Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Healing and Eating

I’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies like crazy, trying to come up with the perfect paleo friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe. Let me tell you it has not been easy. I still might tweak this recipe a bit, but I’ll update the website if I try something new I like better.

I used to follow the traditional Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe, before I starting following a healthier diet, and I totally rocked at making chocolate chip cookies. So, my expectations for what it should taste and look like are pretty high. These tasted how I wanted them too, even with the substitutions, but they were very finicky with spreading and over browning.

To reduce spreading I also used a higher temperature and shorter cooking time, and I also chilled it in the freezer for a half hour and then moved the cookie dough to the fridge as I was baking, so the dough would stay nice and firm. I also tried stacking two scoops of cookie dough on top of one another so it created a larger cookie, which I’m happy to say turned out pretty well. Plus, who doesn’t like a larger cookie. My scoops were two tsp each, so when I doubled up the cookie dough it was four tsp total.

I also found that the higher temperature made the edges brown and crispy and left the middle gooey, which is how I like it. I also like my chocolate chip cookies a bit underdone, but you can easily let it cook a bit longer if that is your personal preference.  I plan on continuing my quest for the perfect paleo chocolate chip cookie, but I’m liking my results so far, so I thought I would post my progress, and of course my current recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Serves: 26
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups of blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of palm oil (vegetable shortening)
  • 1½ cups of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups of enjoy life chocolate chips (mini)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine almond flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat palm oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy, about 30 seconds. (If it fails to get creamy, use your hands to mix, which helps incorporate less air than a mixer)
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Use a small cookie dough scoop (that measures 2 tsp) to spoon dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze indiviudaly for 30 minutes.
  8. Then move chilled dough to refridgerator, and bake 6 at a time at 400 degrees.
  9. For 2 tsp of cookie dough bake 8-10 minutes.
  10. For double the amount of dough (4 tsp) stack chilled cookie dough and bake for 11-13 minutes.
  11. When removing cookies from oven, put the cookie sheet on a cooling rack for 2-3 minutes to set cookies before moving them to the cooling rack. This will prevent them from breaking when you move them.
  12. Let cookies cool on cooling rack, and enjoy.

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Nonni’s Bolognese Sauce

Nonni's Bolognese Sauce - Healing and Eating

Nonni’s Bolognese Sauce is dairy free and paleo friendly if you eat it with some spaghetti squash or zoodles. It was surprisingly easy to make, but the end result was fabulous. I will definitely be repeating this recipe. This recipe does call for a cup of red wine, but if your diet doesn’t include alcohol, you can easily omit it and it will still taste great.

If you make a ton of this, it has a similar thickness to chili, and should freeze just as easily. Not that you are likely to have leftovers, my whole family was going for seconds.

Nonni's Bolognese Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of finely diced celery
  • 1 cup of finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup of finely diced red onion
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb of sweet Italian pork sausage
  • 1 cup of red wine (Cabernet or Chianti)
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • stir in one whole sprig of fresh rosemary
  • sea salt to taste (1/4 -1/2 tsp)
  • (optional) flat leaf parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Finely dice celery, carrots, and red onion.
  2. In a large pan, simmer veggies in olive oil until soft on low heat.
  3. Remove sausage casing if necessary and when vegggies are soft add meat to pan, and mix and break down ground meat until it all turns brown (becomes cooked). Use medium to medium high heat.
  4. Add red wine and turn heat to high until alcohol is evaporated.
  5. After it has evaporated, add tomato paste and sea salt to taste.
  6. Stir in a fresh sprig of rosemary and turn heat to low to let flavors develop for at least ten minutes.
  7. Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, and/or zoodles and enjoy.

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Ten Kitchen Essentials for Thanksgiving

Ten Kitchen Essentials for ThanksgivingHere are some of my must-have gadgets and favorite kitchen essentials for entertaining this Thanksgiving.

1. Remote Roasting Thermometer aka Probe Thermometer – Although the name sounds dirty, they are amazing! The first time I made a turkey on my own, I used this to get perfectly done juicy turkey. It beeps and flashes when the meat is done, and you can literally watch the temperature going up without opening the oven.

2. Food Processor – Only two words are necessary – pie crust.

3. Prep Bowls –  If you think you have enough think again. I would also recommend ones that come with lids, and are pretty enough to use to serve people.

4. Blender – I love my Vitamix and I have used it for everything including flour-less gravy and mashed cauliflower. If you don’t want to splurge, you can easily find a budget blender or use an immersion blender to make all that pureed goodness.

5. Wine Cooler and/or Bottle Opener – How did I not know that red wine tastes better at the correct temperature? (Between 60 to 70 degrees) Maybe not an essential, but now that I’m spoiled, well, I think it’s worth it. A  corkscrew and/or bottle opener to get at the wine is definitely an essential. I like ones that have a foil cutter option.

