What????? Paleo Fruit Pie????

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Paleo Fruit Pie

Is it really pie?  It has no crust.  Nope – not on top or on the bottom.  It has no sugar added.  It has not thickeners added.  Hmmmm.

BUT – it IS baked in a pie pan.  And it IS delicious.   And it sure DOES smell and taste delicious like a really good pie.  So …. I say “YES” it is Paleo Pie!

  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 4 Organic Apples – I used Gala apples – peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Organic Blueberries
  • 1 cup Organic Black Berries
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Ghee

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease the bottom and sides of a ceramic pie pan generously with coconut oil.  Toss apples, blueberries and blackberries in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Top with ghee, and cover with foil.  Bake 35 minutes or until fruit is soft.  If you prefer a drier pie, uncover for the last 15 minutes.  Serve warm … Mmmmmmmm!

This is a great topping for paleo zucchini bread!  What???? Paleo Bread?????

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Pesticides – are they worth the risk?

The top three reasons I am against pesticides.

  1. I do not believe they have been proven to be safe.
  2. There ARE other “Organic” options  – and the ORGANIC items TASTE BETTER, too!
  3. Why risk it?
Organic Sweet Potatoes, "Pan Fried" in an iron skillet  with nitrite free bacon grease

Organic Sweet Potatoes, “Pan Fried” in an iron skillet with nitrite free bacon grease

Something about my previous food choices was not allowing the nutrients in the foods I ate to feed and nourish my body.  I am certainly no chemist, but I AM an expert in knowing my self.  I know I ate less than many other “normally weighted” friends and family.  I know I could not lose weight even by eating less and exercising more.

It’s interesting – and worth some investigation – to know that when I gave up all the chemical-laden foods in my previous diet, I began to lose my excess weight, and I began to FEEL nourished.

I recently began following the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to learn more about this.  They recently posted an article regarding pesticides commonly found on US Produce, that the European Food regulators have questioned.  You may also want to look at The Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s  annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

According to their research, some of the food items where the pesticide was detected most often are:

  • Broccoli (60 percent)
  • Cauliflower (59 percent)
  • Grapes (51 percent)
  • Spinach (48 percent)
  • Lettuce (34 percent)
  • Potatoes (33 percent)
  • Sweet bell peppers (32 percent)
  • Cherry tomatoes (21 percent)
  • Apples (20 percent)

The decision by Europe’s top food safety agency to call for new restrictions on two pesticides common on conventionally-grown U.S. produce because they “may affect the developing human nervous system” in young children underscores the danger of reliance on pesticides.  I encourage you to read more, and – of course – to buy organic items whenever you can.

Or – you can ignore this – but …. REALLY, Is it worth the risk?

Organic and Paleo Dinners for the week

This week I began preparing several dishes to share with family and friends.  

Hope you’ll find the photos, notes, recipes and links helpful:

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Cinnamon Pork Chops, Acorn Squash and Green Beans

Organic Cinnamon Pork Chops – with Apples and Onions 

Inspired by PALEOMG.com

  • 2 Organic Boneless Pork Chops (@ $4 from Strack & Van ‘Til – fresh meat department)
  • 1 Organic Apple, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 2 T Organic Coconut Oil (<$1 from Costco)
  • 1 T Pure Raw Honey
  • 1 t Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Dry Mustard Powder

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Using a medium sized skillet on medium heat, saute apples and onions in coconut oil until just soft.  Toss with honey and 1/2 t. cinnamon and continue to cook until the mixture begins to caramelize.  Remove the apples and onions to a small casserole dish or 9″ pie pan.  Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, remaining cinnamon and mustard powder.  Using the same skillet, sear pork chops on both sides (3 minutes per side) and place on top of the onions and apples in your casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes until internal temp reaches 145 degrees.

Serves 2 at under $4 per serving

Baked Acorn Squash and Green Beans with Shallots

Inspired by Practical Paleo

  • 1/2 Organic Acorn Squash (@ $1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 t Coconut Mana (<$1 from Herb Thyme)
  • 1 t Ghee (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 1 T Organic Raisins (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 1 T Slivered Almonds (<$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Pinch Organic Cinnamon
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Slice Squash down the middle lengthwise, remove seeds, clean and place it face down in an oven-safe baking dish.  Bake approx. 30 minutes until it is fork-tender.  Turn it cut-side-up and fill the cavity with coconut mana, ghee, raisins, almonds and seasoning.  Cook an additional 15 minutes

Serves 2 at under $1 per serving

Fresh Green beans and organic leeks (sliced) were sauteed over medium heat with ghee, shallots and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Serves 2 at under $1 per serving
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Caprese Chicken with Bacon and Asparagus

Paleo Caprese Chicken with Bacon – Side of Grilled Asparagus

Inspired by foodonthetable.com

  •  4 slices Coleman Natural – Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon  (@$2 from Costco)
  • 2 Organic boneless chicken breast halves (@$4 from Costco – Coleman brand)
  • 2 Campari Tomatoes, sliced (@$3 from Produce Depot)
  • 6 Organic Basil Leaves  (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste;

Preheat your oven to 400 F.  Place the bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the oven to cook for about 10 minutes so they are still soft.  Remove from the oven and pat the slices dry with paper towels.  Rub the chicken breast halves in the rendered bacon fat, season them with salt and pepper to taste and place them in a baking dish.  Place the basil leaves and tomato slices on top of the breast halves and place the partially cooked bacon slices over.  Place in the oven to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is well cooked.

Serves 2 at approx. $5 per serving

Fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed was grilled with olive oil, salt and pepper – an a touch of organic brown mustard.

Serves 2 at under $2 per serving