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Primal Au Gratin Potatoes

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

 

If you are not strict Paleo, you may enjoy a little high quality dairy once in awhile, which is considered perfectly fine if your body tolerates it well. If that’s the case, this recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes will be right up your alley! While this is not a strict Paleo recipe, it can be considered Primal because it does use real food ingredients, like organic potatoes and raw, grass-fed cheese. This is a wonderful side dish for holidays like Thanksgiving, will be be sure to impress and delight your guests!

Au Gratin Potatoes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 medium red potatoes sliced 3.5 mm thick with a mandolin
  2. 2 c raw, grass fed sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  3. 1 c full fat coconut milk
  4. 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  5. 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  7. 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  9. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  10. Bacon fat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with bacon fat.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat then sauté onion for 4 minutes. Add garlic then sauté for 1 more minute.
  3. Add coconut milk and spices to the pan and stir to combine. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish, then half of the cheese and top with the rest of the potatoes. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the potatoes then spread the rest of the cheese on top.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. If you see the cheese getting too dark lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling with bacon and digging in.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Grain Free Maple Walnut Banana Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Eating a Paleo breakfast can sometimes be a challenge, especially with little ones who are picky. This recipe for Maple Walnut Banana Nutola is reminiscent of a traditional banana nut granola. Your kids will love munching on this for breakfast by itself, or with almond milk as a replacement cereal. It’s also good for snacking on the go!

Maple Walnut Banana Nutola
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 c walnuts - Soaked if possible
  2. 1 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes (again soaked nuts/seeds if possible)
  3. 1 c banana chips, chopped
  4. 1/4 c maple syrup
  5. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  6. 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except banana chips, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in banana chips then transfer to airtight container.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Paleo, Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Fall is a favorite season for the flavors of apple and cinnamon, and if you are a fan of the two, this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Nutola will be music to your mouth. It is grain free and Paleo-friendly, as it is full of real food ingredients like honey, and the aroma of it baking in the oven will leave your house smelling lovely.

Apple Cinnamon Nutola
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes, soaked nuts/seeds if possible
  2. 1 c dried apples, chopped
  3. 1/4 c raw honey
  4. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  5. 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except dried apples, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in dried apples then transfer to airtight container.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Men Face Chemicals In Products Too

This article was contributed by Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester, in honor of Testicular Awareness Month.
Even though men typically use fewer personal care products than women, the same carcinogens such as endocrine system disruptors and other potentially harmful & irritating ingredients, are still found in soaps, lotions, shaving creams, aftershaves and other products for men. According to the American Cancer Society,
1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime with testicular cancer being the most common cancer in males between 15-35.”
 
When shopping for men’s personal care products avoid ingredients like fragrance or parfum because manufacturers are not required to disclose what’s in their fragrance or parfum to keep it proprietary. The ingredient(s) come from a list of over 3,000 chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens. Some other known and potential carcinogens to look for in men’s products are:
 
  • 1, 4 dioxane
  • BHA
  • Coal tar (FD&C Red #6)
  • Formaldehyde & formaldehyde releasers (broponol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl & imidazolidinyl urea & quaternium-15)
  • Petroleum (petrolatum/mineral oil)
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • Sodium laurel/laureth sulfate
  • Synthetic colors
  • Talc
  • Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate/acetate, retinoic acid, & retinol)
 

Remember that what goes on his body is just as important as what goes in it!


donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she tried it. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident than she ever has in her life and is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. She loves not only what she’s doing for herself but also what she’s doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, she hopes they’ll thank her someday. They live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where Donna works and tries to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow Donna on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

This Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe makes you forget all about the bakery. These Primal cookies are crispy on the outside, ooey gooey on the inside, have a hint of butter and are grain free, nut free, and refined-sugar free. You could even make these dairy-free by omitting the clarified butter and using all coconut oil. There is quite a bit of coconut sugar in these, but they are still a much healthier alternative to regular cookies! 

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c Grain-Free AP Flour Blend (see below)
  2. 3/4 c Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  3. 3/4 c Coconut Palm Sugar
  4. 1 pastured egg
  5. 3 tbsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  6. 3 tbsp clarified butter, melted
  7. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  10. 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
For the AP Flour
  1. 3 c Otto's Cassava Flour or Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
  2. 2 c arrowroot starch
  3. 1 c coconut flour
  4. 3 tsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut palm sugar, melted clarified butter and melted coconut oil in a large bowl and mix with a hand blender on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend by hand and then on low until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips then place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 24 hours is ideal, but who's really going to wait that long?*
  5. Preheat oven to 350 °F with rack in the center.
  6. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.** Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.
  7. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10, if you can wait that long.
Notes
  1. *If you do let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 24 hours, you'll want to increase the bake time by 1-2 minutes.
  2. **To get cookies with an uneven top, roll dough into a ball, gently tear the ball in half then smoosh dough back together with torn sides up.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow me on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

Grain Free Paleo Thin Crust Pizza Dough

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

Eureka! I have created a Thin Crust Pizza Dough that tastes just like the real deal with no almond four, eggs, coconut flavor or cauliflower. There’s no pre-baking and the crust turns out crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is a simple grain-free pizza dough that’s easy to make and tastes delish.

