Paleo Bread- No Grains or Gluten Here!

Paleo. What the heck does this mean?

First off… let’s not get so hung up on the word Paleo. Basically, this is a type of ‘diet’ that focuses on eating more like our caveman ancestors. Focusing on wild game, grass fed meats, quality fat sources, such as coconut oil, grass fed butter, olive oil, avocados, etc. As for carbohydrate sources, grains are omitted and replaced by a small intake of fruit (yes, fruit is a carbohydrate source) and squashes and sweet potato.

Grains are pretty non-existent on a pale diet and quite honestly, I am all for that!!

Wheat, whole wheat, pasta, bread….are wreaking havoc on our brains and our waist lines! More on this in a later post.

Bread and Paleo don’t typically go together, but I’m all for breaking the rules! As with any ‘diet,’ there needs to be a little wriggle-room for you to enjoy your favourite foods. Plus, it’s so easy to ‘healthify’ just about any recipe.

So if you’re following a Paleo diet, you might be craving for a big hearty slice of bread. That’s where this recipe comes in.

It’s grain free and made primarily from almond flour!

It’s nutty texture is amazing. I love having a slice of this bread toasted with some almond butter, or as a side to my chilli toasted with some grass fed butter. Either way its delicious!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Paleo Bread

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups almond flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
4 large organic eggs
1 tbsp raw honey
3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 F. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, then add the honey and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir together. Pour the batter in a well greased loaf pan (I greased mine with coconut oil). Bake the bread for 45 minutes, until bread is golden brown and a tooth pick comes out clean.

Easy peesy!

* Feel free to add some cinnamon or ground vanilla bean to sweeten to the dry ingredients.

* Or try a more savoury bread by adding in dried herbs such a thyme or rosemary.

 

Enjoy!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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A Note on Fat and Why You NEED to Make THIS Bacon recipe!

Bacon is good!

I’m sure you never thought you’d hear a nutritionist say that!?

Now you know I’m all about quality. When I say bacon, I don’t mean the generic kind you buy at just any grocery store that is loaded with nitrates and sodium.

I’m talking bacon that is free of all chemicals, preservatives, pesticides and herbicides. That kinda bacon. Go get your hands on that kinda bacon and get to cooking up this delicious recipe!

You will love the blend of salty and sweet in this delicious mix! Fall provides us with such an array of amazing, nutrient rich vegetables and not to mention, a variety of incredibly tasty apples. This recipe helps you utilize all that goodness into one pot!

I served this up with some roasted chicken thighs for a delicious and nutritious dinner.

Now…a quick note on bacon, and fat! You see, our bodies NEED fat. I don’t advise eating bacon everyday, as it is a saturated fat but still a GOOD fat as saturated is NOT the enemy! Fat and ‘high’ cholesterol foods, such as eggs, are needed for hormone development, cell membranes and most importantly, your brain!

In the paleolithic era, dating back tens of thousands of years ago (caveman styles), their diets were comprised of 75% fat (from fatty fish, meats, wild vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds), whereas today, our fat intake is a mere 20%! Thats a huge difference.

Fatty fish and fish oil, coconut oil, hemp seeds or hemp oil, nuts, seeds, grass fed meats and grass fed butter; these are all superior choices of fat! I highly encourage you to include them in your diet.

Now…let’s eat some bacon! (although the picture may not do this recipe justice, I swear it’s delicious!)

Roasted Root Veggies with Apple and Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. 3 slices organic nitrate-free bacon
  2. 3-4 cups Brussel sprouts, cut into 4
  3. 1 medium sweet potato, diced and skin left on
  4. 1 apple, diced (I used a fuji apple)
  5. 1 tsp dried oregano
  6. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  7. 1 tsp chili flakes
  8. sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large cast iron pan, cook bacon slices over medium-high heat. Once bacon is cooked, set aside. Reserve grease.
  3. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, sauté sweet potato for 5 minutes in bacon grease. Transfer sweet potato to a large baking dish, add in chopped brussel sprouts, sprinkle with dried herbs, chili flakes, sea salt and pepper and roast for 25-35 minutes, until sprouts are slightly golden.
  4. About 10-15 minutes into roasting, add in chopped apple. Make sure not to overcook. In the last minute, dice bacon and stir into pan. Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. *Alternatively, if your cast iron pan is large enough, you can add your brussel sprouts to the pan and roasted them with the sweet potato in the oven.
  6. Serve immediately on it’s own or along the side of a main dish.
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*recipe inspired by multiplydelicious.com

 

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