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Green Monster Kombucha Popsicle {AIP/Paleo}

My daughter is going though a phase where she won’t eat her greens… does that sound familiar parents? .. I mean come on…. you think you have this child who has that nailed down, then one day they decide … nah! I don’t like them anymore… and while they will still follow the rule of one bite of everything on your plate… you know they aren’t getting enough of the nutrients they need….  What’s a parent to do?

I have also been trying to get my daughter to consume more naturally probitoic foods. Foods that are fermented like Sauerkraut & Yogurt and pro-biotic drinks like Kombucha and Kefir… the yogurt is a not a problem… but fermented foods can have an odd taste for young taste buds… ok I admit it… adult taste buds too… so I had to put on my Sneaky Bacon Mum hat to solve this one!

So… as time is of the essence in my life.. I devised an AIP compliant recipe that combined leafy greens, yogurt and Kombucha… and I threw in some healthy fat in the form of Avocado…and these Green Monster Kombucha Popsicles were hatched!

Imagine my delight when the whole Popsicle was consumed without one single comment of “This tastes funny” and a request the following night for another Monster Popsicle for dessert… oh hell yeah you can :)

So where did I get those Popsicle I use various Popsicle molds but the following ones are my favorites.

For introducing new flavors to my daughter in the form of Popsicle I found these very cool Monster molds… I mean come on…  psychologically everything taste better if its a monster LOL! Joie Monster Push Up Ice Pop Maker, Set of 4

Now for the child who is younger, I have been using these awesome molds so that you don’t get the t-shirt matching the popsicle 😉   The Friendly Yeti Ice Pop Molds BPA-Free Plastic With Drip Free Handle and Slurper Straw

Green Monster Kombucha Popsicle {AIP/Paleo}
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Healthiest Monster Pop around, delicious creamy coconut yogurt paired with avocado, spinach & apple with a probiotic twist of Kombucha
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Passive Time
1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Passive Time
1 Hour
Green Monster Kombucha Popsicle {AIP/Paleo}
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Healthiest Monster Pop around, delicious creamy coconut yogurt paired with avocado, spinach & apple with a probiotic twist of Kombucha
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Passive Time
1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Passive Time
1 Hour
Ingredients
Equipment
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place Coconut Yogurt, Avocado, Apple, Spinach & Kombucha and into a high speed blender
  2. Blend until no traces /specs of spinach leaves can seen (Kids will be onto you if they see one spec of spinach ;)
  3. Pour equally into the mold and place in the freezer for 1-2 Hours and serve!
  4. Sit back, Smile and be smug... and absolutely say yes if they ask for seconds :)
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Blueberry Muffins {Paleo}

Sometimes being asked to whip something up quickly can result in either a disaster or a masterpiece and you will be pleased to know that I consider these muffins to be close to a masterpiece LOL!

Our school PTA runs either Dad’s & Donuts or Mums & Muffins to encourage Mums to come to school and spend time with their child in a school setting.  I love the concept but I hate that its food orientated, I would love to be invited into the school at any time, and i don’t need a muffin or a donut to encourage me!

Anyway – Moms & Muffins meant that I had to whip up muffins – not cupcakes (because of course I had those already made in the freezer but muffins… thankfully I convinced my 6yr old that blueberry muffins were the best (because frankly I believe they are!)

Blueberry Muffins {Paleo}
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Paleo Blueberry Muffins with egg replacement options for AIP
Servings Prep Time
9 Muffins 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 Muffins 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Blueberry Muffins {Paleo}
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Paleo Blueberry Muffins with egg replacement options for AIP
Servings Prep Time
9 Muffins 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 Muffins 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Choose One of these Options to replace 2 eggs
Servings: Muffins
Instructions
  1. Turn oven to 375°F / 190°C / Gas Mark 5 Line Muffin pan with paper liners; set aside
  2. Place all ingredients (except Blueberries) into a large mixing bowl and beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter. Add Blueberries and mix being careful not to pop or bruise the fruit
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, or a tooth pick when inserted comes out clean which will take about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Shortbread Cookies {AIP/Paleo}

