The Best Mayo Recipe Ever!

February 26, 2014
Yes, mayo is back!

If you’ve recently (or not so recently) adopted a paleo-type of diet or are just eating healthier by removing foods like soy, processed sugar and vegetable oils, then you likely have given up mayonnaise. Oh the humanity! Chicken and tuna salads have never been the same.

I freaking love me some mayonnaise. I’ve tried just using salt and olive oil. It doesn’t work. I’ve also tried a few different “paleo” mayo recipes and they all seem to miss the mark.

Well, on a recent trip to Costco I found something interesting and was inspired and determined to create the perfect, healthy mayo.

This massive bottle of Avocado Oil.


This is a light oil with a very subtle flavor unlike olive oil which is probably the main reason homemade mayo is usually a gigantic fail. Don't have a Coscto near you? You can get avocado oil HERE.

In the interest of full disclosure, this will still give you a pretty good whack of Omega-6 which isn’t ideal but if you use pasture-raised eggs it should balance things out pretty well. Plus, it’s mostly monounsaturated fat, as opposed to polyunsaturated fat like commercial mayo, meaning it’s much more stable and waaaaaay better for you.

Remember, it’s a condiment, not a meal. A couple of tablespoons here and there and I you should be good to go. I would also mess around with adding different spices and flavors to use for cooking (low and slow cooking) and dressings.



Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup avocado oil
2/3 cup olive oil
2 pasture-raised eggs
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp garlic powerd
2 tsp maple syrup
A few ounces of patience!

Process

Pour the avocado oil and olive oil into one container-- something with a spout to make for easy pouring. I used a glass measuring cup. Set aside.

You can use a blender or a stick blender for this next step. I used THIS stick blender (opens in new window).

Crack 2 eggs in your blender or a suitable container for your stick blender.

Add vinegar and maple syrup.

Begin blending and (this is where the patience comes in) slowly, slowly add the oil mixture. You’re practically dripping the oil in the egg mixture while blending. It took me at least 20 minutes to slowly pour the oil in. Once the mayo starts to thicken and emulsify, you can go a little faster.

Once your mayo is at your desired consistency it’s basically done except for the spices and salt.

Note: if you add the salt too soon it might breakdown the oil and effect the consistency.

Finally, add your salt and garlic, blend for another few seconds or mix well. Taste and adjust spices as needed.

You can divide your mayo into a few smaller containers and add different flavors like cayenne, fresh minced garlic or rosemary.

Enjoy!

 

Grain-Free Coffee Crumb Cake

February 21, 2014
Sometimes you have tragedies in the kitchen: Your broth doesn’t gel up, you run out of coconut flour and it’s pancake Sunday, or you drop your last piece of bacon.

Sometimes your coffee maker malfunctions and you end up with an extra cup of coffee. Okay, not really a tragedy but that did happen earlier this week. I turned this minor mishap into a happy accident by developing this absolutely incredible recipe for grain-free coffee crumb cake.

Enjoy!



Grain-Free Coffee Crumb Cake

Cake

• 1/2 c...

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Zucchini and Sausage Pie

February 17, 2014
So, for some reason we ended up with an extra dozen eggs from the farm a couple of weeks ago. The good news for you is that I had to get creative and came up with this amazing recipe. This Zucchini and Sausage Pie is perfect for any meal or a quick gran and go snack. It's supper easy to make too. Enjoy!



• 2 cups sliced zucchini
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/4 tapioca flour
• 7 eggs
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup sliced sausage of choice
• 1/4 cup diced onion
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 t...

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Apple Pie Pancakes

February 3, 2014
This is our new favorite pancake recipe which is saying something since, as you know, we LOVE pancakes.




• 2 apples (your choice. I used Gala)
• 1/3 cup coconut flour
• 1/4 cup tapioca flour
• 4 eggs
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 Tbsp maple syrup, divided
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
• 2/3 cup coconut milk (or more to get desired consistency of batter or use a little water too)*
• pinch of salt



Slice apples into 1/4 inch slices and remove core from pi...

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Paleo Chicken Jalapeño Soup

January 26, 2014
Thanks to everyone who voted for the next featured soup recipe! Your winner is below and it’s from Stacy at Paleo Gone Sassy. First, let’s meet Stacy. She’s has had remarkable success by going paleo. Check out her story!

Q. What's the name of your blog/website?

A. I blog under www.paleogonesassy.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PaleoGoneSassy

Q. What made you start this journey?

A. I started this journey through a detox with the direction from my trainer. I loved the way I felt on the...

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup [guest post]

January 22, 2014
Special thanks for Carolyn of Real Food Carolyn for the awesome recipe and guest post.

Before we get to the recipe, let's get to know her a little in a new feature on my blog I'm calling "5 Questions With..." (I know, super creative name right?)

Q: What's the name of your blog/website?

My blog is called Real Food Carolyn and you can also find me on Facebook at Facebook.com/realfoodcarolyn

Q:What made you start this journey?


My daughter's diagnosis of Celiac in 2008 and the...

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Gingerbread Man Cookies

December 24, 2013


Ingredients :

3 cups of fine ground almond flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup black strap molasses
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 egg
4 tbsp butter
2 cups of blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350'F

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add the molasses, maple syrup and coconut milk. Remove from heat and set aside.

In medium mixing...
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Holiday Cookie Round Up!

December 23, 2013
It's the holidays! You know what that means-- cookies!

Here's a list of some yummy gluten-free cookies from around the web. Enjoy!

From me:
Gingerbread Man Cookies


Pumpkin Spice Cookies


Coconut Chocolate Macrons


No-Bake Rudolph Noses (Cranberry Coconut Cookies) from PaleoDieting.com


Santa Hat Raspberry Cream Meringues by PaleoDieting.com


Double Dark Charcolate Cookies by RaiasRecipes.blogspot.com


Healthy Version of Pumpkin Roll
BarefootandPaleo.com


Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip & Walnut No-Bake Coconu...

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Clam Chowder [gluten and dairy free]

December 18, 2013


2 cans (6.5 ounces each) chopped clams in clam juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 onion, diced
2 medium white potatoes, cubed
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 tsp sea salt
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley


Melt butter in medium sauce pan and caramelize onions on medium heat. Add broth and stir to deglaze pan if needed.

Whisk in tapioca starch until well blended.

Add clams with clam juice and coconut milk.

Add potatoes and spiced.

Allo...

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Spiced Hot Coco Cocoa

November 25, 2013
Brrrrrr..... it's getting chillier than... something that's really chilly (sorry, I can't brain today).

Time to get the fireplace going and invent a new hot drink to warm my bones.

Presenting Spiced Hot Coco Cocoa!




• 3/4 cup coconut milk
• 3/4 cup coconut water (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
• 2 tbsp pure unsweetened powdered cacao
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp cardamom
• 1/2 tsp ginger
• 2 tbsp maple syrup

1. Light fire in fireplace (optional).

2. Warm...

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