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Paleo Banana Pancakes

My daughter gave me this recipe and I’m not sure where she got it. It’s very similar to Mark Sisson’s Almond Banana Pancakes but with a few more ingredients and different proportions.

Here’s what I LOVE about these. Growing up, a very special treat for us was my Tennessee-born grandmother’s Buckwheat Pancakes. Or the recipe could have come from my Oklahoma-raised grandfather’s side of the family. No matter.

These pancakes required a starter, were yeast-based, and were weird little tangy, almost crepe-like pancakes. My gentle mother could be driven to distraction trying to cook the Sunday morning treats. They would always stick to the cooking pan, and come to our plates like shrunken, shriveled, blackened bits of heaven.

The magic really happened when butter melted in pools on them and sorghum syrup was drizzled atop the stack. Wowza.

And these Paleo Banana Pancakes have a look and taste reminiscent of my beloved buckwheat pancakes. And while they may look a little dark, they do not taste burned. I have tried them with sorghum and maple syrup. MyBrattyTasteBuds are leaning toward maple syrup.

Paleo Banana Pancakes

Paleo Banana Pancakes

Paleo Banana Pancakes

3 ripe bananas
3 T. ground flax seeds
1/4 c. almond butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
dash cinnamon

Mash the banana. Stir in other ingredients. Drop by quarter-cups onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles form and pop, then turn. Be sure to cook through, about 1 minute per side. Don’t worry if they cook up a bit dark. They will taste fine!

Chicken Kale Soup

I threw some favorite ingredients together … that happened to work well for MyBrattyTasteBuds tonight!

Chicken Kale Soup

ChickenKaleSoup

(Yesterday, I roasted an organic chicken. This recipe uses the leftovers from that.)

Place in crock pot and cook for 6 hours:

1 chicken carcass (from organic roasted chicken)
cooking liquid from the roasted chicken, plus 8 cups water
1 onion
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. turmeric

Remove bones, and strain mixture, leaving broth in large pot.

Add, bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes:
4-6 small golden beets, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tsp. turmeric
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 tsp. ginger root, grated (or Dorot frozen ginger)
1 tsp. sea salt

Add two chicken breasts, cut into chunks. Cook for about 15 minutes.

Add 2 cups fresh or frozen kale and cook until soft.

Enjoy!

 

Cooking … and Cooking update …

That soup. The one from Everyday Paleo website I said I was going to make? Here’s my version:

Creamy Chicken Soup

And it is delicious. I followed her recipe, but added two handfuls of fresh spinach, 2 carrots and about a tablespoon of onion.

Cooking … and cooking …

Kitchens and I … definitely a love/hate thing. LOVE successful meals, hate the cleanup. HATE experiments that fail, hate the cleanup. LOVE that my husband cleans up as a thank you for all meals, successful or not … at least most of the time!

Full disclosure time: I’m getting a little tired of all the cooking that Paleo entails. I think I’ve hit a wall of sorts. I know I will pass through the wall and come out into the sunshine again, but let’s fact it. I’m heading into my least favorite months … winter … where lots of cooking is expected … and that doesn’t exactly excite me.

Except for soups. I LOVE soups. And I have a crock pot and a Vitamix. Haven’t made a Vitamix soup yet, but eager to give that a try. Should be quick, don’t you think?

But today, I found a recipe on the Everyday Paleo website I’m going to try. Crock pot, chicken, coconut milk and spices.

Everyday Paleo Chicken Tomato Soup

 

Another Foodie Success

I HATED Chemistry. Hated it in high school, barely squeaking by with a low C. Hated it when I tried it again in college. Dropped the course and never looked back.

Come to find out, cooking is basically chemistry. You have all these different elements with unique properties … you make mixtures out of them … you heat them up or cool them down … and hope they end up edible.

So, I have always pretty much hated cooking. Elements don’t mix quite right for me, or I put weird combinations together, or I heat too much or too long, or I don’t cool enough or at the right time, or I just end up with a big mess.

Thank goodness all my children are better cooks than I ever was. Probably figured with a little effort, they could surpass my efforts easily … and they were right!

HOWEVER … Thanks to my children and some wonderful Paleo cookbooks and blogs, I have been experimenting more and enjoying more success with chemistry … er, cooking.

So before I forget tonight’s success story, I need to record it!

Yam Hash Browns

Three C’s and a G Yam Browns
Makes 1 serving

1 T. coconut oil
1 T. grass-fed butter or ghee
1 small yam (the one with orange inside), grated
¼ tsp. coarse ground sea salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. coriander
¼ tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. ginger
1 T. almond milk

Melt oils in a non-stick skillet. Add grated yam, salt and spices. Let brown on one side, then stir and flip to brown the other side. Add almond milk at the end and gently stir to blend.

Maybe There Is a Foodie Inside of Me After All

MyBrattyTasteBuds would argue they have always been Foodies, because they would eat anything that tickled their little fancies. They would argue they have always loved food.

And they would have a point. But I’m going with a different definition of Foodie. I’m thinking of a person who likes to know where their food comes from before shoving it in the mouth. Who likes to know how it has been prepared before swallowing. Who enjoys the taste so much that smaller amounts satisfy the stomach. Who never feels guilty about eating.

