Extra Crispy

extra cripy_2 I like crispy fries that are perfectly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. You know, the way they serve them at restaurants after they’ve been thoroughly deep fried. So how can you get that signature restaurant crunch at home without a deep fryer and all of the vegetable oil? 

The answer is so simple that once I found it, I couldn’t believe I didn’t realize it sooner. Bake your fries (or pizza crust) on a wire rack! All you need to do if find a cooling rack that fits inside of your baking tray. I lay a piece of parchment paper in between and voila, you’re ready to go! Just oil and season as you normally would.

Using a wire rack in this way achieves extra crispiness because the fries are not sitting in oil and are cooking evenly on all side! Whether you are making sweet potato fries, beet sticks or parsnip crisps, this method will achieve perfectly cooked and crispy veggies every time — like magic!   extra cripy_1

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops

Say hello to a summer with natural sweeteners, real flavors and whole food goodness.

Do you remember the sound of the ice cream truck entering a neighborhood? Sure there was the classic song sweetly singing from the speaker, but it was the sound of children laughing in excitement as they ran to the truck that has always stuck with me. After all, summer is all about having a good time with those around you, and enjoying a few sweet treats along the way. 

While it may be difficult to enjoy a paleo friendly ice pop from the ice cream truck, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out of this summertime favorite. Whip up a batch of paleo friendly ice pops, like this recipe for pink lemonade ice pops, below, and surprise the kids after their first day of school!

Leanne Vogul of Healthful Pursuit has developed an e-book of recipes for over 45 different paleo ice pops! She teaches you how to make 4 different bases and then springs into a multitude of flavor combinations one could day dream about for hours — but you don’t have to because these recipes are easy to follow and recreate! From ice cream pops inspired by Dairy Queen, to fruit and veggie pops that are sure to be refreshing, this book has it all!

Pink Lemonade Ice Pops
Yields 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. Juice from 2 lemons
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
  4. 4 strawberries
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the jug of your blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Divide mixture between the ice pop molds. Cover with ice pop tops and transfer to the freezer to chill for 8 hours.
Adapted from Purely Pops
Adapted from Purely Pops
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 Break out those ice pop molds and gather your fruit. I promise you are going to want to make every pop in the book. These flavorful and refreshing ice pops are all made with natural sweeteners and whole foods that will leave you feeling good about your afternoon snack!

Check out Healthful Pursuit and purchase a copy of Purely Pops for more delicious paleo pop recipes!

5 Minute Chocolate Cupcake

chocolate cake More often than not when I am planning dinner with friends, I focus of the main course and forget to prepare dessert. So I am scrambling at the last minute to find something yummy that will please everyone! Whether you need a quick and easy dessert for your next dinner party or you are cooking for one, this chocolate cake recipe will be your go-to. Not only does this recipe use ingredients you probably have on hand, but it cools in just five minutes– in the microwave! 

I choose to top these cupcakes with paleo granola and honey, but fresh fruit or whipped coconut cream are some other great options! How would you serve your chocolate cupcakes?

5 Minute Chocolate Cupcake
Serves 1
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  5. 1 tbsp almond flour
  6. 1 tbsp cacao powder (or carob powder)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a microwave safe mug and mix well
  2. Mix in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined
  3. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. Remove from microwave with an oven mitt and let sit to cool
  5. Flip over the mug onto a plate and gently tap the bottom of the mug
  6. Garnish cupcake as desired
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My Paleo Taco Seasoning

taco seasoning Tacos are one of my all time favorite quick and easy paleo dinners. In fact, most Mexican food is pretty easy to make paleo friendly! Swap the taco shell or tortillas for lettuce, pile on the fresh salsa and guac, and whip up a side of cauliflower rice.

It is also important to keep an eye on the ingredients of all sauces and mixes– you never know what’s hiding in there! Personally I find it easiest to make most of these from scratch, particularly my taco seasoning. This recipe is super easy, tastes better than the store bought version, and uses spices you likely already have on hand! Triple win!

 

The Big Paleo Meatball

themeatball According to Instagram #SundayFunday consists of brunch, babes and booze. And while I have been known to partake in a boozy brunch or two, my favorite way to spend a Sunday is relaxing with the boys, cooking a big family dinner and peeping for the week ahead.

This past Sunday that meant making a big pot of meatballs and sauce – my personal favorite! These meatballs can be served alone, on top of zucchini noodles or with spaghetti squash!

The Big Paleo Meatball
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb grass-fed beef
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tsp paprika
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp parsley
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine the ground beef with the egg
  3. Add in all dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Divide mixture into four equal parts and form into balls
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until throughly cooked)
  7. Cook sauce in a large pan and add meatballs once they are cooked
  8. Serve and enjoy
Notes
  1. If you don't have time to cook homemade sauce, Rao's is my favorite alternative
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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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I am usually a bacon and eggs kind of girl, but every so often I get a craving for something sweet for breakfast. Paleo pancakes are a bit too time consuming during the week, so I created a quick and easy paleo mug cake inspired by my favorite kind of pancake – chocolate chip!

