Banana Paleo-Cakes

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Paleo Banana Pancakes

There are about a million versions of these super simple banana-and-egg pancakes. Yes, the combination sounds super weird, but it works. And these work with my new grain-free, refined sugar-free diet right now!

Here is how I like to make these little pancakes. (David and Joshua will eat them too. Libbie, my pickiest eater, is not a fan. But she doesn’t like regular banana pancakes, either. She is weird.)

Banana Paleo-Cakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 7-8 small pancakes

Serving Size: 3 pancakes

Banana Paleo-Cakes

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 2 T butter (ghee, if you are Paleo) or coconut oil for frying
  • maple syrup or honey

Instructions

In a bowl, mash banana well. Beat in eggs. Stir in coconut flour.

Melt butter, ghee, or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil/butter. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once, just like a pancake, until cooked through.

Once cooked, drizzle with pure maple syrup or honey.

Notes

Butter is fine if you haven't cut out dairy, but a true Paleo diet does. Most Paleo followers will eat clarified butter (ghee), which has all the milk solids skimmed off. Coconut oil is a great alternative, though, if you want to avoid butter altogether.

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Marinated Steak Kebabs {Secret Recipe Club}

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Marinated Steak Kebabs

After wondering if I had been assigned to every single person from group A in the Secret Recipe Club, I got my blog for this month. And it was Chef in Disguise! Aha! Someone whose recipes I always lust over during the SRC reveal. This was a fun month for me.

Sawsan grew up in Jordan and lives in the United Arab Emirates, where she is an orthodontist. She offers recipes with Middle Eastern flair as well as those from around the world. I was in awe of all the different cultures represented in her recipe index.

I love to try new things and am an adventurous eater, so I would love to test out some of Sawsan’s recipes like Cauliflower Makloubeh. I almost made the Baked Kibbeh, but I was afraid my kids would turn up their noses or it wouldn’t taste right.

Here’s a side note for you: when I visited Brazil in 2007, we were in a city with a very large Lebanese population. Most of what we did was among these immigrants, and we ate a lot of food that Sawsan features in her Middle Eastern recipes section! I went to a cooking class with a few of my friends, and kibbeh was one of the dishes we “learned” to make. But the one time I tried to make it at home in the States, I felt like it tasted watery and bland. That was probably in 2007 or 2008, though, so maybe I should give it another try. /side note over

Marinated Steak Kebabs with Peppers and Onions

Anyway, I was craving steak, so when my in-laws were here for Libbie’s birthday last weekend I decided to make Sawsan’s recipe for Yogurt-Marinated Steak. But since I’d also been eyeing her recipe for Honey-Oregano Beef Onion Skewers, I had kebabs on the brain. So I cut my beef into cubes and made kebabs with the marinated meat, bell pepper chunks, and onion. I seared my kebabs on a grill pan, then finished them in the oven. We ate them alongside Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. And it was all wonderful!

I can imagine using this marinade for chicken or pork as well. It has great all-around flavor.

Marinated Steak Kebabs

Marinated Steak Kebabs

Slightly adapted from Chef in Disguise for the Secret Recipe Club. The recipe calls for fresh rosemary, but I used thyme because I had some on hand. Any earthy, fresh herb would work well here, like parsley or sage.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. top round beef
  • 3 T plain yogurt
  • 2 T white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 T fresh thyme or rosemary, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, diced into large chunks
  • 1-2 onions, cut into very large dice

Instructions

Cut steak into large cubes. Place in a gallon zipper freezer bag.

In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme or rosemary, oregano, and paprika. Pour into the bag with beef and squish around to cover beef. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, as long as overnight.

(You can also freeze this in the marinade for a make-ahead meal. Just defrost completely in the refrigerator before making kebabs.)

On wooden skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes before using), alternately thread beef, pepper pieces, and onion pieces.

Sear on a lightly oiled grill pan or skillet, then broil in the oven until to your desired doneness. Alternately, cook on a grill until to your liking.

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Real Food Recipe Roundup via Jo-Lynne Shane and Alison Ray

Irresistible Peanut Butter Muffins

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peanut butter muffins

 

If, like me, you are a great lover of all things peanut butter, these muffins are for you. They are light and fluffy, specked with just enough chocolate to tickle your tastebuds, and make a perfect breakfast or grab-and-go snack.

I love muffins and I cannot lie. And the goodness of these, you cannot deny.

Unless you don’t like peanut butter. In which case, well, I am very, very sorry.

Irresistible Peanut Butter Muffins

Yield: about 16 small muffins or 12 larger ones

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (preferably natural)
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 7/8 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 T lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter and oil until uniform. Stir in sugar, then egg and vanilla. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Dump on top of the peanut butter mixture.

Pour milk and lemon or lime juice over the top, then stir all together until just combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips.

Fill greased or papered muffin cups halfway full. Bake 15-17 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. If your muffin cups are bigger, it may take longer - mine are on the small side.

Enjoy warm or cool.

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What’s your favorite kind of muffin?

Magic Triangle Faux-Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

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Want something supersweet, gooey, and absolutely irresistible? You’ve come to the right place!

This month my assigned Secret Recipe Club blogger was Adventures in All Things Food. Andrea is a mom of three kids under 6 (oh wait – that sounds familiar!) and writes about everything from food to family to books (yay!) and more. I loved her latest post about decorating pudding cups for Halloween; I might have to do that for Libbie’s classroom snack at the end of the month.

Andrea’s recipes were very enticing. I would have made these skillet potatoes if I’d had any mushrooms on hand. YUM!

