Paleo Pecan Pie Lactation Muffins

WAIT! If lactation isn’t your thing:
You can very easily make these normal muffins! Skip the brewers yeast and use a cup more almond meal instead of the flaxseed meal.

If lactation is your thing:
It is so hard finding ways to incorporate brewers yeast into recipes and have them still taste good. Luckily, all of the sweet ingredients and spices in this recipe balance out the bitterness. The yeast and the flaxseed meal will hopefully boost your milk supply and all of the other ingredients will keep you on the paleo diet. These make a great breakfast or snack on the go. Double up the recipe and freeze a batch for later, they defrost perfectly with 30 seconds in the microwave!
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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Ok, so it’s not quite greasy chicken fingers dipped in honey mustard dressing (which is full of high fructose corn syrup)m but it is pretty darn good! Super quick to whip up means that it makes a great meal for a busy night that everyone will love! I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but any kind of chicken would be delicious!
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O.M.G. Paleo Lactation Brownies

I am afraid that the word “lactation” is going to scare people away from trying these incredible brownies. Just skip the brewers yeast and replace the flaxseed meal with extra almond flour, and you will be left with an incredibly moist and decadent dessert . I am usually quite happy with my recipes, but I was downright shocked at how delicious these turned out!
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Broiled Spicy Shrimp and Scallops

The hardest part of developing recipes if deciding which ingredients to use. Walking into the grocery store with no plan is not a fun task for me. I knew I had spinach at home that I wanted to use, and luckily that gave me some guidance. The seafood department was calling to me! I have a weakness for scallops and shrimp, so dinner jumped out at me! Super easy to prep, quick to cook, and delicious to eat! Serve it with a side of Perfect Sautéed Spinach, and you get an awesome healthy meal!!20141122-080332.jpg
Ingredients:
1/2 pound bay scallops
1/2 pound shrimp – peeled, deveined, tail on
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Cayenne pepper to taste

1. Turn on broiler.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Stir shrimp and scallops in. Transfer to a broiler proof pan (I am afraid to use Pyrex in the broiler, so I used my brownie pan). Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top (I like it spicy so I went very generous).
3. Broil for 12 minutes or until seafood begins to slightly brown.

New title, same great site!

To my faithful followers,

Thank you so much for your continued support! I have made the decision to change the title of this page to reflect my evolving life. “Mommy” is now the most important role I play. It’s the best job title I have ever had! Don’t worry, even though there is a new name, you will still get the same awesome recipes!

xoxo,
Sara (and Lyra too!)

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Flat Iron Steak with Butternut Purée and Brussel Sprouts

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Have you seen the show Chopped? Several random items are thrown in a basket that the chefs need to prepare into a dish. Well, around here we sometimes play Chopped. It comes down to me having no idea what to make for dinner and sending hubby out to the supermarket. It’s fun to test my creative cooking skills (and luckily he usually picks pretty “normal” ingredients unlike on the show since he has to eat it).

In tonight’s “Chopped basket” was flat iron steak, butternut squash chunks, and brussel sprouts. I immediately knew that grilling was out of the picture since it’s been below freezing all day and I couldn’t handle the thought of going outside. I got to work on the stove and before I knew it, we were eating this delicious meal!
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Paleo-ish Lactation Cookies

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I realize that this recipe applies to a very small population, but I think that for those who are interested, this will be greatly appreciated. When I was three months postpartum I decided it was time to get back on the paleo train. Baby weight plus postpartum binging had me feeling super gross. I feel fabulous now that I am eating clean again. I am almost completely paleo again with a couple of exceptions – oatmeal being one of them. I am exclusively breastfeeding my sweet angel, and like most mothers, I am worried about supply. Oats are known to boost supply, so I am not willing to give them up for as long as I continue to nurse.

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Pumpkin Chicken and Chick Pea Curry

Tis the season for pumpkin everything! Almost every pumpkin product out there is full of sugar and fat. High calorie coffee drinks, muffins (you may as well call cupcakes), and even Hershey Kisses! Sure, all of these things are delicious, but full of processed ingredients. Most don’t even have actual pumpkin in them, just artificial flavoring! Luckily, when you make it yourself, you control what goes into your body. This meal is filling, full of protein, and most importantly, delicious!
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Paleo Pumpkin Craisin Cookies

It’s amazing how much the weather dictates my cooking! Today it is rainy and chilly out, so Lyra and I don’t plan on leaving the house (or jammies for that matter) all day!

My hubby roasted some pumpkins this weekend while they are in season. It freezes great, so we keep it in portioned baggies in the freezer for whenever we need a pumpkin fix! It’s great in muffins, smoothies, and these cookies! Don’t have the time to prepare your own pumpkin? No problem! Canned pumpkin works just fine, but make sure you don’t use the seasoned variety.
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