Posts Tagged ‘paleo’

Happy Holiday’s from Strength Train 4 Life!  We know the holiday’s come with lots of opportunities to indulge in those amazing homemade sweets. Here is one recipe that can curb that sweet tooth, but keep you healthy at the same time.

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Coconut Macaroons

5 cups Shredded Coconut
4 Large eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar or sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the egg whites, sugar, and vanilla together on medium-high speed until foamy and the sugar is mostly dissolved – at least 2 minutes. Fold in the coconut, making sure the coconut is evenly moistened.

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and place onto prepared baking sheet – at least 2 inches apart. Make sure the mounds are very compact and neat, as pictured above.

Bake until lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes. Make sure to rotate the pan to ensure even baking. Otherwise some tops may burn. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets before enjoying. Cover leftover macaroons tightly and store in the refrigerator for 5 days or 3 days at room temperature. Macaroons freeze well, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Cauliflower Pizza

  • Servings: 5-6
  • Time: 60 mins cook time
  • Difficulty: medium
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1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg
optional 1 tablespoon almond mealPlace a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don’t have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil.Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Don’t get one the size of your head unless you are planning on making 2 pizzas. Cut off the florets, you don’t need much stem. Just stick with the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. See above photo. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower “snow”. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess.Dumped cauliflower into a bowl. Now add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt), and a dash of red pepper if you want. I also added 1 tablespoon almond meal because my cauliflower yielded closer to 2 cups of cauli snow, this is optional and I would not add the almond meal if you have closer to 3 cups of cauli snow. Now add your egg and mix away. Hands tend to work best.

Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don’t make it too thick or thin either.
Using a cutting board slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 – 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.
Add your own personal toppings. Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g 4 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 6 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg 12 %
Sodium 171 mg 7 %
Potassium 448 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 14 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 6 g 12 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 108 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 5 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cauliflower crust recipe pulled from http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/02/the-best-cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

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Zucchini Noodle Skinny Shrimp Scampi

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 medium zucchini, cut into noodles
Chopped parsley, for garnish

Place a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and heat it for 1 minute. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook them for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook them, stirring as needed, until they are cooked throughout and pink on all sides, about 3 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and then using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a bowl, leaving any liquid in the pan.

Increase the heat to medium. Add the white wine and lemon juice to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, cooking the wine and lemon juice for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, garish with parsley and serve immediately.

Notes:To cut zucchini into noodles, use a mandolin or spiralizer.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18 g 28 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 14 %
Monounsaturated Fat 11 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 345 mg 115 %
Sodium 387 mg 16 %
Potassium 1509 mg 43 %
Total Carbohydrate 18 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 19 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 51 g 102 %
Vitamin A 72 %
Vitamin C 179 %
Calcium 22 %
Iron 48 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

This recipe was from http://www.justataste.com/2014/07/skinny-shrimp-scampi-zucchini-noodles-recipe/

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Ingredients
    3 large zucchini
    1.5 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1 tsp salt, divided
    1/4 tsp ground black pepper
    2 tsp any small hot pepper/jalapeño or to taste, seeded and minced 
    1 medium or 1/2 large lime, juice of
    3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
    Cooking spray (I used coconut oil)

Directions
    Using a spiralizer or mandoline, make zucchini noodles, transfer into a large bowl and set aside. You can also chop zucchini into any size pieces, if you don’t have the gadgets for making zucchini noodles.
    Preheat large deep skillet on high heat and add chicken. Saute until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add cumin, 1/2 tsp salt and ground black pepper towards the end, stir and cook for another minute. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    Wipe clean or wash and pat dry the skillet and return to the stove on high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add zucchini noodles. Saute for 1.5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add previously cooked chicken, remaining salt, small hot peppers/jalapeños, lime juice and cilantro. Stir gently and serve hot.

This recipe was found at http://mouth-watering-foods.blogspot.com/2014/09/zucchini-noodles-with-cilantro-lime.html

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 12 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 96 mg 32 %
Sodium 855 mg 36 %
Potassium 1081 mg 31 %
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 11 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 37 g 74 %
Vitamin A 12 %
Vitamin C 77 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 9 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.