Paleo Tortillas

Breakfast Burritos with Paleo Tortillas

BRRR, it is freezing outside! I have been doing my best to stay active and keep up my running, but when the temperature high is a single digit, that is just ridiculous. I do not have a great relationship with the dreadmill, so I have to brave the weather. Adam and I are taking all precautions to remain healthy and not get sick: vitamins, hot tea, bone broth, veggie/fruit smoothies. Fingers crossed that we come out of this winter unscathed! 

My friend, Molly, came over a couple weeks ago for another cooking day — LOVE these days! The kitchen always gets destroyed, but that is the price we pay for some quality girl time. I was very excited to try this Paleo tortillas recipe, and even more excited I had all the ingredients on hand. If you are looking at some of these ingredients with a puzzled look, consider this: Arrowroot powder and coconut flour are staples for Paleo cooking. Most recipes do not use a lot of it, usually a couple tablespoons here and there (this is actually the largest amount of arrowroot powder we have seen so far in a recipe). So, when you buy them, they will last you quite awhile. 

If you follow my Instagram, you witnessed our sad first attempts. But as you move further along the learning curve, you eventually get the hang of it. The batter starts cooking almost instantaneously, so you are not waiting very long to flip. I compare it to cooking an omelette. Drop the batter, and slightly rotate your wrist as you move the batter around to cover the entire pan. 

My husband is not a big fan of lettuce wraps, so this recipe is a nice change for him. The tortillas will bend, roll, twist, and twirl, ready to be stuffed with whatever you want! We have already enjoyed fajitas and breakfast burritos. Looking forward to some wraps, quesadillas, and tacos. Before we started the Paleo diet, we used to snack on tortillas all the time, so there will probably be some snacking going on too :-). 

Paleo Tortillas
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Ingredients
  1. 6 large Eggs, beaten
  2. 1 cup Almond milk
  3. 1/2 cup Arrowroot powder
  4. 6 Tbsp Coconut flour, sifted
  5. 2 Tbsp Ghee, melted
  6. 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  7. Ghee or Palm shortening, for the pan
Instructions
  1. Whisk together eggs, almond milk, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, ghee, and salt. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes, then whisk again.
  2. Heat an 8-inch crêpe pan or well-seasoned griddle to medium-high heat.
  3. Melt a small amount of ghee in the pan and spread it all over.
  4. Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan and quickly spread it into a paper-thin 8-inch circle with the back of the ladle or by turning the pan quickly with your wrist. Fill any holes with a drop of batter. Cook for 45 seconds, until the sides start to lift, then gently flip the wrap. Cook for 30 seconds on the other side.
  5. Move to a plate to cool and repeat the steps until all of the batter is used, greasing the pan between wraps with needed.
Notes
  1. ~Ghee is clarified butter. I just used normal butter.
  2. ~Makes about 10-12 tortillas.
  3. ~The wraps will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days or the freezer for 6 months. Store with a piece of parchment paper between wraps and seal in a resealable bag. Thaw in the refrigerator for 2 hours prior to use.
Adapted from Against All Grain
Adapted from Against All Grain
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Butternut Squash Chili

I usually think posts that start with “it’s been awhile since I posted here” are so cliché, BUT it’s been a while since I posted here! Training for my first marathon ate up my most of my time, while homework, work, and life devoured the rest. After months of scavenging for calories anywhere I could find them during my training, I am trying to get back on track with my paleo meal plans. So far, so good!

Let’s talk chili. Now that it is finally getting cold in Kansas, what better way to welcome the fall and winter? While the chili recipe market is a quite saturated, I think you will find this one a bit unique. I fell in love with butternut squash earlier this year and used it in the kitchen any way I could: roasted, mashed, salads, casseroles, and soups. But above all, I really wanted to incorporate it into a chili recipe. After some experimenting, I think this is a keeper. The butternut squash adds a nutty and subtly sweet flavor, while providing for a perfect consistency, thick and hearty. It is a beautiful marriage of butternut squash and chili that makes for the perfect fall and winter comfort food. Eat it as a soup, or try serving it over spinach for something different. Top it with onions, bacon, cilantro and/or whatever else your heart desire. I would love to hear your feedback! Comment below or find me on Facebook and Instagram.

