Day 51

For those of you who don’t know – I had Child #3 –  A Baby Boy – on January 10th!

 

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And so…on Postpartum Day 51….what I have to say is

WOW.

That’s all I can say is…WOW.

I never realized how much my exercise routine affected my mood until I stopped doing it for several weeks.

 

But let’s back track a few months….

As my pregnancy progressed it got harder and harder for me to do my BeachBody workouts.  I had to modify certain moves in T25, 21 Day Fix Extreme and even in Country Heat until it just got ridiculous for me to even try.

But, I did the best I could and the day before I gave birth (a whole month early, unexpectedly) I even got a workout in.

But I’ll be honest…working out while I was pregnant was definitely not the same.  It definitely wasn’t easy and a lot of times it wasn’t enjoyable since my body was no longer capable of doing what it could previously.

So, as I did these workouts…these modified workouts….I thought about what it would be like when I didn’t have that baby in my belly anymore.  And I was excited…like I mean REALLY excited…to start working out again…to do what I was doing before.

I was completely psyched when the doc gave me the OK to start working out again!!!

I am now on Day 5 (of 60) of 22 Min Hard Corp and I have already noticed a vast difference in my mood.

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It’s incredible really, which is why I’m choosing to share this particular subject with you after I’ve been MIA on this blog for quite some time.  I think it’s that important!

Here is what I’ve noticed:

  1.  Increased energy (even though my son is waking up a couple of times per night to eat)
  2. Improved mood – I feel genuinely happier and am able to enjoy things more throughout the day
  3. More patience (especially with my kids)
  4. A clearer mind (although I’ve still got that pregnancy fog thing going on – Ladies, you know what I mean!)
  5. Wanting to eat healthier as to not impede my progress of working out
  6. Feeling more like myself again and not JUST “Mommy”

I have a LONG way to go…I have 20 pounds to lose…I can’t wear any of my regular pants yet…BUT I know that as I continue to follow this BeachBody program, eat clean, keep up with my accountability groups and drink Shakeology daily I WILL reach my goals!

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I’ve done it before, I’ve helped others do it and now I will do it AGAIN while I continue to help others do the same!

If you are looking for extra support during your health and fitness journey – I’m HERE for you!!!  You can connect with me here, or on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.ricardorood

https://www.facebook.com/Thisfitlife

 

 

Super Food Soups

Baby, it’s COLD outside!!!  We moved to KS this summer and I didn’t realize how extreme the weather is here.  It is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer and COLD, COLD, COLD in the winter!!

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Cold weather equals cozy socks, blankets, cuddling and of course…soup!

I love having soup for dinner on a cold day (much to my husband’s chagrin) but…I’m the one who does the cooking…so…when I feel like soup…then soup it is!

The recipes below are all soup with super foods in them!  What does that mean?  That it’s REALLY good for you!

To make any of these into a complete meal (and for those who scoff at soup for dinner like my one and only) add a salad, home made paleo bread, a side of chicken breast or chicken sausage (or any other meat you desire) and behold – you have a complete meal!

Pumpkin Soup with Lentils

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pumpkin-soup-with-lentils/

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Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow sweet pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils or lentils, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 26 ounce box chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Snipped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven cook onion, sweet pepper, and lentils in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in ginger, curry powder, cumin, stock, and pumpkin puree. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. To serve, ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and flat leaf parsley.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Source: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/11/17/sweet-potato-recipes/

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Ingredients

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 c. wild rice
4 c. vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water, divided
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and divided (or 1 1/2 c. cooked white beans)
1 c. kale leaves, stems removed and leaves cut into thin strips
1 tsp. salt
Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add dried thyme, smoked paprika, and wild rice. Stir everything together to coat. Add three cups of broth and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add cubed sweet potatoes, 3/4 cup navy beans, and kale and cook for 15 minutes more or until sweet potatoes are cooked.

