Thursday, October 30, 2014

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

One night last week, my "little" brother sent me a link to the website for "Edoughble" cookie dough (here)- and I wanted to eat it all!  So, instead of ordering every single flavor for $8+ per cup, I decided to make my own... & make it Paleo  :)

I'm pretty sure everyone loves to chow down on raw cookie dough~ myself included.  However, I always feel a tinge of guilt knowing that we're not technically "supposed to" consume raw egg.  This recipe is guilt-less:  no risk of salmonella, and Paleo-friendly ingredients.

This is definitely a decadent treat, but well worth the splurge!  I use Kerrygold grass-fed butter as the base for this recipe, but you could get something super similar using coconut oil if you're sensitive to dairy.

The versatility of this recipe is also awesome... make a smaller serving if you want to keep a batch in the fridge for late night cravings, or whip up a big bowl for a gathering.  This would also make a super fun, healthy party dip served with sliced green apples.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) grass-fed butter 
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (I use the "Enjoy Life" brand)
(makes about 1 cup of cookie dough... feel free to double it!)

Directions:
  1. Soften the butter in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the coconut sugar, flours, and sea salt, and stir until well combined.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Serve at room temperature with sliced apples or by the spoonful!  Enjoy  :)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Honey Dijon Pork Chops


So the photography on this recipe is not the greatest (I took the picture with my iPhone).  BUT-  I could not resist a quick picture so that I could share these pork chops with you guys!

The recipe is similar to my Perfect Pork Chops post, which has become pretty popular here on my blog.  This one adds a burst of flavor by glazing the meat before it's popped into the oven.

I love the taste of honey mustard, but am often disappointed with the extra sweeteners and additives in prepackaged bottles.  So, I mixed up my favorite simple Dijon mustard from Whole Foods' 365 Organic brand with pure honey I had on hand, and created my own perfectly sweetened glaze.

The addition of Italian seasoning, garlic, and a little salt & pepper just ups the flavor of the glaze, and perfectly compliments the light sweet notes of the pork.

Whether you're a pork fan or not, pick up some pork chops next time you're out- and give this recipe a try!  It has become a huge favorite for me.

I hope you love it!

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • cooking fat of choice


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, honey, and spices.
  3. Heat your cooking fat of choice (I like avocado oil) in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat.  
  4. Add the pork chops, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side to sear the meat.
  5. Transfer the pork chops to a baking dish lined with foil, and brush each piece of meat with the honey Dijon mixture.
  6. Bake at 425ºF for 15 minutes, or until juices run clear.
  7. Allow the pork chops to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Get Ready With Me: Fall Edition! (VIDEO)


I posted a new YouTube video!  This time it's not Paleo or food related at all... but is a sneak peek into my girly side.  ;)

After a few of you asked, and I worked up the nerve, I decided to film a "Get Ready With Me" video where I show you how I achieve my simple fall makeup look.  While makeup is not nearly as important to me as food-- I do love it, and am always spending my extra pennies on the newest products that catch my eye at Nordstrom or Sephora.  

My favorite makeup look is focused on simple, neutral eyes, bronzy cheeks, perfected skin, and pretty defined lips.  Since it's fall, I've been loving lip colors that are a darker more plummy shade of nude.

While I was at it, I decided to share my fall outfit as well~ so this video ended up being pretty long!  If I do film another one of these in the future, or something similar, I will try to keep it shorter!

Let me know what you guys think... and don't be too harsh!  I was nervous!  If you have any video recommendations or recipe ideas, please don't hesitate to share  :)  I love your feedback!

Click here for the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-KAhm4I6Eg

Stay happy & healthy,
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