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Bacon and Celery Root Egg Skillet

Bacon and Egg Skillet MLM

 

Didn’t even get the word leeks to fit into that fully stuffed title.

This casserole/skillet will leave you just as deliciously filled and nutritiously plump. Oh wait, it’s low carb and keto friendly so plump is never on the menu. 

Eat delicious foods that keep your body at a weight losing detox is the slogan of the keto world. We up those fats and cut the carbs to where every bite is fully sweetened with only the subtleties of food flavor.

This skillet cuts potatoes and instead uses celery root. I use this veggie wonder of low carb nighthood to make up for the lack of potato in my life all the time. At this point the potato seems dull in comparison to my favorite veggie. I cut it into fries and just fry them in a cast iron with salt and oil. I put them into stews and even spiralize them into soups. Celery Root even freezes well. What more could you ask of nature? Celery root’s main awakening into my mental food cookbook happened after having them in this celery root chicken and mushroom alfredo. Once you go celery you never go potato again…except when you twin brings home leftover BBQ stuffed into a potato and you really want that BBQ?

Holidays just make carbs  soooo accessible. I miss the keto feels of mind clarity and body readiness though, so I’m kickstarting back into the low carb world with this skillet.

The celery root has more crunch to it’s munch than the easily softened potato, but I love how the root gets soft and absorbs up all the flavor you can offer it, but still keeps some of its crunchy texture. The longer you cook it the softer it gets, but I recommend cutting a few strips off before making this dish and eat a piece raw, a piece raw and salted, and a piece that’s been cut into a fry shape and heated in the skillet for about two minutes on each side. That way you get to fully experience what this root can offer you.

Bacon and Celery Root Egg Skillet.jpg

 

Ingredients:

4 Strips Bacon

7 Eggs

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Cup Coconut Butter

1 Cup Celery Root (chopped or sliced)

1/4 Cup Chopped Leek Leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Cook the bacon mostly through and then set aside (will finish cooking in skillet).
  3. Pour about two tablespoons of the grease into a tiny saucepan and gently melt it with the coconut butter.
  4. Beat the eggs and then add in the celery root, leek, and chopped bacon.
  5. Cook over medium heat for about three minutes and then pour the melted coconut butter and bacon grease over the eggs.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven to finish cooking for about 10-15 minutes. I like my eggs barely cooked through so if they taste undercooked just pop them in for about five more minutes. Avoid overcooking though because they start to taste hard.

 

 

Make it paleo by foraging for it outside. You could even hide it and let your friends find it for ultimate cavemaning. Tools required: Spatula.

Foraged Skillet

 

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Cocobutter Clove Cookies

The bitter burst of winter clove is tamed into a bursting warmth of earth flavor in these coconut butter, pumpkin and clove cookies. 

I entered a cookie swap this year as a way to insert this little blog into the world. It is growing up and I think it is time for a coming out shindig with clove dresses and cookie hair pieces. There would be top hats with an extra brim in the form of a bowl that you could go around with while party people snatched up cookies at their mouth’s desire. 

You might think in your sprog that a little low carb and paleo human could not be part of a cookie swap, but it worked out super well. I was sent delicious almond cookies, ginger snap cookies, and some other cookies that accidentally fell to the ground after my roomies dogs figured out how to knock them from the table. 

Cocobutter Pumpkin Cookies

I can’t wait for the day where food has no labels but for being food. I can add so many diet labels to these when in reality all they are is coconut butter and pumpkin sweetly molded together with a burst of clove. So simple and yet so bold.

When only going for the qualitiest of ingredients one must learn how to be simple with recipes.

Even adding salt can flow out the pennies from your wallet, but when every ingredient is delicious you also get the best flavors. There is no compensation or need to hide any ingredient. Instead you can feature the ingredients and let them burst into yours and your guest’s mouths.

Coconut butter is a newer trend and is still costing a pretty penny to purchase, but making your own is super easy if you have time and a food processor or blender. You could also use a nut butter for these if you don’t feel like venturing into the delicious land of the coconut. Coconut lends a delicious level of sweet that is so natural you’ll want to turn into a cavewoman. There is no point to adding sweetener when you have the coconut. If you’re scared to venture out then you can go ahead and add the coconut sugar or honey, but I suggest trying them without it and sprinkling some on top if you change your mind. That way you get to try them without the sweetener but can still safely add some if you change your mind.

