Eggplant Sandwiches

In preparation for our Primal Superbowl Party we have been trying out some new recipes for the big day. This recipe was actually sent to us from a friend and we thought we would give it a try. We love new recipes so if you have some good ones, please feel free to send them our way! This recipe I modified a little bit because it called for breadcrumbs and flour which we don't typically eat. We were also in the middle of a 10 day cleanse and we were not eating any grain. Instead of wheat flour I used almond meal flour and I ground some nuts in place of the breadcrumbs. It is a messy recipe but definitely worth a try.  We had the sandwiches with a salad but you may need some additional sides if you are planning on having these for dinner. It would be a nice idea for lunch or as appetizers. We are definitely adding these sandwiches to our Superbowl menu. The link to the recipe is as follows:

 http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2013/01/baked-eggplant-sandwiches-getem-while.html

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Most of you know we have given up nearly all grains.  Pasta has been easy but one of our favorite things is pizza.  That has been tough to let go.  While we still love when we treat ourselves to one from Hillcrest Brewing Company or Pizza Port we can not do it that often.  Our bodies are so used to no grains now that if we consume a lot in one sitting we both pay for it by feeling horrible with stomach issues, headaches and other symptoms.

We got numerous E-Books as we said and one included a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza.  We had tried Gluten free crust which was OK but this is definitely better.  We plan on serving this at our Primal Super Bowl Party.

The Crust:

2 cups processed raw cauliflower (to the size of couscous - we use our Ninja food processor but check the Food Network Logo below for others)
2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp dried fennel seed (or your favorite seasonings)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine crust ingredients in a bowl. Press into a circle on a greased 12″ pizza pan by sprinkling the crust mixture around the pan and then gently pressing the mounds together. This prevents thick spots in the center of the pan.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are a golden-brown color. Allow to cool for five minutes. Gently slide a metal (or plastic if the surface is non-stick ad may scratch) spatula around the edges to loosen from the pan slightly.

Top crust with sauce and toppings of your choice.  We used the traditional pepperoni, cheese and other items but feel free to be creative.

Place under a broiler on high for 3-5 minutes, or until golden and bubbly, or bake for 10-15 minutes more in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven until golden and bubbly.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes for the crust to solidify. Cut and serve.

 

Think outside the box on your personal menu.  You may be surprised how much you enjoy something different.  This was really good and tasted almost identical to normal pizza.  It was just not so easy to pick up and you needed a fork.

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Tomato Basil Chicken

This week we purchased a bundle of e-books that included 33 cookbooks. The recipe for the week comes from one of these cookbooks called, Paleo Crock Pot. It was really easy to prepare and cooks all day in the crock pot which makes it even easier. The only thing I did different from the recipe was that I did not include the carrots. I simply ran out of time to chop up them up. We did as the recipe suggested and served it over spaghetti squash. For the spaghetti squash I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees and cut it in half. Scraped out the seeds and placed the cut sides down in a baking dish. I then baked it for 40 minutes and scraped it out with a fork when it was tender. The recipe is as follows:

 

Ingredients:

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 white onion, diced

4 carrots, sliced

3 garlic cloves

14 ounces diced tomatoes, no salt added

25 ounces organic tomato basil marinara

handful of fresh basil

1 teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper to taste

 

Process:

 

Place chicken in the bottom of your crock pot. Add onions, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes, marinara, and any other vegetables you may want. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and place fresh basil on top.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over a bed of spaghetti squash and enjoy.

 

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Eggplant Lasagna

This week's recipe is from one of our new sources Marmalade and Mileposts. We haven't had lasagna for a very long time since we stopped eating grain including pasta. We found that we don't really miss pasta that much anyway but I have to admit that it was really good to have lasagna again. I am not sure what I was expecting but this really exceeded my expectations! It was really good! The only change I made was I used ricotta cheese in place of the cottage cheese because neither Nate or I like cottage cheese. I made it with 2 pounds of ground beef and 2 jars of sauce since I could not find a large jar. I also spread the ricotta cheese directly over the eggplant because I figured that would be easier than trying to spread it out on the sauce which is how the recipe directs you to do. This is a really easy recipe to make and is a excellent replacement for traditional lasagna. The link to the recipe is as follows:

http://www.marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/21631

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Pizza Chili

This week's recipe is from a new source that Nate found as we have been looking for some different sources and recipes. We found a lot from this site called Food Renegade which is where this particular recipe comes from. I had to altar the recipe because I did not have some of the ingredients but it turned out really good. I only used ground beef for the meat since I clearly did not have ground heart or liver. I used 1 and a half pounds of ground beef to make up for the meat that I did not have. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. When we tried this for the first time, it was so good! We were definitely happy to have found this recipe and glad we decided to try it. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!

http://www.foodrenegade.com/pizza-chili-recipe/

 

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