Paleo Banana Bread

I don’t know what it is about the quarantine that is forcing everyone to make banana bread, but I had some serious FOMO looking at all those beautiful loaves! I was so fortunate to get a grocery order in with the paleo staples for my fridge and pantry, so it was easy to whip this up! It did not disappoint!

Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas – mashed
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt (I like a chunky grind)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously spray a bread pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together bananas, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, and almond butter.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Fold in liquid ingredients until blended.
  4. Transfer to bread pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and wait for it to cool before removing from pan.

Paleo Chili

It’s been so cloudy and damp that today called for a warm meal for the tummy. Being that we are socially isolating and there is an apparent hoarding issue with chicken, my fridge is only stocked with ground meat at the moment. I grabbed out some ground pork and got to work on this super satisfying meal!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground protein (I used pork, but chicken, turkey, or beef would do)
1 medium onion – diced
3 cloves garlic – minced
28 oz. canned pumpkin
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 head of cauliflower – trimmed and riced (I just chop the florets finely)
1 sweet potato – diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. tumeric
1/4 tsp. cumin
2 (ish) cups beef broth
2 swirls of EVOO

  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat and swirl some EVOO. Add pork and brown the pork until it crumbles.
  2. While the pork browns, heat one swirl of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. To the pot, add pumpkin, tomato, and spices
  4. Stir in cauliflower, sweet potato and browned pork.
  5. Add enough beef broth so that all of the ingredients are just submerged in liquid (approximately 2 cups).
  6. Once it begins to bubble, reduce to low heat and allow to simmer for 2 hours.
  7. Serve topped with sliced avocado or jalapeno if you please (my family slathers completely non-paleo compliant cheese and sour cream on it).

New year. New me.

I’m not sharing this so people feel bad for me. I’m not sharing this so that people who keep tabs on me anonymously through the internet can gain knowledge of my personal story. I’m not sharing this because I am an expert.

I am sharing this so that if someone finds themselves in my position, they know that there’s hope.

I know that I needed hope.

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