Best Chocolate Chip Cookies? I Think So!

It has been a while since my last post. I have been using my work computer to update my blog since I have not had a laptop in over 4 or 5 months, and lately the site has said that my software was not current and could not post effectively. Such a bummer. So… here we are. At least a month later. I have so much to catch up on!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season. It was a mild winter here in Alabama to say the least. It was in the 70’s leading up to Christmas. I literally ate my lunch outside on our patio set at work. The week of Christmas it was yucky and stormy and rainy. If you look online there are pictures of Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, AL after all the rain we had, and that is where I am from! Many a romantic high school date were spent at those falls. I loved going and feeding the ducks.

We had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year so far! My sweet parents got my sister and I Cuisinart Food Processors. I needed one desperately to do all these amazing Paleo recipes, and so it was a welcomed addition into my kitchen appliance family. I was also lucky enough to get a new medium sized crockpot. I am ready to get to cookin! I also have to give a shout out to my mom and diddy for giving me one of the coolest presents… I finally got an American Girl Doll! She looks just like me, and comes with these little bangs that clip on. Adorable!

While I was away I was able to try out a new recipe. Who does not love a good chocolate chip cookie? They are one of many comfort foods. You might think that when you signed up for the Paleo diet you would have to give up on some of your favorite treats. That is not so! There are many alternatives out there that are just as yummy, and dare I say, this chocolate chip cookie recipe I am about to share may even be yummier than regular chocolate chip cookies? They were soft, chewy, sweet, and full of chocolaty goodness. The recipe could be a tad time consuming, and I did not follow it exactly to specifications (Do I ever?), and they turned out wonderful. I cannot wait to share this special recipe any longer.

Cookies, a friend once told me, was something difficult to find yummy recipes for with Paleo. She had tried many and only a few turned out worth the effort. I have been very fortunate to have found the Snickerdoodle recipe and now a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that will be a go-to snack in the future. And now you have it, the moment you have been waiting for… Chocolate Chip Cookie Heaven.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bakerita.com

Author: Rachel Conners
Serves: 15 cookies
Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2¼ cups (9 oz.) almond flour (I recommend Honeyville blanched almond flour)
1 cup (6 oz.) chopped dark chocolate
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time).
  4. After refrigerating, use a cookie scoop to form cookies and press down slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

To be honest, I was in a rush. I melted the coconut oil in the microwave to make it blend easier. I also used a cold egg instead of room temperature, and I did not refrigerate the dough before baking. These still turned out absolutely delicious. I did not have Soy-Free, Dairy-Free chocolate chips, and honestly I cannot afford them on my budget. I simply used the chocolate chips I had in the freezer on hand. Of course, they tasted fabulous, but it may not follow the Paleo diet as strictly as some would have it. I figured if I was just eating one or two, it would not be the most terrible thing in the world.

So there you have it. One of the best cookie recipes I have had in the Paleo world, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Thank you so much to Rachel Conners for posting this recipe and letting it be pinned to Pinterest.

Here is the dough and final result! See how gooey that dough looks! See how soft, chewy, and chocolaty the cookies are! Just imagine out good they taste. Want to find out for yourself? Make them. Make them ASAP.

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Enjoy!

~ A

 

 

 

 

 

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Paleo Goes French

I am so sorry that it took me so long to get back on the blog. I had in mind to “Blog Like Crazy,” but so many things happened lately. First was the beach, and that was a fun filled time with us being pretty much on the go the entire time. We went for almost a week and went to a car show. We are car show people. We go for weekend events, just the day, or a week. It is fun for our entire family. We were also able to do lots of shopping while we were gone. One thing that I got while we were gone was an adult coloring book. No, not That kind of adult, get your mind out of the gutter! The adult coloring books where the designs are intricate and detailed. They are beautiful pictures and are made to relax you when you are stressed. I stay stressed and anxious quite a bit, so I am hoping this will help. I have OCD, so I do worry a little with them. When I was a kid I would buy lots of coloring books and never color in them. I was too worried that I was going to make a mistake, so I would never color in them at all. I have already started one picture, so it has gone well so far. I still worry over the colors and combinations, but I am trying to let that go.

We also had my birthday in November and Thanksgiving. I am a girl who has her birthday on Thanksgiving every so many years and that is a lot of fun. We were super busy with the Thanksgiving holidays. I did plenty of shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Did you? I have all my Christmas shopping done, so it was mostly for movies, TV series, and a few extra surprises for my sister. Just fun goodies that I wait to buy every year until this time. Some of my favorites were Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, Homeland, and True Blood. I cannot wait to find a free moment to watch some of these. Modern Family, Criminal Minds, Big Bang, and Pretty Little Liars I have already watched, I was just getting them to complete my series at home. I have not seen the last season of True Blood, any of Homeland, and some of the Mad Men episodes. Did y’all get any goodies on sale? Do you prefer Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday?

I am sorry to ramble on. I am sure you do not want to hear all about my shopping! I just love looking at you as my friends and updating on what is going on in my life. Oh! And how can I forget, one of the most wonderful days of the year happened the Saturday after Thanksgiving! The Iron Bowl! This is an annual event that sets the year for an entire fan base. It can make the next year happy or terrible. This is the game where Auburn plays their biggest rival and it means everything to the people in this state (and literally in many cases around the globe). The good guys, Auburn, have not had a great season this year. It made me sad as a fan, but I will stand by my team and coach no matter what. Our guys had nothing to lose, so I just wanted them to go out and play with all they had. I lucked up and on Friday night while I was in the theater watching Mockingjay Part 2 (great movie), I got a text saying my friend had an extra free ticket and asked if I wanted to go to the game! Of course I did! I was so excited to see an Iron Bowl from inside Auburn’s stadium, not matter what the outcome. I had a blast and yelled and screamed, and at times, booed. It would have only been better had we won. I am so thankful for friends who thought of me and offered me that ticket.

