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Protein Power Balls (GF, Nut Free, Paleo, DF)

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Even thought I’m trying to stick with a primarily Paleo diet, I still want to eat treats and I need/want them to be healthy or at least healthier.  My mom (she’s the best) got me some of these Paleo Power Balls, they were ok, a little dry and pretty expensive, there are only TWO balls in each bag!!!  Wow!!  I said I think I could make them myself and I did.

 

 

Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls
Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls

 

My mom did a recipe detailer and she said that it comes out to about 77 calories per ball.

 

1 cup coconut butter/coconut manna
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1 teaspoon Beef Gelatin (it is flavorless)
3 Tablespoons Craisins (this keeps it from being AIP and probably not totally Paleo because of the added sugar)
Good pinch of sea salt

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons orange juice

Water or more OJ if needed

 

I measured the coconut and then I processed in my magic bullet because I wanted it to be fine.  I also processed the craisins, but be careful if you go too far they will start to make a paste, just pulse to desired size, I did mine maybe to rice size or a bit smaller.

Combine in a bowl the processed coconut, craisins, collagen, gelatin, orange zest and salt.  Stir to combine, you might need to kind of knead it a bit with your hand to get it all really combined.  Add in coconut butter, stir/mash around to get incorporated, then stir in the coconut oil and OJ.  Stir and mash around until it is all combined.  The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.

I used this scoop to make the balls and this recipe yielded about 25 power balls.

They will be a little soft but will firm up a bit as they sit.  I like them room temperature but you could put them in the fridge or freezer too, the colder they are the harder/firmer they will be due to the coconut in them.

I made these with bottled OJ and no zest because I didn’t have any oranges on hand and the zest really kicks it up.

If you have a similar or another paleo, nut free protein ball recipe leave a comment and share it!

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Gluten Free Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls

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First I’d like to say these were way better than I thought they’d be and I thought they would be pretty good.  Also, I was totally surprised at how good they were re-heated…..sometimes/often that is just not true with GF food, especially bread type items.  But these were just as good if not better re-heated.  I saw this on Pinterest, of course, and knew I had to make it GF.  The other thing I love about it is you can switch up the meat and cheese to so many different options.  I didn’t actually make it with ham, I used turkey.  But, I didn’t think hot turkey and cheese sounds as good as hot ham….  So on to the recipe…

 

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1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough – this is mine or in a pinch this one.

3/4 pound deli meat, sliced thin but not shaved (I used turkey)
12 slices of cheese (I used cheddar)

Glaze:

1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire (USA Lea & Perrins is GF, other may be too)
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

Heat oven to 375° F
Grease a 9X13 baking dish

Make glaze and set aside.

Roll crust to approximately 13X18 inch rectangle on an oiled sheet of parchment. Oiling is important so your dough doesn’t stick as you roll this up

Top with meat and then the cheese, filling the rectangle, you can overlap if needed.  I should’ve taken a picture of this.  Here’s an image from internet.  I didn’t put mine that close to the edge I left a little room

Photo credit: jumblejoy.com

 

Starting on the longer side, begin rolling up tightly.  I used the parchment to do this.  I rolled and then used the parchment to make it as tight as possible. I would roll and then slide my hand across the parchment to set it against itself and then pull the parchment up and roll again, repeating this until the end.  (I hope this makes sense)

Cut into slices 3/4 – 1 inch wide.  Place in prepared pan.

Pour glaze evenly over the rolls.

You can cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours OR bake immediately. I did not try the make ahead, if you do, let me know how that turns out.

I baked immediately for 25-25 minutes, until golden brown.

I think if I refrigerated this I would let it come to room temperature before baking, if not you might need a longer baking time.

 

Enjoy!!   If you give it a try come back and let me know how it turned out.

 

Note:  if you use the pizza dough recipe that I shared, this is DF, EF and GF.  So if you used DF cheese this would be DF as well.

