Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Halloween is coming, which means that those of us who are following the paleo lifestyle are required to prepare paleo pumpkin muffins ;-)

If you don’t have a recipe handy, here’s one for you that I found on the Gluten-Free Homemaker website that looks good:

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins Recipe from glutenfreehomemaker.com

Enjoy!

Paleo Snack – Banana Chips

Pre-Soak

Pre-Soak

I know, being a paleoista, you’re not even thinking about eating potato chips or candy bars – right?

Good. Hey, don’t worry. You don’t have to suffer or crave a little something sweet. Try this recipe for paleo banana chips for a tasty paleo snack.

Before we launch into the recipe, a few words about turmeric.  Many of you may not be familiar with this spice, typically associated with Asian cooking.  It is believed to have significant health benefits, which include:

  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Turmeric may help prevent diabetes
  • Turmeric may positively affect body composition
  • Turmeric may improve brain health

Pretty impressive.  Here are a few links to Mark Sisson’s website and Dr. Mercola’s website if you’d like a more in-depth discussion of the beneficial qualities of turmeric:

Turmeric: A Spice For Life

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric Compound Boosts Brain Health

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Frying Bananas

Frying Bananas

  1.  Peel the bananas and slice them about 1/8 of an inch thick, I recommend making them even a little thinner
  2. Sprinkle a little turmeric and salt into a bowl of ice water
  3. Soak the banana slices in the bowl of ice water for roughly 10 minutes
  4. Remove the banana slices from the bowl and place them on a paper towel
  5. Allow the banana slices to dry off a little
  6. While the banana slices are drying, preheat the butter in a skillet
  7. When the butter is hot, cook small batches of the banana slices for about 2 minutes per side just until they are crispy (the time it takes will be dependent upon the thickness of the slices.  Go thin)
  8. Remove the cooked chips from the skillet, sprinkle on a little sea salt and allow to cool on a paper towel
  9. Dig in!

Enjoy!

 

Paleo Pulled Chicken Crockpot Recipe

Crockpot Pulled ChickenHere’s a simple Paleo crockpot meal you can prepare while you’re on the go and it tastes great too:

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or you can use chicken breasts to eliminate some of the fat)
  • 1 large, finely chopped jalapeno (remove the seeds before chopping ;-) )
  • 6 cloves garlic – minced, plus 1-2 cloves smashed and put directly in the crockpot without mincing
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1½ tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoon of  lime juice
  • 1 yellow onion – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 avocado (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Collect all of your ingredients
  2. Prepare each ingredient (chopping & mincing)
  3. I suggest lining your crockpot with a crockpot liner for easy clean-up
  4. Put everything except the chicken in your crockpot and stir to mix well
  5. Add the chicken and coat it with the mixture of the other ingredients
  6. Set your crockpot on medium heat (use a lower heat if you will need to be away for more than 4 – 6 hours)
  7. Go on about your other business, returning to give the recipe an occasional stir once in a while
  8. In about 4 hours you should be able to pull the chicken apart.  Keep cooking until you can
  9. Pull the chicken apart using a fork or spoon and remove from the heat
  10. Remove from the heat once the chicken pulls apart to avoid drying out the meat
  11. Serve and enjoy (or put it in the fridge for several nights’ worth of ready-to-go meals)

If you want to get fancy, garnish with pieces of chopped avocado.

Enjoy!