~*~ Cloud Bread ~*~

The other day my sister-in-law sent me a link to a blog post from The Big Apple Mama which contains a recipe for cloud bread made with THREE ingredients!! The three magical ingredients are eggs (separated), cream cheese and baking soda. Since there is not much need for cream cheese in a primal household, it was pretty cool to have had this recipe pop up during a time when I actually have some in the refrigerator. It was meant for Super Bowl dip that just did not happen. I’m pretty sure that I’ve bought cream cheese one other time in the past four years.

So yesterday I made this cloud bread.  I whipped up the egg whites, they started to look promising and then I killed them. As a result, I was not able to simply spoon the mixture onto a cookie sheet– I needed cupcake liners to save the day! It was sad and annoying but the cloud bread still tasted great!

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I thought it had a fluffy egg flavor, but my husband thought it tasted more like cream cheese. The photo in the bottom right corner is of the bread topped with cream cheese and jam! Back in the day I loooooved bagels/toast with cream cheese and jelly. I cannot wait to make this “bread” again and experience all the amazing possibilities. I’m looking forward to some almond butter + jelly sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches, burgers on a cloud bun, cheese sandwiches and just any sort of breakfast sandwich. I’m so excited about this stuff!

 

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Chicken Adobo

Being that my mommy is Filipino, chicken adobo was a dinner staple for my family growing up. I was never interested in cooking (until I met my husband and actually started to care about my health) so I never helped my mom with dinner or cared to learn her recipes. A few years ago I found this chicken adobo recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple, which is a slow-cooked variation. Basically one can cook chicken adobo the traditional way by using coconut aminos in place of soy sauce and then subbing out rice with a veggie.

I use the MDA recipe as my base but I never think to make it for fiber far enough in advance to throw it all in the slow cooker. Maybe one of these days I’ll make it happen.

Usually we eat the chicken piled on top of broccoli. Last night I did something a little different– I wanted almost caramelized vegetables that would take the flavor of the vinegar (ACV) and aminos.

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Instead of throwing everything in the pot to simmer, I put the onions & garlic in first. As they cooked I chopped up a few carrots, celery stalks and crimini mushrooms.

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I let all of the vegetables simmer and soften before adding the chicken and pouring the liquids on top.
The last time that I made this meal, I put the chicken in first and some of the skin stuck to the bottom of the pot, which is disappointing because my husband I LOVE the skin. I was traumatized so I had the chicken sitting on top of the vegetables.

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The flavor was great with the vegetables being cooked in the sauce but next time I’ll find a way to crisp the skin without it sticking to the pot and I’ll either add water or make sure the sauce doesn’t reduce as much as it did last night.

Almond Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are aaaaaaaaamazing but since peanuts are a primal/paleo no-no I make almond butter cookies. Turns out that almond butter is just as tasty, if not better! 😉

Last night I baked cookies using this recipe from Paleo Cookiest.

I did not follow step 4, which says

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Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture about 1 inch apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. I basically plopped giant spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet

with a teeny bit of space in between. And my batter was too goopy to try and form into little circles so the results were giant round-edged square cookies. Although they didn’t look pretty they tasted phenomenal so at the end of the day, it’s all good….especially since I baked them for my husband and myself to consume immediately! We just so happened to have milk (it’s like the second time I’ve bought milk in the past year) so after dinner last night we had milk & cookies!! It was a fabulous treat.

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Chicken Soup, Linguine, Pumpkin Custard

Today I took it upon myself to make REAL chicken soup for the family I work for. They’ve been very busy and consequently their bodies are tired. I saw some Airborne on the counter and thought that some healing foods would be good for them. They have a few cans of chicken soup and a box of instant chicken soup so I contemplated making one of those and adding veggies/meat buuuut they were also out of veggies. I went to the store and bought onions, carrots and celery. I also grabbed a package of bone-in thighs since they only have boneless chicken breast at home.

I threw everything into a pot along with some seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, a bay leaf) and BAM!

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I absolutely love seeing the oils floating around up top. Homemade chicken soup is the best!! The family texted me to thank me and say that they enjoyed it so hopefully they truly did because I was somewhat worried about possibly over-stepping my boundaries. I had some of the soup before leaving the house and I was pretty jealous that I made it for another family to enjoy haha

I came home and cooked my own dinner.

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I bought these a few weeks ago. I found them in the frozen seafood section at Whole Foods. Sadly, I did not pay attention to the fact that the clams are COOKED!

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I made linguine and totally overcooked the clams so they were chewy =( Next time I’ll either buy canned or fresh clams. Or I’ll buy the frozen clams again and make chowder.
Anyway I threw stuff together based on these two recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/old-fashioned-linguine-with-white-clam-sauce-17722

http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/20/easy-linguine-clams/?m

Now I’ve got some pumpkin custard baking.

