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What I Learned from Chopped: PLUS Peak into My Grocery Basket :)

13 Mar

As demonstrated by yesterday’s recipe, I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. I haven’t been cooking very long and I’ve often joked about making a cook book that only uses a few ingredients … maybe one day. But in the meantime, I’ve been inspired by some of the recipes I’ve seen in my favorite cookbooks to do a little more experimenting.

I’m feeling invigorated at the prospect of trying some new things and creating a unique recipe or two. Maybe that’s because I’ve been watching a lot of Chopped lately? Yeah, that definitely part of it. Have you watched that show lately? It’s so awesome to see what they come up with in such short amounts of time! They really only use a few ingredients and then some spices and they make recipes in a very short amount of time.

Last night I was thinking that if I just pretend that I’m on Chopped while in the kitchen, things could get really creative and meals might even get done faster. How’s that for TV education? It really is a great show to keep in mind when you’re due for a shopping  trip and running low on ingredients or if you have a short amount of time to prepare a meal.

Anyway, I’m going to experiment with a few things (well, I’m hoping to and we’ll see how much of this actually happens lol):

  • A meatball variation
  • Kale Chips (this will be the first time making them — I’ve talked about it before but haven’t done it yet!)
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Homemade sauces/dips
  • Balsamic Short Rib
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Woah! Can you tell I’m feeling ambitious??

I will share recipes as they come together … How fun! Let me know if you’ve got a favorite recipe for any of the above ideas because I’d love to try it!

And with that, take a peak into this week’s grocery basket! I share these to give you ideas and as a reference for myself in the future. I only spent $104 and this should last more than a week. There are some items not shown because they’re Daniel’s and therefore not Paleo :)

You know what would be fun? Snap a picture of your grocery trip and share it with the KateUpdates community on Facebook. That would be completely cool!!

photo~ Kate

Viva la Eggplant! Paleo Eggplant Roll-up Recipe

12 Feb

This is taking us way back to August but if you will recall, I conquered a Spaghetti Squash and made my very own pasta sauce in the process. It was quite the challenge but I was victorious. Well, I decided to be adventurous again and brought an eggplant home after a recent trip to Whole Foods. Don’t ask me why I bought it because I’m not completely sure myself. All I know is that once I brought it home, I kept postponing cooking it because I didn’t know what the heck to do with an eggplant that didn’t involve breadcrumbs.

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Realizing I couldn’t wait another day or else risk it completely rotting out, I decided to start looking for Paleo recipes online. I didn’t find any Paleo recipes I liked but I did find a Rachael Ray recipe that I adapted to make Paleo. It turned out really good!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any ingredients for tomato or pasta sauce but I would highly recommend adding a tomato sauce to this dish. I will definitely do that next time. I experimenting with Tahini sauce but did NOT like how it turned out. Below is my recipe and a link to my pasta sauce. Enjoy!

KateUpdates Eggplant Rollups

Paleo Eggplant Roll-ups

Ingredients:

  • 1 Eggplant, sliced longwise
  • 1.5 C baby bella mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 C onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C almond meal
  • 1 C almond flour (or finely ground meal)
  • Coconut oil for frying
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 t Garlic salt
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute the onions and mushrooms in 1 T coconut oil over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic salt as they are sauteing.
  2. While the mushrooms and onions are cooking, preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Add coconut oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. This is what you’ll fry the eggplant in. I’m not sure exactly how much coconut oil I used but just use the same amount as regular oil.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients and a salt and pepper to taste in a Pyrex or baking dish.
  5. Crack the eggs and put them in a medium sized bowl next to the dry mixture.
  6. Begin dipping the eggplant slices and breading them carefully. Press the dry mixture onto the eggplant to make it stick and then set the breaded slices aside.
  7. Next, begin frying the eggplant and as each piece is done, carefully lay them out in another Pyrex baking dish or cookie sheet.
  8. Once you’ve fried your eggplant, spread each piece lightly with the mushroom/onion mixture (you don’t need a lot) and carefully roll the eggplant.
  9. Finally, place the rolled eggplant into the oven for 10 minutes.
  10. Add sauce and feast!
  11. Here’s my recipe for pasta sauce. I suggest adding this to the eggplant after baking 😉

KateUpdates Pasta Sauce

~ Kate

5 Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly Appetizers to Bring-in the New Year!

30 Dec

We’re attending a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow and we’re going to bring an appetizer and some drinks. So, I’m brainstorming some options and thought I’d share a few with you in case you’re looking for something fun, festive and healthy. I want to make all of these but I’m going to have to choose one … Right now I can’t decide! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

KateUpdates Appetizers

Moroccan Meatball recipe and photo courtesy of The Clothes Make the Girl.

Paleo Deviled Eggs Recipe and Photo courtesy of Amazing Paleo.

Paleo Deviled Eggs Recipe and Photo courtesy of Amazing Paleo.

Orange Sweet Potato Baked Chips with Thyme. Photo and recipe courtesy of Cooking Melangery.

Orange Sweet Potato Baked Chips with Thyme. Photo and recipe courtesy of Cooking Melangery.

Asian-Inspired Chicken Wings recipe and photo courtesy of The Paleo Mom.

Asian-Inspired Chicken Wings recipe and photo courtesy of The Paleo Mom.

Paleo Hummus recipe and photo courtesy of Amazing Paleo. Try this with veggies!

Paleo Hummus recipe and photo courtesy of Amazing Paleo. Try this with veggies!

Oh, and of course I’m deciding what I’ll wear as to the party as tomorrow kicks-off Project Style Share! I’m super excited and you should totally join in on the fun, too. Check it out here.

~ Kate