Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Breakfast Muffins

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This morning, I concocted a breakfast recipe (inspired by the lovely Nom Nom Paleo) that revived a part of me I thought was gone forever. The cheesy, savory, crispy, breakfast muffin part of me, to be exact. I’ve always been a huge sucker for frittatas and quiches, with the main attraction being the buttery, crunchy, addictive crust that holds the whole rodeo together. Cooking in a grain-free kitchen, I’ve only splurged on a few of these heavenly morning treats over the past few years, all in restaurants—since I never once thought to try making a grain-free version.

Thank goodness that’s over with. Now, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and pop these incredible Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Breakfast Muffins into the ole weekend morning routine.

These home-bakery delights are a true home run. (We just finished devouring 12 of them in one sitting, so I’m speaking from a place of finger-licking truth over here.) If you’re anything like me, the concept of the frittata is a bit daunting. It’s breakfast, but it’s also a baked good, so it seems natural to assume a high level of baking skill would be needed. I usually shy away from baking anything with eggs because I’m always afraid it will come out tasteless, overdone, and spongy—like the frittatas you get at a bad Holiday Inn breakfast, included with your room.

But these frittata muffins are simply divine. Crisp on the outside, thanks to a “crust” of crispy, mouth-watering proscuitto, and packed with flavor on the inside, thanks to perfectly seasoned mushrooms, onions, peppers, and baby spinach. The best part is the frittata itself, which gets a magical texture and consistency from the addition of whole milk and coconut flour. (Don’t worry, absolutely NO weird coconut flavor comes through.)

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I have to say, one of my favorite ingredients in these muffins is the Gruyere cheese. The addition of freshly shredded Gruyere right before they hit the oven takes the flavor to another level, and gives the muffins that golden-brown crisp on top that we all crave in a savory frittata at breakfast time.

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This might all sound a bit complicated, but this is actually one of the easiest—and quickest—recipes we’ve posted in a long time. And they only take a few minutes to cool, so you can chow down right after they come out of the oven, piping hot and ready to revive your muffin-eating habits. Just take a look at these muffins on the cooling rack, where they lasted for a whopping 2 minutes before we helped ourselves to all 12:

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Breakfast Muffins
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. coconut flour
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ¼ lb. Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Set a large cast-iron skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and heat for one minute.
  3. Add minced onion to the olive oil and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and red bell pepper to the onion, and season generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  5. Cook vegetable mixture until mushrooms begin to evaporate their moisture, about 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer vegetables from the pan to a plate, and cool to room temperature. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, combine 8 eggs, 2 tablespoons coconut flour, and ¼ cup of whole milk. Whisk until combined.
  8. Combine vegetables with the egg mixture, and add 3 handfuls of fresh baby spinach. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  9. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray (we use Pam).
  10. Line each muffin cup with prosciutto, taking care to cover the sides and bottom of each cup.
  11. Spoon the frittata batter into the muffin pan.
  12. Top each muffin with a generous pinch of shredded Gruyere, and use a fork to incorporate the cheese into the middle of the muffin.
  13. Bake muffins for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  14. Finish muffins on broil for 2 minutes to lightly brown the tops of the muffins.
  15. Serve immediately—or not! They're delicious the next morning, too.

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So, how did you like these Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Breakfast Muffins? Let us know in the comments :)

Xo,
S

Tomato & Mozzarella Crispy Chicken Skillet Recipe

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After a longer-than-intended hiatus that included the launching of a new business, a month-long travel stint, and several other beautiful life happenings, the Grain-Free Love kitchen is back in action! What better way to start off 2016 than with a recipe that includes the word “skillet”?

I can’t be the only one who’s transported by the utterance of the word “skillet” to a warm, toasty kitchen with a crackling fire, sizzling succulent foods, and fantasies of cast-iron deliciousness keeping me warm from a roaring blizzard outside. (Am I?)

That’s why I’ve been perfecting this chicken skillet recipe for months now. It started off innocently enough. I want chicken parm tonight, Marc said. Let’s go ahead and make it, I said. But then things went awry. It turned into a skillet fest.

After our first love affair with chicken pan-seared and then baked in a skillet, I started experimenting with ways to innovate our old stand-by and devoted friend, the Grain-Free Chicken Parmigiana recipe. And while that recipe is much-loved and remains forever on our dinner rotation, the creation of this Tomato & Mozzarella Crispy Chicken Skillet recipe has really turned it up a notch as far as chicken-y cheese-y dishes go, in our humble skillety opinions.

