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almond crackers

We tried these today and they came out really really good!!!
The original recipe was taken from here and we didn’t alter it in any way..

ALMOND CRACKERS

ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 egg white
1 pinch salt

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the almond flour, egg white, and salt until it forms a paste.

Place the dough in the middle of two pieces of wax or parchment paper and roll out as thin as you can get it.
Peel off the top layer of paper and score the dough with a knife into whatever size crackers you want.

Bake in the 325 oven for 10 minutes.
You want them browned but not too brown.
Cool completely (it doesn’t take long)
Peel off the bottom layer of wax paper and store in an airtight container.

They came out really well! Next time I’ll season them a bit to taste.
They are also filling. The hubby can eat almost an entire roll of regular crackers all by himself.
He ate 8 little wheat-thin sized crackers and was full.
Two thumbs up!!!

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The original recipe was found here by my sister-in-law. I have altered it for the Primal diet.

Ingredients:
1 good-sized sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 green onion chopped
1/3rd cup of almond flour or coconut flour or a mixture of the two.
1 Large egg
1/4th tsp of baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Stir all ingredients together.

Heat oil in a deep 12 inch non stick pan over moderately high heat (hot but not smoking)
Working in manageable batches, spoon potato mixture into the pan. Reduce heat to moderate.
Cook on one side for 3 minutes, Flip and cook for another 3 minutes.

Place on paper towel to allow drainage of the oil.

These are also able to be baked, but I have not tried that yet.

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Vegetable Carbonara

I found the original recipe Here and thought to myself.

“Self! That would be good on roasted vegetables!”

So thank you Domestic Diva M.D. – you’ve helped me decide whats for dinner!

Ingredients:
Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted Zuchinni
Roasted Garlic and onion
Olive oil
salt and pepper.

1 egg yolk
1/4 c parmesan cheese
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parsley
Salt and Pepper

Roast Vegetables at 375 for 30 minutes

Mix together Yolk, cheese, milk and seasonings, and heat over low heat until warmed.
When you pull the veges out of the oven, drizzle the mixture over them so the sauce coats them and serve!

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Just a note:

I added a primal category and have gone through the recipes and tagged them appropriately. It should make it easier for me and you to access the recipes that fit in with the diet.

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blog updates

This blog has been far more focused on recipes than I had originally intended it to be, but right now that seems to be where my focus is. Especially with the trial of this diet.

I’ve lost 15 lbs total in the span of a month and with the exception of the stomach flu, I feel wonderful! We plan on staying on this plan.

Farm update:
I have four broody hens! Why now, I ask? It’s just crazy. i keep telling them that they can’t all go broody at once. Stagger it a bit, please! We’ll see how the hatches fare. I may have to keep one of the older mixed breed roosters if the little Brahma banty can’t handle it.
I’d like to move that cage before the summer hits too strong. I hate to have issues when the hot weather sets in.

The rabbits are growing nicely and I need to get a better watering system in soon. The ones up by the house are fine, it’s the few that are housed (temporally) in the chicken pen that I worry about. It gets warm in there and they are the ones that are constantly running out of water.

Trees are doing great! The fig tree looks better this year than I had hoped. The apples also are having a good growing start with the mild winter. It means no apples but at least they look healthy. My asparagus is going good and so is the rhubarb (I was worried it wouldn’t come back this year)

The three little hazel nut saplings need work. I am going to clear out the other plants and lay down rabbit droppings around them and cover with mulch.

Next spring I think I ‘m going to put in a good-sized garden. If the energy keeps steady, I should have no problem getting out there and caring for it.

Writing update:
I am trying to get back into the swing of things but so far my focus just isn’t there. I need to set up a time and just write every day.
On a side note: I have been making my own cards lately – so I’m not totally devoid of creativity. It’s been fun and expensive. 😉 but then again, I think all hobbies are.

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Primal Orange Chicken

Well, an attempt anyway….
I’m still working on perfecting it.

Chicken nuggets:
bits of chicken, breaded in a mixture of coconut and almond flour and fried in coconut oil.
The flours are seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, ginger and black pepper.

I tried sauteing it in coconut oil and then I tried again with far more oil in the pan (halfway up the sides of the nugget.) The almost deep-frying method worked better.

Issues:
The breading doesn’t stick on the nugget very well, and it doesn’t … crisp well enough. Any suggestions?

Sauce:
orange juice, coconut oil, black pepper, crushed red pepper, tsp of honey, garlic powder and ginger powdered.

Issues:
I tried to cook it down, but it just wouldn’t reduce and thicken.
Any thoughts on this as well? What do you use besides flour or cornstarch to thicken?

The end result:
The sauce was drizzled on the chicken nuggets and brocoli. The family liked it, I’m just not satisfied.

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Awesome Drinkables!

It’s been a struggle to find something that everyone likes to drink (besides water) you know, something that fits into the diet parameters without sacrificing flavor. The youngest has been having the hardest time (being a mountain dew fiend).

We have a solution!
R.W. Knudsen Essences and
spritzers.

The spritzers are sweetened with juice and the essences are basically flavored tonic water. Personally we like them best mixed. Jamaican lemonade and lemon essence.
Red raspberry spritzer and blueberry essence.

The options for combinations are almost endless.

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