Friday, March 28, 2014

Awesome Paleo Avocado Toast and Toppings

                               

I have to admit that I experience a little bit of Paleo jealousy from time to time. What is Paleo jealousy? Well, it is the little twinge of envy that I feel when I see a new food or recipe that I wouldn't typically eat, but it looks SO good that I can't stop thinking about it. For example, CRONUTS! I know that just one cronut isn't going to kill me, but I'm not the kind of girl who could just eat one cronut (are there people who can?) so I know it is better for me to keep my distance. And if I had a cronut, wouldn't I have to then try a cheeseburger on a cronut? Yeah, thats a thing.                         

So, when I started seeing avocado toast recipes everywhere I was a little bit sad that I may never get to experience it. I knew that a piece of toast spread with soft, buttery avocado must taste amazing. I have a small obsession with avocado. I literally have avocado at least once a day, sometimes more. I haven't eaten bread in almost three years, though, so I thought avocado toast would forever be a tasty dream.

                                      

Instead of sitting around and wallowing in my Paleo jealousy, I decided to come up with a recipe for Paleo avocado toast! Considering the fact that I write a recipe blog, you think I would have come up with this idea sooner, but better late than never, right? 

                                               

This recipe starts with a buttery coconut flour pancake as the "toast". These pancakes are super easy and have only four ingredients! Next up is the avocado mashed with lime juice, salt and pepper. Then comes the fun part - the toppings! You can add any toppings that you want. I went with diced tomatoes and pulled pork. This would be delicious with a runny egg or a sprinkle of crumbled bacon. You can really get creative with it and make your own creation.

                                                 

Leave me a comment and let me know how you would top your Paleo avocado toast!!!

                                          

Awesome Paleo Avocado Toast
Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 2 (2 pancakes each)

Ingredients
4 eggs
3 tbsp coconut flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp ghee (plus more as needed)
1 avocado
1 tsp lime juice
Optional Toppings - Eggs, diced tomatoes, pulled pork, bacon, spinach, etc.

Directions
Whisk eggs together in a bowl. Stir in coconut flour until mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in salt and pepper.

Heat ghee in a skillet over medium heat. When ghee is melted, add about 1/4 cup of the batter to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on one side. Flip and cook for about 1 minute on the other side. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining batter (add more ghee if needed). Should make 4 pancakes.

Mash avocado to desired consistency in a small bowl. Stir in lime juice, salt and pepper. 

Spread avocado over pancakes. Top with desired toppings and serve.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I almost feel bad calling this a recipe...almost. There was a time not too long ago that if somebody had handed me a pork shoulder and asked me to cook it up for them, I would have looked back at them with a blank stare. So there must be other people out there looking for easy instructions to cook delicious pulled pork. I can't be the only one, right? 

It was actually Kevin who came up with this recipe. We used to just throw it in the slow cooker and let it cook overnight. Then, one magical day, Kevin added bacon to the mix. He lined the bottom of the slow cooker with bacon before placing the pork shoulder in and then finished it all of with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. This simple step added SO much flavor!

We use this pulled pork as the base for a bunch of meals that we make all the time like this Hatch Green Chile Breakfast Casserole and these Balsamic Pork and Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. I also like to throw some on top of a salad or serve it on baked apple slices...yum!


Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Time: 8 hours
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
4 strips of bacon (we use Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon)
3 lb pork shoulder
Salt and pepper

Directions
Lay bacon in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place pork shoulder on top of bacon slices and wrap bacon around pork shoulder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook on low for 8 hours and shred with a fork.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Green B.E.A.N. Organic Produce Delivery - Review and Discount!


I've seen the Green B.E.A.N. delivery trucks around town for a few years now and every time I see one I think to myself "I really should check them out". I've always wanted to try a CSA, but there were a couple of things holding me back. First, the price. I thought it would be much more expensive than what I pay at the grocery store. The second issue was my affinity (some may call it an obsession) with planning our weekly meals and purchasing our groceries based on that. From what I knew of CSA's, I'd be surprised with a random mix of produce each week. Not ideal for a planner like me. Green B.E.A.N. laid my fears to rest, though, when they invited me to try out their weekly produce delivery service.

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery service areas include:

Indiana - Indianapolis



Missouri - St. Louis

Read on to find out how it all works and get a special discount code to try it yourself!


>What is Green B.E.A.N. Delivery?


Green B.E.A.N. Delivery works with local farmers and artisans to bring organic produce and natural groceries straight to your door! By working with local producers, Green B.E.A.N. is able to provide a healthy alternative to conventional grocery stores while supporting local farmers and businesses.

>How does Green B.E.A.N. Delivery work?


First, you log on to Green B.E.AN.'s website, select your service area and create your account. You then choose your bin size and delivery frequency. Depending on the size of your household, they offer bins for 1-2 people all the way up to a large family of 8 or more. Any of these can be delivered either weekly or bi-weekly. 

Once you've got your standing order all set up, you'll receive an email before each delivery with details of what will be included in your bin. If you don't like what you see, you can log in to your account and swap items out from a list of about 40 seasonal produce options. You can also add a variety of natural groceries - everything from meat and cheese to trail mix and almond butter.

Then you wait patiently (or impatiently) for the big day! In my area, the delivery day was Friday and when I opened the front door on Friday afternoon I had a big green bin of goodness waiting on my front porch! Everything was packed well in an insulated cooler and there was an ice pack to keep it all fresh until I was able to put it away. 

Everything looked fresh and delicious. I was really happy with the quality and with how well they packed the bin to make sure everything was protected on the trip over to my house.

At the end of the week, you just put your empty bin back outside and they will swap it out for another bin filled with a new assortment of fresh, organic goodies!


>What did I receive?


Here is a rundown of what I received in my Small Fruit and Vegetable Bin (for 2-3 people):


I was super impressed with the variety of fruits and vegetables! The cost of this bin is $35, which isn't much higher than what I would pay at the store to purchase organic produce. While it was slightly more than what I would spend at the grocery, it is difficult for me to find organic varieties of some of these items in my area. I end up buying conventional produce when I would prefer to buy organic. That along with the convenience of having it delivered to my door each week definitely makes it worth a little bit extra in my opinion.

>What did I love about it?


What did I love? So many things! I really like that I don't have to question the quality of the produce - I know that I am receiving fresh, organic produce and supporting local farmers. And, as you may have guessed, I really love that I knew ahead of time what was going to be included in my bin. Before I sat down to plan my meals for the week, I reviewed my order summary to see what would be included.

Another great feature is the ability to skip a scheduled delivery or change your delivery frequency. Another thing I assumed about CSA's was that once you signed up you were pretty much stuck on a set schedule. This way, if we were to go on vacation or find that we had a lot of produce left from the previous week (umm...as if that would ever happen in that house), we could skip a week and pick back up the following week.

Green B.E.A.N. also makes it easy to decide what to do with all that fresh produce in their Healthy Times blog. They include recipes and nutrition information that coincide with what is in your current bin, artisan bios and handy tips like how to get that garlic smell off your hands.


>Ready to give Green B.E.A.N. a try for yourself?

Start here by choosing your service area. While setting up your account, you can use code 15WIGml to get a $15 discount on your first order (for new members and reactivations only). Its that easy! If you do sign up, be sure to share photos of your yummy produce delivery on Green Bean's Instagram page - they have a ton of cute pics of families enjoying their organic produce!


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive one complimentary produce bin from the company. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hatch Green Chile Breakfast Casserole


More green chile goodness coming your way today! This time, in the form of a spicy, hearty breakfast that will feed your whole family and leave some for leftovers. What could be better than that?
I am still working my way through the Hatch green chiles sent to me by The Hatch Chile Store and I'm having so much fun coming up with new recipes. Huge breakfast casseroles have become a staple in our house since Baby A was born. These last three days in our house so they are a HUGE timesaver and I have come up with many, many variations so we aren't always eating the same thing. I guess once Baby A starts eating the same foods as we do for breakfast, it might only last two days. :)


The original recipe that I based my breakfast casserole off of was from Everyday Paleo. It was so easy to make and I quickly realized I could substitute in other vegetables for the sweet potato like carrots or zucchini and even fruit like apples. I just shred them up in the food processor! And you can use different spices and meats to totally change up the flavor.

This particular breakfast casserole has the flavor of...spice. :) Just kidding, kinda. It is quite spicy, especially if you use the hot green chiles like I did. I love the layers in this casserole, too. A layer of pork and veggies, a layer of green chiles, then eggs and it is all topped off with bright red tomato slices and finely chopped green onions. It looks really pretty all plated up with some avocado and a spoonful of my Hatch Green Chile Sauce!

Here come the layers...and then the recipe. What is your favorite time-saving breakfast?





Hatch Green Chile Breakfast Casserole
Serves: 6
Time: 1 hr, 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 sweet potato, grated
1 bell pepper, diced
2 cups of Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
1/2 cup salsa verde
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
10 Hatch green chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded
8 eggs, whisked with salt and pepper
One medium tomato, cut into 6 slices
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Hatch Green Chile Sauce

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent (3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently so they don’t stick to the pan.

Add sweet potato and bell pepper. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add pulled pork, salsa verde and spices. Stir well to incorporate. Cook for five minutes until pork is heated through.

Transfer pork and vegetable mixture to a large (9 x 13-ish) glass baking dish.

If not already done, chop stems off of green chiles and slice one side in half lengthwise so that you can open the chile up and lie it out flat. Lay an even layer of chiles in pan. Pour eggs evenly over the top. Lay tomato slices over top of eggs and sprinkle with green onions.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until eggs are set. Cut into six slices and top each with a spoonful of Hatch Green Chile Sauce.