First off, instead of using breaded chicken breast, we’ve thrown caution to the wind and gone for the tastiest chicken part there is: the thigh. By using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, the flavor is bursting through in this dish, complete with extra crispy skin (think KFC chicken skin, expect without the parts that shave 2 years off your life), juicy meat, and mouth-watering taste. The addition of pan-seared diced prosciutto (or pancetta, if you prefer), spicy red pepper flakes, savory onions, fresh garlic and basil, and a handful of capers—well, I needn’t say more.

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Imagine all of this cooked down in a quick San Marzano tomato sauce and topped with bubbly Mozzarella cheese, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what went down in our kitchen last night. Now make it go down in yours.

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Tomato & Mozzarella Crispy Chicken Skillet Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 medium to large chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • ¼ cup diced prosciutto or pancetta
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 Tbs. capers
  • 1 28 oz can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded or fresh
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Generously salt and pepper the chicken thighs on all sides and let rest.
  3. In a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add diced prosciutto, cooking until nicely browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove prosciutto from the pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Add chicken to the hot pan and cook for 15 minutes, about 7 minutes per side, until skin is crispy and the thighs have a nice golden-brown sear.
  7. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  8. Next, add the onion and garlic to the pan. Cook while stirring for about 2 minutes, or until onion begins to turn translucent.
  9. Add the capers and two large pinches of red pepper flakes to the pan. Fry for 3 minutes.
  10. Add tomatoes (with their juices) and 4 fresh basil leaves (roughly chopped) to the pan mixture.
  11. Let cook and stir until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Break up the tomatoes with your spatula as you stir.
  12. Return chicken to the pan of sauce and place the pan in the oven, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until chicken cooks through.
  13. Remove skillet from oven and change oven setting to broil.
  14. Add Mozzarella cheese, as desired, in generous pinches around the top of the dish and return to the oven until cheese is bubbly and golden but not burned, about 3 minutes.
  15. Garnish the dish with prosciutto and torn basil leaves, and enjoy!

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How’d you like this delectable grain-free chicken recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

Xo,
S

Extra Hot & Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

IMG_7165It’s finally that time of year again: BBQ parties, roof deck dinners, and—soon enough—weekends lounging at the beach with our toes in the sand. In the spirit of this long-awaited seasonal rebirth, we’ve been testing out some brand new, party-ready recipes in the Grain-Free Love kitchen. And what spring or summer party is complete without a piping hot tray of crowd-pleasing, finger-lickin’ good buffalo wings?

Certainly not any party we would host. That’s why we gave this recipe multiple go-arounds before we settled on what we think is the best baked, flour-free buffalo wings recipe ever.

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The secret to these wings comes down to the three Bs: butter, basting, and baking. We all know that butter makes everything better, and it turns out that’s especially true for buffalo wings. Who knew?

To make these delectable, extra spicy, crispy baked wings, season some chicken wings generously with garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper before popping them in the oven for 20 minutes. In the meantime, melt down some butter and mix it together with your favorite buffalo sauce (we love to use this scrumptious, gluten-free Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce). Once the chicken’s baking time is up, you’ll baste each wing individually in the butter-buffalo sauce before returning the wings to the oven for another 20 minutes.

And yep, you guessed it: Once the wings have baked for another 20 minutes, you’re going to baste them again. This time, you’ll use straight buffalo sauce to slather your wings with spicy goodness, before crisping them up for another 5 minutes in an extra hot oven.

The end result is a tray full of crispy, spicy wings. The butter crisps the skin to perfection, while the act of twice-bastings the wings infuses the chicken with that extra burst of buffalo flavor we all love so much. Enjoy! (And don’t forget the napkins…)