In a blender, puree 3/4 cup beans with one cup broth, one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon salt until smooth. Add mixture to pot and heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Gingered Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/gingered-carrot-sweet-potato-soup-with-chive-cream/

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 ounce cans reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or sliced green onions
  • 1 ounce can no-salt-added cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • Snipped chives; ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  1. In Dutch oven combine carrots, sweet potato, broth and ginger. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  2. For Chive Cream, in small bowl combine creme fraiche and chives; set aside. In blender, puree vegetables with beans, one-fourth at a time, removing cap from blender lid and holding a folded kitchen towel over opening in lid. Return soup to pan and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top servings with Chive Cream. Sprinkle with chives and ground ginger.
  3. Cut flatbread in wedges, lightly sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese, then broil a few seconds, watching closely, just until bread is toasted and cheese is barely melted.

From the Test Kitchen

Change-Up:

Substitute russet potatoes for the carrots and sweet potato and use ground cumin in place of the ground ginger.

Freezing Tip

Prepare soup through Step 2. Let soup cool. Transfer soup to a freezer-safe container, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between the top of the soup and the rim of the container. Label and freeze up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top and continue with Step 3.

Chicken Barley Soup with Kale

Source: http://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/chicken-barley-soup-with-kale

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Ingredients

1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
1⁄4 cup barley
5 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 carrots (sliced)
2 celery stalks (chopped)
onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
potatoes (chopped)
2 cups kale (chopped, I used frozen, if you use fresh, discard thick ribs)
1 teaspoon

parsley (dry)

1 1⁄2 tablespoon

vegetable oil

1 tablespoon

lemon juice

salt
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Directions:

1. Put chicken in a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Skim any foam from the surface, add barley and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.

2. Chop celery, slice carrots, finely chop onion and mince garlic.

3. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil. Saute celery, onion, carrots and garlic, until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).

4. Chop potatoes.

5. Add potatoes and sauteed vegetables to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

6. Add kale, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 15 minutes.

7. Remove chicken, shred with a fork and return to the pot. Serve hot.

I hope you and your family enjoy these super food soups!!  Don’t forget to share this post with friends and loved ones!!!
Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you – which recipes did you try?  Which ones did you like?!?

Weekly Menu – Seasoning Recipes

I wanted to do something a little different this week as far as I’m not going to be sharing recipes for meals…BUT…this might even be better because I’m going to share with you different ways to make fresh seasoning blends.

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They are very versatile (you’re welcome) and you can use them with your favorite recipes to spice things up (pun intended) and make a healthier version of your favorite meal!

Why make your own seasoning blends instead of buying the pre-made packets at the store?  For MANY reasons!

Here are a few:

  1.  You can control how much salt is in your food.  (They really pile in the salt in those seasoning packets)
  2. Eliminate preservatives
  3. Control all ingredients that go into your food (eliminate toxins)
  4. Say goodbye to MSG
  5. Eliminate unnecessary ingredients like added sugar and starch
  6. There is NOTHING good in processed foods

Taco Seasoning

(This is my favorite one – I use it weekly and I have it memorized)

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This is for 1 lb of meat

Ingredients:

1 TBSP child powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp cumin

Blend together and enjoy!

Montreal Steak Seasoning

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For 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of meat (I’ve used it for burgers)

Ingredients:

Ingredients (8)
  1. 2 tablespoons paprika.
  2. 2 tablespoons crushed black pepper.
  3. 2 tablespoons kosher salt.
  4. 1 tablespoon granulated garlic.
  5. 1 tablespoon granulated onion.
  6. 1 tablespoon crushed coriander.
  7. 1 tablespoon dill.
  8. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix well and enjoy!

Italian Seasoning

Can be used for any type of Italian dish that calls for an Italian seasoning blend (like chicken or pasta)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano.
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.

 

Blend and enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice

(Because y’all know how much I LOVE pumpkin anything!)

This is enough for one pumpkin pie

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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Blend and Enjoy!

Cajun Seasoning Mix

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  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Blend and enjoy!

