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Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Oh man, I’ve had a looooong weekend. We moved out of our apartment yesterday, without a permanent new place. We are still staying in the same area but at an Airbnb until we figure things out. So this past week was a whole lot of putting crap in boxes, driving around in a U-Haul, lifting heavy things, and lugging things into storage. I’m so so tired today so I’m taking it easy. Luckily, our Airbnb is so nice and gorgeous, and I’ll probably share a few photos on Instagram.

Right before the move out day, I prepared by putting together snacks that I could munch on during and after the move. Of course, this consisted of thinking of ways to use up whatever food I had left in the kitchen. This was basically the process of how I came up with this easy but SUPER ADDICTING recipe: spiced bacon cashews.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

I don’t know why I never thought to put cashews and bacon together before. I mean, even the thought about it sounds amazing! Crispy, salty bacon and creamy cashews. What’s not to love? I had to portion this out a handful at a time, because I know I can just finish the entire thing in one sitting. However, it’s actually quite filling so it held me over between meals when I was exerting a lot of energy during the move.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Also, since it’s coming up, this could also be an amazing Super Bowl snack! If you don’t know, it’s this weekend, and I’m excited to munch on all the game day foods. Plus, if you are in a hurry, these spiced bacon cashews literally comes together in less than 10 minutes. What’s not to love about that? Hope you try out this amazing combo, because it’s just the best!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped thick-cut bacon, sugar-free
  • ½ lb raw cashews, about 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne, if using. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon in the skillet for 4-5 minutes, until they are crispy.
  4. Add the cashew and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes, until toasted evenly.
  5. Add the mixed spices and stir together for 1 minute until evenly coated.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spiced Bacon Cashews

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

So I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets the other day and I found a whole container of matcha powder in the back that I completely forgot about! I believe someone gifted it to me but just never used it. Oops. I’ve been meaning to try using matcha in my cooking for a while now because I love the flavor and the health benefits, so I instantly made these no-bake matcha protein bars with the match powder I found. 

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you don’t know what matcha is, it’s finely ground dehydrated green tea leaves that comes in a bright green powder. In traditional green tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water then discarded, but with matcha, you actually end up eating the tea leaves. This makes it much more beneficial for health than regular green tea, with more antioxidants (almost 3 times!) and nutrients, making it a delicious superfood!

To boost the beneficial effects of this yummy snack or dessert, I also added my favorite protein powder, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is made from grass-fed, pastured-raised bovine hides. It’s one of the best protein powders I have tried and I love how my skin and hair look after regularly consuming it daily!  

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you are vegan, feel free to use another protein powder of your choice. It will still be tasty and healthy, because Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides doesn’t have a strong flavor at all. I’ve been eating one of these matcha protein bars after each meal as a dessert, and love that I’m treating myself and giving my body beneficial nutrients at the same time.

The matcha powder I used was this one, and I love the flavor! Always make sure to read the ingredients list to make sure that there’s only one ingredient: Japanese green tea matcha powder, preferably organic. I’ve seen ones with gluten, sugar, or preservatives in them so make sure to avoid those ones with fillers in them!

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (or other protein powder of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour out the mixture into the pan and flatten it with a spatula. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the freezer and cut into square.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  3. Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  6. Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  7. Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  8. Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  9. Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings