomach was tied in knots over this. Read More

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Egg Custard with Fresh Plum Sauce

When I was 11 I made creme brûlée for the first time. It was my absolute favorite dessert and I wanted to prepare it exactly as they did in restaurants. Caramelized sugar and all. As the custard baked, the entire house filled with its sweet aroma.  I proudly served the beautiful creme brûlée to each family member. Then they took their first bite. Silence fell over the room. Yuck! My heart sank. I had switched the salt and sugar proportions. Oops! My family will never let me live this down. It has become one of our many inside jokes and is now impossible to enjoy creme brûlée without that memory. So here I am, 18 years later, still trying to redeem myself. Makes 3 servings. Custard: 3 eggs pinch of Himalayan salt 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp raw honey 1/2 cup warm water 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted cheesecloth Fresh Plum Sauce: 3 fresh Read More

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Chia Sweet Potato Soufflé

My body craves carbs in the morning and I’m still trying to find a substitute for my pervious oatmeal morning ritual. I would strategically add in coconut flakes, sunbutter, fresh ginger, raw honey, cinnamon, raw cacao powder and vanilla. Then I would enjoy it as I sat at my inspiration place writing my journal. My oatmeal routine turned into an obsession so I’m now searching for a more nourishing replacement. Sweet potatoes are an excellent vehicle for all the add-ins and toppings I love. Basically I want my breakfast to be a FroYo toppings bar. I just want the toppings. Thank you. This recipe is my first attempt at finding an oatmeal substitute. It’s delicious. And provides the perfect combo of carbs, protein and sweet to start the day.  Makes 4 servings. 2 eggs 1 vanilla bean pod 14.5 ounces coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups), canned 1/2 cup water Read More