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Blood Orange Summer Salad

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Salad’s can be boring. We get it. But when it is 7000 degrees in Dallas (not really, obviously – but good-ness it feels like it!) and the LAST thing you want is something hot to eat – salad’s can make the perfect meal! That’s right… To all my manly men out there – I just referred to a salad as a “meal…”

When Mo and I first met and I offered to make dinner and told him we were going to have “a big salad…” he almost broke up with me right there on the spot. (Look what he’d be missing out on today! Ha! 🙂 ) Nevertheless, he indulged me and all but licked his bowl clean. This girl can make a mean salad… And one that does not leave you feeling like you just ate “rabbit food…”

The key is loading it up with different textures and temperatures and then tossing it with a really yummy dressing.

First you’ve got to start with really good greens – none of this iceberg lettuce crap. I’m talking spinach, arugula, kale, mixed baby lettuces, mache, etc. Anything but iceberg!

Then, you pick out your protein – be it salmon, as on this salad, or perhaps roasted chicken, ground beef or bison, if you’re vegan – maybe some tempeh… And season whatever you choose really well! THIS is key!

Now lets talk temperatures – I love to toss a salad with some vegetables (anything in season) I’ve just roasted or a just cooked protein source – this way the warmth from the cooked item gently wilts the greens… I know this may sound odd but THIS is what brings the whole salad together and makes it really feel like a true meal vs just greens and vegetables on a plate.

So you have the crisp from the greens, the warmth from the vegetables and/or protein and now we need something chilled that when you bite into it along with the greens and protein creates this awesome experience in your mouth… Stop! Get your minds out of the gutter! I’m talking about FOOD! 😉 This is where avocado or fruit, like the blood oranges in this salad come into play…

Now the dressing… It really depends on what season we’re in for me. So, if it’s cold outside and I am craving greens but want something really hearty – I will make a creamy dressing with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo as the base. If it’s hotter than hell outside and I want anything BUT hearty – I will simply use good extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil and either with a vinegar – red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar or my fav: apple cider vinegar.

Last but absolutely not least – something crunchy – this should go on the salad after you’ve dressed it so that it doesn’t get the crunchy item soggy. I love to toast up sourdough croutons or roast some chickpeas or black beans. Toasted pumpkin seeds or almonds, pecans, cashews, etc. are great too! In this salad, the crunch actually comes from the way I cooked the salmon – because it is seared, it gets this wonderful crust! Mmmm… It’s SO good! You could also make your own tortilla chips by slicing up Ezekiel brand Sprouted Corn Tortillas or Siete brand Almond Flour or Coconut Flour Tortillas and toasting in the oven to get them crisp!

See? Salads don’t have to be boring! They are AWESOME if you follow these steps!

Now make this one and you can thank me later! 😉

Enjoy!!!

Blood Orange, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad with Salmon

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 5-7oz wild caught salmon, skin on
  • 2 tsp ghee butter
  • 3-4 handfuls raw spinach, arugula or mixed greens
  • 2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • ½ small avocado, diced
  • ½ blood orange, segments only
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Heat ghee butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season top of salmon with salt and pepper. Once ghee is melted, place salmon into the skillet skin-side-up. Let cook for 4 minutes and then flip and cook another 3-4 minutes, based on preferred doneness.
  • While the salmon is cooking, place the orange segments into the bottom of a large bowl (this is so the juice does not make the greens soggy) and then place greens, goat cheese, avocado and chives on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the top. Toss gently to combine.
  • To serve, place salad onto a plate or bowl. Gently peel skin of salmon off and place on top of prepared salad, skin-side-down.
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  1. Heat ghee butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season top of salmon with salt and pepper. Once ghee is melted, place salmon into the skillet skin-side-up. Let cook for 4 minutes and then flip and cook another 3-4 minutes, based on preferred doneness.
  2. While the salmon is cooking, place the orange segments into the bottom of a large bowl (this is so the juice does not make the greens soggy) and then place greens, goat cheese, avocado and chives on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the top. Toss gently to combine.
  3. To serve, place salad onto a plate or bowl. Gently peel skin of salmon off and place on top of prepared salad, skin-side-down.
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Egg and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potato

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Did I mention we love sweet potatoes? Ohhh… That’s right. I’m a broken record now! LOL! Gah! We just can’t get enough of them!