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Gluten Free Lemon Garlic Thyme Chicken

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Lemon Garlic Thyme Chicken

This is another family favorite.  We love it with potatoes and corn on the cob.

Marinade:

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, stripped from stem
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
Several grinds of fresh pepper OR 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Chicken breasts or tenderloins (I used about 10-12 tenderloins)
Morton’s Nature Season

Season chicken with Morton’s.

In a large gallon ziplock bag combine the marinade ingredients. Add seasoned chicken. Zip bagged shut, squeeze out the air as much as possible and squish it all around to coat chicken.This can be a quick marinade or a longer marinade (which makes it a bit better).  I’ve done it for 20-30 minutes and 2-3 hours.

I cooked this on the grill – medium to medium high. 6-7 minutes per side.  Don’t overcook or they will be dry.

You could cook them on the stove top or in the oven too.

I usually make a flavored butter (aka compound butter) to go with this, it’s also amazing on the roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

Lemon Garlic Thyme Butter
4 Tablespoons softened butter
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

Mix to combine and serve with chicken.

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Gluten Free Skillet Cookie

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This was so good.  I cooked this on the grill but it can be done in the oven too.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or fire up the grill to high.

6 Tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup Mock Better Batter
1
/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi sweet, but whatever you have on hand)

With a hand mixer cream together the butter and sugars, until creamy.

Add egg and vanilla.  Mix well.

Add flour baking soda and salt.  Mix again until well blended.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread into 10 inch cast iron skillet.

Bake 10-15 minutes.

On the grill: lower heat just a bit and bake 10-15 minutes.

 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Stuffed Pretzels

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sunbutter stuffed pretzels in chocolate

 

This is a no-recipe recipe.  I haven’t been able to eat peanut butter in years.  I’ve never really been a big fan of sun butter and I can’t eat tree nuts…..Well, I found these honey roasted sunflower kernels at my local Kroger.  One of the best things about these, besides being so tasty, is that their Allergen Statement is: This product is made in a nut free facility. No cross contamination with peanuts, soy nuts or tree nuts has occurred.  I decided that I would make them into seed butter.  With a food processor and a little oil these turn into a fabulous butter.

So for the ingredients:

Seed or nut butter of your choice
GF  pretzel twists (I get mine at Aldi)
Melted Chocolate (I used dark chocolate chips)

Cookie sheet with wax paper

Smear butter on one pretzel, press another atop it, dip in melted chocolate and place on prepared pan.  Chill in fridge if you’re in a hurry and I know I was.

That’s it!  So good.

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Gluten Free Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake

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This is another recipe that I picked for Kady to be able to make on her own.  I always go through the recipe before hand with her.  I decided to do it on the grill, but this was originally shown for the oven when I found and converted this recipe over here.

This is almost a five or less ingredient recipe…..almost.  Even though it has six ingredients I’m still going to include it with the 5 or less because it’s only one and it’s such and easy recipe.

 

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
24 oz pasta sauce

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
4-6 slices provolone cheese OR grated Italian cheese blend (this is what I used, I thought I had provolone but didn’t)

1/4 GF bread crumbs (I used plain chex cereal processed 1/2 cup of cereal to make crumbs)
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Morton’s Nature Seasoning OR salt and pepper

If you’re cooking on the grill fire it up.  I put mine on high to heat up and then lowered slightly when I put the dish on.  Alternately, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

I used a cast iron skillet for the grill, which could be used in the oven too.  So, pick your dish accordingly.  If I was baking in the oven I’d use a 13X9 inch baking dish.

If I was using a baking dish I’d spray it with cooking spray or lightly oil it.

Place chicken in the dish season with Morton’s or salt/pepper.

Pour sauce over the chicken, it should cover it.

Top with shredded cheese and then the provolone or more shredded.

Mix the crumbs and Italian seasoning together and sprinkle over the top.

Bake 35-45 minutes.

Grill 20-30.  This will depend on the size of your chicken breasts.

Serve over pasta.

