Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe

My friend recently asked me for the recipe for our pancakes.  Here it is, Stephanie!

2 cups flour (I have used rice flour to make them gluten free with great success)

1 t. baking soda

1 t. sea salt

2 cup milk

2 eggs

6 T. melted butter

1 bag of Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Mix together dry ingredients.  Stir in the egg, melted butter, baking soda and salt.  Whisk together, adding extra milk for the desired batter thickness you prefer (I only need to add extra when I use rice flour).  Gently stir in chocolate chips last.

Cook pancakes on a well buttered, hot skillet or griddle, flipping once bubbles begin to form.

This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite websites, Heavenly Homemakers.  She has them listed as Simple Soaked Pancakes and soaks them.  I don’t typically soak mine because honestly I forget to.  Make sure you go over and check out her site.  She has a ton of great recipes and tips!


Paleo Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

ImageThis was our dinner and it was amazing!  So amazing that I had to share the recipe with you immediately after eating it.  You’re welcome.


3 Tablespoon butter (you could use coconut oil or lard/tallow)

1/2 cup onion, chopped (I used frozen)

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (I used frozen)

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups of cooked turkey, diced or shredded (you could use more or less, I used leftovers)

2 carrots, diced

3 small potatoes, diced

1/2 cup peas (I used frozen)

1/2 cup broccoli, diced (I used frozen)

3 cups chicken stock

For crust topping:

1 1/4 cups almond meal

1/2 cup softened butter (again, tallow/lard or coconut oil would work too)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

4 egg whites


If you have a corningware I suggest using it because you can then use one pot.  Less cleanup.  Start with the filling.  Melt butter (or other fat) over medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, and green peppers.  Let this cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Turn up the heat to medium high.  Add remaining ingredients.  Once it boils take it down to a simmer.  Let simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  While the filling simmers you can make your topping.  Mix your almond flour, baking soda, salt and butter with a beater until combined.  Add egg whites until all is combined.  You want it be the consistence of cake batter.  If it looks too wet add a little more almond meal.  By now your filling should be done.  If you didn’t use corningware then pour the filling in a 9×9 glass pan.  Pour the topping over it and spread it out with a spoon.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  The crust will brown up.

Now dig in and enjoy!!  Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Help! We bought a dehydrator.

I need your advise!  We found a food dehydrator at the local thrift store for $8.00 (yes, only $8.00!).  We’ve been wanting one, but couldn’t bring it to myself to pay $60.00+ for a good one.  Well, now that we have one I find that I know nothing about them or what to do with them.  I am in need of some recipes or ideas. What have you dehydrated and had good luck with?  Anything you had horrible luck with you want to warn me about?  Any recipes you’d like to share? 

Gluten Free Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Recipe

Since our family has went gluten free one thing I have really missed is biscuits and gravy. It was a staple in our home growing up. A yummy, delicious childhood memory. Last week while making homemade cream of  mushroom I had an epiphany. This could work with sausage in the same way! I tried it and an oh my yum! It worked beautifully. The following is my recipe modified from the Heaven Housewife’s recipe, which is linked above and Mom’s biscuit recipe made GF.

Mom’s Drop Biscuits

2 cup of flour (we use GF version)

1 stick of butter, softened but not melted

2 tsp baking powder (GF)

1 tsp salt

1/2 to 3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a fork. Add milk and mix. If mixture seems dry you can use the other 1/4 cup of milk. Grease a pan (I use Pirex). Drop biscuits onto pan and MAKE THEM TOUCH each other. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown at 400.

Gluten Free Sausage Gravy

Pack of your favorite breakfast sausage (you can use less we just like it meaty)

1/4 GF corn starch

4 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

Brown your sausage in a nice big skillet. I like to use my biggest iron skillet. While it’s browning shake cornstarch in a jar with 1 1/2 cups of milk. Use a whisk to mix the milk mixture into the browned sausage with grease., stirring constantly at medium heat. Slowly add remaining milk, salt and pepper. Stir with a whisk until smooth and thick. Pour over one of your amazing biscuits and eat your heart out!

Gravy is mess so please excuse the mess on the stove!  Next time I’ll make sure to clean it up before taking pictures. 🙂

Meal Ideas

A new friend of mine is getting a bit stressed when making up menus and staying on the cheap.  I made this up for her and thought it maybe helpful to others as well so I'd post it here.  These seem to be our go to dinner meals that are cheap and easy to make with real food!  If you want any recipes please let me know and I’ll type them out/find it for you.  I'll keep adding things as I think of them as well.  Please note, if you're a vegetarian I'm sorry.  We like our meat and it's benefits to our health around here so this probably won't benefit you much.  If anyone has any ideas or tips please feel free to comment!  I love hearing your ideas.

Main dishes:

Tacos/burritos, make your own refried beans from dry beans in the crockpot!