Don’t be a stranger, now!

I’d LOVE to hear from you!  Let me know how you like these seasoning mixes and how you used them!!

Thanksgiving Desserts – Paleo Style

Y’all!!!  I did not realize, until today, that Thanksgiving is next week!!  This year is seriously flying by!

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I know Thanksgiving is largely about the food…but it’s about family also!  It’s about being grateful for what you have and it’s about counting your blessings.

If you feel that the only way you can enjoy Thanksgiving is by stuffing your face, needing to put on elastic pants and than feeling sick for the rest of the day because you ate too much – THINK AGAIN!!!

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It does NOT have to be like that and is NOT what’s it’s about!  It’s a day to be grateful, a day to step back from the craziness that is life and ENJOY the moments and the people you are with.

And even though the food is the main attraction, it doesn’t have to make you feel bloated, sick, gross!  Hence…Paleo Thanksgiving!

I know you’re wanting to do your menu planning and so forth…so today I am going to be sharing with you some delicious paleo dessert recipes for Thanksgiving!  (Check out last week’s post for some tasty paleo side dishes)

I have made all of these and they are FANTASTIC!!!  Scout’s honor!

Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake

Source: http://paleomg.com/thanksgiving-pumpkin-cheesecake/

Serves: 4-6
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Ingredients
For the crust
For the filling
  • 1.5 cups roasted, unsalted cashews
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 2-3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5-6 tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Let’s first make the crust!! Add walnuts to your food processor and blend until you get a meal, almost a walnut butter. Then add the rest of your crust ingredients and blend until well combined.
  2. Add crust mixture to an 8×8 glass baking dish lined with saran wrap, press down until evenly distributed and smooth on the top.
  3. Wipe out the inside of your food processor, no need to scrub, then add your cashews and blend until you begin to get a clumpy mess.
  4. Then add your coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract and honey and puree until well combined.
  5. And lastly, add your coconut milk, 1 tablespoon at a time to break down the cashews completely. I used about 5 or 6 tablespoons for mine until the cashews became this soupy paste.
  6. Pour your filling onto the crust and use a knife or spoon to spread mixture throughout the entire pan, covering the crust, then place in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until completely hard.
  7. When you cheesecake is almost hardened, add all topping ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth and silky.
  8. Smooth out on top of your cheesecake.
  9. Place it freezer for about 30 minutes until everything has set.
  10. Cut cheesecake into cheesecake slices like I did OR bars, any size you want. The saran wrap will help you pull them out without destroying their gorgeous looks. Just pull on the side of the saran wrap and it will pop right out.
  11. Eat. Eat and remember how wonderful it is to be paleo.
  12. PALEO IS AWESOME!

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Source: www.thepaleomom.com/the-best-paleo-pumpkin-pie/

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 20-22 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients (Pie Crust):

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until finely ground and almost starting to turn into walnut butter (i.e., just starting to clump together).
  3. Mix walnuts, almond flour, egg white, and salt together (you can pulse in your food processor or do this by hand).
  4. Press/pinch into a 9” pie plate (an 8” deep dish pie plate will work too).Pumpkin Pie-045
  5. Pierce the crust with a fork every ¼” or so to stop the shell from bubbling up while it bakes.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until starting to turn golden brown.
  7. Let cool at least 10 minutes before pouring the custard in.

Ingredients (Pumpkin Pie):

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (if you’re making your pie right after making the crust, just reduce the temperature).
  2. Place cashews and walnuts in your food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground.  Add eggs, honey and maple syrup and blend for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth (you could also add some of the water if it’s too thick for your food processor or blender to puree well).  It is very important to blend until completely smooth, otherwise your custard will be watery. Pumpkin Pie-055
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined.
  4. Pour into cooled pie shell (doesn’t need to be room temperature, just cool enough to touch).  Spread the top out evenly with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.  Allow pie to cool completely before serving.
  6. Enjoy!!!

