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Grain Free Granola

This particular recipe is trouble. I put this grain free granola together from a combination of ideas in a effort to get my little girl with food allergies some extra healthy fats into her diet. I was thinking this could be great!

So Many Ideas and Options

-It could be cold and in coconut milk like cereal

-It could be reheated like oatmeal

-It could be eaten dry and straight from the oven like granola

-It could be added to Greek Yogurt (for those that can tolerate dairy)

See?! It really is so versatile and could be such a great alternative to processed and chemical laden foods, right? Are you starting to think that maybe we have had a hang up with this? You are correct. I can not stay out of it. There you have it. I’m only “allowed” to make it every once in awhile because otherwise I just can’t stop eating it!

You must give it a try. Whether you have food allergies or not. It’s GOOD. If your family does have food allergies, what is nice about the recipe is that you can mix in about anything you want! This started out as a recipe with almonds, oats and butter and has evolved a bunch over the years as we have lost “safe” foods. So feel free to change it up! (I only had the idea to add blueberries because we had frozen blueberries that I needed to use. And the banana chips again were something I had in our cabinet and needed to use.)

grain free granola

Mix the dry ingredients

grain free granola

Melt the wet ingredients until bubbly (stir constantly)

grain free granola

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients

grain free granola

Mix together

grain free granola

Spread on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

grain free granola

Try not to eat all of it lol

Grain Free Granola

Dry Ingredients:

-3 cups coconut flakes

-1/2 cup ground flax

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-1 cup dried banana chips

-1 cup shredded coconut

-1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1 cup sunflower seeds

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl

Wet Ingredients:

-2/3 cup maple syrup

-1/4 cup coconut sugar

-4 Tbsp sunbutter

-1 Tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions: Melt all wet ingredients in a small saucepan.  Stir constantly and remove from heat when bubbly. Pour over dry ingredients and stir. Spread entire mixture on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

Let cool. This recipe can be stored in the freezer.  I just get it out and reheat it a little and eat it warm.

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

It feels good to be back on my little life journal here! I had gotten so frustrated with dealing with silly issues on my blog (hackers). It really had me just disappointed in general. But, as time has passed I have been thinking more and more about my little baby here. And I miss it!

Here is what I have to share with you today. In true Jenn style, I have another accidental recipe that I ended up loving! We had gotten home late from soccer and I was desperately trying not tin stuff my face with chips and makes some GOOD and healthy decisions. I also had no clue what I was going to make because I was really hungry (you know, right then) and also low on food options at the house. Enter ground beef, romaine lettuce and my new favorite ranch seasoning! And honestly my husband came home and he loved the ranch ground beef (darn it…that meant he was going to eat it too. I should have made more but I didn’t have any more meat). Give this a try and see how versatile this beef is!

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Ingredients

1.) 1 lb Lean Groun Beef

2.) 1 yellow onion, diced

3.) 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning

Directions

Add ground beef and diced onion to a pan or wok on stovetop with 2 Tbsp of ranch seasoning.  Cook meat until it is cooked through

Uses

Wraps: place on romaine lettuce leaves with avocado and mustard

Salad: place on salad greens and veggies to make a burger salad

Tortilla: my non Paleo husband wrapped his in a tortilla, added cheese and cooked it in our quesadilla maker

21 Day Fix: Red, Green (Avocado or cheese would add a blue and any tortillas would be yellow)

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

I keep reading information over and over again touting the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. What is also interesting is the more I ask about it, the more I have friends say that they are thinking about trying it too. It seems like several of us are becoming more conscious and concerned with trying to take control of our own health in a more natural way. Another common comment I have been hearing people say is that they have heard about it and that their grandparents swore by drinking it every day. There must be something to this

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

I discovered it when looking for natural ways to help with reflux. I have had an ongoing battle with this (which is annoying) and I can’t stand the thought of taking the prescribed medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for modern medicine when needed but in conjunction with some natural help too if possible. I tried taking the medicines, they absolutely make me feel worse. So, I was really stuck.

That was when I found that Apple Cider Vinegar has a seemingly endless list of things that it is supposed to help with. For example: reflux, weight loss, digestion, detox…I could really go on and on.

I had no clue what I was doing and started taking 2 Tbsp like a shot during times of desperation with my reflux. I have since come to find out that drinking it straight is a BIG no-no. Go figure. I have tried several different combinations and recipes and I have finally found a favorite! And trust me, there were some bad ones too. You may think the shot was terrible, but at least it got it over with faster. Some of these made my teeth started hurting and I was cringing even thinking about it. This particular mix is one that I am actually looking forward to (which seems crazy but I’ll take it).

