Friday, October 24, 2014

Stuffed Apples: Pork and Sage

 ToSo, we know I'm (somewhat unsuccessfully) trying to stay paleo. It's a never ending battle. I will say though that if all recipes tasted like this, I would be 100% 

I got this recipe (wait for it....) from - such a shocker right? I'm sorry but she just does such a good job.

I followed this recipe pretty much to the "T" but had to use these weird ground pork cutlet things that didn't break up well so I cooked then pulled out departed to chop up before combining the rest of the goodies. Other than that...same recipe. (Oh wait I don't do ghee so I used butter for veggies and didn't add anything on top) Tasted Delish. Pork was a little dry so something on top may have been beneficial. 

Gots to say- this will be a make again kinda recipe especially before the apples are gone 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Banana Bread

So, today marks the last day of my sinfulness. Well, for a while anyway. I have had quite the last few weeks of binge-eating, which I define as eating whatever I damn well please. It has been glorious, I'm not going to lie and say I haven't enjoyed myself. But I feel like crap, and so that means it's time to get back to the clean. Before my time is done, however, I do want to share something: I baked. Yup, by choice and on my own, this girl right here baked. {oddly enough, my sister baked recently too- I don't know what's happening to us}

Someone somewhere told me that if bananas go brown, you make banana bread. I came across said brown bananas in my kitchen the other day and thought "I know I heard somewhere that you're supposed to do something with these buggers.... what was it?!" And then it hit me- BREAD! {ok ok people- I'm doing this for effect. Believe it or not, I do know that this is a commonly known fact. Come on- I'm not that big of an idiot}

So, because I don't bake and have no concept of how to do so, I set to Pinterest. Also through this process, I realized I may not have some of the key ingredients that one might need to make banana bread. Like, milk for example. I have coconut milk, I have almond milk, but not plain old cow's milk. Somehow, I thought to myself, that may not swap well. 

I found my way to a recipe from Simply Recipes, that did not involve milk. Had only a few simple ingredients {another that I didn't have, baking soda. BUT I did have baking powder. OMG, wait, they're different? Really?! Again- duh. I googled that and learned you can swap it 2-3x powder for 1 soda. Win!} 


2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup of sugar*
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda*
Pinch of salt
1-1/2 cups flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a loaf pan {I sprayed with cooking spray to avoid using more butter}
  2. In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. 
  3. Stir the melted butter into the bananas.
  4. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. 
  5. Mix in the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for appx 1 hour or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. {test at 50 min- mine was ready just before 1 hour}
  7. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. 
  8. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. 


  • In case you hadn't figured it out already... this recipe is NOT Paleo.
  • A great thing about this recipe, especially for me, is that you don't need a mixer. Great for me, since I only have a weeny hand one and not a fancy stand mixer. I mixed everything in one bowl: mashed the bananas with a fork, and then mixed in with a wooden spoon. 
  • The best bananas to use are overly ripe and mostly browned ones- they makes the bread much sweeter. Because of this, I found that you also can decrease the sugar in the recipe drastically, which I did. *The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, but I actually only used 1/2 cup and felt it was plenty sweet {and slightly less naughty!}
  • Get ready for learning. *You can substitute baking soda/powder if you don't have any. If you are using baking powder in place of soda, you will need 2-3x the amount, and you should leave out any salt that is called for. Vice versa, you can use 1 part baking soda+ 2 parts cream of tartar to sub for baking powder. You'll need to make the "baking powder" mixture, then measure exactly what is called for in the recipe #schooled

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Apple Bison Burger Salad + BONUS RECIPE

So, as much as I love the fall, I'm not quite ready to get into chili mode. I mean, that will happen soon, but for now I'm on the hunt for things I can make inside that allow for me to hold on to a few more sweet 70 degree days. 

I found this recipe on paleOMG {of course} and changed it up ever so slightly to meet our table's needs, and the result was quite enjoyable. Feel free to compare to her original recipe- she also served them on gluten/grain free buns rather than as salad.


3 Tbl coconut oil {plus extra to coat pan for cooking}
1-2 yellow onions, thinly sliced 
1 pound ground bison 
1 egg
1 green apple, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. In a medium pan, heat coconut oil, and then add onion with a little salt. Make sure onions are coated in oil and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and brown.
  2. While onions cook, combine beef with other ingredients: in a large bowl add beef, egg, apple, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, and mix well by hand to combine. Form 4-5 patties depending on how big you want them {wash your hands well before touching anything else!}
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Add a bit of coconut oil to grease the pan, and cook patties on both sides for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Serve over bed of arugula, with cooked onions on top. 


  • I served over a bed of arugula but you can feel free to add any additional veggies or more apple to make it more like a salad. Hubby doesn't like arugula, so he actually had it over iceberg lettuce. He may have even wrapped.... lots of options here people!! 
  • Another neat trick that I learned is that pressing a thumb into the middle of a patty will keep the burgers from puffing up... I have always seen people do this but never really understood why, nor did I take the time to ask. Now I know! 
  • I used one onion and it only got us through the first 2 patties. If you're anything like us and enjoy onions, I recommend cooking up more than one onion. 
  • I think this would be pretty tasty with bacon. Probably because everything is. 


Homemade Sweet Potato Fries ~ Click here

Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potatoes. I love that you can go either sweet or savory with them. I love that you can eat them as a meal. I love that you can eat them as part of a meal. I love that you can eat them as snacks like in the form of chips or french fries. I have a heck of a time getting said snacks crispy in the oven, though, and it drives me crazy. 

In her post linked below, Juli from paleOMG tells us how to make them crispy! The secret is in the sauce.. or.. oil. Either way, I tried it and they were the best ones I've ever made!