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You know you’ve got a good recipe when your kiddo requests your homemade berry pancakes and has no idea they’re “paleo”, “grain free” or “gluten free”. These little morsels cook up just like a regular pancake and they taste ah-maze-zing. we usually make blueberry pancakes but today we added black capped wild raspberries which grow like weeds around here in the summer. Fresh or frozen berries, both work perfectly.
I make up a batch of the dry ingredients and always have it on hand. Just add your wet ingredients and into the skillet they go!
DRY INGREDIENTS MIX:
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup cassava flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon unbleached sugar (omg yes real sugar!)
Sift the almond flour through a fine sieve to remove clumps, add remaining ingredients, mix well, and store in an airtight container.
MAKE SOME PANCAKES!
this will make about 16 silver dollar size
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk or coconut milk
Note: This part you’ll have to adjust to your liking, depending on the actual size of your eggs and how thick or thin you like your pancakes
Crack the egg into a mixing bowl. Add milk, whisk until well blended.
Start by adding 1/4 cup of the dry mix and whisk together. Check consistency. If it’s runny enough to dribble off the whisk the batter will spread in the skillet and you’ll end up with thin pancakes, which can be delicious. We like our batter thicker, to make silver dollar pancakes (little ones that puff up nicely). Add more dry mix a little at a time and whisk again each time, until you get a consistency that looks like it will hold together well when you put spoonfuls in the skillet. Add a couple handfuls of berries, stir in gently.
Heat about a tablespoon of coconut oil, ghee or bacon fat in a large cast iron skillet or ceramic-coated nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Drop spoonfuls of batter in, with enough space between for them to spread just a little bit. Let them cook until you can see the bottom side is getting browned. Gently flip and cook one more minute. Serve hot how ever you like your pancakes. We like them with little tiny pats of butter on each one (I know, we’re serious about enjoying our pancakes), and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
add walnuts or pecans to the batter, top with sliced bananas
chopped dark chocolate and hazelnuts, top with honey and a squeeze of fresh orange
plain pancakes topped with bananas, cinnamon, whipped cream and a drizzle of honey
chopped dark chocolate in the batter topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream
oh the possibilities….
If you make more than you’ll eat, just store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, arrange them in a single layer wrapped in foil and put in a hot oven for a few minutes, just until warm.
A variation of an Indian recipe I used to make for a client in Santa Barbara.
Easy to put together with just a handful of ingredients and will warm your belly on a chilly spring evening. I always make enough for leftovers, it freezes and thaws beautifully!
2 lbs lamb stew meat
2 medium yellow or white onions, diced
2 heaping tablespoons whole seed mustard (or regular ol’ spicy brown mustard)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste – try tellicherry pepper
2 cups water
In a large, non stick skillet (there are “safer” non stick varieties) heat a portion of the ghee or coconut oil and brown the pieces of meat on all sides, in batches, taking care not to crowd the pan. You want enough space between each piece to allow for good browning. Too crowded and we end up releasing all the juices, instead of getting a good sear on the outside. Set the seared meat aside.
In a large, non stick skillet, heavy bottomed pot (I use my enameled cast iron pot) heat the remaining tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil on medium heat till it begins to shimmer. Add diced onion and sauté until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes.
Add the lamb, and the remaining ingredients, still to combine well, turn heat to low, put the lid on and let it slowly simmer for about 2 hours. Add more liquid as needed. You can cook it in the oven at 325 instead, if you don’t want it simmering on the stove, just make sure your pot and lid are oven proof.
Serve with basmati rice, cauliflower rice, or a baked sweet potato, and a handful of chopped fresh cilantro.
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These little flavor bombs are pure protein and absolutely delicious. No fillers or binders such as nut flour, bread crumbs or eggs are added to this recipe. Not that those additions wouldn’t be delicious, just that this recipe was created for clients who are on a more streamlined eating protocol at the moment. Serve them warm as an appetizer or as a main dish with cauliflower “rice”, or over basmati rice would be great too, paired with a simple vegetable such as fresh steamed string beans or quickly grilled asparagus. They are great as leftovers too!
Notice the specific type of pepper (tellichery) I call for in this recipe. If you are a spice lover, you will appreciate the complex, fruity aromatics of this Indian peppercorn variety, milder than the malabar variety of peppercorn which I also love.
FOR THE MEATBALLS
- 1 lb fresh ground lamb (beef would be great too)
- 3/4 cup onion, diced small
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground telicherry black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (or sub a good quality bottled lemon juice)
Preheat oven to 350F. Sauté the onions in olive oil or avocado oil over medium-low heat until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Place the ground meat in a large mixing bowl, add the sauteed onions and the remaining spices and seasonings. Use your clean hands to mix together very well.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the meat mixture into 1.5 inch balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes and test one to make sure it has cooked throughout. 15 minutes should definitely do it, but each oven ins a little different. The meatballs will release juices. Carefully remove baking sheet from the oven and let meatballs rest 5 minutes before serving with plenty of pesto.
FOR THE PESTO
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 medium clove fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice – add more to your liking
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor and adjust tastes to your liking.