I was incredibly fortunate to be sent some sample packets of Otto’s Natural Cassava Flour this past week, a flour that is and my daughter immediately wanted to try and make some cookies…  Also known as yuca, Cassava is a delicious root vegetable that becomes the perfect alternative for wheat when dried and ground and can be substituted 1:1 for Wheat Flours… I didn’t believe until I used it but it really provides a texture that matches Gluten Flours…

Our go to cookie recipe  is Beyond the Bite’s Sugar Cut Out Cookies, and we’ve made many variations including adding Enjoy Life’s Chocolate Chips (not AIP Compliant have been successfully reintroduced for my daughter… but not me … sniff)

So when she asked to make cookies, I knew the recipe I wanted to adapt, and so below I share this egg free, dairy free, grain free, nut free cookie recipe inspired by Gabriella’s original recipe (which you must totally try because they are simply delicious)

Tip… if your family want Chocolate Chip Cookies and there is somebody in the family who can’t eat chocolate, make up the dough, and divide it into separate batches, and just add chocolate to one of the batches 😉

Shortbread Cookies {AIP/Paleo}
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Nut Free, Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free cookies!!! Compliant with AIP and using Otto's Natural Cassava Flour
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 20 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 20 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Shortbread Cookies {AIP/Paleo}
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Nut Free, Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free cookies!!! Compliant with AIP and using Otto's Natural Cassava Flour
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 20 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Cookies 20 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Optional if you have reintroduced Chocolate!
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a Food Processor pulse together all of the dry ingredients
  3. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract, and palm shortening, long enough for a ball of dough to form
  4. Using a cookie scoop, portion out the mixture and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Put the sheet into the oven and allow to bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on top.
  6. These cookies are very short and remind me of English Short Breads (hence the name ) and will crumble when moved immediately out of the oven. Let cool for 10 minutes on Baking Sheet before transferring to a cooling rack
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Honey Garlic Crispy Baked Chicken Wings {AIP/Paleo}

Nothing speaks finger food to me more than Chicken Wings, so when I think about a dish to take to a Pot Luck then its always top of my agenda.  In years gone by give me Buffalo Wings and a beer and I was a happy camper, but the Cayenne and the hot sauce which are nightshades aren’t AIP compliant so I went for my next favorite flavors ASIAN.

 

Honey Garlic Crispy Baked Chicken Wings {AIP/Paleo}
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Succulent Crispy Chicken Wings with a Honey Garlic Glaze that are finger lickin' good!
Servings Prep Time
60 Wings 20 Min
Cook Time
1hr 10 Min
Servings Prep Time
60 Wings 20 Min
Cook Time
1hr 10 Min
Honey Garlic Crispy Baked Chicken Wings {AIP/Paleo}
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Succulent Crispy Chicken Wings with a Honey Garlic Glaze that are finger lickin' good!
Servings Prep Time
60 Wings 20 Min
Cook Time
1hr 10 Min
Servings Prep Time
60 Wings 20 Min
Cook Time
1hr 10 Min
Ingredients
Wings
Honey Garlic Glaze
Servings: Wings
Instructions
Wings
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C / Gas Mark 6
  2. Set a wire rack insider each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl, toss to coat.
  4. Divide Wings between prepared racked and spread out in a single layer
  5. Bake Wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, 45-50 minutes
  6. Using a brush - brush on the Honey Garlic Glaze, ensuring that both sides of the wing gets an even but plentiful coating
  7. Place Trays back into the oven for a further 8-10 minutes until glaze is glossy and slightly caramelized.
Honey Garlic Glaze
  1. Bring all ingredients to a slow boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the honey. Reduce heat to low, simmer stirring occasionally until reduced to 1/4 cup which will take approx 7-8 Minutes.
  2. Strain into a bowl
  3. Let sit for 10 minutes to thicken slightly
  4. You can make this upto 5 days ahead cover and chill. Rewarm before reusing.
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Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}

As a parents, we know our kids need to eat veggies, but our kids often have other ideas!  I’ve found that by finely grating veggies and disguising them inside of burgers and meatloaves has been really successful, and these sneaky sliders, combine two ingredients that my daughter would NEVER eat if I put them on her plate in their true form.

