Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cookies

I knew my sweet tooth was acting up.  I had been craving a sweet treat and because of that this weeks experimental recipe is a dessert.  I was looking at scone recipes and found several on line and tweaked them a bit to come up with this.

It turned out great and the texture and taste were both awesome.  While these cookies are shaped like a scone I have to say that is the only resemblance they have to a scone.  So if you are looking for that buttery crispness of a scone, this is not the recipe.

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However, these make great cookies, which is exactly what I will shape them into next time.  They reminded me of, a chocolate coconut chewy cookie.  Think almond joy cookie.

They are delicious and I will be making them again because they are a great little sweet treat that’s not too hard on the waistline but the ingredients are a bit expensive, so I’m really glad it tasted good.

What is the Paleo diet?  The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts.  Anything that comes in a box, jar, or bag should be avoided on the paleo diet—as should anything that just wasn’t consumed back then. That means no grains, dairy, added salt, or legumes.

The Z Man and I do not follow the Paleo diet, but I would have to say that our style of eating does lean a bit in that direction.

I was looking for a sweet treat that was low in carbohydrates and sugar and I found it….

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cookies

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, chocolate chips, and coconut
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix the egg and pure maple syrup until well blended
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well
  5. Knead the mixture with your hands if necessary to ensure an even distribution of ingredients
  6. Form mixture into a circle approximately 1/2 inch thick
  7. Cut the circle like a pizza into 6 or 8 slices depending on the size you want or using a cookie scoop, form balls and flatten into round cookies
  8. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through

You can very easily change the flavors of these cookies by using your favorite flavors such as dried fruits or a different chocolate.  The good life chocolate chips are paleo and a bit higher in price than regular chocolate chips, but again you could use regular chocolate easily if you don’t “need” to follow a paleo diet.

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Try them, I think you’ll like them.

Till next time,

Lori

Weekly Meal Plan and Groceries

I  hope y’all had a great weekend.  Ours was pretty uneventful which is just fine.  I  hope everyone is safe after that awful ice storm.  Our snow has all melted away thanks to some warmer temperatures, but it has cooled back down now to normal winter temps.

I was late getting my weekly meal plan done this week, but I finally got it done.

Having a weekly meal plan really takes away the stress of what’s for dinner and for me it also keeps my grocery budget in check.  I make a grocery list based on my meal plan and go to the store once a week.  We started a facebook group for this very purpose.  Z Life What’s Cooking Group.  It’s also fun to see what other people are eating and  to get meal ides and recipes from others which helps with the dinner rotation rut.

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I picked up the needed groceries too.

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The cara cara oranges weren’t on my grocery list, but when I saw them it made me think of a friend so I splurged and bought a bag.  Hopefully it will also curb the sweet tooth cravings I’m having and keep me out of the doughnut shop! 😉

I track my grocery expense with the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” program.  It’s free at his website.  To date my grocery expense for January is $75.00   I round up to the next dollar because all change goes into the change jug.

My grocery budget is $300 a month which includes food for us and the dogs, health and beauty, cleaning supplies, everything but alcohol.

Admittedly I am purposefully trying to keep my grocery expenses low by staying out of the stores which in turn keeps impulse purchases in check.   Also, keep in mind that we raise or hunt almost all of our meats with the exception of seafood and the chicken I purchase from Polyface Farms.  I buy the chickens in a larder of 15 whole chickens at a time and I usually do this twice a year, so I expect sometime around July I’ll be stocking up again.  This usually cost between $250 and $300 depending on the weight of the chickens I get.  I do have a $50 off punch card that I’ll use with my next purchase that I need to not forget about.

In full disclosure, this is the first year I’ve used the Dave Ramsey “Every Dollar Budget” system and honestly I had become pretty slack in tracking expenses.  This year I wanted to get serious about it and I think the Every Dollar system is going to be the trick.  Plus it’s free, my favorite price.

I believe this will be a learning experience for me this year to see the actual hard numbers on all of our expenses, but it will show us areas where we can tighten up on for the future.  Retirement is getting closer and this will help us get more prepared.

Hope you and yours have a great week.

Till next time,

Lori

 

 

Homemade Chicken Stock

You really should be making your own chicken stock.  It’s one of the easiest things in the world to do and it is 1,000,000,000,000 times better than anything you can buy at the store.

This is what I did on Saturday and Sunday.

I started with chicken bones I had been saving in my freezer along with some onion, celery and carrot scraps then I let this pot low simmer on the stove for 29 hours.  I added extra water to in once.

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This is why I love to make my bone broths in the cooler months, because I can cook it on my wood stove and not have my kitchen stove on for 24 hours.

While my stock was cooking away, I got busy using my electric pressure cooker doing 1 whole chicken at a time from the freezer.  I cooked the 3 laying hens that the Z Man and I harvested from our flock earlier this summer and I cooked 3 of my Polyface Farm roaster chickens.  I pressure cooked them for 20 minutes each then let them cool and picked the meat from them and put the bones in the stock pot.

After all the chickens were cooked and the meat was in the jars, I  filled the jars with chicken stock from my stock pot.  Then 7 quarts of chicken meat went into my pressure canner at 10 lbs of pressure for 90 minutes.  The chicken stock, 25 minutes and 10lbs of pressure for quart jars.

In total I ended up with 7 quarts of canned chicken and 18 quarts of chicken stock.

The canned chicken will be great in chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken soups, buffalo chicken dip….  A great easy quick meal no matter what recipe I use.

This is good for you food at it’s best.  There are many healing properties in homemade bone broth.

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I mean, just look at that beautiful golden rich stock.  Mmmmmmm, I can’t wait for some mashed potatoes and gravy!

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Canning is not difficult and it’s not dangerous if you follow the basic safety practices.  Yes it takes time and it takes work, but it’s something that I find pleasure in doing.

Even if you don’t have a pressure caner, you can very easily make this stock and freeze it in individual containers and it would still be just as lovely.

And why not get extra goodness out of that roasted chicken by using the bones for stock.  That’s a great way to stretch a dollar.

Till next time,

Lori

What Was Cooking This Week

Breakfasts were…

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Smoothies for breakfast, well smoothies for my breakfast, I haven’t been able to convince the Z Man into it yet.

Right now I’m also enjoying a mushroom scramble and a apple on the side for breakfast too.  This isn’t a great picture, but it was yummy.  This particular one I added homemade salsa on top.

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This is what the Z Man likes to call “Somma” which means some of this and some of that.  I took this picture before adding the bow tie pasta and fresh grated parmesan cheese.  I served it along side grilled venison tenderloin.  Very healthy and one of our favorite meals.  It’s also very good with homemade pesto mixed in.

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Another one of our favorite meals is enchilada night.

This particular week was venison and black bean enchilada with homemade guacamole, homemade salsa and homemade yogurt.  We always use yogurt in place of sour cream.  I love that most all of this meal is grown and / or harvested by our own hands.  But then again most of our meals are.

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And I roasted some veggies this week too.  Carrots, turnips, butternut squash, potatoes and onions.  I love roasting veggies, it’s such and easy side dish for any meal.

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And there is a chicken in that pot 🙂

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So that’s pretty much what we ate this week.

Lunches were leftovers of these meals.

I did not buy any groceries this week, so that keeps my total at $89.84 for the month.

We eat pretty darn good around the Z Homestead  😉

What did y’all eat this week?

Till next time,

Lori