 

Paleo Pecan Pie

Source: http://naturesknockout.com/best-pecan-pie-ever-paleo-diet-diet-health/

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CRUST
3/4 cup organic tapioca starch
3/4 cup organic almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin , cold pressed coconut oil
5-6 tablespoons filtered water
FILLING
3 eggs hormone free, omega 3 enriched 
1/3 cup raw honey
1 cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons extra virgin , cold pressed coconut oil
a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
2 cups raw organic pecan halves

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350ºF or 175ºC

CRUST. Stir together crust ingredients except the oil and water. Add oil using a pastry blender. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until it forms into a ball. Roll out on a well (GF)floured surface. Place in pie pan and shape it really cute 🙂 Refrigerate.

SAUCE. Stir together all of the sauce ingredients with a spoon. Remove thepie shell from refrigerator and pour the sauce into it.

For safety, place a large cookie sheet under the pan as it cooks, in case of spill over. Bake for 25-30 minutes. This pie needs to be cooled and refrigerated 2 hours prior to serving. That kinda thickens it and makes it so authentically amazing.

Store in the refrigerator.

 

Paleo Apple Crisp

Source: http://www.thepaleomom.com/paleo-apple-crisp/

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Ingredients (Crisp Topping):

  1. Chop walnuts and pecans by hand for the best texture.  Mix with almond meal, shredded coconut, muscovado sugar, and spices.
  2. Pour melted coconut oil over the top and stir to fully combine.  Pat down slightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (1 hour is better), to harden.

Ingredients (Apple Crisp):

  • 6 medium to large apples (about 2½ pounds)
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • Crisp Topping (see above)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Peel and core apples.  Cut into large bite size pieces (I cut into quarters and then slice each quarter into 5 or 6 ½”-thick slices).
  3. Toss apple with lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon and cardamom.
  4. Place apple in the bottom of a casserole dish, 8” or 9” square pan, or a 9” deep dish pie dish.
  5. Remove crisp topping from fridge.  Use a knife or your fingers to break/crumble into pieces, making sure there are some bigger pieces and some smaller pieces.  Cover the surface of the apples with the crisp topping crumbs.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.  Then, turn the oven temperature up to 425F for 5 minutes to brown the crisp a little more (watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn).
  7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.  Serve warm!

I hope you truly enjoy these desserts!  Share them with your friends and family and share this blog with others also!!  Remember:  Sharing is Caring!!!

Thanksgiving – Paleo Style

Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving right?!?   The family (maybe) and the food and the treats (definitely)…BUT…what if there was a way to enjoy ALL of that while still staying on track????

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Would you be in????

This year, we are having our 3rd annual Paleo Thanksgiving!  For the past 2 years, we have been doing Thanksgiving – paleo style – and believe me- it’s DELICIOUS!  My husband even looks forward to it every year – seriously!

You don’t leave the table feeling incredibly guilty, sluggish, gross, or like you need to diet for the next 2 weeks.  You get up knowing that you chose to eat healthy WHILE enjoying this holiday!

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So…for next few weeks…until Thanksgiving, I will be sharing Paleo Thanksgiving recipes.  You can pick and choose which dishes you’d like to make OR you can go all out like I do!

The idea is for you to have a plethora of recipes in your tool box for this annual holiday!

Paleo Cornbread Stuffing

Source: http://paleofoundation.com/paleo-cornbread-stuffing/

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Ingredients

• 6 eggs
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
• 3/4 C coconut milk
• 1 Tbsp ground sage
• 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp  poultry seasoning
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 3/4 cup organic coconut flour, sifted
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp cream of tartar
• ½ C arrowroot
• 2 Tbsp bacon fat
• 2 stalks celery, chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 bell pepper, chopped
• 3 Tbsp organic chicken base
• ¾ C water