 

 

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Maple Dijon Chicken (Freezer to Crockpot)

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Photo used from THE WORLD'S BEST CHICKEN from Rachel Schultz

 

1 1/2 # chicken breast (I used about 4 medium sized breasts – you could use thighs or legs if you wanted to)
6 oz dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons maple syrup (originally called for 1/3 cup, made with 1/4 cup, still a bit sweet so I will try it this way next time)
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Morton’s Nature Season
Rosemary (a couple sprigs fresh or 1-2 teaspoons dried)

1 gallon freezer bag – label with recipe and cook directions

Season chicken with seasoning put in freezer bag. Whisk mustard, syrup, vinegar together pour over chicken.  Add the rosemary.  Seal bag, squeeze out air and then massage the ingredients together so sauce gets all over the breasts.

You can cook this:

immediately in crockpot (Low 6-8 hours OR High 4-6)
in the oven 350 degrees 1-1 1/2 hours

Freeze and then thaw and cook according to crockpot directions

 

I keep forgetting to take a picture that’s why I haven’t posted this recipe.  Photo credit goes to Rachel Schulz.  By the way, mine didn’t look anything like this.  I cooked in crockpot and mine was very saucy.

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Gluten Free Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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These cookies were inspired by a recipe I saw on pinterest.  I thought they looked delicious but would also be a recipe my daughter could make on her own.  I gave them a trial run to see if she’d be able to do it and she can, so this was a double win!

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As you can see I dipped the bottom in chocolate. This was a later addition.  The cookies didn’t hold together as well as I would’ve like, so I thought I’d see if the chocolate would help with that.  It did, a bit.  They needed a longer baking time than I I did.  But, since it was my first time I went with the stated time.

Preheat oven to 325°  F
Line cookie sheets with parchment

1/2 cup melted or very soft coconut oil
1/3 cup sucanat (you can use regular sugar if you’d like)
1 egg, beaten

2 cups GF rolled oats
1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes

Stir the coconut oil, sucanat and egg together.  Let sit til the sucanat melts.  10 minutes or so.

Stir in oats and coconut.

I used a 2 Tablespoon scoop to put these on the sheets, I lightly packed the scoop, dropped them on sheet and then I lightly pressed them down.

Bake 15-17 minutes.  You MUST leave them to cool on the sheets until completely cool, otherwise they will fall apart.

 

Optional stir ins (these obviously ruin the 5 or less status, but it’s worth it!!):  mini chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, dried fruit.

You can also melt chocolate and dip the bottoms after they have cooled if you like.

 

You can find other 5 ingredient or less recipes here.

 

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Gluten Free Rosemary Lemon Chicken & Potatoes

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I got the idea for this recipe from here.  It is super simple and comes together very easily.  It is almost a no-recipe recipe for me.  She’s a lot more precise at the original recipe than I am.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken
Rosemary Lemon Chicken

 

Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
Rosemary Sprigs (1/2-1 per chicken breast)
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped in big chunks
Potatoes (I used red) cut into quarters, lengthwise
1-2 (or more, if you like) lemons, sliced
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a 9X13 baking dish put down 1/2 the slices of lemon, 1/2 rosemary sprigs and 1/2 chopped garlic.  Salt and pepper your chicken breasts on both sides and place on top of lemon, rosemary and garlic.  Top with remaining lemon, rosemary and garlic.  Season potatoes and place those around and on top of chicken.  Drizzle olive oil on all of it.  Bake 30-60 minutes, until chicken and potatoes are cooked.  Cooking times will depend on how thick your chicken is and how much you cook.  Once cooked, cover/tent with foil and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Serve with salad or a side vegetable.

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Dairy Free Sour Cream

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I found this online somewhere and my son has taken to it with ease.  Super simple recipe

 

1 can full fat canned coconut milk, chilled not shaken

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

 

Put the cream from the can and put in a bowl and pour off the liquid.  You can save this to use in smoothies.  Stir in the vinegar, till fully incorporated.  Store in fridge.

That is all.

 

Dairy Free Sour Cream

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