This is one of Mo’s favorite Breakfast “inventions…” As part of our meal prep each week, I bake 4-5 sweet potatoes, let them cool, place them in a large tupperware and then into the fridge for easy breakfasts or lunches throughout the week!

Yes, you could use a microwave to reheat – BUT – if you have access to an oven, turn it to the broil setting and then place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Get a pre-baked potato out of the fridge, slice it down the middle without cutting all the way through, place it on the parchment paper lined pan cut side up and then under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. It crisps up the skin a little and heats the potato through… It is DE-lish! And then, make this recipe to stuff the potato with! It’s the perfect breakfast or lunch… Or dinner for that matter!

Hope this makes life a little easier and allows you to eat clean when you’re in a hurry!

Egg and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potato

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole cage-free eggs
  • 1-2 large handfuls spinach*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium/large sweet potato, baked*
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • crumbled goat cheese, shredded raw manchego, pecorino or parmesan (optional)

Directions:

  • Take the sweet potato out of the fridge, slice down the middle, but not all t he way through and fluff with a fork – place on a parchment lined baking sheet and under the broiler of your oven for 7-8 minutes or if you do not have access to an oven, place the potato on a glass plate (not plastic please) and into the microwave for 60 seconds.
  • While the sweet potato warms up, place the coconut oil into a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring a few times to keep garlic from burning.
  • Add spinach (or greens of choice) and sauté until greens begins to wilt.
  • As the greens are sautéing mix eggs and spices in a bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk until the eggs are completely yellow and you see no more of the whites. Add eggs to the greens and cook to your liking.
  • Once the eggs are done place into the sweet potato, top with cheese or nutritional yeast (if using) and serve.

Notes:

  • Feel free to use any greens you’d like – kale, swiss chard, arugula, etc.
  • I suggest baking a few sweet potatoes at a time at the beginning or middle of the week to have prepped for this recipe or others. Simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a washed sweet potato or a few on top. Place in the top or middle rack of your oven on 425 degrees F for 60-80 minutes – until softened or easily pierced with a fork.

 

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  1. Take the sweet potato out of the fridge, slice down the middle, but not all t he way through and fluff with a fork – place on a parchment lined baking sheet and under the broiler of your oven for 7-8 minutes or if you do not have access to an oven, place the potato on a glass plate (not plastic please) and into the microwave for 60 seconds.
  2. While the sweet potato warms up, place the coconut oil into a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring a few times to keep garlic from burning.
  3. Add spinach (or greens of choice) and sauté until greens begins to wilt.
  4. As the greens are sautéing mix eggs and spices in a bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk until the eggs are completely yellow and you see no more of the whites. Add eggs to the greens and cook to your liking.
  5. Once the eggs are done place into the sweet potato, top with cheese or nutritional yeast (if using) and serve.
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Feel free to use any greens you’d like – kale, swiss chard, arugula, etc.
I suggest baking a few sweet potatoes at a time at the beginning or middle of the week to have prepped for this recipe or others. Simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a washed sweet potato or a few on top. Place in the top or middle rack of your oven on 425 degrees F for 60-80 minutes – until softened or easily pierced with a fork.

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Rosemary Coconut Chicken

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I cook. You all know this. And I don’t just cook sometimes. I cook 6 nights a week, if not 7. And I don’t share this to be braggadocious but to illustrate that Mo never cooks. Not to say that he can’t cook – he’s actually very good at it. We have a little running joke between us because when we first started dating – as in the first month – one of the way we connected was over nutrition… He was attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition at the time and I was studying to get my Nutrition License, so we were both reading so much about food and experimenting with it in our own kitchens. So I invited him over to cook with me and well, he ended up doing all the cooking. What can I say? The man made me nervous! So funny to think about now! Ha! He’s given me hell for this ever since. But the irony? Since that day in April or May of 2010, I bet I could count on one hand the amount of meals he’s cooked for us vs the ones I’ve cooked – I’m not sure we could even count!

