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CJM November 22, 2011 Dinner, Eating Paleo, Snacks 3 Comments

So the day is here. It’s upon us at last. Thanksgiving. Glorious Thanksgiving. How I love thee. This time of year is my FAVORITE. Besides Thanksgiving (awesome), my birthday (super awesome) and Christmas (extra super awesome) it is a special time to be with family and friends and be thankful for all of the amazing things in your life. However, I could definitely do without the cold, but it is but one sacrifice for me to handle in order to reap the amazingness of the Holiday Season.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to post two delicious and very simple recipes to help curve the damage that Thanksgiving eating usually entails. Just think, even if you swap out ONE less than ideal dish this year for something a little healthier,  you are already making the typically negative affects of the holiday a little easier to stomach (pun INTENDED) ha ha. I crack myself up.

So two great holiday treats. Remastered.

Mashed “Potatoes”

(mashed cauliflower-shhhh, no one has to know)

Side note: my finance HATES cauliflower. Hates it with a burning fiery passion. He can literally smell a head of cauliflower from the other room and will immediately yell that he “hopes I’m not trying to sneak cauliflower into dinner because he will NOT be partaking in the side dish” To which I stubbornly proclaim that if he’d just try it he might actually like it. So I made this dish for a Friends Thanksgiving this Saturday to prove to everyone that eating Paleo doesn’t have to taste like turds and you can still enjoy your Holiday eating with a few tweaks.

Picture from the “Make it Paleo” Book

Before we went I coerced my finance to try the “Mashed Potatoes”. And guess what?!?! He said the cauliflower tasted just like mashed potatoes!! If I wouldn’t have told him what it actually was he would have probably eaten it! Hooray! Score 1 for me!

So, bring this dish to your Holiday Festivities and don’t tell anyone what it is and see how many people mistake it for mashed potatoes.

I found this recipe in the new “Make it Paleo” book by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. This book is AMAZING. I can’t WAIT to buy it. It is chalk FULL of easy and delicious Paleo recipes for all types of people. Check it out here

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed, and cut into florets
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons kerrygold unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Place cauliflower in a steamer basket in a large soup pot, season with salt and pepper, and steam until soft (about 10-12 minutes, test with a fork).
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of kerrygold butter in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Saute onion, garlic, and herbs until onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Place steamed cauliflower into a high speed blender or food processor. Add the sauteed onion, garlic, and herbs, along with the second tablespoon of butter. Process until smooth.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, or a sprinkling of fresh ground pepper.

See! Easy as Pie. Which brings me to….

Almond Pumpkin Pie

My friend Samantha made this amazing pie last week and brought some in for me to try. It was SO good I had to contain myself as I almost ate the entire thing in one sitting. It is so simple to make especially if you are pressed for time on Turkey Day. Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup mashed pumpkin or other squash, canned or steamed (1 full cup if you want a cake like texture)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey (less if using pre sweetened store bought almond butter)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

Crust-optional

  • 1 cup pecans (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup ghee (heated to liquid in microwave)
  • (mix pecans and melted ghee and mash flat with a spoon in bottom of pan)

Process

1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan (grease only if making without crust)
4.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

So simple an Early Settler could do it. :)

Stay Active, Stay Healthy and have an Amazing Turkey Day!

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3 Comments

  1. Angie November 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I will get to taste Samantha’s almond pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! She and Rayus are coming to my house dinner. I’ll be making a mixture of traditional food (hot rolls, stuffing) and some primal friendly, low-carb stuff. I will indulge in a little bit of non-primal foods just for the day. I cannot resist turkey gravy and a hot roll with butter!

    I’ll have to try the mashed cauliflower. I recently discovered its uses as a rice substitute!

  2. Michelle S January 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I plan on making the cauliflower tonight! My husband feels the same as your fiance about cauliflower, so we’ll see how it goes!

  3. Michelle S January 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I made the mashed cauliflower and Ed loved it! It lasted one night, so this time, I’m making 2 batches.

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