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Funnel Cakes: Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Paleo Funnel Cakes – AH.MAY.ZING

Funnel Cakes… Who doesn’t love  great funnel cakes?

Fried dough. ‘Nuff said.

But then, add some icing sugar, chocolate sauce, strawberries, vanilla ice cream and you have a great tasting 5 gazillion calorie dessert.

Hold on a minute….back the truck up. Who says it has to be like that. What if we could make a healthier version, that still tastes ah.may.zing!

Maybe we could make funnel cakes that are gluten free, sugar free and paleo. I wonder if this kind of magic actually exists?

Behold…
Funnel Cakes: A healthy version that is paleo friendly, gluten free and sugar free.
Healthy Funnel Cakes

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
2 tablespoons maple syrup (I used sugar free)
2 tablespoons avocado oil
Pinch of salt
Avocado oil or peanut oil for frying
1/4 cup sweetener

Directions:
Heat oil in a small sauce pan until it is about an inch deep (using a small sauce or fry pan will help conserve how much oil you pour in)

  • Mix 1 cup tapioca flour, eggs, syrup, 2 tablespoons avocado oil, and pinch of salt in a bowl
  • Stir until well combined
  • Next spoon the batter into a sandwich bag and once the oil is hot enough to fry, cut the tip of the sandwich bag – or use a small pitcher.
  • Drizzle the batter into the hot oil, overlapping, don’t keep it all in one spot. Make squiggles and curly cues as you drizzle)
  • Allow the underside to very lightly brown, around 1 minute, then use a fork or slotted spoon, flip the funnel cake over to brown the other side
  • Remove from the oil and place it on a paper towel lined plate
  • Take your 1/4 cup of sweetener and blend it under it turns into powder in your NutriBullet or blender.

Sprinkle with powdered sweetner, top with strawberries, blueberries….so good!

I did this on Facebook Live so you can see all the fun of me, hot oil, batter and magic white powder!
https://www.facebook.com/iamcarrieburrows/videos/10154151740557003/
Gluten Free Paleo Alfredo Sauce Meal

Gluten Free Paleo Alfredo Sauce

Gluten Free Paleo Alfredo Sauce is a dream come true for a lot of people that love the taste of a great Alfredo Sauce, but can’t take the dairy products that cause them problems.

Not only is this Alfredo Sauce Gluten Free, but I’ve also made it Paleo Friendly because this recipe is a complete hack that has nothing to do with the Alfredo Sauce you might be used to, except a very similar (I think better) taste and consistency.

You could use this on pasta like any Alfredo sauce, but I opted for Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) and I also did some in Spaghetti Squash and made a really neat hash.

The Gluten Free Paleo Alfredo Sauce recipe is:

1 to 2 teaspoons of grass fed butter or oil (Avocado / Olive)
2-3 Cloves of minced garlic
12 ounces of riced cauliflower or cauliflower florets
1 Cup water
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of crushed black pepper

Directions:
Combine the butter / oil and garlic in a small or medium saucepan.
Heat over low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes to soften the garlic. Don’t let brown, just soften.
Add in the cauliflower and water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer and cover. The more steam you let escape, the thicker the sauce will be.
Simmer for 10 to 121 minutes.

Pour into a high speed blender…don’t use a magic or nutri bullet. You need to be able to let the heat escape.

Blend until smooth.

I made the Zoodles using a spiralizer. One zucchini is what is in the video.

Combine the sauce and the Zooodles. You can use the heat of the sauce to cook the Zoodles or sauté in a pan or microwave.

The chicken was skinless, boneless breast that I cut in half and grilled on my George Foreman grill using McCormick Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning,…it is the real deal!

That makes an awesome meal all by itself.

I cooked a Spaghetti Squash in the microwave then added some of the Gluten Free Paleo Alfredo Sauce to it, formed it into a hash brown and put it in a frying pan on medium heat. Flip after five minutes and repeat heating for 2 more minutes to make a Spaghetti Squash Hash brown.

The last piece was a Paleo Drop Biscuit.

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup grass fed butter
2 tablespoons tapioca starch 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients and drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Need a high speed blender? I love my Vitamix…I’ve had it going on 10 years now and it is an absolute workhorse. I use it pretty much daily at least once.
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Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this when you make it!

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Paleo gluten free taco recipe

Paleo Gluten Free Shrimp Tacos

 

This is my new favorite meal that is paleo gluten-free and ridiculously good!!!Paleo Gluten Free Shrimp Tacos

I did a Facebook Live showing exactly how easy and fast it is to make this awesome meal.

You can watch the video HERE
Cracker Shrimp Tacos with Guacamole

 

 

 

 

I am going to break this down into sections.