These cookies are also low carb, vegan, egg free, vegetarian, paleo, AIP friendly, Paleo friendly, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, nut free, and fodmap friendly. Serve these up at any party without fear, just don’t forget the brimming cookie top hats. 

 

Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients:

Cocobutter Cookies Ingredients.jpg

1 Cup Coconut Butter (DIY)

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree (DIY)

2 Teaspoons Cloves, Crushed into Tiny Bits (or pre-ground cloves)

Whole Cloves (1-2 per Cookie)

2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar or Honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees for a slow bake or 350 for a quickie.
  2. Beat, or use a fork, to combine the cocobutter and pumpkin.
  3. Crush fresh cloves in a mortar and pestle into coarsely ground.
  4. Beat together the cloves and coconut sugar with the cocobutter and pumpkin.
  5. Lay the cookies out on a sheet. Since there are no lifters the size you make the cookies is the size they will turn out.
  6. Bake at 200 for 45-50  minutes or 350 for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Mouthgasm.

 

Visual Tutorial

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Beat the pumpkin puree and cocobutter together.
  3. Crush the cloves up:

Crushing Cloves

4. Combine all ingredients and then lay the cookies out onto a baking sheet:

Cookies on pan MLM

5. Press one or a couple of cloves into each cookie:

Cloved Cookie Sheet.jpg

 

 

 

Cocobutter Clove Cookies

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Cider

Final Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Cider

In ‘making this recipe up land’ I’ve discovered that throwing random fall spices into a slow cooker for cider feels the same as imagining out spices for baking. In your mind the flavors fuse together as you toss them into the bowl, and you can just taste the future flavors ahead. Eventually, after you experiment and come to know these slow cooker cider recipes, you can make ones that revolve around your mouth’s desires, especially if you’re like me and love tons of cinnamon in your drink (benefits of the single life do include having everything taste the way only you want, without having to care about others’ mouths).

I have  a confession you can’t tell the other white ladies. I’ve grown a bit weary of the pumpkin spice. It has been used in the slow cooker apple cider, and the cookie pumpkin dough, the pumpkin spice ketchup

 

Since time is rolling into the holidays I decided to use up the last of the spices in my little bags and see what nature could fondle together with some pears, anise, cloves, cinnamon, and why not some garam masala?

My mouth is so glad this concoction was fused together.

Pear Cider

All of the spicy sweetness you could want comes through with each sip, and you get a little twist for a holiday drink that will make all of your guests feel they’ve stepped into the great hall for a feast. If you all wear your house scarves and serve this with pumpkin pasties (coming soon 😉 , then call me so I can join.

If you want to be more traditional then you can definitely stick with the spices in the slow cooker apple cider and just substitute out the apples for pears.

Rawr

I personally prefer the pears now because they have a more seductive and deep taste that goes well with fall spices, but I’ve honestly always preferred pears to apples.

This cider is so inspiringly delicious I’ve already made a cocomilk pear spiced latte, pear spiced brownies…I totally left the oven on. Woops *texts roomy to please turn off oven*. Woot technology and slow baking(I’ve been baking at low temps lately for thorough heating and close to god level deliciousness). 

Pear cider cocomilk

Soon there will be a pear spiced cake. Keep your mouths watering. 

Pear Cider Ingredients

Ingredients:

4-5 Pears (I used bosc pears)

1 Tablespoon Whole Anise

2 Teaspoons Whole Cloves

3 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder

7-9 Cups Fresh Filtered Water (Quality Matters)

 

 

Visual Tutorial

  1. Compile all of your spices and pears together:

Pear Cider Ingredients

2.   Chop your pears into quarters:

Chopped Pears

3.  Put the pears into the slow cooker and fill up with water:

Into the Pot

 

4.  Dump all of your spices into a nut bag or directly into the slow cooker (to be strained out later:

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5.   Cook on low for six hours or high for three hours

6.   On the last hour smash the pears against the side of your slow cooker.

7.   Take out the spice bag or strain through a colander over a large pot.

8.   To serve simply warm in the slow cooker and serve to overjoyed guests.

Serve

Cocomilk (Coconut Milk) Recipe and Guide

Cocomilk Final

If you are looking for the freshest tasting coconut milk bliss then you have come to the right words. I’ve scoured the Internet cookbook, (basically food blogs) and realized there is a need for another coconut milk tutorial. When making a blog post I try to keep with ideas that are new and contribute to the world of food, rather than retell food stories that are already on the Internet or in books, and honestly there are a lot of coconut milk tutorials already all over the Internet’s pages.

