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Waffle Toad In The Hole (grainfree, glutenfree, dairyfree, paleo)

I try to get my kids to eat as clean as possible, too, so I try to involve them as much as possible and, often, they come up with awesome ideas of their own.

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We absolutely love waffles, but sometimes, a waffle needs to be jazzed up a bit. This idea was from my 13 year old son, Aiden, who helped me talk through a last minute idea of how to make our dinner waffles more exciting. He based this on a version he had at summer camp a few years ago. He had been begging me to recreate it lately, but in toast. Here, we put the egg in the waffle holes instead, letting the yolk fill the waffle when broken, and used as a syrup alternative. I think he knocked it out of the park with this one. It was a huge hit.

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The waffle recipe is completely grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. It is very simple to make and can rescue any meal in no time flat. While waffles are a breakfast food, one of the things I love most is breakfast for dinner, so I hope you’ll try this for dinner, too.

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Waffle Toad In The Hole
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What you need: a base waffle recipe, one egg for each waffle, and that is it. Your yolks will act as your waffle topping. It is heaven, just trust me. We serve it with the basic breakfast sides, which I always have on hand anyway, but that is for another post.
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 3 eggs (I use Burroughs Family Farms)
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup full-fat coconut milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • dash of vanilla extract (I make my own: Bourbon Vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine the eggs, almonds, milk, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil in a food processor (I use a Breville Sous Chef food processor), not necessary although it will make the process easier. You will also yield more waffles if you blend it in a blender or food processor, of some kind. Blend until very smooth and creamy. You may need to stop the blender and push the mixture down the sides a few times to get it all to blend really well.
  3. Add the salt, baking soda, and coconut flour, then blend again for about a minute until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet.
  4. If you’re iron requires oil, spread a little coconut oil on both sides. Pour the batter into the waffle iron so it just covers the bottom portion of the iron, being careful not to overfill it as these do rise quite a bit and will spill over.
  5. Cook the waffles for about a minute, more or less depending on the heat of your waffle iron. If they release easily with a fork when you open the lid, they are probably done.
  6. Repeat until the batter has been used up.1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  7. Line up your waffles on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Precook your waffle in the oven to crisp it up a tad more, 5 minutes in the oven.
  9. Here is the tricky part: Very slowly, crack your egg, and release the egg slowly over your waffle. This ensures that your yolks do not break into your waffles.
  10. Slowly add your pan to the oven, making sure that your eggs stay on your waffles.
  11. I like my eggs on the runnier side, so I bake mine for about 15-ish minutes. You will want to keep a close eye on them, if you like the yolks runny. If you cook too long, you won’t be able to use the yolk as your waffle topping.
  12. Enjoy and serve with any sides. I prefer bacon and fruit.

 

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb)

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When I decided to go grain-free, because of food allergies, I knew I would miss pasta dearly. I heard that many people really love spaghetti squash and that it was a decent replacement for pasta. Learning to love spaghetti squash was a challenge and in all honesty, my family is not on-board with it. I have never gotten them to like it, or zoodles, no matter how many recipes I have tried to serve them. But this Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb) was perfect for me.

So, when I make spaghetti squash, it’s just for one person. Moi. The squash ends up for Me, myself, and I, which means, I am still making dinner for everyone else, too. Now, I don’t like to be a short order cook, but my younger kids are still adjusting to our new way of eating. Vegetables can be hard for them. With that in mind, I wanted to create a dish that was all-inclusive, and was easy enough to pull-off so that I could still make dinner for everyone else.

I took one squash, cut it cross-wise, liberally coated it in flavored olive oil and spices, added red sauce, pre-cooked meatballs, and a bit more sauce, and threw it in the oven for an hour, while I cooked a good ol’ spaghetti and meatball dinner for the rest of the family.

I really love the flavor of Burroughs Family Farms Basil Olive Oil for this. It added a bit more Italian flair to the dish. Burroughs Grass to Gold Gouda would be a great addition to this recipe. Any red sauce will work with this recipe, and for pre-cooked meatballs, I love Aidell’s basil and garlic meatballs, for a quick-fix.

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb)
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Recipe type: Italian, Low Carb
Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Spaghetti squash, cut cross-wise into two halves**
  • 2 T Burroughs Family Farms Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 T Spice Hub veggie seasoning
  • 2 C red sauce
  • 8 pre-cooked meatballs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash cross-wise.
  3. Remove seeds and innards.
  4. Drizzle both halves of spaghetti squash with basil oil oil.
  5. Sprinkle with veggie seasoning.
  6. Add ½ C red sauce to each half of squash.
  7. Put 4 meatballs in each half of squash.
  8. Top with remaining sauce.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes.
  10. **I eat one half for dinner and save another half for lunch the next day.
Notes
You can add cheese to this recipe, if you are doing a low carb high fat or keto diet, for added yumminess. Burroughs Family Farms Grass to Gold Gouda would be a great match. Just add after 45 minutes in the oven, sprinkle cheese over meatballs and sauce, then add to oven for 15 more minutes.

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