Tortillas

1 cup of tapioca flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
2 eggs
2/3 cup of water (more might be needed)
1/2 tsp salt

Slaw

1.5 cups of shredded cabbage ( I used the pre-shredded)
A mix of red and Nappa shredded would be nice
2 tbsp oil (olive or avocado)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp honey
pinch of salt
optional add ins : 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Sweet Chili Sauce

3.5 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1.5 tbsp honey
1 clove of garlic chopped
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
1 tsp chili flakes

Bang Bang Sauce

1/3 cup mayo
2 tbsp of the sweet chili sauce above
2 tbsp Sriracha
(you can drop the sweet chili and the sriracha down to 1tbsp)

Shrimp

I buy my shrimp by the bag in the frozen seafood section, the small or medium tail off pre-cooked.
2 tbsp avocado oil or grass-fed butter
1 tbsp garlic powder

Directions:

To make the tortillas – whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl. It should be a thinner mixture. If it gets thick, add 1 tbsp of water at a time. You can use a skillet or frying pan. Heat up 1 tbsp of oil or butter. Use 1/2 cup and spread it on your pan. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip. The edges will become golden and start to turn up.

To make the sweet chili sauce – add all of the ingredients into a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer or until the sauce thickens a little. Let it completely cool.

To make the slaw – toss the cabbage with the other ingredients and set aside.

Mix the mayo and sriracha together. Add in 2 tbsp of the sweet chili sauce (optional) taste and add more if you like.

Assemble your tacos, how you like!

You can add in onion and top with some guacamole.

Make sure to tag me when you make them!!!!

The next time someone complains that paleo gluten-free eating is boring give them one of these so they taste just how awesome great healthy food really is!

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Don't give up having the awesome taste of creamy sauces for your chicken and pasta just because you're on a diet..just change your ingredients.

Creamy Chicken Bites

There are a lot of people that in the quest for eating healthier have given up creamy sauces that are milk, cream or cheese based. One favorite that gets tossed out is an Alfredo Sauce.
A basic Alfredo contains lots of heavy cream and cheese and sometimes flour…this is a painful combination for many people.
While there are very few recipes that can actually replace the trinity combination of butter, milk and cheese, there are lots of recipes that can make you forget all about them because they are a great replacement.
Here is one that I made the other night and used it on chicken tenderloins that I cubed and sautéed. It was absolutely great!

Try it for yourself.

Creamy Chicken
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or left over cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms sliced (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup of chicken stock(optional)
  • 1 can of  coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Seasonings of your choice (garlic, Italian seasoning)
  1. Bake, stir fry or grill the chicken. Slice or chop the chicken before or after cooking into 1″ cubes. (This is a great use of leftover chicken for an amazing lunch the next day.)
  2. Heat the oil in your pan or skillet.
  3. Add in the chopped bacon and cook 4-5 min.
  4. Add in the onion and garlic, cook for 2-3 min.
  5. Add in your chicken plus the coconut milk and broth.
  6. Add in your seasonings – pepper, salt, garlic powder.
  7. Simmer on a low-med heat until the sauce starts to thicken.
  8. Serve with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or cauliRice

My kids love it when I make this…I’m sure yours will too.

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Cookies!!! Paleo, Gluten Free and Delicious!!

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Coconut Chocolate Cookies!

 

These are one of my favs!

I made these last night on Facebook – if you missed it, you can watch it HERE

 

One bowl and they will be in the oven in under 5 min!!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

3/4 cup of sweetener – I used Splenda you can use coconut palm sugar or stevia

1/4 tsp of sea salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/2 cup pecans (you can use walnuts,almond-or nothing – optional)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips – you can use unsweetened, or dairy free chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 2½ cups shredded coconut, 3/4 cup of sweetener, and ¼ teaspoon salt until well incorporated.
  3. Melt ½ cup coconut oil.
  4. Stir in ½ cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 2 eggs, and mix well.
  5. Stir in ½ cup chocolate chips and ½ cup pecan pieces.
  6. Take scoops of batter and flatten into circles on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
  8. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer, and enjoy straight from the freezer.

Easy!

Make them and let me know what you think (tag me!)

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Friday Favs – The Snack Edition

Happy Fri-YAY!!

I get asked alot about my favourite things. Favourite shoes, favourite places to eat, favourite workout clothes, etc. So I thought I would start today off with a “Friday Favs – The Snack Edition.”

First up…energy!

Energy, in the form of a drink? I don’t always support the notion of a drink being a source of energy, but here is an exception. I have never been a fan of Red Bull or other energy drinks. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good caffeine fix and I am just like you, I can hit a wall at 3pm and need a good kick-start or jolt to keep me moving along.

ZipFizz is a super low-calorie energy drink that comes in a few flavours, orange cream is my fav. I would prefer it be to non carbonated but whatevs..it does the trick! I picked this up at Costco. (sorry about the blurry pic, ugh) zipfizz.com

I’ve had four of their flavours and all of them have a good taste and great energy supply when you need it.