As you will know I’m a HUGE advocate of having your children help you make dinner in the kitchen however if this is the first time you are making these for your kids, I would recommend NOT involving the first time you make them.  You want them to enjoy the recipe, without knowing the ingredients for the first couple of times you serve them (hence the sneaky lol)

Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.  Its iron content, though not high, is of the highest and finest quality that makes excellent food that is blood building. This renders it highly effective in treating many ailments caused by our toxic environment and surrounding.

Kale is one of the very few vegetables that contain a decent amount of Omega 3, they are rich in calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and also high in Vitamin B1, B2, C, E and K.  Similar to broccoli, it is also found to have anti-cancer properties that help fight cancer by boosting the repair of healthy cells and blocking the growth of cancer cells.  Apart from this, kale is also rich in flavonoids that control indigestion, inflammation and stress. It is also known to help lower the bad cholesterol levels.

Kale is really important food for my family to eat, so I have to find ways to sneak it in there!

Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}
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Beets & Kale are important in a healing diet but are often rejected by kids for their strong flavors. These Sneaky Sliders hide these flavors and deliver such a delicious burger bite, you can often hearing my daughter asking for another!
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}
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Beets & Kale are important in a healing diet but are often rejected by kids for their strong flavors. These Sneaky Sliders hide these flavors and deliver such a delicious burger bite, you can often hearing my daughter asking for another!
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Burgers
Instructions
  1. Its really important to grate the beets so that the flavors can be evenly distributed throughout the burger.
  2. Using a sharp knife, chiffonade (thinly slice/shred) the Kale (watch this video to learn how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XBOxxitEFA)
  3. Place Beets, Kale, and all other ingredients except the oil used for frying into the bowl and mix thoroughly together using a large wooden spoon, or your hands.
  4. Heat a Non Stick Frying Pan or Skillet for approx 2-3 minutes with fat of choice then place the burgers into the skillet
  5. Divide Mixture into 6 equal parts, or if you know the kids will eat smaller portions, you may stretch to 8 portions
  6. Cook on each side for 4 minutes then reduce heat to low for a further 4 minutes, to ensure burger is cooked through
  7. Serve with some with some Lettuce Wraps - and be smug with satisfaction as they gobble these up!
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Coconut & Cilantro Turkey Burgers {AIP/Paleo}

These AIP Compliant Cilantro & Coconut Turkey Burgers – really hit those tastebugs, and are a family favorite!

As Grass Fed Meats and Pasture Raised Joints of Meat are expensive, we use a lot of ground meats, as we can get a delicious meal on the table, at an affordable cost.

Ground Turkey Burgers are fast, simple and tasty.  I have a love of coconut but it isn’t a flavor that my daughter has taken to without disguise… so how better to introduce that flavor than in a burger!  (You will see that I can be quite sneaky!)

Coconut & Cilantro Turkey Burgers {AIP/Paleo}
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The combination of Coconut & Cilantro paired with Turkey, delivers a deliciously smooth and texture free tasty bite.
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Coconut & Cilantro Turkey Burgers {AIP/Paleo}
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The combination of Coconut & Cilantro paired with Turkey, delivers a deliciously smooth and texture free tasty bite.
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Burgers
Instructions
  1. Let's Go Organic Creamed Coconut comes in a solid block, similar to butter, but slightly harder, so in order to distribute it in the burgers, I recommend that you Slice approximately 1" from the pack, then warm it slightly (typically I will use my toaster over for about 1 minute or use the microwave for 30 seconds just until its starting to melt, this will make it easier to combine with the other ingredients. Do this in a large bowl so that you can then add all the other ingredients!
  2. Add all other ingredients into the bowl and mix thoroughly together using a large wooden spoon, or if you are making these with the kids, my daughter loves to get her hands into the bowl to mix it all up we find it really helps with the distribution of ingredients
  3. Divide Mixture into 6 equal parts, or if you know the kids will eat smaller portions, you may stretch to 8 portions
  4. Heat a Non Stick Frying Pan or Skillet for approx 2-3 minutes with fat of choice then place the burgers into the skillet
  5. Cook on each side for 3 minutes then reduce heat to low for a further 4 minutes, to ensure burger is cooked through
  6. Serve with some lemon juice on Lettuce Wraps
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BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}

We love ribs in this family –  and not being able to eat tomatoes, we struggled at first to find a sauce that we loved, and so I’ve been experimenting and these are my favorite yet!