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Extra Hot & Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 lbs. of chicken wings (about 25-30 wings)
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1½ cups buffalo sauce (we love this gluten-free Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce)
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Place chicken wings on the parchment paper, lining them up in rows. It's not a problem if they touch one another.
  4. Generously season the wings with salt, then garlic powder, and then with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. I like to give each wing a good couple of shakes of the cayenne pepper, but I'm just crazy like that.
  5. Flip the wings over and season again, just as you did before.
  6. Place wings in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. While wings bake, make your buffalo mixture. Melt ⅓ cup butter and mix it together in a large bowl with 1 cup of buffalo sauce. Set aside.
  8. Once wings have baked for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven, but keep the oven temperature at 425 degrees.
  9. Let the wings cool slightly for a few minutes. Then, using tongs, take each wing separately and dip it into the bowl of buffalo/butter mixture, coating the chicken thoroughly. Return coated wing to the baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken wings are coated in the sauce.
  10. Set aside the leftover buffalo sauce—you'll be using this later!
  11. Return chicken to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
  12. After the 20 minutes is up, remove the trays of chicken from the oven. Take the remaining buffalo sauce and add another ½ cup of buffalo sauce to it. Repeat the process from before, taking the wings out with tongs and dipping them into the mixture.
  13. Return dipped wings to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, until skin is crispy.
  14. Serve immediately with your favorite wing accompaniments, and enjoy!

How’d you like this baked buffalo wings recipe? Let us know!

Xo,
S

How to Make the Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

When you first decide to go grain-free, you might experience a phenomenon where all your favorite breads pass before your eyes, one by one, as if you’re saying goodbye to them forever. “Farewell!” you’ll cry out. “Thank you for your bready goodness all these years—I’ll never forget you!”

This reaction is only partially based in reality: No, you’re not saying goodbye to breads forever; but yes, you’re right that you won’t ever forget the breads you loved before you made the grain-free leap. In fact, if you’re anything like us, you’ll spend a good chunk of your time trying to replicate your favorite breads in a grain-free kitchen, over and over, until you get it just right.

We’re still working on a few of these (English muffins, anyone?) but here’s one we recently got down to a science: the perfect paleo banana bread. And I’m here to tell you how to make it.

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It’s easy as pie…er, bread…to make this delicious, moist, sweet, banana-filled loaf, and you probably have most of the required ingredients just hangin’ out in your pantry already. But the first and most important step here is the main squeeze: the banana.

While most paleo banana bread recipes only call for a couple of bananas, I’ve found that the best paleo banana bread actually calls for double what you’d expect. Four large bananas do the trick, kicking up the banana flavor several notches while giving the bread that dense, doughy quality that paleo baked goods so often lack.

Once you have your bananas (yellow or brown, any variety of ripeness will do!) just raid your cupboard for those staples any home cook should always have on hand: nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. The sweetness of this bread comes from the pure maple syrup and honey, while the consistency of the bread depends on coconut flour, so make sure you have those on hand, too. (Our favorite coconut flour is this kind by Let’s Do Organic—it *does* matter which kind you use, and I highly encourage you to use this! Other coconut flours are grainy, brown, and sometimes bland. This one ain’t.)

With the scrumptious batter made, the key to baking the perfect paleo banana bread is not to overcook it. A burned banana bread is a very, very sad sight indeed. Done right, this recipe will give you just what you’ve been craving: that golden-brown banana bread top that flashed before your eyes when you first decided to go grain-free…

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 4
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  • 4 large bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 Tbs. butter, softened
  • ½ Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut flour (use this kind by Let’s Do Organic)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • One pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine bananas, eggs, vanilla, butter, maple syrup, and honey in a food processor and pulse until smooth. If you don't have a food processor, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use a hand-held mixer to beat until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. If using a food processor, pulse until wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth. If using a hand-held mixer, beat ingredients together until mixture is smooth.
  5. Grease a bread loaf pan with butter or cooking spray, and pour banana bread batter into the pan.
  6. Bake banana bread at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, or until the top of the bread is golden-brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
  7. Let the cooked banana bread rest for about 5 minutes. Then transfer the bread to a cooling rack, and let it cool for another 5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy this perfect paleo banana bread with a slab of melted butter and a drizzle of maple syrup on top!

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Have fun learning how to make the perfect paleo banana bread? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Xo,
S

Delicious Paleo Apple Crisp Recipe

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A funny thing happens when you’re living through Snowmaggedon, sometime around the eighth blizzard in a row: You start to forget what colors, tastes, and aromas occur naturally in the world. Earth becomes a barren wasteland of muddy snow banks, black ice, and grey skies. “Do plants exist anymore?” you begin to wonder, in all seriousness. “Will I ever see fruit again?”

The answer is, of course you will. At the grocery store. When you go there to buy ingredients for this delicious paleo apple crisp, braving the bleak, frigid outdoors…

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As a girl without much of a sweet tooth, I’m constantly surprised by how much comfort I take in apple-based desserts. I never felt so warm this winter as I did on the night I first baked this recipe, with the sweet scents of cinnamon and nutmeg filling the kitchen, and the oven warming the entire apartment as ripe apples bubbled and crisped inside.