Chili (then have chili dogs another day with leftovers)

Crockpot rotisserie style chicken, I make it with different seasonings for variety then use bones for stock

Spaghetti with rice pasta

Fried rice sometimes with meat sometimes not

Burgers with homemade buns, very easy especially if you have a bread maker

“Ham” & beans, we use the leftovers when getting steaks or get a piece of pork butt

Breakfast type foods. Soaked pancakes or biscuits are our base usually because they're cheap

Homemade pizza

Beef roast with veggies in the crockpot

Meatloaf in the crockpot

Sandwiches with tuna salad or a turkey cooked in the crockpot

Chicken and dumplins (great use of leftover chicken/stock from a crockpot chicken)

Soup, this usually consists of me throwing a bunch of stuff in the crockpot with a little leftover meat and stock.

Sloppy Joes




We tend to eat rice quite often.  It's easy, nutritious when soaked, and easy.

Vegetables that are in season either raw or steamed/sauted with butter.

Sometimes I'll also some biscuits or something similar to go with it.

Shhh, it’s good for them and they don’t know!!

We just had a very amazingly yummy smoothie for breakfast with hidden greens.  It got me thinking about the parents I know that really want to feed their kids extra vegetables but the kids won't eat them/don't like them.  We don't really have issues with getting our boys to eat vegetables (they're weird that way) but I sneak in things as well as giving them to them just for the extra boost.  Okay, I'll fess up.  It maybe for us, as parents too because honestly I'm not too fond of most vegetables.  If I can "hide" them from myself and not taste the gross ones I'm happy.  I know I'm still getting the nutrition but I'm also loving the food I'm eating.  It's a win – win.

For the green smoothies it's very simple.  Make them as you would normally with fruit and add in some greens.  I'm amazed that you can't taste them.  Yes, it makes it have a green tent but it doesn't have the flavor.  For today's I used a 2 handfuls of mixed spring greens, a 2 tablespoons of milk kefir (you don't have to use this but it makes your belly happy), a frozen banana (freeze them whole and run water over them to release the , about 1/2 cup peanut butter, half & half until the blender starts going (cream or milk would work too), and a few squirts of local raw honey.  Very easy.  Throw it all in your blender and mix it up!  You could use whatever fruit your children like best.  I find it easiest to use frozen fruit just because then you don't have to add ice to give it the smoothie texture. 

Another way we hide our veggies is by shredding them and using in chili, sauces, soups, ground, etc.  Just shred them or chop them really finely and add it in.  I've heard a lot of poeple use pureed vegetables, which would be even more hush hush but we don't need to so I don't.  Here's a good site to learn more about it. 

I hope this helps some of you out!

Meal Plan Monday 6/27/2011

Our 7th anniversary is July 6th!

I don't know if you caught that but our anniversary is this week.  :)  I've been so blessed to be married to such an amazing husband, father, and Jesus chaser.  I can't wait to spend many more years with him!

We tried a few new recipes last week and they were yummy!  One was a new pizza dough instead of the planned meal on Friday.  It was so good!  You can find that recipe for here.  Scott (yes, he cooks and excellently I might add!  I told you I was blessed.) didn't use dry milk because we don't use it.  It's because of the way it's processed, which causes oxidized cholesterol.  "Oxidized cholesterol is used in research to cause atherosclerosis.  So when you drink skim milk or low fat milk because you think that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually drinking this oxidized cholesterol which initiates the process of heart disease." (taken from DIRTY SECRETS OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRYI'll pass on that, thanks.  Anyhow, Scott used 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of real milk.  It turned out beautifully.  We also don't use vegetable oil because of the process by which it's created.  There's some explanations of the process on the link for the milk information as well for oils.  Anyhow, he used olive oil but I think we'll try real butter next time with a bit of garlic added in for extra flavor.

We also tried the 5 Minute Marinara from the cooking class at Trader's Point.  I'll type that up and post it as soon as I get a chance because it was delish!  And I also got permission from Jen, the instructor to do so.  :)  You're welcome to visit her website in the meantime, http://lovewellnessindy.comIn other exciting food news, we have an itty bitty cucumber growing in our container garden!

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Okay, onto the main event, the menu for the week.  The prices are for our family of 4, unless otherwise noted.  I didn't include prices of spices because they can be stretched such a long way that it's very minimal.  We have only spent $160 for this week and next week so far, which includes things for breakfast and lunch and eating out yesterday for lunch.

Monday: Brats, veggies/butter in foil packets, salad, $7.89

Tuesday: City Group

Wednesday: Tacos, we're having the Daniels over for dinner, $9.89 for 6 people

Thursday: New Recipe!  Chicken Piccata with Mushrooms and Rice Pasta $7.82

Friday: Chili Dogs (can I just say I really like Hebrew National hot dogs?) $7.23

Saturday: Out.  We'll be on the road because we're taking the boys to my parents for a few days!

Sunday: BBQ & Pool Party with Redemption Hill peps.


Check out Organized Junkie for more menu plans.



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