Easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles

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I got this DELICIOUS recipe for Easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles from Elizabeth Rider, a renowned health coach and entrepreneur.

They are so rich and creamy with an intense chocolate flavor.  For my purposes, I made the instructions shorter and more to the point for easy reading. The ingredients are mostly the same but I used molds for some and scooped into balls for others.  Excellent which ever way you decide to make them, but PLEASE make them.  They’re outstanding! Continue reading

Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters

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Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters

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Crunchy, chocolate-y, sweet and salty….yummmmmmmmmmmmm.!!  Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters! And it comes together quickly! Just a few ingredients makes this a terrific and surprisingly fun dessert or snack. Continue reading

Paleo Soft Tacos

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Paleo Quesadillas

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Whenever we have leftover chicken, beef or pork, my family likes to make soft tacos or quesadillas with it.  But, alas, as a clean eater, I usually just eat the filling on a plate…like a salad.  But I just found amazing, grain-free cassava and coconut tortillas that are wonderful!  They come from Whole Foods and were only $3.89 for 8!!

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After a weekend of company, we had left over grilled lamb, so I decided that we should give the Siete Cassava and Coconut Tortillas a try.  Am I ever glad we did.  I went to Whole Foods hoping to get their almond flour tortillas but they were out of them.  The same family brand, Siete Family, makes both of these as well as some other grain free tortillas. Continue reading

One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup

One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup

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This is the ideal last minute meal for the family on the go!  On your way home from work, practice, shopping, school…whatever keeps you busy, stop at the grocery and get a rotisserie chicken and if you don’t have broth, carrots, celery and onions, get those too.  If you’d like, you could also add other veggies:  bell pepper strips, broccoli, whatever you like!  Once home, put this together and an hour later you’ll be sitting at the table enjoying a wonderful soup for dinner!  One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup is wonderful!

For a really intense chicken flavor, I also added 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillion base.  It REALLY made a difference.  Buy this at Costco and it keeps in the refrigerator for a long time.

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Smoked Trout Appetizer

Smoked Trout Appetizer

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While getting ready for the Super Bowl Party last Sunday, I decided to make an easy, flavorful and CLEAN dish that was easy to transport, as the party was at my friends Marilyn and Tim’s house.  A quick trip to Trader Joe’s and the inspiration came to me: Smoked Trout Appetizer!  TJ sells smoked trout  in a package with 2 beautiful fillets, so I got that, a red onion, capers and some micro greens for garnish.  That is it!  I plated it and covered with saran. Done…boom! Game on.

At The Fish Market in San Diego, they serve this dish with some cubes of brie and toasted sour dough slices.  Can’t do that now, can we?  🙂  What we can do though is to go to Whole Foods and buy Almond Milk Cream Cheese with Chives and serve this on almond crackers.  You can buy these at Whole Foods and other stores, too, or make them from my recipe.

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Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes

Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes

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This recipe started out to be an experiment for Paleo Lava Cakes.  What I though was going to be a disaster when they came out of the oven, turned into a pretty good thing!  I call them Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes.  This is the PERFECT dessert for Valentines Day!

I cleaned up a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction but made other changes, too.  For one thing, I used a popover pan instead of ramekins or a muffin pan.  Of course, I substituted almond flour for the regular flour, ghee for the butter, and I used coconut sugar in place of the confectioners sugar.  Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe. Continue reading

Paleo Honey Dijon Chicken Salad

Paleo Honey Dijon Chicken Salad

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Marianne Donahoe

This is more about the Paleo Honey Dijon Dressing than it is about the chicken salad.  Although, the chicken salad is fantastic but it is so fantastic due to the Honey Dijon Dressing!

The recipe for the dressing comes from Elizabeth Rider, a well known certified health and wellness counselor and entrepeneur.

In her email to me about this recipe, she recommends trying it on her chicken salad recipe.  Elizabeth’s recipe for chicken salad is more like a green salad with chopped veggies and grilled chicken.  It looks delicious, but I wanted to try this on my traditional “mayo” type chicken salad.  So I did!  Thank you Elizabeth, for the inspiration! Continue reading

Paleo Braised Chicken Thighs In a Rich Broth

Paleo Braised Chicken Thighs In a Rich Broth

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Marianne Donahoe

A few weeks ago, we had dinner with our friends Marilyn and Tim.  We met at one place for a quick happy hour, but they were so busy we could not get a table.  Marilyn suggested we walk over to the restaurant nearby called Rancho Pinot.  It had been many years since we had eaten there, so we decided to go.

For my dinner, I ordered Nonna’s Sunday Chicken, thinking it was going to be a roast chicken.  To my delight it was a wonderful braised chicken thigh dish in a superb brothy sauce.  Thus, the inspiration for my Paleo Braised Chicken Thighs In a Rich Broth comes from Rancho Pinot. Continue reading

Weekend Special Random Pics and Thoughts

Weekend Special Random Pics and Thoughts

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Marianne Donahoe

After our trip to St. Louis, we went to Ft. Lauderdale for 5 days to visit my sister Judy and her husband Joe.  It was nice to be back in the sun and fresh air again.  We went boating, played golf, watched the beautiful sunsets, sat by the fire outside in the chilly evenings and enjoyed some wine and good food!

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Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

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Why shouldn’t we have great food and flavors and still stay clean?  We can and it is super easy to do!  Let’s make it a Paleo Super Bowl Party!

Whether your team is in the big game this weekend or not, Super Bowl parties are usually fun!  This year, the game is The Atlanta Falcons vs The New England Patriots. Who do you like?  I’d like to see Atlanta win for no big reason other than NE has been in so often and won a lot.  Most people I know don’t care one way or the other.

I saw a funny chart on Facebook the other day:  It was a pie chart almost completely red (90%) with a small sliver of blue (10%).  The legend said:

Blue =  the people rooting for the Falcons.

Red = the people who want to see the Patriots lose!

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