The secret to this paleo apple crisp is letting the fresh ingredients stand on their own, with just enough natural spice and sweetness added to bring out the best in what Mother Earth already cooked up on her own. Lemon juice, cinnamon, natural honey, and pure maple syrup coax a tangy-sweet taste from the red apples as they bake, while the topping—made of crushed pecans, tapioca flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a dash of honey and maple syrup—crisps up to a perfect golden-brown.

There’s something so therapeutic about a sizzling plate of apple crisp, just waiting to be devoured. In fact, simply bringing home a bounty of fresh red apples is deeply cathartic for the sun-starved soul.

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Delicious Paleo Apple Crisp Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
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  • For topping:
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 11/2 cups pecans, finely crushed
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • For filling:
  • 6 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (any variety of red apple will do)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine thinly sliced apples, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbs. honey, ¼ cup maple syrup, and the juice of 1 lemon. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Lightly grease a 9x12-inch baking pan with butter. Pour apple mixture into the pan, spreading mixture out evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  4. Next, make the topping for your apple crisp. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1.5 cups finely crushed pecans, 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. maple syrup, and ¾ cup tapioca flour. Mix well.
  5. Cut in 4 Tbs. butter using a pastry cutter, your fingers, or two sharp knives.
  6. Once butter is completely incorporated, sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture, using your fingers to crumble it up as you go.
  7. Bake apple crisp for 35-40 minutes, or until the apple filling is bubbling and the topping begins to turn golden-brown.
  8. Remove crisp from the oven and drizzle some maple syrup evenly over the top, to taste, about 1 Tbs.
  9. Return crisp to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  10. Serve immediately, with a side of your favorite coconut ice cream!

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How’d you like this delicious paleo apple crisp recipe? Let us know, and stay warm and toasty out there!

Xo,
S

 

Sweet Potato & Scallion Paleo Latkes Recipe

Sweet Potato Latke

 

Latkes: who doesn’t love them? The nice Jewish cousin of the all-American diner hash brown, these potato pancakes are fried up in your choice of fat, and served alongside a hefty portion of hungry relatives in town to celebrate the Miracle of Lights.

But let’s be honest. If you’ve ever had latkes, you certainly don’t wait around for Hanukkah each year until you can eat them. When done right, these Jewish treats are some of the best food my tribe has to offer (excluding bagels and lox, of course). My own grandmother used to fry up truly magical latkes that were crispy as potato chips outside, and silky-smooth inside.

The only problem with latkes is that their main ingredient is white potatoes, which are severely lacking in the nutrient department. In the Grain-Free Love kitchen, we like to use wholesome vegetables and produce that boost energy, leave our tummies feeling light, and pack a huge punch of flavor. What’s a latke-loving girl to do?

The answer: sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato LatkeWe’ve been cooking up mashed sweet potato (recipe coming soon!) and sweet potato home fries for years, but about six months ago we finally decided to perfect the paleo sweet potato latke. Reminiscent of my grandmother’s latkes, these sweet potato alternatives—chock-full of onion—fry to a beautiful, crunchy golden-brown over a thick slab of butter.

But my favorite part of this recipe has to be the scallions, an addition Marc made on a whim several weeks ago. They add a snap of earthy spice to the onion-sweet potato mixture, and the scallion flavor permeates the dish as the latkes fry slowly over medium heat. Your apartment (or house, if you’re one of those people who actually has storage—can we use some?) will smell like my kind of heaven as soon as you toss these on the stove.