6. Kosher Salt – For a dry salt brine for the turkey. This is my favorite way to prepare and flavor the turkey.

7. Roasting Pan – It will just make things easier. I know they can be pricey, but the cheap aluminum ones at the grocery store can break, and well, you want to break out the nice stuff for the holidays.

8. Gravy Strainer and Boat – If you make traditional gravy, you need a strainer. Plus you need a gravy boat to serve it in. Make sure you get a gravy boat that comes with a matching dish to put it on.

9. Large Sharp Knife or Carving Set – To cut that delicious bird.

10. Trivets Mats – You will have a lot of hot plates that you need to put them under.

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Maple Pecan Apple Crisp

Maple Pecan Apple Crisp - Heailng and Eating

This maple pecan apple crisp is paleo and vegan friendly, and really easy to make. In fact, I think this may be my new favorite fall dessert. This recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and the crust is made with chopped pecans and almond flour.  In the future, I would serve it with some vegan vanilla ice cream, but it tastes just as good without. I used Fuji apples, since I had a ton of them in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.

Overall, I’m really happy that this recipe turned out so well, and I will definitely be making more fruit crisps in the future. I’m thinking persimmons or pears might be next.

Maple Pecan Apple Crisp
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
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  • 5 peeled apples
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (half lemon)
  • ½ tsp vietnamese (saigon) cinnamon
  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
Topping
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup palm oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cup of almond flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp vietnamese (saigon) cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and chop apples, and add them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice over apples, and mix until coated evenly.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon and arrowroot powder over apples until coated evenly.
  5. Add apple mixture to a baking dish.
  6. In the food processor, chop pecans roughly, then transfer chopped pecans to the now empty large mixing bowl.
  7. Add almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt to the food processor and pulse until distributed evenly.
  8. Add palm oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the food processor and blend until smooth.
  9. Add mixture from food processor to mixing bowl with chopped pecans and mix all ingredients together.
  10. Smooth and pat topping mix over apples, cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  11. Remove aluminum foil, to brown top and bake 10-15 minutes until topping is a desired golden brown.
  12. Let it cool for 20-30 minutes, before serving.

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Marzipan Truffles

Marzipan Truffles - Healing and Eating

These marzipan truffles are made with homemade marzipan, and make a perfect holiday gift for the someone who loves chocolate and almonds. They are gluten and dairy free, and made with almond meal, so technically grain free too. They were actually really easy to make, and taste just like store bought ones. Every time we go to World Market, my husband searches out the chocolate covered marzipan, so I’m happy I can now make some that taste just as good.

Marzipan Truffles
 
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Serves: 20 truffles
Ingredients
  • 1 roll of homemade marzipan (12 ounces)
  • 1 bag of enjoy life chocolate chips
  • (optional) sea salt flakes
Instructions
  1. Roll marzipan into ¾ inch balls, and then set aside on parchment paper.
  2. Using the double boiler method, melt chocolate chips.
  3. Then, roll balls in chocolate and let it sit and harden on parchment paper.
  4. (optional) Sprinkle sea salt flakes over truffles for a garnish.

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DIY Marzipan

DIY Marzipan - Healing and Eating

Why buy marzipan when it is super simple to do it yourself. With Halloween right around the corner, my husband and I wanted to make some chocolate covered marzipan truffles, which is one of our favorite sweet treats. I will post this recipe next guys!

Marzipan is gluten and dairy free, so it’s great if you are allergic or sensitive to either of those things. Personally, my husband and I love anything almond flavored, so naturally marzipan has a special place in our hearts.

The recipe for DIY marzipan does contain confectioner’s sugar, which is obviously not ideal, but I wanted the same taste and texture that you would find in a grocery store. This recipe also contains a raw egg white as a binder, so if you are vegan this recipe isn’t for you. I don’t have an issue with raw eggs, since I make my own paleo friendly mayo all the time, and I like my eggs over easy for breakfast. That said, use common sense, like keeping the marzipan stored in the fridge or cook with it as soon as possible.

DIY Marzipan
 
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Serves: 12 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
  • 1¾ cups almond flour
  • 1 egg white (from one egg)
  • 3 tsp of almond extract
Instructions
  1. Put the sugar and almond flour into the food processor, and pulse to mix and get rid of any clumps.
  2. Then, add in almond extract to food processor. Pulse to mix.
  3. Then, separate yolk and egg white, and add in egg white to food processor, and pulse until it turns into a dough.
  4. Then put dough onto wax paper, and kneed it until it forms a log shape.
  5. Then wrap marzipan log in plastic wrap and store in fridge, or use in cooking/baking.

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