But I was looking for something quick and sweet, and these “Triangle Delights” fit the bill. (I totally remembered the name as Magic Triangles. Because my brain is dead. Both wonderful titles work.) They are easy to customize with what you have. I didn’t have as many mini-marshmallows as I thought I did, so I threw some little caramel pieces on and they added a great chewy factor. I used a mix of dark and white chocolate chips, omitted nuts, and only put coconut on half since my husband doesn’t like it. I was wishing I had put some nuts on top, though, because I think the sweet-salty factor would really put these over the top! (Pretzels might work, too. YUMMM!)

I love this kind of fake-cookie to give out around Christmas. Since you can make a whole jelly-roll pan full quickly and then cut it apart, it takes a lot less time than cookies. When I want to make homemade Christmas goodies, I default to barks, chocolate-dipped pretzels and Oreos, and saltine candy. And now, this graham cracker s’more-thingy will totally be part of my repertoire.

Magic Triangle Faux-Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 60 small triangles

Magic Triangle Faux-Cookies

Ingredients

  • whole graham crackers - about 15, enough to cover the bottom of your jelly-roll pan
  • 3 c. mini marshmallows, or a mix of mini marshmallows and caramel bits
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • toppings (use some, all, or make up your own)
  • chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut
  • sliced almonds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper or a silpat. Place whole graham crackers on top in a single layer. Sprinkle with mini marshmallows/caramel bits.

Over medium heat, cook butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, stirring, until butter is melted and sugar is mostly dissolved. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Pour over marshmallow layer.

Sprinkle with additional toppings.

Bake 12-15 minutes, until top begins to brown.

Let cool before cutting into small triangles. (Cut each graham cracker in half, then each square into triangles.) Enjoy!

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Jessie’s Magic Sleep Potion

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mama's magic sleeping potion
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I have always had a really hard time getting to sleep at night. I have a million things wrestling for attention in my head, and I can’t seem to convince them Mama needs some zzz’s. I will lay there and want to maim my husband for being able to fall asleep instantaneously. It is truly miserable!

I’ve never tried sleep aids, because I don’t do well with medicine. When I was in labor with Libbie, I went to the hospital and found I was only 2 centimeters. They gave me two Ambien and sent me home. I spent the rest of the night – IN LABOR – running into walls and going to sleep on the floor because the bed was too far. I am very sensitive to medications and I don’t trust I would wake up to a screaming child or the fire alarm or something if I were on sleep meds.

Researching an article for ParentLife, though, I came across this little recipe for a Honey-Milk bath with crushed lavender flowers. Well, I said to myself, that’s just silly! Why make a mess of crumbled, dried flowers when I have lavender oil right on my dresser?

That night I mixed up some milk, honey, and the lavender oil. And when I got out of my bath, I was too tired to read even one page of a book. I hit the pillow and fell asleep immediately and deeply. It. Was. Amazing.

I’ve tried it twice more and gotten pretty much the same results. For some reason, lavender oil alone in the bath does not seem to have the same effect on me. Something about the milk and honey is relaxing – and it’s good for your skin, in any case!

Jessie’s Magic Sleep Potion

Jessie’s Magic Sleep Potion

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. whole milk or half-and-half
  • 2-3 T honey
  • 4 drops therapeutic grade lavender oil

Instructions

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl or shake together in a jar. Add to hot bath, running container under hot water to make sure you get all the honey out. Relax for half an hour with a good book. Sleep!

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I hope this helps you relax and sleep easier, too!

Disclaimers: I am not a doctor and not dispensing any medical advice! Just sharing what works for me. I am (very recently!) a Young Living distributor, and if you want to chat about the oils, let me know!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Doughnuts with Cinnamon Drizzle

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baked strawberry doughnuts
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I’ve written over on ParentLife about my love for the Weelicious Lunches cookbook by Catherine McCord. While it’s full of recipes that my picky eater wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole (sigh), there are tons of great recipes, and it’s helped me to think outside the box a little bit.

I wanted to do something productive Saturday afternoon, and baking is way more fun than cleaning, so I opened the cookbook. I started from Catherine’s recipe for Whole Wheat Raspberry Baked Doughnuts, but kept making tweaks, as I often do.

I think my strawberry twist makes a really hearty, appealing snack or breakfast for your wee ones! The cinnamon glaze isn’t necessary, but it makes these feel more like doughnuts instead of muffins shaped in a circle.

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Doughnuts with Cinnamon Drizzle

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 10-12 baked doughnuts

These hearty doughnuts are adapted from the Weelicious Lunches cookbook by Catherine McCord.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. milk or buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 c. chopped strawberries
  • Drizzle
  • 1/3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a doughnut pan and sprinkle with flour.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add coconut oil and whisk in as well as you can.

Add sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla. Stir until combined. Fold in strawberries.

Gently spoon into doughnut pan until cavities are three-fourths full. Bake 14 minutes.

(If you have made baked doughnuts before, this is a little longer than usual. This is so they firm up and don't fall apart when you try to take them out of the pan, due to the strawberries.)

Let cool a few minutes, then move to a cooling rack placed over some protection for your counter (wax paper, silpat, baking sheet).

Drizzle

In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cinnamon. Add milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time, whisking well after each addition. Drizzle should be runny but not watery. If you need to, add more powdered sugar or milk.

Drizzle with a spoon over doughnuts and enjoy.

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What’s your favorite doughnut? I like baked doughnuts, but as far as the Dunkin’-variety goes, I really only think Boston Creams are worth the calories. How about you?