Sweet Potato & Scallion Paleo Latkes
 
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Serves: 2
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  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and shredded (We use a Cuisinart to shred the sweet potato, but you can also use a handheld cheese grater.)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large scallion, green parts only, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. tapioca flour
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place shredded sweet potato in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Fill bowl with hot water, just until sweet potato is covered. Add a generous pinch of salt and let the sweet potato soak until step 3.
  2. While sweet potato soaks in salt water, place chopped onion in a mesh colander. Holding the colander over the sink, use a spatula to press the moisture out of the onion. Do this for about 30 seconds, or until moisture is gone. Remove onions from the colander and set aside.
  3. Next, place the shredded sweet potato into the mesh colander, and use the spatula to press out the moisture from the sweet potato. It's important to get the sweet potato as dry as possible during this step, so that your latkes are easier to shape later on.
  4. Now that the sweet potato and onion are dry, combine them in a large mixing bowl with the chopped scallion greens, egg, tapioca flour, ½ tsp. of salt, and ½ tsp. of black pepper. Mix well.
  5. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter to the pan.
  6. Once butter is almost melted, it's time to start cooking your sweet potato latkes. For each latke, grab a handful of latke mixture and roll it into a ball. Add the ball directly to the hot buttered pan and press it flat with a spatula. Repeat until latke mixture is gone.
  7. NOTE: Make sure that you frequently stir your latke mixture, so that the egg and moisture don't sink to the bottom of the mixture.
  8. Once latkes are all cooking on the pan, turn heat down to medium or medium-low, depending on your burner. (You don't want the heat to be so high that the latkes burn as they cook, or the butter starts to smoke.) Cook for 20-25 minutes, about 10-15 minutes per side, or until golden-brown and crisp at the edges. Don't fiddle with the latkes while they cook, and be sure to flip them carefully and swiftly to prevent breakage.
  9. Serve latkes alone with applesauce or Greek yogurt for dipping, or use them as a delicious side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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How’d you like this paleo sweet potato latke recipe? Let us know!

Xo,
S

Paleo Blueberry Pancakes Recipe with Fresh Blackberry Maple Syrup

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This recipe for paleo blueberry pancakes needs no introduction…but here I go, giving it one anyway.

I made these for Marc this morning as a Valentine’s Day breakfast surprise, since it’s his absolute favorite meal. The best part about these pancakes is the fact that they’re golden, fluffy, crisp, and delicious—all without an ounce of grains.

Or maybe the best part is the tartly sweet addition of fresh blueberries caramelized in sugar over high heat.

BlueberriesOr maybe it’s the juicy, plump blackberries combined with pure maple syrup to blanket the whole dish in a layer of succulent, syrupy delight.

As it turns out, the hardest part of this recipe is figuring out which ingredient makes your tummy happiest. Not a bad way to start the National Day of Love…or any day at all!

Paleo Blueberry Pancakes with Fresh Blackberry Maple Syrup
 
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Serves: 2 to 3
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. sugar (we like to use Truvia instead)
Instructions
  1. Preheat an electric skillet to 300 degrees, or place a large stove-top skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine bananas, eggs, almond butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add butter to the pan, and then add fresh blueberries. Sprinkle the sugar on top of blueberries and sauté, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes. You're done when the blueberries start to release their purple juices, and their skins take on a deep purple-blue color.
  4. Remove blueberries from heat and set aside.
  5. Grease skillet with cooking spray and pour batter to make 3- to 4-inch pancakes. Just after pouring batter, drop 5-10 blueberries onto the surface of each pancake.
  6. Let each side get nice and golden-brown before flipping pancakes, about 4 minutes per side.
  7. While your blueberry pancakes are cooking, place blackberries and pure maple syrup in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  8. Note: We like the blackberry seeds, but if you prefer your syrup without seeds, simply strain it through a mesh colander before serving.
  9. To serve, stack pancakes, top with any leftover blueberries or blackberries, and smother with fresh blackberry maple syrup.

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How’d you like this paleo blueberry pancakes recipe? Let us know!

Xo,
S

P.S. Not a huge fan of blueberries in your pancakes? Hope on over to Grain-Free Love’s recipe of regular Golden Paleo Pancakes, then!

Shakshuka Recipe with Feta and Roasted Chickpeas

Note: The following is a guest post by my brilliant, beautiful friend Kathryn Trappey, whose incredible cooking has inspired me over the years to become a better cook myself. Without her, I doubt there would be a Grain-Free Love! Her delicious recipe for shakshuka, which I implore her to cook for me every time we’re together, follows.

Xo,
S

Shakshuka

I honestly can’t remember whether it was Stephanie who introduced me, or I who introduced her to Smitten Kitchen several years ago, but since then I know that Deb Perelman has been a major influence for both of us (see Stephanie’s reverence for her short ribs here). I have taken and adapted countless of Deb’s recipes over the years. However, my favorite and by far most highly rotated of her dishes is shakshuka, a dish of Tunisian origin that then migrated to Libya, Morocco, Egypt, and Israel.