Paleo Grain Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c warm water between 120-130 °F
  2. 1 1/2 c Grain-Free AP Flour (see below)
  3. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + extra
  4. 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 1/2 tsp honey
  6. 1 . 25 oz packet active dry yeast
For the AP Flour
  1. 3 c Otto's Cassava Flour or Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
  2. 2 c arrowroot starch
  3. 1 c coconut flour
  4. 3 tsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
For the AP Flour Blend
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
For the Thin Crust Pizza Dough
  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well then add the olive oil, honey and warm water and mix until dough forms.
  2. Form the dough into a ball and lightly coat with the extra olive oil. Place the dough ball back in the bowl, drape the bowl with a towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, preheat the oven with a pizza stone to 550 °F.
  4. Spread the dough about ¼ inch thick on parchment paper and add desired toppings. Trim excess parchment paper, then use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the pizza stone.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes to brown the toppings if desired.
  6. Buon appetito!
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. 
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Paleo Raw Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

 

These nut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls are reminiscent of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. These cookies are Raw, Paleo, and healthy all around with ingredients like coconut oil, nut butter, and raw honey. The best part is these cookies are super easy and quick to make! Your kids will absolutely gobble them up in a flash, so our advice is to make a double batch! (And possibly hide half for yourself!) You can also feel free to substitute the sunflower seed butter for cashew butte or another nut butter of your choice. 

Raw Paleo Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/8 c Artisana Organics Raw Cashew Nut Butter
  2. 1/4 c Coconut Flour
  3. 2 tbsp Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  4. 2 tbsp raw honey
  5. 2 tbsp Sunflower Seed Butter
  6. 1 tbsp clarified butter, softened
  7. 1 tbsp refined coconut oil, softened
  8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Fold in the chocolate chips, have a taste, then place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl and roll the cookie dough into desired sized balls.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and try not to eat them all at once!
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow me on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

The Horror-ible Thing About Halloween Makeup & A Natural DIY Recipe

This post was contributed by Donna Fountaine of  First 5 Faves.

 

Halloween face paints can be pretty scary, and so can some of the ingredients that are in them.

Several years ago The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead and other toxic heavy metals like nickel, cobalt and chromium in several of the most popular face paints on the market. Some of these face paints were labeled as “non-toxic “ and “hypoallergenic” but contained the highest levels of some of these heavy metals.

“Natural” face paints may seem like a safer option, but most of the natural face paints available contain synthetic preservatives. When shopping for face paints, try to find products without formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers, fragrances, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, synthetic colors and synthetic preservatives because these ingredients can be irritating, toxic and/or carcinogenic.

One great option is making face paints at home because they are quick and easy and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Here is an all natural, DIY Halloween face paint recipe that you can be sure to feel good about knowing there are no nasty ingredients in them!

 

All Natural DIY Halloween Face Paint
Yields 3
A quick and easy natural DIY Halloween face paint recipe that kids will love and can be washed off quickly and easily with warm water and soap.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tsp arrowroot starch
  2. Badger Diaper Cream
  3. 3 tsp of either of these natural food colorings,
  4. Le Petit Matisse Natural Food Coloring
  5. India Tree Natural Food Coloring
  6. Or make your own food coloring,
  7. Three bowls,
  8. Spoon
  9. Small storage containers
Instructions
  1. Combine 3 tsp arrowroot starch and 3 tsp diaper cream in a small bowl and stir to combine,
  2. Divide mixture equally into three bowls,
  3. Add desired food coloring to each bowl and stir to combine,
  4. Transfer to storage containers and use a soft brush to apply to face or body.
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If making your own homemade face paint is too much work, another great option is buying one of the few brands that offer natural Halloween face paints that are free of lead, heavy metals, parabens, bismuth, carmine, and fragrances. Le Petit Matisse is one brand that carries safer natural face paint options. Another great brand is Elegant Minerals, which can be found in Primal Kidz Mag’s Shop section. 

 

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Donna, First Five Faves and Primal Recipe testerDonna Fountaine is a wife, a mom, and a Primal Recipe tester on her personal blog. She discovered the Paleo diet in early 2015, when she began researching ingredients and reading labels more closely. During the first few months of her family’s transition to a primal diet, Donna decided to read the ingredients in their personal care and household products because she wanted to be sure that what her family was using on their bodies and in their home was just as healthy as what they were eating. When she discovered synthetic preservatives, questionable ingredients, and known carcinogens in their “all natural,” “organic,” and “eco-friendly” products she vowed to always read the ingredients first. Donna then decided to start First 5 Faves to help educate families with young children about the importance of age appropriate, non-toxic and eco-friendly products. You can also find her testing Paleo recipes from her favorite Paleo bloggers at Primal Recipe Tester.