Ribs are a great food to have in the crockpot, and I created this recipe for Halloween night, as we’d be out Trick or Treating and I wouldn’t have time to cook.  These ribs invited us back into the house, and were a great additional to our Halloween Spooky Meal – we called them Skeleton Ribs.

I particularly liked this recipe as I was able to hide Beets in the sauce, which typically my daughter won’t touch.  Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium – essential for healthy nerve and muscle function and manganese – good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Beets also can be used for detoxification and anti-inflammatory purposes, so a great food to have on Halloween to detox any candy that’s consumed!

BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Apple & Beet BBQ Sauce
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Apple & Beet BBQ Sauce
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Ingredients
  • 2 Rack Pork Ribs each rack should be approx 2lb in weight
Rub (Mix them all into a dish)
Rib Sauce
Servings: Racks
Instructions
  1. Mix up all the seasonings and rub into the Pork Rack and cut into portions to fit in Crock Pot
  2. Blitz all Ingredients for Rib Sauce in Blender/Food Processor
  3. Pour 1/3 of Rib Sauce over the Ribs
  4. Cook for 6 hours if you want meat falling off the bone. Cook for 4 hours if you want to pick up those ribs and gnaw away at the bones
  5. The remaining sauce should be warmed and then served with the ribs upon serving
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Napa Cabbage & Prosciutto {AIP/Paleo}

I don’t know about you but I love the crispness of Napa Cabbage in a salad, but as the fall draws closer in the thought of a salad certainly in Chicago doesn’t seem so appealing.

In this recipe, I chose to use Prosciutto, as I had some in the fridge, and it became a family favorite… BUT you could totally switch this out to all Bacon, if you have that available!  After all Prosciutto is just the sugar free, nitrate free version of Bacon, as typical ingredients are just Pork & Salt – but please be careful to read those labels.

So bottom line as the Bacon Mum I fully endorse this item in the Bacon Family 😉

As Napa Cabbage is also known under many guises globally – please see this description of Napa from Wikipedia, to make sure you source the correct type of cabbage

Napa or Nappa cabbage (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis), also known as celery cabbage, is a type of Chinese cabbage originating near the Beijing region of China, and is widely used in East Asian cuisine. In much of the world, this is the vegetable referred to as “Chinese cabbage”. Nappa cabbage is lighter in color than other Chinese cabbages such as bok choy, which is also sometimes called Chinese cabbage. In the United Kingdom, this vegetable is known as “Chinese Leaf”, in New Zealand, as “Wong Bok” or “Won bok”, and in Australia and the Philippines as “wombok

See what I mean !!!

Napa Cabbage & Prosciutto {AIP/Paleo}
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This Cabbage Recipe provides something most Cabbage Recipes don't - a rich smokey deliciousness with a crunch, due to its great flavors, its actually a great dish for family meal times or even special occasions!
Servings Prep Time
4 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Napa Cabbage & Prosciutto {AIP/Paleo}
Print Recipe
This Cabbage Recipe provides something most Cabbage Recipes don't - a rich smokey deliciousness with a crunch, due to its great flavors, its actually a great dish for family meal times or even special occasions!
Servings Prep Time
4 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Finely Shred the Prosciutto
  2. Heat the Bacon Fat, and add the Prosciutto into a deep sided saucepan or stock pot, and fry it off it until crispy
  3. Slice the Cabbage in 1" Slices, as cabbage cooks down fast, this gives the cabbage the chance to really pick up the flavors in the pan
  4. Add Fresh Parsley & Cabbage into the pan, and gently toss using tongs to enable the cabbage to become coated in the flavors.
  5. Cook until the cabbage is just starting to sweat approximately 3 minutes and serve. If you cook longer the cabbage will disintegrate further, and while the flavors will be rich, the texture of the slightly cooked Cabbage with the Prosciutto makes the cabbage far more interesting for young kids to eat!
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