Tag Archives: freezer friendly paleo recipe

Make it Simple. Make it Ahead.

8 Mar

One thing that people have a hard time getting used to when transitioning to the paleo/primal lifestyle, is the totally unavoidable requirement of planning when it comes to your meals.  We have become so accustomed to the grab-and-go, and it is extra work to have to prepare your next meal from scratch every time.  The solution, of course, is to be prepared.  Change your mindset, and remember that real food IS perishable.   Well, that’s inconvenient.

Take heart!  One thing we have that the “caveman” didn’t have:  a freezer.  Use it.  Spend some time on a Saturday afternoon preparing ahead for the week.  Cook it up, portion it out, wrap it well, pop it in the freezer.  Voilà!

The freezer is the new pantry.

I love meatballs.  They are bite-sized, my kids love them, and they make a great appetizer, especially when arranged on a platter beautifully…and they freeze really well.

I whipped these up the other day, and they turned out fabulous.  A delicious helping of veggies and protein in cute little 2-bite servings.

1 lb Italian sausage (any type of sausage will work)
1/2  onion finely diced
5-6 c raw spinach
2 eggs
1/4 c almond flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place all ingredients in your food processor and pulse until well blended.  Form into golf-ball sized meatballs, and roast on a prepared baking sheet  for 20 minutes.  Turn on the broiler for the last 2 minutes to get the golden brown finish.

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Enjoy!
Leigh

Who is Sick of Eggs for Breakfast?

6 Feb

Cauliflower Grits Breakfast Casserole

I threw in red bell pepper with this one.


Okay.  I have had more than one person ask me what I eat for breakfast.  I have to admit…like Heather, I eat pretty much the same thing everyday.  However, we need variety to keep everyone else interested and happy.  My go-tos are usually the omelet muffins, or this delicious sausage hash.  But those are even starting to seem mundane.

I came up with this one after considering all the cauliflower-grits’ potential.  I love breakfast casseroles:  total comfort food, they last a few days, and you can take them to people who are in need of a meal.  (Some have gone the extra mile when bringing us meals, by including breakfast for the next morning…I have loved paying that forward!)  Also, this is a great way to squeeze in your veggies first thing.

I promise you, even your father-in-law will eat this and like it.  Provided you do NOT tell them what it is, what is in it, or use the words “paleo” or “primal” in any sentences.


Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole

1 head of cauliflower
3/4 c chicken stock or water

1 lb sausage
5 cups raw spinach
6 ounces full-fat coconut milk (I prefer Taste of Thai brand)
4 eggs lightly beaten
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9X13 baking dish by greasing it with coconut oil.

Wash, remove leaves, quarter, and core the head of cauliflower.  Pulse it in a food processor until it looks like grits.  Put all the cauliflower-grits in a pot, add 3/4 c chicken stock or water.  Simmer on low until tender, about 10-15 min.  Drain off excess liquid, set aside.  The grits can also be sauteed or toasted under the broiler (see below).**

Brown and crumble the sausage.  Leave the sausage oil in the pan and add in the fresh spinach.  Stir until it wilts.

In a large mixing bowl,  add the coconut milk, eggs, and spinach mixture, stir well.  Add in the salt, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice and stir.  Add the cooled cauliflower-grits and stir well.

Pour into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.

Enjoy your vegetables!
Leigh

**UPDATE:  I have recently been sauteéing the cauliflower “grits” in a frying pan instead of boiling them.  They retain the same texture, but have a toasted taste and appearance.  I like it much better, but they are more brown in color.  Heat 2-3 tbsp of the oil of your choice (reserved bacon is best!!), and sauté the “grits” until they are done.  Let them sit, then toss/flip them every few minutes.

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More Breakfast Ideas:

Baked N’Oatmeal

Cold Paleo Cereal

Banana Sweetened Coconut Flour Muffins

 

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