So now, when I am out with friend for the evening or traveling and Mo is left to his own devices, it is either Origin Kitchen + Bar or this Rosemary Coconut Chicken with sauteed spinach. He is like clock-work! It is so funny! And one of the most endearing things about him! You know how that is though? When you have a skill that you don’t cultivate and use that often, you lose your mojo or your creativity sometimes. So please hear me – the man can cook! He just doesn’t!

He did, however, come up with this recipe and I gotta say – it’s awesome and super quick and easy! I serve it with a “big salad” ***wink, wink*** or my Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme and Pumpkin Seeds!

Perhaps this will become your new go-to as it has for Mo! We hope you enjoy!

Rosemary Coconut Chicken

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1lb pastured chicken breast, cubed*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Place the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is melted, add the garlic and rosemary and sauté until fragrant – about 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through – a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  • Serve with my Coconut Rice, Sweet Potato Hash or Zucchini Noodles.

Notes:

  • When you’re purchasing the chicken, ask your butcher to cube the chicken for you!

 

 

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  1. Place the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is melted, add the garlic and rosemary and sauté until fragrant - about 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until chicken is cooked through – a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  4. Serve with my Coconut Rice, Sweet Potato Hash or Zucchini Noodles.
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When you’re purchasing the chicken, ask your butcher to cube the chicken for you!

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Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme and Pumpkin Seeds

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We’ve most definitely talked about sweet potatoes before. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we could quite possibly live on sweet potatoes alone. Oh. And chips and salsa. Mo would have to have meat somewhere in that mix – because, he’s a manly man! Ha! But seriously – not only are sweet potatoes full of nutrition (more on that below) but they taste DELICIOUS! Sweet potatoes are considered a complex carbohydrate vs a white potato which is considered a simple carbohydrate. The difference? Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest which is good for two reasons: 1 – this means they do not have the same blood sugar spiking effect of simple carbohydrates and 2 – they take longer in the bloodstream to digest, so you have longer to use them before they turn to un-used energy or in layman’s terms – stored fat.

Potatoes – white, purple, heirloom, sweet – you name it – are humble, if you will. Meaning, they don’t cost much. So they are a great way to stretch moo-la and feed a family or a big group of people, when necessary. But while these humble little sweet potatoes may not cost much – you get a HUGE bang for your buck in the nutrition department! Check out Dr. Axe’s article on all the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes here!

Ok, so back to my recipe! 🙂 I love to bake sweet potatoes and stuff them or I’ll make them into baked fries or simply use a baked sweet potato as a side to an easy grilled chicken and sauteed spinach dinner! But sometimes, I need a little pizazz, if you will! So this is a fun way to spruce up sweet potatoes but super easy to make and they make great leftovers to put with some scrambled or over-easy eggs in the morning! You could just make these for meal prep and skip them for dinner altogether and just have them ready to go for Breakfasts for the week! I’m such a genius! 😉

Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

Sweet Potato Hash with Thyme & Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium organic sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1/3 cup SPROUTED pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ghee OR Kerrygold butter
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter and set aside.
  • Place diced potatoes, pumpkin seeds and thyme onto the baking sheet and pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the mix and toss to give the ingredients a good coat of the butter and seasonings.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on top rack. Remove and serve immediately or put in the fridge and save for later.
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter and set aside.
  3. Place diced potatoes, pumpkin seeds and thyme onto the baking sheet and pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the mix and toss to give the ingredients a good coat of the butter and seasonings.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes on top rack. Remove and serve immediately or put in the fridge and save for later.
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Nourishing Paleo Chicken Soup

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I have such a vivid memory of my Grandmothers Chicken Soup. I can literally taste it as I type this… Chicken soup is nostalgic for many of us, for the same reasons, I would guess.

This is my take on a very clean, easy to make chicken soup. This will nourish you in the fall and winter months when you need something to warm you up and is also one of the best things you can put in your body when you are sick.

Bone Broth from a high quality source – i.e. free range chicken or grass finished beef – is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can put in your body. This is one of the reasons we are so in love with Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder – especially in the warmer months when drinking a hot broth doesn’t sound too appealing. We try to get a scoop of the protein powder in every day! But in the colder months, when immune function is lower for all of us, we try to get in actual bone broth in addition to the protein powder, on a daily basis.