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) In a large bowl, whisk eggs, butter and coconut milk
3) Add sage, one tablespoon of the poultry seasoning, salt , baking soda, cream of tartar, coconut flour and arrowroot and mix until smooth.
4) Pour batter into a buttered shallow baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat medium skillet and add bacon fat.
5) When fat is melted, add celery, onion and bell pepper; sautee until vegetables are tender and onions are transparent – about 10 minutes.
6) When “bread” is fully cooked, remove from oven, let cool then crumble into large bowl.
7) Add sautéed vegetables, chicken base, the remaining poultry seasoning and water. Taste, and add salt, pepper to taste.
8) Fold to combine taking care not to break the bread chunks down too much
9) Pour mixture into buttered 9×11 baking dish and place in oven
10) Bake for 30 minutes or until dressing firms up.

Green Bean Casserole (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

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Source: http://kelleyandcricket.com/index.php/2015/12/15/green-bean-casserole-grain-free-dairy-free-paleo/

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1.5 lb) bag of french green beans, cut the beans in ½ or ⅓’s.
  • 3 cups Creamy Mushroom Soup (be sure to use less broth (1 cup) to make the soup thick, more like condensed consistency.)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 cup French Fried Onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat water in a large sauce pan over high until it reaches a simmer.
  3. Add trimmed and cut green beans to the water and cook a few minutes just until they turn bright green, but still crisp.
  4. Remove the green beans immediately and drain.
  5. In a large bowl combine and mix 3 cups of creamy mushroom soup, the blanched green beans, coconut aminos, salt and pepper, and ½ cup of french fried onion.
  6. I recommend letting the green bean mixture sit for about 10 minutes, and some water may separate out. Simply pour it out of the bowl.
  7. Next, pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish and cover with foil.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until green beans reach desired tenderness. (I prefer them on the crispier side.)
  9. Remove foil and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of french fried onions on top, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and move to a high rack in the oven for a few (3-5 minutes), or just until the top is golden brown and crisp.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Source: http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/paleo-sweet-potato-casserole-recipe/

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup butter (or ghee), softened
  • 1 tablespoon cashew milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cut the potatoes into chunks and place the chunks in the boiling water. Allow the potatoes to boil for 15-20 minutes* or until the chunks are soft.
  3. Drain off the water.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add the butter and milk to the drained potatoes.
  6. Use a hand mixer to beat the potatoes until the butter is completely melted and the potatoes are smooth.
  7. Add the eggs, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until the egg is completely mixed in.
  8. Spray the bottom of a 8×11″ pan with coconut oil spray.
  9. Sprinkle 3/4 cup chopped pecans on the bottom of the baking dish.
  10. Spoon the sweet potato mixture on top of the pecans, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  11. Sprinkle the top with the remaining pecans.
  12. Dust the top with additional cinnamon.
  13. Bake for 40 minutes.
  14. Serve warm.

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

Source: http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/11/honey-roasted-butternut-squash-cranberries-feta.html

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Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled + chopped
  • a hearty drizzle of olive oil [approx 1-2 TBSP]
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2-3 TBSP honey [or extra, to taste]
  • 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta
  • ground cinnamon, to taste [optional but delicious!]
  • fresh or dried parsley, to garnish [optional]

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly drizzle or spritz a baking sheet with olive oil.
  3. Add cubed squash to the sheet along with another drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with a light layer of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, based on taste preference.
  5. Roast at 400 F for 25 minutes on the center rack.
  6. At the 25 minute mark, pull out the oven rack, and add your fresh cranberries to the roasting pan.
  7. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries have started to soften and burst a bit, resembling really juicy craisins vs fresh firm cranberries.
  8. Remove from oven and add a sprinkle of cinnamon [approx 1/8-1/4 tsp depending on preference] along with feta and honey. I listed the honey measurements I used, but depending on whether you used fresh cranberries or dried, sweeten to taste.
  9. Garnish with parsley for a burst of color and dig in while it’s hot!

EAT and ENJOY!!!

I really hope you and your family enjoy these recipes!

Don’t forget to share this post with others!!!!