Paleo Hot “Cereal”

Hot cereal on a cold, rainy morning. There’s nothing better. It’s just downright comforting to dip one’s spoon into a bowl of steaming, creamy goodness, savor every drop as it glides down one’s throat, and feel the warmth spread to your tummy. Ahhh.

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One problem. We are currently avoiding grains to give our digestive systems a little rest. Sooooo, that means no oatmeal. No cream of wheat. No 9-grain cereal. No steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight.

Oh sure, there are lots of great breakfasts to be made with no grains! We eat eggs and bacon aplenty, pancakes, muffins, hash browns, scrambles, sausage, granola, and more! But there are times when hot cereal is what our little souls desire.

To remedy this situation, I got creative the other morning and threw together a little concoction, and it was such a hit, I thought I’d share it with you! It’s hot, creamy, looks like cream of wheat, satisfies the I-want-something-hot-and-fast-this-morning, and–bonus!–it’s chock full of protein and good fats.

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So here it is: Grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free hot cereal!

3 cups coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup almond flour (or meal)
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
Maple syrup or honey to taste
Optional: cinnamon, blueberries, raisins, etc.

Stir everything together in a pan and heat to your desired temperature. The coconut will expand very slightly, but you don’t have to wait for it to cook if you’re in a hurry. Top with your favorite hot cereal embellishments and enjoy!

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Grain-Free Pancakes

Three ingredients, a bowl, and a fork.

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That’s all it takes to mix up a batch of these scrumptious pancakes! Toss the batter on a griddle, and breakfast is ready before you know it! AND, bonus! They’re almost all protein, so there’s no gut bomb/carb crash an hour after breakfast. AND if your kids decide they want only pancakes, you’ll just pile them high and not be concerned they won’t get enough protein.

Just in time for the weekend, here’s the recipe I use for our Grain-Free Pancakes! (This amount will satisfy our family of five eaters, and can be multiplied or divided to meet your needs.)

Grain-Free Pancakes
3 ripe bananas, mashed
8 eggs
1 cup nut butter of your choice (today I used almond butter, though I often use organic peanut butter.)

Mash the bananas with a fork. Add eggs and stir thoroughly. Mix in the nut butter. You can use a whisk or a hand mixer if you prefer, though a fork generally works fine.

Spoon onto a hot griddle (350* F). Flip when bubbles form and the edges look slightly shiny and dry. Cook the second side for approximately one minute.

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Slather with butter and syrup or some fresh berry compote and enjoy your creation!

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Any leftovers can easily be refrigerated and reheated! I’ve even been known to make a bunch of these pancakes ahead of time and pass them out as car snacks on a road trip. 😉

May your weekend be blessed!

Simple Kid Lunch: Beans and Rice

There are some days that “what’s for lunch, Mommy?” is the second to last thing I want to hear, trumped only by “nooooo, I don’t want that! I want something else!” Really, kid? Maybe no lunch and a nap is what you’d rather have?!
Rather than emotionally and verbally spar with a hungry toddler or preschooler, I have a little trick up my sleeve to easily get me out of this lose-lose situation: beans and rice.

I realize this may seem simplistic. And possibly like I’m copping out making something I know they like when I don’t want to deal with fussing (to be fair, they most often don’t fuss when I say what’s for lunch, but if I think they’re going to, I consider myself a bit of a genius for heading them off at the pass). Also, I’m not really sure why this particular meal is such a favorite, but it’s healthy and easy, so it works for me! Besides, I love hearing the lil peeps cheer when I put their plates in front of them.

Beans and Rice
About 2 cups of cooked rice (or 1 pouch pre-cooked)
1 can black, pinto, or kidney beans
Garlic powder and cumin to taste
Sour cream, avocado, cheese, salsa, etc. as toppings (optional)

Heat beans and rice in a pan

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Add a few shakes each of garlic powder and cumin

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Garnish as you please!

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See? Nothing to it!

Do you have a no-fail, easy meal you like to make for your kiddos? Please share in the comments!

Blueberry “Ice Cream” Bars

The Lil Peeps asked for popsicles almost as soon as they woke up this morning. This may or may not have been my fault, as I made a joke about giving them “icicles for breakfast”. At any rate, I haven’t made a frozen snack in a while, so I told them I would make some popsicles to have for a snack later. They are outside happily munching away on said snack as I write this!

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In Little A’s own words: “Tase like ice keem! Nummy!”

So these are no longer popsicles, but are now officially ice cream bars (in case you were wondering about the title).

Blueberry Ice Cream Bars
Blend in blender or food processor:
1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk
1-2 ripe bananas
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup honey (optional)
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Enjoy!

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Tropical Green Smoothie

I know kale is good for me, but I don’t like it.

I’ve tried it in salad. Not enough dressing in the world to cover that taste! I’ve tried it as dried kale chips. One word:blech! I’ve tried it in soup. Ok, that I can handle, but the thought of it still makes me cringe. Plus, it’s cooked, so there go the enzyme and superfood benefits!

But there is one way I will eat it happily: in a smoothie! (Tip: the citrus really helps tame the wild kale flavor.)

With all the random sicknesses going around this winter, this easy breakfast/lunch/snack is a yummy first line of defense, as it is chock full of immune-boosting vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and anti-bacterial ingredients. Whirl it, sip it, and be refreshed!

Tropical Green Smoothie

1 orange
1 banana
1 mango (or 1 cup frozen mango chunks)
1/8 of a fresh pineapple (or about 1/2 cup frozen or canned chunks)
2 cups kale or other dark leafy greens
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup honey (or to taste)
Sliver of lemon (with peel)
Ice (optional, but amazing)

Even the kids gulp it down and beg for more!