The first time I made this dish I was trying to show off my knowledge of worldly cooking to my then-boyfriend Greg. I described the dish I was about to make, and to say the least he was unimpressed. “Eggs in tomato sauce? You’re making eggs in tomato sauce—for breakfast?”

Now people, this dish is not just eggs in tomato sauce. It’s onions and peppers caramelized in intensely aromatic Middle Eastern spices, topped with slow-stewed tomatoes, in which eggs are then softly poached. It quickly became Greg’s favorite dish of all time. Yes, a guy who loves eating leftover pizza for breakfast and who participates in Burger Friday every Friday, suddenly wanted nothing other than shakshuka on our lazy weekend mornings. And I have to agree—it’s absolutely the most delicious healthful dish I’ve ever had.

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And, I’m not lying when I say that the prospect of eating this dish every weekend for the rest of his life just might have played a role in Greg’s asking me to marry him.

The dish is normally served with pita or crusty bread, but luckily shakshuka is so flexible that you could even eat it alone. However, if you’re trying to stay away from grains, I highly recommend that you serve your shakshuka over Grain-Free Love’s Crunchy, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas. Enjoy!

- Kathryn

Shakshuka Recipe with Feta and Roasted Chickpeas
 
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Serves: 4-6
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  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers (or your favorite type of pepper, I like this dish spicy), some or all seeds removed, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbs. smoked paprika (regular paprika is also fine)
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of whole peeled tomatoes, poured into a separate bowl and crushed by hand
  • 4-6 eggs (1 or 2 per person)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Get started on the roasted chickpeas first: recipe here. You can cook the rest of the dish while the chickpeas roast!
  2. Heat a large sauté pan (I use one that’s straight-sided, but anything large enough to fit the contents of both your tomato cans with plenty of room works) over medium-high heat for 1 minute, add your olive oil, wait another 15 seconds, and then dump in the onion, peppers, and garlic.
  3. Sauté, stirring often, until vegetables are brown and caramelized, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add in the cumin, turmeric, coriander, paprika, and cayenne pepper, and sauté another 2 minutes.
  5. Pour in crushed tomatoes. Once the contents of the pot come to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes
  6. Once the 20 minutes is up and the sauce has thickened, taste and add salt and pepper accordingly
  7. Carefully break the eggs into the sauce, spacing them out evenly over the sauce. Cover the pot and let the eggs poach in the sauce for about 6 minutes.
  8. Once the whites of the eggs are opaque, turn off the heat and carefully ladle the eggs with sauce over your roasted chickpeas.
  9. Sprinkle each dish with a healthy amount of feta and parsley.

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Crunchy, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Roasted Chickpeas

Snacks: arguably the centerpiece of mainstream American food culture. Crunchy, salty, sweet, bite-sized, addictive finger-foods. Potato chips, rice cakes, cheese crackers, pita crisps, bagel chips, Oreos, Doritos (Cool Ranch used to be my jam). These foods are not just beacons of the collective American childhood, they’re also staples of most adult American diets.

So it’s no surprise that snacking can be tough when you’re trying to avoid processed foods, foods made with grain, and nutrient-lacking white potatoes.

Enter the glorious chickpea. More specifically, the glorious chickpea of the rinsed, spiced, and roasted variety.

ChickpeasI can’t overstate my gratitude for these tasty toasted beans—they’ve saved me from many a potato chip craving, and they do it with a perfect snack-food flair. Think: all the flavor and crunch of spicy, kettle-cooked potato chips, but without the greasy, overly salty, soon-to-be-regretted health detriments. In fact, chickpeas are renowned for their unique supply of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and protein. Multiple studies have also associated chickpeas with increased levels of satiety, meaning that they make us feel fuller for longer.

But anyway, I digress. This isn’t a nutrition blog. It’s a delicious-recipes-to-put-in-your-belly blog. So I’ll tell you something more on message. The equation for perfectly roasted chickpeas is quite simple: fierce seasonings + high heat. After that, it’s up to you to devour this delectable finger-food however you see fit. Now put down the bag of Doritos and slowly back away…