 There are many cocomilk tutorials that get the basics down, but I have a few personal tips and tricks that will be valuable to your coconut milk making experience.

1.   Coconut Flake Size Matters

2.   Use Just Beneath Scalding Water (110 degrees is optimal)

3.   If You Use This Milk In Recipes Be Sure to Use the Cream

4. Vanilla Changes Everything

5.   Drink or Bake with Within Three to Four Days

6.  Use the Coconut Pulp

7.  Use a Wide Mouth Container for Storage

Raw Cocomilk

1.   The first tip is that the size of the coconut flakes matters. Obviously tiny shredded coconuts will be packed into a cup and have more coconut volume than large flakes, but I didn’t realize this until making coconut milk with the same ratio of large coconut flakes to small flakes. The result was a pretty watery milk that didn’t compare to the full on mouth bliss I’d come to know. My mouth already knew what full tasting coconut milk was, and thus could not be deceived by this coconut watery perpetrator of mouth lies.

Measuring the coconut out into grams would be an excellent way to get the right ratio for this milk, but I do not have a scale and I’m sure a lot of others don’t either. So cups it is (to be updated in the future with grams once I get a scale).

2.   You definitely want to use warm water when you make the milk because room temperature water causes the cream to stick to the edges of your blender. If you do use room temp water by accident then just use a plastic thingy to scrape out the coconut cream and add it to your cream or just eat it as is.

3.  When using this milk you really want the fullness of the flavor to come through.  The delicious fat of the milk solidifies to the top of your milk when it gets cold and forms a layer on the top. To get to the milk I just poke a hole through the cream, pour out the milk, and then add some of the cream.

4.   You can easily add other extracts, but vanilla harmonizes with coconut like a melody of a goddess.

5.   You will easily be able to smell when this milk goes sour, and it happens really quickly. This also means the flavor is incredibly fresh tasting if you consume it in time, and it will be hard not to anyways 😉

6.  I let my bag hang outside overnight and turn it into cocopulp crackers, or just use it for texture in fat bombs. There are tons of other uses for it though, such as the ones found in this word.

7.  I save up old containers and use them to store my coconut milk, apple cider or kombucha. The old Trader Joe’s jar is actually perfect for this. Use glass containers for warm liquids, but plastic is fine once they are room temperature or cold.

 

 

Ingredients:

Ingredients

1.5 – 2 Cups Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

or

3-3.5  Cups Large Flaked Unsweetened Coconut

4 Cups Barely Scalding Water/ 110 Degrees F (If boiling it could explode out of the blender)

Cheesecloth or Nut Milk Bag (I use this hemp one)

Raw Cocomilk 2

Directions:

  1. Combine your coconut and water in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend on high for a few minutes.
  3. Strain the milk through a nut milk bag (found here), or cheesecloth.
  4. If making more milk put the pulp back in your blender, add more coconut and repeat.
  5. Dry out your cocopulp by hanging the bag outside and either make coconut flour or use the pulp for texture.
  6. Drink within 3-4 days.

 

Expanded 7.

Use Me Bottles

In the fridge your coconut milk will separate and make a cream. You can whip this up for coconut whipped cream, or just add the cream into your morning warm cocomilk. (I do this a lot and just add a dash of vanilla for flavor).

Large Jar

If you use an old bottle with a short mouth the cocomilk winds up hardening and you have to either stab into the bottle with a long knife or heat up the bottle in water on the stove. I do this if I’ve run out of jars. 

Small Bottle

 

Happy cocomilking.

When finished put on fuzzy socks and go take pictures of your epicness outside.

Fuzzy

Brain Invigorating Aloe Smoothie

I know I know, your insides aren’t sunburned so why would you ever eat aloe? The green silky plant is traditionally used in a medical sense, but as it so happens you can also consume aloe. The benefits of this plant inside you are so far reaching that there has been an article published and dedicated to it in the Indian Journal of Dermatology :

 “The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.” 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe vera as the universal panacea. The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.”

Where I really start to mindlove this plant’s abilities is when it comes to amino acids. Amino acids neurotransmitters are vital to brain functioning. The most common amino acids are GABA, and are most commonly found in the proteins that we consume. These amino acids are required to create the four types of monamines: dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These monoamine neurotransmitters are so beloved due to their ability to regulate our body and brain. Dopamine gives us that feeling of pleasure, and all of these monamines help us connect and regulate life. A lack of dopamine, or the inability to react to it, can cause mind and body scorginess. The most commonly known malfunction is Parkinson’s, and there is also a correlation with schizophrenia and ADHD when it comes to dopmaine or lack thereof. There is also an issue with the dopamine receptors when it comes to Parkinson’s, but if you want to know more you can click here.

