Hello Everyone! Hope all is well with you.
Sunday mornings I usually spend some time doing food prep for the week. Which I usually have to do again on Wednesdays...............5 people go through a lot of food. This morning one of the things I made was my Paleo Dutch baby. I made a full batch and I'll eat it for breakfast for a few days!!!
I started making this last spring. My mom used to make a similar "breakfast" when we were growing up and I had an overwhelming craving for this comfort food. Honestly, I didn't think it would work without the dairy and flour BUT I WAS WRONG. I was gladly wrong this time.
I've made this several times now and it works without fail.
It puffs up like crazy in the oven (its doesn't stay like that for long once you remove it except around the edges). Everyone enjoys watching it "grow". Not going to lie, its pretty cool.
Starting September 1st I have gone back to a full Paleo diet. Not an 80/20 Paleo diet. Full Paleo. No diary, no grains, no lentils. I've had very few cheats and only by accident or because I was stuck. I'll do an update post one of these days but I was getting frustrated with my mood issues, sluggish digestion, general energy and skin. It wasn't rock bottom but I knew I should be feeling much better than I was.
So far I can report that I am definitely feeling a lot better. My stomach is very happy with me (an almost immediate and remarkable change in my digestion - those damn grains do not agree with me) and my skin has started improving. I will have to go through a few cycles before I can conclude on my mood and energy but after one month I definitely have more bounce in my step.
I let myself slip into some bad habits. Taking bites of my kids food, having a piece of cake for special occasions (there are a lot of special occasions during summer), drinking decaf coffee (I actually started having some pretty severe bladder issues with that slip) and just generally being pretty loose with the food rules I know work for me. I know it will annoy some people - they will say.......just live a little, enjoy life, enjoy food. Use moderation.
But I really just don't feel good when I eat certain foods - mainly grains and dairy. My system can't handle it. I have moments when I feel frustrated and sad that I'm "weak". But when I take care of myself I actually feel pretty darn fantastic. I'm fitter at 40 than I was at 20. I sleep better. I rarely have stomach aches. So I just have to accept it and keep working to stay on track.
Which means food prep on Sundays and lots of good food in the week ahead....................
PS - for the record, I haven't given up paleo sweets (mainly dark chocolate) which I know would probably really help my cause but I decided to ease back into things. But my cravings have improved even without trying.......................improved, not eliminated. Its a start.
Dutch Dutch Baby - Paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast arrowroot powder canned coconut milk coconut flour egg
Ingredients (serves 4 (large portion))
- 2 - 3 Tbs coconut oil (I actually think 2 is plenty but added a bit extra for kicks)
- 8 eggs (I use large, organic)
- 1 cup milk (I used 50% full fat coconut and 50% unsweetened cashew)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tsp Truvia or sweetener of choice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Once oven is preheated I put the coconut oil in a 9 x 13 glass pan and let it melt in the oven. Whiles its melting, I blend ALL the other ingredients together. Pour the batter into the glass pan.
Be sure to watch your dutch baby cook. Its fascinating to see how it PUFFS up like crazy. I cook for about 25 minutes.
I take it out and let it cool a bit before I cut into about 8 pieces.
I like it drizzled with a little bit of maple syrup. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Reheats very nicely for left-overs.
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