Crunchy, Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can chickpeas (we like to use Goya brand)
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour chickpeas into a mesh colander. Rinse under cold water for about 30 seconds. Shake out excess moisture.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine chickpeas, olive oil, cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Stir well, coating chickpeas thoroughly in seasonings.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread chickpeas out in a single layer on parchment paper.
  5. For extra crunchy chickpeas -- the way we like them! -- roast chickpeas at 450 degrees for 40 minutes, tossing with a spatula halfway through cooking time to ensure even roasting.
  6. If you prefer the chickpeas a bit softer but still crispy, roast them for about 30 minutes, and then check them every few minutes until you achieve your desired consistency. Either way, chickpeas should be golden brown and crisp to the touch when finished.
  7. Let chickpeas cool for a few minutes before serving. Eat them plain as a delicious snack, or add them to your favorite salad or meal as a crunchy side dish.
  8. NOTE: It's normal for the chickpeas to make "popping" sounds while they roast, like popcorn does in the microwave. A few of them might even jump off the baking sheet. Just be sure to check the bottom of your oven for runaway chickpeas once you're done roasting!

Roasted Chickpeas

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Xo,
S

Perfect Grain-Free Chicken Parmigiana Recipe

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when only a plate of crispy, cheesy, sizzling hot chicken parmigiana will do. For me, that time comes pretty frequently. In fact, it came just yesterday, and I’m willing to bet it’ll be here again by tomorrow.

The trouble with these sudden-onset chicken parmigiana cravings is two-fold. First, chicken parmigiana isn’t normally a dish you can whip up on a whim, as it requires a hearty, typically homemade tomato sauce. And second, chicken parmigiana relies on perfectly crispy, breaded chicken to achieve its unparalleled yumminess—something that’s notoriously difficult to replicate without succumbing to the temptation of Italian breadcrumbs, which we don’t do in the Grain-Free Love kitchen. But yesterday, I solved both of these issues. Eliminated them completely. Bye bye, two-fold chicken parmigiana problem.

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Today, you’re going to do the same. And then you’re going to sit back, congratulate yourself on making a ridiculously good meal in a scandalously short amount of time, and tuck into a hearty meal of grain-free chicken parmigiana.

The grain-free “breading” mixture used in this recipe (half almond flour, half tapioca flour) makes for a golden-fried, crispy chicken bursting with spices like thyme, oregano, black pepper, and garlic. And instead of spending an hour making homemade tomato sauce, I’ve given you a quick, tasty way to doctor up your favorite jarred sauce with red wine, onions, garlic clove, and parmesan. And it all takes just 30 minutes.

Now go forth and conquer your chicken parmigiana cravings!

Perfect Grain-Free Chicken Parmigiana Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine (any bottle you have on hand will do the trick)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (we highly recommend using this 4-cheese sauce by Rao's)
  • 1 medium or half a large onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. dried parlsey
  • 1 cup shredded or shaved Parmesan & Romano mixture
  • Generous pinches of: salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Lay chicken breasts out on a large cutting board. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Using a hammer or a rolling pin, pound out chicken until very thin, less than ¼-inch thick.
  2. On a large plate or shallow bowl, combine tapioca flour, almond flour, and pinches of salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. Stir together throughly with a spoon.
  3. Next, dredge each chicken breast in the flour mixture, making sure each chicken is thoroughly coated. You might need to use your hands to pat the mixture down into the skin of the chicken. Don't be shy! You can wash your hands as soon as you're done. ;)
  4. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add olive oil and butter.
  5. Once oil and butter have melted, add both chicken breasts to your hot pan.
  6. Fry each chicken breast until crisp and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Be careful when flipping the chicken, because the "breading" can be prone to peeling off. Use a non-stick spatula and employ quick, sure movements to flip each breast. If chicken starts to burn or oil begins to smoke, turn the heat down to medium-high.
  7. Set browned chicken aside on a plate, and place it inside a turned-off oven or microwave to retain some heat while you move on to the next steps.
  8. Add your chopped onions and minced garlic to the same pan where you cooked the chicken. Don't clean the pan first! You want all the leftover buttery goodness that comes from frying chicken to flavor the onion and garlic. Stir onion and garlic with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat.
  9. Add red wine to onions and let reduce for about 2 minutes.
  10. Next, add 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce. Let cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Add a large pinch of Parmesan & Romano mixture (about 1 Tbs.) to your sauce and stir.
  12. Place cooked chicken on top of sauce. Sprinkle tops of the chicken generously with cheese mixture, covering each chicken breast.
  13. Place the lid on the pan and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.
  14. Serve immediately, plating chicken on top of sauce and garnishing with dried parsley. Serve with extra cheese on the side. Mangia!

Grain-Free Chicken Parm

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Xo,
S