To avoid such turmoil in our minds let’s unite with aloe which has 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. Unfortunately aloe comes on strong and is hard to eat alone. I’ve been having it for about year in this electrolyte bliss drink and still can’t go it alone.

Recently I acquired an actual aloe plant and am getting the raw meat and juice from that. The taste became even stronger. You have to consume it within about a minute of exposing it so I had to think fast and came up with this smoothie do smooth the bitter.

smoothie Strip

The Taste

Invigoratingly fresh and incredibly refreshing, you can’t not have this inside you, (you actually can but life is better when you just give in). The berries sweeten and harmonize while squishing out that bitter taste and leaving you with a refreshing mouthgasm.

Aloe Smoothie Ingredients

2 TBS Fresh Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera Juice 

1 Cup Coconut or Almond Milk

Dash of Salt

1/4 Cup Frozen Berries (I went blackberry)

Aloe Smoothie Mind Lifting Mouthgasms

Oh and aloe is an amazing gel for the hair:

Aloe Hair

Macros with Blackberries:

Total Fat: 5.2g, Sodium: 34.8 mg, Potassium: 92.8 mg, Total Carb: 12.9g, Net CarbsL 11.9

Rich In: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Amino Acids, Calcium Manganese, Magnesium, Iron and Folate

Amar S, Resham V, Saple DG. Aloe vera; a short review. Indian J Dermatol. 2008;53(4):163–166.[PMC free article] [PubMed]

Beef Tongue and Sprouts Casserole

What you first must do again  is consult ancient wisdom. My sensei in this matter is Mellissa Sevigny over at I Breathe I’m Hungry. Click wisely. Her world is epic enough to get lost in with only keto wings to fly you out. She guided me through my initial keto journey with open food arms and gave my mouth tastes it had never known. The thing about primal/keto living is it makes sense to your body and eventually, after it has adapted, it will create the best tastes your brain can make.

When you’re a wee lad or lassie your mother/father/animal that raised you was in charge of expanding your tastes. They gave you spinach and you flung it back as your body alerted there was  potential poison in your mouth. Your mouth eventually learned that spinach is actually delightful for you and full of iron for your mind sprog so it decided to create a taste you enjoy.

Well now it is time to grow up and adapt those taste feels yourself. Starting with beef tongue.

The jalapeno popper casserole was one of the first dishes I made on keto. It uses cauliflower as its base. I have always liked cauliflower. Mostly out of respect to its opponent. Broccoli. Someone told me to pretend broccoli was little trees and we’re slowly becoming friends. Now it sometimes makes me sad to eat little trees though.

So this beef tongue casserole recipe is going to draw on her ancient wisdom for the cauliflower creamy layer and then grab some ideas from Sonia yet again. I followed her pickled beef tongue recipe and then found her casserole as well for guidance.

I know organ meat sounds scary but more primitive cultures (cultures that listen to their bodies more than media) actually consume organ meat and throw out the more lean meat to the dogs. I have news to break to you and it might just shatter your reality. It did mine. Companies own/control the food pyramid and it turns out they were wrong. Low fat is actually horrid for you. This is why there is so much sugar in every low fat product. They have to mask the taste and then use sugar to addict you to it. Your mind makes taste and they knew if they gave it just the low fat one your body would reject it.

If you’re scared though you could use ham. 😉

The first thing you’ll do is find beef tongue. I found mine at the farmer’s market here and if you can get in touch with a butcher I’m sure he’ll slip you some for some money. You could also use some ground beef in this or even other organ meat. Chicken hearts are incredible.

So first let’s prepare the cauliflower. We’ll basically do exactly what Melissa says to and trim the cauliflower/break it into medium sized pieces. Now don’t throw out that leftover bottom layer. Put it in a large ziploc/whatever brand you desire bag to put in the freezer. You can turn leftover vegetable moments into broth later.

To be turned into broth
To be turned into broth

Then you’ll put the cauliflower, 2 T (tablespoons) of heavy cream and 1 T of butter on top of your cauliflower and then microwave it uncovered, on high for 10 minutes. You might want to accidently leave the cauli leaves in there to microwave because they wind up being delicious soaked in those fats.