And that would definitely NOT have been me during the reign of MyBrattyTasteBuds. Ninety-five percent of my meals and snacks were guilt-inducing. They were full of sugar and bad fats, or processed beyond recognition, or enormous.

In honor of this change of status, I finally bought this:

Mortar and Pestle Box

 … And used it to make a delicious spice blend from the awesome book by Diane Sanfilippo, Practical Paleo:

Mortar and Pestle with Spice Blend

… Which I used on a whole roasted chicken, again from Practical Paleo.

I feel very much in touch with ancestors of long, long ago who developed this tool to “process” food in new ways, adding enjoyment to what most likely was a pretty mundane existence. It has definitely spiced up MyBrattyTasteBuds’ lives.

Not Food

Thanks to https://twitter.com/#!/balancedbites for the idea! Grocery shopping is so much easier on Paleo! All of the items listed in this ad are NOT FOOD in my world, and there is no need to think twice about any of them. All have been manufactured to one degree or another. Manufacturing might lower prices, but it also dramatically reduces health.

Grocery Ad

CAUGHT in the Act!

Sooooo, Bratty Taste Buds, I understand you hijacked this blog and posted all about how misunderstood you are, how you have been laying low and waiting me out, how you are all about “love” and “malleability” and “kindness” and peace, joy and happiness.

Right? Riiiiiight!

So, why then, after saying how much you loved the Smoothie (and I truly believe that you did), did you go all RabidForChocolate on me? And what about the coconut cookie? And the ice cream? And I know there was more over-the-top noshing going on, but The Brain became enveloped in some kind of weird fog and lost touch with any form of dietary reality.

THAT’S why I’m still not able to trust you, Bratty Taste Buds. Just when I think you are truly happy, that little gleam sneaks into your eye (figuratively speaking of course) and before I know it, you have hijacked more than my technology … you are running rampant in the kitchen!

I realize I ran out of your favorite Paleo treat and that may have set you off. I also realize that I stocked up on some grandkid treats, making the pantry more like Disneyland than a health-food store. And I know from experience that the busier The Brain gets, the more demanding you get. And it was a very busy day.

But I don’t forgive you, yet. I am trying to create a wonderful world for you … a place you can inhabit and enjoy, a place that will meet all your needs, satisfy your cravings … essentially rock your socks off (again, in a figurative sense). Your world has to be able to co-exist with my world, the world of The Brain as you like to call it. Because The Brain is in charge of health.

And without health, Little Buds, there is no me. And if there is no me, there is no you.

Shhh! We’ve Got A Secret!

Don’t tell The Brains, but we, HerBrattyTasteBuds, hacked into her blog account and it’s OUR turn to post.

We’ve been biding our time to see how long this “diet” thing was going to last. While we relaxed, we did a little bit of poking around on the web. And we found this guy who seems to understand (and maybe even like?) us little sensory organs.

Listen to THIS! “Taste buds are malleable little fellas. When they can’t be with the foods they love, they learn to love the foods they’re with.”

What do you think of THAT? That enlightened piece of wisdom is straight from the mind of Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. (You can read the whole article containing that quote in the article Salt, Siblings and Shelf Life, April 23, 2010 here: http://www.davidkatzmd.com/articles.aspx)

Doesn’t Malleable Little Fellas sound so very much kinder than BrattyTasteBuds? And did you notice that Dr. Katz used the word “love” not once, but twice in the SAME sentence. He was talking about US, and what we are capable of!

So, The Brains made us something today that totally validates the wisdom of Dr. Katz. We are going to call it Taste Buddies Delight. What The Brains did was put all this stuff (and most of a banana) into her blender, whirred for about 40 seconds, and poured it all over us.

MAN! I want to keep it clean here, but we’re not called sensory organs for nothing! It was like bathing in the most beautiful sunrise you could imagine. It really woke us up and got us dancing!

So, maybe we will just re-direct any remaining brattiness we have left into hacking and blogging. Maybe we can convince The Brain that we want to be less bratty where food is concerned. Maybe we can even become her Taste Buddies!

Taste Buddies Delight

Ingredients for Smoothie

Blend all:
¾ banana
6 pineapple chunks
1 T pineapple juice
¾ c. coconut almond milk blend (unsweetened)
1 T almond butter
½ t. cinnamon honey
1 t. hemp protein
2 ice cubes

A Good Day for MyBrattyTasteBuds and I

Yesterday at my Crossfit gym, the workout started with a discussion on what powers our workouts: nutrition. Crossfit recommends Zone or Paleo eating. I didn’t know much about Zone, but found out that an important concept is to eat every 3-4 hours, including an hour before bed and within an hour of waking in the morning. That keeps the metabolism even. Every meal and snack needs to have protein, good fat and good carbs. This keeps the insulin even.

I might try to blend the two if possible.

But today, everything I ate made me feel awesome! MBTBs were so content and non-demanding! I gave them a tasty sweet potato hash from The Everyday Paleo cookbook, some “Paleo poop” (http://fastpaleo.com/no-bake-cookies/), some yummy almond butter …(and other things, of course) … And to top it off …

Fresh strawberries with coconut/ almond milk poured over them, with a bit of cinnamon and hemp seed topping. Happy, happy Taste Buddies!

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