I just recently realized that the Enjoy Life brand chocolate that I use is “technically” not paleo because of the use of cane sugar. Not that I really mind because I’m not strict, but I started looking for recipes of what goes into making chocolate and I’m pretty sure I hit the nail on the head with this recipe. It’s so easy and my kids can help. (Winning!) I made these pretty rose hearts with a mold but if you just want the chocolate and don’t care about the look, just dump the chocolate mixture into a regular pan. The first time I made them, I used an 8×8 pan and then broke it apart.

Ingredients

1/2c coconut oil

1/2c Cocoa Powder

2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

Sprinkle of sea salt

Additions

2 tbsp Shredded coconut

2 tbsp chopped almonds

I added in 2 tbsp of shredded coconut!

Directions

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat on low mushing until all ingredients are melted and mixed together.

Remove from heat and mix in your additions.

If you’re using a mold, (I found mine at michaels 50% off for Valentine’s Day), spoon the mixture into the mold. If not, pour into your pan.

Freeze for an hour.

Make sure to store in the freezer because they will melt if the coconut gets to room temperature. They also taste better right out of the freezer! Enjoy!!

For our fancy Valentine’s Day dinner (previous post) I topped paleo chocolate mousse with these delicious little chocolates and a strawberry. Perfectly decadent and husband and kid approved!!

The chocolate mousse recipe is so easy too. Can be found Here

I’ve been dying over all of the valentines table scapes I’ve been seeing on Instagram and I’m so mad I don’t have the red Lenox Plates that have been used in several posts. Anyway, I stopped worrying about what I don’t have and recreated my own table with what I do have. Hence, a fancy dinner party and delicious meal. When thinking about what to cook, I wanted to do something easy that wasn’t going to leave me cleaning dishes all night. Steaks are always a favorite in our house but I wanted something a little more special. In comes the idea to top it with crab instead of our go to of mushrooms and onions. My crab dip is SO easy to make and a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

1lb lump crab meat

1/4c full fat unsweetened coconut milk

Parsley

1/2c Sir Kensington’s mayo

Pepper

Old Bay

1/2 lemon, juiced

1tbsp Franks Hot Sauce

1tbsp Dijon mustard

Mix all ingredients together and bake 20 min at 350.

Topped off with homemade chocolate mousse and easy chocolates!! Stay tuned for that recipe! I don’t think I’ll ever buy chocolate again.

I love the way my table ended up and now I’m really in the Valentines mood!

Birthdays are big around here. It’s not usual that it’s just a one day celebration. In my previous post, I shared the paleo lasagna I made for patricks family birthday dinner. We had a Mexican fiesta a couple days later though.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to cook or just get catering. Who am I kidding? When it comes to food I’m so controlling. Patrick wanted enchiladas, but for 50 people… too much work. Taco bar it was. (Along with a few trays of enchiladas). I tried to find a sauce with the least amount of ingredients that wouldn’t cost me a fortune for the amount I needed. Ultimately, I made my own sauce and I’ll never turn back!

I started prepping food Friday night for the party Saturday. Mexican meatballs, enchilada sauce, and icing cookies. I have a 3 burner crockpot that I used along with 2 other crockpots to cook the beef and chicken for tacos.

As appetizers I served Mexican meatballs with enchilada sauce (so good and easy to meal prep!), Buffalo chicken dip, and a 5 ingredient queso dip.

The taco bar had beef barbacoa, chicken, sautéed peppers and a ton of sauces. My Patrick is a sauce man for sure. I served enchiladas, rice and beans, and corn casserole as well.

I always try to have options at parties. There’s nothing worse than watching what you eat and starving at a party because the only thing served is junk. Don’t get me wrong, nobody has the time to slave over the stove to get ready for a party. I enjoy it and try to keep things as simple as possible while keeping ingredients clean. I served grain free chips with fresh salsa and guacamole as well as regular corn chips. Flour tortillas as well as romaine.

Funny enough, I was so busy that I didn’t get a lot of food pictures. Here’s the setup though. It was a great time. Cheers to 35 years, my love!

Meatballs
  • 2.5lbs ground chicken
  • 1 small red onion 
  • 1 green pepper finely diced
  • 1 small finely diced jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients until combined. Form into balls. And bake 350 for 15 minutes. Flip and bake another 15 minutes. Serve with enchilada sauce.

Sauce

1 onion chopped

3 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp oregano

1 cup chicken broth

1 can tomato sauce

Sauté the onion in avocado or olive oil until slightly brown.

Add the spices and continue to stir until fragrant.

Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.

Round Chafing Dishes

Cocktail Tables

Serape table runner

Wilton 4 tier Cupcake Stand

I always get major food envy. I have to know what my husbands ordering before I do (even though I don’t eat like he does). When he said he wanted lasagna for his family birthday dinner on Thursday, I knew I had to make my own as well as a real pasta lasagna for him. I was really happy with the way this turned out! I was so nervous and really unsure while making it.

I definitely need to get a mandolin for slicing the zucchini more easily because a peeler definitely wasn’t ideal. The ricotta, sauce and beef would definitely be good over a spaghetti squash and baked. MUCH less labor intensive too.

Ingredients

1lb ground beef

3 zucchini sliced thinly

1 jar of no sugar added sauce

(For the ricotta)

Slivered almonds -soaked about 20 minutes

Handful of Parsley

1 Egg

2-4tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Directions

Start by soaking the almonds in water. Basically I just covered them and let them sit

While the almonds are soaking, slice the zucchini thinly and brown the beef. Drain the fat from the beef

Drain the almonds and put into a food processor with parsley, an egg and a splash of almond milk. Continue to scrape down the sides and add more almond milk if it needs. It’s done when it’s the consistency of ricotta. Creamy and all of the whole almonds are processed

Layer the bottom of the pan with sauce, then zucchini, ricotta, beef. Continue alternating the zucchini layer horizontally/vertically.

End your top layer with sauce and bake for 30 minutes at 350!

**mine didn’t stay together beautifully, but it tasted SO good. I’ll definitely be making it again!!

I topped with more sauce and served with mixed greens and olive oil and balsamic. A comforting cleanse day meal! Enjoy!

Picture this.. a sleep deprived mother with so much on her mind trying to keep everything together. The first thing I’d do every single morning was make a cup of coffee. (For awhile it was really bad and I’d make a whole pot). I’d sit in a daze drinking my coffee and end up reheating it at least twice because…kids. I started getting really nauseous through the day and still felt exhausted. And at night my heart would race. I NEEDED coffee. More coffee. Or I thought this was the case… Slowly, I started to cut back to one cup a day and if I was going to reheat it, I’d just toss it. In recent weeks I talked to a few friends who had given up coffee. Interesting, why would anyone want to do that?- I thought. A couple weeks ago I bit the bullet and replaced my coffee with a hot tea. After 2 days of no coffee I had SO much more energy. I don’t know why, but my husband has always said coffee has reverse effects on him. He would drink coffee and want to take a nap. The caffeine crash for him was terrible.

I’m not saying I’ll never drink coffee, or even suggest that you stop. But, if you’re like me and feel the nausea and jitters, coffee could be the culprit. Since not having coffee on the daily, I really feel SO much better and have an incredible amount of energy. I’m sleeping less, yet, feel so much more energized in the morning.

So, if you decide to break up with coffee too, I’d suggest doing it slowly. Nobody has time for withdrawal symptoms. Start by nixing your afternoon coffee then cut down your morning cup a joe. Once you’re down to 1/2 cup a day cut it out all together.

I thought I was just excited about life with all of this new energy I have but I’m pretty sure it’s directly related to not having caffeine. I hope you have similar results if you give it a go!!