Fluffy Grain-Free Pancakes

by Susan on July 1, 2015

I have made just about every variation on the “paleo pancake” possible. Some tasted too much of banana, others were as dense as a brick. I’ve had a few successes here and there, but always struggled with the cakes flipping well or browning too quickly. Even my hits were not what I would dub slam dunks.

I love George from Civilized Caveman‘s recipes, and I was intrigued when I found his recent “fluffy” blueberry pancake recipe. Fluffy is certainly a desired adjective in pancake-making, and the ingredients looked they just might do the trick.

The combination of coconut flour and tapioca (or arrowroot) here yields a nice batter that was easy to shape and flip. I love that there is only 1 tbs. of added sweetener to the whole batch! I will be making these again when our local blueberries are ripe for picking, but in the meantime made them with some wild blackberries we have growing in our yard. When adding berries to pancake batter, I always like to form my cakes on the griddle, then press a few berries into them. This keeps the berries from getting squashed and turning the batter purple.

I enjoyed my pancakes with just a little butter on them, and found them plenty sweet, moist and flavorful. The kids had a little pure maple syrup on theirs and cleaned their plates. I used almond milk, but if you’re nut-free opt for coconut and you have yourself grain, gluten, dairy and nut-free fluffy pancakes. Happy breakfast!

Fluffy Grain-Free Pancakes
adapted from Civilized Caveman Cooking

3 eggs
1/2 cup plus 3 tbs. almond or coconut milk
1 tbs. raw honey
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of sea salt
coconut oil, for skillet
1/2 cup berries or dairy-free chocolate chips

Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add milk, honey, lemon juice and vanilla. Whisk again until well blended.

Mix coconut flour with tapioca or arrowroot in a separate bowl. Gradually add to wet ingredients, continually whisking.

Mix in baking powder, soda and salt.

Grease a skillet with coconut oil over medium heat. Use a ladle to pour out pancakes, and then drop berries or chocolate chips into cake. Cook for about 3 minutes per side.


Layered Chicken Enchiladas

by Susan on June 30, 2015

There are certain abilities in the kitchen that I lack. I cannot shape pizza dough into a perfect circle. I’m not very good at opening a bottle of champagne. And relevant to today’s recipe: my corn tortillas always rip when I try to roll them for enchiladas.

If  you can relate to this woe, try a stacked or layered enchilada dish instead. I’ve done one on the stove top and even in the crock pot, but this might be the tastiest version I’ve tried so far. The Cooking Light recipe uses chicken thighs, which are a great choice to ensure a moist filling with lots of flavor. While preparing shredded meat can sometimes be time-consuming, this chicken filling comes together quickly.

Salsa verda can be a bit zippy, but it’s tempered nicely by the lime juice. I also opted for a mixture of raw cheddar and jack cheeses to cut down on the spice a little. These would taste great with refried beans as an alternative filling, and dairy-free cheese would certainly work too. Corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free; definitely seek out organic and/or sprouted ones to avoid GMOs.

Layered Chicken Enchiladas

adapted from Cooking Light

2 tbs. olive oil
1.5 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 large chopped onion
8 minced garlic cloves
15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
juice of 2 limes
1 (7-ounce) jar salsa verde
12 (6-inch) organic corn tortillas
1 cup shredded raw cheddar and jack cheeses

Place a small roasting pan in oven. Preheat oven to 425° (leave roasting pan in oven as it preheats).

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with cumin, salt, and pepper. Add chicken to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Turn chicken over, and place in the preheated roasting pan. Add onion, garlic, and tomatoes to pan with chicken; bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Cool. Shred chicken and toss well with tomato mixture.

Combine 3/4 cup cilantro, juice, and salsa verde; spread 1/4 cup salsa mixture in the bottom of a greased 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with 4 overlapping tortillas, half of chicken mixture, and 1/4 cup salsa mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining 4 tortillas and remaining salsa mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro.


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