Coconut Shrimp on Greens and the Harms of Vegetable Oils

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You know that usual saying… an apple a day keeps the doctor away… well my saying is starting to go a little like… a salad a day keeps me feeling good all day. I just feel better when I have my salads but having the same salad over and over can get quite boring. Here a new salad variation I have made… coconut shrimp… sorry guys this shrimp isn’t like the shrimp you get at Joe’s Crab Shack or Red Lobster… I will admit though they are tasty but anything fried in conola and vegetable oil is no bueno. They have high levels of omega 6, which omega 6 is not horrible but you do have to keep a balance with a ratio of 1:1 omega 3 and omega 6. The bad news is most of the food we consume is high in omega 6. Omega 6 is easily oxidized with heat or light exposure which can cause all kinds of problems… read more about it in this interesting article “Why You Should NEVER Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine” I much prefer cooking with coconut oil which has tons of benefits… that’s another article in it’s self! Anywho on to the recipe!

Bare with me! I don’t do measurements, I remind you.

This recipe is for a serving of 1

Hand full of small devained, detailed shrimp
3 tablespoon almond meal
3 tablespoons shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 egg
splash of coconut milk

Heat a pan on high medium heat. Add coconut oil.

Put the almond meal and shredded coconut in one bowl, you can add seasoning if you like… like curry or salt and pepper. Put the coconut milk and 1 egg in another bowl, then whisk.

Defrost your shrimp by putting them in a bowl of cool water. Once they are defrosted dry them off. Next dip them in the egg mixture and then in the almond meal and shredded coconut mixture.

Place in pan and cook for a couple minutes on high medium heat then turn down to medium heat. Cook till the coconut starts to slightly brown.

Place on a bed of greens and devour!

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Energy Balls

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It’s Saturday and my day to relax! Even though I don’t eat processed foods, I am human and I do get cravings! Here is the after math of a craving… energy balls! I am going to try to relay the recipe in measurements but one thing about my cooking is I rarely measure anything. I guess-amate and just go with how things look. The good thing about this recipe is you don’t have to have it right on and you can add to it. Other things I want to try to add are dried berries and protein powder. Think of it as a trail mix in a ball.

Recipe:

5 dates, pitted
a dash of water, about 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquified
1. tablespoon almond or vanilla extract
1/2 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds, slices preferably
1/2. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 c. dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips

Optional: roll in shredded coconut, take about 1/3 c. of shredded coconut.

For this recipe you will need a handy dandy food processor, got mine for Christmas and love it!

1 .Pit the dates, take out the seed in them. Place them in a microwaveable bowl with the dash of water. Microwave for about 45 secs.

2. Place dates in food processor and process for a couple of seconds, till almost smooth.

3. Add almond butter, coconut oil, extract and process till smooth, about 20 secs.

4. Add the rest of your ingredients… nuts and chocolate chips. Pulse process a couple of times until nuts are chopped.

5.  If you like, which I prefer, roll your balls in shredded coconut.

6. Put in a container and set in the frig to set. Also, keep them stored in an airtight container in the frig and enjoy when you like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe is inspired by Paleo Table’s Raw Crunch Ball recipe

 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today I was craving something sweet and decided to make something simple with the ingredients I have. I used this recipe from how to eat and live and modified it to my own.

Here is the recipe and a pretty picture of the outcome 🙂

1 1/4 c. almond flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 c. raw honey
1 egg white
2 tablespoons coconut oil
couple of hand fulls of dark chocolate chips (or more if you like 🙂

Preheat the oven to 300 to 325 depending on your oven, you want the cookies to cook slow enough to cook through thoroughly.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking soda) in one bowl. Next add the wet ingredients (honey, egg white, coconut oil) in another bowl. Then mix all the ingredients together. Last, fold in the chocolate chips.

Yields about 6 decent size cookies. You can make more if you want smaller cookies then the one I show in the picture… bake for about 10 to 15 mins.. until the top and edges are golden. Let cook and enjoy!

Namaste

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Welcome to my blog. I am a paleo eating, health lovin’, zen searching, edgy girl living in South Texas, 30 mins from the Mexico border. This blog is going to be about me and my search for primal zen living in an area that is far from that. I work in the oil field and live in an oil field booming town full of mexican food, oilfield workin’ men, high rates of living due to the influx of new comers and an old original HEB whose soda and chip area about doubles it’s fresh produce area. The nearest Whole Foods is 2 hours away and I can count on one hand how many organic products our HEB sales and on top of that it may be there one week and never again afterwards.

It has been a struggle to try to live a life I want but I am starting to find creative ways to pull it off. I live in a family that loves big trucks, loud country music, guns and comfort food but at heart we are a big loving family. I have always been a little bit of the black sheep of the family but have always been accepted for my differences. I continue to try to bring my perception of health and life to my family. One thing is for sure that it is always an adventure around here.