Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Crustless Salmon Quiche with Swiss Chard

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon bacon grease
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 6 oz can salmon, drained
1/3 cup (heaping full) of finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups Swiss Chard, chopped (very full cups)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8-1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried dill 
4 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Using the coconut oil grease a 10 inch pie plate with a thick layer of coconut oil.  Then sprinkle the pan with the almond meal and shake to coat evenly, discarding any extra.

 Melt the bacon grease in a medium size skillet over medium high heat.  Add your onions, chard and garlic, sauteing until the onions are tender. 


Add the salmon and reduce heat to low while you prepare the eggs. 

In a small bowl beat the eggs, coconut milk and seasoning with a wire whisk.  

Then spread the salmon mixture in the bottom of the pan and pour the egg mixture over it.  


Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.  Enjoy!


You can adjust this to your personal preference,  add more eggs if you like it eggier, more chard, less salmon, there are lots of other options, you can even change up the spices if you would like, maybe try some Marjoram instead of dill for example.  Pin It

Monday, August 15, 2011

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

This recipe is for one of those special occasions or your Friday night treat, it's taken from The Food Lovers Primal Palate.  I did make some adaptations, as I find most of their recipes to be to sweet..  
 We made little sundaes topped with bananas and melted chocolate chips. 

Here are the substitutions I made, I used 2 cans of full fat coconut milk, 1/2 cup maple syrup (instead of 3/4 cup), 2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup creamy unsalted, Maranatha almond butter (since we don't have a Treader Joes).  The thing I love about this recipe is that the ingredients are all things I have in my pantry, and are fairly inexpensive.  The other Chocolate Ice Cream recipe I was using called for two whole dark chocolate bars, which can get a little spendy.  But best of all is this Ice Cream taste GREAT!!!  Definitely some awesome ice cream!  I was even able to freeze the extra and just let it sit out for a few minutes to soften and then scoop.  Yum!

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"Carbs" and Paleo

A few months back I was noticing quite a trend among the Paleo crowd to reduce the intake of carbs to nearly nothing.  Existing mainly on protein and fat, I myself fell into that a few months back and let me tell you it's slippery road.  At first I felt great, lot's of energy, hitting PR's, workouts felt strong, etc.  But then it hit and hit hard, first thing I started noticing was that I would get worn out really easy, then I noticed that my hair was falling out, like a lot.  Just running my fingers through my hair would net me a handful of hair, I have since read on different blogs about other people having the same problem.  However, their remedy was to stick with it and try to remedy it with herbs and vitamins.  I ask you this, if what you are eating (or not eating) is putting that much stress on your body, and your hair starts falling out wouldn't you want to change it?  Several of them even commented that if they upped their carb intake it remedied the hair loss, but they weren't willing to do that, losing weight was more important, or whatever other reasons they had for doing it.  Having experienced this myself, I caution everyone to be careful, do not limit the very thing that provides you with  a variety of nutrients and energy. You need veggies, especially your greens!    I am here testify that in the long run it messed me up, my workouts suffered and it affected my family because I was so tired, oh and not to mention the hair loss thing, being bald isn't exactly attractive on women!   Any temporary gain is not worth the longer term consequences of eating a low Carb  Paleo diet. Most of us need a LITTLE PROTEIN, maybe SOME FAT and the MAJORITY of the plate filled with "CARBS" (vegetables and maybe some fruit).  And I might even be so bold as to say "eat some fruit!", it's summer lot's of varieties are in season, so enjoy (in moderation of course and only if your trainer has okayed it for you:-).  It's easy to get lazy with the veggies but they are a very necessary component to your diet, don't leave them out!  
Happy eating!

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