Friday, September 14, 2012

grain free dutch babies with spiced fruit compote {paleo breakfast ideas}

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some of my sweetest "comfort food" memories are centered on breakfast. we do breakfast for every meal, and winning my willing, yet selective, family over to bread items that are grain-free is a dubious process.  my baker-boy (who is also a natural born hunter and thanks to his papa, helps keep us stocked with venison, thereby spoiling us rotten) is a fan of from-scratch, but he's not above making a mean box-mix-pancake on any given day.  i always give in and have one or two, but i always regret it later with that post-pure-carb-let-down.

when he asked for this dish tonight that we used to make often, i took it as a personal challenge to find a grain-free alternative that would knock his socks off.  :)  guess what?  everyone went back for seconds.  check and mark.

grain free dutch babies
(a variation of a recipe from

1/3 cup butter
8 eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup chestnut flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp lemon extract
1 packet stevia (or 6 drops lemon flavored liquid stevia)

preheat oven to 425 degrees.  as oven is preheating, melt butter in a 9x13 glass baking dish until it just starts to brown. (careful!  it goes from brown to burnt quickly!)
blend remaining ingredients in a blender, beginning with eggs, then adding remaining ingredients.  blend for approximately 45 seconds to one minute total.
carefully pour batter over browned butter in the baking dish, and bake at 425 degrees for approximately 23 minutes.

top with spiced fruit compote and sprinkle with finely chopped, toasted nuts (we love hazelnuts!).

spiced fruit compote

3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups frozen peaches
1 cup frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons maple sugar 

melt butter in a medium saucepan.  stir in ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to bring out their flavor.  add maple sugar and peaches, stirring to coat.
allow peaches to simmer approximately 20 minutes, or until peaches are soft juices begin to thicken.
gently stir in blackberries and simmer just until soft (you want blackberries to retain their "pop" and not break down).
serve over frozen yogurt or waffles or grain free dutch babies!

of course, we had to serve these with our favorite maple-sprinkled-bacon.  and cream-laced coffee.

and now, it almost feels like autumn will come.

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Progresso Recipe Starters

As part of my journey with the Allstars, I had the opportunity to try out a new product from Progresso called Recipe Starters.

let's be real here: those of us who love to cook and are proud of it don't like to admit we use "premade" products.  it's kind of a pride thing.  but also being real, life is busy and sometimes taking the little ones to the pool and getting the dirty pit boys' bathroom cleaned up and actually taking a shower and making it to swimming practice and a cross country meet on time are more important.  :)

that's where a pre-made ingredient might come in handy.  although more and more i lean toward clean eating (and really make it a whole-family goal!), i do also allow for days when we break the "norm" and go for something different.  when we eat clean, there is room for dinner out or a pasta dish (although i did eat this over spaghetti squash, which was oh-so-good and much lighter on the palate!)

this is the Progresso Recipe Starter Meatballs Stroganoff - a beef stroganoff recipe from that we made with (yep!) pre-made meatballs.  it was fast, it was easy, and our kids didn't leave one bite for leftovers.  the addition of fresh garlic was a perfect touch.

what shortcuts to you have for busy weeknights, to keep dinner at your family table?

disclosure: the information and free Progresso Recipe Starters products were provided by Progresso through the Allrecipes Brand Ambassador Program.  all opinions are my own.  :) 
i am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on dancing with my father. this blog was written in support of progresso and their progresso recipe starters campaign.