Sweetened with a maple syrup, this vanilla cake tastes like Sunday morning pancakes, but they are way easier to eat in bed! Sprinkle in chocolate chips like I did, or swap in a handful of berries! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
Serves 1
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  5. 1 tbsp almond flour
  6. 1 tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a mug and mix well
  2. Mix in the dry ingredients
  3. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. Remove from microwave with an oven mitt and let sit to cool
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Cooking Conversion Cheat Sheet

common conversions No matter how hard I try, I can never seem to remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or how many tablespoons are in a cup. That means when I start working on a new recipe, instead of being strategic and limiting my mess in the kitchen, I end up using just about every measuring cup and spoon in the house.

In an effort to memorize some of the more common measuring equivalents, I created this cooking conversion cheat sheet. Although to be honest, I’ll probably keep it taped up on the inside of the cabinet door because that seems easier.

Whether you are looking for a small reminder to double-check your measurements or are looking to become a conversion guru, I hope you find this conversion cheat sheet helpful!

Cave Girl in the Kitchen: Quick Tips

Kitchen Quick Tips I have always loved to bake. Cookies were my go to, but anything sweet would do. Unfortunately, cooking was never my forte. I could boil pasta, fry a piece of chicken, steam veggies (in the microwave), and that was about it. So when I decided to adopt a paleo lifestyle, I also made the decision to learn my way around the kitchen.

Let me just say that after two and a half years of cooking paleo, I have a new appreciation for parents who cook healthy, homemade meals for their family each night. Cooking is hard work. It’s time consuming and uses way more math than I ever thought possible, but I am learning.

I may not be a chef by trade, but over the past few years, i have learned a thing or two in the kitchen. In a new series called Quick Tips, I am hoping to pass along some helpful tips and tricks to help you conquer the kitchen like a master chef.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first installment of Cave Girl in the Kitchen: Quick Tips!

The Best Paleo Granola

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There is no real substitute for homemade, but these days people are busy. So when I come across a pre-made snack that paleo friendly, I have to try it at least once.

Lately, paleo friendly granola has been poping up left and right. I found some at the local farmer’s market, I spotted a boutique brand in Whole Foods and even some big name food distributors are starting to cater to the grain free granola movement.

Below I am breaking down my top three brands paleo granola. But don’t take my word for it, go try it yourself!

White Lion Baking Company Grain Free Granola

I have been a fan of White Lion Baking Company for a while now. A local brand with delicious paleo products and mixes, these gals never disappoint. I love supporting local companies, especially when supporting them means eating lots of paleo treats! White Lion Baking Company’s paleo pizza dough and cinnamon bun muffin mix were always my go-to. That was, until I picked up a bag of their Grain Free Granola at the Copley farmer’s market one afternoon. The perfect combination of sweet and crunchy, makes this granola impossible to resist. I also love that the unexpected, but delicious combination of dried cranberries and dates. This tart combination, sprinkled with cinnamon will make you want to dig in and eat the whole bag!

Grain Free Granola, and other White Lion Baking Company products, is available at their brick and mortar shop in Mashpee, MA, as well as a number of other locations throughout Massachusetts. Check here for specific locations. 

Renola

Larabar is one of my favorite paleo friendly products when I am on the go. So when I found out that the brand was introducing a line of grain free granola, I just had to get my hand on some. A blend of fruits, nuts, and seeds, Renola is the perfect topping for your coconut yogurt or served with almond milk. But my favorite thing about Renola is that it is individually packaged, making it easy to take on the go. And at only 2.19 per pouch, it is one of the most affordable paleo friendly granola on the market.

Renola is available at most grocery stores. You can also purchase Renola online.

Paleonola

A few weeks ago I accidentally stumbled upon Paleonola at my local Whole Foods Market, and decided to give it a try. Like the other grain free granola listed above, Paleonola is made from real food. No oats, grains or other cheap fillers - meaning you can actually pronounce everything on the label! Unlike the options above, Paleonola comes in five different flavors, original, chocolate fix, maple pancake, apple pie and pumpkin pie. The signature blend of seeds and nuts it what really made Paleonola stand out. It was store bought, but tasted homemade. Go check them out and try the variety pack to see which flavor is your favorite!

Paleonola is available at many Whole Foods Markets across the country, as well as online. Check here for more locations.

Currently Loving

for the home

 Chester Sofa (West Elm), Solid Throw (West Elm), Thin Textured Wall Mirror (West Elm), Geometric Series Pointillize Diamonds (Minted for West Elm), Accent Table (Target), Dog Tipi (Free People), Metallic Leather Pouf (Bloomingdale’s)

Unfortunately I’ve been laid up on the couch all week due to a knee injury. To keep busy I’ve been perusing the internet for decor inspiration for the new apartment. I’m leaning towards neutrals with gold accents. And how could I saw no to this pet tipi?