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

It’s packed with good things! I use local honey on purpose in an attempt to control my allergies and some lemon juice for extra detox benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Ingredients:

1.) 1/2 oz cherries or other berries in season

2.) 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with “the mother”)

3.) 1 tsp Honey (I use local honey for the allergy benefits)

4.) Squirt of lemon juice

5.) Ice

6.) Water

Directions:

Place cherries or berries in the bottom of your cup. Add the ACV, honey and lemon juice and take a spoon and mash it all together. Add water and ice.

*feel free to experiment with different amounts of berries and ACV. I wanted this to pack a punch, which is why it has the 2 Tbsp in one drink.  You could totally add more fruit!

This recipe was inspired by: Berry Lemon Apple Cider Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

I have a few favorite foods that are absolutely not “clean eating” and would also not be considered healthy in most opinions. (Pictures of pizza, chips, chocolate and ice cream are floating through my head right now) I’m not hating on these foods by any means. If I had the ability to be a moderator with my food, then by all means I would eat these! Moderation, however is not my strong point. I’m more of a person where eating a little turns into me going crazy and having to spend several days getting back on track. It’s not good.

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

BUT….what if we can start making healthy replacements for these foods that are actually not “bad” and taste good?  That would solve some problems wouldn’t it? I had been dreaming of ice cream this time. And also wondering what the heck the obsession is with Dole Whips when I decided to figure something out for me and my food allergy kiddos here!

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

I knew I wanted the base of this recipe to be frozen pineapple. I also knew I wanted to add some frozen banana to add some creamy texture. I tossed in strawberries because I needed to use them before they went bad. Enter the idea for Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream. Are you getting the picture that this is an EASY recipe? Because it was! And it was so good. I even had kid approval with this one. (They are picky little rascals sometimes)

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I probably used about 2 cups)

2.) Frozen Bananas (I used 2)

3.) Strawberries (I used about 1 cup)

4.) Unsweet Milk of choice (I used approx 1/2-1 cup unsweet vanilla coconut milk)

Directions:

Just blend all ingredients until smooth. I had to stop the blender a few times and scrape the mix back down the sides.

I loved it right away as soft serve, but you could absolutely place the mix in the freezer and eat it later with making actual scoops.

21 Day Fix Equivalents: it may not be perfect, but I would measure 1 purple container and count it as that too. 

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

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Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

For someone who used to separate all foods as a child and of course save my absolute favorites for last…this is a big step! I am actually loving all in one meals where you get all of your food jammed into one mix.

I am going for quick, easy and no crazy ingredients here.  Let’s be honest, if it gets too involved chances are I might try it but I will never make it again.  And we want recipes that we will eat again, right? This is one of my new favorites and it was actually a happy accident.  I was making something else and realized that I had several veggies that I need to use like yesterday.  So, in an effort to make my husband happy I used them.  I’m thinking this could be a great protein packed egg free breakfast idea! (Now, I am a person that could eat cheeseburgers for breakfast but that’s beside the point).

Turkey Sweet Potato hash

Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:

1.) 2 lbs ground turkey

2.) 1 large sweet potato, peel and cube

3.) approx 4 cups Brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half

4.) 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

5.) 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

6.) extra virgin olive oil

7.) sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in cooking pan of choice on the stovetop  (I used a wok).  Add veggies to the pan with heated oil and cook until potatoes are ready. While veggies are cooking, add ground turkey to a separate pan and cook until “done”.  Add the turkey to the veggie pan and add any salt and pepper to taste.

* this is a large recipe, you can easily cut it down!

Optional Additions:

-Chipotle seasoning

-Diced avocado

-Shredded Mozzarella cheese

21 Day Fixers: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue (if you use an optional avocado or cheese addition)

You can measure this one out using your containers.

Paleo: To all my fellow clean eaters out there, this works! It’s real food and Paleo Friendly.

Turkey Sweet Potato hash

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Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Why do I stray from the plan?? I have no idea.  But I can tell you this: the weeks that I go into with know clue what we are going to eat do not end well for any of us.  I spend more at the grocery, we eat random things, we snack too much and at the end of the week I’m never quite sure what the heck we just did.  It’s ugly.

On the flip side, when I start the week with a plan it is completely different.  I am not wondering what the heck I am going to cook.  I am not snacking while trying to figure out what to eat (because I am so hungry).  And here is the big one, I spend less at the grocery because I only purchased what I know we need rather than purchase several items that I MIGHT need to use.  It’s a big difference.

