Creamy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Casserole (paleo)

Creamy-Spaghetti-Squash-Chicken-Casserole-paleo-6I went to Vegas over the weekend. I ate fried food, drank more than usual, and basically was surrounded by a processed foods party. My body wasn’t happy with me at first, but then it got used to it and started asking for more. Now that I’m back home and eating my normal non-processed diet, my body is kind of mad at me again. It’s asking: Where is the sugar? Where is the pasta?

And my answer is this Creamy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Casserole!  Continue reading

Paleo Granola Bars

paleo-granola-bar-perchancetocook-4I’ve been all about making my own granola bars for about two years now.  Over time, the ingredients that I use to make them have evolved. I started making granola bars the traditional way, with oatmeal. Then I experimented with quinoa versions. And now, I’ve been making and enjoying Paleo Granola Bars.

The main ingredients here are hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, shredded coconut, almond flour, sunflower seeds, and dried cherries. Almond butter and honey hold everything together and the whole thing is topped off with Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Continue reading

Key Lime Mousse Pie (paleo)

Keylime-Mousse-Pie-paleo-perchancetocook-3I’ve been craving key lime pie lately, and I have had the hardest time finding it! I’m from Florida and am used to seeing it on the menu. Now that I live in Texas, key lime pie is not the dessert norm, which almost makes me want it more! I decided not to wait any longer and to just make one myself. And to complicate matters more, I decided to make a Paleo one.

This key lime pie is more of a mousse, which is why I called it Key Lime Mousse Pie. It’s really delicious! Not too limey and it tastes great refrigerated or frozen. Which is perfect for this 90+ degree weather. Continue reading

Sour Cherry-Lime Juice

Sour-Cherry-Lime-Juice-perchancetocook-4This is my summer-time, guilty pleasure juice. It tastes like a sour patch kid, or what I imagine a healthy sour patch kid should taste like. If you love sour candy, pineapples, cherries, and limes then this will really be an enjoyable vitamin-full treat for you.

I make this drink more often in the summer during cherry season. Since cherries were on sale at my local grocery store, I bought 2 bags and have been enjoying this Sour Cherry-Lime Juice quite often. Continue reading

Banana Bread French Toast (paleo)

Banana-bread-french-toast-paleo-perchancetocook-9This is AMAZING. I don’t know why I never thought to do this before, especially because I am all about non-processed banana bread. Thick slices of moist banana bread are dunked in a mixture of egg, coconut milk, and cinnamon and then cooked on a pan until crispy and golden. My weekend breakfasts will never be the same. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (paleo)

Chocolate-Chip-Banana-Bread-perchancetocook-10Banana bread has consistently been a wonderful paleo baked good for me. It doesn’t taste like a baked good that has been “paleo-ized” or “healthified”. What I mean by that is that sometimes healthier versions of desserts are shadows of their unhealthy selves. But that is not the case with banana bread! Banana bread actually tastes better when it is Paleo, or, non-processed, especially this one. Continue reading

Homemade Mango BBQ Sauce (Paleo)

Homemade-Mango-BBQ-Sauce-Paleo-perchancetocook-3I don’t know where the time has gone, but it has just flown by! I mean it feels like only yesterday that I came up with my Paleo Sweet and Spicy recipe and vowed to come up with more Paleo condiment recipes soon. 

Well, five months later and I’m finally posting another paleo condiment recipe. Better late than never though! This rings especially true for this Homemade Mango BBQ Sauce. It is a deliciously sweet, perfectly spiced BBQ sauce. Continue reading

4th of July Menu: Cherry-Vanilla Muffins with Whipped Cream and Berries (paleo)

cherry-vanilla-muffins-paleo-perchancetocook-3In 4th of Julys past, my dessert of choice has been a red, white and blue display made of vanilla cake topped with whipped cream and berries. YUM! But this 4th of July is different. This 4th of July is my first one while following the Paleo Diet. And rather than take the day “off” from Paleo, I decided to make a dessert that fit my Paleo needs by making a Paleo version of this cake.

It isn’t an exact version, though, it’s a spiced up cherry version! Continue reading

Paleo Berry Apple Tart (naturally gluten-free)

paleo-berry-apple-tart-perchancetocookNothing quite says summer or, summer dessert, like a fruit tart. Fruit tarts are beautifully sweet, versatile and inviting. They are brimming with summer fruit and can satisfy any summer mood, both indoors and out. To me, fruit tarts are the perfect backyard, BBQ, dinner at your friend’s/family’s/co-worker’s house, breakfast on the porch, fourth of july dessert.

I’m just warning you now, this post is chock-full of photos. This Berry Apple Fruit tart was just too pretty for me to not over-photograph, so bear with me and enjoy :) Continue reading

Apple Cake Muffins (paleo)

apple-cake-muffins-paleo-perchancetocook-4This is another version of my favorite muffin recipe, full of apples and cinnamon. I’m a huge fan of apple and cinnamon flavors together and this flavor combination did not disappoint here.

Moist, flavorful, and yummy, these Apple Cake Muffins did not last long… in fact, I had to make a second batch just so that I would have some to take pictures of. Continue reading