Cauliflower ready to be cooked

While that’s cooking we’ll start on the sprouts. Now these things are incredible but your mouth most likely does not know them. I also found these at Trader Joe’s and don’t know how hard it is to find sprouts where you live. You could substitute broccoli, a few carrots or just go mad and throw in daikon radish. Just don’t go putting any potatoes in there. That ruins the whole point of it being low carb =/

Kale and Brussels Sprouts
Kale and Brussels Sprouts

These things are pretty tough veggies, which is what we want for this dish, but they need to soften up a bit first. Go ahead and pop a raw brussels into your mouth though. Add some cheddar cheese to get that familiar going. Yes it is going to be bitter and you’ll hate it at first. It’s for your future mouth.

Raw Brussels and cheddar moment time
Raw Brussels and cheddar moment time

So go ahead and drop those onions pieces into your cast iron with a T of oil and set them over medium high. Garlic may have been a good idea here. After a minute drop in the sprouts. Occasionally move them around. Maybe sing to them a bit. Now don’t cook them too much. They’re going to be sitting in an oven soon and still need to look their best. About five minutes over medium heat should do.

Once the cauliflower has had ten minutes you’ll take it out then stir to moisten up the whole dish with the cream and butter. Then put it right back in for six to eight minutes or until tender. Then pour that into a food processor with your ½ cup of sharp cheddar cheese, ½ a teaspoon of salt. One teaspoon of rosemary and ½ a teaspoon of thyme and some cracking swirls of pepper. This is also where you can do whatever spices you want. Make it smokey with paprika and salt or you could even turn it into a dessert with pumpkin pie spice and some cloves. That might be too far…I might try it anyway.

Then pour in ¾ a cup of beef stock (or broth or chicken broth or veggie broth).

A note on cheese. Get a block of it and a high quality one. You can just break it off and put it right in and avoid the starch they put on packaged cheese/all those icky killy things they put on there. It also tastes like mouth melted bliss vs…okay still kind of bliss but a scouring one comparedly.

Now it is time to put it all together. Start with a layer of beef tongue. Then lay a layer of vegetables on top.

Beef tongue and sprouts
Beef tongue and sprouts

Finally cover that with some shredded cheese. You’ll use another ½ cup of cheese in the process. Or even more if you love cheese. I used about 2 cups in all.

Sprouts and Tongue all Covered in Cheese
Sprouts and Tongue all Covered in Cheese

Once you’ve done the layering you’ll go ahead and pour the caulimash right over it. and spread it out to cover everything.

Ready to Oven
Ready to Oven

Put the whole thing in the oven at 375 for thirty minutes and go read a book. Or whatever you want really. Just don’t leave the house.

Ready for Noms
Ready for Noms

Let that rest for 10-15 minutes then serve. You can garnish with some fresh rosemary or thyme and maybe even another cracking swirl of pepper.

Served
Served

Food Items You will need

2.5 Pounds beef tongue

For the Mash

1 head cauliflower

2 T Heavy Cream (try for organic)

1 T Butter (grassfed Kerrygold if available)

2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese

¾  cup beef stock (or broth)

teaspoon salt

teaspoon dried rosemary

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ a teaspoon of pepper

The Veggies

2 cups brussels sprouts

Half an onion

2 cups kale sprouts

How to Turn the Above into a Casserole:

1)Clean and trim the cauliflower into medium sized pieces. Place those in a microwave safe dish with 2 T of HWC and 1 T of butter. Microwave uncovered on high for ten minutes.

2) While that’s softening heat up your cast iron or other heating device and pour in a T of oil. Add ½ of a chopped onion and let that soften then add in your brussels and kale sprouts. Cook for about five minutes over medium high heat then turn to low and just leave them there.

3) Once cauliflower has cooked for ten minutes remove from microwave and stir to coat in those delicious fats and return to the microwave for 6-8 minutes or until tender.

4) Pour the cauliflower into a blender and add your spices. Drop in a ½ to a cup of your cheddar cheese (preference based). You can just drop cubes right in. Pour in ¾ cup broth and blend until smooth but still slightly chunky.

5) Lay chopped up beef tongue at the bottom of your casserole dish then layer that with veggies. Cover that with cheddar cheese and repeat until your ingredients are finsihed. Pour the culimash over the top.

6) Bake at 375 degrees for thirty minutes or until bubbly. Let rest for 10-15 and serve.