So, here we go.  Another week of planning ahead and trying to keep this crazy family on track with clean eating.  I of course felt like it was time to bring back the chili lime chicken fajita salad lol.  One of my favorites!

Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Clean Eating Meal Plan 4

Recipe Sources

Lunch: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad (I use honey instead of brown sugar in the marinade)

Dinners:

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Chicken Enchialda Soup

Shrimp Sausage Skillet

Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Clean eating meal plan #1

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Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

It was my turn to make the meal plan for our monthly 5 day clean eating jump start last month. I had several recipes that I was excited about including but was struggling to find some meat free or vegetarian recipes to include for the Friday. Honestly it was a good excuse for me to lay off the meat sources of protein. I think we all have certain recipes and foods that we gravitate toward and my meal plans tend to be a bit meat heavy lol. But hey, that’s why we take turns. Each one of us has different tastes and opinions and by changing it up, we are always trying something new!

I came across an avocado toast recipe on Pinterest and while it was not one of my typical recipe choices, I decided to save it. When I actually got around to making a version of it, I added my own changes and worked with ingredients I wanted to use and OH.MY.GOODNESS. So easy and sooooo good. I ended up skipping the dinner in the meal plan for that night and made it again. And then I ate it Saturday too. You just really can’t beat how simple it was as well as flavorful. Give it a try and see what you think!

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

Ingredients:

1.) Wasa Crackers (I just used the multi grain package)

2.) Hummus (I used Sabra brand Roasted Red Pepper)

3.) Cucumber slices

4.) Guacamole (I used Wholly Guacamole)

5.) Cherry Tomatoes cut in half

Directions:

Just layer each item as listed in the ingredients: wasa cracker, layer of hummus, layer cucumbers, layer I feel guacamole, and some cherry tomatoes on top.

See! It really was that easy. And you could really change the flavors up if you wanted. There are different flavor options available for several of the ingredients.

An here is the original recipe

Tomato and Cucumber Avocado Toast

21 Day Fix:

While I did not measure this out for 21 Day Fix equivalents at the time, I think it is possible to do! You would count your wasa crackers and hummus as yellow, the veggies as green, and the guacamole as blue.

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

This particular concoction all started because I was at a birthday party with my 4 year old. I was talking to a friend about foods to eat when we really want something sweet. I adore chocolate and it is so hard for me to stay out  of it when we have it in the house! My problem is that once I start with the chocolate, I can not seem to stop. A few chocolate chips turn into several and then several more. Then I just continue that pattern, because “the damage is already done.” It really isn’t the best way of thinking because obviously it puts me right back where I started.

Until I get this moderation on chocolate thing under control, I have got to find food ideas that seem like a treat but are not doing nearly the damage. The first thing I thought of when we were talking at the bowling alley was “banana ice cream.” It really is awesome and I just don’t take the time to make it often enough. The more we kept talking about banana ice cream led to me thinking about it more and more when I got home. You can guess where this is going, right? Yes, I ate it for dinner. And it was very good.

I started making it like normal from my saved frozen bananas when I saw a bag of frozen strawberries in my freezer too. Now there’s an idea 😊  And that is how this simple yet tasty dessert was born. Some of my best inspiration is on a whim and this was one of them.

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) 2 frozen bananas

2.) handful of strawberries

3.) 1/2-3/4 cup milk of choice (I used So Delicious Unsweet Coconut Milk)

Directions:

Place items in a blender (this is the one I like to use) and start blending. This process is going to feel like it’s getting worse before it gets better……it gets crumbly first, stop the blender scrape down the sides and blend again. Repeat this until the creamy texture takes over. It will happen, just don’t give up!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

You can eat this immediately if you are a soft serve person (me!) or you can put it in the freezer and let it get a litte more firm. Enjoy this simple treat with just 3 ingredients!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

A note on the bananas: I just peel and put half bananas in the freezer as they start getting brown spots to save them.  I received a tip to go ahead and freeze them as slices to make blending easier. I’m going to try that next time!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

One Pan Sausage and Veggies

I stumbled across this recipe idea while doing some research online about the Whole30 way of eating.  For those who have never heard of it, it is strict 30 days of eating real food. Nothing processed, no sugar, no honey etc. The main focus is to fix issues with food whether they are physical or mental and see how you feel at the end of 30 days.  You eat real and satisfying food while taking the focus AWAY from the scale and foods that may originally seems like treats.