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Next up are Party Tizers – Dippin Chips

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Party-Tizers – Dippin Chips.

Gluten free, non GMO, no added flavours, preservatives or junk. These bad boys are awesome!! I love them with hummus, guac, salsa, goat cheese or just plain. These are great for a healthy homemade nacho night or a quick snack. Again, another purchase from Costco. I have 3 kids I need to buy everything in bulk people! My husband loves them with a little Brie and Red Pepper Jelly, baked in the oven for a few minutes.  Their shape makes each one a little bowl!

Did you see the package? Kale, carrot and spinach! My kids love eating these. Kale, carrot, spinach sneaking into their diet. Folks, that is a definite #ParentWIN!

On the go

For an on the go snack I like to have a Kind bar every once in a while. My hands down fav flavour is the coconut almond. As you can see, I couldn’t wait to eat this and all that was left was the wrapper. This purchase was from WalMart. I was starving and this saved me from making a bad decision like hitting a drive through or making a poor food choice  because I was hungry.  Having a snack with you like a Kind Bar can really help you through those ‘challenging’ times. These bars come in a variety of flavours.

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All natural, gluten-free, low glycemic. Real ingredients that you can pronouce.

That is all for my “Friday Fav’s – The Snack Edition.

Transparency Disclaimer: I purchased all of these products. I was not asked to write this. I’m sharing my favourites because they actually are a few of my favourite things and I love to share healthy food and snack choices.  BUT…If any companies want to sponsor me…you can always connect with me 🙂 .

 

 

 

Travel Tuesday #TT – restaurant review + travel tip

For you regular readers y’all know that food is a big topic here on the blog. Admittedly, I struggle everyday, all day making good choices. You also know that I am weird about eating out. I’m not a picky eater because I love food, but I am a judgemental eater. I easily get weirded out by restaurants and those that prepare my food *germaphobia*

I met a friend last week for dinner and I felt so compelled to write a review because it was such a great experience. Let’s dig in to why I had to write about my meal. My friend suggested we meet in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando. We met at Stefano’s Grill. I figured,”grill” there had to be something I could eat. I have to start by saying our waiter greeted us like we were in his home, I felt so welcomed. He then asked about our food preferences – what??!!! Asked about allergies, he shared that they have gluten free meals-YES, gluten free (hallelujah!!)  and that they can accomodate requests because they make everything from scratch!  Everything made fresh…ahhhhhhh, music to my ears. He shared the specials in great detail (which I loved), he explained all of the produce is organic and locally sourced, except the tomatoes which are brought in from Italy, they are not messing around #quality —it keeps getting better. I said that I like to eat healthy and he shared some of his favourite picks with me. He genuinely cared about our dining experience, not just take the order and place the food in front of you. 

Now let’s get into the food. Stefano’s Grill has something for everything. It is an amazing grill with a variety of incredible steaks to rival any steakhouse but they also specialize in Italian fusion (look at their website and get ready to drool) .

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There is something on the menu to satisfy every kind of appetite. Their gluten free menu is what I was really curious about. Gluten free meals can be tough to make, especially pasta which is very tempermental.

We decided to start with an appetizer their house special crab cake (no filler or heavy breading- just big chunks of crab)Image

and the claims

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Both were incredible. 

I opted for the fresh caught salmon for my entree and it came with pasta, I asked for the gluten free.

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My friend went with the Kale salad and added shrimp to it.

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Wow! SUCH GOOD FOOD -yes all caps. 

I have to say they nailed the pasta. The sauce was incredibly infused into the pasta–how did they do that?! I don’t eat pasta so this was a real treat. My salmon was cooked perfectly. It was such a great meal, I really have to rave about it. I havent eaten that well and felt that comfortable at a restaurant in a long time. The staff came by frequently and asked about the meal, they really wanted to know.

 My only regrets:

-not trying my friends Kale salad – but I was too busy inhaling my dinner.

-not having enough room for dessert 

When you are in Orlando go and eat there (thank me later). They also offer a Sunday brunch that has a lobster omelette…what the what?! I will definitely be going back.

I give it 4 Carrie stars which is the highest honor I can.

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Travel Tip Tuesday

Whenever I travel I always talk to locals and find out where they go for food. If the locals eat there you know there has to be some good eats! This tip has never failed me. I have had the best Key Lime pie in Key West Florida, out of this world Jerk chicken in Jamaica, incredible (and authentic) Thai food in Toronto (yes Toronto-Canada!) 

Most people are incredibly honest about food and their food experiences–so ask! 

 

Question of the day (three parter):

-What is your best travel food tip? 

-Where have you had the best _________ ?? 

-If I came to visit you, where would you recommend I go and eat?