End of Summer Half and Half Frittata

We spent our final vacation days of the Summer of 2013 on Cape Cod at the family cottage. To celebrate the last day of our mini-vacation, Dearly Beloved made a delicious Frittata on the Weber grill! We served it with chicken sausage, toast (for those that still indulge in gluteny bread…), and a slice of cold cantaloupe. Delicious!

Frittata2Half and Half Frittata (serves 6-8)
Ingredients:

  • Base:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, precooked, diced
  • 3 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Toppings: (anything that appeals to you! We had a person who does not like spinach or goat cheese. You could also a tomato slices, more bacon, pepper slices…Fire up your creativity!)
  • Half #1  (precooked spinach – stir-fried in the bacon drippings, goat cheese, dusting of Romano cheese)
  • Half#2 (heavier dusting of Romano cheese)

frittata1Pour egg base mixture into 12 inch cast iron skillet. Place desired toppings on surface of uncooked frittata. Cook frittata on top of the Weber gas grill at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Cut into 6 or 8 pieces. Enjoy!

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Meat Poppers

meatballsI have been doing some serious Jonesin’ for meatballs. I think I am protein-deprived. Chicken, tuna or steak would not do…it had to be meatballs tonight! I scanned my Pinterest recipes for something eye-catching, then jumped over to NomNomPaleo’s blog, knowing that she has an excellent recipe that I had spied. I did not have all the ingredients on hand, and I was starving, so here is my homage to Michelle’s Asian Meatballs! This made quite a bit…24 two inch meatballs plus enough for a tiny meatloaf!

Meat Poppers

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 ounces of raw baby carrots
  • 8 ounces of raw sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 medium raw onion, quartered
  • 2 Tbs. tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbs. Fish Sauce  (I used Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce…no gluten or MSG!)
  • 1 egg
  • salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil; grease with a little coconut oil.

  • Place meat in large bowl.
  • Mince vegetables in food processor (I processed each vegetable separately.)
  • Add vegetables to meat.
  • Add egg, fish sauce, and tomato sauce.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Mix all ingredients together well.
  • Form into 2 inch meatballs; arrange on baking sheet. (I also used a 3 x 5  loaf pan; once I made 24 meatballs,  I placed the remainder of the mixture in the loaf pan to make a tiny meatloaf.)
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. (Meatloaf may need an extra 5 minutes.)
  • Serve these little meat poppers with the vegetable of your choice!
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Peachy!

cobblerI made a fabulous recipe tonight… Bacon Peach Cobbler from TGIPaleo! This is a delicious blend of stir-fry bacon pieces, peach slices, raisins, and pecans. I also added a handful of blueberries and some coconut sugar to the finished product…Delicious!

You should make it immediately!

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Sleepin’ with the Fishes…

badI had been losing my focus on creating My Healthiest Body Ever during the January through June period of 2013. I did not eat any grains, but I ate too much peanut butter and chocolate. This equates to no significant body metamorphosis. I found an interesting site in June called Stickk which invites you to PUT A CONTRACT ON YOURSELF. I committed to losing 3 dress sizes by Christmas. I also put a monetary amount on this contract…if I do not make forward progress each week, Stickk will send the weekly amount to which I have committed to an ANTI- CHARITY. This motivates me immensely, because I would NEVER want to send my money to this group. Since June, I have dropped one dress size…I am on my way!

So, if you need an incentive to make a specific change in your life, you might want to take out a contract on yourself with Stickk!

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Cookies!

True to my goal, I made one of the excellent recipes from my vast Pinterest collection that I have gathered during my down time this summer. Nothing like forced relaxation (surgery!) to let your mind and your eye wander!

PB cookie 1I found these peanut butter cookies via Pinterest on Gourmet Innovations (GI365) website.

I made some slight tweaks…

Instead of all coconut sugar, I used half coconut/half Xylitol. Since I did not have any avocados in the house, I put a chocolate drop from Whole Foods on top of each cookie. They are FAB!! You should make them immediately!

 

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I’m Back!

I have been thoroughly lax in attending to this blog. I do not know whether anyone reads this or not, but I am going to start writing again to document my grain-free efforts, and maintain my sanity. It has been a stressful year, but I am in a better place – mentally, physically and emotionally. Stressful job has ended, health is now wonderful, and I am ready to start anew! Through it all, I have maintained my grain-free eating…I just haven’t put a lot of effort into it. My goal as summer winds down, and school begins again is to cook/create a primal/paleo/grain-free item every day, and eat it. More cooking of food, and less relying on almond butter on green apples night after night for dinner!

I am stoked!!

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Day 21 – 21DSD – Success!

21DSDI did it! I successfully have completed my Level 3 21 Day Sugar Detox, and I have never felt better! I’m down 7 pounds, my skin is clearer, I have no pain, no cravings, and tons of energy! I have been thinking a lot about what happens next. I am sure sugar will play some role in my life, but it will be a minor one. I worked hard to rid my body of the junk, and I would like to continue eating as cleanly as possible. …But a little Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baby now and again can’t hurt!

This was my meal tonight – stir-fried calamari with banana peppers, Chicken Caesar salad, and a grilled, spice-rubbed chicken leg. Mmmmmm!

I will do another 21 DSD soon…most likely in March…it will be great!

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