It’s almost like giving your body and mind a reset on how food affects both. Several claim weight loss as a by product but countless people speak highly of all of the OTHER benefits. Those ranging from better sleep, less ailments, more energy, quitting sugar etc. Give you body what it actually needs and then hopefully it starts “running” properly! It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

one pan sausage and veggies

While I am not quite ready to make the commitment (I’m close), I love trying new recipes and have been using several Whole30 style recipes and ideas. Because at the end of the day, the Whole30 is clean eating and that’s wha we are going for! I got the inspiration for the recipe I’m going to share from this post. I saw it and knew I could work with it!

one pan sausage and veggies

One Pan Sausage and Veggies

Ingredients:

1.) 1 package Aidells Turkey and Apple Sausage (4 links, sliced)

2.) 2 sweet potatoes (peel and cut in large cubes)

3.) 2 small Yukon potatoes (peel and cut in large cubes)

4.) Approx. 2 lbs Brussels Sprouts (wash, cut off stem and cut in half)

5.) Light Olive Oil (to drizzle on mix)

6.) Adobo seasoning blend or sea salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place all items on parchment lined baking sheet and toss in olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Hey 21 Day Fixers, this would work for you too! It would be red, green, yellow and tsp allotments…just measure it out when you eat it!

one pan sausage and veggies

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

We had our most recent meeting with my daughter’s nutritionist a few days before Chirstmas. And I have to be honest, I just finally got around to processing all of the information. We have been working since May to HEAL her little body. A little background is that we have been battling severe eczema and food allergies since she was 2 months old. And while food allergies stink, that darn eczema is more of a daily misery for her.

On the suggestion from some friends, we got her on a waitlist for a functional medicine team. They have been working with us in an attempt to heal her body from the inside out basically. What this means for her as far as eating is a super clean diet. Basically unprocessed or minimally processed, clean foods. Think meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and some grains. So…no dyes, additives, refined sugar, gluten etc. I will be honest, at times it has been tough for all of us (for so many reasons, a lot of them emotional). I can truly sympathize with those who have to basically change their lifestyle over for one reason or another. It’s hard.

But, finally this fall we turned a corner. She is getting better.  The before and after pictures are pretty amazing actually. I can see her sweet little face without red sores and wounds covering it. She hasn’t had an infection since this summer. And she feels better. The proof that there just might be something to healthy living and unprocessed diets is written all over her face (literally).

This most recent appointment brought some new information to us. We have some items to change and start including, but also some to exclude. It looks like she is going to have to give up all grains for awhile which means the loss of one of her few treats (Enjoy Life snack bars). This was definitely a mental setback for us. Not that she has to have them, it’s just nice to have one thing that is easy that she thinks is a treat. Oh well, time to move on and work around it.

Homemade snack bar recipe

The nutritionist and I decided to start researching home made nut free Larabar style snacks.  A Larabar is an awesome product that is made of natural ingredients and sweetened with items such as dates and fruit. We unfortunately can not purchase them due to food allergies.  I found two recipes that included items that I wanted to use as a starting place. What I found is that these bars are easy to make! Several of the ingredients seem like they can be changed or modified to make it work for you needs. For example, in my daughter’s case we needed to add some very specific items (like fats). We are really trying to pack a punch into these little treats. So, if you want less of a caloric load…feel free to omit items or lesson them.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.) 1.5 cups dates

-it helps to soak dates in water first for 10-15 minutes

2.) 1 cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)

3.) 1/4 c pumpkin seeds

4.) 1/4 c sunflower seeds

5.) 2 tbsp chia seeds

6.) 1 tbsp ground flax

7.) 1 cup shredded coconut

8.) 1 tsp cinnamon

9.) 2 tbsp coconut oil

10.) 1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut flour

11.) chocolate chips (optional, we buy these)

**we are trying to add healthy fats into her diet which is the reason for the coconut oil.  I added a bit of coconut flour to thicken the bars.  Always start with less coconut flour and add it a little at a time.  It takes the moisture out of things quickly…you could omit both of these items and be fine!

Directions

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the dates until smooth.  I leave a little water with them from soaking (it seems like it helps while processing them).  Next add items 2-9 and process until smooth.  Add the coconut flour as directed above a little at a time and process.  Remove mix from food processor and stir in any chocolate chips.

Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper or press n seal and flatten the mix into the bottom of the pan.  This was enough for more than one layer, so add more lining right on top and press the remaining in. Freeze for 2 hours and then cut into bars. I cut those in half and wrapped them separately and put in a freezer bag.  Store in freezer.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade snack bar recipe

These are so versatile, so experiment! I want to make some with fruit next. These bars are based in the original recipe from www.nutfreepaleo.com

Homemade snack bar recipe

 

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher