Testing Out Some New Food
OK so with the new year I wanted to try and start eating healthier! Of course…. new years resolutions and all that stuff. We should really be striving for a change in our lifestyle and not just a new years resolution type thing, but you need to start somewhere right?
So normally I will eat pretty much the same thing when I start to clean up my diet. Over the weekend I wanted to test out some Paleo recipes. I am not going to go full Paleo… not yet anyways… maybe never, but there are some great healthier options.
Anyways… I found a ton of awesome looking paleo recipes here http://greatist.com/eat/paleo-breakfast-recipes
I was really looking to come up with some new ideas for breakfast for the kids. It can be tough to make healthy choices when you are trying to get 3 kids to eat and get ready and all that fun stuff.
I found this recipe at http://notyourstandard.com/sweet-potato-paleo-muffins/ so thank you!
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup grated apple
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup almond flour
1/8 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
2. Mix everything together in one large bowl.
3. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil or use paper liners. Divide batter into 9 muffin tins.
4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until muffin is cooked through and the top is golden. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
5. Remove muffins and let cool on a baking rack. Store in an airtight container, I would probably keep these in the fridge since there is no fat to preserve them.
They came out great in my opinion… the kids? Well my oldest “age 7” who can eat a lot, but is picky did not like them… at least he thinks he didn’t lol.. parents you know how that goes. My middle guy “age 4” loved them and my youngest “Age 2” ate them, but didn’t really care. My wife was like eh…
I loved them and will continue to make them 😉
Found this recipe at http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/paleo-english-muffins/ so thank you! Super easy to make!
For the regular option
•1/4 cup almond or cashew flour
•1 tablespoon coconut flour
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
•1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
•2 tablespoons water
For the cinnamon raisin option add the following to the regular option above
•1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
•1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
•1 1/2 tablespoons golden raisins
1.Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
2.Add the remaining wet ingredients and whisk again until fully incorporated.
3.Transfer the mixture into a greased microwave safe ramekin (I use a 3 3/4 round ramekin ).
4.Microwave for 2 minutes.
5.Remove from the ramekin, slice the muffin in half and toast for 2-3 minutes in a toaster oven.
6.Serve with softened butter.
As you can see below I should have used 2 ramekins, but either way it was all good. My wife even liked these 😉 You can see they are a lot smaller from the recipe page above, so I think if I split these into 2 ramekins I could have had thinner slices like a traditional english muffin. Also these tasted more like actually muffins then your traditional English muffin. Tasted great nonetheless!
Until next time. If you have any simple recipes let me know!