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I used Nom Nom Paleo‘s recipe buuuuut didn’t get fancy with the little ramekins. My home smells incredible at the moment.

Japanese Yum-Yum Sauce – PALEO VERSION!

I started a new job as a nanny this week. The third grade child got straight A’s on his report card so the family went out to a Japanese steak house for dinner last night. There were leftovers in the refrigerator so I fed that to the toddler for his lunch. There’s a giant bottle of yum yum sauce that the mom bought a while back that she said I could have because her son said it doesn’t taste the same. That boy is right, it doesn’t even smell the same. But being that I haven’t had yum yum sauce in 3 years I knew that the difference in taste wouldn’t be noticeable so I went ahead and used the bottled sauce on my steamed broccoli for lunch. The ingredient list looked pretty scary….so I made a mental note to find a primal/paleo version of it online. Now that I have Primal Kitchen’s awesome Primal Mayo, I feel like I can easily make any sauce!!

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You know that awesome sauce at Japanese restaurants? I like to drown my food in it because it’s so freaking good! It’s called different things, Yum-Yum sauce, Japanese ketchup, Japanese mayo..or AWESOME SAUCE.

What you Need:

  • Paleo Mayo (google it to make some or search online to buy some it’s easy!)
  • Water
  • Tomato Paste
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder
  • Stevia
  • Paprika

What to do:

  1. In a mixing bowl put in 1 and 1/4 of Paleo Mayo, 1 tsp of tomato paste, 1 tbsp of melted butter, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 a packet of stevia (equal to 1 tsp of sugar), 1/4 tsp Paprika.
  2. Whisk everything together until smooth.
  3. Place it in the fridge over night and taste it’s awesomeness in the morning!! Pour it all over everything you can! 

This makes 12 1/2 cup servings.

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So this was dinner like two weeks ago. London broil. Pretty rare, to my liking. My husband did a fabulous job cooking this ^.^ The veggie/meat ratio doesn’t look right in this photo but rest assured, I ate like a plateful of broccoli altogether. Between the two of us we kill a whole bag of frozen broccoli.

Yesterday was probably the last perfect beach day of the year so my husband and I joined his sister and her boyfriend on an adventure to Ft. Desoto Beach. Beautiful weather, secluded strip of beach, refreshingly cool water….it was gorgeous. We were only there from 11-2 because we wanted to grab food before going to a pumpkin carving party.

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We chose Chief’s Creole Cafe near downtown St. Pete. My man and I ordered our Creole Gumbo sans rice and we got a heaping bowl of steamy goodness!! They don’t skimp out on the portion.

Here is the pumpkin I carved at the party:

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I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOVE this movie because Lilo is such a sweetie. My heart melts every time I watch it.

At the beach yesterday we drank mimosas. The mimosas that we drink start out with OJ but then we keep refilling with champagne before our mugs get empty so then we’re drinking straight up champagne. Brut. After the beach we decided to be festive so we got some Appleton rum (did I mention that we were in Jamaica last week for our friends’ wedding?!?!?!?) and apple cider. That’s all. Nothing fancy. It was fabulous. Drank that for the rest of the night and so here is what’s happening for dinner tonight:

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That’s right. Convenience wins AGAIN lol I’m going to start ordering the pizza mix from Julian Bakery just to make primal pizza a little easier while still being able to use good oil (this particular pizza uses canola…not primal/paleo friendly).

That is all.

Brewer’s Tasting Room

Dinner Friday evening was pretty standard:

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Chicken thighs, onions and mushrooms with broccoli 👍 (there was more broccoli waiting for me on the stove).

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Saturday morning I painted my toes and had a few mimosas before the day turned dark and dreary.

It was about 1:30 when the weather turned nasty. Shortly after that time I joined my husband and a friend in attending an event at Brewer’s Tasting Room called “Backpack Brigade.” Each person who came to the bar with a new backpack got 2 drink tickets. The backpacks are for Blessings In A Backpack (an organization that aims to feed the children whose only source of food is the meals they’re served at school). So this event entailed bringing a backpack and drinking beer lol

Being the lightweight that I am, I immediately sought food. First up–

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Eggplant Parmesan! It was SOOOOOOO good!!!! It was only $7!! Had I ordered two to make it a meal, I probably wouldn’t have ended up getting fries lol

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GARLIC PARMESAN FRIES!! If they were simply garlic fries I still would’ve been just as excited about this snack. Garlic parmesan– what a great combination!

After this the three of us grabbed food from the Oriental Market and cooked dinner together.

Yesterday we had burgers with my parents.

And that concludes my weekend food experience.