Pantry Staples: Malanga

A typical Paleo pantry looks a little different than it would for someone who follows a Standard American Diet. In our family’s case, I make sure we are always well stocked in malanga. I discovered this amazing root vegetable quite by accident several years ago- it was marked down at my favorite produce store- so I decided to take it home and give it a try, after I googled what it was, of course! It was quite a happy accident for our family, because it has become a regular addition to our table, appearing often at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and in many delicious iterations. Look for it in the Hispanic produce section of your grocery store, or at an ethnic produce market. It is pretty easy to find in Florida, but I have been unable to find it in other parts of the country when we have traveled. [Continue reading]

Harvest Casserole (AIP Friendly)

Harvest Casserole

I love the warm colors, and flavors, of fall. I’m always excited when I start to see a variety of winter squashes and crisp apples appear in the stores. Winter squashes are a great, safe starch- they are affordable, and there are an amazing array of tastes, textures, and colors available.

My Harvest Casserole has been a favorite in our family for years, and somehow I have never blogged about it! This is a great meal to make ahead, and just pop in the oven before dinner, so it is great for a busy family. It is also a wonderful meal to share with others, when a friend has a new baby or an illness in the house. It freezes well, too. It is a comforting mixture of butternut squash, crisp apples, raisin, and ground beef, a bit savory and a bit sweet- and just perfect for a chilly evening. Harvest Casserole is also a great food for a baby who is just starting to experience combined tastes and textures. It was my son’s favorite food when he was 10 months old. (Of course, now he won’t touch it because it is all mushed together- more for me!) I love eating the leftovers for breakfast, too.

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Plantain Pancakes- Version 2.0 (Paleo, Vegan, AIP, Grain, Egg, Dairy Free)

Plantain Pancakes

One of the first recipes I posted on Created To Be Paleo was our favorite Plantain Pancakes (here). Still a great recipe, but I have continued to tinker, and come up with what I am calling Version 2.0 (and knowing me, there will probably be a 3.0 … [Continue reading]

Lemon-Basil Grilled Chicken Thighs (Paleo, AIP)

Lemon-Basil Grilled Chicken Thighs

A few months ago I was waiting (forever!) to get some blood work done and Rachael Ray was on the TV. My ears perked up when I heard her talking about grilled lemons, and I started imagining what I could do with that amazingly mouthwatering idea. A … [Continue reading]

Heavenly Chocolate Cake from Plantains (Grain, dairy, egg, soy, and tree-nut free)

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

Aurora's food allergies can be so challenging to overcome- all grains and legumes, plus tree nuts, eggs, and coconut (among many others.) It has certainly been an adventure to come up with fun treats that Aurora can eat and we can all enjoy. For her … [Continue reading]

Things Need To Change and Whole Life Challenge

Me and Jonathan- Easter 2014

The past 9 months or so have been very difficult for me physically and emotionally. Life has been hard, and I feel like it is all I can do to stay afloat.  I have had a pretty bad flare of my autoimmune disease (not sure what it is, but quite … [Continue reading]

Plantain Pizza Crust or Sandwich Bread (Grain, dairy, egg, soy, nut-free)

Plantain pizza crust

Sometimes I feel such sadness for my kids as they navigate all of their food allergies and GI issues. They are already quite aware that they eat very differently than most of their friends, and we have already had some issues come up with birthday … [Continue reading]

Flounder Stuffed with Kale

Flounder Stuffed with Kale

  Because of my daughter, Aurora's allergy, we don't have fish as often as I like, but when I found some wild-caught flounder filets at a great price,  I decided to give it a try. This is a quick and simple meal to prepare, but with the … [Continue reading]

Sweet Plantain Bread with Cinnamon and Raisins

Sweet Plantain Bread with Cinnamon and Raisins

We love our plantains, whether green or ripe, and we have eaten them in pretty much every way possible. A while ago I had some ripe plantains growing ever riper and sweeter by the moment, so I thought it would be time to experiment, and we are so … [Continue reading]

Chebe Bread Hack

Chebe hack

I'm not sure that most people in the mainstream Paleo community would even consider Chebe mix to be Paleo, but the ingredients are safe for my family, and it is nice to have something bread-like every once in a while, so we are going with it.  … [Continue reading]

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