But on to why you probably got to this blog. I have a confession to make. Since I have been at the beach and having Thanksgiving, and now leading up to Christmas I have not been following a strict Paleo diet. I have gained a few pounds, but I have been maintaining the past month. I need to get back on it ASAP, but I think I am going to try and follow it semi closely, and hit it hard again after Christmas. In the meantime, I am trying out new recipes. This one is a favorite with Julia Child and from the movie Julie and Julia. I made a crockpot version of Beef Bourguignon. It was amazing and delicious, and so very simple. I know in the instructions it tells you to sear the meat, and sauté the onions, etc., but to me that defeats the purpose of the crockpot. I simply put everything in the pot and let it cook for 8 hours on low while I was at work. Easy peasy. I found the recipe on my favorite standard, Pinterest, but I am sure you can find similar recipes all over the internet. This particular recipe came from Buzzfeed. You can find the article here along with 32 other delicious Paleo crockpot recipes. I plan on using this list quite a bit! Here is what I did:

Beef Bourguignon

I placed in the crockpot

2 lbs. cut up beef stew meat

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 large carrots, sliced

1 bag of little baby onions (or pearl onions if  you can find them), I cut them in half

Rosemary (it called for 2-3 sprigs, but I used dried)

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 cups bone broth

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 lb. (I went ahead and used an 8 oz. package) sliced mushrooms

2 Tbsp. tapioca starch

2 Tbsp. water

There are a lot of instructions on the website for how to carefully prepare all the ingredients. I was not that patient and did not have that much time, so here is what I did, and it turned out wonderful!

I added all the ingredients into the crockpot, with the exception of the tapioca starch and water. I then let the entire crockpot sit in the fridge overnight. The next morning I put the crock in the heating mechanism and let it cook on low for 8 hours. When I got home, I took out the bay leaves, you can take out the rosemary sprigs if you used them. I took the tapioca starch and water and mixed it together until blended and added it to the stew so it thickened. I then served it to my guests. Everyone really enjoyed it. Here are the humble beginnings and the finished result:

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The result was wonderful, tender, juicy, and delicious. It was even better the next day! I cannot wait to try this one again.

Happy eating everyone!

 

~ A

 

Good Eats, Paleo Style!

Well, this weekend passed by too quickly for me, as I am sure it did for you. Friday was spend taking a meal to friend who had just had a baby – on the menu was roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy, and Salted Caramel Bacon Brownies. Needless to say, my friend is not following the Paleo lifestyle. Her new baby boy was adorable and she looked beautiful. I am so happy for her, her husband, and their new addition. He is the tiniest baby I have ever seen, and I could have held him forever.

I did get to do some Paleo cooking this Friday and Sunday night! I know that is why you are all checking this out. I made a Chicken Pot Pie from Down South Paleo by Jennifer Robbins on Friday.

Down South PaleoThe recipe was easy to follow and simply delicious. I had made the chicken earlier in the week by poaching it until it was easily shredded. On Friday, I added the chicken broth, arrowroot powder and made a nice thick creamy broth for the base. Next time I will add more arrowroot powder in the beginning. Not a lot, but enough that it makes it thicker. I tried making a slurry later, but it did not turn out well. I next added the carrots and peas, onion, and I added celery even though the recipe did not call for it. I set that aside once it had been simmering for about 10 minutes. I worked on the crust and rolled it out until it was able to fit over my glass pie plate. I added the pot pie mixture to the plate and had plenty left over. Finally, I added the crust to the top. This recipe calls for you to create mini pot pies and not one big one. I had difficulty getting the crust over the pie and it came out more like a crumble than a smooth crust. I think it would have looked better had I done individual pot pies. I am going to post a picture, but it is difficult for me. I am used to having everything turning out right the first time, so for it to not turn out perfect on the first try is not easy for me. But, it tasted delicious, so I guess that is all that matters. If you have not read Down South Paleo, I cannot recommend it enough.

Here are the finished results:

Chicken Pot PieNot terrible, but not my best work either. But still so yummy!

I also cooked a delicious recipe that I am happy to share with you because I basically just made it up with the ingredients I had on hand. It is a Sausage, Pepper and Onions Recipe that tastes just as wonderful as it sounds. I cooked it in the crockpot, so it would be nice for a summer day when you do not want to get your kitchen hot from the oven or stove. I liked it because I could throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook for 5 hours and forget about it until it was finished cooking. Easy peasy. Here is what it looked like in the end:

Sausage, Peppers, and OnionsThe recipe is simple and most of the ingredients you will have in your pantry. I topped it off with some green beans and a piece of Jalapeno Bacon Bread from my Paleo bread cookbook.

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

1 pkg. Sweet Italian Sausage

1 ~ 14.5 Can Diced Tomatoes, with Juice

1 Green Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Yellow Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Red Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1 Onion, Sliced

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano

1 1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley

I placed the Italian sausage, and all the other ingredients in the pot together and gave it a little stir to mix well. Then, I let everything cook for 5 hours on low. After 5 hours, the sausage, peppers and onions were cooked through and ready to serve. Next time, I may sauté the sausage before I place it in the crockpot, not sure, it was so good this way.

This was such an easy recipe and I plan on making it again soon. This will be my go to recipe on those days when I am not sure what to make for dinner and I need something quick on a Saturday or Sunday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

~ A