I’ve always loved cooking and home reno shows. They’re fun, personal, and wonderful to watch as something (house, ingredients) transforms before your eyes. I also really enjoy cooking (and eating!) and home renos so it seemed like a great fit to start a live cooking demo. One day maybe I’ll progress to filming home renos, too, but those would be pretty boring live and I don’t love video editing. So! In that spirit, I am happy to share my plans to start a weekly Paleo cooking demo via Facebook Live. I do hope you’ll find some recipes that you’ll make one of your staples. I’ll be concentrating on easy recipes since I have 20-40 minutes to spend in the kitchen every day and I want to share with you the recipes that I cook day in, day out and have come to rely on. Many people I’ve met who tried Paleo or want to try it come up against the same hurdle: it takes time to home cook every meal and pre-cooked Paleo foods are expensive. They’ve tried a Whole30 or 21 day transformation approach and said that they felt great at the end but couldn’t imagine finding time to cook that much every day for the rest of their lives.
I want to give you tools to do this easily and to feel like you can stick to it! Coming into the Paleo diet, you might not have had to make everything from scratch before and it can be a serious hurdle to get over and one I think prevents a lot of people from making Paleo part of their everyday lives. And I definitely feel that! I have days where the last thing I want to do is throw together a main dish, sides, and dessert from scratch. In fact, I think I want to do that maybe once every two months. So over the years I’ve collected recipes that are fast, easy, and make leftovers. I can make a roast chicken and veggies in 30 minutes (yay pressure cooker!) on day one, add the leftovers to paleo mayo, nuts, and dried fruit for chicken salad the next day, and maybe throw together some 15 minute cookies the third day so I’ve got something sweet to snack on. If you have 20-30 minutes a day and slowly integrate these recipes into your routine, soon you’ll be able to eat Paleo 80-100% of the time without spending hours in the kitchen. I can even get picky eaters on board with fried chicken, pizza, and chocolate shakes!
You’ll also notice that my version of Paleo is not everyone’s version of Paleo. That’s totally cool. I support finding what works for you. I eat dairy from pastured cows, you may not. I eat on the low carb side of the spectrum, you may not. Stevia and erythritol work from me, you might like honey and coconut sugar. Play with my recipes to tweak them for you and your family and I’d love for you to share your variations!
Now…what better recipe to start with than my Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes!
(Do note, I say 1 tablespoon of vanilla, I meant 1 teaspoon. Live video slip!)
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
½ cup sweetener (cut sweetener in half if using Natural Mate stevia and erythritol blend)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners. Beat everything together until very smooth. Bake 20 minutes (tops should have a bit of golden brown on them) and chill 2-3 hours before serving.