A few notes on my recipe —

If you have the time to simmer the soup longer – i.e. an hour or so – that would make it even better!

When I say “bring  to a boil” – I mean a quick boil, not a rolling boil – so, watch it and right when it starts to boil, turn it to simmer. High heat is never ideal, but sometimes a must, so I want to mitigate that as much as possible.

Celery tops – I suggest you buy 1 bunch of celery and only use 3 stems to chop up and put into the soup, as called for in the recipe – but chop off all of the leafy tops of the bunch of celery and use those to add more flavor! They are not a must, if you prefer to use pre-chopped celery, but they really add a lot of flavor!

Parmesan rinds – so many chicken soups call for soy and/or fish sauce to add that “umami” and depth of flavor. I really try to stay away from those as much as possible. You could substitute the soy with coconut aminos… But, honestly? The cheese rinds add this robust flavor to the broth. As always, I suggest you try to find rinds that have come from an unpasteurized cheese. And you don’t HAVE to use parmesan rinds – use the rind from a manchego or any other cheese you like. If you avoid cow milk – try a sheep milk or goat milk rind. Most stores will sell these rinds in their cheese section, already bundled up in 4-6oz portions.

Last but not least – the chicken. I was raised on white meat only. We NEVER ate dark meat. So, today, I reallt don’t enjoy the flavor of it. Just never developed a liking. That said, I used chicken breast for this recipe. But, feel free to substitute with chicken thighs or legs or perhaps do one breast and one or two thighs… Whatever you prefer. Just be aware that the dark meat will cook a little faster so you’ll need to adjust my suggested cooking times.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do and that it warms you up when you need it!

Nourishing Paleo Chicken Soup

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs bone in, skin off chicken breasts
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger or 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 thumb fresh turmeric or 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 6oz parmesan rinds
  • 3 sticks celery, thinly sliced + celery tops, whole
  • 1, 10oz bag shredded carrots
  • 7-8 shitake mushrooms, stem removed and sliced
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish
  • fresh chives, for garnish
  • 1 avocado, for garnish

Directions:

  • Fill a large stockpot with water. Add the chicken, ginger, turmeric, garlic, celery tops, cheese rinds and good pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through – a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees – start checking at 20 minutes.
  • Using tongs, remove the chicken, celery tops, ginger and turmeric (if using fresh) – set aside on a paper-towel-lined plate. ***While the chicken is cooking, you can prep the vegetables.
  • In the same stockpot, add the broth, carrots, celery and mushrooms and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.
  • While the broth and vegetables are cooking, shred the chicken.
  • Once the vegetables and broth have simmered for 10 minutes, add the chicken and cauliflower rice to the pot with another good pinch of sea salt and black pepper, to taste and cayenne pepper.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, and then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 more minutes. Adjust seasonings, to taste.
  • Remove the parmesan rinds with a slotted spoon and discard.
  • Serve, topped with cilantro, chives and avocado, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Thyme

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I grew up on pot roast. I feel like the appropriate question here would be, “Who didn’t?” No judgement if your answer is, “Me!” But what that means is – you REALLY need to make this recipe!

Pot roast is the quintessential American dinner. I always think of “Sunday dinner” when I think of Pot Roast. Probably because that’s when my mom always made it.

Can be honest? And by honest, I mean completely transparent? I used to douse mine in ketchup. ALLLL the ketchup. I might have even given myself a little ramekin of ketchup when I made this for Mo and I. Hey! I said transparent! 🙂 But I DID try it without ketchup and perhaps it is my matured taste-buds, but it was awesome without it!

I served ours with my Balsamic and Sriracha Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Heirloom Potatoes. This was like a big family meal. We obviously has all sorts of leftovers, which I must say, I think the roast is even better the next day.

This is so easy to make, FULL of nutrition – especially if you can use bone broth – and it will absolutely melts in your mouth!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Thyme

Serves 6-8

  • 3-4lb grass fed chuck or rump roast
  • 1 tbsp ghee butter
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine, divided
  • 1qt beef broth or beef bone broth, low sodium
  • 10-12 large baby portabella mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 large shallots, cut into 1/3’s
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme

Directions

  • Heat the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the roast generally on one side with salt and pepper. Add the roast to the skillet, seasoned side down, and brown on both sides – about 4 minutes each side. While the first side is searing, season the other side.
  • Once browned on both sides, place the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Turn the heat off and add ½ cup of the red wine to the skillet (it’ll sizzle a lot so be careful!), and use a spatula to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom (that’s where the flavor is!). Add the red wine mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Pour the mushrooms and shallot around the roast and top with thyme.
  • Pour the broth over all and add the rest of the wine until the mixture is mostly covered.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  • When finished cooking, gently break the roast apart into desired pieces with two forks pulling in opposite directions. It should easily pull apart.
  • Serve with mushrooms and broth over the top.
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  1. Heat the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the roast generally on one side with salt and pepper. Add the roast to the skillet, seasoned side down, and brown on both sides - about 4 minutes each side. While the first side is searing, season the other side.
  2. Once browned on both sides, place the roast in the slow cooker.
  3. Turn the heat off and add ½ cup of the red wine to the skillet (it'll sizzle a lot so be careful!), and use a spatula to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom (that's where the flavor is!). Add the red wine mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the mushrooms and shallot around the roast and top with thyme.
  5. Pour the broth over all and add the rest of the wine until the mixture is mostly covered.
  6. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  7. When finished cooking, gently break the roast apart into desired pieces with two forks pulling in opposite directions. It should easily pull apart.
  8. Serve with mushrooms and broth over the top.
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Paleo Ginger Crinkles

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My Grandmother has been making Molasses Crinkles for years! She uses a recipe from my Great Grandmother and my dad has always LOVED them!

We lovingly refer to my dad as “the cookie monster” – He. Loves. Cookies. LOL! For the man to go through 6 or 7 cookies on any given day is par for the course! Lucky for him, he’s tall and thin and his genetics allow for this – well, as far as aesthetics go, anyway. He’s the guy that will eat half or less of his meal and then plow through dessert! 🙂 Now we know where MY sweet-tooth comes from!

He’s been having some trouble with his back over the last few years and something I’ve really tried to drive home is how much of an impact sugar will have on his level of back pain. The less sugar and the more anti-inflammatory he can eat, the less pain he’ll have and the better he’ll feel overall.

So, would you believe, the man stopped eating cookies? Well, not entirely – but now he’s having maybe a few a week?

All of that to say, I re-did his favorite cookie recipe to make it much cleaner so that he could have something during the holidays to look forward to and that would not cause his back to get so inflamed! He LOVES them! And for my cookie connoisseur of a father to love them – I know everyone else will too!

I usually make a couple of batches – one for my dad and one to keep around our house during the holidays when we want something festive but not something that we’ll feel bad after eating! They’re a great snack and a great “something sweet” after dinner! Hope you enjoy!

Paleo Ginger Crinkles

Makes 30 small cookies…

Ingredients

  • 1 cage free egg
  • 1/3 cup palm shortening
  • ¼ cup organic blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar + more for rolling the cookies in
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Paleo baking flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, shortening, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla and mix until well combined and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Chill dough in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into your hands, roll into a ball and into coconut sugar. Place on the parchment paper. They will not spread. So, if you want a flatter cookie, wet the back of a spoon slightly, and gently press down on each cookie and then follow with next step. They will open up slightly and stay a little soft in the center if you leave them in balls.
  • Dip your fingers in a little water and flick the water over the tops of the cookies – this will help them crack a little on the top, if you want that.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until tops begin to crack – cookies will become firmer as they cool.
  • Cool completely and enjoy!
  • These can be placed into a large Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, shortening, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla and mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Chill dough in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into your hands, roll into a ball and into coconut sugar. Place on the parchment paper. They will not spread. So, if you want a flatter cookie, wet the back of a spoon slightly, and gently press down on each cookie and then follow with next step. They will open up slightly and stay a little soft in the center if you leave them in balls.
  6. Dip your fingers in a little water and flick the water over the tops of the cookies – this will help them crack a little on the top, if you want that.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until tops begin to crack - cookies will become firmer as they cool.
  8. Cool completely and enjoy!
  9. These can be placed into a large Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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