Butternut Squash Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Ground beef
  2. 1 Butternut squash
  3. 1 Onion, chopped
  4. 1 (15oz) can Crushed tomatoes
  5. 2 cups Water
  6. 2 Tbsp Chili powder
  7. 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  8. 1 1/2 tsp Olive oil
  9. 1 tsp Salt
  10. 1/2 tsp Paprika
  11. 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
  12. 1/2 tsp ground Cayenne pepper
  13. 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
  14. 1/2 tsp Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut butternut squash in half. Scoop out seeds. Cut squash into 1/2-inch bite-size pieces.
  3. Roast butternut squash for 25-30 minutes, flip halfway. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Process half of the roasted butternut squash in a food processor or blender, until smooth.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook ground beef until evenly brown. Stir in onions, cook until tender.
  6. Add water, processed butter nut squash, and remaining ingredients to pot: crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt, chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Add remaining bite-size butternut squash pieces, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you don't have a food processor or blender, or you just don't want to process the squash, you can just mash it in a bowl with a spoon or fork while it's still hot.
  2. Eat as is, or serve it over spinach for something different.
  3. If you want to get fancy, top with cilantro and/or onion. If you be awesome, top with bacon!
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Strawberry Guacamole

Strawberry Guacamole | BeckyAmyLew Paleo Recipes

The first time I saw someone add strawberries to their guacamole, I thought it looked disgusting. Fruit in guacamole just does not sound right. But I continued to see it on my Instagram feed, so I had to give it one try before I swore it off. Well, since I am sharing this recipe, you are safe to assume that it was not that bad. In fact, it was absolutely delicious! Fruit is so versatile, and when combined when the right ingredients, can turn a dish into something magical. Serve it as a dip, or as a side dish with any meal. I have brought this to several pot lucks/BBQs, and it is always a huge hit. Give it at least one try before saying “ew”!

Strawberry Guacamole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Avocado
  2. 1/2-1 cup Strawberries, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  3. 1/8 Onion, chopped (about 1/4 medium onion)
  4. Salt & Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, add avocado, onion, salt & pepper. Mash avocados to desired consistency.
  2. Stir in strawberries. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 servings.
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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs | BeckyAmyLew

I have a confession. This is no joke. I spent all of my adult cooking life struggling with hard boiled eggs. Sometimes I overcooked them, sometimes I undercooked them. Sometimes they would peel decently, a majority of the time they would not. I was, literally, walking on egg shells trying to make a presentable (at best) hard boiled egg. 

Through plenty of recipes, many Google searches, and hard-to-follow instructions from my grandma, I finally AHA! figured it out. No salt or vinegar or baking soda nonsense, just a fail proof way to make perfect hard boiled eggs. I know there are others like me somewhere out there, so I hope this is the last recipe you have to read. 

TIP: Using a pin or thumbtack, poke a hole on the wide bottom of each of the eggs. It helps separate the egg from the shell, making it easier to peel. When peeling, just give it a crack on the same wide bottom of the egg, and the shell will practically peel itself. This is a tip from Nom Nom Paleo, and it works!  
 

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
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Ingredients
  1. Eggs
  2. Water
Instructions
  1. Place eggs in a pot.
  2. Fill with just enough water to cover eggs.
  3. Place on stove and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, turn stove off, and let sit for 12 minutes (15 minutes for jumbo eggs).
  5. Transfer eggs to ice cold water. Let it sit for about a minute. Peel and enjoy!
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Maple Sausage Patties

Paleo Maple Sausage Patties | BeckyAmyLew

Anyone who follows my Instagram or Facebook page knows I LOVE BREAKFAST! Since starting the Paleo lifestyle, breakfast has easily become my favorite part of the day. With a meal plan, there is a comfort in knowing what is for breakfast the next morning. A feeling that sometimes turns into excitement. It’s like knowing that Christmas morning always starts with a huge plate of dad’s world famous french toast.

These little Maple Sausage Patties are money! Easy and delicious, that is all. I plan on making more with the remaining herbs and freezing them for quick grabs in the future.

 

Maple Sausage Patties
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs Ground pork (DON'T use lean or extra-lean)
  2. 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  3. 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  4. 1 tsp freshly ground Black pepper
  5. 2 tsp minced fresh Sage
  6. 1 tsp minced fresh Thyme
  7. 1/2 tsp minced fresh Rosemary
  8. 1/2 tsp Ancho chile powder
  9. 2 Tbsp Ghee or fat of choice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients (except the ghee). Be careful not to overwork the meat -- you don't want your patties to be dense and tough.
  2. Use your hands to form the meat into sixteen 2-inch rounds. The patties should be roughly 3/4 inch in height.
  3. Melt the ghee in a large (12-inch) cast-iron skillet over medium heat. In two batches, cook the patties in the hot ghee for 4 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and golden brown.
Notes
  1. ~I think dried seasonings will work just fine.
  2. ~Ancho chile powder is pure chile powder made from poblano peppers. It is a dark red color and can be found with the other Mexican spices. I found it at Sprouts, and I'm pretty sure I've seen it at Price Choppers.
  3. ~I used a lean pork (93/7), because that is all they had at Sprouts. But I would definitely use regular pork if you find it.
  4. ~I cooked my sausage patties on an electric skillet. I don't have a cast-iron skillet, yet (that is on my Christmas list!)
  5. ~If avoiding sweeteners, replace maple syrup with grated apple.
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo
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