Meatza

Since the Super Bowl fell in the 4th week of my paleo challenge, I knew I needed to make something delicious that would keep me full while I was surrounded by all the delicious dips, chips, chilis, and desserts! One of the owners at Crossfit Hook’d told me he always makes Meatzas (pizza with a meat crust), and I decided to give it a shot! So. Worth. It. This meatza was delicious and I have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week!

Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground beef
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning
1 egg
All natural tomato sauce (I chose Tomato & Basil)
Any toppings you want
-Sliced peppers
-Sliced onions
-Sliced mushrooms
-Diced Bacon
-Shredded Mozzarella
-Avocado

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the beef with an egg and a teaspoon each of garlic powder & Italian seasoning.
Press onto parchment paper lines baking sheet into a flat rectangle.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and drain off fat.
Blot with paper towels, and add your toppings!
Pop bake into the oven for 15 minutes.
Let cool & slice!

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Paleo Banana Nut Balls

I visited my awesome Uncle Tony last night and he made same delicious Paleo Apple Pie Bars….the recipe can be found at: http://paleoonmain.blogspot.com/2011/07/apple-pie-balls.html?m=1

I adapted the recipe to Paleo Banana Bread Balls because I had no unsweetened applesauce on me. I also replaced the figs with dates.

Ingredients:
1 cup pitted dates
1 banana + 1 tablespoon water, mashed with a fork
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
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1/2 cup almonds
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:
In a food processor blend dates, banana mixture, and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon.
Pour the mixture into a large bowl, add coconut and almond flour and mix together.
Now in the food processor blend 1/2 cup almonds and 1 cup walnuts.
Mix the nut mixture into the large bowl as well. (I found it easier to use my hands and mix it all together.)
Finally in the food processor, blend the remaining almonds and cinnamon.
Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough mixture into about 20 balls.
Roll each ball in the almond and cinnamon.
Refrigerate before ready to serve!

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Paleo Chocolate, Coconut, Banana Mousse

This is a dessert that you can whip up in minutes. It is the consistency of a thick pudding when you first make it, but as it sets in the fridge it turns into a decadent, creamy mousse! It tastes just like your eating a restaurant mousse made with lots of heavy cream and sugar but this recipe has none of that!!!

I found this recipe on: http://www.fastpaleo.com

Ingredients:
1 medium banana
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoon cacao powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
In a bowl mash the banana with a fork.
Mix in the almond butter.
Whisk in he coconut oil and vanilla until smooth.
Add cacao powder and whisk until combined.
Place in refrigerator to thicken up for at least 1/2 an hour.
Place 1/4 cup of pudding into ramekins and top with fresh fruit and cinnamon.
(Tasted best with the strawberries).

Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories per Serving: 201

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Was craving sweets so I decided to make some paleo cookies that I found on http://www.foodiefiasco.com

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons coconut flour
9 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl combine mashed banana and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until combined.
Add coconut milk one tablespoon at a time and mix after each addition.
Drop by tablespoon full onto parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Servings: 17
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories per Serving: 31

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30 Day Paleo Challenge

Today was day 1 of my 30 day paleo challenge! I feel really great, haven’t had a stomach ache all day, and have felt full after every meal, and not a gross disgusting full for a change…just a satisfied full 🙂
I think the hardest part for me in the next 30 days will be to avoid temptations when I’m out with friends or am around sweets, but I just have to remind myself that the 5 minutes of tasty food is not worth the hours of stomach ache, bloat, and regret for having not stuck to my challenge!
For the next 30 days I will try and post all the paleo recipes I make for myself and also some helpful tips or quick snacks that I put together to tide me over!
I’m definitely not an expert on paleo, but from what I know I am avoiding:
Grains
Sugar
Alcohol
Processed Foods
Dairy

I will be eating a lot of salads, grilled chicken, meat, and a small amount of fruit and nuts for snacks and treats!
I may even have to make a few batches of Paleo Cookies and Paleo Bread to tide me over when I’m craving sweets!

Wish me luck and leave any questions, support, or encouragement in the comments! Let me know if you too are doing the Paleo 30 Day Challenge!

Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Cakies

These are another version of the double chocolate cakies from http://www.multiplydelicious.com these are more of a plain chocolate chip cookie, so if you aren’t a huge chocolate fan try these instead!

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
2 tblsp almond butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine banana, almond butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and beat with hand mixer until combined.
Add almond flour and mix.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by the rounded tablespoon-full onto your parchment paper.
Makes 10-12 cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are golden brown.